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Low carb Lean protein - need some suggestions...

Using the USDA nutrients database online, I just now added up all the carbs in the gazpacho recipe I posted and they total about 100 for a half-gallon of gazpacho. How much gazpacho do you eat at a time? I would assume a portion to be 8 ounces, which would have 12.5 grams of carbohydrate. Mine has nothing in it but raw tomato, pepper, onion, cucumber, canned tomato juice, olive oil, cumin, salt, garlic, and vinegar. Did you see the word "gazpacho" and think of soaked bread, the classic preparation? Also as per USDA data, cooked zucchini has 4.84 grams of carbohydrate per 1 cup and canned tomato sauce has 13.01 grams of carbohydrate per 1 cup, and you would probably use half that on a portion of zucchini, getting 6.5 grams of carbohydrate. I am not diabetic so you probably know more about this than I do but, is USDA wrong in the values on their website? (BTW I ate that gazpacho when I was following a low-carb diet supervised by a registered dietitian who worked out of a hospital.)

May 23, 2015
Querencia in Special Diets

Low carb Lean protein - need some suggestions...

Weezie, could you say more specifically what you object to?

May 23, 2015
Querencia in Special Diets

Dry Pasta Query

When I have such overage I donate it to a church food pantry. Ask yourself if you realistically are ever going to use 20 packages of pasta.

May 23, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

What to do wit beef broth?

This is a Chinese beef soup we had at the Chopstix restaurant in Rockville MD years ago that I copy-catted. It starts with cooking beef to make the broth but you already have the broth. Add 6 cloves of garlic and fresh ginger the half the size of a hen's egg, minced. Also add 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 cup sherry, 4-5 full stars of star anise, and a little cayenne pepper. Before serving add cooked soft Chinese noodles, a few leaves of spinach, some slices of the beef.

Otherwise, I would use the stock to make beef gravy, with or without sauteed portobello mushrooms, and definitely with Madeira.

May 23, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

If you have an Indian supermarket where you are, see if it carries the SWAD brand of a ketchup-type "Chili and Garlic sauce". It is not as galloping hot as Sriracha so you get more flavor and less burn. (Horrified addendum---I just now checked to see if you can order SWAD Chili-Garlic Sauce online and you can if you want to pay amazon $5.99 for the sauce plus $8 shipping. What are they thinking? The bottle I bought at Patel's in Chicago has a sticker on the lid that says $1.99. So look for it at your local Indian market. It looks just like a bottle of ketchup---is not in a Sriracha-type jar.)

http://www.amazon.com/Swad-Chilli-Gar...

May 20, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

What to do with a ton of peach jam?

HOT & SWEET THAI RELISH: 1 1/2 cups golden raisins, 1 sweet (not hot) red bell pepper, 1 cup canned tomatoes, diced, with juice, 8 cloves garlic, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 5 tablespoons white vinegar, 12-oz jar of jam (peach, plum, or pineapple), 9 oz pineapple juice, 4 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tsp hot chili flakes. Process raisins, tomatoes, pepper, salt, vinegar, chili flakes, and garlic in blender or Cuisinart. Put all ingredients in wide saucepan and simmer SLOWLY, stirring very often, for about 20 minutes or until thick and shiny. Pour into a 1-qt jar and store in refrigerator, covered. (I have made this half a dozen times and it is unbelievably good. If you don't like a relish very hot you can reduce the chili flakes to 1 tsp.)

Freezing potatoes

I freeze mashed potatoes all the time in individual portions because the convenience means more to me than any possible faults in their texture. You say you have "baked potatoes" which I guess means they are already baked? If so, just scrape out the insides, season with a little salt and butter, and freeze away. If I am misreading you and and they are baking potatoes but still raw, you can bake or boil them, mash, and freeze.

Also, you can freeze a Shepherd's Pie and have it ready to put in the oven. Put a layer of raw meatloaf in a baking dish, cover it generously with mashed potatoes, and freeze.

May 20, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad [Through May 23, 2015]

Lunch today, yesterday, and tomorrow: I buy a package of two 3-inch thick slices of beef tenderloin and bake them until they are just barely done as per thermometer, chill them, and slice very thin. From the two, I get three steak sandwiches, which is lunch three lovely times. On the meat I put an Indian chili-garlic ketchup, SWAD label, a little hot but not very. I don't recall a better sandwich.

Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

It sounds as if the patient is going to have a procedure ("he won't be able to eat") so if the patient and escort are then spending the night at a hotel, the patient may not be feeling wonderful and the escort may not really want to leave him/her alone to go foraging at a local supermarket or go to a restaurant (I have been in this situation more than once). With a microwave and mini-fridge in the room, I would take a mini-cooler or insulated bag in the car with some simple frozen entree which, yes, will thaw during the day but still stay cold and that's OK. Or a "for the microwave" shelf-safe entree or soup. Some fruit, cookies. Keep it simple---this isn't a party. Some rolls for the next morning, instant coffee or teabags. And how about the patient at the hotel overnight---surely he or she will need something by then and may not feel like going out to dinner. One more thing: even if hospital cafeteria food isn't up to your usual standard, you can survive it on such a special occasion. If the patient is going for some kind of surgery, go to the cafeteria immediately after he/she is taken away to be worked on as nobody is likely to be looking for you in the next 45 minutes or so but later on they will be. Get something to eat right away, a hot meal, because later you may not be able to leave the patient's side.

trader joe's boxed soups-twist off top changed

I wish I had read this 24 hours ago. Last night I opened a carton of Latin Style Black Bean and thought someone had tampered with it and that it had been sitting open and unrefrigerated in my cupboard for a month so I dumped it down the sink. But thanks for posting this. Next time I will know. (BTW adding a big can of Bush's Cocina Latina black beans to this very smooth soup, and also a glub or two of sherry, will make you very happy.)

May 16, 2015
Querencia in Chains

large shrimp and grilling

Shellfish overcooks if you just look at it cross-eyed. The shell protects it from drying out too much on the grill.

May 16, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

How about fruit compote?

Years ago in Argentina we used to be served a drinky fruit salad called "clerico' " (important to place accent on last syllable as this Spanish word evolved from the English "Claret cup"). You get away with dumping all your old iffy fruit because it is all soused in wine.

May 16, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

Graduation Open House - How much to make?

I remember hearing a terrifying family story about such a graduation party when more people turned up than were expected and the hostess-mother had to keep assembling more of the casserole-type food she was serving.

Saturday breakfast near Union Station?

If you don't mind paying for a parking lot, since street parking would be unlikely, there is an unusual and funky Saturday breakfast venue right downtown (111 N Wabash, Garland Building, 7th floor) that many overlook since it's up in an office building---Heaven on Seven. This Cajun place offers such breakfasts as Shrimp Creole Omelet and Bananas Foster Pecan French Toast. Good coffee and no shortage of hot sauce.

May 16, 2015
Querencia in Chicago Area

New veggie side dish recipes, please!

1) Cook 2 packages of frozen chopped spinach, briefly. Drain. While it is hot, add 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, and salt to taste. Everything melts into the cheese and makes a sauce. 2) Make cheese sauce with 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup flour, 1 quart milk, salt to taste (first a white sauce then add 1 envelope (2 cups) grated sharp Cheddar cheese. Freeze this in 8-oz portions (I use plastic margarine tubs) so it is handy to add to cooked vegetables---especially good on cauliflower and broccoli. 3) Curry is good with carrots---I know you said no sweet vegetables but try heating cooked carrots in butter with a little brown sugar and curry powder. 4) How about sauerkraut, with pork or sausages? 5) Will he eat vegetables raw, as in, salad? 6) Serve green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, green beans) with wedges of fresh lemon to squeeze juice over them. 7) Asparagus and feta cheese make a good quiche combination---use about 2/3 Swiss cheese and 1/3 feta---too salty to use all feta.

May 16, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Good copycat recipes for famous dishes

How famous does the recipe have to be? Years ago the San Francisco East restaurant in Bethesda MD served a wonderful Mocha Pie which I successfully copycatted: Beat 4 egg whites stiff and gradually beat in 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon instant coffee, 3 tablespoons flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Fold in 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts. Spread in glass pie pan and bake 60 minutes @ 250*. When it is cold, beat 1/2 pint whipping cream stiff and fold in 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 teaspoons instant coffee. Spread over the meringue and refrigerate the pie for several hours. (This lovely little restaurant, which didn't last long, served nothing but soups (many) and desserts (many). What else does a person need?)

May 13, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

I would hazard that just about any warm apple dessert is improved by adding grated orange rind and a little orange juice to the apples. Especially, this picks up the flavor of apples that don't have much.

May 13, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Recommendation for Saturday, May 16

Maggiano's will not rock you back on your heels with the quality of the Italian food---it's okay but nothing special---but if you order the Family Meal, which gives a lot of choices for one price, you will be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of food they bring to your table, and that can be fun. We have done it with visiting family.

May 12, 2015
Querencia in Chicago Area
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How to Make the Ultimate Omelet, Plus 8 Great Omelet Recipes

Call me a slob, but I LIKE browned things in my omelet---all over it, in fact. Peppers, scallions, leftover potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, even sliced tomatoes or (this is really good) canned corned beef hash browned all crispy in a little butter, then pour the beaten eggs over...

May 11, 2015
Querencia in Features

Slow Cooker Recipes for Hot Summer Days

I have done well in super-hot weather to cook a whole turkey breast in my slow cooker and have that, cold and sliced, with various salads. Lasts all of a non-cooking summer weekend. It doesn't hurt either if you saved a bag of fresh cranberries in the freezer, last winter, and now grind them up in the Cuisinart with a whole orange and a cup of sugar as Cranberry-Orange Relish is very fine with cold turkey in August.

May 09, 2015
Querencia in Features

La Banderita corn tortillas

Buy El Milagro. If you time your visit right to the store, these corn tortillas will still be warm. They come from a nifty little factory on 26th Street not far from the Criminal Court. The factory also has a store with everything related to tortillas and a yummy little restaurant that is the opposite of elegant. Worth a visit.

May 09, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

Please help me to learn to enjoy fish

1) Have you tried just eating a spicy condiment along with your plain baked fish---easier than doing a special recipe. 2) Or, bake salmon with barbecue sauce on it. 3) Or, saute fish with minced garlic and ginger root.

Does this recipe make sense?

I'm with you. With nothing in the potatoes but potatoes, they will fall apart and not form squares or anything else. Might taste good but will not hold shape.

has anyone churned butter in an ice cream maker?

It is so easy to make butter using a simple hand-held electric mixer, why would you want to mess with getting the ice cream maker out and having to clean it? And you don't need a stand mixer. A hand-held mixer works fine for making butter. This is a standard exercise in kindergarten classes.

May 07, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Supermarket music

I like it! If I am there at an hour when the store is nearly empty and they play a waltz, I have to fight the impulse to seize the stockboy and whirl down the aisle like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Freezer friendly (thaw and serve) desserts for a party

Chocolate Chip Brownies: Make chocolate chip cookies by any recipe but don't add the chocolate chips. Put the dough in a 9 x 12 pan and pour the chocolate chips on top. Put the pan in the heated oven for about five minutes until the chocolate has melted then pull it out and run a knife through the dough a few times just to marbleize the melted chocolate in streaks through the dough. Return to oven and finish baking. Cut like brownies.

May 06, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Geneva - lunch/dinner

My husband made many working trips to Geneva and one trick he picked up in that expensive city was eating in department stores. The restaurants are much nicer than department store restaurants in the US but they are less costly than Geneva's "real" restaurants. Do check them out.

May 06, 2015
Querencia in Europe

Do you eat where you shop?

Not sure which branches you are comparing, but I ate dinner once at the WF on Huron---selections were poor, food was awful, and price was >$20 for one piece of chicken and a helping of rice, for two. On the other hand, I was in Mariano's Benton Place on Sunday and, what a party (and with crowds of happy-acting people). There must have been sixty hot food choices on the line, salad bar was of course gorgeous, fat chickens were sizzling on the rotisserie, wood-fired pizza was happening, deli offerings were infinite, and the gelato bar was nice too. As far as I can see, Mariano's has eaten WholeFood's lunch.

May 05, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

suggestions: Side Dishes for Corned Beef?

If the leftovers become corned beef hash, it is lovely frizzled in butter then with eggs poured over to make a kind of big omeletty pancake. Even works with canned corned beef (which otherwise resembles dogfood IMHO). Eat it with whatever condiment you have in a bottle that is spicy.

May 05, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

suggestions: Side Dishes for Corned Beef?

Similar but different: I skip the corned beef dinner w/veg altogether, simmer the corned beef with pickling spice, stud it with whole cloves as you would a ham, and then glaze it as you describe with the brown sugar and mustard. Chill and slice thin. This Fake Pastrami makes unbelievable sandwiches on rye bread---the sweetness of the glaze bounces off the slight spiciness of the meat.

May 05, 2015
Querencia in General Topics