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Passing of Sam Fujisaka - Please share Memories

RIP Sam.....your words will be sorely missed here at Chowhound......hope you're enjoying your favorite meal now and teaching everyone how to be Chowish.

Apr 17, 2010
lvanleer in Site Talk

restaurants in theaters

Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia, Maryland

Apr 12, 2010
lvanleer in General Topics

What's Your Favorite Chinese Take Out Order

Steamed Dumplings
Fried Wontons
Singapore Rice Noodles or Curry Shrimp/Chicken
Pepper Steak with Tomatoes
Combination Fried Rice

Mar 24, 2010
lvanleer in General Topics

Where do I find Passover groceries in D.C.?

The reason the Rockville Harris Teeter has a great Kosher/Passover selection is it's located near the Jewish Community Center and a Jewish neighborhood....so the store is definitely catering to the community it serves.....just like the Shoppers Food Warehouse in the same area has a great ethnic/international food section because of the Latin American/Asian communities nearby....I live about 10-15 minutes away from both stores.

College Dorm Cooking Facilities

I went to Towson State(now University) back in the late 70s/early 80s and the women's dorm that I lived in during my freshman and junior year actually did have a small kitchen on our floor. I can remember making scrambled eggs, sauteed peppers and onions, and even tacos in that little kitchen.....I'm not sure that they still have the kitchen because the students I believe now are allowed those microfridges in their dorm rooms....we were only allowed a "hot pot" and a mini fridge.....oh our dorm was built in the 50s.

Mar 19, 2010
lvanleer in Not About Food

Taco Bell's "Pacific Shrimp Taco"

My DH and I had them for lunch today and we actually thought they were pretty good for Taco Bell....I loved the spicy avocado crema sauce on them.

Mar 16, 2010
lvanleer in Chains

What to do with really hot peanut butter?

After reading this thread, I had to order some of the spicy peanut butter.....I used a little last night with some pineapple juice and teriyaki sauce to flavor some already roasted pork tenderloin...l let it marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator and then served the pork with penne pasta.....it was actually pretty good...not enough heat to cause a severe burn but enough of a flavor to ask what was that.....next time I think I'm going to add some shredded carrots and chopped peanuts to the dish and maybe some scallions.

Jan 31, 2010
lvanleer in General Topics

Do people really (and I mean "really") like Girl Scout Cookies?

I'm sorry however I do actually love Samoas and Thin Mints.....JMO....

Jan 26, 2010
lvanleer in General Topics

Steaklovers ... when did you first fall in love with steak?

I loved steak as a child and still do....my mom used to make a great marinated flank steak and then occasionally she would broil a t-bone or porterhouse for the three of us(dad, mom and me)......if we went to a restaurant I would generally order some kind of beef dish such as London Broil with mushroom sauce.....and hardly ever ordered from a kids' menu....My mom always said I had expensive tastes.

Dec 20, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

favorite cozy snowstorm food

Chili
Split Pea/Lentil or Bean Soup
Hot Chocolate w/ Whipped Cream
Fresh out of the oven Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dec 18, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Turkey-free Christmas

For my DH and I, we usually have roast beef however this year we're having boneless leg of lamb for Christmas dinner.....we generally never have turkey for Christmas.

Dec 15, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Pizza/Crab-cake place off of I-95 in North Maryland

Box Hill Pizzaria.....it's at 2915 Emmorton Road in Abingdon, MD(basically at the Edgewater exit)

Do you measure ?

Baking....yes......Cooking, definitely no....in fact a recipe is generally just a guideline to me....i hardly ever follow one unless I'm baking or making a secific dessert.

Aug 16, 2009
lvanleer in Home Cooking

Regional favorite that you just didn't get once you finally had a chance to try it

I also admit to getting the Cincinnati style at Hard Times in the DC area because my mom made a similar version and served it over spaghetti with cheese and onions even before Hard Times opened.

Aug 13, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Burtonsville Amish Market Potato Salad

Do you ever get to Germantown because on Middlebrook Road is another Amish market probably with a very similar potato salad......you might want to try that.

Mayo Fear vs. Salad Dressing (Miracle Whip)

I live in a divided house....My DH loves Miracle Whip and I prefer Mayo.....which is interesting because he isn't a big sweet eater and I find that MW has a sweeter taste while Mayo has an eggier taste just like Mayo should.

Jun 16, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

What is the quintessential food of your town?

Well I live outside of Washington DC and I would have to say DC is known for its' Senate Bean Soup and Ben's Chili Bowl Half-Smokes.

May 17, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

My Dad was Jewish and for Yom Kippur his traditional break the fast meal that my Mom would prepare was a mixture of cooked egg noodles and cottage cheese....Evidently that's what his family had while he was growing up and I still make it even though I'm not Jewish(I grew up in a mixed house).

Apr 27, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Tasty Eats in the woodley Park/Zoo or Dupont Circle area

My husband suggests trying Petit Plats(a French bistro) on Connecticut Avenue near the Woodley Park metro station.

Kensington question

They couldn't all have become Gino's that early because I was born in 1960 and remember as a young(at least 4 or 5 yrs old and probably into elementary school) going to the Tops on Veirs Mill Road in Twinbrook.....with my parents......in fact that location went from Top's to Sizzler to McDonalds.

Kensington question

Actually I'm not sure that location was ever a Tops because living where I do now and while I was growing up....the Tops that my family and I went to was where the McDonalds is in Twinbrook on Veirs Mill Road now and it was a drive-in like the original Hot Shoppes.....in addition there was a Tops in Bethesda

Kensington question

No actually the wrong high school was Wheaton....they liked hiring Einstein students.....I went to Holiday Park, Randolph and then Wheaton....but know a lot of Einstein students.

Kensington question

Actually Savannah's is in what used to be a Gino's(not Arbys') and possibly a Roy Rogers for awhile however it was never a Jr Hot Shoppes.....because I live down by Connecticut and Veirs Mill(grew up here) and tried getting a job during high school at Ginos but was rejected(possibly because I couldn't work enough hours but I really think because I went to the wrong high school)......In addition I also remember the place across the street that eventually turned into a Pizza Hut for awhile and now I believe there's a bank there.

Southern desserts you can't live without

Any kind of cobbler
Pecan or sweet potato pie
Banana pudding
Lemon bars

Mar 23, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Pad Thai--is it an authentically Thai dish?

Did anyone catch Throwdown with Bobby Flay last night? The first one was a pad thai from Thai Basil in Chantilly Virginia.....The lady who beat Bobby used tamarind and palm sugar to make hers....and is actually from Thailand....she even teaches classes at her restaurant so you can learn how to make pad thai.

Mar 05, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Anyone eat kiwi with the skin?

I always eat my kiwi without peeling it.....that's where all the vitamins are.

Feb 16, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Wedding toast for wine, salt and bread

In my family because my dad was Jewish we followed the old Jewish tradition. He gave us salt, bread and a broom as a housewarming gift. Salt is to season your life, the bread is so you will not go hungry, and the broom is to sweep your troubles or sorrows away.....very similar to the Italian tradition.

Feb 09, 2009
lvanleer in Not About Food

What is on your Superbowl Menu?

Well our menu might not sound very chowish however we try to feature foods that you might eat in the team cities....so our menu consists of Pierogis Pittsburgh style with lots of onions sauteed in butter, Primanti-style sandwiches(ham, cheese, vinegar based cole slaw, tomatoes, mayo and fries on Italian bread), and although I really couldn't find anything really for Arizona....I'll do shrimp fajitas however I think I'm going to serve in lettuce leaves.....and probably some dips and veggies.

Jan 28, 2009
lvanleer in General Topics

Should London Broil cut of meat be braised?

When my mom made London Broil or flank steak.....she always broiled it till rare or medium-rare, sliced across the grain which makes it a little more tender.....then one of the classic ways to serve it is with a mushroom sauce(kind of like a Bordelaise but with mushrooms added)

Jan 26, 2009
lvanleer in Home Cooking

Football food - with a Ravens theme

My suggestion is if you can find them some Baltimore made polish sausage like the ones from Pollock Johnnys' or some really good Baltimore inspired corned beef.....hth

Jan 16, 2009
lvanleer in Home Cooking