MsDiPesto's Profile

Title Last Reply

things you put ketchup on

It's an ingredient in the piquant sauce I make for meatloaf. I put some on the loaf while it cooks, and have some to serve on the side.

Oct 17, 2014
MsDiPesto in General Topics

Okra Roux

Interesting to see this, just the other day, I think it may have been on, I was reading about New Orleans and there was a sidebar explaining the difference between creole and cajun and that the former used traditional rouxs, while the cajun used okra as a thickening agent in the place of a roux.

Sep 19, 2014
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

Smoked Fish - DC Metro Area

Last year, a friend got smoked sardines at Mediterrafish in Mosaic.

Help needed with clumping seasoning

I keep things that tend to clump in the fridge.

Sep 15, 2014
MsDiPesto in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Nay on the "Pork Rib Bites with BBQ Sauce". It's a bag of bones with a tiny bit of meat covered in a sweet BBQ sauce. Not worth it.

Aug 25, 2014
MsDiPesto in Chains

Mushroom sauce for pappardelle (NO cream or tomatoes)

Another vote for the use of porcini water, it adds so much umami.

Aug 07, 2014
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

The Most Fabulous Candy Bar Ever

You'd have to have the palate of a child challenged to a dare
to think this was edible.

Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

Watching it right now and thinking how the judges consist of two chefs and, what, the biz guy?

Jul 21, 2014
MsDiPesto in Food Media & News

Remember Gampy's Monte Cristo sandwich with the raspberry sauce?

Nice to hear fondness for this item. There's a bakery in my hometown in upstate NY that serves such a dish, powdered sugar and raspberry sauce and all.

A vegan, a person who's gluten free, someone with a nut allergy and an anorexic walk into a bar…

But when I saw the title, I knew I'd probably like it, and that it was probably braised carrots. So it does serve some use to have a familiar touchstone in the title.

Jun 23, 2014
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

What foods have traveled in your carry-on?

A big ristra of fresh chilies purchased in Santa Fe. I could smell them all the way back to D.C. Another time I brought back a whole muffaletta from Central Grocery in New Orleans. Then there was the canned cassoulet from the South of France.

Jun 06, 2014
MsDiPesto in General Topics

How do I make PERFECT scrambled eggs?

I like Gordon Ramsay's method of making them in a small saucepan with creme fraiche. He takes the pan off the heat element a lot to insure they're not overdone.

May 28, 2014
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

CHOW Reviews: Onion Goggles

I have a friend who wears these on his bicycle now that we are in full on pollen season. Says they work.

May 15, 2014
MsDiPesto in Cookware

Might be heading to Bethesda, thinking about crab cakes

3. Yes. I work in Bethesda and I always see one of those Vamoose buses loading in the morning on Waverly St, one block off of Wisconsin Ave. Their web site has more details and booking:

Adoboloco Hot Sauce Is Our Favorite Burrito Blaster

The "after tasting" photo of the bottles shows which flavors you favored too. I'll have to pick up one of those at WF.

May 03, 2014
MsDiPesto in Features

Anyone use Plated/ Blue Apron/ Hello Fresh? What Other choices are in the area?

Sorry for the late reply Kris. Yeah, definitely. And it turned me on to some things that I had not tried before, like the grain Farro.

Anyone use Plated/ Blue Apron/ Hello Fresh? What Other choices are in the area?

I have a friend who began purchasing from Blue Apron last summer. Part of the reason was that I was convalescing from a hip revision at her house and she wanted me healthy and out of there ASAP! She likes to cook but hates to shop. At the time you had a limited choice from Blue Apron: either vegetarian, or meat, poultry and fish. She does not eat fish, so it was always vegetarian. It was pretty good. Now, they have moderated their choices so if you don't eat fish, you can choose dinners that include meat and poultry but not fish, and I've had a couple of those lately. There was a period in early fall where it seemed like they were giving out the bottom of the produce bin, but that has improved as of late. The dinners were supposed to be for two, but we found that we could invite a couple over we are friends with and have enough food for four. Some of it is fantastic, some not so much, but I liked the concept. I saw the guys from Plated on Shark Tank, and I couldn't see how their concept could succeed.

What discontinued products do you miss?

Progresso Escarole Soup seems to have been discontinued, I ate that a lot as a kid.

Apr 13, 2014
MsDiPesto in General Topics

future hubby soaked my cast iron overnight :(

An excellent opportunity to teach him how to re-season a skillet.

Apr 12, 2014
MsDiPesto in Cookware

Whole Foods parking hell

The small WF in Falls Church has a parking lot that is astoundingly rude.

vegans and vegetarians coming to Kingston!

Garden Cafe on the Green in Woodstock. Outdated Cafe in Kingston, Duo Bistro is very vegan friendly, on John St in uptown Kingston.

Kerrygold Butter Shortage

I saw it in Trader Joe's in Falls Church over the weekend.

CHOW Reviews: Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender (CSB-79)

Glad to see that this one comes apart for cleaning just like my older Smart Stick that I bought refurbished. That way you can hold the removable end that gets the eggs, etc all over it upside down in the sink. Or, just fill a beaker with soapy water as others have suggested and give it a whirl.

Feb 10, 2014
MsDiPesto in Cookware

Event catering that won't break the bank?

I used Lebanese Bakery in Alexandria for a birthday party, it was appreciated by the guests and I could actually afford it!

G by Mike Isabella - Report

If they're going to use decent cuts for the 'wishes, fine. Otherwise it smacks too much of either throwing scraps to the peasants, or someone in a meeting saying "Hey, I know how we can take a smaller loss on the leftovers!"

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

Yay - Butterscotch iced cupcakes w/caramel drizzle

Nay - Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate - it just tastes like cheap coffee.

Jan 07, 2014
MsDiPesto in Chains

Foods/drinks/snacks you sneak into a movie theater...

I smuggle cough drops into theatres so that in the event I have a tickle in my throat, I don't disturb the other paying patrons.


Tom, do you mean you put the chicken in the broiler with the PPP, or the pan sans chicken?

I haven't had cassoulet since I spent a night in the Grand Hotel de la Opera Tolouse.

Dec 25, 2013
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

Novel Approach to Turkey Roasting

A friend was telling me tonight that he nailed a perfect bird by removing the legs and braising them separately, until the meat fell off the bones, which also gave him a quantity of nice stock to make gravy with.

Nov 30, 2013
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

Where to buy crystalized ginger in No VA?

I would look in stores with a bulk section, like MOM's.