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Turkey Day Live

I'm a total stranger but your happy news (and the way you described it) made me cry, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and a heartfelt congratulations.

Nov 30, 2013
jhuston in Home Cooking

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

"I've also recently used food to help me lose 50lbs"

This might be off-topic but I so loved this comment. Food is not the enemy, but we've created a falsely adversarial relationship with it. I too am astonished at how little people know about making healthy food choices, but of course I've spent about 20 years reading about food as a hobby and it was only recently (relatively) that I had my own epiphanies regarding processed foods, factory farming, etc. Good luck with the blog if you decide to proceed with it.

Nov 20, 2012
jhuston in Not About Food

What's on your grill?

Hi Island, thought I'd jump in and offer up my Mom's spicy pork rib marinade - very easy and delicious. I'm Korean too and I wouldn't be surprised if each household has different variations on the theme but here's ours:

2 heaping T kochu jang paste (I usually buy Assi brand, comes in a rectangular red plastic tub with a snap-on flip lid and the label reads "Hot Pepper Paste")
½ T sugar (brown sugar)
1 T soy sauce
1 T water
scallions, chopped
Garlic powder (my mom is fond of garlic powder, I usually sub in minced fresh garlic)
A few drops of sesame oil (optional)

The thick and meaty country pork spareribs work best, but I've used butterflied pork tenderloin for a much leaner version and it's still amazing. Sometimes I just dump it in a crockpot with the sauce for a delicious winter variation. Good luck!

Jul 02, 2011
jhuston in Home Cooking

Does anyone else do their vacation souvenir shopping at local grocery stores?

Thank you rosepoint, the cooler bag sounds genius, I'll have to try this (if I can think ahead and break my habit of procrastinating until the last minute when I have to pack).

Apr 28, 2011
jhuston in General Topics

Does anyone else do their vacation souvenir shopping at local grocery stores?

rosepoint, would you mind sharing how you got the frozen chiles home? i would love to do that but don't know how i'd manage to keep them frozen en route. TIA!

Apr 26, 2011
jhuston in General Topics

Is there a better method for oiling grill racks?

Those silicon brushes mentioned by a few posts above are wonderful. The ones I have by OXO have a cool design, featuring a row of flexible slats punched through with holes, which is then sandwiched between silicon "bristles". I suppose this design allows the brushes to hold onto greater amounts of liquid -- oil, or basting liquid, etc. Good luck with oiling your grills, let us know if you find a solution you like! Personally I'm in the no-oil camp.

oh, and the Weber website recommends that you NOT burn off and clean the grates after cooking, only before. They say the food/oil residue helps season the grates, and so suggest that you just preheat before cooking and brush the grates clean with a wire brush before putting the food on.

Aug 30, 2010
jhuston in Home Cooking

Lower cal salty snacks?

Bikery: " The problem is that after a pound or so of these. . . " made me laugh so hard. I too naturally reach for quality healthy snacks, it's always the excess quantity I struggle with. Someone above mentioned dried squid/octopus, which I agree is a great low-cal and satisfying snack. Plus it's so chewy that you get downright tired eating it, which tends to moderate consumption.

Aug 23, 2010
jhuston in Home Cooking

Cracking an egg into soup

I enthusiastically agree with all of soypower's suggestions! I love the richness that the barely-cooked egg adds to super-spicy soups, but I also drop an egg into very lean vegetable broths to turn them into light meals.

Aug 23, 2010
jhuston in Home Cooking

The City Jam Scam

what luniz said

Aug 19, 2010
jhuston in Features

Bistro 222 in Dearborn, MI

I really like Cedarland in Dearborn. I agree that La Pita seems very mediocre compared to the wonderful alternatives we have in Detroit.
http://www.cedarlandrestaurants.com/

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La Pita
22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

Aug 18, 2010
jhuston in Great Lakes

under-used treasure or garbage? what ingredient do you think people are wasting?

oh of course! generous tips are good karma no matter what. plus i worked briefly as a server and it was one of the most eye-opening and demanding jobs ever, so i'm appreciative of extra service. it's the crab, lobster, and shrimp shells that I hoard for stock.

Jul 31, 2010
jhuston in Home Cooking

under-used treasure or garbage? what ingredient do you think people are wasting?

Whenever I have dinner at our local seafood restaurant, I ask the server to pack up the leftover shrimp/lobster/crab shells in a doggie bag. If I'm with my family I throw theirs in, too, though this sort of mortifies my sons (my parents, on the other hand, regard this with approval, as they regard all things thrifty). The folks at the restaurant have always been very nice about it. I hope I'm not being inappropriate or rude, but ever since making the wonderful shellfish stock from the Simply Recipes site, I cannot bear to see those gorgeous shells go to waste. I store them in the freezer bags until I have enough, then roast them briefly (to intensify the flavor) before making the stock.

Jul 25, 2010
jhuston in Home Cooking

Livonia, Mi. area visitor seeks advise

A couple months ago I went to Cedarland in Dearborn and it blew me away -- I think it would be about a 25 min drive or so from Livonia. Here's the link and info:

13007 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-4849
cedarlandrestaurants.com

The BEST Middle Eastern food I've ever had; I'd recommend Cedarland over LaShish (another popular local mini-chain for Middle Eastern). Apparently Cedarland has a location in Birmingham which would be much closer to you, but I can't vouch for it since I've never been there. The website pretty much captures the no-frills vibe at the Dearborn location; a very friendly family place that's beloved by the local community.

Sep 04, 2007
jhuston in General Midwest Archive

Chicago Chowhound - Check my work

Holy Cow Drosa! Any chance you're a Virgo like me? We get a bad rap for being meticulously detail-oriented to the point of being anal retentive, but our travel companions are usually very happy beneficiaries of our research.

At any rate, I'm happy to spot a kindred spirit. Nice work and safe travels!

Sep 04, 2007
jhuston in Greater Boston Area

Sriracha Chili Sauce Condiment or Crack?!

Simple lentil soup no longer tastes complete to me without a good squirt of sriracha or spoonful of huy fong chili garlic sauce. Perfectly perks up the mellow-rich lentils.

Sep 04, 2007
jhuston in General Topics

The worst thing I have eaten lately - Odwalla Bar

My own pancakes from yesterday morning. Horrible! In my mind I was imagining lemon-ricotta pancakes but the finished result was so bad . . . End of the long holiday weekend, short on pantry items (including milk) . . . I guess I stretched the limits of improvisation too far and it bit me in the rear, hard.

Somehow it's more disappointing to me when it's a homemade mistake.

Sep 04, 2007
jhuston in General Topics

Help! Easy alternative to brats/sausages on the grill?

Tuna steaks are super easy and so very healthy. They're fine just brushed with olive oil, s&p, and grilled just a couple minutes per side. If you want to jazz it up a little, they marinate beautifully in just 20-30 minutes or so.

Sometimes if I'm thinking ahead, I'll buy a flank steak on the weekend and put it in a ziploc with some marinade and stick the whole thing in the fridge. My intention is always to cook it within the next day but I'm a terribly lazy and procrastinating cook, so several days sometimes pass before I get around to grilling it. The extended marinating probably breaks down the texture somewhat, but the taste (and ease of it) never disappoint me. Again, super easy and quick (I never grill it more than 4 min/side for a nice medium rare -- make sure you let it rest 10 min before slicing thinly). Happy eating!

Sep 03, 2007
jhuston in Home Cooking

what to bring on a 12 hour flight

Regarding smelly foods: I adore eating pungent, spicy foods, having come from a culture that seems to specialize in them. But PLEASE realize that being bothered by strong-smelling food on a flight is not a choice. My late husband underwent years of chemotherapy that made him highly sensitive to smells that had once been pleasant and even delicious to him. He did not choose to become blindingly and horrifyingly nauseated by odors he was exposed to -- it just happened to him, one of the many things he could not control. I'm sure so many of you can relate in one way or another, but for those of you who don't, please consider that some day you might be in those very same shoes. Please please please be kind and think of others around you.

String cheese, carrot sticks, cucumber & apple slices, beef jerky, pretzels all are fun. Twizzlers are a gross treat I allow myself only in airports and on planes. I flew a 14-hour flight from Chicago to Seoul on Korean Air Lines and none of us, including my two young-adult sons, wanted it to end. I have NEVER experienced superior service of that caliber on an American carrier. I could go on and on, but to stay on topic I'll just say that on top of everything else, the food was delicious. I've been recommending Korean Air Lines to everyone since our return.

Have a safe and enjoyable flight!

Oh, one final tip. In my vacation-minded gluttony, I stuffed myself with a huge Italian beef sandwich at the airport just before boarding the flight. Big mistake. Don't ask your digestive system to handle a giant meal when you're going to be confined for a lengthy period away from your usual routine and without exercise. Uncomfortable.

Sep 01, 2007
jhuston in Not About Food

Best crockpot recipe

Never tried foil, but I'm wondering if placing the chicken on a rack (or an improvised rack) would solve the drowning problem.

Aug 29, 2007
jhuston in Home Cooking

Best crockpot recipe

Wow Davwud, I'm Korean yet it never occurred to me to throw kimchee in the crockpot. I bet it would be delicious. Could add more garlic, tofu (firm), reconstituted dried shiitake mushrooms -- many ways to have fun with your idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

Aug 25, 2007
jhuston in Home Cooking

Which healthy substitutes actually taste better to you?

Steel cut oats vs. regular oatmeal. The first time I made steel cut oats, I did it as a "healthier" alternative to regular old-fashioned oats. I was prepared to "tolerate" it for the sake of feeling nutritionally virtuous, but then wow! I was totally and happily blown away by the taste and texture. Like night and day. Now I make sweet as well as savory versions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. . . As for the little sugary packets of instant oatmeal -- horrible. My mom used to buy those and even as a child I thought they were too sweet and gummy. Yuck.

Aug 25, 2007
jhuston in General Topics

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

Sales -- for a small biotech that specializes in researching/developing and manufacturing cancer therapies.

I'm in love with all of you. Discovered CH 2 days ago and am obsessed, wish i could invite you all to a massive party here in mid-Michigan which feels pretty desolate food-wise, sometimes. Reading everyone's posts feels like meeting family for the first time!!

Aug 24, 2007
jhuston in Not About Food

Your favorite sandwich. Ones you make at home.

Takes a small bit of effort (more than my usual sandwich) but SO worth it, and once you've made the components they can be stashed in the fridge for quick re-heating and eating:

roasted eggplant slices
tapenade (made with lots of olives, garlic, anchovies, almonds all ground up)
aioli (more garlic!)

Spread one side of a warmed baguette with the aioli, the other with the tapenade, squish the warm eggplant in between (maybe add some fresh basil) and EAT. Messy but such delicious flavor combos.

Aug 22, 2007
jhuston in General Topics

The best hot dog toppings -- Discuss!

Don't overlook the rice, either. Its midly mellow sweetness complements the salty hot dog flavor perfectly! Oh yum.

Aug 21, 2007
jhuston in General Topics

The best hot dog toppings -- Discuss!

The Korean Way:
Steamed white rice on the side, with piles of kimchi on top. I grew up in the Midwest thinking this was a weird combo I'd invented, and hid it from my friends because I was embarrassed. Imagine my delight when I went to Hawaii and discovered that every corner convenience store/gas station sells little take-out containers of this exact combo!

Aug 21, 2007
jhuston in General Topics