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  1. #61
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    I'm going to try it - and I'll let you know how it turns out.

  2. #62
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    Default Dana's Sugar Cookies

    To make one dozen cookies:

    Cookie Dough Ingredients
    • 1/4c unsalted butter
    • 2c flour
    • 1/2c vegetable shortening
    • 1c sugar
    • 3/4tsp salt
    • 1tsp vanilla
    • 2tsp baking soda
    • 1 egg

    1. Melt vegetable shortening and butter atop stove.
    2. Put it in a large mixing bowl and in the freezer for about fifteen minutes (until becomes thick and relatively stiff).
    3. Take the mixing bowl out of freezer and add egg, vanilla and sugar. Blend until smooth.
    4. In a separate bowl, sift flour and blend with baking soda and salt.
    5. Blend flour mixture into the wet ingredients slowly, as not too add too much (very easy mistake to make).
    6. Roll cookie dough out with rolling pin. Use a drinking glass as a cookie cutter.
    7. Flip cookie cut-outs onto a plate of sugar, as to get a coat of sugar onto each side.
    8. Put the cookies on a pan, at least 2 inches apart.
    9. Put near top of oven at 375 degrees.
    10. Take them out when they have risen and begin to fall.
    If you want to ice your cookies, there are decorative icing recipes on the internet.

  3. #63
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    Dec 2007


    Hey Sugar Cookie,
    That's interesting. I've never heated, blended, and solidified the fat side of cookies, or any dish for that matter, before. Have you found an advantage to the use of this method?

  4. #64
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    Well sugar cookies are different than regular cookies.. They are a lot thicker. I've always melted the butter and vegetable oil for them, but I never ever ever melt the butter for regular (chocolate chip) cookies.

  5. #65
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    Apr 2007


    Oh.. how could I forget.

    I always make my sugar cookies with lemon frosting... Make the frosting w/ powdered sugar, salt, milk, vanilla, lemon extract, and yellow food coloring.

    I will put up the amounts later, if necessary, but it's pretty easy to make frosting.

  6. #66


    Some recipes here I want to try making! Shimpei's dishes look amazing

    Something I've been playing around with for a year now, mostly because of its simplicity, taste and flexibility*:

    Four-cheese Spicy Vegetable Pasta:

    -Two jars of four-cheese alfredo sauce
    -Two small cans of black olives, already sliced (makes your life easier)
    -One large red bell pepper
    -One large green bell pepper
    -Fresh Rosemary sprigs (at least 6 sprigs)
    -Fresh Chives (a generous handful will do)
    -One large tomato
    -A head of Broccoli
    -Dried Parsley
    -One box of farafelle shells -bowties (it really doesn't matter what shell pasta you use, but this one has proven the best for collecting the flavors)


    1. Add to the water four-five tablespoons of paprika and salt.
    2. When the water comes to a boil, add the shells of your choice.
    3. While the shells are boiling (let them cook for at least 10 minutes), begin cutting vegetables and opening the cans of olives
    4. Pour sauces into a separate pan, low heat.
    5. Add paprika to the sauce, as much as you want. (I usually put at least one and a half teaspoons to get a real kick which won't kill my tongue once you add the vegetables etc)
    6. Add the chopped up vegetables and such to the sauce once it has started to heat up a little. Turn up the heat and let it come to a short boil, then turn down the heat to medium and let the vegetables cook for less than 10 minutes.
    7. Drain the shells thoroughly. Add them to the sauce mixture once the sauce and vegetables are completely cooked.
    8. Add dried parsley to the pasta dish as generously as you want. It looks pretty and tastes good!
    9. Serves at least 6 hungry folks

    *Flexible because if you do not have one of these vegetables, don't fret, there are other substitutes which will do; the absence of one thing will not sacrifice the overall texture of the dish.
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  7. #67


    That pasta sounds delicious! And there are just enough vegetables to make you think you're eating something healthy despite all the Alfredo sauce
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  8. #68
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    Apr 2007


    OMG it's Phil O'Nightmare, my favorite Scottish goth!

    I may make that pasta tonight. I think I have everything here that I would need, except for the sauce.
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    -anonymous graffiti in the basilica at Pompeii

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    We're having dinner guests over Sat night and I want to make something yummy! Any suggestions?
    Time is a delicate mistress.

  10. #70
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    Apr 2007


    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    We're having dinner guests over Sat night and I want to make something yummy! Any suggestions?
    How adventurous are they and you...

    If not : I suggest a venison and red pepper stew (think I posted the recipe somewhere) - it's easy and nice and warming for guests. It can be made ahead, left to simmer for the day and best gravy everrrrr! Good with a baked potato or sweet potato.

    If they are... world is your oyster... how about something like a thai curry made ahead as well, and then just rice boiled for when the guest are ready to eat..?

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