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The Perfect Sapphire Martini - Recipe Please!

Confession: I do enjoy cocktails with fruit, I even enjoy cocktails with sour mix....

However, I also occasionally love a great martini without the fluff, not to mention my boyfriend's favorite is a Sapphire martini. (clean)

I'd love to make some at home but would like some guidance, Proportions? What type/brand of vermouth would be best?

Thank you in advance!!

May 11, 2010
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Etiquette - forgot to BbackmyOB

I feel like there are 2 situations like someone mentioned. One that is more of a potluck style in food and/or drink where everyone contributes and shares. Then there is the kind of party where you bring your own booze mainly because the host cannot buy for all. In the second instance, in light of my own experiences, what you bring is yours. Not everyone knows each other and there are usually too many people (or at least people who drink too much) and not enough beer/liquor. Some people bring nothing.
Then it turns into the beer/ root beer situation where supply and demand do not match and so unfortunately what you bring being yours is the best solution.

Dec 13, 2009
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hot chocolate MIX

or pumpkin pie spice!

Dec 01, 2009
Yes Please in Home Cooking

hot chocolate MIX

I like Ghiradelli's personally...
and how about mint, mocha, cardamom, ginger, black and white (white chocolate), orange, lavender and if you're feeling adventurous coconut curry maybe?

I like the idea of a sampler too!

Dec 01, 2009
Yes Please in Home Cooking

Rice sauce?

Do you not like plain rice? What about adding some veggies to it? Is fried rice okay? Do you eat rice by itself or as a side or both? Some entrees come with a sauce that when plated together will flavor the rice, like a chicken picatta sauce or a beurre blanc sauce. Or try cooking the rice with broth like another poster mentioned and add some onions, herbs or both.

Dec 01, 2009
Yes Please in Home Cooking

Steak Dinner...Need Dessert Ideas

How about chocolate pots de creme? You could do a really nice presentation with these and play around with adding flavors to the chocolate if you want as well.

Dec 01, 2009
Yes Please in Home Cooking

People Watching You Cook

I cannot stand anyone watching me put on make up. I can't get ready with other girlfriends or in front of my boyfriend. I can handle sharing the mirror to do my hair but I'd always rather not! I thought I was the only one!

Oct 27, 2009
Yes Please in Not About Food

Any clever ideas for a Halloween Brunch?

Bloody marys or if you don't drink maybe a red colored smoothie in test tubes. Muffins, pudding, anything that can be topped with meringue or cream or frosting (preferably white) with small eyeballs near the top so they look ghostly. Some kinf of fried fritters can look like spider webs esp if you garnish with fake spiders. A baked french toast with a light orange glaze. Pastries or breads with powdered sugar dusting over a stencil in Halloween shapes (bats, witches etc)

Or to make it even simpler, festive settings and table decorations will give you that Halloween vibe!

Oct 06, 2009
Yes Please in Home Cooking

What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Used some Bragg's the other night for the first time and it was a hit! A little goes a long way! Thank you soo much!

Also using brown rice to coat meats... do you add anything else or just use the flour? We've been using almond meal which has been pretty good if you want to try it!

And ceviche is on the list too! With brown rice tortillas baked into chips! Brown rice tortillas have been an exciting find!

Oct 06, 2009
Yes Please in Home Cooking

Favorite ready to eat soups that can be taken to the office for lunch

I have Trader Joes Latin style black bean in the fridge at work!

Oct 01, 2009
Yes Please in General Topics

What do you love and collect?

Glasses in general! Wine, champagne, martini, highball, lowball, juice glasses. I have water goblets, margarita glasses, ice cream, fruit and dessert glasses and lots of each kind. There are so many variants: color, shape, pattern, thickness of glass, frosted or clear.

I was obsessed!

Until I ran out of cupboard space, had more unused glasses than used and when my boyfriend went to get something out of the cupboard his jaw dropped at my collection. I have not bought another glass since then and don't even look anymore!

Oct 01, 2009
Yes Please in Not About Food

when you see unhygienic practices...?

Are you sure she didn't wash her hands? Maybe there is an employee restroom in the back?

Sep 30, 2009
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People Watching You Cook

Is it just me? I don't like anyone to watch me cook, to see the dirty dishes, to see me have an "oh sh*t" moment, to wonder why I cut cubes versus coins versus julienne etc etc etc.

I just want to have my triumphant voila!

Sep 30, 2009
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Food allergies: When and how did you develop them?

So to debunk the myth, are we trying to find a food that is not one of the 7 that causes the throat to close up? Years and years ago a family friend's throat closed up from a spice and he went to the ER.

But something can most definitely be an allergy without the throat closing up. The doctor can do an allergy test to prove it. I believe (but may be totally wrong) an allergy mimics an autoimmune disease but in a much lesser form. It is similar in that the immune system attacks what it thinks is harmful (the trigger) when it enters the body by reacting in a certain way. An intolerance/sensitivity on the other hand I don't think affects the immune system in the same way but produces a reaction nonetheless.

Sep 29, 2009
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National Coffee Day Sept 29th?

So the Panera thing is West Coast only, sorry, just wanted to clarify.

Sep 29, 2009
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National Coffee Day Sept 29th?

I heard at Panera if you buy a coffee and say I want to pay it forward (or something like that) they will give you another coffee for free.
http://www.myfoxwausau.com/dpp/news/d...

Sep 29, 2009
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Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

What about St Urbain Street Bagel in Beverly Hills? I remember I used to love that place but have not been in there for years.

Sep 29, 2009
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What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Yup stevias allowed!

Sep 29, 2009
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What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Have not tried quinoa pasta because the only ones I have found have corn in them. But we like brown rice pasta and we love quinoa! Ditto on the rice milk. Any recipes?

And unfortunately no fermented things so no go on the xanthan gum...

Sep 29, 2009
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What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Wow! Great (and long) thread! About halfway through :)
Thanks!

Sep 28, 2009
Yes Please in Home Cooking

Why let a roach spoil a perfectly good meal?

Thanks! Totally what I meant to say!

Sep 28, 2009
Yes Please in Not About Food

What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Thanks! Good to know others can sympathize!

A couple questions. Can you use chikpa flour in the same ways you would use regular flour? Any suggestions on how to use it? Also the ingredients for ricotta are allowed but cheeses are excluded because they go through a molding process to become (slightly) solid. I'm not familiar with the process but do you know enough about it to know if it would still be allowed?

As for the sweet potato, I think any starch like potato, sweet potato etc breaks down in the body as something similar to sugar so those are treats! But sweet potato gnocchi sounds great! I think that could be filed under "for eating in small quantities"! Do you have a recipe?? Or sauce rec?

Sep 28, 2009
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What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Yes, eggs are fine. For the sugar we can use stevia.

Thanks Querencia! We do miss sweets and those are difficult to macgyver from the "allowed foods" :)

Sep 28, 2009
Yes Please in Home Cooking

What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Yes, we do use lots of herbs and garlic and lemon and lime. And they are a lifesaver!
Quinoa is great! Stocks are good as long as they are low sodium.

And sadly carmelized onions are a bit too high in sugar...

PS I love pioneer woman too! And thanks for all the tips and links!

Sep 28, 2009
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Why let a roach spoil a perfectly good meal?

Yummm.... midnight flan.
Agreed its not a reflection of a lack of cleanliness.

Sep 26, 2009
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What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Yes, we had tried Xylitol before we knew about the corn allergy and have since switched to stevia.

Thanks for the corn allergen link! Seems really helpful!

Sep 26, 2009
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Why let a roach spoil a perfectly good meal?

Roaches can survive a nuclear bomb, correct?! So being that resilient I'm sure they are a lot more prevalent and we just don't know. Animals are not allowed in restaurants (other than seeing eye dogs) for sanitary reasons yet I cook in a home with pets with the pets constantly in and out of the kitchen. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I'm sure I've eaten worse than food from a place with roaches!

But for the record, I wouldn't have wanted to know... there still is an "ick" factor.

Sep 26, 2009
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What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

Here are the things we've macgyvered to make from what we could that have been tasty and a little interesting. Hopefully you all can offer tweaks or benefit from this!

-Chicken with chopped jalepeno, lime, cilantro, and this smoky Santa Maria seasoning.
-Brown rice cooked down with chicken stock (almost like risotto) and red peppers and onions.
-Brown rice with butter and broccoli.
-Quinoa with onions and peppers and basil wilted in.
-Salmon with lemon and fresh ginger and herbs.
-Pork chops/tenderloin with olive oil, garlic and rosemary.
-Chicken or pork crusted with almond flour and herbs.
-Salad dressing: Olive oil with crushed garlic, herbs and lemon juice.
-Cream of buckwheat with cinnamon.
-Green apples with raw almond butter.
-Cinnamon and stevia sprinkled on anything to make it dessert-y!

Sep 26, 2009
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What to Cook When Your Allergic to Just About Everything

The doctor said some nuts are moldy like pistachios in particular. But the corn starch would explain why roasted almonds make him sick sometimes! I think the corn allergy is slight but because there are so many other things to be careful of and therefore it being easy to slip up or make a mistake, we try to avoid everything we can.

Sep 26, 2009
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Food allergies: When and how did you develop them?

Boyfriend mysteriously developed horrible allergies to so many foods out of nowhere!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/654495

Had hives, swelling, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, headaches, fatigue. Every kind of medical test you can have and 3 months later we find out its allergies.

Sep 26, 2009
Yes Please in Not About Food