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Help! Pork+Pot Luck in Two Days!

Sorry I should have specified. It's shredded.

Jun 08, 2009
Mangojane in Home Cooking

Help! Pork+Pot Luck in Two Days!

I have a pot luck picnic to go to on Thursday. I have about 7lbs of left over roast pork in my freezer from a previous picnic. It is only seasoned with salt and pepper (and I'm in Iowa so you know it's darned good meat, too). The picnic I'm going to is for an Hispanic student organization, so I was thinking of going in a Latin American direction. I wanted to make tamales, but I can't find anywhere that has corn husks! Any recipe suggestions?

Jun 08, 2009
Mangojane in Home Cooking

Iowa City

Has anyone heard of this new place called Chef's Table that's apparently on Washington? I heard about it a few weeks ago and I'm not sure if it's open yet but I was wondering what the deal was with it? Any thoughts?

Feb 15, 2009
Mangojane in Great Plains

MSP/Burnsville-Graduation Dinner

I'm graduating from college on the 14th of June and I need somewhere to eat on the 13th (Friday the 13th... spooky). My dad will eat anything but my mom is a steak and fish person. I don't eat fish, but I'll eat just about anything else. As a family, we generally gravitate toward Italian. Price isn't a big deal since it's my graduation, but if there's a spectacular place that won't make my dad grumpy about the bill, that'd be great too. I'm in school in Northfield and my parents are staying in Burnsville, so anywhere near there would be good too.
Thanks!

May 18, 2008
Mangojane in General Midwest Archive

Does Raw Cookie Dough Rise in Your Stomach?

"Eggs used in the food service industry (for example, the eggs that go into commercial cookie dough) are required by law to be pasteurized."

Does this mean that it's a-ok for me to eat the prepackaged frozen cookie dough? Because that's amazing.

Dec 10, 2007
Mangojane in Features

MSP - Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Originals

The Norske Nook, of course! It's been supplying Osseo, WI with excellent pie for the last 20+ years and it's become a staple of the wisconsin-to-MSP drive for everyone I know.

If you're into the blue-collar local restaurant scene, Tiny's hot dog shop/tobacconists in Northfield, MN is the place to be. It was once a place of ill-repute (fights, drag races, girlie magazines), but it's cleaned up and they make a damn fine dog. I recommend a Tiny's Classic with sauce. Trust me.

Nov 27, 2007
Mangojane in Great Lakes

Eating in and around Iowa City

My mom used to live in Iowa City, and when I went down to interview for grad school she INSISTED that I visit the Brown Bottle. I didn't get a chance to go, but it gets a high recommendation from a former Iowan.

Nov 27, 2007
Mangojane in Great Plains

What is your favorite cheese splurge?

I'm a big fan of local cheeses, so if you can find some new york varieties, I think it would make your plate more special.

There's a great Minnesota sheep dairy called Shepherd's Way if you're looking for something less local, however. Their blue is nationally ranked, I believe, and they make a cheese called Friesago that is mild and really delicious. I'm not sure about how their distribution works, but you can google them if you're interested.

Nov 27, 2007
Mangojane in Cheese

Why Is Kosher Salt Called "Kosher" Salt?

Does anyone else find it hilarious that a guy named Morton works for the Salt Institute? Also--I've always been confused about the circled U and K. Does the U mean unkosher or kosher?

Nov 27, 2007
Mangojane in Features

Madison WI for Parents Visiting UW Student

As a college-age Madisonian, I think good bets would be Tex Tubb's Taco Palace at 2701 University ave (just west of campus), and cafe continental. Both are open on Sunday. Cafe Continental is more upscale and very tasty, but if you're looking for something more fun and casual, Tubb's Taco Palace is a great place. They are new at 2701, having replaced Firefly in September, but they've had an East side location for a while and they have been consistently well-reviewed. Here's their website:

http://www.foodfightinc.com/textubbst...

Nov 24, 2007
Mangojane in Great Lakes

What menu items need to be retired?

Yes on the cheese plates!! I'm from Wisconsin, and I can't stand it when there's a cheese plate without local cheese. I live in Minnesota now, and there's a sheep dairy a few miles from me that has *great* cheese that I never would have known about if not for a particularly considerate cheese plate.

Nov 23, 2007
Mangojane in General Topics

What menu items need to be retired?

I think Iowa is pretty notorious for ranch-loving. One of my friends waitresses at a pizza restaurant in Cedar Rapids, and she says people are constantly asking for ranch dressing to put on absolutely everything!

Nov 23, 2007
Mangojane in General Topics

Food Quests

I'm starting on my quest to make great, quick soup. I'm starting grad school next fall and I want to have a couple of soups I can make on a sunday afternoon and freeze for a couple of weeks. I haven't really investigated any recipes yet, but i'm hoping to steal my grandma's recipe for vegetable beef.

Nov 23, 2007
Mangojane in General Topics

Munchies smorgasboard

Well, maybe this is more for after the 5-year-olds go to bed, but there's a very tasty drink called a Scooby Snack that is pretty popular in the bars where I live. It's equal parts Midori melon liqueur, Malibu rum, and pineapple juice, and a dash of half-and-half. It's shockingly green (very Scooby) and very tasty. I wonder if there would be a way to make a non-alcoholic version as a punch?

As far as munchies food goes, I'm a big fan of quesadillas. Just couple of tortillas and some shredded cheese and any kid will be happy. I usually have different toppings (sour cream, salsa, etc.) which could please the adults.

Oct 23, 2007
Mangojane in Home Cooking

What's in YOUR fridge?

About 8 inedible muffins. I'm experimenting with some healthier breakfast alternatives (bacon, eggs, and pastry is all we have at the cafeteria at my college) so I made some whole-wheat muffins with dried cherries. They sounded delicious, but once I made them and tried them they were awful! Talk about a bland hockey-puck of a breakfast! Come to think of it... I may have forgotten to add the baking powder.

Oct 21, 2007
Mangojane in General Topics

Things that don't necessarily agree with you, but you eat anyway ...?

I just tried these last night, but they're definitely going to turn into a "worth the consequences" food. It's something called Squez'n'Bites. I think they're chinese (they were sold in the "Global Foods" section of my megamart) and they're like tiny jell-o cups full of lychee-flavored gelatin with coconut chunks. I absolutely fell in love with them, but a few minutes after eating one, my whole face and neck got hot and itchy. I don't know if it was the lychee or the locust bean gum (those were the two ingredients I'd never had before).

Oct 21, 2007
Mangojane in General Topics

Things you like slightly burned or burnt?

Oh man, the "just slightly toasty in the middle" microwave popcorn is my favorite! When the center kernels get just a little gray--not blackened. I always insist on popping the popcorn so I can leave it in a little longer since my boyfriend HATES the toasty taste. I'm pretty sure he's crazy.

Oct 21, 2007
Mangojane in General Topics

Looking For Great Salsa--locally made/take out/made on the premises

I don't know if there's any way for you to get it other than coming to the restaurant itself, but El Tequila in Northfield, MN has my absolute favorite salsa. It's made on the premises and it's very simple but spicy and delicious!

Oct 21, 2007
Mangojane in General Midwest Archive

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage–Brown Butter Sauce

I just made these last night with butternut and they're *delicious*. I made sauce with less butter and more stock (I, too, have a fat-concious eater in my house) and it was a big hit. It also helps that the ravioli themselves are virtually fat-free, so I would suggest mentioning that.

I didn't use chestnuts due to time constraints. Does anyone think they're a worth-while addition time-wise?

Oct 21, 2007
Mangojane in Recipes