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Just created a new community - lj gourmet

I haven't made one since last year, and I was feeling the absence of such a community on LJ. While there are some recipe communities, many of the posts tend to be of the "add a can of cream of mushroom soup" variety. Not that there's anything wrong with that, hey, comfort food is in, but I was looking for something a little more esoteric. Necessity being the mother of invention, I present the ljgourmet community. I made a real effort to link to other food/recipe LJs in the profile, so it can serve as a one-stop shop for those looking to add new communities of that sort to their Friends lists.

It still needs a bit more work, but it's coming along. :) Why, yes, I am aware that it's very peach. On purpose, even.


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Jan. 16th, 2002 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hey now, don't go slamming the can o' soup dinners! I agree they are creativity free but they take 5 minutes and 1 dish most of the time! I don't think they are so much about comfort as about lack of time. I would love to have the time to make real food from scratch, but instead I have amassed a huge selection of decent recipes that all take less than 30 minutes of my time to put together. Usually because they involve a can of something :) Even that chili has canned beans and tomatoes. My best funeral casserole, a spinach lasagne is only 5 ingredients and no boiling noodles!

The only stuff I cook from scratch now is real comfort food, sweet potato pie, brownies, stuff like that.
Jan. 16th, 2002 11:53 pm (UTC)
Joan, you rule for having a funeral casserole. Thank goodness I am not totally alone in my generation. Okay, technically mine's not a casserole. I try to have cheese wafers on hand in the freezer to bake at a moment's notice, but it's hard to keep them on hand because they have a tendency to get gone. ;) I am not abusing the cream of mushroom soup! It has its place and a good, pragmatic place, at that. As you point out, time is of the essence for a lot of people. That's perfectly legitimate. I'm just in the middle of having gluttonous daydreams about cheese from the French Alps, so ignore me. :) I've also been in the middle of browsing recipes trying to figure out what the hairy heck I'm going to fix for my sis and her bf this weekend.

You make sweet potato pie? Oh, yum. Now, see, I can't bake. Anything with a crust is pretty much anathema. I murder innocent yeast wholly by accident. I admire people who can bake. Terrance makes a crust to die for, as I recall. He laughs at me, but I refuse to think that baking is anything but difficult. Baking requires precision, and for someone who considers most recipes to be mere jumping-off points . . . :)
Jan. 17th, 2002 06:37 am (UTC)
Now that my kroger has a big stack of Cheese straws by the front door I have given up on making them from scratch. And I admit to buying my pie crusts. Some day I will make them with the same ease Scott does but for the moment I don't usually have the counter space to roll one out!

Scott was the one who suggested every decent human being either Had a funeral casserole in the freezer, ready to spring at a moments notice, or had a recipe for one that you could make in a hurry. Thankfully, I have never needed to use mine for funerals but a good casserole is also a fantastic baby gift! I have dropped that lasagne off at the doorstep of a number of new moms because I remember how thankful we were for the Huge dish that a friend of ours brought over when Owen was born. It took us a week to eat that whole thing but every night that we dished it up we started our meal with a simple grace "Thank God for Kate and Joe!"

Have you seen any of the new Food TV show "Follow that food?" They did a while episode on French (?) butter. I looked So good! I missed the last episode of Iron Chef USA so I set the tivo up to record anything with Iron Chef in the title. I got a Good Eats episode called "scrap iron chef" a very silly parody of both junk yard wars and the iron chef where competitors had to cook the theme ingredient with only what they could find in the Junkyard. It was obviously a joke but as a big fan of both shows I was tickled!
Jan. 19th, 2002 09:36 pm (UTC)
I actually tried a Mrs. Callender's frozen pie crust tonight, and it was really delicious. I was pleasantly surprised. Made a chocolate chess pie.

That's a smart and generous thought on the baby gift idea. I like it.

I've really been wanting to see that new Food TV show - how funny that you bring it up! David's been talking about it - he caught an ep, and said it was really neat. BTW, don't tell him you have a Tivo, 'cause he'll have envy. :)
Jan. 20th, 2002 02:03 pm (UTC)
Submit to Tivo! I can't believe you don't have one! It is the ideal appliance for a tv watcher! You can record anything, either by title, or by keyword and it will keep up with the days and times for you, even if it changes times or channels. You can rewind, or FF through the commercials or pause it to go to the kitchen. After a while it learns your preferances and will start recording suggestions for you. I have a keyword recording set up for 'iron chef' so I dont miss the iron chef USA episodes and I have a season pass recording for Junkyard wars. Last week it recorded an episode of Good Eats entitled "Scrapyard Iron Chef" where contestants had to cook food using items they found in a junkyard. (not really, it was a very goofy parody) I admit we bought it after that first Tivo commercial with all the kids screaming and destroying the house, then suddenly calm and watching childrens shows during prime time. For as often as we had the VCR playing we decided the tivo could at least give us a better sample of kids shows so we weren't sick to death of the same old videos! Now the kids do have a more than adequate supply of current cartoons, but we have all our favorite shows waiting for us when they go to bed. We have been able to actually follow whole seasons of shows in the order they were intended!

You should get him one!
Jan. 20th, 2002 02:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh look, I'm repeating myself! I claim paint thinner fumes. I am finally finishing that stupid bathroom!
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