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Any good bakeries/cake shops in Denver?

try Dolce Sicilia in Wheatridge. Not French but they are good bakers. (Not so much goopy stuff as French but baked from scratch.) Next door to Sawa Polish Meats and Deli. swoonworthy. Corner of Wadsworth and ___? , 3 signals or so south of 70.

May 21, 2014
toodie jane in Mountain States

Nitrate Free Bacon- what's the difference?

Will, isn't the function of the nitrates just to preserve the pink color? I make my own corned beef, and it sure tastes like corned beef to me, even better--it's just not PINK.

Jan 11, 2014
toodie jane in General Topics

Central Coast Town for short stay?

field trip!

I usually just get lengua or carnitas, buche, relleno. Not a big eater these days. But will do research.

Jan 11, 2014
toodie jane in California

Central Coast Town for short stay?

Absolutely the best Mexican food on the Central Coast is in Santa Maria, 35 min south of Pismo. You want to go to the Delis at the smaller Mexican markets--they're all over town, but many are along No. Broadway or out west near crnr. of Blosser & Main. Sometimes you can find just- made rellenos of pasilla chiles stuffed with about 4 oz of queso fresco. ( La Mia on No Broadway.) The bigger delis like El Toro @ B&M have a tortilla factory. The carnitas is universally excellent and you will find plenty of variety meats offered. You almost have to know what you're looking for--many of the staff are not English speaking. Get food to go and head to Presker Park along So. Broadway past the airport. Take Goodwin street turn off So Broadway. !Que sabrosa!

Jan 11, 2014
toodie jane in California

pot luck hot dish carriers??

Getting it there hot is not a problem. It needs to stay serving temp while remaining on the serving line, accessible, not tucked away in a box. I need something other than a crockpot that will keep food very warm OUTDOORS for a couple of hours. Looking for something electric (no open flame)that I can plug in.

Jan 11, 2014
toodie jane in Cookware

New Best Foods Mayonnaise - is it my imagination?

they're counting on new generations not knowing the difference, as is the case with many things changing nowadays.

Jan 11, 2014
toodie jane in General Topics

SloCo Pasty Co [San Luis Obispo]

pasties are great, but this is a big GF town...

Dec 31, 2013
toodie jane in California

What to do with a dry Sacher torte?

kirsch is brushed on with a pastry brush. Just a hint does it.

Dec 31, 2013
toodie jane in Home Cooking

What to do with a dry Sacher torte?

sachertorte is not sweet. No to syrup.

Dec 31, 2013
toodie jane in Home Cooking

Sacher torte from Hotel Sacher in Vienna

agree. the cake is not overly rich (oils and pudding mix? gah!) like American cakes can be, but IS layered with complimenting flavors.

First the chocolate cake made with finest cocoa and chocolate, farm fresh eggs and sweet Alpine butter, a brushing of Kirschwasser to soak in, then the apricot preserve glaze, then repeat. Top with a thin chocolate ganache. AND ALWAYS, served mit schlag. A generous dollop of freshly whipped and very lightly sweetened whipped cream snuggled up against the SIDE of the slice, not on top.

Dec 31, 2013
toodie jane in Europe

Hoppin' John?

is today the day to consume or tomorrow??

Dec 31, 2013
toodie jane in Home Cooking

lead in candied ginger?

lead in the soil from industrial waste?

Dec 31, 2013
toodie jane in Food Media & News

English Toffee question

HI-- so glad it was liked, it was passed to me 25 years ago by friend (between the two of us many hundreds of recipes have been made); the recipe calls for 8 oz Hershey Chocolate bars for the coating, so I'm thinking it was a recipe from Hershey Test Kitchens.

I used to use Ghirardelli random size bulk pieces, but since it is no longer to be found, I use about 1/3 Trader Joe's Milk to 2/3 TJ's 72 % Dark for the coating, and it goes on about 3/16" thick. A good coating of chocolate, chunky fresh roasted almonds to coat, and cooking the candy to 320 rather than 310 (hard crack) makes a flavor difference.

First batch this year I had a problem with the candy separating at about 280, it was awful. I asked a local commercial home candy maker (her product uses cashews--yum!)and she suggested DON'T melt the butter too fast, and don't make it on a high humidity day. Next batch I melted the butter slowly, then added the sugar and finally water. Brought it slowly to temp and it was perfect.

Dec 31, 2013
toodie jane in Home Cooking
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pot luck hot dish carriers??

I go to a monthly activity which starts with a 5 o'clock pot luck. I like to take hearty hot dishes, and while crock pots are good for soups and stews, not so great for structured casseroles, etc.

What can I use that will keep food warm for a couple of hours in 40-50 degree outside temps? I can make an insulated box myself etc., but want to know if there is something commercially made with power. (Do not want a chafing dish with sterno)

thanks, potluckers.

Dec 31, 2013
toodie jane in Cookware

cast iron pans are great - REALLY????

yes, overheating can also make it crack or explode farther down the line. Why self-cleaning oven temps are TOO hot for cleaning cast iron.

Dec 21, 2013
toodie jane in Cookware

cast iron pans are great - REALLY????

Grew up learning to make English gravy at my Gram's elbow--carefully, the last trace of fat was skimmed off the juices, pan scraped of yummy bits, simmered giblet broth added, and a flour/water mix shaken in a baby food jar was slowly drizzled into the juices. Gravy was clear, thin and concentrated goodness.

Alas, I have no children to pass this technique to.

Dec 21, 2013
toodie jane in Cookware

cast iron pans are great - REALLY????

commercial bacon has so much sugar in it, it sticks and is the devil to get off. Ghee is a much cleaner oil.

Chef Rick's Ultimately Fine Foods [Santa Maria]

OK. very weird to go to dinner where I used to get my....never mind.

Dec 21, 2013
toodie jane in California

Chef Rick's Ultimately Fine Foods [Santa Maria]

Nipomo?

Dec 21, 2013
toodie jane in California

Asadero Los Corrales - La Quinta/Indio, CA - Superb Sinaloan/Exquisite Tamales

Somerton (12 miles from Yuma) Tamale Festival is today. Anyone go?

Dec 21, 2013
toodie jane in California

2 turkeys or 1?

how do you season? I'm cooking a 16# hopefully on the weber, (usually use just S&P, plenty of it) but am cooking for a gathering and wanting to try other seasonings. Your thoughts? thought I might do a half-and-half suing jerk paste and...?

Dec 12, 2013
toodie jane in Home Cooking

I'm gonna ask again. WHole chicken,cut up..recipe?

ha ha--me too! Only we spooned off the fat and made the BEST gravy with it. mmmmmm.

Dec 12, 2013
toodie jane in Home Cooking
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I'm gonna ask again. WHole chicken,cut up..recipe?

SO easy--from Susan Herman Lewis' American Farmhouse Cookbook:

Brown chicken parts in a heavy skillet in oil. set aside. gather some fresh herb sprigs like parsley sage, tarragon or thyme.

Layer chicken parts in large casserole with herb sprigs, and season each layer with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Peel two large onions and cut into rings/slices, layer deeply over the top of chicken parts. Sprinkle with 2 to 3 Tablespoons of good Hungarian or Spanish Paprika. I use the smoked Spanish paprika.

Cover tightly and roast in 275 oven for three hours or longer.

Cook or heat some brown rice or noodles and serve the chicken over it. Heavenly flavors and your house will smell amazing. Serve with a simple salad or steamed green beans or broccoli.

Dec 12, 2013
toodie jane in Home Cooking

Cheesy Popcorn

perhaps toss all in a bowl first--easier to coat evenly

Dec 01, 2013
toodie jane in Recipes

Los Olivos - Solvang - Santa Ynez

Had a couple of starters at Sides, and it was a mixed bag. Lamb Sliders on nice firm brioche buns, but meat was overcooked. WHO overcooks lamb? A mistake that should not have come out of the kitchen. The fries coming with were excellent: crispy, thin and not over-seasoned. Salad of endive and beets was deliciously seasoned and dressed, beautifully presented. Dessert of individual pear upside down cake was over the top buttery rich. Flavors were top notch but drowning in melted butter. Cake itself was only about 1/2" thick, so go overwhelmed. A plus being it was not too sweet.

I'll go again for a dinner entree but choose carefully. Could easily run from $40-60 per person here with wine. (burgers at lunch are $12-16)

Full Bar, sunny streetside patio and larger quiet shady patio at the rear. The location of the wonderful Side Street Café of the 90's., 1/2 block west of the flagpole.

Dec 01, 2013
toodie jane in California

Los Olivos - Solvang - Santa Ynez

HI JM--Big Fan of Bell St Farm--Jamie (sp?) is a delightful man, always welcoming, and the desserts are fantastic. Buttescotch and Chocolate puddings--oh my. Great food and decent pricing. Another place open wrapping around the weekend. They did breakfast for a while on Sunday, but discontinued it. Great place to stop for to go chow as well. Not big dining room, but there's a sunny patio out back with extra seating for nice days.

tj

Dec 01, 2013
toodie jane in California

Sides Hardware & Shoes, Los Olivos

It's pretty good but pricey. Nice thin fries, very crispy and not over-seasoned. . I hear lots of good things about their burgers, sort of like Sylvester's--over the top toppings, gooey sauce, but on brioche or potato bun.

I went for "dinner" and had a starter salad that was supposed to be beet/ frisee, but came out as endive (tender and very nice) it was a beautiful presentation. The dressing included balsamic and perhaps Pomegranate syrup. Delicious.

The lamb sliders from the starter list were overcooked even though I'd asked for assurance that they would be med rare. Chewy and very little flavor due to overcooking. They were about 2" across so should have only taken a minute or two. Probably over looked on the flattop. Disappointing for $12. Had a individual pear upside down cake, too much butter in topping drenched the delicate cake, although it wasn't too sweet.

Since I sat at a two-top near the end of the bar near the wait station, the kitchen sent out a tidbit of speared, blue-cheese stuffed dates, tossed in flour and fried. Creamy, sweet and flavorful but too rich.

No drink, two starters, dessert and tip =$35. Many entrees were over $20, so with wine or beer you could spend easily $50-60 per person. Service was attentive and food came quickly despite Sunday 7 pm hour.

There's a nice shady outdoor patio out back and a small sunny street-side one as well, for nice days like today.

Dec 01, 2013
toodie jane in California

Central(ish) California Trip

Coffee Pot on the MB Embarcadero makes good p'cakes and waffles; Wee Shack near 41 &1 makes breakfast burritos. Carla's Country Kitchen makes truck driver b'fasts--the valley tourists love the place but I find it greasy and bland.

Nov 24, 2013
toodie jane in California

Bagels in Santa Barbara?

glbtrtr--on your next trip north*, stop in Pismo at the 4th St exit, in the shopping center along the frontage rd is Broadway Bagel, next to Starbuck's. I think theirs are pretty good, but then I always eat them toasted with butter. mmmmmm. Interested in your thoughts.

*Try to find time also for a chile relleno at La Placita Mkt in Nipomo, on Orchard @ Division. In the back of the store near the meat counter there is a deli-mex. La major!

Nov 24, 2013
toodie jane in California

Cholame: Jack Ranch Cafe - Highway 41/46

Jack Ranch Café--a reason to drive to Visalia?

Nov 24, 2013
toodie jane in California