What is your favorite dish....?

cajunrosegal(10 south florida)July 7, 2006

Everyone in the world has a favorite food that either grandma cooks or a favorite recipe that they cook. Mine was my grandmothers food period but my absolute favorite was her oyster dressing. Id fight for that on thanksgiving!

1 12 oz container of oysters

1/2 tsp sage

1 tsp salt

3 tbs butter

1 cup water

Bag of bread stuffing or your own fresh bread stuffing mix

Save the liquer off of the Oysters and add that to the 1 cup of water. Mix the butter bread and season to taste bake in oven in a pyrex dish till golden brown.



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Sounds Great! I want to try this for Thanksgiving. I have too many favorites to list them. But high among them is Peking Duck.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 3:05AM
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ginni77(z 5)

Ever since I saw this thread, I've been trying to think of my favorite. It's a daunting task, I have so many. I think one of my most favorite things is a good old thick juicy hamburger! Let me lay it out for you....first the burger has to fit the bun, be grilled all the way thru and just the tiniest bit dark on the outside . We use Hawiian buns and they're huge! Then it has to have a nice thick whole slice of Vidalia onion on it that's as big as the hamburger, then it's a thin layer of Maytag Bleu cheese on the underside of the top of the bun. A few grinds of fresh black pepper and that's all it needs!

Geez, now I'm hungry and it's the middle of the night! I think I better just go back to bed!


    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 3:22AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Ginni, I am drooling on the library's keyboard (hope nobody sees me) but I am with you on this one, and I will have one for lunch, which will probably be earlier than usual...

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 9:48AM
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Fresh cheese (not frozen) cheese ravioli dressed only with margarine and panfried cheese encrusted pecans.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 9:53AM
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I love most foods and I have been thinking about my most favorite dish. I have thought long and hard about this.

I think my most favorite dish is anything with shrimp in it. The bestest in MY opinion is shrimp scampi over a nest of pasta(or rice will do in a pinch!). LOTS of garlic and REAL butter. I also put huge shrimp on a shish kabob thingy, grill them and keep mopping them with a mixture of melted butter, lots of garlic and a dash of lime juice.

I might have another favorite dish later on. If I keep thinking about it I just know I will.

Hum.....Angela.....you haven't heard of my Orange Pound cake yet have you???? It is to just die for!!! The recipe is somewhere floating around...I'll have to hunt it down.

deb :o))

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 9:54AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Well, you have gone and done it, Deb, shrimp does it for me too; I use garlic and olive oil and cook it with brocolli spears and mushrooms. I guess this would be my favorite for dinner with the burger for lunch! Oh, now I am drooling more than ever!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 10:03AM
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Yes, that burger would be excellant for lunch wouldn't it!!! I love to make those stuffed hamburger patties, stuffed with provolone cheese, sliced mushrooms and thin red onion. The patty has to fit the bun and usually it is an onion bun. Fantastic!!!


    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 10:07AM
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rose_lady(9 b)

I have so many! I love to cook when I am being creative. I hate everyday mundane cooking. I love a good bbq burger. I also love shrimp. My favorite is mexican food which I have been trying a new recipe every week. I finally got the tamale's down. Now I just need to make a ton of them and freeze some.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 12:42PM
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Patty, I LOVE mexican food!!!

What are some of the recipes you have made. And how hard was it to make Tamales???? How did you do it???? That's one mexican food I am very intimadated by. I can make some really excellant Chili Relleno's!!! ooooh, and mexican rice! How do you make your mexican rice.....sorry for so many questions!

Deb :o))

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 12:57PM
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ginni77(z 5)

Oh yeah...in my middle-of-the-night stupor I forgot about the butter sauteed mushrooms over the burger I described!

Joe, what kind of cheese do you use for your ravioli? My son makes dynamite homemade ravioli with fresh riccota cheese, freshly grated parmesan and romano thinned with just a touch of fresh cream and he serves it with fresh basil lightly sauteed in butter. He even makes the pasta. I'd love to know how you make the pecans! That sounds delish!

You guys are really making me hungry! We've been out in the garden and haven't even had breakfast yet (well the kids had cheerios and juice) and I think it's 1pm!! Geez, now I am hungry!!

Ginni drooling and off to find lunch!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 2:08PM
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ginni77(z 5)

Ooooo you know what I made for lunch? Pico de gallo! It's one of our favorite summer light lunches. Here's how we do it:

Chop the following...
3 medium tomatoes
1/2 large vidalia onion
1/2 large jalapeno
a handful of fresh cilantro
Toss together with the juice from one lime (or if you use reconstitued lime juice, a squirt or two will do it) and a couple grinds of sea salt. We eat it with Tostitos White Corn chips with a "hint of lime".

It's funny to watch the my grandkids...DGS doesn't like onion or cilantro so he picks out the tomatoes and eats them on his chips. Oldest DGD loves the onions and eats mostly them with her chips. Youngest DGD just loves the chips. It all works out!


P.S. The kids also had hot dogs and mac/cheese.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 3:40PM
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Deb, please post the recipe for the Orange Pound Cake!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 5:06PM
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Ay, Ginni! Pico de Gallo! Yummmmm! Love it on a fajita taco. Tortilla de masa, fajitas and pico de gallo. You gotta try it!

And you can add the PdG to a can of pinto beans and simmer for a bit. Really good.

My favorite dish has to be my mom's chicken mole. Doña María mole, peanut butter, and chicken. Cook the chicken in the mole sauce until the chicken practically falls off the bone. Serve it with mexican rice and pinto beans and corn tortillas. And don't forget to smother the rice with the mole sauce. Heaven. Sheer Heaven!

To be closely followed by my mom's pancake batter fried chicken and my grandma's tamales (which I still can't make like hers, darnit!).


    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 8:14PM
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ginni77(z 5)

I'm so glad we just got done eating dinner!! Otherwise I'd be getting out the good ol' Doña María mole! It's a staple in my kitchen!!! I'm the only one around here that likes it, but mole is one of my fave Mex foods! I make chicken mole to take to parties because I have a lot of friends and one sister who love it!

LOL I can relate to the tamales! I tried to make them one time and they were good, but just not...well just not THERE, if you know what I mean. I buy them at Chrismas time from a lady who drives a bus where I do, her SIL makes a mean tamale.

I have to try your tortilla de masa, fajitas y pico de gallo...sounds like heaven on a plate!


    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 9:45PM
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ohhh Ginni, that burger sounds so good!! I do them with swiss cheese and the buttered mushrooms, but bleu cheese is my favorite cheese, I've got to try that.


    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 10:29PM
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This is a hard one because I like to eat, I like Thai food and Sushi/Sashimi.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 3:23PM
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I love good crab cakes Maryland style I don't make them but I love to eat them and wow they are expensive

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 8:13PM
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New York strip steak (the big ones that you find at Amish markets) grilled medium and topped with a red wine reduction.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 7:33AM
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Labrea the reason Maryland crab cakes are so expensive is because the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab is nearly extinct. This now rare crab was once so plentiful that my father told me stories of how he used to go crab hunting with his brothers. All they would do is tickle the surface of the dark shallow waters and the crabs would come up to look. Easy plucking he said. Really is a shame too because the blue crab has the sweetest meat of any crab I've tasted to date. BTW, what is killing them more than over fishing is the polution runoff coming from the large coastal farms as well as from Maryland and Virginia cities. The waste produced by sheer human numbers is the real cause.

Of course you can make crab cakes Maryland STYLE using other kinds of crab meat but they aren't real Maryland Crab Cakes. The blue crab is what gives the dish its distinctive taste.

Maryland STYLE crab cakes are really simple to make. Use only jumbo lump crab meat seasoned with Old Bay, Salt and Pepper (to freshen the flavor I also add some finely chopped flat leaf parsely). Shape into patties then lightly bread on the outside with a cornmeal/flour mix. NO bread crumb fillers! That will ruine the delicate flavor of the crab. If you need a binder use either water or a tiny bit of mayonase. Fry cakes until golden brown in an iron skillet under medium-high heat using butter instead of oil. You got to be careful with the heat. Too low and it won't brown the cakes. Too high and the butter will burn. A little safflower oil will stablize the butter but IMHO that is cheating. Carefully remove cakes to a paper towel lined plate to drain. I like to serve them with lemon wedges but traditionally the cakes are eaten as is. Properly cooked they should fall apart when pressed with a fork.

Bon Appetite!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 11:17AM
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ginni77(z 5)

OMG Patrick, that sounds wonderful. Living in Illinois, we can't get fresh crabs here. When I buy canned crabmeat, it's just not that good. I don't know that I trust the shipped in "fresh" stuff.

I saw on one of the food network channels the other day Bobby Flay was grilling soft-shell crabs. How in the world does one eat those???


    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 1:13PM
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iowa_jade(C 5b H 6)

Is a favorite dish something one could eat every day or something that is so good it just sticks in a sacred place in your memory.

Everyday; tomatoes, corn, potatoes, rice, beans and oatmeal.

For the other:

Here is a link that might be useful: MENUDO

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 1:32PM
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ginni77(z 5)

Doug, you like menudo?? I just read that recipe and it has too many body part in it for me (calf feet, pigs feet, garlic heads! haha) Aw, I'd probably try it, but I wouldn't order it when I go in for Mexican food and I'm sure not going to make it myself. I tend to stay away from the menudo, lengua, chicharrones and other 'unusual' parts...er...I mean delicacies. But I do love Mexican food!!!


    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 2:09PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Some enablers are always enablers, no matter what the subject area. Harry is already somewhat portly, so could you guys/gals cut it out.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 2:20PM
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Patrick's Texas strip steaks

You will need:

Two large New York strip steaks (the bigger the better)
Fresh cilantro
3 Limes
McIlhenney Chipotle Pepper Tabasco sauce
Salt and Pepper
1 stick of kerrygold Irish butter

Blue corn chips
Greek salsa (equal parts chopped grape tomatos, kalamata olives, and red onion; mixed with a little fresh oregano)
Sour cream

Your favorite bottled beer, ice cold

Fire up a charcoal or smoked wood grill (don't even think about doing this with gas). Finely mill (chop up) the cilantro. Unwrap the steaks and massage the meat with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and some of the cilantro. In a heat proof glass measuring cup melt the Irish butter in the microwave (about 1-2 minutes on high; keep an eye on it). To the melted butter add the rest of the cilantro, several drops of the chipotle sauce and the juice of two limes. Stir until blended. Take the steaks out to the grill and slap them on. Cook on each side 5-7 minutes. While cooking brush the steaks with the butter/herb/pepper/lime mixture. Remove steaks to plate and let rest for 10 minutes. Serve with lime wedges and blue corn chips on the side topped by sour cream, salsa, and guac. Don't forget the ice cold beer to quench that fire in your mouth.


    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 4:52PM
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Doug, you would love living down here if you like menudo! Rumor has that my grandma makes the best ever.

Personally, I have never even been able to put a bite in my mouth. And it has the most gawdawful smell when it is cooking. Stomach-turning, I swear! Not even the chili powder helps cover it up. That's why my mom would make it so seldom, my brothers and I would gag as soon as the "aroma" began to waft through the house.

Ginni, you are a braver girl than I! I think I will die happy if I never have to taste menudo, LOL! And that goes for lengua (tongue), cabeza (head), sesos (brains), etc... :-)

On the up side, they say menudo is a sure cure for "la cruda", or a hangover. You'll just have to take my word on that one, since I don't have first-hand experience but have been told by reliable sources, LOL!


    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 11:20PM
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Am I the only one hungry tonight?

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 9:08PM
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No Patrick...I am now, reading this again...lol


    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 11:43PM
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favorite dish - I guess we aren't talking about desserts, right? OK, given a choice... roast chicken... or steak... or prime rib... crab or shrimp... lasagna... usually my favorite is anything that I don't have to cook myself!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 8:32AM
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iowa_jade(C 5b H 6)

I enjoyed reading this again.


You are SO bad!

My tofu burger I had last night, even with a thick slice of vidalia onion and fresh tomatoes, sounds somewhat mundane.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 12:03PM
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T-O-F-U?! Oh dear that is simply tragic.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 4:10PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

Crawfish etoufee.
Chicken andouille gumbo.
Musaman curry (tonight's was with venison)
Panang chicken curry.
Filet of beef.
Roast chicken.

Leftovers of the above.

And as a side dish, hardly ever make it because of DH's hatred of cooked cabbage: from the Junior League cookbook of New Orleans. Baked cabbage with white cream sauce and just the right amount of freshly grated nutmeg.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2007 at 7:19PM
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Wow, you all made me hungry. It's all good!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2007 at 10:39PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Ice Cream. More than anything else, just Ice Cream.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 7:34PM
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pete41(9ab FL.)

Hey,tofu in Phat Tai[sp.] is good eating.We just don't know how to use it.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 7:58PM
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iowa_jade(C 5b H 6)

I had to run out and get a package of pickled mustard greens to lightly drain and dice, package of frozen Fordhook lima beans defrosted and semi firm tofu diced, stirfried with a tablespoon of garlic chili paste.

Better than tofu burgers, but not as convenient. Boy, I hate to admit I eat such convenience foods. Bummer!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 11:41AM
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anyone have a recipe for the old fashioned baked mac and cheese they made in the school cafeterias in the 50's?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 7:02PM
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cajunrosegal(10 south florida)

Wow did this get dug up lol now IM HUNGRY!!
rainbabe66 go to www.allrecipies.com you should be able to find it there.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2009 at 3:57PM
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