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Hatch Chile time at Wegman's

I went to Wegman's Dulles last weekend, because the online calendar said that's when they'd be roasting chiles. No sign of chiles, so I went to the Information Desk where they told me they don't have the space to do it, so they were not participating this year.

I wonder if H-T Barcroft will have any left tomorrow?

vegans and vegetarians coming to Kingston!

Glad to hear that!!!

Eating Corn On The Cob--What's Your Style???

I've put a squeeze of lime and a squirt of hot sauce on my corn ever since Bill Kirchen, the Telemaster King o' Dieselbilly turned me on to that at a farmers market he was playing at.

Jul 24, 2015
MsDiPesto in General Topics

Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

I am saddened to note that Scallion Pancakes and Pastrami Smoked Salmon have not been sighted in Northern Virginia in two weeks. I fear the worst.

Jun 21, 2015
MsDiPesto in Chains

I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

$US100 for one person, I'd suggest; Taco Bamba in Falls Church for Posole Roja, Bahn Mi in Falls Church at DC Sandwich, Tonkatsu Ramen at Toki Underground (H St NE, DC), Pupatella in Arlington for pizza, a sandwich from Stokowski's in GeoTown.

May 09, 2015
MsDiPesto in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

NAY - The Maple Chicken Breakfast Sausage. Bits of gristle do not make for a pleasant eating experience.

Feb 25, 2015
MsDiPesto in Chains

Bucatini Pasta

The style of pasta most likely to get sauce on my clothes. It seems to whip around and with the hollow center...splat.

What sauce would your recommend for grilled asparagus?

It doesn't get much simpler than butter and a little salt. I ate it that way a lot as a kid.

Jan 22, 2015
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Nay - Frozen Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza - lots of carbs for very little flavor

Nay - Hot Dog Rolls - These are made in the split, "New England" style. I usually avoid their bread but didn't want to make a trip to another store. Stale tasting right out of the bag, which is why I avoid most of their bread anyway.

Yay - Butterscotch iced cupcakes - I haven't seen these in a long time but they're back.

Jan 17, 2015
MsDiPesto in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

I found it in a N. Virginia store last week.

Jan 16, 2015
MsDiPesto in Chains

Help with sous vide boneless skinless chicken breasts

I confess I did not check the temp. I performed the same thing since then with identical results. Moist chicken, with no pink. I think the lack of pink made me think it was OK for those experiments. I'll try the higher temps and use my digital therm to check the results next time.

Jan 08, 2015
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

Where to buy a variety of fresh chili peppers

"3 whole rich fruity chilies like Ancho, Mulatto, Negro, or Pasilla, stems and seeds removed"

I am assuming the recipe says something to the effect of "use one of the following types of dried chilies". Those four types are pretty much the same dried chili, and the Ancho or Pasilla varieties should be easy to find.

I think each of the four lines of ingredients intend to say something like "use one of the following".

Ideas for a Molecular Gastronomy Store Name {prize}

Froth, Fizz & Foam

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

That new Ginger Brew must be good because all I saw of it was a sign on one shelf, but it was all gone very quickly and has not returned.

Dec 20, 2014
MsDiPesto in Chains

Where do I get the best ham??

A classic uncooked Virginia Country Ham is strictly an appetizer sort of thing, and a little goes a long way. You will have to soak it for hours depending on what level of salt you like, change the water every 4 hours, and brush the rind. Then wash it again.

Honey baked is a consistent product and much easier. Or get a cooked ham from one of the smaller purveyors, usually the same ones who have the country hams available.

Are you bringing the biscuits or crackers or whatever to serve it on too?

Help with sous vide boneless skinless chicken breasts

I recently received my Anova Precision circulator, and have been experimenting with it. I cooked thinly sliced chicken breast the other day at 140 F for one hour after the water came to temp, in a Ziplock that I had removed nearly all of the air from. I flipped the bag every now and then. They came out very tender and flavorful. I added a tiny bit of olive oil and a shake of Emeril's Essence to the bag before the water bath.

Dec 16, 2014
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

Good way to doctor up jar spaghetti sauce?

I used to buy a jar of Progresso Marinara sauce, then saute chopped yellow onion and garlic in a little olive oil, then pour the jar of sauce in and simmer for a while.

Dec 11, 2014
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

My ex's mother must have been related to your ex's mother. They did the "family meeting" thing too.

Dec 11, 2014
MsDiPesto in Not About Food

Secrets Of The Rapid Ramen Cooker

LOL, I saw those in a drug store recently, but didn't notice the amazing sodium reducing claim. I wondered why not just use whatever you have in the kitchen?

Dec 03, 2014
MsDiPesto in Cookware

uses for pickle juice

Me too!

Nov 03, 2014
MsDiPesto in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

I love the Authentica as well. It reminds me of what was served at a restaurant I used to frequent.

Nov 03, 2014
MsDiPesto in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

Yes, when I buy dried mushrooms, it's usually to soak, and then use the liquid to add umami to mushroom soup. I discard the rehydrated mushrooms

My Bacon

That looks magnificent! Bravo!

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.