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2 Questions for induction converts

I switched from electric, which I hated from day one due to lack of control and deadly slow heat-up...but with no gas option, the coming of induction made it possible for me to switch. I have been using Le Creuset since I first got a kitchen. It works fine on electric, better on induction. I have always appreciated the possibilities for one-pot cooking...chicken fricassee, osso bucco, etc. I use the LC also for things that need to cook a long time without the danger of my absent mindedness causing a scortch...stuff like apple butter or the long-cooked stone ground grits I made this weekend.

The only LC product I have ever been slightly unhappy with is the LC stockpot I bought to replace my aluminum one. it already has chips in the coating after just a couple of years and I only use it for boiling water and making stock. I still might buy it again, as it was a good deal, but it's not a perfect 10 like my other LC pieces.

about 5 hours ago
danna in Cookware

2 Questions for induction converts

1. I bought an induction capable non-stick fry pan (mainly for eggs) and a new pasta pot to replace those same items that were not induction friendly. Otherwise I continued to use my all clad stainless and le crueset.

2. Didn't change what I cook at all, but it sure made the cooking a lot more pleasant. I'm curious to to hear how it changed yours.

Aug 18, 2014
danna in Cookware

Peaches are SO wonderful right now...

Agreed! Not that I would turn down a good peach cobbler, but I generally don't like my peaches cooked. I turned down a couple of otherwise gorgeous sounding peach dishes in Charleston last week because the peaches were roasted. blah.

Here's my pet peave: when did all the food mags decide you were supposed to drop peaches in boiling water for a minute, "make an x" and then peel? you don't need to do that! Just get a pairing knife and peel them!

Aug 07, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

Irregardless cafe Raleigh

Wow! I went to Irregardless a few times back in the early/mid 90's and really liked it. I bought the cookbook. I don't really remember it being vegetarian. Anyhow, it certainly has shown some longevity!

Aug 04, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

Thanks for chiming in , Sue!

I'm afraid 5 o'clock doesn't really work. You guys think upstairs at 6:30-7 would be a din? I guess I should just be polite and take the parents elsewhere.

Which begs the questions...where WOULD be quiet? We'll go to Coda on Wed, need a Thurs night destination. I really like Macintosh, but I seem to remember it's a little boisterous. I may just default to FIG.

btw, I paid $25 for a dozen capers blades at FIG in Dec. ouch.

Jul 17, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

What a great article!! Very impressive, thanks for the link.

How interesting that the spot that's making me die of foodie shame for not having enjoyed yet is Charleston's loudest. Also interesting is the information about Coda del Pesce and their sound deadening tiles. One of the best restaurant experiences I've had w/ my parents in years was there last summer. The food was very good, but I wonder if the the quiet (that I didn't even notice) played a large part in everybody being happier?

Jul 15, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

I'll be in Charleston in a few weeks w the 'rents and I'm dying to go to the Ordinary. But my Mom is very sensitive to loud noise and my Dad has a hearing aid, so lots of background clatter disturbs him as well. Is there any way we could enjoy the Ordinary? Thanks.

Jul 14, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

eh... I don't remember the service, so it must have been ok.

Jul 14, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

I tried King Daddy's a couple of weeks ago. had chicken wings, kale salad, wild mushroom dish, and a waffle. Everything pretty good. Nothing absolutely killer, but definiately solid and we'll probably be back.

Jul 14, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

I understand from my beer snob friends that Thirsty Monk is the place to go for unusual bottles. I'm more about Asheville's own fresh brew on tap, which is found almost everywhere. 12 Bones always has a lot of local beer on tap, and available in 10 oz pours which I appreciate.

Admiral I could see getting a Michelin Gourmand status, but it's too casual for a star i think. make reservation NOW.

Jul 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

Shrimp/Cheese/Bread Shopping Between Charleston and Kiawah

Yeah, i think it would be worth making a 2nd stop for the shrimp. You can get the cheese, carcuterie and bread/crackers at goat.sheep.cow Good luck with the storm.

Jul 03, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

makes total sense, but kinda takes the fun out of the(now-not-new-anymore) bridge element, you know? ;-)

Jun 30, 2014
danna in Cookware

Please help finalize Charleston destinations (researched!!)

Agreed. Cru absolutely screams Charleston. You need to sit on the porch and get the shrimp BLT. I wind up there for lunch just about every time I go to Chas. I do prefer it for lunch rather than dinner.

Fig is my favorite restaurant, but I wouldn't limit myself to the seafood stew if I were you. I imagine you're thinking it's more indigenous, but I always recommend one of the other fish dishes. The preparations of those may be similar to what you get in NYC, but the fish will be local...and superb.

Jun 30, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

I really appreciate the people trying to help me out with this!

It looks like that Max Burton piece requires you to buy a separate round thing to go on the bottom...if I'm looking at it right. I noticed the following review on Amazon that made me not want this particular piece but hopefult here is one out there..

Q: Does this TRULY work on an Induction cooktop?

A:
It will work on a single burner but not well. It will only heat in the middle where the induction disc is. It will not heat evenly. Since there is a round disc, it will not work on a bridge element. The disc on the one I received had sharp edges and scratched my cooktop. I finally found one that works on my bridge element but since I didn't get it from Amazon not sure if I am allowed to say.

Jun 27, 2014
danna in Cookware

Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

Thanks! I'll read up on that one.

Jun 27, 2014
danna in Cookware

High calorie, no cholesterol foods? [moved from Home Cooking]

I know! I know! ;-)

Well, at least I know what puts weight on me. I try to eat well, but the "healthy" food that fattens me up without question are trail mix and granola. I suppose it makes since that foods designed for keeping up your energy in the woods would have plenty of calories.

A few years ago I developed a fantastic granola recipe that only had a trace of oil and a little fat from nuts and coconut. It fattened me up but good and I had to stop making it. I can also say from experience that trail mix does the same thing. There is an inexpensive, GIANT bag of trail mix available at Walmart, I think it's called Mountain Mix or something. It contains peanuts, almonds, raisins and M&Ms (ok, not the healthiest thing). It's notable to me that the "gourmet" blend we used to pay $8/lb for at the grocery store had the same mix except the chocolate candies were off brand and tasted bad. The Walmart bag is better quality and cheaper. go figure.

I would also suggest buying some low-fat frozen yogurt and making peanut butter shakes out of it. it's shocking the amount of ice cream (or substitute) that you wind up putting in the blender to make what looks like a normal sized milkshake.

Jun 27, 2014
danna in Not About Food

Pho Attack

Well, let's ignore the other three , then.

I, personally, if I had a heart attack 3 times, each time immediately after finishing a steak, I would suspect steak did initiate my heart attack.

And as for the pho, I am a competitve endurance athlete with no underlying medical conditions. I DO tend to be have occasional sensitivities/allergies to stuff...examples are aspartame, psuedoephidrine, sunflower pollen, etc. Thus my feeling that there is some substance in the occasional bowl of pho that sets me off.

(i hope that didn't sound defensive, i really am interested in your furthur thoughts on the matter)

Jun 26, 2014
danna in Not About Food

Pho Attack

wow. pretty weird that at least 3 people on this thread have had very similar, and quite ODD symptoms. Having your head feel compressed is fairly specific, unlike the typical vague stomach upset, headache, etc. You'd think someone would have figured it out by now.

I'm thinking the "unusual ingredient" + allergy/sensitivity theory may be the best one suggested here. Since it only happens (at least for me) with Pho, that seems to rule out salt and MSG as likely culprits, as they surely exist in other foods.

Jun 26, 2014
danna in Not About Food

Restaurant 17, Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest , SC (northern G'ville cty)

I've taken quite a few pics at this new restaurant, and since the setting is one of the best parts, thought this might be a good way to try out the new "photo story" tool.

Jun 26, 2014
danna in Southeast
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No fuss BDay diner Pescetarian options Charleston (or area) Cru/Anson/Hanks

You can't go wrong with Cru, unless it's proximity to the market bothers you. Below is a pic I took there last December

I'm about to have a mental breakdown if I don't get to the Ordinary soon. People rave.

I like Fat Hen, but it always feels a tad heavy to me. I recall my veg and semi-veg friends were pretty horrified to find unadvertised bacon in their grits there.

Jun 24, 2014
danna in Southeast

lunch/ snack suggestions between Greenville SC Airport and Highlands NC

Neither he nor I have ever gone that way, so I can't really say what 28 is like. I am unaware of any good eats in Seneca nor nearby Clemson .

It also seems a tad out of the way on the map. Hwy 123 , although 4 lanes, is not interstate as it might appear on the map. You might consider Hwy 11 and then 28 to Highlands.

Whichever way you go will be scenic! Have a great time and please give us some reviews for Highlands.

Jun 24, 2014
danna in Southeast

lunch/ snack suggestions between Greenville SC Airport and Highlands NC

me again. I'm really hoping you get some more points of view on this...

my husband thinks you'd be better off finding somewhere to eat around Greenville and taking Scenic Hwy 11 West to Hwy 130 and then head north. While 11 is a two lane road, it's straight and traffic moves fast normally. 130 goes up the escarpment, so will be slower. You'll see this on a map. If you choose that route, I would suggest this little bakery right on the way:

http://www.upcountryprovisions.com

Jun 24, 2014
danna in Southeast

lunch/ snack suggestions between Greenville SC Airport and Highlands NC

Oskar Blues had a new brewery w/ tasting room in Brevard. I haven't been there yet, but I hear it's nice.

The bike shop/outfitter store on the corner of 280 and 64 as you head into Pisgah Forest has a "tavern"...you can pull up a bar stool and drink local draft. It's pretty great. Asheville (another 20-30 min northeast of Brevard) has tons of good restaurants and more high quality local beer than you can drink.

I was curious and looked up your tour guide. They mention Pisgah and Dupont. Pisgah is wilder and steeper and larger and more beautiful. It could truly be called backcountry. Dupont is more recently "built" , easier and has several remarkable waterfalls that are very accessible ( i had the ranger open a gate and drove my 90+ grandmother in to see them). I prefer Pisgah, but both are fabulous places to spend a day.

Jun 20, 2014
danna in Southeast

lunch/ snack suggestions between Greenville SC Airport and Highlands NC

Of the top of my head, I would say an hour from Highlands to Brevard. Of course, if you are hiking in Pisgah near the ranger station, add a few more minutes to that. It's just the windy nature of the road that makes it slow, it's not that far. What trail are you hiking? I assume you are aware of the waterfalls in that part of the world? We drove to highlands last year (when we ate at Old Edwards) and saw 3 amazing waterfalls within just a few miles of each other + another one on the way home.

Brevard is not just broken out in good restaurants. Last week I ate at Pescado's which is a make-your-own burrito place that is local and plain but good and seems healthy to me, good for post work-out food. Lots of people like Hob Nob, and it's a very attractive setting...great outdoor seating in front of a large older home. food just so-so to me. A spot called Square Root is also decent. Interested in beer-related recs?

Jun 19, 2014
danna in Southeast

lunch/ snack suggestions between Greenville SC Airport and Highlands NC

If you should decide not to do Flatrock , be advised there is this: http://www.sapphiremountainbrewingcom...

the pizza was not nearly as good as it looked in the photo, but they had beer on draft and it was a pretty setting.

Jun 19, 2014
danna in Southeast

lunch/ snack suggestions between Greenville SC Airport and Highlands NC

I wish there were an easier way to get there...i would go more often. Paoletti's is the only place I know to recommend in Highlands. Honestly, it's been a few years, but last time we went, it was an enjoyable semi-old school Italian restaurant. (like 90's old-school...not red-sauce old school) We went to the restuarant at Old Edwards Inn last summer and it was beautiful sitting in the garden, but the food was mediocre at best.

We have enjoyed the ice cream parlor on the river.

Directions, as I would do it:
From the airport, take I85 south to I385 toward Greenville. Take the exit for hwy 291 aka Pleasantburg Dr. Follow 291 North toward Bob Jones University and watch for the left at a traffic light you'll have to make to stay on 291. Follow 291 until it intersects Hwy 25 (runs with Hwy 276 at this point) Go north toward Furman University. Stay on 25 when 276 diverges in Traveler's Rest. Now you have clear sailing and the scenery gets nice as you head up the escarpment and across the state line (where the speed limit goes up 10 mph, yay NC). Before you get to H'ville, you'll see an exit for Flat Rock on Old Greenville Hwy. Take that (veer right and go under the bridge and in a few miles you'll find the Bakery on your right at the first stop light you come to. It is behind a gift shop called the Wrinked Egg.

After you eat, get back on Greenville Hwy (225) and head into H'ville. This will take you down main street (sorry, but it's short) and cross Hwy 64. Go left (west) and then be patient for a long, long time. 64 will go through Brevard (with a left turn), then Rosman (town to be avoided), then through Sapphire, Toxaway, Cashiers, and to Highlands. Beautiful drive. slow.

Jun 19, 2014
danna in Southeast

lunch/ snack suggestions between Greenville SC Airport and Highlands NC

Yeah, sorry, NC. I live in SC so that abbreviation trips off the typing fingers unbidden sometimes.

The question of H'ville NC being out of the way is an interesting one. If you look at the map, you see that from a miles perspective, it certainly is. From a time-perspective? I don't know. What route were you planning to take to Highlands? Have you been there before?

One route that looks somewhat promising on the map would be hwy 276 to Brevard and then left. Beautiful drive, but it goes up and over Ceasar's Head on two lane roads. Also , you may see 178 which hits 64 in Rosman. That is two lane, windy and goes over the continental divide. I have driven that behind a boy scout bus and thought I might grow old and die before the top. However Hwy 25 from G'ville SC to H'ville NC is a 4 lane w/ 55-65 speed limits. Once you get on 64, regardless of where , it's going to be slow going.

Where do you plan to eat in Highlands?

Jun 19, 2014
danna in Southeast

lunch/ snack suggestions between Greenville SC Airport and Highlands NC

I would absolutely say Flatrock Village Bakery. Flatrock is a little town outside Hendersonville SC. You can pick up Hwy 64 to Highlands in Hendersonville.

Flatrock bakery has fabulous brick oven pizza, and very good pastry and desserts (specialty is scones + viennioiserie) and extraordinary bread. I was thin in the 90's before they opened ;-) There is also a bbq place right next door if you want to try a variety. They both have great outdoor seating and aren't picky about sharing each other's food.

If it happens to be dinnertime, you could consider going to West First in Hendersonville for a sit down meal with beer and wine and the same fabulous pizza from the same owners.

Jun 18, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston Trip Report: Rarebit, Kudu, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Two Boroughs Larder, Hominy Grill, The Belmont, Virginia's on King, Poogan's Porch, Proof, The Ordinary, The Grocery, Farmers Market, Leon's, Jeni's Ice Cream, Gin Joint, Cypress, Husk

You know how to eat! thanks for the great report

Jun 16, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville dinner near McCormick Field

Is McCormick field where the baseball games are played, right there where Charlotte street hits 25 going south?

If so, then heck yeah, I'd walk from Seven Sows or Storm or Rhubarb or Doc Chey.

Jun 16, 2014
danna in Southeast