Random Food Recipe Thread

  • #121
Perfect eggplant recipe
This recipe was given to me by my grandfather. My fiance brought home 2 eggplants the other week and i.had no idea on how to cook them. Definitly the best eggplant ive ever had.

Carefully wash and peel 1 egg plant per person. Those spikes do sting.
slice into 1cm thick pieces and brush with olive oil salt and pepper.

Throw eggplant in bin and get steaks out of fridge and cook them on the bbq.
  • #122
Perfect eggplant recipe
This recipe was given to me by my grandfather. My fiance brought home 2 eggplants the other week and i.had no idea on how to cook them. Definitly the best eggplant ive ever had.

Carefully wash and peel 1 egg plant per person. Those spikes do sting.
slice into 1cm thick pieces and brush with olive oil salt and pepper.

Throw eggplant in bin and get steaks out of fridge and cook them on the bbq.

Is it necessary to peel it before tossing it?
  • #123
yep it sure is after you spike yourself with the eggplant a dozen times you will never alow one in your house again.
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  • #124
yep it sure is after you spike yourself with the eggplant a dozen times you will never alow one in your house again.

I have never had eggplant with anything that could be considered a spike. I've had zucchinI needles jam into my fingers, but not eggplant. I typically serve it with the skin on.
After a moment of research, I have discovered that the spikes are on the leaves, and where I get my eggplant, all of the leaves are removed. Hence, I've never been hurt by an eggplant.
  • #125
My favorite cupcake is actually savory and not sweet. I may make some this weekend and would be able to post a photo.

It is made using bisquick mix because I'm not much of a flour, baking soda, etc. kinda girl.

I blend the milk and bisquick (the biscuit recipe on the box) together with garlic powder, diced roasted red peppers (get the jarred peppers because they come in this wonderfully funky oil and you want that flavor) and shredded cheddar cheese (or any flavor shredded) in a bowl.

You then sautee diced smoked 4-cheese sausage and diced vidalia onions and mix that in with the other ingredients.

This is a thicker batter. I use an ice cream scoop and drop by scoops into cupcake holders in a cupcake pan. If you don't care about uniformity, you could also just spray Pam on the pan and drop the scoops directly in. Sprinkle a little kosher salt on the top of each muffin.

Bake at 450 for about 9-11 minutes. Do the toothpick test to check doneness.

Put the pan aside to cool and drop a pat of butter on top of each muffin to melt down and give you all that buttery goodness.

You can eat these either hot or room temp. They're great either way but they are much more decadent when hot.

P.S. I don't measure ingredients for something like this. Just eyeball it. I would say give it your best shot, based on your personal preferences and you'll probabyl still love it!
  • #126

2 T oil
2 T flour
2 T chilI powder
2 c water
3 oz. tomato paste (I used ketchup and it worked okay)
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 t cayenne pepper (I didn't have any so just added some more chilI powder)
3/4 t salt

Mix oil, flour, and chilI powder together over low heat until simmering. Add remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling, stirring often. Cook to desired thickness.

I used hamburger and mashed black beans, cooked like you would for tacos. Using soft tortilla shells, fill shells with 2-3 tablespoons of meat. Roll up and place seam-side-down in a casserole dish. Continue until you fill the dish/run out of ingredients. Pour sauce over tacos in pan, cover and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until bubbly. Sprinkle shredded cheese over enchiladas after baking. You can also put cheese in with the meat (like a taco) or use the cheddar/nacho cheese soup and pour it on when you put the sauce on. Very nummy and very spicy! At least they were for me! You don't have to make the meat like for tacos, that's just what I did. Probably wouldn't be quite as hot with just plain meat but 'the boy' didn't want enchiladas so I just made him a couple of tacos with the meat before I put the sauce on

Taco seasoning recipe if you need it:

1 T chilI powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t oregano
1/2 t paprika
1 1/2 t cumin
1 t salt
1 t black pepper (equivalent to 1 packet seasoning mix)
  • #127
Wow I couldn't have picked a worse day to read this thread. I'm skipping lunch!

Sigh. One of my favorite things to do is to sauté random veggies together (usually spinach, zucchini, squash, and finely diced tomatoes) in olive oil, garlic, and just what ever herbs and spices I feel like tossing in, then I boil up some pasta, and toss it all together. Put a little Parm on it and BAM. Hot or cold, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. When I'm feeling fancy I put bacon on it.
  • #128
Delicious MacaronI and Cheese

8 ounces elbow macaroni
5 tablespoons smart balance (or butter or margarine)
5 tablespoons flour
32 ounces milk, warm (110 F)
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 pound ham, cubed (optional)
5 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
5 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
5 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

2. Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 9 x 13" baking dish with cooking spray.

3. In the stockpot, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, then whisk in warm milk a little at a time. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Mix in salt, pepper and cayenne; stir frequently until sauce thickens.

4. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheddar, mozzarella, monterey jack and ham. Combine pasta with sauce and stir well. Pour into baking dish. Bake 45 minutes.

I do a version of this without nearly the precision of instructions, but I substitute fresh jalapeño peppers (seeds removed if too spicy for others, but I like spicy) for the cayenne, and grate some of the cheese on top so the oven phase is mostly to give it a toasted-gooey cheese topping, like lasagna gets.

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY: I am looking for an eggnog recipe for this Christmas. There's plenty online, but I know you guys here well enough that 'ITS DELICIOUS' has some actual impact to it. Hehehe.
  • #129
Apple Pie cookies

Two boxs pie crust(each one should have 2 crusts) or you can make your own, I don't know how too personally.
1can apple pie filling
1 jar caramel sauce (I used homemade caramel sauce, courtesy of my best friend)
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk or water

Take one pie crust, roll it flat. Top with thin layer of caramel sauce.

Take about 1/2 can of pie filling, and dice it up into yummy mush. Take said mush and spread in light layer over top of the caramel sauce.

Take second pie crust and slice it into strips (I didn't measure mine). Take the strips and layer them on top of the carmely, apple mushy, first pie crust. When you layer them on, make them in lattice form, as you would with a traditional pie. (Or you can just lay the whole second crust on tope and cut slits in it )

Whisk egg and milk to make egg wash. Brush light layer over top of crust.

Take a cookie cutter and cut out as many cookies as you can. (I cut the leftovers into squares and baked them too)

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until deliciously browned.

Repeat with second box of pie crust, and other half of apple pie filling.

Sooooooo yummy, I just made it for my first time.


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  • #130
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Good morning,

I made the Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie using the recipe below with the addition of 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract and 2 cups of Chocolate Chips. Delicious! I doubled the recipe to make 2 pies. No nuts. The extra cup of Chocolate Chips replaced the nuts.

Notes: Reese's Peanut Butter Chips can be substituted for Chocolate Chips. Yum!

1 9" unbaked pie crust
2 large eggs
1tbs vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup softened butter
2 cups chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips)
(you can substitute 1 cup of nuts for 1 cup of chocolate chips)
Bake at 325 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes.

Sift the flower!



Creamy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes


The Mashed Potatoes were delicious. I also found the recipe on line, linked below. These are made 1 day in advance:

Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes


  • 3 pounds potatoes (about 9 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 6 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped


  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain.
  • Drain potatoes; return to pan. Mash potatoes, gradually adding cream cheese, sour cream and butter. Stir in milk and seasonings. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with cheese, green onions and bacon. Refrigerate, covered, up to 1 day.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove potatoes from refrigerator and let stand while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, 40-50 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p31

  • #131
Garlic Cheese Grits With Shrimp

1 cup uncooked grits
2 cans chicken broth
6 oz whipped cream cheese
pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt

2 tbl butter
2 tbl olive oil
2 tbl minced garlic
1 can Hunt's diced tomato (garlic basil oregano)
1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (I use frozen raw shrimp, thawed)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbl parsley
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
salt to taste

Put 2 cans chicken broth and enough water to equal 5 cups total liquid into pot. Bring to rapid boil. Slowly stir in grits, garlic powder and salt. Immediately reduce heat to low, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. At about the 20 minute mark, stir in the whipped cream cheese to blend well (it will continue to melt into the grits). After 25 minutes or so, when mixture is thickening, take off heat, leaving cover on to keep warm.

In skillet, add olive oil and butter at medium high heat. Stir in tomato and garlic and sautee for 1-2 minutes until soft. Add your shrimp, turning frequently until cooked through and pink, approximately 6-8 minutes. Add parsley, salt and lemon. Stir for about 1 minute.

Spoon grits onto middle of dinner plate and spoon shrimp mixture and sauce on top.

  • #132
Suicidal Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cake: (you'll make the cupcakes out of the cake)

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix sugar, flour and cocoa.

Melt butter with water and oil; bring to boil. Remove from heat and add all the dry ingredients; mix very well.

Now add the egg, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla extract; mix really well.

Pour batter into a 10-inch x 15-inch cake pan. Bake approximately 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool.

Cut 16 round pieces using a ring mold. Put them into the fridge.

Next, make the chocolate mousse.

11 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (recommend Ghirardelli)
3 ounces melted butter, unsalted
4 eggs, separated
1 cup whipping cream

Melt chocolate and butter together, then add in egg yolks; Put in fridge while you make the second part.

Grab another bowl, mix whipping cream and egg whites together, then grab the chilled chocolate mixture and mix all this together. Put back into the fridge until it cools completely before spreading onto the cupcakes.
  • #134
Good morning,

Some really good recipes throughout this thread. Please feel free to add your own recipes of your favorite dish.



Thread opened for your favorite recipes if you care to share!




Feel free to add your favorite recipes of your favorite Holiday treats and other recipes if you like!


  • #135
Wow, came across this thread while fixing some broken s. Re-opening this thread. Lots of good food recipes in here!

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