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Chicken with Goat Cheese and Figs

I have made this recipe a few times now. I pound the breasts a bit. The chicken cooks a little more quickly that way, but it cooks evenly, and it is a much simpler endeavor to keep the filling in the chicken breast; so, I prefer that method. I also believe this preparation distributes the ingredients in such a manner that the "ratio" problem of the first poster is fixed. Same amount of ingredients, but the perception is that there is a lot of filling.

Figs are seasonal around here; so, I've fixed this with and without figs. Personally, I love the figs. I think they are the finishing touch that makes this dish perfect, but my husband detests figs, and without them, this is his favorite dish. They're not part of the filling; so, it is simple to eliminate them from the recipe, and it is an excellent recipe sans figs. I miss them when I make it without them, but that's only because I remember what I'm missing. You'll still love it without the figs.

Mar 07, 2010
nuckolsdc in Recipes

avocado ice cream

Tried this recipe over the weekend. Not good. The avocado is overwhelming and a bit bitter. I think the recipe would have benefitted from some citrus: lime or orange I think, and maybe some more sugar. As is, the sugar and the avocado need something to mitigate the initial sense of one and the aftertaste of the other. I think it needs a little zing, or a bite to link the two flavors. Texture's nice though.

Aug 01, 2009
nuckolsdc in Recipes

Guinness Pub Burgers

Made this last weekend. It was fantastic just as written. Malty flavor of the beer really came through.

Aug 01, 2009
nuckolsdc in Recipes

Dinner Reccs for Solo Traveler in Seattle

I just returned (to DC) from a trip to Seattle yesterday. The best meal I had, hands down, was at Crush. It is not downtown, but it's great. My dinner there was one of the best I have had in years. The restaurant is in Capitol Hill, roughly two miles from downtown. Cab fare should run about $10. Take the bus if you want, but go to this restaurant. If you sit at the bar, you will enjoy an unobstructed view of the entire kitchen. Meals are prepared feet from your seat, and I guarantee that Chef Justin Wilson will come chat with you. He talks to everyone in the restaurant if he gets the chance.
My dining companion said about Crush, "if I were on death row, I would request what we just ate as my last meal."
"Which part?" I asked.
"All of it," he replied.
I agree completely. By the way, do not leave without trying the foie gras. Suffice it to say that this dining expereince is one that has made a lasting impression. The day after our dinner at Crush, I rose at 6am, walked 6 miles and ran for 45 minutes. I am not exactly an athlete; so, I was famished. We went to a reputable restaurant (recommended on Chowhound) for lunch, & I did not expect to be picky. After Crush, I was. I ended up skipping most of the meal because "normal" food was disappointing after such a pleasant meal at Crush. (not a fan of the name, I'll admit, but honestly, who cares about that?)

Jul 07, 2008
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