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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!!!!!

May 22, 2014
alegramarcel in General Topics
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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

Eggs Benedict/Florentine

You are right. Grits need something more than spinach.

Apr 05, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Great coffee in SD..?

Lucky for me it is right next to no man's land Mira Mesa! (Where I live.) All hail Zumbar! And though it doesn't look it, it is a train station as well. Lots of train commuters must drink coffee because their parking lot is tiny and I always find a spot.

They also have a location in Encinitas.

Apr 04, 2014
alegramarcel in San Diego

Great coffee in SD..?

Zumbar and Calabria are the BEST!!!!

(Bird Rock...better than average, not the best)

All judged strictly on cappuccinos.

Well and the occasional Mocha ;) Which, Neekoman, at a good coffee place, is a totally acceptable "coffee drink" because you can actually taste the espresso and it isn't all sugar!

Also Zumbar happens to have the best (masala) chai latte I've tried in town as well.

Apr 04, 2014
alegramarcel in San Diego

Home made butter anyone?

so fun, how old is your niece?

i guess you meant real waffles as opposed to frozen... but did you make from scratch or a mix? i actually make waffles often - but always with mix. so "real" waffles for me would have to be from scratch :) but actually i make the whole box of mix in one morning and then freeze the extras! so we eat frozen waffles, too.

my toddler is obsessed with making popcorn - and we don't even have a see through lid! I should try that some time! BUT we often look up you tube videos of things - like slow mo popcorn popping (or time lapse strawberries growing, etc).

But oh yah. Making butter. Did it with the mixer when I did it... easy. I didn't keep mine long - the thing is you have to make sure NO drops of milk are left or else it can spoil faster. Not really a problem because it tastes better fresh (or seems to anyway) and gets eaten up fast :)

Apr 04, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Eggs Benedict/Florentine

I'm making eggs Benedict / Florentine this weekend for brunch for friends.

I was going to serve with potatoes, per previous discussion:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/595539

Now I'm getting excite/inspired, but wondering if my ideas will go together. Initially I was planning to do just spinach and toasted sourdough, but now I kind of want to do either grits pancakes or sauteed potato stack instead of bread (as described in discussion above). But not sure they go with spinach... I can't use ham (guests don't eat pork), but I could use salmon or some other veggie.

Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions? TIA!

Apr 04, 2014
alegramarcel in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's vs Whole Food: What to buy at each and why?

Haha, Nosh and Annimal! I love that you help others with grocery tips! How great!

I also LOVE grocery shopping! But I have had mixed replies when I try to give advice :) One time I tried to tell this guy to buy Humboldt Fog because it was on super sale. He was standing right in front of it and I was like "Hey, I don't know if you like blue cheese, but this cheese is amazing and this is the best price I've ever seen on it!" He was like "Actually I am French" (with an accent). And I sang the cheese's praises again... and he just kind of wandered off! WITHOUT THE CHEESE! What a dumdum. I almost bought all they had, but I limited myself to three giant slabs. Ha!

Feb 08, 2014
alegramarcel in Chains