May 2nd, 2005

A pan of burnt brownies

I forgot I had brownies in the oven, and now I have a pan with a rock-hard, craggy wall of brownie cemented to its sides. I managed to remove the middle portion, but there's still a lot left that isn't coming off. Does anyone know how I can get rid of this hard brownie clump? I'm letting the pan soak in the sink now, but that doesn't seem to be doing much good.

Any help appreciated. :)

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How long will a refrigerated, unopened package of veggie bologna stay good? It's at home, so I can't check the sell-by date or brand; I bought it over Easter, I think, but didn't use any.

On a completely unrelated note, for those of you who miss cheesy salsa dips, Athenos hummus, the Spicy Three Pepper variety, is a wonderful vegan replacement. Much healthier too. It's got a good tang to it that will satisfy cheese cravings without weirding out those of us who get suspicious of anything too similar. ^_^

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So, here's the plan..

I want to surprise my mom with a yummy breakfast in bed for Mother's Day. Any ideas? :) I know there are recipes in the FAQ, and I have a big database on my computer, but I'm sure you guys have a lot of creative ideas. So, let's hear 'em!
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I know there are brownie recipes in the memories, but I'm the worst brownie maker EVER so if you could just post yr absolute favorite most tried-and-true recipe that provides for very few slip-ups, I'd be much obliged.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was deprived as a child: I'd never had a peanut butter and banana sandwich until I was 26 years old! I had no idea what I was missing out on! So when I saw this recipe for peanut butter cookies, I thought the only way to go was to replace the applesauce with bananas. The bananas (along with the brown sugar) make the cookies extra caramel-y.

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Cross-posted to cookie_swap.


before making anything with tofu, is it necessary to drain it out with some pressure like i see in a lot of recipes? i was not sure if it was required all of the time or just for certain textures. i have never made tofu before, and i would like to start.

would someone suggest a good tofu recipe for me to make tomorrow? it will be my first time cooking with tofu. i have two packages of firm, good veggies (pea pods, carrots and the like), plenty of spices. should i just do a simple stir fry?

High-altitude pita bread recipe + Zataar recommendations

Q1.I am terrible at baking and living at 7000 ft does not help at all. Any one have a high-alt pita bread recipe they are willing to share. Or naan? Or any flatbread for that matter. I have all the ingredients, a pizza stone and an oven that works.

Q2. I love the Middle Eastern zataar spice mix. I am looking for brand name recommendations so I can order online.