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gravy making

First 3 ingredients are by weight.

34 minutes ago
pikawicca in Home Cooking

10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

I'd be leery of thefork.com. Recently booked for a dinner in Bordeaux through them. They confirmed the res, but later informed me that "the restaurant cannot honor your reservation." Happened twice.

about 2 hours ago
pikawicca in France

I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

Steamed peas with sauteed mushrooms.

about 2 hours ago
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Indianapolis & Bloomington on Easter Sunday

If you're looking for a breakfast spot, try out the new B'Town Diner. It's only been open a few weeks, and has already become very popular.

Apr 15, 2014
pikawicca in Great Lakes

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

You can only get a decent baguette in France (and not always there). The rest of Europe is just as bereft as the U.S.

Apr 14, 2014
pikawicca in Los Angeles Area
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Please suggest a wedding gift

Dear Catherine, I hate to disagree with you, but I really, really do. If you do not know the recipients well, buying from a registry could be fine, but I remember trailing along with my mother as a kid when she shopped for wedding gifts for relatives/close friends. She agonized over every choice, weighing what she knew about the recipient's tastes. Mom was a great cook and entertainer, and I think that she frequently had a better sense of what the giftees would end up using and liking more than they did.

In any event, a gift is a gift, not a demand or request. I have several "white elephants" from my own wedding many years ago that I've never used, but that enjoy display space in my home because they reflect the care and love that the givers took in selecting them.

Apr 11, 2014
pikawicca in Cookware

Please suggest a wedding gift

What a fantastic gift!

Apr 11, 2014
pikawicca in Cookware

Lunch near Boston Harbor Hotel?

Thanks so much for all of your very timely suggestions, many and varied. I actually posted this question for a friend, not myself (currently becalmed in the Midwest). Next time I'm in Boston, though, I've got a long list to work from, thanks to you.

Apr 11, 2014
pikawicca in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near Boston Harbor Hotel?

Anything great,? Prefer seafood, but open to anything.

Apr 11, 2014
pikawicca in Greater Boston Area

Raw Garlic - How Do People Do It?

Check your garlic clove. Fresh garlic will not have a green sprout in it (these things are bitter). If your garlic has this green thing, remove it before grating/chopping, etc.

Apr 09, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics
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Baked Goods as Gifts For Teachers, Etc.

I don't know of any school district where it's permissible for a teacher to accept a cash gift from a parent.

Apr 09, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics

Raw Garlic - How Do People Do It?

I don't think the problem is raw garlic. It's too much raw garlic. A little goes a very long way.

Apr 08, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics
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Baked Goods as Gifts For Teachers, Etc.

Restaurant kitchens are inspected, home kitchens are not. Many home cooks have no clue about food safety issues.

Apr 08, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics

Smelly carrots question

Early humans developed a sense of smell that alerted them to poisonous/spoiled foods. In my book if it smells bad, don't eat it.

Apr 04, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics

crack the Galatoire's code

It would be insane to come to NO and do Italian.

Apr 04, 2014
pikawicca in New Orleans

Looking for delicious and inexpensive seafood.

I was, indeed, but you are off the hook.

Apr 03, 2014
pikawicca in San Francisco Bay Area

Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

It did not. She admitted to using cocaine. Also admitted she smoked pot in the presence of her kids.

Apr 03, 2014
pikawicca in Food Media & News

crack the Galatoire's code

Make a res, but show up early and you'll probably score a table downstairs. The 13-year-old could get by without a jacket, but he'll score points if he sports one (as many adolescents still do).

Apr 02, 2014
pikawicca in New Orleans

Toxic Food Combinations [moved from General Topics board]

There is no such thing as "stomach flu." It's either food poisoning or something like norovirus. It's not "the flu."

Apr 01, 2014
pikawicca in Not About Food

Looking for delicious and inexpensive seafood.

Was in SF last week. On the advice of c oliver, I canceled our reservation at Farallon, and made one at Local's Corner. Good call. The two of us enjoyed

1 dozen oysters ($24)

Baby Abalone, Seaweed, Fermented Green Onion ($9)

Cured Halibut, Nasturtium, Asian Pear, Cress ($13)

Smelt, Shizo, Burnt Lemon Aioli ($12) (my favorite)

Great bread, too.

Apr 01, 2014
pikawicca in San Francisco Bay Area
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Food for non Patients during hospital stay

I just went through many months of this. #1, you are going to have other things to focus on rather than food. Just eat in the cafeteria. You should not bring yummy food into the patient's room that the patient cannot eat.

From reading your post, I assume that you have not ever dealt with a family member in the hospital who's going to have major surgery. It's stressful, and not a walk in the park. I suggest that you just lose the food issues and eat what you can find on-site or delivery.

Mar 31, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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What to make and/or have on hand for out of town guests?

I have to believe that you are having us on. Cold, sliced liver? LMAO.

Mar 29, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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Visiting Portland...Andina

The lines at Voodoo were around the block. People with Voodoo boxes were everywhere. What's up with that?

Mar 25, 2014
pikawicca in Metro Portland

Visiting Portland...Andina

This place was really raucous and loud when we showed up for our 7:00 reservation, the reason being that it was packed to the rafters with people of all ages obviously enjoying their food. the only empty table was our reserved two-top.

My son had the green salad with hearts of palm and asparagus. Huge portion, with a delicious and unusual passionfruit vinaigrette. As he tends to judge the quality of a restaurant based on how well they roast a chicken, that is what he ordered. The Pisco-brined chicken was tender and juicy, with a deeply caramelized skin. It was served with escabeche-style pickled onions and quinoa-crusted slices of sweet potato (which we both loved so much that I'm going to try to reproduce them at home).

I opted for 3 small plates, started with the duet of smoked fish. When the waiter described the dish, he must have notice me blench at the mention of escolar (never again!), for he quickly offered to do all-trout. Excellent fish, with just enough smoke to compliment the sweetness of the trout.

Next up was grilled octopus, a favorite of mine that is, unfortunately, frequently poorly cooked. This was not. It was a single rather large section of tentacle, curled onto a skewer and served with chimichurri and potatoes mashed with capers and olive oil. I thought this dish was perfect.

Unfortunately, I could not finish my third dish, which was the best of the lot. The Causa Mixta Nikkei was a tall, molded, lime-scented potato cake, topped with spicy tuna and crab salad, and a crisp quinoa-coated shrimp. This was garnished with a generous portion of avocado.

The bread served at the beginning of the meal was gluten-free and made with quinoa flour. It's the only gluten-free bread I've ever had that didn't fall apart in my hands and turn to sawdust in my mouth. The texture was fine, the flavor a bit lacking, but since the bread was served with 3 very tasty dipping sauces, that wasn't really an issue.

We each had two drinks, stuffed ourselves to the max, and the bill before tip was $107.

I have to ask: Is there any bad food in this town?

Mar 24, 2014
pikawicca in Metro Portland

Relative always ruins good food

The many times I've had guac prepared table-side in Mexico, it's been avocado, lime, and salt. Period.

Mar 23, 2014
pikawicca in General Topics
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Visiting Portland, dinner at Pok Pok

Have wanted to eat here for a long time, finally managed to hit it when the line wasn't 2 hours long. Loved the famous chicken wings, and the spice level of all of the dishes we ordered (spicier than what you can get most places in the U.S.), but the standout was the special of Fiddleheads with Oyster/Fish Sauces, Garlic and Chiles. I love fiddleheads, and these were fresher and crispier than any I've had before. The Asian spices suited them very well.

Mar 22, 2014
pikawicca in Metro Portland

Help! Cream separated in stroganoff!

I turn the heat way down and add the sour cream (straight from the fridge, untempered, all at once) to the pot. Remove from the heat as soon as it is warmed through. This was my mother's technique, and it never failed her or me. (I do use sherry, but no cream or half and half.)

Mar 22, 2014
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Visiting Portland, Breakfast at Jam

Great local scene, extensive breakfast menu. I got there when they opened at 7:30, and by the time I left an hour later they were mostly full.

Difficult to decide what to order, as there were so many interesting choices. In the end I opted for Loki smoked salmon and sourdough toast. My word, that was excellent salmon, some of the best I've had. A ridiculously huge portion, so I brought it back to my Airbnb apartment up the street and popped it in the fridge for snacks.

Mar 22, 2014
pikawicca in Metro Portland

Visiting Portland for a few days...

Dinner at Paley's Place. Have wanted to eat here since I purchased their cookbook years ago, and liked everything I made from it. The restaurant did not disappoint. Lovely space, great service and nice cocktails. I started with a half order of the Fenne/Sunchoke Ravioli -- very rich, but delicious. Followed it up with a half order of Steelhead with Cauliflower Puree and Charred Brussels Sprouts. I liked this a lot, and I love the idea of being able to order half portions. My son had the green salad and Seared Tuna with Freekah Salad. The fish was perfectly cooked, but I'm pretty sure the grain was barley, not freekah (which I've cooked quite a bit). A mere quibble, though, as we both enjoyed our meal.

Mar 21, 2014
pikawicca in Metro Portland

What are we missing? [San Francisco]

Bloomington, IN
There is no good bread here.

Mar 20, 2014
pikawicca in San Francisco Bay Area
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