• What fruit goes well in Victoria cupcakes?

    Best answer: Berries of some kind- a raspberry or slice of strawberry on top of each cupcake would look nice.
    Best answer: Berries of some kind- a raspberry or slice of strawberry on top of each cupcake would look nice.
    3 answers · Other - Food & Drink · 5 years ago
  • Best way to reheat stew?

    I would just reheat it in an appropriate sized pan on the stovetop. I usually heat soup up on a medium setting and keep a close eye on it. Seeing as it has already been cooked, you don't need to let it simmer or anything, all you need to do is heat it up.
    I would just reheat it in an appropriate sized pan on the stovetop. I usually heat soup up on a medium setting and keep a close eye on it. Seeing as it has already been cooked, you don't need to let it simmer or anything, all you need to do is heat it up.
    8 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • What's your favorite recipe?

    Butternut squash balls (can also be a casserole-like dish if your feeling lazy :)). I cannot tell you how many of these I make every fall (my husband alone will eat 3-4 of them a day lol)! Bear with me, as I'm not a expert at writing recipes, but I think you can get the picture: 1 large butternut squash 2 cups cooked rice 2 cup rolled oats 1... show more
    Butternut squash balls (can also be a casserole-like dish if your feeling lazy :)). I cannot tell you how many of these I make every fall (my husband alone will eat 3-4 of them a day lol)! Bear with me, as I'm not a expert at writing recipes, but I think you can get the picture: 1 large butternut squash 2 cups cooked rice 2 cup rolled oats 1 cup grated cheese 1 cube bullion (I use vegetable but chicken would probably work too) 2 eggs 1 box Panko breadcrumbs After cubing the squash, you boil it for about an hour (until it's soft enough to mash). Cook the rice with a cube of bullion (the bullion adds flavor, and is absorbed into the rice as it cooks). Then you mix it with the cooked rice and eggs. Once you've mixed it, then stir in the cheese and DRY oats. If it's too moist at that point, add breadcrumbs to the mix until it's closer to the consistency of cookie dough. If you want it to be a casserole, then just put it in a baking dish, add breadcrumbs on top and bake at about 375 for 45 minutes. If you want the balls, you roll the mix into balls (a little smaller than a tennis ball) then roll the balls in the breadcrumbs until they are coated, and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes. I usually get about 18 of them per batch. Another favorite in my home is lentil breakfast patties: 1 cup RED lentils 1 cup rolled oats 1 clove (minced) garlic 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1 egg Basically, you just cook the lentils, mix in the DRY oats, egg, garlic and onions. Form into small patties and cook just like a sausage patty (in a pan). You can also freeze them.
    8 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Poll: Anybody else use the cast iron frying pans. We cook everything with ours..?

    I have plain stainless pans and (not cast iron) enamelware pots. Never had an issue with anything sticking to or burning on either kind. The key to stainless (in my experience) is to let the oil or butter heat up BEFORE putting in the food, it makes it completely non-stick. Also, not leaving cooking food unattended to burn to the bottom because it... show more
    I have plain stainless pans and (not cast iron) enamelware pots. Never had an issue with anything sticking to or burning on either kind. The key to stainless (in my experience) is to let the oil or butter heat up BEFORE putting in the food, it makes it completely non-stick. Also, not leaving cooking food unattended to burn to the bottom because it hasn't been stirred, or turning up the heat to try and "make it cook faster". I don't mind my stainless with the way it cooks, but all the handles are getting loose from years of daily wear, so I have been looking into replacing it with cast-iron with an enameled interior (not too fond of the whole "seasoning"/not washing thing you have to do with plain cast iron).
    13 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • What are some easy non food recipies to make?

    Best answer: Um, I always have borax in my house. How would anyone know what you just "keep around the house" and have available to use? If you have an avocado, you can mash it up and use it like a face mask or in your hair to moisturize. Mayonnaise is good for your hair too, along with (dark) beer. Coffee can be used on your face, and... show more
    Best answer: Um, I always have borax in my house. How would anyone know what you just "keep around the house" and have available to use? If you have an avocado, you can mash it up and use it like a face mask or in your hair to moisturize. Mayonnaise is good for your hair too, along with (dark) beer. Coffee can be used on your face, and will brighten up your skin. Let it cool down first, apply it with a cotton ball or old washcloth on your face then wash it off in about 10 minutes. Olive oil is a good lotion alternative for your body, but shouldn't be used on your face.
    3 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Have you replaced mayo/sour cream with plain greek yogurt?

    It just depends on what you're making. I'll be honest, yogurt is going to be a terrible substitution for sour cream, with say, mexican food or on a baked potato. However, as a base for a dip or in potato salad, it is actually really good.
    It just depends on what you're making. I'll be honest, yogurt is going to be a terrible substitution for sour cream, with say, mexican food or on a baked potato. However, as a base for a dip or in potato salad, it is actually really good.
    4 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Vegetarians: What did you eat today?

    So far- granola with plain yogurt, so pretty boring. Though, I did make a little more pizza dough and sauce than we needed last night, so I will be having a small pizza for lunch today with the leftovers (I'm not complaining :-)) Tonight, I have green bean casserole with mashed potatoes planned, and some apples that are about to go bad, so... show more
    So far- granola with plain yogurt, so pretty boring. Though, I did make a little more pizza dough and sauce than we needed last night, so I will be having a small pizza for lunch today with the leftovers (I'm not complaining :-)) Tonight, I have green bean casserole with mashed potatoes planned, and some apples that are about to go bad, so I'm thinking muffins or a crisp with those. I do a lot of cooking and baking, but I don't really make meals that are difficult to put together. For breakfast, I stick with granola/oatmeal/fruit/yogurt type breakfasts on weekdays and on weekends eggs and (homemade) lentil breakfast patties (make them in batches of 36 and then freeze them, my husband will heat them up for snacks 3 and 4 at a time). Lunch, well I don't really eat it most days, but when I do it's because I have leftovers. Dinner, I try to have a "main course" and a side dish of some kind, and plan out meals a week in advance. I bake something sweet once or twice a week (typically with fruit), and bake plain whole-wheat bread at least every other day. Stews, casseroles, pot pies, quesadillas, burritos, pasta and stir fry are all easy to make, delicious meals your hubby can add meat to if he wants. Places like Joann and Michaels (craft stores) sell mini 6" and 4" cake pans for super cheap, and if you pick up a few, they are great for making individual portions and individual (deep dish) pizzas in so you can have yours meat free and he can have beef or chicken or whatever in his.
    10 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 5 years ago
  • What Food taste better Cooked in a Microwave Oven then cooked in a Conventional Oven?

    Haven't used a microwave in nearly 10 years. From what I remember, it didn't matter what you tried to cook in one, it all came out soggy and gross. I can wait the extra time for food that is the right texture.
    Haven't used a microwave in nearly 10 years. From what I remember, it didn't matter what you tried to cook in one, it all came out soggy and gross. I can wait the extra time for food that is the right texture.
    9 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • What thermos keeps liquids hot the longest?

    Thermos brand is excellent. I can (and have) filled my thermos with hot coffee at 7:30am, gotten busy and finally gotten around to drinking my coffee well into the afternoon and it's STILL so hot I have to let it cool off. Definitely with the extra price.
    Thermos brand is excellent. I can (and have) filled my thermos with hot coffee at 7:30am, gotten busy and finally gotten around to drinking my coffee well into the afternoon and it's STILL so hot I have to let it cool off. Definitely with the extra price.
    6 answers · Other - Food & Drink · 5 years ago
  • What's the basic procedure to start a hotpot?

    You can do it with just water, however it will be pretty bland in flavor. I would suggest adding a little salt and experimenting with adding some spices and other veggies you like.
    You can do it with just water, however it will be pretty bland in flavor. I would suggest adding a little salt and experimenting with adding some spices and other veggies you like.
    4 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Is prep cook desirable in the USA?

    Best answer: The fist and most important thing you should look into is what steps you need to take to legally live and work in the US. Unless you are able to present paperwork showing your eligibility to legally work here as a foreign national, you cannot be hired anywhere. Once you have figured that out THEN start looking into available positions in... show more
    Best answer: The fist and most important thing you should look into is what steps you need to take to legally live and work in the US. Unless you are able to present paperwork showing your eligibility to legally work here as a foreign national, you cannot be hired anywhere. Once you have figured that out THEN start looking into available positions in the food industry in the areas you are interested in living. And I wouldn't start looking lower than your level of education. If you are a certified chef, you should be looking at chefs positions, not prep-cook positions. Don't sell yourself short when you have the skill, education and experience
    3 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Do you agree that animals have the same emotion and feelings as humans?

    No. While I think animals definitely experience pain, and some form of emotion, it is definitely not on the same level as humans. With emotion specifically, I think the "emotions" animals have is more of a instinctual behavior that gives them an evolutionary advantage and is perhaps misinterpreted by us as more in-depth than it really is.... show more
    No. While I think animals definitely experience pain, and some form of emotion, it is definitely not on the same level as humans. With emotion specifically, I think the "emotions" animals have is more of a instinctual behavior that gives them an evolutionary advantage and is perhaps misinterpreted by us as more in-depth than it really is. For example, I don't think a mother bear "loves" her cubs in the sense we love our children, but I do think she nurtures and protects them because her instincts drives her to raise them to adulthood so the species continues. Human emotions go above and beyond survival of the species because we have so greatly evolved and refined them from their instinctual roots. Another example is the people-pet emotions- I absolutely adore my parrot, I feel a great deal of love for him. However, there is no real-world return on that love. He uses my resources, takes time/energy, doesn't contribute to the survival of my family in any way, yet we love and spoil him just because he's so darn cute. Humans have such an evolutionary advantage with our higher intelligence and technology, we can develop complex emotions that go above and beyond simple survival. On the other hand, our parrot "loves" us on a much different level. He views us as his "flock". If he doesn't stick with us (as he would a flock in nature), in his mind, he could be eaten, starve, get injured ext… so the "love" he shows us is absolutely related to his "survival" on an instinctual level. Dogs are no different, they rely on their owners for food, protection, shelter ext… and they do what their "pack" does or expects (i.e., training) because they know they need the acceptance of the hierarchy of the humans they interpret as their family.
    15 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 5 years ago
  • How to make several pancakes at a time without the first ones getting cold?

    I don't know if they still make them, but my mom gave me this great warming tray thing she got as a wedding gift in the 70's and never used. It kind of looks like a griddle, but only gets warm (you couldn't actually cook anything on it). I just turn that on and put them down directly on it until I'm done making them. If you can find... show more
    I don't know if they still make them, but my mom gave me this great warming tray thing she got as a wedding gift in the 70's and never used. It kind of looks like a griddle, but only gets warm (you couldn't actually cook anything on it). I just turn that on and put them down directly on it until I'm done making them. If you can find one of those, they are great for keeping all kinds of stuff warm while you finish preparing a meal. Otherwise, you could try putting them in a covered pan or dish (the cover will at least keep some of the heat in). Edit: They do still make them- http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oster-CKSTWTLS00... If it's just for occasional pancakes, probably not worth $60, but if you find a lot of stuff gets cold when your preparing the rest of the meal, these are great!
    11 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • What are some super cheap meals for one person only? Renting a room so I can't cook too much.?

    Beans, rice and cheese (mixed) Pasta Soup Sandwiches Eggs (hard-boiled, scrambled or fried) Bagged salad mix (add dressing) Canned fruit Granola
    Beans, rice and cheese (mixed) Pasta Soup Sandwiches Eggs (hard-boiled, scrambled or fried) Bagged salad mix (add dressing) Canned fruit Granola
    7 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • What is it called when you don't eat birds?

    No. You simply don't eat poultry, no fancy name. A vegetarian doesn't eat any kind of flesh, but may eat dairy and/or eggs. A vegan does not consume ANY animal products at all, including dairy eggs or honey. Then there's those people who eat fish and fancy calling themselves "pescetarians" or just vegetarians that confuses... show more
    No. You simply don't eat poultry, no fancy name. A vegetarian doesn't eat any kind of flesh, but may eat dairy and/or eggs. A vegan does not consume ANY animal products at all, including dairy eggs or honey. Then there's those people who eat fish and fancy calling themselves "pescetarians" or just vegetarians that confuses people into thinking actual vegetarians eat fish and other sea life.
    10 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 5 years ago
  • Why will my body not let me eat?

    I have pretty bad acid reflux, and this sounds like what happens to me sometimes. Almost like I physically cannot swallow (or, alternatively, like the food is pushing back up my throat a little). I would see a doctor to make sure everything is ok. Better to nip these things before they become a major issue, or to simply have peace of mind that... show more
    I have pretty bad acid reflux, and this sounds like what happens to me sometimes. Almost like I physically cannot swallow (or, alternatively, like the food is pushing back up my throat a little). I would see a doctor to make sure everything is ok. Better to nip these things before they become a major issue, or to simply have peace of mind that it's a (relatively) minor condition like reflux.
    11 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 5 years ago
  • Chicken noodle soup without chicken broth?

    Use the bullion. Just bring 1 or 2 cubes (depending on how intense you want the flavor to be) to a boil, add the noodles and let it cook just like pasta (only don't drain when the noodles are done). It's not going to be exactly like chicken noodle soup out of the can, but it will still be a good soup to make you feel a little better. show more
    Use the bullion. Just bring 1 or 2 cubes (depending on how intense you want the flavor to be) to a boil, add the noodles and let it cook just like pasta (only don't drain when the noodles are done). It's not going to be exactly like chicken noodle soup out of the can, but it will still be a good soup to make you feel a little better.
    11 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Why do chickens lay eggs?

    If I am not mistaken, laying eggs is the avian equivalent of a period. They begin the process with the body intending for the chicken to mate and lay a fertile egg. Since chickens do not carry their young internally like mammals, their body compiles all the nutrients, as well as begins to form the shell so a baby chicken would have a proper... show more
    If I am not mistaken, laying eggs is the avian equivalent of a period. They begin the process with the body intending for the chicken to mate and lay a fertile egg. Since chickens do not carry their young internally like mammals, their body compiles all the nutrients, as well as begins to form the shell so a baby chicken would have a proper environment to form in once outside the mothers body. If fertilization does not occur, the hen's body then gets rid of (lays) the infertile egg instead, and the process starts all over again. Very much like a woman's body releases an infertile egg and preps the uterine lining to begin nourishing a baby every month, then gets rid of it if it doesn't become fertilized. I believe most domestic chickens are on 24-48 hour "cycle", and they will lay eggs regardless if they are fertile, or even near a male, just like women still have cycles regardless if they ever become pregnant. That all said, eggs are a very good source of protein and chickens will lay them for pretty much their entire lives naturally. However, there is a significant difference between someone who lovingly raises some chickens in their backyard/a small-scale organic free range farm, and a factory farm that abuses and tortures the hens, ethically speaking. If you are interested in being a vegetarian, and want to continue eating eggs, be sure to do your research and source your eggs from somewhere that doesn't torture their hens. Most grocery stores selling eggs do not source those eggs from farms that treat the hens in a unethical manner. Local farms are a great place to start, or if you can raise chickens yourself, thats even better (you can make sure they are well loved and well cared for)
    11 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 5 years ago
  • What is the Worst Meal that your Mom Cooks?

    My poor mom was not gifted at cooking anything. We went out to eat or had cold veggie trays lol.
    My poor mom was not gifted at cooking anything. We went out to eat or had cold veggie trays lol.
    13 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago