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Best Blender Under $200.00?

Hi... why don't you just order a new carafe? They are about $35 on Amazon and other sites.

Aug 28, 2015
debbypo in Cookware
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Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

Firstly.... my condolences.
My daughter and I do a Christmas from around the world type thing. We have done a Polish Christmas with bigos and pierogies, a Mexican Christmas with pozole and tamales, a "Jewish Christmas" with brisket, kasha varnishkes and matzo ball soup, a Spanish one with paella etc. It's been a lot of fun. I haven't been able to persuade her to break with tradition for Thanksgiving.
The year we lost several family members (sister and mother) we took a trip and ate Thanksgiving dinner at a hotel buffet in San Antonio.... just a thought.

Aug 27, 2015
debbypo in Home Cooking

Grill pan: is it worth it?

I am giving my grill pan away. Inspired by this discussion. Used it maybe 3 times.
On the other hand we have a Cuisinart griddler deluxe and use it at least once a week. I particularly love how it grills eggplant and zucchini. Great salmon with rub too.

Aug 25, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Coffee Beans... esp darker roasts

I just found Colectivo at Beans and Bagels on Leland and Rockwell. Only a few kinds but, I'm pleased. Will pick some up when I'm done with the current Red Bird shipment.

Aug 23, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Coffee Beans... esp darker roasts

Thanks much. I have never heard of Passion House. Will have to check it out. Yelp mentions that they specialize in lighter roasts but, I'll go have a look.
I've only had Bridgeport brewed at the cafe... wasn't that impressed but I might check out their beans anyhow. Just god my Red Bird 4 lbs today so it will be a bit.

Aug 19, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Advice on my first Le Creuset

I would definitely go for the 9 quart. I generally cook for fewer people but find myself using it surprisingly often. Better a bit too big than not big enough... especially since you like having leftovers to freeze.

Aug 19, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Coffee Beans... esp darker roasts

I do like Reno (and some of their non-traditional bagels even thought I'm a Brooklynite by birth). Didn't realize that they sold Stumptown. I'll have to go check it out.
Coffee and Tea Exchange was my go-to back in the pre-Starbucks millennium and I should go back and try some of their darker roasts. Thanks for your ideas.

Aug 18, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

visiting Chicago with family, River North (lots of questions)

I have been quite disappointed on my last two visits to Slurping Turtle. I wouldn't have it on my list. Maybe one of your days could include a walk to Eataly. I think kids would enjoy that. You could also consider Saigon Sisters if you don't have good Vietnamese in Boston.
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Aug 17, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Clean finger food menu for crafters

How about some retro but tasty things like tea sandwiches with cream cheese/olives and pumpernickel with cucumber/butter? Maybe little toothpicks with salami, pickle, cheese or some such.

Aug 17, 2015
debbypo in Home Cooking

Coffee Beans... esp darker roasts

Hi... Thanks. Will give Heinen's a try next time I'm up in that area. I don't know why I've never bought beans there... I work in the Merchandise Mart and frequent Bow Truss at least once a week.

Aug 16, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Didn't need it but I bought it

If you want consolation a la 'misery loves company' you have surely come to the right place. I had an old but perfectly okay Kitchen Aid food processor. Fell in love with the Breville and brought it home on an impulse 1.5 years ago. Did I need it? Heck no. Same with my second LC dutch oven. Same with my Brazen coffee maker. Oh well... that's why I work even though I"m technically retired.
Enjoy your new toys.

Aug 15, 2015
debbypo in Cookware

Coffee Beans... esp darker roasts

What's your fave from Redbird?

Aug 15, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Coffee Beans... esp darker roasts

For many years one of my children worked at Starbucks and gave us her 'markout' whenever we needed coffee. It was okay but not great but, the price was certainly right. Now she is free of the big green machine and I am free to spend money on the coffee beans of my choice. So far I've tried Intelligentsia, Metropolis, La Colombe, Dark Matter. I've also ordered from Red Bird Roasters in Montana. Any suggestions? Price is a factor but not the factor. Thanks.

Aug 15, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

Chicago locals - where do you go to eat in the city?

I guess that I would suggest that you might want to pick a cuisine that either you especially like or you cannot easily get on your home turf. It could be anything... soul food, sushi, Puerto Rican, Polish or whatever strikes your fancy. Read about the restaurants that feature that type of food and strike out for a neighborhood. I love doing this when I visit new cities. I feel it gives me a different sense of the place than I would get if I remained in the downtown area. Be adventurous; enjoy!

Aug 14, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

lentil soup

Here's a link to one that is very similar to what my favorite Lebanese restaurant makes. They add spinach near the end of cooking.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lebanese...

Jul 30, 2015
debbypo in Home Cooking

Sushi recommendations in Chicago

For a traditional sushi meal I believe Katsu on Peterson is my favorite. For something more modern/creative, I like Yuzu on Chicago Ave.

Jul 23, 2015
debbypo in Chicago Area

A Vegan Antipasto Platter?

I agree with the suggestions. I love a fattoush salad with toasted pita. I think having a separate plate with some nice cheeses for those who are not vegan would be fine. I have a close vegan friend and she always stresses that she doesn't want to limit others.
Had a great minted limeade in Puerto Rico recently when it was really hot. Sooo refreshing.

Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon

Jul 07, 2015
debbypo in Recipes

Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon

Jul 07, 2015
debbypo in Recipes

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.

Jul 02, 2015
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...

Jul 01, 2015
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.

Jul 01, 2015
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
debbypo in Cookware

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
debbypo in Cookware