Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >

veggiemelt's Profile

Title Last Reply

Question about making sheet pasta versus string pasta...

Ok, I'm a new pasta maker! I've only made string pasta - linguine, spaghetti, etc. We're going to attempt ravioli today, and a friend just told me that I need to make some modifications to the recipe for sheet pasta. And now I can't get in touch with her to find out what those modifications are!

Any suggestions? (other than that I'm insane for trying something new for Christmas dinner, lol!)

Dec 24, 2010
veggiemelt in Home Cooking

Going out of Business Sale - Specialty Food

I Fancy Food, a specialty food shop in my town, is going out of business. Their online store has a sale right now for 25% Off entire purchase. (And they give free shipping over $100)

The code is 25OFF. It's a great store, and the only one of it's kind in our area. I am sad to see it go!

Sep 21, 2010
veggiemelt in General Topics

Places around Johnson City / Bristol area

Troutdale Bistro in downtown Bristol is nice. I can't advise on the burgers, but you can get a really great Cuban at The Dining Room in Jonesborough. They also have a sirloin sandwich that is ridiculously good. They have some of their bread flown in from a bakery in Miami. Goooood stuff.

Troutdale Bistro
724 State St, Bristol, TN 37620

The Dining Room
148 E Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659

Mint Jelly

Try Baxter's mint jelly. It's from the UK. It's minty but also has a bit of vinegar in it that balances nicely with the sweet. I like it on sugar snap peas!

New York Food Blogs? (Pro / Amateur)

Ah! I clicked on this link just so I could say Food Mayhem! I just read your newsletter on roasted butternut squash, pears and cranberries. I can't wait to try it!

Nov 03, 2009
veggiemelt in Food Media & News

Haster Olive Oil?

Is anybody familiar with an olive oil called Haster? It's wrapped in a bright orange wrapper, and is imported from Italy. They had it at TJ Maxx, but I can't find anything about it anywhere.

The search engine just asks me if I meant Hamster olive oil. LOL!


Oct 22, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics

origami teabags

Very sadly, according to this website, it's just a concept. But hopefully one that will get picked up! I'd definitely buy it. :)

Sep 18, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics

What's the weirdest thing you grew up eating (or eat now)?

As a kid, we always loved eating ice cream with hot pudding poured over it. I guess it was Poor Man Sundaes! We also used to eat potato chip and mayonnaise sandwiches. Loved it!

Sep 18, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics

Favourite (grainy) mustard?

Yes! Tracklements Wholegrain Mustard. Oooooh yum. You can just crunch on the little nuggets. Mmmm! They also make a whole grain honey mustard which is also really good.

Sep 12, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics

Favorite Cereals (No Mix-Ins)

Kid Cereal aka Rainy Day or lonely Saturday night cereal- Golden Grahams!

Grown up Cereal - Dorset Cereal, yum!!!! Berries and Cherries and Cranberry Almond are my favorites. It's a muesli type. Great with milk, or mixed in yogurt.

Sep 02, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

Warm cherry tomatoes, straight off the vine, sitting in the garden in my grandmother's back yard. Must have been around 1976. Wow, I ate them until I was sick. Best tomatoes of my life.

Sep 02, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics

Myrtle Beach Italian???

I recommend Russo's. It is right on the strip between N Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach. It is in the Kroger's shopping center. It's expensive, but better than the average tourist trap. :)

Sep 02, 2009
veggiemelt in Southeast

Zucchini Side Dish without tomatoes?

My favorite way is chopped and roasted with a touch of sea salt and oil. Drizzle with balsamic or sherry vinegar as a sweet finish. I also like them shredded, egg washed, and dipped in flour that's heavy on black pepper, and fried like pancakes. Yum!

Jul 31, 2009
veggiemelt in Home Cooking

What food related products would you (or do you) buy on-line?

We buy paneer from iGourmet - I make my own, but always keep some in reserve for busy days. I like to get tea samplers from SpecialTeas and Golden Moon. And my most recent purchase was some Iranian Blue Sapphire Salt from I Fancy Food.

Jul 31, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics

Your latest 'addiction'?

Burnt Sugar! Only in the Sea Salt Caramel flavor. Oh my, it's totally addictive. It's kinda pricey, but worth double. It's from England, but you can find it at specialty stores here, and on Amazon. Amazing flavor. It's a crumbly fudge, Mmmmm. Great, now I have to go buy a box!

Jul 31, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics

What condiments defaults/best suits meat?

It looks like you're looking for spices. I like to use rubs. Cape Herb rub mixes are great . The blends are unique and they are very reasonably priced. I also like Urban Accent meal starters. They are rubs/spices for specific dishes. The Cape Herb is on clearance sale here, they call them Elements of Spice.

If you're really looking for condiments, try mixing a paste of chopped garlic and mustard - whole grain or stone ground is great. Rub it all over the meat before you cook it. And my all time favorite condiment is Tracklements Cranberry Sauce with Port. You can really taste the port in it. Yum!

I guess I should post the disclaimer that I no longer eat meat, but I do cook it for others.

Jul 29, 2009
veggiemelt in Home Cooking

does anyone still buy instant coffee?? canned vegetables?? condensed soup??

I use beans for bean salad, just because I don't want to cook several pots of beans at once! I also used canned tomatoes. I love Taste brand vegetables, but they're expensive. They have san marzano tomatoes, grilled mixed vegetables, and grilled eggplant, soaked in oil.

Soup - I'm not big on canned soup, but I do love Cashew Carrot Ginger soup by Pacific Foods. Really nice, and not full of chemicals!

Jul 29, 2009
veggiemelt in General Topics