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Where do I get the best ham??

trader joe's

Hunan Taste (Fairfax branch)

i'd be up for a visit. weekend only, though.

Hunan Taste (Fairfax branch)

http://hunantastemd.com/

Hunan Taste - MD
718 N Rolling Rd
Catonsville, MD 21228
(410) 788-8988

Hunan Taste - VA
10160 Fairfax Blvd, STE 106
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 877-0766
(703) 877-0767

Eggnog - Love It or Leave It

most eggnog, i don't like. however, i have had some good home-made german eierlikor. an irish pub i go to imports galway bay irish eggnog, which i enjoy. for non-alcohol eggnog, i've come to enjoy lewes dairy's eggnog.

Dec 09, 2014
Vidute in General Topics

Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

yes, wineo1957, i mentioned in my original reply that crab season runs until december 15 and that the places from which i procure crabs are now closed. i have, also, called other places that serve maryland crabs and they either are not getting any more maryland crabs this season and have removed them from their menu, or they have switched over to out of state crabs.

Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

you're very welcome, toby.

Sausage casings DC/Silver Spring area

you might ask at the meat department in whole foods. i've obtained lamb casings at the baltimore store.

Your favorite inexpensive cookware items

mushroom slicer. use it for slicing and dicing eggs, slicing cherry tomatoes, along with mushrooms.

Dec 03, 2014
Vidute in Cookware

Do you give out your recipes at thanksgiving?

sometimes i share, sometimes i don't. it depends on who's asking and what the recipe is.

Dec 03, 2014
Vidute in Not About Food

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

i think they're pretty good. not as good as homemade, but much better than the average store-bought cookie. i'll be buying them again.

Dec 03, 2014
Vidute in Chains

Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

in the rosedale area, i go to S.DiPaula & Sons Seafood on philadelphia rd.

in pasadena, i go to anne arundel seafood on mountain road or to sea market on ritchie highway.

Looking for great soups!

Cuba de Ayer in burtonsville has a "soup as a meal" with their chicken soup and beef soup.

international food market in pikesville and euro-deli in owings mills have filling russian soups for take-out.

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

peppermint hot chocolate. cute green tin and the flavor was pretty good. i prefer cocoa and hot chocolate without flavorings, as a relaxing drink. the peppermint gave it a nice zip which is counterproductive to what i want. :)

Nov 29, 2014
Vidute in Chains

Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

although the crabs along the east coast and the gulf are the same species as maryland crabs, they do not have the same flavor and texture. environment, water temperature, food play a role in the flavor of the crab meat.

regarding asian crabs, some of the chinese restaurants will serve those crabs, whole, in certain dishes; however, you will not find them served as steamed crabs here.

regarding crabmeat used in crab dishes such as crab cakes, most maryland restaurants use the imported asian crab meat as it is much less expensive than maryland, american, or south american crab meat. this link shows which restaurants are serving maryland crab meat. there are probably other restaurants, so you'll have to ask each restaurant about the sourcing of their crabmeat/

http://seafood.maryland.gov/true-blue...

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II) [OLD]

i was just at the elkridge md store today and there was an ample number of horseradish jars in the refrigerated case by the roast beef.

Nov 29, 2014
Vidute in Chains

Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

i've found ground veal for @ $6/lb. (actually, picked up two pounds on wednesday for $2.99/lb at harris teeter). as veal pojarski is very rick, it will easily serve 6 people for around $12. in my opinion, $2/person for the meat portion of the meal is not expensive. add the cream, seasonings, potatoes and vegetables and it's @ $4/person.

Nov 29, 2014
Vidute in Home Cooking

Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

Veal Pojarski
roasted vegetables w/balsamic vinegar
fingerling potatoes

Nov 29, 2014
Vidute in Home Cooking

Online source for *real* fudge?

boscov's makes a nice fudge in a variety of flavors.

http://www.boscovs.com/shop/prod/bosc...

as does sees candies

http://www.sees.com/Cat.cfm/fudge

Nov 28, 2014
Vidute in General Topics
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Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

although maryland's crab season runs until december 15, this year, for all intents and purposes, it is now over. all of the places with which i am familiar have pulled in their pots and are closed or bringing in crabs from other states. unfortunately, as i only eat local crabs, i cannot, honestly, recommend any place for crabs right now.

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

while taking care of my mom, i found that the only thing that she would really eat was orange sherbet, slightly melted. she'd even, sometimes, ask for seconds.

Nov 28, 2014
Vidute in General Topics

Rule #1...always...

in the same vein, don't place your facial brush next to your razor. only happened once...

Nov 27, 2014
Vidute in General Topics

Rule #1...always...

thanks for this piece of knowledge. i never would have thought to look. it's on my list, now.

Nov 27, 2014
Vidute in General Topics

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

my food travels into the house in stages, too. extra items seem to jump into my cart, so i have to find space for them before they can enter my house. so... they get to drive around for a bit. such well-travelled nonperishables! and, i was only pulling your leg, though with your bad knees, i'll refrain from doing so in the future! :D

Nov 27, 2014
Vidute in Chains
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

so, NOW you tell, after i've already bought a can...sigh.. ;)

Nov 26, 2014
Vidute in Chains

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

i haven't made a baumkuchen, but i've made a a simplified version of raguolis, the lithuanian version of baumkuchen. as you can see by the photo, the traditional raguolis is more tree-shaped (evergreen) than the german baumkuchen. the baumkuchen batter is spreadable whereas the raguolis batter is quite thin. it is ladled over a revolving spit and the drips create the "branches".

the heat source should, ideally, be behind the spit. there is a special oven that you can purchase or you can rig a grill's spit with a wide-diameter steel pipe covered in foil.

here's a youtube link showing how raguolis for a large crowd is made. it's in russian. about 39 seconds into the video, you can see the raguolis spinning on the spit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXG521...

the home, oven-baked version requires that a thin layer of batter is repeatedly poured into a round cake pan (preferable a tube pan)and baked after each poured layer so that the "tree rings" develop and are visible once the cake is cut. the cake's texture is dense and somewhat chewy. the batter is very rich and uses egg yolks and butter. a friend of my mother's used to make the "tree" version and once said that he used six dozen egg yolks.

if you want to try raguolis without having to bake it yourself, racine bakery in chicago makes a very nice version. and as raguolis is baked for celebrations and holidays, now is the perfect time to order.

http://www.racinebakery.com/rbBakery_...

Nov 23, 2014
Vidute in Home Cooking

What do you do with leftover seafood ?

most of the time i like the broth over the actual mussels/clams. :) soup's my weakness.

Nov 23, 2014
Vidute in Home Cooking

What do you do with leftover seafood ?

if you have the mussel/clam broth, you could make a quick stew.

butter, celery, shallots, half-and-half, cayenne pepper

i use this for oyster stew.

Nov 23, 2014
Vidute in Home Cooking

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

baumkuchen- a thin batter is poured over a rotating spit creating "tree rings"; hence, "tree cake".

Nov 23, 2014
Vidute in Home Cooking

Looking for recipes to make boozy gifts for Christmas

a lithuanian, spiced-honey liquer, virytas.

Nov 23, 2014
Vidute in Spirits

What do you do with leftover seafood ?

"leftover seafood" is an unknown phenomenon. as with jello, there's always room. (says she who polished off a dozen chesapeake bay blue steamed crabs, this afternoon, as bittersweet farewell to the end of the 2014 maryland crab season. sweet, fat, spicy. a memory to keep me warm all winter.)

Nov 23, 2014
Vidute in Home Cooking
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