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Do I really need a wok?

Hi... I'd say, go with the Oxo. It looks like a nice pan. Plus, there are occasions when a lid is nice for various purposes. To me, the advantage of a wok (mine is, in full disclosure carbon steel) is the ability to push some ingredients that are done up the side out of the way and the room to toss. Hope you are happy with whatever you decide.

about 8 hours ago
debbypo in Cookware

Water infused with fruit - best infuser?

The strainer (which goes to the bottom of the jug) has a little handle... super easy to deal with. I thought it was Adagio but it turns out it's Forlife brand. I'm sending you a link to where Stash Tea is currently selling it. I don't know if the glass is dishwasher safe but the basket and lid certainly are.

http://www.stashtea.com/Mist-Iced-Tea...

about 16 hours ago
debbypo in Cookware

Alone but not lonely: Technivorm "one cup" vs. Bonavita 5 coffeemaker

I'd go for the Bonavita... saw it and it looks great.

about 16 hours ago
debbypo in Cookware

New Kitchen, ideas

In a modest remodeling I went from 2 to 1 and find it much easier to deal with for washing. Haven't missed the other bowl at all.

Jun 30, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Water infused with fruit - best infuser?

I have a tempered glass pitcher with a metal insert designed for iced tea (got it at Adagio Tea) and I use it a lot of the time for infusions of cucumber or fruit. Works well, easy to clean (stainless/glass). Also works well for both hot and iced tea.

Jun 29, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

current restaurant pet peeve

I agree about ill personnel BUT... if that's the case let's support regulations that give these people paid sick days so they don't feel the financial pressure to come in when unwell.

Made pork and Chinese chives stir fry, chives were hard to chew

i have had a similar problem sometimes but not always... think it might be about the chives or, possibly the level of heat?

Jun 28, 2015
debbypo in Home Cooking

Are George Foreman grills worth it?

We recently got a Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe. I'm loving it for both meats/chicken/fish and for veggies... especially eggplant and zucchini. I looked at the Foreman's and what sold me on this was both the different heights and the grease drip tray in back that is easy to remove and clean (as are the plates). It can also be used both open or as a contact grill/griddle.

Jun 26, 2015
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2015) Nominations!

VEGGIE/COLESLAW!

Jun 25, 2015
debbypo in Home Cooking

Franchise Restaurants in Public Schools?

This has, alas, become increasingly common as have many forms of invasive privatization /profiteering. The nutrition is not good, the workers no longer have public jobs with benefits like sick time and insurance to augment their modest salaries. I think it's terrible from many points of view.

ISO lid for large Breville Sous Chef food processor

Bummer that they are out of stock. I did the same thing last year... couldn't even blame dh. They were out of stock and it was about 6 weeks before it was available. They were great and sent it to me free of charge when it came in.... just in time for Thanksgiving!

Jun 23, 2015
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What chicken curry recipe should I try next?

What about going 'outside the box' and doing a Thai green or red curry with chicken? Great with those little round eggplants, red bell pepper, and fresh bamboo shoots.

Chinese food in Chicago

I would agree that Mei Shung is definitely not what it used to be. I am a fan of Sun Wah... even though I don't eat the duck that everyone else raves about. Their menu is enormous and the quality is generally good if a bit inconsistent. Prices are very reasonable. I particularly like their hot and sour soup, ginger scallion fish, and eggplant stuffed with shrimp. My husband is very fond of some of their roasted meats. They also have really tasty shrimp dumpling noodle soup which makes a nice solo lunch.

Jun 21, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Percolator, auto-drip, or press? Or...?

I recently switched from an 'ordinary' electric drip pot to a Behmor Brazen. I can control pre-soak and brew temperature ( I have it set at 202 with a 30 second pre-soak). My coffee is so rich and delicious that I seldom feel the urge to go out for coffee on my way to work. Even my occasional evening decaf is rich and tasty.

Jun 16, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Your best Egg Plant recipe

I do something similar with onion,parsley, preserved lemon, slivered almonds and either golden raisins or craisins.

Jun 10, 2015
debbypo in Home Cooking

Buying a range: convection gas, dual fuel? Ventilation?

I like my GE which has an electric convection oven and gas burners... would love a fancy one with a really big burner but, but I too had a budget. It has performed well for a several years now.

Jun 07, 2015
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Ground Sumac

I use sumac fairly often in various Lebanese and Middle Eastern preparations. I would describe it as tart and lemony... with a certain pucker. It doesn't come with seeds, sesame or other. I agree that I think you got zaatar... one component of which is often sumac. Check out some zaatar recipes. I recommend The Spice House as a great source of spices you can order. Their stuff is really fresh in my experience.

Jun 06, 2015
debbypo in General Topics

Calphalon tri-ply/Cuisinart MCP/Cooks Standard multiply clad

I have a couple of pieces of the Calphalon and am pretty happy with it. I think that it is easy to clean and comfortable to deal with. Hope you are happy with whatever you end up choosing.

Jun 05, 2015
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Griddler Deluxe by Cuisinart anyone?

Hi... does anyone have one of these or a similar contact grill/griddle? I succumbed to one on a 'great deal' this past weekend. I used it to make marinated boneless pork chops which turned out quite well despite slightly freezer burned meat but am looking for other ideas/inspirations, especially for vegetables and fish. Thanks in advance.

Jun 01, 2015
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Help me build my kitchen

I'm pretty sure you mean Northwest Cutlery which is at 810 W. Lake Street just west of Halsted. I've never bought a knife there but I have had my sharpening done and been quite pleased.
I find an immersion blender really useful for soups and beans etc.
Also, I really love my Breville food processor... much more than my previous Cuisinart.
What kind of spice storage do you have? You might enjoy a trip to the Spice House on Wells while in Chicago... it's not far from the near north Sur La Table on Halsted and North... or from Northwest Cutlery. Have fun.
Retired Teacher

May 26, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

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.

May 24, 2015
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.

May 24, 2015
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.

May 24, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area
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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.

May 23, 2015
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
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