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ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

Another great choice is peaches poached in sauternes with a side of vanilla bean ice cream. Just terrific. (Simple and elegant).

about 8 hours ago
ferret in Home Cooking
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selling salsa

Fresh mozzarella and burrata is so easy to make we tend to do it on cold winter weekends when we don't feel like going out (and burrata is at its best when its freshly made).

Sorry for going a bit off-topic.

about 9 hours ago
ferret in Home Cooking

My first time at Chipotle.... or, what the hell was that bland beige lump I just ate?

Perhaps because not everyone shares your opinion. I have no love for Chipotle, but it's not the worst option out there, and I don't find it to be bland. I can control what goes into it, and if I want more spice, that's certainly an option.

about 12 hours ago
ferret in Chains

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

Not to mention that it would be close to 3 gallons. I doubt I could consume 3 gallons of water in a day. However, it does explain his peeing on the floor of a plane.

about 13 hours ago
ferret in Wine
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selling salsa

And forgive me for stating the obvious but "so fresh it lasts a month" may not be the most compelling marketing pitch. We buy fresh pico de gallo and salsa from our local ethnic grocer and if we don't use it by the end of the first week we toss it because it gets really off flavors.

about 13 hours ago
ferret in Home Cooking

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

As a child I dumped enough of that into a bowl of tomato soup to make the spoon float. As an adult I find it revolting.

about 13 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Blue Raspberry has been a standard designation as long as I can remember (popsicle treats from my day camp days in the 60's). Not at all specific to Icee.

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about 14 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

Yet another conventioneer...

I think the OP is from the Bay area which has another Acurio spot, La Mar, different menu from Tanta, but not that different.

about 15 hours ago
ferret in Chicago Area

Has Target discontinued Giada's pasta sauces?

I see it in Chicago.

1 day ago
ferret in Chains

Has Target discontinued Giada's pasta sauces?

Costco carries it.

1 day ago
ferret in Chains

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

For that level of consumption he's downright svelte.

1 day ago
ferret in Wine

chicago italian near downtown

If you're in that area, my pick is always 312 over Petterino's. A five minute walk that pays off.

1 day ago
ferret in Chicago Area

O'Hare-Rosemont - help?

A visit that requires 2 threads?

1 day ago
ferret in Chicago Area

O'Hare-Rosemont - help?

Little Goat has something for everyone with fun variations on comfort foods. The Bulls-Eye French Toast is a must. However, if you're coming from Rosemont, this is going to be a long haul (2-hour round trip, at best). Logan Square is a much better bet (less than half the travel time) and has some standouts including Longman & Eagle and Lula Cafe.

1 day ago
ferret in Chicago Area

O'Hare-Rosemont - help?

I was under the impression that they're at the Embassy Suites Rosemont, so we're definitely not talking short distance.

1 day ago
ferret in Chicago Area

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

14 X an average of 600 calories per bottle = 8,400 calories a day???? He must work out a lot (for a 400lb guy).

1 day ago
ferret in Wine

Native Foods Key Lime Pie recipe

While I believe that it's the best vegan pie you've ever had, there isn't a single vegan dessert at Native Foods that would reasonably convince me that it was anywhere near as good as its non-vegan counterpart. Fruit is a great vegan dessert, the minute you start doing "mock" anything dessert it borders on inedible.

I would like to go on record as saying I'm a devout omnivore who happens to really enjoy Native Foods savory offerings. And I've made a sincere effort to try their desserts on numerous visits (I really wanted to like them) and in every instance they were just awful imitations.

1 day ago
ferret in Vegetarian & Vegan

Alert: artificial sweeteners

You're never going to find anyone who says artificial sweeteners are "good" for you.

Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

My wife grabbed the 12-pack of steakhouse steak knives for about $25. Great for barbecue season.

1 day ago
ferret in Cookware

New to posting, but sure need the ChowHounds! Need stove help fast!!

Quick reality check: when you're spending double the median US household income on a stove, is a $1,500 shipping differential really the deal-breaker?

1 day ago
ferret in Cookware

O'Hare-Rosemont - help?

Who's in "our family"? If it includes adventurous kids then Girl and the Goat, if it's non-adventurous kids, then Little Goat.

1 day ago
ferret in Chicago Area

Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

If you're a Costco member they have been beefing up their Kirkland Professional cookware line. They have 8", 10", 12" and 14" non-stick skillets with silicone handles at very low prices.

1 day ago
ferret in Cookware
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Gas Cooktop: BlueStar, FiveStar, Bertazzoni or Wolf?

Any appliance can fail, it's all about the availability of parts and service. Sure, it's cool to get something unusual, but less cool if you need to wait 10 days for a part to be shipped.

1 day ago
ferret in Cookware

Indian or Vegan near Rosemont

Amitabul is a good choice and it's spitting distance from NOK (Noon O Kabab), which, while not Indian, is a great Persian place with plenty of Vegan options.

1 day ago
ferret in Chicago Area

Tufano's?

The Taylor Street area isn't what it used to be as far as destination dining goes. We have friends from the South Side who are only willing to drive so far "into the city" and tend to stick to that area. However, as a lifelong North Sider, I rarely make it down to that area (with the exception of Mario's, in-season) just because there are more new Italian places than I can possibly hope to visit in areas much closer to me.

Sep 17, 2014
ferret in Chicago Area

Table salt free diet and eating out

The fairly astonishing part is how many people absolutely trust these snake oil salesmen, including those who are pushing their own UNREGULATED products, but somehow distrust science. Those supplements could contain equal parts sawdust and sand and people would still believe they're the answer to life's problems.

Sep 17, 2014
ferret in Special Diets

Table salt free diet and eating out

Glad to know I was a chef at age 6.

Sep 17, 2014
ferret in Special Diets

IKEA, a recent visit to their marketplace

Very excited when I saw them on my last visit a couple of weeks ago. Bag 1 was opened on the way to the car and my son laughed at me when I got home and the passenger seat was littered with Daim wrappers.

Sep 17, 2014
ferret in Chains
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Table salt free diet and eating out

So, according to you, salt is a necessary mineral for animals but not humans?

Sep 17, 2014
ferret in Special Diets

food safety & murdering pathogens

Your local health department is not in the business of individualized assessments. If it falls outside of acceptable food handling practices then they'll tell you to toss it. Nobody's going to say "okay, eat it" to a perishable that's been left out for a week, regardless of extenuating circumstances.