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Meals that freeze well

Chow's Chicken Chile Verde is really good frozen and then re-heated.

May 10, 2008
mcdon in Home Cooking

Gems for a California roadtrip?? Any Advice?

Well, that all depends on what you're looking for, as far as food.

In Santa Barbara, you should stop at Freebird's. It's the college hangout for everyone with burritos, and I'd say it's amazingly delicious. It's fun, and I'd say it's worth a stop.

In Santa Maria, you should stop and get some Santa Maria-style barbecue. It's the best meat you'll ever have. Unfortunately, it's only easily available on Saturdays and Sundays (just drive on Broadway and someone will be selling it). If you really want to go all out, you could drive slightly out of your way to Casmalia and go to the Hitching Post, probably the best restaurant there is for SM-style barbecue.

If you eat either in Santa Maria or Santa Barbara and decide to keep going, I suggest waiting for dessert until you reach the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. Get the the Toffee Crunch Cake, you won't regret it.

Of course, all along the 101 (the route I'm assuming you'll be taking), there are In N' Outs (you have to eat there if they don't exist in your home state), and other quick places to stop in. As far as San Francisco, there are too many places to recommend. I really like Woodhouse Fish Company near the Castro for seafood. The Mission is filled with amazing taco stands. Berkeley is Indian food heaven, as far as I'm concerned.

Hopefully this will be a good starting point for you.

Apr 14, 2008
mcdon in California

Theory of meatloaf: need help, mine come out like bricks

My secrets to amazing meatloaf are sautéed carrots, celery and onions, some barbecue sauce, mushrooms, bacon over the top (add a little extra fat), and finally, the major secret, about 1/3 cup of cottage cheese to the loaf. The cottage cheese keeps it super moist, and gives it a lighter texture, in my opinion.

Mar 11, 2008
mcdon in Home Cooking

If you live in Europe, what American products do you crave? [Moved from International board]

Definitely ask them, because it depends on country/region and the person.

I crave black beans. I can't find them at all in my region in France. My family has also sent and/or brought me pancake mix, tomatillos (canned), Mexican spices, Japanese rice, miso, nori, certain soup mixes and cans/boxes of chicken stock (hard to find in France, surprisingly).

Feb 17, 2008
mcdon in General Topics

Black Beans In France?

Hello all. I live in Grenoble and I'm searching desperately for black beans. I can't find them dry or canned at any store. If anyone has any tips, I'd be much obliged.

Feb 16, 2008
mcdon in France

"I made ____ myself!" - the Thrill of Home Cooking Victory

Risotto was terrifying the first time I made it - but after doing it, my reaction was sort of, "That's it?" I think a lot of the risotto preperation is mental, in that everyone tries to really make it seem complicated, but when you taste it, and it's done, it's perfect. There is nothing better than risotto al salto the next morning.

Making gyoza from scratch (including the wonton wrappers). In France, nonetheless. It was terrifying, friends were coming, and I had no idea how anything was going to taste. My wrappers were a little thick, but I just put another bottle of wine on the table and there were no problems.

Finally, the first mousse I made. That was terrifying.

Feb 02, 2008
mcdon in Home Cooking