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Where are the donuts?

Baker's Wife's plain cake donuts are my favorites. Go to Corner Table some time for dinner & get their fresh sweet potato donuts, they come with a molasses dipping sauce, yum! (Also, all of their food & service & everything is amazing - best kitchen table experience we've had so far too.)

Dec 18, 2013
wegsjac in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Sandwiches in MSP

Biscuit Sandwich, Clint Style at Butter. It's your basic fried egg on a biscuit with a slice of cheddar (but better, because their biscuits are really good), but when you get it Clint style they add a garlicy sauce and slices of avocado and sprouts and it's suddenly something you can eat for Sunday brunch 15 weeks in a row and still crave it (I might be exaggerating a little, but not much).

Jul 03, 2013
wegsjac in Minneapolis-St. Paul

All things Cabbage

Chocolate & Zucchini's Spicy Cabbage Stir-fry was one of my go-to dinners for a long time - simple, delicious, cheap, easy ingredients to keep on hand, yum.

Next I'm going to try grilling cabbage wedges (just saw this on Apartment Therapy, I think?).

And of course, there's always kimchi! Yum...

Jul 03, 2013
wegsjac in Home Cooking

Cucumber Margarita

This was really good. I think next time I'll try not straining the cucumber at all & making blended margaritas - sort of a margarita smoothie.

Jul 03, 2013
wegsjac in Recipes

I have a REALLY picky 2 year old..

If he likes apples why even try to shift to applesauce? Plain old apples are way healthier

May 03, 2013
wegsjac in Home Cooking

Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

This was pretty good, although I found it a little too salty. I think I will try it again, but without the additional salt in the sauce. Also, my red pepper never got "charred in spots" and I cooked it a bit more than I would have liked trying - I'd err on the side of undercooking the pepper.

Jan 08, 2013
wegsjac in Recipes

Momofuku Turnip Pickle

Turnips do have a little bit of a spicy flavor to them. Alternately, you can do what I did and add a dried chile pepper and make them actually spicy, which was *great*. I didn't have any kombu, so I left that out and added peppercorns, garlic, and the aforementioned dried pepper. The result was crunchy, delicious, and totally addictive (and probably quite different from the recipe as written, sorry about that, but had to share).

Dec 19, 2012
wegsjac in Recipes

Pickled Red Onions

These are easy and delicious, whenever I make them I start wanting to put them on everything! In particular, I think they make a really nice and interesting addition to a salad. Or a sandwich. Anything that could use a little pickley spicy crunch!

Dec 19, 2012
wegsjac in Recipes

Why do restaurants put their hours and location under "contact info" on their websites?

This. Restaurants and any other business that expects their customers to physically come to them needs to have their hours & address clearly stated on the main page. And then they should make sure that the info's still easily accessible when using a smart phone. Even more so when you're in a city with lots of great places to eat and shop, I am not going to look that hard.

Oct 10, 2011
wegsjac in Not About Food

Oatmeal Is the New Cheeseburger

In case anyone else is wondering, given the calories/grams of sugar counts above & 4 calories to a gram of sugar, the McDonald's version is the sweetest with 44% of its calories coming from sugar and Chick-fil-A's is the least sweet with only 30% of the calories from sugar. (Starbucks & Jamba Juice are at 34% and 33% respectively & Burger King is up there with McDonald's at 43%). To add a little perspective, Cheerioes get 4% of their calories from sugar while Fruity Pebbles are tied with McDonald's oatmeal with getting 44% of their calories from sugar.

Sep 08, 2011
wegsjac in Features

Black-Eyed Pea and Caramelized Onion Salad

I loved this. I don't care for dill, so I left it out and added a bit of the fennel fronds for the pretty green color. I also subbed in Balsamic vinegar for 1 T of the red wine vinegar. The contrasts between the sweet caramelized onions and vinegar and warm soft beans versus cool crunchy fennel were delightful. It was excellent again the next day warmed up a bit in the microwave and served atop baby spinach.

Mar 01, 2011
wegsjac in Recipes

Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs

This was amazing. I was very skeptical about pouring in that much vinegar, but given that I seriously considered licking my plate clean, I think it's fair to say that the finished product managed to convince me that it was a good idea. I used beet greens rather than dandelions, since I had some already begging to be used, but I do think that the added bite of the dandelions would have been nice - guess I'll just have to try it again!

Oct 13, 2010
wegsjac in Recipes

my beans are terrible- need help!

I've had good luck using a slow cooker, have you tried that? Last batch, I just threw some little dried black beans in without soaking, along with a quarter of an onion and a cut up carrot and a bit of thyme, cold water a couple inches above the beans, turned the slow cooker onto "auto" (high until it gets heated up, then down to low) and forgot about them for ~4 hours. They came out just perfect.

Jul 27, 2010
wegsjac in Home Cooking

Rhubarb-Almond Bars

This was delicious! I tried it without the almonds (not intentionally, just forgot to put them in) and put only half a cup of sugar in the rhubarb. I definitely think that a cup in the crust AND a cup in the rhubarb would have been serious overkill. If I made them again I might cut down on the sugar in the crust too - most other shortbread recipes I looked at had a half cup sugar to two cups flour. It definitely did remind me of rhubarb pie, which is one of my all-time favorites :).

May 31, 2010
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Wheat Berry Salad with Harissa and Pistachios

Yum, just made this last night. I really like the level/quality of spicy you get from the harissa. It's just this nice glowy warm sort of spicy that makes you want to eat some more. The whole thing pulls together really nicely too - well balanced flavors and interesting texture. I think I'll make it again without any changes at all (somewhat of a rare occurrence for me, generally I can't resist some fiddling).

Mar 30, 2010
wegsjac in Recipes

Very new to wines, one basic question.

I'm no expert on wine myself, but my dad (who used to make his own wine and be generally sort of serious about the stuff) would use a vacuum pump thing like these: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&r... on unfinished bottles of wine. I believe that you're trying to prevent the wine from oxidizing (i.e. chemically reacting with the oxygen in the air) more than keeping it from turning into vinegar (which shouldn't happen so quickly if you refrigerate the leftovers).

Mar 10, 2010
wegsjac in Wine

Is there really GOOD pizza in MSP???

It's a little ways from the metropolis, but I had some very lovely pizza at Roma over in White Bear Lake (http://www.roman-market.com/Menu.html). They've got the brick oven thin crust and some interesting toppings. I had the Balsalmico: "Candied figs, Gorgonzola, and prosciutto finished with an aged balsamic reduction, gourmet greens, and fig molasses". It was delicious. (And of course they have "regular" toppings as well.)

Feb 26, 2010
wegsjac in Minneapolis-St. Paul

See Recipe on Back

My fav's the fudge brownie recipe off the back of a bag of King Arthur's all-purpose flour.


Nov 30, 2009
wegsjac in Features

Roasted Pumpkin with Mascarpone & Mushroom

This sounds delicious, but seems to be missing a good chunk of the ingredient list (for example, where's the pumpkin? and what bread mixture?)

Nov 17, 2009
wegsjac in Recipes

Does Refrigerating Tomatoes Ruin Their Flavor?

I was just wondering this today!

Aug 28, 2009
wegsjac in Features

Zapatos Nuevos

Agave nectar might be pricier than necessary, but it does have a flavor that's quite distinct from simple syrup (imho). I think a little honey mixed into the simple syrup would be a closer substitution.

Aug 28, 2009
wegsjac in Recipes

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Punch)

Mmm, this was delicious and refreshing. I used a little less than 2/3c of honey rather than sugar. Also, just FYI, I don't actually like Red Zinger tea, so I'd still give this recipe a try even if you don't either!

Jun 21, 2009
wegsjac in Recipes

Red Flannel Hash

Yum, this was great. We substituted sweet potatoes for the red potatoes and added a little fresh basil in with the parsley (the basil plant needed pruning). I think I'll make it again this week :).

Mar 17, 2009
wegsjac in Recipes

Smoked Paprika and Rutabaga Bisque

Delicious. I went ahead and pureed the whole thing, now I'm thinking that adding a little something for texture would would be even better; things to possibly try include: roasted coarsely chopped pecans, caramelized cauliflower, or homemade croutons.

Jan 28, 2009
wegsjac in Recipes