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Thanksgiving dinner: What is your LEAST favorite menu item that you can't get rid of?

Sounds fantastic, but I have to ask what the "green junk" is??? We have a required dish that my mother makes called "green stuff."

Sep 26, 2009
almccasland in General Topics

How do YOU use Sriracha sauce?

peanutbutter and sriracha sandwiches or a squirt of sriracha in the well of a soft-boiled egg

Jun 11, 2009
almccasland in General Topics

Recipe for "The Spot" veggie burger? (moved from L.A. board)

Do you mind posting the tofu sauce recipe? Thanks!!!

May 29, 2009
almccasland in Home Cooking

thai style butternut squash soup & substitution

I just wanted to let you know that I used your suggestions and they worked beautifully! I did make some changes to the recipe, as well. i used nearly twice the amount of coconut milk, decreased the broth by about a third, and used a bit more seasoning than suggested. Additionally, rather than simmering the cubed squash and onions in the broth, I sauted the onions and roasted the squash and some sweet potatoes prior to adding to the soupy part.

Delicious, and thanks again!

Dec 19, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

Oreo "truffles"

I'd love to make these for a Christmas Party I'm attending tomorrow night, but if you can believe this, I don't own a food processor or a blender. Do you think I'd be wasting my time to put them in a big baggie and try to crush them finely with a rolling pin and then use a hand mixer to blend the cream cheese in? If no
one has tried this, I'll give it a shot as the ingredients aren't expensive and this isn't labor intensive. I just thought I'd ask in case anyone has and says it's a complete disaster!

Thanks!!

Dec 19, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

thai style butternut squash soup & substitution

Thanks! I'll give that a shot.

Dec 17, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

thai style butternut squash soup & substitution

I found this recipe for butternut squash soup that I'd like to try out on some friends at an informal gathering Friday, but it calls for lemongrass and I don't have time to make it to the Asian market. I did a search and came up wtih lime zest as a substition in other Thai recipes, but I can't wrap my mind around it for this one. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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Dec 17, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

beer of the month

Thanks for the recommendation. Can you give some examples of some of the beers you've received from them? Thanks!

Dec 05, 2008
almccasland in Beer

I thought I hated Tofu...

Yes, there is such a difference between smoked tofu and tofu (although I really like both)!. My favorite way to have smoked tofu is heated on a skillet or grill, and in a sandwich made of homemade whole-wheat sourdough, smoked tofu, roasted red peppers, sliced green onions, bleu cheese dressing and dijon. It's a great contrast of sharp flavors and temperatures (bread and tofu warm, everything else chilled).

Dec 04, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

Beer question

Dogfish Head Nut Brown and Rogue Hazelnut.....both very tasty!

Other Sam Smith's that I think are outstanding are the Oatmeal Stout and Taddy Porter. Truthfully, I've never had anything that I didn't really enjoy by Sam Smith.

Dec 03, 2008
almccasland in Beer

Equally sweet and savory

Oh dear.... sweet guacamole does NOT sound like something that should ever come to be. Avocado mousse sounds fantastic, though!

Good call on the wasabi. I once had green apple-wasabi gelato. I loved the flavor, but the texture wasn't very pleasing. It was the gelato maker, though, as all of the flavors had that unfortunate feel.

Dec 01, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

T-day dinner scorecard

The cranberry-vodka infusion sounds good. Can I ask what your process was?
Thanks!

Nov 30, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

Equally sweet and savory

Interesting post!
Chilis/peppers
Chocolate
Peanutbutter/Peanuts
Raisins
Pumpkin
Sweet potatoes
Stout/porter/wine
Avocado

Nov 30, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

I see these words on a menu and then I must order...

Thanks for mentioning that. It will remind me to seek out a good bahn mi shop in Houston over the holidays when visiting the family. We have a notable Asian community in OKC, but I've not been to many of the restaurants. I do frequent the market, though, which is great fun!

Nov 29, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

Hooray for After-Holiday Grocery Shopping!

Wow, thanks! I'm always up for something new and I like that it doesn't sound sickly sweet. With my first round, I roasted several of them until the sweet caramelization was oozing out of the skins, peeled the skin off to munch on, and mashed the innards to make bread. I'm going to look for a savory yeast bread recipe to go with some sort of Brazilian or Jamaican stew.

Nov 29, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

Hooray for After-Holiday Grocery Shopping!

Nice haul! I popped over to the grocery after leaving the theatre yesterday because I wanted to catch the last day of 25 cent/pound sweet potatoes. I walked in and they were down to 10 cents per pound! I happily walked out with 10 pounds for $1 and tax!

Nov 28, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

I see these words on a menu and then I must order...

absolutely! I've never seen one on a menu, but have made them at home. It was more like a smoothie than a milkshake, though (ice cream-less). On the subject of nontraditional frozen concoctions, I tried durian ice cream once and really like it, as well. I've never had an actual durian, though.

Nov 28, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

I see these words on a menu and then I must order...

~anything that has avocado, bleu cheese, roasted red peppers, and green onions in the same dish
~oysters on the half-shell depending on where I am geographically
~ostrich (now that I finally had the opportunity to try it)
~any interesting vegan dish (although I'm not vegan - see above) i.e. I had vegan eggs benedict at Chicago Diner after the marathon last year just because I had to see how one would make a vegan version. FANTASTIC!
~any beer by Ommegang or Dogfish Head
~avocado ice cream or gelato
~lately, any malbec

Nov 28, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

Prairie Farms Pumpkin Spice Milk...mmmm

If you have a Super Target nearby, Archer Farms makes a good version....really rich, but tasty. They may carry it at the regular Targets, but I'm not sure.

Nov 28, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

Home cooked, or assembled food/foodie gifts for Christmas, new ideas?

Thank you, too! How long did you steep the cranberries in the vodka? Were you pleased with the results?

Nov 27, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

Home cooked, or assembled food/foodie gifts for Christmas, new ideas?

Great, thanks! I did search the spirits board, but I didn't type in the proper phrase, it seems. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

Home cooked, or assembled food/foodie gifts for Christmas, new ideas?

What vodka would you recommend for these? I don't want to use a super-high premium vodka meant for sipping, but don't want one that has an unpleasant taste, either.

Thanks!!

Nov 26, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

Italian Restaurant Rec - Dallas

Tony's Pizza & Pasta sounds great, too! I'll check out their website, as well, and report to the group.

All other suggestions are welcome....thanks!!

Nov 11, 2008
almccasland in Dallas - Fort Worth

Italian Restaurant Rec - Dallas

Thanks! I understand the Macaroni Grill and Olive Garden suggestions, but we really are trying to avoid those places, since a lot of out-of-towners will probably be flocking to them. Also, I know there is far better food in Dallas! :)

I'll definitely look up the website for Penne Pompodoro, though. Thanks again!

Nov 11, 2008
almccasland in Dallas - Fort Worth

Italian Restaurant Rec - Dallas

We've got a group of runners heading to Dallas for the White Rock Marathon & Half-Marathon next month. We'd like to find a local Italian place that can seat approximately 20 of us around 6:00 on a Saturday evening. We're not looking for anything really high-end, price wise....just good food and casual atmosphere. Most are staying near the American Airlines Center, but are willing to drive 10-20 miles out for something that fits this description. Any recommendations would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance and I'm glad to follow this post up with a review of our experience.

Nov 09, 2008
almccasland in Dallas - Fort Worth

Favorite Fall Dishes...

Hi Chunny - Again my apologies for just seeing this today! I'm taking a chance that you were asking me about the pumpkin oatmeal, rather than adamshoe. I've got several variations on it, but the base is always either cooked steel cut (my favorite) or rolled (when I'm in a time crunch) oats....never instant or quick. If I'm making it for myself (prefer savory to sweet), I just stir in 1/3 - 1/2 cup canned pumpkin and top with either nutritional yeast, greek yogurt, or crumbled goat cheese. If I make it for others, I use the same oatmeal/pumpkin ratio but add some pumpkin pie spices (cinn, ginger, nutmeg, etc.), top with greek yogurt and chopped walnuts or macademias, and drizzle with honey. It's really quite delicious! And if you make too much, you can always throw the extra into some pancake or waffle batter and have pumpkin pancakes.

Oct 13, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

Favorite Fall Dishes...

My apologies for just now seeing this request! I'll be digging out my notes (not really a recipe, but an ongoing list of notes until I 'perfected' it) soon and be glad to post in the Home Cooking board.

Oct 13, 2008
almccasland in General Topics

Arizona Biltmore Resort Cookies

Last month, I attended a conference at the AZ Biltmore Resort where we were fed these giant cookies at one of our breaks. I ate one and it was so good (even for a non-sweets person) that I went back and got another! Then I spent just over $25 for 5 more to bring back to Oklahoma with me....that's how good they were! In any case, I've tried googling for a copy cat recipe, but to no avail, so I'm turning to you all for help in replicating these. Any chance any of you have a recipe? Or possibly you've had these cookies and know how I can replicate them? They were probably 5-6 inches in diameter, maybe 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick, and fantastically moist and chewy! I had the oatmeal chocolate chip, the peanutbutter, the white chocolate macademia, and the sugar. I believe there were 2 or 3 other flavors that I didn't try, as well.

Thanks in advance!

Oct 13, 2008
almccasland in Home Cooking

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

Which restaurant in OKC did you find that was BYOB? How did you find it? I've been curious to know if we had any of those in this area!

Thanks!!

Oct 09, 2008
almccasland in General Midwest Archive

The Archer Farms Brand at Target

I thought that salted chocolate pretzel ice cream was fantastic! And I completely agree on the banana-yness (how's that for a word!).

To answer the question, I've really liked everything from Archer Farms, with exception of some frozen seafood t.v. dinner entrees. That was many months ago, though, and I think they've been discontinued. Their frozen thin-crust pizzas are particularly good for frozen pizza.

Oct 02, 2008
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