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Menu Suggestions

Thanks for the input!

lexpatti - I had thought about a potato dish too...I think roasted red potatoes with rosemary, garlic, olive oil, S&P might be great
cookie44 - potatoes au gratin sounds good too...a nice rich dish

I think I may just do a potato side...and RetiredChef, I love Caribbean food and personally would love your menu, but I'm cooking for a mixed audience of fairly conservative eaters who wouldn't know what to do with all the wonderful food you described!

Nov 04, 2009
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

Menu Suggestions

Alright foodies, I've been asked to cook a dinner for 12-14 folks next weekend. I need some menu advice. This is what I'm thinking so far:

Butternut Squash Soup
Spinach salad with cranberry's, nuts, cheese
Beef tenderloin
(help me)
1-2 dessert items

I need help picking 1-2 tasty side items for this meal, to go with the beef tenderloin.

Any help?

Nov 04, 2009
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

hot sauce in a bottle - favorites?

I love me some hot sauce!

Sriracha - for Asian dishes, sandwiches

Frank's - great on wings

Cholula - all purpose

Tabasco, and more recently, Tabasco Chipotle

mmm, mmm...

Jan 28, 2009
joshlane4 in General Topics

Can't find Blenheim Ginger Ale (in Augusta, GA)

Thanks for the reply, and I did call the factory. The drink is reasonably priced, but the shipping (understandably) is not. It was not worth the cost of shipping to me. Alas, I'll find it one day :)

ceramic/kamado cookers - different makes pros/cons

those who promote Kamodo say that they are priced better than BGE, and that they came first

as far as model, I think size is the main determinant-just make sure you get one that's big enough, which you may have to balance with the size/sturdiness of your balcony

Sep 05, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware

Do I really need a chimney starter?

I'm all for the chimney for a myriad of reasons (most of which have already been discussed)

safety and ease of use are my favorite, no nasty lighter fluid taste and the ability to reliably and evenly light large amounts of coal is great too

I will never go back since purchasing my Weber chimney

Sep 05, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware

Frozen Pizza...do you 'Doctor' yours up?

extra cheese (if I have it), pepper (chipotle, paprika, ground pepper), fresh garlic, & olive oil

Sep 05, 2008
joshlane4 in General Topics

best BBQ smokers

you wanna give me your seldom used Komodo?

Aug 23, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware

Any tasty recipies for boneless chicken breasts?

We like to grill boneless, skinless breasts often. My favorite technique is to marinate them in a little olive oil and citrus juice for ~4hrs. Then coat them with your favorite rub. Then grill @ ~450 for 20 minutes. We always get juicy, tasty dinner!

Aug 22, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

Favorite way to cook red new potatoes?

we like to: wash, slice, toss w/: olive oil-S&P-fresh minced rosemary, the bake on a cookie sheet at 450 for 30-45 minutes (until done).

Aug 22, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

'Expensive' spices vs 'cheap' spices

I would say...it varies? I can get Szeged Hungarian paprika for cheap at my local supermarket.

I get Vietnamese black pepper in large quantities from Kalustyans.

I grow my own basil, rosemary and thyme.

I buy most of the rest from Penzey's. :)

Aug 22, 2008
joshlane4 in General Topics

Best Ginger Ale?

BLENHEIM! (nuff-said)

Aug 22, 2008
joshlane4 in General Topics

In the market for a Gas Grill

I've had my Weber Genesis for 3+ years now and I love it. It has never let me down and I use it often. I don't have a lot of experience with other gas grills, I just know I love mine!

Aug 22, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware

PEPPER GRINDERS

Amen! The longer we have our's, the happier we are!

Aug 22, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware

Cutco knives ??

I'm not even going to read this long, highly opinionated thread. To the OP: I (a poor student living on loans, who loves to cook) was given a set of Cutco knives as a wedding gift.

This set included an 8" Chef's, a bread knife, a pairing knife, and a sandwich knife. I've been pleased with them. Not overwhelmed mind you, just pleased.

Don't worry about all the hype around knives. Just find what works for you and go with it. I think when I get tired of these Cutco's I'll get some Forschner's. If I win the lottery I might step up to a hefty German (Messermeister, Wusthoff, Henckels). Bottom line, get a good blade for a decent price. This is a tool, not a display item.

Aug 22, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware

best BBQ smokers

I just had this question (see: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/542326 ). I went with the Weber Smoke Mountain that was mentioned above. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER! Plus the virtual weber bullet site is an incredible resource. I think in the $200 price range, for a smoker, there is no choice. The WSM is the ONLY answer.

Aug 22, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware

Best olive oil?

olive oils are like wine in Italy, with all sorts of regional varieties. In the states (especially in supermarkets), we don't see much variety.

As far as the big brands go, I buy Colavita for extra-virgin, and it's good enough for salads and finishing dishes. It's also not too expensive ($17 per liter).

I buy a cheaper brand (usually Filipo Berio $11/L) for my regular sauteeing olive oil.

Aug 12, 2008
joshlane4 in General Topics

I have good honey; inspire me with good ideas!

oohh, see - I'm already excited!

Aug 09, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

I have good honey; inspire me with good ideas!

I got a bottle of Savannah Bee Company Tupelo Honey. I don't typically use honey in the kitchen, and I'm not a big tea drinker.

Tell me how you use good honey in the kitchen (other than tea) so I get some ideas!

Aug 09, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

cooking with okra

this recent thread had some good suggestions:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544089

I love to grill okra, it's delicious

Aug 09, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

What kind of wood produces the best smelling/best tasting smoke?

this page has a lot of info about various smoke woods

http://virtualweberbullet.com/woods.html

Aug 09, 2008
joshlane4 in General Topics

offset smoker vs classic Weber...help me decide!

So, I changed my mind again. Last night, I ordered a WSM (Weber Smokey Mountain). I decided I would rather be able to smoke great that be able to both smoke and grill with mediocrity.

Thank you all for your help, and I look forward to many years of smoking ahead!

Aug 08, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware

Can't find Blenheim Ginger Ale (in Augusta, GA)

I just called Fresh Market for the third time in as many months...

first time they said they were having a "hard time" getting any in stock

so I called the Blenheim company, and they said it wasn't a stocking problem-in fact Fresh Market had not placed an order in some time

I called back today, and was told that "it is a seasonal item and we don't have any right now"

....so I asked the kid when ginger ale season started....

Anheuser Busch sold to InBev for $52 billion

here in the southeastern US, Bud, Miller & Coors products are cheapest, with the exception of my beloved PBR & the much lesser 'Natural' Light, 'The Beast' and a variety of other monstrosities...

we don't have a TJ's in my town, and microbrews/imports are at least $1 more per six pack than the aforementioned "domestics"

Jul 31, 2008
joshlane4 in Beer

Roasted Okra

btw, mine were whole too...

Jul 31, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

Kale for a hater

wow, I just did this...tossed the de-stalked kale with extra-virgin olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, S&P, garam masala, and hot Hungarian paprika

into the oven @ 400 for 10 minutes - it was crunchy delicious!!

Jul 31, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

Roasted Okra

I do a similar preparation on the grill and love it!

Wash->ziplock w/ oil, S&P, spices->toss->grill basket->grill on medium for ~10 minutes

mmm...

Jul 30, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

Athens, GA: Heresy!

My wife and I LOVE 5&10. Unfortunately it didn't come to town until we were about to leave. We've been 5-7 times in the last 4-5 years and we've been thrilled each time. I second the opinion voiced earlier about asking you waiter/waitress about what's good/bad popular/unpopular. I do this nearly every time I eat and especially at a place with such good service. We frequently get the specials. Brunch on Sunday is also a special treat. I'm sorry for your bad experience, hope your next time is like mine!

Any hope for tough rib eye steaks that I bought?

hehe...I agree about the steak sauce comment...I cooked 2 pork tenderloins last night: olive oil, lemon juice, S&P, and herbs de Provence...delicious

Jul 30, 2008
joshlane4 in Home Cooking

offset smoker vs classic Weber...help me decide!

I guess my question is, with one of these cheaper offsets am I going to get a moderately good smoker/charcoal grill combo

the Weber smoker is out of the question IMO b/c I don't have money for a separate smoker and charcoal grill at this time

Jul 29, 2008
joshlane4 in Cookware