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Can this ravioli filling be saved?!

Thank you all. I think I'll try a crustless quiche.

Jun 03, 2014
Alex Halsey in Home Cooking

Can this ravioli filling be saved?!

So I made a spinach ricotta ravioli filling, from memory, only my memory is faulty and instead of adding one egg, I added FOUR. I think it is now way to watery to use, as is, for filling ravioli. Short of quadrupling the other ingredients, is there any way to save this so I can use it as filling? If not, any ideas on how else I can use it? It's a lot of good ingredients:

500 g of raw spinach, cooked, moisture squeezed out
250 g mascarpone
250 ricotta
100 g freshly grated parmesan
salt and pepper
nutmeg
TOO MANY EGGS!!!

Thanks for any feedback.

Jun 03, 2014
Alex Halsey in Home Cooking

What flavors go with cardamom?

I put a sprinkle in my coffee grounds. Gives the coffee a subtle but interesting taste.

May 08, 2014
Alex Halsey in Home Cooking

Dough, Asheville

Haven't tried the cinnamon rolls. Like Miss Piggy, I like to go for lunch. Have really enjoyed their meatball sub, and their shrimp corn chowder. Have heard good reports on their kale/butternut squash pizza. Great rainbow cookies, and excellent chopped liver. Good baguettes, too.

Jan 10, 2014
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Vegetarian Seder Entree, make ahead

Help, please! I have two vegetarians coming for seder (8 people total), and don't want to serve them just a bunch of side dishes. But I also don't want to be in the kitchen during the whole seder.

I'm considering a crustless leek pie that I bake in the morning and heat up during the seder. Any other ideas? (Following Sephardic tradition, rice is okay.)

Thanks for any guidance. The make-ahead part is what's tripping me up.

Mar 22, 2013
Alex Halsey in Kosher

Pho R Us - Asheville

Where is the Tuesday-night Ethiopian?

Jun 13, 2012
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Brunch for folks concerned with 'ambiance' in Asheville

I agree with Posana. Lovely space, with an option to sit outside. Very good food.

Apr 16, 2012
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant opening in Asheville

Exciting! Thanks for the tip. I don't get down that way much, but would make the trip to check it out.

Jan 01, 2012
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Your best lentil soup recipe?

I've had success with the Hearty Lentil soup recipe from Cook's Illustrated (easily Google-able). I substitute turkey bacon for the pork bacon, and it's still very good. Freezes really well, too.

Oct 23, 2011
Alex Halsey in Home Cooking

Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro, Asheville

We went early last Monday night. Were seated outside promptly, and given food and drink menus. There was hardly anyone inside (we had peeked in), and only one other two-top outside.

Maybe it was the heat making me peevish, but after waiting for nearly ten minutes for someone to take our order, and no one coming, we got up and left.

Headed to Posana for wonderful cocktails, and then to the Noodle Shop for some great food (as always).

I'd have to hear that they have improved their service before I would head back to Storm. There's a big difference between "leisurely" and "absent."

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Posana Cafe
1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Jul 23, 2011
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Avery Creek's Pizza and Ribs, Asheville, NC

This place was recommended to me, but it's out of the way (I'm in North Asheville, and don't get down to Arden often). Has anyone been? Is it worth the trip for the ribs? (I'm not too interested in the pizza.)

Thanks for any feedback.

AH

Jul 23, 2011
Alex Halsey in Southeast

The Junction, Asheville

Had drinks and snacks there the other night. The patio was lovely, and the drinks were inventive without being too silly, and also tasted great. Had fried green tomatoes with a shrimp remoulade. A tasty snack. I'm looking forward to going back and would definitely recommend it as a drinks destination

Jul 23, 2011
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Usual Suspects: Asheville, NC

Has this place closed? I saw an ad in a local free paper (Verve) announcing a new restaurant, and the address given is where Usual Suspects. Anyone have any info?

AH

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Usual Suspects
791 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804

Nov 27, 2010
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Asheville: Flossie's Hot Spot on Riverside: What is it?

Bar? Nudie Bar? Have driven by many times but can't figure it out.

Anyone?

Thanks.

AH

Dec 16, 2009
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Best Sandwhich in Asheville

I like the proscuitto/taleggio panini at Rezaz Enoteca. Served with lentil salad. mmm. That's one rich sandwich, though!

Sep 26, 2009
Alex Halsey in Southeast

Toddler-friendly dinner in Charlotte, near the Westin?

Thank you for all of your suggestions. We went to Jolina's for lunch. I would say it was just okay. We had spinach quesadillas, which were fine, and my husband had what he called the worst, most watered-down margarita he'd ever had. Oh well. But it served its purpose.

For dinner we went to Ratcliffe's, where we had a wonderful meal with great wine and friendly, professional service. I would definitely return.

Thanks again!

AH

Barefoot Contessa choc/sea salt cake w/caramel?

No, I haven't made it. I'll follow your link. Thanks!

Jun 10, 2009
Alex Halsey in Home Cooking

Toddler-friendly dinner in Charlotte, near the Westin?

That's helpful--thank you.

FWIW, price would be medium, vibe casual (would have to be, with this toddler!). Pretty flexible about cuisine.

Toddler-friendly dinner in Charlotte, near the Westin?

Okay. I don't know Charlotte at all. I'll be visiting there from Asheville this weekend and need somewhere for an early dinner Saturday night with three adults and one toddler. Any ideas? Would prefer not to eat at any of the major chains . . .

Thanks for any advice.

AH

Barefoot Contessa choc/sea salt cake w/caramel?

Thanks for all of the info and ideas. Now if it ever cools off I'll start baking again!

Jun 10, 2009
Alex Halsey in Home Cooking

Barefoot Contessa choc/sea salt cake w/caramel?

I read a reference to this cake in a magazine interview with Giada De Laurentiis. I looked on the Food Network website but could find no reference to it.

Does anyone know if this recipe is in one of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks? If so, which one? (I'd camp out at Barnes & Noble and read indices, but don't have that much time . . .)

Thanks for any info.

AH

Jun 10, 2009
Alex Halsey in Home Cooking

Sweet Potato pancakes in Springdale, UT

A couple of years ago I was in Springdale and had delicious sweet potato pancakes. The restaurant was fairly upscale.

I know this is a long shot, but does this ring a bell for anyone?

Thanks.

AH

Jun 02, 2009
Alex Halsey in Southwest

Asheville - Buddha Bagels, closed or moved?

Hmm. I went by at 12:30 pm today. There was a sign on the window that said that they were closed, permanently, effective immediately. At Greenlife, which usually stocks their bagels, the bagel case was empty.

I liked their bagels, but I can't say that I'm surprised that they closed, although I obviously don't know the full story behind the decision.

Sugar-citrus hard glaze for cake

Hi,

My late grandmother used to cover her hazelnut torte with a wonderful glaze made of lemon juice and confectioner's sugar. It hardened on top. I tried it, but ended up with a syrup that went into the cake. Nice, but not what I'm looking for. I want to see the glaze and have forks go through with that satisfying icing feeling.

Any tips? Was my ratio off?

Thanks for any advice.

AH

Apr 09, 2009
Alex Halsey in Home Cooking

Asheville: roast duck from Picnics--worth the cost?

I have houseguests and a baby and want something low-impact.

Asheville: roast duck from Picnics--worth the cost?

That's a $30 roast duck. I was thinking of getting one and making my own sides. Has anyone ever tried it? Does it feed four people decently?

thanks!

AH

Kosher-style replacement for oyster sauce?

Not sure if this should go in Home cooking, but here goes: I'd like to make a recipe for Garlic Beef with Broccoli (from Nina Simonds A Spoonful of Ginger). It calls for 6 Tablespoons of Oyster Sauce. Is there anything I can use or make instead to approximate texture or flavor?

Doesn't have to be true kosher--kosher-style in fine.

Thanks.

AH

Feb 10, 2009
Alex Halsey in Kosher

Thai chiles in Asheville?

Hi,

I'm looking for Thai chiles. First problem, I don't know what they are. Are they dried or fresh? What color? How large?

Second, where in Asheville can I get them? I've tried Greenlife but they didn't have any.

Third, if I can't find them, what's an appropriate replacement?

Thanks for any help.

AH

Cucina 24 (Asheville) - join the fan club

I've been twice. Excellent all around. The olive oil cake is superb. I also enjoyed their specialty cocktails. Haven't tried the pizza--is it good? Hard to pass up those pastas for pizza . . .

Question about two Asheville restaurants

Thai Basil in Grove Arcade, and Bavarian Lodge on Weaverville Highway--are either of these any good? For Thai Basil, I'm not looking for super-authenticity (I've never been to Thailand so would not know the difference), just not-too-greasy, good balance of flavors, and good curries.

Thanks!

AH