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Yeah, that's what we are all thinking. :lol:

Sweetie, your idea of "boring, dull and lifeless" is 5- star dining for some people who may have no culinary skills or access to specialty foods. :lol: They do not find anything you post "dull", I am sure. They mostly just want to come live with you. :)

Have a good trip!!!

IrishHeart, this made me smile. I was thinking the same thing! I love to read yours and loves2travel's posts! Especially what loves2travel makes for dinner!

Have a great trip loves2travel!

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" We get chicken, pork and beef from the local farms sometimes and of course, it is far better than store bought stuff.

A Brazilian store, eh---not sure we have one of those around, but I will check. That tap starch price is awesome!"

You're making me jealous, Irisheart! I'd love to purchase meat from the farmer!

Tonight we had grilled salmon, sweet potatos and the last of the applesauce with the authentic Brazilian cheese rolls. The dough was very sticky, but it was pretty easy to make and those little cheese rolls were delicious. (I'm a big fan of Chebe's, these were entirely different.)

The newly adopted dog was ready to do backflips for a pinch of the bun. She's a hoot!

If you haven't left yet, Love2Travel, hope you have a great trip!

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Yeah, that's what we are all thinking. :lol:

Sweetie, your idea of "boring, dull and lifeless" is 5- star dining for some people who may have no culinary skills or access to specialty foods. :lol: They do not find anything you post "dull", I am sure. They mostly just want to come live with you. :)

Have a good trip!!!

IH, you make me blush! It may sound odd but I am so into cooking that if I am not satisfied entirely with a dish or meal it really bothers me - I then come up with ways to make it better. I just don't like settling!

I type this as I sit in my hotel room. That shows how important all of you are on this forum!

Thanks for the good wishes. I do look forward to seeing my family very much but all my husband and I talked about for three solid hours was food. Of course. I am thankful I get to do the cooking at each house - for safety as well as for pure joy.

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Thanks for the good wishes. I do look forward to seeing my family very much but all my husband and I talked about for three solid hours was food. Of course. I am thankful I get to do the cooking at each house - for safety as well as for pure joy.

And I bet they are happpy to have you do it, too :D Yum, yum.

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IrishHeart, this made me smile. I was thinking the same thing! I love to read yours and loves2travel's posts! Especially what loves2travel makes for dinner!

Have a great trip loves2travel!

Oh, thanks so much. Tonight we ate out at a restaurant I trust. The chef's wife has celiac so most of the menu is naturally gluten free (like high-end restaurants are) and he knows all about CC. This is what I had:

Truffled potato chips (amuse bouche - husband had house bread with tapenade - I love it that they bring celiacs yummy things, too)

Scallop mousse inside a potato cup, nestled on crispy prosciutto and aioli; cold poached shrimp and mussels with parsley oil (plating was incredible)

Braised lamb shanks on creamy polenta with pickled onions and tomatoes (not osso bucco - the meat was shredded and oh, so tender)

Banana Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with Blueberry Compote, Vanilla Bean Sabayon and White Chocolate studded with pink peppercorns.

I've had worse.

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And I bet they are happpy to have you do it, too :D Yum, yum.

Thanks! They are. All my siblings have wee children so are always happy when someone takes over in the kitchen. One of my sisters and my mom refuse to cook dinner when I am there which is actually sad because I do not critique others' meals, just mine, as I strive to improve. Thankfully they do lunch but now that I am diagnosed with celiac that changes, too. With lots of sticky little fingers around I am doing all naturally gluten-free stuff. And big fat treasure hunts with awesome treats at the end.

Tomorrow night I am making a very kid-friendly meal:

Honey garlic chicken wings

Lemon thyme risotto

Sweet potato fries with my Herbes de Provence blend and lime salt and a dip or two if I have time. I want to serve them in newspaper sans the fish as they do in the UK. No malt vinegar, though!

Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis

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I have managed my first successful batch of tapioca pudding! I screwed up a fair amount before I got it right. So for supper? Pudding and fruit. Probably not the healthiest thing in the world, but I'm far to interested in that pudding to make it wait for dessert.

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I have managed my first successful batch of tapioca pudding! I screwed up a fair amount before I got it right. So for supper? Pudding and fruit. Probably not the healthiest thing in the world, but I'm far to interested in that pudding to make it wait for dessert.

I just bought some tapioca pearls. Tell me what I should do with them. My mom used to make a wonderful tapioca pudding :)

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I just bought some tapioca pearls. Tell me what I should do with them. My mom used to make a wonderful tapioca pudding :)

I bought the box of tapioca that's by the jello and such in the store, so it has some soy something or other added to it. I'm not sure the same recipe will work with other tapioca since the stuff I have is the Minute crap. I figured I'll master the easy way, then figure out the real deal later. I just followed the directions on the side of the box. If you don't follow them exactly, it won't be pudding when you're done. I only managed to waste about half of the box.

Next up when I finish off this box? http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/tapioca-pudding-recipe/index.html Personally, I've never tried an Alton Brown recipe I didn't absolutely love, the man is a genius. It's what I would recommend trying if you're not using the easy way out like me.

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IH, you make me blush! It may sound odd but I am so into cooking that if I am not satisfied entirely with a dish or meal it really bothers me - I then come up with ways to make it better. I just don't like settling!

I type this as I sit in my hotel room. That shows how important all of you are on this forum!

Thanks for the good wishes. I do look forward to seeing my family very much but all my husband and I talked about for three solid hours was food. Of course. I am thankful I get to do the cooking at each house - for safety as well as for pure joy.

Doesn't sound odd to me. :lol: I did that myself for many years. "How can I make this better?" --or if we tasted something extraordinary down in NYC or Seattle or in Maine or in Ireland (or wherever the hell we were), I'd start the wheels in my head..."ok, how did she DO that?" and then go home and try to recreate it. :) I met Jasper White once at his restaurant near my family's hometown (Cambridge, Mass.)and I peppered him with questions. What a sweetheart.

My best friend went to culinary school and she's a chef now and our dream (many years ago) was to own a catering business. Too bad fate intervened and we live so far away from each other now. :( But that does not stop us from "cooking together" on Skype!! :D

Hey, there's nothing wrong with having a passion!!! Rock on, sister! :)

um, you're thinking of us in your hotel room?---wow, now, that's true love. :)

Have a good time!

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This is what I had:

Truffled potato chips (amuse bouche - husband had house bread with tapenade - I love it that they bring celiacs yummy things, too)

Scallop mousse inside a potato cup, nestled on crispy prosciutto and aioli; cold poached shrimp and mussels with parsley oil (plating was incredible)

Braised lamb shanks on creamy polenta with pickled onions and tomatoes (not osso bucco - the meat was shredded and oh, so tender)

Banana Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with Blueberry Compote, Vanilla Bean Sabayon and White Chocolate studded with pink peppercorns.

I've had worse.

Oh, honey--that just sounds awful. However did you manage to choke it down?

:lol:

Lamb shanks.....my favorite. (drool drool) tapenade, cream brulee.

You're killin me, woman.

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Here in reality land, :lol: we are having white pizza with 4 cheeses, garlic and broccoli tonight and a side of red bell pepper soup (encore! encore!)

Because I am not especially perky right now, we are using MarilynR and KarenG's most excellent suggestion: CHEBE dough for the crust.

I have to say, that stuff is damn good. ;)

Hubs is having the oatmeal/choc chip/coconut cookies I made him for dessert because he has been a very good boy. ;)

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Probably not the healthiest thing in the world, but I'm far to interested in that pudding to make it wait for dessert.

Dessert first--- works for me! How was it???!! :)

I LOOOOVE tapioca pudding.

My favorite lunch as a kid (besides PB and J for about 6 years straight :lol: ) happened when my big sister was in charge. We got hot fudge sundaes for lunch. And a stern: "Don't tell Ma!" :lol:

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Oh, honey--that just sounds awful. However did you manage to choke it down?

:lol:

Lamb shanks.....my favorite. (drool drool) tapenade, cream brulee.

You're killin me, woman.

It took a long time but I managed to get through it. I had to force myself but the food slowly crept down and I didn't vomit or anything. :lol:

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Dessert first--- works for me! How was it???!! :) I LOOOOVE tapioca pudding.My favorite lunch as a kid (besides PB and J for about 6 years straight :lol: ) happened when my big sister was in charge. We got hot fudge sundaes for lunch. And a stern: "Don't tell Ma!" :lol:

So good that I think I'm going to brave making chocolate tapioca pudding sometime this afternoon.

You got lucky having such a nice sister, I was never that nice to my little brother. (Then again, he would have told just to see me get in trouble. What a brat.) So nice being an adult and not having to sneak around to get dessert when we want it. It almost makes up for that whole having to be responsible thing.

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I bought the box of tapioca that's by the jello and such in the store, so it has some soy something or other added to it. I'm not sure the same recipe will work with other tapioca since the stuff I have is the Minute crap. I figured I'll master the easy way, then figure out the real deal later. I just followed the directions on the side of the box. If you don't follow them exactly, it won't be pudding when you're done. I only managed to waste about half of the box.

Next up when I finish off this box? http://www.foodnetwo...cipe/index.html Personally, I've never tried an Alton Brown recipe I didn't absolutely love, the man is a genius. It's what I would recommend trying if you're not using the easy way out like me.

Thanks for the Alton Brown recipe, Adalaide. I, too, enjoy his cooking (although I am getting tired of him on Iron Chef :P )

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So good that I think I'm going to brave making chocolate tapioca pudding sometime this afternoon.

You got lucky having such a nice sister, I was never that nice to my little brother. (Then again, he would have told just to see me get in trouble. What a brat.) So nice being an adult and not having to sneak around to get dessert when we want it. It almost makes up for that whole having to be responsible thing.

Adult? responsible? bah! I'm neither of those. :lol:

Wow--chocolate tapioca --you ARE on to something.!!!!

Yes, one good thing about not being a child is...no one tells us what to do! :)

I have some tapioca pearls in the pantry.....hmmmm

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I made mashed potatoes with Earth balance margarine, rice milk and chopped fresh parsley; gravy with mushrooms and I roasted one big chunk of pork lion covered in spices- salt, black pepper, red paprika, salt, dry garlic and onion, nutmeg, grinded caraway seeds and ginger. Side dish: homemade pickles.

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Something simple.

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