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Grass Fed Lamb Fat: How to Eat It?

Love lamb, but lamb fat is kind of funky. Can't imagine eating it on anything.

about 17 hours ago
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Responsibility

My mother was also allergic to aloe, in a very BIG way.

about 18 hours ago
pikawicca in Site Talk

Can't miss places in Portland, Oregon

Breakfast at Jam. Local favorite and the best smoked salmon I've ever eaten.

Dinner at Paley's Place, Pok Pok, and Andina (truly creative and delicious modern Peruvian food. If I only had one dinner in Portland, this is where I would go.

about 22 hours ago
pikawicca in Metro Portland

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Brunch, Soups

Sorry, just saw this. Grits and polenta are made from two very different types of corn. However, once they're ground and reconstituted, the difference is negligible. (Just don't get the instant variety of either.)

2 days ago
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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biscuits & gravy w/ eggs, country ham

Most supermarkets in Indiana sell vacuum-sealed slices of country ham (usually in the fresh meat section, not the deli). The popularity of country ham has grown over the years, and it's popping up outside of the south.

2 days ago
pikawicca in Home Cooking

How can I use up massive quantities of alcohol in cooking?

I agree. I've written several columns about cooking with booze, and it's really difficult to use a lot of it. Gifting to a friend is a great solution.

Jul 22, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

There is an outstanding recipe for Oven-Steamed Halibut with Carrots, Lemon, & Thyme in "Radically Simple," this month's COTM. You make it the day before and serve it cold. Sounds weird, but it's delicious, and a pretty presentation as well.

Jul 22, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Bogus Bad Beef Report?

You "and a thousand other people eat in a lifetime?" I don't think so. There is a value to education, whether or not it requires someone to fly around the world. Facts matter; propaganda, not so much.

Jul 21, 2014
pikawicca in Food Media & News

Bogus Bad Beef Report?

Thanks, don't know how I missed the calorie thing. The numbers still seem suspect to me.

Jul 21, 2014
pikawicca in Food Media & News

Bogus Bad Beef Report?

Seems fishy to me. Sounds like they're probably comparing per animal, and not per pound.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/...

Jul 21, 2014
pikawicca in Food Media & News

Is this tacky?

Speaking as someone who avoids processed foods as much as possible, I'd hate to be served prepared food from the supermarket (who knows what additives are in it). A home-cooked meal is what I expect at a friend's house, but it can be VERY simple (salad, baked potato, roast chicken, e.g.). Olives/nuts for apps, a scoop of good ice cream, and I'd be happy.

Jul 21, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics
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Bread Baking

If you had a couple of those cute Le Creuset single-serve Dutch ovens, you could do no-knead rolls.

Jul 21, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Bread Baking

The no-knead dough is quite wet. If you free-form, I think you'd end up with a bread puddle.

Jul 21, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Stone in Berlin

Thanks for the link. I read the entire thread and am more confused now than ever.

Jul 20, 2014
pikawicca in Beer
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

TOMATO TART/PIE

Jul 20, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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salty restaurant food in the US compared to europe?

I frequent several local restaurants on a regular basis. These are all places that cook food to order, and they have no problems catering to my low salt tolerance.

Overly salted food is generally not a problem at high-end restaurants, IME.

Jul 20, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics
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Stone in Berlin

What, exactly, is the "myth of craft beer?"

Jul 20, 2014
pikawicca in Beer

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

If you ever watched "All Creatures Great and Small" on PBS, you may remember an early episode in which James is invited to stay for dinner at a farm. The sole menu item (of which the hosts were extremely proud) was "bacon," AKA very fatty pork belly. James lost it, as I nearly did just watching it. Unless I carve the fat off, can't eat it.

Jul 19, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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Ground Meats Limitations Overall in USA: Patty vs. Patty-less Dishes

Kibbee in its many wondrous forms. Love it, but it's not found in most of the U.S. Stuffed cabbage, of course, which is more common. And then there's Joe's Special, a popular dish in San Francisco, but I've not seen it outside of California. What about the Greek- inspired Cincinnati Chili?

Jul 19, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics

Cookbook help!

I really like Joe Yonan's "Eat Your Vegetables, Bold Recipes for the Single Cook." Straight-forward, but interesting recipes.

Jul 19, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Eel in parsley/garlic butter!

Jul 19, 2014
pikawicca in France

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Love the song, but the movie was lame.

Jul 18, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Smoking ice cream - any body tried this?

Love my smoking gun!

Jul 18, 2014
pikawicca in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

There is nothing wrong with frozen dough, as long as it was good to begin with.

Jul 17, 2014
pikawicca in Manhattan

Ground Meats Limitations Overall in USA: Patty vs. Patty-less Dishes

Green organic matter?

Jul 17, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics

French blogger fined for restaurant comment

Jul 17, 2014
pikawicca in France

Creamed field corn? New thing I bought at the local produce market.

They eat grilled field corn on the cob in Turkey - blecch! However, this preparation sound interesting. I would try it.

Jul 16, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking

French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

Not just in Bordeaux City. Also had a great lunch in Cadillac, and a stupendous dinner (Lamproie) in
St. Emilion.

Jul 16, 2014
pikawicca in France

Banned

I am not allowed to post on NAF. If I don't notice that a thread is NAF and post, it stays up unless a mod happens to see it.

Jul 16, 2014
pikawicca in Site Talk
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

Well, my recent visit to Bordeaux must have been in the Twilight Zone. I ate one high-end dinner, which was excellent. The rest of the time, I just started looking at menus when it came time to eat, and settled on what sounded most appealing. Mostly ate white asparagus, prepared various ways, and local fish. Never had anything less than a "good" meal; many were memorable.

Jul 16, 2014
pikawicca in France
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