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Use red or white wine for braising veal stew Osso bucco-style?

I use red wine when making Osso Buco with veal shank and it just so happens that I have 3 bottles of a fairly nice Napa Cabernet that I'd like to use, and serve. I wouldn't pair the meal with a white so I'm perplexed if I should treat the stew meat differently than shank.

Sep 09, 2014
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Use red or white wine for braising veal stew Osso bucco-style?

Have veal chunks, not shanks. I guess I would consider shoulder as light meat, and shank as dark. Which wine would you use, and why? I realize that the wine is minimal in relation to amount of stock, but still? Polenta will most likely be the side. TIA.

Sep 09, 2014
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What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

We have an Indian Summer here on the coast but it definitely feels cooler at night. I'm ready for the change and my Ugg boots, and hoodies have come out for walks down to the beach.

Yesterday I marinated chicken thighs for my local-style adobo chicken. Arriving home from my workout my goal for the night was to search, and book airfare for Christmas trip to PA to visit the in-laws. I decided to braise the adobo in the oven, rather then on the stovetop. Although I probably overcooked it by 15 minutes it actually worked well and was fall-off-the-bone tender. An additional 10 minutes on the stove to reduce the sauce. Simply steamed brussel sprouts drizzled with sesame oil, and jasmine brown rice was WFD.

In need of big, bold, super flavored tomato sauce ideas.

Veracruz sauce has capers, green olives with pimentos, pickled jalapeño, garlic, onions, and oregano. Most commonly served over fish, or chicken but would go well with other proteins, or vegetarian as well.

Sep 05, 2014
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French Main Dish for Stand Up Gathering

I think a roulade would work. Spinach, proscuitto, sun-dried tomato pesto rolled in a chicken breast cutlet. Bread then pan fry. You can add a slice of cheese, or not. When cut into rounds it should be close to a 2 bite portion. Lastly make a white wine pan sauce and voila! Skin-on red mashed potatoes would provide color, and a nice "bed" to anchor the chicken. A thick green pea puree would complete the plate and won't roll around. :)

Sep 04, 2014
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What to marinade my chicken in (Mexican recipe)

I'd do cumin, oregano, garlic, and EVOO. A sprinkle of chili powder, or smoked paprika would add color, and additional flavor.

Sep 04, 2014
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Do you substitue sour cream for plain yogurt?

I am more apt to sub yogurt for sour cream the the other way around. Yogurt has tenderizing ability when used in a marinade. The most obvious differences are the consistency, and calories.

Sep 03, 2014
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Cooked Green and Wax Beans -- Need Your Ideas!

Chilled green and waxed bean salad w/ basil vinaigrette. Top with chopped tomatoes, and shaved red onions. Beans are glorious right now.

Sep 03, 2014
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Menu suggestions for shrimp and grits?

Sautéed greens (collards, mustard etc.). Chilled green bean salad w/ basil vinaigrette, topped with diced tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onions. Pickled veggies.

Sep 03, 2014
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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition! [through Sept 3, 2014]

Oh so true. It was perfect beach weather and a welcome change from the places we frequent close to home here in Aptos. The view of the GG from China Beach was clear as far as the eye could see. Our picnic lunch from the deli consisted of lox trim, smoked sturgeon, chicken liver pate, 2 cheeses my husband picked, a glorious mushroom spread, roasted eggplant salad, and crackers. All for less than $25.

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition! [through Sept 3, 2014]

Other than the traffic it was a very enjoyable day, and weekend actually. Sunday we had a few hours to burn prior to meeting up with friends for dinner, and a movie so we drove inland to Livermore where we happened upon The Harvest Wine Celebration. Time enough to visit 3 wineries for tastings. Hope you enjoyed the weekend too along with some great food.

Sep 02, 2014
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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition! [through Sept 3, 2014]

Simply gorgeous weather today for a drive up the coast. Had some beach time in SF after picking up picnic goodies at the New World Russian deli in the Richmond. The last official day of summer was everything, and more. Traffic was a hindrance however.

Arriving home later then planned our dinner was the simplest preparation of surf & turf. Prime boneless ribeye, slipper lobster, Bluelake green beans, and tomatoes from the garden.

Where to buy frozen crawfish tails in the San Jose area?

Not the same thing but similar is frozen peeled scampi at Costco. I believe it was a 3# bag. This was last year though.

What do you serve people when you invite them over after dinner?

For self-invited "quick visits" I'd offer up iced tea, and infused water. Wine would invite lingering. Therefore a cocktail assortment of nuts, cheese, and maybe a small fruit platter goes along the same line. All disposable serveware. Done. If YOU as the new homeowner decided to extend an invitation for dinner then that's another story.

Aug 31, 2014
letsindulge in General Topics

Does anyone have a suggestion of how to find bacon rind

Strips of thick bacon...done.

Aug 28, 2014
letsindulge in Philadelphia

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

Working with boneless chicken breast so WFD was a slice (Buffalo chicken tender), a dollop (sour cream potato salad), a portion (steamed Romano beans), and a wedge (Maytag blue cheese). Very calorie laden but deelicious.

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

The fat on the thinly-sliced Berkshire pork had a pleasant "crunch" and slightly congealed the sauce so that it blanketed the rice, and veggies. Was very pleased with the 15 minute meal.

Adding whole tomatoes to Indian-style rice? Am I crazy?

The tomatoes should break done easily and blend into the rice. Peels will appear as tiny slivers hardly worth fishing out. Do it!

Aug 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

After a lengthy phone conversation with daughter who recently relocated to Las Vegas, dinner had to come together quickly in order for the hubby to eat before heading back to the office for a conference call.

Earlier the beautifully marbled Berkshire pork kiriotoshi seduced it's way into my shopping basket, and within 15 minutes prep/cooking time became gyudon but with pork. Simply steamed Romano beans from Sunday's farmers market lent color, and crunch atop TJ's microwaveable brown jasmine rice. Wish I had an additional onion, minced scallions, and pickled gari but it was savory/sweet deliciousness albeit brown.

Can you recommend a starch and veggie to accompany this lemony-haddock?

Rice pilaf, and green beans in beurre noisette.

Aug 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

A bike ride to the farmers market, and international grocery store inspired tonight's dinner of Lamb Kofta Salad w/ Spicy Tahini Sauce. Dessert was sliced stone fruits drizzled with mint-infused simple syrup.

About a month ago I mentioned a pair of doves that we found in our neighborhood. So sadly the sickly one passed after 7 days. It was taking in water, and bird gruel through an eyedropper but apparently it had other issues. "Elfie" is thriving and well blessing us with her sweet cooing.

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

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

Aug 20, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Best Grill Substitution

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

Aug 07, 2014
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