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Blow Torches and Turkey Skin

That's exactly what I thought.

Nov 24, 2013
picklelicious in Home Cooking

Blow Torches and Turkey Skin

fair enough

Nov 24, 2013
picklelicious in Home Cooking

Blow Torches and Turkey Skin

I imagine I can get good color in the oven, honestly I've never oven roasted a whole turkey, I've always fried them and i'm just going through different options to achieve a near perfect bird. I've never really been wowed by a oven roasted turkey, and we kind of had the fried thing down to a science, so I thought I would challenge myself to trump the boring birds that used to be the thanksgiving rule of thumb before the fried birds came into play. And it's not just color i'm looking for, it would be nice to have a slightly crispy/crunchy skin.

Nov 24, 2013
picklelicious in Home Cooking

Blow Torches and Turkey Skin

Can any of you give recommendations for or against using a blow torch to and properly color and crisp the turkey skin of a whole oven roasted turkey? I've never really used one, and I thought it was worth getting some feedback on if any of you have any experience or advise on this subject.

Nov 24, 2013
picklelicious in Home Cooking

North Carolina BBQ TOUR

6203 Millhouse Rd. Honestly, I'm not here to slam the place. I know that too many knowledgeable Q fans praise this place too much for the place to be of the quality I have found it to be on my initial visit. Hopefully I will catch the on a premier day one of these times. Only one of the three times was it what i would refer to as bad, but i had just heard so much praise about them, that it disappointed me, and after reading what Qball wrote, i thought i would mention i knew how he/she felt regarding being disappointed with this restaurant.

Dec 06, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

North Carolina BBQ TOUR

I agree on Allen and Sons, heard about it forever, finally visited their 3 times recently, kept giving them the benefit of the doubt, and it just never lived up to my expectations or what i consider to be a "real quality product". One of the 3 visits, the first, i'd say it was almost bad. Chunks of inedible pieces that by all means should have been culled from the process, and the product literally had a burnt flavor to it, not smokey, burnt. Not that i let sides have any bearing on rating of the Q, but i wouldn't have served those fries they put on my table, just complete grease fries. With my love for Q, and it's reputation and convenience to the interstate, i'll probably try it again, but to date, been very disappointed with Allen & Sons.

Dec 03, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Where to go in Chinatown?

Hopefully we'll get a chance, but it's just two of us, and they're website indicates they require 4 people for the Peking Duck lunch special, perhaps we'll just have to do some roast duck and dumplings somewhere instead...may still go there anyway.

Sep 18, 2012
picklelicious in Manhattan

Where to go in Chinatown?

Are both Peking Duck House locations equally good? I'm traveling up in a few weeks and looking to round out my experience with some exceptional Peking Duck. So far, before a show on Broadway (my first time doing that) we have reservations at Trattoria Trecolori, and then going to try Daniel the next night. I've just got to try one of these three star Miichilin places and get that chip off my back.

Sep 17, 2012
picklelicious in Manhattan

Altamonte Springs for Dinner

Having dinner with a couple of friends Tuesday night in Altamonte Springs. I'm looking for a nice, but reasonable restaurant ($20-$25 entree selections) with a relaxed environment, and a full service bar. We're not to picky on type of cuisine, I guess what you would consider mainstream style menu where the restaurant really cares about the quality of food they put on the table would be ideal for this group.

Any suggestions will be appreciated, and if we need to drive a little ways, that's no big deal.

Aug 24, 2012
picklelicious in Florida

Hey Baltimore Hounds...

I went to La Scala. It was a very enjoyable evening, and the food was generally good.

The Bruschetta was simple and very nice. It's amazing how many people screw up such a simple concept by trying to get creative...

I had a swordfish entree that was all about the swordfish. It came out cool, it was cooked to the right temp, but in my opinion had sat in the window too long. I wouldn't have said anything, because i just didn't really care, but the chef owner asked, so i told him, at whhich point they went back there and made the same peice of fish that was on my plate hot...NOT A BIG FAN OF THAT, but as i said I really just didn't care (long day at the office so to speak), so i had a few more bites and moved along.

My associate had gnocchi w pomodoro sauce. He loved it, i enjoyed the bite i had of it as well. My pasta side, penne in a red sauce was done very nicely as well. In retrospect I wish I had ordered a pasta dish for entree, but I'm trying the healthy thing, and sometimes I order with my brain and not with my heart/stomach.

Anyways, thanks so much for all the recs. I hope to try many more of these in the future.

Jul 26, 2012
picklelicious in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hey Baltimore Hounds...

I'm a North Carolina hound heading to my first O's game tonight, and would like to try some good Italian, perhaps in the Little Italy area. Is there "a best" in that area I need to check out? Any location in the inner harbor/downtown area will work just fine though, upscale is fine, down and dirty is fine, I just want good eats. Thanks for any recs you can provide.

Jul 25, 2012
picklelicious in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner in Centreville/Chantilly Area

In the Centreville/Chantilly area tomorrow night for one night. Can anyone recommend any Chow worthy, nice, relatively mainstream options for a business associate and I? Let's give a radius of 10 miles, and looking for something with preferably a full bar. Unfortunately, the other member of this party won't eat seafood, so please keep that in mind.

Any and all recs will be most appreciated.

Jul 23, 2012
picklelicious in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mooresville, NC- Recommendations

Caruso's is a must...very nice restaurant...it is very dim lighting dining though-just an FYI.

Jul 13, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Good but affordable itallian in charlotte?

This is not a traditional attempt at the dish, it's more like a pile of proscuitt rendered and then a good vodka type sauce creation, with some peas added at the end. Not traditional, but DAMN strong plate of food!!!

Jun 12, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Need a Durham Dinner Rec for This Evening

Well, when it was decision time, the only rec i had received was Vin Rouge, they didn't open till 5:30 and couldn't seat us till 5:54, and the show started at 7pm...SO, i made the mistake of trying Cuban Revolution...VERY PEDESTRIAN quality Cuban, and flavors in general. But never fear, the evening was about the show, and convenience, and those two needs were met. It was my fault for posting so late in the game. I appreciate all your recs, and will try Vin Rouge sometime in the future.

Jun 04, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Need a Durham Dinner Rec for This Evening

I'm headed to Durham tonight for a Steve Martin Concert/Act at The Durham Performing Arts Center in the downtown area. I have browsed previous threads, and can't put my finger on what to try. It will be three of us, we would like cocktails with dinner, and one of us has relative conservative tastes when when it comes to ordering and eating foods. Price and atmosphere of restaurant are not important, although we wouldn't want anything "stuffy", just looking for some flavor, or just a fun place to hang out a couple hours if that's an option.

Any last minute recs you could send my way?

Jun 03, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Cook's Barbecue, Lexington, NC

Been there a ton of times, but probably not in 5 years or so. Glad to hear they're still bringing it...will definitely pay them a return visit soon.

Jun 03, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Good but affordable itallian in charlotte?

Try Portofino's on Eastway, order the boscaiola with penne, you will absolutely love it. It's a wonderful dish, and very reasonable.

Jun 03, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Dinner Recs in The Silver Spring Area

Well, we tried Ray's last night...I forgot about the key lime pie, but i did have the hanger steak, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and a very good lettuce wedge. The hanger steak was incredibly flavorful, and very juicy. The person I dined with had the filet, and he enjoyed it very much as well.

Tonight, if we feel like it after work, we will probably try Jackies, or maybe 8407.

Thanks for recs.

May 23, 2012
picklelicious in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner Recs in The Silver Spring Area

Thanks, most seem to recommend it. I've checked out their website and like the look of it. My only deterrent is the guy I'm working with has just recently cut beef out of his diet and won't eat seafood either. They don't seem to have many other options. He will still eat a filet though occasionally, perhaps I'll play dumb on their menu options and we'll give her a shot. I rarley if ever have went the hanger steak route, but i did see it as a reaonable option for their bar menu, and was considering giving it a try. Thanks for thoughts...heading up tomorrow.

May 21, 2012
picklelicious in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner Recs in The Silver Spring Area

Thanks for info...

May 18, 2012
picklelicious in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner Recs in The Silver Spring Area

Staying in the Silver Spring area next Tuesday and Wednesday and wondering if there's any good dinner spots to try. Looking for a good eats with a kitchen and staff that knows how to bring great flavors. Any recs would be appreciated.

May 18, 2012
picklelicious in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need a Dinner Rec or Two for a First Time Visitor

The desserts didn't blow me away, and as i wrote, i had such a variety of things it's difficult to recall the details. There were two dessert servings, with three different tastes on each. Four things I recall were a play on cheesecake, some type of banana pudding "shot", the two most notable were some type of dipping dots, and some type of granola with a chilled blueberry jam of some type beneath.

May 17, 2012
picklelicious in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a Dinner Rec or Two for a First Time Visitor

Well, let me just say thank you for all the great recs. I've been up here since Monday, the weather and the people have been the best. Due to logistics and work load, it appeared I would only have one evening to really get out, so last night I stood in line outside Travail's as it opened at 5pm, and tried what they had to offer. I must say, standing in a line at 4:45 for dinner certainly peaked my curiousity.

I went with the 10 course dinner for two, just so I could see what all the fuss was about. Let me just say, WOW!!! Great meal, i mean great. I couldn;'t begin to tell you all the different things I had, but damn if i didn't eat them all. Absolutely one of the best meals i've ever had, and for $65 (give me a break)...just outstanding. In addition to the great food, just loved the vibe of the restaurant, MY KIND OF PLACE.

Thanks again folks, it appears I'll be back in a couple of months. Untill then...

May 17, 2012
picklelicious in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a Dinner Rec or Two for a First Time Visitor

Juicy Lucy's is not what I was looking for nor desire on my trip, but it's always a nice to think of a ground beef patty stuffed with cheese, right?

May 14, 2012
picklelicious in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a Dinner Rec or Two for a First Time Visitor

Honestly. I'm open to most any type of cuisine...fresh seafood is always a nice option. I'm trying to eat relatively healthy, but I never like to rule out any worthy options. The "local" part of the equation would refer to "no chains please", and the "flavor" would refer to a restaurant and chef that can really appeal to the taste buds, whether it be by letting the ingredients speak for themselves to some degree, or creating a great dish from things you would rarley expect to see in a great dish. I am open to most any suggestions, although I do tend to stay somewhat mainstream with my choices of good eats. Thanks for all your recs btw.

May 11, 2012
picklelicious in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a Dinner Rec or Two for a First Time Visitor

Thanks...I'll consider that as an option.

May 11, 2012
picklelicious in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a Dinner Rec or Two for a First Time Visitor

I am familiar with the MN Juicy Lucy...and we have even tried to replicate the concept from time to time without ever having tried one of the originals. Perhaps I will give'er a go.

May 11, 2012
picklelicious in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a Dinner Rec or Two for a First Time Visitor

Thank you for recs, I'm not opposed to a little driving if necessary to get a good have a nice meal. I was hoping that there would be some closeby options, but I fuguured the airport area would be a bust (aren't they all). Coon Rapids I had no idea, lodging was based on work logisitics.

May 10, 2012
picklelicious in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a Dinner Rec or Two for a First Time Visitor

Hello all...I'll be up in MN for my first time next week. I will be near the airport on Monday and Thursday, and in Coon Rapids on Tuesday and Wenesday. What I would like are some dinner options in those areas if there is anything you can recommend to a fellow hound from NC. I'm all about local and flavor. Any recs would be most appreciated. BTW..I dine alone, and prefer to do so at the bar if possible, so keep that in mind.

Looking forward to this business trip, it's not often I travel somewhere new to me.

May 10, 2012
picklelicious in Minneapolis-St. Paul