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I made this tonight -- I used a whole pound of chicken Italian sausage, and a cup of panko with 1/2 cup parm. I tossed the crumb mixture with 2T melted butter and 1t evoo, because I love a super crunchy topping. I'm sure that negates the healthfulness of this dish, but it sure made it delicious :) I also roasted the cauliflower in the same casserole dish I put everything in...and I skipped reserved the tomato sauce, because it seemed soupy already.

Anyway, with those changes, we loved it!


Recipe: Cauliflower & Chicken Sausage Casserole
Best Healthy Casseroles Contest

12/6/12 07:36 PM

Ditto those who have said how incredible this dish is. One of my favorite dishes of ALL time. I am definitely making this at home!!


Recipe: Nobu's Miso-Marinated Black Cod
5/14/12 03:51 PM

This is always a hit and super simple to make: http://www.thethinchef.com/the-color-purple/


Help Me Make an Elegant Fruit Salad for Easter DinnerGood Questions
4/7/12 08:33 AM

Pasta dough! I love that it takes all the work out of kneading. Never made easier or BETTER pasta dough than in the kitchenaid. I still hand-crank it b/c the pasta attachment is absurdly expensive, and a hand-crank costs $70. But the dough...the dough is all done in the mixer. A high-profile chef friend taught me the method and I'll never go back!

Ditto the buttercream, and really, anything I bake, I make in the mixer.


What Are Great Recipes for Stand Mixers?
Recipe Questions

2/3/12 09:33 AM

p.s. He had braces, but his jaw was completely unaffected from the thumb, and his teeth are PERFECT now!!


Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit
Good Questions

1/5/12 02:15 PM

For my brother, what worked was actually getting rid of his blankie. The two went hand-in-hand. Once the blankie "went to help another baby" the thumb faded away.

I think my parents also explained that once he turned 4 (he was about 3 1/2 at the time) he'd really be a big boy and big boys don't suck their thumbs. Nothing to shame him, just matter of factly stated that he would be a big boy and probably wouldn't need his thumb anymore.

He stopped completely about a week before his 4th birthday...so it seemed to have worked!


Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit
Good Questions

1/5/12 02:14 PM

Soup beans! A bag of lima beans, soaked for half a day...ham bone, maybe a few pieces of salt pork or bacon. Cook until the beans are falling apart. Comfort food!


What Can I Cook With a Meaty Ham Bone?
Good Questions

12/22/11 11:08 AM

Always, always, ALWAYS Wild American Shrimp! I live in Florida, where we almost never have a shortage of shrimp, but you would be surprised at the amount of Vietnamese farmed shrimp there is in supermarkets. It's nasty stuff, if you do research on it.

Stick to Wild American!


Conscientious Cook: How to Buy Shrimp
12/5/11 10:25 AM

I second the suggestion to either hang in cheesecloth overnight, or "cook" it in a pot over med-low heat, to caramelize it and remove water. The wateriness definitely affects that flavor!


Help! My Homemade Pumpkin Puree is Disappointing
Good Questions

11/23/11 10:33 AM

These are my fave recipe for fresh cranberries: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Cranberry-Orange-Muffins


Can I Use Fresh Cranberries for Baking Muffins?
Good Questions

11/16/11 08:50 AM

but p.s. eating off of plates? totally acceptable in our family! :)


What Are the Essentials of Good Table Manners?
11/7/11 05:17 PM

Ugh...scarfing food down then picking food off of your wife/husband/etc's plate. My brother in law does this and it makes me CRAZY! He will sit at a family meal, shove food in his face, eat half his wife's plate, then get up from the table while the rest of us are eating. Then he complains about being too full! Gah...hate that.


What Are the Essentials of Good Table Manners?
11/7/11 05:17 PM

I toss any browned spotted apple pieces or apples we didn't eat before they went mealy, and all our apple cores into a freezer bag, then when I have a fair amount, I put them in water w/ cinnamon sticks, a halved orange or lemon (I save the shells after squeezing) and a few chai tea bags, and simmer on the stove. Makes the house smell so good! :)


The Frugal Cook: Using the Whole Apple
11/3/11 09:05 AM

When I was a picky teenage vegetarian and the rest of my family was not, we absolutely LIVED on Deborah Madison's cookbook, "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone." I still make her eggplant parm at least once a month. You can find a pretty cheap used copy online! Good luck!!


Help! I Need Meal Ideas for a Picky Vegetarian Eater
Good Questions

11/3/11 09:02 AM

Ditto the suggestions for ranch, pancakes, and a marinade, even for quick weeknight baked chicken. Or freeze it!


What Can I Do With Leftover Buttermilk?
Good Questions

10/25/11 05:43 PM

Ditto the chowder idea, I just throw a can in to a good corn/poblano chowder recipe I already love for protein.

A fave of my husband's that I make often is a can of salmon mixed w/ 1 avocado, diced; 1 lime, juiced; a few dashes of soy sauce; toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro. Eat on a bed of greens or over sticky rice.

Lastly, I sometimes add some canned salmon to a BLT. Sounds weird, maybe, but I love it!


What Can I Do With Lots of Canned Salmon?
Good Questions

10/23/11 09:24 PM

Living in Florida, I get what I can from Whole Foods, but the most "exotic" varieties available to us are Fuji or honeycrisp, both of which I love. But I also have a weakness for nice, tart Granny Smith with thin slices of Parmesan cheese. Loved that combo since I was a kid.


What's Your Favorite Apple Variety?
9/22/11 09:13 AM

One of my fave brunches at home is egg salad, made w/ evoo instead of mayo, on (the good) half of a toasted everything bagel and topped with crushed up kettle chips. Similar textures!


Help Me Improve the "Greatest Sandwich Ever"
Good Questions

8/24/11 05:08 PM

I had a sheet pan of potatoes in the oven, decided to broil them to make them extra crisp, and forgot about them. Forgot until I saw black smoke pouring out of the back burner.

When I opened the oven, HUGE orange flames shot out at me...thank GOD I moved back fast enough, or else I might not have eyebrows anymore! I slammed the door, turned the oven off and kept the door closed...that extinguished the flames.

Good thing, too, because our fire extinguisher was still in the plastic packaging and in our freaked-out haste, we couldn't get it open!


I Almost Burned Down The Kitchen When...
8/22/11 05:48 PM

I use a toothpick or bamboo skewer...the crumbs (usually) stick to the wood, and come out that way...


Best Way to Clean Between the Oven and the Counter?
8/18/11 05:18 PM