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Abalone?

Patty, I seem to remember seeing abalone on the Sardine Factory menu. Have you been there recently?

about 5 hours ago
Gail in California

earthquake themed chili cookoff ideas?

My Fault Chili
10 on the Richter Chili
Seismic Chili !
Chili Epicenter
Landslide Winner Chili

Sep 15, 2014
Gail in Not About Food

Orange Flower Water and Rose Water-How do you like to cook with these?

My grandmother mixed rosewater and glycerin to use as hand lotion.

Sep 04, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

What to marinade my chicken in (Mexican recipe)

I cook 1/2 breasts of chicken (bone in, skin on) in chunked onion and celery. I sprinkle in a pkg of taco mix and simmer until chicken is falling apart. I drain all but a bit of the liquid, debone, "deskin" and shred chicken. Sprinkle another 1/2 pkg or so of taco mix and stir together. I let sit in fridge until I'm ready to put together tacos, enchiladas or tostados. I reheat gently.
I haven't checked, but I think the seasonings mentioned are in the mix pkgs.

Sep 04, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Central Coast Updates

Thanks, Melanie.
Scamming old people...a real class act!!!

Aug 27, 2014
Gail in California

Central Coast Updates

Why is Robert Clouston in jail?

Aug 27, 2014
Gail in California

Premade enchiladas for camping

>>>You could also make the filling, freeze or keep cool, and then serve inside tortillas warmed up on the fire.<<<

Excellent idea...no mush that way!

Aug 20, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Smoked Oysters -- yummy ways to eat?

That same sauce is very good on a crab or shrimp salad!

Aug 18, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Cooking on a hotel steam iron

But it's OK to fry eggs on their steam irons...we live in a funny place!

Aug 17, 2014
Gail in Cookware
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Cooking on a hotel steam iron

If you're on a rode trip, why not just add another piece of luggage with an electric skillet in it?

Aug 17, 2014
Gail in Cookware

Quick and easy

Basic, Quick Chicken
Lay raw thinly sliced or pounded boneless, skinless breasts in baking dish.
Cover with thin slices of Swiss cheese
In a side bowl mix:
1 can Campbells chicken soup
1 can cheap white wine
Marinated artichoke hearts, quarted
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
Fresh mushrooms quartered
Pour mixture over chicken and cheese
Cover with dry, seasoned dressing mix like Mrs Culberson's
Pour melted butter over all and bake 350 for about an hour.

Aug 05, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Shrimp (salad size) cocktails (bring plastic spoons, sm paper cups)
Peal and eat med size shrimp (on ice) different dips
Smoked oysters (in cans) with toothpicks & crackers
Caprese on a stick
I like the pickling idea; asparagus, green beans on & on

Aug 05, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking
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Italian food in Fresno!

Jeff, I understand Gallo's has a sister restaurant called Capo's, Nees/Palm. I wonder if you've tried it or maybe you're fed up with Gallo?
I misss Guilia's! I do enjoy Parma, but you need to bring a full wallet.
Have you been following Cracked Pepper? I heard it's open on Palm/Herndon, dinner only.

Aug 02, 2014
Gail in California

Fun With Marinated Artichokes

I buy the monster jar at Costco since they last quite awhile.

Frittatas
Tuna and chicken casseroles
Potato salad
Green salads
Pasta salads

Aug 01, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Smoked Oysters -- yummy ways to eat?

Served heated, cold, room temp? Need to know the ratio of soy sauce to vinegar, please.
Sounds very interesting...thanks.

Jul 31, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

I had it served on newspaper in a very nice, but casual restaurant. Glad you classed it up a bit too.

Jul 29, 2014
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Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

>>>Rather than pouring it all out on newspapers, which turned my wife off, we put down a lot of newspapers covered by butcher paper<<<

Aw, you went from "low country" to "high country".
Sounds like lots of fun!

Jul 28, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

Excellent! I've had this while living in the South. It was served on a table covered with newspapers...a fun party-atmosphere dinner. Don't forget lots of napkins and make sure you have a can of Old Bay to sprinkle into the cooking mix.

Jul 25, 2014
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Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

Hey, it's Thurs...and the decision is???

Jul 24, 2014
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Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

>>>Hint: Before you put the lasagna/s in the oven slice through to establish the portions. This will allow you to serve 'pre-cut' portions.<<<

Excellent, Puffin! Even when I let it rest, my lasagna doesn't come out of the dish in nice serving pieces.

Jul 22, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Fun With Marinated Artichokes

Pezzini's!!

Jul 21, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

Peel 'n eat shrimp served with a variety of sauces/dips
Slaw and another green salad
Baked potatoes with several topping choices
Beer/Wine
Cobbler and watermelon

Spread your patio table with newspapers

Jul 21, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking
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Any uses for an unripe avocado?

My friend was ready to make guac only to find the avocado was like a rock, so she asked her husband if he would back the car over it.
Happen years ago and we still laugh about it.

Jul 15, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Salad combinations for everyday...

Table grapes (Flames are great) sliced in half with crumbled bleu cheese and your favorite oil/vinegar combo.

Jul 15, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Does anyone still get the whole family together for Sunday dinner?

My SIL and I lost our husbands within months of each other. Sundays were really bummer days (daze). We decided to do something about Sundays, so we got together for Bloody Marys and lunch, trading off houses each Sunday. At first is was a commiserating Sunday, but now we solve family problems and issues of national interest. So, be at ease, each Sunday we come up with *the* answers....and today (Sun) will be no different.
BTW, we do try out special recipes each week.

Jul 13, 2014
Gail in Not About Food
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What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

>>>Buy better than what? <<<
My thought was a national upscale steakhouse should be able to "buy better" than Joe's local upscale, 1 place, steakhouse.

Jul 09, 2014
Gail in Not About Food

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

Tom, et al,
Thanks guys for all the info. I feel very enlightened.
Yes, the $12. baked potato! This place was slammed on a weekday. Where is all the disposable income coming from...can't all be expense accounts.

Jul 09, 2014
Gail in Not About Food

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

I find that amazing. I would think this chain could buy better...I'm still wondering. Are you familiar with huge, upscale restaurants and how they buy?

Jul 08, 2014
Gail in Not About Food

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

I recently dined at a nationally known upscale steakhouse. A diner in our group ordered a filet of beef. It was a good-sized filet wrapped in a single bacon slice set in the middle of a large plate...$40.00.
Now, there's an example of substantial profit margin.

Jul 08, 2014
Gail in Not About Food

canned potatoes - anyone cook with them?

That sounds wonderful. Don't the hot potatoes wilt the mesclun too much? I think I might let them cool a bit. I had this same salad in a French restaurant in Napa Valley, but they used smoked trout rather than sardines. Love sardines and they're easier to find.

Jul 08, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking