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"happy hour" in the western suburbs of Chicago

Alcohol related Happy Hour is illegal in Illinois. Are you looking for a food type HH?

Apr 15, 2015
dulcie54 in Chicago Area

What's your ??????????

It isn't the employee's fault. One of my offspring works for a large furniture/housewares retailer. They GET WRITTEN UP for falling below a certain percentage of captured phone numbers or email addresses. Express your displeasure to the management or owners, but don't blame the front line employee.

Baking Bread

Irish Wheaten Bread is very quick to make...no rising. It bakes in an hour, tastes great out of the oven and also keeps well.

2 cups Self Rising Flour
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup neutral vegetable oil

Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the buttermilk and oil together and add to the dry. Stir until buttermilk is incorporated but don't over mix. I use a Kitchen Aid, but hand stirring works.
Turn onto a parchment covered sheet pan and shape the loaf into a round or oval or whatever. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
I also sometimes bake it in my smaller Le Creuset cocotte and get a crispier bottom and a true round shape.

Mar 12, 2015
dulcie54 in Home Cooking

Cooler of beer as checked baggage

Are you taking an actual case of beer to your friend? Or just a few bottles or bombers? We usually put bombers in DH's checked bag...wrapped in bubble wrap and then clothes. We travel a lot and always take beers to friends. We've never had anything break. You can also get a type of box that's meant to be checked. It's insulated and has cushioned dividers. In fact, Alaska Airlines had a recent promotion of no checked bag fee for a travel box of Oregon wine when flying out of PDX. I've usually seen the travel boxes at wineries. We have one and we UPS it (empty) to our destination, and then check it on the return. When it's full of wine and beer, lol.

Mar 06, 2015
dulcie54 in Not About Food

What do you think of this new Sous Vide cooker?

Exactly. I got my induction burner for about $80.

Feb 26, 2015
dulcie54 in Cookware

What do you think of this new Sous Vide cooker?

This appears to be nothing more than an induction burner. I don't see any way the water bath circulates. If you really want to cook sous vide, I would go with Poly Science.

Feb 26, 2015
dulcie54 in Cookware

First Timer: Wining & Dining Portland (+Willamette Valley)

There aren't any restaurant/wineries in the Valley. Thistle and Valley Provisions in McMinnville are good. For wineries, try to visit White Rose, Archery Summit, and the Carlton Wine Studio. Avoid the touristy places along the main drag.
In Portland, you might want to check out some of the urban wineries. I actually had a very good meal at SE Wine Collective. Oso is interesting. Cooper's Hall is a good concept for trying wines but the food is a little meh.
Portland is know for its beer scene. Hair of the Dog brewing not only has great beer, but the owner/brewer is a CIA trained chef. A good lunch spot. Very good BBQ at People's Pig in North Portland. And it's an interesting neighborhood. I enjoy Tasty N' Sons for dinner or brunch.
These are largely more casual spots...someone else will need to weigh in on fine dining. Oh, if you really want "Old Portland" check out The Ringside. Old school menu, but it's been around for years.

Feb 18, 2015
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

Board Consensus on Sable?

Thank you for saying this. I used to read the Chicago board quite a bit and actually dared to post a few times. My difference of opinion resulted in several unpleasant responses from a regular contributor. The mods must be aware. But it's too bad that visitors to Chicago may end up thinking that those constant recommendations from one or two people are all that we have to offer.

Feb 17, 2015
dulcie54 in Chicago Area
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Which over the range microwave to buy?

I currently have an over the range micro and it needs replacing. Since I don't have exterior ventilation in my condo, I'm okay with the micro hood combo. I'm looking for one with a bright light, and hopefully, the ability to modify (or even silence) the various beeps and tones that go along with its operation. Other than that, just basic micro functions.

Feb 10, 2015
dulcie54 in Cookware

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

I gave up baking years ago, but now that I'm watching the Great British Baking Show, I have felt inspired to give it a go. Will probably start with a lemon cake.
BTW, is there a thread on Chowhound for the show?

Feb 03, 2015
dulcie54 in Home Cooking
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Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

Nadine3600-You do need to buy the pods for a Nespresso from Nespresso. You can also sign up for auto shipment.
A Nespresso is far superior to a Keurig. But the pods are more expensive. We have a Nespresso in our home, one in my DH's office, and a small one we travel with.
The French press is made with the water from the kettle. It does not require a stovetop.

Feb 03, 2015
dulcie54 in General Topics

have you had any luck with Food52 recipes?

I would say my results were just average. Nothing exceptional, and I never discovered anything that went into my regular rotation. Another thing kind of bothered me...several times I saw a recipe posted that was a pretty obvious rip off of a well known recipe authored by someone else. And the whole cliquey vibe was kind of a turn off.

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

If it's a "nicer" vacation rental, I would upgrade the coffee maker to a Cuisinart or something similar. A grinder and beans would be nice as well. I stayed at a cabin recently that was outfitted with a French press, beans and grinder, teabags, and electric tea kettle. If you really want to get high end and impressive I would go with a Nespresso. They do have a model that makes coffee as well as espresso.

Jan 29, 2015
dulcie54 in General Topics

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

I rather naively chimed in on this thread early on saying I find Ziploc to be effective and useful for sous vide. Neglected to mention that my DH is a Phd in chemistry (Oxford) and had concluded that it is generally safe.

Jan 16, 2015
dulcie54 in Cookware

Master Shopping List

I use Workflowy a lot. In it, I've created a master list for each store I go to i.e., Costco, Whole Foods, Standard Market, Jewel, Trader Joe's because each one has some items I only get at that specific store. I also have a category called "daily". That is where I note things I may need that are specific to a new recipe or new household need.

Jan 16, 2015
dulcie54 in General Topics

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

I frequently use Zip lock freezer bags for sous vide. I get good results and they are much cheaper and much less bother than the vac sealer.

Jan 15, 2015
dulcie54 in Cookware

How to deal with Queen of the Boards?

There's someone in my city who is all over the Board. I don't know if it's a she or a he. Snarky, argumentative, know-it-all. And also constantly recommending a particular (mediocre IMHO) restaurant. After a nasty run in when he/she argued with me about the amount of time and traffic there might be near a certain spot, I just gave up. No longer post or comment for my city. It's too bad one person can really ruin the whole Chowhound experience.

Dec 22, 2014
dulcie54 in Site Talk
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Christmas Eve

Great! Thanks. We love that place. Probably see you there.

Nov 25, 2014
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

Christmas Eve

I am a Portland native living in Chicago. We come into town frequently and stay in NE (my dad's place). We are flying in on Christmas Eve this year, arriving around 7:30 PM. Our traditional first stop after leaving the airport is Roscoe's. I know they will be closed by then. Any other ideas for beer centric, casual-ish that may be open?

Nov 17, 2014
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

Anyone know where Harney & Sons tea may be sold?

Amazon has it.

Nov 17, 2014
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

Retire where?

You might want to check out Portland. The winters are mild (albeit wet), it's very walkable and public trans is great. And bikes. And food. Not to mention the whole of the Pacific Northwest as your playground for short trips.

Oct 23, 2014
dulcie54 in Not About Food
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Does anyone really LOVE sous vide?

It sounds like you may have had bad SV. We have a Polyscience Sous Vide and love it. I cook off proteins in the SV and then freeze them. Defrost (by water bath) and then sear or broil to add color. A thick steak will be perfectly cooked from edge to edge. Pork chops will be moist and tender. Some things are less successful. Salmon is not good. But a perfectly cooked custardy egg on toast is wonderful.

Oct 09, 2014
dulcie54 in General Topics

Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig

If you want a capsule machine, Nespresso is the only way to go. They now make a coffee version...not just espresso. We have a Nespresso at home, and DH has one in his office. Dependable and produces a great cup. For drip coffee, simple is better. The Chemex makes very good coffee, if you use very good beans. I've had one for almost thirty years. The Cuisinart Grind and Brew in my office made average coffee and then broke. The replacement Keurig broke very quickly. The new Keurig is average at best in output.

Apr 14, 2014
dulcie54 in Cookware

Have you ever lost your cooking Mojo?

My mojo is definitely flagging. Not sure why. I'm kind of worried because we are headed to the UK soon and I usually do a LOT of cooking there at my FIL's place. They look forward to it. And I'm just not feeling it. I better start training!

Apr 11, 2014
dulcie54 in Home Cooking

East Coaster heading to PDX

I forgot a new place, NWIPA. Very chill vibe, small but good list, and some food surprises. We had a beautiful plate of fresh shucked oysters there.

Apr 11, 2014
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

East Coaster heading to PDX

For beer and food, Hair of the Dog. For breweries, The Commons and Cascade Barrel House (fantastic sours). Apex, Bailey's and Roscoe's are great beer bars. Apex has 50 taps. If you have time to travel east to Hood River (about an hour), definitely check out Pfriem. Avoid touristy breweries like Deschutes, Rogue, and (OMG the worst) Base Camp. Burnside, Breakside, Migration, Coalition, Urban Hopworks, Laurelwood are MOR. Beer is okay but not outstanding. BTW, Michael Jackson's (the beer guy, not the pop star) favorite brewery in the US was Hair of the Dog. The brewer is also a CIA trained chef. A great casual food and beer spot (voted best sandwich somewhere) is Lardo. And food trucks. That's a whole other post. Also a grim stretch of 82nd on the east side is home to some of the best ethnic restaurants in PDX. Apex is my desert island bar...hope for a nice day and the patio is great. There is a good Mexican place next door that delivers to the bar. Have fun!

Apr 11, 2014
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

Profile of the Danish twins- "A Fight Is Brewing"

Wow. Great piece. I had no idea they were related. Two of my favorite brewers. And Three Floyd's of course...

Mar 26, 2014
dulcie54 in Beer

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Just call everyone dude.

Mar 25, 2014
dulcie54 in Not About Food

Oven baked salmon help

This is my go to method for salmon. Zest a couple lemons, add some brown sugar and alder smoked sea salt to the zest. Taste the mixture for the right balance. Turn your broiler on and let it get screaming hot. Brush some olive oil on the salmon. Pat the zest/sugar/salt mixture on top of the fish. Stick under the broiler. Be sure to watch it...but most of the time it's done in around 7 minutes. It's moist, but with a bit of caramelization from the broiler. And the topping doesn't drown or mask the salmon flavor. Just makes it better.

Mar 25, 2014
dulcie54 in Home Cooking
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What country makes the best beers?

Portland. Lol.

Mar 20, 2014
dulcie54 in Beer
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