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Does anybody LIKE their ceramic cooktop?

Recently remodeled our kitchen, swapping out an ancient rusted "stainless" steel cooktop for a ceramic top. Unfortunately, natural gas is not an option at this house, and I grew up cooking with gas. I had gotten used to the erratic old electric cooktop (any port in a storm), but was really looking forward to the modern technological advances of the ceramic cooktop. Man. I really have an active dislike of that ceramic thing. I've had it for 5 months now and I still can't wrap my brain around it. I HATE that you can't take a lid off a pot and put it down on the cooktop without risking cracking or shattering the top. I still feel like there's way less control than gas burners. AND what's up with the myth of easy cleaning?! Mine already has weird stains that I can't get off. Any advice on how to stop hatin' and learn to love the ceramic cooktop? Also, have you noticed how hard it is to buy and electric cooktop with coil burners? You either have to go super flimsy and cheap or super duper high end! Very frustrated.

Dec 16, 2013
dingey in Cookware
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Thanksgiving Asheville/area suggestions?

I know we're past Thanksgiving at this point, but Frog's Leap in Waynesville put on a great Thanksgiving dinner this year. Not the prix fix thing that so many places do for the holidays--their usual menu plus a wide variety of Thanksgiving specials ranging from turkey poutine to classic turkey-n-trimmings to glazed ham. We went with the classic dinner and it was fantastic. $19 for a huge amount of food. Highly recommended!

Nov 29, 2013
dingey in Southeast

What's the best thing you ate today?

A grand stay-in cold day in the mountains. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast were pretty good, but the star of the day was some astonishing homemade jars of vegetable soup gifted to me by a coworker, who makes it and cans it in the summer when her garden is at its peak. Oh, man. Tomato-potato-corn-pea-lima bean-onion-garlic-pepper deliciousness. A burst of summer while the temperatures outside faaaaalllllll.....

Nov 24, 2013
dingey in General Topics
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pie crust question!

Some turned out better than others, just like the years. ;) Pretty delicious, though! Wound up with four apple, four raspberry, and four blueberry.

Sep 14, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

Asheville Dinner Help (requirements: vegetarian-friendly and okay for children)

Admiral does a fantastic vegetarian option upon request. It's blown the minds of several out-of-town vegetarian guests. I can't remember ever seeing kids there, but we're usually there a little later, too. I second the Limones recommendation--seems kid-friendly and is MIND BLOWINGLY DELICIOUS. I can't believe I waited until this year to try it.

PLANT also seems to be a popular option with vegetarians. I thought it was pretty good when I went with veggie friends. My dish was okay, and my husband ranted about the vegetarian burger there. Also not sure about kid-ness there.

Early Girl is very kid-and-vegetarian friendly. I really like that place, and I feel they've been unkindly maligned on occasion here. I think they rank with Tupelo Honey, but without the expense and wait time.

Sep 12, 2013
dingey in Southeast

pie crust question!

Thanks! We test drove the h*ll out of this relationship before tying the knot! Not that there were ever any huge bumps in the road anyway, but you know. Who wants all that wedding fuss? The best part is having an official anniversary to bluster over every year. ;) Have reservations at Asheville's SEVEN SOWS on Saturday. Mmmmmm.

Sep 12, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

pie crust question!

Thanks also for the encouragement--he's generally a much more thoughtful and spot-on gift-giver than me. I think I might have actually hit the target this time!

Sep 12, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

pie crust question!

Thanks everybody! The evening is already getting away with me, but I still hope to do my prep tonight and get everything rolled out and formed and tops cut and stored as well. I'm aiming for 3 blackberry, 3 blueberry, 3 apple, and 3 raspberry. My dude has been travelling for work all week and is due back around 9 pm tomorrow night. That should give me enough time to bake 'em!

Sep 12, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

pie crust question!

HA! We've actually been together 22 years and officially legally married for 12. For a brief crazed moment I thought about making 22 pies in 12 flavors but good lord...it was already a last-minute idea! And really.....22 pies would surely kill him, because he wouldn't be able to stop at just 12.... ;)

Sep 12, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

pie crust question!

I should! Thanks for the feedback, and so fast, too!

Sep 12, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

pie crust question!

Hello, hounders.

I am planning an anniversary treat for my husband and i want to make a dozen miniature pies (12 years, each one sweeter than the last.) Being a working person, I am hoping to do it in stages (i.e. make the dough tonight and let it rest in the fridge, do the baking tomorrow evening.) My big question is, can you leave ROLLED pie crust resting in the fridge for approx. 24 hours with no ill effects, or would I be better off just letting it rest in ball form in the fridge tonight and rolling it all tomorrow when i'm ready to bake? I would LOVE to get all the crust brouhaha taken care of tonight and refrigerate in rolled form, but I don't want to accidentally toughen it up too much. Any advice would be appreciated!

Sep 12, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

Raleigh suggestions needed (commercial strip)

SWEET! Thanks for all the additional tips! I'm a transplanted Michigander, so the heads-up on Polish food shot my antennae into overdrive. Dare I ask if pierogi are on the menu? Oh, lordy. I'll be traveling with a transplanted Wisconsinite this trip, so I might be able to talk her into it......

Taco Trucks! Real chinese! I am very intrigued by the trad menu at Captain J's, I must say. Thank you everyone, and thanks Meatn3 for tips on good used bookstores and food-based shopping as well....any tips on record stores? Put that into play and you've got my holy trinity of shopping.

Sep 04, 2013
dingey in Southeast

Raleigh suggestions needed (commercial strip)

Sorry for the lack of detail--coming from the west side o' the state. Waynesville, to be exact. Thanks for the tips so far--keep 'em coming! We'll be back several times over the next few months! I knew I could count on the chowhounders. :)

Sep 04, 2013
dingey in Southeast

Raleigh suggestions needed (commercial strip)

I'm going to be travelling to Raleigh for a work meeting. We are being put up at the Wingate off of Capital Boulevard near 440. I'm sure there are lots of chains out there, but for the more adventurous diners in our party, what's nearby that's not terribly expensive but interesting and delicious? All styles and ethnicities of food are of interest.....

Sep 04, 2013
dingey in Southeast

Confused

You may need to do some tracking of foods to figure out what causes flare-ups for him. The list of purine-heavy foods is crazy-wide-ranging. My dude has problems with the Big Bad G, too, and one of his triggers, believe it or not, are those nice healthy legumes. Especially lentils, black-eyed peas, and garbanzos. Go figure. It seems to be different for every sufferer. It makes it VERY HARD to figure out how to circumvent flare ups! Good luck with everything, I'm off to explore some of the links provided here, too.

Jul 03, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

Lunch near Ikea, Charlotte NC

THANK YOU for this recommendation. Had to go to IKEA today from out of town. We hit up Le's afterward and OH MY GOD. I wish I'd seen the various reviews on other sites telling everyone to order many while you're there. We only brought enough cash for two sandwiches and a packet of sunflower cookies, and I'm now back home in Maggie Valley bemoaning the lack of bahn mi around here and waxing sentimental about this afternoon's sandwich experience.... MAN that was good!

Jun 23, 2013
dingey in Southeast

ONE LOVE JAMAICAN RESTAURANT

Relocating from the outskirts of Canton to the former Granny's Chicken Palace next to Lake Junaluska in Waynesville sometime in May! It's official--I saw their sign leaned up against the front porch this morning! Definitely worth checking out--One Love does deep flavors at extremely reasonable prices, and they're super-nice folks to boot. I hope One Love finally finds the audience they deserve at this new location!

Apr 02, 2013
dingey in Southeast

Asheville area Updates - November "11

BUT WAIT! here's a 2013 update--One Love Jamaican restaurant will be opening in the former Granny's Chicken Palace next to Lake Junaluska in the Waynesville/Maggie Valley area by sometime in May. For those of you who know One Love, you know it's worth driving wherever to get some curried soul food. For those who don't know, One Love has moved from hendersonville to Canton and now to Waynesville--hopefully they'll find their niche here with the always busy dining scene in this little neck of the woods. They're a fantastic, very reasonably priced, very friendly outfit that specializes in deep flavors. They're happy to accommodate vegetarians, too, so bear that in mind! Perfect post-hiking grub!

Apr 02, 2013
dingey in Southeast

What is your favorite cookbook of all time?

Hooray! I have a really old version of The Settlement Cookbook, too. TOTALLY AMAZING DOCUMENT. Belonged to my Great Grandma, who we're increasingly coming to believe was Jewish when she emigrated and dropped her identity upon arrival in the States, especially after reading the history of The Settlement Cookbook itself...

Jan 09, 2013
dingey in Home Cooking

Fresh Seafood Market (Asheville)

Sentelle's in Clyde, NC--they focus on using only sustainable fisheries, and get deliveries daily. Super friendly. Not in Asheville, but not too far from you if you're in Candler....

Jan 09, 2013
dingey in Southeast

Asheville Christmas Food Gifts (esp. nuts)?

Thanks, all!

Dec 12, 2012
dingey in Southeast

Breakfast Toad in the Hole

Sounds FANTASTIC! Aristotle, are you seriously questioning the greatness of sausage with maple syrup? Real sausage with real maple syrup is the food of the gods, i tells ya!

Dec 10, 2012
dingey in Recipes

Asheville Christmas Food Gifts (esp. nuts)?

I am seeking suggestions for food-based gifts that can travel from the Asheville area. I've gotten the Blue Ridge Foodways (?) boxes in the past to great success, just thinking about other options. In particular, does anyone know a local nut roaster or candy shop that carries nuts roasted in-house?

Dec 10, 2012
dingey in Southeast

Ashville--Take Out Thanksgiving Meals?

Yeah, 12 Bones is fabulous, if a bit pricey for the takeout Thanksgiving meal. We did that last year--there are only two of us and we had amazing leftovers for the week.

Nov 12, 2012
dingey in Southeast

Market Place or The Junction - Asheville

I've never been to Market Place, but I've heard good things. The Junction is really, REALLY good. I don't know that they have a kid's menu, but when we went with friends w/ kids, the staff went out of their way to put something together that a six year old would like. I believe pasta and cheese were involved--big surprise! ;) They do seem to get some family traffic, so they may have some kid options in place by now. The menu changes regularly, be aware. There are also trains across the way that might provide some entertainment for the kids. I'd definitely get reservations--it's not a huge place, and it's hard to say whether the outdoor seating would be an option by Thanksgiving. Good luck!

Nov 03, 2012
dingey in Southeast

The Admiral in Asheville - Anyone else think it's the most overrated place in town?

Yep. I've never had a bad experience food-wise at the Admiral. I really like Curate, but a lot of what you're paying for there are great ingredients well-presented, not necessarily fussed over cooking-wise. Nothing wrong with that, but boy does the price tag add up quickly! Maybe we just lack control. ;) I will always go with Admiral, hands-down. The small plates are usually more exciting than the large plates, too. One small plate for an individual, with a thing of mussels for the table and a few beers? A bargain.

Nov 03, 2012
dingey in Southeast

Asheville area Updates - November "11

Hooray! I'm glad the Tipping Point was good for ya! I'm really fond of that place. We seem to wind up there at least every Friday night. Loud, but friendly! If you're into thai food, definitely give Thai Spice a try next time you're in town, too. I think it's the best in western NC! (at least from what I've tried)...

Sep 27, 2012
dingey in Southeast

CinTom's Frozen Custard, Asheville

Let me know if you go and if Mirch MAsala is still operating out of there! Super nice people at the custard place, too, and it is delicious. Like Arushmij, though, I don't have much custard experience to compare it with.

Sep 20, 2012
dingey in Southeast

asheville questions

I'm not normally a cocktail person, but oooooh, Junction cocktails! Holy MOLEY!

Sep 20, 2012
dingey in Southeast

Asheville area Updates - November "11

There's Bourbon Barrel Beef and Ale in Hazelwood:
http://www.bourbonbarrelbeefandale.co...

Sadly, there's no cocktail list on their webpage, so I'm not sure what the prices would be like. Nice spot, but you'd probably need to get reservations in advance if it's on the weekend. Waynesville is getting hard to book these days! The Tipping Point probably doesn't count as "swanky," but they've got good beer at decent prices, and passable cocktails as well. http://www.tippingpointtavern.com/
Anyplace where you can hangt out and have a few tends to be pretty packed, on weekends in particular. The size of your group might affect your choice. I'm trying to think of other slightly more upscale but not expensive joints--maybe The Sweet Onion or Bocelli's? Alternately, there's still always Bogart's. ;)

Sep 20, 2012
dingey in Southeast