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Not enough Turkey!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Nov 26, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

Not enough Turkey!!!

We are hosting the holiday and are scheduled to have 10 adults and 7 children for dinner. The meat shop made an error with my pre-ordered free-range turkey and instead of being 17+ lbs, it is only 13.75 lbs. Most of us prefer dark meat anyway, and I am considering roasting additional hindquarters instead of tracking down a bigger bird. Thoughts, opinions? Thank you!

Nov 24, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

Redding Restaurants

Hello. My friend and her three children just moved to Redding CA for a fresh start. I would love to send them a dining gift certificate. I know Redding probably isn't saturated with great restaurants but thought I'd put it out there. She really values fresh local ingredients. Any suggestions? Thank you!

Aug 19, 2013
linzandchris in California

Comfort food that freezes well

Yes, I have added this to my list as well. Interesting twist on a casserole!

Jun 18, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

Comfort food that freezes well

Thank you to all for the great ideas! Looking more toward the main courses and one dish kind of meals to make things as simple as possible.

Jun 18, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

Comfort food that freezes well

My 65 year-old mom is getting hand surgery soon and won't be able to cook for quite some time. My dad's skill set is limited to grilling and I would love to prepare them a couple weeks worth of food that they can thaw and reheat. They have no food allergies, although my mom can't tolerate much heat (spice). They are folks who love soups, pastas, enchiladas, casseroles, etc. I am a decent cook but would love to be inspired by new recipes. Thank you!

drinking in ballard

Meeting up with old friends in Ballard midweek for food and drinks. Looking for comfortable and casual...not averse to taverns. Suggestions?

May 23, 2013
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Quiche

Thank you all. I am in Olympia
WA, and asparagus is pretty abundant/affordable right now. I think I'll do an asparagus, ham, and gruyere quiche. Although, I look forward to working with leeks and grilled vegetables in the future. Great suggestions.

May 17, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

Quiche

I am contributing in the way of quiche for a potluck style picnic this Sunday. The group consists of adult women who love good food and do not have any food restrictions. I am tiring of my usual quiche lorraine and would like to make something more creative. Any suggestions?

May 16, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

Soup for a new Mama

Wow, thanks for the responses! I spoke with my friend today and asked what her favorite soups were. She responded, "All soups!" She is really sleep deprived and I like the idea of soup from a mug : ). Great feedback everyone.

Apr 25, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking
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Soup for a new Mama

Do you have a special recipe you use?

Apr 25, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

Soup for a new Mama

I am signed up to deliver a meal to my friends who just had a baby. For practical reasons, I'd like to take a soup, green salad, and bread. She doesn't want anything too spicy as she is nursing. However, i want to make up something comforting and delicious. I am happy to make my own stock. Anyone have any great recipes they would like to share? Note: They have no food allergies or aversions...just not too spicy. Thank you!

Apr 24, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

enchilada sauce

I really appreciate the feedback. Another reason I am leaning toward a canned sauce is my last attempt at making it was mediocre at best. It was from New Best Recipes (International Cookbook) and had a tomato sauce base. It didn't taste authentic at all. I am cooking for approx. 20 people and some are vegetarian. Therefore, I was thinking of making variations...perhaps cheese and chicken. I live in Olympia, WA and we have both large supermarkets and a couple of independent Mexican grocery stores. I'll let you all know how it turned out.

Mar 01, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

enchilada sauce

I am cooking enchiladas for a large group of decent cooks and feel pressed for time. Is it a mortal sin to use a canned sauce? Is there a brand you would recommend?

Feb 28, 2013
linzandchris in Home Cooking

Night out in Tacoma

We tried Asado and were very happy. Thank you for the recommendation. What a cool little block...my husband had been there many years back and remembered Engine House 9 but stated most other businesses were newer. I like seeing the changes in Tacoma.

Mar 04, 2012
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Night out in Tacoma

Tried 1022 and were happy with the atmosphere, drinks, and cheeses. However, everything took an exceptionally loooong time. I will remember to give ourselves more time should we return. Thanks again!

Mar 04, 2012
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

The Herbfarm

Thank you...think we will try this in summer when it may also be pleasant to stay the evening.

Mar 04, 2012
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

The Herbfarm

I was just viewing the Herbfarm's website and their nine course themed dinners. Has anyone had this experience and if so, is it worth the cost ($200 a person)?

Mar 01, 2012
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Night out in Tacoma

Wow! Thanks for all of the recommendations. I look forward to checking them out. Definite carnivores...so curious about Marrow. Thanks again!

Feb 12, 2012
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Night out in Tacoma

I would like to take my partner out for his birthday and would appreciate recommendations (we are in Oly and seldom dine in Tacoma). I am a little burnt out on the traditional Pacific NW fare and am looking for something different and creative. Thanks!

Feb 06, 2012
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Decent food in Tukwila?

Thanks to the both of you. I posted this pretty late and checked the thread when we arrived in town. We ended up at Bai Tong (just as they opened) and had a fantastic lunch. I highly recommend the crispy garlic chicken! What a pleasure to drive past the Claim Jumper, Applebee's, etc. to discover some truly delicious food.

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Claim Jumper Restaurants
18725 33rd Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98037

Bai Tong Restaurant
16876 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

Oct 31, 2011
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Decent food in Tukwila?

We need to spend most of the day in Tukwila and all I can picture is chain restaurants. Anyone know of a decent place for lunch and a drink? Thank you.

Oct 30, 2011
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Steak House

Thank you everyone for your feedback. I had no idea that my original post would provoke so much discussion!
In response to your questions...Yes, we are from Olympia and familiar with the greater Seattle area. I specified downtown because I intend to book a room there (also interested in any recommendations you may have in the $200 range). We are not at all opposed to driving out of the way if it's worth it. Most of our time in Seattle is spent in Ballard with family, so we haven't had much opportunity to enjoy other areas for awhile.
I will still consider the Met and will definitely check out Canlis. Thanks again!
Lindsey

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Jun 20, 2011
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Steak House

I am planning a one night stay in Seattle and would like to take my partner to the BEST steakhouse in the city. So far, I have heard that it's a toss up between the Met and El Gaucho. I would appreciate your feedback before I make a decision. Thank you!

Jun 18, 2011
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Any restaurants worth the money in Olympia?

360-515-6405 is the number for Mero Mero and they can give you the exact address; however, it's near the Shell station on Capital way. My husband calls in the burrito special from work and rides his bike to pick up during his lunch break. He has mentioned many times how much healthier the food seems in comparison to California Tacos.

Olympia Catering???

Would anyone recommend an Olympia caterer for a house party of approximately 50 ppl? Many of the guests are foodies and appreciate fresh/local ingredients.

Any restaurants worth the money in Olympia?

I grew up in Olympia and worked in several restaurants (as a server) before moving to Bellingham for college and grad school. I realized how much Olympia lacks in quality food in comparison to similar size Bellingham. Now that I'm back in Olympia, I have discovered some truly great and consistent restaurants. If you are willing to spend some cash, I highly recommend Cicada, Basilico, and Waterstreet Cafe (all in the downtown area). For more casual fare, my husband and I really enjoy Fishtale Brewpub and the Iron Rabbit (westside). I agree that California Tacos is greasy. There is a far superior Taco Bus on Capitol Way in Tumwater called Mero Mero. I hope this helps. Welcome to Olympia!

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Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar
2103 Harrison Ave NW Ste 1, Olympia, WA 98502

Waterstreet Cafe & Bar
610 Water Street SW, Olympia, WA 98501

Ballard Recommendations

Thanks so much for the recommendations everyone. I am brand new to chow.com and found this board really helpful. I checked out your suggestions and I think I'll make reservations at Volterra. We will certainly consider the others on our next visit (sans kids).

Oct 02, 2009
linzandchris in Greater Seattle

Ballard Recommendations

My husband and I are getting away for a Seattle evening in Ballard. We plan to see a show at the Tractor and we were hoping for a delicious dinner somewhere beforehand. We don't get out much these days with small children, so we were hoping for something special. Our hotel is actually in downtown Seattle (Waterfront Mariott on Alaskan Way), so it's possible to eat near the hotel and then drive to Ballard afterward. Any recommendations?

Oct 01, 2009
linzandchris in Greater Seattle