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Fresh lettuce is coming on in many a home garden, so I thought we might like to share some of the ways we use it up. Making your own dressing is easy and much cheaper than buying it bottled, of course.

Here's a quick, easily made dressing that goes best on fresh leaf lettuces (add other salad veggies as you like):

1 can undiluted tomato soup
1/3-1/2 c. sugar (I use fructose instead)
1/2 c. vinegar
1/2 t. salt (more if you like it saltier)
A shake of dried minced onion...about 2 tsp. when I do it
1 t. paprika
1 c. salad oil

Blend all together well, store in fridge. Shake it up before using, makes about 3 cups. You can add a split garlic clove to it when it's in the fridge and then take out the clove later if you like garlic too.

Do you have a dressing or other way of jazzing up summer garden veggies?
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Okay, am I the only person in the world who freezes her garbage?

Clearly not, because my mum is the person who taught me to, but I've had a few people wig when they saw frozen garbage in my freezer and now I'm trying to assure myself I'm not a complete freak.

Mum and I started doing it when we noticed that our kitchen bin was getting stinky well before trash day. Rather than empty it twice as often and store it in the big bin outside (cold in winter, lazy the rest of the time), we took some plastic milk bags and any time there was potentially smelly garbage (e.g., shrimp tails, oily napkins, chicken bones, etc.), we popped it in the freezer. It was a great solution. Now that I'm living in my own place, which doesn't have composting or even recycling (I know ;_;), it's even more vital to me to be able to keep some gunky stuff in the freezer, rather than make trips down to the outside bin all the time (lazy, and also even colder in this province).

But is this weird? Does anyone else do this?

Staples

May. 9th, 2010 01:08 pm
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I'm very much a beginner in all things kitchen so I tend to stick to recipes for the most part but obviously I can't work on recipes every day. I've just realized today while cooking 'by myself' (i.e. without a recipe) that I had some habits I frankly never realized I even had.
I almost always start by melting onions in a good chunk of salted butter, especially when I have no idea what I'm going to do. It seems like the right thing to do somehow (one of my housemates melts his onion exclusively in oil but I think I won him over just with the smell of mine).

So, what are your staples? Can be an ingredient or a 'foundation' for a recipe (frying onions for me)
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Grocery shopping is the worst chore in the world for me.  How do you make yourselves do it?

It's not that I think I'm particularly bad at it — I definitely never buy enough produce, but it's always because I'm scared I won't eat it in time — but rather that I loathe it with a passion and would rather eat all the food in the house before I force myself out to buy new things.

Any tips, tricks, suggestions?
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[personal profile] yvi
So, after yet another 10 hour day after which I had no strength to go shopping, I have to ask:

What food do you people keep in stock to tide you over these days?

EDIT: Gosh, you are all amazing. So many great ideas to keep me going over the next few weeks :)

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