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Lamb Chops, Meatloaf and Lemon Cake....
by Mrs. Smoochie !!! (smoochie)
at February 2nd, 2007 (12:21 am)

Chef Mood: tired
Chef's Music: "Good Eats" on Food Network

Long day....but here are my main projects of the day !

Peppercorn Encrusted Baby Lamb Chops Bourguignonne with Whipped Mashers and Chives:

Meatloaf and Lemon Cake Pics Here !!!Collapse )

eri-chan [userpic]
THEME // Corn
by eri-chan (eri_chan)
at February 1st, 2007 (08:19 am)

Chef Mood: hungry

This was one of those its-late-and-I'm-starving-and-there's-nothing-in-the-house-worth-eating kind of meals.

I had to work late last night, and by the time I got home Justin had already eaten his dinner (and who knows what that was) so I was on my own. After washing the dishes and cracking open a beer, I spent probably half an hour prowling around the kitchen, opening and re-opening the fridge and cabinets and shuffling things around in the pantry, desperately hoping for inspiration to jump out of hiding and say "Here I am, cook me!"

Sadly, that did not happen. Not exactly anyway.

Gradually I gathered a disparate bunch of ingredients: some leftover chicken salad from the fridge; canned diced tomatoes, green chilies, and corn (hey, theme ingredient! I figured I ought to at least try to do something with it); one of those little single-serving cans of V8; a box of whole wheat rotini; chipotle tabasco; fresh veggies; some sherry cooking wine. What, I wondered, could I do with all this junk to make a dinner that would be at least halfway decent? In the end I sort of just threw a bunch of stuff in a pan and hoped for the best.

Surprisingly enough, while not exactly the best, what I came up with was pretty damn good.

Zzzz Zzzz's
by justsmitten (justsmitten)
at January 28th, 2007 (06:35 pm)

Chef Mood: tired

Hey all, I read this on Yahoo! and wanted to share :o)

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep
Posted Tue, Jan 23, 2007, 6:32 pm PST

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones - serotonin and melatonin - flowing. Yawning yet?

Bananas. They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect - it's the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.

Warm milk. It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan - an amino acid that has a sedative - like effect - and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus there's the psychological throw-back to infancy, when a warm bottle meant "relax, everything's fine."

Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.

Potatoes. A small baked spud won't overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.

Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep - inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy - plus if you've got the munchies, it's filling too.

Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.

Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.

Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs "time to sleep."

Turkey. It's the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole-wheat bread mid-evening, and you've got one of the best sleep inducers in your kitchen.

new chef in the kitchen ;)
by justsmitten (justsmitten)
at January 26th, 2007 (09:44 pm)

Chef Mood: contemplative

Hi all!
01. Name? Mish
02. Age? 27
03. Location? near Seattle-ish ;)
04. Favorite Meat? Mmmmmm meeeeat, any, really!
05. Favorite Veggie? Ick. But I guess I would say satueed asparagus, and spinach are faves!
06. Favorite Fruit? Ick again.
07. Favorite Dessert? Chocolate. Anything. Give me sugar.
08. Favorite Breakfast Item? Biscuits!
09. Favorite Meal to cook? Anything that you can add EVOO too!
10. Favorite Restaurant? Outback, Crab Pot, Olive Garden
11. What foods/items do you prefer not to eat, or are allergic to? I hate beets and sweet potatos!
12. How long have you been cooking? Every once in awhile for about, oooh, 15 years! Loved helping my Mom cook when I was young, but now I cook when I can find time.
13. What bring you to this community? I want to become more domesticated!
14, Are you interested in making a banner or icon for the community? If I had time. So no.
15. Please post a picture of one of your favorite items/meals to prepare/cook: Imagine a chicken dish that contains EVOO and pasta, crab, and shrimp :)

eri-chan [userpic]
by eri-chan (eri_chan)
at January 25th, 2007 (08:23 pm)

Chef Mood: satisfied

The other night I was on my own for dinner, and I was craving something Indian-ish, so I threw together this curry. And a damn good curry it was, too!

I used mostly fairly typical ingredients - cubed chicken breast, red peppers and onions, some of the canned chickpeas I had in my pantry, and typical spices.... but at the end I threw in some sliced blood oranges, and a splash of heavy cream. I served it over rice cooked in chicken stock with a pinch of saffron threads, a piece of cinnamon stick, and some of the peel from the blood orange. Mmmmmmmm, tasty.

Recipe behind the cut...Collapse )

X-posted to food_porn

Becki [userpic]
Theme006 = CORN!
by Becki (becki_lee)
at January 23rd, 2007 (08:20 am)

Awe. I didn't expect to win. Thanks for the forfeit Lisa :p lol. I'm kidding.

Anyways... yes, the new theme is corn. One of my favorites. Hopefully I'll find a new recipe! :)

You have until January 31st to enter.

eri-chan [userpic]
Best. Steak. EVER.
by eri-chan (eri_chan)
at January 22nd, 2007 (08:31 am)

Chef Mood: hungry

OK, so that may be an exxageration - I'm sure I've had better steaks at some of the nicer restaurants I've had the priviledge of eating at over the years, and I'm sure that places like Peter Luger's (a very famous and high-class steakhouse in New York) would blow this puppy out of the water. However, it was difficult to remember any of that once I put the first delicious bite in my mouth. Certainly, this is the best steak we've ever made at home, and the best part is that the entire recipe is our original creation.

The star of the show was a thick, juicy sirloin steak that was marinated for several hours, then hit with a wet herb rub and pan-broiled in a dry skillet until seared on the outside and just medium on the inside. Topping the steak was a mushroom and onion sautee in a sherry wine reduction, something I first started making about 6 months ago and have been slowly but surely improving upon each time I make it. The flavors of this dish are rich, deep, and savory, with an earthiness from the mushrooms and fresh herbs that compliments the natural flavor of the beef incredibly well. And, surprisingly enough, it is not difficult tomake AT ALL. The most important thing is getting the right cut of beef and then cooking it just right - a thin cut of beef wouldn't stand up well to the bold flavors of the sauce, and a steak thats been overcooked will be tough and tasteless.

Recipe behind the cutCollapse )

X-posted to food_porn

Becki [userpic]
by Becki (becki_lee)
at January 17th, 2007 (06:52 pm)

Chef Mood: accomplished

Yay! My first one!

I know, these aren't the healthiest, but they are by far my FAVORITE. I suggest you try them at least once! I'm not much of a cook, but if I'm ever making dinner for a group of people, I'll make them and they're always a hit. I make more than one pan, and there are never left overs. So yes, TRY THEM!

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eri-chan [userpic]
GRAPHICS MOD // Cookbook
by eri-chan (eri_chan)
at January 15th, 2007 (11:58 am)

Chef Mood: creative

Hey hey all you cooking queens! I had an idea for the community: lets make a cookbook!

See, Justin (my bf) and I have started putting together our own cookbook of our original recipes, and its really incredibly easy once you have the recipes compiled. Ours will be sort of a work in progress as we keep experimenting and adding to our repertoire, but I'm thinking that with the deep well of lnowledge we've been collecting here in this community, it'd be awfully fun to put together a book of our favorite community recipes. There's even places online we could get it printed! I mean, I dunno, about most of you, but as nice as having online resources is, its rather more convenient to have a book in front of me with all the info I need to kno while I'm cooking.

Would anyone want to get in on this with me? We could decide as a community what recipes to use, and as time goes on even create extra volumes! What do y'all think? I don't think I could do the whole thing by myself, so I'd definitely need a couple people to help me out.

seize.the.day [userpic]
by seize.the.day (seizetheday)
at January 13th, 2007 (07:07 pm)

I dont cook that much but I'm on a diet now and I got this recipe off of sparkpeople.com. I am trying to get the nutrition facts from the person who posted it. It is delicious!
This is a crockpot recipe...

Cream of Chicken over RiceCollapse )

seize.the.day [userpic]
by seize.the.day (seizetheday)
at January 13th, 2007 (06:38 pm)

Hi, I recently joined. Thanks to Lisa for directing me here!

01. Name? Courtney
02. Age? 24
03. Location? Norfolk, VA
04. Favorite Meat? hamburger or chicken
05. Favorite Veggie? corn
06. Favorite Fruit? watermellon
07. Favorite Dessert? I'm not huge on desserts but I do like strawberry cheesecake
08. Favorite Breakfast Item? sausage
09. Favorite Meal to cook? dinner
10. Favorite Restaurant? El Rancho (restaurant in my hometown)
11. What foods/items do you prefer not to eat, or are allergic to? I dont like many veggies.. I wont touch peppers.. I also dont like speghetti.
12. How long have you been cooking? not very long
13. What bring you to this community? to learn new recipes and to give some
14, Are you interested in making a banner or icon for the community? sure, let me know!
15. Please post a picture of one of your favorite items/meals to prepare/cook:
I just made this tonight and its to die for! Its cream of chicken on rice.
mmm!Collapse )

eri-chan [userpic]
by eri-chan (eri_chan)
at January 10th, 2007 (02:29 pm)

Chef Mood: ill

I've been sick with bronchitis for the last 3 days or so, and my boyfriend, who has been pampering me while I've laid on the couch, has been harping on the fact that I'd probably get better sooner if I got more nutrients. Since I'm the type who won't eat much when I'm sick, I decided I needed a better, more comforting way to get some vitamins in me than just the usual chicken soup.

My I'm-sick-and-I-don't-wanna-eat SmoothieCollapse )

What sorts of things do you like to make for yourself (or have others make FOR you)to help you feel better when you're sick?

Amy [userpic]
Suggestions for my picky family?
by Amy (this_be_madness)
at January 6th, 2007 (08:54 pm)

I'm in charge of Friday night dinners in my household, and I'm looking for some healthy dinners to feed them. Any suggestions?

1. Father: Doesn't really care, he'll eat anything, preferrably meat.
2. Mother: Pretty neutral.
3. 14 year old sister: Won't eat most veggies, not huge on soups.
4: 9 year old brother: hardly any veggies, some fruits, some meat.

I'd like a soup, a salad, and a main course. This is haaard, haha.

Thanks to all of you!

eri-chan [userpic]
Graphics Mod \\ Overdue Food Post
by eri-chan (eri_chan)
at January 5th, 2007 (04:12 pm)

OK, so its been awhile since I've posted any recipes... oops!

Alas, I don't have any photos for the two I'm going to share today, as the batteries in my digicam died and I haven't been able to get new ones yet. Le sigh. Its especially a shame as these were both incredibly pretty meals.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup w/Italian SausageCollapse )

Mediterranean Tuna SaladCollapse )

Amy [userpic]
by Amy (this_be_madness)
at January 5th, 2007 (09:53 am)

Chef Mood: creative

I just joined today, and I would like to say that this is an amazing idea for a community. Keep up the good work!

01. Name: Amy
02. Age: 16 (turning 17 on the 23rd of this month!) 
03. Location: California
04. Favorite Meat: Ribs, baby. Give. Me. Ribs. 
05. Favorite Veggie: Hm. Spinach.
06. Favorite Fruit: All of them. Except avacado.
07. Favorite Dessert: Any kind of ice cream.
08. Favorite Breakfast Item: Eggs.
09. Favorite Meal to cook: Spaghetti with home made spaghettis sauce. 
10. Favorite Restaurant: Marie Callendar's, The Olive Garden
11. What foods/items do you prefer not to eat, or are allergic to: Not allergic to anything, but I prefer to not eat avacados, undercooked meat, and brussels sprouts. 
12. How long have you been cooking: About 1 1/2 years. 
13. What bring you to this community: I'm going to be in charge of dinners on Friday nights soon, so I'd like some ideas on what to cook for my family.
14, Are you interested in making a banner or icon for the community: If asked, I'll do my best. 

eri-chan [userpic]
GRAPHICS MOD \\ Promo and Member Graphics
by eri-chan (eri_chan)
at December 31st, 2006 (03:47 pm)

Chef Mood: cheerful

New promo and member graphics!

Member Graphics:

Promo Graphics:

eri-chan [userpic]
GRAPHICS MOD \\ New Community Banner
by eri-chan (eri_chan)
at December 30th, 2006 (09:49 am)

Chef Mood: okay

Hello all - Now that smokeandwine has put together this lovely new layout for the community, we want to add a nice image banner to the top of the page. I've put together a few different ones, and I can't decide which to use so I thought I'd get your feedback.

Banners under here...Collapse )

Which do you like best?

Also, we're thinking about making the banner at the top theme-based, either by season or major holiday or perhaps even by our community theme ingredients or topics. Anyone have any suggestions for that?

Thanks for your feedback! Next to come will be a prettier, more graphics-based user info page. :)

the emerald jewel [userpic]
Theme...We are a nutty bunch ;)
by the emerald jewel (mandyann)
at December 29th, 2006 (11:08 pm)

Chef Mood: accomplished

I am Italian and German. This cookie is a favorite in our family. I made these for Christmas and had to take a picture before they were gone!

the emerald jewel [userpic]
Introducing myself
by the emerald jewel (mandyann)
at December 29th, 2006 (10:50 pm)

Chef Mood: excited

Hello. I just joined today/ I learned of this community by onlyamore and here is my application

01. Name: Mandy
02. Age: just turned 30 in Ocotber
03. Location: Ocala Florida
04. Favorite Meat: a really well seasoned and cooked steak
05. Favorite Veggie: Cucumber
06. Favorite Fruit: Watermelon
07. Favorite Dessert: Anything Chocolate
08. Favorite Breakfast Item: Hash Browns
09. Favorite Meal to cook: Anything I love to cook
10. Favorite Restaurant: Bella Luna
11. What foods/items do you prefer not to eat, or are allergic to: Not allergic to anything and I do not like bitter greens.
12. How long have you been cooking: 18 years
13. What bring you to this community: I love learning new recipes and I love to share what recipes I have. I also like meeting new people and making new friends.
14, Are you interested in making a banner or icon for the community: Sure it will take me awhile but of course
15. Please post a picture of one of your favorite items/meals to prepare/cook: Berry Trifle

wee who see the deep [userpic]
by wee who see the deep (smokeandwine)
at December 29th, 2006 (02:35 pm)

I made Christmas dinner entirely by myself =)

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