Questions for me???

Alright readers.  I'm opening a new page today.  It's blank!  Haha.  If you have questions for me, ask.  I've had questions from around the world about how to substitute products that may not be sold in their area.  I've had questions about substitutions for dietary reasons.  I've had questions about techniques, etc.  So here is your page!


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Viewer Questions:

Here's an example - since I know no one wants to go first!
  1. Can't wait to try this! Quick question- I have half and half in the fridge but not whipping cream. Do you think it would affect the thickening of the sauce?
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    1. Sarah -
      Go for it! I've even used regular milk in the past. You can always take your milk or half and half and add a spoon (teaspoon or so) or corn starch to it before you add it. Once you bring it up to a boil, the thickeners will do their thing and you'll be fine and dandy. A block of cream cheese works well in there, too. There aren't many ways we HAVEN'T tried this! HaHa! Hope you enjoy!

      Julie
Fitness Diet Lifestyle April 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM
This recipe looks really delicious! To bad that they don't sell those cream style corn cans here (The Nederlands).

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  1. Well you could just make your own if it's not available to you. Just cut corn kernels from the cob, then scrape with a sharp knife to get all of the milk and pulp. Melt a little butter (maybe 2 Tbsp) in a large skillet. Stir in corn and juices, the 3 tablespoons water, and 1 tsp sugar. Cook until corn is tender. Stir in a tablespoon of flour-water mixture. Gradually add a little milk, stirring constantly. Cook for about 2 minutes longer. Do not let boil.

29 comments:

  1. For the one pot lasagna recipe, do you use the no boil lasagna noodles? Or are you using the lasagna noodles that need to be boiled and placing in the pot directly? Thanks.

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    1. I used the regular noodles that you would normally boil... except I didn't boil them. They cooked in the sauce for about 20-25 minutes, so they were plenty cooked. If you boiled them first, they would be over cooked and mushy after that amount of time.

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  2. Dying to know where you got the glasses for the Funky Monkey Morning Smoothies! I have been looking for that glass for the last 3 years after a vacation meal in another country. Would you mind sharing?

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    1. Hi there. I don't mind sharing... I hand carried those hand blown glasses back to the states from a vacation in Cabo san Lucas! They are very special to me... but unfortunately not that easy to go out and purchase. Wish I could send you a link or something, but I had to scour the craft markets to find those.

      Julie

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  3. Hi! I am having trouble with the Spicy Garlic Shrimp page. When the page loads it has a gray appearance over everything. I am unable to click on anything, or print the recipe. Everything else on the site seems to be working fine for me. Thank you for the help. I love your recipes and photos!

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    1. Please try again. I hope it's fixed now.

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  4. I would love to know where you find inspiration for all of the amazing dishes and recipes you prepare and share!

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    1. See email response in your personal email.

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  5. WOW....I am so "off base" with this question!! I can't get over the beautiful tourquoise cross necklace that you are wearing in one of your photos!! Have to know "who you are wearing"? It is outstanding!! Isn't it nice to know that you are not only a food trend setter but also a fashion trend setter.

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  6. Hi Julie, I just found your blog through Pinterest and pinned and made your Meatballs Stroganoff from 2011. I have just written a blog post referencing the recipe. I would like to borrow your photo to use in my post, if that's OK, because in the flurry of getting dinner on the table last night, I failed to take a picture of the finished dish. We had guests and we all loved your meatballs!! It was quick and easy and very flavorfull! If you give me an OK to use your Photo, I will upload the blog post and then you can see it. Thanks for the recipe...I will be following you now.
    Joyce

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  7. I Julie...love you quick week night super inventive dinners....Thank you, Thank you. What red pan is that in the Easy Meatball Sub Casserole? I need it :]

    Leslie

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    1. Leslie - I'm pretty sure it is a Le Creuset casserole dish. Cast iron, enamel coated.
      Hope that helps!

      Julie

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  8. Julie, I tried the Easy Beef Enchiladas & for some reason the tortillas broke. Any suggestions?

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    1. Well... darnit!!!



      You could try....

      steaming them in a stack wrapped in a damp rag in the microwave. (That's what I do.)

      some people are advocates of dipping them in warm canola oil first before rolling them (but that's a lotta oil).

      I have a personal theory that it has to do with the brand when it comes to corn tortillas. This isn't quite as much of an issue when dealing with flour tortillas. So if it's a super big issue for you, you might consider giving flour tortillas a shot. They are much more user friendly. Sometimes I can get the corn tortillas to play nice, and sometimes they are just a pain in the butt. I'm serious!

      I keep telling myself that next I make it, I'm just going to layer it and make it into a big enchilada lasagna/casserole and save myself a lot of time!!! :)

      Hope this helps!

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  10. You forgot to add noodles on your list of ingredients for the Tomato Basil Chicken. I did make it however and really enjoyed it!

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    1. The noodles are really not a part of the recipe. It's just what I chose to serve the chicken over. But I am so pleased that you enjoyed this recipe! It is one of my favorites!!!! :)

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  11. Can I replace Raspberry with Strawberry for Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

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    1. I think that would be fine. I assume any berry would be fine as you are cooking them down first anyway.

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  12. How healthy for you is the tomato basil chicken recipe?

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    1. How much are you eating, Anonymous? I am not a dietician, but there are multiple programs available online that can help you with that question. For example, http://sparkpeople.com/ is one of them, where you can put in the ingredients and amounts and it can calculate nutritional statistics for you. There are still questions that remain unanswered, however. Did you grow the produce? Were pesticides used? Were there hormones used in the chicken vs free range? That is why I don't provide that type of information. I have no idea where you are getting your ingredients. I DO know, however, that this recipe makes use of wonderful fresh ingredients and is simple and delicious. You can make it vegetarian if you wish, sub different proteins, use different pastas (whole wheat, spaghetti squash, etc)... and has been viewed well over a million times now. Hope you enjoy as well. :)

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    2. I was more concerned with the amount of butter in it. Do you know of any butter substitutes that would work with this dish?

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    3. Sometimes I make it and completely leave the butter out. So feel free to make it without looking for a butter substitute. That said, you would probably need to use a bit more EVOO for the sauce. Or juicier tomatoes. :)

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    4. ok, thank you.
      :)

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  13. I just found your blog…..I LOVE it!!! Thanks for all of the great ideas!!!

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  14. Hi there! Could you please tell me if I can use a regular pan for Stuffed Fleak Steak Pinwheels, or would a convention oven work if I put it on 'Broil'?

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    1. Hi there -
      You could totally do these like you do regular steaks stovetop on a regular pan, or under your broiler in the oven. :)

      Thanks,
      Julie

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  15. Hello, my son has a heritage food swap in his grade 2 class. The students are to bring in samples of their typical family dishes. We are of English descent and I thought Shepherd's Pie would be a good one to share. Do you have an easy recipe for this dish?

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    1. Hi Beverley,

      Here you go. :)

      http://menumusings.blogspot.com/2013/09/high-class-shepherds-pie.html

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