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Best Risotto in Venice, Verona?

I first had risotto at La Sosta, in Brescia (sadly, north of where you are going to be), many years ago, and several times since. It remains the best I've ever had. Don't know whether it was partially cooked ahead or not, but I don't really care, as it was heavenly. Obviously, tourists do not have access to "competent home cooks" while traveling in Italy, so finding a restaurant that does risotto well is the only option.

about 1 hour ago
pikawicca in Italy

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

The Western Hemisphere's largest desalination plant is set to open in Carslbad (just outside of San Diego) next year. Price tag? $1 billion.

1 day ago
pikawicca in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

It will be bad when the jobs disappear, but we can live with that. I'm not so sure that we can live when the food disappears. You are making light of a very serious situation.

2 days ago
pikawicca in General Topics

LATECOMERS FOR DINNER

Invitation states: "Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7," and just do it.

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Not true. Residential use accounts for a mere 5% of water consumption; the rest goes mostly to agriculture, and almonds are among the thirstiest crops you can grow.

Mar 29, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

And pistachios. Almonds and pistachios from Europe and the Middle East are fine, but very expensive.

Mar 29, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Pain de Mie/Pullman loaf pan hack?

Buy the Pullman pan; it makes the best bread for toast and sandwiches.

Mar 28, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

WARNING! Tilapia sold as red snapper (Izumidai) in sushi restaurants.

Tilapia is completely different from red snapper in appearance, taste, and texture. Be an informed consumer.

Mar 28, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

What are you talking about? We lived in Oz for a year, and tipped as we usually do. So did our Australian friends, albeit a somewhat smaller percentage.

Mar 26, 2015
pikawicca in Not About Food

What cooked veggie to add to this entree?

It'll freeze just about as well as potato, which is to say not well at all.

Mar 24, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Why remodel a kitchen and put in an electric range?

I did this because I wanted induction. I will never go back to gas.

Mar 24, 2015
pikawicca in Cookware
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how do you eat your grits?

A little butter, a little cheese, and I'm happy.

Mar 23, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Host gifts for challenging hosts

I would find it very odd if a family member felt the need to give me a hostess gift. Maybe other families do things differently.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH "MAYBES" WHEN YOU INVITE GUESTS FOR DINNER?

I no longer do sit-downs, except for casual dinners for good friends whom I know will come if they've accepted. Otherwise, it's a buffet with enough variety that everyone can find something to eat. After 2 hours, all the food except the sweets gets put away to avoid spoilage. I assume that I'll have leftovers due to no-shows, so I make things that I will enjoy eating in the following days.

Is it safe to let my chicken stock simmer on the stove overnight while I sleep?

Get a Wonderbag.

Mar 22, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Okay, you're driving me crazy. With my crazy amount of FF miles, and the value of the dollar v. the Euro, I might just have to jet over for a few days and indulge in copious asparagus feeds. Where, exactly, is this Elysian Field where you are located?

Mar 22, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Are Himalayan Salt Blocks awesome?

No. I tried cooking some shrimp on one and it was a salt lick experience.

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Have you ever made Crash Hot Potatoes? I think they would work with roast chicken, and you could always crank up the heat while the chicken rests.

Mar 21, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015) Nominations!

Thanks for the link.

Mar 21, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015) Nominations!

Maybe it's just me; I view cakes as special occasion food, and bake maybe four or five a year. I could, however, get behind COOKIES. (Love to bake and gift to neighbors, squirreling some away in the freezer.)

Mar 20, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015) Nominations!

I love chocolate cake, but is anyone really going to make more than one in a month?

Mar 20, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015) Nominations!

QUICHE.

Mar 20, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015) Nominations!

Have we done Quiche before?

Mar 20, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Shad roe!

Can Cast Iron crack my Induction cooktop?

I use my CI skillet on my induction cooktop just about every day. No problems at all.

Mar 20, 2015
pikawicca in Cookware

Is it safe to let my chicken stock simmer on the stove overnight while I sleep?

Can't think of any risks. Turn the heat way down, just a few bubbles popping up, and let it go.

Mar 19, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

Dark and Spicy Pumpkin Loaf. Another hit from this book! I had never realized that wheat flour can mute other flavors. The white rice and buckwheat really let the flavor of the pumpkin shine in this recipe. Super simple, too; the only hard part is waiting 2 hours before slicing.

Mar 18, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Organic Baby Spinach... Never Again!

I've eaten plenty of baby spinach in salads in restaurants, and it's never stemmed.

Manners Manifesto

Actually, it was probably a newly minted second lieutenant.

Mar 17, 2015
pikawicca in Not About Food

How do you repurpose lumpy pancakes?

If they were not good the first time around, they're not going to get any better. Next time, put your lumpy batter through a sieve and avoid the problem altogether.

Mar 17, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking