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Mashed Potatoes--Making them ahead of time.

Are you using a potato ricer? I'm convince a ricer is the ONLY way to go for fluffy smooth mashed potatoes that aren't gluey.

Nov 10, 2012
gki in Home Cooking

Chattanooga Restaurant Recommendations

I carefully checked out every website you generously posted and want thank you for them and I also want to press you for your opinions.
Bluewater seems overly corporate not much personality and not unlike a hotel restaurant very far removed from its location in Chattanooga. Same with Hennen's.
Boathouse seems a bit more authentic to its location but I wonder if the original Canyon Grill is better than it’s second location in Chattanooga.
Southside Grill’s menu seems trendy trying to appeal to a mainstream audience including many tourists.
On the other hand, St. John's Meeting Place & Restaurant seems to be the real deal, (even though it is a restaurant in a [former] hotel). It looks like a place with a sincere dedication in making a permanent reputation in Chattanooga.
Our group is looking for a local experience so the restaurant we find should be unique in everyway to Chattanooga so maybe it needs to be farther away from downtown? It doesn't need to be fancy but it does need to be unique. Do you have other ideas?

Mar 24, 2012
gki in Kentucky & Tennessee

Where to eat downtown Chattanooga..local style?

Is Hiroshi's still there? It appears as closed on ylp. What is your opinion of Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar?

Mar 24, 2012
gki in Kentucky & Tennessee

Phoenix Restaurant Recommendation

Las Glorias Grill Mexican Food on N 19th Ave or Pepe's Taco Villa on W Camelback Rd?

Mar 11, 2012
gki in Phoenix

Chattanooga Restaurant Recommendations

Thanks for the reply. I'll post again when we decide!

Mar 08, 2012
gki in Kentucky & Tennessee

Phoenix Restaurant Recommendation

We will be at the Phoenix Art Museum but are willing to drive and pay if the food experience is worthy. Oh and we need to dine on SUNDAY!! (No Carolina's Mexican on this trip!)

Mar 08, 2012
gki in Phoenix

Phoenix Restaurant Recommendation

So tough culling thru yelp, tripadvisor, etc trying to find a recommendation for dinner in Phoenix. We will be catching a plane at 9:30pm and want to eat dinner before we go. What are the best options for a memorable meal before flying home?

Mar 08, 2012
gki in Phoenix

Chattanooga Restaurant Recommendations

Between 6 and 10 adult family members are meeting in Chattanooga for a birthday dinner. Any recommendations for a special dinner out?

Mar 06, 2012
gki in Kentucky & Tennessee

dinner for 30 people in two days

Having fed 30 many times I find Costco tri tip is EASY & affordable. Sausages are a good idea, too. Larger pieces of meat are less work to cook BUT there is lots of carving. Does hubby have knife skills? Costco sells a GREAT ready to heat & serve scalloped potato in the frig case. Mainstreet Bistro brand I think. Salad & bread and you have dinner for 30.

Sep 16, 2011
gki in Home Cooking

What to order for dinner? - Bacchanalia

Wait! You'll have to do better. Describe exactly "what" you find is good at this place. :)

May 05, 2011
gki in Atlanta

What to order for dinner? - Bacchanalia

Nothing but positive reviews all over the internet for this restaurant. I was convinced I would have at least a decent experience especially with my budget of $150 per person. The dining room is comfortable, great for conversation. The service is good. The food on the other hand, is not. What I was willing to pay should have been enough to get a great food experience. There were too many overly salted and unmemorable items on a plate. It would be better to get one great item. I was so disappointed with the combinations. Was it an off night? [We were there late on a Tuesday] Ordering a la carte might have been better to avoid the terrible combinations served to the unsuspecting prix fixe diner. These are suppose to be skillful creations not uninspired, sad and overly salted. The cheese course was embarrassing. Stuff someone wanted to get rid of. A single overly large hunk of strong tasting cheese hiding under lettuce. Contrast, yes. Tasty? No. Too many items were out of a jar or made yesterday kinds of food, not fresh, their flavors dominating everything on a plate: pickled shallots, pickled fish. There are no memories of hot, freshly cooked food. I got no impression of anyone cooking in the kitchen. Sweets were better. Strawberry Soufflé, was excellent. Goat Cheesecake, okay. Birthday tiered cupcake looked great and tasted fantastic. Highly recommended. The sweet amuse-bouche were memorable, the savory ones were not. Many reviewers rave about the Blue Crab Fritter appetizer and I agree, it is well executed and highly recommend it, but I am still trying to make sense of how this place gets so many positive reviews.

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Bacchanalia
1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318

May 05, 2011
gki in Atlanta

Repairing Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware

I was SO disappointed when the Color Me Mine paint your own pottery place finally got back to me and said they did not fire my pot. I'm sure it is exactly what StriperGuy says about matching the chemistry of the existing enamel. I mentioned this to the store owner and she said she would try it anyway. Sad to say she lied. The pot has a small piece of enamel chipped off the inside bottom. I spoke with Le Crueset and they will give me a slight discount to replace it. Not worth going through them because the shipping is not covered. I will definitely stick with less expensive brands from now on.

Apr 14, 2011
gki in Cookware

Special Dining Out Experience in Atlanta

I will be visiting my much younger brother in Atlanta later this month and will be taking him out for his 47th birthday. Saw the chow post for Holeman and Finch Public House and liked what I saw on their website. Been to the Atlanta Fish Market in Buckhead and had a great experience. Are there other restaurants foodies would recommend for a special dining out experience in the Atlanta area?

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Atlanta Fish Market
265 Pharr Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Public House
605 Atlanta St, Roswell, GA 30075

Apr 14, 2011
gki in Atlanta

Parts for cuisinart

Jul 21, 2010
gki in Cookware

Million Dollar Moroccan Chicken, Thanks Free Sample Addict aka Tracy L

A comment on spices, cinnamon and cumin are essential but to push it into the sublime, toasted ground saffron threads will give it a haunting taste and fragrance you'll crave over and over. Just finished eating the last of a Tyler Florence recipe for Chicken Tagine with Green Olives and Preserved Lemon. And yes, preserved lemon adds another layer of Yummmm.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...

Feb 26, 2010
gki in Home Cooking

Making Philly Cheesesteak at home

Very funny. As I mentioned, I haven't any clue and yes, I DON'T know what I'm missing, breadwise or otherwise! I use american cheese and have used wiz. The meat tastes best cooked through, not rare, only because you want the fat to melt away from the meat. Guess that means just PAST pink. I use Costco's ribeye roast. Delicious! I could eat the WHOLE roast myself.

Nov 05, 2009
gki in Pennsylvania

Repairing Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware

I'm still waiting for this experiment to happen. I don't expect to make it pretty or to even fix it. Just hoping for a slight improvement in the cracks I made in the enamel. I finally made these points with the actual employee who will be doing this and she says it should be done next week.

Nov 03, 2009
gki in Cookware

Making Philly Cheesesteak at home

I live in CA and there are NO philly cheesesteaks to be found where I am. In fact, I have never had a philly cheesesteak sandwich except what I’ve made at home. I feel like a primitive human in my kitchen, doing it from scratch, expending way too much effort to get my meat exactly right. I'm freezing 2” x 3” x 4” blocks of rib eye steak with lots of fat. Thawing it just enough to shave VERY thin with a mandolin. Cooking it on medium heat until just this side of pink and using only salt and pepper to season it. Wow! The result is an epiphany every time! All the fat melts and coats the meat which is never dry and has a gorgeous flavor that can only happen with the tedious shaving. The rest is more or less superfluous. I fry onions and mushrooms, I have great crusty-soft hoagie rolls, and I throw cheese on it but the real enchantment is the meat and lots of it. The flavor is BETTER than a steak. Was wondering, is this what I would find in Philadelphia? Is this what a home cook would do? Just wondering. Don’t really care what authentic is. Just so thrilled to discover the most flavorful way to cook a rib eye roast!

Nov 03, 2009
gki in Pennsylvania

Repairing Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware

Yeah, I'll bet you are correct. I supposedly have a kiln day, TODAY. I'll know tomorrow if it worked.

Oct 12, 2009
gki in Cookware

Repairing Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware

I found a kiln owner who will fire my enameled iron pots. If that ruins it, I'll still be able to replace it with warranty discounted pieces from Le Creuset. I don't travel, I don't eat out, I don't buy new cars but I do set aside a budget for cookware. I'll have to try bare cast iron again. I enjoyed reading the thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/515126

Oct 06, 2009
gki in Cookware

Repairing Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware

Fanatic about food, fanatic about cooking and it just follows that people will be fanatics about cookware, too. Thanks. I agree about plain cast iron. I do love cooking with it but I've followed DOZENS of secrets to keeping it "clean" and always get frustrated and throw the darn things out.

Oct 05, 2009
gki in Cookware

Repairing Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware

I love cooking with my enameled cast iron pots. I cook with high heat. The two do not mix and I have three VERY large pots that have badly cracked enamel. Before I throw them out and buy replacements at a cost of around $800, I want to try to repair them. I'm discussing this idea with high fire ceramics folks who own kilns but I need more technical information. Will the existing enamel on my pots re-anneal at 1,800 degrees fahrenheit? Or should it be the temp Le Creuset mentions on their website, 1,544 degrees? Do I need to re-apply new enamel? Is this a bad idea altogether? An easier alternative is shipping pieces back to Le Creuset and buying replacement pots with a warranty discount. It would be much cheaper to repair them IF I can figure out how to do this and whether it will work at all. For this I need, help! !!

Oct 05, 2009
gki in Cookware

Best food finds at Costco? [old]

lol!

Aug 29, 2009
gki in Chains

What makes Hatch chiles special? Roast Hatch chiles=human catnip?

In the Los Angeles area chow, there was a post about proposed schedules for Hatch Chile Roastings at Albertsons’s and Bristol Farms grocery stores. Since exact dates depend on the Hatch chiles arriving at the stores, call first.
August 29-30:
Albertsons in Reseda, CA , 19307 Saticoy Street, 818-772-0010
Just spoke with the store and they roasted this morning and sold entire inventory. They're all gone!
August 22-23:
Bristol Farms Long Beach branch and Beverly West branch
August 29-30:
Bristol Farms Manhattan Beach, CA branch and Valencia branch
September 5-6:
Bristol Farms South Pasadena branch and Newport Beach branch

Aug 29, 2009
gki in General Topics

Report On Chop Suey Cafe (old Far East Cafe Location)

Very depressing experience at the Far East on Aug 14, 2009. Restaurant phone was not picked up all day on a Friday. Went early to find out what's up. Only operation running was the bar. Very sketchy business in the restaurant. What is going on? Person I spoke to says they are trying to adjust the restaurant's direction. Seems like the direction is giving up altogether, NOT improving the business. Bar atmosphere was fine, food was very forgettable.

Aug 26, 2009
gki in Los Angeles Area

Planning trip to Edinburgh in late spring-help

Was in Edinburgh last week and The Doric Tavern does not impress at all. I would avoid it. There are much better places to hang out and drink: the Tollbooth Tavern (Royal Mile), Last Drop (Grass Market), or Thomsons Tavern (Morrison St) to name a few.

Jun 03, 2009
gki in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh

I had dinner there last week almost 7 years after your post. It is now called David Bann and it is still VERY good and was reasonable enough inspite of the dreadful exchange rate. Chocolate Soup is still around although it's not next door. Didn't see Creelers but then I wasn't looking. Saw another vegetarian restaurant below street level called Hendersons near Hanover Street. Was wondering about it. Will have to go back and find out!

Jun 03, 2009
gki in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh/Grassmarket Dinner Options

Been in Edinburgh since Tuesday. Had dinner at the Grain Store on Thursday. It is a very nice setting for dinner. We were there when they opened and noticed it filled up quickly. The food was quite good and the prices were reasonable. I would definitely go back and try to get in for lunch!

May 30, 2009
gki in U.K./Ireland

Best food finds at Costco? [old]

I shopped around and found TJ's has their brand in clear glass wine bottle-like vessel for less.

May 04, 2009
gki in Chains

Best food finds at Costco? [old]

In my opinion, the apple pie and pumpkin pie have way too much sugar. Can't taste fruit when there is SO MUCH sugar!!

May 04, 2009
gki in Chains