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Cleveland west side - Westlake, Avon, Bay, etc

Niki, not sure if you've had your dinner yet, but Lakewood Country Club is actually in Westlake. I second Players (great patio) and Pier W (great view), both in Lakewood.

about 3 hours ago
gourmanda in Great Lakes

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Some sort of soba noodle bowl. Any ideas? I've got lots of fresh, fresh produce--snow peas, cabbage, onions (red and green), tomato, cucumber, carrots.

about 7 hours ago
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan

Tomatoes 2014

Whee!!!!!!!! The first tomato picked yesterday! An absolutely delicious Nyagous. So very good. I just hope this cold summer doesn't interfere the ripening of all the other fruit still on the plant. Who else is harvesting now?

about 7 hours ago
gourmanda in Gardening

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Sunshine, you have been right on with your posts about the site updates. Just wanted to add my two cents of displeasure with the changes. It's a bunch of non-essential clutter. I refuse, however, to "heart you".

about 9 hours ago
gourmanda in Site Talk
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Some kind of beta version of the site keeps appearing and disappearing

I absolutely agree with you and vote to have the stupid little icons (heart included) removed. Immediately if not sooner.

Jul 25, 2014
gourmanda in Site Talk

Which USA-domestic beers contain propylene glycol?

Regardless of whether or not propylene glycol is the anti-christ, psoriasis and eczema are totally different.

Jul 25, 2014
gourmanda in Beer

Actually, Your Man Can't Cook

Oh! The dead rat! Hilarious!!

Jul 23, 2014
gourmanda in Food Media & News
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Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

I think this is the recipe I usually use as a reference. Takes a little time in the beginning to make the sofrito and brown the meat, but that can be done a day or two in advance. FWIW, I don't find it necessary to constantly stir risotto.

Jul 23, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

Constant attention? Quite the opposite, which is why I consider it a good option for entertaining.

Jul 23, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

Paella pan not required. Large saute pan will work just fine. Enjoy your weekend!

Jul 23, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

BREVILLE COUNTER TOP SMART TOASTER/CONVECTION OVEN

We have the Compact and love it; a pie plate fits just fine. If I need to make something large I will turn on the wall oven, but since it is usually just the two of us, the Compact works out great without giving up too much counter space.

Jul 23, 2014
gourmanda in Cookware

Induction burner warning.

I'm sorry to hear that and sorry that they won't stand behind their product :(

Jul 22, 2014
gourmanda in Cookware

Induction burner warning.

Just to give you an alternate option--are you positive the unit is shutting down as opposed to it blowing a fuse? Before we got the kitchen re-wired, our single induction burner (not Fagor) would blow a fuse if I turned on any other appliance on the same circuit.

Jul 22, 2014
gourmanda in Cookware

Have LOTS of produce - help!

Now is the time to preserve this goodness! Beets and carrots keep a good while in the produce drawer or, probably, a bucket of sand (have not done the latter myself). As mentioned wash and dry the berries (core the strawberries then freeze in a single layer on wax paper lined cookie sheet; transfer to freezer bags when solid. Chard--blanch, shock, chop, freeze in usable portions. Corn--blanch, shock, cut off kernels and freeze as for berries. Basil--butter, vinegar, salt, pesto (butter and pesto freeze well). It's a lot of work now, but one of my favorite things is "shopping" our freezer and cupboards in the winter for all the good things I preserved along the way.

Jul 18, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Help---I'm making cookies and don't have an egg!

Flax seed + water. 2:1 I believe. Works great in baked goods.

Jul 17, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

You know you dine out too often when...

Why would that be your goal?

Jul 16, 2014
gourmanda in Not About Food

Giada says Italians like to use breadcrumbs instead of parmesan. Recipe examples?

Don't know how authentic it is, but I do know toasted breadcrumbs on certain pasta dishes is delicious.

Jul 16, 2014
gourmanda in General Topics

Restaurant week dispute

"why not just go along?" Because A. the OP said he does not care for the offerings on the special menu B. the OP does not eat dessert and so that portion of the price will be wasted on him. He is willing to go to the restaurant but wishes to order off of the regular menu. Why is that a big deal? We are dealing with adults, right?

Jul 16, 2014
gourmanda in Not About Food
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what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

Only if you want a really severe headache the next day. Never super cheap tequila.

Jul 15, 2014
gourmanda in Spirits

Restaurant week dispute

Sorry, your SO is off the wall. *She* is being unreasonable and stubborn and a few other adjectives....

Jul 15, 2014
gourmanda in Not About Food

Tomatoes 2014

JT-Is this one of your "volunteers"? If so, I definitely blame the genes. If you were growing regular hybrids last year than who know what kind of seed they threw off. As for me, we are anxiously awaiting the ripening stage. I was advised on pruning methods this year and, even though I got started on it late, fingers crossed that we seem to be getting a lot of fruit set. Hope yours come through!

Jul 15, 2014
gourmanda in Gardening

Big Island - Kohala Ranch and beyond.

Ok, that's just mean ;) I love it when we can get to the Big Island. Enjoy!!!!!

Jul 15, 2014
gourmanda in Hawaii

Big Island - Kohala Ranch and beyond.

If you will be doing some of your own cooking (or like tuna jerky--ono!) go to Da Fish House in Kawaihae. Located right near the harbor with daily fresh catch. Nice people always have good suggestions. Lunch truck on site also.
Kohala Ranch is beautiful---enjoy!

Also grocery at The Shops at Mauna Lani has a decent selection if it's on your way home from an outing. Nice deli too.

Jul 14, 2014
gourmanda in Hawaii

Garlic won't grow flower

Curious as to why you want them to flower? You usually want to cut the tops off and use the scape (flower stem, if you will) in order to get a bigger bulb. You could try letting a few of bulbous tops grow in order to get little bulb-ettes to plant in the fall. But I wouldn't let them all go to flower.

Jul 14, 2014
gourmanda in Gardening
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Wrong type of Reality TV perhaps hurting a restaurateur......new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey

"My wife was watching to see who she might know". Sure, blame it on the wife ;)

Jul 14, 2014
gourmanda in Food Media & News
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Noob home canning question

I agree with Candy on the Ball Blue Book. That said, yes, I have made sauce one day and refrigerated. Next day bring it to boil and simmer per directions and then process. Enjoy!

Jul 13, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

De-Electrifying the Kitchen

You beat me to it!

Jul 10, 2014
gourmanda in Cookware

Do I have to peel and seed tomatoes to make marinara sauce from scratch?

Depends on the size of your tomatoes of course, but it sounds like blending them raw and whole would take a long time. Wash, core, cook then blend (with an immersion blender is easiest). If you are talking a few tomatoes and want an elegant sauce then peel first. But when I'm doing 40+ pounds of raw tomatoes at a time there is no way I'm taking the time to peel them for spaghetti sauce.

Jul 10, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

A great attitude! Bon Voyage!

Jul 09, 2014
gourmanda in France

Another basil question

FWIW, this is from the site Dave's Garden albeit from 2000. I doubt things have gotten better.

"And there’s more: long-term studies at the University of Wisconsin have shown that acidic chemical fertilizers are causing serious, permanent damage to our soils. Usually these fertilizers are also highly soluble, so they leach away and pollute our water systems, too. Soil fertility authority Garn Wallace, Ph.D., of Wallace Laboratories in El Segundo, California, points out that Miracle-Gro contains muriate of potash, which contains excess chlorine that will burn plants and inhibit the uptake of nitrogen. Dr. Wallace also warns that products such as Miracle-Gro often contain unsafe levels of zinc and copper that will be toxic to soil life."

Read more: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/g...

Jul 08, 2014
gourmanda in Gardening
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