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Charleston restaurant recommendations

I'm afraid I don't know that. They will be moving from Chicago to Charleston

Mar 15, 2015
twodales in Southeast

Charleston restaurant recommendations

Hi Folks! I have a friend that will be moving to Charleston in a few months time. I was hoping you could help me collect some restaurant recommendations so I can give her family a little help getting settled in. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Mar 15, 2015
twodales in Southeast

Before I complain to the grocery store about the chicken...

I only buy Air-Chilled chicken now like Bell and Evans or the one from Whole Foods. Worth a few extra dollars.

Feb 25, 2015
twodales in Home Cooking

Any ideas for leftover top sirloin roast?

Thanks for the input. We just had a Bourguignon and also stew so going to crock pot it in an already open cider and some beer. Remove it and shred it. Add some honey, BBQ sauce and hot sauce if needed. We will see how it goes.

Jan 26, 2015
twodales in Home Cooking

Any ideas for leftover top sirloin roast?

To be honest, I don't usually make this cut of meat and neither my dh nor yt were too impressed. It was a little tough and had a gamey flavor to it.
It won't be good for sandwiches, as I had planned, so do I pass it on to a hungry pooch or remake it somehow? I don't like wasting food.

Should I crock pot it with BBQ sauce? Any thoughts?

Jan 26, 2015
twodales in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

Eye of round browned and then crock-potted with carrots, celery and onions. Beef broth added. Other seasonings. The meat was removed and the sauce cooked down a bit. I then added red wine and A-1 steak sauce per the recipe. Quite hearty for our frigid temps.

Based on a Berghof Family Cookbook (Restaurant based in Chicago) recipe. Tons of sauce leftover for future use. I might make beef barley soup out of the leftovers and sauce.

Sauce needed with leftover chicken dish

Monvano, that sounds perfect! Thanks!

Jan 02, 2015
twodales in Home Cooking

Sauce needed with leftover chicken dish

I made chicken Wellington which is chicken wrapped in puffed pastry. It was coated inside the pastry with Dijon, cream cheese, onion, thyme and mushrooms. We had leftovers due to the sizes of the chicken breasts. (I halved them.)

I am afraid they might be a little dry if we reheat them. Can anyone suggest a sauce... perhaps more cream cheese melted with Dijon and broth or another nice sauce that would compliment the flavors. Thanks in advance.

Jan 02, 2015
twodales in Home Cooking

We are going to dinner at a Jain believing household

Thank you everyone for the suggestions. It seems trickier than I has even anticipated. I have learned quite a bit here too.

Being gracious people I don't think they would be upset even if we 'put our all of our feet in it' and brought the wrong gift.

I did see beautiful orchids at Trader Joe's so I think I will go that route.

Sep 13, 2014
twodales in Not About Food
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We are going to dinner at a Jain believing household

I could use some help and advice here folks.

I would like to bring a gift to our friends as they have invited us for a vegetarian dinner. I am not sure what is appropriate. I thought about a jar of honey but after reading up on Jainism, I discovered that is a no-no. Violence against bees evidently.

I am thinking about a nice candle, especially since Diwali is coming up next month. I think they celebrate Diwali...not sure. Would flowers also be a bad idea? (Cut flowers might be considered "killed" flowers?) Perhaps a flowering plant would be more suitable?

How about chocolates?

So, I am considering candles, chocolates, a flowering plant (or flowers)at the moment. I am open to any other suggestions.

I'd appreciate any helpful input. Thanks all.

Sep 08, 2014
twodales in Not About Food

bacon, avocados and cheese---oh my

Maybe melt the cheese on either mini pita bread or cut the pita into wedges after cooking (broiled). Sprinkle with cooked bacon and top with avocado.

Jul 03, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking

Ideas for canned chicken...

Instead of tuna nicoise why not make chicken nicoise. A perfect Summer meal...if it ever gets hot!

Yes...we are having fog, cool temps and lots of rain here in Chicago...or are we in San Francisco???

Jun 26, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking

Dressel Cakes

May 26, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

I sadly don't have much time to cook the way I once did. All work these days.

I was able to make a tasty and quick meal today however, thanks to a little marinating started this morning. Mongolian lamb chops grilled on a grill pan in a very hot oven, with sautéed bok choy and lovely, plump green beans. Completely hit the spot and even the hubs...who is not overly fond of lamb...was quite content.

Graduation Dinner in May for a vegetarian

We are in the burbs and the grad attends a college in the downtown area. We have no problem with driving anywhere. Happy to get out of the 'burbs, to be perfectly honest.

Just had a nice dinner at Anteprima a few days ago. I have heard quite nice things about Piccolo Sogno so perhaps that is an idea. Also, Ricardos Trattoria was mentioned by someone.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Apr 08, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

Graduation Dinner in May for a vegetarian

We are pretty open regarding ethnicity. The graduate likes Indian, Italian & Thai and others. Since this is a momentous occasion it would be nice to have a fitting environment. There are so many new places in the city that we are not familiar with. I guess the question is: Where would you take a new graduate to celebrate?

Mar 31, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

Tonight I tried the rather weird Chicken with crème fraiche and crushed ginger biscuits. Interesting but not really my cup of tea. Served it with rosti, tiny choux de bruxelles and squash. Filled the cake hole.

Mar 31, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking

Graduation Dinner in May for a vegetarian

Not vegan but no fish either.

Mar 31, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

Ice pellets are in our forecast. What the H*ll are ice pellets? Is that a politically correct term for hail? I love Winter but I am so D O N E.

Mar 31, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking
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Graduation Dinner in May for a vegetarian

We have been to Green Zebra many times and like it but want a change. Somewhere downtown or in the city would be nice and not exclusively vegetarian. Just somewhere that offers more than a plate of steamed vegetables for the College
graduate. Thanks

Mar 31, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

near o'hare

Perhaps Zia's in Edison Park? Just the other side of Park Ridge on Northwest Highway.

Mar 31, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

So happy Marianos is carrying Crescenza-Stracchino

I made "Italian-Style", thin crust pizzas with Pomi strained tomatoes and the Crescenza-Stracchino from Mariano's this past w/e. A little sprinkle of Romano or Parm on top and fresh basil (post baking). Almost perfect. I baked them in the oven on a stone. Can't wait to try this on the grill.

Mar 31, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

Help! I'm having a party for 40!

I would do as much ahead as you can. Buy things that won't go off early.

Pull your serving ware, wash it and label it if need be so any helpers can match up food with the platter or bowl you want used.

Consider if you have any vegetarians and might need a non-meat option.

Also, for that many people I mix catered or store-bought with homemade items. For example: Pillsbury biscuits are good and can be bought at Sams or Costco in bulk. Much easier than baking last minute and a good substitute.

I am also planning a big party and am thinking of catering some brisket from a great BBQ place. I won't have many places for people to sit so I need to keep my food choices easy to eat. (Not a lot of cutting required, for example.)

I will make a tortellini salad and a wild rice and orzo salad days ahead and keep them in gallon size ziplocks. I can turn them everyday and just dump them in a serving dish on the day of, adding any last minute garnishes which also have been prepped ahead.

Enlist help if you need it. Maybe someone to wash dishes, refresh the buffet and take out the trash and recycling. A responsible teenager that wants to make a few dollars perhaps? Good luck!

Feb 09, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking
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What recipe are you lusting after but have never found the "exact" one?

The noodle dish sounds like Singapore Noodles perhaps?

Jan 22, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking

Seasoned nuts problem

Thanks for all of the tips.

I did try the egg white wash and it does seem better but not sure I love the texture. I guess it's a trade-off until or if I can find a better remedy. Perhaps this is the best I can do. At least all of the seasonings aren't collected at the bottom of the container.

I might try using popcorn salt the next time and reduce the amount too.

I have made the glazed nuts and I am a fan of those too.

Jan 16, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking

Seasoned nuts problem

I thought about using popcorn salt and possibly an egg white too. Any thoughts?

Jan 14, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking

Seasoned nuts problem

I have a recipe for something called Mississippi Pecans. The pecans are toasted in the oven and then olive oil is poured over them along with a mix of fresh herbs, salt and brown sugar. The problem is that the seasoning tends to drop to the bottom of the container instead of sticking to the nuts. I am wondering if I should add more oil. What do you all think?

Recipe can be found here:
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/mis...

Jan 14, 2014
twodales in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #246 - It's Officially Fall Edition [through Sept 30, 2013]

Chicken Parmesan, asparagus and some pasta on the side

Sep 26, 2013
twodales in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #246 - It's Officially Fall Edition [through Sept 30, 2013]

Chicken Parmesan, asparagus & thin spaghetti on the side

Sep 26, 2013
twodales in Home Cooking

Recipe organiser / app

I have used Cook's Palate software to make cookbooks. Not bad. They will Publish cook books for you but I did it myself for a girl scout troop project.

Sep 25, 2013
twodales in Home Cooking