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Gobs of Mayo Saved This Negitoro Bowl!

Mayo (particularly the Japanese Kewpie brand) is a must with okonomiyaki. That, some okonomiyaki sauce, nori, and katsuo flakes are what make okonomiyaki so indulgent.

about 16 hours ago
KailuaGirl in Features

Island-Style Poki Bowl Soothes the Dog Days

It's not "usually spelled poke," it's CORRECTLY spelled "poke." Aloha.

about 16 hours ago
KailuaGirl in Features

Top Chef Boston v. Teamsters

I'm a little skeptical. No one, not a single person, thought to record this on their cell phone's camera? They're all got decent phones. I don't doubt that the Teamsters were protesting loudly, probably even raucously, but using sexist, racist, and homophobic language is deplorable. Slashing tires is criminal. Any of those underpaid employees of the Magical Elves could have shopped that video around and made some bucks. If a kitchen worker could smuggle in a cell phone set to record Romney, with all the security those events utilized, I can't imagine the TC set was more secure. A multi-millionaire presidential candidate's expensive private dinner with other 1%ers vs. a TV reality show... Get outa here!

Top Chef Duels 8/20, spoilers, Antonia vs Mike - a profane and foggy recap

Thank you, Cowboy! As far as food goes, I did like Antonia's better most of the time, but Mikey had his moments. You done good, and I particularly enjoyed your trashing of Curtis Stone. He's just so boring and uninformative. To steal from (and paraphrase) the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (which I just saw again) - Who is that guy?! I'm a straight woman, but I'll take Padma any day.
I can't wait for the real TC to get started! This just seems too contrived. I'll have to check out their version of Last Chance Kitchen to see if that's any more realistic, less unscripted. First off, my morning coffee.

Aug 21, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Electric pressure cooker with slow cooker, rice cooker, etc functions...

I'm really late to this discussion, but I also recommend Pressure Perfect. When I got my Cuisinart PC for Christmas several years ago I also received Pressure Perfect. Lots of information, and I still go back to it just to browse through it.

Jul 18, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware

Memorable Quotes about booze

Loved AbFab!

Jul 18, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Memorable Quotes about booze

I've heard it as :
"Sir, you're drunk!" scolds an offended hostess, to which he replied "Yes, and you're ugly. The difference is that in the morning I shall be sober, but you'll still be ugly!"

Then again, given Churchill's love of drink, I'm sure he was reprimanded more than once, and had several ripostes waiting.

Jul 18, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Little girl kicked out of KFC story a hoax.

The grandparents are divorced.

Jun 27, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Little girl kicked out of KFC story a hoax.

I read that, too. When the grandmother realized her mistake she changed locations, and that's when things started to fall apart.
Another problem was that the little girl was using a feeding tube for her nutrition so it was very unlikely she was going to eat mashed potatoes and gravy. The dogs that mauled her were her grandfather's, the grifter granny's ex-husband. Talk about a messed up family!

Jun 27, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili

Buy a chuck steak or roast and cut it into stew meat sized bites. The store's stew meat is, as mentioned above, irregular in size. It's also made up of the stuff they would otherwise have to discard, so you're getting the junk stuff. A chuck steak or roast is cheaper, and a better quality of meat. That's all we use in our beef stews. Go for it!

May 17, 2014
KailuaGirl in Features

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #13 - 01/08/14 (Spoilers)

I've been wondering the same thing.

Jan 17, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #14 - 01/15/14 (Spoilers)

I'm a Carlos fan, too, and like you am hoping that Nina, Shirley, and Carlos get to the finals. A Chinese-Caribbean-Mexican cook off would be fun to watch, and probably wonderful to taste!

Thanks for the recap, Linda Whit! I'm going to have to go back and check last week's recap next. I missed the show because my ex-SIL was here and I refused to go out and socialize with her. I did see it this week, though...

Last Chance Kitchen 12/11 spoilers

Why anyone would choose to do bitter melon soup, which I think of as neighborhood Chinese food, is beyond me! There are so many other great Asian dishes he could have made, including superb Vietnamese. I don't care for tripe either, but at least that broth looked really good. I really like Travis, but he has made some poor decisions... Louis just might be the last chef standing. If so, that would be fine by me. He's definitely got some chops!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

I was floored when I heard that!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

I know. It was just a sense of sadness. Now that he's with all the other eliminated cheftestants I know he still has a chance to strengthen his friendships. I wish they would show some of the behind the scenes for the eliminated chefs. I'd be interested to see what they're cooking, who's cooking, etc. I'd bet that they're far more relaxed and less stressed.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

One of the problems is that they need to have machines that will process the SNAP cards - just like charge cards. Some of the larger Farmers' Markets have them, those in smaller communities often don't.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

Wonderful!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

Some of those people, with all their education and degrees and other qualifications, can't even find jobs at WalMart. It's tragic! The market is just terrible, even for minimum wage jobs! Those working full time at minimum wage jobs still need SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) to feed themselves and/or their families.

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

And the truth of it is, .. it's unbeatable. I think I remember it correctly. My grandparents' coffee. Absolutely horrid!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Last Chance Kitchen 12/11 spoilers

Both dishes look good, though. Poorly cooked tripe (like trying to eat rubber bands) or butter melon (worse than medicine when you were a kid) are pretty daunting.
I'm sorry that Travis lost, but happy Louis won. I know that doesn't make much sense, but so it goes. I'd gladly eat food from either of them.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

Rick Bayliss and Kenji are both forces to be reckoned with. Kenji is especially good on explaining why one thing works and another doesn't. I love the science!
I was lucky to grow up eating lots of different things, in different ethnic environments, most of them depending on family budget. Sometimes we were comparatively rich, other times we were straight up poor. It gave me an appreciation of lots of different foods.
I do a cochinita pibil in my oven a couple times a year and just love the flavor. Sometimes I do add banana stump to it (for moisture and flavor), but I doubt that's readily available on the Mainland.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

His constant mentions of his boyfriend's mother and grandmother is what makes me think he's been out for awhile, at least with certain groups. The apparent teasing he suffered in school make me think that others figured out he was gay, even if he was in the closet. I mean, he can't be there with his boyfriend every time they visit and just be "my friend." I feel for him - being "the other" in your teens must be hard. That's why I always tried to befriend those who were without friends at my high school, the same one as Obama, which was very cliquish, (and to a lesser extent at college and law school). Believe it or not, boys who cooked and girls who played sports were looked at strangely...

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

We'd just encourage you to drink more!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

I felt especially bad that Travis had finally found a group with whom he could be himself, not worry about rejection or condemnation because he was gay, and has now been sent home. I know they say they'll remain friends forever, but the realities of hectic chefs' lives seems to make that difficult. Especially since they're scattered all over the country. Of course, we do stay in contact through Chow and FB, so I hope I'm wrong!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

Playing real kissy face-huggy bear with a fellow contestant, as disgusting as that was, seems to give you a little bit more time. Especially if you've both got someone waiting back home for you. Ah, the human interest/reality TV angle.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

Didn't I hear Padma compliment her, or someone, on baking her own bread?

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

Thank you, Linda Whit! had to wait to watch last week's and this week back to back (so had to wait on reading the recap) because my 8 year old nephew had really wanted me to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks movie with him last week. I can't stand them, but of course relented. When he wanted to watch another for this week's episode I gave him an adamant "NO!" He was surprised, and looked a little hurt, until I explained my reasoning to him and told him I wanted to watch the next day. That worked out. I got to see 2 hours of "new" back-to-back TC. :-)

Ragu bolognese - question

I just tried the LA Times link and it came through. If you read this (3 years later) try it again...

Dec 10, 2013
KailuaGirl in Home Cooking

Anyone here scared of Hollandaise?

I loved Knorr's Newburg Sauce, too! I was surprised to see that you can get your hands on Campbell's Cream of Shrimo soup. It's been unavailable in Hawaii for over a decade. I've tried every supermarket in the state. I'd figured that it was one of those things that you like and use a lot, then gets discontinued (like the Knorr Newburg Sauce). Maybe I need to ask the grocery stores on this island (I've moved since I last looked) to stock the soup. Who knows, can't hurt, might help.

Dec 10, 2013
KailuaGirl in General Topics

Your worst foodie gifts

One year I received one of those things that you use to make deep fried onions flowers/blooms. They were popular at some restaurants at the time. The main thing is, the person who gave it to me knows that I hate onions! Yes, I use them in making soups and stews and the like, but will NOT eat them on their own.
Strangely enough I was assigned the creamed onions for Thanksgiving dinner for several years (before I moved to another island) because the first year I got them I made the best creamed onions anyone had ever had. I refused to even taste them. Go figure...

Dec 06, 2013
KailuaGirl in Not About Food