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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Los Pollos Hermanos

Stand mixer - worth having?

Have had mine now for about 3 years. Use it to whip egg whites for chile rellenos, pizza dough, Chinese dumplings.

Sep 03, 2014
Maggie19 in Cookware

2014 State Fair Food -- report the hits and misses!

My quess (have not been there yet this year) would be either the Caribbean Lobster Roll at Cafe Caribe - or - The Chilaquiles at El Sol Mexican.

Aug 22, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Just for the fun of it - if your party likes oysters, check out the Aquagrill. Fun place especially if you can snag seats at the bar. A nice selection of seafood sandwiches and salads.

Aug 20, 2014
Maggie19 in Manhattan

Premade enchiladas for camping

So - are you car camping? Or backpacking? If you have your vehicle with you - I'd make the enchilada filling at home and keep chilled in a cooler until you want to assemble. Warm the tortillas in foil with the campfire. If you are backpacking I'd freeze the filling and use the first night or possibly the second day.

Aug 20, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

I think your bases are covered. Will say that Shiro's is just an outstanding choice.

One non-food activity I'd highly recommend is the Experience Music Project. The EMP is highly educational and fun if you enjoy rock music and it's history in Seattle and the surrounding area. It's located almost right next door to the Space Needle.

Aug 14, 2014
Maggie19 in Greater Seattle

What can I add to canned chili?

Pure New Mexico Red Chile Powder (about a tablespoon) along with pinto beans. Maybe some diced jalapeno and onion.

Jul 28, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

ISO ideas for boneless beef short ribs from Costco

Why not do Kalbi but w/o slicing them? I've done that by marinating overnight in the Korean spices/marinade .. Then over a hot grill - sear both sides for a couple of minutes - then off to the side (maybe wrapped in foil) slow roast (reduce the heat) with additional added marinade? Probably roast for an hour or so... SImple and tasty.

Jul 16, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

Egg roll condiments.

Shark brand siracha

Jul 11, 2014
Maggie19 in General Topics

Big Bowl Rest./@Galleria Edina: WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!

Next time - for $11.95 - head to Szechuan Spice (Lyn-Lake) and you'll likely be a repeat customer from that point on. Just for kicks - order the Boiled Beef in Szechuan Hot Sauce. Authentic rich chile sauce with cabbage and green onions and thin sliced beef. Great flavor. Rice on the side if you want it or not.

Jul 08, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best thing you've found at a 99ยข Only Store?

Jalapeno hot sauce in 12 oz plastic bottles - decent sauce that I use to marinate wings and then grill.

Jun 04, 2014
Maggie19 in Chains

Sriracha or sriracha or...Cha!

Huy Fong has a nasty 'bite' for me. Compared to Shark Brand - Huy Fong is not nearly as smooth and fleshed out. Shark also seems to me to have a true Thai Chili taste that Huy Fong does not have..

Jun 02, 2014
Maggie19 in General Topics

Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

Well - their space could use a bit of a remodel. Looking forward to seeing what all they've done.

May 28, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Shattering the Myth of Craft Beer

Quantity over quality .. it's the American way. Except for quality craft beer, hi end audio, and Shark Brand sriracha sauce.

May 23, 2014
Maggie19 in Beer

Grand Szechuan Plymouth is toast

Tea House does use a lot of chili oil - no doubt.

Mar 10, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Stir Fry Recipes

Oscars' night Chinese Chicken -
Marinate for at least 1/2 hour - 2 chicken thighs (cut into cubes) in rice wine - light soy sauce - corn starch

Add oil to a hot wok - when smoking - add one tablespoon diced ginger / same amount of diced garlic / and 4 Thai chili peppers - and 1 teaspoon Szechuan Peppercorns (rough smashed) .. for 1 minute.

Add chicken - stir fry for a couple of minutes - then add 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce - 1 tablespoon light soy sauce - 2 tablespoons black vinegar - handful of sliced green onion - cover wok for a minute or so -


Mar 03, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

Mayan-Style Pit Pork (Cochinita Pibil)

Marinating the roast cut into chunks overnight is key - Getting banana leaves ordered from a grocery store isn't difficult. Use a good quality achiote paste - I've cooked it slow and low in the oven with good results - and also low and slow on a covered Weber (not a smoker) and it was just fine.

Feb 24, 2014
Maggie19 in Recipes

How do you brew your morning cup of coffee?

10 year old Solis Crema SL70 - just keep it clean and it does a wonderful cap or latte... Usually using a med roast from Dunn Bros - 2% milk - medium grind - shot of Mexican vanilla and I'm in a good place.

Feb 12, 2014
Maggie19 in General Topics

Planning Portland/Willamette Valley Trip

In the Dundee Hills area - check out Lange and Torii Mor Winery. I like the Hotel Lucia downtown Portland. Walking distance to many fine restaurants - cafes - bars.

Jan 22, 2014
Maggie19 in Metro Portland

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

Saw them at Maple Grove (outside Mpls) last Friday.

Jan 16, 2014
Maggie19 in Chains

MSP-craving breaded fried pork tenderloin sandwich

Culver's has it on their menu - it's not great - a bit overpriced - but once in awhile - it hits the spot.

Dec 11, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Happy hour(s) before T-Wolves game suggestions please

We met at Masa - for Happy Hour - $2.50 tacos (excellent flour tortilla open-faced carne-asada/ cilantro and pork with pineapple tacos) and half-priced drinks. The Masa marg is a thing of beauty. Chips and salsa - $2.00. Their tomatillo salsa is unique and quite tasty. However the red chile salsa is complex and rich with red chile flavor. Just excellent.

Nov 13, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What is the one item you always leave Costco with?

Berry Smoothie

Nov 13, 2013
Maggie19 in Chains

Happy hour(s) before T-Wolves game suggestions please

Thanks - that is a good suggestion

Nov 07, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Happy hour(s) before T-Wolves game suggestions please

Yes, thanks. Both Luce & Kieran's might work well. Also thinking Barrio. Might even cab it over to Fulton Brewery.

Nov 06, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Happy hour(s) before T-Wolves game suggestions please

This Friday thinking we'll start at Masa for their happy hour and lower priced Mexican apps ... One drink and a few apps there before our next stop ... Suggestions welcome. We'll be starting around 5PM so two hours max before tip-off.

What's a condiment you regularly use that you think most people don't know about?

Shark Brand sriracha sauce

Jump Up and Kiss Me hot sauce

Pearl River Bridge soy sauce

(none of which are in the fridge)

Oct 30, 2013
Maggie19 in General Topics

Authentic, fresh or innovative Mexican food?

IF drinks are part of your dinner - I'd vote for Masa.

Oct 25, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Drying chiles on the plant?

My Thai chile plants are in pots which are now in the house. Both are full of chiles and I just leave them on the plant and in a couple of months they dry themselves. Usually by Feb I'll pick all the peppers and put them in containers. Both plants are 5 - 6 years old and do well over the winter along south facing windows.

Oct 23, 2013
Maggie19 in General Topics

Huy Fong (rooster brand) sriracha in London?

Just for kicks ... Have any of you tried Shark Brand from Thailand? I prefer it over Huy Fong (Rooster) as it uses Thai chiles instead of the red jalapenos that Huy Fong uses in LA. It's smoother without the bite that I notice with the Huy Fong...and it has that wonderful Thai chile flavor and packs a punch. I get mine through Importfoods.com.

Oct 22, 2013
Maggie19 in U.K./Ireland