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Favorite Chicken Salad Mix-Ins?

Diced red apple, blanched carrot, and celery. The piece de resistance is diced marinated beets. Delicious pink chicken salad. Lol.

May 27, 2015
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Main dish suggestions?

Keeping with the Japanese theme you might consider Miso-glazed Broiled Salmon. Fool proof if you know how to time fish.

May 22, 2015
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Is it necessary to marinade a top round steak?

Not necessary, but a bold marinade with EVOO wouldn't hurt.

May 21, 2015
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Tired, and Bored With Meat, Poultry, and Fish - Uses For Veggie Fish Cakes

I'm familiar with fish cake, and balls, but because the word "veggie" preceded "fish cake" I was thinking vegetarian. No?! Lol.

May 20, 2015
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Help/Suggestions for Veggie Fish Cakes

Ok, I might be over thinking this. I've had Thai tod mun that are made with fish paste, green beans, and red curry paste. Also the infamous fish ball soup, also made with fish paste. So are these made with fish paste, AND includes veggies?! My initial thought was that this was a vegetarian product. Possibly a soy product?

Help/Suggestions for Veggie Fish Cakes

Using it for stir-fry, and soups are obvious. But it dawned on me that I don't know what they're made of/from. Realize that too much of anything is not good, but exactly what would I be ingesting? Purchased at Korean market. No ingredient list. Your favorite preparations are appreciated as well. TIA.

Tired, and Bored With Meat, Poultry, and Fish - Uses For Veggie Fish Cakes

Using it for stir-fry, and soups are obvious. But it dawned on me that I don't know what they're made of/from. Realize that too much of anything is not good, but exactly what would I be ingesting? Purchased at Korean market. No ingredient list. Your favorite preparations are appreciated as well. Will post on V&V board too. TIA.

May 19, 2015
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ISO Bay Area restaurants with delicious grilled octopus preparations.

Thanks for PA recommendation.

Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

Have used this recipe for numerous occasions including catering. Not only delicious, but a gorgeous presentation as well. I've subbed in whipped herbed goat cheese for the ricotta mixture. A drizzle of balsamic reduction, or romesco sauce to finish is perfection. Hearty entree serve with buttery couscous, or gnocchi.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

ISO Bay Area restaurants with delicious grilled octopus preparations.

Excellent preparation at Lure + Till in the Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto. Seared to tender deliciousness, accompanied with white beans, olives, lemon confit, on a bed of chicories. Pairs beautifully with the Domaine Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Chardonnay (BTG). Want now.

Biggest Tip Ever?

$30 on a $47 bill. Too much wine that night. Lol. I wasn't certain until the next morning when I looked at the receipt. Thought the $14 item was the tax I assume. Oops.

May 14, 2015
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Finishing or dipping sauces

I'm with hotoynoodle. Fruity would pair beautifully with jerk and lend beautiful color as well. Mango/pineapple would be perfect. A simple purée, or coulis with minced mint. Voila.

May 10, 2015
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Three nights in Monterey

Le St. Tropez Bistro in Carmel for the moulles, escargot, and pate. Linger with your wine on the sunny patio, or charming dining room. One of few places that have veal sweetbreads on the menu. Bon appetit.

May 06, 2015
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Children of the Corn: Baby Corn, Demystified

Thai curry, garnish for chilled corn soup, atop salad.

Apr 30, 2015
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Fried Chicken Assistance

+1. Foolproof.

Apr 29, 2015
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Eggplant parm and.....

Oven-roasted zucchini, and yellow crook-neck squashes.

Apr 28, 2015
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Pork Loin freezer meals.

Agree. Tonkatsu - Japanese preparation of breaded, then fried cutlet.

Apr 28, 2015
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Making ground beef crunchy

+1 high heat, and let crust develop. Sugar in marinade will make it Carmelize and get crunchy.

Apr 27, 2015
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An Interactive Gumbo

Show us your gumbo! Wild rice seafood gumbo with oyster topper. Has been awhile. Gumbo soon!

LIGHT sides with ribs

Assorted grilled veggies. If you like peppers the small sweet peppers are Deelicious. Asparagus is in season, as well as artichokes.

Apr 24, 2015
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Ideas for Thai chlii paste

Thai Red Curry Mussels such as these.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bo...

Apr 21, 2015
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Onion and Garlic Powder Question

Powdered garlic/onion dissolves almost instantly when incorporated into any dish, hot or cold and will not affect the texture to whatever food it has been added to. Granulated garlic/onion takes a few minutes to become incorporated and may leave a gritty residue if not completely dissolved. I always buy granulated and use my spice grinder to convert to powder when needed.

Apr 20, 2015
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bbq menu

Burgers with various accoutrement, potato or macaroni salad, bbq baked beans, watermelon.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

"All she does is beach, beach, beach". Lingered at the beach too long so rather then a lamb braise, it became grilled boneless leg of lamb with blistered bells, and eggplant. Rosemary, garlic, and lemon zest were applied 90 minutes prior to grilling. Plenty of time to make a tzatziki.

Help with braised lamb ideas

Reporting back. Lol, I'm eating crow, rather a "hunk of grilled meat". Lingered at the beach too long so in order to get dinner on the table at an acceptable hour I went the grilled route. Simply drizzled with EVOO, then smeared with chopped rosemary, minced garlic and lemon zest. Peppers, and eggplant were tossed with walnut oil, and balsamic reduction then thrown on the grill to blistered crunchiness. Pita bread, and tzatziki made for a utensil-free meal.

Apr 19, 2015
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How do you pronounce "berebere" and what is it used for?

Berbere - behr-behr-EE

Think of it as Ethiopian chili powder. Common uses are a dry rub for meats, a seasoning for stews, lentils and grains, and a tableside condiment. Additionally delicious as a steak rub, in meatballs and meatloaf, or as rub for roasted chicken.

Apr 17, 2015
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How To Become Gluten Intolerant

No offense but ROFL. Thanks and TGIF.

Apr 17, 2015
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Help with braised lamb ideas

Thanks for the recipe. Braised lettuce is unknown territory for me. Would the recipe suffer by omitting it? No offense intended but could you describe to me what it lends to the dish? Appreciate your response.

Apr 16, 2015
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Hot Crab Dip

Crab dip makes me think of either Southern, or California cuisine.

Apr 16, 2015
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Hot Crab Dip

Personally I would not repeat crab in the entree.

To decide on your entree you should first determine how much time, and effort you want/need to put forth, take into account # of guest, the type of gathering (casual, formal, self-serve, plated, sit-down), and budget. With these answers you'll get informed responses.

Apr 15, 2015
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