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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    For me, Easter is an excuse to cook something different

    On the menu this evening:

    Braised lamb shanks, brown rice and steamed fresh broccoli.

    We bought the broccoli from local farmers at the vegetable stand yesterday.
    (We also bought some new potatoes, but those are always good to have on
    hand.) Now I'm thinking we probably should have stopped at the grocery
    store and bought some dinner rolls. Oh well, they'll be open; there's still
    time

    Growing up, we didn't have dessert after every meal. Even on holidays it
    was hit or miss, so I don't even think about it, much less plan for it. But
    I know lots of people who are used to having dessert after a meal, so don't
    let me stop you! If I were into desserts I'd want something light and
    refreshing. Lemon meringue pie? Or maybe just some chilled mixed fruit.
    <shrugs>

    Is there anything special on your menu today? Lamb? Ham? BBQ?

    Jill


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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    On Sun, 8 Apr 2012 08:40:08 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > For me, Easter is an excuse to cook something different
    >
    > On the menu this evening:
    >
    > Braised lamb shanks, brown rice and steamed fresh broccoli.
    >
    > We bought the broccoli from local farmers at the vegetable stand yesterday.
    > (We also bought some new potatoes, but those are always good to have on
    > hand.) Now I'm thinking we probably should have stopped at the grocery
    > store and bought some dinner rolls. Oh well, they'll be open; there's still
    > time
    >
    > Growing up, we didn't have dessert after every meal. Even on holidays it
    > was hit or miss, so I don't even think about it, much less plan for it. But
    > I know lots of people who are used to having dessert after a meal, so don't
    > let me stop you! If I were into desserts I'd want something light and
    > refreshing. Lemon meringue pie? Or maybe just some chilled mixed fruit.
    > <shrugs>
    >
    > Is there anything special on your menu today? Lamb? Ham? BBQ?
    >

    Dessert is a party thing here. Today is a nice excuse to make dessert
    and I know I won't have a lot of leftovers hanging around if I do
    because dessert isn't a regular thing at anyone else's house either.

    I had planned on grilling boneless leg of lamb until I got to the
    grocery store and saw the horrific price, so I changed my mind. There
    was an awesome fresh pork roast in the butcher case that went all the
    way from the front to the back (one huge roast, at least 36" long) and
    the butcher was willing to cut a 4-5 pound roast off of it for me, so
    my plans changed from lamb to fresh pork roast.

    I'm making a galette of apple, butternut squash, caramelized onions, a
    little fresh orange juice and probably some sage; a salad of mixed
    greens (heavy on the arugula), grilled pears, grilled endive, candied
    walnuts and Cambozola cheese; I'll probably wrap bundles of asparagus
    with prosciutto to roast too. Dessert will be individual coconut
    trifles (using coconut macaroons and coconut milk) served in etched
    champagne glasses. I may also make a chocolate pie where the crust is
    shredded coconut and the filling is a version of ganache - but I
    haven't decided for sure to do it yet. I'm only feeding 7 and I don't
    want a week's worth of leftovers. Oh, I forgot the stuffed eggs - I
    *steamed* a dozen eggs last night for that. Nobody will go home
    hungry today, unless they want to.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 08:35:37 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    snip- I
    >*steamed* a dozen eggs last night for that. Nobody will go home
    >hungry today, unless they want to.


    How did the steamed eggs work out for You?? I remember that you had
    problems with shelling hard cooked eggs recently.
    Janet US

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    Gary Guest

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    sf wrote:
    >
    > I'm making a galette of apple, butternut squash, caramelized onions, a
    > little fresh orange juice and probably some sage; a salad of mixed
    > greens (heavy on the arugula), grilled pears, grilled endive, candied
    > walnuts and Cambozola cheese; I'll probably wrap bundles of asparagus
    > with prosciutto to roast too. Dessert will be individual coconut
    > trifles (using coconut macaroons and coconut milk) served in etched
    > champagne glasses. I may also make a chocolate pie where the crust is
    > shredded coconut and the filling is a version of ganache - but I
    > haven't decided for sure to do it yet. I'm only feeding 7 and I don't
    > want a week's worth of leftovers. Oh, I forgot the stuffed eggs - I
    > *steamed* a dozen eggs last night for that. Nobody will go home
    > hungry today, unless they want to.


    I'll be having an 8oz Banquet frozen dinner (Sweet and Sour chicken).
    I like your meal better.

    Gary ;-o

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    Tara Guest

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    On Sun, 8 Apr 2012 08:40:08 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Is there anything special on your menu today?


    We had a nice Easter brunch -- monkey bread, pigs in blankets,
    strawberries, pineapple, and a egg, potato, and cheese casserole. I
    think I'm going to cook some breakfast sausage and use that and the
    rest of the casserole to fill some breakfast burritos for the freezer.

    Tara

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    "jmcquown" wrote:

    >For me, Easter is an excuse to cook something different
    >On the menu this evening:
    >Braised lamb shanks, brown rice and steamed fresh broccoli.


    I wouldn't appreciate the lamb odor but I wish I could at least see
    it... snap a few. After three days I'm tired of eating my spiral cut
    ham so for dinner tonight I'm planning on this, never tried this
    particular *stuffed* model before:
    http://tinypic.com/r/15rk41i/5
    I still have enough ham for a couple of healthy sandwiches, then the
    meaty bone joins the other in the freezer for soup... I'm wondering
    how cheesey ham potato soup freezes. The stone-agers should note the
    perforated pan, far better baking results than the Flintstones
    method... the flattened carton makes a good trivet, fast clean up. I
    usually doctor these some, along with extra seasoning I may add some
    diced ham to make it more Eastery eating. Happy Holidays!

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    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    On Apr 8, 5:40*am, "jmcquown" <j_mcqu...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > For me, Easter is an excuse to cook something different
    >
    > On the menu this evening:
    >
    > Braised lamb shanks, brown rice and steamed fresh broccoli.
    >
    > We bought the broccoli from local farmers at the vegetable stand yesterday.
    > (We also bought some new potatoes, but those are always good to have on
    > hand.) *Now I'm thinking we probably should have stopped at the grocery
    > store and bought some dinner rolls. *Oh well, they'll be open; there's still
    > time
    >
    > Growing up, we didn't have dessert after every meal. * Even on holidaysit
    > was hit or miss, so I don't even think about it, much less plan for it. *But
    > I know lots of people who are used to having dessert after a meal, so don't
    > let me stop you! *If I were into desserts I'd want something light and
    > refreshing. *Lemon meringue pie? *Or maybe just some chilled mixed fruit.
    > <shrugs>
    >
    > Is there anything special on your menu today? *Lamb? *Ham? *BBQ?
    >
    > Jill


    We always have dessert on holidays. I bought a huge container of
    strawberries at Costco the other day, so I will be making biscuits
    shortly for shortcakes. We will also have ham, potato salad, and
    asparagus, plus a few other things I'm not privy to!

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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    On 08/04/2012 8:40 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    > For me, Easter is an excuse to cook something different
    >
    > On the menu this evening:
    >
    > Braised lamb shanks, brown rice and steamed fresh broccoli.


    Leg of lamb here. My brother and his wife are coming for dinner. She
    loves lamb but my brother hates it. I would have just passed him more
    rolls and vegetables, but my wife is doing glazed peameal bacon for him.
    Roasted potatoes, parsnip and carrots, and steamed Asparagus.
    Chocolate eclairs for dessert.



    > Growing up, we didn't have dessert after every meal. Even on holidays it
    > was hit or miss, so I don't even think about it, much less plan for it.



    Dessert was always part of a meal in our house. My mother was pretty
    good baker and always had something good to top off the meal.


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    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    Brooklyn1 wrote:
    >
    > "jmcquown" wrote:
    >
    > >For me, Easter is an excuse to cook something different
    > >On the menu this evening:
    > >Braised lamb shanks, brown rice and steamed fresh broccoli.

    >
    > I wouldn't appreciate the lamb odor but I wish I could at least see
    > it... snap a few. After three days I'm tired of eating my spiral cut
    > ham so for dinner tonight I'm planning on this, never tried this
    > particular *stuffed* model before:
    > http://tinypic.com/r/15rk41i/5
    > I still have enough ham for a couple of healthy sandwiches, then the
    > meaty bone joins the other in the freezer for soup... I'm wondering
    > how cheesey ham potato soup freezes. The stone-agers should note the
    > perforated pan, far better baking results than the Flintstones
    > method... the flattened carton makes a good trivet, fast clean up. I
    > usually doctor these some, along with extra seasoning I may add some
    > diced ham to make it more Eastery eating. Happy Holidays!


    Don't forget to make some ham hash! Diced ham, onions, and potatoes. One
    of my favorite leftovers for ham.

    Gary

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 09:41:06 -0600, Janet Bostwick
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 08:35:37 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > snip- I
    > >*steamed* a dozen eggs last night for that. Nobody will go home
    > >hungry today, unless they want to.

    >
    > How did the steamed eggs work out for You?? I remember that you had
    > problems with shelling hard cooked eggs recently.


    To be perfectly honest, I steamed them so I wouldn't have that green
    ring around the yolk, not because I believed steaming makes the
    slightest bit of difference in the shelling. The ones I had trouble
    with were too fresh. I bought fresh yesterday too, but I used the
    eggs that had been in the refrigerator a few days - so I only had one
    little gouge this time around. I spent the time perfecting my
    shelling technique instead of prying the shells off one piece at a
    time. Now I'm tapping each end, one tap in the middle and rolling to
    craze the shell. By the time I finished, the shells were coming off
    in two big pieces.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)


    "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "jmcquown" wrote:
    >
    >>For me, Easter is an excuse to cook something different
    >>On the menu this evening:
    >>Braised lamb shanks, brown rice and steamed fresh broccoli.

    >
    > I wouldn't appreciate the lamb odor but I wish I could at least see
    > it... snap a few.



    I've never noticed any appreciable lamb odor from braising shanks. If I
    think about it I'll take some pictures.

    Yesterday we drove into town and walked around. I forgot to take my camera
    along. We checked out some shops and some art galleries. We wound up
    eating at a place called Panini's. What a great old building! (In the days
    of Bonny & Clyde, it was a bank.) John had the fettucini alfredo (yeah,
    yeah, there's no such thing, which explains why it's on so many restaurant
    menus). I had shrimp & yellow grits in a "mediterranian style" sauce, that
    is to say, tomato based.

    > After three days I'm tired of eating my spiral cut
    > ham so for dinner tonight I'm planning on this, never tried this
    > particular *stuffed* model before:
    > http://tinypic.com/r/15rk41i/5
    >

    I've never had a DiGiorno frozen pizza. I like Red Baron if I'm going the
    frozen pizza route.

    > I still have enough ham for a couple of healthy sandwiches, then the
    > meaty bone joins the other in the freezer for soup... I'm wondering
    > how cheesey ham potato soup freezes.


    Hmmm, I would have to wonder about that, too. Leave the cheese out until
    reheating?

    Jill
    Jill


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    Tara Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    Too late for us this year, but these just crack me up:

    Hard to Find Eggs (colored and textured like grass, rocks, bark, and
    soil):
    http://www.amazon.com/Wonka-Hard-Fin.../dp/B004B9Q5JQ


    Zero Gravity Eggs (loops and suction cups):
    http://www.candywarehouse.com/occasi...-12-piece-bag/

    Tara

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    Ophelia Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 09:41:06 -0600, Janet Bostwick
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 08:35:37 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> snip- I
    >> >*steamed* a dozen eggs last night for that. Nobody will go home
    >> >hungry today, unless they want to.

    >>
    >> How did the steamed eggs work out for You?? I remember that you had
    >> problems with shelling hard cooked eggs recently.

    >
    > To be perfectly honest, I steamed them so I wouldn't have that green
    > ring around the yolk, not because I believed steaming makes the
    > slightest bit of difference in the shelling. The ones I had trouble
    > with were too fresh. I bought fresh yesterday too, but I used the
    > eggs that had been in the refrigerator a few days - so I only had one
    > little gouge this time around. I spent the time perfecting my
    > shelling technique instead of prying the shells off one piece at a
    > time. Now I'm tapping each end, one tap in the middle and rolling to
    > craze the shell. By the time I finished, the shells were coming off
    > in two big pieces.


    I never have problems with hard boiling eggs ( so long as they are not very
    new) Into a pan of cold water, bring to the boil, boil for 6 minutes. Off
    the heat and under a cold tap for 4 minutes!!! I roll them too which helps
    to peel them easily. Of course, if they are very fresh .. all bets are
    off

    --
    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


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    dsi1 Guest

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    On 4/8/2012 8:06 AM, sf wrote:
    >
    > To be perfectly honest, I steamed them so I wouldn't have that green
    > ring around the yolk, not because I believed steaming makes the
    > slightest bit of difference in the shelling. The ones I had trouble
    > with were too fresh. I bought fresh yesterday too, but I used the
    > eggs that had been in the refrigerator a few days - so I only had one
    > little gouge this time around. I spent the time perfecting my
    > shelling technique instead of prying the shells off one piece at a
    > time. Now I'm tapping each end, one tap in the middle and rolling to
    > craze the shell. By the time I finished, the shells were coming off
    > in two big pieces.
    >


    You could try cooling the eggs off rapidly after cooking. It works for
    me. It was startling to see the bright yellow yolk the first time I did
    it. It made a beautiful egg salad!

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    Tara Guest

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    You can see both sublime and ridiculous Easter cakes on Cakewrecks
    today.:

    http://www.cakewrecks.com/

    I love the little bunny tail sticking out of the tree trunk.

    Tara

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 8 Apr 2012 21:59:24 +0100, "Ophelia" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > I never have problems with hard boiling eggs ( so long as they are not very
    > new) Into a pan of cold water, bring to the boil, boil for 6 minutes. Off
    > the heat and under a cold tap for 4 minutes!!! I roll them too which helps
    > to peel them easily. Of course, if they are very fresh .. all bets are
    > off


    "Too fresh" was the problem last time and I made the mistake of
    posting here looking for after the fact type tips. Of course I got
    lots of advice that didn't address the issue at hand.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 11:08:41 -1000, dsi1
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 4/8/2012 8:06 AM, sf wrote:
    > >
    > > To be perfectly honest, I steamed them so I wouldn't have that green
    > > ring around the yolk, not because I believed steaming makes the
    > > slightest bit of difference in the shelling. The ones I had trouble
    > > with were too fresh. I bought fresh yesterday too, but I used the
    > > eggs that had been in the refrigerator a few days - so I only had one
    > > little gouge this time around. I spent the time perfecting my
    > > shelling technique instead of prying the shells off one piece at a
    > > time. Now I'm tapping each end, one tap in the middle and rolling to
    > > craze the shell. By the time I finished, the shells were coming off
    > > in two big pieces.
    > >

    >
    > You could try cooling the eggs off rapidly after cooking. It works for
    > me. It was startling to see the bright yellow yolk the first time I did
    > it. It made a beautiful egg salad!


    I've done that, no significant difference AFAIC.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    Ophelia Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sun, 8 Apr 2012 21:59:24 +0100, "Ophelia" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I never have problems with hard boiling eggs ( so long as they are not
    >> very
    >> new) Into a pan of cold water, bring to the boil, boil for 6 minutes.
    >> Off
    >> the heat and under a cold tap for 4 minutes!!! I roll them too which
    >> helps
    >> to peel them easily. Of course, if they are very fresh .. all bets are
    >> off

    >
    > "Too fresh" was the problem last time and I made the mistake of
    > posting here looking for after the fact type tips. Of course I got
    > lots of advice that didn't address the issue at hand.


    Really I was responding to your comment about a green ring around the yolk.
    As for ' lots of advice that didn't address the issue at hand', I never mind
    that because there is often some snippet that I am pleased to have
    --
    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


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    George M. Middius Guest

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    sf wrote:

    > I made the mistake of
    > posting here looking for after the fact type tips. Of course I got
    > lots of advice that didn't address the issue at hand.


    You're famous for changing the subject yourself.


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    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

    On 4/8/2012 11:35 AM, sf wrote:

    > I'm making a galette of apple, butternut squash, caramelized onions, a
    > little fresh orange juice and probably some sage; a salad of mixed
    > greens (heavy on the arugula), grilled pears, grilled endive, candied
    > walnuts and Cambozola cheese; I'll probably wrap bundles of asparagus
    > with prosciutto to roast too. Dessert will be individual coconut
    > trifles (using coconut macaroons and coconut milk) served in etched
    > champagne glasses. I may also make a chocolate pie where the crust is
    > shredded coconut and the filling is a version of ganache - but I
    > haven't decided for sure to do it yet. I'm only feeding 7 and I don't
    > want a week's worth of leftovers. Oh, I forgot the stuffed eggs - I
    > *steamed* a dozen eggs last night for that. Nobody will go home
    > hungry today, unless they want to.


    That all sounds just so good and very creative! I hope everyone loved it!

    I've never tried grilled endive before and it sounds lovely. Do you
    have a recipe for your coconut trifles?


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