Christmas Party Season

I don’t know if there are any other vegans on this forum, but if there are, then you know how hard the Christmas season can be. With Christmas parties and dinners and New Year’s, lot’s of nonveg friendly foods abound. One rule of thumb, I always bring a dish to every party that I go to. For one, you will appear to be a gracious guest and two, you will ensure that there is something that you can eat at the party. I commonly like to bring something that can serve as a main dish when served up with bread, veggies, salad, etc., but can also be eaten as a snack food. One of my favorites is spinach pie. You can make little individual pies with hummus dip on the side and this will fill you up, but other guests can have one or two as an appetizer.

fave christmas cookies??

I love the peanut butter-hershey’s kisses cookies, and of course frosted sugar cookies…I’ve never found a good recipie for sugar cookies that will stay soft though, so anyone with recipies, I would truly owe ya one for a copy of it, lol.everyone have a great holiday and tell me about your cookies!!
all you really need to do to make sugar cookies stay soft is to slightly underbake them. Remember that they harden as they cool, so if you stop cooking them when they are firm they will be hard when they cool, so instead you need to stop them when they are still very slightly gooey

What is the name of that bread recipe..

At one point OT had a thread in here with an EXCELLENT breadmaker recipe.. however I lost it and now I cannot remember the name of it. If anyone knows the name of the bread recipe that is really cheap (like 10-15 cents a loaf) and I believe is a brownish bread I would love to know the name. If I can find the name I hope I can find the recipe too. Thanks in advance for any help.

Merry Christmas too =D.

so I’m getting a power tool set for christmas.

Ryobi 18v kit , it’s the five piece from Home Depot. Vac will be nice… flashlight would be handy, drill would get used… however I’ve never used a powered saw on anything before. Never really did use a drill for much besides as a powered screw driver.

Educate me.. I’m interested in getting started in a bit of beginner wood working… nothing that would need a planer or router or anything… that will come later. What are some good sites with plans for small projects?
ill let you know one thing about those powered saws, the go through batteries like crazy, good for like 5 mins… good tool set though!

Butterscotch topped fudge?

A girl I know made some fudge today and brought it to where I was. I tried it and it was very good. It was chocolate fudge with pecans and a layer of butterscotch on top. So I asked how did you make this? And she said chocolate, butterscotch chips, pecans, and condensed milk. Well what the heck this doesnt tell me how to make it. Anybody know this recipe?
that sounds like rachel ray’s "5 minute fudge"

topped with more butterscotch chips

I prefer "never fail" fudge from the back of the fluff jar – as longas you have a candy thermometer, it’s perfect and teh perfect creamy texture

Hydrangea Plant. HELP!

I have an indoor blue Hydrangea plant. I keep reading online that you should never let the soil dry out, but to water it like twice a week. How is that possible. It went from lively and perky, to droopy in the course of the day. I watered it a few times only because the soil kept drying out. Here are before and after shots. PLEASE PLEASE tell me proper lighting and watering for this type of plant. I dont want it to die. Thanks!

It was in full bloom, the blossoms reach a certain point and die. Just keep the soil moist not wet and find some plant food at the garden center for it. Oh yeah and get a bigger pot that one is probably root bound.

Please help! v.can’tcooktosavemylife

I want to learn to cook, and I want to learn to love it. Right now, the state of affairs looks like this:

– I can make pasta (premade sauce ), rice and vegetarian stir fry. That is all. I tried meat a few times but it always comes out tough and stringy.
– I currently find cooking boring and a waste of my time, which I’m sure isn’t helping things.

I think the only reason my weight hasn’t soared is because I tend to avoid classic junk food (soda, candy bars, chips, etc) and would rather not eat than expend the effort. Obviously that last bit is some flawed thinking. I’m reasonably bright and creative in other areas, so I’m sure I can learn to cook and love it. I think I need a kick in the right direction.

Where to buy standing rib roast? Recipes appreciated as well.

It’s a little far ahead, but my sister and I were talking about Christmas dinner and I brought up the idea of possibly making prime rib.

Now the supermarkets around me don’t really sell a big rack like they serve at nice prime rib restaurants, where can I go to buy a whole rack? Also, how much are we talking about for 7 (which I think is the most?) ribs?

Also, have any of you prepared it before? What are some things we should know, tips, etc.

bone in prime rib? its good for presentation but its a lot easier to make a boneless prime rib imho (which has a different name, beef ribeye. same cut but without the bone). try your local meat markets for that kind of specialty cut. even the supermarkets might have it if you inquire at the meat departments. and if they dont have it, they can get it.

needs ideas for a humidor/wine cabinet

Want to build two cabinets for two family members for Christmas, to hold both cigars and wine, pref angled racks. Plan on using Spanish cedar and mahogany and to implement some kind of lighting and on the cigar part of of the cabinet the humidor gear to keep them nice. Mostly a red drinkers so should be a nice combo. Anyone want to post photos of nice ones they can find on the internet? Googled a few haven’t seen anything I liked or that required much skill to build.. want a challenge Thanks
Humidor on the top with a lift top and maybe several wood trays or just a sectioned one for organization. Could even add multiple layers of trays for more cigars. Then a wine rack on the bottom with the angled racks and lighting mouted in the back of the cabinet. A glass door on there would be really nice so you could see the wines. Maybe even a glass lift top for the humidor so you can see the cigars also.

Is there such a thing as a quality, low maintenance kitchen knife?

I’m considering getting my parents some new knives as part of their Christmas because the knives they have are older than I am and are about as sharp as a butter knife. The problem is that while they aren’t destructive with their equipment, they are the type of people that don’t really want to do more with their knives than use them, clean them, and throw them in a drawer until the next use.

Is this a lost cause?

edit- I understand that nothing beats a well-sharpened knife. I suppose I’m looking for some sort of middle ground here.