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Your favorite recipes with goat cheese?

Yum. My favorite recipe-- two acorn squash cut into half (would make four servings), scrape the seeds out, and rub olive oil all over the interior. Season with salt and pepper, place cut side down on baking sheet and bake at 425 F until tender. I check for tenderness by poking a knife at the squash and if it slices clear through easily, its done.

Meanwhile, cook down some spinach (to taste... I use 1/2 of a bag but some people might like more) in a hot pan with some olive oil. I add a can's worth of black beans (drained/rinsed) and some garlic salt. Then I add one bag of Trader Joe's frozen brown rice (you could just add your own that you cooked yourself) and stir until the rice is heated up/thawed. I then add some goat cheese (again, to taste-- I use about 1/3 of a log which is plenty). Once the goat cheese is melted and everything is combined, I place the mixture into the acorn squash shells.

One of my favorite go-to recipes for a weeknight that I'm not in the mood to cook too much but want something that's great and not from a box.

Feb 28, 2013
carriesn in Home Cooking

Delicious drippings from my roasted chickens...

Wow. Ive made roast chicken using the Zuni Cafe method three times now, I think. Ive never had enough drippings to make the panzanella salad with... always had to use olive oil. I buy my chickens from Sprouts... think they're too lean? Hmm.

Feb 11, 2013
carriesn in Home Cooking

Where are the best burger joints in Miami (possibly South Beach)?


Where are the best burger joints in Miami (possibly South Beach)?

Hey Voodoo Lou... what's the name of that funky brewpub in Orlando? Id love to know :)

Where are the best baby back ribs?

Honestly, the St. Louis ribs at Bobby Q's were great. Better than the baby back ribs, and I prefer baby back most of the time. Its off I-17 in the Glendale area, exit escapes me at the moment.

Feb 26, 2012
carriesn in Phoenix

Appetizer Meatballs?

Im an admitted meatball snob, but the only store-bought meatballs I find acceptable are the Kirkland meatballs from Costco... believe it or not. Tastes great and doesn't have that artificial meatball taste if you know what I mean.

Jan 25, 2012
carriesn in Home Cooking

Enchilada ovenware?

You may just have hit the nail on the head!

Sizzle platter.

Difference, no idea but the fajitas here usually come on cast iron griddles and I wasn't looking for that.


Jan 20, 2012
carriesn in Cookware

Enchilada ovenware?

Must be a New Mexican thing then. I see those plates ALL the time here-- and its not a fajita plate thats for sure :)

Ill have to take a pic of one next time and post! Thanks for your replies though--

Jan 19, 2012
carriesn in Cookware

Enchilada ovenware?

I did a search and found nothing about this issue on this board.

Ive been going crazy- I can't find the correct term for this sort of thing. You know, when you order enchiladas at a Mexican restaurant, they usually bring 'em out on special plates with a steel liner. The plate-liner was obviously heated in the oven then placed in the plate holder/tray before serving.

I'd love to buy one or two for home-- but for the life of me, I can't find any! Probably because I dont know what this is called.

Help, anyone?


Jan 04, 2012
carriesn in Cookware

In search of pizza sauce... wait, don't roll your eyes and ignore this! Honest to goodness question inside!

Hmm- maybe my taste buds are different, but I wouldn't describe tomato paste as sweet. Yes, it's sweet but in a savory way. On my pizza jaunts in NYC, I didn't like Lombardi's and Grimaldi's pizzas as much as I thought I would just because of their overly sweet sauce. I ended up liking Ray's the best, lol. Fully intend to resume my pizza jaunt there someday! Meanwhile- stuck in NM, a pizza wasteland except for Giovanni's in Albuquerque :)

Thanks for all your suggestions!

Sep 22, 2010
carriesn in Home Cooking

In search of pizza sauce... wait, don't roll your eyes and ignore this! Honest to goodness question inside!

savory! that was the word i was looking for. thanks for all the suggestions, folks-- I'll try doctoring up a bit of premade sauce and seeing how that works out.

i know about crushed tomatoes/pureeing them, but that just brings the sweet flavor to the table and that's not what i particularly like. I once added some tomato paste to crushed tomatoes and let that reduce in a skillet, but there was this slightly bitter taste. Not too noticeable, as the sauce was still good, but still there. Tried remedying that with some sugar but still no luck. Hmm.

Sep 22, 2010
carriesn in Home Cooking

In search of pizza sauce... wait, don't roll your eyes and ignore this! Honest to goodness question inside!

I have no problems with searching and finding homemade pizza sauce recipes. What I have a problem with, however, is that most, if not all, sauces are on the *sweet* side. I dont like sweet pizza sauce. I dont want spicy sauce either (most recipes call for red pepper flakes)-- that's not the taste I'm after. I'm at a loss for words to describe the type of sauce I want, so I'll just point out common restaurants that carry the type of sauce I like.

Round Table Pizza
Straw Hat Pizza
Blondie's Pizza
California Pizza Kitchen (at times)
Pizza Hut (not really "THE" sauce I like, but it's in the same family)

Yeah, most of those are California or western states-oriented but I'm not familiar enough with East/Midwest pizza sauces :)

Here's hoping someone can point me in the right direction for the perfect pizza sauce!

Sep 21, 2010
carriesn in Home Cooking


OMG! That sounds sooo good! Could you post the recipe for the zucchini cakes and cilantro-lime cream, please??

May 27, 2010
carriesn in Home Cooking

Recipes for grilling fish in foil packets?

Everything looks good here!

WHere do you buy the fillets? Fresh from the food store's seafood counter? Frozen? Im a complete fish novice :)

May 08, 2009
carriesn in Home Cooking

Refried beans in Santa Fe?

Hi all!

Ive lived in Santa Fe for nearly 9 years now, and have yet to find incredible refried beans that I can order by the pint and take home. I went to Carolina's in Phoenix recently and their beans were great-- I'm wondering if anyone in the know could point me in the right direction for something similar here in SF?


Aug 03, 2008
carriesn in Southwest