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Philadelphia Chocolate Tour

I got this as a gift for my sister and mom, who are, shall we say, chocolate admirers. Has anyone done it? Care to share your experience? I'm trying to explain to them what it's all about.

Dec 11, 2009
ark1118 in Philadelphia

Yet another desperate call for Breakfast ideas...

That thought has never even occurred to me! It seems so out there...can you maybe elaborate on the taste? Do you throw in the egg while it's still cooking? Very interesting...

Jun 20, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Yet another desperate call for Breakfast ideas...

wow! thanks for all the new, interesting ideas everyone! i'll definitely have to try some out. I'm especially into the frozen homemade waffles and reheated strata ideas. Thanks for all the suggestions!!!

Jun 20, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

your favorite midweek, quick dinner recipes

fritattas! They're quick and a great use for so many leftovers. I like to make mine with a base of leftover spaghetti (I prefer it without the sauce) just throw in some cooked veggies, mushrooms, meat if you'd like, and sprinkle cheese on top. Add some fried potatoes and you've got an speedy, simple meal.

Jun 19, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Yet another desperate call for Breakfast ideas...

Hello all, I was hoping I could get some suggestions for breakfast ideas from all you creative folks out there. I recently started a new job which entails me getting up at 4:30 in the morning (if you can even call that morning yet!) and biking about 30 minutes to work. I will need fuel for my ride, obviously and am looking for substantial breakfast ideas that can be prepared the night before and heated up or assembled in a few minutes in the wee hours of the morning.

I get bored kind of easily, so I'd love a variety of options. I've already tried the basics: oatmeal with fruit and nuts mixed in, pb&j, cereal... would love something a bit more interesting.

(I eat basically everything, but tend to avoid meat, especially in the morning)

I'd greatly appreciate any feedback! Thanks!

Jun 19, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Good eats in Worcester

Hello All!

I'm a student at Clark University and my mom's coming to pick me up this week and I was hoping for some suggestions for dinner places. I operate on a VERY limited college budget, so I haven't been out much, and I love to try new places.

I've been to (and for the most part enjoyed): Rovezzi's, Surya, One Love, Da Lat, Sole Proprieter, Flying Rhino, and Annie's Clark Brunch.

Any suggestions of a new restaurant (any kind, no cuisine preference - besides sushi, we're not huge sushi fans). In the moderate price range, preferably? All suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!

What's your favorite vegetarian sandwich?

Multigrain bread (with LOTS of seeds), cheddar cheese, healthy dose of hummus on one slice, sprouts, lettuce, thin layer of horseradish mustard on the other slice... It's daydreamed about often.

Mar 10, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Fresh tomatoes on pizza

I'd recommend roasting them - it brings out the flavor. As far as the sogginess goes, remove the seeds (which I guess is a given) and perhaps bake the crust a bit more than usual/make crust thinner before adding your toppings? I would think that would help.

Mar 05, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

"BEETS"?

beets are my absolute favorite!

I like to scrub them, slice them really thin (think chips) toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast in the oven. Flip them over when they start getting crispy...I like them with extra crisp. So delicious.

Feb 19, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

pudding and soy milk

This might be a little off topic, but if you're looking for lactose-free puddings my friend and I made an AMAZING vegan coconut pudding that was super easy to make (but not quite instant) I don't have the recipe anymore but it's easily google-able.

Feb 19, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Payday Breakfast at work...ideas please!

I made baked oatmeal for a breakfast-buffet thing at my work, you make it in a cake pan and it comes out with a crust, plus you can bake all the toppings into it (walnuts, dried cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon...the one I made also had an egg). If you have an oven at work, heat it up in there and the whole place will fill with this nostalgic aroma. Serve with extra toppings and some milk.

Feb 19, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Thanks for all the suggestions! they all look so good, i'm probably going to do some mixing and matching but they've given me an excellent starting point!

Feb 14, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Oh, I'd agree, but my dad isn't really too crazy about the cheese anyway, I don't plan on using as much as is usually called for. I'm trying to rework the whole thing, but want at least a bit of similar flavoring.

Feb 14, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Oh my gosh! that sounds amazing! I'm definitely going to have to try that!

Feb 13, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

I was just wondering if there's a recipe out there for a delicious vegetarian french onion soup... I know the beef broth is one of the draws but I'm looking for a recipe for my dad, and I want something with a bit less saturated fat (I'm also a sort-of veg. :-)... don't ask), perhaps someone has something a little healthier?

If someone's ever tried it I'd love to know some tips or a good recipe link!

Thanks!

Feb 11, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Roasted Beets - To Wrap or Not To Wrap

unwrapped! I steam mine for a bit, so they take less time, and roast with olive oil... (or I slice really really thin - think chip-like - toss them in olive oil and pepper, and roast them... they get crunchy and delicious! you have to watch them, though, they tend to burn all of a sudden) mmmm...w/e you decide, enjoy them!

Feb 06, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Triscuits flavors...any good?

I've tried Rosemary and Cracked Pepper, enjoyed the rosemary but am a HUGE fan of the pepper. I highly recommend them!

Jan 28, 2008
ark1118 in General Topics

Cake mix doctoring

I'm making a birthday cake for a friend tomorrow, I have limited time and a limited budget. (I'm a college student and don't want to have a bag of flour that I'll never lose just laying around) Does anyone have recommendations for making a white/yellow cake mix more exciting?

Jan 26, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Interesting College Cuisine

I'm heading back to college this weekend, and I'm constantly hearing of some...interesting...college food combinations. I usually just eat boring microwave popcorn and occasionally I splurge on Thai noodles (an extra .65 cents more than ramen, but slightly less bad for you...) or munch on whatever I can smuggle out of the caf, but it gets dull after a while, I'd like to spice it up :-) I thought it would be fun to see what everyone's favorite (or strangest) poor college student snacks/meals.

Jan 10, 2008
ark1118 in General Topics

What is on your New Year's Day menu? What are your traditions?

here in pennsylvania dutch land, it doesn't seem like new year's without pork and saurkraut (and I'm not even German!)

Jan 01, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Ideas for Beet Greens, Please?

I have some lovely looking beet greens and want to prove to my mother that, no they're not poisonous (hahaha...) and yes they can be delicious! How should I cook them, and what should I expect them to taste like? (Have never made them by myself but have heard they're wonderful)

I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Jan 01, 2008
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Double Baked Potatoes

I made some for christmas for the vegetarians this year, I made a chunky potato filling (I don't like it completely smooth) with sour cream and added some broccoli and a generous amount of cheese. Cheese sprinkled on the top will ensure they're brown. The green inside looked soooo delicious (and they tasted great too!)

Dec 30, 2007
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Deviled Eggs with a flair for New Year's Eve

It may seem boring compared to some of these other suggestions but I mixed horseradish into my eggs this christmas...vary the amount according to the kick you like, they were mainstream enough to be munched by picky eaters but different enough to be commented on...

Dec 30, 2007
ark1118 in Home Cooking

spicing turnips

I always roast turnips, I think it really improves the taste. Coated with olive oil and tossed with pepper works best (I salt later-everyone seems to like a different amount of salt). Make sure you don't cook them for too long, mushy turnips are so dissappointing to me...

Dec 22, 2007
ark1118 in Home Cooking

Please help, soup recipe for Christmas!

My grandmother made the most amazing soup a few years ago, but I don't know how to search for the recipe, as I'm really not sure what it's called.

Anyway, it's the only thing my sister requested for christmas, and I figured if anyone could help me out it would be the foodies at chowhound (flattery, I'm hoping, will get me everywhere).

From what I can remember it was a chicken based soup, perhaps with chunks of chicken in it. It's main allure were full sized rolled crepes filled with some kind of cheese (maybe just parmesan, I'm not sure). I'm not even sure if the rolled things were crepes, it was years ago, but they really resembled them.

Sorry I can't remember enough to be more specific, but it was DELICIOUS, if that helps at all. If this rings a bell for anyone, please let me know - a recipe or name would be extremely helpful!

Have a Happy Holiday, everyone!

Dec 22, 2007
ark1118 in Home Cooking