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Things to do with endive

Does the color of the endive matter? I see lots of delicious looking appetizers in purple cups but the endives I have are the yellow variety. Is there a huge taste difference between the two?

Mar 13, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

Things to do with endive

Hello! I just received endive in my package from our CSA and love the idea that its leaves can be used as a vehicle for all sorts of appetizers. My grandma's birthday dinner is tomorrow and I thought it would be fun to make a few different things to put in endive cups. Do you have any recipe recommendations? I'm a vegetarian, but the rest of my family are carnivores so both types of recipes are appreciated.

Mar 12, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

Fennel questions

What is mirepoix?

Mar 09, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

Fennel questions

Thanks for all these great suggestions! After all your comments, I think I HAVE to go find a recipe for soup using fennel

Mar 09, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

Fennel questions

Update:

Last week's fennel experiment was a fennel and fingerling potato confit - delicious!

Tonight I made a salad with fresh greens, sliced fennel, oranges, cranberries, almonds, red onions, and a red wine vinaigrette . Family loved it, I think I prefer cooked fennel.

Now I'm off to browse through that topic suggested by Frizzle :)

Mar 08, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

Fennel questions

Ok thanks! It seems like such a waste of the beautiful fronds, but I'm not really planning on making stocks or garnishing anytime soon.

Mar 08, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

I would cook more if…

ABSOLUTELY.

Mar 08, 2013
fancynancypants in General Topics

Ricer Cooker concoctions?

You can put spices or sauces in when you start cooking your rice so that the flavor is absorbed by the rice. I like to do that with teriyaki sauce or cumin. I'm sure there's a lot more you could do it with, like tomato paste for spanish rice. It's a fun tool, enjoy!

Mar 08, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

Fennel questions

I figured that. Are seeds and fronds interchangeable?

Mar 08, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

Fennel questions

My family just signed up for a biweekly delivery from a local farm. We got our second shipment today, and so far have been very happy! Last week our box included two fennel bulbs, which were fun to experiment with. This week we have two more fennel bulbs, and I figure I should probably learn how to actually use it!

I've found a lot of recipes for bread that include fennel seeds. Can I replace those with the part of the stalk that looks like dill or is that a completely different flavor?

I have found several recipes that look good using only the bulb, what can I do with the stalks and hairy part (for lack of a better description)? Any other fennel tips or recipes?

Mar 08, 2013
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

Oil can or bottle

Bed Bath & Beyond has decent olive oil and vinegar glass bottles that you can buy as part of a pair or separate for about $4. It's how I make my college kitchen look fancy :)

Dec 11, 2012
fancynancypants in Cookware

Best vegetarian restaurants in USA?

The Moosewood Collective in Ithaca, NY

I've never been, but the cookbooks they've published alongside Mollie Katzen (I have some going back to the 80s) are like my cooking bible. I have yet to find a recipe in there that I don't love, so I assume that the restaurant is even better.

My personal favorite: Mother's Market

Dec 11, 2012
fancynancypants in Vegetarian & Vegan

What's Your Favorite Chinese Take Out Order

I so do this! What fun is Chinese food if you only get it for one meal? I'm all about the leftovers!

Dec 07, 2012
fancynancypants in General Topics

What's Your Favorite Chinese Take Out Order

Hot and sour soup, fried rice, and fried bean curd. I've recently discovered a love for Szichuan sauce, and I always ask about the fresh vegetable dishes, but give me those first three and I'm super happy! I can't decide which one I like best. Now I want some Chinese food!

Dec 07, 2012
fancynancypants in General Topics

Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but barbecue sauce! I just can't stand the smell of it. As a camp counselor, we eat our meals family style, and my campers know that no BBQ sauce is allowed near Nancy! And BBQ restaurants, I just can't do it. Ick.

Dec 07, 2012
fancynancypants in General Topics

Boullion vs. stock and recipe creativity gone wrong

Thanks, I think this post was the most helpful! That should be common sense, and for some reason it's not. I definitely should have tasted the stock before I added it instead of waiting to taste the final product and trying to rescue a disaster. I think until I get rid of these cubes, I'll definitely dilute them waaaay more.

Thanks everyone for your input!

Dec 07, 2012
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

vegetarians: how do you keep your grocery bill down?

From a vegetarian college student:

Buy dried beans rather than canned. If you're a quinoa person, Costco recently started selling a 5lb bag of organic quinoa for about the same price as a 1lb package of the Red Mill version in grocery stores. Costco has gotten much better recently at stocking organic, local, and fair trade products and has many vegetarian-friendly options.

Another option is to find ways to integrate tofu into your dishes. As a dense protein, it fills you up quickly, and at $2.50 for a pound of organic you get a lot for your money. Add in any number of sauces and veggies and you have a complete meal that can be different every time.

Dec 07, 2012
fancynancypants in Vegetarian & Vegan

Why do no national burger chains have veggie burgers?

The In N Out grilled cheese definitely is my go-to fast food! It's been long enough that I really don't miss the meat at all. I had a standard Double-Double about a year ago as the official end of a 4-month meat-eating stint, and as my first meal back in California after living in Spain and I really wasn't overly impressed. I think I actually prefer the grilled cheese. I don't eat fast food from anywhere else unless absolutely necessary.

On the other hand, if I'm at a regular restaurant and there's some form of bean burger on the menu, there's a 95% chance that that's what I'm ordering because I love seeing what restaurants are doing to try to get away from Boca burgers!

Dec 04, 2012
fancynancypants in Vegetarian & Vegan

Boullion vs. stock and recipe creativity gone wrong

Ok, this is my first post on Chowhound, and I'm seriously hoping that this is in the right place and that I don't sound too much like a dumb college kid. I do cook more than top ramen!

So tonight I cooked a quinoa dish for dinner and the recipe asked for 1 cup of chicken stock. After being a vegetarian for four years, I've just started experimenting with vegetable broth, so I decided to substitute the chicken broth for vegetable broth. Smart me, the last time I went to the grocery store, I realized I could buy vegetable boullion for way cheaper than stock and just dissolve it when I needed stock. So I followed the directions on the boullion box (1/2 cube in 1 cup of water). Overall, the dish turned out well (as in, I'd love to make it again and get it right), but the taste of the stock was SO STRONG.

Question 1: Are chicken stock and vegetable stock generally interchangeable?
Question 2: Are boullion-made stock and ready-made stock interchangeable? If not, how do I fix this for the remaining 5 1/2 boullion cubes I have left?
Question 3: Have you ever had one of those great ideas for a substitute product in a recipe that ended up being a complete disaster? Share your less than success stories!

(and yes, I realize the best solution is to make my own stock, which I would love to do at some point, but that's not really possible right now)

Dec 04, 2012
fancynancypants in Home Cooking

To Coke or Not?

When I'm on campus, I drink diet coke more than water. It's terrible, but when I'm surrounded by virtually free soda all day every day, it's hard to resist. When I'm not on campus, I'll drink one or two cans per day. When I was living in Europe, I had a hard time adjusting to Cola Lite, it's still too sweet!

During the summer, I'm virtually soda-free because it's just not available at the camp that I work at. I do drink other sodas occasionally (usually mixed with alcohol), but I have a hard time with the idea of drinking calories. I like rootbeer and the occasional grape soda.

Dec 04, 2012
fancynancypants in General Topics