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Best use of Gorgonzola/Blue Cheese

There was another Gorgonzola thread in 2013 that had lots of interest- maybe checking this out will also give you some ideas and inspiration: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903974

Dec 07, 2014
Florida Hound in Cheese

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

"I still like my tuna prepared the way my mom used to make it for me when I was a kid..."
The tunafish sandwich just seems to be one of those comfort foods where the "mom" ingredient adds so much to our attachment and enjoyment of the food.
From childhood...Mom's version of the Tuna Salad Sandwich: I tried to re-create her creation a few years back, and with some modifications came close to Mom's classic. For your consideration:
Prepare a jar of Onion Mayo in advance: 1 envelope of Onion Soup mix, mixed well into an entire 32 oz jar of regular mayonnaise. Store it in the fridge for this recipe and many other uses. As its own sandwich spread, it’s pretty good.
For the tuna salad mix: 1 can tuna, drained,
1/4 Cup onion-mayo mix (per above)
1 carrot, grated in thin peelings, peelings cut to about 1/4" long
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 capful lemon juice
salt
pepper
1 teaspoon sweet relish
Sprinkling of Splenda (Mom may have used a little sugar, "back in the day.")
Mix it up well, spoon it onto your favorite bread or toast, and IMHO---> childhood taste bud heaven.
Memories include this concoction soaking through the bread and the wax paper by lunchtime at the Elementary School.
Many variations on this thread, over several years, sound interesting and worth trying.

Dec 07, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

What makes a Diner special?

That other Chowhound thread has some good reads. I found a comedy bit from John Mulaney re: mischief with a diner jukebox. Hilarious, but he throws in the f-word, which detracted for me. To decide for yourself, and laugh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rqQu...

What makes a Diner special?

I like to feel like I'm back in the 1950s, or at least "simpler" times. No putting on airs, as many posters have described in different ways. Its kind of noisy, the aisles are long and narrow. Counter seating or booth. The outside should have shiny metal, with some artful pleats. Foodwise, I have great memories of some good matzaball soup in a diner in Hartsdale, NY. Someone mentioned those carousels of mile-high cakes- yes! Great hashbrowns or overly greasy hashbrowns- at a diner, I'll savor them either way.

Dec 06, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

What to eat with cottage cheese?

We recently found another smoothie with cottage cheese to pass on to you: NBA basketball great,Roy Hibbert's "Ripped Like Roy Protein Smoothie," which calls for 1/2 cup of cottage cheese blended with stuff like a cup of frozen strawberries; also, blueberries, cherries, chia seeds, pecans, whey powder- wow!(This one does call for ice, too) Its a huge blender-full, and pretty good! The link:
http://www.nba.com/media/nbafit/Roy_H...

Dec 06, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Thanks so much for posting, and for starting the thread in the first place. Your "final product" was pretty close to your earlier plans. The duck confit gravy sounds like something we could explore for another gathering- any how-to's for this (or a link)? Your dinner sounds like a success all around. Your comments about "... way too much...one cheese would have been enough..." and "perfect but probably unnecessary..." just reminded me of the "groaning board" aspect of Thanksgiving Dinner that is part of the tradition. And to be reminded of the blessing of abundance should cause us to be very Thankful! We take our dinner plates and full cabinets so for granted the other 364 days a year. So I think the "I love this recipe but we didn't need..." is an important part of the holiday- just how blessed we truly are.

Dec 01, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Hi dkennedy,
Waiting for your Thanksgiving report- of course your menu and recipes were a hit, yes?

Dec 01, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Does anyone actually put stuffing inside the turkey anymore?

Update 2014: Again, the dinner was elsewhere this year, but the family asked for spouse's traditional fruited stuffing. I assumed the crockpot would be the container of choice, but after the stuffing was baked in a big roasting pan in the oven, we transported it in a few layers of heavy-duty insulated cloth bags, the kind with Velcro closures. After my bragging on Chowhound about her stuffing and the success in a crockpot, I found out she doesn't think the crockpot is up to the task after all- says it was too mushy the couple of times we've done it that way. (Who knew? I thought it was great.) This year, she was satisfied with the texture and consistency, and the insulated bags did keep the food warm enough for the 2 hours drive to dinner.

Coffee with Salt

I will add one more 2014 vote for a pinch of salt. Love my coffee. I think I started adding salt after Iread this thread a few years ago, but I can't really remember. Many years ago, coffee seemed to upset my stomach, so any possibility that salt calms that down or takes out some bitterness, etc., and I had to try it. Just part of the routine now. I add it to the ground coffee in the basket, whether for just myself in the morning or a houseful of company.

Nov 09, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Do You Enjoy Crisp Waffles, Pancakes and Crepes?

Belgian waffles, especially, need to have a crispiness on the outside, soft inside. A soft, limp Belgian waffle disappoints.

Nov 09, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

There are many Thanksgivings that don't come to mind when I try to pull up memories. One certainly stays pretty clear, though- After the passing of my father-in-law, about 10- 12 years ago, someone felt that sitting around the table with a painful absence would was not what should happen on that particular Thanksgiving. A campout to St. Augustine, FL was organized, and it was an entirely different weekend for all of the various children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and my mother-in-law to relate, play together, work together, and huddle in the cold together... and that was the whole idea. It was my first taste of deep-fried turkey. And lo, these several years later, all remains a very positive Thanksgiving memory in spite of its painful timing.
My condolences to you both.

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

I had to smile when I saw Rødkål(Rohtkohl) on your menu, Red. It has been a must-have on my Thanksgiving menu since I was a kid. Norwegian red cabbage. The problem is I married into a family that wasn't raised on the stuff and doesn't care for it. So each year, I will bring a jar of store-bought Rødkål, someone will dutifully heat it up, it will take its place in a nice bowl on the Thanksgiving table. I'm the only one who will partake. OK. But I carry on an apparently very personal tradition and my taste buds like it. Your menu sounds wonderful all around, Red. Happy Thanksgiving.

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

Re: all beef... kosher, etc:
I have followed and enjoyed the insights of hotdoglover for years, and its been a fun adventure to explore various flavors and brands. Along the way, while all that was going on, I made some dietary and personal decisions in my life that included cutting out pork products. And I think I've been pretty consistent with this for about 8 or 10 years. So, looking for the "all beef" product and asking the counter help if their hot dog is "all beef" (counter people- I need the true scoop when I ask, please) certainly has become more important to my hot dog adventures.

Nov 04, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Food packaging that you love/hate?

In my latest protein kick, I have found a protein powder called "Serious Mass." I ordered a 12 pound bag, on-line (nothing in moderation around here...). The top of the bag has a "zip lock" type opening/ close, but it does not work worth a hang. Maybe when the bag is 1/2 empty, the zip mechanism will not be pulled this way or that by the bulky, awkward 12 lb bag. So, for the moment, I "zip" it as best as I can, fold the top over, and use a chip bag clip or 2 to keep it shut.

Nov 02, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

Touching story. 8 years old and "Home Alone?" No baby sitter,etc? I am surprised Dad didn't insist on on the rug-rats piling into the car as he brought Mom to the hospital. We had a hamster several years ago who got out of the cage more than once and had some close calls with our "beloved cat" at the time. If anything had happened, we would have been hysterical with grief, too.

Nov 02, 2014
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Another slow cooker thread

Wouldn't it be simpler (and safer) to send the idea into "MythBusters" and let those guys try it out?

Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

"...underdone iguana..." made my day!

Nov 01, 2014
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Battle of the Slaws: Mayo vs Vinegar based

Tim,
I was unfamiliar with sriracha, so I did a google search and read up about its origins in SE Asia. Kind of a hot sauce, yes? I enjoyed reading that my nostalgic hangout, White Castle, has added a sriracha sauce for its chicken sliders. Thanks for helping me stretch my Chowhound knowledge!

Nov 01, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Battle of the Slaws: Mayo vs Vinegar based

Your newly discovered cole slaw has the drawback for me of seldom-will-use-again ingredients. Rice vinegar, grapeseed oil, and Polish brown mustard... maybe we have some rice vinegar somewhere, if I scour through the pantry... But otherwise, these would wait months until we made the same recipe again. Exotic spices in our cabinet meet the same fate and eventually are so old so they have to get tossed out at some point.

I love slaw, but it has to be very sweet, and I think I favor mayo over vinegar, although the following recipe has some of both. Our tried and true, go-to cole slaw at home started life as a recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Salad Book, 1969. Slightly modified over the years:

CREAMY CABBAGE SLAW
6 cups shredded cabbage
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 cup mayonaise or salad dressing
4 tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon salt
Combine shredded cabbage and sliced green onion. Chill. Blend together mayo or salad dressing, sugar, vinegar, celery seed, and sale, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Chill.
Toss mayonaise mixture lightly with cabbage mixture. Makes 10 servings.

Sometimes I have thought I never met a cole slaw I didn't like, but I have come to realize that there are many out there that just aren't sweet enough for me. So, the above is the consistent favorite. Also good as a hot dog topper or sandwich condiment.

Nov 01, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

(1)I have no idea of any links to these recipes, but I recommend to you, my mother-in-law's PEA SALAD, a Thanksgiving staple here:
2 eggs, chopped
1 14+1/2 oz. can of peas
1/2 Tablespoon yellow mustard
chopped celery at your own amount
salt and pepper to taste.
Miracle Whip to desired consistency
optional: chopped onion.
Refrigerate before serving.

(2) My wife's stuffing,a tradition now for over 35 years:
"FRESH FRUIT STUFFING" from an old Family Weekly Sunday supplement section, 1977 (Again- a 'link' to 1977? So sorry...) I think she improvises the measurements from year to year, but tries to be generous with the "fruited" part. If there is a handful of red grapes left in the bag, they end up being added to the creation. The original recipe called for chopped pecans or walnuts, but that was dropped early-on, with my wife allergic to nuts. She stuffs some stuffing in the bird, and does an almost-overflowing crockpot of the stuffing as well (and we have a large slow cooker!)
>>>Melt 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine in large skillet over medium heat. Saute 1 C chopped celery and 1 C chopped onions until tender, about 8 minutes.
Stir in 1+3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon powdered sage.
In a large bowl, mix 6 cups(or more) bread cubes, chopped apples from 2 or more apples,1 cup or more red seedless grapes, halved.
(Optional: 1/2 C coarsely chopped walnutes or pecans).
Stir onion mixture into bowl, as well as 2 eggs, slightly beaten. A bit of chicken stock poured on top. Toss lightly.
Stuff lightly into body and neck cavity of prepared turkey,
"Makes enough stuffing for a 12 lb turkey."
Spouse usually doubles this recipe for our large family (24 lb turkey, the norm).
One Chowhound puts 2 turkey wings on the top of their stuffing-made-in-the-crockpot. We are going to try that one day.

(3) Now that I think of it, our nephew introduced us to ALTON BROWN'S ROASTED ASPARAGUS last Thanksgiving, and that one has a link!!! And is delicious!!! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

Florida Hound

Oct 28, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

apple juice vs. cider

Our 2014 trip to the same Tennessee- North Carolina- Smoky Mountain area has just concluded- I told our friends at the campground that we needed to include a trip to the Apple Barn in Sevierville to get some apple cider. They talked us into an alternative apple orchard in Waynesville, NC, very popular with locals. Unfortunately, their apple cider was "pastereurized," and for my taste buds, no better at all than what I could get at home. Didn't buy. The woman at the orchard said by law they had to pasteurize the cider. Heading through Maggie Valley, NC, we stopped at an apple stand where they bragged on and on about some variety of cider they could only get a few weeks of the year. I bought a 75 cent cup to sample and it was cloyingly sweet where even my sweet tooth could not deal with it. Passed on that. So, once again, the elusive "unpasteurized" will have to wait for another time. Happy Fall, y'all.
Florida Hound

Oct 26, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Has anyone tried 8'O Clock coffee and how is it?

I understand Bokar was discontinued (at least in the United States?) in 2012. But I just did a web search and saw that it is available on-line through a source in Canada- Good luck- hope they really do carry it: Their link:
http://www.canadianfavourites.com/Eig...

Oct 26, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Daytona Beach, Ormond, Ponce, New Smyrna Beach: Bakery, Restaurants, Wine: Please Help!

Do a Chowhound search and a Google search for Down the Hatch in Ponce Inlet. One of our favorites for seafood and atmosphere (indoors or out on the deck). Of course, I don't know exactly what your reunion is looking for. I always enjoy their burgers, too.

Oct 16, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Best vanilla extract

And several years ago, I remember reading that "imitation vanilla extract" is preferred to the real deal, in many recipes. For the life of me, I cannot remember why they put that out, but we have often used "imitation vanilla" from that point. Seems to go against conventional wisdom- anybody have the back-story or rumor-buster on that one?

Sep 18, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Salty snack for office gathering

This "Strawberry Pretzel Salad" could also be considered a dessert-
For your consideration:
2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup melted butter
3 Tablespoons sugar
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large container whipped topping
6 oz. strawberry gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 cups strawberries or 2 10oz packages, with juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mixed crushed pretzels, butter and sugar together and pour into a 9 by 13 inch pan. Press into bottom and bake at 400 degrees 8 minutes. Beat cream cheese with 1 cup sugar. Stir into the topping and spread on cooled pretzel crust.* Mix together strawberry gelatin, boiling water and strawberries. Set in refrigerator until it begins to gel. Pour over the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate.
*Variation: Leave the container of whipped topping out of the middle layer. Spread it over the strawberry layer, like icing, just before serving.

(acknowledgement: most of this recipe was published in The Tampa Tribune, early 1991. The variation was not part of the original.)

Let us know if you use it. It has "salty," but would satisfy anyone's sweet tooth, too, for that matter.
Florida Hound

Sep 06, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Where can I find frozen pomegranates?

Until recently, either Dole or Del Monte had a bag of frozen berries that included pomegranates. They are no longer on the market, and I miss that combination in my morning protein shake/ smoothies. Where can I find frozen pomegranates? Pomegranate juice is all over the place.

Sep 06, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Sweetzels Spiced Wafers in Florida?

Any new Florida sources or potential Florida sources for my seasonal search: Sweetzels Spiced Wafers or Ivins Spiced Wafers. They are only available once a year, mostly in the Pennsylvania area, but since I spied them in Florida 1-2 x a few years ago, I have hoped they would show up around here again. Thanks again,
Florida Hound

Sep 06, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

How come my tuna fish never tastes as good as sandwich shops?

Oh no, iL Divo- before you know it, you'll find all sorts of things that go great with onion mayo- as a sandwich or sub spread, its good! Cracker dip? chip dip? And then, it'll be time to make some more tunafish sandwiches, anyway. We usually have a regular jar of mayo and an onion jar of mayo going and neither one ever goes to waste. Just another handy condiment.

Sep 02, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

How come my tuna fish never tastes as good as sandwich shops?

Your comment on the lemon juice got my taste buds going. I posted the "general outline" of Mama's tuna fish sandwich recipe elsewhere on the thread, but here's the whole recipe, lemon juice and all:
From childhood...Mom's version of the Tuna Salad Sandwich. I tried to re-create her creation a few years back, and with some modifications came close to Mom's classic. For your consideration:
Prepare a jar of Onion Mayo in advance: 1 envelope of Onion Soup mix, mixed well into an entire 32 oz jar of regular mayonnaise. Store it in the fridge for this recipe and many other uses. As its own sandwich spread, it’s pretty good.
For the tuna salad mix: 1 can tuna, drained,
1/4 Cup onion-mayo mix (per above)
1 carrot, grated in thin peelings, peelings cut to about 1/4" long
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 capful lemon juice
salt
pepper
1 teaspoon sweet relish
Sprinkling of Splenda (Mom may have used a little sugar, "back in the day.")
Mix it up well, spoon it onto your favorite bread or toast, and IMHO---> childhood taste bud heaven.
Memories include this concoction soaking through the bread and the wax paper by lunchtime at the Elementary School (and we didn't worry about refrigeration, I don' t think. Glad we are more aware and concerned about that these days.) In keeping with the theme of the thread- I'd put this up against any deli tuna sandwich, any day! Enjoy!

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Several weeks ago, a new poster asked a question on the Florida board, setting up an improbable scenario of conditions and asking how to handle some supposed eating requirements on an upcoming trip to Florida. After some serious Chowhound responses, trying to be helpful and trying to make some sense out of the conditions the new poster specified,a couple of Chowhounds started speaking out loud that this person was just putting us on. Lets have fun at these foodies' expense kind of thing. (That's my paraphrase today- no Chowhound used those words on the thread.) Up the that point, the new OP had never replied to Chowhound suggestions with any "thanks, I could try that," or reply with any clarifications on their original outragious conditions/ requirements. So the suspicion from the rest of us seemed quite justified, IMO. The reply posts that dared call the OP out on the possibility of a phoney premise were pulled from the thread. I think sometimes it is 100% valid to leave the evidence that some posters have a problem with the validity of a post- it just shows we are capable of some critical thinking. Now the surviving thread reads as if we are all a bunch of naive jerks, trying to be helpful, but being taken for a ride. Pulling the reply posts was the wrong decision, Team. btw, this one-time poster has not posted since. I do not think for a minute it is because they got a skeptical reception from others on Chowhound- they initially got a very broad, supportive bunch of responses.

Aug 30, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk