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San Diego's Filippi's Pizza Grotto

What is good near the Sheraton on Harbor View?

Sep 14, 2007
CHEFBUCK in San Diego

Charlotte Area Suggestions

In Concord about 20 minutes from Charlotte, there is a great Mexican restaurant on 29 called La Taquera. The chips they bring out include 7 different sauces. They really out do the chip part of the meal. Very small place, but comfortable. I know you do not like chains, but there is a fast food burger joint called Cook Out. I used to manage one. THey get fresh gorund beef daily and actually grill their burgers. Taste like you made them out on the grill in you r back yard.

Sep 14, 2007
CHEFBUCK in General South Archive

Ground bay leaf - why not?

The leaves do not break down too easily and can get stuck in your teeth. It has a very strong flavor and can smarten up a sauce or make it bold. The thing about ground Bay leaf is that you can not take it away if too much is added. A whole bay leaf can be omitted when the sauce/ stew is just right.

Sep 14, 2007
CHEFBUCK in General Topics

San Diego's Filippi's Pizza Grotto

Hounds,
I will be going to San Diego for a weekend. I heard Filippi's Pizza Grotto is great. What is so great about it? What should I order? What should I stay away from?

Thanks in advance

Sep 14, 2007
CHEFBUCK in San Diego

Alton Brown

My wife and I feel he has the best show on FN. His wife actually produces the show. They just work well together. I think he is great, because he shows the basics and why they work.

Sep 12, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Food Media & News

What are the rules? Serving fish rare.

Try a Seviche. Add lemon and or lime juice. The acid in the fruits will slightly cook the raw fish, still leaving it raw for the most part.

Sep 12, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Sizzling Rice Soup

The one I am used to having included shrimp, peas, mushrooms and a tomato type broth that was sort of sweet. The sweetness may be from ketchup or maybe honey. Very good soup. The best. The restaurant I had it at has since closed down.I could google it, but you chowhounds have the best.

I checked the recipes, but none of them were tomato based. I may just add ketchup to one of the recipies or v-8.

Sep 10, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

I can't cook crispy bacon

cook it at a lower temperature and have a steak weight to keep it from curling. What also works and is quicker if accessible is to deep fry the bacon. Curls up quite a bit, but frys up in 10 seconds at 350

Sep 08, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Gluten Free Crock Pot Cooking

Does your husband have issues with cornstarch. If not try a cornstarch slurry. Simply mix equal parts cornstarch and water with your fingers until starch disolves. Do this in small batches. Once mixed add to what is a soup. It will not get as thick as with flour, but will thicken the stew nicely

Sep 08, 2007
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Sizzling Rice Soup

I used to go to a restaurant that would serve this soup. I cannot find a recipe anywhere. Can any Chowhounds help?

Sep 08, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Bratwursts in beer-What beer?

The German Bratwurt needs a German beer. I have always liked St Pauli Girl. I simmer the brats in Beer w/ a little coriander. Even start a beer braised cabbage with vinegar, coriander and beer. When half way done put your brats in and simmer for a good 5-10min. Take the out and quickly grill them on high heat just to get grill marks.

Nothing like veal sausage.

Sep 08, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Cooks vs. bakers

Cooks seem to be less text book as bakers are by the book. Baking is a science and you need to understand why certain ingredients work for a bread to rise or not. Cooks combine flavors to accomplish what they want and is not always from following a recipe. For instance, I never follow a recipe. I take pride in altering a standard recipe to call it mine. There are few tricks in baking.

You will find cooks to be more rugged, aggresive, agitated and anqious. A baker seems to be more intellegent, calm and easy to work with. I have been in this business for 16 years. Most everyone will tell you the same things I have.

I am a professional chef

You will never find a chef who is an incredible cook and an incredible baker. I have never seen it. I think the reason is because, bakers use the left side (science/ grammar) of their brain to excel as the cook will use the right side (art/ math) to excel.

Sep 06, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Not About Food

Best Burgers East of the Mississippi?

Try and find Steak and Shake. There are some in North Carolina. Im not sure if they are in any of the states you are visiting.

Sep 04, 2007
CHEFBUCK in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Rinse the rice?

Rinse to wash excess starch, dust and any bugs.

Sauteeing the rice adds a nuttiness to the rice. It absorbs some oil and flavors it and helps to keep from sticking. This is the difference between rice pilaf and plain rice.

Sep 04, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

The best hot dog toppings -- Discuss!

I have heard it all. Is that good kcjones001?

Sep 04, 2007
CHEFBUCK in General Topics

The best hot dog toppings -- Discuss!

The other day I took a sliced kosher dill pickle which fit well in the hot dog bun, with regular mustard. This was a great and fresher alternative to relish.

Sep 04, 2007
CHEFBUCK in General Topics

Mayo-Free Tuna?

Try a Nicoise salad. You can use the canned variety or fresh tuna.

Sep 04, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Lemongrass Cooking Ideas

Use the back of a knife (dull side). The punding will bruise the stalks and realease the oils easier.

Sep 03, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Lemongrass Cooking Ideas

Im sure you know if using it to eat you want to pound the stalks to break up the fibers. I have used them in the past as skewers. They also go great as part of a bouquet garni. WHen making a soup or broth tie together your herbs and lemongrass so you are able to discard later. Makes a great flavor in rice if using the same way. Ive had a soup with lemongrass in it before but other than that, Ive never actually eaten it in anything. It may actually be good to add to wood chips when smoking. Just some thoughts. Skewer some fresh shrimp you have there or chicken and cook over the grill.

Also great in ponzu if cut thin:

Soysauce
sesame oil
chicken broth
honey
garlic
shalots
sesame seeds
lemon grass
green onions

MIx together to taste,. Dilute the soy sauce with other liquids. Use a few drops of sesame oil (can be over powering). Great for ahi tuna and california rolls or sushi. Great flavor.

Sep 03, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Burgers, Brats, and...

Try a broccoli slaw.

make typical slaw dressing, instead of cabbage use:

Broccoli
diced red onion
diced bacon
dried cranberries

Im hooked. This is great for an outdoors meal.

Sep 02, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Any great BBQ recipes?

I have my variation. im just wondering if anyone has a secret recipe that works. The day before I BBQ on the grill. I will Marinate whatever it is with a mixture of BBQ sauce and Italian dressing. The vinegar from the dressing will help marinade the meat with the BBQ sauce. This is so the outside tastes like BBQ as does the outside. Works great and tenderizes the meat. Any other advice?

Sep 02, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Any vegetarian faves for Rosh Hashonah?

Great idea rruben with the seasonal vegetables, baby beets would be great with that also.

Sep 02, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Birthday "Cake" for twins

Two seperate cake idea is great. Puzzle cake could work for this, because you could make part of it chocolate and the other half white cake. This will make a cool effect for the kids

Sep 02, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

How do you do your LOBSTER at home?

When steaming lobster stick a metal skewer through the tail to keep it straight when cooking.

Sep 01, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Noodle Kugel

seared. Only a small piece. I can't handle but so much fois gras.

Sep 01, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Noodle Kugel

Remember that the noodles will absorb so adding more liquid helps with the moisture. The outsides are going to be dry anyway. You may be able to cook it in a water bath like you would for cheese cake. Surround the casserol dish with water 3/4 up the sides while you are baking.You can start by over cooking the noodle so they will not absorb anymore, then add your cottage cheese and Sour cream.

My mother used to make an apple kugel with cinnamon and raisons. I actually made it and served it as an accompaniment for a Fois Gras appetizer for a 5-star hotel I worked at. The chefs loved it and they have actually never had kugel.

I will have to find that recipe for you berna.

Aug 31, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Happy Hour food deals in San Diego?

tnx chick

Aug 31, 2007
CHEFBUCK in San Diego

Birthday "Cake" for twins

Check out some puzzle cake recipes. They are too difficult to explain on the CHOW, but I am sure you can find them in any large cake cookbook.

The cakes present a very appealing look to kids. When you cut a slice the cake has a checkerboard appearance. If you've never seen it you must chek it out.

Aug 31, 2007
CHEFBUCK in Home Cooking

Happy Hour food deals in San Diego?

Ill be going to San Diego the end of the month. I have never been, but I have heard alot about Brigantine. Is it close to the Sheraton near the marina?

Aug 31, 2007
CHEFBUCK in San Diego

Venice, Florence & Rome - Help!!!

Check out Harry's Bar in Venice. When you get to the square it is located behind the left corner of the square. Excellent Risotto and Belinnis. Nice history also. I remember in Florence we had steak, which you do not find in alot of Italy. Rome has great pizza restaurants. Sorry I do not know many names of restaurants.

Aug 31, 2007
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