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  1. For my everyday sandwich needs, I use store bought bread. I do think homemade is worth it for me in several situations, but those situations wouldn't make a bread machine practical. About six months ago I started messing with making homemade pizza. I use a cold ferment for my pizza dough and then it obviously has to be shaped into a pizza crust for baking, so the machine would only be useful for mixing. I have been trying out dinner roll recipes and most of those have not really been anything special until I made some Amish dinner rolls a week ago. For me, they were definitely worth making from scratch. But making them as rolls means baking them in the oven rather than in a bread machine. (I think I also put that dough in the fridge for several days for its first rise, but wouldn't necessarily be doing that all the time.)
  2. I have never made pasta from scratch before, but recently started thinking about it, and even went so far as to look at pasta machines online. I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but I probably will. Congratulations on your purchase. I love cheese ravioli, and I bought ricotta and parmesan last time I was at the store. (I always keep mozzarella on hand.) I should go ahead and give it a try even without the machine.
  3. I think I'm going to go the other way with this. If meek is meant to represent not being an asshole, then yeah, I am a meek.
  4. My italian food submission is pizza http://s488.photobucket.com/user/chet_056/media/pizza toppings 20170125.jpg.html http://s488.photobucket.com/user/chet_056/media/hot honey pizza sauce 20170125.jpg.html ...... added to this post 7 minutes later: My italian food submission is pizza ...... added to this post 9 minutes later:
  5. I will confirm that it can easily happen without someone making a conscious decision to not marry. I'm 60 years old and I never married. I also haven't had a serious relationship in the past 30 years, and it isn't because I chose not to. I occasionally make an attempt at finding dates, but I must admit that I am not terribly inclined to be the initiator in social interactions. And alas, I don't seem to be someone that inspires women to go ahead and make the first move. I have never gotten the impression from my acquaintances that any of them think of me as a creeper just based on the fact that I am not in a relationship and I never seem to be dating anyone. But ... in my occasional forays into online dating, I do get the impression that women who don't know me at all make that assumption quite easily. And I never seem to get a second date even when I thought the first date went okay. (But that may not have anything to do with the fact that I haven't been in a relationship in 30 years and might be based on any number of other factors.) I wouldn't have chosen to not be in a relationship, but other than that I have been pretty happy with my life.
  6. Homemade food gifts sounds like a wonderful idea. And you guys have both given me the idea that I need to do some bread baking as well.
  7. I've been doing more cooking in general this year. I retired at the end of last year and needed to find something to do with my time besides trying to learn to hit a golf ball. But right now the holiday season seems to have me in candy mode. A couple of weeks ago it started innocently enough with a batch of fudge. Then last week it was peanut brittle. Yesterday it was divinity, and I still have homemade Christmas cookies from earlier in the week. Yes, I went to the store, bought Christmas cookie cutters, bought food coloring, and made fancy Christmas cookies not for some big party or cookie exchange, but just to sit on the couch and eat by myself while watching Christmas movies. Does anyone else need a holiday cooking intervention?
  8. That cheesecake crumble looks good. I just made your ice cream this afternoon and it's in the freezer firming up. It tastes really good.
  9. Sorry, today was my second attempt at trying to learn how to do the picture thing, so I forgot all about listing out the recipes. Buttermilk pie: 6 eggs 2 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup flour 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Mix all ingredients together & pour into two 9 or 10 inch unbaked pie shells. My recipe says bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. For me it always takes longer for the pie to completely set up, and by that time the crust is starting to burn, so I cook the ingredients on the stove top for a while until it seems to be thickening up ( five to ten minutes over medium heat) and then pour it into the pie shells and bake for 50 minutes. Maybe it's just my stove though. My mom always makes this when family is home for the holidays, so this will always be in the comfort food category for me. Enchilada filling: I like to use a spinach artichoke dip recipe for the filling. 6 ounce bag of baby spinach (shredded) 14 oz jar of artichoke hearts, drained and diced up (I used artichoke salad which also had some olives and pimento) 1/2 cup minced onion 1 to 2 minced jalapenos Saute all of the above in a large pan in a bit of olive oil until the spinach is wilted down to a manageable volume Add to the pan 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt & pepper to taste (I didn't add any) The dip recipe says bake in a shallow dish at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Instead, I rolled the mixture up in a dozen corn tortillas and put those on a bed of meat sauce in the bottom of a baking pan with another layer of meat sauce on top. As a side note, I always just used canned chili, but wanting to try to minimize the use of such for my iron chef submission, I found a recipe for a simple enchilada meat sauce and made that from scratch. It isn't bad, but wasn't worth the extra effort. I also normally just use a bottled salsa verde. I found a green sauce recipe on the internet that I wanted to try and I like it a lot. Green sauce (I made a 2/3 batch and this still made a ton, so you might want to consider how much you need and scale the recipe accordingly. Also, I didn't have access to green tomatoes, so I doubled the tomatillos. The next time I make it I think I will only put in about half to 2/3 the sour cream and see if that isn't even better for my personal taste) 3 medium avocados 3 medium green tomatoes 4 fresh tomatillos 3 cloves garlic 3 sprigs fresh cilantro (yeah, I put in a lot more than that) 2 to 3 jalapenos 1 1/2 cups sour cream 1/2 teaspoon salt Chop the tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, and jalapenos and heat in a saucepan for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add the remaining ingredients and put in a blender until smooth. ---------- Post added 10-07-2016 at 05:06 PM ---------- PS The fruit salad was cubes of fresh pineapple, mango, pear, and orange drizzled in a light dressing of honey and lime juice and sprinkled with Tajin chili powder
  10. My submission is spinach and artichoke cheese enchiladas topped with both a meat sauce and a green sauce. There is a side of assorted fruit and buttermilk pie for dessert.
  11. Over the weekend I looked at all the great pictures but didn't read through all the details. I have to admit to being a little intimidated by everyone else using phrases like deglaze and render and sous vide and something else that I had to look up but have already forgotten. I normally live off of one thing at a time, and rarely ever make a complete meal, but this was kind of fun. I'm glad I found this thread.
  12. Did it for you....by right clicking on the picture via your link, and clicking 'Paste and Go'.

  13. This is my first time to try my hand at this iron chef thing. I made a spinach salad using the high protein ingredients of bacon, hard boiled egg, sunflower seeds, and Swiss cheese (along with some oven dried tomato and some red onion and a couple of blackberries) topped in a balsamic vinaigrette. The entree high protein is a (slightly overcooked) pork chop marinated only briefly in some red wine, accompanied by some fresh green beans boiled in water seasoned with some onion salt, garlic salt and bacon grease and served with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. Dessert uses the high protein ingredient of peanut butter (okay, and a whole bunch of sugar carbs) in a peanut butter frosted flakes ball. PS I may need some help with the picture. I opened a google photos account just for the purpose of linking the picture here, but it doesn't seem to have worked. Any suggestions? https://goo.gl/photos/cGYZN6Psoq9Afx9n8
  14. Verbal communication is critical. Not just at the beginning, but during the continuation of any relationship as one or both parties begin to feel differently about the boundaries of the relationship. I do think that will help to limit the amount of hurt when someone's feelings begin to change, but hopefully you are taking into consideration that you can't just legislate away someone's hurt feelings. And of course the individual boundaries that you agree on will depend on the individual people. I had a female friend that I started spending time with, and I wanted more than friendship with her. She said she just wanted to be friends and I was okay with that. I was okay with it until she started spending all her time complaining about a guy that she had started dating. I told her that I didn't enjoy having to hear about her and some other guy, and she told me that as a friend I should be there for her whatever. That wasn't the only boundary that we struggled with though, so we don't really see each other very often anymore.