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Overrun with ripe avocados. What to do besides guac or salad?

kind of similar to the vietnamese smoothie, but I really love making an avocado bubble tea drink. gotta get those tapioca pearls though.

Nov 06, 2012
sarahtorres in Home Cooking

Mexican cooking night ideas

try a fruit salad with chile powder and salt, like they sell on the street in cups. I also like to do cucumbers or jicama in a tamarind lime dressing. Also thekitchn.com has a great recipe for roasted pepper salsa. maybe make some queso fresco for a topping too.

Nov 06, 2012
sarahtorres in Home Cooking

Your Favorite One-Spice Dishes

lucky you!

Nov 06, 2012
sarahtorres in General Topics

Your Favorite One-Spice Dishes

Really the only one-spice dish I make is Carrot Coriander Soup. My cabinet FULL of spices each in its own glass jar was the source of a major dispute between husband and I last moving day. The spices together with the flours and grains and sugars amouted to, er, 4 boxes I believe. He was not pleased. So, I tend to use a lot of spices in my dishes, but this Carrot Soup with its lonely coriander really sung. It's so clean and fresh.

Nov 04, 2012
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Jinju, Korea - Traditional Korean BBQ Dinner at U-Ga-Chon

He has some Korean ability and will have Korean-speaking friends luckily!

Your favorite 'road trip' food

As a kid (my waistline wont let me do this now) we used to take trips out in the Hill Country of Texas. We would always stop at this mom and pop country store and my go-to snack combo was a root beer, a chocolate or butterscotch moonpie, and a stick of beef jerkey.

Less thrillingly, I now choose trailmix, cokes, saltines with cheese. Sigh for the days of my childhood.

Jun 08, 2012
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How many different types of rice do you have in your pantry?

What is this forbidden rice exactly? I had it a couple of times many years ago, and have since moved out of country and havent found it since. I tried other black rices, but none have that flowery perfume and taste I remember.

Jun 08, 2012
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How many different types of rice do you have in your pantry?

japonica sushi rice for most Asian dishes
Basmati for Indian
Arborio for risottos
Short grain brown rice
black rice (Korean style)
short grain sticky white rice for desserts
wild rice (er, grain?)

I find that this list is the shortest I can get away with and still satisfy rice needs for all my different favorite dishes. When I cook Thai, I just use the sushi rice with a jasmine teabag or flower.

Jun 08, 2012
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Jinju, Korea - Traditional Korean BBQ Dinner at U-Ga-Chon

My husband is headed to Jinju soon. I will pass along the restaurant info. Thanks!

How Old Were You When You Began to Cook? What Was Your Starter Dish?

8ish probably. Mama taught me how to make migas. I remember thinking it was so cool to be able to grab a handful of tortilla chips and crunch them over the pan. We did a rockin honey fruit salad too.

Jun 08, 2012
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How to cook this Japanese/Korean vegetable?

Those lemon cucumbers look lovely, but I do not have any of those sadly. I have the one shown on the farmsco link. Thanks for finding a picture!

Jun 08, 2012
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How to cook this Japanese/Korean vegetable?

I live in Korea and found a new vegetable! Its name in Korean is nogak (노각) and in Japanese its ナツツバキ natsutsubak . The only English name I can get is yellowish overripe cucumber. It is just shorter than my arm, about as wide, and orangish-brown. It seems cucumber-like. Other than just treating it like a cucumber, does anyone know how it is usually prepared? Google is not turning up much. Thanks!

Jun 08, 2012
sarahtorres in Home Cooking