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You know...what you are 'famous' for -- what your kids, family and or friends are always begging you to make.

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  1. In no particular order:

    butterscotch pudding
    scrambled eggs
    chicken with dried plums and olives
    wedding cakes
    thanksgiving dinner

    9 Replies
    1. re: Non Cognomina

      I would love your recipe for the chicken with dried plums and olives. Please post! It sounds fabulous.

      1. re: brooklynmasala

        The recipe is actually straight out of the Silver Palate cookbook. [I refer to the prunes in the recipe as "dried plums." Makes it sound more appealing to my family.] It's called Chicken Marbella:

        10 pounds favorite chicken parts, bones and skin attached
        (I use mostly thighs and legs because I prefer them)
        1 head garlic, peeled and pureed
        1/4 cup dried oregano
        Kosher Salt and Fresh cracked black pepper PRN (to taste)
        1/2 cup red wine vinegar
        1/2 cup olive oil
        1 cup bite sized pitted prunes
        1/2 cup pitted spanish green olives
        1/2 cup capers with a bit of juice
        6 bay leaves
        1 cup brown sugar
        1 cup white wine (I use a dry white)
        1/4 cup fresh chopped italian parsley

        1. In a large, non reactive casserole dish or bowl, combine chicken, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers and juice, and bay leaves. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight, or up to 36 hours.

        2. Remove chicken from fridge. Note that the olive oil may appear solid. That's okay. Just let the chicken rest for about an hour on the counter and it will re-liquify.

        3. Preheat oven to 350 F.

        4. In one or two shallow baking pans, arrange chicken in a single layer. Spoon marinade over chicken. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of each piece, then pour white wine in the pan but not over the chicken (don't wash the brown sugar off the pieces).

        5. Bake the chicken for 50-60 minutes until it is done, basting with pan juices. (I like to use the shortcut of covering the pan for the first 30 minutes of baking, then uncovering for the last bit.)

        6. To serve, place chicken on rimmed platter, spooning prunes, olives, and capers around the chicken, and sprinkle generously with the fresh chopped parsley. The remaining juice can be served in a bowl with a ladle or in a gravy boat. Delicious with wild rice, brown rice, or quinoa.

        1. re: Non Cognomina

          This sounds amazing - but a very large recipe - would you have any suggestions for cutting it down to make fewer servings???

          1. re: Scribbler

            Yes, it is a large recipe. I usually make it when I'm catering for 12-15 people, or if I have a dinner party and like to have leftovers, too.

            To scale it down, I suggest using 3-4 lbs chicken parts (with skin and bone) for 4-6 people. Use half the amounts for all of the rest of the ingredients, though. If you cut down the liquid ingredients any more than that it's difficult to get the chicken evenly marinated. To bake, simply use a small enough baking pan that the chicken fit well (without crowding) or the prunes and olives will dry out during baking.

          2. re: Non Cognomina

            Sounds great but just to clarify, after arranging the chicken in the baking pans, you spoon over the same marinade that you had just taken the chicken from?

            1. re: Non Cognomina

              Synchronicity at work: Just basted a bunch of chicken using this recipe and placed in the fridge for tomorrow's dinner...it's a wonderfully easy recipe that is very well-liked. Highly recommended!

              1. re: Non Cognomina

                I make this all the time as well. It is so easy, tastes incredible and is also looks gorgeous. The juice is so good, I often double the marinade part to make sure there is plent for everyone to use for dipping bread. Yum.

            2. re: Non Cognomina

              oooh - would you post your butterscotch pudding recipe? My boyfriend has developed a butterscotch pudding habit, learning to make one for him might be the best present I can think of.

              1. re: Meredith

                Alas, I cannot post my butterscotch pudding recipe. I picked it up from a restaurant I worked at a few years ago, and I signed an agreement not to publish or share any recipes I used or developed while working there without written permission. The recipe I use is unique to this one pastry chef for whom I have a great deal of respect. Sorry I can't share it.

                But I did look up a pretty easy recipe for home made butterscotch pudding. The link is below. I suggest using dark brown sugar and whole milk or half and half. The method is exactly like pastry cream. Hope you and your boyfriend enjoy!


            3. Also in no special order:

              Key lime pie, actually any kind of pie
              Smoked turkey
              Stir-friend veggies
              Grilled lamb
              Lasagne bolognaise

              3 Replies
              1. re: cheryl_h

                I'm interested in the stir-friend veggies, :0

                1. re: foodfan

                  Not a lot to it. Start with good Asian greens - choy sum, gai lan, baby mustard greens, long beans, water spinach, pea shoots etc. Stir fry over *high* heat. I add seasonings or flavorings depending on what I'm cooking, mostly one or more of the following: salt, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, hot pepper or chile, vinegar. Do not overcook, greens should still be crunchy.

                  If I'm doing a fancier version, I'll combine different veggies to get a contrast in textures. And I'll throw in some dried mushrooms or wood fungus or bamboo shoots. It depends on what looks and tastes good at the time.

                  I think I'm asked to prepare this because to non-Asians the flavor of these veggies is a bit of a novelty. And many of my friends just don't know how to stir-fry so they end up with limp, overcooked, not very tasty veggies.

                2. Cornbread
                  Any type of sweet baking (cookies, cakes, etc)

                  7 Replies
                  1. re: Merry113

                    I'd love a great cornbread recipe- everyone I try I'm not happy with

                    1. re: pamd

                      Seems like requests for corn bread come up more in the winter months but try this.

                      Put a 10" skillet in a 450 F. oven with 2-3 Tbs. bacon fat, lard, or shortening to heat. You want the skillet smoking hot when you add the corn bread batter.

                      If you can get it use a good stone ground corn meal. I prefer Indian Head brand it is white and very very fine.

                      2 C. corn meal
                      4 tsp. baking powder
                      1 tsp. salt
                      mix that together and then combine
                      1 lg. egg with 1.5 C. milk and beat the egg then combine wet with dry and mix. Pour into the prepared hot skillet. That batter should sizzle and fry as it hits the pan. Bake for about 25 minutes and serve hot with lots of butter.

                      That is all there is too it. You can add bacon bits or pork cracklings. I often make it with buttermilk and when I do I add 1/2 tsp. baking soda to the dry ingredients.

                      1. re: Candy

                        Speaking pf cornbread recipes.......I've been searching for a cornbread that is sort of cakey, sort of sweet, not grainy, on the idea of a Marie Callendar's.
                        Anyone have anything???

                        1. re: othervoice

                          I have a cornbread obsession, and have tried so many different recipes! I've gotten to the point where I don't have a specific recipe I use, so I can't give you that, but I can offer some advice if you're going for cakey sweet cornbread:
                          1. if you don't want too grainy use very finely ground cornmeal and use 1 part cornmeal and 1 part flour
                          2. I usually use between 1/2 and 2/3 cup white sugar for sweet cornbreads
                          3. Yogurt! replace some of the milk in the recipe with either yogurt or sour cream (I always have plain yogurt around so thats what I use) It makes all the difference!

                          hope that helps you...

                        2. re: Candy

                          Candy, I tried this recipe a week or so ago when it was previously posted and it is soooo good. I am making it again tomorrow when we are having Chili.

                          1. re: BJE

                            Glad it worked out for you. I love cornbread. I use the same recipe for corn sticks too and also have one of those cast iron pan which is divided into wedges for maximum crunch.

                          2. re: Candy

                            I have tried this recipe and it's great. I think the 4 t of baking powder makes the difference. it's not dry and doesn't fall apart.

                      2. Chicken Enchiladas
                        Spinach Dip

                        1. roast turkey w/stuffing
                          bean salad
                          muffins, carrot cake
                          chilled cheesecake (not baked)

                          7 Replies
                          1. re: leeds

                            what's in your guac? all i use in mine is a little garlic salt and maybe some diced tomatoes, but i'm interested in looking for other ingredients to add.

                                1. re: davidknowshow

                                  A dash of tequila! and some hot sauce.

                                  1. re: davidknowshow

                                    tequila!! that's interesting! I will give it a shot! Although, I think the hot sauce might change the color of the guacamole a bit, no?

                                    1. re: davidknowshow

                                      i put taco seasoning in mine...affects the color a bit, but affects the taste to YUMMY

                                    2. re: davidknowshow

                                      if i'm making guac, i'm usually making some pico de gallo so i just add that to the avocados. chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime, salt, cilantro, jalepenos.

                              1. Chicken Fajita Burritos
                                Green Thai Curry Chicken with vegitables

                                2 Replies
                                1. re: RobotDeathSquad

                                  Both of these peak my interest. Please share!

                                  1. re: RobotDeathSquad

                                    Do you have a recipe for the green thai curry chicken? Thanks

                                  2. mac n cheese
                                    baked pineapple
                                    brunswick stew
                                    lots of desserts- choc pecan pie, apple cake, bar cookies...

                                    3 Replies
                                    1. re: pamd

                                      would you post your recipe for brunswick stew? i love it - thanks

                                      1. re: amyvc

                                        this is my version...

                                        1 TB olive oil
                                        1 cup chopped onions
                                        2 stalks of celery, chopped
                                        6 garlic cloves, minced
                                        1 red pepper, chopped
                                        1 ½ lbs ground beef
                                        1 ½ lbs ground pork
                                        1 whole cooked chicken, shredded (I short cut by buying pre-made rotisserie- use dark & white meat-- DO NOT use boneless skinless breasts as shortcut, will not cook the same)
                                        3 (14.5 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes chopped, with liquid
                                        3 tsp chicken bouillon powder (can also use cubes)
                                        1 cup ketchup
                                        1/2 cup good HICKORY flavored barbeque sauce (I use Tony Roma’s)
                                        1 T mustard
                                        juice from 1-2 lemons (depending on size)
                                        salt and pepper to taste
                                        1 T liquid smoke
                                        package frozen baby lima beans (amount to liking)
                                        package frozen okra (amount to liking)
                                        1 T hot pepper sauce (plus extra to liking after cooking for 2 hrs)
                                        1 can cream style corn
                                        1 can whole kernel corn

                                        Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, and saute the onions, celery, garlic & red pepper until soft. Mix in the beef and pork, and cook until evenly browned. Do not drain.
                                        Transfer the pork and beef mixture to a large pot (preferably dutch oven) over low heat.
                                        Stir in the shredded chicken, tomatoes with their liquid, bouillon, ketchup, barbeque sauce, mustard, lemon juice, hot sauce, liquid smoke & lima beans. Season with salt & pepper.
                                        Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 hours, or until thickened.
                                        Stir the corns into the stew mixture and extra hot sauce if desired.
                                        Continue cooking 1 hour, or to desired consistency.
                                        Enjoy! serve with yummy cornbread

                                        1. re: pamd

                                          thanks! I'll be making it as soon as it gets cold enough in S Fla again for stew. Today would have been perfect - 60s and rain all day. Oh well, there'll be another day like this! thanks again

                                    2. Hungarian apricot bars -- by far and away, even pre-dates my career as a pastry chef by a decade
                                      Lime cheesecake
                                      Roasted parsnips -- so easy, who woulda thought?

                                      5 Replies
                                      1. re: pitterpatter

                                        Any chance you'd give up that apricot bar recipe? Sounds like something my family would love. I'll swap you for a mean coconut cake!

                                        1. re: rabaja

                                          I'd like your "mean" coconut cake. although it's a day late for me, my son, just yesterday, requested a coconut cake for his b-day; so I grabbed one on-line and baked it; but while the taste and appearance were good, it was too crumbly when cut so I'm in the market for another coconut cake recipe. There's always next year! TIA

                                          1. re: zook

                                            I'd love a great coconut cake recipe, too. I know my husband would love it as a birthday surprise!

                                            1. re: melissad

                                              posted on many threads & sites...the Paula Deen coconut cake recipe is great- better if made in advance to soak up more.

                                        2. re: pitterpatter

                                          I never liked parsnips but I threw them in with onions,and carrots when baking a turkey and the gravey was the best I've ever made.

                                        3. Lahmahjoon - Armenian Pizza
                                          Yalanchi - Cold Stuffed Grape Leaves
                                          Midia Dolma - Stuffed Mussels

                                          17 Replies
                                          1. re: Infomaniac

                                            Is Lahmahjoon easy to make at home? I always thought it was one of those foods that are better from restaurants. If you don't mind posting, I would appreciate!

                                            1. re: hungryann

                                              Once you have all the ingredients ready, it's very easy to make. My grandmother used to make it every Saturday morning when I was young.
                                              1 lb. ground lean lamb
                                              1 1/2 cup yellow onion chopped fine
                                              1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped fine
                                              1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
                                              1 teaspoon chopped garlic
                                              1 teaspoon of fresh sweet basil chopped
                                              1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves chopped
                                              1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
                                              1 can diced tomatoes
                                              1 small can tomato paste
                                              Cayenne pepper to taste [optinal]
                                              Salt and pepper to taste
                                              •Brown off the ground lamb and add the other ingredients and saute until onions and peppers are tender. Refrigerate overnight to marry the flavors.
                                              2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
                                              1 pkg. Fleishman's dry yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
                                              1/2 teaspoon salt
                                              1/2 teaspoon sugar
                                              1/4 cup Crisco shortening [melted]
                                              1/2 cup warm water
                                              Mix the sugar and salt with the yeast to dissolve, and in a large bowl add
                                              sifted flour, shortening, and the yeast mixture. Knead into a smooth soft dough.
                                              Add a little more four or water if necessary to dough is not too dry or too sticky moist. Divide the dough into a dozen balls and roll out into tortilla sized rounds [about 8 inches in diameter]. Place on lightly greased baking sheets.
                                              Makes 12
                                              Spoon the topping mixture on to the dough rounds spreading evenly to the edges of the lahmahjoons. Bake in preheated 450 degree oven about 20 minutes.
                                              Place the lahmahjoons on a large piece of foil separating each one by stacking
                                              them meat side to meat side and dough side to dough side and then bring the edges of the large piece of foil over the whole stack. This will prevent them from drying out.

                                              For a quick version you may use fluffy flour tortillas instead of the above lahmahjoon dough. Tortillas must also be placed on greased pans for baking.

                                              1. re: Infomaniac

                                                Thanks so much! I will be experimenting this weekend :)

                                                1. re: Infomaniac

                                                  I made these tonight for dinner and they were a big hit with everyone. They'll definitely be added to my recipe repertoire.



                                                  1. re: Euonymous

                                                    Cool...glad you enjoyed them...I've got a lot of good ideas from this thread.

                                                  2. re: Infomaniac

                                                    What is the texture/flavor/consistency of the baked dough like. So I'll know what the finished product should be like. What I'm aiming for. Is it like a pie crust, biscuit, cookie, bread? Chewy? Tender? Bready? Flaky?
                                                    This recipe, I am going to try!

                                                      1. re: niki rothman

                                                        It's close to pizza dough...almost like if you were making pita bread.

                                                  3. re: Infomaniac

                                                    Along the same Armenian lines, my father begs me for simit all the time (although the batch I made last night failed me for some reason). My family enjoys my manti as well, but I always make too much of it, and we're sick of eating it by the end. And my coworkers always ask for baraze (I think those are Lebanese, though), but they don't know the name, so they just call them "those pistachio-sesame-honey things."

                                                    1. re: pamalamb

                                                      I haven't had Manti in ages...It has such a distinct aroma too. I remember my mother and grandmother would have every space in the kitchen used when they made it. the used to stuff the meat in the small pasta shells. Is that how you do it?

                                                      1. re: Infomaniac

                                                        I actually make my own dough for the manti. It ends up being a lot drier, kind of like tiny lamb-filled eggrolls. I like to eat them dry, though, not in broth.

                                                        And speaking of spreading out all over the kitchen, my mother and I made souberag this weekend for a party. We made a huge pan, but I know it will disappear in seconds and everyone will wonder when the second pan is coming out (as if we had it in us to make two pans).

                                                        1. re: pamalamb

                                                          Thats another thing I haven't had in a long time (souberag). And a great dish to bring to a gathering. The Manti I'll wait till the fall, but I'm all over the souberag soon. Thanks for jogging my memory.

                                                        2. re: Infomaniac

                                                          Oooh, manti! It's one of my all-time favorite dishes. It's a running joke in our house that the local restaurants that advertise it (photo in menu, photo on wall, etc.) ALWAYS say when I order it..."Sorry, we don't have manti today." Last time this happened I couldn't help myself from asking "Do you EVER have it?" The waiter said that they did occasionally. Yeah, right! Once every 4 years, and they make sure to find out that I'm not coming in that night before they start to prepare it.

                                                        3. re: pamalamb

                                                          can i have the recipe for those pistachio-sesame thingies?

                                                          1. re: lollya


                                                            3 c. flour
                                                            1 c. sugar
                                                            1 Tbsp. ground mahleb
                                                            2 Tbsp. baking powder
                                                            1 c. butter, clarified
                                                            1/4 c. lukewarm water
                                                            5 Tbsp honey
                                                            3 Tbsp water
                                                            1 c. sesame seeds
                                                            pistachio nuts, shelled

                                                            Combine flour, sugar, mahleb, baking powder, butter and water. Knead until dough is fairly firm. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls; flatten by hand. Mix honey and water in a small bowl to form a syrup (amounts do not need to be exact). Lightly brush each cookie with syrup and dip into sesame seeds and press 3 pieces of pistachio into the top of the dough. (I grind the pistachios and mix them in with the sesame seeds instead). Arrange cookies on a lightly greased baking tray about 1 inch apart. Bake at 350* for 10 to 15 minutes until golden.

                                                        4. re: Infomaniac

                                                          I love Lahmahjoon and can't find any at where I live. Of course we don't have any Armenian restaurants that I know of but I used to get it at Turkish ones and the one by us, although quite good, doesn't have it. I'm going to try this. I could eat that stuff daily.

                                                        5. Quiche Lorraine
                                                          Roast turkey (I seem to be the only one that has mastered this in my extended family)
                                                          Numerous Italian dishes - this from the my husband's italian side of the family - mind you, I'm jewish LOL.
                                                          Frittatas - my husband's most requested item

                                                          1. Apricot Glazed Roasted Turkey with Carmelized Shallot Gravy
                                                            Sloppy Joes
                                                            Monkey Bread
                                                            Orange Chicken and Fried Rice
                                                            Chicken Enchilada Casserole

                                                            3 Replies
                                                            1. re: KellBell

                                                              I've made that apricot glazed turkey with the divine caramalized onion and shallot gravy several times, KellBell, and I've riffed on the gravy without doing the glaze other times, too. It's really wonderful if you love sweet roasted onions. Here's a link to the recipe on Epicurious, if anyone's interested:

                                                              1. re: KellBell

                                                                Looking for a great Sloppy Joe recipe. IDK if you are still on but I would love to try yours if available.

                                                                1. re: tseptember

                                                                  Mine are super basic. Just browned ground beef with onions and bell peppers and seasoned with salt and pepper. The "sauce" is Heinz Chili Sauce. Other brands are not as good. I have made more involved recipes but people flip out over these old school ones that I always fall back to them.

                                                              2. Lemon Cake, two different kinds (Blech! I don't like lemon that well! Give me chocolate!)
                                                                Black Bean, Corn, and Salsa Dip
                                                                Cheesecake (I don't like my cheesecake either!)
                                                                Shrimp Salad
                                                                Salami Pasta Salad

                                                                I'm amazed at how many turkeys are on this thread! (The most requested recipes, not the Chowhounders!!)

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                                                                1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                  I'm not surprised at the need for good turkey recipes. Haven't you suffered through too many badly cooked Thanksgiving turkeys?

                                                                  Funny how you don't particularly like some your own most-requested dishes. I'm always asked to make key lime pie and I don't get it either.

                                                                  1. re: cheryl_h

                                                                    Oh, definitely had my share of bad turkeys! The one year I thought the turkey was truly excellent was the year my mom and I did Thanksgiving dinner (instead of my Grandma.) It was a roasted turkey with garlic and onion jam and it was awesome, not weird in any way, and my Grandma said, "Next year, I think we just want to have "normal" food again!!!"

                                                                    My other grandma is a lot like I am... she really doesn't like our favorite dishes that she makes, but she does it anyway! I wonder sometimes if it's more of being sick of making something rather than just not liking it. Although, I really don't like lemon all that well! (I don't really "get" key lime pie either!)

                                                                2. Mac n Cheese
                                                                  Queso Fundido (looks scary, tastes great....)
                                                                  Moroccan Carrot Salad

                                                                  1. My smoked/grilled tri-tip (it's in the technique mainly) followed by anything else from the Weber. I like my lamb the best but my son still won't eat it.

                                                                    1. Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
                                                                      Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup
                                                                      Mac & Cheese (just Barefoot Contessa's, but people always want the recipe)
                                                                      Artichoke Frittata
                                                                      Spinach Dip (which is embarassing because it is just the one on the back of the Knorr's box with twice the spinach. I started making it in college and I am never allowed to make it now that we are grown with say fresh herbs)

                                                                      6 Replies
                                                                      1. re: Meredith

                                                                        Would you be willing to share both of your soup recipes? They sound great!

                                                                        1. re: Meredith

                                                                          I always make the Knorr spinach dip with double the spinach as well! And I skip the mayo and add just a little more sour cream. Tasty stuff, and a real guilty pleasure.

                                                                          1. re: pamalamb

                                                                            Ditto on the changes to the Knorr spin dip. I use a little mayo, though. I have tried other cold spin dips and everyone likes this one best. Myself, I never eat it ever anymore because I am SO sick of it! My other most requested items are:
                                                                            - pound cake - my grandma's recipe
                                                                            - caramel brownies
                                                                            - pecan pie bars
                                                                            - mac and cheese
                                                                            - Crack Cookies aka Peanut butter cup cookies - we call 'em crack b/c once you eat one, you eat them all
                                                                            - brisket

                                                                            1. re: amyvc

                                                                              details on the peanut butter cookies please! can you share the recipe

                                                                              1. re: pamd

                                                                                They're sort of my "dirty little secret" because they're not as hard as they seem.

                                                                                1 bag mini-Reese cups
                                                                                1/2 batch choc chip cookie dough or 1 log of refrigerated

                                                                                Unwrap reese cups (husbands do this job well). Eat several peanut butter cups while spraying mini-muffin pans with non-stick spray. Put enough cookie dough to cover bottom of pan about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Put one pb cup in each muffin cup, on top of dough. Bake at 350 for 9-11 min. Cookie dough will rise to surround peanut butter cup. Let cool 10 min in pans, then pop out with butter knife. They're great warm with some milk. Enjoy!

                                                                                The first time I made these, I used refrig dough. Being a cookie snob, I also made them with homemade dough. While the homemade dough is of course better, the refrig dough is awfully good. About 2/3 of my friends could not tell the difference. If you are making your own dough, make it ahead of time - too much work for one day!

                                                                                Hope you like them as much as we do!

                                                                                1. re: amyvc

                                                                                  thanks- that's funny about the dough b/c I have a recipe for awesome bar cookies where it was so time consuming to make my own dough (I needed 2 batches for it). So I started buying the refrig dough & just making the filler- nobody can tell & it's still always requested. but I have found that the brand of dough makes a difference. We are a peanut butter house so I know they'll be liked!

                                                                                  hope you enjoy the brunswick stew as much as we do, sometimes it's better the next day after sitting overnight. BTW, use a good hot sauce, makes a difference as with any stew/soup.

                                                                        2. Chicken Salad Dressing
                                                                          Layered Jello
                                                                          Cream Jello Dessert
                                                                          Sweet Sour Ribs
                                                                          Peach Cobbler
                                                                          Streusel Coffee Cake
                                                                          Vietnamese Imperial Rolls
                                                                          Chile Relleno

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                                                                          1. re: mochi mochi

                                                                            ive been looking for a killer sukiyaki recipe, could i beg you for it?!

                                                                            what are viet. imperial rolls btw?

                                                                            1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                              Simple Sukiyaki-a little ba*dized by my family.
                                                                              1 1/4 lb sukiyaki meat
                                                                              1 med. brown onion
                                                                              1 bunch spinach
                                                                              Bag of bean sprouts
                                                                              1 bunch green onions, in 1 1/2 inch pieces
                                                                              1 fresh bamboo shoot-in plastic vac. pack
                                                                              a few dried shiitake mushrooms-reconstituted or fresh if you are near 99 Ranch or Marukai
                                                                              1 carton shirataki-my family doesn't care for it so I use Maifun-Saifun-reconstituted
                                                                              1 tub tofu-drained well and cut into 1 inch cubes-firm kind
                                                                              I add kamaboko, age, and daikon, not kosher sukiyaki but my family demands it.

                                                                              1/2 C. shoyu
                                                                              1/4 C. Mirin
                                                                              3 T sugar
                                                                              1 tsp MSG optional-I don't have any so I don't use it.
                                                                              Sprinkling of Hon-dashi or katsuo dashi to taste
                                                                              I sometimes use 1 1/2 sauce recipes-The saifun and age suck up a lot of juice and the family likes a lot for their rice.

                                                                              Add a little oil in a large fry pan. Start adding veggies and tofu. I add the sauce a little at a time. When most of the the veggies and tofu look cooked and warmed through, I then cook my meat and pour the rest of the sauce on. Your supposed to cook the meat first, but it gets too dried out for my taste. Try to keep all the meat, veggies, tofu separated. I take the whole pan to the table and get the metal tongs and everyone dishes for themselves. Can serve raw egg if desired. We haven't done that in 20 years though.

                                                                              Vietnam Imperial Rolls came from a restaurant in L.A. called Vietnam's Pearl. Great place on La Cienega-had the best food.Been gone for years. I kind of copied it, sorta tastes like it. It's ground pork, shredded carrots, lemongrass, onion, green onion,garlic,tree ear fungus, saifun, seasonings wrapped in rice paper and deep fried. Served with a lime juice, garlic chile paste and fish sauce-dipping sauce. We wrap them in lettuce leaves to cut down on the oil. Lots of work, but mighty tasty.

                                                                              1. re: mochi mochi

                                                                                many thanks for taking the time, mochi-mochi....your recipe is being transcriped to my recipe book.

                                                                                1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                  Your welcome! If your shoyu is kinda on the old side, you may have to add a little water. Too strong tasting... Hope you like it!

                                                                          2. Please share the apricot bars!!

                                                                            Personally, I think Thanksgiving is a passive/aggressive holiday. If you cook a lousy turkey early in your life, then you are removed from the responsibility of ever having a family Thanksgiving. Anyway, every holiday in my family is at my house, because I refuse to be passive/aggressive and I'm a good cook!

                                                                            Here are some famly & friend favs/requests:
                                                                            candied salami appetizer
                                                                            artichoke cheese dip
                                                                            caprese salad (it's all in good quality tomatoes!)
                                                                            homemade cream of mushroom soup
                                                                            the best grilled cheese sandwiches you ever ate
                                                                            homemade cream of tomato soup
                                                                            mushroom barley soup
                                                                            beef goulash with rice
                                                                            chicken paprikash
                                                                            beef brisket
                                                                            poached salmon
                                                                            homemade gravalax
                                                                            chicken or turkey tetrazinni
                                                                            sour cream pound cake
                                                                            lemon bars
                                                                            mini cheesecake tarts
                                                                            black & white cupcakes
                                                                            apple strudel
                                                                            fruit cobbler

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                                                                            1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                              I have never heard of a candied salami appetizer...what is it and how do you make it?

                                                                              1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                I'm curious about the candied salami appetizer, too! Please share the story and recipe!

                                                                                1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                  I'd be interested in your beef goulash recipe. :)

                                                                                  The candied salami sounds intruiguing too...

                                                                                  1. re: Funwithfood

                                                                                    P.S. What do you add to your grilled cheese sandwiches?

                                                                                    1. re: Funwithfood

                                                                                      I'm curious about the candied salami - whatever you do, don't put "candied salami" into google with the quotes, especially while at work :-)

                                                                                    2. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                      I really need a good recipe for Chicken Paprikash. Would you give me your recipe? Thank you.

                                                                                      1. re: SweetRain52

                                                                                        There have been several threads devoted to chicken paprikash, SweetRain. Check these out for any that might interest you:


                                                                                        My initial post on a WFD thread that started a run on people making it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7409...



                                                                                    3. Wouldn't say that I am 'famous' for any of these... In no particular order:
                                                                                      bbq brisket
                                                                                      mac and cheese
                                                                                      pecan pie
                                                                                      potato salad

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                                                                                      1. re: Spencer

                                                                                        Pear and blue cheese salad
                                                                                        lamb chops

                                                                                      2. potato salad
                                                                                        Pasta w/tomato cream sauce
                                                                                        "Breakfast for Dinner"
                                                                                        Blueberry pancakes
                                                                                        Eggs Benidict
                                                                                        Spinach and chickpea curry
                                                                                        Thanksgiving Dinner
                                                                                        Lemon Merangue(?) pie

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                                                                                        1. re: jefpen2

                                                                                          The spinach and chickpea curry sound intriguing! Would you like to share?

                                                                                        2. This is sad... SO and are always cooking something new. The only thing he's repeatedly asked me to make is Sandwiches. He likes when I make his Sandwiches... LOL! :)

                                                                                          Among other friends and co-workers, the double chocolate biscotti from Epicurious. Always a hit! :)


                                                                                          1. Most of the people I know do not actually want the recipe, they just want me to make the item.

                                                                                            Salted chocolate cookies
                                                                                            Vanilla bean shortbread
                                                                                            Once an year chocolate chip cookies

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                                                                                            1. re: jennaroo

                                                                                              Ooooo...salted chocolate cookies, tell us more!

                                                                                              1. re: jennaroo

                                                                                                Would love good recipe for butterhorns, my Grandmother used to make them at Christmas, but cannot find a recipe that is a "home" version. She pased several years ago, and no one claims to have her recipe book..Please post or email-Thanks

                                                                                              2. Lemongrass Creme Brulee
                                                                                                Lemon Herb Roast Chicken
                                                                                                Crochembouche (sp?)
                                                                                                Miso Ginger Salad Dressing

                                                                                                1. - The pear, fennel, parmesan and balsamic salad from the Zuni cookbook.
                                                                                                  - Pounded chicken breasts stuffed with fontina, Italian parsley and capers.
                                                                                                  - Orange juice, pomegranate and vodka (not totally sure why people don't just make this themselves.... really not rocket science).
                                                                                                  - Ziti.

                                                                                                  Count me among the people who want to hear more about the salted chocolate cookies (because I have a bake sale on Friday) and the candied salami (because I am insanely curious- I've never heard of this).

                                                                                                  1. stewed oxtail
                                                                                                    cheesecake (from junior's recipe)
                                                                                                    ma po tofu

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                                                                                                    1. re: mabziegurl

                                                                                                      ma po tofu is one of my absolute faves...you got to reveal your secrets!

                                                                                                      1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                                        its very simple to make.
                                                                                                        i don't really measure since my mother taught me how to make it so i've approximated everything. chinese people usually do everything by taste =)

                                                                                                        make sure the wok is hot, add some oil, add several slices of ginger (keep them fairly large so you can remove them easily) and brown about 1/4 lb of ground pork marinated in a little soy sauce, really chinese people don't marinate, they just stir in soy sauce and wait like 5-10 minutes while they prep the rest of their work
                                                                                                        (usually i buy the leanest ground pork and the fattest ground pork at the market then mix them together, my grandmother taught me this)
                                                                                                        add a teasoon of black beans.
                                                                                                        add chili bean paste, i usually add 3+ soup spoon fulls because i love it spicy.
                                                                                                        add 2 tablepsoons of chinese rice wine (mijiu)
                                                                                                        add one package of cubed silken tofu (silken is the softest tofu)
                                                                                                        i usually taste and add more chili bean paste.

                                                                                                        pull out ginger and of course enjoy over rice. this will probably feed 4 people if accompanied with something else as well.

                                                                                                        Make sure you use good chili bean paste. Don't buy lee kum kee or whatever that brand is for this stuff. There are several different brands, you can try the different brands, but my mom says to stay clear of that brand for most sauces and pastes. We only use that one for Oyster Sauce. It was the one I wanted to grab because it had the most English on it, but my mom says to stay clear of it. The one I buy is from Hong Kong, there's no English brand on it, but it says Chili Bean Paste in English on it =)


                                                                                                        1. re: mabziegurl

                                                                                                          awesome...thank you so much

                                                                                                          one thing...the only black beans i can find in my local asian are in the 'black bean garlic sauce' form, any subsitutes for black beans?

                                                                                                          1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                                            there is no substitue for black beans, but your supermarket will definitely have them. ask... i'm not sure which aisle you are looking at... they are actually dried and salted black beans (or i think they are salted), so they may be with the dried plums and candy aisle... there are so many dishes that use black beans, so i'm sure they have them =) they may be with dried shitake mushrooms.

                                                                                                            1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                                              the korean market will not have them. you have to go to 99 ranch or other chinese market. i forget which section (dried beans?) but they're sold loose in a little bag and are very cheap.

                                                                                                            2. re: mabziegurl

                                                                                                              This recipe is delicious...tried it this week! I'd never had ma po tofu before but we LOVED the flavors! And so quick to make!

                                                                                                          2. re: mabziegurl

                                                                                                            what ingredients go into your guacamole?

                                                                                                            1. re: Jess321

                                                                                                              2 avocados
                                                                                                              1/2 white onion
                                                                                                              2 cloves of garlic
                                                                                                              1 small tomato
                                                                                                              juice of 1 or 2 lemons

                                                                                                              its pretty simple, i use lemons instead of limes, because i never have use for limes and always have lemons around... maybe that's the secret...

                                                                                                              i chop up the tomatoes, onions, and garlic... combine it all together, mash the avocado with a fork and fridge it, its chunkier than most guacamole because i use a fork instead of a food processor... i fridge it for about an hour...

                                                                                                              1. re: mabziegurl

                                                                                                                That is pretty much how I make mine, however I add cilantro and some chopped fresh jalapeno as well.

                                                                                                          3. Paella
                                                                                                            Clams in White Garlic Sauce
                                                                                                            Shrimp in Garlic Sauce
                                                                                                            French Onion Soup
                                                                                                            Blue Cheese Dressing
                                                                                                            Chocolate Souffle

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                                                                                                            1. re: Marge

                                                                                                              Do you mind sharing your Paella recipie? Do I have to have a pan or will a large frying pan do?

                                                                                                              1. re: kauai2b

                                                                                                                I second the request for your paella recipe..... I looove a good Paella!

                                                                                                            2. depends on who is asking...
                                                                                                              my parents would say my chicken/black bean enchiladas
                                                                                                              hubby would say chicken piccata, Mel's pizza (chicken apple sausage, peppers and goat cheese) and chocolate chip cheesecake
                                                                                                              work friends would say my black bottom cupcakes

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                                                                                                              1. re: Mel

                                                                                                                would you mind posting your recipe for the cupcakes? they sound divine!

                                                                                                              2. Top five might be:

                                                                                                                Hummus (the secret is adding toasted and finely ground sesame, cumin, and coriander seeds)
                                                                                                                Meatballs (The BEST - from Dave Ruggiero's "Italian Kitchen")
                                                                                                                Mashed potatoes (secret ingredient - minced leeks cooked down in lots of butter)
                                                                                                                Grand Marnier, apricot, and chestnut stuffing
                                                                                                                Chocolate chip pecan torte

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                                                                                                                1. re: Rubee

                                                                                                                  Your mashed potatoes sound like my mashed potatoes -- learned the method living in Ireland for 5 weeks. Mine calls for scalding the leeks/butter with hot milk too. We'll talk.

                                                                                                                  1. re: yumyum

                                                                                                                    sounds kind of like colcannon! care to post your recipe?

                                                                                                                2. Carrot Cake
                                                                                                                  Pumpkin Cheesecake
                                                                                                                  Braised Shortribs
                                                                                                                  Lamb chops
                                                                                                                  Seared duck breast with cherry-port sauce

                                                                                                                  1. Seafood lasagna
                                                                                                                    Mac and cheese
                                                                                                                    Scalloped potatoes
                                                                                                                    Pot roast

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                                                      Now Seafood Lasagna is something I've been thinking about and I have no idea even what fish to use. Did you actually find a recipe for this or did you develop one? Anyway, can you post this recipe?

                                                                                                                    2. Gravy for the turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas. It's a process I learned from my Mom. My sister tried once, wailed she couldn't "get it right!" and abdicated the responsibility to me forever more.

                                                                                                                      And (again at the holidays) the apple & pumpkin pies. Started doing the holiday pies when I was 14; Mom gladly abdicated the responsibility to me after that year. Mostly it's because she doesn't have the patience to cut in the butter as finely as I do nor the ability to roll out the pie crust so it's thin and uniform. I also mound the apples and pack them in so the pie doesn't "fall."

                                                                                                                      Oh - and my late stepfather gave up the mashed potato making to me. Probably because I use more butter than he ever would. :-)

                                                                                                                      1. Pesto
                                                                                                                        Pot Roast Automne
                                                                                                                        Elegant Yam Casserole
                                                                                                                        'Phantom' Lobster Bisque
                                                                                                                        Egg Ribbon & Parmesan Soup
                                                                                                                        Summers' Bounty Pasta
                                                                                                                        Emeril's Cheesey Tater Tot Casserole
                                                                                                                        Blackberry-Sage Thumbprint Cookies

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Funwithfood

                                                                                                                          'Phantom' Lobster Bisque recipe please!

                                                                                                                          And damn... I still haven't made those Blackberry-Sage Thumbprint cookies even though I've gotten the groceries for them multiple times!! It sounds like a good Fall cookie, so I will get on it soon!

                                                                                                                          1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                                                                            This is very tasty (and inexpensive to make). I made it once *adding* lobster, and actually preferred it without!

                                                                                                                            I usually make my own crouton "shards" to serve with this.

                                                                                                                            (Recipe doubles well & freezes beautifully.)

                                                                                                                            Note: Minor's soup bases (soupbase.com) are stored in my freezer--great asset to my cooking.

                                                                                                                            'Phantom' Lobster Bisque

                                                                                                                            Recipe By :Minor's Bases (Pancho Velez former London Chop House Chef, adapted by Funwithfood)

                                                                                                                            6 tablespoons butter (clarified if on hand -- 3 ounces)
                                                                                                                            2 large stalks celery, PEELED, then finely chopped
                                                                                                                            1 medium onion -- diced small
                                                                                                                            3 cloves garlic -- minced
                                                                                                                            6 tablespoons flour
                                                                                                                            1 pinch cayenne pepper
                                                                                                                            2 teaspoons Minor's Chicken Base
                                                                                                                            2 Tablespoons Minor's Lobster Base
                                                                                                                            1/4 teaspoon curry powder
                                                                                                                            5 cups boiling water
                                                                                                                            1 cup whipping cream (or half & half) -- warmed
                                                                                                                            1/4 cup pale dry sherry -- (or more to taste)

                                                                                                                            In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter then add the celery, onions, and garlic; saute until transparent, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cayenne pepper and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 15 minutes.

                                                                                                                            In a 6-cup heat proof bowl, add the chicken and lobster bases, and the curry powder. Pour in the 5 cups boiling water; stir to dissolve, then add to the vegetables. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Stir in the warmed cream, and the sherry. Adjust flavors as needed (more lobster paste, cayenne, curry, cream, sherry etc.).

                                                                                                                            Serve with my Garlic Croutons, or a good crusty bread.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Funwithfood

                                                                                                                              Thank you... it sounds really good! I love a good bisque!

                                                                                                                        2. My BBQ, whether it's brisket, ribs, or pulled pork. I make my own rubs and sauces, which makes all the difference

                                                                                                                          1. Mostly my friends just want me to bring food. They don't really want the recipes. Favorites:

                                                                                                                            Chocolate pumpkin pie
                                                                                                                            (The recipe from the back of the Libby's pumpkin can, with extra cinnamon, a bit of bourbon or brandy, and with cocoa batter swirls).

                                                                                                                            Summer rolls with various dipping sauces.
                                                                                                                            (The mandolin rocks!)

                                                                                                                            1. French Toast (nothing too special but everyone loves it late night)
                                                                                                                              Turkey Burgers (very moist with broccoli and sweet corn mixed in)

                                                                                                                              1. Hungarian Style Sweet n Sour Stuffed Cabbage
                                                                                                                                Chicken Soup
                                                                                                                                Italian Chopped Salad
                                                                                                                                Cabbage Noodles
                                                                                                                                Chicken w/Yellow Plum Tomatoes

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                                                                                                                                1. re: davinagr

                                                                                                                                  how do you make your cabbage noodles? Is it an e. euro. dish?

                                                                                                                                2. Ossobuco
                                                                                                                                  Chicken Piccata
                                                                                                                                  Chipotle Shrimp (Rick Bayless recipe)
                                                                                                                                  Potatoe and Leek Frittata
                                                                                                                                  Green salsa

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: mattesq

                                                                                                                                    what is your recipe for guacamole?

                                                                                                                                  2. OK, been a little busy but want to respond to the many requests for candied salami appetizer: Preheat oven to 375. Use a WHOLE salami, generally a 1 lb. although I have increased ingredients and cooking time and used a 2 lb. for a big crowd. Place the WHOLE, peeled kosher salami on a cutting board. Use your sharpest knife, and make vertical cuts along the entire salami only 3/4 of the way down. DON'T CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH. Sauce ingredients: 12 oz. bottle chili sauce (I like Bennett's), 1/4 cup cider vinegar (sometimes red wine vinegar), 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 T butter. Heat all sauce ingredients in glass cup in microwave till melted and hot (4-5 min). Place salami in narrow, shallow baking dish. If there is a lot of room in dish, ball up aluminum foil and take up space. This may not make a lot of sense but the idea is that you are pouring sauce over salami and you don't want excess sauce to burn. Pour sauce over salami. Bake in oven for 45-60 minutes till all sauce is absorbed and salami looks candied. This is a sweet/sour sauce. To serve, place on cutting board or serving tray with appetizer knives and rye or pumpernickel appetizer bread. Guests will cut a few slices and eat on bread. No joke, there is never any leftover, people love this.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                                                                      Am going out to get ingredients now. Thanks for sharing.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                                                                        Okay, I made this and it's very tasty, but I can't say that it's "candied". I baked it in a loaf pan lined with foil. So much liquid exuded from the salami that it almost filled the pan. I poured off most of the liquid after 45 minutes and put the pan back in the oven. After another 15 minutes, however, I had to remove it because the top of the salami was starting to burn. So, Diane in Bexley, what size pan do you use?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                                                                          Wow, this sounds wonderful. I will definitely be making this next time I have a crowd. Thanks for sharing!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                                                                            Diane - I will be trying your recipe - I make a similar recipe -but with different ingredients - using honey, dijon mustard, ketchup, and worchestire.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                                                                              I'm not sure how to get a "whole" piece of salami that is only 1 or 2 pounds? Unless you mean the artisinal type. Because I could see this going over well in our crowd.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                I generally use the Hebrew National bullet salami - Costco carries the 2 pound size - and when I make mine, I cut it up in slices and then the slices into quarters so that people can pick them up with toothpicks or fingers and pop it into their mouths. The bread is a nice suggestion from Diane.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: smilingal

                                                                                                                                                  Oh thanks, I'll look in BJs then. It sounds interesting.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                    Always a hit - and soooo easy - I bake mine about 3 hours! I coat the scored salami - be sure to pam the dish because it will stick! - with about 1/2 the sauce then about 1 1/2 hours later I brush the rest of the sauce on and bake for another 1 1/2 hour.

                                                                                                                                            2. For goulash recipe: I like to cut my own stew meat from a large chuck pot roast with bones (7 bone roast is ideal). Brown 2-3 lbs. chuck stew cubes in olive oil in 1 layer in dutch oven. If you have a lot of meat, do this in 2 batches. Just before meat is done, sprinkle with 3-4T garlic (OK, my family is from Transylvania, we need to ward off the vampires!), salt, black pepper, 4T Hungarian paprika (Szeged is what I like best), saute till spices absorbed. Reserve. In same pan, add a little more oil and saute 2-3 finely sliced onions, I like mine carmelized, so add 1 tsp sugar, about 10-15 minutes. Add meat to pot as well as 3-4 cups low sodium beef broth or stock and 1 cup good quality red wine (merlot, burgundy, cabernet all good). Cover dutch oven and keep on low flame for about 2-3 hours, stirring often so ingredients don't burn. If stock hasn't cooked down enough, uncover at end, remove mean (keep warm) and boil to desired consistency. Or, you can thicken with a slurry made with 1/4 cup water and 1 T cornstarch. If you really want to be decadent, add 1 cup sour cream at the end, DO NOT BOIL. Serve with cooked egg noodles or add 1 cup long grain rice and cook about 20-30 minutes. You can also add mushrooms, dried or fresh. This is a master recipe and can easily be customized by adding other types of vegetables, veal instead of beef. You can do this with chicken parts and call it chicken paprikash, BUT, use chicken stock and white wine (usually 2-3 cups). The secret ingredient in the best grilled cheese sandwiches is gouda cheese and whole wheat bread. The gouda is a terrific melting cheese and the whole wheat bread imparts a great nuttiness. ENJOY!

                                                                                                                                              1. That would be : Baked Maccaroni
                                                                                                                                                Bolognese Sauce
                                                                                                                                                Tomato Rice Soup
                                                                                                                                                Roast Turkey with Potato Stuffing
                                                                                                                                                Mun Cookies (poppy seed)
                                                                                                                                                Osso Buco
                                                                                                                                                Flank Steak and Frites
                                                                                                                                                with camelized onions, and pepper

                                                                                                                                                1. Oatmeal cookies
                                                                                                                                                  lemon bars
                                                                                                                                                  chocolate chip cookies - sounds silly, right?
                                                                                                                                                  marinara sauce
                                                                                                                                                  sour cream coffee cake
                                                                                                                                                  banana bread
                                                                                                                                                  buttermilk chocolate cake

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OneJayneDoe

                                                                                                                                                    Oh, that reminds me, I forgot our most famous one... Sour Cream Chocolate Cake!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                                                                                                      The recipe I request the most from my mom is Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake. its the best party of any holiday family gathering. Probably the only dessert I ever look forward to.

                                                                                                                                                  2. oatmeal cake, pie crust, rhubarb pudding cake, cherry quick, roasted pork loin with apples, and lemon bars

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vanillagrrl

                                                                                                                                                      Mmmm. Rhubarb pudding cake--I love rhubarb and am always on the lookout for other uses. Could you please post the recipe?

                                                                                                                                                    2. my husband loves my meatloaf - i use salsa, cumin, chili powder, and a lot of other seasoning, and put a layer of sliced mozzarella b/t the meat layers. he also requests my chicken enchiladas.
                                                                                                                                                      my friends are always asking for my cookie recipe and my chocolate cake.

                                                                                                                                                      1. english toffee
                                                                                                                                                        walnut pepper biscotti
                                                                                                                                                        dippped pretzel rods (not really a recipe--more of a method)
                                                                                                                                                        3-layer cornbread

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: toodie jane

                                                                                                                                                          3 layer corn bread? please share your recipe!! also for your scone too! thanks

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: toodie jane

                                                                                                                                                            hi toodie,

                                                                                                                                                            One of my favorite things in the world is english toffee, care to share?

                                                                                                                                                          2. Guacamole (nearly every time we have any food-related gathering)
                                                                                                                                                            Lemon Orzo Salad
                                                                                                                                                            Mango Chutney, Cream cheese and peanut appetizer (no official name for it)

                                                                                                                                                            1. Gyros
                                                                                                                                                              spice rubbed rotisserie chicken
                                                                                                                                                              BBQ'd brussels sprouts
                                                                                                                                                              lamb curry
                                                                                                                                                              pulled pork
                                                                                                                                                              Greek Chicken and Pasta Salad
                                                                                                                                                              Chile Verde
                                                                                                                                                              Chicken Parmesan
                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: personalcheffie

                                                                                                                                                                Care to share the recipe for the Greek Chicken and Pasta Salad? Also, how do you do the BBQ'd Brussel Sprouts? They sound great.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: KellBell

                                                                                                                                                                  Trim whole sprouts and then halve. I prefer to buy small ones. Slice onions rather thickly and separated into rings and put everything into a bowl and generously season with sea salt and fresh pepper. Douse with olive oil and mix well.

                                                                                                                                                                  In a grilling basket on the Weber Kettle with charcoal and smoke wood, grill sprouts for about 10 minutes, stirring with long tongs so they don't burn, over direct heat. I do these last while the meat is resting. Voila!

                                                                                                                                                                  I use the Greek Seasoning from Penzey's for the Pasta Salad. It's the ONLY premade seasoning, other than Old Bay, that I use. Another note on the feta, I only use either Sheep's or Goat's milk from France or Israel, never American. It's too salty.

                                                                                                                                                                  * Exported from MasterCook *

                                                                                                                                                                  Greek Chicken with Pasta Salad

                                                                                                                                                                  Recipe By :
                                                                                                                                                                  Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
                                                                                                                                                                  Categories :

                                                                                                                                                                  Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
                                                                                                                                                                  -------- ------------ --------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                  1 tablespoon seasoning -- Greek
                                                                                                                                                                  4 8 ounce chicken breast, no skin, no bone, R-T-C
                                                                                                                                                                  1 pound rotini
                                                                                                                                                                  3 large zucchini
                                                                                                                                                                  2 cups tomatoes -- chopped
                                                                                                                                                                  1 large red onion
                                                                                                                                                                  1 cup kalamata olive -- chopped
                                                                                                                                                                  1 cup feta cheese -- Imported
                                                                                                                                                                  2 tablespoons seasonings -- Greek
                                                                                                                                                                  2 tablespoons water
                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                  1/4 cup red wine vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup light mayonnaise
                                                                                                                                                                  2 teaspoons honey
                                                                                                                                                                  1 teaspoon dijon mustard

                                                                                                                                                                  Season chicken and zucchinis with approximately 1 or 2 T. Greek Seasoning and grill until done. Slice chicken into bitesize pieces and slice zucchini.

                                                                                                                                                                  Make Salad dressing, dilute 2 T seasoning in 2 T. water. Add remaining dressing ingredients and mix well. Can be made ahead and chilled. Cook pasta, drain. Combine vegetables with pasta and dress. Add chicken and feta tossing again.

                                                                                                                                                                  Better if made the day before.

                                                                                                                                                                  "24 cups"
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                                                                                                                                                                  Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 438 Calories; 22g Fat (44.4% calories from fat); 24g Protein; 36g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 61mg Cholesterol; 555mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

                                                                                                                                                                  Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

                                                                                                                                                              2. I make a Viet-influenced skirt steak that my husband just loves when I serve it over bun. Chocolate & toffee chip cookies are a specialty as is my (filipino) adobo which I make with some pineapple juice. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: muimi07

                                                                                                                                                                  ooh - I'd love the recipe for the adobo!

                                                                                                                                                                2. sea salt caramels
                                                                                                                                                                  smashed flank steak sandwiches with horseradish and onion jam
                                                                                                                                                                  gorgonzola potato salad with haricots verts (from Epicurious)
                                                                                                                                                                  pumpkin pie with cream cheese icing
                                                                                                                                                                  roast turkey with sage gravy
                                                                                                                                                                  lime chicken tortilla soup
                                                                                                                                                                  pulled pork
                                                                                                                                                                  scallop risotto
                                                                                                                                                                  corn and black bean salad
                                                                                                                                                                  grilled asparagus with goat cheese sauce
                                                                                                                                                                  enchiladas suiza
                                                                                                                                                                  riced potatoes with sour cream, cheddar and green onions
                                                                                                                                                                  stuffed roast pork with stilton sauce
                                                                                                                                                                  cold sesame noodles
                                                                                                                                                                  spaghetti carbonara

                                                                                                                                                                  God, I'm sensing a theme, and it's not the healthiest :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: spigot

                                                                                                                                                                    Lime chicken tortilla soup? I would love to have that recipe! It sounds divine.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: spigot

                                                                                                                                                                      oooh can you share your sea salt caramel recipe?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: yum

                                                                                                                                                                        Yep - it's here; I actually found it on chowhound. (I double the salt but that's the only change I make.)


                                                                                                                                                                        galiana, I'll look for the lime tortilla soup recipe too - it's from a book that I think was called Beautiful Mexico. Essentially it starts with few cups of chicken stock and fried onions and chilis, which you puree with a ton of coriander... layer in a casserole dish with shredded chicken and pan-fried tortillas, sour cream and that Mexican cheese - the one that's a little like feta but fresher tasting, less salty. It should end up midway between a soup and a stew - great flavour!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: spigot

                                                                                                                                                                        I'd be very interested in your stuffed roast pork with stilton sauce recipe if you'd be willing to share it!

                                                                                                                                                                      3. Tiramisu
                                                                                                                                                                        Pad Thai
                                                                                                                                                                        French wine stews

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Lasagna
                                                                                                                                                                          Honeyed roast chicken with herbs and new potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                          Roast beef
                                                                                                                                                                          Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
                                                                                                                                                                          Cornbread stuffing
                                                                                                                                                                          BBQ turkey burgers (lifted from Rachael Ray and changed to be less vile)
                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken stuffed with goat cheese and shallots
                                                                                                                                                                          Various baked goods (cakes, pies, brownies)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. bbq ribs with an Asian flare

                                                                                                                                                                            pumpkin gooey bars (Paula Dean) Haven't served these to anyone that didn't fall in love with them. I add roasted pecans.

                                                                                                                                                                            Asparagus Quiche

                                                                                                                                                                            Chinese chicken salad California Style (I had to learn to make this here on the East coast because it can't be found in our Chinese restaurants.)

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks to all for sharing recipes......where do I begin???

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: othervoice

                                                                                                                                                                              Care to share your Chinese Chicken Salad recipe?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: KellBell

                                                                                                                                                                                It's pretty simple I use pre-packaged coleslaw mix, add in the following:
                                                                                                                                                                                sliced almonds
                                                                                                                                                                                chopped green onions
                                                                                                                                                                                ramen noodles (dry without seasoning pkt.)
                                                                                                                                                                                romaine lettuce chopped
                                                                                                                                                                                shredded white chicken breast
                                                                                                                                                                                (The quantities vary according to taste, how many people your serving, etc.)
                                                                                                                                                                                Then I mix in some Asian Ginger dressing. I have made this myself from scratch, but it's much faster to use the store bought.

                                                                                                                                                                                Soy Vay Cha-Cha Chinese Chicken Salad Dressing is available online, and in some
                                                                                                                                                                                upscale markets.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Wow what wonderful ideas.....
                                                                                                                                                                              Many diff. pasta dishes esp. baked ones, sauces etc.
                                                                                                                                                                              Pumpkin pie
                                                                                                                                                                              ginger cookies (from this site)
                                                                                                                                                                              short bread
                                                                                                                                                                              Kibbi both raw and baked
                                                                                                                                                                              Lebanese stuffed grape leaves
                                                                                                                                                                              parm. crusted pork cutlets

                                                                                                                                                                              1. sauerkraut
                                                                                                                                                                                linzer torte
                                                                                                                                                                                beef stroganoff
                                                                                                                                                                                coq au vin
                                                                                                                                                                                sour cream coffee cake
                                                                                                                                                                                Barberton fried chicken- God help your arteries
                                                                                                                                                                                key lime cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                                pie pastry

                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm know as the baker in the family, so cookies, muffins, breads, and cakes. Honey cake in particular.

                                                                                                                                                                                  French onion soup, potato pancakes, garlic balsamic chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband likes my California BLTs.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Biscuits
                                                                                                                                                                                    Escalloped Asparagus
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mac & Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                    Peanut Butter Pie

                                                                                                                                                                                    Mike asks for:
                                                                                                                                                                                    Ramen Noodle Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                    Roast Chicken Parts with Herbs & Olive Oil (from Bittman's How to Cook Everything)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sauteed Spinach (had some last night, in fact)

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Japanese Curry
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mandarin Fried Chicken Wings
                                                                                                                                                                                      Beer Battered Shrimp
                                                                                                                                                                                      Homemade Pot stickers
                                                                                                                                                                                      Soon Doo Boo
                                                                                                                                                                                      Spicy Bulgogi
                                                                                                                                                                                      BiBim Naeng Myun

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                        i would like to try your bibim naeng myun recipe if it's not too much trouble to write it down. also, your pot stickers. are they mandoo?

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Chicken Breasts seared in Lime Sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                        Couscous Salad with Mint

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Emeril's Hot Corn Dip

                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't do alot of "party" foods, but this is a standard pot-luck dish. It is soooo good, and it alway's disappears.


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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mellycooks

                                                                                                                                                                                            That recipe is super good! We made it at the height of corn season, but I don't think you need to.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                                                                                                                                                                              share that one please- I love all kinds of kugels!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                                                                                                                                                                                Can you please share the squash kugel recipe?
                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks so much!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Let's see, pasta in a white bolognase sauce, good old regular bolognase, with beef, pork and veal, and a green goddess dressing with crudites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. egg rolls/spring rolls
                                                                                                                                                                                                  salmon of various kinds
                                                                                                                                                                                                  caesar salad with homemade croutons
                                                                                                                                                                                                  various chocolate desserts
                                                                                                                                                                                                  various tex-mex favorites (for my SO, particularly)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Pan-roasted suckling pig (lechon kawali)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hot and sour sparerib soup (Sinigang na baboy)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Braised cabbage
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Panna cotta
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cajun crab cakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ancho chocolate mousse

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. chicken parmigiana

                                                                                                                                                                                                      hot crab dip (which is actually Paula Deen's recipe - WITH NO BUTTER IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      chex mix - I know this is a party food -but from my boyfriend's mother, we have a recipe we think needs to be licensed and marketed. No oven, no one hour, no million ingredients. There is only five ingredients, it's done in the microwave, and the secret: soy sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      cream cheese wontons

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. southern-style crab cakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                        steak au poivre
                                                                                                                                                                                                        grilled beef tenderloin

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Lots of different dishes here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          My recipe for Shrimp and Grits is my most requested recipe - and probably my favorite too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeanne

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, please share this recipe. I've been meaning to give this dish try for a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I make a tex-mex layered breakfast casserole that people just love. Like so many really good things it's really easy to make.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breakfast Casserole
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 package Simply Potatoes southwestern style hash browns
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 (13/4 oz) package of pre-cooked Oscar Myer Bacon Bits or Pieces (found near salad dressings)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 package shredded cheddar/jack cheese blend (2 cups)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 cup of milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 cans of Rotel (drained)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spray an 8x10 casserole dish with Pam.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Layer half of the potatoes, and 3/4 of the cheese, cover with bacon bits and Rotel, top with remaining potatoes. Beat eggs and milk together and pour over the top.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cover casserole with foil and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Uncover and add remaining cheese, bacon bits and Rotel. Bake uncovered for 15 additional minutes. Let stand at least 5 minutes before serving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunsuze

                                                                                                                                                                                                              This sounds like something I'd like to try. But I'm embarassed to say I've never heard of Rotel. Can someone please tell me what it is, and where I can find it in the supermarket?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bzdhkap

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's canned chopped tomatoes, chiles and (I think) onions and usually can be found on the grocery aisles with the other canned tomato products, or sometimes with the Mexican food products.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Glazed Black Cod
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicago Style Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Prime Rib

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. grilled or smoked chicken wings with Bufalo chipotle sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Cranberry Brie Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kitchen Sink Salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. spaghetti with stuffed meatballs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    calamari salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bowties with pink vodka sauce & proscuitto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    all kinds of baked goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My lasagna with a layer of veal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caesar Salad w/ homemade pepper croutons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pumpkin Cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chocolate Pecan Pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bourbon Pecan Pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Artichoke Dip

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Cheese-Olive Balls, a very spicy cheese pastry (lots of cayenne and tabasco) rolled into 1" balls with a Spanish olive inside each one and baked. In great demand for parties and universally known among my friends as "Bob's Balls."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds like my boyfriends perfect food! (his three favorite food groups are spicy, cheesy and green olives--especially the green olives. He eats them by the handful and tries to put them in everything he makes). Care to share the recipe?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wawajb


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 10 oz stick very sharp cheddar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 tsp worcestershire sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 tsp tabasco or your favorite hot sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 tsp ground cayenne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 large (15 oz) jar pimento-stuffed small green olives (you'll use about 2/3 of them)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IMPORTANT: All ingredients, especially the butter and cheese, must be completely at room temperature for this recipe. I usually take them out of the fridge the night before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Preheat oven to 400°.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shred the cheese into a large mixing bowl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Add the butter in small pieces, then add all the other ingredients except the olives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Twiddle with your fingers until it's a nice crumbly mess, then press & squeeze to form into a dough.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Knead the dough (it's easiest to do this on a counter or large board) until it's smooth in consistency and uniform in color.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dry the olives between several layers of paper towels on a plate, discarding (or eating) any that are mushy or missing their pimento.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pinch off a piece of dough (about a teaspoonful, you'll figure out the right amount with practice), make an indentation in it with your thumb, place an olive in it, smoosh the dough around to cover, and roll between your palms until it's round and smooth and the olive is completely sealed in. Repeat until all the dough is used up. I try to use as little dough as possible for each one while still using enough to completely seal in the olive. They should be about 1" in diameter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Line them up on cookie sheets about 1" apart - they will spread a little but not much. I usually get exactly enough for two large sheets. And I've found from experience that the non-stick cookie sheets work best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bake about 10 - 15 minutes, checking closely after the first 8 - 9 minutes, until they are lightly golden brown. I have a convection oven, but when I didn't I would rotate the pans halfway through so they bake more evenly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do not overbake, the dough is so rich it has a tendency to burn on the bottom if you do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cool on a rack. Happy boyfriend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            P.S. You don't have to tell him he's eating Bob's Balls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hahah that's the funny part though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. olive spread - basically taking any unspiced ptted olives (equal amounts green and black) and running through the food processer depending on what was available olive wise sometimes I need to add oil sometimes the olives had enough olive in the mix. Never fails say I am going to bring a desert oh but your olive spread he he chocolate mouse recipe takes 2 days and have to find pasturezied eggs or olive spread literaly about 5 minute prep time 1 to 4 pulses and done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Embarrassingly, the most requested recipe is loaded with processed products and a potato chip topping. Cheesy potato casserole (from the Ore-Ida website). It's my go to dish for potlucks. I always receive a couple request for the recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For family, when my kids stay during college breaks, grilled salmon and pot roast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. My coffe chocolate chip pancakes and my peach cobbler.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. My brother always asks me to cook tyler's ultimate potato gratin when he comes home, it is a carb bomb but delicious. I also get requests for my gumbo, family recipe; my shrimp etouffee; chicken quesadillas; pot roast; corn souffle; pecan pie; stollen, as featured in a New York times article; my chocolate chip cookies, literally I have people who see me out and ask me to make them some. Oh and my carrot cake, which is loosely based on an Ina Garten recipe.