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Pesto Sauce from Costco

I made a panini the other day. Sourdough spread with pesto with fresh (not buffalo) mozzarella, tomatoes and a grilled piece of chicken (for the husband, I made mine without) and a few pieces of basil. Then after cooking, I opened it and drizzled with a little thick balsamic. MMMMM!

Jun 01, 2012
kamper in Home Cooking

Best Bakery -- not refined, not French, just good donuts

Ummm...doughnuts. They have all the standards and they are really good and fresh. There isn't anything special or gourmet about them, just yummy doughnuts. They have raised and cake, glazed, sugared, chocolate covered, long johns and other filled doughnuts as well. I just picked one of each and everyone that had one agreed that they were really good. I don't eat any filled doughnuts, so I don't specifically remember what they have. Next time I go back, I will try to pay more attention.

Mmmm I see some doughnuts in my future!

Jan 03, 2012
kamper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Bakery -- not refined, not French, just good donuts

I got donuts a few weeks ago at "Valley Pastries" in Golden Valley. There is nothing pastry about this place, they only sell donuts and cookies and only take cash or check. The owners are AWESOME (offered to let me take my donuts even though I didn't have cash and said I could pay next time - that doesn't happen everyday) and the prices are really good. They have really limited hours, but it's worth going to.

Valley Pastries
2570 Hillsboro Avenue North
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Jan 02, 2012
kamper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

As seen on TV cooking Gizmo, what is your funnest / worse thing you have seen?

Is the narrator's voice in the middle of the video Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs???

Nov 21, 2011
kamper in Food Media & News

cooking magazines

I'll really take anything, if you can pack them in one of those Flat Rate boxes from USPS, you can really pack them full for any weight. I've been getting Cooking Light and Savuer for awhile. And within the last couple of years have been getting Bon Appetit and Food Network magazine on and off. So, I don't need any of those from recent years.

What do you have?

I'm in Minnesota.

Nov 03, 2011
kamper in Food Media & News

cooking magazines

I'd take a lot of them and pay for shipping! I can't believe you're having a hard time getting rid of them!

Nov 02, 2011
kamper in Food Media & News

kerrygold irish butter

Trader Joes in Minnetonka has it too. Costco used to carry it, but now they only carry this speadable Kerrygold in a tub.

Oct 26, 2011
kamper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Buying good fish in NE Mpls?

Looking to buy good (but not insanely priced) fish in the NE Mpls area. Any ideas?

Oct 14, 2011
kamper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What's for Dinner? #109 [old]

Tonight was the Pioneer Woman's Marlboro Man's Sandwich, PW Style. I significantly cut down the butter and used a little bit of broth instead of sherry (because we don't cook with or drink alcohol). I also made my own cube steaks. Really good.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

Oct 05, 2011
kamper in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #109 [old]

It's a Tunisian spice blend. I've never made it myself and I bought mine in Tunisia so I don't know what's in it. I think it's dried garlic, coriander and caraway. I don't think mine has spicy pepper in it, but from some research I think it usually does. We have home dried peppers so maybe they don't always put it in? It's so good! Really good on any veggie and eggs. It's good on roasted anything also.

Oct 03, 2011
kamper in Home Cooking

What spices should I try?

Agreed! You can get a lot of aleppo for a good price at any Middle Eastern market. Mmmm!

Oct 02, 2011
kamper in General Topics

What's for Dinner? #109 [old]

Tonight was migli. My husband is Tunisian and this is the go to dinner in Tunisia if you don't know what else to cook. It's basically mixed pan fried (in olive oil) foods which usually consists of potatoes, eggs, spicy peppers (like hot banana), and the constant is tomatoes which are cooked down to a chunky sauce with tabil, turmeric, and homemade ground dried red peppers. And homemade bread. Yum!

Oct 02, 2011
kamper in Home Cooking

What spices should I try?

I'll second the za'atar! And the pomegranate molasses...YUM! My favorite salad is baby spinach, feta, toasted walnuts/almonds, craisins - dressed with olive oil, pomegranate molasses, salt, pepper, and sugar/simple syrup and lemon juice if you want. YUM.
Tabil (Tunisian blend - yummy on roasted tomatoes, veggies)
Ras El Hanout (Moroccan/North African blend - good with any kind of roasted meats especially chicken in my opinion)

Oct 02, 2011
kamper in General Topics

North African Cookbook help?

My husband is Tunisian, so I've been doing tons of research since we got married two years ago. I've found that North African cookbooks are hard to come by and are usually very Moroccan. I like Claudia Roden's, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food although it's not just North African. Her harissa recipe is spot on.

For spices, I've been getting mine either at the coop or at Holy Land (I'm in MN too). Holy Land recently started making all their own blends and they are pretty good for the most part. Also, their bulk spices (cardamom for example) are cheap and fresh. You could also go to Penzeys (in Uptown).

Jun 06, 2011
kamper in Home Cooking

I have a jar of capers. Now what?

My favorite way to use capers is in Tunisian brik. There's quite a few different ways to make brik, but my favorite is capers, Parmesan, pepper, and a whole egg fried in an egg roll wrapper (which I get at the local Arabic grocery store - they are different than the egg roll wrappers at the grocery store). I can expand if you're interested. Yum.

May 29, 2011
kamper in Home Cooking

Morel Mushrooms

I was at Bob's Produce Ranch yesterday and saw them there. I can't remember how much they were, even though I looked specifically for this board!

May 27, 2011
kamper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

spice question for lentil dish

My favorite red lentil dish (and actually the first time I'd ever cooked lentils actually came from Cooking Light magazine.

http://community.cookinglight.com/arc...

You'll have to find or make berbere but it's so good. I've made it with both regular onions and red onions. Yum.

Mar 11, 2011
kamper in Home Cooking

Innovative Egg Dishes?: Fried, Scrambled, Baked?

*Tunisian Aja (Ahja) - how you describe your Chechouka minus the garlic, not served with yogurt. My husband's family calls this Aja and chechouka is with vegetables and other add ins

*Tunisian Brik - I guess not really a breakfast dish, but has an egg in it! Thin, thin pastry (I use refrigerated egg wrapper rolls) with capers, parmesan cheese and a whole egg. Folded in half into a triangle and shallow fried. Can add tuna, parsley, or other ingredients. Can also beat eggs and add chopped chicken, meats, or other fillings and roll.

Jan 23, 2011
kamper in Home Cooking

Sufganiyot (Hanukkah donuts)

Byerly's normal (not Kosher) donuts are made at a facility the night before and then trucked to the stores overnight. So, at any Lunds/Byerly's store has basically day old donuts. They are night old I guess you could say.

The donuts for Hannukah are Kosher and fried on site and very tender and good. There's been good reviews of them from what I've heard in the store. The filling is quite good too! I think they're only available at SLP, but if they are at other stores, they were made at the SLP store.

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Byerly's
3777 Park Center Blvd A, St Louis Park, MN

Dec 05, 2010
kamper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Sufganiyot (Hanukkah donuts)

Byerly's St. Louis Park just started making them this year. I tried them today and they are yummy - not filled with goo, they are filled with seedless raspberry jam. They come 4 in a pack...I think they are $3.99?

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Byerly's
3777 Park Center Blvd A, St Louis Park, MN

Dec 01, 2010
kamper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Harissa - should it be so bitter?

I've only had European canned harissa which wasn't bitter and my Tunisian husband loved. I make my own and it's never been bitter. I always use dried jalapenos (japones) which makes for a super spicy harissa that is delicious. In Tunisia, to make homemade harissa (harissa arabi) they use red peppers that are dried in the sun and add a lot more salt than you would think is necessary.

Oct 21, 2010
kamper in General Topics

kosher in mn?

Byerly's in St. Louis Park has an in-house Kosher bakery as well.

Dec 03, 2009
kamper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Chef looking for culinary class in Italy

I am currently attending school at Apicius in Florence...another website to check out which is easier to read is:
www.culinaryinstituteofflorence.com

I can also offer more information if you are interested.

Sep 16, 2007
kamper in Italy

Roly Poly wraps

I love Roly Poly, but never get to eat there. The one where I live (St. Cloud, MN) is all the way across town from my job and home and they close extraordinarily early. They have fresh ingredients and some of the most interesting flavor combinations I've seen in a restaurant of it's type. Yum!

Jun 20, 2007
kamper in Chains