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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

"To die for." I like eating food - I'm not sure I'm willing to die for it...

Jul 23, 2014
bards4 in Food Media & News

Lovely evening at Genoa

I started the evening with the Tonno, which was very moist and flavorful. The next course was the Capellini which was wonderful! The smoke and cod chorizo made such a difference! My husband said that the chèvre gnocchi was the best dish of the night. I then followed that with the beet salad, which was absolutely gorgeous, and for the entree, I enjoyed the branzino. We finished the night with olive oil cake with blood orange sorbet. I wish I could remember the wine pairings - the one with the capellini was especially good as it was slightly sweet, a perfect complement to the salty, rich capellini.

Mar 16, 2014
bards4 in Metro Portland

Lovely evening at Genoa

We enjoyed such a wonderful evening at Genoa restaurant last night, and I wanted to put it back on everyone's radar. The setting was lovely, the food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious, and the service was attentive, friendly and perfectly appropriate. If you haven't visited Genoa in years, please, please do yourself a favor and go back!! http://genoarestaurant.com

Mar 16, 2014
bards4 in Metro Portland

Portlandia by the restaurant

I can't speak for all locals, but I love Portlandia. It's not too far off from life as we know it here, and they do understand the importance of good, locally sourced, happy food!

Feb 26, 2014
bards4 in Metro Portland

can you help me jazz up a soup recipe?

I would try a can or two of stewed tomatoes and a healthy amount of Cholula or other similar hot sauce. You could also add just a bit of worcestershire sauce -- not too much. It will add a bit of body and an umami that may help to bind the flavors together. If you can get some Better than Boullion, that adds some good chicken flavor as well. Let us know what you end up doing and how it worked out!!

Nov 29, 2013
bards4 in Home Cooking

Homemade Sahale Snacks -- Valdosta Pecans

Wow, as the original poster for this (in 2007???), I sure do appreciate your posting this! I also appreciate that you tested it out and gave such great feedback. I will try it myself while my teenager in question is still a teenager -- he turns 20 in January! Thank you again!!

Nov 18, 2013
bards4 in Home Cooking

Halloween 'dinner'

It's become a tradition in our house to make a big pot of baked potato soup served with hot cider. My teenage daughter looks forward to this more than the candy!

Oct 28, 2013
bards4 in Home Cooking

Holiday Gift Giving.

Depending on how much you want to spend, you can visit http://www.vistaprint.com/product-lab.... They have a lot of templates to choose from, and their prices are pretty reasonable.

Oct 27, 2013
bards4 in Cookware

Tigard area

Tigard, huh... You'll find lots of little family owned Asian and Mexican restaurants that are not much on atmosphere. And you'll find lots of chain restaurants. If you have a car, you may want to visit Lake Oswego, which is only about five or ten minutes away. Oswego Grill for "local" type fare - seafood, salads, pretty good drinks. Momo is also good for sushi (and great food prices at happy hour). Babica Hen and La Provence in Lake Oswego have excellent breakfasts and lunches. Riccardo's has very yummy Italian food with an AMAZING Italian wine selection. If you like wine, visit the little wine shop/cafe across the parking lot. Hope that helps - I hope you get a chance to experience more of the Portland area just sleepy little Tigard! :o)

Jul 29, 2013
bards4 in Metro Portland

Anniversary dinner Portland

We celebrated our 30th anniversary at Castagna, and it was magical! Highly recommend it!

Jul 21, 2013
bards4 in Metro Portland

Shiner Bock and Lone Star?

You just made my husband's day! We have been waiting 27 years for Shiner Bock to arrive! He immediately got online, checked the Vancouver BevMo, and -- THEY ARE OUT OF STOCK!! Never fear, they will notify him when it's back in. But THANK YOU for that great piece of information!

Apr 08, 2013
bards4 in Metro Portland

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Just to complicate things, the place my husband always visits when in Tokyo is Nigiria in Shinagawa. It's a tiny little place -- it reminds him of the movie "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" both in the size of the restaurant and the quality of the food. But he loves it and says it's the best he has had in Tokyo. Maybe worth checking out?

Mar 26, 2013
bards4 in Japan

Need Potluck Cold Main Dish

Mar 17, 2013
bards4 in Home Cooking

James Beard "I Love to Eat" One-Man Show in Portland

I was curious about the sandwich, and I was very tempted to make mayonnaise when I came home. He certainly was a complex man. (And I got to see it because I won tickets from KINK!)

Feb 16, 2013
bards4 in Metro Portland

molasses crinkle cookies

Molasses cookies are my son's favorites, and he has started making them himself. He uses this recipe and undercooks them ever so slightly. They are chewy and wonderful -- always a big hit. Good luck!
http://www.framedcooks.com/2009/09/my...

Feb 11, 2013
bards4 in Home Cooking

James Beard "I Love to Eat" One-Man Show in Portland

Had the pleasure of seeing "I Love to Eat" at Portland Center Stage tonight. Rob Nagle gives such a spirited performance of a man who never forgot a single experience or any of the emotions he felt throughout his life. It was a lovely performance -- even down to the homemade mayonnaise demonstration! Has anyone else seen this show?

http://www.pcs.org/eat/

Jan 10, 2013
bards4 in Metro Portland

Macaroni and cheese - Patti LaBelle vs Martha Stewart

After visiting Seattle and getting a sample taste, we are raving about Beecher's World's Best Mac and Cheese here. The Beecher's Flagship cheese makes some seriously good sauce -- http://www.beechershandmadecheese.com...

Dec 31, 2012
bards4 in Home Cooking

Flavored finishing salts as gifts

Here's what it looks like, sans label and ribbon.

Dec 12, 2012
bards4 in Home Cooking

Flavored finishing salts as gifts

Okay, I made my first batch today with rosemary and dried onions. I followed suzigirl's great directions, and I think it turned out quite good! The next batch will be garlic and Italian herbs. I found very cute little square four ounce jars - now just need to make the labels and get some ribbon. Thank you all for your inspiration!

Dec 11, 2012
bards4 in Home Cooking

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

Oh, I have been there. Bleah is right! It's right up there with the bit of aluminum foil that stuck to the bottom of the pizza crust I once had...

Dec 04, 2012
bards4 in General Topics

Flavored finishing salts as gifts

That's a really great idea. I'll have to start collecting celery leaves!

Dec 03, 2012
bards4 in Home Cooking

Flavored finishing salts as gifts

Thanks so much for explaining that so well! Have you ever made salt with curry powder or smoked paprika? I'm looking forward to trying it!

Dec 02, 2012
bards4 in Home Cooking

Flavored finishing salts as gifts

I'm thinking of putting together little gift baskets that include homemade flavored finishing salts. What ideas do you have of combinations that I could make at home? Would you use sea salt? Kosher salt? Thanks for your ideas!

Dec 02, 2012
bards4 in Home Cooking

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

Hehe - loved the Blazing Saddles reference. :o)

Nov 16, 2012
bards4 in General Topics

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

Ugh... buttered popcorn. Must be a favorite because people are buying it in droves to torture their friends...

Nov 16, 2012
bards4 in General Topics

Hilarious: Pete Wells on Guy Fieri, NYT

Here is what the NYT had to say about the review and the reviewer's thoughts about it -- http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com...

Nov 14, 2012
bards4 in Food Media & News

Guy Fieri in Times Square..NYTimes review

Very interesting comments from the NYT about the review and why they would review it -- http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com...

Nov 14, 2012
bards4 in Manhattan

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

One Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly...

Nov 13, 2012
bards4 in General Topics

Immersion Blender?

I have had a corded Braun for years that I love. I actually prefer one with a cord. That way I can keep it in a drawer instead of leaving it out all the time. It doesn't scratch as the blade is high enough from the surface to come in contact with the pot.

Oct 27, 2012
bards4 in Cookware

"But You'll Like Our..."

When you do come to Portland, you can get poutine at the Potato Champion food cart on Hawthorne. Yum, yum, salty, yum!!

Oct 14, 2012
bards4 in General Topics