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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...

Jan 17, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News
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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.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News
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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. :-)

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News
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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

Two hours late without calling/texting the host?

I have one friend who I always invite 30 minutes early. She's always 1/2 hour to an hour late. It works, and if she actually arrives at the appointed time, she is a great helper and organizer so I put her to work. :-)

Dec 06, 2013
KailuaGirl in Not About Food

Nigella Lawson in an abusive relationship?

Maybe he was thinking of the whole Paula Deen fiasco. Allegations of drug abuse might have been seen, at least by Saatchi, as the equivalent of being a racist. I can't see it, but domestic violence perpetrators aren't rational human beings.

Dec 02, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News
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Nigella Lawson in an abusive relationship?

You're awful - and I mean that in the best way! Wonderful!!!

Dec 02, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Nigella Lawson in an abusive relationship?

I had a close friend who turned into a heroin addict when she went to college. Her appearance was a dead giveaway that something was terribly wrong! She went to residential treatment in Switzerland and stayed at the treatment center for 3 years.
I had another friend, after college, who dealt coke and got into his own supply daily. He ended up emaciated (coke is a real appetite suppressant) . At some point he got crosswise with his major suppliers and had to get out of the state with some speed. He was allowed to stay at my house with conditions - no coke in the house, no coke being consumed, no coke being dealt, and he had to be at dinner every night with the rest of the family. His mother was thrilled by his weight gain and generally improved appearance!
After moving to California he went into treatment, got clean, earned his realtor's license, and was doing wonderfully. Then, in a terrible coincidence, he was killed by a drunk driver, as had been his younger sister years earlier. The autopsies on both of them showed no drugs or alcohol in their systems.
So yes, you can tell when someone is doing lots of drugs.

Dec 02, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Nigella Lawson in an abusive relationship?

It would only offer an explanation if Saatchi was the one doing the drugs.
I doubt Nigella could have been abusing drugs, especially cocaine, for 10 years and not be skinny as a rail now. Instead, she's nice and voluptuous. She looks like a real woman.
I also doubt you could live with a druggie for a decade and not notice anything in their behavior, their absences (to get or do drugs), and drug paraphernalia (and containers for the prescription drugs) around the house. If nothing else, there would be smeared mirrors from the coke...

Dec 02, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

If changing vanilla frosting to chocolate do I remove vanilla extract?

I just made a similar comment. Maybe I should have read through first...

Nov 28, 2013
KailuaGirl in Home Cooking

If changing vanilla frosting to chocolate do I remove vanilla extract?

Well, I learned something new today. Not sure I'd bother with it. I think I'd prefer to just increase the amount of chocolate/cocoa I was using.

By all means keep the vanilla! It's essential to all baked goods if you ask me. Chocolate and orange are a pretty popular combination. They even sell orange shaped chocolates with an orange flavor - it's pretty good stuff (I was given one as a gift and was skeptical but ended up really liking it). I use orange in my Nanaimo bars and everyone loves them...

Nov 28, 2013
KailuaGirl in Home Cooking

TURKEY HELP!!!!

Agreed! Make that several layers of heavy duty foil to keep the heat in. The beach towel will help with both heat and any juice that manages to escape the foil wrapping. The cooler will do wonders to keep the bird warm. DO NOT carve before you get there. That will just allow the heat to escape as well as dry out the meat.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Try looking on the bright side - at least with the cooler you'll have something to transport all those leftovers home without making a mess of your car. Make sure to take along some zip loc bags or Rubbermaid containers for the sides (I'm assuming that those are being prepared by others)! You'll also still have the carcass for stock, too, even if the sit down meal is at someone else's house.

Nov 28, 2013
KailuaGirl in General Topics

Thanksgiving Turkey Help [moved from L.A. board]

I'm doing a brined free range organic turkey. I've been doing this for years and think it tastes far better than regular store brand turkey. For me, it's a health issue - I'm allergic to a huge variety of antibiotics so factory farmed birds are out of the question. Originally I thought I was just rationalizing spending so much more than the store brands cost, but a bunch of guests over the years have wanted to know how I'd cooked the bird to get it so tasty and moist. I think the tastiness comes from the organic side of the equation, while the brining gives it the moisture (especially the white meat).

Nov 28, 2013
KailuaGirl in General Topics

Thanksgiving Meal Other Than Turkey

I really liked that idea when I first read it (also forget where), too, but was voted down by the rest of the fam. Maybe I'll make one for myself tomorrow. A stuffing waffle topped with shredded turkey and gravy sounds delightful!

Nov 28, 2013
KailuaGirl in General Topics