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Za'atar

since i'm thinking breakfast right now, i'd use it in an omelet with feta or halloumi cheese and some shallots.

it'd be great on a white pizza too -- the ricotta, fontina, garlic one!

it is good on a tomato salad -- with vinegar and olive oil.

blended with cream and feta cheeses, rolled up in some pastry and then baked as pinwheels for cocktail snackies?? maybe with some minced walnuts in there -- or pistachios!

about 5 hours ago
alkapal in Home Cooking

Za'atar

hmmm, interesting. i just grabbed a copy of "olives, lemons & za'atar" by rawia bashara, she describes it: "dry oregano or thyme is often mixed with sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt and served with olive oil and arabic bread as a traditional breakfast in the middle east."

she offers recipes too for za'atar in cheese pie filling, feta salad, and with egg. those all sound great. looking at the cheese pie filling, however, it seems she uses "1 ½ cups chopped fresh green za'atar or 3 tablespoons dried." and the intro to the feta salad recipe starts: "fresh green za'atar, also known in the middle east as wild thyme, has been a staple in the regions' cuisine since medieval times."

seeing this, the nomenclature reminds me a little of the "flexibility" of the "tahini" and "tahini sauce."

a little OT, but sumac is used atop calf's liver -- and this really appeals to mr. alka -- a calf's liver fan.

about 5 hours ago
alkapal in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

good find! would be nice atop some hummus with spiced ground lamb and a drizzle of olive oil!

about 5 hours ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

OK, now i've gotta try them!

ps, does anyone know why major gray's chutney is always so pricey? ;-).

about 5 hours ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

yes to the nip of lemon. also, these dolmas are not nearly as oily as other canned dolmas i've purchased at mid-eastern shops. i think that experience is what kept me from trying them for the longest time.

about 5 hours ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

you're not referring to the christmas season brie with truffles, are you? THAT is a big yay.

about 5 hours ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

yes, that's what i figured when i saw the price plus, REAL dover sole is so precious, they can command high prices for the freshest product. who'd want to market FROZEN real dover sole?

about 5 hours ago
alkapal in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

maybe they featured it as a summer grilling "seasonal."

about 6 hours ago
alkapal in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

very interesting. thanks for sharing.

about 6 hours ago
alkapal in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

i'm a "meh" on the dark chocolate bars. i've had the toffee / walnut version and the coconut caramel. the chocolate doesn't seem properly tempered, not having the nice gloss i know to expect.

mr. alka likes the toffee walnut. in addition to my problem with the chocolate, the nuts are so finely ground that it is not very satisfying.

the coconut caramel is just gloppy. wish the caramel were a bit firmer, but even then...i don't think it is something i'd buy again.

about 6 hours ago
alkapal in Chains

Za'atar

i am not familiar with any za'atar with sumac. is that peculiarly jordanian? my lebanese law partner and any za'atar that i've seen is (technically) the za'atar herb itself or the herb combined with sesame seeds.

about 6 hours ago
alkapal in Home Cooking

Za'atar

spice cabinet is fine.

1 day ago
alkapal in Home Cooking

how long will the chickpeas keep in an air tight container?

"They’ll stay crispy for a few days stored in a resealable bag at room temperature.'

1 day ago
alkapal in Home Cooking

What happens if you freeze raw kale?

neat idea! a work-saver.

2 days ago
alkapal in Home Cooking

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

yes, those are addictive! but then you have to clean under your fingernails big time.

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in General Topics

Wine for steaming mussels?

whaaaa? good grief. what an insult. an insult to the dish, if not even a greater insult to the customer.

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

you were not tetchy. you were seeking clarification. that is one of the things i like -- clarification. cheers!

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

no it wasn't pointless.

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

yes! though bread has the advantage of soaking up more sauce. ha!

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

yes, the baguette is vital. if the mussels don't fill you up, the bread will. (that is always my favorite part about eating escargots -- dipping up the garlicky sauce. i am utterly shameless).

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

clever ideas!

hey, my fave sandwich is rare roast beef with olive cream cheese griddled on pumpernickel. yum.

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

she can just print out a yellow submarine graphic, glue it to cardboard, then cut out the shape, attach a stick to the back, then create a "base" of rolling seas (maybe blue-ish hearty greens stuck into some florist foam).

(i know it is a submarine, but sometimes the sub is atop the waves. ;-).

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

to answer your specific query; you can't go wrong with a turkey club! personally, for turkey, i love smoked turkey with avocado. not sure how that'd work for december.

anyhoo....

your buffet is of pre-made, not DIY, sandwiches (DIY choosing from a spread of cold cuts, mayo-type salads, chutneys, pestos, mustards, some veggies, different breads, rolls and a salad or two, etc. )? are you choosing that route because it might be too time consuming for the guests to assemble their "subs" (or wait for others to do so)? the DIY concept would be certainly easier for you and probably make a lot of happy campers. everyone (well, i say everyone like me) loves to "DIY" a sandwich (or a taco, like on a taco bar). my 2¢ worth. ;-).

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

do you use the diced apples in yours, too? http://www.chow.com/recipes/10007-mou...!

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

i was not recommending the plonk "chablis," but i'm sure you knew that, right?

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

an unoaked chardonnay -- yes. trader joe's has perfectly suitable california ones for this purpose at around $8.

really, any of the above suggestions would be fine. the main benefit of the alcohol is to give acidity and to help open up some alcohol-soluble flavors.

(mmm, now i am thinking how a calvados and cream one might be good, with shallots and thyme).

the possibilities are endless -- that's the great thing about the mussels palette.

cheers!

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

i was just thinking how this thread has whetted my appetite for mussels.

we used to have such a lovely time in downtown d.c. when les halles had a place on pennsylvania avenue with a lovely outdoor patio. we'd go after a museum visit, bask in the autumn sun, get mussels and drink chimay.

they had three or four options of ingredients that you could choose.

a new mussels place has opened near us in arlington va, and they have several options, too.

seems to be very popular these days. i guess the margin is pretty good on them as a restaurant food. mussels are cheap.

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

yes, freeze the leftover wine as hotoynoodle suggests. it sounds like you don't use it much.

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

mmmm pernod! love that when some fennel is added to the game.

and i love the chorizo addition mentioned above. seafood and pork go so well together.

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

chablis
sauvignon blanc

Sep 14, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking