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What's on your plate?

Hello there, ladies and gents!


Keeping in line with all the fun and interactive threads asking about your most recent halls, items you have your eyes on, what you're currently wearing, what's your hair routine, and more, I've decide to branch out and ask:


"What's on your plate?"


The beauty world doesn't just stop at skin care and cosmetics, it also goes hand in hand with your overall health and well-being, so with that, I'm curious to see what we're all chowing down and snacking on be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or inbetween!


For those with apps that help count calories or to those who just want to keep a log, here's a place to share, possibly find and share some recipes, and even tips on maintaining a balanced diet.


Don't just share food items, but even drinks! I'm a huge fan of tea and at least have a cup of green tea a day (anti-oxidants) and drink plenty of water.


For lunch today, I had:


-Brown rice

-Steamed egg

-Steamed red snapper with green onion, sesame oil, and black pepper

-Gai lan (it's a type of Chinese vegetable/greens)


Now, tell me, Beauty Talk world, what do you have? 😄

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This dish looks delicious and pretty too @Mirilu 😋

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My first turkey 🦃 Gorden Ramsay recipe. I made gravey, turkey stuffings and broccoli carrousel Fromm scratch too but forgot to take picture. Not sure why the picture looks burnt but I promise it looks really nice in real life and the boys loved it 😍 

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@blackkitty2014 ,

This is really making me hungry!  I'm so glad that you had such success cooking this beautiful turkey.

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Thx you @tsavorite 🌹

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@blackkitty2014 That looks amazing! How big was the turkey? Can you share the recipe?


We went to my in-laws for Thanksgiving and usually my husband takes a to-go container home but he forgot this time and now wants a second "Thanksgiving dinner" so I may do something this weekend.

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Here it is @AznAngelLiz . Gorden’s turkey is about 12 lbs. mine is 14lbs so I have to cook a bit longer.



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Thank you @blackkitty2014 

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That looks delicious, @blackkitty2014!

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@blackkitty2014  That's beautiful!  Did you guys eat turkey for breakfast, or are you in a different time zone than usual?  🙂


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@Ispend2much6 Due to miscommunication, I thought I was gonna make thx giving dinner for everyone. Turn out my in-laws would do it today. Since I already had a bird and I never made one myself so I tried it out yesterday. Took me from noon to around 7-7:30 pm to finish cooking the turkey, the gravy, mashed potatoes and 2 side dishes. We had pre Thxgiving dinner last night lol 😂 

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@blackkitty2014   Oh my!  Well, hopefully you'll have leftovers for a good while.  We ate at 10 a.m. one year because we cooked an heritage turkey on low heat through the night.  It was a good turkey, but nothing else was really ready by the time the turkey was!

Good job succeeding on your first Thanksgiving meal; it's not easy to do.


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Thx you @Ispend2much6 🌹 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family 

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@blackkitty2014   You too!!

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@blackkitty2014 @It looks so yummy 🤤 

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Thx you @SportyGirly125 🌹

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Happy Cooking Day!! 😂

I just started making our pumpkin pies, and I thought I'd share the two best tips I've learned about making them.

When making the pie crusts, I've learned that there is no need to cut the shortening and/or butter into the flour to make the dough.


The recipe I use (below) uses some shortening and a lot of butter- Dorie Greenspan's recipe.


I put the dry ingredients into my Kitchenaid mixer, and mix on low speed until combined.

I use a butter knife to flick chunks of shortening into the dry ingredients.


Next I cut the cold butter into 2 TB chunks, then those chunks into quarters, then add that to the mixer bowl.

I mix on the lowest speed until the the shortening forms sandy particles, and the butter chunks are much smaller.

I end up with some slightly larger butter chunks, but it doesn't matter.


Then I add water, which usually ends up being half of what the recipe requires. 

I have used the crust immediately and also refrigerated it.  It's up to you, but sometimes using the crust immediately will make the fats weep out of the crust and into the oven, making a mess.

Ready for the fridgeReady for the fridge


Screenshot 2021-11-24 at 09-22-35 Good for Almost Everything Pie Dough Recipe.png

Ruth Reichl's tip for pumpkin pie:  roast the pumpkin at 400 degrees before making the pie filling.

I add the sugar and spices to the pumpkin before I roast it; it gives a much richer flavor that way.  I also decided to use turbinado sugar this time. I use the traditional recipe on the back of the Libby's canned pumpkin.  Add the milk and eggs once you're ready to make the pies.


It doesn't look appetizing, but here's the finished product.  When the pumpkin and spice filling is spread onto the baking sheet, there will be puddles of liquid on the sides of it.  I roast it until those puddles are gone, or have turned into a syrupy liquid.


No more chalky taste from the pumpkin!



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Great tips, @Ispend2much6 !  Thanks!

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@tsavorite   You're welcome!  I need to give you a warning though.  I used turbinado sugar for the first time this Thanksgiving, and it gave the filling an unappetizing grayish color.  Also, because turbinado's sugar crystals are large, I ended up using less sugar than usual even though I used the same measured amount, which was okay by me but the rest of my family noticed the difference.  So, I'll probably try mostly white with a little light brown sugar next time.

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I can't believe I just found this thread! Totally love it & will be contributing but just wanted to say how fun! And thanks! ❤ 

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@BaseballJen  Looking forward to seeing what you share!

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Salmon sushi bake for dinner tonight. Turned out pretty good for my first time and not using sushi rice (I only have jasmine rice in the house). 



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