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In search of a well stocked bottle shop - Cleveland

Ohio is a pretty repressive state so don't hold your breath. You didn't say where your home is;for widely available local beer look to Great Lakes beer widely available in this area in bars and grocery stores.

about 22 hours ago
gourmanda in Great Lakes

Open for Easter - Downtown Cleveland

In addition to Bar Cento, Taza Lebanese Grill, downtown is open as is AMP 150, near the airport. No recommendation on either of the latter. Bar Cento is good casual food. Probably several places open for brunch on Sunday. Many restaurants close on Monday's so you will need to call around and/or check with your hotel concierge.

1 day ago
gourmanda in Great Lakes

dishwasher detergent

Finish powerball all in one + Jet Dry rinse aid. Very, very clean dishes, glasses and plastics.

1 day ago
gourmanda in Cookware

Wicked Simple Recipe Help

With all of your cooking accomplishments you haven't done quiche? I'm surprised. But I'm sure it will be a success!

Apr 15, 2014
gourmanda in Special Diets

Wicked Simple Recipe Help

A quiche is a very easy dish, easily changed up. Basic recipe: defrost a box of frozen chopped spinach (or equivalent kale, chard, etc.). Squeeze all of the water out. Saute onion or shallot til soft then add the spinach, nutmeg, s&p til mixed well. Put the mixture in a pie crust. In a measuring cup, combine 3 eggs with enough milk or cream to measure 1 1/2 cups. Season with aforementioned seasonings. Pour over spinach mix. Top with shredded Jarlsberg or cheese of choice (1/4 cup-ish). Bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Not fancy but basic, quick, convenient and other vegetables can be substituted or added.

Apr 15, 2014
gourmanda in Special Diets

Dairy free Chicken Enchiladas??

Thanks for this link. I've made some of her recipes before and they have been successful. Perhaps I will give this a try.

Apr 15, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Dairy free Chicken Enchiladas??

Nacho sauce *looked* awesome...not so much in real life. Didn't work out for me at all.

Apr 14, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

How to control garden pests and varmints?

Well, it was an exceptionally dumb rabbit. After we got it out of the middle garden by continually blocking the entrance to its nest with bricks and rocks (the loose, potent red pepper was not effective). It then built it's nest in the middle of our backyard (unbeknownst to us) where of course it was found by our dog who loves to hunt varmints. That was a gross scene.

Liquid Fence keeps usually keeps the lillies safe until it's washed away by rain.

Apr 14, 2014
gourmanda in Gardening

How to control garden pests and varmints?

The rabbits failed to get your memo.

Apr 14, 2014
gourmanda in Gardening

Making stock with Chicken Feet [split from LA]

Yeah, that's how mine is now. Stands up perfectly on it's own.

Apr 11, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Making stock with Chicken Feet [split from LA]

My stock is quite gelatinous sans feet. How much more gelatinous can it be with feet? Or do they impart a different flavor?

Apr 11, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

mayo help

This. Put the yolk, lemon juice and mustard in bottom of tall cup and mix. Add the oil on top, wait 10 seconds, put in the stick blender, turn on, eventually tilt the cup sidewise a bit and you will have mayo. in less than a minute. Same process for Caesar and vinaigrette dressings.

Apr 11, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Tomatoes 2014

Thin them but to reduce risk of damage, snip the ones you don't want with scissors as opposed to pulling them out of the cups.

Apr 10, 2014
gourmanda in Gardening
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Cook on Sunday - eat all week?

so who gets to eat the money? ;)

Apr 10, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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What else can I do with kale and swiss chard?

Try it in place of spinach in quiche, strata or strata. Blanch, ice, drain, dry, chop then you can freeze in portions for future meals.

Apr 07, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Either grouper or halibut...bought both this weekend and can't tell which is which. I think last night was the halibut with a lemon/olive oil/butter sauce and carrots that over-wintered in the garden for the side. Tonight is the other fish with a pomegranate butter sauce. Green beans from the freezer (from last season's garden) on the side.
And rain, rain, rain for the next day and a half :(

Apr 07, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Hard boile eggs

I will agree with the steam method since it sounds like these are very fresh eggs. However, it is important to let them sit out for 24 hours on the counter prior to steam. I had eggs that were about 2 weeks old from the farm and thought they were old enough not to need the 24 hours at room temp. Wrong. Hard, but not impossible, to peel.

Apr 07, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Open for Easter - Downtown Cleveland

Bar Cento on West 25th Street should be open the whole weekend (including Monday). Many restaurants close on Mondays, so call ahead.

Apr 07, 2014
gourmanda in Great Lakes

What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

Glad your pizza was good but ugh- I could not get into that book at all.

Apr 04, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

All-clad and grapeseed oil???

I recently bought grape seed oil at Costco. Assuming that's what it really is it has had no adverse reaction with my AllClad SS frying pan.

Apr 03, 2014
gourmanda in Cookware

What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

Yikes! That's terrible. FWIW, I have ordered from that company many times and have been please with whatever product I ordered.

Apr 03, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

I do not know your comfort price and this will obviously not help you for dinner tonight, but might one of these options be helpful for the future? Either the mushrooms or the mushroom powder?

http://www.myspicesage.com/search/go#...

Apr 03, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

Like I said, so?

Apr 03, 2014
gourmanda in Food Media & News

What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

You will probably be getting the torrents of rain we are having today. Quite gloomy outlook for the next few days. (And quite a muddy dog in the near future.)

Tonight is cleaning up some pantry and freezer items, so Nigella's tomato curry with coconut rice. A salad if I feel like it ... and wine of course :)

I've made a list of the major items on the shelves and in the freezer in the hope of using them up and limiting my shopping for the next few weeks.

Apr 03, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

What is the author's point? That a few people go to extremes and jump on the bandwagon of the latest diet fad? So?

Apr 03, 2014
gourmanda in Food Media & News
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Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters

I would like to know who funded that study.

Apr 03, 2014
gourmanda in Food Media & News
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What is your budget

Indeed! I recently downloaded an app to my phone so I can keep track of expenses. Should be interesting to see the figures in a couple of months.

Apr 01, 2014
gourmanda in General Topics

What is your budget

Oh, my...........did I say a month? Whoops, I meant a week! Maybe closer to $100/week. But yes, different eating habits and having the garden is a huge bonus. While it's not free to grow your own produce, it is less expensive, organic and fun! Though, again, different climate and growing season from Lake Erie to Alberta.

Apr 01, 2014
gourmanda in General Topics

What is your budget

Probably about $150/month give or take for the 2 of us. We can eggs from get local, pasture raised chickens for $3.50/dozen. Butter from local grass fed cows for $4.50/pound. We don't eat much meat ... maybe fish 2-4 times a month at about $15-$20 per meal. Obviously the +/- $100 doesn't include wine or liquor which would up it significantly. It helps that we have 2 garden plots nearby and can freeze, dehydrate and/or can food in the summer.

Apr 01, 2014
gourmanda in General Topics

Quiche pie crust question

Whatever you did, that quiche looks amazing! Nice work.

Mar 31, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking