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If it's not already thick, thicken it and use as a dip adding whatever else you want to it. Use as a topping for eggs, hash browns, baked potatoes, hot dogs, brauts, fries, etc. Use as a stuffing for peppers or squash.

One of my favorites is to turn it into a casserole. Spread the chilli in a casserole dish, top with cheese, top that with your favorite corn bread recipe and bake.

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10/28/13 10:38 AM

You can use it as a base for just about any creamy soup recipe or in just about any kind of curry you want to make.

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6/27/12 05:22 PM

Anytime you bring wood inside from outside there will be bugs in it. Even in the winter, the eggs will hatch once they warm up. If you are going to do this, bake the wood in your oven at 250 for 5 or 6 hours to kill anything and keep your house bug free. Learned this the hard way making habitats for my pets.

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5/31/12 10:21 AM

Fiddleheads area great treat but if you are gathering them yourself you must be real careful as they all appear the same at harvest time and some ferns are toxic while others are delicious. Be cognizant of where you are foraging and the species present or trust your source and enjoy.

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4/11/12 10:46 AM

I don't think there is anything chemically going on to cause this to happen. Rather I think it is more the small crystalline structure of the sugar lacerating the zest to allow access to more of the oils that give you the smell and taste you are looking for. If that is the case, then I don't see why this wouldn't also work with salt for things like rubs, dressings, marinades, etc. Something to try anyway.

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3/14/12 07:18 PM

I love my semi-local honey. I moved so my guy is about an hour and a half away so whenever I get back in that direction I get a gallon or two at a time from him. For those in town that want to try something new:

I'm intrigued by this, but more than a little nervous about unleashing bees into my apartment. XD

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11/9/11 11:23 AM

Make sure you aren't using egg noodles in your soup as they will continue to soak liquid up the longer you cook them and while in the fridge leaving you with what you described.

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10/27/11 06:03 PM

Indians would place acorns in a basket in a fast flowing stream and allow the water to leach the tannins out. Most of us don't have access to streams like that so you just boil them. Placing the acorns into a pot of boiling water will leach the tannins out and turn the water brown (think tea color). This will need to be done until the water no longer turns brown. Different types of oaks produce acorns with different amounts of tannins so it might take multiple boilings to remove them all. Afterwards the acorns can be eaten boiled, dried, or crushed into a flour.

A minor note, the bitterness of tannins is a result of them being mildly toxic. It's not too much of a problem unless you eat a vast amount of acorns and leaching (if done correctly) removes the danger.

How Can I Cook with Acorns?
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9/29/11 04:37 PM

The obvious answer is a salad and bread. Another go to are dips or spreads with veggies, chips, or crackers. Depending on the type of soup we might also have a cheese, meat, and cracker/bread tray.

Best Things to Eat With Soup to Make a Complete Meal?
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2/17/11 11:59 AM

The only honey I see in glass jars anymore are from local beekeepers, either at the farmer's market or at the few grocery stores that carry local products here. This is in St. Louis MO so your mileage may vary.

Where Can I Buy Honey in Glass Jars?
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10/12/10 11:02 AM

I had an unusual childhood and its morphed into an interesting adult life so far. One of my things is I always have at least one knife on me. Our society today looks at that as threatening and almost criminal action and it's very sad and irritating.

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10/3/10 09:24 AM

I always taste things as I'm cooking and often times snack as well. Since my schedule is pretty nuts it's not uncommon for me to cook 2-3 meals at one time so that I have plenty of food in the fridge and freezer to get me through the next week or two. In situations like that I often end up eating plenty and end up saving everything I cooked for later meals if I am already full. Maybe top myself off with some popcorn or fresh fruit. It's not a normal meal by any means but it works for me.

How Can I Keep From Snacking When I Cook?
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9/27/10 01:39 PM

It doesn't sound like you go to school too late in the day so as long as you have a decent breakfast you should be able to get by with a smaller lunch. I'd go with some fruit. Delicious, light, refreshing, and easily portable. Bananas, apples, plums, etc. Some simple sandwiches work as well.

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8/31/10 04:54 PM

@Robb The reason for the earthy taste for carp is often the water they are raised in. The same thing can occur with catfish and turtles. Some time spent in fresh water clears it up, purging in spring water as the article suggests would take care of it. Also, most backyard fish ponds have clear clean water so this wouldn't be an issue anyway. As far as bones go, they are really no worse than the pin bones in salmon or the small bones in trout. Score them or change your cooking technique and you can ignore them.

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8/20/10 05:28 PM

Okay so we all know not to heat things in plastic, but what about freezing food in plastic? Is there any leaching or other bad stuff that can happen? And I'm not just talking about BPA, plastic is made up of a lot of other bad chemicals, and the stuff being used to replace BPA in new plastics is bad if not worse.

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3/29/10 11:51 AM

I want to thank everyone for all the great suggestions in this thread so far. I'm a very active and healthy guy and have no intention of giving up meat completely, I just like it way too much. However, as in most things in life, I figure it's best in moderation. This thread and the info therein will certainly go along way in helping those meatless meals be much better received.

Thanks again.

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3/24/10 12:55 AM

A Peruvian friend of mine makes a native dish from twice fried pantains, red onions, and bacon. He claims its a breakfast dish, but its delicious enough I eat it whenever its cooked.

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8/25/09 11:58 PM

Definitely the black one, and I'd have to second the Bing Crosby "I'll be Home for Christmas".

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11/29/07 09:07 AM