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Philly Cooks event 2/19

I totally wish I had taken pics of what was served... If anyone has a list it would be great to know. I had the buffalo grits as one of my last efforts of the night, so full it was hard to enjoy but I just had to try. I got to noord but they were sold out. Definitely a do again but next time I'll be ready with a game plan.

Mar 06, 2014
mkmccp in Philadelphia

Philly Cooks event 2/19

I attended and thought it was a wonderful opportunity to try a taste of what the restaurants had to offer. Most were wins, a disappointment her and there. Citron and Rose was #1 for me and sadly bottom of the list was Federal Donuts. Loved the donut didn't love the cold chili glazed fried chicken. Who went and what were your faves?

Feb 20, 2014
mkmccp in Philadelphia

Do U smell diff when u cook indian food?

At one point in my life I was battling many skin ailments. Dermatologist wanted to try systemic meds that to me had more base side effects than benefits. I went the homeopathic route and tried taking turmeric pills. That lasted about 2 days because one morning getting out of the shower I was wondering what the smell was... It was me exuding the turmeric from my showery fresh skin.

Mar 19, 2013
mkmccp in Not About Food
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Need PA-centric foods for my new book

Lady Locks! Miniature pastry wound and baked around an aluminum cone then filled with a special secret (not really) cream filling. They are on every cookie table at every wedding reception in western PA. I live near Philly and made these for Christmas, no one ever saw them before. One person said " omg I remember these , my aunt from pgh used to make them) Still getting requests for the recipe.

Mar 12, 2013
mkmccp in Pennsylvania

Prime dry aged beef near Reading (and surrounding area) for special occasion

I'm in Berks County, and I would suggest since you have time you might want to ask one of the meat purveyors at One of the farmers markets. They may be able to special order. There is a store in Lititz across from Wilbur's named the Savory Gourmet. They carry all sorts of specialty beef and exotic meats too. I think they also have a website. If you have no luck with the brick/mortar shops I know you can find prime dry aged beef online.

Mar 11, 2013
mkmccp in Pennsylvania

Do you know any of these people?

Or to find every previous ch post on the subject and list them. How about just not wasting your time and ignore the new post?

Feb 08, 2013
mkmccp in Not About Food

Weight Loss Apps

My fitness pal. It's a bit of a chore at the onset but once you get started it gets easier. Everything is in the database, very thoroughly. The exercise bit is not as useful as the food diary. I recommend this app

Feb 02, 2013
mkmccp in Food Media & News

Foods you can't keep in the house because you can't stop yourself eating them

We could be related... I can "+1" everything on you list...

Jan 27, 2013
mkmccp in General Topics

Your favourite thing to do with jam/preserves?

I made peach freezer jam this past summer and it turned out wonderfully. Like the commercial for that hot sauce... "I put that ( bleep) on everything!!". I truly did. Ice cream, a spoon, ham, chicken, with cream cheese on a bagel, cottage cheese. I like the contrast of sweet peaches on salty smoky ham and even *gasp* bacon. A 4oz jar once opened seriously lasted maybe 2days. I was the only one in the house eating it. I have 1jar left.

Jan 26, 2013
mkmccp in Home Cooking

Foods to help you sleep?

Sleepytime Extra Herbal Tea. Seriously this stuff gets you to la la land, no joke. It's a herbal sweetish tasting tea, very chamomile-y but not entirely undrinkable. I do rather enjoy it more knowing that an hour layer I'll be sawing logs. Placebo effect??? Maybe.

I don't have any on hand but I'm pretty sure there is actually a warning label on it about operating heavy machinery and/or driving. The herbs are listed so allergic/intolerant folk can check to see if its ok to use.

Jan 26, 2013
mkmccp in General Topics

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

Here in Berks County Pa the lard cooked chips are considered by many to be the bees knees. I've tried them a few times only to regret it and spend a few hours trying to remove the lard slime from my tongue. Nope nope nope.

Jan 23, 2013
mkmccp in General Topics

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

Wow.

Jan 23, 2013
mkmccp in General Topics

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

My spouse loves filet mignon. He has issues with fat so to him the lean relatively low effort required steaks are for him. Filet 9/10 times tastes liver-y to me. Bitter and funky. Gimme a ribeye!!!

Jan 23, 2013
mkmccp in General Topics

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

Lifesavers Wint'OGreen lifesavers.. Gak. Anything wintergreen flavored or scented. I think it stems from boys using Skoal or Copenhagen snuff that apparently had that flavor added. The smell when the can was opened and then the disgusting spitting...now I'm nauseated. Blargh

Jan 23, 2013
mkmccp in General Topics

Recommendations for mail order Fla. citrus please

I can't attest to their sour oranges but I purchased a box of page oranges from them just last month. They arrived within a few days ( I live in PA) and all the fruit were in perfect state of ripeness and no bruises/blemishes. I think the box of approx 24 lasted 3 weeks( only myself and 8 yo son are orange eaters). They juiced well too. My only slight disappointment was that the pages were not " easy to peel like a clementine" as advertised. I had difficulty peeling them as they are thin skinned. They had seeds too, while not advertised as seedless I did not expect seeds. The seed number per orange varied and I think for the most part there were less than 8 per fruit. I would recommend this citrus purveyor based on my experience and I would personally buy from them again. Hope this helps.

Jan 21, 2013
mkmccp in General Topics

Gluten and lactose free

You can find dairy free chocolate chips now...

Oct 22, 2012
mkmccp in Special Diets

Nightshades, soy, citrus allergies that manifest as skin rash

Soy also aggravates my skin. I didn't realize it was a nightshade. Thanks everyone for your posts.

Oct 22, 2012
mkmccp in Special Diets

Surprising finds at WalMart

Lotus Speculos biscoff cookie spread( creamy and crunchy types) for $ 3.48!!

Oct 05, 2012
mkmccp in Chains

Swing State Menu for Election Day

That area is also Sometimes referred to as "pennsyltucky"- no offense intended to residents of the great state of Kentucky.
Scrapple is made by a number of meat purveyors... Hatfield, Rapa, Berks ( woot!), and Habbersett, many interestingly are out of NJ not Pa. It is an acquired taste? to be sure. And everyone has a brand preference. Skip it and go fof a hoagie or IMO the roast pork with rabe and sharp provolone is a level up taste-wise when compared to a cheesesteak.

Oct 04, 2012
mkmccp in Home Cooking

Swing state dishes

PA- eastern part of state:soft pretzels with mustard (+ coffee= a popular Philly breakfast), Italian hoagies, scrapple, roast pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone on a roll, tastycakes
Western Pa: kielbasa and kraut, giant fish sandwiches, chipped ham BBQ, Sarris' candy, fried provolone sticks ( not mozzarella!!) long peppers stuffed with hot sausage, covered with red sauce and cheese and baked, smiley cookies from eat n park.

Oct 04, 2012
mkmccp in Home Cooking

Fall Open House Menu

missing Chocolate!!! But its your shin-dig and otherwise if I were invited I would find nothing but praise to you for providing such a wonderful selection.

Aug 28, 2012
mkmccp in Home Cooking

Reading, Pa -- Dinner?

Brasserie papillon in west reading, west reading tavern, Anthony's trattoria in mt penn,

Jun 22, 2012
mkmccp in Pennsylvania

Nightshades, soy, citrus allergies that manifest as skin rash

WOW! First! I think this is an important board and I do hope to gain valuable information from others who may share some secrets on good substitutes or alternatives for foods that I cannot (should not is a better phrase as I do splurge) eat.

I notice that when I eat members of the nightshade family, my skin itches a few hours later. I do have severe eczema of the hands and feet, and thats where the itch/hotness occurs. My allergist confirmed the food allergy with testing but my dermatologist does not support a connection between skin issues and food intake.

If you do not know what the nightshades are, well they include: tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes (not 100% sure on this one).

If you must avoid, either due to allergy or by choice, the nightshades, what do you use as alternatives to them?

Thanks

Apr 16, 2012
mkmccp in Special Diets

What's for Dinner #129 [old]

yep as I was eating it I was thinking-" this needs a little bit of lardon", I was "this close" to opening a can of TJ smoked trout filets. Oh well, there is always next Friday.

Feb 25, 2012
mkmccp in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #129 [old]

Salad lyonnaise, or something like that. Poached eggs, toasted english muffins. Homeade dijon dressing. I put the dijon dressing on the hot toasted muffins, topped with poached eggs, and covered with greens. Fork into poached eggs releases runny yolk and adds tons of unctiousness to the dish. Lenten special.

Feb 24, 2012
mkmccp in Home Cooking

Pickled Daikon like you might get at a sushi place?

Not sure what the appropriate board is for this request but here goes:

I was at a local hibachi/sushi/chinese restaurant a few weeks back. I ordered a sashimi app that consisted of pieces of fluke topped with roe and cilantro. It was served with a spicy ponzu sauce and garnished with pickled daikon and carrots. I love those little pickled veggies, specially the yellow daikon. Its not pickled in a vinegar, at least thats my thought from its taste. Its umami palooza. But I am stumped as to how to procure.

Heres the thing, I have done the search, nothing turned up. I have searched for recipes but they all start off with 'leave the radish out in the sun for a few days until it is limp and wrinkled'--- um, no.

If anyone knows of a source for this wonderful little snack or a recipe that doesn't require sunning it.
Thanks

Feb 17, 2012
mkmccp in Home Cooking

How do you cook your meatballs?

I do that too!

Jan 14, 2012
mkmccp in Home Cooking

Prime Rib Roast Successes and Disasters....

I do an initial high temp 450 for 15 min then decrease temp to 325 for about 1 hour. did this for christmas eve on a 3 ribber and it was very good. Pink throughout, and a nice brown on the cap (my fave). one thing I did forget to do was to let it come to temp before putting into oven, for some reason I took it out of the fridge, seasoned and plopped it in. Could have been bad. but we got lucky

Dec 26, 2011
mkmccp in Home Cooking

is there german food in florida???

European Schnitzel House in Daytona Beach.
http://hb17.com/

Dec 17, 2011
mkmccp in Florida

Favorite Hot Sauce?

Franks
Marie Sharp's from Belize
Does Gojuchang count?

Dec 17, 2011
mkmccp in General Topics