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2/14/09 10:08 P

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Very welcome! How did the menu turn out?



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2/14/09 12:24 P

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Heather:
after rechecking this thread (today is Valentine's Day) before cooking, somehow I missed the whole reply on your tomato rose instructions. you make it sounds so easy!

thank you!

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2/11/09 1:40 P

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lol!

I want to try to bread and butter pickle (using one of Jo's recipes) some when I get to grow them again.



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2/11/09 12:23 P

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I know what you mean. what you do is look at the stem of the flower. a female squash will look like a tiny squash, the male blooms look just like a stem. pick the male ones. the female bloom will keep a few days until it gives up and you'll have more male blooms open shortly. or just pick them all and in a few days you'll bloom out again and have more of both. besides, one person growing squash is enough for the whole extended family and neighbors to have some. I've been in the position where I couldn't give them away as I had supplied everyone to where even they couldn't eat another one! :-D

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2/11/09 10:14 A

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hehe yes they are-people even make rose petal jelly!

I always wanted to try fried squash blossoms, BUT, I love squash (even though it is so abundant!) so much I never could get myself to pick the blossoms! lol



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2/11/09 1:27 A

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thanks Heather,
I do have rose bushes, but they are dormant this time of year, so I'll look up how to make the tomato rose. I didn't know roses were edible. the closest flower I have eaten were squash blooms. I would make a thin pancake like batter and after gathering them in the early morning when they were still open, I'd wash them and place them in the refrigerator in a bag on a paper plate, then batter them and fry them up. those days are long gone since I don't eat fried foods anymore! :-)

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2/10/09 10:33 P

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If you grow your own roses, you can put a real rose on it in the summer time too! I use real rose leaves (when I lived in a house and had rose bushes) around my tomato rose sometimes too! Now sometimes I had cucumber peels as leaves, but that has to be a REAL special occasion! lol If I had a rose bush though it wouldn't have to be that special of a time. lol But, it needs to be your own roses, store bought ones have been sprayed with stuff you don't want to eat! lol haha But, I never sprayed mine with anything I couldn't eat.....we ate a lot of the garden flowers. lol Dandelions! lol Roses, pansies, honeysuckle, etc. lol

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2/10/09 10:28 P

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Tomato roses are very easy. The easiest tomato to do it with is, a romano. (or other smooth type tomato)

Then what you do is start at the top with a sharp thin bladed knife, and peel the skin in a spiral (all the skin) off in one piece. Then just roll it up, stick it into the salad, and the salad will keep it rolled up-just poke/push it in a bit-so the mayo/sour cream mixture can hold it a bit-but doesn't need to be pushed in much.

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2/10/09 10:07 P

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oh, that's a great idea! I hadn't thought of that.

now I need to find how to make the tomato rose. Added touches do make meals special. you're very good with that!

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2/10/09 9:35 P

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PS I think the salad is also prettier in a clear dish, I tried that one out because it was new (had flowers painted on the inside, but that doesn't help when you can't see the flowers till you get to the bottom!)

A couple of tips, if you have a medium size brandy glass, it's beautiful served in such! You can see all the layers.

IF you feel like dividing it up, it's even neater, made into individual layered salads, in small brandy glasses.

My mom and step father's wedding was a small affair and we served this salad in small individual brandy glasses and every one oohed and awed! lol

However, when we take it to gatherings, we usually take it in a big brandy glass (except now it's medium, because this recipe doesn't call for as much as our family one does! lol) and every one again goes on and on about how pretty it is. The layers make it extra pretty when in a see through dish, AND I think every one loves the tomato rose on top! (the look!)



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Welcome let us know how it comes out!



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2/10/09 9:23 P

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Thank you, thank you soo much gals! these are wonderful suggestions.

I think I will go ahead and make the Smothered Chicken
Layered Party Pea Salad
Crazy Cherry Pie
and Designated Driver's Champagne -I may not have the name correct on this one, but you know what I mean. :-)

Both you gals have wonderful ideas and thank you both for taking the time by typing out the recipe and adding pictures! this Valentine's menu was difficult to think up, (I don't know why!) but now its easy peasy!

now, off to make my shopping list. :-D

HE people are the best!

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2/9/09 9:09 P

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Oh you know what, you could also go Italian!

Lasagna (a HE one), I like the zucchini one. Or Spaghetti (Lady and the Tramp!).
Salad
Easy Tiramisu

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2/9/09 9:01 P

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Chocolate Surprise Pie-from March 99. Not exactly cherry, but it is pretty (bright pink and chocolate!) I used chocolate fudge pudding for it, and oreo pie crust, as I feel it's a prettier color-black, then keebler, and taste better. It's really pretty.

I also like Angie's Creamy Cheesecake-has a cherry topping.

You may also want to try smothered chicken from Feb 2000. Not seafood, but in my opinion it goes well with romance. Very creamy! Also made the chicken extremely moist.

The layered party pea salad-from Cooking Healthy With Splenda would be a pretty touch as a side. I always make a tomato rose to put on top, here's a photo of how I make it, so it's extra pretty! I put a layer of sliced waterchestnuts before the peas too, I use ALL white cheese instead of what the recipe suggest as well, I've made it Jo's way and my way with the cheese, and personally I thought my way was more striking. (my family always only used all white cheese, but for a change when I read Jo's way I tried it, and just wasn't as pleased with the final look) I put the bacon under the cheese (so bacon second to last, cheese last) THEN I top it with a tomato rose. I don't put tomato in the salad unless I make it the same day we eat it, and it will be all gone that day, other wise the tomatoes will break down the lettuce to a soggy mess! BUT, even when I don't put tomatoes in it (it does NOT call for tomatoes, but my families always had tomatoes) I always put a tomato rose on it any way, because it just makes it so much prettier.

My camera at the time was not very good, but here's a photo of what I made and took to my TOPs group once.
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2/9/09 4:41 P

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Gee, I haven't even thought that far ahead. Most of the 'desserts' I fix are the pudding type. We'll be camping this coming weekend and the hosts will do the cooking. Probably not the healthy kind either.

As I was going through the 2001 newsletters I bought, one recipe intrigued me. Maybe it was because of the name.

Crazy Cherry Pie

1 1/2 cups Bisquick Fat Free Baking Mix
2 tabl. granular Splenda
1/4 c. reduced calorie margarine
1/4 c. Land O Lakes no fat sour cream
1/2 c. water
1 (20 oz) can Lucky Leaf cherry Pie Filling

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 9" deep dish pie plate with butter flavored cooking spray. In a med. bowl, combine baking mix, Splenda, margarine, sour cream and water at low speed with electric mixer. Beat 2 min. at med. speed. Spread batter evenly into prepared pie plate. Carefully spoon pie filling into center of batter. DO NOT stir. Bake for 20 - 25 min. or until crust is golden brown. Place pie plate on a wire rack and let set for at least 15 min. Cut into 8 servings.

Serves 8 Each serv. equals:
HE 1 br, 3/4 fa, 1/2 fr, 9 OC
140 cal, 4g fat, 2g pr, 24g Ca, 347mg so, 34mg cl, 1g fi
Diabetic 1 st,1 fa, 1/2 fr

P.S. careful with eating the cherries. I had one can (don't remember the brand) and there were 13 pits in them.

Ann



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2/9/09 12:12 P

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Hello All:
I am just now thinking of my Valentine's Day menu and need ideas. I wanted to try JoAnna's Mock Lobster but I've never tried it before. any feedback on that one?

also, which cherry dessert do you like that would be nice?

what are you planning for your menu? I'm stuck!


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