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Homemade grain-free dog treats?

I prepare dried beef liver for my dogs and they love it and it's healthy and cheap, to boot. Just preheat oven to 200 degrees F, cut liver to 1/4" thick and bake until dry on a cookie sheet lined with parchment, about 2 hours. Then cut it into bite size pieces and store in fridge.

Nov 03, 2013
twj in Not About Food

Swedish Meatballs Recipe?

For the meatballs that I make for my Swedish husband, I like to use saltines for the breadcrumbs. It lends a different, quite pleasant flavor to the finished product. And I brown before bake, of course.

Dec 03, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

Has anyone baked with paper loaf pans from Sur La Table?

I'd like to gift some friends with banana bread over the holidays and was wondering if anyone had any experience using the 8 X 3 paper pans that Sur La Table sells. Any feedback as to how they hold up in the oven and how it turned out would be great.

Nov 29, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

What would you gift with lemon curd?

I love the idea of gifting lemon curd. I'm putting in an order for Meyer lemons in December and they'd be great for making it. Can I ask you to share your recipe? I'd very much appreciate it!

Nov 28, 2010
twj in General Topics

Growing herbs indoors

I live near Chicago and I grow parsley, Thai basil, dill, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and tarragon indoors in 6" terra cotta pots. It's not unusual for me to provide supplemental artificial light in the wintertime. Be sure to give them lots of sun. Humidity isn't an issue, but I make sure the soil is never dry. Also, I used potting mix (lighter and drains better than potting or garden soil) as the growing medium.

Nov 22, 2010
twj in Gardening

mail-order Sichuan "facing heaven" chilies?

chilibeanpaste,

Would you be willing to sell some of your seeds? I'd like to grow some indoors. Let me know and I can get in touch with you.

Nov 21, 2010
twj in General Topics

Best internet source for Thai recipes?

www.importfood.com --->go to Recipes tab, comes with street vendor videos too

Nov 20, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

Diet soda without Aspartame?

I haven't read through all the responses but I buy diet Hansen's soda in their "Original Cola" flavor from Trader Joe's (north suburbs of Chicago). It's the tastiest I've ever had and I am a diet soda fiend.

ETA: Hansen's uses sucralose instead of aspartame for their diet sodas.

Nov 20, 2010
twj in General Topics

Choose 1 national cuisine and 1 last bite.

Ethiopian

Butter-poached lobster

Nov 19, 2010
twj in General Topics

What rolls or bread are your baking for Thanksgiving??

Soft white dinner rolls from King Arthur's website. Yum.

Nov 19, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

Stuffed Artichoke in Chicago?

Seeing as it's not in season this time of year, probably nowhere. That is, if you want a good one.

Nov 12, 2010
twj in Chicago Area

Putting together a Thai menu for dinner party

Your link took me to the "Little Fockers" movie info page at IMDB. Please re-post?

Nov 11, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

Sanitary pad se ew sauce?

Many Lee Kum Kee products are made in California, which inspires a little more consumer confidence than those made in Asia, IMO.

Nov 10, 2010
twj in General Topics

Sanitary pad se ew sauce?

I use Healthy Boy brand for black soy sauce and yellow bean sauce for Thai dishes. I am tempted to Google to see if any FDA warnings come up, after reading that. I've used the Kwong Hung Seng in the past-needless to say, I will never again.

Nov 09, 2010
twj in General Topics

Teach me about Ethiopian food

Try their doro wot, like yfunk3 suggested-it is extremely popular (and said to be their national dish). Basically, it's a stew made from different spices, onions, ginger, and spiced butter with chicken (usually a drumstick) and a hardboiled egg. The sauce is absolutely delicious when it gets soaked into the injera-that's my favorite part.

Another dish worth trying is any kind of "tibs" dish-it is drier than the wots (stews) . Siga tibs (beef, many times cooked with onions and peppers) or zilzil tibs (beef, but spices vary among restaurants) are good ones to try.

Nov 06, 2010
twj in General Topics

What's fried rice to you?

My favorite version is my grandmother's which is very simple but brings back memories; she fries egg, scallions, onions,maybe some garlic before she adds day-old rice, then some soy sauce or ketchup, the latter being my favorite.

The only time I've brought myself to ordering fried rice at a restaurant was at a Thai place and it was pretty tasty: it was jasmine rice fried with Thai basil, garlic, fish sauce, pineapple, marinated beef, and I vaguely feel like there was a subtle keffir lime flavor in there too.

Nov 05, 2010
twj in General Topics

Ethiopian Food

That's interesting, I've never encountered sesame oil at the Ethiopian restaurants that I've gone to, nor have I ever seen it in recipes. I'll ask the next time I'm at one, it's a good thing to be aware of.

Nov 05, 2010
twj in General Topics

Flat Iron Steaks

In my opinion, flat iron steaks taste best when they are marinated for a few hours and then quickly seared in a super hot pan, cast iron being my vessel of choice. I've cooked it this way, then sliced it across the grain to be used in fajitas. It's a great cut and receptive to a lot of flavor in the marinade.

Nov 05, 2010
twj in General Topics

Ethiopian Food

I too share a love for Ethiopian food, so much that I make my own spiced butter to make dishes at home. As far as your allergies, can you use a system of elimination? Depending on what your local resources are, I'd try to buy separate ingredients-injera, berbere blend, perhaps even the niter kebbeh (spiced butter) and taste each element on its own and see how you react. Berbere is a combination of a multitude of spices, so that definitely can be the culprit. I live near Chicago so I'm able to buy all these ready-made, but I understand not everyone is so lucky! Good luck; I'd be devastated if I had to cease my bi-weekly Ethiopian food binges.

Nov 05, 2010
twj in General Topics

promised pumpkin muffin recipe!

edit: I just realized this thread is 4 years old. Anyone else know what loves is/are?

Oct 22, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

authentic web sites for asian cooking

These are ones I visit often:

www.rasamalaysia.com -hits on Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, and Chinese, to name a few

www.vietworldkitchen.com -mostly Vietnamese and Chinese

www.userealbutter.com -go under "recipes" tab, then "savory asian"- features authentic Chinese, dishes that I ate growing up

www.maangchi.com -very good Korean recipes

www.hannaone.com -our very own hannaone's Korean recipe website

www.mykoreankitchen.com -more Korean recipes

www.chezpim.com -good Thai recipes, but you have to search for them

www.fuchsiadunlop.com/cooking/ -companion website for her books, I like her Sichuanese recipes

www.importfood.com -go to Thai Recipes, has an array of authentic Thai, some accompanied by street vendor videos

Sep 04, 2010
twj in Home Cooking
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Asking for a steak "medium rare"

I think if you request a steak by temp you're asking for a side of loogie, IMO.

Sep 01, 2010
twj in General Topics

Thomas Keller's Fried Chicken...Wings?

I'm a BIG fan of chicken wings and wanted to try TK's fried chicken recipe with them. Is there any reason I should *not* use just chicken wings for this? I know the cooking time will be shorter, but anything else I should do differently?

ETA: I also know brining time will be shorter as well.

Aug 31, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

King Arthur Flour special

Thanks for the heads up!

Aug 24, 2010
twj in General Topics

mail-order Sichuan "facing heaven" chilies?

If you plan on buying 'facing heaven' seeds from chilipepperpete, heed this warning-I bought some from him a few months ago and got 0% germination. Unfortunately, it's one of a very small number of sources that sell the seeds. Looks like they're out of the dried chilis. Please do report back if you ever get your hands on any.

Aug 23, 2010
twj in General Topics

Garam Masala... What do u use it for?

Thank you!

Aug 23, 2010
twj in Home Cooking
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Garam Masala... What do u use it for?

ZenSojourner-

Can you share your recipe for Murgh Makhani? I just looked up Madhur Jaffrey's that I'll be trying. Just wanted to see what else is out there.

Aug 23, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

For me it's masago, or any kind of fish roe. The crunchiness and *pop* of liquid is so repulsing and vile. Even a few inadvertant specks of orange on my sushi will make me want to stop eating it altogether. I've never tried sturgeon caviar, but can imagine that it is similar.

Aug 22, 2010
twj in General Topics

Bangkok fried Chicken

bear,

Thanks for reviving this thread- I'll definitely be making this!

Aug 22, 2010
twj in Home Cooking

The best ice cream in the US (reachable by JetBlue)

Molly Moon's in Seattle: http://www.mollymoonicecream.com/

I went twice a week when I still lived there. They serve fresh flavors made with local and organic ingredients.

Have fun on your trip(s)! What a great idea; if I were you I'd bring a videocamera and document your adventure.

Aug 20, 2010
twj in General Topics