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5 years ago
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Janice Cook: The CSA basket was quite the adventure last week. We are trying radishes again this week, this time we're pickling them: 30 Bucks a Week - Radish Pickles. We had a delicious stir fry last week to use the snow peas and rainbow chard from the CSA basket. This week we're having stir fry again but with bok choy and spinach and snow peas. We're cooking a chicken in the slow cooker to use for lettuce wraps later in the week (Sunny Anderson - Asian Lettuce Cups). And we made a giant pasta salad with the CSA spinach Chilled Pasta with Broccoli, Spinach, and Tomatoes in a Creamy Dressing. So far that's what we've gotten done.
5 years ago
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Janice Cook: Tonight we make my husband's favorite meatloaf: Kathi's Famous Meatloaf. Also, our CSA season began today: 18 weeks of fresh produce but we'll never know what we are getting until we pick it up. Tonight we'll kick off CSA season by handling the radishes: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/roasted-radishes-with-radish-greens. Does anyone have any favorite recipes for radishes??
5 years ago
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Janice Cook: So excited to have Memorial Day off from work this year for a change. We'll be celebrating by grilling our first meal of the season: grilled corn on the cob, Weight Watchers - Grilled Zucchini Flatbreads, and Lori's - Grilled Pork Tenderloin
5 years ago
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Janice Cook: Not doing a ton of cooking these days - just way too much to do everywhere else in the house. That being said, today we'll be making a soup: America's Test Kitchen - Italian Meatball Soup. For a side dish with extra iron we'll be making Taste of Home - Spinach Orzo Salad and the quick meat item to go along with it will be Eileen Stalec's Ginger Soy London Broil.
5 years ago
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Margaret : What are you working on in the house? How are you, btw? It's been ages since we've talked. Looking forward to the end of the year?
5 years ago
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Janice Cook: Hey Margaret, We have a busy summer ahead of us so we're trying to do a big top to bottom clean/reorganize on the house in the next month. Hope all is well with you. Send me an email with an update if you wish!
5 years ago
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Janice Cook: The plan for the week: Whole Wheat Roll-ups with Tangy White Beans and Vegetables, Whole Living - Zucchini Patty Sandwiches, and Healthy Homestyle Cooking - Tomato Mac n Cheese. We'll also be doing a variation on last week's deviled egg adventure: Healthy Cooking - Asian Deviled Eggs. For my husband's muffins to enjoy along his smoothies this week we will try Weight Watchers - Morning Glory Muffins. We'll be doing a simple marinade on a pork tenderloin as well and then that's about it!
6 years ago
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Margaret : I love deviled eggs - such great snacks!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Can you believe I've never tried Deviled Eggs? Now is the time! Healthy Cooking - Deviled Eggs. I'm also curious about What's For Dinner - Pickle Soup. We'll also be trying out Taste of Home - Smoky Roasted Chicken and Corn Chowder and bloghungry - Chicken, Bacon, Ranch French Bread Pizza.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Husband is still enjoying smoothies and muffins and I've enjoyed taking them along with my lunch so I get to try another new muffin recipe. This week it will be 101 Things to Do with Zucchini - Zucchini Date Nut Muffins. For meat this week we'll be using the crockpot: 365crockpotblog - Beef Stroganoff, 365crockpotblog - Pomegranate Beef, and 365crockpotblog - Shredded Korean Beef Tacos. For sides we will be trying 101 Cookbooks - Baked Quinoa Patties, 101 Cookbooks - Pan-Fried Corona Beans and Kale, and 101 Cookbooks - Orzo Soup.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: This week we're making a lunch for family: 365crockpotblog - Falafels served on whole wheat pitas with a yogurt sauce, lettuce, and tomato. We'll also serve 2 cold sides: Taste of Home - Green Bean and Walnut Salad and, one of our favorites, Cooking Light - Silky Sesame Cucumbers. My husband has been really into smoothies for breakfast so I get to try out some muffin recipes so he has a carb option alongside. Last week was whole wheat apple muffins (from a box so we could see if the smoothie plus muffin breakfast was a winner). This week I'll make a batch from scratch and have an excuse to try a new recipe: Weight Watchers - Honey Plum Muffins. Other than that we'll be eating stuff from the freezer - there is lots and lots up there!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Dying to try making fruit leather so I think we're going to start with a basic strawberry batch and an apple batch this weekend: Super Baby Food - Fruit Leather. Although we have a favorite chili recipe and aren't usually open to trying new ones, this one sounds different enough and my work friends give it raved reviews so we need to try it: Phyllis' Sweet Potato Chili. I'm a sucker for individual servings of anything and these look adorable: Cook's Country - Breakfast Buttercups. For meat, I'm craving beef and I'm craving easy: Healthy Cooking - Sweet and Sour Brisket and Healthy Cooking - Chocolate Chipotle Sirloin Steak. Also plan to make potato chips: http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/7_unexpected_uses_for_your_microwave
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: and due to a miscalculation regarding zucchini, we'll also be making fritters: http://wegottaeat.com/janice.cook/recipes/martha-stewart-zucchini-fritters
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: For main dishes this week we will try Leah's Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Ellie Krieger - Pork and Mango Stir Fry. We didn't make the snow peas yet from last week (Clean Eating - Snow Peas with Sweet and Sour Dressing) so those will get made today. Later in the week we will have Ellie Krieger - Ham-Wrapped Endive Au Gratin and a food network recipe for stuffed zucchini that I will input in a little bit. Hope everyone is having a great week!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: http://wegottaeat.com/janice.cook/recipes/ellie-krieger-beef-and-bulgur-stuffed-zucchini
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Making the 365crockpotblog - Falafels again because they came out so well. Last week we tried them with yogurt sauce but this week we'll make them into pita sandwiches and add some veggies. Still have some chicken leftover on the whole chicken that we cooked so we'll be trying out Healthy Cooking - BBQ Chicken Pizza Roll-up. And since stop and shop is having such a fantastic sale on whole chickens we'll go ahead and make Taste of Home - Herbed Roast Chicken. For sides we've chosen 365crockpotblog - Honey and Cinnamon Glazed Carrots, Taste of Home - Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower, Creamy White Bean and Vegetable Mash, and Clean Eating - Snow Peas with Sweet and Sour Dressing.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Still on a quest to try out some new slow cooker stuff so here is where we are starting for this week's plan: 365crockpotblog - Falafels, Tzatziki burger topping, Taste of Home - Plum Chicken Wraps, 365crockpotblog - Whole Chicken, 365crockpotblog - Rootbeer Pulled Pork
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: We have a good amount of meat for the weekend all cooked in the fridge so I'll mostly try out new side dishes this weekend: Healthy Cooking - Baked Veggie Chips, Healthy Cooking - Puffy Apple Omelet, Eating Well - Individual Brussels Sprout and Potato Frittatas, Mrs. Lee's Corn Casserole. When we do run out of meat we will try out our new slow cooker ribs recipes: 365crockpotblog - Korean Ribs and 365crockpotblog - Smoky Country Style BBQ Ribs.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: For New Year's Day we are devoting the entire day to gaming - so many more Christmas presents to try out before vacation ends! A friend is coming over to help. He is bringing bacon corn muffins with cream cheese frosting for an adventurous snack to sustain us during gaming. For a low maintenance dinner that will require us to step away from gaming for as little time as possible we will be serving 365crockpotblog - peperoncini beef sandwiches, OAMC - Asparagus Italiano, and OAMC - Roasted Grape Tomatoes.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: We had a little extra time before guests arrived so we also chopped up the leftover broccoli and brussels sprouts from the holiday meal shopping trip. They are hanging out on a sheet pan with salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. They'll go in the oven with our side dishes for dinner come out - being all efficient today! The produce won't go to waste and we'll have plenty of side dishes to start off the work week.
6 years ago
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Margaret : sounds like you had a great holiday season. hope you and S are well. haven't seen you in ages.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: hey margaret - yes all is going very well here. we hope you are doing well too!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Enjoying cooking from my bookmarks - you guys share great things! SLK's Yamazette (Yum-a-setta) was FANTASTIC. Dawn Knowlton's OAMC Corn Souffle is cooking right now and I'm extra excited that there are another 3 batches of it waiting in the freezer. Nicki's Slow Cooker Italian Chicken (for pasta) is cooking and that will be nice to take out of the freezer on a busy night too. later today we plan to bake some bread but that's where we are at for now.
6 years ago
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Eileen Stalec: Hope the chicken was finger-lickin' good :)
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Missing having things in the freezer at the ready so we'll start with some cookie dough: Make-A-Mix Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookies. For the freezer from our bookmarks we'll be making Kristen's teriyaki chicken and Dawn Knowlton's OAMC oven barbecued chicken. Also from bookmarks but being made for this week will be Eileen Stalec's Buttermilk Oven-Fried Chicken and Katie Logan's Slow Cooker Char Sui Pork Roast. We'll also have london broil in the freezer at the ready for Paula Deen - Balsamic Glazed London Broil when we need something quick. For side dishes we'll keep it simple with baked sweet potatoes and Tyler Florence - Warm Wilted Winter Greens. Hopefully this menu will help us handle last minute baking requests for work parties, quick weeknight meals during this busy time of year, and also have some stuff build up in our freezer again. . . . because things just seem to get busier and busier. Thanks to Stop and Shop for having a good meat sale this week :)
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: The freezer is stocked, the buttermilk chicken is marinading for tomorrow night, the pork will go in the slow cooker when we go to sleep, and we'll make the cookie dough after dinner tonight. Our freezer looks MUCH better and it only took us about 3 hours.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: The plan for the week: All Recipes - Pork Roast with Tangy Apple Sauce, Braised Kale with Spicy Sausage, Penzey's Hummus, Serious Eats - Steak Salad with Chive Yogurt Dressing, and alton brown's baked mac and cheese served with baked sweet potatoes.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Haven't been doing a lot of cooking but this weekend we're going to try to get back into it. Mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, stir fry, Eating Well - Farmer's Market Fried Rice, Passionate Vegetarian - Incan Quinoa-Corn-Potato Stew, and a delicious zesty quinoa broccoli and cashew dish from my bookmarks. Hope everyone had a great holiday!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: pot roast was good. we made two roasted chickens which were good but i didn't care for the gravy that was included in the recipe. also made a batch of mashed potatoes with broccoli mixed in (recipe to be posted soon). today i'll be making a bunch of side dishes to work through the rest of the parsnips, carrots, and potatoes.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: We were hit pretty hard by the snowtoberfestaggedon here in CT so we lost everything in the fridge and freezer. Today we'll be cleaning it out, starting fresh, and restocking with all sorts of freezer meals. 4 days without power and we were some of the lucky ones. Hope everyone is safe!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: We decided on a theme. Instead of freezer meals (we'll do that on the weekend) we stocked up on pork roasts, beef roasts, whole chickens, potatoes, carrots, and parsnips. I'm going to make slow roasted comfort foods to take advantage of the time I have at home until schools open again. Psyched!
6 years ago
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Margaret : Glad you've got power back. My parents are still without - eta for them is Tuesday. I've been hosting hot-water & food parties at my house all this week.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: oooh ahhh hot water parties ;-) we've got people staying here too. so far 5 days without school and we are projected to be off monday too!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Tomorrow we're hosting our annual Practice Thanksgiving Celebration - we all meet to try out new thanksgiving recipes. I'll be making Cooking Light - Apple Poblano Whole Roast Turkey, Bon Appetit - Roasted Cranberry Sauce with Herbed Candied Walnuts, Family Circle - Easy Pumpkin Pie, Clean Eating - Coconut Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes. Other friends are bringing rolls, apple pie, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, broccoli rice casserole, and stuffing.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Never got around to making that Clean Eating - Pomegranate Chipotle Chicken so we'll be making this this week. Have a coupon for chicken sausage so we'll be trying out Eating Well - Warm Chicken Sausage and Potato Salad. Also trying to work through a giant bag of potatoes so we'll try http://wegottaeat.com/janice.cook/recipes/kale-and-olive-oil-mashed-potatoes and http://wegottaeat.com/janice.cook/recipes/mashed-potatoes-and-cauliflower. Finally, because we have a sausage coupon I've chosen Braised Kale with Spicy Sausage.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: In 3 hours we stocked the freezer with TONS of food. Now to cook for this week. We'll be baking sweet potatoes and stuffing them with craisins, some leftover cheese, and some sauteed brussels sprouts. I've been craving Kiena's Creamy Ham and Cheese Mac so that's on the list. For new recipes from this month's cooking magazines I plan to try Clean Eating - Pomegranate Chipotle Chicken, Clean Eating - Southwest Meatball Skillet, and Martha Stewart - Braised Short Rib, Stout, and Potato Potpies. It's a comfort food kind of week!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Our freezer stock is getting low. Today we will prepare Dinner Doctor - Italian Mini Meatloaves, a double batch of Clean Eating - Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole, and a double batch of Martha Stewart - Ground Meat Mix (to become Martha Stewart - Skewered Greek Meatballs some other time).
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Lost a dear friend this week. Having a bunch of friends over tonight to celebrate his life and just be together during this difficult time. Threw together a quick, comforting menu to gather around: Hannaford's - Cajun Slow Cooker Chili, Penzey's Sweet Summer Corn Bread, Artichoke Arugula Salad, Cooking Light - Silky Sesame Cucumbers.
6 years ago
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Margaret : I'm sorry to hear this. :(
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Time to get back to cooking now that the silly hurricane and it's associated power loss have passed. This week's line-up: Taste of Home - Pasta Sauce served on egg noodles, Arugula Pesto served on Wacky Mac, Chicken with Yogurt and Cumin served with frozen sweet potato fries, Chicken, Corn, and Black Bean Enchiladas, two batches of homemade yogurt, and a tray of Hippy Granola. We'll also be having a special brunch on Sunday - making ebelskivers for the first time and serving it with fruit and Taste of Home - Baked eggs with cheddar and bacon.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Tomorrow is my birthday so Sam is making dinner for me. An almond crusted pork tenderloin with cranberry apple conserve (recipe to be inputted later if we like it, Passionate Vegetarian - Golden Days of Summer Corn Soup, Passionate Vegetarian - Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Pudding in Tomato Cases, and Cooking Light - Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blueberry Sauce. Very excited :)
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: The food we made for the moving party this weekend lasted the entire week so we didn't have to cook. Tuesday we brought dinner over to a friend's house who is about to go back to work after having a baby. We brought desserts from the weekend, a lasagna we had in the freezer, and whipped up a quick pasta salad. Wednesday we went out to eat with friends using a gift card. We'll be away again this weekend so I'm not planning food for a week - just enough to get us started. Using meat we have in the freezer we'll be making Penzey's - Swedish Meatballs and Cooking Light - Grilled Steak with Baby Arugula. I also plan to try The New Whole Grains Cookbook - Overnight Apple Date Muesli this week to see how it works out as a breakfast option. We've still got one more meal in the freezer and our garden is in full swing. Hoping to make some side dishes out of our garden veggies next week and maybe even do some canning.
6 years ago
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Margaret : you got a piano?!??
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: it's been in Sam's family for a while and this weekend it is being passed on to us. we had to drive a long ways to pick it up but tonight we'll be moving it in.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: This week we also ended up making Strawberry Soup (because the strawberries were getting soft faster than I could keep up). We got a great deal on some beef stir fry meat and added it to a bag of frozen stir fry veg and leftover orzo. For a sauce the Weight Watchers - Peanut Sauce worked great. The final addition to the menu was made by cutting up some soft fruit (3 bananas and a peach), freezing it, and then throwing it in the food processor along with a splash of milk to get the texture right. It was a great, healthy frozen treat. We topped it with a few chocolate chips for that frozen banana concept. Try it the next time your bananas are too brown for your liking!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: We are undertaking a challenge for the month of August to make our grocery bill as small as possible. I'll be trying to select recipes that have ingredients we have in the house as much as possible. My shopping list for tonight is milk, a box of pasta, 2 boxes of orzo, and a can or quartered artichoke hearts. We grilled some chicken tonight with a spice rub of ingredients we had on hand. I'll be making How to Cook Everything - Irish Soda Bread for the week and Hippy Granola to make our homemade yogurt a bit more filling. We have some leftover zucchini pasta sauce that we'll be serving with pasta and I plan to make Pesto Orzo as well. I will also make my normal two batches of yogurt - the 14 servings we need for a week. We'll see how far this food stretches us but so far I think we're off to a good start.
6 years ago
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Margaret : Hey J - thanks for the comment! :) I'm working hard at making plans for the weeks for my grocery shopping, since I try to only do grocery shopping 2 times a month. With the occasional trip in between for fresh produce/milk/eggs, etc. That irish soda bread recipe looks great, btw. Irish soda bread is my fav!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: I don't know a lot about irish soda bread but it was one of the easiest homemade bread recipes I've ever come across and I had all the ingredients so there really wasn't anything to lose. It's funny, I'm actually using the opposite strategy (since I have a bit more spare time right now). I'm trying to buy only what I'm positive we need. I think when I tried to plan for the whole week I often bought too much because I was afraid we would run out of food and be too busy to cook. Who knows what will happen once school rolls around but for now I'm trying to focus on recipes that don't have a lot of ingredients or ones that are based on stuff we have. Every little bit helps!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Today we're throwing some BBQ sauce on chicken drumsticks I found in the freezer and baking them - nothing fancy. To use up the cucumbers from our garden we'll try out Cooking Light - Sauteed Miso Cucumbers and for the garden zucchini/summer squash I'll be making Martha Stewart - Zucchini Tart.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: My schedule is much more flexible now that it's summer so we're not planning as far in advance. We've assembled two pans of summer squash lasagna Al Fresco - Roasted Pepper and Asiago Summer Squash Lasagna so one went in the freezer and one will get baked later this week. We'll also try out a balsamic chicken dish Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus and Parsley.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Made a healthy brunch today featuring asparagus omelets. Asparagus Omelet
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: ventured into fruit on the bottom yogurt this week EuroCuisine - Yogurt Flavored with Fresh Fruit
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Apparently my husband really likes this summery side dish. We made it two weeks in a row and tonight we're making it again so he can bring it to a party at work. Vegetarian Times - Corn Quinoa Salad
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: found some nice fresh corn and tomatoes at the farmer's market today. . . this week we will also try Passionate Vegetarian - Creamy American-Style Scalloped Pesto Potatoes, Weight Watchers - Pasta Primavera, and http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-symon/bratwurst-stewed-with-sauerkraut-recipe/index.html. for protein this week we'll be using chicken but keeping it simple, likely simple marinades and grilled chicken. to me, it's not about meat in the summer - - - it's about fruits and veggies.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: last week's cooking adventures was making yogurt for the first time. takes very little attention from me - just inactive time (planning ahead). SO much cheaper than at the store and better for the environment since you can reuse the glass jars over and over. the greek batch came out better than the regular. we mixed in our homemade strawberry jam . . . great use for the jars that were a bit runny and just the right amount of sweetener.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Keeping things simple: it's a busy, busy week. Vegetarian Times - Corn Quinoa Salad was so good last week that I'm craving more. For meat we'll be whipping up Eating Well - Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Creamy Chive Sauce and Weight Watchers - Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: My husband is cooking some food tonight for this week's lunches . . . Chicken Thighs with Vinegar and Sweet Peppers, and Passionate Vegetarian - Wild Rice, Pasta, and Roasted Asparagus Salad which uses this dressing: Passionate Vegetarian - Sweet Sesame Ginger Dressing. Hope everyone is having a great week!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Having some company tomorrow. For lunch we will grill up some chicken to use in the dinner recipe as well as serve Grilled Fajitas and Grilled Corn on the Cob (from a book in the library - will input if they come out good). For a fun beverage(?) we'll also be serving Taste of Home - Molded Margaritas. For dinner we'll turn that grilled chicken into a Rachael Ray - Grilled Chicken Posole Salad served with a side of Neely's Quick Bread. And for dessert some Taste of Home - Ginger Peach Milk Shakes.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Kicked off summer vacation with Eating Well - Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers. Healthy and delicious. We made a double batch since chicken tenders were BOGO at Big Y this week.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: We've got some meat leftovers still from a fabulous taco party and some sloppy joe we took down from the freezer so we're OK for main dishes for a bit and those sugar snap peas and various fruit items should take care of sides for a couple of days. That means all I'm shopping for today is a grain to round out upcoming lunches and dinners. I chose Sesame Rice and Clean Eating - The Loaded Bowl.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: My husband made this fun side dish to bring to a party we were going to this weekend: Penzey's - Pineapple Fried Rice. Our sugar snap peas are growing like crazy in our garden thanks to all the rain. I love eating them raw but it might be time to look for some good recipes that can help us use them up. Anyone have any favorites to share?
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Lately my cooking style has been to make a double batch of a freezer friendly meal so that I get to try the recipe and then try it again, defrosted, before rating it. Make ahead meals are so great to have on hand so I've been furiously testing new recipes to add to my arsenal. The book I'm using also tends to have pretty cheap main dishes (a bonus) and then I pair it with a fresh veggie side dish to punch up the nutrition. The plan for the end of the week is: OAMC Family Favorites - Pork Chops in Orange Sauce, OAMC Family Favorites - Sloppy Joes, Cooking Light - Lemony Sugar Snap Salad, Artichoke Arugula Salad, and Easy Grilled Squash.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Really enjoyed the homemade bread last week so this week we'll be making a double batch of All American Low Fat or No Fat Meals in Minutes - Blueberry Lemon Loaf and All American Low Fat or No Fat Meals in Minutes - Summer Herb Buttermilk Bread (one for us and one for a BBQ we are going to tomorrow). Our meatless pasta dish for the week will be Cooking Light - Orecchiette with Roasted Peppers, Arugula, and Tomatoes and we will also be trying out a new lasagna recipe (can never have too many) Penzey's Spinach & Eggplant Lasagna. Finally, as the days get warmer we'll be getting back into summery salads such as Eating Well - Sesame Tuna Salad.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Just made the most delicious, easy bread: Taste of Home - Dilled Wheat Bread. Try it!
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: My husband's birthday weekend - Part Two/Day Two menu: OAMC Family Favorites - Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork, Summer Blackberries, Sesame Grilled Asparagus, and german chocolate cake (Recipe will be posted if it comes out good).
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Keeping it simple this weekend. Vegetarian Times - Roasted Chickpeas, Vegetarian Times - Artichoke and New Potato Packets with Pesto, and Vegetarian Times - Eggplant Parmesan. There will be some grilling thrown into the mix and some sandwiches as well but this is all I plan to shop for today.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Hosting a Mary Kay party for some work friends. Serving: Easy Sesame Breadsticks, Cheddar and Apple Panini Bites, Weight Watchers - Basic Muffins (the sweet and chocolate varieties), and a platter of hummus, pita, wasa bread, cheese, carrots, and peppers
6 years ago
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Margaret : are you selling MK now? how's school going? never seem to talk to you anymore now that I'm not on FB....
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Hey there, No I don't sell MK but a friend does so I opened my house up for a party for our work friends. We had a great time. School is OK - only 3 classes left in my masters so I'm pretty excited about that. How are things going for you?
6 years ago
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Margaret : Nothing's changed around here. Glad to hear that you are almost done with your masters. Maybe we could try and get together over the summer?
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Sure thing. I'm in class for 3 weeks in July and then off for summer for a bit until marching band starts.
6 years ago
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Janice Cook: Braving the wind today to do some grilling: Cooking Light - Grilled Peaches and Pork, Bobby Flay - Grilled Lavash Pizza, and indoors we try our hand at crab cakes for the first time: Cooking Light - Crab Cakes
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Have you ever made your own microwave popcorn before?? Martha Stewart - Microwave Popcorn (Sugar and Spice) or Martha Stewart - Microwave Popcorn (Pesto Presto). So much fun!!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: kicked off the school vacation week by cooking some meals for the freezer: OAMC Family Favorites - Spaghetti Sauce, OAMC Family Favorites - Stuffed Shells, and OAMC Family Favorites - Smothered Burritos. Tomorrow is grilling day if the weather cooperates!!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Having company over for dinner so we're going to make Cornish Game Hens for the first time! Sunny Anderson - Cornish Game Hen with Sage Butter and Bacon, Eating Well - Buttermilk Herb Mashed Potatoes, Balsamic Roasted Asparagus, and Around My French Table - Cheese Puffs are on the menu.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Celebrate the start of spring . . .through dessert: Taste of Home - Bird Nests
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Loving the spring weather but had to make just a bit more soup before Winter left. Williams Sonoma - Freezable Hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup and Williams Sonoma - Freezable Chicken and Corn Chowder were my Friday night projects. Today we are trying out a suspiciously easy crockpot recipe: 365crockpotblog - peperoncini beef sandwiches.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Just got home from Disney world and although the food was better than I expected I'm craving home cooked foods and VEGETABLES! This week's plan: Cooking Light - Honey Balsamic Arugula Salad, Cooking Light - Romaine Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Taste of Home - Spinach Cheese Manicotti, Martha Stewart - Skewered Greek Meatballs, and some homemade pizza using some leftover items we have on hand. Also, we're enjoying hummus on wasa bread as a snack currently as well as hummus as a sandwich bread. Last week we used storebought but this week we'll make our own: Clean Eating - Yummy Hummus and Clean Eating - Roasted Red Pepper & White Bean Hummus.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: We've had a lot of snow days so once we heard that it was time to go back to school I baked these muffins to ease myself back into the idea of working: Taste of Home - Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins. When they came out of the oven, our town changed their mind and we have ANOTHER snow day. It's a magical recipe!!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Snow days were spent making soup and pancakes. Mmmm.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Put some of this in your freezer: Martha Stewart - Ground Meat Mix. It will make two batches of Martha Stewart - Skewered Greek Meatballs. We had them tonight and they were delicious. We made a batch for us and a batch for a friend who is having surgery this week. Can't wait to make them again!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Spending the day off from school playing board and Wii games with 2 great friends. Sunny Anderson - Asian Lettuce Cups for lunch, cornbread and Hannaford's - Cajun Slow Cooker Chili for dinner.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: It's 'make some space in the pantry' weekend. Why do we have 10 cans of tomato juice?
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Improvised a creamy veggie soup to use up odds and ends, made some spaghetti sauce for the freezer, and made a chicken pasta soup with caramelized onions. Our pantry is in much better shape now and our grocery bill was quite low.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: I love snow days because I get to enjoy the bounty of food in our freezer and I get to enter in a few new recipes.
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Janice Cook: Had 5 friends over for dinner and games last night. Made a casual menu featuring: Williams Sonoma - Freezable Macaroni and Cheese, White Bean and Kale Soup with Turkey Sausage, and paninis. We bought bread from a local bakery, cold cuts, cheese, and put them all out on the table with a variety of condiments. People made their sandwich and my husband made them into paninis on the george foreman grill. Very little hands on cooking time when guests were there and it was a casual, filling menu that had wide appeal. If you haven't had panini night yet, try it!
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Dawn Knowlton: Great idea! What a fabulously easy way to feed your guests warm, filling food while keeping it simple and quick!
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Janice Cook: And the soup can simmer on the stove for a while before serving (chopping stuff all cleaned up before they come) and the mac and cheese can be assembled earlier in the day too. It's one of our favorite menus!
7 years ago
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Lorrae : mmm... this sounds like a great casual party, my fav!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Couldn't resist another great meat sale at Big Y. These two meals are great to have on hand in the freezer for busy nights and they use mostly ingredients you already have in your pantry. Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer - Honey Pork Chops and Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer - Apricot Glazed Chicken Tenders
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: We've eaten out of the freezer all week long - so many leftovers. We're only cooking this weekend because we have friends coming over, not because we need food :). On the menu, paninis (reubens and the like) served with White Bean and Kale Soup with Turkey Sausage, Williams Sonoma - Freezable Macaroni and Cheese, and Healthy Homestyle Cooking - Macaroon Filled Chocolate Cupcakes. If you haven't tried this soup recipe yet you really, really should. It's amazing, easy, not too expensive, and healthy.
7 years ago
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Lorrae : Janice - your recipes look amazing, tasty, and very healthy! I am trying to be a healthy cook myself, and cant wait to try your recipes for some inspiration :]
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Aww, thanks. We try to make healthy choices whenever we can. Even when life gets busy and exercise gets tough if we are eating healthy foods in moderation it'll all work out. The biggest loser meatball sub recipe freezes well for use on a busy night or when you have company and it's a good place to start if you are looking for an idea. I also have some weight watchers stuff in there if you are looking for a healthier version of a favorite dish. Let me know if you ever have a craving or need and idea. I'd be happy to help!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: I got a ton of awesome cookbooks for Christmas but we also have a tremendous amount of leftovers from all of the feasts so it will be a while before I can try them out. Happy 2011 everyone!!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Our first time hosting the big Christmas meal was an A+ experience. We had a blast preparing it, it came out great, and was well received by all. Now we'll host the other side of the family for New Years. Today we'll make homemade mozzarella cheese Mozzarella Cheese for the caprese salad and use the whey to make bread Italian Feather Bread (made with Whey). We'll also assemble tomorrow's dinner dishes: Cooking Light - Mexican Chicken Casserole with Charred Tomato Salsa and Chow - Winter Greens Lasagna. Lunch will be sandwiches but these casseroles will be served for dinner along with Cooking Light - Silky Sesame Cucumbers and Barefoot Contessa - Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad. In the morning I'll whip up two pancake batters: Cooking Club - Cranberry Oat Pancakes, Cooking Club - Cranberry Oat Pancake Mix, Eat, Live, Run - Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Pancakes and cook them fresh as people wake up and are ready to eat.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Christmas Dinner for 8 tomorrow - the first official family meal we will cook in our new house. The snowstorm has prevented me from finding the proper protein but I will go out in search of that today after we shovel. Here's the rest of the menu: http://wegottaeat.com/janice.cook/recipes/gravy (Assuming I can find a turkey of course), Food Network - Bacon Jalapeno Stuffing, Clean Eating - Coconut Cardamom Sweet Potatoes, Clean Eating - Roasted Maple Cranberry Sauce, Vegetarian Times - Southwestern Corn Pudding, Margaret's Almond Cranberry Squash Bake, Eating Well - Vermont Cheddar Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes. We also made the dough last night for some fresh honey whole wheat bread. Just gotta find the meat now. . . .So excited to spend the day prepping side dishes for tomorrow's party!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Skipping the cranberry sauce since we didn't end up making poultry. The meat item with be a boneless beef roast marinaded in a sweet onion sauce that our local meat store makes. Bread is baked, side dishes are assembled, it's going to be a great day tomorrow :)
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Merry Christmas Everyone. We won't be cooking our big holiday meal until Wednesday and I haven't settled on a menu. Still looking for inspiration . . . .What are you having today??
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Cookies for this week were Taste of Home - Toffee Malted Cookies (i crave this constantly), Taste of Home - Coconut Macaroons (which are ridiculously quick and easy), and Cooking Light - Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies. still hoping to make a batch of the deliciously addicting Better Homes and Garden - Cherry Tassies later in the week.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: hoping to roast 2 chickens (great sale at Big Y) this week and put the meat away into the freezer. so many recipes call for cooked chicken so this should be a huge timesaver during the holidays.
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Dawn Knowlton: Janice - this is exactly what I have done over the last few days. I made a bunch of freezer meals, plus still have 2 pounds of cooked chicken meat left! :o) Definitely a real timesaver for those busy holidays!
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Janice Cook: ooh - i'll keep an eye out to see what you are cooking. can't think of my favorite meals to make with cooked chicken off the top of my head but i know it's a frequent ingredient in quick and easy recipes. the chicken came out great - nice golden crust and citrus herb flavor all over.
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: Chicken curry and chicken fried rice, for us.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: still need to make the almond cranberry bake and also plan to try out coconut crusted chicken fingers (using a mix from the store and some imagination)
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Cooking from my bookmarks this weekend: Healthy Coffee Cake, Aloha Bread, Acorn Squash Gorgonzola Pizza, Almond Cranberry Squash Bake, Arugula and Apple Soup with Toasted Walnuts. Also stocking the freezer with Giada De Laurentiis - Butternut Squash Lasagna and Eating Well - Chili Cornbread Casserole
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: We tasted our pickles for the first time. I loved the zucchini and bread and butter but wasn't crazy about the dill. So excited that canning was a success!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Today we're making Thanksgiving (practice Thanksgiving) for the first time.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: The bacon jalapeno stuffing was amazing! Food Network - Bacon Jalapeno Stuffing.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Not all of the recipes are entered in (and some are from bookmarks) so there won't be any links until after I make them. Still, the cooking plan for today is: Bacon Jalapeno Stuffing, Pumpkin Lasagna, Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Sage Sauce, Pumpkin Risotto, and Pumpkin Hominy Tortilla Soup. Been missing pumpkin since the shortage last year so I'm featuring it this week.
7 years ago
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Margaret : Let me know what you think of the hominy soup! I quite enjoyed it. :)
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: I'll warn you, I just came home from the store and they didn't have hominy so I'm making it with white corn. I understand it's a different texture but it'll still be an adventure.
7 years ago
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Margaret : Aren't they the same thing? My can of hominy said White Corn on the front... I'm sure it'll taste similiar, if not the same. Besides, you have to puree all of it so you'll hardly notice. :)
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: I think hominy is white corn that they then process in some way to give it that chick-pea-like texture. I remember reading the ingredient "lye" on the label last time we used it too which wasn't exactly our favorite concept. So I'm making it with a regular can of white corn and we'll see what happens.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Sorry I haven't updated in a while - Back to School season has been crazy. Adding some new recipes and looking forward to making the weekend's menu.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: *seasonal
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Today's canning adventure is salsa!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Sunday's menu is Clean Eating - Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper Gazpacho with Scallops, an heirloom tomato pasta (recipe will be posted later if it's yummy) featuring fresh tomatoes from our garden, sides of fresh grapes, watermelon, and strawberries, and Better Homes and Garden - Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries for dessert
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Today was my first day of canning ever. Taste of Home - Zucchini Pickles, Bread and Butter Pickles, and Confetti Cucumber Relish made for a very adventurous day.
7 years ago
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Traci Downing: Kudos to you for canning! I haven't gone down that road, yet.
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Janice Cook: Hi Traci, It wasn't hard but it took a long time. Lots of inactive hours. You tend to it for like 10 minutes and then it needs to sit for several hours so you go do something else. Then another 10 minutes. Then you go do something else. Once you finally can it you clean your jars, let them simmer in water to stay warm, bring your food to boiling, and then process to actual can them for 10 minutes. They sit out overnight to seal, you check them in the morning, and it's done. Only so many large bowls and large stockpots in my house so when you want to cook multiple things you really need to be mostly done with one before you start the other. That's really what drags it out. Still, it was an adventure and I'll likely be going at it again once my tomato crop matures.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: planning out this weekend's cooking adventures. definetly canning some pickles (zucchini and cucumber both). likely also making some banana bread while it's cool in the evening.
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: Just added a recipe for curried zucchini bread. I didn't try it yet, but it sounds good. I want to try the pickles. Anyone tested a recipe for zucchini chutney?
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Thanks - that's a neat link!! I'm probably too scared to try the curry bread . . . .that's a spice that I get a bit nervous about.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: With zucchini season officially upon us, have you tried Mac's Individual Zucchini, Lemon, and Ricotta Galettes?? So delicious!!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Tonight's vegetarian snack supper featured The Biggest Loser - Melon Tzatziki served with crispbread, Cooking Light - Muhammara served with veggies, andTaste of Home - Sun-dried Tomato Hummus served with pita bread alongside corn on the cob and honeydew melon slices.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: grilling chicken this weekend in a simple store bought marinade and serving it with Weight Watchers - Lemony Spring Vegetable Risotto and Weight Watchers - Succotash. for the upcoming week we'll be having sandwiches for lunch and the following items for dinner: Bob's Red Mill - Quinoa Crusted Chicken Strips with Chipotle Pepper Drizzle, Taste of Home - Open Faced Chicken Avocado Burgers, Cooking Light - Silky Sesame Cucumbers, and Sweet Potato Quesadillas
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: We also made the Taste of Home S'more please trifle. We forgot to photograph it because we were in a hurry on our way to a party but it was very good.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: We had a can of creamed corn taking up space in the fridge and we stumbled upon Kiena's Creamy Ham and Cheese Mac. Mmmm the creamed corn flavor added such dimension to the dish. Check it out!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Working on an orange granita (haven't had a chance to enter in the recipe yet). Have plans to cook The Biggest Loser - Spinach Salad with Feta and Mandarin Oranges, Clean Eating - Creamy Lemon Dressing, and just grill some chicken with a simple marinade early on in the week. Work is pretty busy for both Sam and I right now and it's getting pretty hot so we're going to keep it simple.
7 years ago
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Eunice : hi Janice! just wanted to warn you as you bookmarked one of my recipes. the Organic Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread needs major adjustments. it was a recipe that somebody gave me and they must have forgotten something as it was too dry and crumbly. you should use the recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread instead as that recipe has the proper proportion of wet to dry ingredients, tastes good and is a whiz to make.
7 years ago
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Traci Downing: Can I come stay with you this weekend? hehe
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Oh you should have Traci, all the recipes went smoothly and the pizza was so delicious!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: making homemade bread tonight for the first time. won't be posting the recipes because they are from a book with a very specific method but i'm very excited.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Company again! Brunch menu: Ellie Krieger - Chocolate and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast, Taste of Home - Ranch Mac and Cheese, SeaBr33z's Tortellini Salad, and eileen.stalec's Jellin' Melon. Dessert is Toffee Crunch Cheesecake Bars (taken from the Cake Mix Doctor - will add recipe if we really like it)
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Janice Cook: the cheesecake bars were awesome so i did end up posting the recipe. enjoy!
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Eunice : Cake Mix Doctor...that's hilarious! clicked on the photo for a close-up and that is one oozy, gooey, yummy looking Toffee Crunch Cheesecake Bar...mmmm.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: I swear by the Cake Mix Doctor series! There is an original volume, one just for chocolate, and one for cupcakes. There are also some other books in the series but they aren't nearly as good. The cake doctor books offer me fancy flavorful options to serve for special occasions but they use easy ingredients.
7 years ago
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Eunice : "easy" is always a good sign of a good recipe that will be referred to often. will have to check that series out. thanks, Janice!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Birthday Party Menu (Day One): Bacon Cheddar Burgers (from our local butcher), White Bean and Kale Soup with Turkey Sausage, Avocado Mac and Cheese, and a Cannoli Cake (I will add the recipe if it's yummy - taken from Cake Mix Doctor)
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Janice Cook: The Cannoli Cake was OK but I don't think we would repeat it. It had a nice orange flavor and I'm glad we used the almonds in the ganache but the cannoli flavor wasn't really present and the filling was too liquidy to really make it layer cake effect (effort) worthwhile. Yummy, but not one we'll do again.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: This week: Pizza Pot Pies (a food network recipe I plan to enter in later on) with a salad using up some leftover yummy stuff we have in the fridge, Zucchini Ripieni, Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Flank Steak with Balsamic BBQ sauce (food network again), Grilled Zucchini with Quinoa Stuffing
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Janice Cook: This week we are trying to clean out the pantry and make some space. (We have 2 unopened boxes of whole wheat lasagna noodles) Taste of Home - Fiesta Lasagna, (we forgot to use the feta cheese when we made these yesterday)Taste of Home - Basil, Feta, & Roasted Pepper Muffins, (we have canned pineapple and BBQ sauce and leftover goat cheese) The Biggest Loser - Thin and Crispy Gourmet Hula Pizza, (We have a partial box of orzo) Weight Watchers - Orzo with Garlic-Ginger Vegetables, (a variety of leftover shredded cheeses, half an avocado already diced, a cup of sour cream, and an open jar of salsa) Nachos of course - no recipe needed
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Saturday we're having company! Taste of Home - Basil, Feta, & Roasted Pepper Muffins, Shredded Chicken and Avocado Pizza, Taste of Home - Ranch Mac and Cheese, Easy Lava Cake with ice cream. Margaritas, beer, and Nintendo Wii - - - should be a fun night.
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Already, I feel much better now that the freezer is restocked. Dinner tonight will be Clean Eating - Spanish Pork with Redskin Potatoes
7 years ago
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Traci Downing: Janice, I use to make the Meatball Sub Casserole (from Taste of Home) all the time. So easy to make!
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: Good to know Traci. I made it for the freezer so I won't actually get to bake it and try it until we run out of food in the fridge. I can't even take the picture until then (the torture!!).
7 years ago
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Janice Cook: 4 new recipes to try out this week: Janalee's Mini Ham and Egg Casseroles, Eating Well - Buttermilk Herb Mashed Potatoes, Cooking Club - Scrambled Egg Potato Baskets, Weight Watchers - Sweet Potato Chips. I chose the first one because we have ham in the fridge already and the other 3 are from my cookbook but lack ratings and pictures. . . only one way I know to solve that!!
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: For moving party Day Two we served cut-up veggies with a bacon dip as well as Taste of Home - Scrumptious Vegetable Lasagna and Robin Miller - Make Ahead Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage (which we took down from the freezer!!). It was fantastic to sit down to a home-cooked meal after a long day of moving and furniture assembly.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: Today was moving day and until we get a bit more unpacked at the house we won't be doing as much elaborate cooking as usual. That being said, the in-laws are visiting tomorrow so we will be servings a Bacon Dip with cut up veggies, chicken grilled with a bottled marinade, Clean Eating - Orange Herb Dressing in Cooking Light - Spring Salad with Grapes and Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese. Our new kitchen is beautiful so we hope to unpack quickly and make lots of yummy food in that new space soon.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: This menu was just perfect for our lunch. The salad was fancy enough to say "thanks" for their help but still felt light on that gorgeous summery day.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: We didn't make a big Easter meal this year but because so many people were talking about Ham I just entered in a bunch of quick and easy Ham Steak recipes. They often go on sale at the store and can be so very quick to prepare. Glazed Ham Steak, Grilled Ham Steak with Apricot Glaze, Bobby Flay - Maple Peach Glazed Ham Steaks, Marinated Ham Steaks, and Ham Steak with a Cherry Sauce
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: This weekend we plan to make Taste of Home - Broccoli-Ham Macaroni, Avocado Mac and Cheese, and Rachael Ray - Yukon Gold Potatoes, Jacques Pepin Style. We have a freezer full of frozen veggies and we took down sloppy joes and spaghetti sauce from the freezer so that should take care of this week nicely.
8 years ago
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Eunice : intriguing incorporation of avocado into a Mac n' Cheese. do you taste the avocado much or does it mostly add a rich texture. will have to test that one out! thanks Janice!
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Janice Cook: The avocado flavor is subtle but the creamy texture and healthy type of fat is great. There isn't actually a lot of fattening cheese in the recipe but it still has a rich texture and a lot of bright flavors. It wasn't hard to make or expensive either. We'll make it again for sure! I'm not 100% certain where we got that recipe but I THINK it was after the avocado corn soup was a failure that we looked for some avocado recipes on the actual avocado website. This is the first one that we got around to trying and it was yummy so I'm pleased. Enjoy!!
8 years ago
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Traci Downing: Janice, thank you! I love avocado!!! I'm going to have to try this recipe!
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: Let me know how you like it, Traci. Tonight was our first time making it but we might try one of the variations next time and are always open to feedback.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: At Nicki's request, I'm sharing some ideas for freezer friendly meals. Freezing meatballs and sauce makes meatball subs easy to throw together (in my cookbook I have 3 recipes - sauce, meatballs, and the sub - all are by The Biggest Loser. Giada De Laurentiis - Butternut Squash Lasagna takes a bit of work but is outstanding. Soups are always great to freeze, don't forget about them! Robin Miller - Make Ahead Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage, Weight Watchers - Bean, Vegetable, and Feta Bake, and Taste of Home - Scrumptious Vegetable Lasagna make regular appearances in the freezer. Freezing spaghetti sauce or sloppy joe mix or taco meat can be helpful. Can't seem to find it tonight but we have a great turkey picante pie recipe that's freezer friendly too. I'll try to post it when I come across it next. Does anyone else have any favorite freezer friendly meals??
8 years ago
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Eunice : what a great post!! i always freeze my cookie dough by pre-rolling them into balls, first...but i guess you're probably wanting meals that are actually good for you as opposed to treats. sorry, have sugar on the brain.
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Traci Downing: I also put my cookie dough into balls and freeze. I also steam baby food and freeze so my baby has fresh food vs. jarred/canned. For meals, I freeze casseroles, lasagna, spaghetti...pretty much anything that has a sauce. I have THREE freezers and they are all stuffed full:-) ha! I also freeze fresh fruits when they go on sale. I just simply lay out parchment or wax paper on a cookie sheet and spread them out and freeze. I then transfer to a ziploc bag and write what it is and the date. I use the fruit in pies, tarts, toppings, crisps, and etc.
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Nicki Scheck: Thanks Janice! I might try that Butternut Squash Lasagna sometime. I've only bought B.Squash once and it was VERY difficult to cut..it completely dulled my knife! Anyone have tips for that?! Also, that's a great idea about freezing the Sloppy Joe and Taco mix too. I've made my Meaty Spaghetti Sauce and put that in the freezer..so yummy! Traci - What a great idea to freeze fresh fruits! I didn't think they would still be 'good' after doing that. I will have to try it sometime. Thanks for the tip!
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Traci Downing: Nicki, I won't eat the fruit by itself because they get mushy from being in the frozen state...but I will use them IN things. Smoothies is another good way to use them. Pears and strawberries are on-sale right now, time to stock up on those:-) Also, if I notice we aren't eating fruit/veggies fast enough, I'll quickly throw them in the freezer so I don't have to throw them away. Veggies can go in soups, stews, and casseroles. I love that we are helping each other! I get so many ideas from this site and I enjoy giving my tidbits too;-)
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Nicki Scheck: Traci- ok, I will remember that about the fruit. I don't make pies and those kinds of things too often, so maybe I can use it for ice cream topping!? I am loving the tips and ideas from everyone too! It's a nice 'food' community here, lol!
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Traci Downing: Ice cream topping sounds great! Don't forget about smoothies or frozen adult drinks. :-)
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Eunice : Nicki, for the butternut squash, or any hard rind winter squash, just poke it a few times with a fork and stick it in the oven and roast it for at least 20 minutes. rind should be soft enough for you to cut it w/o dulling your knife. and if you just need the pulp, let it roast in its shell and then scoop out the flesh and it's practically already pureed.
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Nicki Scheck: Eunice, thanks for the butternut squash tip. This is very helpful, and now I'm more likely to try that Butternut Squash Lasagna!
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Janice Cook: Nicki, we have one of those Y shaped peelers that seems to peel it the best. My husband usually uses our sharpest knife and can conquer the squash but if I'm making it on my own I usually just use the shortcut packages in the produce section. Good luck with the lasagna!
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: Cooking for the week is complete! Velvety Broccoli and Feta Pasta will be OK but we wouldn't make it again. Zucchini and Yellow Squash with Greek Spices andPom-Glazed Baked Squash and Apples are still cooking (will post on it later). White Bean and Kale Soup with Turkey Sausage was outstanding.
8 years ago
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Traci Downing: I have to ask, Janice. Do you have a large family? I am only wondering because you cook so much on the weekend:-) We have 4 kids and it does get tough in the week, in our household.
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Janice Cook: Hi Traci, Nope - it's just my husband and I. We try to make enough food on Sunday to get us through Wednesday. Wednesday night we can take a casserole or lasagna out of the freezer, add a frozen veggie, and get through the rest of the week. It just keeps the stress level low during the week since Sunday is the only big night of tons of pots and pans to wash and lots of trash to take out. It works for us.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: Sam is making Taste of Home - Scrumptious Vegetable Lasagna and Robin Miller - Make Ahead Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage to stock our freezer. We know these meals will come in handy once our big moving weekend is here.
8 years ago
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Traci Downing: I have yet to try turkey sausage. How is it?
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Nicki Scheck: Hi Janice. Do you have any more recipes you recommend that are freezer friendly? Sometimes I like to make meals to put in the freezer to help with busy weeks, or just to get a break from cooking so much. I've made a few things that are just ok, and I have a freezer cookbook that I want to try some recipes from too. Just thought I'd ask if you know any really good ones!! :-)
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: I like turkey sausage. Sometimes we use those flavored chicken sausages too.
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Janice Cook: This weekend we'll be cooking from the bookmarks: Almond Chicken Stir Fry, Baked Lemon Chicken, Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin.
8 years ago
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Traci Downing: I couldn't find the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin in your bookmarks:-( They sound so yum! Could you help me find the recipe?
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Janice Cook: Sure thing Traci. I actually took it out of my bookmarks because it wasn't my favorite. The herb flavoring was too strong for me. Search for Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and 4 recipes should come up from this site. The highest rated one, Eileen's, is the one I tried. Maybe you'll like it, but it wasn't for me.
8 years ago
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Traci Downing: Yea, I see what you're saying. Seems like the two of us have similar tastes when it comes to food:-) I'm thinking a honey mustard flavoring with the wrapped bacon...that sounds good.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: We made everything but the chicken parmesan tonight. Both dishes were a success!
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Janice Cook: Weight Watchers - Beef and Bean Tacos were excellent. I'm glad we made a double batch because they tasted just a good for leftovers and we came to look forward to them when coming home from work. This weekend's cooking adventures will include Ellie Krieger - Asian Noodle Bowl, The Biggest Loser - Grilled Chicken Parmesan, and Weight Watchers - Cream of Broccoli Soup.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: Today: Weight Watchers - Eggplant Parmesan Hero and Taste of Home - Lemon Chicken Tortellini. We will also portion out all of the bulk meat we purchased yesterday and freeze it. Then we'll make the taco meat for Weight Watchers - Beef and Bean Tacos for later in the week.
8 years ago
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Margaret : where's the "like" button?
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Traci Downing: I do Weight Watchers but I love Taste of Home recipes. I try to meal plan too because we have a large family. We do a sit-down dinner every night. Margaret...a "like" button, I think, would get used too much here and not a lot of discussion. The boards aren't as active here for it yet, I don't think. But hey, that's just my opinion:-)
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Margaret : I agree Traci, I'm sure a like buttom would get over used. But it would still be nice to just be able to click something that says "hey, that sounds awesome" instead of having to type all of that out... :)
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Eunice : hi Janice! you've got a lotta' great recipes and i'm so glad you are sharing them. not sure if you've seen it, yet, but there's a tool that you can use when you post an Update that would really zip people right to your recipes. right below the text box, to the right of the "Share" button, when you click "Share recipe" it will bring you a search box that allows you to pull up whatever recipe is in your collection and adds the links to your post. if you don't care for it, i hope you don't remind if i respond and add the links myself. :) i thought it would be nice for people to have easy access to good food and you have quite a healthy collection of good eats. thanks again for the tortilla soup recipe!
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Janice Cook: How'd I do?? Thanks for the tutorial!! I never mind that you go ahead and add the links but I appreciate that you showed me how to do it. I'm still new to this site :)
8 years ago
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Eunice : woohoo! thanks for not minding. it's hard to tell how people feel about a little bit of friendly advice. hehehe...plus it's easier for me to now just click on the link and check out your recipes...mmmmm... thanks Janice!
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Janice Cook: I didn't know how before so I just tried to type the name of the recipe exactly as it appeared in my cookbook . . .this is much better:)
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Eunice : yep! and you don't even have to type much before it brings the recipe up for you. i was so glad when Dave introduced it. he needs to have those tips/hints thingies on the sidebar (with pictures!) so that people will know all the cool things that they can do with this website. believe he might have announced it way back when but not everyone got it or he just didn't announce it loud enough.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: Dave does a good job adding features and bringing them to our attention. I guess since I'm still new to the site and working feverishly to enter in all my recipes I haven't spent too much time exploring the extra features. I know how to do the basics and I'm happy with that for now. We're moving into our first house soon and my goal is to have all my favorite recipes entered in here as well as the folder of recipes that I want to try when we move . . .so the scraps of paper don't follow me to the new house. Going through all of the "favorites" has been a good process for me. I get to get rid of some that aren't all that healthy or have been replaced by better versions (how many mashed potato recipes do you need???). I've gotten rid of a lot and forced myself to enter in the healthier recipes first. This way when I go to make my grocery list I have fewer unhealthy choices. SO happy to go paperless!!!
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Eunice : glad that we get to benefit from your going paperless. that's a lot of work to go through various versions of the same recipe and finding the right one. congratulations on moving into your first house! that sounds so exciting. i didn't mean to be hyper-critical with Dave. i just know that he usually appreciates our little suggestions and recommendations on how to make WGE even better. looking forwards to seeing and testing out more of your recipes.
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Janice Cook: Today: Weight Watchers Eggplant Parmesan Heros and Taste of Home Lemon Chicken Tortellini. We will also portion out all of the bulk meat we purchased yesterday and freeze it and then make taco meat for Weight Watchers Beef and Bean Tacos later in the week.
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Janice Cook: Today's cooking adventures included a Chai-Spiced Apple Oatmeal Bread, Quinoa Soup with Avocado and Corn, and Holiday Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch (from Nicki Scheck's cookbook). Many thanks to my husband for cooking these while I worked on recipe planning at the computer.
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Traci Downing: Sounds like a win-win situation! You working on recipes and your dh cooking those awesome recipes!
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Janice Cook: He is amazing - I'm a lucky girl. If I read him the steps as he goes and stay nearby for questions he is willing to cook while I'm on the laptop. We stocked up on meat today at the local warehouse so I was planning out meals to use all of that while he was cooking food for the weekend. :)
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Eunice : you have a plethora of interesting recipes. i love quick breads and your Chai-Spiced Apple Oatmeal Bread sounds like a great alternative to plain ol' blueberry muffins for breakfast. your Quinoa Soup with Avocado and Corn has the intriguing addition of avocado in a hot soup. and Nicki Scheck's recipe Holiday Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch looks mighty tasty, too. and yes, you are indeed lucky to have a husband as adventurous in culinary delights as you. keep 'em coming.
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Janice Cook: Kielbasa and Coconut Basmati Rice as a side dish. Keepin' things quick and easy tonight.
8 years ago
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Traci Downing: Hi Janice! Do you have the recipe for that? I couldn't find it in your recipes:-)
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Janice Cook: Coconut Basmati Rice is listed in my cookbook . . .We served regular pan fried kielbasa as the protein. I see now that my posting probably led you to believe it was one dish. Sorry.
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Janice Cook: We had a much busier weekend than usual so we're cooking as the week goes. . . . like normal people do :). Tonight was Baked Mac and Cheese with Spinach and Weight Watchers Roasted Sesame Pork.
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Eunice : Baked Mac and Cheese with Spinach sounds great. do you have a recipe for it or do you just toss in spinach? posting link to Weight Watchers Roasted Sesame Pork so that others may test this out easily, too.
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Janice Cook: Baked Mac and Cheese is SLK's recipe - I bookmarked it and tried it this week. I was interested in it because it can be made in advance. It was VERY easy to put together.
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Eunice : oh cool! that Baked mac and cheese does look yummmm!
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Janice Cook: Stocking the freezer tonight - we made sloppy joes, spaghetti sauce, meatballs, and marinara sauce. The meatballs and marinara will become meatball subs when we have company for dinner on Tuesday. The rest is being stored to make this week a little bit easier. We were travelling this weekend so we didn't prep for an entire week.
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Eunice : i would love to see your Meal Planner calendar. seems you've got that down to an art form.
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Janice Cook: I don't use the Meal Planner on this site.
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Janice Cook: Yummy honey harvest quinoa for breakfast. Now it's time to cook for the week: balsamic chicken drumsticks, make ahead mashed potatoes, maple squash puree, chicken with a warm corn and tomato salsa, coconut rice, steak fajitas, and that weight watchers veggie bake that i enjoyed so much last week for the freezer. I'm going to work on getting more of my recipes entered into the site while my husband cooks the above menu - best Sunday ever :)
8 years ago
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Margaret : have to say, once again, that i'm jealous...
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Janice Cook: he did a great job. one new recipe wasn't good enough to make again (wasn't bad, but was a bit bland), but everything else was yummy and he did it without me!
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Janice Cook: menu for the week: Cocoa crusted pork tenderloin with a mole sauce, asparagus soup, alphabet soup, and stuffed peppers.
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Margaret : hmm... aspargus soup huh? that sounds intense...
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Margaret : So how was that asparagus soup?
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Janice Cook: eh, not stellar. the crispy proscuitto on top was yummy but the dish overall wasn't healthy or tasty enough to be a keeper.
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Janice Cook: tried to make a quinoa and pomegranate salad today but apparently the pomegranate season ended early this year so we'll be using dried cranberries. we are serving it with a roasted sweet potato soup. unsure yet what the meal plan is for the following week since we haven't eaten the vegetable lasagna yet or made the bean, feta, and vegetable bake from last week
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Janice Cook: It's Sunday so we're prepping food for the upcoming week. . . Jason's Zesty Black Bean and Corn Salad will be served in pita pockets, trying avocado corn soup for the first time, pasta fagioli soup will be a big batch to last all week, roasted cherry tomatoes will be a quick and easy side dish, using up our left over sweet potato in quesadillas, trying asian quinoa (always looking for more ways to use this protein packed ingredient!), and assembling a vegetable lasagna and weight watchers bean, feta, and vegetable bake for the end of the week.
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Margaret : that sounds delightful. i am jelaous that you plan it all ahead like that. well, i make my meal list ahead of time but i don't cook anything in advance unless it's soup.
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Janice Cook: it's just an amazing help to us that dinner is all set when we walk in. stuff we make on sunday will keep in the fridge for 3 days and so that days care of dinner and lunch through wednesday. on wednesday we take down a lasagna or something similar from the freezer to defrost and then bake that for thursday and friday. it keeps dishes and trash under control and allows me to stay at work as late as i want - i can bring lunch and dinner and eat dinner either at home or at school and i know there is plenty in the fridge for sam if i come home late. it's amazing.
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Margaret : Yup, jealous. Sounds like you spend a lot of time cooking and prepping on Sunday though. But I do like the idea and I'll have to pitch it to Michael.
8 years ago
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Janice Cook: Today we are having friends over for Nintendo Wii, brunch, and dinner. Brunch: Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake (Ellie from the Food Network) and Onion Frittatas with Roasted Tomatoes and Melted Cheddar on Ciabatta Rolls (Tom Collichio's book 'wichcraft) Dinner: Meatball Subs, Mashed Orange Sweet Potatoes, Balsamic Roasted Broccoli (all recipes from The Biggest Loser)
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Eunice : i've borrowed "'wichcraft" from the library and it's got some very nice recipes. never been to the shop but nice to know that i can make them at home.
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Janice Cook: I've been to the San Francisco restaurant. We enjoyed the experience - the food was strong but nothing to rave and rave about. The cookbook has some really delicious recipes but they take a lot of time. Many recipes require that you make other recipes first (large batches of items like marinated chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, roasted onions, roasted red peppers, etc.).
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Eunice : yes, it does seem like a big portion of the book is devoted to the condiment or special "sauce" whose inclusion to simpler fare or in tandem with other special condiments create that zing to your palate and perhaps the way they keep their shop running because who has the time. part of my interest is to collect these special ingredients on the weekends that i can toss onto my busy weekday dinners and still create something fabulous. have you tested out the marinated chickpeas, yet? think that's going to be my next weekend project.
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Janice Cook: I made the marinated chickpeas as part of the recipe for the eggplant sandwich on page 109 (which, as stated above was labor intensive and time consuming but delicious). We had a lot of leftover marinated chickpeas and found that when pureed it was a texture like hummus and could be used in a similar way (on bread or even as a dip with Tostitos scoops). It is much tangier than hummus because of the vinegar but I liked it enough to consider making it as a standalone recipe. It's funny that you mention the weeknight leftovers. . . .the sandwich we made from the book this weekend left roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, and roasted onions all sitting in the fridge. We made a tomato rice soup using these ingredients and also a pizza (on foccacia from a local bakery). It was nice to not have to shop for any ingredients other than the bread and have a quick, flavorful meal. Lots of time spent preparing that sandwich recipe and all of those condiments but it paid off as a weeknight dinner.
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