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Slow cooker ideas?

It's still hot where I live, so it certainly isn't soup time yet. I'd plan on BLTs. You could have all the makings ready so when you get home only "some assembly needed". Also a glass of wine is often welcome after...well after almost anything.

Aug 19, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

How many different appetizers should I serve for a party of 40 for 4 hours?

>>Tortilla rolls w\spinach artichoke filling<<<

laliz, I'd be interested in how these were put together...rolled and cut across?

Jul 30, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Wedding brunch/barbecue ideas

I think most of the suggestions have been salads. Why not the BBQ meat as planned and a salad bar with an array of heavy (bean) and light (coleslaw)

Cannellini beans/olives/artichoke hearts in oil/vinegar
Summer salad (tomatoes, onions cukes)
Assorted fresh fruit
Macaroni or some kind of pasta

Central Coast - buy fresh lima beans?

My mom lived in Camarillo where they grew like crazy...many years ago. Now I can't even find them frozen. What happened?

Jul 15, 2015
Gail in California

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

In hot CA:

-Cold salmon with dollops of mayo and thinly sliced purple onion
-Shrimp cocktail with salad shrimp, chopped celery, lime juice, Cross/Blackwell cocktail sauce. Not the lovely restaurant presentation with jumbo shrimp, but very good.
-Charcuterie plate your choice of cheeses, meats, etc
-Chinese chicken salad and of course all kinds of other salads

These are recent hot weather foods I've prepared.

How to word invitation to restaurant party where I can't pay for super-expensive meals?

If the restaurant won't provide a "special" menu, I would take her to dinner there just the two of you. Then a bit later, take the gang to a place that's comfortable for you. If she's already had her b-day dinner w/ you, the party will be even more of a surprise.

Jun 24, 2015
Gail in Not About Food

Planning a Birthday Lunch - Do I pay for Birthday Girl?

As the "party planner", I would arrive early to let the waiter know to give me her bill. She can be pointed out quietly to the waiter during lunch. That way there would be less of a to-do when the time comes.
Yes, you pay...and why not?

Jun 22, 2015
Gail in Not About Food

How to eat canned smoked trout

I ordered a salad in one of Yountville's top restaurants (Napa Valley). It consisted of greens, sweet onions, potatoes, trout with a light vinaigrette. I can't remember if the trout was smoked or not, but nevertheless, simple and excellent.

Jun 21, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Dinner in Monterey/Carmel Recommendations

Were you able to find out what the problem was at the management, new chef? The reviews seem to run hot and cold lately. This restaurant shouldn't be sporadic when it comes to food or service.

Jun 15, 2015
Gail in California

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

From their point of view, it's bringing "coal to Newcastle" I suppose. You would be hard-pressed to find a Napa wine not on their list unless you were going cheap. It would be considered heresy to bring in a French wine. However the $150. is an outright discouragement, I agree.

Jun 14, 2015
Gail in Not About Food

Help Me Build a Seafood Tower of Epic Proportions!

Not sure how you're planning on serving this. Are you laying the shellfish on the tower trays and serving the salad, etc as side dishes?
How many are you serving?
Sounds fun and delicious!

Jun 01, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

What to do wit beef broth?

Oh, can't wait...

May 23, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

What to do wit beef broth?

Yesterday I braised short ribs in beef broth, red and port wine. The broth wasn't homemade, but the result was very good. Your homemade would be even better...

May 23, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Three nights in Monterey

*Massaro & Santos (Coast Guard Pier, Monterey)for sand dabs
*Sandbar and Grill (Municipal Pier, Monterey) for local seafood
*Fifi's (Pacific Grove) for Moules Frites
*Highlands Inn (4 miles S of Carmel)for cocktails and a view to remember.
*Roy's at sunset for bagpipes around a firepit, cocktails and a couple of dining choices.
*Mission Ranch (Carmel) for Sunday brunch on the deck in a lovely pastoral setting.

So many, other will chime in with small Carmel-ish places I'm sure.

May 05, 2015
Gail in California

Has anyone every tried making Manchego Cheesecake?

Hope it doesn't call for too much Manchego. In my neck of the wooes, it's $28./lb.

May 05, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Tough Chicken Breasts?

I like how this recipe reads and want to try it. What do you think of baked covered for 20 mins and uncover to brown for 10 mins.? I might omit the turkey (poultry on poultry).

Alkapal, what about the sauce...a combo of wine and chick broth or what would you suggest other than that?

Always looking for fix ahead ideas and this is sounds good.

Apr 22, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Shrimp w/ shell-on recipes

Have a party. Spread newspaper on the table and cover with bright tablecloth (or not). Boil the shrimp in beer for 5-7 mins., drain and put into buckets (toy store). Serve with a couple of dipping sauces, coleslaw, corn on the cob, sourdough warm w/ butter, wine and/or beer. Peel 'n eat shrimp, make it fun.

Noah's Vietnamese Fusion Merced?

It may be a reference to the French influence...

Mar 27, 2015
Gail in California

If corned beef is chewy and hard to cut is it not done?

Be sure to cut it cross grain too.

Mar 20, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Ideas for dinner for 6

Short ribs on wide noodles or mashed if you insist. Cook the short ribs a day ahead...better for you and better for the ribs.

Mar 19, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Family Friendly - Pacific Grove/Monterey/Carmel-By-The-Sea

Massaro and Santos on the Coast Guard wharf

Sandbar and Grill on the Municipal wharf

Peppers Mexicali Café, Pacific Grove

Mar 16, 2015
Gail in California

China or stoneware - what is a good forever pattern?

Dansk...Love their flatware too.

Mar 01, 2015
Gail in Cookware

Langostino tails

Yes, traveler, cold with a dip and wine. Also, in a Louie; iceberg lettuce shredded, langostino (cooked, cold, out of shell) on top, surround with hard boiled eggs, asparagus spears etc and covered in Louie dressing.

Feb 15, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Fresno/Clovis Area Dining

Thanks for the updates. I'm still trying to find someone who has been to the new Zen Wok on Herndon/Palm.

Feb 14, 2015
Gail in California

Need help with my menu..

If you think you will "get pretty full off the oysters", why not have a big bowl of homemade Boston clam chowder and warm sour dough bread with butter.

Follow it all with his favorite dessert.

Feb 12, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

What can I use instead of beer to make Brisket?

sunshine, just wanted you to know this did not go unnoticed...

>>>> if the spirit moves you <<<

Feb 08, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Menu for baby shower brunch

Chinese chicken salad

Feb 05, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Slow Boat to China casserole

I agree chefj. Google has tons of recipes for SB to C and the inclusion of water chestnuts would work in any of them.

Jan 29, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

what else can i make with pot roast cut?

Create shredded beef (machaca)for tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, etc...

Jan 24, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

I need party food ideas for 50 people, including kids

I'd make a crockpot full of chili to go with any of the sandwiches or the taco bar. Serve in disposable small bowls and have shredded cheese, onions, crackers to sprinkle on top.

Jan 22, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking