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blue apron? for kids?

Has anyone used the blue apron program? This is where they deliver ingredients for meals with a recipe card. And, specifically, are the meals kid friendly? Or can you choose options that make them kid friendly?

I can view their current meal options and they talk about dietary preferences on the website, but unless I create an account I can't actually see what the preference options are... trying to find out if this would be a fit as a gift for a family with a 3 year old and 6 year old... this weeks menu did not look particularly kid friendly. (I don't mean it needs to be chicken nuggets or anything, but several items looked spicy and several others looked like maybe weird textures that kids would resist.)

Sep 17, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

Recipe Suggestions During Kitchen Remodel

i used my toaster oven all the time during a kitchen remodel. plenty of frozen meals (which i generally try to avoid), but also simple things like bagels with cream cheese and tomatoes/salmon.

i did not have a burner/hot plate available. i didn't really use my crock pot. honestly, i was not motivated to chop and prep and cook in the middle of my dusty living room (we were doing the work ourselves and working full time regular hours during it).

and yes, i suggest paper plates. i can around to them way too late... after our bathroom sink was clogged up with little tiny food particles (doesn't matter how careful you are, food goes down there).

also... yeah, try to compensate with extra salad and even just fresh fruit from the bowl. because honestly no matter how hard you try, it will be a bit like traveling or other times when your diet is disrupted-- and combined with being pregnant may result in constipation!

Sep 12, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Do I have to peel and seed tomatoes to make marinara sauce from scratch?

i did not peel, did not seed (de-seed?), did not even cut out the core/stem place!!!!! i just put it into my crock pot with roasted garlic and fresh basil and EVOO (first batch), and just totally plain (second batch).

so, what is the result? core/stem absolutely undetectable. skin undetectable (to me anyway), seeds visible, but i did not notice in texture/taste. definitely not bitter. however it was not particularly tomatoey, was overly watery, and --since i had to puree it (because i did not peel)-- it was smooth (and i prefer a chunky tomato sauce, i've come to realize after this experiment).

i'm going to try to use this sauce in no-boil lasagna because often they call for extra wine or water added to the sauce, so i'm thinking the watery-ness will be a benefit.

Sep 11, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Do I have to peel and seed tomatoes to make marinara sauce from scratch?

what about removing the little top part where the stem attached? what do people think of that? if i crock pot and immersion blend, I'd think that patch would go the way of the seeds and skin: invisible to most, disguised under all the tomato flavor...

Sep 09, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Afternoon Tea in San Diego?

My FAVORITE is the Aviara in Carlsbad!

FYI Hotel Del Coronado and US Grant only do special occasions (mothers day, christmas, etc). US Grant will do large parties booked in advance as well.

Extraordinary Desserts does large parties booked in advance. I liked their tea party (more than I like them in general).

Cafe Chloe does a tea but only weekdays. I love Cafe Chloe, but it is a bit small for a proper afternoon tea.

Tea Upon Chatsworth was a good experience.

Westgate I like, but it is a bit odd to be in the middle of the lobby.

I still need to try the following:
Bread and Cie (high expectation for food, but again a bit crowded)
Tee Party (low expectations all around... it is in Mira Mesa...now if they served beers...)
Aubrey Rose in La Mesa (just need to make it happen)
Corner Shoppe at Shakespeare's (only heard about it here on this thread)

Sep 07, 2014
alegramarcel in San Diego

Food delivery

Does anyone know of a prepared food home delivery service that is worth using?

Some quite old threads had suggestions, but they are all out of business! (organic to go, dinnerstudio, manivela)

I also found get fresh SD, has anyone tried that one?

Sep 06, 2014
alegramarcel in San Diego

Anyone used Dietz & Watson RECIPES from website?

Roasted garlic broccoli, roasted veggies quinoa with sausage, ham and broccoli grilled cheese... actually I thought a ton of their recipes sounded good and interesting and looked especially easy to prepare.

I've actually never tried their products! haha! Just picked up their recipe brochure and thought it looked good and easy.

I prefer to try new recipes from either cook books I know I like, or websites with user reviews (I can usually tell if the recipe will turn out well for me based on user reviews...mostly because I NEVER actually follow a recipe, and usually there is someone like me who has reported back already). Alas they do not have reviews, so I will just have to try some out. Many are simple, like grilled cheese, wraps, salads. I will try some of those first and see if they are easy to follow and turning out, then try something more complicated.

Jun 19, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Anyone used Dietz & Watson RECIPES from website?

I randomly picked up a brochure at the grocery deli, and it intrigued me enough to go to the website. Recipes look good and simple. I was wondering if anyone had tried them and found them to be worthwhile???

Jun 18, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Father's Day breakfast

Wow, what lovely egg lines. And what a lot of eggs!

You may enjoy this.
http://intotheovoid.com/project/

Jun 08, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

What are you doing for father's day?

Do you go out? Cook at home? Eat breakfast? Grill steaks?

Jun 03, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

I can't add a recipe to my profile.

Yes. I clicked the button "Save to profile" under a recipe and up popped a new screen with the lines of text. And my recipe box remains empty :,,,(

Jun 02, 2014
alegramarcel in Site Talk

Best site for organizing recipes?

Awesome checking out pepperplate tomorrow. I knew you guys would have something I hadn't found yet! Chowhounds rock!

Does anyone know what allrecipes PRO gets you compared to the regular account? I can't find a comparison on the site anywhere, but I recall seeing something when I first signed up???

Jun 02, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Best site for organizing recipes?

I am trying to start keeping track of my recipes on the computer. (Trying to work out a technical error here on chow.) I love chowhounds and the message board THE BEST.

But I'm wondering if anyone finds another website easier to keep track of recipes? I'm hoping one that allows tags as well as notes and changes to the recipe.

May 31, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

I can't add a recipe to my profile.

I have never tried to add a recipe to my profile before. (I admit, I'm all paper for my recipes, but I'm trying to get hip to the screen.) When I tried to add it I got a lot of lines of text, here is the top third or so:

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May 31, 2014
alegramarcel in Site Talk

Pink Lemonade

There is a such thing as a "pink lemon" - truly a lemon that is pink.

May 31, 2014
alegramarcel in Recipes

After wedding reception party at our house

If it is only 20 people and they are "your" friends, I'd suggest doing something casual for post wedding AND brunch - some people may want to crash after the wedding, some people may need to leave early for a plane ride.

Keep it casual! Keep it easy! I'd personally go to costco or somewhere like that and get party platters / things ready to go for both occasions. I realize you are wanting something with more substance for dinner, but since they are already coming from hours of eating, they probably won't mind. Plus you can probably find someplace that has some kind of meat tray. I used to do event planning for an education program (ie on a budget) and we would cater with party trays from a local Mexican joint - build your own tacos with fish/chicken/meat.

Invite them by phone ahead of time, and just call it an open house - give them hours you will be "open", in the evening and in the morning.

I think it is appropriate. The "younger" crowds often do after parties, so why not the "older" crowd?

May 23, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

What is the next pedestrian food to go "gourmet"?

I hope so!!!
I have been primarily vegetarian for years, but I advocate insects. They are the most sustainable protein source out there! That being said, so far I've played the vegetarian card when they appeared on a snack tray. (Hey, it was a 4 year old's insect birthday party... definitely not gourmet!)

May 23, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

Your "go to" convenience food is.....

I like TJs multigrain pancake and baking mix - very versatile and with whole grains. I make pancakes, waffles, cake, faux pot pie, cookies, etc.

May 23, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

What do you love best about the deli?

So do you think deli departments in supermarkets compare?
Since I am a fan of the side dishes anyway, I don't mind so much that that is all I'm stuck with... except they certainly lack atmosphere, which is clearly part of the experience!
Whole Foods has a decent prepared foods department. The people are usually (not always) knowledgeable about their products.
The nearby mainstream grocery (Vons) store has a mediocre but passable bakery and low budget sides (all kinds of crap ingredients in them). I hardly ever go.

May 23, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

What do you love best about the deli?

A best memory of a falafel place in Paris is the owner/chef guy telling us in his thick French/Mideast accent:

"You trust me, I make you good food. You don't trust me, leave."

He had a crazy look in his eyes, but we decided we trusted him. And it was good!!!!!

How to make vinegar?

Interesting! I think I've seen these and tossed them before! I never knew!

May 21, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

Guava Nectar Question

I've never tried rockstar tropical guava... but just the thought makes me cringe!

Personally I'd suggest bionatura organic nectar - not sure if they have guava, but their apricot is like drinking sunshine - awesome!

May 21, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

Cost of Fresh Tomatoes at Farmers Markets

Did you ever try to grow an heirloom tomato? I did. Try that is, and for the most part fail. I got a few scrawny tough heirloom tomatoes.

And after that I said I would NEVER complain about the price of an heirloom tomato again. If it was beautiful - and assuming it was delicious - and it was BIG, then it was probably worth $8 in my opinion.

I think the most I've ever paid is $6 for a tomato, but I usually pick very small tomatoes because I like to use the whole thing up as soon as I cut it, since they get mealy in the fridge.

May 21, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

What do you love best about the deli?

What is it about a deli that you love?

And do you have a neighborhood deli?

I love the variety of prepared sides, and unfortunately I don't have a neighborhood deli.

May 21, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce - 1 Year Past Expiration

I'd be SO ANNOYED. And I'd totally keep it and use it. Most condiments last about forever.

May 21, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics

Eggs Benedict/Florentine

Turned out great! Hollandaise was perfect CONSISTENCY, but a bit tangier than normal, and yet it worked really well! Florentine is a winner! I will repeat.

I ran out of time for sides and just served it with a citrus salad (chopped up orange, blood orange, pink orange, grapefruit, and even meyer lemon!) with fresh mint sugar (fresh mint leaves and sugar in the queez - easy and delish!).

May 21, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking
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How to revive rice noodles?

they are wide rice noodles.

I was thinking the microwave route with just a tablespoon or two of added water. letsindulge and bumble - Do you think added water or no?

May 13, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

How to revive rice noodles?

I bought a family size side dish of rice noodle salad, but I should have known better - rice noodles don't store well and when we got it the noodles were already getting hard. It has sauce and veggies mixed in already. I know soaking again or boiling again can fix the situation with the noodles, but since it is already prepared I was wondering if anyone has tips or ideas on how to resurrect this dish in a pan? Like saute with extra water? Or ??? Otherwise I was just planning to turn it into soup...

May 13, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Eggs Benedict/Florentine

Thanks, rjbh and pinklynx. You are both right on.

Final plan is:
Sourdough, warmed (not particularly toasted, to keep it soft)
Spinach, wilted
Eggs, poached of course!
Hollandaise Sauce (hoping to get consistency just right this time!)

Served with home style / skillet potatoes and grilled asparagus and seasonal fruit salad (mostly citrus...).

Apr 05, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Eggs Benedict/Florentine

Is that salmon?

Apr 05, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking