March 23rd, 2006

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chili mac n cheeze

But first, a couple of questions:
Does anyone know where I can find a replacement hand crank for a Pasta Queen manual pasta maker?
Also, other than webtar 's corn chowder recipe, I didn't see any in the memories. Does anyone have another recipe?

But on with the chili mac:
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1 c macaroni, cooked
cheeze substitute of choice
1 can chili beans
1 8oz can tomato paste
1 16oz can tomatoes, with juice
1/2 sm onion, diced
as much garlic as you love, minced
diced jalapenos if you dare
to taste:
chili powder
black pepper
garlic salt
seasoning salt

Combine chili ingredients and simmer on stovetop or in crockpot for as long as you like. The longer it cooks, I've found, the better the tastes mingle. We love our crockpot so it stayed in there for awhile. Combine everything in a dish and enjoy.

Pita Question?

I made homemade pita bread last night for the first time in years. It tasted great -- but only ONE pita of the 16 made 'puffed' properly during baking (giving it the characteristic 'pocket'), and I don't know what I did differently with it as opposed to all the others. I've had success in the past. What's the secret?

Egg substitute

Any of the following can be substituted for an egg:

one-half of a banana, mashed;

two ounces of mashed potatoes;

two ounces of nut butters;

two ounces of mashed beans;

one-fourth cup of applesauce;

one-fourth cup of pureed fruit;

two ounces of soft tofu blended with some water;

one teaspoon of soy flour mixed with one tablespoon of water;

one tablespoon of flax seeds blended well with three tablespoons of water. (This mixture can also be boiled until it develops the desired consistency). Flax seeds should be stored in the freezer, as they can become rancid at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Another egg substitute is Ener-G Egg Replacer, a commercial egg replacer made of potato starch, tapioca flour, leavening agents (calcium lactate [vegan], calcium carbonate, and citric acid) and a gum derived from cottonseed.

Dandelion Pizza Sandwich

Pick, wash, and soak early greens in salt water to remove bitterness and dirt.
Steam lightly.
Take a can of tomato sauce and doctor it up with generous amounts of salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, and basil. Spoon onto a mini bagel.
Shred mozzarella (soy should be fine or you could do without) over tomato sauce, add steamed greens.
Put bagel slices together and enjoy.


Idea stolen from
On ur island

tofu for sushi rolls?

My friend found her sushi kit and we want to make sushi together tomorrow. I've had vegetarian stuff before, and it had some sort of heavily marinated, very thin strips of tofu in it. It tasted mostly like soy sauce, and was kinda chewy, almost like Tofurky kinda sorta. I don't have any regular tofu, but I do have a box of firm silken I wouldn't mind putting to use. How would I go about preparing it for sushi? What else is good in vegetarian sushi? There's a cucumber and some carrots in my fridge...