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Post by Jobless_in_Ma on Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:41 pm

First topic message reminder :

Ive seen a lot of good recipes posted in the "whats for dinner" thread in both the old and new UFF.

I think this would be a great resource for those looking for new ideas for meals on the cheap.

Please try and limit the discussions to only recipes etc and use the "Whats for dinner" thread for more generalized food chat comments

Happy sharing!! And good eating!


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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:33 pm

Has anyone heard from mrmarti? Those recipes are delish as well.

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Post by gettheminNOVEMBER on Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:42 pm

mrmarti wrote:
gettheminNOVEMBER wrote:


mrmarti can you add your meatball recipe here I loved it.

I make these meatballs all time - never use pork or veal, just plain old hamburg - mix it with egg, breadcrumbs, dried parsley (or fresh if you have it), garlic power, minced onion (or onion powder), a little parmesan cheese if I have it, salt and pepper, I throw in a little cayene pepper as well. Form the meatballs, brown in oil then add to sauce and simmer til meatballs are done. I never measure - just eyeball everything.

I am making these right now thanks again. What a Face Meatballs and the Giants game can't beat it. I am going to make meatball parms. I got some great bread from NYC. My local deli gets it.

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Post by mrmarti on Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:12 pm

Hello all - have the weekend off - yeah!!!! I'm making this chicken dish for tonight - days off are the only days I can indulgence in real home cooking.

Chicken breasts - I usually cut the breasts in half and then cut in half lengthwise so they are thin - I really hate pounding breasts so this is easier.

seasoned bread crumbs
eggs beaten well, with a little parmeasn cheese if you have it and a tiny bit of cayenne pepper.

Dip the breasts first in the bread crumbs, then in the egg - saute in oil until golden brown - put in baking dish.

Chop up some onions, garlic (and fresh mushrooms if you have them) - saute in butter (margerine) til soft. Add a tsp. or 2 of flour and mix well, cook about 2 minutes. To this add a crushed small chicken bouillon cube - mix well. Then add light cream - (I use the entire larger container). keep stirring and cook til the bubbles just start to appear. Then pour sauce all over chicken breasts. Top with slices of swiss cheese - bake at 350 for approximately 30 mins.

I make garlic mashed potatoes with this. I cut up the potatoes put in pot cover with water. Add 1 or 2 cloves of fresh garlic and cook til potatoes are done. Drain, add butter (margerine) and start mashing. I don't use milk - I add a couple of tablespoons of sour cream instead and whip til creamy.

I also make coleslaw. And my grandmothers string beans - open can, drain fluid, put in pot, add margerine and milk enough to cover beans, cook til milk cooks away.

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:39 am

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, I thought maybe we should bump this up for some good recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes, stuffing and desserts.

I have tried almost all of the members recipes and they are delish.

Hope you have some tried and true Turkey day ideas!!!!

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Post by Guest on Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:35 am

I am searching our book for the Impossible Coconut Custard pie recipe that mrmarti sent me a while back. Had a request from Dad for one, so I am going to make this one. I have to admit, as much as I like to bake, pies are a thorn in my side. Filling is great, but I am a lousy crust maker, really lousy. I have tried everyone's recipe and mine are just doughy.

Thought I'd keep this bumped in case anyone wants to add a family fave or traditional dish they always serve on Thanksgiving.

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Post by superstevies on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:21 pm

Mary Kay,
I have been making the same pie crust for years...and it's pretty much fool proof. It's from cooks illustrated. It has both butter & shortening, and secret to the crust is Vodka, makes it tender & flaky. I make this reicpe in the food processor and have never not had it work.

Cook’s Illustrated Foolproof Pie Dough
2 1/2 c (12 1/2 oz) organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp table salt
2 tbsp organic sugar
12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) cold organic unsalted butter, cut into 1/4″ slices
1/2 c cold vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 c cold vodka
1/4 c cold water

1. Process 1 1/2 cups flour, salt and sugar in a food processor until well combined, about 2 one-second pulses. Add butter and shortening and process until homogeneous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 15 seconds (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds and there should be no uncoated flour). Scrape bowl with a rubber spatula and redistributed dough evenly around processor blade. Add remaining cup of flour and pulse until the mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and a mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into a medium bowl.

2. Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture. With a rubber spatula, use a folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until it is slightly tacky and sticks together. Divide dough into two even balls and flatten each into a 4″ disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.

This recipe is all over the internet & I real blogs about it all the time, and yet to find somebody that it has not worked for. I am putting a link to a blog that I read too about this curst.

http://satisfythecraving.com/2011/07/02/foolproof-pie-crust/

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Post by Guest on Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:48 pm

Thank you ss. You're the best. I will try it on Sunday when I start to bake.

How are you? Good to see you.

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Post by superstevies on Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:21 pm

struggling...No car, and the person I am living with who pays for everything rent, utilites, her car broke down ...so HIGH STRESS no extra $ to pay to get the car fixed.

Other than that, o.k. I afraid to make the pie with the vodka..becuase I might just drink it all then have none left for the pie...LOL

Thanks for the kind words, Its tough for me to be on here sometimes, as I do get kind of negative at times, and I don't want to fire people up or wreck hope. I've pretty much given up on help...BUT, I do still tweet, call & email everybody to solicit help.

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Post by Guest on Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:43 pm

Thank you ss. That's the recipe we need. You are the best.

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Post by Guest on Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:57 pm

superstevies wrote:struggling...No car, and the person I am living with who pays for everything rent, utilites, her car broke down ...so HIGH STRESS no extra $ to pay to get the car fixed.

Other than that, o.k. I afraid to make the pie with the vodka..becuase I might just drink it all then have none left for the pie...LOL

Thanks for the kind words, Its tough for me to be on here sometimes, as I do get kind of negative at times, and I don't want to fire people up or wreck hope. I've pretty much given up on help...BUT, I do still tweet, call & email everybody to solicit help.
I've been there Steve! Please don't lose hope, things will get better!

Recipe sounds great! As for the vodka ... Cheers

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Post by mrmarti on Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:26 pm

MaryKay wrote:I am searching our book for the Impossible Coconut Custard pie recipe that mrmarti sent me a while back. Had a request from Dad for one, so I am going to make this one. I have to admit, as much as I like to bake, pies are a thorn in my side. Filling is great, but I am a lousy crust maker, really lousy. I have tried everyone's recipe and mine are just doughy.

Thought I'd keep this bumped in case anyone wants to add a family fave or traditional dish they always serve on Thanksgiving.

Mary Kay - here's the recipe for the coconut pie. Haven't posted in awhile due to work but I do scan the site every day.

IMPOSSIBLE COCONUT PIE
4 eggs
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. Bisquick
2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar
Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on low for 30 seconds. Pour into ungreased 10 inch pie tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. The pie will make its own crust as it bakes.

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Post by Guest on Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:24 pm

mrmarti, it is so good to see you. Thanks again for this. Plan on baking Sunday and Monday. I will let you know if I still have the "touch". Hoping you are well and that work is good for you. We miss you much.

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:25 pm

I can almost smell the turkey.

Please all share your prep tips and recipes for Thanksgiving traditions.

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Post by Lacey on Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:26 pm

This isn't really a Thanksgiving recipe; but a thick, hardy fall/winter soup! Easier to make than homemade mashed potatoes!

Loaded Baked Potatoe soup!

In a good size stock pot (the one with side handles that comes with pot & pan set)

3-4# peeled potatoes, chop potatoes in good size bites
1 onion, diced
put in pot, add water to cook but DO NOT cover potatoes (as liqud not drained from this recipe)
salt & pepper

cook till fork tender

add to pot:
1/2 stick butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz sour cream
small container cream cheese (chive/onion flavor)
stir = done!!

The recipe garnish in bowl is sour cream, chopped chives & crumbled bacon.
I was to lazey for bacon, & added an 8oz pkg chopped, cooked ham to soup & garnished with cheddar cheese!
YUM
& fills the stock pot to the top!!
I ate it everyday for a week (comfort food) = but am making again for enough to freeze some!!

If soup too think, thin with some milk; if too thin from too much water, thicken with heavy cream or add more potatoes!

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:30 pm

OMG! That sounds delicious! I don't cook that much, but I am definitely going to try this one!


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Post by Lacey on Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:42 pm

DesperateInRI wrote:OMG! That sounds delicious! I don't cook that much, but I am definitely going to try this one!


TY, Yes, it was really GOOD!!!!

(I had a 16 oz container of sour cream, & think I added to much of that, tried dividing in half, but ... )
But the addition of the 8 oz pkg of chopped/cooked ham (on sale for $2)
& garnish with cheddar cheeze = was YUM!!

Like other recipes, after overnite in fridge = was even better Smile
Plus filled the stock pot, on tite budget!!

& got the recipe off a dog training website, of all places!
Glad I tried it, was too simple to ignore Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:50 pm

And I will be trying it this week. Supposed to get cold and I am a soup and comfort food lover. Plus with all the prepping and baking for Thanksgiving, it will be easy to just pull the pot from the fridge and have dinner for Tues and Wed ready to go. Actually, it might make a nice addition to Thanksgiving dinner, it will go far and the "elders" at dinner are always cold, don't eat very much, but all love a hearty soup and I would feel good knowing that even if they picked at the rest, they had something good to eat.

Thanks Lacey. Best part, sour cream, cream cheese and the ham cubes are all on sale this week here. In addition to bacon or ham, I bet chicken would taste good as well.

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Post by Lacey on Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:15 pm

Saw another recipe a couple days ago I would like to try
(Yes, to MaryKay, as stocking up on the "on sale" items Smile

Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes!

3.5 c chicken broth
2.5# potatoes (5 large) peeled cut in 1" cubes (about 7.5 cups)
Heat broth & potatoes in 3 qt sauce pan to boil on med heat
reduce heat cook 10 minutes until potatoes tender
drain Saving the broth

Mash with a 1/4 c broth, 1/2 c lite cream, 2 tbsp butter, dash black pepper
add additional broth if needed, serve with gravey!

(The "flavor secret" is the cooking in the chicken both!)

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:38 pm

Just finished my impossible pumpkin and coconut custard pies. Thanks to mrmarti. Made three of each.

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Post by Guest on Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:58 pm

Lacey wrote:Saw another recipe a couple days ago I would like to try
(Yes, to MaryKay, as stocking up on the "on sale" items Smile

Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes!

3.5 c chicken broth
2.5# potatoes (5 large) peeled cut in 1" cubes (about 7.5 cups)
Heat broth & potatoes in 3 qt sauce pan to boil on med heat
reduce heat cook 10 minutes until potatoes tender
drain Saving the broth

Mash with a 1/4 c broth, 1/2 c lite cream, 2 tbsp butter, dash black pepper
add additional broth if needed, serve with gravey!

(The "flavor secret" is the cooking in the chicken both!)

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!

sounds delish. Will give these a try.

Tonight I am trying the potatoe soup. Can't wait. Love my comfort food. I swear they could remove everything from my diet, but pototes, that would kill me.

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Post by Guest on Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:27 pm

My potatoe soup is cooking. Can't wait.


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Post by Guest on Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:30 pm

Another favorite from my Grandmother:

Cranberry Relish:

1 Can Jellied Cranberry Sauce or Whole Cranberry Sauce
1 Jar orange marmalade
1 Jar Peach preserves

Mix three ingredients in a bowl, try not to mash. Put in a nice decorative bowl for the table. Cover and refrigerate. It will take the shape of the bowl, look really pretty and has a nice flavor.

I like the whole cranberry sauce myself, but I always make it both ways.

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:45 am

Lacey wrote:Saw another recipe a couple days ago I would like to try
(Yes, to MaryKay, as stocking up on the "on sale" items Smile

Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes!

3.5 c chicken broth
2.5# potatoes (5 large) peeled cut in 1" cubes (about 7.5 cups)
Heat broth & potatoes in 3 qt sauce pan to boil on med heat
reduce heat cook 10 minutes until potatoes tender
drain Saving the broth

Mash with a 1/4 c broth, 1/2 c lite cream, 2 tbsp butter, dash black pepper
add additional broth if needed, serve with gravey!

(The "flavor secret" is the cooking in the chicken both!)

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!

**This is a must try, inexpensive, delicious and makes enough for a couple of dinners** (unless of course you are feeding my Rich, then you get two). He's not a "soup lover" but this is a meal. He's requesting it again, which is a biggie for him.

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:48 pm

Anyone have a recipe for the little onions. My Nan used to make creamed onions every year with the little pearl onions. The recipe is sadly illegible. It's a family tradition and I would love to make it again.

Thanks.

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Post by JoanB on Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:02 pm

Yummy things happening here!

I don't have a written down recipe, but you can make a pretty swell turkey pot "pie" by mixing some frozen veggies, gravy, and turkey together, then topping (no bottom crust) it with those crescent rolls that come in a tube, flattened out. Just don't make enough for leftovers because the "crust" really doesn't keep and reheat well. Neither do the crescent rolls for that matter.

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