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Purchase veal?

They usually have it at Lund's - always ground, usually shank, and I think they keep frozen, pounded cutlets, as well. There are, I'm sure, better sources in the Cities, like Clancey's, but no personal experience there.

Good balsamic vinegar locally?

Cook's of Crocus Hill has a ton of different ones, and lets you taste a lot of them. Pricey, but if you're looking for a lot of variety, they've got it.

New Kitchen, ideas

I don't think you need to get stainless just because everything else is. Also, I don't know if you have a stainless sink now, but they have a tendency to always look dirty, in my opinion - especially the polished ones. It might not be the kind of thing that bothers you, but it's worth considering.

Jun 29, 2015
gildeddawn in Cookware

Critique my Vienna and Salzburg picks, pls

I would also add - don't miss Cafe Tomaselli in Salzburg for coffee/chocolate and cake in the afternoon, ditto for Demel in Vienna. We absolutely loved both - though Tomaselli is perhaps the more charming of the two. I recommend what was translated to us as "Coffee Cream," but I think was Kardinalschnitte.

Jun 27, 2015
gildeddawn in Europe

Pork chop help!!!

Ditto to all previous advice - brine first for a half hour (mix 4 tablespoons of salt with 1 quart cold water in a Ziploc until dissolved, then drop in pork chops), remove chops and pat dry with paper towels, then coat a skillet with a film of olive oil, heat over medium-high heat, and sear until done (probably, as suggested above, about two minutes a side).

Jun 16, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Cheese similar to "bellavitano""TJ's "toscano?"

I agree with the asiago assessment. That's what plain, un-wine-soaked BellaVitano is labeled at my grocery store.

Jun 13, 2015
gildeddawn in Cheese

Parlour burger

Man, you HAD me at American cheese.

Filling for a cake with strawberry swiss meringue buttercream frosting?

You could also do a fruit mousse, using fruit puree, whipped cream, and gelatin. I love it as a cake filling.

Jun 11, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Best pick-your-own strawberry farm?

I know it's not the season yet, but I was wondering if anyone had opinions on a good (or several good) pick-your-own strawberry farms within fairly short driving distance of the Cities (not more than 45 minutes, probably). We have some friends coming up the third weekend in June, and we thought it might be a fun thing to do - plus, I want to make jam.

Any thoughts?

Also, they have an almost-two-year-old who loves strawberries...so somewhere where the staff won't freak out if a toddler eats some berries before they're paid for would be good.

Can't taste or smell anything

Man, my ENT was also a callous jerk about the whole thing. He was like, "Yeah, this happens sometimes. You'll just have to live with it." I mean, I know, medically, he couldn't help me, but a little understanding of how much it sucked would have been nice.

May 28, 2015
gildeddawn in Not About Food
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Pasta in Venice?

We really enjoyed a dinner at Antica Sacrestia, and they had a nice selection. Incredible carbonara - but a lot of their pasta dishes are, for some reason, only available for two, so if you're traveling alone, it might not work that well.

May 26, 2015
gildeddawn in Italy

Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

Definitely some good potential here - makes me think of doing kind of an "all side dishes" meal, with several protein options, which I think might work quite well.

May 24, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

I think fried fish is a great idea - I'm putting that on the list.

May 24, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

Fish is definitely a good call, though I think we'd probably be better off doing pan-fried, which will make it more accessible to the guest with plainer taste.

For more context, I think strata would be too squishy for the pickier guest, but I think omelets/eggs to order for 6 is totally doable. I'm a dab hand with omelets. Waffles or pancakes are a good call, though, too.

Thanks!

May 24, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

Unfortunately, I'm sure lasagna would fall into the "too sauce-y/squishy" category for him. Which is a shame, because it's a great suggestion otherwise.

May 24, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

They're both coming at the same time, so you see my problem.

May 24, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Can't taste or smell anything

Mine was definitely gradual - sometimes so gradual that I couldn't tell if it was changing, and it was only looking back on how it was before that I was like, "Oh, this is way better." So, I'd say, yes, little whiffs of things here and there is just how it was for me. I never had that "All at once" thunderclap return. If you can smell little bit of things, I think that sounds like at least a possibly positive sign. Good luck!

May 24, 2015
gildeddawn in Not About Food
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Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

So, we're having two different sets of guests stay with us in a couple of weeks, and I'd like to cook dinner for them at least two, if not three, nights. Now, before we get into an etiquette discussion, I'm sure they'd all be mortified that I'm even asking this question, and would insist that anything I want to feed them is just fine, but I want to be a good hostess and make them food they actually want to eat.

So, one of the guests has quite plain tastes - I know he likes roasted meats, especially chicken, and vegetables, plain salad, most breakfast food, and things like pizza and burgers. I know he doesn't like most food that's semi or fully liquid (soup, stew, curry, pasta with sauce, etc.) or things that are heavily spiced or otherwise exotic. (Herbs seems to generally be fine, spices less so.)

The other guests are quite adventurous eaters, who avoid meat, especially chicken, most of the time, but are also fine with eating meat, especially as a flavoring element (bacon in soup, etc.). I know they eat a lot vegetables and beans, especially soup and curry.

So, how can I scare up a couple of meals that fit this somewhat challenging restrictions?

My ideas so far:
Grill one night - a variety of vegetables and proteins. I think this one's solid.

Maybe a salad bar with different proteins and dressings added at everyone's discretion to their own bowls?

Breakfast for dinner, possibly, but I'd want to find a way to add vegetables. Maybe omelets/eggs to order.

Any advice would be much appreciated. And again, I'm sure they'd all want me to make whatever I feel like, but what I feel like is making food my guests will enjoy.

May 24, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Help with make-head/freeze then reheat/serve techniques for a party food

Sounds like others have had some good experiences with pulled pork, especially if you freeze it in the braising liquid - so, I think that sounds like it'll go ok. (Although it really will be perfectly safe for a couple of days in the fridge, if you've got the time, and never-frozen meat is always better.)

As for replacing the mac and cheese, there must be a way. Fresh coleslaw (refrigerated, not frozen), is a great suggestion - you could also do refrigerated pasta salad, or bean salad. With any of those, you don't have to worry about freezing and thawing.

May 13, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Help with make-head/freeze then reheat/serve techniques for a party food

Freezing and thawing the pulled pork is going to hurt it - actually, that's true of the mac and cheese, too. These aren't great options for making ahead and reheating. Have you thought about maybe a different menu, or is locked in?

If you do have to go ahead with it, I'd definitely par cook the noodles for the mac and cheese, and leave them partially underdone - that should help.

For the pulled pork - any chance you could just cook it a couple of days ahead and avoid freezing it?

May 12, 2015
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Anchor Fish

How long does the wait tend to be? Say, at 6:00 on a Friday?

no-bake dessert challenge

Panna cotta
Fruit mousse
Some key lime pie recipes don't call for baking, also.

Williams Sonoma gift card - what would you do?

The scraper blade is awesome!

Apr 24, 2015
gildeddawn in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

I got this. I tried it. It is ridiculously good. I should not know about it.

Apr 18, 2015
gildeddawn in Chains
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Wien - Dinner recommendations - week of April 20-25

We were there two weeks ago and enjoyed Figlmuller (quite casual, classic Viennese, friendly service) and Ofenloch (less casual, but not terribly formal, more modern takes but plenty of classics, very nice and attentive service). Figlmuller didn't require a reservation on a weeknight, but on a weekend probably would have. We reserved at Ofenloch the same day via our concierge with no trouble, so I don't think we really needed to.

No trouble with smoke anywhere we went, except the ground floor of one cafe.

Apr 14, 2015
gildeddawn in Europe

your favorite Twin Cities Irish breakfast

Kieran's has one, too, but I haven't had it - I know it includes black pudding and white pudding, though.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

Oh, my god. That sounds amazing. I'm going to have to find it next time I go - thanks for the heads-up!

Apr 09, 2015
gildeddawn in Chains

Can't taste or smell anything

Hey Danielle - check out the bottom of the thread - unfortunately, for me it took several months to improve, and still, a year later, isn't normal, but is much better. But others have improved a lot more quickly, so don't freak out too much yet. (I know, easier said than done.)

Apr 05, 2015
gildeddawn in Not About Food

Can't taste or smell anything

I'm sorry - it really sucks. If it's gone on for a couple of weeks, it's worth a visit to the ENT - there are other things that it could be aside from nerve damage, and they may be able to help.

If not, though, don't give up hope - mine took forever to start coming back, and I thought it wasn't going to, but then things (very gradually) started to change.

Apr 05, 2015
gildeddawn in Not About Food

Can't taste or smell anything

Hi - I'm here to assuage your burning curiosity. (Sorry for the delay - I was on vacation last week.)

The answer is mixed, but mostly good. Now, a year later, my sense of smell is sort of bizarre. I can smell some things normally - grass, pine, and natural scents are fine, as are Asian cooking smells like soy sauce and ginger, and things like that. Bathroom smells, to put it politely, are still very strange (sort of like wet cardboard?), as are cooking smells like meat roasting or bread baking. Scented soap and shampoo and things (even if they're only lightly scented) smell chemical and pretty awful to me, also, where they didn't before.

As far as taste, I'm happy to report it's almost normal, with the exception of a few things - braised or slow roasted meat does NOT taste the same at all, and, in fact, has an off-putting flavor to me now, almost a little rancid. (Which is a shame, because I used to really love it.) Bacon and other slow-smoked meat isn't very good, either, and mostly just tastes of salt. But, as far as I can tell, almost everything else is normal, including meat cooked quickly, like steak, and meat cured without smoke, like prosciutto.

So, a pretty good outcome, although I certainly wish the rest would come back to normal. A strange experience all around, really.