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what to bring from mainland??

I never want for anything when I'm on the islands. Maybe a few choice bottles of CA wine, and cheeses but their Costco even has those.

about 7 hours ago
letsindulge in Hawaii

Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

This weather is perfect for a braise so why not a savory/sweet lamb or beef tagine with either dates, or dried apricots? It's something a little out of the ordinary for food-centric people I think. Accompany with buttered couscous, and oven-roasted tomatoes. Mixed veggies (think carrots, mixed squashes) tossed with EVOO, minced garlic and ginger and sprinkled with an Egyptian/Moroccan spice blend is delicious and adds the color to the plate. Garnish all with plenty of chopped cilantro, and mint. Play in Moroccan mint tea, and decadent chocolate cookies for dessert.

Carnitas help please

These days I go the non-traditional and healthier way of simmering a whole shoulder, or butt then crisping in the oven. Good flavorful results.

Dec 05, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

What do I do with smoked pig tails?

Braise with red beans, and greens (collards, mustard), over rice.

Dec 05, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

What do I do with smoked pig tails?

Braise with red beans, and greens (collards, mustard), over rice. Assuming they're like ham hocks.

Dec 05, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

This past weekend while rummaging through the garage for the Christmas decorations I came across a package of cedar planks. Days later I was on a Costco run and picked up a salmon filet with the planks in mind. Although we won't be home tonight I thought best to cook the salmon to eat tomorrow, or Saturday. Made a batch of homemade potlatch seasoning using the ingredient list off the original William Sonoma tin. Have a salad in mind. Pics to follow.

Nicer restaurants open on Christmas Day, regular menu preferable. Not thrilled with Open Table offerings.

Seeking a nice dinner place for husband, and I. All SF area except wine country is accessible. Open to all cuisines. TIA.

Help! What Can I put in my turkey besides stuffing?

Something that I learned from my Mom is fresh lemon leaves. They don't impart a citrus flavor like the fruit, but somehow the aroma while roasting permeates the flesh and adds a mouthwatering "brightness".

Nov 26, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

Etiquette on anniversary dinner

Point blank I would not get involved and allow your husband to "use the balls" that he was born with. Complaining to him only puts him in the middle, and you saying anything emasculates him. Pick your battles.

Nov 26, 2014
letsindulge in Not About Food

Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

+1

Nov 25, 2014
letsindulge in Not About Food

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

1st Thanksgiving that the hubs, and I are on our own. Son's family is on a Disney cruise in the S. Caribbean, and daughter is busy at work in Las Vegas so is coming into town for Christmas instead. I've made dinner reservations for Thanksgiving Day. We'll start a leisurely morning on the tennis court, likely a walk on the beach then head out for 8PM dinner reservation at Anton & Michel's in Carmel Village.

Tonight's dinner consisted of items purchased during the Costco run I made today. WFD was Wasabi-crusted mahi mahi, and simply steamed haricot vert. A small knob of fukujinzuke pickles lent a salty crunch to the plate.

Make ahead (or prep ahead) Brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving not at my home?

Definitely blanch, then shock and drain. Do the oven roast, or grill in foil @ Moms, or a pan sear on the stove will yield you browned sprouts. I've been using various nut oils in place of EVOO.

Nov 24, 2014
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Chuck roast for pulled beef sandwiches

I've not seen chuck "anything" at Costco. Their boneless short ribs can be used interchangeably using similar cooking methods. Chuck can be commonly found at Mexican mercados.

Nov 23, 2014
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Where to find Walkerswood jerk seasoning?

Cost Plus Market carries it for certain.

Thanksgiving/Festive Recipe for CostCo Boneless Leg of Lamb?

Make a mint pesto and spread it liberally over the unrolled roast. Re-roll and oven roast it surrounded by potatoes and veggies of your choice.

Nov 21, 2014
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

Plain, and simple I enjoyed the way the chefs came together to put produce the meal and under the unconventional cooking circumstances it all sounded delicious.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

Just want to say that this was probably the best episode of Top Chef EVER!

Nov 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

I'm back to post pics. WFD was Joojeh Kebab (sans the skewer), Grilled Veggie Couscous, Grilled Tomatoes, and Maast-o khiar. Wish I had thought to pick up some sumac, and barberries for that added tartness.

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Looking forward to Persian-style dinner tonight. All is complete except grilled vegetables which the hubs will do while I sweat it out at the gym. WFD on this hump day, rain-anticipated evening is Joojeh Kabab, Grilled Tomato Kabab, Mixed Veggie Couscous, and Maast-o khiar. Pics to follow.

Butternut Squash Soup Recipes

Made this @ work today actually. Subbed diced butternut squash for carrot. Must say that the slight sweetness of the squash was delicious with the cumin & oregano. Went something like this:

Diced onions, zucchini, squash, and tomatoes.
Corn, pinto beans, prepared salsa, tomato sauce.
Diced or shredded chicken (or not)
Chicken stock
Oregano, cumin, smoked paprika.

Ate with ww English muffin topped with avocado.

Nov 12, 2014
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ISO authentic recipe for rice kheer

Great, thank you. Interesting that the sugar is added at the end. :)

Nov 11, 2014
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ISO authentic recipe for rice kheer

I've seen methods starting with raw, or cooked rice, with, or without coconut milk, condensed, evaporated, or fresh milk. Help me find a delicious, authentic version comparable to what is offered at most Indian restaurants. TIA.

Nov 11, 2014
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If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

Is there a reason for me to validate my answers? Great that you like anchovies. I do too but many do not. Fini.

Nov 11, 2014
letsindulge in General Topics

If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

Anchovies, chicharones, pickled pigs feet, crab butter (guts), crispy chicken, and fish skin, tripe and tendon in my pho.

Nov 11, 2014
letsindulge in General Topics

MSG Cooking Tips

My Mother used MSG as she cooked for our family growing up in the 60's. I remember tins of Ajinomoto, and cardboard shaker canisters of Accent in her cupboards. To my recollection she would apply a light sprinkle over the food during the last few minutes of cooking. She would then give it a taste testing for that "certain" flavor she wanted to achieve. It would also be applied over foods that were to be grilled. She never used it in sweet applications. BTW she was a superb cook.

Nov 09, 2014
letsindulge in Home Cooking

How best to remove banana sap from knife blade

Admittedly I didn't figure on this working but it TOTALLY did! Followed with a soapy sponge and it was sqeaky clean. Thanks for the great tip.

Nov 07, 2014
letsindulge in Cookware

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

All ingredients on hand except the veg was WFD. Delectable meal of Grilled Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Charred Eggplant, Brown Jasmine Rice, and simply steamed asparagus. Husband commented that the aroma of the satay was wafting through the very dark, brisk evening air as he arrived home and was exiting his car.

Tough london broil what to do with it

Give it a whirl in your food processor then use it in any way that you would use already browned ground beef.

Nov 02, 2014
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What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition! [through Nov. 1, 2014]

Dinner was so ono! Hubs had 2nds of everything. Found a few carrots, and a English cuke in the fridge so the watercress salad fell to the wayside. Drizzled on the sliced cukes the sweetness of the spinach salad dressing balanced the saltiness of the kalua turkey. A sprinkling of nori furikake, and sriracha adorned the potato-mac salad.

Oct 28, 2014
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What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition! [through Nov. 1, 2014]

Will trek it to the beach house on Friday as usual. After acquiring the home in '97 our 1st Halloween we had a scant amount of trick-or-treaters and it's remained that way. However a pumpkin, or two on the front stoop will welcome any that may come. Forecast is for RAIN.

Tonight as we are still in town the aroma of Oven-roasted Kalua Turkey Thighs is wafting through the house. A quickie potato-mac salad will be for me as the hubs abstains from carbs for dinner during the week. We'll both partake of the local-style watercress, beansprout, and tomato salad sans the tofu. Zumba with my favorite instructor first to work up an appetite! Pictures to follow.

Oct 28, 2014
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