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Zucchini bread: why?

There's a retro recipe from the 70's 80's of Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cake that would knock his socks off for a celebratory rustic dessert! Haven't had it in decades!

Sep 09, 2014
Bellachefa in Home Cooking

$100 for All You Can Eat During 7 Weeks at Olive Garden

If you were down on your luck, could you afford the tax and tip 49-98 meals in a month?

Sep 08, 2014
Bellachefa in Chains

On the Water, lobster or steamers, birthday [within a drive from Rockland County]

Thanks, we would love to try a new place in City Island for take Mom to Lunch Day. Sounds like an autumnal destination!

Zucchini bread: why?

moisture

Sep 08, 2014
Bellachefa in Home Cooking
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$100 for All You Can Eat During 7 Weeks at Olive Garden

What is the mandatory tip?

Do you have to sign a medical waiver for eating that much sugar and fat and iceberg lettuce?

What does a lab rat look like after eating the same diet, twice a day, for 49 days?

I mean how many days does a lab rat last on the diet before having a heart attack on the rat wheel and falling into a diabetic coma?

If you survive the 49 days, do you get special consideration from America's Biggest Loser? Or a contract to eat all you can eat subway sandwich's and a commercial contract?

Sep 08, 2014
Bellachefa in Chains

Fresh farmed Yellowtail?

I buy most of my tuna and yellowtail at New Deal. ALWAYS excellent. Not sure the source of yellowtail, which is melt in your mouth every time I have purchased, but the tuna changes and they will always let you know where it was sourced from.

Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

Great report back. Please tell me, did Footbridge Lobster have menu items on display on their counter? They did our last trip and that kind of grossed us out, as well as being a wasteful way to display top tourist priced food heating in the sun. Maybe we got it wrong, and a tourist didn't show up to pick up their very diversified order of everything on the menu?

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

I'm hoping you are not really ranting at me.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

thanks to both explanations! never heard that. live and learn

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

I've tried to visit Scarpetta, but just can't stomach it even though it reads wonderfully menu and picture wise.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Food Media & News

Red wine with America beef stew .

or a baking dish

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Home Cooking

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

LOL! Me too. I've always found the insistent judge Scott Conant of Scarpetta fame to be a pretentious jackass when he votes people off with his religeous zeal as an Italian American to know best about all things italian and the need to cut someone down regarding fish and cheese. He's an arse and so is the preconceived notion that a whole country filled with culinary genres has such stringent rules.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Food Media & News

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

Very funny. I know quite a few Italian Americans that wear their 'homeland' flag on their sleeve as a mark of honor. Most of them came back from their grande visit to the motherland hungry and complaining they never had a decent meal!!! Po thanngs.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Food Media & News
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Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

Some people choose to rise above in difficult social situations, others choose to sink to their level. The OP rises. How much is true in the Roz stories and how much is poetic license is impossible to KNOW. They are entertaining as I think is the OP's purpose of sharing. I may be wrong, but only the OP can tell me that.

This does not take the high road- "They're freaking cocktail napkins!" and many other down and dirty comments about what may or not may not be a fictional or embellished character on an internet forum. The serious attacks and answers boggle the mind.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food
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Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

When a gift is called freakin cocktail napkins, then I think my analysis is comparable and applicable. Perhaps the situation is different, but to mock a gift speaks less about the wayward Roz and more about the person mocking or dismissing the gift due to their preconcieved value of that gift. I'm not in the habit of dismissing any gift even if it is promptly brought to the shelter of goodwill or the office in which freakin napkins are a welcome commodity.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

I once had a person from a homeless shelter come for a big Thanksgiving celebration at our home. They were down on their luck and working at getting a foot up. They brought a can of cranberry sauce and a can of corn. I would never call it a freakin can of cranberry sauce or a freakin can of corn. Just because a gift to the host is of very little monetary value is no reason to devalue it.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food
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Red wine with America beef stew .

cool, freezing it sounds better then pouring it down the sink, or catching it just before and wasting my time trying to make a wine spritzer with soda/gingerale and fruit and then throwing that down the drain.

I'm also guilty of opening up a $30-40 wine to drink while I'm cooking and only need a cup or 1/2 cup to cook with. Those bottles quickly make it to the recycle bin with no waste.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Home Cooking

Red wine with America beef stew .

Have you done this often - freezing decent/servicable wine for cooking later? I often open a bottle of our more affordable wines to cook with and usually forget to use the leftover half bottle in due time.

Sep 07, 2014
Bellachefa in Home Cooking

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

WHAT DOES FULL STOP MEAN?

Sep 05, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

no, i'd be annoyed if an invited guest went behind my back to privately consult the venue, chef, caterer, planner to offer solutions/suggestions to my menu. But then the chowhound team has been weening this thread of opinions.

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

parents? I paid for my wedding on my own

Sep 05, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food

Wasabi root

Get ready to cash in your 401K. Wasabi rhizomes are very expensive

http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c.4...

http://www.marxfoods.com/Fresh-Wasabi...

I wasn't impressed with the ground real wasabi powder years ago. it was fine but not groundbreaking

http://www.realwasabi.com

Haven't had this prepared product from Oregon in awhile, but always preferred it to the often fake green paste and powders. However I think their operation has changed. I did like their paste - a nice fresh taste.

http://www.freshwasabi.com/prodpastet...

search with the word rhizome rather then root.

Edit: Pacific Farms appears to no longer grow wasabi in Oregon, so unclear as to what their rhizome source is.

Sep 05, 2014
Bellachefa in Philadelphia

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

does chowhound now have voice recognition?

and how is one to interpret you smily face after telling me I sound grumpy? Is it sweet, is it fun, is it passive aggressive, is it sarcastic, is it apologetic? Or is it simply a couple of vague keystrokes?

Sep 05, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Why do you perceive everyone to be so angry and grumpy? That to me is a more introspective question.

signed, I'm not angry or grumpy regardless of how you feel about my opinions.

Sep 05, 2014
Bellachefa in Not About Food

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

I hit the heart prompt just for you! because valentines day is just months away and I heart your comment

Sep 05, 2014
Bellachefa in Site Talk
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Need a meal on the way from Boston to NYC

I once posted asking for road food on my NYC to Boston drives. Even after stating that my door to door commute was actually south of Boston and that 95 is the best route for me, I was ignored, scolded, reprimanded and told I was ignorant. And those multiple posters told me where I should stop on the Hartford/MAPike area. They took over the whole thread and pointedly dismissed me and my question as the OP

Sometimes the 95 route is the way to go if you are not going to Boston proper.

Sep 04, 2014
Bellachefa in Kosher

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

"As I thought I made clear, I am not going to ask them to accommodate me. I am going to ask the menu and suggest a solution."

Huh?

Where are you from? Here on the north east coast it is not totally standard to include dietary preferences on invitations.

Which is your best recipe for baking chicken?

interesting!

Sep 04, 2014
Bellachefa in Home Cooking

Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

I recently posted about our long time favorite Lobster Shack in Perkins Cove. We love the chili dog and they do a decent chowder - milky not cloyingly thickened. They have a lunch special with lobster roll and a lunch double lobster special.

Never been impressed with Clam Shack in KBP until we recently tried their fried haddock sandwich.

Which is your best recipe for baking chicken?

Bobby's Chicken from Silver Palate

I portion the chicken before cooking, rather then cooking it whole.

Recipe
From one of our dearest friends, a chicken dish that brings back childhood memories. Julee and Bert would love to be served this every night, if only Bobbie would stop sculpting and keep basting. That is the magic … lots and lots of basting. It’s terrific with warmed applesauce or chutney, rice or egg noodles, and a simple green salad. We especially like to follow it with vanilla ice cream and Three-Ginger Cookies.

Yield: 4 portions
Ingredients
1 roasting chicken (about 4½ pounds),
Giblets from 4 1/2 pound roasting chicken
1 lemon, cut in half
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons ground ginger
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 medium-size yellow onions, quartered
2 packages George Washington golden bouillon powder or 2 chicken bouillon cubes
2¾ cups water
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Squeeze the juice of the lemon all over the chicken and in the cavity.

3. Rub the chicken all over with the mustard, ginger, and salt and pepper to taste. Place in a metal roasting pan and scatter 4 of the onions in the pan. Roast undisturbed for 30 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, simmer the giblets, the remaining 2 onions, the bouillon powder, and 2 cups of the water in a small saucepan over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside.

5. Reduce the oven heat to 375°F and pour the remaining 2 cup water into the pan. Roast the chicken 30 minutes more, basting occasionally with the pan juices.

6. Strain the giblet stock and pour ¾ cup of the stock into the roasting pan. Roast, basting occasionally, for 30 minutes more.

7. Remove the chicken from the oven and cut into serving pieces with a knife and fork (the chicken should be falling off the bone). Mix the chicken with the onions and juices in the pan and pour in the remaining giblet stock. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Serve on a large platter surrounded by the juices.

© 1984, 1985 Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

Sep 03, 2014
Bellachefa in Home Cooking
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