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Best of the farmer's markets - Seattle area

I also do a quick circuit to see who has what and what looks good any particular week. That said, it's a rare week that I don't buy something from Alvarez Farms. Standouts are their peppers, eggplants, cantaloupe and dried beans.

Jun 21, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle
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"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

That's precisely why a local restaurant I frequent put up such a sign. It's now code for "act like a civilized human being or we don't want your business".

more than burgers at KronnerBurger [Oakland]

Amazon is going to wonder why there's a sudden run on this out of print book! (Copies available, reasonably priced.)

Jun 08, 2015
Jeri L in San Francisco Bay Area

New refrigerator

No alarm, but it SHOULDN'T need one. Sliding a drawer shut isn't as fussy as the French doors seem to be. Of course, it's also our first icemaker and that's a revelation as well. When the novelty wears off and he's not opening the freezer every 20 minutes, we'll have fewer accidents.

May 30, 2015
Jeri L in Cookware

New refrigerator

We went with the bottom freezer and single door Maytag. We are a couple and our kitchen is not large. We did get a size up from our old top freezer fridge, so its capacity seems immense. It's quite attractive and was considerably cheaper than the French door models. My husband has managed to not close the freezer completely a couple of times, but that's more of a training issue than a problem. In fact, the problem of him reliably closing the doors was a big concern with the French door design.

May 30, 2015
Jeri L in Cookware

Green Onion Rant

I can't help you with the fresh herb thing, but you can buy chopped green onions at salad bars. Not cheap, but no waste. I have seen stores selling celery by the rib, for which I am grateful.

May 25, 2015
Jeri L in General Topics
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3 days in Seattle - seafood, local foods, Downtown & West Seattle

Ditto on Ellenos. "Yogurt? What could be so great about yogurt?" you say? Try it. My favorite is the nutty fruity muesli.

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

And on what planet are you finding pristine sea water?

May 02, 2015
Jeri L in General Topics

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Possibly long gone by now, though the "use or freeze by" date is August: Meal Mart Hungarian Style Beef Stuffed Cabbage (Kosher for Passover). As it says on the label, "in sweetened tomato sauce". If that's the way you like them, they're really good. Found at Costco #1 in Seattle in the refrigerated section near the cheese.

Apr 29, 2015
Jeri L in Chains

Romantic downtown

Apr 27, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle
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Tianan Guan Miau Sliced Noodles

Apparently I was too vague. How are these noodles commonly used? Most of the pictures I've seen of the two main Tainan style noodle dishes, beef noodle soup and Dan zai noodles, use round noodles. I was wondering if these were used for something special. I guess not.

Apr 06, 2015
Jeri L in Home Cooking

How can I slice crusty bread without making such a mess?

I used to have a bread knife that was actually a hacksaw blade set into a wood bow handle. It worked really well, but I seem to recall plenty of crumbs flying anyway.

Apr 04, 2015
Jeri L in General Topics

Tianan Guan Miau Sliced Noodles

I bought these because they looked interesting and rather pretty. Now what should I do with them?

Apr 04, 2015
Jeri L in Home Cooking

question about old cooking tv show!

A Cook on the Wild Side? I've never seen it, I just love an internet search challenge.

https://youtu.be/_VcfqGhfgxo

Apr 02, 2015
Jeri L in Food Media & News

University , Wallingford , Fremont , Ballard ?

Not doubting your taste, just surprised. Worth checking out next time we're dining on the Ave. Looking at their online menu, I can certainly say that the last time I ate there, "good taste frog legs" were not on the menu.

University , Wallingford , Fremont , Ballard ?

Seriously? China First? Please elaborate! I haven't been there in a long time as the last time I ate there I thought it had slipped past mediocre to "can we get Chinese at Safeway instead?".

Mar 30, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Thanks, now I won't be tempted.

Mar 28, 2015
Jeri L in Chains

Varsity Inn Wallingford black beans

Went there for breakfast this morning and had their carnitas breakfast. The pork was wonderful. The black beans were perplexing. Has anyone else had them? I tasted and pondered, not even sure if I liked them or not. Wine? They seemed sweet and the closest I could come to describing is that it tasted like someone had stirred a jar of grape jelly into them. I didn't know how to ask without sounding critical or loony. ("Chowhound: Where you can sound critical and loony without looking a very nice waitress in the eye.") I'm just curious as I've never tasted anything like them.

Mar 28, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle

Poll: Favorite everyday glassware?

Warning: If you don't love them, don't get them. They will be with you for a very long time. I also have ones that have seen 25+ years of daily abuse.

Mar 23, 2015
Jeri L in Cookware
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What is a "medium" chinese eggplant?

I hate recipes like that. Eggplant comes in so many different shapes and sizes, "3 medium" is meaningless. I'd say 18 inches is a large eggplant. Looking around the web, 8-12" seems more common for Chinese eggplant, so maybe 1 to 1 1/2 of the eggplants you have should be sufficient.

Mar 22, 2015
Jeri L in General Topics

Seattle: Bow to Empire?

I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought "Bow to Empire" was a road trip!

Mar 09, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle

Looking for Good Pub Food, Happy Hour

I haven't been myself, but family members gave a good report of Stout.

http://stoutpubs.com/

Mar 04, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle

Need healthful "brown bag" lunch ideas, please.

This week: kale and quinoa salad with feta, dried cherries and hazelnuts.

Mar 02, 2015
Jeri L in General Topics

Bing's?

News I can use, thanks! I've only been there for dinner once and all I remember is that the sangria was tasty but strong. (I only had one, but I felt it!) Their website says their coffee is Fonte "Forty200" blend.

Mar 01, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle

I eat it my way

I'm a (good) frosting fiend, but I don't like the roses, because I imagine I can taste the food coloring. I do, however, eat the cake layers first, saving the frosting with just a bit of cake for last.

Mar 01, 2015
Jeri L in General Topics

Favorite chowhound stops on the Skagit tulip trail?

I looked at the Train Wreck menu. Smoked brisket fritters? I may have to make the trek to Burlington just to try those.

Feb 19, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle

RIP Swingside Cafe

I knew it was coming, he'd announced it almost a year ago. I wish he'd bequeath a few of his recipes to someone before he goes. Favorite memory was going to hear live music and sitting so close we were essentially sharing our table with the musicians. He'll be missed, as will his hazelnut pesto, aglio olio and wild boar/venison Bolognese.

Feb 13, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle

Japanese House Curry (brand) .... how can I make it taste better?

I think it is what it is. Maybe you should try another brand? S&B is good--a coworker smelled it and said, "How did you make that?" When I told her, she was shocked...she went home, asked her Mom and found out that her Japanese Mom's secret family recipe was a block of S&B!

Jan 27, 2015
Jeri L in Home Cooking

Eggplant Parmesan?

It just happens to be on the M
Munchery menu for this evening. You could have it delivered!

https://munchery.com/menus/seattle/#/0

Jan 23, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

I saw their sign today and I was wondering if there was any buzz. Whoever gets there first, report back!

Jan 18, 2015
Jeri L in Greater Seattle