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A Few Of FR's Finest....Every Day....08/15/03....Cooking With FReepers - Carlo3b
dansangel; Billie

Posted on 08/15/2003 1:40:23 AM PDT by dansangel

A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in need; and congratulate those deserving. We strive to keep our threads entertaining, fun, and pleasing to look at, and often have guest writers contribute an essay, or a profile of another FReeper.
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~ Billie, dansangel, dutchess, Mama_Bear, Aquamarine ~

Several Finest FReepers have requested a thread whereby they would have the opportunity to exchange favorite recipes. Our motto around here is (among other things), "We Aim To Please." With that said, it is a pleasure to present to you ~

design by Billie
"the other stuff" by dansangel


There are two schools of thought about eating. Many of us "eat to live" - that is, consume food instinctively to sustain life. Then there are others who "live to eat." I definitely fall into the latter category!

Toss some mixed salad greens with a luscious balsamic vinaigrette dressing, add Greek olives and feta cheese and I am sighing with delight. Pour expertly created Italian-style tomato sauce over carefully hand-made pasta and I am quivering with anticipation. Serve (almost) anything covered in decadent chocolate and I am purring like a kitten.

Blame it on my ethnic Italian upbringing, but eating is more of an event than an exercise in survival.


FReeper Carlo3b has graciously agreed to co-host today's thread. For those of you who are not familiar with Carlo, he is a Master Chef and the one behind compiling and publishing "The Clinton Legacy Cookbook" ~ a collection of FReeper recipes traded online in celebration of the Klintoons exiting the White House. Our very own Billie is credited with some of the illustrations used in the book. For those of you interested in owning a copy of this entertaining and useful cooking aid, please send a FReepmail to Carlo3b for details.



Before getting underway with the flurry of recipe exchange, I'd like to start you all out on some favorite recipes of mine~

Baked Stuffed Mushrooms - Italian Style


24 mushrooms (approx. 1 and 1/2 - 2 inches in diameter)
2/3 c shredded provolone cheese
1/4 c seasoned bread crumbs
1 clove garlic
1/4 c chopped onion
3 tbsp chopped green pepper
3 tbsp margarine


~ Wash mushrooms and remove stems from the caps. Chop the stems.
~ Sautee onion, garlic, green pepper and 2 c chopped mushroom stems in margarine until tender.
~ Remove from heat and stir in bread crumbs and cheese.
~ Press mixture into the mushroom caps.
~ Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.

Chicken and Artichokes


2 chicken breasts cut into 2-inch chunks
2 jars marinated artichoke hearts
1 small jar marinated mushrooms
1/2 c seasoned breadcrumbs
1 egg beaten
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp grated parmesean cheese


~ Dip chunks of chicken in egg and then roll in bread crumbs.
~ Heat olive oil in frying pan and lightly fry coated chicken pieces. Set aside.
~ Partially drain artichoke hearts and mushrooms.
~ In a small-medium baking dish, layer chicken pieces on the bottom. Then, layer artichokes and mushrooms. Top with parmesean cheese.
~ Bake at 350 degrees until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Chocolate/Butterscotch "Brownies"


1 and 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
1 can Borden's condensed sweetened milk
1 c Nestle's semi-sweet bits
1 c Nestle's butterscotch bits
1 c coarsely chopped walnuts


~ Mix all ingredients well.
~ Press mixture into a well-greased 9" square pan.
~ Bake @ 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.
~ Cool 45 minutes.
~ Cut into 1 and 1/2 inch squares.

Have fun trading recipes. Above all,

Mangia! :-)


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To: lonestar
((((((lonestar)))))))) and ((((((Weinie)))))))

What....Weinie doesn't like pears?

Have any good recipes for pears that you can share?

Have a blessed FRiday!
21 posted on 08/15/2003 4:42:00 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: The Mayor
Was glad to see VA/DC area escaped the blackout. My daughter and S-I-L just moved up to VA in May. She works in Georgetown - 1 and a half hour commute - and I would have been just frantic about both of them.

I'm sure you're glad as well!
22 posted on 08/15/2003 4:44:07 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: dansangel
Drop Donuts 1) Beat the egg and blend with sugar, add milk, then remaining dry ingredients.
2) Drop by spoonfuls into hot fat (fry daddy or about 4" in a tall kettle will work).
3) Brown, but do make sure that all sides get into the fat (I  use Crisco shortening).
After they brown drain on paper towels and when cool roll in granulated sugar.
Great with Sunday morning breakfast or take with you to eat on your way to work.
Cafe Litche is a great compliment to these Bad Boys
23 posted on 08/15/2003 4:44:34 AM PDT by carlo3b (
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To: JustAmy
Tell hubby that you can add some sweet Italian sausage (minus the casing) to the stuffed mushroom ingredients. I had meant to put that disclaimer in the thread and forgot.

Have a *wonderful* FRiday, ((((((((JustAmy))))))))
24 posted on 08/15/2003 4:46:18 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: The Mayor
The Coffee smells just wonderful, have enough for one more??
25 posted on 08/15/2003 4:46:39 AM PDT by carlo3b (
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To: dansangel
Morning FRiends....Coffee's on

26 posted on 08/15/2003 4:48:45 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action
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To: carlo3b
Yummy! :-)

Are those anything like the N'Orleans "donuts?"

They have a French name that escapes me at the moment (It's *tough* getting old!).
27 posted on 08/15/2003 4:51:00 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: carlo3b
Do you have a good recipe for lemon bars? I'd like to try my hand at them.
28 posted on 08/15/2003 4:51:54 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action
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To: GailA
Thank you Miss ((((((Gail))))))

Hugs and scratchies to ((((((Rocky)))))))

Happy FRiday! :-)
29 posted on 08/15/2003 4:52:02 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: dansangel
I'm toying with the Atkins diet for our new book, soooooo if anyone is interested, I can share a few recipes with ya before they hit the street, so to speak!!
30 posted on 08/15/2003 4:53:04 AM PDT by carlo3b (
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To: carlo3b
Absolutley, there is enough for all, it's a bottomless cup!!
31 posted on 08/15/2003 4:54:40 AM PDT by The Mayor (God uses ordinary people to carry out his extraordinary plan. I am willing Lord, use me!)
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To: carlo3b; .45MAN
Absolutely! .45MAN is toying with the idea of the Atkins diet and you're toying with some recipes....bring them on!

32 posted on 08/15/2003 4:55:54 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: The Mayor
Thank you my friend, but can you keep it warm for a minute, I have to drop off my teenager at his school, just around the corner!!! BRB
33 posted on 08/15/2003 4:58:26 AM PDT by carlo3b (
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To: carlo3b; dansangel; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; Diver Dave; Mr_Mayor; All

My Bro may have the receipe.

34 posted on 08/15/2003 5:00:18 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: JustAmy; ST.LOUIE1
Thank you for the splendid breakfast ((((((Amy)))))) and [[[[[{{{{{(((((Louie_Wolfie_Man)))))}}}}}]]]]]

35 posted on 08/15/2003 5:16:54 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: dansangel
Smooze the Chocolate Mousse
If you haven't tried Dried egg whites, which are great for people who are uncomfortable using raw eggs, were once available only to professional kitchens. Now they can be found in the baking section of most grocery stores.
  1. Melt 4 chocolate candy bars in a double boiler. Cool to room temperature.
2. While chocolate is cooling, whisk dried egg whites and water 2 minutes, until whites are thoroughly dissolved. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat whites 3 minutes, until stiff peaks form; set aside.
3. Mix cocoa with ¼ cup of the cream until smooth. Stir cocoa mixture into chocolate.
4. With an electric mixer, beat remaining 1¼ cups cream with sugar substitute. Set aside 1 cup of whipped cream; fold remaining whipped cream into chocolate mixture.
5. In three additions, fold egg whites into chocolate-cream mixture. Divide among dessert glasses. Pipe reserved whipped cream on top of mousse. With a vegetable peeler, shave thin pieces from frozen chocolate candy bar. Sprinkle over whipped cream.
*carob confections, often found in health-food stores. Although carob powder is lower in fat and naturally sweeter than cocoa powder, fat is added to turn carob powder into candy, so its total fat and calorie counts are usually the same as in chocolate. The difference: The cocoa butter added to chocolate bars is rich in stearic acid (a saturated fat which has been shown not to raise blood cholesterol levels), while any type of fat may be added to carob -- including artery-clogging palm kernel oil and coconut oil.
36 posted on 08/15/2003 5:24:19 AM PDT by carlo3b (
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To: JustAmy
Good morning Amy, breakfast looks too good to turn down.. Thanks
37 posted on 08/15/2003 5:33:12 AM PDT by carlo3b (
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To: kitkat
Kit if you, or anyone else, have any food, ethnic or otherwise, that you have tasted at any restaurant, that you thought was soooo good that you would give anything to get that recipe... TRY ME, I'M READY..LOL
38 posted on 08/15/2003 5:38:42 AM PDT by carlo3b (
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To: carlo3b; Billie; dutchess; FreeTheHostages; Aquamarine; All; MeeknMing; jwfiv; Dubya; lonestar; ...

Anyone have interesting casserole recipes?

39 posted on 08/15/2003 5:44:30 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: dansangel; carlo3b
Recipe ? Hmm ? Okay. Here's my favorite recipe !!

I'm not much of a Galloping Gourmet. I can clean dishes, though ...

40 posted on 08/15/2003 5:46:54 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!:
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