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any good restaurants between Mpls and Fergus Falls?

We have to drive to Fergus Falls today and we'd love to stop for dinner on the way back. Holes in the wall are fine as long as the food is excellent! Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.
Thanks.

Pie crust puzzle

I use this crust for fruit tarts. LOVE it.

May 24, 2015
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

Very old Cuisinart DLC 7e food processor

Ibew and Steve,
Can't thank you enough!

Ibew---I called Kitchen Works Inc and they said that the blade would work, so I took a leap of faith and ordered it. (I think I was nervous because of my experience of ordering a FP on ebay that I thought would work and then being disappointed.) I am keeping my fingers crossed.... THANK YOU!

Steve---Very good info on best places to look; I appreciate it. Is this the address of the Columbia Hts Unique Thrift store?

2201 37th Avenue NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421

I may stop by there today. We actually live somewhat close now, after moving to Mpls from St. Paul last year.

Alas, sharpening the blade will not work because the plastic cylindrical piece that fits over the protruding part on the base of the fp is split. The fp made a terrible noise when I used it with the metal blade (before I realized that the cylindrical piece had split).

Thanks again for your help.

Very old Cuisinart DLC 7e food processor

Everyone,

Thank you for these suggestions. DLC 7s are different than DLC7e machines, and the DLC 7 parts won't work. I think my best bet is to keep hoping for Steve in St. Paul's solution---that I will spot one in a thrift shop that I can use for parts. I ordered a FP advertised as a DLC 7e a few years back on ebay only to discover that the work bowl (which is the part I most needed at that time) would not fit onto my base! I now know that amber bowls (which I have) are not interchangeable with grey bowls. I ended up giving the ebay FP to my daughter. Now I need the metal blade, which is a much more critical need than a new bowl. (I have survived nicely with my bowl held together by tape for more than a few years now ;0)

Two more questions:
1. Any suggestions for twin cities thrift shops where FPs sometimes appear? I visited the Goodwill close to University and Fairview in St. Paul daily for a string of years but never saw "my" Cuisinart FP there. But they may show up in other thrift shops in other neighborhoods more often....
2. Any suggestions for how to make a boatload of pesto without my metal blade? (I will get carpal tunnel syndrome if I use a mortar and pestle. I truly make a mass quantity when I make it.....) Should I cave in and buy a Vitamix so that I can make pesto?

Thanks, guys.

p.s. I will call Gourmet Depot, although nothing I saw on their web site that would work.

Very old Cuisinart DLC 7e food processor

I have a very old (over 33 years!) Cuisinart DLC 7e 14 cup food processor that is still going strong, but I am in dire need of replacement parts. I need a new work bowl to replace the original, which is held together with tape. More importantly, I need a new metal blade.

Does anyone know of places in the twin cities where I might find old Cuisinart fp parts? I would even buy an entire fp and then use parts from it as needed.

Thanks, guys.

fine sea salt---what brands are good?

Everyone---Thank you for these responses. I appreciate them.

May 10, 2015
soccermom13 in General Topics

fine sea salt---what brands are good?

I have kosher salt and table salt and some flaked salt. I gave away some fancy schmancy coarse salts bc I was not using them. Now I think it's time to get some fine sea salt. Why? Because I've baked two items recently (Dorie's sables and another item--maybe a Joanne Chang recipe?) that called for fine sea salt. I subbed table salt, but I want to get the real deal. Can anyone recc a good brand of fine sea salt?

Thanks!

May 08, 2015
soccermom13 in General Topics

Pressure cooker and mixing bowls

Get the bigger one; it's so much more versatile.

Apr 16, 2015
soccermom13 in Cookware
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10 inch Foodsaver---what is it good for?

I purchased a "standard" Food Saver with a sealing area that is about 16 inches (very rough measurement---I need caffeine). Then I got another at Goodwill that is much smaller; it has only about a 10 inch sealing area.

Now I am wondering why I should keep the smaller one. What can it do that the larger one can't?

Thanks,
Soccermom (aka The Downsizer)

Apr 16, 2015
soccermom13 in Cookware

I humidified our condo by boiling water in a Dutch oven every day this winter......

Hey 'hounds,
I brought a solution of mostly vinegar and a little water to a boil in my DO, then let it soak overnight. That did the trick! My DO (after a bit of elbow grease and BKF) once again looks pristine! THANK YOU very much.

Mpls Mary---How long would I have to hang out in the Como Conservatory to get re-hydrate my skin ;0) ?

cstefan--Thanks for letting me know that CLR and Lime Away should not be problematic (in case I ever need to use them).

I humidified our condo by boiling water in a Dutch oven every day this winter......

Everyone---You are the best! Thanks for these great ideas. I will start with boiling vinegar in the pan tonight then letting it sit overnight.

Then I could try CLR or Lime Away if the vinegar does not do the trick. But I am a little worried about using CLR or Lime Away on a pan that I intend to cook with. Will it truly be safe for that purpose if I thoroughly wash and rinse it after using CLR or Lime Away?

Kaleo--That is flat out genius! Who knew that tossing in a bit of rag would prevent the minerals from adhering to the pan! But next year, if we don't get a humidifyer, I will take Sherri's suggestion and get a cheapo pan at Goodwill then toss at end of the season. Then I won't have to worry about minerals adhering to the pan.

Raffles---I boiled off about a gallon of water a day---more when it was really dry. I monitored humidity with two hygrometers (sp?) and stopped when I reached the recommended humidity level (which varies with outdoor temp---I used an university extension fact sheet to get the correct humidity level reccs). I will eventually get a humidifyer when/if I can find one that is truly easy to clean and one that does not spew a layer of white on nearby surfaces. Oh, I was humidifying an area about 1450 square feet.

Thanks again, guys. I really appreciate your help.

Apr 11, 2015
soccermom13 in Cookware

I humidified our condo by boiling water in a Dutch oven every day this winter......

Now I need to scrub the gunk (calcified minerals, I think) off the inside of this darn DO! I've been using Bar Keepers Friend and elbow grease, but at the rate I'm going it will take weeks to clean this pan up. It's a good pan, and I would like to resurrect it. Any suggestions? Would boiling a vinegar/water solution in it help? Or do I need something stronger?

Thanks!

p.s. If you are wondering what kind of nutcase uses this method instead of just getting a humidifyer, I will plead my case by stating that I was afraid I would not clean a humidifier often enough and I did not want a dirty humidifyer spewing mold and other nasty stuff into the air...

Apr 10, 2015
soccermom13 in Cookware

Can I purchase Clearjel locally?

Hi Fellow MSP 'hounds,
Does anyone know where I can purchase Clearjel locally? I have been getting it from King Arthur, and while I LOVE King Arthur, I despise paying for shipping. (to say nothing of the impact on the environment of shipping via truck or plane or barge or whatever....)
Thanks.

want to add oats to chocolate chip cookie recipe......

Meera, Ghost, and Judi,
Thanks for these ideas. I am going to toast the oats next time.

Judi---Is this the Ina recipe you are referring to? How many cups of toasted oats do you add?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Or is it this one?
http://barefootcontessa.com/recipes.a...

Thanks!

Mar 24, 2015
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

want to add oats to chocolate chip cookie recipe......

Thanks, everyone, for your help.

I'll try to answer some of the helpful questions you asked:
**Yes, I do refrigerate cc cookie dough at least overnight before baking.
**I have tried the Serious Eats cookie, and while it was good, it was not "the one" for me.
**I love oatmeal cookies, but I don't want to start with an oatmeal cookie recipe for cc cookies because that would be too much texture for me in a cc cookie.

I decided to use the CI recipe that uses browned butter (brown 10 T then add 4 T cold butter to the 10 T browned butter) because the flavor of these cookies is superb. I added a cup of oats, reduced the flour slightly, and added a bit more baking soda and baking powder and salt, and upped the vanilla from 2 to 3 t. I'll bake these tomorrow. Hope they are a success.

Mar 22, 2015
soccermom13 in Home Cooking
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want to add oats to chocolate chip cookie recipe......

I made this chocolate chip recipe (which is the King Arthur 2015 recipe of the year:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...
They were good, but not fabulous IMHO. But I did love the texture the oats added.

I made this Cooks Illustrated chocolate chip cookie recipe:
http://www.browneyedbaker.com/cooks-i...
This recipe uses browned butter and more brown than white sugar and the caramel flavor of the cookies is fabulous. But I want a bit more texture.

I'd like to add some oats to the Cooks Illustrated recipe. Do you think I should simply add oats to the recipe without making any other changes, or should I use less flour if I add oats?

Thanks.

Mar 21, 2015
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

Joanne Chang's new cookbook---Baking With Less Sugar

http://boston.eater.com/2014/12/5/734...

Anyone know more about this? I am wondering why she is heading in this direction (less sugar). Not that there is anything wrong with using less sugar. In fact, it's a good thing. I

Mar 15, 2015
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

Fast Gourmet, Oohhs and Aahhs, lunch at Bibiana...got any other suggestions?

We had the Masitas and it was wonderful. Don't know why I thought it was Peruvian; good to learn it's Cuban. We also had Mariscos Saltados--shrimp and scallops with cilantro, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes in a Peruvian sauce. Very good.

Fast Gourmet, Oohhs and Aahhs, lunch at Bibiana...got any other suggestions?

Dear DC 'hounds,

Thanks again for for your help. We made it to Thip Khao, which we loved. We ordered the grilled pork neck and the crunchy rice salad that Steve recommended---they were wonderful! Part of the fun for us was walking there from our hotel near Foggy Bottom. It was a lovely, warm evening and we saw neighborhoods we had never seen before.

We had two rushed-for-time lunches (because of short lunch breaks at my conference)---hot food bar at Whole Foods (mediocre) and pizza at We The Pizza, which was okay, but not great. (My standards for pizza are pretty high.)

Another dinner was at Lauriol Plaza where we ordered two Peruvian dishes that we love. I know LP doesn't get much love here, but those two dishes are quite good. (DH ordered kind of a tex mex dish there once, and it was dreadful.)

There are so many more restaurants that we want to explore in your wonderful city. We will be back.

Thanks again for your help,
S-mom

Fast Gourmet, Oohhs and Aahhs, lunch at Bibiana...got any other suggestions?

Steve,

Thank you so very much for your very gracious offer; had I checked email yesterday am, I might have taken you up on it.

And also thank you for the Thip Khao suggestion. It looks really good. I think that will be dinner tonight or tomorrow. Is this the rice salad you referred to?
NAEM KHAO (G V) Crispy rice, coconut, lime, scallion, pickled pork ham, peanut, cilantro, lettuce wraps.

Unfortunately, DH and I can only eat one big lunch or dinner, not both, or we are just too full. So far we have eaten lunch at CF Folks which we LOVED. We got this: Chili, garlic, ginger and lime marinated chicken breast, stir fried vegetables, jasmine rice, red coconut curry sauce and a house salad. It was fabulous! DH licked up the coconut-curry sauce from the plate! He also ordered peach cobbler which he loved. (I prefer peach cobbler made with a pie crust-type crust, and this was more cakey-bisquity, but it was very good).

Lunch yesterday was at oohhs and aaahhs. We LOVE that place. When our food came, we just ate in awed silence for a few minutes...... We ordered only sides---mac and cheese (omg, soooo good), collards, and yams.... So, so good.

Food Dude, Steve, and Marty---
Thank you for the ramen suggestions. I have as of now one more dinner to plan for this trip and it may be ramen :0)

Chowhounders---
Thank you so much for your help. Love your city and love this board.

s-mom

Fast Gourmet, Oohhs and Aahhs, lunch at Bibiana...got any other suggestions?

two---husband and me.

Fast Gourmet, Oohhs and Aahhs, lunch at Bibiana...got any other suggestions?

Thanks, Ipsedixit. These all look interesting, especially Grant Trunk.

Fast Gourmet, Oohhs and Aahhs, lunch at Bibiana...got any other suggestions?

We are value-driven diners, looking for wonderful food at great prices. Ambiance (sp?) is not on our list of desired attributes. We will be in DC this weekend. We love public transportation and we are great walkers. Don't want to leave DC on this trip, even though I know we have to visit some of the 'burbs for Asian at some point in the future.

On previous visits we have loved Fast Gourmet*, oohhs and aahhs, and lunch at Bibiana---they all satisfied our "great food at value prices" criterion. Oh, and I loved the spreads at Zaytinya's (sp?) happy hour. Got any more suggestions for us? We like anything except Sushi. And no Ethiopian because our Ethiopian is truly wonderful in Mpls- St. Paul.

Is CF Folks as good as the places I listed in the paragraph above?

Thanks, DC 'hounds.
S-mom

* Just reviewed a few pages of DC Chowhound and read that Fast Gourmet is still putting out good food. Good to know.

Pimento Grill in Anacostia - Report

Steve,
I'd be all over this place if we were getting a car. It sounds terrific. But it doesn't sound like a good choice for us bc we will be using public transportation and we don't have tons of time.
Thank you so very much for your detailed answer.
S-mom

Pimento Grill in Anacostia - Report

Crackers,
Thank you!

Pimento Grill in Anacostia - Report

Is it possible to get there without a car (relying only on public transportation)? We will be in DC next weekend and this place sounds terrific. Also, is it a safe neighborhood during the day? Is there anything else we should try to see on our way to and from this resto?
Thanks,
Soccermom

Help! Have I burned my pressure cooker??? Best cleaning method????

Thanks, JW Video!

Jan 28, 2015
soccermom13 in Cookware

Help! Have I burned my pressure cooker??? Best cleaning method????

Hi JWVideo,
Thanks for your post. I have a question for you---I did not know that it's not wise to start the pressurized part of the cooking at too high a heat when bringing the pot to pressure. I do this all the time at the highest heat setting on my gas stove, mainly to save time. Have I been flirting with disaster? What setting do you use to bring your pc to pressure? Does the setting vary depending upon what's being cooked in your pc/how much liquid is in the pc?
Thanks very much!

Jan 27, 2015
soccermom13 in Cookware

Costco's quinoa salad- recipe?

That is indeed very good salad.

Ttrockwood--thanks for the recipes.

Jan 21, 2015
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

Greenspan's Baking Chez Moi and Beranbaum's Baking Bible

Hi Becca,
Thank you! That looks great.
---s.m.

Jan 14, 2015
soccermom13 in Home Cooking