a

akmike's Profile

Title Last Reply

What to do with leftover prime rib?

In addition to. Thanks again Linda.

Jan 03, 2015
akmike in Home Cooking
1

What to do with leftover prime rib?

I followed your recipe last night, with a couple minor revisions. It was excellent, and the new rule for Stroganoff is to use prime rib.

I doubled the Cognac, added a splash of Madeira and about a half cup of heavy whipping cream.

It paired surprisingly well with a 2011 Peter Michael Sav Blanc.

What to do with leftover prime rib?

It was an 11 pound standing rib roast. About half is left.

Dec 30, 2014
akmike in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover prime rib?

Rare-medium rare.. I was expecting left overs, and wanted some steaks to be rare enough for a re-heat. I like the Sheperds pie idea, and stroganoff. Now I'm torn....

Dec 30, 2014
akmike in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover prime rib?

I love stroganoff! That's a great idea, and thank you for sharing the recipe.

When I cooked the rib roast, I baked it in the convection oven at 200 deg till it got to 130 in the middle. I let it sit for an hour, then baked it again for 10 minutes at 500 deg. It was probably the best rib roast I've ever cooked, and I've done a lot of them over the years.

Dec 30, 2014
akmike in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover prime rib?

I'm looking for ideas for a new year's eve sit down meal. I have about five pounds left over from a standing rib roast I cooked a couple days ago. French Dip is the first thing that comes to mind, but I'm looking for something different. Something a bit less casual than a sandwich. I've made stir fry with it before, but I'm looking for something a bit more gourmet'ish.

Any ideas/recipes?

Thanks........... mike

Dec 30, 2014
akmike in Home Cooking

Best pots/pans?

Hi Ray,

I initially started looking at the Demeyere, mostly because they have welded handles that are also very comfortable for me. They look cool too.... But, wayyyyy too expensive for me. I have not seen the D5 All Clads, I should like into those. I do have a couple other All Clad pans. I also picked up a couple Mauviel M'Cook pots that are very nice.

I would not say the DeBuyer are better than All Clad, or any other really. But when you look at the construction and so forth, they are a pretty good deal. The other gripe I have with the DeBuyer, is the handle attachment point. Dumb design that is touch to clean if you get burnt oil on it.

Oct 03, 2014
akmike in Cookware

Best pots/pans?

Nope, not at all - but I don't like long handles anyway.

Oct 02, 2014
akmike in Cookware

Best pots/pans?

No way I'm reading through this entire thread.....

You did not mention budget. That's kind of important.

I recently upgraded my collection of junk pots and pans that I've bought over the years. Mostly kits that I would buy at the big bulk stores....

I wanted Stainless Steel, multi-ply. I did not want anything made in China. Pots had to have rolled edges for pouring. I wanted some with non-stick.

Ended up with mostly DeBuyer SS pots and pans. They are 7-ply SS, made in France. Price point is less than the German stuff you see mentioned all the time. Probably about the same price point as All-Clad, but the handles are soooooo much nicer (I cannot stand the All-Clad handle style). Only problem I have with The DeBuyer stuff I bought, is it has a polished finish. You have to dry it immediately, or it will look like crap. It also scratches, which can be a traumatic experience I suppose, if you buy pans to look at and not use......

Amazon has some pretty good prices on the DeBuyer stuff.. Here's one for example.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

Oct 02, 2014
akmike in Cookware

Scanpan CTX or CTQ?

So it's just a line that Sur La Table has, like they do with other brands?

The lids are different, which is what got me curious enough to post a question.

Sep 30, 2014
akmike in Cookware

Scanpan CTX or CTQ?

I was surfing around the web yesterday, looking for a suitable replacement for a huge fry pan that my girlfriend seams to love. It's a huge ugly thing that doesn't fit in any of my cabinets, it's a pain to clean and dry, and I just hate it. So I was looking for something that 1) nonstick 2) stainless exterior to match the rest of my cookware 3) not made in China 3) must have a 12" cooking surface with at least 2.5" side height. 4) two (short) handles

The criteria above lead me to this Scanpan "Chef's Pan". I have not owned or used Scanpan before, so I know nothing about this brand. Amazon has this pan for sale from two different vendors. One from Sur La Table that they call the five layer CTQ, and from another listing direct from Amazon that is called CTX.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0023PVZD6/r...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ICNF0UM/r...

Both are similar in price. Both have a brushed finish and both say they are five layer. The only thing I can see that is different, is the lid.

Figured it might be worth asking if anyone here might know the difference between these two pans before buying one.

And if anyone has a suggestion for a different brand to look at, that meets the criteria I have listed above, please let me know.

Sep 28, 2014
akmike in Cookware

Is it just me or is it rather difficult to find good steak in the Bay Area?

I grew up on a cattle ranch. All free range way before "free range" was trendy. We ate a lot of beef. So anyway, I had one of the best steaks I've ever had last fall at, cough.... Morimoto's in Napa. I was with a group of friends. All of us has fish entries and sushi, but one decided to try the rib eye. I asked her why on earth she was ordering a steak at a sushi / fish joint, and she said she just felt like eating a steak. I tried a bite and could not believe how good it was. Oddly enough, the fish entries we had were not all that great. The sushi appetizers were excellent. But that steak was amazing. (We all share our meals when we travel together).

Apr 14, 2013
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a stainless steel cookware recommendation

I just went through this myself..... Ended up with some DeBuyer Affinity 7 ply SS cookware. I've been pleased with it so far. It is not the easiest to clean though. Polished SS shows every little water spot, scratch, nick, etc... Doesn't matter much if you hide your pans away, but mine hangs above the cooktop. Amazon has pretty good prices on the stuff with free shipping. Worth a look anyway. http://www.debuyer.com/product.php?id...

Jan 06, 2013
akmike in Cookware

Pairing with Pizza

I rather like drinking zin with any food that has a tomato based sauce. Some friends and I sort of stumbled onto that pairing combination one night with an abnormally hot (high alcohol) zin. It was not good at all on its own, but with some fresh tomato slices, it was fantastic.

Jan 04, 2013
akmike in Wine

Why are most California red wines not delicious or food-friendly?

Hi Robert -

I'm trying to understand your comments a bit better. Are you generalizing all Cali reds, or Napa? If you meant Napa, I tend to agree with your assessment, however I do find and buy numerous reds that I find delicious. They are not my first choice when pairing with food though, like you, I tend to prefer a red from the other side of the pond with food. But, I don't like to drink them casually without food as much as I do reds from Napa - well other than a good Bourdeaux anyway. But I can't afford Bourdeaux the past three / four years anyway.

I also find myself avoiding anything that Parker gives a high score to as well, with the exception to port that is. I do pay attention to Tanzer though.

At any rate, I have pretty much given up on finding a Napa Cab Sav under $50 that I enjoy enough to buy. They are getting harder to find each year. Have you tried many Paso wines?

I rather enjoy the creative GSM type blends from that area and the price point is reasonable. Adelaida has several good reds (as well as whites), that are reasonably priced that go well with food.

Jan 04, 2013
akmike in Wine

Schramsberg Sparking recs?

Possibly, what temp do you drink them at? I have a 50 bottle cooler that I use for my non-chard whites and rose's. I keep the temp at 46 deg F on this cooler. All other wines go to the cellar and I keep that set to 55 deg F.

But I don't think we drink sparkling wines too cold. We do not keep the bottle in a iced container or anything, we just pull it out of the cooler, open and drink. Also, when we tasted at Mumms, the temp was whatever they poured them at and it took a good hour to get through them all (five of us got different flights and shared).

I dunno, when I drink them, they are generally dry or sweet with a lot of bubbles itching my nose.... The Schramsberg on the other hand just had a great pallet to me.

Jan 04, 2013
akmike in Wine

Schramsberg Sparking recs?

6 of each ordered, thank you.

Jan 03, 2013
akmike in Wine

Schramsberg Sparking recs?

Yes, I plan to buy 12 bottles. I figured it couldn't hurt to ask folks who have had Schramsberg this particular question. I really do not, generally speaking, like sparkling wine. I tried every bottle at Mumms, did not like any of them, tried Crystal, didn't do anything for me, Dom, same thing. M&R Asti is way too sweat, yuck.

I was very surprised to find myself enjoying the Blanc de Blancs. I could just buy 12 bottles of it, but figured I try a couple of their other bottles, if others on this sight think I might enjoy them (based on my enjoyment of the BdB).

I'm not really sure what it is about that bottle that I like so much either. It seamed to have just enough sweetness, but not too much, good flavor (I usually can't really taste the grape when drinking sparkling wine).

Jan 03, 2013
akmike in Wine

Schramsberg Sparking recs?

Hi there..

I am not a fan of sparking wine or champagne. I have always said that I do not discriminate against wine and I enjoy it all, but the bubbly stuff just never did anything for me.

So last November I spent a week in Napa and there were three occasions when the Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs was served during pairings. I really liked it! One in particular that was quite memorable was at a wine paring demonstration with Andrea Robinson and her husband. They paired it with air popped popcorn sprinkled lightly with truffle salt.

Time restraints kept us from visiting the winery and trying their other wines.

I was just surfing their web sight and see they have several different bottles. Seeing how I liked the Blanc de Blancs so much, would anyone who has had their wines recommend other bottles from this winery? Shipping is a killer to where I live (Alaska), so I usually just get a case of 12.

Jan 02, 2013
akmike in Wine

Where do locals go for dinner in Napa? Looking for one more place to eat....

That input does help! I was hoping you'd chip in as I appreciate your input and enjoy reading your posts on this board. I'm beginning to think that I owe you and miss Maria a drink for all the help you've given me.

One of the guy's in the group said he's always wanted to try Redd, so I went ahead and made reservations there. Hopefully the planets align and we can grab a lunch at Grace's and a couple of your other recommendations.

Nov 09, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Where do locals go for dinner in Napa? Looking for one more place to eat....

After all the input I've already gotten from some of you, I'm almost hesitant to ask for more....lol

I had figured to just wing it on Sunday, Nov 18th, and find somewhere downtown Napa using the "walk around and find somewhere that smells good technique", but I'm finding that the better restaurants fill up fast.

I think somewhere in the valley that is casual and friendly, but not too casual (brew pub noisy casual), but yet not too stuffy either where jeans are frowned on, and a dinner jacket is required. Something reasonably priced at around 40 per plate max (plus wine of course).

We already have reservations booked for our seven night visit in the area at: The Farm at Carnaros, Morimoto's, JoLe, Brunch at Auberge du Soleil and three dinners at the CIA with celebrity chefs cooking during the Flavor Napa event. So, we just need one more place to go.

I was told that Grace's Table is a local's favorite. Then I heard that Bistro DonGiovanni and Redd are also quite good and places that local's go. Out of these three, what do you think? or, is there somewhere else we should go? We have pretty eclectic pallets for food, so anything goes as long as it's good.

.....mike

Nov 08, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa wineries with hillside fruit, NOT on Spring or Howell Mnt?

Thank you for the very informative post Maria! I have already decided to make my next trip to Napa one where I can spend a couple solid days on Diamond Mnt. I need to spend time in Sonoma too....

Our Sunday is completely free, other than a brunch at Auburge. I will call some of the wineries you mention to see if they are pouring Sunday. If not, Sunday might just turn into a few rounds of golf. lol...

Oct 31, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa wineries with hillside fruit, NOT on Spring or Howell Mnt?

Graysea –

Carrie and Moria can most likely give you better advise than I, but I’ll offer you my thoughts on the places on your list that I have first hand experience with…..(many on your list I have not had)

Alpha Omega – I have not tried this wine.
Hall – OK, but not on my short list.
Truchard- Joanne Truchard – I have not had this wine.
Domaine Chandon – I have not had this wine.
Vincent Arroyo – If you like very earthy, old world wine making, you’ll like this wine. I love his Petite Sarah’s, the Rattlesnake vineyard PS in particular.
August Briggs – I have not had this wine.

*Terra Valentine – Not a big fan of this wine. Had their cab and thought it was over extracted. Have not had another since.
*Paloma – Paloma makes one of my favorite Merlot’s. I do not like their Syrah much…. My favorite merlot is Hartwell, but I don’t much care for the price.
Keenan – I know a lot of people love their wine, but it just isn’t anything special to me. I walk right by it without a second thought… Not bad juice, just nothing unique or good enough for me to buy it again.
Pride – I have mixed feelings about Pride. They do make good wine, but nothing spectacular. Their reserve cab is quite good, but not worth the trouble or price (you have to get on the mailing list to buy it). I think their merlot and cab franc are pretty good, and they also make a white desert wine that I liked quite a bit (forgot what it was).

Reverie Vineyard and Winery - I have not tried this wine.
Diamond Creek Winery - I have not tried this wine.
Von Strasser Winery – I have not tried this wine.
The Diamond Mnt area is an area that I have not spent any time at. After researching several Diamond Mnt wineries, I became fascinated with Mayacamas. Old school wine making techniques always intriges me.

Black Sears – Have not tried this wine.
Outpost Wines – Love their wine. Nice people, great view.
Neal Family Vineyards – Not a big fan. Good, just not great.

My favorite Howell Mnt wineries are Lamborn, O’Shaughnesey and Outpost. Dun is good, but I have to be in the right kind of mood to drink their wine, and preferably one that is about 15 years old or better.

Oct 31, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa wineries with hillside fruit, NOT on Spring or Howell Mnt?

Carrie / Moria –

The Flavor event, as far as I understand, is on its second year. I do not think it is part of the conference. You can check it out here…. http://flavornapavalley.com/

Regardless, I understand what you are saying. My group will be in Napa for seven days. Three of those days are booked with several different events / classes and cooking demonstrations. Our winery visits are set up on non-event days, with the exception of one day that we do not need to be at CIA prior to 3PM.

Oct 31, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa wineries with hillside fruit, NOT on Spring or Howell Mnt?

You don't have much time to spare if you are going to the events on Sat and leaving Sun. Due to the driving time to Sonoma, I'd just hang in Napa and hit a couple wineries there if you have time. Sunday is a bit tough, as many of the places I enjoy take Sunday off. I'm pretty sure that Erna Shcein pours Sunday, but you better call and sched quick. Be advised though....the "tasting room" at ES is a small travel trailer. You don't have a view. The view is however just a few steps away from the trailer. Also, their prices have gone up quite a bit since I bought juice from them a couple years ago, which is a bit disappointing - but inevitable I suppose...

I called around quite a bit, after getting feedback from those kind enough to offer advice on this thread, and ended up getting only one appointment based on my goals noted earlier, and that is at Mayacamas. I'm looking forward to that. I also set some up at wineries on spring mnt and Howell mnt, which I was trying to NOT do.. LOL... In the end, it was a time thing. And, a couple of my friends have not been the valley before, so I'm giving them a taste of several areas.

Appointments set up:
Mayacamas
Newton
Smith Madrone
O'Shaughessey
Faila
Fisher
Peter Michael
Donelan

So what events are you going to anyway?? Have you done the Flavor thing before? It's a first for us, so I'm apprehensively excited...

Oct 30, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

San Fran/Napa in April 2013

V2V is April 26-28. I go with a group of friends from time to time. Might be worth looking into, to see if that is something you'd like to go to. You essentially pay for a day pass to visit and taste several Stags Leap District wineries. There is usually a pretty good dinner with copious amounts of great wine to drink as well. It's not for everyone....

Oct 07, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa wineries with hillside fruit, NOT on Spring or Howell Mnt?

"For something small, laid back...

Not far from where you will be staying is Farella Vineyard in the new Coombsville AVA. You can probably meet with Tom, give him a call. With solid well-priced reds ($75 and under), tranquil and charming setting, Farella will not disappoint.
"

Thank you for that idea. Not hillside, but I have them on never ending list of places to go to.....

I mean that too. I keep a running list so that when I'm buzzing around the area on one of my wine sabbaticals, I have a list of places to see, verse waste time on other wineries.

Sep 25, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa wineries with hillside fruit, NOT on Spring or Howell Mnt?

whoops... wrong post.

Sep 25, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa wineries with hillside fruit, NOT on Spring or Howell Mnt?

I echo Ceekskat..... I am new to this sight, but look foward to reading your comments.

Sep 25, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa wineries with hillside fruit, NOT on Spring or Howell Mnt?

Ya I know.... tall order. But I know that everyone has there favorites, so I didn't think it would hurt to ask.

CarrieWas gave me a couple good recs. Not sure if I can get an appointment, but I'm interested enough to make contact with them. I may just order some juice from them regardless.

I did not realize there was a Diamond Mountain AVA. I think that area deserves a day or two all on it's own.

Sep 25, 2012
akmike in San Francisco Bay Area