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Laurie Colwin’s Baked Mustard Chicken???

Very helpful reply, thank you kindly, MagiesMom, I feel like I am in your kitchen watching you make it!

Mar 17, 2015
Olympia Jane in Home Cooking

Laurie Colwin’s Baked Mustard Chicken???

Hi Magiesmom, reading this thread makes one curious about the vastly different results. Do you use the recipe Sammie'sMom posted, or this one from the top of the thread, or something in between? The two recipes in this thread are slightly different...the one in the original link to the NY Times at the top (cut and pasted below) has a lower oven temp, less butter, fewer bread crumbs (and dry not fresh), etc. than the one Sammie's Mom posted with the 1992 copyright to Molly O'Neill.

INGREDIENTS
¾ cup Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt and black pepper
2 cups fine dry unseasoned bread crumbs
2 chickens, 2 to 3 pounds each, quartered, rinsed and dried
1 tablespoon sweet paprika, or as needed
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
PREPARATION
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine mustard, garlic, thyme, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Place bread crumbs in another large bowl.
Working in batches, coat chicken quarters on all sides with mustard mixture. Shake off excess mustard, then coat completely with bread crumbs. Arrange in a single layer in a large, shallow baking pan.
Dust the chicken with paprika and scatter butter pieces on top. Bake until crust is deep golden brown and crispy, about 2 hours. (Depending on the oven, the size of the pan and the size of the chickens, baking time may be as long as 2 1/2 hours.) Serve hot or at room temperature.
Adapted from “Home Cooking” by Laurie Colwin

Mar 17, 2015
Olympia Jane in Home Cooking

Song Phang Kong

Thank you both for the informative report and for the moment required to take a photo before diving in - I doubt I would have mustered the restraint. Looks and sounds sublimely tasty.

Mar 17, 2015
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

I put it in the freezer - but - thawed sourdough would not be a fair test. I hope your skis found snow in MT...!

Mar 13, 2015
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

Christy319, I was on the island earlier today and picked up a large loaf of the Pane D'Amore sourdough. Your horoscope says there is a loaf of island sourdough in your future if we can figure out how to meet up, maybe in the Ballard Phinney area?

Mar 10, 2015
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Since "Fancy Desserts" won, perhaps we can share a bottle of vintage port? Thank you all for being so warm and inviting in your responses. What a lovely group and lively discussion. I am a bit sad I found y'all at the tail end of the "Piglet Competition 2015" (really? there is something in this world called a Piglet Competition? How wonderful) but much cheered to have had the good fortune to virtually eavesdrop. Cheers!

Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Hello all - I just stumbled across and read this whole thread, and felt compelled to thank all of you for posting. Reading it from beginning to (almost) end was highly enjoyable. It felt like eavesdropping on an animated conversation of good friends seated around a large round table. Reading the thread also made me wish I could join your table, or at the very least lean over my chair as you are discussing "A Boat, A Whale & a Walrus" to whisper - "..if for no other recipe, make the Butter Roasted Zucchini Bread. For something that might seem pedestrian (zucchini bread?), it is ridiculously delicious and the ingredients are not unique to the Pacific Northwest."

Thanks again for the lovely morning read and cheers to all.

Seattle: Bow to Empire?

It's no wonder. Just put "Inland" in front of "Empire", tackle the trek from Bow, WA to around and about and in the Inland Empire and you have one heck of a foodie adventure. There's bound to be a slew of tasty bites in them thar empire eateries scattered about in area with a population comparable to New Mexico...

From Wikipedia:

"The Inland Northwest, also known as the Inland Empire, is a region in the Pacific Northwest centered on Spokane, Washington, including the surrounding Columbia River basin and all of North Idaho.

Included in the region are the counties of:

Washington
Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima

Idaho
Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated population as of 2004 was 1,913,682 making it, in population, comparable to New Mexico. Its Canadian counterpart, north of the border, is the British Columbia Interior."

Mar 09, 2015
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Indian Food Suggestions

Naan 'n Curry is our favorite too, especially the Chicken Mughlai. It's sublimely delicious.

Mar 03, 2015
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

Hi Christy ~ Have you tried Pane d'Amore Bakery sourdough bread? The bakery location we frequent is on the south end of Bainbridge Island (next door to the Lynwood Theater), but they also have stores in Sequim and Port Townsend if that is closer to you or you have friends from there who could bring a loaf for you to try. I don't know if they sell in any stores in Seattle, it might be worth giving them a call to find out. They make a sourdough white baguette and a sourdough white batard, and I would steer you towards the batard. The bread is sold by the loaf, but they will run it through the slicer if you prefer it sliced. The crust on the batard is not exactly soft, but it is softer than the sourdough baguette crust, and the bread is chewy but it may not be as sour as you like. Maybe worth a try? If you decide to make the journey, The Lynwood Theater is a wonderful old time theater, a delightful place to see a movie. They are currently showing "Still Alice".

Mar 03, 2015
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

I need help making the perfect omelet

No words we write serve to teach as well as the post with the video links to Jacques Pepin's short video or the one below for Julia's techniques. I love that they both teach more than one technique. One of them may be the key to the Portland Waddle's Coffee Shop omelet experience. ("Eat Now at Waddles" with the giant clock - who could forget that iconic sign?)

If you watch both videos, you will have a total of 3 approaches. Eggs are relatively inexpensive, and it's fun to mess around and try them all. In terms of pure joy, Julia gets giant fun points for her suggestion of practicing on flying beans, but Pepin is clearly in his element as well.

Jacques teaches how to make both French and American (or rustic) omelets. Julia teaches the French omelet style, then mentions the rustic style but snubs it as leathery and finishes her tutorial with how to make a "Scrambled style Omelet". Personally, I prefer the so-called rustic style. Horrors - I love a buttery browned omelet edge, it seems both Julia and perhaps Jacques prefer the tenderness of a classic French omelet. Neither of them demonstrate adding cheese or other ingredients other than fines herbes - but Jacques does mentions the proper time and manner to add cheese.

Thanks for asking your question - it was a joy to re-watch the videos and partake in their pleasure. One imagines gathering eggs in a French farmyard...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RThnq...

Feb 16, 2015
Olympia Jane in Home Cooking

Paseo reopened?

You have good reason to be skeptical about the long lines. We were frequent and passionate Paseo aficionados, so I gave the new owners a few weeks before the first visit. I tried to call in my order, but no luck - there were not answering their phone. No matter how busy, the old Paseo crew managed to cheerfully answer their phone - although sometimes we got a busy signal and it took a few tries to get through. That was my first clue times have changed.

Thinking it would not be terribly busy at that time, I showed up at the Fremont location at 2:30pm midweek in late January, well past lunch hour and before the usual dinner rush. They were slammed. Or... it looked like they were slammed and maybe the people queued up around the joint had all been there since early in the day waiting...? The counter service and kitchen was, shall we say, really disorganized. They seemed to be tripping over each other and not getting much accomplished in the tangle. At 2:30 in the afternoon the line to order food was about 20 people deep, and even more people were waiting around for their food. The line was moving very (very) slowly. The ticket numbers being called were significantly out of order of tickets taken, much to the delight of someone who had just ordered and the dismay of someone whose order had gone in 10 or 15 tickets prior. I vowed to gut it out, and when I reached the order counter, I ordered a little of everything to make the trek as worthwhile and as much of a taste test as possible. I put in an order for Paseo Press sandwich (formerly the Midnight Cuban), one chicken thigh full on dinner, one side order of spicy red sauce tofu (Tofu Con Gusto), and one side each of caramelized onions and black beans. Prices seem to have gone up $1 or $.50 per item?

Unfortunately, I was one of those people who had a lower ticket number, yet watched everyone who ordered after me get their food and go, and a new group arrive before my order came up. I didn't have a complicated order...one sandwich, one dinner, 2 sides.

The good:
1) The Paseo Press sandwich was messy and delicious. It was not exactly the same as the old Paseo sandwich, but it was very tasty, perhaps even better.
2) The Paseo salad seemed to be the lettuce greens/shredded beets/shredded red cabbage salad of yore. Okay, the dressing was not quite as good - it was a tad more vinegary.
3) Caramelized onions - same as before. Delicious.

The pretty good:
2) Sadly, the chicken thighs were fine, but not the addictive crave-them how-do-they-make-these-so-delicious Paseo chicken thighs. Wahhh. I loved original Paseo chicken thighs. THAT'S the recipe I want.

The meh:
3) The white rice. The corn on the cob. What one might expect. Okay. Fine. Serviceable.

The bad:
4) The black beans were flat out inedible. Really bad. We don't waste food, and we had to toss them in the compost bin. The beans were half-cooked, half-hard, and in a very watery rosemary(??) flavored sour broth that was just plain foul.
5) The side of "Tofu Con Gusto" in red sauce? Uh, or not. Upon arriving home, I discovered the takeout box yielded five small and lonely 1 inch rectangles of tofu on white rice in NO red sauce. None. Not a drop. Hunh? Oops. Major fail to box up an order of tofu with no red sauce. That's like forgetting to spoon the marinara on a bowl of spaghetti.

We have not been back, but if they open it, we will give the Ballard hot pink shack location a try. I really want to think the Paseo 2.0 folks will figure out a way to replicate the 1.0 roasted chicken thighs. If any of you Seattle CH'ers have a clue as to how to prepare chicken thighs so they taste like Ye Olde Paseo...holler.

Feb 14, 2015
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Adieu, Elysian. Thanks for the Sellout

That is one whopper of a visually cool and mentally interesting map, thanks much acgold7. The map sparks the imagination as to the multiple layers of stories lurking beneath each graphic...and what an assembly job to put it all together in a simple format. It's an art poster of hundreds of stories.

And, as for Elysian being purchased by AB, what the heck, maybe AB will arrange for Sea-Fair princesses to accessorize their ball gowns with yellow lab puppies and ride in the parade on Clydesdales...

Feb 11, 2015
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Ideas for a Molecular Gastronomy Store Name {prize}

Thanks for the challenge. I love coming up with names (and winning is always fun) so I played around with a bunch of ideas and liked Basket of Elements the best. Also, as of this moment, the domain name www.basketofelements.com is available on Go Daddy. Do we have a winner? I'm wishing us both luck!

Feb 05, 2015
Olympia Jane in Not About Food

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

Hello Linda Whit from a Grateful Fan,

This is a moment of love and appreciation for Linda Whit. I faithfully read your recaps each week. In fact, that's the only way I "watch" Top Chef. I saw the first several seasons of Top Chef, but the format became too full of grocery carts racing around Whole Foods, nano-second edits, perpetual product placements and sproingy sound effects for me to tolerate. Yet, I am as curious as the next person about the trajectory of people who are full on passionate in their chosen element - in this instance, the passion of chefs. So, for the last many seasons, I don't "see the movie" each week, I "read the book" via Linda Whit's new installment. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Linda Whit, for your hard work, remarkable skill and delightful write up of each week's Top Chef episode. I read it within minutes of your posts. Via your story telling skills, I am a Gregory fan. I read each week's write up quickly to find out if he has been told to PYKAG or if he lives to see another challenge. Whew, so good so far. Can't wait for the final..

I am certain I am not the only one who does not watch the episode but reads your write ups. Your story - and the ensuing comments - are far more entertaining than the televised version.

I thank you.

Pop Pop Thai Street Food

Creepygirl, thank you. You've made me merry and bright on the darkest days of the year. Because of you, I have eaten twice in 2 days (yesterday's lunch and today's dinner) at Pop Pop Thai Street Food, a "never-in-a-million-years-would-I-have-found-or-gone-here" kind of a place. This is exactly why Jim Leff, our beloved Alpha Hound, invented Chowhound oh so many years ago. He would be very pleased with your find.

Before I dive into a food report, a word (or two) about the "never would have found" it aspect of Pop Pop. The street address is not sufficient for finding this place. (13242 Aurora Ave North is the address). They are on the east side of Aurora (on the right if you are driving northbound on Aurora) located between a Jimmy John's and a T-Mobile, directly across the parking lot from LA Fitness. When I saw the LA Fitness sign/building, I drove into that mall area parking lot and then meandered over to them. They aren't easy to find the first time, but well worth it.

There was a table of teenagers and some departing lunch folks, but otherwise it was pretty empty when I went in yesterday at 1:30pm. I had a large mug of jasmine tea and ordered the #12, Grilled Chicken with Sticky Rice, a Sweet Chili and a Tamarind Sauce. My gracious server said that menu item took 15 minutes, did I still want it? Yes, I did. I was happy to sip tea and read. Very hungry when I sat down, the dish arrived in about 10 minutes, and I devoured about a third of what was served to me. I would not say the portion was overly large, just unusually filling. The grilled chicken was surprisingly juicy, very tender and mildly greasy/salty/garlicky. The sticky rice was, well, very sticky and the two sauces just right to balance the saltiness of the chicken.

Tonight I had dinner with a friend. We went in at 8:30, about a half hour before closing, and they graciously seated us. We did not feel the least bit rushed throughout our entire meal, on the contrary, it seemed like they enjoyed having us in the restaurant and were delightfully attentive and kind. Friend ordered #6, the Braised Pork Leg with pickled mustard greens, steamed bok choy, white rice and an incredible, delicious green sauce. Couldn't tell you what was in it, wish I knew. Yes, indeedy, I had Friend Plate Envy. Big time. But, we shared plates so all was well. The braised pork was incredibly flavorful, as were the pickled mustard greens and steamed bok choy. The sauce was also very good - I could have eaten it by the bowlful.

I had reluctantly ordered Pad Thai with tofu and vegetables (an up charge of $2 for the extra broccoli and green beans). Pad Thai because I thought I needed to eat something bland - but yum, or not! The Pad Thai was so delicious, well, all I can say to describe it is it didn't taste like Pad Thai, it tasted really good. Not bland, not boring, truly tasty. Not sure how they managed to make Pad Thai delicious, but they did. I had another big mug of Jasmine tea, but they do serve beer.

We look forward to going back over time to work our way through the menu. As you can see by the menu cg uploaded above, no time is more expensive than $9.95. Thank you again, cg!

Dec 20, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

New Yorker looking for quintessential Seattle cheap eats

Or maybe FoulShotz has a good shot by Christmas? If Paseo re-opens soon and is of similar caliber, what a gift to those of us who can't go a week without sadly remembering what we once happily took for granted. Hopefully all the former Paseo employees fare well in this passing of the (grill) torch, and we will see them again - and can put an extra stuffing of green in the tip tub.

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyouc...

Dec 12, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Pop Pop Thai Street Food

Thanks for posting, CG. With your recommendation and the interesting menu, I will give them a try.

Dec 09, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Lunch Recommendations in Phinney Ridge or Greenlake?

Hmmm, from what I can see from the website, Mai Thaiku is only open for lunch on Saturdays? Maybe worth a call. Thanks for the question, I'm looking forward to Tiko Riko per BearCity's recommendation.

Dec 04, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

Yikes. Looks like a "don't try this at home" recipe. I'm intrigued. Tell us more, oh maker of baumkuchen "tree rings".

Nov 23, 2014
Olympia Jane in Home Cooking

Seattle Donuts

Parchment's pop up Sunday dates are announced on their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/parchmentsea...

They have the best selection when the doors open at 8am. She had pumpkin spice donuts at the end of September, but not sure if she will do those again or not, but I didn't try one so I can't vouch for their chow-worthiness. I can, however, recommend the goat cheese, spinach & mushroom flaky pastry. Mmm-memorable.

Oct 07, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Seattle Donuts

Yikes! Your post made me curious enough to look up the website for Top Pot "nutritional information". I am far too ancient to count calories, but I like any aspect of research. 350 calories for a plain cake donut, 600 calories for a Top Pot Maple Bar and 620 calories for a Top Pot Chocolate Bar are sobering numbers. Hmmm. To put in perspective, I trooped over to McDonald's website and there it was, right at the top - a Big Mac weighs in at 530 calories. While I would not be tempted to eat a Big Mac, I did once upon a time devour a fresh-to-the-display-case Maple Frosted Cake Donut from Top Pot and it was quite tasty. I would consider eating another one if it was fresh, calories, fat and sugar be darned, "fresh" being the non-negotiable element.

The tastiness of donuts plunges proportionately to time out of the fryer (thus the appeal of the hot KK glazed donut, the cotton candy of donuts). I happen to think that both cotton candy and hot KK donuts have their rightful place in the universe, or at least a rightful time and place in my mouth. Not an every day or even once a year moment, but - I am grateful for an occasional foray.

To have any chance at impressing your visitors, I agree with the person who suggested a trip to Dahlia (I think Lola does it too?) to order them off the menu and devour at your table while hot. Yum.

Oct 07, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Seattle Donuts

Aye, thee is quite game. I would not attempt to beat a Portland doughnut with a Seattle doughnut. This grandmother's gentle advice is to graciously forfeit the competition, and perhaps gather doughnuts from sources noted below and turn it into a blind taste test or a We Can't Beat Portland in Quality but Here's an E for Effort in Variety & Quantity. Your Seattle CH readers would thank you for the results....

As mentioned elsewhere in this thread, why bite into a Seattle doughnut when you are in the Land of Pastry? When in Seattle, eat Seattle's finest? For me on an ordinary day that might be Bakery Nouveau's Twice Baked Almond Croissant or their Plum Danish, on the every-other-Sunday they are there, it would be an assortment from the Parchment pop-up in the Brimmer & Heeltap space taken to go across the street for the Slate coffee experience. Then again, if you go to Crumble and Flake at the right moment, it can be pretty darn fun trying to choose between the possible temptations, but not so fun if there is a line or they are all out. Then it is just sad.

Oct 07, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

Thanks to all who responded, especially for your personal comments and dish preferences (and Laurella's tip that Saffron Deli skipped town to Whidbey!). We now have quite the line up of Thai food to sample in coming months. Much appreciated.

Aug 12, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

Thanks, Gizmo, we've enjoyed occasional forays to Noodle Boat for several years and it's right smack up the alley of Thai food we enjoy.

Aug 12, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

Thanks very much to everyone for your suggestions. Pestle Rock, although it sounds quite delicious, will be last on our "try" list for now due to the lack of soup on the menu. What we really are looking to replace in the NW is a low key, basic Thai restaurant (the Thai version of a red checkered tablecloth Italian joint?). A Tom Yum that is prepared without the sweetness of the soup at Chillies and Thai Thani would be especially appreciated. If we can't find it in the NW, we will continue to make occasional pilgrimages to Royal Orchid in Renton, but with the half dozen suggestions we have from y'all, we will try out all the suggestions in our new neighborhood. Thank you! (And if you stumble across any more Thai places and the food is not sugary sweet, please post).

Aug 10, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

We have yet to find a Thai food place that is not sugary sweet in NW Seattle (we were successful in SE Seattle, but we recently moved). So far we've had an assortment of soups, noodles, and veggie and chicken or tofu dishes, none with coconut milk, from Chillies Paste in Fremont and Thai Thani in Ballard. Every dish from both places tasted as if made primarily with sugar water. Chillies' food was the more sugary of the two, but not by much. After 2 strikeouts, time to turn to Chowhound. Any suggestions for a Thai restaurant in the Ballard area that doesn't cook with what tastes like simple syrup?

Aug 08, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

Q Bakery is not near Tamarind Tree. It is at the southeast edge of a big parking lot with other bakeries and grocery near Columbia City. Address is 3818 S. Graham, but the bakery faces MLK. It is close to the corner of Martin Luther King Way & Graham. Parking is plentiful (did you get that Kaleo?) but kind of tricky driving in there because you can't take a left off of Graham if you are heading east across MLK (you are fine to turn in there heading west off of Graham from Seward Park side), nor can you cross the light rail tracks. Easiest to access it off heading north off MLK, or take light rail and walk. I made that sound trickier than it is, it's easy driving there after you do it once.

Apr 02, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

Total agreement, eQuinoise - Q Bakery is my fav banh mi in Seattle. That said, I've just had the chicken and the tofu banh mi at Pho Cyclo (chicken is fine if a little meh, the tofu - yuck - terrible, what was I thinking - tofu banh mi- really?). I will try the Cyclo BBQ pork next time, thanks for the tip.

And, yup, I'm in that river of people streaming through Q for the bread in the baskets by the door...crunchy fresh bread for cents. Kinda fun. 98118. Gotta love it!

Apr 02, 2014
Olympia Jane in Greater Seattle

Any Seattle 'Hoods Where Lack of Parking Keeps You Away?

Kaleo, your taste buds are relying on you to outsmart the dang parking dilemma. I hope you don't let finding a spot for your wheels to hang out be the boss of your dining pleasure - we love reading your reviews.

By definition, popular destinations in most cities, including ours, require strategizing to park a car. Go early. Go late. Use a parking app as acgold7 suggests. Decide ahead of time you will park 3 blocks, 6 blocks, 1 mile, etc away from your destination, park, and enjoy the journey to tasty eats. Treat yourself to a couple of nights at the new(er) Ballard Hotel, and walk to breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Or, perhaps we need a new thread about Seattle's chow worthy dining that has EZ parking?