Blazedog just found us! I asked her how she found us. Her answer is below.
Additionally, I am making thread here for any talk about the old days, the CLBB recipes we miss and are hunting for. Ditto for all related stuff. (SOME of us knew each other previously from Cooking Light's chat forum -- Cooking Light Bulletin Board.) Anyone is free to post, even if it's just to ask us what we are going on about with this CLBB stuff.
Catbatty - I don't want to hijack the thread but I found my way back to the fold because I had upgraded my Mac OS and subsequently my MacGourmet App needed to be upgraded for which they would charge me $30 for the upgrade. It's the principle not the money as generally software companies provide a fix when the OS is upgraded unless it's a completely different type of hardwares like wisen MAC computers went from Power PC chips to the current chips. But I lost my recipes including all the ones I had saved from CLBB and I had a hankering for that old CLBB fave - Unbelievable Chicken so I googled a few permutations with CL Forum and I found this spot - I realized it must be the old vestiges of the CLBB because I recognized many of the screen names.
By the way found the chicken - best grilled chicken but I am still on the hunt for several other of my favorites including the Linzer Cookies which I think Nancy posted back in 2004 or 2005 - I think they were called White House because purportedly they were from one of the pastry chefs from the White House.
I did locate another great CLBB recipe - the Szechuan Eggplant.
I wish everyone from CLBB were here! We were a fun, educating and most of the time safe place to go. This is turning into that place but I miss a lot of people. I know many went to Facebook, but a gal can dream we will all come here and be what we formerly were---cooking rules! Love that szechuan eggplant. If I find the linzer cookies, I will post them. There's a 5 part pdf somewhere floating on my computer.
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
Post by emptynestmom on Aug 1, 2019 8:03:39 GMT -5
I miss seeing everyone from the old CLBB...I don’t post here as often but stop by and enjoy reading what everyone is up to...
For some reason the recipe I remember most is the “Better Than Sex Ice Cream”...probably because of the name but more about the peanut butter and chocolate chips...I have made that often and it is good!
I can’t remember who did it but one time a comparison of chocolate chip cookie recipes was done and it was really comprehensive! Got my favorite CC Cookie recipe from that....Nielsen-Massey Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone intimidated me a little, not because they were unfriendly or unwelcoming, but because everyone seemed so eloquent when describing recipes they made and adventurous in trying them...I learned a lot and tried many recipes I probably would not have even looked at...
i am am so glad this site was created and I could continue being exposed to new ideas and ingredients!
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I understand that all the new forms of social media took over and people have only so much time in their day. I don't really understand how Facebook serves as substitute for something like the CLBB forum. FB just doesn't lend itself to the same kind of "discussion" - not sure how to phrase it. Neither does Pinterest or Instagram - they seem to be more about people creating individual "diaries" rather than a group experience.
Even in terms of food, there just isn't the same of community - the rating of the recipes in the magazine; people compiling their hits and misses which was often a source for discovering great recipes. The threads on ingredients or whatever.
Of course, I can't imagine what the political threads would have been like in this age of Trump. Compared to now the politics of 2004 through whenever CLBB hit the dust were Mr. Rogers :-).
Post by applecrisp1 on Aug 1, 2019 21:12:36 GMT -5
Great to see you pop up on the boards! When I saw your name, I did a double take. Hope all is good.
I'm with you, I have a Pinterest account and I have lots of recipes pinned, but so many of the pins are from random people. I prefer (but not always the case) to try recipes from more proven sources or people I "know".. Or if it has lots of reviews. I do have lots of recipes pinned from my favorite recipe sources but I often go directly to their website/blog. I do like Pinterest if I was doing some kind of decorating --- a great way to compile different ideas/inspiration pictures.
I also prefer more of the discussion/back and forth, the sharing of ideas, recipes, asking questions etc.
That Szechuan Eggplant recipe is so good. I haven't made it in awhile, might have to change that. Thx for the reminder. I checked my computer and I have one linzer cookie recipe but it seemed a light'ish recipe.
Hope you stick around.
We could sure use more activity. Even if a portion of those that pop on the boards reply just a bit more, on occasion start a thread or add more ..... I bet it would make a big difference.
And there are scores of recipes on the internet but they are completely random so I don't have "background" on whether I liked their past recommendations or tweaks. And certainly I miss the sometimes intensive discussions on recipes. As I posted, the monthly hits and misses were especially great because if something was in the "top" category - especially from a poster I was familiar with - I would often make a point to do the recipe.
I am ironically just finishing up a gut remodel of my condo which included - insofar as possible in my small urban high-rise kitchen - the kitchen of my dreams. I splurged on a Bosch induction cooktop and a Bosch side opening wall oven. I even now have a real kitchen hood and a HUGE farmhouse sink with a ledge type of configuration so that I can utilize it to expand my limited counter space. Ironically though I haven't been able to do much, if any cooking, because my knees badly need replacement and I have been holding off on the surgery until the remodel was finished.
Remodel has been seemingly endless and although almost complete I am still left with numerous boxes of stuff that I have no place to stash but difficult to give away. I did get rid of massive quantities of stuff but now I am in the final round of the stuff that I just said I'll deal with later -- stuff like all the embroidered tablecloths my grandmother made; my mother's Crewel embroidery; quilts my mother made. Plus a slew of other stuff that I don't want but probably has some financial value in terms of being somewhat desirable tchotchkes.
Post by applecrisp1 on Aug 6, 2019 18:57:25 GMT -5
I'm the say way, I tend to prefer trying recipes from people I know or proven sites. Just this weekend, KarenW mentioned a recipe that she really liked in the July hit and miss thread. It sounded great and with that great review from Karen. I knew what I was making for dinner. It was delicious!
Your new kitchen sounds great. Sorry that you haven't been able to take full advantage of it yet. But once you get the knee replacement and get the relief -- you can have fun cooking in it. Take care!
I can't do really anything with my small kitchen since I live in an apartment and it was bugging me a bit -- so I did do another go through (ruthless this time) and got rid of a few things. It is amazing how it opens up the cabinet space etc just by donating (or selling) a few things. I donated a few cookbooks that I never used that was simply taking up space.
I also have a bunch of things that I don't want, might have some value, so it sits. I also need to do something with that..... Tablecloths, ornate napkins from my mom, glassware and on and on.
Post by swedishcook on Aug 7, 2019 17:33:12 GMT -5
Hi blazedog! Good to hear from you. Did a quick search in my files and found a recipe posted by Gail that mentions White House. Could that be what you're looking for?
Linzer Cookies by Gail
This recipe, which I've had well over 20 years, was supposedly from The White House kitchens. It was always my dad's favorite:
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 3 1/3 cups very finely ground hazelnuts or almonds 3 1/3 cups unsifted cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 jar (12 ounces) raspberry jam Confectioner's sugar (Here I differ. I've always dusted them with granulated. Prettier, I think...)
1. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy; beat in egg, egg yolk, lemon rind and vanilla; stirin nuts. 2. Stir in flour, baking powder and cinnamon, blending well to make a stiff dough; wrap in waxed paper; chill several hours, or overnight. 3. Cut dough in half. (Refrigerate other half.) Roll out dough between sheets of waxed paper to slightly less than 1/4 inch thickness. Removed top sheet of waxed paper. With a 2-inch round cookie cutter (I use a larger one with a fluted edge) cut out as many circles from the dough as you can. Carefully removed circles from bottom sheet of waxed paper; place cookies on un-greased cookie sheets. Refrigerate scraps of dough for second rolling. 4. Repeat with other half of the dough, cutting out an equal number of 2-inch circles as from the first batch. Place on un-greased cookie sheets. With a 3/4 inch cookie cutter (or for that matter anything which you find around the house that might work) cut out center of each of the second batch of cookies. Use any scraps of dough for second rolling. Roll scraps of dough out for second rolling; cut out equal number of solid circles and circles with open centers. 5. Bake in a moderate oven (350°) for 12 minutes, or until edges of cookies are golden. Remove cookie sheets from oven; let stand 1 minute. Remove cookies with wide spatula to wire racks. Cool. 6. Heat raspberry jam in a small saucepan. Spread each of the solid cookies with a thin layer of hot preserves. Top each with cut-out cookie; press gently together to make a sandwich. Place on wire rack. Sprinkle tops of cookies with confectioner's sugar. Spoon dab of preserves in opening of each cookie; let preserves set slightly.
Post by traildoggie on Aug 11, 2019 15:57:57 GMT -5
Blazedog how nice to "see" you again. I think you once gave me some advice on Word vs Wordperfect. Didn't matter for too long, the whole field of transcription vaporized anyway. I sure miss the old CL boards, but it seems forums have mostly disappeared on all fronts. sorry, I don't have the recipes you mentioned.
Good to see some familiar names. I drop in occasionally, but not nearly as often and I don't remember the last time I posted. I do miss the old days. The son who nearly quit band over a percussion tryout and went on to play trombone now has a masters in trombone performance and is playing with a community orchestra and working his way up the chain while his GF is in law school. My youngest is now a high school choir director and lives about half a mile from us. DH just retired and I am about to try my hand at quilting. I don't have hungry boys and a school audience to bake and cook for so much now. We did joins a CSA and are getting a farm share now - something I read about other CLBB members doing.
I don't think I have the eggplant recipe, but I wish I did -- we got a lot of eggplant in our CSA boxes this year.
Post by swedishcook on Sept 7, 2019 16:45:01 GMT -5
Thanks for all the updates Beth! Wonderful news about your boys. You and your DH must be so proud I'm excited that you will try your hand at quilting. From what I remember you have great sewing machine skills. That will make the creative process so much easier. Have fun!!!
I too miss CLBB a lot, especially this time of year. I used to look forward to the holiday cooking threads and especially the Thanksgiving threads where posters would give updates and to how their Thanksgiving cooking was progressing. It breaks my heart that the CLBB was closed down--all those recipes and discussion forever gone.
I loved Canice's soup threads and miss TerriA's Halloween threads and Christie's New Year's Eve party threads! So many wonderful recipes, such lively discussion...and Beth, I remember you talking about your boys! My kids were so young back then. They are now in college and grad school.
Oh well. I am grateful for this site though and appreciate all those who post!
Post by coffeequeen on Dec 14, 2019 11:59:15 GMT -5
Hello....I just found this forum. Years and years ago I was a member of the CL boards and found them to be an amazing resource. I was doing an internet search to see if there were any Cooking Light Dinner Clubs in my area and found this. I also found an old thread on here from 2016 called 'Old Friends' FOOD BLOGS?' where my blog was mentioned. I still love Cooking Light, have been very successful with the Cooking Light Diet, have increased my cooking skills 3000%, and prefer cooking to dining out.
If anyone knows of a thread regarding Dinner Clubs let me know! I loved the one I was in years ago and would like to join/start one in my area!
Now you see what you've done, Beth? You dredged me up out of mothballs! (waving away stinky smell)
For the record, though it appears Blazedog wandered away long ago, I'm willing to bet the recipe that swedishcook so nicely shared is, in fact, the one in question, as it came from an article I'd clipped from Family Circle eons ago the subject of which was cookies prepared by White House chefs. Though I'd pretty much left CL by the timeframe blazedog mentions in her post, it's possible that Nancy either had the same article or reposted from my earlier post. Anyway, methinks that 'twas it!