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Love both cooking and baking.



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11/13/13 10:00 A

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It relaxes me too, actually. I used to have really bad anxiety and anytime I would feel an 'attack' coming on, I'd go out to the kitchen and focus on cooking something and I would usually be fine in a short while. So it really truly does relax me.



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cooking and baking relaxes me , so i love it emoticon



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ALBERTJON: Sounds like a great accident, LOL

I'll look for some recipes. I suppose I can use my whole wheat flour on something like that because I definitely know I won't use it for pizza crust again.



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LYNNIEV : Definitely a grilled sandwich with tomatoes, onions, avocados, cheese sound good to me. I may buy a couple of avocados today.

I have made whole wheat homemade flatbread several times. There are a lot of recipes on the net for flatbread. I have not checked SparkPeople, but there may be one here, too. The first time I made it, it was an accident. I left out the yeast in my pizza dough recipe. It turned out to be good flatbread. LOL!

Well, the chocolate-covered Peeps are really just chocolate-covered marshmallow, as I could not taste that crunchy sugar coating some people don't like on Peeps.

JAMIRBLAZE: I like your reasoning about occasionally making yourself something that may not necessarily be on "The Most Healthy LIst." I say go for that dish you are contemplating. All the ingredients are tasty, so the end product should be, too. Let us know how it came out.
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I decided to look at some cookie recipes and come up with what I like to call "a more healthy cookie." So this is the recipe I modified after looking at several. I was hungry for something chocolate and really liked the results. A definite keeper for me:

1 cup whole wheat flour (instead of one cup all-purpose)
1/4th cup of dark chocolate cocoa powder (instead of regular)
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup of honey (instead of 3/4th cups of granulated sugar)
1/8th teaspoon of salt
3/4ths cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3rd cup of extra virgin olive oil (instead of some other cooking oil)

These are very soft cake-like cookies. I use one rounded tablespoon per cookie. One could make them smaller, as they spread out nicely. The total calories are 1660 for the dough. Thus far I have use around half a batch and made 12 cookies. So, right now, I am guessing that if I can make 24 cookies, that is only around 70 calories per cookie. I did dust them with confectioner's sugar, but no more than I used did not add many extra calories.

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ALBERTJON: I love grilled tomato and avocado sandwiches. That sounds so good right now, but I don't have an avocado. However, a BLT sounds good right now as well.

And wow, I don't believe I've ever seen chocolate-covered peeps. Don't know that I would eat them, though, as I'm not really a peeps fan.

And I'll have to look for a recipe for homemade flatbread. I love the stuff, but most of the store-bought types isn't really what I'm looking for. All I can find is the round flatbreads, which I do like, but I want something more square, like for sandwiches. Kind of like the flatbread they use for sandwiches at Subway and Cosi. I've tried the Flatout wraps, but I don't like the texture. To me they're spongey.



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ALBERTJON: I do both. I definitely sometimes still make (bake) things that aren't so good for me. I figure that if I'm going to indulge a little, it's either got to be on something new, something that I can't get everyday or something homemade with love.

It's not always about heat, necessarily, but I do like strong flavors. A sauerkraut dish is also a frequent one that I go to and there are others that aren't as spicy. I really like white pizza. I've been contemplating roasting some garlic and caramelizing some onions until both are really soft and can be mixed together into some sort of onion jam to use as a sauce. Then topping with a little reduced fat ricotta, parmesan sundried tomatoes, spinach and mozzarella. Haven't executed yet, but it's one of those ideas that has been percolating.



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JAMIRBLAZE: Thanks for sharing. Interesting. I love the way you mesh fun-with-cooking to eating healthy. I can do that, usually; but I still will on occasion make things like baby-back pork ribs, duckling, meat pizzas, and pasta dishes, all of which are calorie intensive.

I suspect you like spicier ("hotter") dishes/foods than I do. I have eaten a few Mexican, Indian, Thai, Chinese, etc. meals/dishes that made me sweat, at times almost profusely. I don't like food quite that "hot." I do things, though, like use medium salsa for pizza sauce sometimes, or use salsa for my whole wheat pasta, instead of using pasta sauce. I also add a bit of onion and jalapeno or green chili to my homemade hummus to give it a bit more character. I like a bit of kick to my stir fries, too; but only "a bit."

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ALBERTJON: I've never made anything so bad that I wouldn't eat it, but some not worth eating again. Ever. I've been on an off and on quest for a healthier (veggie filled) red beans and rice recipe, but I've not nailed a version that I like. Making tasty food that I want to eat is the key to my weight loss. (And weight gain - mom was a good cook and baker, and my highest weight was right out of high school.)

I love stronger flavors and spice, so a lot of Asian and Mexican inspired dishes. I want to try Indian, especially bhindi masala (okra curry), but most recipes call for A LOT of oil, so I've been thinking of trying some sort of roasted method.

One recipe that I have been going back to a lot lately is Eatingwell's Chicken Tacos with Charred Tomatoes (http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chicken_tacos_with_charred_tomatoes.html) which I double. I usually use red onion instead of white, and sometimes have replaced the fresh jalapeņos with canned chilis or salsa verde to save myself the hassle of negotiating the jalapeņos without burning my eyes, skin, etc. I don't find them to make the dish very spicy, but they've stung my skin more than once. I also usually am generous with either getting very large plum tomatoes or extras. I dress them with a bit of Greek yogurt and have some sort of veggie on the side (peeled, seeded, chopped cucumber tossed with a bit of Greek yogurt, dill and seasoning salt is a favorite).



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10/31/13 1:13 P

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JAMIRBLAZE: Sounds like you have perfected your cooking technique. What are some of your other favorite things to cook? I agree with you on this: "Most of what I do are inspired by other recipies, but I do my own thing." I think that is the fun of cooking, but there have been several times when "my own thing" was not quite successful. LOL!


Edited by: ALBERTJON at: 10/31/2013 (13:23)
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Love to cook and bake. A lot of the recipes that I use are from Eatingwell. Some modified, some as is. I experiment sometimes, but few that I go back to over and over. Most of what I do are inspired by other recipies, but I do my own thing. Like my baked oatmeal or my cucumber salad.



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LYNNIEV: I like Creamy Swiss, too. But I pretty much like all of the light ones, including Chipotle (but only occasionally). I like spreading them on Flatout wraps, baked or just from the package or baked into chips. I also like them on toast and even on grilled cheese sandwiches with things like avocado and tomatoes and onions. And sometimes bacon.

I think I understand your temptation about Twix and M&M's. I have long been a Peeps lover. I also love chocolate-covered marshmallows. I knew that Peeps made chocolate-covered Peeps and other chocolate-trelated Peeps but could never find them in the stores. Well, my wife brought me home 3 Dark-Chocolate Peeps and I devoured them within minutes. I told her under no circumstances to buy them for me again. That reminds me of when she brought home some Russell Stovers S'mores, both regular and caramel. I had to tell her NOT to buy them for me again.

DO NOT BRING MARSHMALLOW CANDY TO MY HOUSE, WORLD! Especially if it has chocolate with it.

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Yeah, I just recently bought the Laughing Cow Light, Creamy Swiss. Love spreading it onto Triscuit Thins when I need a snack in between meals. Also love having smoked oysters with my cheese & crackers.

And I'm doomed. I just read where Twix and M&M's have put out gingerbread flavors.

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LYNNIEV: I'll keep my eyes out for those ultra-thins. We don't have those two store chains anywhere close. I want to pick up some of those, Cabot, and fat-free mozzarella on my next trip to the metropolis. Unopened, cheese keeps quite a while. The expiration date is usually fairly long. I also have frozen cheese for a couple of months and had good results. So a cheese shopping expedition I shall go upon one of these days.

And I shall look for some Laughing Cow Light Wedges at a cheaper price. Our local store sells them around $3.49, which is rather high to what I have seen sold some places.

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ALBERTJON: I completely get what you mean. I eat fat-free dairy, for the most part. Skim milk, FF cottage cheese, FF or lowfat cream cheese, etc. I won't buy full fat milk or cottage cheese, it scares me, haha. I guess I should be thankful I'm not a cheese-a-holic or I'd be taking in way more fat than I need to.

The Sargento ultra thin slices, I find those at both Kroger and Giant Eagle. I usually get the swiss and the provolone. Really good flavor and only 40 calories a slice.



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I LOVE cooking!



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LYNNIEV: I use to buy Kraft fat-free cheddar, but it got so expensive. It is almost $4. I can buy Crystal Farms Fat Free cheddar for under $2 on sale and for $2.49 regular price. Plus, Kraft is only 7 ounces and CF is 8 ounces. I can tell no difference in taste I also use to buy Kraft fat-free mozzarella, but I can't find it any more. Yes, I have bought several different Sargento cheeses. Good brand. I have never seen those Ultra Thin slices, though. Sometimes Walmart has Cabot Sharp Cheddar Light (60 calories per ounce) in 8-ounce blocks. But I have been unable to find it at the closer Walmarts, so will have to pick some up at one further away when I head that direction.

I definitely agree that if a person only eats cheese occasionally, or if he/she can show moderation, why not get the real deal, calories and all, and enjoy. But for me, if I did that with shredded cheese on my pizza, calorie-wise I could only use 3/4ths of a cup of cheese instead of 2 cups. But I agree that most people prefer regular cheese to fat-free.

Somebody besides me is buying fat-free cheese, but it sure isn't any of my relatives or people I ask. They all pretty much have the same opinion of it. LOL!

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Oh I definitely agree with the lesser calories. Especially the fat. I'm a bit of a fat snob and tend to avoid high-fat foods. But when it comes to cheese, that I really don't eat all that much, I find the reduced-fat more palatable than fat-free.

I may have mentioned this early on, but I really like the Sargento Ultra Thin slices. And the one and only fat-free cheese I can stomach is the Kraft fat-free cheddar. However, I tried the fat-free Swiss cheese and nearly gagged half way through eating one slice. It was quite possibly one of the most awful things I've ever tried to eat.



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I basically agree with you about non-fat, such as when using for pizza topping. It can be clumpy. However, I am use to it now and enjoy it. But the main thing is that for only 40 calories per 1/4th cup compared to 110 per regular, that is a difference of 560 (880 - 320) calories since I usually use one 2-cup bag of shredded cheese on my pizza. Rather big difference, as far as for my calorie consumption. Also, in things like wraps, tossed salads, and tacos, the non-fat cheese unheated blends in well and is worth using, in my opinion. But my daughters and wife would agree with your assessment.

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Haha, yep, some days nothing else but pizza will do. Strangely, though, I'm not as much of a pizza lover as other people I've known. My friend Chip, for example, he could eat pizza every night. If I ask him what he's doing for dinner, 9 times out of 10 he'll say, "Just ordered a pizza."

And his pizzas are pretty standard.... pepperoni and extra cheese. Gross.

Your pizza sounds good, with the exception of the cheese. I don't mind reduced fat cheese, but I just can't do the fat-free stuff.



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LYNNIEV: I understand perfectly your reluctance to eat whole wheat items. My wife is pretty much like that, except she does buy 7-grain bread; but she eats white hamburger buns and white hot dog buns. I have in the closet (my pantry) whole wheat spaghetti and whole wheat rotini. I shall be making one of those fairly soon, adding salsa and grated Parmesan cheese.

LOL! Well, I made a whole wheat crust pizza tonight, a veggie one (11 X 17"). I added diced tomatoes and seasonings for sauce, and diced white onion, diced green bell peppers, and non-fat shredded cheddar cheese for toppings. I will surmise that you would have to be one step from starving to death before you would have eaten any of that. But it worked for me.

Anyway, you love making pizza, as do I. It was interesting because yesterday when my YD called, she was going to make pizza for her SO and for our OD and her family. Then on a Facebook chat, one of my sisters told me her husband was making pizza. Well, all this pizza talk got me hungry for a pizza. I am easily swayed!

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ALBERTJON: I too pre-bake my crusts before adding the rest of the toppings. The corn meal tip is a good one, I may try that. But I'm super reluctant to use whole wheat flour again.

Admittedly I don't like whole wheat anything - pastas, breads, etc. Don't like the texture or the taste. I've tried transitioning from white breads to whole wheat and whole grain and I've had no luck at all.

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LYNNIEV: I agree with you about Brazil nuts. I never got the hang of cracking them so that the kernel came out whole. That is why when I buy them now, I buy them already shelled. I read an article last year that Brazil nut harvesting is not easily commercialized and that they are generally still harvested the labor-intensive way. The article also implied that Brazil nuts are not as plentiful as they once were.

About the crust you made. I have to admit to being surprised. I have made hundreds of 100% whole wheat crusts, and they are generally quite crispy. Two things that I do are either put them on a perforated pizza pan, or I put corn meal under the pizza crust. I also pre-bake them at 400〫 for 6 minutes. Anyway, the important thing is that you have hit upon the way you like to make pizza. That is what I did, too, after experimenting for the last few years. Talking to other relatives in my family who make homemade pizza crusts, we all have different methods that seem to work for what we want.

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Haha, the Brazil nuts, oh that brings back memories. My dad loved them and I remember him sitting there watching TV, cracking nut after nut after nut. I like them, but I hate cracking them open. That's why I love peanuts, you don't need a nutcracker, LOL

My mushroom and onion pizza last night was a flop. I tried making it this time with whole wheat flour and all I can say is I won't do that again. It was dense and chewy, not light and crispy the way I like it.



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LYNNIEV: I definitely prefer shelled nuts. Growing up, one of the few treats our mother provided during the Christmas Holiday season was mixed nuts (but in the shell). I grew so dang tired of trying to crack Brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc so I could get decent pieces of meat out of the shell. Nope, no more cracking nuts for me, unless it would be hazel nuts which crack easily. I want my nuts, including pistachios, already shelled.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm...thinking of pistachios, the next time I make my own mixed nut mixture, I am going to include them, too.

I agree with you about those large peanuts. I love eating them, too. I have had true Virginia peanuts, because I use to have relatives live there. I also like large shelled peanuts called "baseball" peanuts. My favorite in-shell peanut is the salted peanut-in-shell. I could eat a gallon of those in one snacking period. Our local grocery store is currently selling them, but thus far I have only bought smaller amounts twice.

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Nuts are very good for you. My weakness is in-shell peanuts. Although peanuts are technically a legume, they're still full of protein and healthy fats and they have to be in-shell. I dunno, something about cracking them open myself is a treat, along with the taste. Already shelled peanuts just don't have that awesome flavor, unless they're the big Virginia kind. Now those are heaven in a tin.



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Yes, week-ends can be rough on me, particularly during the long 5-6 month football season.

While at Trader Joe's, I bought, among other things, 16-ounces of raw shelled almonds, 16 almonds of raw shelled hazel nuts, and 12 ounces of roasted macadamia nuts. I blended them together to form my own mixed nuts. They are my 3 favorite nuts. Probably next time I do this, I will add 12 ounces or so of cashews, although I don't always enjoy cashews as much as I do the other 3.

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I completely understand backing off the treats for a while. I have to do that occasionally as well, even on the weekends. There's no point in eating healthy and watching food intake all week long if you're only going to undo everything come Friday and Saturday, LOL



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LYNNIEV: No yummy weekend treats for me, I hope not "anyweigh." That last trip to the metropolis where I ate at the Mongolian Grille, visited Trader Joe's, and stopped at a large beer/wine store played havoc with my weight loss goals! LOL! I don't mind, overall, because I knew I was going to buy some weight-gaining foods and not show moderation. Now, back to the fruits and veggies for a while.

I know what you mean about liking week-end pizza. For me, watching a televised football game, eating a pizza, and drinking a few cold ones: yeadoggie! I need to spend the rest of October, though, with a calorie reduction plan of attack.

Have fun with your pizza-making!



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Haha, that's okay, I appreciate you digging up what you could find. Under 300 isn't bad for 2 pieces and as long as only 1 gram of the fat is saturated (and there are no hydrogenated oils in the mix) I'll pick them up next time I go.

Any plans for a yummy weekend treat? I'm thinking of making my "munion" pizza Friday night, haven't had it in a while. Either that or my BLT, I haven't decided yet. We love pizza around here on the weekends, but I'd rather make my own so I know exactly what's in (and on) it.



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LYNNIEV: I tried 4 different sites that offer nutrition information about TJ's baked battered cod. Athough they disagreed in calories for 2 pieces (270-300), they all listed 12g of fat, but nothing else about where the other fat comes from. I went to fatsecret, calorie count, myfitnesspal, and fooducate. So, in a nutshell, I do not know the answer. LOL!

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ALBERTJON: I LOVE lobster. So I've got to pick up the Langostino next time I'm at TJ's. And crab, omg, I can go through pounds of it in one sitting, haha.

Thanks for the nutrition info on the fish, but I'm a little confused...

It says 12g total fat, 1g saturated but yet no mono or poly fats. So where is the other 11 grams coming from?



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LYNNIEV: I use to buy TJ's breaded halibut and bake it for me, but deep fat fry it for my children, their SO's, and wife. I really like the halibut, but it is $3 a box higher. I found out that I like the cod just as well, or maybe a bit better. OK, the nutrition information:

2 pieces (5 oz.): cals. 290, sodium 510 mg, Chol. 30 mg, Protein 18g, Carbs 27g, iron 6%
total fat 12g, saturated fat 1g, sugar 1g, trans-mono-poly fats 0g.

First, I love eating Maine (big claw) lobster. When I go to the Northeast to visit the children, I might eat 5-20 in my weekly visit. Having said that: yes, those Langostino tails taste like lobster. I absolutely love those things. I would put them right up there with Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab. The flavor comes close to lobster, much different than shrimp, which really doesn't have much flavor. I've had dungenous crab, blue crab, snow crab, and king crab. The Langostino tails don't taste like crab; nor do they taste like American cray fish; definitely lobster is the closest.

MIAMI_LILLY: That makes sense about HAVING to cook. With all your other things to do, having to cook can become more of a drudge than a fun time. And it is definitely nicer when we have the ingredients such as herbs, spices, oils etc. to make a new or more complex recipe.

What are your favorite things to cook?

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I love to cook. I cook every day of the week, so sometimes I feel frustrated. It's not fun when you HAVE to cook, but are tired. I also don't enjoy cooking as much when I'm restricted to what I have on hand.



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ALBERTJON: Oven-baked breaded cod? You got my attention on that one.

What's the nutrition info per serving? How much fat something has also determines whether or not I'll buy it.

And I need to grab some of those Langostino tails, too. I don't believe I've ever tried them, but just did some reading on them and it was interesting, that they're neither a prawn nor a lobster, but more closely related to the crab. So my next question to you is this: what does the flavor of Langostino come close to? Does it TASTE like lobster even though it's not?

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Got a new 32" smart TV today. The color picture tube in the one in the exercise room went bad. I did my usual stumbling, fumbling, and bumbling but eventually got it hooked-up to my wireless home network and then to my Dish remote.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, I made my wife and me a rather simple, but tasty, dinner. I admit it is not the healthiest, but I shall behave for the next few days.

broiled boneless rib-eye steaks
microwaved-baked potatoes, with lite margarine
kernel sweet corn with lite margarine
Trader Joe's mini petite pumpkin pies
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I do love cooking a lot, I've done a lot this past week~

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My latest creation, which I made for the first time:

16 ounces of broccoli cuts from frozen
1 diced white onion
1 diced green bell pepper
14 ounces of Langostino tails (from Trader Joe's)
2 tbs. minced garlic
black pepper
Oriental stir-fry sauce

Rather tasty.

{Dang, I wish I could get to Trader Joe's more often. I ate some of TJ's oven-baked breaded cod last night -- it was soooooooo good. Of all the things we bought at TJ's yesterday, every thing we have tried thus far has been good.}


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KIDALOT: I definitely agree with you that one can find some good frozen dough. I think Rhodesbread makes some great whole-wheat rolls. Also, their cinnamon rolls that one allows to raise for 5-6 hours are good, too. But the whole wheat rolls are quite good, in my opinion.

I have found that flash-frozen veggies like stir-fry mixes and single veggies like broccoli and sugar snap peas are quite tasty, too.

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i don't hate to cook. i never thought about loving it either. it is just something i do. i don't like - all the way to can't stand - a lot of processed food. i do buy frozen ravioli and pierogi and keep bisquick at hand but i pretty much cook from scratch. oh wait, i do buy frozen bread dough. like to do all kinds of things with that. good to see other cooks on here. hope to get some good hints.



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Yes, the Pumpkin theme at TJ's was definitely nice. I love this time of year.

I don't eat ice cream very often either. I'll sometimes buy myself a pint and it will take me weeks to get through it, if I get through it at all. It usually ices over and I have to throw it out. I'll see a certain flavor in the store and think oh, I gotta have that! I take it home, eat a few bites now and again, and it just sits there gathering cobwebs, haha.

Tonight I'm making my hummus and will have a hummus 'pizza' most likely for my dinner.



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LYNNIEV: I went to Trader Joe's today. My goodness, pumpkin was definitely the theme. I've never seen so many pumpkin-related food and drink items in one place. I did buy some pumpkin bread but will not bake it for awhile. I also bought some pumpkin ale and some petite pumpkin pies. I almost even bought pumpkin ice cream, even though I seldom eat ice cream. My wife bought pumpkin biscotti. Well, unfortunately, I bought some candy, nuts, and other beer. Now, I must remember: moderation in all things!

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ALBERTJON: Bought the pumpkin bread mix from Trader Joe's. It's very tasty. And lemon poppy seed bread is another favorite of mine.

I like the Laughing Cow cheese but usually use that on crackers for a quick snack.



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LYNNIEV: Yep, a nice loaf of pumpkin bread would be rather tasty. Something I have put on different kinds of "breads" (I actually think of them as cakes) occasionally is Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges. I use Smart Balance Light sometimes, too. Or Country Crock Light.
My wife and daughters sometime make lemon-poppy seed, banana nut, cranberry-nut, etc "breads." But right now pumpkin bread sounds dang good.

LYNN09062012: You might Google phrases like these:
easy recipes for beginning cooks
recipes for people who do not like to cook
cooking for beginners

I'm afraid most of my recipes are just too odd to suggest. LOL!


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LYNN09062012: Would love to help, as cooking is a passion of mine. Do you have any specific questions?

ALBERTJON: Guess what I made tonight? A loaf of pumpkin bread. Ohhhh so good and I couldn't resist smoothing some butter (I like the Smart Balance Light) onto a nice, warm piece.

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hello everyone i been on sparks people for a week i hate to cook now i have to because i am eating different from my family i could use all the help you guys can give me about cooking



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Whipped cream or powdered sugar is definitely better than icing. At least the store-bought icing, anyway. Trans fat city.

My absolute favorite cake is poke cake with whipped topping.



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LYNNIEV: I definitely have a sweet tooth -- actually several of them. If I bake something like a homemade chocolate cake or a commercial red velvet chocolate cake, I tend to eat the entire cake in a day or two. I often either put whipped topping on it or sometimes powdered sugar. So, for me, the one piece-microwave chocolate cake works OK. Many years ago, I remember my wife and me buying small microwaveable chocolate cakes that maybe had pudding in them too. I know they were small and gooey, but I can't remember the brand.

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ALBERTJON: Yeah, don't think I'll try that anytime soon, haha. Not because of the blowing up thing, but I'm just not much of a sweet eater anyway and rarely eat that kind of stuff. Once in a while I get a sweet tooth, but not very often.



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ATTENTION, please: About the one piece of cake microwaved in the cup/bowl recipe. I read on another thread that someone had it blow-up in the microwave. I have made around a couple of dozen of those things over the last 2-3 years and have never had that happened. However, at least it could be possible. I always put plastic wrap over the salad/small soup bowl that I use for making the cake. There are many on-line recipes for making the cake. They do vary slightly. Here are just 3 examples of the dozen or so I have found:


pedersenfood.blogspot.com/2011/10/3-minute
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threeminutecake.com/

www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/michael-s
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I love cooking and baking; preferably fresh and from scratch.



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I cook but I don`t like to cook

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LYNNIEV: If you do try it, what I do is put plastic wrap over the bowl (or some people use a microwavable cup).

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ALBERTJON: Interesting. I've never made a cake in the microwave before, LOL

I'll have to give that a shot just to try it out.



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I decided to make a 3-minute chocolate cake last night in a microwavable salad bowl. Here is the basic recipe I followed, although I made some substitutions:

pedersenfood.blogspot.com/2011/10/3-minute
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4 TBsp flour (I used whole wheat, of course)
4 TBsp sugar (I used honey.)
2 TBsp cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)
1 egg
3 TBsp milk (I used skim.)
3 TBsp oil (I used extra virgin olive oil.)
a small splash of vanilla
3 TBsp chocolate chips (I used a small piece of baker's chocolate and crumbed it.)
powdered sugar for topping (I added this to the recipe.)

All in all, I would have to say this is my favorite of the different 3 to 5 minute chocolate cakes I have tried in the microwave.

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I made some homemade soup last night as well. I never follow a recipe, unless it's something specific I'm wanting to make, I just start tossing things into the pot.



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DANCEMOM1970: Let us know how the soup came out and what ingredients you put in. It is definitely getting to be soup weather around here.



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I loooove cooking and baking. I haven't purchased a loaf of bread since December of 2011 once I perfected my homemade bread. :-) And after more than a year on this journey as a new way of life for me, I love to remake old favorites in healthy ways and to come up with new ideas for new delicious but healthy dishes.

Tonight as a matter of fact, I got an idea for a new soup to make. Never made it before or had anything like it, but it sounded so good I had to stock up the slow cooker for tomorrow to give it a try. And it's after 9 PM. LOL



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ALBERTJON: I had the rest of my lasagna rolls for lunch today :)

JUSTMOM42: It's too bad you hate cooking. You can create so many wonderful and healthy meals in your own kitchen. However, I share the same hatred for baking. I hate it. I hate mixing dough (with the exception of my homemade pizza dough) and making pies and cakes and bread and even slice and bake cookies, which I can totally screw up if left to my own devices.

To me, cooking and baking are two completely different things.



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I had a wedge of the lasagna for breakfast. Warmed up quite nicely in the microwave. The recipe is definitely a keeper. The ricotta cheese was quite noticeable, but since I like the flavor, it worked well for me.

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Haha, yep, saw your post in the other thread and I agree.

The only thing I did different from the recipe was I used fresh spinach instead of frozen because that's what I had on hand.

I cooked my squash the hard way - I peeled it and cubed it. A daunting task, that, cutting raw squash. But I've done it that way so many times I'm used to it. I don't have the patience to stick it in the oven for an hour or two and I haven't had much luck attempting to cook squash in the microwave.



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LYNNIEV: My wife today made the spinach-butternut squash lasagna. It was definitely tasty, and we would have it again. A couple of things that she would change are: more liquid and/or more squash (she scraped out some of the squash after cooking it). The spinach was definitely more noticeable than the squash as far as taste and filling. I offered to clean and dice/cube the squash but she decided to try it the fast way. I'm glad the recipe called for ricotta cheese and not cottage cheese.

In any case, it was good.

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That doesn't sound too weird. I'd try it ;)

When I make pea soup, I either make it all vegetarian or add ham to it. But even if it's all vegetarian, it still tastes like ham because I use a ham bouillon, which makes it really yummy.



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I made a whole-wheat pizza crust yesterday, using my usual corn meal, whole wheat flour, olive oil, molasses, dry yeast, and water recipe.

For a sauce, I got really lucky in trying "The Original Red Cactus America's Sweet Medium Salsa." It is low-sodium and not hot nor has a bitter aftertaste. It does contain a bit of sweet sorghum. I drained a can of no-salt petite diced tomatoes, put them on, and added a bunch of diced green bell pepper and diced sweet white onion. I tossed on some bacon bits and finished it off with shredded low-moisture mozzarella and shredded pizza cheese. Well, it is something I plan to make fairly often. I love the salsa and I can pile on the veggies. I wouldn't even need meat or the bacon bits.

Ok, yes, I admit it sounds weird. My wife had no interest in trying it. LOL!

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LYNNIEV: Yes, I think that is the place. I read several reviews of the restaurant and was surprised that there seemed to be an even split between favorable and unfavorable. I also had forgotten that fried chicken and other things were served there.

Next time I go grocery shopping I am going to buy some dry split peas and make some soup; I will probably add bacon bits and/or diced lean ham.

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Wow, never heard of a restaurant serving only one specific soup. Pea soup is a favorite of mine, next to New England clam chowder.

Think I may have found the place you're talking about. Is it Pea Soup Andersen's?





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LYNNIEV: LOL! That is definitely what I do to make soups, too. I always figure if a person has some beans, veggies, and meat on hand, surely there is a soup in there some where. One base that I sometimes use and really like is low-sodium V-8 juice.

I have not liked lentil soup very much. I'm not sure why. I do like split-pea soup. In fact, I think it is about time that I made some split-pea soup. I saw a show on The Food Network a couple of years ago where a restaurant (I think in California) serves only split-pea soup. On the side, one can get cups of diced ham, shredded cheese, diced onions, etc. -- but the soup itself is just split pea. Anyway, I guess it is a popular place.

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10/5/13 9:56 A

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There's nothing better than homemade soup ;)

Beans in soups, definitely yummy. I also like making homemade lentil and split pea.

Edit: oops, forgot to add that when I'm in the mood for homemade soup, I'll go out to the kitchen and grab whatever I have on hand and just start throwing it all into the pot. Sometimes I'll look at my leftovers and think hey, that would make a great soup, haha.

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I absolutely love chili -- many different kinds, even at some fast-food places. But my favorite is the one I make.

I use to eat beans a lot more than I do now. I agree with you about kidney beans. They are one of my least favorites. My favorite are chili beans, then black beans. I use to eat a lot of small red beans that I would soak, rinse, cook, rinse again, and then use in several different ways. Now, I rely on finding no-sodium canned black and red beans. I like garbanzo beans but usually only eat them in my hummus.

One of my favorite ways to eat black beans is to make a soup/stew of no-sodium diced tomatoes, brown sugar, cooked ground beef, black beans, bbq sauce, veggies such as peas and corns, diced white onion, diced bell pepper, and my usual assortment of spices.

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It's funny, I've never been a fan of chili. Although I sometimes like beanless chili on top of spaghetti, haha.

It's not that I don't like beans, I love just about all of them - except red kidneys. Not sure why. Maybe I had a traumatic experience with them as a child or something.

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LYNNIEV: I chickened out of making my own whipped topping, both because of price and calories. LOL!

My wife made herself some chili, using fresh tomatoes and fresh green bell peppers along with some kidney beans and ground beef and onions, etc.

I think it is almost time for me to try one of my chili concoctions: cooked ground beef, black beans, chili beans, onions, colored bell peppers, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, chili powder, a few small pieces of diced jalapeno, and additional veggies such as corn, peas, etc.

Edited by: ALBERTJON at: 10/4/2013 (12:49)
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I normally use the 'lite' Cool Whip, but I also buy the light Redi Whip.



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I'll give that a try next time. I like using blackberries in place of strawberries. And the fresh cubed pineapple worked well, too. The "killer" for me is that I like using Cool whip type topping -- and I suspect that is borderline "poison," so to speak. Maybe I should just use the real homemade whipping cream? But, dang, the calories!

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ALBERTJON: Have you ever tried the 'shortcakes' recipe on the Bisquick box? Those are truly fabulous and so good we sometimes make them to have as dinner biscuits.



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LYNNIEV: Upon further review. LOL! That shortcake I made with my substitutions was fine fresh, but it did not warm up the best, so I shall have to put that recipe modification on a back burner.



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Yes, the bacon 'bits' that are zip-close bags of "real" bacon pieces are definitely better. I don't like the hard, crunchy fake bacon bits because you're right about the chemical taste.



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Anyone, what are some of your recipes you like making? What are some of your "originals" that you have perfected or especially like to make?

LYNNIEV: I'm still trying to get my mind around the mayo. I am guessing that is similar to how you feel about the bbq sauce I sometimes use. Thinking about what you said about the lettuce, I would probably just add the lettuce to the fully-baked pizza. I'll give that BTL idea a try for my next pizza. I have had taco pizza before, and that is how the lettuce is put on. The last pizza you describe is very similar to how I sometimes make a meatless pizza. I definitely add a liberal sprinkling of Parmesan, though. I might put a thin layer of petite diced tomatoes, add garlic and Italian seasoning, and then put on a layer of sliced tomatoes, and then the Parmesan cheese.

I agree with you about bacon bits, but it makes a big difference what kind one buys. We have access to a local brand at a Walmart. It is by far the best kind we have ever had. Bigger chunks and not that salty, "chemical" taste.

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