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New Mediterranean Offering in SW Durham

I haven't tried it yet (hope to tomorrow), but I live in the neighborhood, and word on the listserve is that it is good.

Jan 29, 2014
moxsa in Southeast

Dry large lima beans - going the way of the dodo?

Would you mind sharing your "faux"tato salad recipe? I'm curious to try your version!
Thanks.

May 26, 2012
moxsa in General Topics

Just tried Chewy Molasses Squares from Everyday Food

For bars I usually line with foil, then use spray with flour, as long as you're not allergic to soy.

Apr 13, 2011
moxsa in Home Cooking

Just tried Chewy Molasses Squares from Everyday Food

Here is my update:

after a few tweaks, here is my molasses blondie offering, for those who would prefer more of a bar cookie than a cake. That said, especially after they sat for a day, I really came to appreciate the original recipe that is truly delicious -- definitely "cake", but a unique, soft and fluffy yet simultaneously slightly chewy/sturdy texture.

Preheat oven to 350, prepare 8x8" pan.
brown 5T butter in large pot
remove from heat and stir in 1/2c granulated sugar, then 1/2c unsulphored molasses
when cool enough, stir in 1 egg thoroughly
then 1 1/8c ap flour with 1/4t kosher salt and 1/4t baking soda
beat briefly until shiny
pour into prepared pan, bake 20-25min.

I'm not claiming this is better, just different. Let me know what you think!

Apr 09, 2011
moxsa in Home Cooking

New Asian Big Box Grocery in Durham

I tried Li Ming today. I was not impressed with the lunch counter yet, but tried some food and did some shopping out of a sense of obligation to support a business like this in Durham. I also felt bad for them, because that is a WHOLE LOT of store to stock. And they really have done a good job with filling the seafood and meat counters already (and yes, they do have fun stuff like pork uteri and whole oxtails, as well as some live seafood).
I got a "spicy" cold pig ear (not spicy, but not inedible or anything), some spicy stir fried chicken that was actually pretty good (nice charred jalapenos and dried red peppers), and some basic/fine greens with basic/fine steamed rice. Service was polite. Very fast; no line. There were several other Asians (including employees -- who had big bowls of yummier looking stuff ;), and one Anglo-looking couple eating there when I was there at a late lunch time.

Apr 04, 2011
moxsa in Southeast

Just tried Chewy Molasses Squares from Everyday Food

Okay. So these are really easy. And low fat. And pretty tasty. But they are NOT cookies. Or even bars. They are little squares of (yes, I have to admit it, they remind me of gingerbread) cake. So make and enjoy. But don't expect a bar cookie (as you'll notice once you start making the batter). I am curious to tweak it some -- I guess I was hoping for a molasses blondie. Which really shouldn't be so hard from scratch.

Apr 01, 2011
moxsa in Home Cooking

best brand/model smooth top electric range and (double oven? convection?) oven

Thanks for these useful replies! The Maytag seems like the best buy for the money, but I like the burner arrangement on the KitchenAid and the features on the Kenmore...
Oh how I wish there was someplace one could actually try before buying!
Please keep up the info :)

Feb 15, 2011
moxsa in Cookware

best brand/model smooth top electric range and (double oven? convection?) oven

Thanks in advance for your insights! I'm looking for votes (or warnings) as I consider purchasing a new stand alone oven range. I can't get gas, and can't afford induction, so smooth top it will be. I have had and liked convection in the past, but also have gotten along fine without it, so it would be a plus but not a necessity. I have also recently seen the double ovens, which I have to say seems pretty cool. But also not a necessity.
I could probably get a discount on a Whirlpool, Maytag or KitchenAid, but have seen some good reviews for the GE Profiles and could consider an LG or other.
I'm looking forward to a new oven and more/better burners!
Thanks

Feb 14, 2011
moxsa in Cookware

restaurants around Williamsburg?

Both were very good, thank you :)

Nov 06, 2010
moxsa in Mid-Atlantic

restaurants around Williamsburg?

Thank you! I'll check it out :)

Nov 04, 2010
moxsa in Mid-Atlantic

restaurants around Williamsburg?

I'm looking for inexpensive and/or interesting. Especially anything ethnic (if available), or local or "dive"-y.
Thanks for any recommendations!

Nov 03, 2010
moxsa in Mid-Atlantic

Rumors of authentic Chinese in Carrboro

I was thrilled when I found this post a few days ago. I'm half-Chinese, my Mom lives in San Fran, and my Grandmother lives in Vancouver. I have been very sad here in the Triangle since Mama Wok's (funny name, but the food was good!) closed in Cary. Grand Asia has a great food counter, but couldn't find a decent restaurant.
So I ran out yesterday and ate at GK. I was with a vegetarian friend, so by no means have I sampled all the possibilities. But I was very happy with a Ma Pao tofu, eggplant with garlic sauce, and simple Chinese broccoli stirfry that we ordered. I will be back!
I am also looking forward to trying Super Wok :).
I recommend GK. The menu I was presented was a single large menu in both Chinese and English. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. The prices were reasonable and the portions were large. The tofu and eggplant were greasy, but in a tasty and authentic way. The greens were a bit on the salty side, but I like salt, and the wok air was fantastic.

May 21, 2010
moxsa in Southeast

Chinese New Year's help!

Thanks for the replies, guys! I REALLY want to try Chef Liu after having looked into it.

Feb 12, 2010
moxsa in Atlanta

Chinese New Year's help!

Thanks for the tips! I think Chef Liu looks the most exciting, but also the furthest. I'm excited!

Feb 08, 2010
moxsa in Atlanta

Chinese New Year's help!

Hi and thanks for any good info in advance! I'll be in Atlanta the week of Chinese New Year's with 2 friends from Taiwan (I'm Chinese-American) and am looking for a good, authentic restaurant in which to celebrate with a delicious dinner. Doesn't need to be fancy, but okay if it is. We all really like and know food!
I've been in at ALT for 5 days every month for the last few months, and have really enjoyed the food scene. Now I hope someone will let me in on some local secrets :)
Thank you!

Feb 07, 2010
moxsa in Atlanta

vancouver 4 seasons help please!

Thanks for the great info, guys!

Sep 01, 2009
moxsa in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

vancouver 4 seasons help please!

This is a great suggestion, and something that I didn't know you could do in Vancouver. However, I think I will reserve this for sometime that I can do it with my stepfather (who is a white american, but speaks fluent Japanese).
My boyfriend is French -- after looking on the boards a little I was thinking of trying Jules for a late lunch. Any opinions?
Thank you!

Sep 01, 2009
moxsa in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

vancouver 4 seasons help please!

Coming into town from NC over Labor Day weekend for my Grandmother's 90th bday. I come to Vancouver almost every year, and love the food. However, usually my local (Chinese) family takes care of the (extensive) food arrangements. This Fri we have a free evening. I am looking for suggestions -- any cuisine. I love hole-in-the-wall-type places, but dress up is okay too. We're staying at the 4 Seasons, and being able to walk to dinner would be great as well (although it looks like it might be raining).
Thanks in advance for any and all help! Can't wait to be there...

Aug 30, 2009
moxsa in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)