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What dish do you cook that people just rave about?

My potato soup, and my steak chili.

Jul 16, 2012
Olliegator in Home Cooking

One Day of Dining in Your City

Madison, WI:

Breakfast- Monty's Blue Plate Diner
Breakfast sandwich (toasted sourdough, bacon, over easy egg, tomato, goat cheese) with american fries

Lunch- Ella's Deli
Start with an order of deep fried pickle spears, then an open faced roast beef sandwich

Dinner- Bluephies Restaurant and Vodkatorium
Drink: PP smash (pomegranate liquer, house infused pineapple vodka, cilantro)
Appetizer: Jalapeno superbird (bacon wrapped jalapenos stuffed with chicken and goat cheese)
Main course: Chicken pot pie (trust me, it's the best one ever)
Dessert: Cookie dough eggroll. (enough said)

Jul 16, 2012
Olliegator in General Topics

Two specific food safety questions

Get the seafood out. Smell/taste the giadineiera. If it doesn't smell/taste off, it's likely fine.

Nov 06, 2011
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Your Favorite Chain Burger

I live in Madison, and there are almost as many Culver's as McDonald's. Also, there are stores in Arizona, and there's talk of expansion to Florida.

Nov 04, 2011
Olliegator in Chains

Your Favorite Chain Burger

Either a hardee's frisco burger, a red robin banzai burger, or jalapeno sliders from white castle.

Nov 04, 2011
Olliegator in Chains

Of all the fast-food chains ... who makes the best ice cream shakes?

Culvers. Damn it's good to live in Wisconsin.

Nov 04, 2011
Olliegator in Chains

Breaking: Fruit Gushers Do Not Actually Gush Fruit

This is ridiculous. If you know how to read an ingredient label, you know that this stuff is unhealthy. End of story.

Oct 22, 2011
Olliegator in Features

Hi, my name is _______ and I'm addicted to ________ .(food only please!)

Hi, my name is Olliegator, and I'm addicted to cheese, particularly brie and feta. Any cheese will do if I can make it into a sandwich, or sprinkle it over something.

Oct 19, 2011
Olliegator in General Topics

Food foreigners take back home when they visit America.

A friend of mine has moved to Germany with her boyfriend. She says she misses peanut butter and doritos the most. I plan on going to costco and getting her a giant jar of it for her Christmas gift when she comes back home.

Oct 16, 2011
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cheese!

Yum. I once made a grilled cheese on our bakery's whole grain bread with smoked gouda, vine ripened tomatoes from the garden, and avocado.

Oct 16, 2011
Olliegator in Cheese

25 Percent Tips in SF? Nonsense

That is ludicrous. As a former bartender/waitress and future hairdresser, much of my income has been dependent on tips. Tips are earned. If I get crap service, I will leave 10% or less. If I recieve good service, 20%. If I get excellent service, I leave up to 50%. I know how hard it is to do these jobs, and I know it gets frustrating, but if you can't put your happy face on and treat people who pay the majority of your bills right, then you don't deserve a gratuity.

Oct 16, 2011
Olliegator in Features

Southern Thanksgiving Dessert suggestions?

Agree 100%

Oct 15, 2011
Olliegator in Home Cooking

Cincinnati Five-way Chili

I'm a skyline girl, but I won't yuck your yum. Empress is awesome too. My great grandma has a copy cat recipe.

Oct 13, 2011
Olliegator in Home Cooking

Cincinnati Five-way Chili

My cousin used to operate several skyline chili restaraunts. I love eating a 3-way, and the fact that I get to ask the waiter for a 3-way. Also, it brings back lots of childhood memories, since I used to get this with my dad when I visited.

Oct 13, 2011
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Foods You Enjoy for Breakfast that are non-typical

It was definitely one of my favorites. Maybe I'll try to re-create it.

Oct 13, 2011
Olliegator in General Topics

What is Chicken Fried Steak? Is Brown Gravy a Travesty?

I mis-spoke. I cook the flour enough to be not glue flavored. My gravy is white when I'm done with it.

Oct 13, 2011
Olliegator in General Topics

What is Chicken Fried Steak? Is Brown Gravy a Travesty?

I suppose that is true. My family hails from Texas, I was born in Deleware. My mother and I re-located to Wisconsin, and my dad's side of the family is all in Kentucky. I am used to bbq and cfs the way I like them, but others do eat it in other variations. I feel the same way about chili. Most chili I've tried here in Wisconsin does not seem to be what I consider chili, but who am I to yuck their yum?

Oct 13, 2011
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PB & J dilemma - Please weigh in!

I hate jelly/jam. I'd be pissed. Personally, I don't care if my husband gets peanut butter in the jelly, since I don't eat it. But if I'm making the sandwich for him, I use two knives. Also, I like mixing some maple syrup in with my peanut butter and whipping it together for my sandwiches.

Oct 12, 2011
Olliegator in General Topics

Foods You Enjoy for Breakfast that are non-typical

Once, I made a pumpkin cheesecake with a chocolate crust. It had to be in a regular pie dish though, as it was a layer of cheesecake and a layer of pumpkin pie. The recipe is lost, but it was damn good.

Oct 12, 2011
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Vegan substitute for cream in butternut soup?

If it's curried, why not add coconut milk?

EDIT: Sorry for aswering late!

Oct 11, 2011
Olliegator in Home Cooking

Foods You Enjoy for Breakfast that are non-typical

Macaroni and cheese

Soup- usually potato or broccoli

Leftover pizza, warmed up.

Birthday cake.

Pumpkin pie from thanks giving

Oct 11, 2011
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Guilty Pleasure

Ben and Jerry's pumpkin cheesecake ice cream???!?!??!?!??

Pardon me, my mind is blown.

Oct 10, 2011
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What's for dinner? #110 [OLD]

It turned out fantastic. I even gathered the effort to make veggie stock while the other veggies were roasting. A few dashes of tobasco, and a dollop of sour cream made me a very happy lady tonight.

Oct 10, 2011
Olliegator in Home Cooking

What is Chicken Fried Steak? Is Brown Gravy a Travesty?

My grandma could give Miss Paula Deen a run for her money in butter consumption.

Case in point:
Grandma's fried cabbage

1 head of cabbage, sliced into ribbons
1 stick of butter
Electric skillet

Place cabbage and butter into skillet (on high). Cover and cook until butter is gone and cabbage is crispy. Salt and pepper to taste.

Oh so bad, but oh so good.

Oct 10, 2011
Olliegator in General Topics

What Food Thing Are You Currently Craving--Like Right Now!

Southern Wisconsin is not so lucky :(

Oct 10, 2011
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What's for dinner? #110 [OLD]

We are having roasted vegetable soup with grilled cheese. In a few minutes, I'm going to get up and prep my sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, and parsnips and start roasting. My house is going to smell awesome.

Oct 10, 2011
Olliegator in Home Cooking

What brand of beer for beer bread?

Something cheap. To be honest, once baked, you will not get the subtle nuances of any expensive micro brew. I worked in a deli and our beer batter/beer bread beer of choice was Hamms. It tasted great. I made beer battered fish tacos at home with a local beer (Capitol brewery supper club), and there was no marked difference in taste.

Oct 10, 2011
Olliegator in Home Cooking

Weird combinations?

I tried not to yuck his yum.....but seriously? He tells me that he will try sushi when I try PB on pizza. That will not happen.

Oct 10, 2011
Olliegator in General Topics

What Food Thing Are You Currently Craving--Like Right Now!

Farmer's market is done for the year. Grocery stores have gross tomatoes, none of them green. So i suppose my option is picking some anyway!

Oct 10, 2011
Olliegator in General Topics

Advice: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, what to eat?

I'm going to flat out say, NO SALAD. I had mine out when I was 16, and decided I was going to have a nice big salad. I went to clean out the "sockets" with the little syringe they give you, and nothing came out, so I figured I was in the clear. WRONG. I got terrible pain and inflammation a few days later and went back to my surgeon's office. They extracted so much salad out of my sockets, and it caused dry socket. That required them to pack the wounds with a disgusting clove gauze.

On a postive note, I worked at Dairy Queen back in those days, and the ice cream was great.

Oct 10, 2011
Olliegator in General Topics