Ask Tara

Have a question about food, recipes, desserts or cooking in general?

Send ‘Em my way or post them here and I’ll respond!

 

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13 responses to “Ask Tara

  1. Hi Tara! Saw your site-and that you posted this morning! Nice. Great to meet you last night. I am looking forward to opportunities to chat some more-I’ll email about my June 5th party 🙂
    trish

  2. I just want to leave a comment about this page: It’s awesome! One of the best cooking pages on the web (in my opinion) and I’m already looking forward to enjoying your catering.
    Saran

  3. Hi,
    Saw your ad on craigslist. Curious, how much do you charge for something like this…in home cooking for dinner a few nights a week or more and shopping, etc
    Thanks,
    Jen

  4. Tara,

    What brand or kind of pans would you recommend? I’ve seen there’s a lot out there and I have tried several but nothing has lasted longer than a few months… They all loose their anti stick surface after a while…

    Saran

  5. Autumn Recipe:

    Megan,

    Thanks! Im glad you like the site.

    Next week or so I will be posting my Favorite Top 10 Fall recipes. However, I am very happy to share with you a few that are always a favorite when I make them for friends. You can view the recipes below:

    Simple Potato Chowder

    Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup

    Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Quinoa

    Be sure to check back in the next couple of weeks for more Autumn favorites as I post my Favorite Top 10 Fall recipes.
    Enjoy!
    -t

  6. Hey Tara,

    Love your website! My question is this, can you recommend a nice, Autumn recipe that will please both vegetarians and meat lovers?

    Thanks!

    Megan

  7. Pumpkin Bread Recipe

    Kat:

    I have 2 recipes that I will make depending on my pumpkin mood.

    One calls for the canned pumpkin and more spices and the other shredded pumpkin. Both recipes are really good and have different textures as well.

    The canned has the smooth cake/bread like texture and the shredded has the hearty texture. Again it all depends on what your in the mood for or preference is.

    Recipe #1 Pumpkin Bread
    Recipe #2 Shredded Pumpkin Bread

    You can also watch a video on how to make Pumpkin Bread Click Here

    -tara

  8. Looking for a great pumpkin bread recipe. One that does not include nuts. Can you help? My mother is willing to trade her Irish Soda Bread recipe for it. and since she’s from Ireland it is authentic.

  9. Toaster Oven

    Kat:

    Consumer Reports lists the following as Top Rated Toaster Ovens:
    Krups FBC2 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven, Black (larger)
    T-Fal OT8065002 Avante Elite Toaster Oven (budget)
    Sanyo Space Saving Toasty Oven (compact)

    I personally have and love the DeLonghi EO1251 6-Slice 1/2-Cubic-Foot Convection Oven.
    This large, 0.5-cu.ft. Toaster Oven is large enough to cook one 12-in. pizza, bake an entrée or side dish. Food cooks 20–30% faster for a perfectly browned outside and moist, juicy inside. You can even cook on both racks at the same time! Choose Bake (450-200F), Bake with Convection, Broil (500F), Toast, Slow Bake and Keep Warm for precise and convenient cooking. Removable crumb tray allows you to easily dispose of crumbs and other food particles. The neatest thing about this oven, is in the summer time, it comes in handy for cooking so I do not have to get the oven going.

    For more info about the DeLonghi EO1251 6-Slice 1/2-Cubic-Foot Convection Oven, Black and Stainless Steel click here.
    -tara

  10. Do you any of your readers know of a really good brand of toaster over? The one I have just purchased doesn’t hold it’s correct temperature and I don’t want to buy another one until I know it will work properly.

  11. Tara,

    I was able to find the green yogurt. But not in any of the places you would expect. Only place that Safeway had it was in their organic section. Not in regular yogurt area or with sour cream. Just thought you’d like to know

  12. I recently came across a recipe that requires Greek Yogurt. I have tasted this at restaurants but never seen it in the stores. Do I need to go to a specialty store for this?

  13. Greek Yogurt

    Kat:
    You can find this item in most specialty stores such as health food, natural food stores and high-end supermarkets. I have also seen this in local stores such as safeway or kroger stores. The brands I have seen are Voskos and Stonyfield. Good Luck Finding your Greek Yogurt!
    -tara

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