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Chinese Chili Paste with Garlic suggestions needed

I've cooked Chinese/Szechuan/Hunan food for over 30 years and have always relied on Lan Chi brand Chili Paste with Garlic for making my stir-fry sauces. For the last several years, I've bought the stuff by the case as it's hard to find in my local area (Medford, Oregon). To my horror, the last time I went to my asian grocery store, I was told the company went out of business several months ago and Lan Chi CPwG is no longer available. The store owner suggested trying Lee Kum Kee's version, but it's just not right. Can any wise ones give me some suggestions for what they use?? All recommendations gratefully accepted!

Apr 15, 2014
bethd92692 in General Topics

Dinner Eastham to Provincetown

We just returned from Provincetown after having a delightful dinner at Napi's. We are from Northern CA and visiting my husband's relatives in Salem, MA. We came down to visit Cape Cod and relied on the various postings to find a good place for dinner. Many of the locations are still closed for winter and are not opening for a week or so, but Napi's was available. It has a warm and welcoming ambience and a large menu with something for everyone. David, our server, had some excellent and helpful suggestions for dinner selections. We particularly enjoyed the avocado spring roll as an appetizer (split between 4 diners). For entrees, my husband had the pan roasted salmon special, I had stir-fried scallops, hubby's uncle had stir-fried chicken and scallops and his aunt had crab cakes. All of our entrees were perfectly prepared. In fact, there were so many interesting choices that it was tough to make a decision.

Napi's is not the typical fried fish place (which we also enjoy), but the food is fresh, perfectly prepared, and served in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. We heartily recommend it.

Single Serving Coffee Pot??

I have gone through 4 Keurig brewers, none of them lasted more than 15 months. They are not repairable and all of them had quality control problems with the pumps. I gave up on them and bought a Bunn pod brewer. I make my own pods with a Perfect Pod Maker and filters so I can use my own preferred brand of coffee.

Both the Breville and Cuisinart machines are made by Keurig and they seem to have the same poor construction. I really, really don't recommend them.

The Bunn is not as "sexy" looking, it's louder during a brew cycle than the Keurig, and it's water reservoir is smaller, but it has been brewing faithfully for me for a couple of years and has outlasted all my Keurigs.

Aug 12, 2013
bethd92692 in Cookware

Cast Iron Seasoning: Is Flaxseed Oil Best?

I use peanut or grapeseed oil. After washing with plain water and a nylon scrubber for any stubborn bits, I dry it carefully, wipe with a little peanut or grapeseed oil, and place it in a warm (300 degrees) oven, turn the oven off and let it sit overnight.

Jul 26, 2013
bethd92692 in Features

Get Your (Rhubarb) Drink On

I LOVE rhubarb but am trying to lose some weight so rhubarb pies and tarts are out for now. I'm definitely going to give this a try!!

May 29, 2013
bethd92692 in Features

Do You Really Need Herb Shears?

My husband gave me an ulu knife with the curved bowl for chopping herbs years ago and I absolutely swear by it. It's fast, idiot-easy to use, and easy to clean. I've always thought those herb scissors would be messy to use and a pain to clean. If I need to chiffonade herbs like basil, it's just as easy to stack them and then cut crosswise with a knife.

May 29, 2013
bethd92692 in Features


I've made this a number of times and my husband and I really enjoy it. Not sure why so many reviewers have been so critical...

Jan 30, 2013
bethd92692 in Recipes

Best of Winnemucca?

My husband and I were traveling through on our way home to Northern CA and were staying in Winnemucca overnight. We went to Chihuahua's and without a doubt, had the BEST Mexican meal we've had outside AZ. We particularly liked the pork tamales, the chile rellenos, and the carne asada tacos. We're not locals, but we can enthusiastically endorse Chihuahua's if you're in the mood for Mexican.

May 01, 2011
bethd92692 in Southwest

Pork Tenderloin with Salsa Verde

Stupid question for the day: I'm planning on making this tonight, and noticed that the instructions did not mention turning the tenderloin to brown the second side. Is it just assumed that the 8 minutes cooking time is divided into 4 minutes per side?

Oct 13, 2009
bethd92692 in Recipes

Pad Kee Mao (Spicy Ground Chicken and Rice Noodles)

Soygirl2, thank you very much for the suggestion! I found some vegetarian mushroom sauce online and ordered a bottle. Thanks so much!!

Sep 27, 2009
bethd92692 in Recipes

Pad Kee Mao (Spicy Ground Chicken and Rice Noodles)

Does anybody have a suggestion for a substitution for the oyster sauce? My husband is very allergic to shellfish so I don't use oyster sauce in my Chinese recipes. I was thinking of hoisin sauce thinned with some chicken stock...

Sep 25, 2009
bethd92692 in Recipes

Indoor Composting Systems

After an intial very bad experience with an earlier model of NatureMill, I was able to get it replaced with a NatureMill Pro. The new model works GREAT and I've been very, very happy with it. We keep ours outside as my husband is picky about odors. You can purchase additonal sawdust pellets from the company, but we found that Feline Pine cat litter looks exactly like the pellets that came with the composter. Make sure it's the non-clumping Feline Pine. It's inexpensive and available at most large pet stores.

Stringy stuff does tend to tangle on the mixing bars, so I cut up long strands such as carrot peels or green onion tops into smaller pieces. I also do not put very fibrous stuff such as artichoke leaves or corn husks in the unit.

Oct 09, 2008
bethd92692 in Features