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[sticky post] Community Design Photo Contest

Before the holidays, I was contacted by LiveJournal about working with them to create a new (professional!) design for cooking that was more user-friendly, organized and attractive. They'd also like to help us promote the community on LJ in other communities and sites (including promotional placement on the LJ homepage).

On the topic of the design, though; we'd like to hold a photo contest here so that the community is represented in the design as well! Photos will be arranged in a collage for the header of the community. We will need at least five photos for this, and the exact number will be based on how many submissions (and therefore placements) we receive.

Details:
  1. Submitted photos must be photos you took yourself.

  2. Submitted photos must be cooking/food-related and not have a promotion or advertisement of any kind.

  3. Each person may submit up to two (2) photos in a comment to this post. All comments are screened.

  4. Photos should be at least 800px wide.

  5. Retouching is permitted for things like contrast, brightening, etc. but try not to go overboard with it.

  6. Photos must be submitted before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 Tuesday, February 24th 2015 @ 11:59PM EST (will extend if needed).


Prizes:
The top 3 entrants will receive a free paid account that lasts a year! \o/

Submission form for submitting one photo:


Submission form for submitting two photos:

Help me!

I've got my wisdom teeth removed (all 4 of them on the same day) and I can't eat solid food for at least 4 days, so I need ideas so I don't eat store bought baby food. I don't feel like I've ate if I don't chew, I normally wouldn't consider soup as dinner or lunch but now I don't have an option, so I ask you please to enlighten me with filling recipes for food I don't need to chew.

Nov. 14th, 2011

I know it's not exactly a cooking question, but I've always gotten really good help & advice from this community. One of my partners just got her tonsils removed & is having a hard time finding things to eat. I've been advising popsicles, mashed potatoes & refried beans. I can't think of any other soft, easily swallowed foods that might be actually appetizing. Does anyone have any ideas?

Soft Foods!

On Friday, my other half is going to be getting ALL of his remaining teeth removed, and fitted for dentures. We're guessing this is going to be like a normal tooth extraction... on steroids. This means an achy, tender mouth.

He's probably going to be semi-liquid for a few days, then moving upwards to firmer foods.

So... ideas? I know the typical, like yogurt,  ice cream (after a few days), pudding, mashed potatoes... but I'd kind of like something that's a bit more solid or satisfying, and not just pure sugar and carbs.

Any ideas? For the first couple of days, he shouldn't go too hot or too cold, I do know that. He'll gradually heal up to where he can do semi-soft things, like noodles.

Cookies & Cream, an all-time favorite



Cookies & Cream, one of my favorite ice cream flavors of all times. Who the heck cares about winter or the absence of wisdom (teeth)? Make this and lick away!

From yours truly, at BakeFive, a food blog.

Cookies and Cream Gelato

about 1 quart

2 1/4 C whole milk
3/4 C heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 C sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 egg yolk
oreo biscuits, moderately crushed

1) Put 1 1/4 C milk and the cream into a heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium heat, until bubbles appear around the edge and it’s about to boil.

2) Meanwhile, put the remaining milk, sugar and cornstarch into a small bowl. Stir to combine. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Return the saucepan to heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves and mixture thickens slightly, 8 to 10 mins. Remove saucepan from heat.

3) Put yolk into a bowl, and whisk until thickened. Pour in 1 cup of the hot milk mixture, whisking constantly. Gradually pour this back into the saucepan, stirring. Set aside to let it cool, stirring often. Also, add in the vanilla.

4) Chill for 2 hours. Churn in your machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Once your ice cream is almost ready, dump in your crushed oreos. The amount is up to you, really.

Note: This will create an icier, and light ice cream. But don’t worry, it won’t be like a shaved ice consistency. If you like creamy ice cream, then this recipe is not for you.

Many Flavored Clouds

This is a recipe my mom made when i was a kid.
Chocolate Cloud
Ingredients
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
1 1/3 cups instant nonfat dry milk
1 cup cold water
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
9 ice cubes (about 2 cups)
Instructions
Place gelatin and boiling water in blender, cover and blend at medium speed for 3 seconds.
Add nonfat dry milk and cold water, blend 3 seconds.
Add cocoa, sugar, salt, and vanilla and blend again.
Add ice cubes and blend about 10 seconds at high speed until ice melts.
Uncover blender and let mixture stand about 5 minutes to set.
Spoon into serving dishes and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.


I don't keep Powdered Milk around so I improvised with good success.
Chocolate Cloud (without powdered milk)
Ingredients
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup boiling water
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
9 ice cubes (about 2 cups)
Instructions
Mix the gelatin with the cold water to "bloom".
Put the kettle on to boil the water.
Put the condensed milk, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla in the blender and blend until mixed.
Pour the boiling water into the gelatin and stir until dissolved.
Pour the dissolved gelatin into the milk mixture while the blender is mixing.
Turn off the blender and add the ice cubes.
Blend at high speed until the ice melts.
Spoon into serving dishes wait 5 minutes and serve.
Makes 4 servings.

Is best prepared just before serving, then it has a soft pudding-like texture. It is still good after it sets but it is more Jello-like then.


Then I decided to try a different flavor. I made a batch with Orange Juice. But I don't see why it wouldn't work with any frozen concentrated fruit juice.
Fruit Cloud (without powdered milk)
Ingredients
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup boiling water
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fl oz) can Frozen Concentrated Fruit Juice
4 ice cubes (about 1/2 cup)
Instructions
Mix the gelatin with the cold water to "bloom".
Put the kettle on to boil the water.
Put the condensed milk in the blender.
Pour the boiling water into the gelatin and stir until dissolved.
Pour the dissolved gelatin into the milk mixture while the blender is mixing.
Turn off the blender and add the Frozen Concentrated Fruit Juice and ice cubes.
Blend at high speed until the ice melts.
Spoon into serving dishes, wait 5 minutes and serve.
Makes 4 servings.

Is best prepared just before serving, then it has a soft pudding-like texture. It is still good after it sets but it is more Jello-like then.

What to eat with missing wisdom teeth.

Hi! I got my wisdom teeth pulled on Friday, and after just a few days I am already sick of eating Pasta Roni and Mac & Cheese.

I was wondering what recipes/dishes you might suggest for me? I am not allowed to eat anything with nuts or seeds and I can't eat hard stuff or rice. And I'm completely paranoid about busting one of these icky blood clots when I eat.. So we're talkin creamy pastas, soups, etc. I have found a lot of good recipes, but it seems like every time I do, I realize I'm not allowed to have it. :[

What do you like to have when you get teeth pulled??

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