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Looking for grocery selling products from Spain

Hi, everybody - My daughter and I are interested in following the Mediterranean diet that her cardiologist recommended for her, and I want to make this an adventure for the both of us. This means shopping. : )

Does anybody know of a grocery store that specializes in groceries from Spain here in the Twin Cities?

Thanks!

Apr 22, 2011
miki in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Favorite Zucchini recipes

I saw a Lidia's Italy today (Lidia Bastianich), where she sauteed some garlic and some anchovies in olive oil until the anchovies dissolved, added the sliced up zucchini, cooked some and then added capers and black olives. I wish I could link the recipe, but I could not find it on her website. It just looked GOOD.

Aug 21, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Favorite Zucchini recipes

My husband also makes zucchini pie, but a bit differently: He prebakes a pie shell, adds slices of zucchini and a tomato sauce of some kind, pretty much treats the whole thing like a pizza, adding what he wants, and bakes for about a half hour. Yum.

Aug 21, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Twin Cities street food

Satay's-to-Go in Apple Valley. Her stuff is amazing. It's seriously good eats.

Aug 15, 2010
miki in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Restaurant for wedding dinner in south metro?

How far south are you talking? I'm curious what people think of Enjoy in Apple Valley. I've never been there myself.

Aug 14, 2010
miki in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Cucumber-Orange Water

A great idea, especially with summer coming. But it's also important to remind people that water that hasn't been boiled can't keep forever, not even in the fridge (that includes sun tea.) Does anybody know what the shelf life should be?

Apr 22, 2010
miki in Recipes

Restaurants You Love - And Nobody Talks About

Satay's to Go in Apple Valley. The owner is a love, and she prepares foods that you find in the markets of Asia. She's always traveling back home to find new things.

Apple Valley was a wasteland when it came to good food, but it's improving. I love Ole Piper Pizza (free popcorn!) and my daughter loves Remy's, a Mediterranean Cuisine place just south of 42.

I know we're not trendy like you city-folk : ), but give us some time. Some interesting things are happening.

Mar 16, 2010
miki in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Resource for great low-fat recipes?

Jacques Pepin has a lot of recipe books out there for cooking with low-fat.

Mar 10, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

What's for dinner part XXII?

Simple meal - roast chicken and couscous. I got the recipe here:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Juicy-Ro...

I've tried lots of others - this is the simplest and my husband loves it.

Mar 06, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

Thank you! I seriously have to start reading up on the subject again; most of my knowledge is outdated!

Mar 06, 2010
miki in Wine

What do you make that is SOOO easy yet you impress yourself every time you make it?

Gotta be risotto.

Mar 04, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Caution! Glass on cork!

What you went through is definitely different. The bottle was obviously flawed. I can't understand why a business wouldn't take care of that.

Mar 04, 2010
miki in Wine

Caution! Glass on cork!

So, I called the store's manager, and told him that I was sure they were crystals, and that I couldn't exactly expect him to cough up money for my ignorance.

He laughed and said that somebody tried to sue the store over the crystals a few years ago, and that he'd popped one in his mouth and said, "I don't think so."

I wonder why I've never heard of this. I've read a lot about the process of wine, although I'm no expert.

Again, thanks for the info, to keep me from making an ass of myself. : )

Mar 04, 2010
miki in Wine

Caution! Glass on cork!

Looking at that photo, I'm fairly sure that those were crystals. Thank you; I'd never heard of such a thing.

I'll be sure to call the store right away.

Once again, Chowhounds had the answer.

Mar 04, 2010
miki in Wine

What do you like to cook for yourself when your spouse or family isn't around?

Steak. Maybe with mushrooms. My family doesn't care about steak, and my husband demo's it at Costco, so he gets plenty.

If it's morning, bacon and eggs. Again, my kids don't care about eggs and my husband doesn't like bacon.

Mar 03, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Caution! Glass on cork!

It's frustrating: I tried to Google up some photos, but there's nothing really to compare, besides a really grainy photo of a red. Also, my post comes up first. Holey-moley. I'm REALLY glad I didn't mention a store's name. I posted to warn people, not to hurt a business.

Again, I'll check with the store tomorrow and see what they say.

Mar 03, 2010
miki in Wine

Caution! Glass on cork!

That's really interesting; I've never run into that. And I'm REALLY glad that I haven't named the wine and the store, in case that's it.

The shards were in the cork, not the bottom of the bottle, so that troubles me. My husband DID refrigerate it this afternoon, but upright.

On the other hand, the wine was from a cooler region in Germany, which jibes with the article.

On the THIRD hand (I'm an octopus : ) ), the shards or crystals were sharp and nearly cut my finger. I wouldn't like to think of them in my system.

I'm going to keep an open mind here. I'll take it in tomorrow afternoon and see what the wine guy says.

Thanks for the info. The amazing thing about wine is, you can never learn everything!

Mar 03, 2010
miki in Wine

Caution! Glass on cork!

If this is inappropriate here, I understand that you have to remove it.

While watching tv tonight, I opened a bottle of a German import. I don't know what made me run my hand around the rim of the bottle, but it came away with crystals of ground glass. There were more down the neck. I thought I'd scraped the bottle with my wine cork, but no.

I looked at the cork. Embedded in the cork itself, where it would come in contact with the wine, was a surface of white glass shards.

I called the store at once and they said they'd give me credit, if I return the bottle. And I assume they're going to remove the wine from the shelf.

At first, they assumed I'd broken the bottle, but I pointed out that the bottle was amber, and the glass shards were clear. And the seal on the cork hadn't been broken.

I'm not going to mention the name of the wine or the store, because I know what harm that can do. And I have no idea how this happened, so I'm not about to hurt a company's reputation.

All I ask is that you all routinely check the bottle's neck, check the cork.

Mar 03, 2010
miki in Wine

Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

I've been known to buy the 2 buck chuck (3 buck chuck here in Minnesota), and I'm not exactly a wine expert. But when wine is made from blends of grapes or cheap grapes, isn't a lot of sugar added to even out the taste?

I use the whites to cook with, and yes, I'll drink the Merlot. But I've noticed a tendency toward nasal congestion after I drink it. Could this be a problem with tannins? I can't drink tea without getting sick (and I would LOVE to drink tea.)

Again, I love TJ's products. I really like that Gewurtztraminer that sold so well over Thanksgiving - is it JW Morris?

Mar 03, 2010
miki in Wine

What's your favourite quick breakfast recipe?

Some walnuts or pecans might help. I'm also wondering if the organic brown sugar I sprinkle on might be getting my blood sugar going.

I'm also thinking of adding some grains, as suggested below, to my yogurt. I've been using It's Greek to Me with honey added. The price made me wince, but it's so satisfying.

Feb 20, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

What's your favourite quick breakfast recipe?

I've taken to warming up a frozen fruit in the microwave for a minute and topping it with Greek yogurt (sweetened). Holds me for a while; oatmeal always makes me hungry in an hour.

Feb 19, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Canned Tomatoes/ Spaghetti Sauce?

I was looking up where to buy Pomi tomatoes in Minnesota and came across articles on BPA, which can be found in canned goods, and is linked to every possible ailment under the sun, or so it seemed to me. Great, something else to worry about.

I don't eat a lot out of cans, but it gives me incentive to continue the Pomi search.

Feb 19, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Canned Tomatoes/ Spaghetti Sauce?

I actually like Muir Glen canned tomatoes. I haven't noticed a metallic taste in them ... but come to think of it, I have in the ones I've bought at Trader Joe's.

My spaghetti sauce recipes all come from Lidia Bastianich:

http://lidiasitaly.com/

I tried a tomato and apple pasta sauce from her newest book, and it went over very well.

She has said that you might as well use canned tomatoes, because the quality of fresh from stores is unpredictable. I think she uses San Marzano, but she is huge on Italian imports.

Feb 19, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Need some new ideas for potatoes, please

My family's favorite right now:

http://annesfood.blogspot.com/2005/03...

My husband used to work for a One Potato Two on a food court, so these are easy for him to prepare. But keep in mind, that also means that potatoes are "myeh" for my kids and they love these. I dollop sour cream on top of mine.

Feb 18, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

need ideas for using sundried tomatoes in oil

You don't have to justify anything when it comes to buying sun dried tomatoes. They are an amazing antioxidant, and they are important for your pantry. I make simple pasta with olive oil, add them and finish with grana padano (which Costco sells at a terrific price.) If you're lazy (like me sometimes) add them to jarred sauces over pasta. They also work great on top of feta or other cheeses and crackers. I also add them to chili and home made tomato sauces.

Point is, they are NOT an extravagance. They are really, really good for you!

Feb 18, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

PASTA - Baked Pasta

It ain't fancy, but Martha Stewart's Everyday Foods has a terrific no-bake lasagna that my son (who is very picky) loves. They found that if you just soaked the lasagna noodles in hot water (in the lasagna pan) while you prepared the sauce and meat, you didn't need to cook them.

I hate no-bake lasagna noodles. Their texture is creepy. Also, you need the frilly sides to catch the sauce!

Feb 17, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

I made queso dip with velveeta - I don't like it

I used to want to use Velveeta for stuff, and every time I went to buy it, reading the nutrition chart on the side stopped me. Yikes! The sodium content could send a ship to the moon! I'm glad that your crowd liked the velveeta, but a good lesson for all of us is, read the label!

Feb 07, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Food Safety: Big pot of chicken soup left out for 24 hours

Peter, you make me fall in love all over again. : )

Chicken soup is a great thing for colds. Also mushrooms, from what I've been reading. You probably helped your wife feel better, just by trying. She's a lucky woman.

Feb 06, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Never Used Dried Mushrooms Before

And probably this is a non-food post, but I read that mushrooms fight viruses. We've been eating a LOT of mushrooms, both fresh and dried, this winter, and we haven't had a cold in the house!

My husband threw them into a stew he put together on a cold day last week, and I nibbled on it for days. Yum.

Feb 04, 2010
miki in Home Cooking

Food Safety: Big pot of chicken soup left out for 24 hours

The guidelines I've been taught in safety classes are these: moisture vs. acidity. If something has a high acid content, say, tomatoes, then they are fairly safe. If something has a high moisture content, for example white rice or baked potatoes, it is NOT safe.

Your soup is high with the moisture and low on the acid. Throw it out. Sorry. I hate waste.

Feb 01, 2010
miki in Home Cooking