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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 -

Enjoy.

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
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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.

Nov 06, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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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

Your Favorite Rainy Day Soup?

Hot and Sour or Beef and Noodle ..

Oct 17, 2013
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

What new food(s) have you tried recently and how was it?

Steamed bacon buns with sriracha and hoisin sauce. Food and WIne recipe last week in the "Fast Chinese" slideshow. Just excellent and easy.

Oct 16, 2013
Maggie19 in General Topics

Resturant help!

One block west of the convention center on Nicollet are two decent choices. Market Bar B-Que and Salsa A La Salsa. Not expensive. Both are worth checking out.

Oct 01, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Coconut Milk

Who 'wants to avoid any possible exposure to other cultures and cuisines?' Just answering the op's Q. For your info - Shuang Hur and UN are two of my favorite grocery stores. So is Costco.

Sep 25, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Coconut Milk

Chaokoh Brand at Costco .. $1.33 / 13.5 oz can.

Sep 24, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Coconut Milk

Aroy-D brand from Thailand @ Importfoods.com. The best coconut milk from Thailand according to these guys. @ $2.89/14oz can....or less when bought in quantity.

Sep 24, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The mysterious ancho chile

From my experience, pasilla chiles are similar but a bit smaller than poblano chiles. Also, they tend to have more heat. When fresh, they are fine for chile rellenos and when dried, fine for sauces etc.

Sep 19, 2013
Maggie19 in General Topics

The mysterious ancho chile

I wonder if you would have said poblano instead of ancho the response may have been different? I agree with Veggo - Penzeys is too expensive for dried poblano/ancho peppers. Head to latin markets for sure. Or if you can, grow, dry, and grind your own.

Sep 19, 2013
Maggie19 in General Topics

Lake Como recs?

Check out Bar Trattoria. Inside and outside dining. Memorable lunch on the upper deck a few years ago. Enjoy.

Sep 17, 2013
Maggie19 in Italy

Fresh and Local Chinese Cooking - Goodbye Bottles and Pastes

Easy to make from scratch ... Black bean and garlic sauce.
Thai chili oil. Chicken and beef stock. Would like to try Sriracha sauce but with Shark Brand so outstanding and cheap .. why bother?

Sep 04, 2013
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

Got a Wok at a garage sale. Got some questions about it!

Scrub it best you can - or take it to a Chinese restaurant and ask them to clean it over high flame heat. Then season it. I recently did this with exactly the same carbon steel wok pictured and it came back very clean.

Aug 30, 2013
Maggie19 in Cookware

Small Hot Green Cherry Peppers?

I'd search at the various farmers markets ... It's likely that somebody has them for sale.

Aug 13, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Quick and inexpensive lunch near Hotel Sofitel Bloomington?

Grand Szechuan (10602 France Ave South) about 5 minutes south of 494 @ France. Lunch specials in $7-$8 range. Dan Dan Noodles are excellent. So is the fish with dried peppers... Get a plate of Szechuan Cucumbers to share.

Aug 07, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Sweet Child of Vine

Or a slab of smoked whitefish at Russ Kendall's .. with a Danger Ale.

Aug 03, 2013
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul