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Favorite Asian Grocery?

Thanks much. I've made the trek to Mitsuwa a few times and to H Market once as well. Fresh Farms every couple of weeks. I really like their produce as well as the Asian specialties. Picked up some kecap manis there last week.

about 22 hours ago
debbypo in Chicago Area

Favorite Asian Grocery?

I do a fair amount of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cooking... occasionally Korean or Indonesian. I live quite near Argyle Street on Chicago's north side but love exploring other areas of the city and/or suburbs. I'd be interested in hearing what your favorite Asian grocery and what it's particular strengths are.

1 day ago
debbypo in Chicago Area

Great Dim Sum in Chinatown?

If you like Furama, they have a location at the south end of Chinatown on Wentworth around 25th.

Side dishes for Vietnamese BBQ?

I just made a really tasty semi-Thai flavored coleslaw for a gathering i did tonight. I did a chicken skewer dish, a vegetarian red curry, coconut rice and marinated cukes as well. I used red and green cabbage, daikon, jicama and carrot. Dressing was a salty tangy one with fish sauce, dark soy, vinegar, garlic, giner and chiles. Added fres mint and cilantro at the end.

2 days ago
debbypo in Home Cooking

Help me build a cookware set!

Many of us who have invested in Le Creuset dutch ovens love them and are very happy with them. I use mine for soups, stews, braises, curries and am very happy with it. Love how it looks too in deep rich color.

May 18, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

No reservations needed - street food, bar seating, Farmer's Markets, walk-ins, etc.

Hi... Maybe check out Nuevo Leon on 18th for old style Mexican with great home made flour tortillas. Also, love Hopleaf in Andersonville on Clark just south of Foster. Nice garden seating too. More beers, especially Belgian than you can imagine and great moule/frites with garlic sauce. Around the corner on Foster is the Middle East Bakery with wonderful veggie and meat hand pies, excellent homemade dips and spreads. A great place to pick up picnic food if you're doing something like concert or picnic in the park (fireworks?)

May 17, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

New veggie side dish recipes, please!

Two suggestions... roasted cauliflower with chili powder or a Turkish, Moroccan or Cajun spice blend. I get the blends from The Spice House or, on occasion, Penzey.
Another thing my family all love are fresh green beans simmered in a stewed tomato/oregano sauce with cubed potato cooked along with them. Sometimes I do this with dill instead of oregano. Usually I parboil (or nuke) the potato before cubing and adding. Sometimes I saute onion and garlic with this dish.

May 15, 2015
debbypo in Home Cooking

Bonavita vs. Brazen Plus

Well, received my Brazen Plus the other day. I've made 2 pots. One was definitely the best at home coffee I've made. Beans from Redbird in Montana, presoak of 15 seconds and temperature of 200. Delicious, deep and rich. The second pot, decaf someone brought me from the Big Green Machine; maybe needed different presoak or temperature or maybe the beans were just not very good. It was only okay. Tonight I'll grind and set up some Redbird for the early a.m. (husband works at 7:30) and see how that comes out.

May 10, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

What is Open July 4th?

Hi... Not sure where you are from and hence, what is available there. Just dined recently (after a several year hiatus) at Russian Tea Time after a visit to the Art Institute which is right across the street. It was very enjoyable, prices reasonable and, felt like an oasis of calm downtown. Just a thought.

May 08, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Bonavita vs. Brazen Plus

Hi... Just caved and the Brazen arrived today. I will set it up over the weekend and do some playing around. Report to follow.

May 08, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Bonavita vs. Brazen Plus

Thanks for your thoughtful responses. I'll definitely watch the videos after work tonight but I agree that one is a better electric drip machine and one is something I think new and different. I do make pour overs (or Clever dripper hybrids) often but I also have family and friends over often and houseguests fairly regularly and would like a good multi-cup machine. We all lust after different things. The discussion of fine china and bakeware are not my thing. Coffee is... to an extent. That extent doesn't include the $ for a Techniform, barely for one of the others.

Apr 30, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Bonavita vs. Brazen Plus

I currently have and use a Melitta Auto-Drip pot when I need quantity or to head out at the crack of dawn (set up the night before). For most mornings, my husband drips from a $3.00 Melitta manual and I use a $20 Clever dripper. Even grinding my own high quality beans in a burr grinder.
That said, I've been lusting after a Techniform, a Bonavita or, more recently, a Brazen Plus. I've pretty much eliminated the Techniform.
I would very much appreciate the advice and counsel of my fellow coffee lovers, especially those of you who have experience with one of these pots.

Apr 28, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Which turner should I get?

Especially since you refer to an 8" pan you should probably go with the smaller size. More flexibility and maneuverability.

Apr 22, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

What's your favorite coffee maker?

They do sell the Melitta filters in boxes of 100... I ordered a six-pack thereof from the evil Amazon... great price.

Apr 21, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Shallow Dutch Ovens

I have a 7 quart shallow Le Creuset round in aubergine. I love it and use it more often than my deep one which is the same diameter, a 9 quart. It is ideal for stews, Indian curries, spaghetti sauce with sauteed sausage and peppers and much more.

Apr 21, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Gendering of Food

Did you say 'put it to bed' on purpose? Made me laugh either way.

Apr 12, 2015
debbypo in General Topics

Do either of these sound like good ideas for a potluck?

How about buy some naan to go with the chicken tikka instead of rice?

A fancy-pants single-cup coffee maker.

Wow... that is a thing of beauty. You've created a desire in me... darn. But, my dh would not be happy and I only have 2 manuals and one electric. Enjoy and report in if you do indulge.

Apr 02, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Food Processor for registry: Cuisinart vs. Breville

I have the 16 cup Breville... a big step up from my older KA. I love the sturdiness, the slicing blade and the mini within. Less clutter on my counter. It is fast and makes great sauces too.

Mar 22, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

three days downtown with kids and a tight budget

Hi... raised my girls here in Chicago and they are both adventurous omnivores with a penchant for ethnic cuisine... like their parents.
I'd recommend a trip to 'Argyle Street' for noodles (pho or Vietnamese noodle 'salad') and would also suggest that you consider a trip to Albany Park. My favorite of the many places is Semiramis... Lebanese and delicious. For Polish, I'd go with Red Apple... its buffet is an experience even if it's not all top notch.

Mar 15, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Wedding gift list dream suggestions

Can I suggest a good electric kettle... if you do tea get a variable temperature one; if not, regular is fine. Used a stovetop for years and this is so much better. Also great if you're impatient like me... you can do less water in the pot and boil some in the kettle when doing pasta.

Mar 09, 2015
debbypo in Cookware
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Good strong coffee at home

I love my Clever dripper... the advantages of both a French Press (Immersion of grounds) and the clean taste and lack of too much sediment of a dripper. At about $20 you can try it and buy an expresso roast coffee or an Italian/French roast... just grind it for a drip cone. Enjoy.

Mar 08, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Baking in gas convection oven

I have a GE dual fuel... electric convection oven and gas burners. Although I wish one of my burners was higher than it is, the stove and oven perform admirably. I think dual fuel is the way to go.

Mar 07, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Asian Birthday Dinner for 6? Chicago or suburbs

Hi... thanks for reminding me that I've been wanting to try Embeya. I've been to FatRice and it's a really interesting menu. Very limited reservations and none available the night we're hoping for. Rainbow and ATK are two of my favorites for dinners out but have been enough that they wouldn't seem 'special' for my birthday. By the way, Rainbow is barely big enough to accommodate the six of us. Best for carryout.
Gordeaux... thanks for your ideas as well. Live in walking distance of San Soo Gab San so, it's on the regular rotation. Used to go to Cho Sun Ok decades past but now the lines of hipsters are often out the door.
Again..appreciate your ideas both.
More suggestions definitely welcome.

Mar 03, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Asian Birthday Dinner for 6? Chicago or suburbs

Hi... Hoping to enjoy an Asian dinner with some spicy and interesting dishes for a birthday dinner on Sunday 3/8. Preferences would be Thai or Korean. Any special recommendations? We've done Arun previously.
Thanks for your ideas.

Mar 02, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

They were available in the '60s in jars in the 'gourmet' aisle of my mom's supermarket... along with the pickled red cabbage and other exotica.

Feb 19, 2015
debbypo in Home Cooking
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Who has the best birthday cakes in the city? I'm not looking for anything too fancy-I want frosting, not fondant.

Sorry that this is after-the-fact. Personally I think the best birthday cakes I've had in recent years come from Taste of Heaven at Clark and Balmoral in Andersonville. I particularly like their Jeanine's cake and their coconut cream are among my favorites. Others I know rave about 1000 chip and German chocolate.

Feb 05, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Culver's in Wrigleyville

I don't eat fast food very often but we used to travel regularly to see mil in Wisconsin. Got into the custard and, above all, the onion rings. B

Feb 05, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Cooking Meat - should I get a Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker vs Roasting Pan?

I only use my roasting pan once/twice a year for turkey. I use my Fagor multi-cooker several times a month. Great for beans,soups, risotto, stock, stew etc. Personally, I only cook meat occasionally and therefore think the multi-cooker (like the Breville but less expensive) is a much more versatile tool for my needs.

Jan 27, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

I've been fine with the Costco bacon. Usually buy the reduced sodiu.

Jan 20, 2015
debbypo in Chains