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Your best tomato recipes please - worthy of the tastiest specimens!

Are you kidding?! Goat cheese? Sacrilege! I so look forward to that dish, just as it is, all through winter. With such tasty black heirlooms it is Divine. (You know, not to yuck your yum and all that.)

about 13 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Tried to start a "discussion" with photos and it wouldn't post

And, obviously, nothing with a blue heart on it ;) Congrats and the grandkid!

about 13 hours ago
gourmanda in Site Talk
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Your best tomato recipes please - worthy of the tastiest specimens!

I have only used it with regular type, heirloom tomatoes as that is what we grow. I don't know that Roma would throw off enough water into which you mount the butter. As to pasta--dried, it's what's always on hand :)

about 14 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Your best tomato recipes please - worthy of the tastiest specimens!

This. I can not wait until more tomatoes come in so I can make it!

http://ruhlman.com/2010/10/cooking-at...

about 14 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Any of those images gets a big "howl" and two paws up!

about 15 hours ago
gourmanda in Site Talk

Cost of Fresh Tomatoes at Farmers Markets

Heirloom flavor and color are not good??? What in the world have you been eating that's been passed off as heirloom? Maybe they aren't good in Colorado desert conditions, but on Lake Erie?? Mighty fine eating, indeed.

2 days ago
gourmanda in General Topics
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Right?! And not just cucumbers, but zucchini. Another one of each coming in tomorrow's share. Suzi--the cucumber salad was a nice accompaniment to our zucchini "pie/quiche" thing. Thanks!

2 days ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

What's in the cucumber dressing (besides sour cream and dill)? Anything? I've got a big one to use and if I eat one more lettuce salad, I'm gonna slug someone. So a new approach to using cukes would be much appreciated.

Jul 29, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Definitely an interesting concept. I would have to play with the dipping sauce--can not stand sesame oil and peanut butter is only good in dessert (imnho). Thanks for the idea! I ended up making the snow peas on the side of a couscous with green onion, tomato, mozzarella dish. It was all delicious, just have to figure out what to do with all the cucumber. I appreciate this thread and your input--you always have great ideas!!

Jul 29, 2014
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan

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.

Jul 28, 2014
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.

Jul 28, 2014
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?

Jul 28, 2014
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".

Jul 28, 2014
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