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Would you make the risotto ahead of time?

Don't do it. If you can't handle making risotto just before serving then make a different dish. Or perhaps prepping your ingredients tonight would save you from being so "intense". Grate the cheese, measure the stock and rice, slice the mushrooms, etc.

about 17 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

What's a WOHM?

about 18 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

A rant on pickles

You are forewarned--it's a Lewis Black bit. And it's exactly how I feel about the ubiquitous pickle garnish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMtXc...

about 19 hours ago
gourmanda in General Topics

What tools do you take when you travel?

I got a beading box from the local craft store. It snaps shut and has individual, small, clear canisters with screw-on lids in the box. Maybe 8" x 8" overall. I put dried herbs and spices in the canisters and write what's in it on a piece of tape on the lid. Small footprint yet a lot of variety. I would love to take my favorite knife but I know it would get stolen from my checked bag.

about 23 hours ago
gourmanda in Cookware

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

I leave butter on a butter dish (not a special crock) in a cupboard at all times.

about 23 hours ago
gourmanda in General Topics
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Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

That is cruel and unusual punishment, nw. I'm calling the authorities! :)

about 23 hours ago
gourmanda in General Topics
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Vietnamese garlic noodles

No, it's not that tasty. That's my point.

1 day ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Vietnamese garlic noodles

Thanks. Glad I'm not the only one.

1 day ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Vietnamese garlic noodles

I made Andrea Nyguen's version tonight, never having the dish before. Why do people lose their shit over this? To me it's noodles, butter, garlic & salt in the form of Maggie Seasoning sauce....not a revelation. What am I missing?

Feb 25, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

How many appetizers do I need?

Agreed. 8 types of appetizers in a 30-minute window? Too much when you also consider that not everyone will arrive on time. For 150 people I would hope you either have a lot of waiters passing the food or have planned on many stations.

Feb 25, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Dinner ideas for a family with food restrictions!

White chicken chili sans peppers and moderate the heat for MIL? You could make a separate pot with limited beans for FIL.
Honestly, though, it's one night a week--can't they be more flexible or limit the dinners to twice a month?

Curious since it's your in-laws, does your husband participate in the planning?

Feb 25, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Etiquette Question: Tipping the Host/Hostess?

If it was a dedicated coat check area/person then I would tip. Just the host/ess who also shows you to your table? No.

Feb 24, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food
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What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

That is one of my favorite flavor combos...nice job!

Feb 24, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

I'm in the cold-as-hell and it's getting old camp. Current temp reads 2.5 but "feels" like 3. Whoopdeedo.
Last night was an excellent coriander and pepper crusted tuna steak with pinot noir pan sauce, mashed potatoes and broccoli with garlic butter. Yesterday I made a crust for tonight's quiche--not something I do often cuz I generally suck at it. This one looks good but I'm afraid it had some leakage; we'll see how it turned out tonight. More Sons of Anarchy to watch :)

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Those ravioli look and sound delicious!

Feb 23, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Breakfast and Lunch suggestions for a group of women

No, no need to have tomatoes for your lunch. The menu sounds lovely as-is.

Feb 23, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Breakfast and Lunch suggestions for a group of women

As to tomatoes--only if they are fresh and local to you. Pass on the styrofoam-esque usually found in winter.

Feb 23, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

ISO Reference Cookbook(s) - Good and Bad?

As I am reading Julia Child's The Way To Cook, I think it might be another good option for you. A lot of step by step photos, master recipes and variations. There are suggestions for special equipment and a lot of helpful tips.

Feb 21, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Steve, I was fully on board with blaming Canada ;) until I saw the local weather map showing the temps were the direct result of the Russians and their Siberian front. Sonia I blame Putin.

Stay warm and safe, folks!

ISO Reference Cookbook(s) - Good and Bad?

Have you checked out Michael Ruhlman's Twenty? "The twenty basics you need to know in order to know the rest."

Feb 20, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Strap-on booze baby seeks funding

Disturbing on so many levels....

Feb 20, 2015
gourmanda in Spirits
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Hey nw! Glad you are back! Great pics, too.

Feb 19, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Why aren't we eating more geese?

Well-deserved, too. They are aggressive and s**t all over the place.

Feb 19, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

"What is YOUR favorite. . ."

Not all servers get to try the food that the restaurant serves. To me that is counter-intuitive, but it's the restaurant's call and not whether or not the employees have pride.

Why aren't we eating more geese?

If they do euthanize them they are violating the Federal Migratory Bird Act unless they have a permit from US Fish and Wildlife.

Not that I'm endorsing that Act, mind you. I'm all for blastin' away!

Feb 19, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Not sure where you are, coll. Around here the norm continues to be a lunch after the funeral; anyone present at the funeral is de facto invited.

Feb 19, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Absolutely nothing wrong with TNC! Definitely a go-to in our house. With Seafood.org approved canned tuna and a Gourmet recip from several years ago.

Leftover mushroom and jarlsberg salad?? What to make?

Toss with hot pasta.
Quiche filling.

The lies chefs tell

"Yes, we can make that burger medium rare."

Fun facts about Ketchup, Mustard and Mayo

Pretty sure we have a small bottle of ketchup in the refrig. Also pretty sure it's been around a couple of years. Mustard lasts quite some time and we use mayonnaise mostly in the summer for salads.

Feb 18, 2015
gourmanda in Food Media & News