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Ocean City, MD?

I second the Shark on the Harbor. Though not on the beach the setting is nice with a view of the fishing harbor. Food is good and pretty reasonably priced. Crab cakes are VERY good.

Jul 18, 2014
Fiona in Washington DC & Baltimore

What not to do at a farmers market

One thing that no one has mentioned is a "rule" from yard sale manners - don't come assuming that everyone can take credit cards and try to bring a stash of small bills. Every grower has some cash to make change but it can be wiped out pretty quickly.

Jul 10, 2014
Fiona in General Topics
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Advice for Greens & Ham Hocks

I wound up cooking them thusly - a bit of bacon fat in a heavy pan, sauteed s chopped onion, a chopped carrot, several cloves of garlic I added the red pepper flakes, ham hock and some chicken broth and cooked low for about an hour. Added the greens and cooked for another hour or maybe a little more. Let it cool took the remaining meat off the ham hock and the hammy greens are now in my frig. I did take a taste and they are really good. I think they will be excellent with barbequed ribs this weekend. I will make wither pasta or potato salad also. I have already stocked up on beer. Thanks for everyone's help and advise!

Jun 26, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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Advice for Greens & Ham Hocks

That is what I will do - I just checked the greens and they are still very fresh.

Jun 23, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Advice for Greens & Ham Hocks

To answer your question it is smoked.

Jun 23, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Anybody use a dinner bell ?

I have always had a brass bell hanging next to the back door. It was used to call the kids in from the yard (which is very big and has lots of hiding places). Now it is used as a dinner bell for the cat.

Jun 23, 2014
Fiona in Not About Food
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Advice for Greens & Ham Hocks

So - I have never made greens & ham hocks before. I have a mess of collards that were picked on Friday and a ham hock. I want to serve the dish this coming weekend. So - should I cook them now and freeze them for the few days or will it be fine if the collards are not so very fresh and I should cook them then day of serving.
Thanks!

Jun 23, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Really, really, spicy arugula

Try treating it like an herb, using a little to add flavor. I love spicy arugula in chicken salad - as an herb not as a green.

Jun 13, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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Help with appetizers for dinner party

A very light appetizer that is surprisingly good is cubes of seedless watermelon with a slice off ricotta salata on top, held together with a toothpick. A grind of black pepper over all adds some bite.

Jun 04, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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How to ask guest to pay for meal/drinks at dinner?

No you are not cheap. I do think that some drinks should be provided - like pitchers of beer and soda or lemonade. They can generally be provided at lowish costs (certainly less than top shell cocktails) and having no drinks seems awkward to me. How about something like this:
"You are invited to a crayfish boil at ---- in honor of --- Crayfish and the usual sides, beer and soda will be provided. Additional items can be purchased through the restaurant - but crayfish is REALLY good."

This may not be the perfect wording but I hope it is a start. Remember to focus on you are hosting a crayfish boil and if some silly people don't like crayfish they should still come for the party.

May 14, 2014
Fiona in Not About Food
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Going insane re: scratched stainless steel

Think of the scratches as the beginning of patina.

May 14, 2014
Fiona in Cookware

Timing for lentil quinoa salad

I am planning a brunch for next Monday and I am trying to prep as much ahead as I can. Do you think that if I make a lentil quinoa salad on Saturday morning it will keep int he frig and be good on Monday around noon?
Thanks

Apr 17, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

I think I did the last of the cold weather dinners this weekend. The weather called for a light springtime meal but instead I made duck ragu with homemade tagliatelle. It was very yummy. The only reason it is notable is because it was my first time making homemade pasta. I had wanted to for years but was too chicken. Silly me! It was dead simple to make and well worth having to clean up flour from all over the house.

Apr 14, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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Kitchen cabinets-quote that almost gave me a heart attack!

I did my kitchen last year. There are about 12 feet of lower cabinets with wood doors. Maybe 8 feet of upper cabinets. Two of the uppers are double sided with glass doors. Glass doors cost a fortune. The place where I got my cabinets (Just Cabinets) suggested that I order the two just prepped for glass, buy the glass at a big box store and have the contractor install the glass. That worked like a charm and saved about $1,200. that being said my Kraft Maid cabinets (without installation) cost $13,000 with minimal bells and whistles. The cabinets I chose are maple with white paint. The white finish did add to the cost.
Good luck!

Apr 12, 2014
Fiona in Cookware

kitchen flooring question--does anybody have experience with Vinacork?

I had my kitchen redone this past fall and I used cork backed linoleum. I chose it both for comfort and sustainability. I am very happy with the choice. The floor is comfortable to stand on and easy to maintain. Aesthetics also played a part in my choice - my house was build in 1895 and I wanted a bit of a retro look.

Apr 12, 2014
Fiona in Cookware
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Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

This is so sad - I loved to watch the show and now I watch the DVDs a few times each year. My favorite episode is the one where they eat bacon sandwiches on a bridge, The world is a drabber places with no Fat Ladies.

Apr 04, 2014
Fiona in Food Media & News
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Birthday cake of choice in France

My kids, now completely adult, still require birthday cake on their birthdays - chocolate layer cake with chocolate butter cream icing (made with butter). I agree with other posters - sheet cakes are for office parties. I am actually interested in more detail about what the customs are outside the US. I hope that others reply.

Mar 21, 2014
Fiona in France

Beefy Macaroni Casserole

This is really good! It is very hearty - great for wintery weather. It is now on the sort of regular list.

Feb 28, 2014
Fiona in Recipes

What's for Dinner #279- The Neverending Story Edition! [through Mar 3, 2014]

Tonight is out to my daughter's family for dinner. Tomorrow I am making lasagna to get BF and me through the weekend. I will also probably make some sort of soup to clean put the frig and because it will be snowing - can't have snow without soup.

Feb 28, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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Question for the ages

Only if I have one of my bags to put it in.

Feb 24, 2014
Fiona in Not About Food

How to cook 4 year old hens - and maybe a rooster

We are going to be thinning the egg flock soon to add more younger hens and we will want to cook the thinnees. Does anyone have recommendations on how to cook old hens so they are not tough? We also may be thinning a rooster as well.
Thanks in advance

Feb 24, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Help- sink disposal tug of war!!

I am on a city sewer system but - in my recent kitchen remodel the contractor added a disposal and said that it would prevent clogs in the sink. I didn't used to have clogs (predisposal) but now I find the drain gets slow & I have to use the disposal. That being said I continue to compost and very little of anything goes down the drain. I caution against a disposal because it is mostly a pain in the ***.

Feb 15, 2014
Fiona in Cookware
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Snow's coming. What you gonna cook?

It is pea soup for me also (ham bone from New Years). I have plenty of booze, coffee, tea. I think I will get ice cream and corn chips before the snow starts.

Feb 12, 2014
Fiona in General Topics
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Cheese Straw Question

Dietary issues is my term. It is a complicated situation that I do not feel comfortable sharing.

Jan 31, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Cheese Straw Question

One of my friends is insanely in love with cheese straws but has dietary issues. I have been looking for a recipe using olive (or any other) oil instead of butter. Does anyone have such a recipe?
Thanks in advance.

Jan 31, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

I an sad also. I love the setting and the idea of the place - just not the execution.

Jan 28, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

I was sorry also - I had always enjoyed going there; it was reliable and convenient. I will probably go again sometime to see if the one night was an outlier but I won't trust it for a special occasion.

Jan 21, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

We went to the Farmhouse last winter for a birthday dinner and it was not good. For years it had been our go to special occasion restaurant but this night was a turn off. I truthfully cannot remember what I had but I do remember that it was only mediocre and my companion's veal steak was mostly gristle and tough. We shared bananas foster for dessert and it was awful! Also our waiter kept sitting down at one of the tables (the diners appeared to be friends of his) and we had to ask another passing waiter to get him for us when we needed anything. I agree on the others mentioned however - they are good.

Jan 20, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

Thanks Cindy - I appreciate your input. I think I will try it again sometime but not for the special occasion that I was thinking of. For a special dinner I want to go to a place where I am confident of a good time!

Jan 16, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

SodaStream

I got one as a gift and I use it all the time. I find it very convenient. You just have to find the syrup flavors that you like.

Jan 15, 2014
Fiona in Cookware