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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

Steamer ideas?

I recently bought the Calphalon Stainless Contemporary. It was $99 at BB&Beyond but was $79 with the 20% off coupon. I've used it a lot in the last month. Good capacity.

Jan 20, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Most Essential Tools for Home Cooks

I have been a quite good home cook for at least 30 years. My main interests are in ethnic cuisines from Asia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Latin America. I use meat sparingly... can't remember when I last cooked a beef roast... and cook fish often. I have an oven thermometer but feel no need for another. A tool I use a lot is my set of stacking steamers. I also use a santoku a lot for veggie chopping and am recently in love with my electric pressure cooker for both beans and stocks. I also use my electric burr grinder every day for good coffee. I think everyone's list is different because we all cook differently and utilize different ingredients.

Jan 07, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Electric pressure cookers; should I buy one?

I really like my Fagor multi-cooker (slow, pressure, rice). It's easy to use, to clean and it works well. I'd say, go for it.

Nov 18, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Need new Drip Coffee Maker, under $75

Hi... I feel the same way about coffee makers. We got our Melitta electric drip pot about 3 years ago and, unlike a Cuisinart it replace, it is doing fine. Cone shaped filter and clock/timer within your price range.

Oct 30, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Pressure Cookers: Stovetop vs. Electric

I'm in a minority here but I love my electric pressure cooker. To set it and go about my business whether salad making, taking a quick after-work shower on a hot day, or walking the puppy, I love not worrying about it.
Also, it's handy when the burners are full and we're cooking for guests.
We have the Fagor but there were fewer choices when we bought. Best wishes either way.

Jul 19, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Cambodian dinner in Twin Cities

Hi... will be visiting from Chicago for a few days. Staying in downtown Minneapolis but will have a car. We love Asian but live near many great Vietnamese places. We've heard that Cambodian (not available in Chi) is delicious in Twin Cities. Can you recommend somewhere? Leaving tonight and will be in town through Saturday. Thanks

Jul 16, 2014
debbypo in Minneapolis-St. Paul

salt mills - how to stop the mess?

I have a set that I got a while ago at Spice House (not sure of brand) that have the grinders on top... eliminates the mess.

May 20, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Question about Calphalon frying pans

I ended up keeping the 2 smaller ones and giving my daughter the 12" (that I wanted) because I knew in my heart it would be more useful for her. Thanks for all the counsel.

May 08, 2014
debbypo in Cookware
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Question about Calphalon frying pans

I am about to become the owner of two of these (new slide non-stick). I can pick 8, 10 or 12. Which two do you think might be most useful? We are two but I often cook for others and like making leftovers. Thanks for your suggestions about which will be most useful.

May 06, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

I've been looking at that one. Thanks for the feedback.

May 03, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

Thanks. It didn't have great reviews but I may go there anyway.

May 03, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Hi all... Congrats to those who are down and empathy to those who are up. I'd been losing well for several weeks but was up a lb last week. Having more trouble resisting unexpected temptations. And expected ones (like my co-workers giant jar of roasted salted nuts). For a while after coming back to work from my hip replacement I was able to ignore them completely.
I'm going to try the Morningstar burgers. I have been on a kick with the Veggie Patch spinach chickpea patties in the fridge section at Costco. Three points each and somewhat reminiscent of falafel. Love them with Sriraccha or chopped on top of a cucumber and tomato salad.
I need breakfast help. I am officially sick of egg white omelets. Not a smoothie person. I like cereal but it doesn't keep me feeling full all morning. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Best to all for a successful May.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Home Cooking

International food store

I love Fresh Farms on Touhy Ave. in Skokie (or is that side of the street Niles?). They have a great variety from Eastern European to Indian, from southeast Asian to Middle Eastern and South American. Be prepared to spend an hour plus on your first visit. Great home-made Greek sausage too.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area

River North dining

I'll add a vote for Slurping Turtle. Try the brussel sprout appetizer. I loved it.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area
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Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

Hi... I'm not willing to buy the brand for political and humanitarian reasons but am a major LaCroix consumer. Does anyone know of another brand that works well? I'd really like to have one and this thread has made me want one even more since it answered one of my persistent questions: Is it just a fad item? Thanks for any suggestions.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Cookware
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Grinder recommendations for drip coffee

I just recently got a Breville Smart Grinder for $160 (w/Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon) and it's super nice. Almost no static and if you want it holds half lb. of coffee. You can grind straight into the Melitta #4 filter the Clever uses. It's what I use much of the time as well. We have an electric drip pot which we use when we have guests or, occasionally on the weekend. I must disagree with the poster who suggested that they buy pre-ground at a coffee store.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

ADVICE ON BUYING NEW FRIDGE (in USA)?

Just had to buy a fridge suddenly and unexpectedly 2 weeks ago. Went to ABT... one of the nation's top rated independent retailers. Got an LG with french doors and bottom freezer. Ice and water in door. Very pleased, especially with freezer organization which includes a drawer perfect for breadstuffs and a very shallow pullout which has things like my spice cubes, pesto etc.

Apr 26, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Need some help deciding on an ice cream maker

My husband has the Cuisinart and it works really well. We enjoy his 'products' quite a bit. Makes great sorbet, creamy rich ice creams etc. Not too much of a pia either. I'd go that route.

Apr 26, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Coffee Grinder Question? Please help.

Hi... I drink drip coffee (sometimes electric pot, mostly pour-overs or Clever which is a french press/pour over fusion). I often use pre-ground coffee for convenience but think fresh beans definitely taste better. Our old pretty cheap Capresso burr grinder died and, on an impulse, I bought a Breville Smart Grinder. Got it for 20% off so, $160. Have I just gone a bit nuts? Bought way more grinder than I need for drip? Should I return and go for a cheapie? Any advice would be appreciated.

Apr 25, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Is my Le Creuset too large?

My first Le Creuset was a 9 quart round. It's still my favorite and most used of my 5 pieces. I usually fill it at least half way even though there are just 2 of us and visiting daughters. Love leftovers.

Apr 17, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

Why not have a custom under cabinet shelf designed with enough room for circulation around it.

Apr 15, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Have you tried the Bolthouse Yogurt dressings? I think they're pretty decent and very reasonable points-wise.

Apr 11, 2014
debbypo in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

There are rough times. I kept going almost every week through a year and a half where I lost a whopping 5 lbs. See-sawed up and down a few the whole time. Now I've been back on a roll and have lost 10 since my hip replacement in early February. Stick with it! If I had not kept going I'm sure that, instead of maintaining I would have gained at least 20-30 back in that time.
I think that part of why afternoon is harder for many of us is that we're getting tireder and it's a quest for energy. I've been buying really nice coffees and teas for that low energy time as a treat... maybe try it.
Best to all. It's a long hard struggle but so worth it.

Apr 11, 2014
debbypo in Home Cooking
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Best most authentic Korean in NW suburbs?

Cho Jung on Harlem just south of Glenview Road. is really good. Just ate there this evening. Nice banchan and some very tasty spicy octopus as well as an excellent (and huge) seafood and scallion pancake.

Apr 06, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area

Mandoline Versus Food Processor [moved from Home Cooking]

Since I got my Breville food processor with the variable slicing I have not touched my mandolin. With my old processor, slices came out poorly. Ditto with julienne.

Apr 01, 2014
debbypo in Cookware