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IceAlisa
08-06-2010, 06:44 AM
I don't understand people who will not share their recipes unless it's a trade secret. But an amateur cook has no reason to hoard a good recipe. Case in point: my MIL is a fantastic cook. I've learned so much from her and can make several of her recipes just as well as she does. But there is one recipe I have trouble wrenching from her and it's the meatballs.

She makes the best meatballs I'v ever had. They are tender, moist and the sauce is absolutely delicious but complex (so I can't figure out exactly what's going on). And yet she won't give it up. :confused:

Jenny
08-06-2010, 01:31 PM
She makes the best meatballs I'v ever had. They are tender, moist and the sauce is absolutely delicious but complex (so I can't figure out exactly what's going on). And yet she won't give it up. :confused:

This is a great Italian-style meatball recipe, always tender and moist thanks to the addition of water: http://www.raosrecipes.com/2009/12/01/raos-meatballs/

What sort of sauce is your MIL's?

mkats
09-07-2010, 02:15 AM
I can't believe it's been a month since this thread was updated! I visited the boyfriend last weekend and we decided to make ratatouille from the movie (http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/07/rat-a-too-ee-for-you-ee/) (I'm pretty sure I linked this at some point, but anyway...) Some pictures:

Plating (http://thelungsofourcity.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/plating.jpg?w=473&h=334)
All plated! (http://thelungsofourcity.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/plated.jpg?w=466&h=315)
Baked and ready to eat (http://thelungsofourcity.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/ratatouille.jpg?w=489&h=331)

It was amazingly good and super easy to make, too.

altai_rose
09-07-2010, 02:46 AM
Coconut Cream Pie for Coconut Cream Pie Lovers
Hmm... maybe I'll make it for my lab's Pie Day that's coming up (it's not on 3/14 like I originally thought when another grad student first told me about it...). It's either gonna be your coconut pie recipe or this apple tart (http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/11/simplest-apple-tart/).

What's the difference between an open-faced pie and a tart anyways? :confused:

Rex
09-07-2010, 03:18 AM
I made the soup I talked about in the soup thread today. Mmmmmmmm, almost perfect.

Tomorrow, arroz con dulce - I got all the stuff I need.

It feels great to cook in the kitchen again!!!

IceAlisa
09-07-2010, 03:21 AM
This is a great Italian-style meatball recipe, always tender and moist thanks to the addition of water: http://www.raosrecipes.com/2009/12/01/raos-meatballs/

What sort of sauce is your MIL's?

Tomato but I found some (gasp) dried cranberries in it. I am sure she adds some cumin too. Thanks for the recipe!

shan
09-07-2010, 03:22 AM
I wish someone would come to my house and cook in my kitchen! Its hard to get into a cooking routine when school gets crazy.

Jenny
09-07-2010, 01:45 PM
I can't believe it's been a month since this thread was updated! I visited the boyfriend last weekend and we decided to make ratatouille from the movie (http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/07/rat-a-too-ee-for-you-ee/) (I'm pretty sure I linked this at some point, but anyway...) Some pictures:

Plating (http://thelungsofourcity.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/plating.jpg?w=473&h=334)
All plated! (http://thelungsofourcity.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/plated.jpg?w=466&h=315)
Baked and ready to eat (http://thelungsofourcity.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/ratatouille.jpg?w=489&h=331)

It was amazingly good and super easy to make, too.

I just made ratatouille for the first time last week! I used a recipe in the current Food & Wine though, in which the chef said he takes the traditional recipe and modifies it by cooking each vegetable separately to get the perfect texture. Then I looked up Julia Child, and of course that's how she does it in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Nice try, dude.

Anyway it was delish - hubby put it on some pasta, while I had it with flatbreads and a bit of romano cheese - yum!

Rex
09-07-2010, 02:41 PM
I wish someone would come to my house and cook in my kitchen! Its hard to get into a cooking routine when school gets crazy.

I'll do it....:P

Stefanie
09-07-2010, 04:36 PM
I made these Greek Chicken Burgers (http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/main-courses/greek-chicken-burgers/) last week. Quite tasty. I didn't know what to expect because I'd never had ground chicken before, but I will definitely be making these again. :)

emason
09-07-2010, 05:03 PM
I made these Greek Chicken Burgers (http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/main-courses/greek-chicken-burgers/) last week. Quite tasty. I didn't know what to expect because I'd never had ground chicken before, but I will definitely be making these again. :)

These look wonderful; thanks for posting.

AragornElessar
09-10-2010, 10:08 PM
The last two weeks around here, we've hosted a couple of potluck get togethers. One to say Good Bye and See you next summer to our Summer Friends and then another one last weekend for family who were headed up for a Veterans Event in the area. Okay...Thanks to all of that, my cousin brought along this incredable salad and shared the recipe w/us.

It's too good not to keep this yummy nummy concoction to ourselves, so w/out further ado...

Apple Salad

1 14 oz can of pineapple tidbits (retain juice)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 / 4 Cup of white sugar
1 / 4 Cup of mayonnaise
1 tsp poppy seed6 tart tasting Apples, such as Granny Smith, chopped up in chunks
1 / 4 Cup of pecans
1 1 / 3 Cups of cut in half grapes, white or red

Put the pineapple juice in a pan, then add the lemon juice, the sugar and simmer until mixture starts thickening a little.

Let cool and then add the Mayonnaise and poppy seed while the sauce is cooling.

In a bowl, add the chopped up Apples, the Pineapple tidbits, the Pecans and the chopped in half Grapes. Toss the fruit and pecans together to mix and then pour the sauce over and mix everything together to blend. Put in the fridge to cool at least for 1 / 2 hr before serving.

Enjoy Everyone!! :)

taf2002
09-10-2010, 11:24 PM
Coconut Cream Pie for Coconut Cream Pie Lovers

My husband loves Coconut Cream Pie but I make it the traditional way cooking on top of the stove. When we 1st got married I bought a coconut & grated it....I don't do that kind of thing anymore.

Your pie looks so much easier....I've printed it out & I'm going to try it. It looks yummy.

sk8pics
09-11-2010, 12:04 AM
I have 30+ people coming to a party tomorrow. It's open-house style, so people will show up at different times (I hope!). So far I made chili (3 pounds meat, 3 cans kidney beans, a big onion, and some crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce, and chili seasoning. It tastes and smells great. I also made my famous (well, famous among my friends) blueberry angel food cake. I'm waiting for it to cool so I can cut it and take it out of the pan, so I can make chocolate orange cake tomorrow morning. I've also made a black bean & corn salad (also has red and green peppers), and it's all tossed with corn oil, lime juice, and taco seasoning, and it, too, is very popular. I think I need more, though, so will head out to the store to get more black beans tonight.

I also have a variety of cookies, nuts, some tortilla chips with regular salsa and peach salsa. And I ordered a bunch of different types of hoagies cut up. I'll pick them up tomorrow. I think I would collapse if I tried to do that from scratch, too.

Also picked up soda and wine and some non-alcoholic beer for a friend who doesn't drink.

Let the party begin!:D

shan
09-11-2010, 02:15 AM
I'll do it....:P

Only if you promise to make something that you know who would be proud of!


Where do you live again? :cool: