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05/11/2013

~ Culinary Q&A & Kitchen Therapy Too (5/10/13) ~

Culinary Q & A #2Let me start by wishing all of you moms, step-moms and soon-to-be moms a very Happy Mother's Day tomorrow.  In honor of moms everywhere, over the past week I posted a couple of unique ways to start mom's day off in a special way. Click into Categories 9 or 20 to find:

~ The Benefits of Baking Eggs & Bacon for Breakfast ~, and

~ Baked Eggs in Birds Nests (Hash Brown Potatoes) ~.

IMG_6036 IMG_6213 IMG_6378I also posted my mother-in-law's recipe for ~ Simplicity:  Creamy, Crunchy "Classic" Egg Salad ~in Cats. 2, 14 & 20!

Before I sign off, fold up my apron, put my feet up and enjoy my own relaxing mom holiday, Kitchen Encounters got two great questions this week that need answering ASAP:

Q.  Melody says and asks:  Hi Mel!  I have made your ~ Creamy Baked Five-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese ~ [found in Categories 4, 14, 17 & 18] a few times now and due to popular demand it is now the ONLY mac and cheese I make.  Thank-you for sharing this wonderful recipe.  After baking it, can I portion and freeze it for quick weekday meals in the future?

6a0120a8551282970b0177443dcf8d970d-800wiA.  Kitchen Encounters:  Happy Mother's Day Melody!  Yes, like lasagna and other baked pasta dishes, you can freeze macaroni and cheese.  There's more good news:  You can freeze it prior to baking, or afterward.  The choice is yours.  Just remember to thaw it completely and return it to room temperature prior to baking the uncooked version in the oven as directed, or, reheating the cooked version (which I think works best if done in the microwave)!

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6a0120a8551282970b017d3cf61d77970c-800wiQ.  Lyle asks:  Melanie, I met you at WPSU over ten years ago.  I was an onlooker at one of the cooking shows (my sister was a guest) and I remember watching you do some remarkable food-styling that day. I'm happy you're now doing your own show, and, writing this marvelous blog. I've noticed in a few of your posts some special cutters and slicers. They appear to be made of aluminum, some w/piano wire.  Can you tell me where I can buy them?  

PS:  I'm "dying" to make your French fries! [Note to readers: ~ Do You Want (Perfect) "French" Fries with That? ~ can be found in Categories 4, 15, 20 or 21.] 

IMG_6393A.  Kitchen Encounters:  Lyle! How nice to hear from you -- that was a long time ago and there were always a lot of people around my table in the studio.  E-mail me your last name and your sister's name. I'd love to know which one of the shows she was on.  About my slicers:  you are correct, they are cast aluminum strung with piano wire.  When I bought them (thirty-some years ago) they were available almost everywhere.  Now, they are considered vintage, but, after doing a quick internet search, I am here to tell you they all can be found on various vintage/antique sites. They are truly useful, well-made gadgets:  butter slicer, egg slicer, apple corer, egg wedger, cherry stoner, French-fry cutter.  In the case of each and every one, "they don't make 'em like they used to"!

Enjoy your weekend everyone, and once again:  To leave a comment or ask a question, simply click on the blue title of any post, scroll to the end of it and type away... or e-mail me directly!

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipes, commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2013) 

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