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Pasta with Spicy Cauliflower Rag├╣; Realizing My Restaurant Memory

Oh, this sounds delicious with the dual texture cauliflower. I have long made a cauliflower dish where I cook the cauliflower and the the pasta together then toss it with anchovy and garlic oil before it gets enough parm for significant protien. I can hardly wait to try your richer, more sophisticated dish!

Oct 23, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

have key limes.....now what

Key limes are very seedy and tricky to juice. A lever action squeeze makes it easy. Their zest is too bitter to enjoy, IMO.

Sep 18, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

A Ton of Kiwis

That soda sounds great! My intro to kiwi fruit came in the early 80's, when I was housesitting for friends when the FOTM arrived. I fell in love immediately!

Sep 18, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

Lunch in the Quarter - not too formal

Bourbon House or Redfish Grill might fit the bill. I thought of this thread as I was meeting a friend this evening in game weekend traffic. I've never visited either, but they are attractive from the outside.

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Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Sep 16, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

things we keep

The Presto Hot Pot was the only cooking appliance we were allowed to have when I went away to school in 1978. I received mine as a graduation gift from a friend who had gone to the same college. Couldn't have lived without it then, but I haven't thought about it in years!

Sep 15, 2011
marthasway in General Topics

Childhood foods you would *totally* eat now...

That sounds like Malt-o-Meal, my Mother's favorite hot cereal. I couldn't bear it, especially with cold whole milk. Farina I didn't mind so much but those Malt-o-meal mornings could be awful.

Sep 15, 2011
marthasway in General Topics

Lunch in the Quarter - not too formal

What is the size of your group? Budget? What do you mean by "inexperienced"? Deanie's in the Quarter or K-Paul's might be a good match.

Sep 14, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

Steaming Hot Dog Buns at Home

I like steamed buns, too. Depending on how many you're doing, I would recommend using a cooling rack over simmering water. Heating the buns doesn't take long, and be sure to handle them with tongs or gloves. Enjoy!

Sep 09, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

Brigtsen's, Cochon, or Mr. B's for Saturday night??

I love Mr. B's, although I must admit I haven't been recently. It's gracious, the food is fine without being too outlandish, and it has always been one of my favorite places.

Brigtsen's is worth the trip, in my opinion.

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Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Sep 07, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

Favorite children's books that are food themed?

Starting at the beginning: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I was a bookseller for almost 20 years, and VHC was always my favorite for babies and toddlers. I've probably sold thousands in all the formats over the years and have certainly given scores. Counting, colors, the days of the week, it's a classic.

Sep 07, 2011
marthasway in Food Media & News

Need ideas for using Golden Syrup!

I love it on oatmeal and in David Lebovitz's Ginger cake. It's mellow and comforting to me.

Sep 07, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

Where to Stock up on Poboy Bread?

Rouse's carries Reising's, which is what I buy these days, and it's easy to find. Pre-K I always went to Angelo Gendusa's at the top of the Marigny Triangle, but like so many of our treasures, it ain't dere no more.

Sep 05, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

"If I have _______ in my kitchen, I can eat."

+2 on Pasta Pantry with olive oil and excellent Parmesan and maybe a a couple of anchovy filets. Significant protein and the components can satisfy even the the pickiest in the family.

Sep 04, 2011
marthasway in General Topics

Childhood foods you would *totally* eat now...

Swanson Chicken Potpies with the top and bottom crust, and I've always turned them out on a plate and saved the top crust as a special treat. Makes me wish I had one in the freezer now!

And thank you, EWSflash, I'm in remission, at the 3.5 year mark, still getting good reports from my oncologist. I have some lingering side effects, but I'm so grateful for everyday!

Sep 03, 2011
marthasway in General Topics
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New Orleans specialties near Intercontinental (St. Charles & Poydras)

I'll second Luke for breakfast, even though I'm not usually a John Besh fan. If I knew how to link to my own old posts, I'd give you a great review.

I also love anything Wayne Bacquet does, so high marks for Lil' Dizzy's.

Aug 31, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

Metaire good eats

I'm glad you're going to Morning Call! I go once a month, because I vastly prefer their beignets and being able to sugar or not, and the cafe au lait is poured by hand. Enjoy!

Aug 31, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

Baking SOS

I agree with the leavening advice and also wonder if you're using cake flour. I have cookbooks from my grandmother of that vintage that use soft flour. Pan size can make a big difference, but I always suspect oven temp!

Aug 28, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

Childhood foods you would *totally* eat now...

My brother and I could have these if our parents were going out and leaving us with a sitter. I loved we could choose our own; I usually got the turkey and dressing and he liked Salibury steak. I don't eat those frozen dinners anymore, but when I was having cancer treatment, I really enjoyed frozen potpies with a top and bottom crust with Saltines on the side.

My teenaged son is very picky, and we go through 5-6 boxes of Kraft blue box every week. Another of my favorites in the ersatz cheese department is the pimento cheese spread in the little glasses, to go with small Fritos or piped onto celery.

Aug 28, 2011
marthasway in General Topics

Family Friendly restaurants in New Orleans

My son always enjoyed the streetcar at that age and still does at 15. New Hambuger and Seafood on St Charles might be a good fit, as would Camellia Grill, where it's fun to watch the action and get a grilled cheese sandwich arranged like a butterfly.

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Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Jul 30, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

Favorite One Pot Dish

Chicken & Sausage or Turkey & Tasso gumbo
A turkey stew recipe that came from a magazine ad about 20 years ago with a sort coq au vin profile
Good make ahead, too. Just need a green salad and French bread to round out the meal.

Jul 12, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

How do you eat tinned sardines?

Usually plain, drained, and on Saltines, the way I learned from my grandfather. My lunch today, however, consisted of two sardines with a side of potato salad leftover from our July Fourth festivities. The third fish went to Spottie, our very patient Jack Russell, who sat like a statue as I ate. She's the only other one here who appreciates them!

Jul 05, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

What were your FIRST three cookbooks?

Let's Cook It Right, oh that brings back memories! My mother got a copy when she was pregnant with my sister in 1970 and suddenly there was Brewer's yeast, wheat germ and blackstrap molasses in everything! We were all eating liver and drinking Tiger's Milk. My sister is still strong and healthy and beautiful, so I guess it was worth the torture inflicted on the rest of us! :-)

Jul 03, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

Mugs vs cups & saucers

I, too, have both, but rarely use cups and saucers anymore, except for serving desserts. I don't entertain like I used to and have serious tremors in both hands that make holding a cup and saucer nearly impossible. Enjoy what you have and can afford.

Jul 03, 2011
marthasway in Not About Food

Weekend in NOLA

Next time you're coming to town, just send me your per diem so you won't be exposed to any of these atrocities. I'm a local living on a tight fixed income, and I'd love to have a chance to dine around town as I did in the past.

Jul 02, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

What were your FIRST three cookbooks?

The Peanuts Cookbook was my second acquisition; I ordered it through Scholastic when I was in the fourth grade. The first book I bought for myself was My First Cookbook, from Imperial Pure Cane Sugar. I think I was seven. I don't remember any others until college, when the best and favorite came along: Cooking in a Small Kitchen by Arthur Schwartz.

Jul 01, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

Port of Call and other questions

I was at a party just last night where the topic of Port o' Call came up. Still great burgers or a steak with massive baked potatoes. I have fond memories of cold nights by the fireplace back in when I first moved here in 1987. My friends' visit last week sounded just as good as ever!

Jun 30, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

What's The Oldest Thing You Cook In/With?

I use and cherish a 12" cast iron skillet that my paternal grandmother got when she got married in 1930. She gave it to me when she stopped cooking. It is still a joy to use and slick as a whistle, as she would say.

Jun 29, 2011
marthasway in Cookware

Shops that roast coffee in New Orleans

Minew, I noticed on your previous post about ethnic restaurants that you are new to the city. PJ's roasts locally and sells beans in all of their locations. I just buy Community at the grocery store, so I'm no expert! Call Rue de la Course to see where they get their beans, and that sphiffy pour over place in the cbd.

Jun 24, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans

Cuban Dessert

Queso crema con guayaba was my first thought as well. I had a Cuban roommate in college whose family loved to entertain, and I loved spending time helping with parties large and small. Carr's Water Biscuits are a good textural contrast and are easy to find if your not in a place where live.
Another thought would be to do small guava tartlets using a cream cheese dough and a tsp of guava paste. Bake to lightly brown and stabilize pastry. Can do ahead.

Guava paste, either canned or in an oblong box, can be cut into shapes and makes a nice contrast to the cream cheese. This looks nothing like the scary thing Nyleve shows above!

Jun 20, 2011
marthasway in Home Cooking

Pizza throwdown, Domenica v. Ancora

Celeste, where best to find what you show in the third photo?

Jun 19, 2011
marthasway in New Orleans