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Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

I do 95% of the shopping and cooking but I'm also the stay at home parent so it makes sense. I totally get into ruts and even though I enjoy cooking have times where I just don't want to. I think I wouldn't run into ruts if I could cook what ever I wanted not worrying about the food preferences of my kids.

I have one that doesn't like fish, eggs, or potatoes in any form besides a fry or chip (not even a tot). I have another one who recently doesn't like steak. Neither one will eat beets, quiche, cauliflower, quinoa, kale or any cooked greens. Add busy schedules for activities and sometimes I have a big challenge on my hands.

I started a pinterest board devoted to things I can make when those 2 kids are out of the nest.

Apr 07, 2015
suburban_mom in Not About Food

Gumbo nuf said

I'm no help because I make my own. I prefer okra in mine.

I seldom see it as a regular menu offering. Usually it is the soup of the day.

Restaurants with good gluten free options

THanks for all the suggestions so far!

Restaurants with good gluten free options

I have a friend whose daughter is going to play a lot of hockey here in MSP. My friend is gluten free. Can you fellow Chowhounds help me come up with a list of restaurants with good gluten free options.

She has already given a thumbs up to the gf pizza at Pizza Luce although the rural Wisconsin girl that she is had a problem with the price.

Your favorite Barbecue Places and the best places in TC

I like Baker's Ribs in Eden Prairie for Texas style bbq. Al, the owner, is from Texas and opened the restaurant about 20 years ago. My favorites are his sausage, ribs and brisket. I also crave his potato salad. They don't have a liquor license but you can get everything to go.

I don't really eat bbq anywhere else in the Twin Cities.

Fun restaurant between airport and Chanhassen

This might be too late but I live in Chan and we like Tavern 4 & 5 at Hwy 5 and Eden Prairie Road (CR 4). I don't know if I would call it "fun" but it is solid family friendly food. Plus they make their own tater tots.

Mussels not de-bearded?

Now I want mussels for dinner.

Mar 16, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

Mussels not de-bearded?

Now I want mussels and clams for dinner.

Mar 16, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

I am also a honey collector. I like how each honey reflects the place it is from.

Mar 16, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

Cov Wayzata Restaurant/ in Wayzata

My most recent visit was lunch on Saturday. I have not been disappointed. I've been several times for lunch and dinner. The worst thing is they don't take reservations. We've eaten all over the menu.

Minnesota-made food items for gift basket?

I have no food items to add. I've done something similar in the past and I made a compilation cd (aka mix tape) of Minnesota artists to add to the basket becuase we have some awesome musicians here.

Modern Cafe

And the article is right about that pot roast. The first thing to pop into my head when I think about the Modern is that amazing pot roast.

U of MN TC recs - March 2015

I don't think the cool decor at Loring Pasta Bar makes up for the mediocre food. Don't go there.

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Did they have separate rocks for underwear and kitchen towels?

Weekend in Austin

The Doubletree is nice but not walking distance to any recommended restaurants. They have a decent breakfast but not any other meals in house.

You won't be able to get a cab or reasonably priced Uber during SXSW. But you are there during the pre-music part of it so that might work in your favor. The Doubletree also runs a shuttle. They will tell you it is first come first served but with a little sweet talk they will help you out.

I live in Minneapolis, grew up in Houston, my husband and I went to UT. A friend went for a visit with her daughter last month and her daughter loved Chuy's. It is a chain but the original is on Barton Springs Road. It is fun and kitschy.

My oldest is in Chicago at DePaul (because he didn't get into UT). Have a fun visit.

Feb 28, 2015
suburban_mom in Austin

When do you plan dinner?

I'm a mom of 2 busy kids with a busy husband. On a good week, I start with a meal plan based on our weekly schedule. So far this school year I haven't been successful with that and usually plan day of or a day or so ahead. My meals are totally planned around the time I have to prepare a meal and whether we can eat together.

Jan 14, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

March vacation with good local produce?

We hit an awesome farmers market on the North Shore of Oahu late March/early April. We had a rental house on the Banzai Pipeline. We got some awesome Ahi Tuna, lovely fresh veggies and some crazy fresh fruit (rambutan among more pedestrian offerings). We ate most dinners at our rental utilizing the grill.

Jan 05, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

Victor's Excelsior

We ate there last night. Didn't have a reservation but found a couple of seats at the bar. We shared the beet salad. Red, gold, and chioggia beets, ricotta, candied walnuts and wonderful microgreens. I had the trout - perfect salty crispy skin, flavorful lentils, some sort of cooked greens. It was really good. My husband had the chicken breast - boneless, skin on juicy with lots of flavor. He said the artichoke heart served with it was really good. We finished with the almond pudding. It was topped with "boozy" cherries and had shortbread and ricotta on the side.

The service was wonderful and attentive. The staff is friendly. The atmosphere is beautiful. At 7:30, the restaurant and bar were packed except for the 2 open chairs at the back corner of the bar. The GM pointed them out to us and told us to grab them before someone else got them.

small dinner rolls?

Kings Hawaiian Rolls?

Dec 06, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

I can't believe anyone hasn't posted about #grapegate yet

I'll take the bait.

You are talking something like this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7tWuG2o... . I think if the NYT had posed this recipe, no one would have complained.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

It is ALL wrong. Have you not read the comments?

Nov 19, 2014
suburban_mom in Home Cooking

I can't believe anyone hasn't posted about #grapegate yet

This is a fun one. What do you think about it: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...

Here is Dara Moskowitz's rebuttle: http://mspmag.com/Blogs/Dara/November...

I have lived in MN for over 25 years. I traveled extensively in outstate MN for one of my jobs and went to countless small towns. Never have I run across grape salad.

Waconia! Who knew?

Yes, it is true. I'm on their email list and FB page and I heard it from them. My husband secretly hopes they move to Chanhassen.

Victor's Excelsior

2 friends of mine went with husbands and a big group to a preview on Wednesday night. They sat right next to the kitchen. They said the restaurant is beautiful. The sound levels are awesome. They were right next to the kitchen and didn't have a problem hearing everyone at the table. They tasted almost everything on the menu and said nothing was disappointing. They kept going on and on about how amazing everything was. It sounds like it was worth the wait.

For a while there were rumors there would be a roof top patio. That won't happen. For some reason the Excelsior city council has an issue with them.

Need quick advice for Victoria/Waconia area for this weekend

My friends with kids like Victoria House in Victoria. Lola's Lakehouse in Waconia is kid friendly. The food is one step up from better chains.

You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Slowcooked -

I'm from out of town and there is a lot of taco exploring for me to do. In October, I had the Pork Belly taco from TacoDeli and I had the grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño stuffed shrimp taco from Turf and Surf.

That pork belly taco was pretty amazing.

Nov 07, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

I am so glad you Austin CH's have had your meet up. Every time there has been a new post on this thread I've been salivating thinking someone is telling me about a wonderful tasty taco.

Now, get back to business.

Nov 05, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

Aleppo pepper


Nov 04, 2014
suburban_mom in General Topics

One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

Also on South Congress, South of Guero's, there is a cute craft market. I'm looking at one of my dogs wearing her cute made in Austin collar right now. Crooked Tail Dog Collars. She makes bandanas too. Quite a bit cheaper than the $500 frames.

Oct 23, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

Where are you staying and how do you plan on getting around?

I don't live in Austin but I was there last weekend with my family. We had a great meal at Jacoby's on East Cesar Chavez. Great southern style food. Kids had burgers - no complaints (they are 13 and 15 so no complaints is HUGE). I had the quail - 2 grilled quail, braised greens, sweet potato mash and (my favorite) fried okra. It was divine - perfect combo of flavors and textures. My husband had a sirloin with jalapeño grits and grilled endive, He says everything was cooked perfectly and was happy with his meal. They have a cute mercantile attached to the restaurant. We took Uber to and from so while we were waiting for our car we shopped.

Definitely get a reservation. We were there on Friday night. There was a woman with a party of 9 who wasn't happy that they couldn't get in (what's up with that, is she clueless?).

Unfortunately In 'n' Out didn't work into our plans. My husband's sister lives in Southern California so we hit it regularly.

Oct 22, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin