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When do you use leeks?

Already mentioned directly above. She doesn't like them. I have some but haven't used yet.

about 2 hours ago
coll in Home Cooking

The good then the ugly. Canal Cafe [Hampton Bays]

Sorry I'm joking around, I know I would be stressing about a missing credit card myself.

about 2 hours ago
coll in New York State (exc. NYC)

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I'm going to do something in the next day or two, thanks for the inspiration!

about 3 hours ago
coll in Home Cooking

The good then the ugly. Canal Cafe [Hampton Bays]

So did it fall into a crack in the floor, or what? I think we need Inspector Clouseau to investigate this matter!

about 3 hours ago
coll in New York State (exc. NYC)

When do you use leeks?

Uh oh. I haven't used them yet but will let you know when I do.

about 5 hours ago
coll in Home Cooking

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I have a couple of lbs of Washington cherries that are going nowhere and are kind of overripe. Do you think they would make some kind of good spread? I hate to throw them away.

about 6 hours ago
coll in Home Cooking

When do you use leeks?

They have them chopped and frozen now at Trader Joes, I bought a couple of bags to have on hand for spontaneous usage.

about 6 hours ago
coll in Home Cooking
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Volunteer ornamental squash, what to do?

I recognize the gooseneck ones, but the round green orb seems sort of like a ghost squash. I like surprises, but these vines are taking over the entire garden, it IS sort of weird.

about 6 hours ago
coll in Gardening

When do you send a drink back?

Regardless, it IS a trademarked drink. If they are subbing they should call it something else, or alert the customer at the very least.

about 6 hours ago
coll in Spirits

The good then the ugly. Canal Cafe [Hampton Bays]

Well I haven't been there in almost a year, so I will believe you! I don't like to go to the touristy places in July and August for just this reason. It gets a little too frantic for me.

Are you sure it was the owner, or was it the manager, just curious. I have a feeling he didn't like you demanding a free meal and that's where the attitude came from. Anyway, hopefully you've resolved things with your bank by now! Personally I'd be reporting the card stolen, not lost. Maybe the bank would like to look into it from their end.

about 6 hours ago
coll in New York State (exc. NYC)
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The good then the ugly. Canal Cafe [Hampton Bays]

I have a thing about people expecting to be comped right off the bat, without the restaurant first offering; it takes away from the initial disappointment and starts to sound like a spoiled child making demands. Sorry but there are two sides to every story; I've been to Canal Café and found them to be quite professional on every level. I can't imagine them brushing off a missing credit card quite as you describe.

about 17 hours ago
coll in New York State (exc. NYC)

When do you send a drink back?

So glad to know it's not just me. This has been going on for years; maybe you can start a movement to correct things out in the field? Probably something to do with The Dude, that's what I figure. I go back a lot further than that ;-)

My beverage teacher in college made a BIG deal about the fact that lots of places use a cheaper sub for Kahlua, like Tia Maria, and that it was a trademarked drink. He apparently had a lively discussion with a bartender about that fact once, probably after imbibing a few ;-)

about 20 hours ago
coll in Spirits

Volunteer ornamental squash, what to do?

At least I think that's what they are. I planted tons of zucchini and cucumber, so far one small zucchini. But these are growing like wildfire. The plants all look sort of the same, unfortunately. Last fall a friend came over and brought a bag of something similar to these as a gift, as a fall decoration for the house, and after the year's end I threw them in the garden as compost. At least I think that's what happened.

Anyway up til now, I thought I was imagining things and have been picking them in a tiny state and slicing and sautéing and enjoying. But I'm starting to have second thoughts about my future crop. They're starting to get BIG!

about 23 hours ago
coll in Gardening

When do you send a drink back?

I have a recurring problem, I like to get a Black Russian when I'm out but as often as not, they bring me a White Russian. Maybe it's a gender thing, I don't know, but it happens all the time. I see it coming on the tray so I don't even touch the glass, a waste of alcohol but....not MY fault!

The words "black" and "white" are as different as, well, black and white. I don't get it.

1 day ago
coll in Spirits

Why isn't White Castle in L.A.?

I love the Harold and Kumar movie, but it's laughable to think that's why NY/NJ loves White Castle. I mean the movie only came out a few years ago! White Castle has been around here since I was a kid (1970s? or earlier)

2 days ago
coll in Chains

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

That is definitely what I'm doing next time!

2 days ago
coll in Home Cooking

Small things I can't stand at chains or other......

That's what managers are for!

Jul 28, 2014
coll in Chains

Tomatoes 2014

I've harvested two so far but I think I rushed it. One more on that particular plant but I'm waiting until it's squishy this time.

Jul 28, 2014
coll in Gardening

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

I first did some tempura, but it was so runny I chickened out and redipped in pancake batter. It wasn't heavy at all, luckily! My local farmer said he hears the females are sweeter, but I think I picked all male because they were bigger. Anyway they were great for a first time, winging it!

Jul 28, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Reflecting back on it, I'm thinking next time to do an egg white wash before the batter dip, to seal them up better. Some of my blossoms came apart at the tip and leaked most of the cheese; maybe it was the type of blossom? They were zucchini but an unusual type, possibly ornamental, maybe there are some that have blossoms with leaves that aren't so separated?

Jul 28, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

Denver Airport, where would you eat?

Thanks, it was just their name that threw me off! I have a wild imagination.

Jul 28, 2014
coll in Mountain States

Food to help your dog GAIN weight.

Puppy food will definitely put weight on them, and even more so an older dog (over one year old).

Jul 27, 2014
coll in Not About Food

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Ricotta with egg next time maybe. But the pesto was a great touch, and the gorgonzola added a lot too. Boursin seems like it would liquefy quicker than anything.

Jul 26, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Now so will I! My husband ate two and claimed he was done, then when I came back they were all gone. Success!

Jul 26, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

I am about to start. The blossoms, over the four hours since picked, have closed up and become very sticky. That's one thing no one ever tells you, but guess most people buy them at a farm stand ready to go? Probably a good thing I let them sit awhile. More in awhile.

Jul 26, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Oh I meant, to hold the cheese together so it doesn't all leak out. Hopefully my tempura batter will hold it all together.

Jul 26, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

I had just picked them from my garden in this photo, but if I look out there now I'm sure the rest are all shriveled up at this point that the sun is out. They are so gorgeous just as the sun comes up, which is what made me think of frying them. I am going to make these for a midafternoon snack, don't want to hold them too long!

Jul 26, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

I was wondering if bread crumbs in the stuffing is ever used? To hold it together better?

Jul 26, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

Best use for lemon basil?

I like to add it to my pesto, but I like my pesto lemony anyway.

Jul 26, 2014
coll in Home Cooking

On the road

Good to know! Just in case.

Jul 26, 2014
coll in Not About Food