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PBS show "A Chef's Life"

It is showing now in many locations. Here is a link where you can find show times in your area, plus other information about the show:

http://www.pbs.org/food/shows/a-chefs...

Nov 03, 2014
Terrie H. in Food Media & News

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

I pulled a corned beef from the back of the freezer and it's braising in the oven in some beer and spices. I'll finish it under the broiler with a mustard/brown sugar/vinegar glaze to crisp up the fat cap. Still waffling on the sides -- definitely steamed wedges of cabbage with browned butter, but might do roasted carrots, roasted potatoes, and/or a tossed salad, depending on what we feel like at the last minute. We seem to think big and then lose enthusiasm when we have to actually cook lately (which is why I don't post here very often anymore -- I'm too tired to cook much these days after being on my feet all day at my job).

I'll buy some good bread to make sandwiches with the leftover corned beef, for sure!

I got a Le Creuset Dutch oven for $99. What are some good newbie recipes to try?

Here is a link to one of my favorites:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Oct 05, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

I got a Le Creuset Dutch oven for $99. What are some good newbie recipes to try?

I absolutely love mine, and I'm looking forward to this cooler weather so I can use it again without worrying about the hot kitchen. You got a great deal, especially if you can't even see the scratch! A deal like this usually gets snapped up by an employee before the store even opens.

It's great for long-cooking dishes on the stovetop or in the oven. Most of the time, I start on the stovetop to brown and move to the oven for the low-and-slow cooking. I actually have mine in the oven right now with a piece of corned beef braising in some dark beer and assorted spices.

Other ideas you could consider: pot roast, pork carnitas, tomato sauce with pork ribs/braciole/Italian sausage, chicken cacciatore --- any dish that stews or braises, as boyzoma said. I'll give you specific recipes, as well, if something sounded good.

Oct 05, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition! [through Sept 3, 2014]

I had to work until 6 p.m. today so I left dinner in the man's lap. When we touched base this afternoon, he said he was fixing something I've never had before -- no clues allowed.

I arrived home to surf and turf of bison ribeye steaks, Carolina shrimp scampi, plus corn on the cob and leftover ratatouille. We loved the bison steaks, btw.

He does good work sometimes!

Amish Market in Germantown -- tips, favorites, strategy for going?

I agree with everyone above -- the butcher has great beef and pork. If you like things like scrapple, bacon, sausage, chipped beef -- this is the place to get it.

The produce isn't important -- it's like buying from a supermarket -- who in Amish country grows oranges and bananas?

The dairy counter has some good finds -- cottage cheese, cream cheese, buttermilk and some well priced sharp cheddar.

Don't bother with the little diner style place to eat a meal -- the food is mediocre. Your friends are right about the cooked ribs and chicken -- very good.

I'm in the mood for chicken drumsticks...

My mother did it similarly, though used melted butter instead of sour cream and mixed parmesan with the breadcrumbs. Loved them.

Aug 21, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

I've moved to the land of tomato sandwiches, so that's WFD tonight since the man is still out of town, and standing on my feet to cook after work today is just not going to happen. Duke's mayo, of course, with tomatoes from my dad's garden. I have leftover yellow squash and onions, and a margarita as my side dishes. Yea!

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

Hope the SO's boss picks up the tab for your meal -- it sounds delicious!

Aug 20, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

That is a keeper!!

Aug 20, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

Is there a recipe somewhere on CH for rjbh20's sauce, roxlet? I tried a search and didn't get anywhere. I'd love to try something that gets raves like that.

Aug 19, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

Have you ever tried to make it at home, Harters? It's pretty straightforward, from the recipes I've seen. Might be worth a try since you enjoy it so much.

Aug 19, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

We've been into the yellow South Carolina barbecue sauce this summer, too. Good stuff.

Aug 19, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

Summer has been very busy thus far, but it isn't going to wind down here in NC for a while. I'm thankful that I'll have an extended summer season for the farmers' market (I'm used to Maryland's season and this is my first in NC). My first sign of fall is that I joined a neighborhood fantasy football league, and now I have to shift into football mode!

Catching up briefly ~~ I got to go home to Maryland for my annual family gathering, where we eat crabs and some form of pig every year. Otherwise, I've been learning how to explore, eat and cook in Charlotte.

Tonight, it's leftovers because the man is out of town, but I wanted to share a few winners I've managed to fix in the last few weeks:

~tomato pie - something I did not grow up on but is heavenly. I did a traditional one from this area, but next time I'm going to try Vivian Howard's version because I can't just leave a recipe alone.

~pepper beef and leek stir fry - I got a $1 bag of small leeks (probably 1.5 lbs.) at the farmers' market and pulled the chuckeye steaks from the freezer. Sichuan and black peppercorns, fresno chiles, oyster sauce. It was so delicious.

~Slow roasted a 3 lb. piece of lamb shoulder that I rubbed with white and brown sugar, sichuan peppercorn, salt and 5 spice rub and cooked it low and slow. This was a bigger hit than I had even hoped, and the lamb shoulder is only $4/lb.

I'm not ready for summer to end!!

My Chowhound Wedding

Truly inspirational!!! Congratulations and have a lovely life!

Jul 28, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

I found that the one upscale Harris Teeter carries Neese's brand scrapple (THE sausage/bacon people down here) --a package is calling my name for breakfast on Sunday. My man is from the Hudson River Valley area originally and has never even tasted scrapple, so it will be interesting to see what he thinks.

Jul 24, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What to do with unripe tomatoes (and skin is split)

My mother did something similar - a little grated cheese (she did cheddar) topped with seasoned breadcrumbs, under the broiler. Great idea!

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

I absolutely love scrapple and just moved to NC where scrapple isn't widely available. Your breakfast for dinner sounds like heaven!

Jul 23, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Ok, I have to say that this was sinfully rich and pretty darn delicious. I added the cheese and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for all your suggestions!!

Jul 23, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

I'm not a slave to "they" but I wondered if anyone here had some advice. I think I'll add a sprinkle....

Jul 22, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Thanks JJ and I'll feel less guilty while I drink scotch and beer with ice cubes next time!

Jul 22, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

Recent advice on MoCo Farmers Markets

I shopped for years at the Rockville market and was really happy with the choices. I love that it's a Growers Only market, so the vendors must have grown their produce. Some are organic, so you might find what you are looking for.

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

I've gone a little OTT today for my dinner! The Harris Teeter had cooked lobsters on sale for $6.99/lb this week, so we concocted a plan to take advantage. I'd normally not buy cooked lobster, but the price made us say -- what the heck. My inspiration was an appetizer I had at a sadly gone restaurant (Kinkead"s in DC).

Picked the meat from 3 of them (got about 1-1/2 cups of meat) and made stock from the carcasses. I've made a sauce with shallots, white wine and sherry, a little fresh tomato, heavy cream and the stock and added a little fresh basil, mixed it with the lobster meat and cooked gnocchi. I'll bake it in a gratin dish until sizzling when it's time to eat.

I've used every pot in the kitchen and may not cook again for a few days, but I can't wait for this one! Question for you all -- I know the "no cheese with seafood" debate, but would you add a little grated parm to the top with some toasted breadcrumbs?

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

While my perfect summer place will always be at the beach, I'm afraid I don't get to visit as often as I'd like. So, I have been enjoying summer through the farmers' markets and eating and cooking with some great produce that you only get in summer.

I'm just getting back to cooking more due to a bit of an illness that makes standing on my feet difficult, so we've been doing a lot of very basic dishes for a while.

Tonight, in honor of company (and a day off to fix it), I made Cajun stuffed turkey wings that I saw on a Bourdain show. Took a bit (LOT) longer to fix than I thought due to all the prep, but it turned out great. Ground up red, green and hot peppers, onions, celery, stuffed into slits, nooks and crannies of turkey wings and roasted. Google NuNu's turkey wings to get the idea. This is just so good!

Served with the requested potato salad and yellow squash and onions, and deviled eggs.

I'm embracing this Southern thing, now that I'm here!

Maryland style blue crabs in the Charlotte area?

Thank you, littlegirltree, I will check them out!

Jun 28, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

best crab cakes in maryland - any suggestions?

What part of Maryland will you be visiting? That might help narrow down your search.

Maryland style blue crabs in the Charlotte area?

Thanks for the information, Dawg. I will check them out.

Jun 22, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

Maryland style blue crabs in the Charlotte area?

Are there any restaurants or carry out seafood markets that have blue crabs in the Maryland style (steamed, coated in Old Bay style seasoning)? I've found a couple of markets where the crabs can be ordered live to cook at home, but I'd love to find a place that has them cooked.

Any such sightings? Thank you!

Jun 21, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

I stashed a well-priced piece of corned beef in the freezer at St. Patty's Day, and have been wondering when to do it now that the temps are in the 80's. Thanks for reminding me of my crock pot!

May 23, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #298 - Spring Fever Edition [through May 15, 2014]

Blushing and thanks for the best laugh of my day!

May 13, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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