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can you make an avocado soup with lime juice three days ahead?

Right off the bat I would say no, it would probably taste better fresh. I think the lime would be too strong by then. But if you really want to know, I would recommend making a small batch and letting it sit 3 days, then trying it to see if it's any good. You never know, it could be ok or it could be awful. I realize this answer is a bit late, but I think it's a good practice to try things like that out ahead before serving to guests.

Dec 11, 2014
RachelJ in Home Cooking

What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

I like to make oatmeal with raisins added to the pot and cooked all together. They get all plump and juicy, and it sweetens up whatever cooking liquid you use, just a bit. I always add a pinch of salt when cooking oatmeal, not so it tastes salty, just more flavorful and balanced. I personally like cinnamon in my oatmeal, milk and maybe a little butter.

Dec 11, 2014
RachelJ in Home Cooking

Good eats around NW Vaughn St, travelling with a toddler.

I find it very easy to get around without a car. I've lived here my whole life (37 years) and I have never had a car. I take public transportation (bus, MAX train, streetcar) everywhere, to all parts of the city. The Pearl district is easily accessed by the streetcar, and it does a loop through the city from SW to NW, across the river to NE and SE. All the MAX trains, busses and streetcars are wheelchair accessible. I love Portland and highly recommend it as a car free place to live!

Dec 01, 2014
RachelJ in Metro Portland

Latke sandwiches in Food Network Magazine

Fried egg, maybe with caramelized onions, would be good. I like the lox idea, too.
It's an interesting idea. I like to fry latkes ahead of time and reheat them in the oven so they are really crisp and not greasy at all. I think they would hold up well for the sandwich idea better this way, rather than straight frying and serving with stuff on them.

Nov 29, 2014
RachelJ in Kosher

Good eats around NW Vaughn St, travelling with a toddler.

Here are some places that hit the mark, price -wise, in NW Portland:

23 Hoyt
Ken's Artisan Bakery (Snack or pastry)
Meriwether's Restaurant and Skyline Farm (actually on Vaughn)
Cafe Nell
St. Honore Boulangerie

Not sure how they would be with a toddler, but check them out and see what you think.
Have fun in Portland, and try not to drive unless you have to get to another part of town. NW is nice to see on foot.

Nov 27, 2014
RachelJ in Metro Portland

Pumpkin Pie: What's your dairy of choice?

I use sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk and granulated sugar. I've tried both, and found the pie to be much creamier with the former. Simple and delicious.

Famous food in names- add to the list

Paul Reubens
John Hamm
Rye Cooder
Sir Francis Bacon
Blind Melon
Sean Bean
Jack Lemon
Jello Biafra
Peaches Geldof
Alan Partridge
Black Eyed Peas
Smashing Pumpkins
Marc Almond
String Cheese Incident
(this is fun!)

Nov 14, 2014
RachelJ in Not About Food

Famous food in names- add to the list

Band names:
Hot Chip
Iron and Wine
Neutral Milk Hotel
Papas Fritas
The Moldy Peaches
Fruit Bats
Pearl Jam
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Sugarcubes

Nov 14, 2014
RachelJ in Not About Food

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I would find it depressing, because I love to cook (and eat) Thanksgiving dinner. It is one of my favorite meals to cook, and I look forward to it all year. I would miss my special stuffing, my favorite turkey which I have perfected, and most of all, getting up in the morning and starting the pies and desserts with my 7 year old son. Every year he is able to do more, and he looks forward to it as much as I do. I am fortunate to be able to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends that I love and enjoy. If I was alone, or didn't have a group to feed that I liked, I wouldn't mind eating in a restaurant. I would appreciate it. But I would still miss cooking. And leftovers!

Oct 24, 2014
RachelJ in General Topics

Goat cheese haters?

I like this thread. I feel like i'm not alone in my dislike of goat cheese. It seems that everyone around me loves it, including my 7 year old son. I'll never forget the first time I tasted it. My cousin put it in a lovely appetizer he made for a party. I took a nice big bite because, why not, I love cheese, it's one of my staple foods. I was in shock! I could not believe how bad it was, and everyone else was rhapsodizing about it...I think my eyes were bugging out of my head. I didn't say anything because everyone else loved it. I always think of it as "tastes like a petting zoo smells". But I did try it again, once. My son loves to try samples of various fresh and local goat cheeses at the farmers market, so I thought- what the hell, maybe last time was just a bad one. Nope, disgusting.

Oct 24, 2014
RachelJ in Cheese

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Locally caught and smoked salmon
Peaches and nectarines

Oct 18, 2014
RachelJ in General Topics

Lunch in Gloucester

Virgilio's for wonderful sandwiches and Seaport Grille for lobster rolls and a view of the harbor.

Oct 15, 2014
RachelJ in Greater Boston Area

music to chowhound by

Honey Pie, Strawberry Fields Forever, Savoy Truffle-The Beatles
Blueberry Hill-Fats Domino
Tequilla Sunrise-The Eagles
Tangerine-Led Zeppelin
Rock Lobster-B52's
Tupelo Honey-Van Morrison

Aug 08, 2014
RachelJ in Not About Food

POLL: What's the best cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich?

I would typically say Tillamook sharp cheddar and Jack cheese combo, but I just had a grilled cheese with Fontina for the first time, and it was wonderful. Perfectly melty.

Aug 03, 2014
RachelJ in Cheese

Time Stamp Sitting On First Line Of Text

I am having this problem, too. I use a MacBook Pro with Safari. Very annoying, hopefully it can be fixed.

Jul 28, 2014
RachelJ in Site Talk

Place to watch Blazers

Claudia's on 30th and Hawthorne. Good burgers and pizza. It's a dive bar but clean, and the food is above quality of a typical sports bar.

Apr 29, 2014
RachelJ in Metro Portland

your favorite food movie..

I Love You To Death, with Kevin Kline and Tracey Ullman, always makes me want pizza and spaghetti (minus the aspirin).

Dec 21, 2013
RachelJ in Not About Food

Farmhouse Rules--a new show on Food Network

I just kept thinking, if Paula Deen and the Pioneer Woman had a baby it would be Nancy Fuller.

What's the best thing you ate today?

A warm buttermilk biscuit with apple butter from the farmers market.

Oct 26, 2013
RachelJ in General Topics

What Do You Use Microwave For?

I use it as a proof box when baking bread. It stays warm and draft free. I also make quick homemade bean and cheese burritos and quesadillas sometimes. I've been doing that since about 1987 when my mom got one. I also use it for oatmeal, melting butter, reheating leftovers, and making hot cocoa and tea for my 6 year old son. It's easier to control the temperature than boiling water in the kettle.

Sep 14, 2013
RachelJ in General Topics

I want to make a delicious, to-die-for breakfast baked good....

The recipe specified cake flour, and said it would be dry if AP flour was used. Not being a baker, I guess you didn't have any cake flour lying around.

Nov 25, 2012
RachelJ in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2012) - Nominations

Wow, i guess we're all on the same page with the dumplings! I didn't bother to scroll down before I posted.

Nov 24, 2012
RachelJ in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2012) - Nominations


Nov 24, 2012
RachelJ in Home Cooking

Guilty Pleasure

A big pot of rice with a can of Campbell's condensed cream of mushroom soup mixed in. Guilty pleasure comfort food of my childhood.

Oct 08, 2012
RachelJ in General Topics

Olive and Cream Cheese Sandwiches a Baltimore Only Treat?

I live in Portland and started eating green olive and cream cheese on wheat when I was pregnant. I was mad for salty stuff, and would eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Always with carrot sticks on the side. Mmmm, now i want one!

Oct 08, 2012
RachelJ in General Topics

What did you have for breakfast today? Part 2

After pizza 2 days in a row and chinese food last night, I redeemed myself nutrition-wise with healthy oatmeal. One microwave packet cooked with raisins, grated apple and milk. Added some cinnamon and well chopped banana for sweetness. Cottage cheese on the side. Virtue is restored!

Oct 08, 2012
RachelJ in General Topics

Popular flavors that you don't care for

Sesame oil, especially if something is sauteed or fried in it. Goat cheese-no quicker way to ruin a dish, in my opinion. I love any other cheese, but goat cheese tastes to me like a petting zoo smells. Liquid smoke, gross and unnecessary. Cilantro, bleh. And possibly the worst, though I don't know if it's considered a "popular flavor"-aspartame or anything with that sugar free flavor. Horrid.

Oct 08, 2012
RachelJ in General Topics