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Vanilla Extract for Holiday Gifts

World Market also has a decent selection of bottles in the right size.

Aug 27, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Cookware

Have you ever lost . . . .

A 9x13 pan of spanikopita. I'd made two, and one was eaten while the other ... vanished. We found it about six months later on the front porch, which is used as an outdoor fridge around the holidays. The pan was in a plastic tub (to keep out critters) that everyone thought was empty.

A wrapped plate of cookies for the mailman around the holidays. I put them on top of the mailbox (which is about shoulder level and attached to the front of the house), knowing that the mailman was nearby. A couple of hours later, we saw a verrry round squirrel sitting on the fence with the plate of cookies. Now we don't put out the cookies til we can put them directly into the mailman's hands.

Didn't need it but I bought it

There's lots in my kitchen I don't *need* -- but most of it is used, so it balances out. I certainly don't need all the ramekins I've bought, but have a hard time resisting them (and thus have a lot.) I didn't need my Vitamix, but I love it and have since moved along my big and little food processors and the immersion blender. I also didn't need the LC dutch ovens I have, but they make me happy every time I use them. I've been pretty restrained in my purchasing lately, if only because I've run out of space.

Aug 20, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Cookware

What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

Yesterday was hot and humid again, and very much a Monday, so we had mesquite rotisserie chicken from WF; a tomato, avocado, and feta salad; and boiled Yukon golds.

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Still steamy here ... baked chicken with slivered shallots, Greek olives, and lemon; zucchini ribbons; green beans; and cornbread (doesn't really go, but I was in the mood, and it soaked up the chicken juices nicely.)

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

It's hot here too (DC area), but I still turned on the oven. I made a caramelized onion/zucchini/cheddar quiche, served with wedges of cantaloupe and avocado. With the leftover dough for the quiche crust, I made a mini crostata with peaches/blueberries/almonds.

hazelnut flour

I don't know where you can get it in the area, but I've ordered it from King Arthur Flour in the past. They have both toasted and untoasted versions (and they happen to be on sale right now.)

Corn is here!!!

Yum, that sounds great!

Jul 27, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

What do you keep stocked at home?

In my freezer, I always (try to) have:
-ginger (so much easier to grate this way)
-bacon and/or chicken sausage, frozen in smaller quantities
-fresh/whole cranberries
-bananas (for smoothies and/or bread)
-a variety of nuts
-grated parmesan
-homemade scones and biscuits, ready to bake from frozen
-thai chilis
-instant espresso

In the fridge and pantry:

-cheeses (have to have options)
-tube of tomato paste
-maple syrup
-dijon mustard
-sweet chili sauce
-heavy cream
-chocolate chips
-jam (I use it for savory things too)
-AP flour
-canned crushed tomatoes
-seasonal fruit

These Boston friends just made Tinder for food

Interesting. I don't think this is something I'd go for, as I come across plenty of food porn/recipes etc in a day, but I can see how some might like the app. I'd be interested to know how they choose recipes/photos.

Campfire marshmallows in DC/MoCo


Campfire marshmallows in DC/MoCo

Thanks! I zoned out on looking at the store locator apparently.

I found them at World Market in the end. I'll keep the ones at WF in mind for the future, thanks.

Campfire marshmallows in DC/MoCo

Does anyone know where Campfire brand marshmallows can be bought in DC and/or Montgomery County? I'm baking for someone with allergies, and these don't have suspect "natural flavors." Thanks in advance!

Kitchen gadgets review: the Egg Master – a horrifying, unholy affair

Too funny! (And really, what's up with that product?!)

Jul 16, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Cookware

Which Spiralizer to buy?

We have both the Paderno and the GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer (, which is kind of like a big pencil sharpener for vegetables. It doesn't have all the options that the Paderno does, but it makes nice spiral "noodles" that look like spaghetti (in terms of how they pile up on the plate) with a minimum of fuss. It also doesn't take up much space. The Paderno has a bunch of pieces, but it can also make very pretty ribbony types of vegetable noodles and other styles.

Jul 14, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Cookware

zuchinni noodle maker

The Paderno is good and has options, but it has a lot of pieces and takes up a fair amount of space.

However, there's also this one:

It involves a little more effort, but the zucchini comes out in good spaghetti-like pieces, so it can pile up nicely in a dish, for ex. It's also a lot easier to clean and store.

Jun 03, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Cookware

HELP - Dinner for vegetarians and carnivores

FWIW, my vegetarian-carnivore family went to Jaleo (Bethesda) this past weekend, and it was a big hit. We had only tapas (no paella or larger plates this time), but there were so many options that everyone was happy. Some of my favorites: patatas bravas, creamy rice with mushrooms, warm spinach with pine nuts and raisins, cod fritters with honey aioli, and the endives with goat cheese, oranges, and almonds. A kind of fun touch is a custom foosball table that serves as a table: (you can see it in the last pic)

HELP - Dinner for vegetarians and carnivores

Their salads do look good. Thanks!

HELP - Dinner for vegetarians and carnivores

Hi LilyChilly, do you remember what your vegetarian friend ate there? I'm curious, since while there are a lot of vegetarian sides, there's not much in the way of mains. The vegetarians in my family wouldn't be satisfied, I think (though I would.)

What to do with a ton of peach jam?

Wow, that recipe looks great! I need some more meat-eating people around me, lol.

Magnolia, I hope you try one of these. You can always go easy on the spice til you see how much you like in it -- and if you taste it at the end and it needs a bit more, you can add it then, too. :)

May 24, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

What to do with a ton of peach jam?

Yum! I like to bake bacon with a hot (spicy) peach chutney. Maybe I'll have to make some this year.

May 21, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

Moo Thru pink grapefruit ice cream

Oh that sounds great. Thanks for the tip!

MoCo suggestions for chatty girlfriends

There is also another La Madeleine in downtown Bethesda. A good amount of space inside, with small parking lot but a big garage one block away.

They really should be more clear about this!

My mother does the same thing. It's rare that she uses them, and when she does it's always much less than is called for, as many have more sodium than she wants. The snack size ziploc bags are good for storing these partially used bags.

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

At this point, mostly my friends and I just split the bill evenly, and that works pretty well. When people eat or drink a lot more (or at lot less), it becomes a bit more tricky, but mostly because some never have cash and just plan to put it on their card. It's a lot harder to say, "you owe $40 more" when there's a stack of cards sitting there, but I'd like to think it balances out in the end.

I have one friend who used to routinely add at least $50 more than her share, because she'd dealt with enough other people not paying enough elsewhere. After a while we just started smiling and nodding and giving it back to her after the bill was settled.

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

My go-to recipe is based on Julia Child's recipe for quiche lorraine, similar to what others have posted above with 3 eggs etc.

However, for Easter yesterday, and because I had a new (deeper) pan to play with, I changed things around a bit. I made a caramelized onion, spinach, and cheese (parm + bellavitano) quiche that was SO good. I'm eating the last piece right now. :b I used 6 eggs, 1 onion sliced and caramelized, about 1 c fresh baby spinach chopped, 1/2 c cheese, 1 c milk (1%), 1 c heavy cream, with salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a pre-baked crust.

This is the pan I just bought:

Apr 06, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

where to purchase Beurre Echire butter in DC area? I am in Silver Spring, MD.

I was just looking at a FB post from my favorite cheese shop, Cheesetique, and noticed Echire on the shelves in the background of the picture.

where to purchase Beurre Echire butter in DC area? I am in Silver Spring, MD.

I'm not aware of any stores in the area that carry it. Have you contacted them to see what they say? It's also available online.

Asian Peanut Noodles

Mar 09, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Recipes

Gourmet Inspirations/Cam Ranh Bay in Wheaton

I went to Gourmet Inspirations this morning. It sounds more like a grocery store IMO, but the dim sum I had was very good. For those who had been to Good Fortune before, GI is in what was the left dining room at GF. The space has been completely renovated, with comfortable chairs, new flooring, lighting etc. The tile floors made it a little louder, though I get the practicality. They open at 10:30 on Sundays, and I got there at 10:45. A few families were there already. By the time I left about 45 min. later, all of the tables were full--and the public parking lot outside was, too (at least it was free since it's Sunday). I also noticed some of the same faces in management and staff.

Since it was just me, I didn't order as much as I would have liked to try. But the har gow, shumai, rice noodles with shrimp, and steamed pork buns were all very fresh and good.