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How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

"Today I started with boiled eggs and soldiers."

What are soldiers?

Dec 30, 2009
justen_m in General Topics

What Defines a good Indian Buffet for a Chowhound?

I have to agree with most of scott123's suggestions. At least those I have heard of. ;) My local Indian place has lots coconut chutney, but no coconut in the curries. I like coconut curry, but I mostly cook Thai curries. Is coconut standard in Indian fare?

How tender is goat supposed to be in goat curry, etc? At my local place, I like the taste of the goat, but it is pretty tough. The chicken and lamb are fork tender, but the goat (some sort of rib cut, I think, as it is simmered in the curry on the bone) is a workout for my jaw muscles.It is simmered for hours and hours before I taste it, but it is still somewhat tough.

And I second the view that I never see muligatawn soup on buffets. It is one of my favorites and would be a nice addition. Along with some spicy stuff.

Dec 29, 2009
justen_m in General Topics

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

4 or 5 days a week, I make a breakfast evolved from huevos rancheros. I layer...

two corn tortillas
black beans (made w/ bacon or ham, onion, jalapeno, garlic, cumin)
two eggs soft poached in salsa verde (tomatillo, onion, serrano, cilantro, garlic)
topped with shredded sharp cheddar and the salsa

To accompany this I have a cup of light yogurt (vanilla or strawberry) with miscellaneous fresh fruit and/or berries.

I make a huge batch of the beans on the weekend and just reheat in the microwave so on weekdays total prep time is ~5 minutes.

If I am lazy I'll just wrap up some ham, microwave scrambled eggs, and cheese in a tortilla with some salsa, or make pancakes from Krusteaz mix. I'm not a fan of cold cereal, but I'll occasionally make oatmeal w/ raisins, usually instant in the microwave.

Dec 29, 2009
justen_m in General Topics

What Defines a good Indian Buffet for a Chowhound?

In addition to your list, for a great Indian buffet, I'd add
- more than a half dozen chutneys (including a couple that are very hot)
- lamb curry, korma, or vindalu, etc
- goat curry
- hot fresh naan replenished every 10 minutes or less, or, preferably, not even on the buffet, but brought to your table as it comes out of the tandoor

Dec 27, 2009
justen_m in General Topics

What did Santa bring you?

a 5qt Lodge cast iron Dutch oven
_From Asparagus to Zucchini_ (A guide to cooking farm fresh seasonal produce) cookbook
1lb Minnesota wild rice
Italian herb seed kit for my Aerogarden

Dec 27, 2009
justen_m in Cookware

Christmas Dinner

Ours met expectations. Chrismukkah dinner was plebeian comfort food in abundance, simple, easy to make, but tasty. We made butternut squash soup; wild rice salad with cranberries and pecans; wine braised brisket with carrots, celery and pearl onions; potato latkes with homemade applesauce; sauteed green beans and mushrooms; and assorted cookies for dessert.

Everything was great, except the beans and 'shrooms. The green beans couldn't compare to the ones we pick fresh from the garden in the summer.

Dec 27, 2009
justen_m in General Topics

So Now That Christmas Is Over, What Are You Cooking?

Tons of leftovers here too -- sliced cheese and sausage and veggies and dip. Great munching while we watch football today.

Yesterday we made baked manicotti (ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, and spinach filling), with marinara sauce, grilled mild Italian sausage, and garlic bread. Today it's pork or chicken chile verde and some black or pinto beans (with onions, garlic, jalapenos and bacon). Tomorrow will be something quick and easy, probably a Thai red curry with shrimp and pineapple, or chicken and butternut squash, over jasmine rice. Tuesday will probably be pizza from my favorite local pizza joint.

Dec 27, 2009
justen_m in Home Cooking