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Weekly Cooking Thread ~ February 26, 2011
FreeRepublic Cooks | February 26, 2011 | libertarian27

Posted on 02/26/2011 6:54:03 AM PST by libertarian27

Welcome to the 12th installment of the FR Weekly Cooking Thread.

Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great?

Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or two for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' recipe stack of Family favorites?

Here's the place to share and explore your next favorite recipe.


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To: Gabz
Oh, while I'm thinking of it. Pay attention to your ingredient lists. There is something new out there that is worse for you than the trans fats. Yes worse. They are using it in place of trans fats. It is called Interesterified. If you see that avoid it like the plague

Interesterified fats are not trans fats. However, they were developed to take the place of trans-fats in commercially produced baked goods and snack foods. Interesterified fats have been chemically or enzymatically altered to improve their texture or nutritional profile. They're produced by combining stearic acid, found in chocolate and considered a relatively safe saturated fat, with vegetable oils containing unsaturated fat.

We really don't know much about these new fats yet, and their short and long term consequence on health have not been well researched. However, a study published in the January 15, 2007, issue of Nutrition Metabolism found that interesterified fats and trans fats had similar, negative effects. Both increased total cholesterol, raised "bad" LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and lowered "good" HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Another negative: the interesterified fat also raised fasting blood glucose by almost 20 percent. Because the study was small - only 30 individuals participated - the American Heart Association took the position that the "safety profile of interesterified oils and shortenings isn't as well understood as that of natural fats and oils" and that more research is needed. Since this is an unsettled issue and because there's some reason to believe that these fats may have negative health effects, I would recommend staying away from products containing interesterified fats until we know more.

Why can't these corporations just provide healthy foods instead of wasting their money trying to create new ways to kill us.

101 posted on 02/26/2011 10:47:23 AM PST by Netizen
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To: All
If you all have never heard of or tried this, You really must.
It is awesome on a hot summer day at a BBQ.
Chill in the fridge before serving~ Pig Pickin' Cake


102 posted on 02/26/2011 10:47:53 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Trillian
Mmmmm.......that sounds yummy. If you like mint----here's a good recipe.

Mint Cookie Candies / makes 48 cookies
Delicious Christmassy confections; nice addition to cookie platters.

START Micro-melt 12 oz coarse-chp white chocolate (candy coating), 4 tsp shortening, stir smooth. Stir in 1/4 tsp green food color. Pour white chocolate evenly into 48 miniature muffin-cup paper or foil liners.

FINISH Sprinkle w/ crumbled mint-flavored creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (mint Oreos), then melted Andes mint candies. Let set.

ANDES MINT TOPPING Micro-melt 2-4 2/3 oz pkg Andes mint candies, 2 tsp shortening; stir smooth.

103 posted on 02/26/2011 10:49:21 AM PST by Liz (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: mylife

I’m not too big into seafood and can’t say that I have ever tried lamb. I might try the lemon basil on salmon though.


104 posted on 02/26/2011 10:49:42 AM PST by Netizen
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To: mylife

Any suggestions for a half container of ricotta? I’ve read to add cocoa powder and eat it like that. ??


105 posted on 02/26/2011 10:52:08 AM PST by Netizen
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To: libertarian27

My mother grew up in abject poverty - no shoes, trapping rabbits, harvesting wild ramps in the woods so she knew how to stretch a dollar when we were kids. Rivvels are Pennsylvania Dutch in origin, as was her family.

Egg Rivvels with Tomatoes

One 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes with juice
One teaspoon sugar
Dash of black pepper to taste
Bring tomato mixture to a boil, simmer five minutes
and have on low boil when adding rivvels.

Rivvels:
One cup flour
two eggs
Mix up with a fork, then add small bits by fingers to boiling tomatoes and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Makes a good side dish or decent lunch and is very cheap.


106 posted on 02/26/2011 10:58:30 AM PST by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a pit bull.)
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To: libertarian27

Put the vanilla wafers in the bottom of cupcake papers and make cheesecake batter and pour on top of the wafers and make cheesecake cupcakes. I have a recipe for this. I want to try it sometime.


107 posted on 02/26/2011 11:03:13 AM PST by Netizen
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To: libertarian27
Cheese Cake Tarts

2 8oz cream cheese softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
30 foil cups
30 vanilla wafers
1 - 2 cans comstock Cherry (or Blueberry)

On a cookie sheet (w/sides) separate the foil cups (don't use the paper ones) add one vanilla wafer to each of  the foil cups and set aside.
 
Mix first 5 ingredients until smooth. Add mixture to a big ziploc bag. Cut small hole in corner of ziploc and squeeze mixture into cups. bake at 350 for 20 minutes let cool. add 3 cherries with some of the glaze. 


108 posted on 02/26/2011 11:06:09 AM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen
Sophia Loren's Ricotta Condita

This simple dressed ricotta recipe is adapted from Sophia Loren's cookbook ‘In Cucina Con Amore.’ She mentions Peter Seller’s loved it.

Loren mixed 500g Ricotta cheese, 4 tbsp sugar, 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, then served it with a splash of brandy. Use your own quantities.

You can also dress ricotta with:

Chocolate chips. chopped candid fruit and citrus zest.

Or sugar, ground coffee and whiskey.

Or use a little runny honey, cinnamon and a splash of herbal or fruit liqueur. Serve with a chopped fruit salad.

109 posted on 02/26/2011 11:09:55 AM PST by Liz (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: Netizen
Sophia Loren's Ricotta Condita

This simple dressed ricotta recipe is adapted from Sophia Loren's cookbook ‘In Cucina Con Amore.’ She mentions Peter Seller’s loved it.

Loren mixed 500g Ricotta cheese, 4 tbsp sugar, 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, then served it with a splash of brandy. Use your own quantities.

You can also dress ricotta with:

Chocolate chips. chopped candid fruit and citrus zest.

Or sugar, ground coffee and whiskey.

Or use a little runny honey, cinnamon and a splash of herbal or fruit liqueur. Serve with a chopped fruit salad.

110 posted on 02/26/2011 11:11:52 AM PST by Liz (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: Netizen

I haven’t tried this but it looks interesting
(check out the comments there too)

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/ricotta-pancakes-recipe/index.html

Now, if I ever had a partial container of ricotta...lol


111 posted on 02/26/2011 11:14:01 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: mylife

We call that Poke cake.

I don’t do boxed mixes or pre made frostings anymore because of the hydrogenated oils/trans fats. Same with Cool Whip Free and other frozen toppings. Use the cans. Shortenings, too. I checked online as some shortenings claim to be trans fat free, but they aren’t. They still contain transfats, just in small amounts. most people think, that little bit won’t hurt, but that little bit adds up very quickly. Figure a pice of boxed cake with premade frosting and you defintely hve trans fats. I rally wish they had to list the trans fats by volume. If people could see that the package as a whole contains 20 trans fats, they would realize that they really are still getting trans fats.


112 posted on 02/26/2011 11:15:24 AM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen

Those cheese cake tarts sound really good (pot luck definite) but what do you bet 30 nilla wafers are the amount in an original ounce weight of box cookies and I’ll be FORCED to buy another smaller-ounce box!

It’s a conspiracy! LOL


113 posted on 02/26/2011 11:19:04 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Liz

Thanks, there’s a couple in there that I might try.


114 posted on 02/26/2011 11:23:10 AM PST by Netizen
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To: libertarian27

LOL Check the side, maybe the box says how many cookies are in it. I know its frustrating when they cut the sizes down. I didn’t have enough cheese for the lasagna. It was still good, but it could have been cheesier. I could have added other cheeses. But that is the point. Is is not a good thing to be in the middle of making something and realize that something got downsized and you are forced to think of how to replace it.


115 posted on 02/26/2011 11:27:32 AM PST by Netizen
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To: Gabz

Homemade lasagna noodles are the best! I especially love making a bolognese sauce and mini meatballs to throw in. Fresh whole milk ricotta, mmm! It’s heaven in a dish.

Have you tried making your own ravioli? The last time I made 5 cheese ravioli my husband and I polished off two casserole dishes full. I baked them in the oven with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. My husband wants me to make pierogis next.


116 posted on 02/26/2011 11:48:01 AM PST by Trillian
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To: Netizen

Requesón- a very soft texture similar to Italian ricotta cheese


117 posted on 02/26/2011 12:13:44 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Netizen

What ever you call it, It is good!


118 posted on 02/26/2011 12:18:46 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: libertarian27
Homemade Velveeta Cheese

1 1/2 lb. grated Cheddar cheese, divided into 3 equal parts
1 1/2 cups almost boiling water, divided into 3 equal parts
1/2 cup plus 1 tbls. instant dry milk, divided into 3 equal parts
1/2 envelope unflavored gelatin (1 1/2 tsp.), divided into 3 equal parts

Line a 8x4x2 loaf pan with plastic wrap or line an empty Velveeta box with foil then plastic wrap to use as the mold.   Put 1/2 cup water, 3 tbls. milk, and 1/2 tsp. gelatin into blender.    Blend until gelatin has dissolved.  Add 1/2 lb. Cheddar cheese.  Blend until blended.  Pour into loaf pan.  Repeat same procedure two more times.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight before unmolding     Makes 2 lbs.

The reason I kept this recipe is that I want to try it with other cheeses. Like monteray jack.

119 posted on 02/26/2011 12:23:37 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen

That is very similar to this recipe. I have made it many times, with various fruit toppings. It is always popular with kids due to the fruit toppings. Of course, the topping can be left off. It was the first recipe that my little girl made when she decided to learn to cook at about 8yo.

Blackberry cheese tarts

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
12 vanilla wafers
1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling or other pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of muffin pan. Beat cream cheese with a handheld electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla, beating well. Add eggs, 1at a time, beating well after each addition. Lay a vanilla wafer, flat side down, in each muffin cup. Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow tarts to cool completely. Serve with blackberry filling on top, or pie filling of your choice.


120 posted on 02/26/2011 12:36:58 PM PST by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: Netizen

I was watching the Food Netwrok a few months ago and they had a feature on Bove’s Italian Restaurant and how they made their lasagna. I seached on the internet and found their site and ordered their lasagna noodles, sauce, and the meatballs they use in the lasagna. Boy.....was it good....


121 posted on 02/26/2011 12:37:22 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: bgill

I think the price of gasoline is forcing grocers to wait longer between restocking. This is my guess any way. we are seeing the same here in houston.


122 posted on 02/26/2011 1:22:22 PM PST by willyd (Tree planting is a zero sum game unless you find the seed on the sidewalk ;-))
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To: dainbramaged

Now you have done it!
Mrs Dearolddad is going to be under a lot of pressure to make some of these this Sunday.


123 posted on 02/26/2011 1:59:34 PM PST by dearolddad
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To: libertarian27

Ahh..been sick a couple of days...didn’t get to check in early and missed the start. Please put me on the ping list if you haven’t already!


124 posted on 02/26/2011 2:12:36 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: mylife
toasted the buns

But don't burn the wieners!

That's a rule around this house!

125 posted on 02/26/2011 2:14:59 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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Italian Wedding Soup

Do not use ground chicken, use the real deal.

Make mini meatballs of beef and pork.

Do not use spinach, use escarole

126 posted on 02/26/2011 2:15:34 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: prisoner6

127 posted on 02/26/2011 2:19:05 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: mylife

I grew up with home made egg noodles- literally- just egg and flour- rolled out with a rolling pin, then rolled up like a jelly roll, sliced thin with a sharp butcher knife, and hands swatted with the back of the knife when we tried to swipe a noodle to eat.

They were left on a newspaper on the table to dry then cooked.

I have not made them for years. I think I need to try using my fresh ground wheat flour.


128 posted on 02/26/2011 2:28:58 PM PST by handmade
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Italian wedding soup should be as chicken noodle soup, but with meatballs and escarole.

Orzo or noodles can be used, but spinach makes the broth green


129 posted on 02/26/2011 2:31:38 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: libertarian27

Yum yummy


130 posted on 02/26/2011 2:33:08 PM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: handmade

Thats’s the way we do it!

Roll it up and slice!


131 posted on 02/26/2011 2:34:36 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Gabz

Pretty tough to teach people good homemaking skills unless they have a real big inner drive. Forget the health advantages, or the financial savings- It is another layer of the “poor pitiful me, I am such a victim” mentality. blended with don’t expect me to do anything- certainly not something to help myself or my family.


132 posted on 02/26/2011 2:39:17 PM PST by handmade
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To: prisoner6

You’re added to the Ping List.


133 posted on 02/26/2011 2:41:59 PM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: libertarian27

TY!


134 posted on 02/26/2011 2:46:27 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: All
Artichoke, Shallot Souffle...

Excellent, but I use Romano

135 posted on 02/26/2011 2:49:06 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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The secret of the souffle is chop the **** out of any ingredients.

That and a copper pot to whip the eggs in.

Ham and cheese? Yum Yum


136 posted on 02/26/2011 2:56:55 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: libertarian27
If they start downsizing dry yeast packages - it's all over! lol

ROFLMSS!

I buy it in jars and measure it myself.

137 posted on 02/26/2011 3:50:31 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: mylife
The Mexican markets make excellent mozarella and farm cheeses similar to ricotta and sell them cheap cheap cheap.

Not the Mexican markets around here, and there are plenty of them. They are heavy on packaged goods, phone cards, money wiring and who knows what else because they ALWAYS make the gringos uncomfortable when they enter.

138 posted on 02/26/2011 3:55:55 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: mylife
Gotta rolling pin and a knife? Yer good to go!

You got that right, although I do have an Atlas pasta roller, which I love, especially when I'm making ravioli. But I do love to stick with the rolling pin and knife for lasagna.

139 posted on 02/26/2011 3:59:11 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: willyd

Austin, TX is having another no questions asked guns for groceries fiasco again - “$10 will be given for every replica, air-gun or BB gun, $100 dollars for hand and shot guns and $200 dollars for assault rifles.” The only good deal I see is bringing in junior’s busted up bb gun. Other than that, they could get a better deal in a back alley and still it’d be no questions asked.

http://weareaustin.com/search-fulltext?nxd_id=123976


140 posted on 02/26/2011 4:16:37 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: mylife

Ha, I did the ribs from up the thread and saw the pig cake from another upthread link. We’re having both right now!


141 posted on 02/26/2011 4:18:42 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Netizen
Our store had the canned goods sale.

Lucky dog! Hope you stocked up.

142 posted on 02/26/2011 4:20:19 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Gabz
Bigger is definitely not always better :)

No, it isn't. It also pays to check those unit prices carefully because sometimes they are wrong. Also, make sure the price on the shelf is for the product that sitting on the shelf, grrrr.

143 posted on 02/26/2011 4:23:35 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: bgill

That’s a fine combo


144 posted on 02/26/2011 4:28:25 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Netizen
Northern had not only raised the price of their toilet paper, they also took about 1/4 inch off the width.

TP started downsizing way back in the 80s. The other day I was, uh, hmm, using some and noticed it just wasn't folding right. Yep, it was smaller widthways. Notice how much smaller the rolls are from the holder. Rolls used to fit the rollers nicely but now days they are thinner and shorter. The so called big double rolls are still smaller than what they used to be.

145 posted on 02/26/2011 4:29:07 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Gabz

Hmmm,I dont have that issue.


146 posted on 02/26/2011 4:30:34 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Gabz

Its so simple and easy.


147 posted on 02/26/2011 4:31:22 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Netizen

Oh, also noticed a cake mix box the other day that was shorter than others Pillsbury boxes. The yellow cake mix, store brand, I used today for the upthread pig cake looked a bit skimpy when I poured it into the pan and it took work to get it to cover the bottom. I just looked and some are 18 oz and others are 18.25 oz. I don’t usually buy cake mixes but it looks like they’re starting to short mixes now.

Yeah, my canister set is from the early 70s so the flour and the sugar both are sized for 5 lb bags.


148 posted on 02/26/2011 4:37:25 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Netizen
Why can't these corporations just provide healthy foods instead of wasting their money trying to create new ways to kill us.

Very good question.

149 posted on 02/26/2011 4:37:46 PM PST by listenhillary (Social Justice is the epitome of injustice.)
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To: mylife

I’d never had Vietnamese before but the other day we tried a new restaurant. There wasn’t a vacant table in the place. I order some sort of garlic beef and my friend tried a chicken dish. They brought out huge plates and we laughed about going to need a doggie bag. Ha, we piggies finished it all off. Good stuff, Maynard!


150 posted on 02/26/2011 4:41:13 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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