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Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Exactly, thank you. I've returned things myself under that policy.

Aug 20, 2014
letsindulge in General Topics

Favorite oyster recipes?

Japanese preparation of kaki fry. Flour, egg, and panko crusted then deep-fried. Serve with lemon wedges, and tonkatsu sauce (ketchup, soy sauce, and Worcestershire).

Aug 17, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

Vote: Lobster, shell-side-down or meat-side-down?

You will get less "curling" if you sauté the presentation side (next to the shell, or skin side for fish) first.

Aug 13, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

If you were trying to impress, what would your dinner party menu look like?

We must be sisters from another Mother! Lol!

Aug 12, 2014
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Best wording to offer chef services as a gift to bride & groom

Still considering doing this. Just to make things more clear my offer is for whenever, and where ever they would like to do it. This couple is in their late 20's and have a large group of friends that get together to do things including dinner. A chef-cooked dinner with an intimate group of friends is something I think they would appreciate, and sit back and enjoy.

Aug 11, 2014
letsindulge in Not About Food

Restaurant Depot help with Meats?

Might you consider tri-tip? Big beef flavor, minimal waste, tender when cooked to mid-rare, and sliced thin, and against the grain.

Aug 08, 2014
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Best wording to offer chef services as a gift to bride & groom

Wow...really?! So if someone offered this to you you would take it as a slight? Don't understand how this would be gifting myself.

Aug 08, 2014
letsindulge in Not About Food

Best wording to offer chef services as a gift to bride & groom

My BFF's daughter is getting married next month and as an addition to a wedding gift I would like to offer the newlywed couple my chef services for am intimate dinner party for up to a party of 6. I've done catering for the family pro bono before, but want to make it clear that my services (planning, shopping, cooking) are free, but not the actual food costs. How best to word this offer? TIA.

Aug 08, 2014
letsindulge in Not About Food

Best Grill Substitution

Assuming that you mean chicken with Cajun spices an oven broiler would work well.

Aug 07, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

What julienne peeler do you recommend?

I recently bought this hand-held microplane and it's perfect when I don't want to whip out my SS Bron mandoline. It has a 4" wide face, 3 blades that control the thickness, and a food holder guide to protect the fingers, and lessen food waste. This has replaced my Rosle julienne peeler. Extremely well made for $29.99.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Aug 06, 2014
letsindulge in Cookware

Feeding my pescatarian non-foodie mother in law

Grilled, or broiled is the way to go.

Aug 06, 2014
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kitchen warming dinner

I do butterfly, and blanch the shrimp rather then use the pre-cooked bay variety.

Aug 05, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

kitchen warming dinner

Very little cooking which can be a good thing if the main intentions are to invite them to see your new kitchen, and more interaction time with them. The menu is sophisticated, light, seasonal, and easy to pull together, and clean up after. Done.

Aug 05, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

kitchen warming dinner

Cheese plate with crudités, cocatel de camarones (no shrimp, more gazpacho like for veg. Person), sourdough bread (partake or not), assorted summer fruit platter. White wine sangria, or wine coolers. Infused water.

Aug 05, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

Brining

No, but I also don't use the full amount of salt either.

What appetizer(s) would go well with a fig-stuffed-with-cheese one?

Hummus w / toasted pita. Goes with almost anything else, as well as wine. I think pate too.

Aug 04, 2014
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Avoiding oil residue from wok stir-frying?

A powerful overhead hood fan helps. But then you'll have to clean that. Lol.

Aug 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

WFD was an entree-sized Sweet & Savory Tri-tip Salad w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette utilizing left-over tri-tip from yesterday. Used a 50/50 mix of kale and spring mix for the greens base. Next came the diced tri-tip, sliced strawberries and gala apples, a handful of blueberries, and pulled chunks of a domestic blue cheese. Hubs had chopped walnuts on his for that extra crunch.

Our found dove gave my husband quite a start this afternoon. Apparently the little bird decided to give his wings a try and was not in it's carrier when Hubs stopped home for lunch. It appears to be getting stronger with each passing day although we're continuing to feed it by hand to supplement the little bites of seed it has now, and then. At some point we're hoping to join it together with the companion bird in the same cage. We're grateful for the slight improvements every day.

How to make congealed pork's blood?

Growing up in Hawaii I remember my family, and relatives "making their own meat". This was my Mother's explanation to my brother and I as kids. Lol. I recall that adding vinegar, and salt to the fresh blood while stirring caused it to coagulate. Haven't had 1st hand experience but that's what I recall.

Jul 31, 2014
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How to fry potstickers without burning the bottoms?

Non-stick pan, and cook from frozen. Freezing adds moisture so defrosting will make them soggy.

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Hump Day and WFD is beef tri-tip. Sticking to using up the contents of my freezer and what remains is a small lamb rack, 2 chunks of pancetta, approx. 1/2# of black pepper-crusted thick bacon, and a whole frozen octopus. Tri-tip had an over-night marinade consisting of EVOO, soy sauce, Worcestershire, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, and a few shakes of Liquid Smoke (since I was using the gas grill). Halved a warm tomato from the garden and drizzled with a balsamic fig glaze. Spoonfuls of jus over the mid-rare beef, and a dab of spicy horseradish for a tiny bit of heat. Will be treating myself to an icecream sandwich for dessert.

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

It's day 3 for the found dove. Hubs and I stumbled on a way to get this little one a bit of much needed nutrients. Since it opens it's beak for an eye dropper-full of
the honey water we alternate in a drop of baby bird formula. Just like an infant, a spoon of banana, followed with a spoon of peas. Lol. It's still very wobbly on it's legs but it's so tender to hear the mate cooing to it behind closed doors. God bless the creatures.

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Actually WFD didn't involve much cooking at all aside from blanching the butterflied shrimp for tonight's coctel de camarones. My tomato plants produce multiple new fruit everyday, and I already had shrimp in the freezer. Chop, chop, chop and a few Keebler Club crackers were the perfect buttery accompaniment.

We continue to have mid-to-high 80's temperatures along with the surprise sun showers yesterday at the coast. Also hubs and I are attempting to nurse back to health a white dove found in our neighborhood. We found it's mate 1 day prior, and it appears perky, and healthy. We've managed to administer honey water to it via medicine dropper and we're hoping for the best for the "love for life" bird couple.

How do you cook a grey steak medium rare?

It's called a hard sear. High heat, short time, then pull.

Jul 28, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

Asian-style Zucchini?

I recall this recipe being good. I sub'd in hoisin for the soy, and rice wine vinegar for the lemon juice. Use seasonings liberally to your taste.

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

Jul 23, 2014
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Summer Lasagna Noodle Uses

Used this recipe as the vegetarian option for a past dinner party. Delicious results with very little cooking. Great warm weather fare.

Roasted Eggplant Stuffed Lasagna Noodles - Adaptation of a recipe from Chef Anne Burrell

Rolls:
1 eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
Kosher salt
3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated provolone, or mozzarella
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons freshly chopped oregano leaves
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
8 cooked lasagna noodles

Sauce:
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4c. chiffonade fresh mint leaves

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Arrange the eggplant slices onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and roast until they are soft and pliable, about 15 to 20 minutes, turning them half way through the cooking time. Cool slightly then roughly chop.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onions and season with salt. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Put the cooked onion and chopped eggplant in a large bowl. Add the feta, bread crumbs, grated cheese, lemon zest, oregano, crushed red pepper, and garlic. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil and combine well. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed. Divide stuffing equally. Place portion at one end of lasagna noodle and roll. Arrange on serving dish with seam side down.

Combine the yogurt and mint together in a small bowl. Garnish each eggplant roll with a dollop of yogurt and serve at room temperature.

Jul 23, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

$1 Oysters on the half shell (Palo Alto)

Oh yea...I'm totally there! Thanks for the heads up. I'll make sure to save y'all some. :)

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

This was a SUPER busy weekend. The hubs, and I as well as our across the street neighbors (married couple) were in a training class from Friday night, to Sunday late afternoon. We ate out a lot. She, and I are planning a trip to Spain next year and we want to travel via motorcycles so luckily we passed the class. It was difficult.

I'm continuing to cook things from the freezer so tonight was lamb rib chops! Did a simple grilled preparation of EVOO, lemon zest, and cumin. More of the bagged kale super salad from Costco on the side,

Martin Brand Longanisa

Most common is longsilog preparation where you add to non-stick fry pan with 1/2" water on low heat covered shaking pan to avoid sticking. Serve with side of steamed rice topped with over-easy egg. You can serve with sliced cukes, and sliced tomatoes and fresh pineapple if you desire local-style. The taste is salty-sweet.

Jul 21, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

Boneless wing ideas

Mae Ploy Thai chili-garlic sauce. Not spicy at all. A mixture of mayo, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice ala Honey Walnut Prawn sauce. Your favorite BBQ sauce.

Jul 18, 2014
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