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Category: potpourri

01/30/07 06:30 - 22ºF - ID#37926

Ancestry.com?

Does anyone have a subscription for this? I have a pressing need to find some information, and I have read bad things about being able to cancel their "free trial."
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Category: food

12/18/06 07:32 - 38ºF - ID#25024

Kara's Ridiculously Easy Rainbow Salad

For various reasons, I need to increase the amount of healthy veggies in my diet. This weekend we had deli-style broccoli salad from a grocery store, and I did my best to recreate it tonight. I don't even like broccoli that much, and I ate a ton of this salad.
Ingredients
2 heads of broccoli, chopped (green!)
1/2 red onion, finely diced (purple!)
1 large carrot, shredded or finely chopped (or, do what I did and use a veggie peeler to make short, small strips) (orange!)
handful of baco bits (can also use a few strips of real bacon, cooked crispy, dried and crumbled) (red!)
handful of raisins, I used golden raisins because they're prettier (and yellow)
3/4 cup of vegannaise (or mayo) - you may need more depending on how many veggies you've used
splash of apple cider vinegar - 2-3 tbsp.
2-3 tbsp brown sugar
Whisk together mayo, vinegar and sugar. It should be thick, but thin enough to pour easily.
Assemble veggies/raisins/bits in large bowl, pour mayo mixture over and mix together very well
Chill in fridge for an hour before serving.
My better half doesn't like baco bits; otherwise, I think this would have been a major success at dinner tonight.

Rainbow Salad sounds a lot better than Broccoli Salad.
I had a request for vegan recipes awhile ago - (e:matthew), this one's for you!
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Category: food

12/06/06 09:12 - 36ºF - ID#25023

Dog Treats

(e:jenks) says she'll find a dog treat recipe that uses canned pumpkin, and until then I'm posting this other (relatively simple) one that I found somewhere online:

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup skim milk powder
1 tablespoon (or 1 package) dry yeast
3 1/2 cups lukewarm chicken or meat broth

Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm chicken or meat broth. The richer this broth is, the better your dog will like the biscuits. Let yeast broth mixture set 10 min. Then stir in flour mixture. Roll resulting dough out 1/4" thick. Cut dog biscuit shapes from dough. Brush biscuits with egg wash. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 300* for 45 min. Then turn off oven and leave in overnight to finish hardening. Makes 60 medium-sized biscuits.

I have a dog biscuit shaped cookie cutter all ready to go.

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Category: omg

12/05/06 09:30 - 20ºF - ID#25022

Rachael Sings?

I love Rachael Ray - her shows, her recipes, and her whole quirky style.
Her album? Her CHRISTMAS SINGING ALBUM? That's just wrong.

Who wants to share their holiday cookie recipes? I'm making my Kara Kanes again, and probably a selection of chocolate covered treats, boiled cookies, and bone-shaped dog biscuits for the puppies in my life.
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Category: potpourri

11/27/06 08:11- ID#25021

Holiday ideas

I'm doing cheap, yet classy and crafty, gifts for the holidays this year, and am stumped on just a few VIPs on my list. Anyone have any ideas for what to buy, make, or steal for the following people?
- 55+ish male, works in psychology/social science/education, loves to read
- 25ish female, also works in the psychology field, lives in a much warmer climate than WNY
- late 20s professional couple
- my grandma & grandpa, who are awesome, but their Christmas wishlist is generally just "we want all you kids to be happy, don't buy anything."

I love (e:jenks) ' Heifer international idea, but I don't think any of the above would fully appreciate it.

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