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Chestnut Asheville

It's long after your post so this may not be helpful to you:
we've been there twice now (once for lunch, one for dinner) and I've found the specials to be wonderful. The last time we were there I had a squash soup that was fantastic.

Mar 05, 2013
diablita FL in Southeast

Your favorite creme brulee recipe?

:-) I had a baby in my arms so had to use economy while typing the title.

Sep 03, 2008
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Your favorite creme brulee recipe?

I have all the ingredients for creme brulee and not a vanilla bean to be found in the Asheville area. Can you suggest some favorite recipes that don't require one. (My cream will spoil before the Penzey's order arrives.)

Sep 02, 2008
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Dog friendly in Asheville?

In addition to some of the other suggestions:
The Noodle Shop downtown does allow dogs, as long as you can score a table along the rail so that your dog is right on the other side (as another poster described).
Sunny Point is great with our dog, gives him water, etc.
Cheddars out by the Wal-mart allows dogs on the patio, also dog-friendly, though not the best food.
Tomato's Cocina Latina has a great patio on the side of the building and allow dogs at lunchtime. You have to enter through the door at the back of the patio. Great food and dog friendly.
In a pinch, Moe's Southwestern Grill is decent fast food and they let dogs on their patios, even the one near the Biltmore where you must walk into the restaurant to get out on the patio!
If you find yourself out in the Brevard area for a hike, the people at Poppy's (upscale green market) love dogs and you can sit out on their patio while eating ready-made or made-to-order food.
Oh, and I'm almost sure I've seen dogs sitting outside at the Laughing Seed.

Sep 01, 2008
diablita FL in General South Archive

Tupelo Honey/Mayfel's Breakfast Asheville?

I like Sunny Point for breakfast as well. I haven't tried the breakfast at Early Girl. Lunch there is pretty good. One of my favorite late breakfast meals, also just outside of downtown, is the "Salvadoreno Tipico" plate at Cocina Latina. Black beans, eggs, plantains avocado and tortilla is a great way to start the day!

Aug 30, 2008
diablita FL in Southeast

Flavored Peanut Butters

I like their CocoBanana PB.

Feb 17, 2008
diablita FL in General Topics

Table Restaurant, Asheville -- Review

Last night we planned to eat at Bouchon, but when we arrived at 9 pm the wait was going to be about 90 minutes, so we headed down the block and found ourselves in front of Table. Although I've heard mixed reviews, we decided to give it a try.

Service: the service was surprisingly good. Without much of a buffer b/w the front of the house and the back (and we witnessed all kinds of interesting interactions while waiting for our table) we were a little worried that the service would be hurried and unhappy. Instead, our servers were attentive, friendly and wonderful.

Food: the food range from "eh" to pretty good.
Appetizers:
the burrata bruschetta was very good, with delicious accompanying beet and farro salad
the creme du barry soup (cauliflower cream soup) was delicious

Mains:
The goat cheese and rapini sformata was not good. It was dry and overbaked, not a custard. The butternut squash and pears that went with it were good, though. And when the waiter saw that I hadn't eaten the sformata, he handled the situation very well and they comped my plate without us asking for anything. And they wanted to send out a vegetable plate, but I was too full from the squash and appetizers
My husband enjoyed his monkfish but didn't love it.

Dessert:
the passionfruit and chocolate mousse semifreddo was really delicious. we LOVE passionfruit, and this was a very tasty way of preparing it
the sticky toffee pudding with hazelnut ice cream was good, but had tough competition. I'd go back for the semifreddo

We have a lot more exploring to do in Asheville, but I'm sure we'll be back again in the future if for no other reason than to give the food another try and enjoy the nice service.

Feb 17, 2008
diablita FL in General South Archive

Beef Wellington and a Veggie Wellington

I'm a vegetarian and have had a mushroom wellington in the past. In my humble opinion, there is no such thing as too many mushrooms. Ever. :)

Feb 15, 2008
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Advice needed on dinner menu w/vegetarians

Parsnip chips sound good. Or you could fry some sage leaves; the color and texture combo would be great, and it'll tie it together with the flavor of the ravioli.

Chocolate mousse is never a bad thing. :) You could put a pirouline in each glass if you want to add a little crunch.

Feb 05, 2008
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Advice needed on dinner menu w/vegetarians

Your menu sounds wonderful. I'm a vegetarian and would love to enjoy a dinner like the one you have planned.

For the apps, you could cook sliced mushrooms with the same butter/white wine/garlic/shallot combination. I often make camarones al ajillo for my husband and hongos al ajillo for myself.

For the salad course, why don't you include a piece of prosciutto in the puff pastry? (if that would go well with peaches; it's been so long I forget the flavor of prosciutto)

Feb 03, 2008
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Vday menu, what goes with...

This [url=http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... and goat cheese salad[/url] from Epicurious is delicious and the colors are nice for V-Day. Because you form the individual salad portions, just omit the goat cheese from yours.

Feb 03, 2008
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Dog-friendly in Asheville area?

We rescued a dog from the shelter in Hendersonville a few weeks ago, and now that he is settling in, we'd love to take him out with us when we go out to eat. We never really paid attention to the restaurants that have terraces and allowed dogs before this.

Weather-permitting, what are some of the delicious restaurants in the area that allow dogs on their patios? (We're happy to wander all around Asheville for good food, and would even welcome suggestions in Brevard as we like to take the boy hiking there with us.)

Feb 02, 2008
diablita FL in General South Archive

Thai Spice Hendersonville NC

Thanks Jeff and ThaiNut. I'm sure you're right about stir-fries and noodle dishes. I really didn't fault them for the noodles, just the horrible veggies.

We just rescued a dog from All Creatures in Hendersonville the other day, so didn't want to leave him home any longer than we had to. But we will hunt down better Thai (and sushi, we're new here) soon.

Jan 21, 2008
diablita FL in General South Archive

Thai Spice Hendersonville NC

I'm hoping to try Thai Spice sometime in the near future. We picked up take-out from Tamarind in Arden last night, only b/c I was having a pregnancy craving for peanut dressing and we were in that plaza already. I can't remember the last time I had such bad food. The sauteed veggies in my pad woon sen (I thought ordering a simpler dish might ensure me a better meal) were clearly from a bag of frozen veggies. They had that mushy, thawed texture I detest.

Jan 20, 2008
diablita FL in General South Archive

Question re: regional cola preferances.

Growing up in N Ohio our favorite pop was Vernor's. It's a very gingergy, effervescent ginger ale, I think from the Detroit area? When I travel to Detroit, I see it in a lot of the vending machines there. I can't even find it in most markets in Asheville, NC.

Jan 20, 2008
diablita FL in General Topics

Your favorite 'Cake Bible' recipe?

Lots of my favorites are already named in this thread.
The Genoise (I've made all but the Chestnut many times) and Chocolate Cloud Roll are my go-to cake base recipes, and I love her buttercream, ganache, and Italian meringue recipes, the Whipped Ganache and Chocolate Glaze being my favorite. (I'm not allowed to come to our family's Passover seders without the Chocolate Cloud Roll cake at this point.)

As for constructed cakes, I've enjoyed making the Chocolate Spike, Pine Cone (though mine looked nowhere near as pretty), Praline Brioche (delicious!) and a number of Roulades. But my favorite by far are the charlottes: the Scarlett Empress and Chocolate Chip Charlotte are crowd pleasers, fairly easy to make and they look great.

Jan 20, 2008
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Thai Spice Hendersonville NC

Do you know what the name of their place in SoFla was?

Dec 24, 2007
diablita FL in General South Archive

Ideas to add to bagel/lox brunch?

Zabar's sells a chocolate babka that is to die for. The cinnamon babka is fantastic as well.

Dec 23, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

What's the deal with all the greek places around asheville?

We're recent SoFla transplants and were wondering the same thing! How funny.

A big mistake was trying Gusmo's Mojo Cafe (on Merrimont, I think) b/c I was sure it must be Cuban/Caribbean. Turned out it wasn't "mojo" pronounced the Spanish way, but a la Austin Powers. And we do not recommend their Greek Spaghetti!

(We've since found Tomato's Cocina Latina for great Latin food and Ianucci's for delicious pizza, so that helped.)

Dec 22, 2007
diablita FL in General South Archive

Award-Winning Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I made this tonight and it is really delicious!

I made a couple of changes:
used 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
used 1/4 cup oil + 1/4 cup applesauce
added 1 cup Guittard bittersweet chocolate chunks (yum)

Dec 02, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Potluck-- with no heat!

I usually make cold sesame noodles in this type of situation as well.

Dec 02, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Hannukah menu

That is SUCH a great story and your telling of it is wonderful! Thank goodness it didn't put a damper on your evening. We all make mistakes...

Dec 01, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Award-Winning Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I keep coming back to this recipe because it sounds so delicious. I'm definitely going to try it tomorrow!

And thanks for the additional info about the pumpkin qty, Cindy and Chowser. It sounds like there's some room for variation since it's a quick bread.

Dec 01, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Award-Winning Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Reading the recipe above, it looks like it calls for 1 cup of the puree, rather than 1 can of the puree. So it sounds like you're using 15 oz, which I believe is more than 1 cup, and still having good results?

Dec 01, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Turkey-Day Hits and Misses

I go for about 2, or until the drippings coming out of the fork holes smell really burnt. (The rest of the potato will be fine, and you can pull those black spots right off.) The potato is fantastic this way.

Nov 30, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

New to board, Finally ready to enjoy food.

Welcome! Another great starting book is, "How to Cook Without a Book" by Pam Anderson (not THAT Pam Anderson!) It'll teach you basic principles to make standard dishes, then how to vary them. After that, you can build on what you know.

Another tip: take advantage of your local libraries (as a student, I'm guessing you have access to a good one) to check out books you might like. If you love them enough, you can always buy yourself a copy later. If you don't, then you didn't lose any money finding out.

Nov 25, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Over-filled Glasses

I do this, too. I'm sure if I were at a gala in a gown I'd refrain from the "dip and sip", but with music blasting in a bar, the bartender on full tilt and the people around me just hoping I'll move so they can put their order in, I don't think anybody cares.

Nov 24, 2007
diablita FL in Not About Food

Turkey-Day Hits and Misses

I had this happen with a hazelnut brioche cake (from The Cake Bible) a few years ago at Rosh Hashanah. It was my favorite aunt's special request and I worked hard to make it perfect.

I had the transport all figured out: bought one of those big plastic cake transporters with the top that snaps on, had my sister drive slowly and carefully to my aunt's house. Carried the cake in like it was a ticking time bomb. Everyone oooh'd and aaah'd when they saw it. Then somebody knocked it (inside the cake dome) on the floor during dinner. I almost cried.

In the end, we all ate smooshed cake, which was delicious, and laughed about it.

Nov 24, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Turkey-Day Hits and Misses

I love sweet potatoes in all sorts of preparations, savory and sweet. My favorite, though, is just washing, piercing the skin, and cooking the whole potatoes on low heat (around 300) for several hours. It caramelizes them to an unbelievable flavor that requires no embellishment.

You do have to put tinfoil or a cookie sheet on the rack underneath them b/c the sugar will drip a little, and where it escapes it'll get a little black (just remove that before serving). But this is just so good, easy and healthy.

Nov 24, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking

Alice Water's Turkey Brine

I did exactly the same (minus the spices he calls for b/c my DH doesn't like them) and the turkey turned out wonderfully. We did the same 12 hours here, basically overnight, then I put it in the fridge to air dry from 9 am to 3 pm.

My dad said that in his 60+ years, he's never had such a juicy or tasty turkey! I'd recommend giving it a try next year.

Nov 24, 2007
diablita FL in Home Cooking