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Help!!! Cooking for friend who has gluten allergies!

A friend of mine has gluten allergies and I am trying to put together a meal for her and her boyfriend. I was going to make a good Southern meal with fried green tomatoes, squash casserole and other things that include the use of panko bread crumbs and crackers. Are there any substitutes for the bread crumbs or crackers that won't alter the taste too much?

Changing gears, I can make a good pasta dish and substitute these noodles I bought that are gluten free but what about a good gluten free crusty bread? Is that available anywhere?

Has anyone substituted another ingredient for flour in fried shrimp? Or another ingredient for crackers in crabcakes? Has anyone used cornstarch in the place of flour or rice flour?

Many thanks for any suggestions!

May 10, 2013
RouxGirl in Special Diets

ISO a good restaurant in the Peachtree City/Newnan for Thanksgiving

My mother-in-law and I are going to be doing Thanksgiving alone this year. Instead of cooking all day for huge dinner that we will have years of leftovers to pick from, I thought of taking her out. Does anyone have any suggestions for a PTC or Newnan (or nearby) restaurant that will offer a good Thanksgiving menu or buffet? (No offense, but we would like to avoid the Golden Corral type of restaurants.)

Many thanks for any suggestions!!

Oct 15, 2012
RouxGirl in Atlanta

The Best Pizza Stones for Home Ovens

Just a little off topic, I wanted to recreate the wood fired pizza I ate in Florence. I didn't want to pay several thousand dollars for a stone oven but I stumbled across a pizza 'sleeve' that fits on our Kettle grill. It has a slot to slide the pizza in and now, I have my wood fired pizzas!
Has anyone used regular tiles gotten from the home improvement stores? I read that there are some that can be used but I am not sure what kind they are. I would like to just fit some across the grill instead of having the round stone I currently use.

Sep 14, 2012
RouxGirl in Features

Looking for good seafood in Greenville, NC

My family and I will be in Greenville, NC for a few days and I was wondering if anyone knew of a good seafood restaurant.

I know Dixie Queen in Farmville is good but they don't serve beer or wine. The only other good seafood restaurant, Cliff's Seafood is closed, I think. Does anyone know of a decent, non-chain restaurant there? Many thanks for any replies!

Jul 28, 2012
RouxGirl in Southeast

ISO Original Brownberry Healthnut bread recipe

I think there is a small bakery making it in the midwest in very small quantities and they don't ship. The customer service agent insisted that there wasn't a demand for it This was several years ago so I don't know if it is still being made anywhere.

I wish there was a bread recipe someone has come that is even barely similar. That bread was heavenly.

Jul 16, 2012
RouxGirl in Home Cooking

ISO Original Brownberry Healthnut bread recipe

I am dying here. I have a craving for this wonderful bread that some bread company bought, changed the recipe, then stopped selling here. I wrote to them awhile back and got a reply that there wasn't that much of a demand, blah blah blah. Lies. When it was sold by Brownberry, I was lucky to get a loat as it would be sold out- I would have to hit several stores sometimes just to score one loaf.

Does anyone have a bread recipe that will get me close to this wonderful bread?

Oh, and to the company who bought this brand, I really appreciating you using the name Healthnut bread on a huge, calorie laden piece of cardboard that comes nowhere near what that wonderful bread used to be before you destroyed it.

Jul 16, 2012
RouxGirl in Home Cooking

Fayetteville dinning options

Have you tried The Downtown Grill in Tyrone? It is on the same road as Carrabbas that someone else talked about in PTC but maybe 5 miles away. Their salmon is out of this world as is their Southwest Chicken salad. When we started eating there, I was addicted to the salad (shredded romaine, grilled corn, black beans, red and yellow grape tomatoes, avocado and fresh grilled spicy chicken with a homemade chipotle ranch dressing) and we ate there three times a week. I started losing weight and averaged 2 lbs a week. The only thing I did different was eating that salad at the Downtown Grill. (It was so big, I would eat half for lunch and the other half for dinner.)

I also recommend their Shrimp Florentine (pasta with creamy herb sauce, large shrimp, cherry tomatoes and artichokes) and their fried green tomatoes which come with their homemade chipotle ranch dressing for dipping. Their grilled chicken sandwich, which I would expect to be just so-so as most are, was stelllar. You can tell it is fresh chicken, not frozen or preshaped. Hubby says their filet is the best around. Oh, and their salad dressings are homemade. The only changes I would make would be to offer crusty French bread with dinner (currently have soft yeast rolls) and to be more generous with their wine ( surely a good glass of wine should be more than 5 sips).

Also, they offer a Blue Plate special and all their veggies are homemade and to dadgum die for- creamed spinach, fried okra and sweet potato casserole are outstanding. Their cornbread is the best I have had at a restaurant- a little on the sweet side with maybe a dash of vanilla. Their chicken fingers are also homemade- normally I wouldn't order something like that at dinner but we had seen an entire group order them near us one lunch and they were probably the best I have had there. That being said, dining is limited in this area and we are thankful and grateful we found this place.

http://dtgrill.com/home.html

Jul 15, 2012
RouxGirl in Atlanta

Need a restaurant serving Thanksgiving south of Atlanta

Many thanks. That is about 5 miles away from us and I just never think about it!!

Wonderful suggestion!! I will see if they have any openings!

Nov 19, 2011
RouxGirl in Atlanta

Need a restaurant serving Thanksgiving south of Atlanta

Hi all. We have been planning Thanksgiving for a few weeks with family but sadly, my sister-in-law had a death on her side of the family and now it will be just a few of us. I have elderly relatives that I need to plan for and decided to take everyone out for Thanksgiving.

Can anyone recommend a good restaurant serving a Thanksgiving dinner that won't break the bank?

We live near Newnan/Peachtree City and can't drive too far. but would go to south of Atlanta for a good recommendation.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Nov 19, 2011
RouxGirl in Atlanta

Why Do Subway Restaurants Smell Awful?

I was a flight attendant when food was still served back in the 1990's. The smell at Subway makes me absulutely nauseous. The smell is identical to the preservatives that were sprayed on the airline food we would serve and makes me want to vomit. When I had a sandwich my hubby brought home to me, I tasted it all the way through my sinuses- yuck. I remember I had to crawl in the meal cart sometimes to get to something at the very bottom and the smell was overwhelming.

So, that and the fact that they have somehow sponsored Michael Vick as athlete of the year equals to me never stepping foot in a Subway again. I am a card carrying member of the Jersey Mike's club.

Aug 26, 2011
RouxGirl in Features

Comfort food after a break-up

Wow. Been there and I am so sorry.

For me, at that time pizza was a great healer. That and a good General Tso's shrimp with fried shrimp dumplings on the side. Take out is a must. It gets you out of the house and if it is nice outside and there is a place to eat, sit. Try to stay out of the house if you can at least at the beginning.

And sushi is good too. After the abusive idiot dumped me about 10 years ago, I went to a sushi bar and sat in front of the master sushi chef- or however he is referred. He kept me in sushi all night and made me laugh. He made extra big rolls for his other customers and gave me the 'extras'. He bought me a Sapporo but only to be nice, nothing more. I guess I had that 'freshly dumped' look. (Idiot boy couldn't eat seafood so I was deprived for a year or more.)

Sounds like you did alot for this guy and he didn't appreciate it. Did he ever bring you cookies or make you breakfast? Thinking of these things might help you heal. And I don't think he is clueless. He had a good thing with you but sounds pretty immature. I haven't read the book, but 'He's just not that into you ' might be a good one for you to get.

Mar 11, 2011
RouxGirl in General Topics

ISO good PTC Japanese restaurant (takeaway)

Thanks!!!!

Oct 19, 2010
RouxGirl in Atlanta

Looking for a Monastery-style fruitcake recipe.

Hi all,
I have searched the recipes here and have not been able to find what I am looking for. My father-in-law is 83 and quite ill. He is a farmer who has done quite a bit of cooking in his lifetime and I wanted to make a good brandied-up fruitcake with him. I am not sure if he will still be here with us at Christmas but we would have so much fun making it together. We cook together when he is able and his skills are just amazing.
Anyway, I am looking for a recipe kind of like the monks make to sell at Christmas- the one that is dark, moist and soaked in brandy. I did buy the candied fruits from the market but will happily discard them. We don't like raisins but love all other fruits and nuts.

If anyone can please help, I will be forever grateful. It would truly be the best Christmas present.

Many thanks!

Oct 19, 2010
RouxGirl in Home Cooking

ISO good PTC Japanese restaurant (takeaway)

New to Peachtree City area and am looking for a good takeout Japanese restaurant. We prefer to eat at home but I get sooooo tired of cooking. We just moved from Charlotte where they had awesome Japanese restaurants that were only takeaway and I am having withdrawals.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Tried a Chinese restaurant last week and they put curry in the vegetable fried rice and used cheap bottled sauces on everything. Ick. One bite and everything went in the trash.

Thanks!!

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Peachtree Cafe
99 Jeff Davis Rd, Thomaston, GA 30286

Oct 15, 2010
RouxGirl in Atlanta

ISO good PTC Japanese restaurant (takeaway)

New to Peachtree City area and am looking for a good takeout Japanese restaurant. We prefer to eat at home but I get sooooo tired of cooking and just left Charlotte where they had awesome Japanese restaurants there were only takeaway.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Tried a Chinese restaurant last week and they put curry in the vegetable fried rice and used cheap bottled sauces on everything. Ick. One bite and everything went in the trash.

Thanks!!

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Peachtree Cafe
99 Jeff Davis Rd, Thomaston, GA 30286

Oct 15, 2010
RouxGirl in Atlanta

Help!!! Overloaded with Anaheim Peppers!

Hi y'all! I bought what I thought were Poblano Pepper plants from Lowes but they were mislabled-not the first time this has happened- and now I have dozens of Anaheim peppers. Does anyone have recipes they can share with me? I don't eat beef or pork and adore Mexican food. I have tried to search online but the recipes I found had only so-so reviews. I appreciate anything and everything that comes my way.

Many thanks!!!!!
Roux

Jul 06, 2010
RouxGirl in Home Cooking

Wild Mulberries

Just moved to Georgia. My inlaws have a farmhouse with a huge beautiiful mulberry tree on the side. Recently, I tried my first mulberry and it was the most glorious, heavenly taste ever. They are somewhat small but the taste is unlike anything I have ever tried. There is no bitterness-unlike some blueberries and wild blackberries- and the taste of the tender berries is almost like a floral blueberry/blackberry/raspberry mix. Unbelieveable. My mother-in-law and I stood under the tree for about 10 minutes picking the berries with the intent to make a cobbler with them but none made it into the bucket, just into our mouths! Our fingers and lips were stained with a purplish cranberry color that wouldn't come out for a bit but it was oooohhhhh sooooo worth it!!!

Jun 26, 2010
RouxGirl in Features

Need a birthday recipes!!!

Hi all,
I was wondering if anyone had a tried and true recipe for an almond flavored cake. I have found some online but am a little nervous about baking a recipe unseen and untried. I want to make an almond cake with raspberry filling and with a cream cheese frosting. (Will take suggestions for the frosting too.)
This is for my mother-in-law's 83rd birthday and we are giving her a surprise party next Saturday. She is absolutely a wonderful lady and I want to bake something outstanding. Any recipes are greatly appreciated!!!

Also, we are going to have a cookout with hotdogs and sliders. If there are any recipes for starters we can set out while the grill is warming up, I would appreciate that too!!!!!!! (we are going to have bbq beans, cole slaw, potato salad, deviled eggs) I just want this to be the best day in the world for her. She deserves it!!!!!!!!!
Many thanks!

Mar 19, 2010
RouxGirl in Home Cooking

What's for dinner part XXII?

Eastern NC crockpot bbq (exquisite!!!!)
Homemade cole slaw
Mother-in-law's famous homemade french fries that would make you sell your soul
Deviled eggs with jalapeno
Icebox lemon pie- also made by MIL.
Sweet tea and/or ice cold beer in the bottle

Mar 02, 2010
RouxGirl in Home Cooking

Plates, Dishes?

Hi! Did you buy the dinnerware that is unevenly shaped? They are so gorgeous and I almost bought them but read the reviews and everyone had problems with chipping so I decided against them. Anyway, I like the simple white heavy plates that are used in diners and finally found a website that had salvaged some diner dishes some years back from a burned out barn and they decided to copy them and market them. The website is fishseddy.com and I like the diner white collection. They have different sizes and shapes too and many cool serving stuff to choose from with lots of unusual patterns.

Mar 02, 2010
RouxGirl in Cookware

Your best banana recipes

Ok, I have 2.
First, take two Vanilla wafers and spread peanut butter on one. Add a slice of banana and top with the other Vanilla wafer. When my sister and I were little, my mother would make a plate of about 10 of them and we would pretend they were hamburgers like Jughead used to eat on The Archies.
Second, just peel a banana and take a knife and slather Nutella on each bite.
Oh! And a peanut butter and banana sandwich just can't be beat either!

Mar 02, 2010
RouxGirl in Home Cooking

Would like to give my dad a gift for Father's Day-RDU area

Hi All!
I think this is the first time I have posted. I would like to give my father and his girlfriend a gift certificate to a really nice restaurant in the Raleigh/Durham area for Father's Day. I will be spending $100 and have been looking online for a nice place where they can get a consistently good dinner and drinks for around that price. I had considered The Angus Barn but after reading what was written here, now I am not so sure. I live in Charlotte so I am not familiar with the RDU area. Does anyone have a decent, upscale, consistently good food and service, dressy, CLEAN -and in a safe area- restaurant that they can recommend? Maybe a steak and seafood place?
Many thanks!!
Roux