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What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

txmafia Jan 14, 2012 08:34 PM

It's late, your last meal was hours ago, you want to relax with a "little something" to nosh on. You go into the kitchen & put together a little bit of heaven.

Share with us that yummy "something".

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  1. CCSPRINGS RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 06:23 AM

    Nachos. Cheesy, spicy, lots of olives and sour cream, not too much salsa.

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      Lady_Tenar RE: CCSPRINGS Jan 15, 2012 12:13 PM

      In a similar vein, quesadillas are my thing. I almost always have cheese and tortillas and that + any appropriate-seeming leftovers=awesome. Leftover homemade beans, sauteed vegetables, canned chipotles en adobo sauce, etc. Served with plenty of salsa and sour cream if it's in the house.

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        CCSPRINGS RE: Lady_Tenar Jan 15, 2012 12:31 PM

        In a true munchie attack emergency quesadillas are faster. I agree they are outstanding in a time of hunger.

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        njmarshall55 RE: CCSPRINGS Jan 16, 2012 12:27 PM

        Have to agree. My all time go-to snack, long as I have it in the house. I'd be curious tho...what cheese preference do we nacho-heads like? Personally, I prefer Jack, pepper-Jack, or a mix...Jack and cheddar, or whatever is in the house. Mozzarella doesn't have enough flavor to stand up to the other ingredients.

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          txmafia RE: njmarshall55 Jan 16, 2012 01:56 PM

          Nachos...prefer plain 'ol hoop cheese or rat cheese or just sometimes called yellow half moon cheese...all the same, just different names. I make a giant nacho by cutting a yellow corn tortilla (purchased) in half...I. just like to fry 2 halves instead of one whole one. Look for the thin ones, thickness will vary by brand name. Fry in HOT veggie oil or peanut oil on both sides till crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Slather a layer of refried beans on one half. At this point you can add some fried hamburger meat on top of the beans, but I am too lazy to make some meat. Shred some rat cheese & sprinkle all over. Add some sliced pickled Jalapenos all around. & then some finely chopped onion. Put on a small tin pan & bake at about 400 preheated oven till cheese is melted. Can add a dollop of sliced avocado or guacamole if you have it on hand.

          I keep a can of pinto beans on hand when I am out of fresh pintos. I proceed to doctor them up by doing the following;
          Get a small pot out & pour in enough oil (not olive) to cover the bottom of the pot. Add some finely chopped onions in there & let saute. Go empty the pinto beans into a colander & drain & wash all that goopy stuff off the beans. When the onions are soft, add the pintoes & have heat pretty high & let them get real hot. Get out the potato masher & start mashing them, if too dry add more oil or butter. If still too dry, add a little water until they start turning creamy. Add garlic & salt & pepper to taste. Not as good as homemade pintos, but they work when you get the munchies for a nacho late at night. Just buy the cheapest plain canned pintos...you are going to wash all the stuff off them anyway.

          I make up a Mexican mix that I add a pinch or two in any Mexican dish I am fixing (including the beans I just described. Here it is if you want to make some...it takes on a different taste in different dishes,,,just brings out that Tex Mex taste that dishes have.

          3 Tablespoon course ground pepper
          2 Tablespoons salt
          3 Tablespoons granulated garlic (not garlic salt)
          3 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons ground cumin
          Mix all together & keep in a little jar

          Add to caldo, fried hamburger meat, Mexican rice, hot sauces & a thousand other things...just add a little & then taste to see how much you want to kick it up.

          I shared with you these things since Tex Mex food is such a great way to fix something fast & tasty. If you have a corn or flour tortilla, you can make so many things quick munchies. That's it for now....just got carried away.

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            sandylc RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 02:46 PM

            O.K., I'll bite...What is "rat cheese"?

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              CCSPRINGS RE: sandylc Jan 16, 2012 04:16 PM

              I think it is the plain white firm cheese sold in Latin markets. Just guessing.

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                buttertart RE: CCSPRINGS Jan 16, 2012 04:40 PM

                American cheddar, I think.

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                txmafia RE: sandylc Jan 16, 2012 07:45 PM

                Dear, those names I called rat cheese are all one & the same thing...but anyway, I am sure you have seen it in the deli or maybe butcher shop. It is a big round hunk of cheese that they cut off for you. It is bright yellow. Looks like cheddar cheese, oh yes, it is also sometimes called Colby cheese.

                Farmers always had some on hand & they would bait the rat traps with it, hence the name. Hope this helps...

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                  sandylc RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 08:35 PM

                  Oh! Longhorn Colby! I LOVED that growing up. It had a nice tang to it back then. Now when I find it, it is waxy and tasteless. Probably the part of the country I live in now.

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                    txmafia RE: sandylc Jan 16, 2012 08:56 PM

                    Yes, a lot of it is now tasting yuky...in fact so many foods have changed...really sad. Sorry I took a zillion words to describe that cheese.. if I would have said that in the beginning, you would have know right then what I was talking about.

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              CCSPRINGS RE: njmarshall55 Jan 16, 2012 02:17 PM

              I love cheddar because it is so tasty. Pepper jack makes super tasty nachos. I love mozzarella because it is good to snack on during prep and it melts so well. I know it is a bit bland but the hot sauce fixes that right up. Having jalapenos is essential. Usually use plain yogurt instead of sour cream.

          2. Becca Porter RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 07:07 AM

            White rice mixed with equal parts butter and soy sauce. Mmmm.

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              rln RE: Becca Porter Jan 15, 2012 09:31 AM

              Oh, becca, this is my all time go to comfort food! From when i was a kid even! Yummy.

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                sandylc RE: Becca Porter Jan 16, 2012 12:58 PM

                Butter and soy sauce go great together - I once had panko-breaded salmon sticks with pickled ginger and soy/butter dipping sauce - this meal broke all the the "rules" but it was delish!

              2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 07:32 AM

                A few months ago I started on the Quaker mini rice cakes, salt & pepper flavor, sometimes with dip or salsa sometimes just plain, I'm really hooked on the damn things now and I need to start cutting back.

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                  jenscats5 RE: mrbigshotno.1 Jan 15, 2012 12:53 PM

                  I like the caramel ones with Peanut Butter.........way dangerous!

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                    mattstolz RE: jenscats5 Jan 15, 2012 03:57 PM

                    while this is probably my favorite combo, im also a big fan of any of the salty ones (especially the little ranch ones) with cheddar melted over the top. mmmmm

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                  INDIANRIVERFL RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 07:56 AM

                  Peanut butter from the jar with celery or carrots. Popcorn with even parts salt and sugar. That was breakfast this morning.

                  1. Sue in Mt P RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 07:58 AM

                    Apple and peanut butter. Or just peanut butter with a spoon.

                    1. soypower RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 08:11 AM

                      I don't generally eat white bread anymore, so when I do, it's like candy to me. Lately, I've been hoovering sourdough english muffins, toasted and slathered in good Irish butter, then topped with garlic powder and smoked paprika. Yummeh!

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                        LaureltQ RE: soypower Jan 16, 2012 08:30 PM

                        Recently, since I have had some fantastic jams in the fridge(jalapeno, fig, etc), I've been toasting english muffins and topping with something creamy (cream cheese, mascarpone, creme fraiche, greek yogurt, etc) and topping that with a bit of jam. Crunchy, creamy, sweet... magical!

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                        hyde RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 08:18 AM

                        decent bread and cheese sandwich. baguette and cabot three year cheddar, preferably, but any well made bread and good cheese. plain, no heat, no mustard, etc. thats a sandwich, and a whole 'nother kettle of fish.

                        1. caseyjo RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 08:26 AM

                          Popcorn with olive oil and garlic salt (the only reason why I keep garlic salt in my spice cabinet). Or, if I'm really lucky, popcorn with duck fat.

                          Bread, buttered, with grated cheese on top, broiled until the bread toasts and the cheese gets all bubbly.

                          Cinnamon sugar tortillas. I usually just melt some butter in a pan, swirl around a tortilla, flip it over, sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar and fold over to cook like a quesadilla.

                          Finally, the pièce de résistance, nachos. I smear refried beans onto chips, arrange in a single level on a tart plate, grate some cheese over the whole thing, then add minced jalapeños and shallots. Bake until the cheese gets all melty. Mmm, I really want some right now.

                          1. mattstolz RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 08:37 AM

                            kettle corn tossed with cinnamon and sugar

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                              rasputina RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 10:49 AM

                              hummus and toasted nan bread.

                              1. mamachef RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 12:31 PM

                                I keep Chex Mix around alla time, with extra nuts and the double glaze. I love to warm it up in a little butter, and nosh my heart out. Hmmm, what else? Artichoke Dip w/ Triscuits: bottled mashed artie hearts w/ parmesan, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, sliced green onions. Chopped spinach in there too, which I gnerally have around. Baked until bubbly.
                                Frozen Pepsi w/ double pep, double cheese, black olives, sliced tomatoes after the baking. Well-done.
                                I could seriously go on, but this could take a long time.

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                                  txmafia RE: mamachef Jan 15, 2012 03:00 PM

                                  Looky here...this lady knows how to nosh...let's see...please pass me the artie dip, but I think I will have a few hunks of toasted French bread with mine.

                                  Since I never go anywhere empty handed, I will bring over some cream cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in applewood smoked bacon & slathered with some habanero apricot sauce just before they are done baking. And to cool things off, how "bout a little piece of banana split pie?

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                                    mamachef RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 06:38 PM

                                    Me oh my; please do. Ooooh those jalapenos sound marvelous, and that pie...

                                2. jenscats5 RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 12:55 PM

                                  Triscuits baked in the oven topped with cheese - just till the cheese melts.....then add salsa!

                                  Can't go wrong with quesadillas!

                                  Pizza!! Either with a Boboli crust or tortillas......heck, I'd even go for the English muffin!

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                                    JVHcook RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 01:25 PM

                                    Popcorn or nachos, I just need that saltiness.

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                                      Isolda RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 01:31 PM

                                      Triscuits (the full salt, full fat kind) and extra sharp cheddar cheese. I am addicted to this snack. In fact, I'm pretty sure there's an opiate in Triscuits that makes them so addictive.

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                                        mamachef RE: Isolda Jan 15, 2012 01:34 PM


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                                          buttertart RE: mamachef Jan 15, 2012 05:18 PM

                                          One of the few foods my husband will not buy because he cannot leave them alone. Damn they're good.

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                                            soypower RE: buttertart Jan 16, 2012 10:28 AM

                                            I had to stop buying them too because I would sit down with a tub of cream cheese and a box of triscuits and not get up until I was covered in wheat shreds and licking cream cheese off my fingers.

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                                              txmafia RE: soypower Jan 16, 2012 10:44 AM

                                              Well, at least you weren't at the computer with all those crumbs....somehow I got some crumbs under the "m" key & now I have to pound it several times just to make it print the letter....junk food tastes so much better at the pooter though.

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                                            Isolda RE: mamachef Jan 16, 2012 04:50 PM

                                            LOL! If that is the case, my local market is pushing them. They keep selling them 2 boxes for $5, and of course I feel obligated to buy two boxes every time I go. I now have 3 1/2 boxes of yummy triscuits in my pantry.

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                                            njmarshall55 RE: Isolda Jan 16, 2012 12:38 PM

                                            Two thumbs up for Triscuits. Cheese and crackers and fruit are a nice change of pace for dinner once in a while. No cooking, good variety, and not bad for you, all in all.

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                                              jenscats5 RE: njmarshall55 Jan 16, 2012 01:00 PM

                                              NJ - agree! I love blue cheese with grapes and crackers and a nice glass of wine!!

                                          4. bushwickgirl RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 03:50 PM

                                            I'm big on popcorn, or crackers and salami, or quesadillas, or anything dipped into anything, you know who you are. Beyond that, sometimes a bag of M & M's Peanut is all it takes.

                                            1. buttertart RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 05:20 PM

                                              Saltines and aged cheddar.
                                              Quesadilla, with the same.
                                              Husband's dessert fancies - any this and that put together artfully and served to me in bed. Last Friday night, a Melona bar liberated from its stick, a madeleine, and a drizzle of vodka.

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                                                txmafia RE: buttertart Jan 15, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                My goodness...buttertart....it"s not even Valentine's Day yet! Only newlyweds do that sort of thing....dessert in bed. Heck, I would be happy with an animal cracker served with a glass of milk. Oh well, enjoy!

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                                                  bushwickgirl RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 09:10 PM

                                                  Oh, I do believe buttertart has the best romance of all of us.

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                                                    mattstolz RE: bushwickgirl Jan 16, 2012 06:43 AM

                                                    pffttt. only because none of you are involved in a romance with yours truly.

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                                                      txmafia RE: mattstolz Jan 16, 2012 08:54 AM


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                                                  mamachef RE: buttertart Jan 15, 2012 06:39 PM

                                                  Whoa. What a honey you have there, bt. I do something kinda similar with a Schwan's whole-fruit strawberry bars, using them instead of ice in a tasty beverage.

                                                3. twyst RE: txmafia Jan 15, 2012 06:43 PM

                                                  I like to use malto to make powdered duck fat and then sprinkle it on popcorn. Way better than butter!


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                                                    bushwickgirl RE: twyst Jan 15, 2012 09:16 PM

                                                    I'm sure, but duck fat is beyond my budget and if I did have it, I'd save it for my home fries. Truly thanks for the suggestion, it is a goody.

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                                                      txmafia RE: bushwickgirl Jan 16, 2012 08:56 AM

                                                      Duck fat...have never tasted it. Do you dip your fries in the fat or what? This is new territory to me.

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                                                        twyst RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 09:08 AM

                                                        Fry the fries in duck fat, but it takes a whole lot of duck fat.

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                                                          txmafia RE: twyst Jan 16, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                          Thank you for telling me what to do with duck fat & fries...gosh I wish I had some of that stuff now.

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                                                            twyst RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                            Youre in texas, they sell it by the tub at HEB :P

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                                                              txmafia RE: twyst Jan 16, 2012 10:06 AM

                                                              I had no idea...will I find it in the frozen chicken section or someplace else??

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                                                                twyst RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 10:49 AM

                                                                Its usually in the butcher case at the larger heb's.

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                                                                  txmafia RE: twyst Jan 16, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                                  Thanks, am anxious to get some...have seen several recipes around here having duck fat...must be really good.

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                                                      mattstolz RE: twyst Jan 16, 2012 06:43 AM

                                                      wow that does sound really good. want to try! haha

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                                                      luciaannek RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                      I make ramen noodles and thrown out the flavor pack. I then sir fry them with some veggies with a sauce made of soy, honey, garlic, ginger, scallions, sriracha and peanut butter (or whatever else we have).

                                                      Or spicy eggs with cheese. (sometimes I put them on tortilla chips).

                                                      1. Becca Porter RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                        I also just had my near daily snack of two basted eggs with a bit of hot sauce. That hit of protein makes my belly happy. The texture of a basted egg is so much better than a fried or boiled egg, especially since I like my yolks fully cooked.

                                                        I heat a nonstick pan on med high. Add a bit of butter or bacon grease if I am feeling it... Crack in the eggs, salt and pepper, add about 2 tablespoons water, cover the pan, turn the heat down to med, let cook/steam for five minutes. Enjoy!

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                                                          mamachef RE: Becca Porter Jan 16, 2012 02:05 PM

                                                          Oh, I have to agree with this one. What a good way to get what you need. I've worked in ONE restaurant where we'd make basted eggs; every other cook/chef I know would absolutely refuse.
                                                          And it's such a delicate preparation. Delicious.

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                                                          calmossimo RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 03:07 PM

                                                          Lately, for a more filling late night snack, I've been eating sardines -- mashed with lemon, pepper, tabasco, chopped onions -- scooped onto ak-mak crackers. I don't eat fish, except weirdly I like canned tuna and sardines, in moderate amounts.

                                                          On occasion, I'll make a late-night batch of quinoa with chicken broth -- scoop out a small portion to drizzle with sesame oil and crumble toasted nori strips on top (or furikake).

                                                          Other late-night snacks include: miso soup, dumpling soup, or a few almond-stuffed olives straight from the jar.

                                                          The nachos sound delicious though... I might have to keep some of those ingredients on hand for next time, which will probably be tonight.

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                                                            mattstolz RE: calmossimo Jan 16, 2012 04:05 PM

                                                            great, now im gonna have to go pick up some sardines to snack on. sounds delicious!

                                                          2. mattstolz RE: txmafia Jan 16, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                            Lately being stuck here in south florida has made me miss the REAL southern states. This means that one of my favorite easy, delicious, indulgence meals has been cheesy, creamy, stone ground grits. might not really be something i whip up really quick, but it IS something ive been whippin up pretty often

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