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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.

about 15 hours ago
letsindulge in San Francisco Bay Area

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.

about 20 hours ago
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
letsindulge in Home Cooking
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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
letsindulge in Home Cooking

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
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
letsindulge in Home Cooking

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
letsindulge in Chains
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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
letsindulge in Home Cooking

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
letsindulge in Home Cooking

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
letsindulge in Cookware

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
letsindulge in Home Cooking

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.