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Can I substitute celery root for celery?

So, should I use the same quantity chopped celery root as celery? That is what I'm trying to figure out.

Sep 28, 2014
suburban_mom in Home Cooking

Hillstone/Houston's -- excellent service

My husband's and my first date was at the Houston's location on Kirby in Houston Texas. Since then we've been to other Houston's (all Houston locations plus Irvine), the Rutherford Grill in wine country, Hillstone in San Francisco, R+D Kitchen in Newport and Gulfstream in Newport - all multiple times. I only recently realized that Bandera in Chicago is a Hillstone restaurant so that is on my list since our son is in college in Chicago.

I LOVE the grilled artichokes! I think for a chain their consistency can't be beat.

Sep 28, 2014
suburban_mom in Chains

What's your favourite or most useful, kitchen item?

I was given flack when I put this on my wedding registry in the late 80s and even more flack when I replaced it in the 00s:

My favorite kitchen item is my Salad Shooter. Probably the most "un-chow" thing I own but I love that thing.

Sep 28, 2014
suburban_mom in Cookware
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Can I substitute celery root for celery?

My kids will probably not eat the celery in the soup so I think the celery root would be to flavor. Thanks for your input.

Sep 28, 2014
suburban_mom in Home Cooking

Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

My pimento cheese recipe:

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese (must be orange) - shredded
2 oz jar chopped pimentos - drained
1 pressed garlic clove
dash of cayenne
mayo (no measurement)

Mix cheese, pimentos, garlic and cayenne with 1/2 cup mayo. Add more mayo until you get to the consistency you want. Chill for a couple of hours before serving.

I'm from Texas and my friends in Minnesota request this recipe when we have an appetizer potluck. It has become my signature app. I bring celery sticks for dipping.

Can I substitute celery root for celery?

I want to make chicken noodle soup tomorrow. I don't have celery but I have celery root. Can I use the celery root instead? Does anyone know if the ratios are different?

I will go to the store if necessary but would rather use something I already have in the house.

Thanks!

Sep 28, 2014
suburban_mom in Home Cooking

Suggestions of what to make with 3 pounds of shredded cabbage

This is a recipe I make often. It is a tasty easy meal.

Sep 23, 2014
suburban_mom in Home Cooking
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Waconia! Who knew?

For those asking. No set menu. It changes daily. They usually have a few appetizers - we've have everything from mussels to blood sausage. Salads are fresh and seasonal. Entrees usually include - a steak, poultry, pork, lamb (if you are lucky), fish and something vegetarian.

The waitstaff describes each dish to you. There is a chalk board that states what I said above but the details are verbal.

Desserts are house made.

My kids haven't ever been there because of the menu. You don't know exactly what is on it until you get there.

The staff is extremely knowledgable. It is owned by Craig who is cooking and Tracy who runs the front of the house and makes the desserts.

Entreees run $20-$30 (I'm probably on the high side). If you want slow, locavore food, this is where you should go. Salads are in the $8 range and easily shared. Appetizers are probably $10 ish (give or take). Entrees are a complete meal - no supplement sides.

I should shut up so I can still get a table when I want.

Waconia! Who knew?

This is one of my favorite restaurants. We've been going there since the beginning.

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

The one thing was always my approach when my kids were little (and sometimes now too).

I also think kids can do WAY more than parents think. My daughter has been scrambling eggs herself since she was probably 8. I had friends who were shocked that I let her use the stove by herself. This summer, she taught her college aged brother how to cook a few things since he is now in apartment. She is 13.

Favorite meats at classic BBQ places?

It was no surprise that it was a trailer. We've had their BBQ multiple times. This was the first time with a 2 hour wait. We don't live in Austin so the only air-conditioned option for eating is a hotel room. In the past, there was something special about eating the bbq on the picnic tables under the "tents" at the original location. This time it was a bad combo of extra long wait and heat.

Sep 02, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

Favorite meats at classic BBQ places?

My husband was at La BBQ on Friday. Got there at 10 am. Took 2 hours to get through the line. No beef rib or sausage left by the time they got served. He didn't enjoy the meal because it was so flipping hot and he was miserable.

Sep 01, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

I'm in Minneapolis but my husband is in Austin. I just put in a request for Hatch Chiles. I told him to bring home as many as he feels comfortable carrying on the plane. I hope he is good to me.

So, I can roast, peel and freeze them right? Should I fire up my egg grill?

Aug 28, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

Best New Must Dine Digs?

Re Lagos Tacos. We have eaten at the original location in Excelsior. I didn't have high expectations. We were pleasantly surprised and will definitely go back.

Wine Glasses

What do you consider a reasonable price per glass? It is hard to know what you are looking for without that piece of information.

Victor's Excelsior

I was at the Excelsior Dunn Bros today and I believe there were individuals there from Victor's picking out clothing for their staff. That is a promising sign.

Hopdoddy

Worth waiting in line? We are from Minneapolis but travel to Austin often and always see a line around the corner. My husband and one of our sons are coming over Labor Day and are making their food list.

Aug 07, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

Victor's Excelsior

I have a friend who knows the owner and as far as she knows, there isnt a definite opening date. I follow their Facebook page and they are creating the wine list and have a test kitchen working on recipes.

What's your best yard sale or thrift store cookware find?

I'm not much of a thrifter or yard sailor (spelled wrong on purpose, I live on a lake so it seems apropos). I have a college aged son who is moving into an apartment so I'm stocking his kitchen. I hit an estate sale today and for $5, I came out with a crockpot, a 9x13 pyrex baking dish, and a box grater.

Almost everything else is coming from my cabinets. I told my husband that if I have to buy something new, it will be for myself.

Jul 30, 2014
suburban_mom in Cookware
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costco restaurant card deals?

Yes, I have some in our house right now for a local restaurant "group" - Nova Restaurant Collection. I can't call them a chain because each restaurant has a different name and menu. A few years ago they had gift cards for our local dinner theatre.

I buy the Nova cards on a regular basis because 2 of their restaurants are near us and we eat there on regular basis.

Jul 30, 2014
suburban_mom in Chains

Need New Pizza Topping Combos

Most of my ingredients aren't on your list. This is my favorite homemade pizza.

light tomato sauce, lots of arugula (way more than you think you need), thinly sliced garlic, thinly sliced mushroom. thinly sliced red onions, proscuitto. crumbled blue cheese, light sprinkle of shredded mozzarella, sprinkle of crushed red peppers.

Jul 25, 2014
suburban_mom in General Topics

River North and Lakeview recommendations (with big kids)

Thank you nsxtasy, sunbrace, and boston1215 for the recommendations. I appreciate it!

Jul 17, 2014
suburban_mom in Chicago Area

El Chile and La Barbeque - Must visit!!

I'm not a big eater but I can easily put away a half pound of La BBQ's brisket. We usually hit La BBQ on our way in from the airport (I'm from out of town) and both ribs are always gone. Maybe someday.

Where is El Chile located?

Jul 17, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

River North and Lakeview recommendations (with big kids)

Ok. So, I found the "dinner with a child" thread which has some nice recommendations in the River North-ish area which will work for us (some we've been to already).

Bring on the Lakeview recommendations or other River North-ish recommendations. Thanks!

Jul 14, 2014
suburban_mom in Chicago Area

River North and Lakeview recommendations (with big kids)

My 13 year old daughter and I are taking her 19 year old brother back to school over Labor Day weekend. Son lives in Lakeview near the Music Box Theatre (we would have to park the car somewhere). Daughter and I are staying in River North (with parking). I hope to try Lou Minalti's one night but need dinner recommendations for the other 2 nights - preferably River North-ish (we will walk or hop the L for a quick ride). Also, lunch recommendations around Lakeview would be great. I'm going to be in IKEA furniture assembly hell during the days so good food would help.

Daughter isn't picky but isn't adventurous either.

Jul 14, 2014
suburban_mom in Chicago Area

Advice and Thanks

Thanks for the Lakeview recommendation. My college aged son lives in that neighborhood and I added the Deleece recommendation to my Chicago restaurant list.

Jul 14, 2014
suburban_mom in Chicago Area

Chef Shack Food Truck

Agreed. There was no evidence of lemonade. It just tasted like sweet tea and most of it went into the trash.

Chef Shack Food Truck

My daughter got the pulled pork nachos at Rock the Garden. She enjoyed them. I had a bite plus some spare chips. The chips were thick but crispy and what pork I got was good.

Coalition

I can't even describe the salad dressing because even though it was there (because I tasted it) it appeared to be nonexistent. The flavors of the other ingredients came through - mint, coriander, the fruits, the marcona almonds and even the butter lettuce. This salad was the freshest salad I've ever eaten.

Coalition

Ate at Coalition in Excelsior tonight. Yes, 3rd day open so we knew things would not be perfect.

The space is lovely but small (formerly Biella). The tables in the main dining area are very close together. The bar area is nice with comfy leather stools with backs. We think the bartender on duty came from Jake O'Connors down the street. The bar was full - probably because if you didn't have a reservation you weren't getting a table any time soon. It was a bit warm there tonight.

The poor hostess was frazzled. We had a 7 pm reservation but people were not leaving their tables. We were fine with that and patient. We got a great high top by the front windows.

We split the strawberry watermelon salad. Strawberries, watermelon, butter lettuce, goat cheese, a bit of mint and coriander seed. The salad was sublime. Dressed but not obviously dressed. All of the individual flavors came through. Probably one of the freshest salads I've had.

DH had the flat iron steak with cipollini onions and fries. The steak was cooked to a nice medium rare but definitely under seasoned. He really liked the onions. There was some sort of sauce under the steak and fries that wasn't discovered until partially through the meal.

My meal made up for the not so flavorful steak. I got the spaghetti ala fresco. Homemade spaghetti, garlic, halved cherry tomatoes, basil and enough fresh ground black pepper to make me sweat. Any restaurant who can do such a simple dish so well has great promise. The spaghetti was cooked perfectly. The tomatoes were ever slightly blistered. The garlic was abundant but not overpowering. My DH tried it and agreed that it was the dish that showed the restaurant had promise.

It took a little bit to get our salad, a just bit of a wait but not horrible and the entrees came out within a reasonable time after the salad. We knew there would be hiccups so close to the opening.