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Salsa Verde

My DH is a picky eater, so I really like something like this that can be added individually so he doesn't have to eat it. The salsa verde was just perfect for the rest of us.

I used exactly the ingredients and amounts suggested in the recipe. I made it in my mini food chopper, adding the hardest ingredients first, finishing with the parsley and olive oil. It looked just like the picture of the sauce with pork loin. We tried this with pork, steak, and lamb chops. Very tasty.

Sep 06, 2010
gailr42 in Recipes

Basic Ranch Dressing

I made mine exactly the way the recipe states. It was excellent. The grandchildren slather ranch on everything they eat, and they liked this just fine for "slathering". That the children liked it is actually pretty high praise. The rest of us put it on our salads like you are supposed to...and it was yum.

Sep 06, 2010
gailr42 in Recipes

Waffle iron grilled cheese

I tried the hashbrowns and they were good enough that I kept the recipe.

Jun 26, 2010
gailr42 in Cookware

The L. A. Burger Hunt Map

We ate at Tom's today. Chose the $5.29 burger, fries and drink combo. Drinks are refillable, coffee free for seniors. The fries were outstanding and the burger was very good. I rarely get more than I can eat, but I couldn't finish it all - such a big plate of food.

I loved that we got our food on a real plate and that you could hear the sounds of real crockery banging around in the back!

We got there around noon. The place was doing a brisk business, but we didn't have to wait long.

This place is not far from hwy 14 - I think about 20th w and w ave J.

Jul 02, 2009
gailr42 in Los Angeles Area

Virgin Bellini

I think I might try this with Martinelli's sparkling cider.

Jun 04, 2009
gailr42 in Recipes


Well, for anyone who is still interested, I have been to L'Oca Fola which is mentioned above. I loved it. The service was good, the food was good and the ambiance was very welcoming and warm. The wait-staff doesn't speak much English, but were very friendly and gracious.

I am not the "professional" chowhound that some of you are, but I can't imagine anyone not being pleased by the restaurant. For me, so much of the enjoyment comes from the excitement of just being in Italy and having a new eating experience.

May 27, 2009
gailr42 in Italy

Has anyone been to Eataly in Turin?

I've been there a couple of times. The first time, really yummy food, the second still good, but not as good as first. Eataly carries the same brand of pasta that Costco does - Garafalo - maybe my spelling isn't quite right. Also, right across the way is a mall - Lingotto - the old Fiat factory. If you like a mall I think you could spend all day between the mall and Eataly. Etaly reminds me of a cross between Williams-Sonoma and Trader Joe's. LOL. I love Torino, but my Son and family are there, so that's part of it! The people seem like they haven't had it up to here with tourists.

May 20, 2009
gailr42 in Italy

ATX - ATL - Rome, Customs?

My son and family are in Italy. I brought lots of Kraft Mac and Cheese when I visited in Oct. I brought two giant jars of Costco peanut butter when I went in April. Both were in my checked bag. No problem either trip.

May 20, 2009
gailr42 in Not About Food

TSA just confiscated.... (aka "my creole mustard is contraband")

I agree with jfood.

I am a little old lady and a retired airline employee with airline ID. I have been selected for all kinds of "special" treatment by TSA . While I don't enjoy it, I appreciate it.

In October, I relinquished two bottles of water going through security in Frankfurt. In April I went through Munich - they only make you go through security once - I commented that I liked their system better than FRA. The guy said, "That's silly the way they do in FRA."

One time they wanted my chapstick. I mentioned that their regs say that lip balm is ok, so why not chapstick? They discussed it and let me have it.

I know they are inconsistent sometimes even in their written materials, but I always read their updates and do my best to meet their standards.

May 07, 2009
gailr42 in Not About Food

Week in Ajaccio!

Yes, we had wild boar and goat. Both were good - not gamey. One of the children had an omlette made with one of the local cheeses. It was to die for. The picky eater child liked it too!

May 05, 2009
gailr42 in France

Week in Ajaccio!

I just got back from spending a week in Corsica. We visited Calvi and l'ille-Rousse. I wish we had had time to make it to the southern end of the island, but we loved everything that we were able to see.

We stayed in modest hotels and asked the folks at the hotels to refer us to places to eat. We bought bread/pastries in a random manner and it was all wonderful. I was there over Easter, so we enjoyed the palmiere.

I think Corsica is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. You are sure to love it!

May 05, 2009
gailr42 in France

Malko's: The (Fictional) Life Cycle Of A Chowhound Restaurant

You can find an approximation of the real deal in the pet department at Harrods. It is the guillotine type claw cutter designed specifically for cutting ferrets' claws. If you seek truly authentic Krglnx, you will groom the ferret before cutting your krglnx. Traditionally, the instrument is not washed between ferret grooming and Krglnx cutting.

Apr 22, 2009
gailr42 in Not About Food

In which country would you (a Hound & more) like to retire?

Italy. I visited for two weeks in October, and I am ready to move there! I especially like Sienna and Tuscany. Like I could afford Tuscany. Tuscany reminds me of California. Spent most time in Torino - good food, friendly folks. I am good with the cappuchino in the am, caffe other times...

Chile also reminds me of California and I like it.

If I could afford it and wanted to stay in the US, then Santa Barbara CA.

Dec 13, 2008
gailr42 in Not About Food

Share Your Favorite Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Yesterday, I found a recipe in my stack of stuff called "Chiffonade of Brussels Sprouts". You fry some bacon until crisp, crumble and reserve it. Slice the sprouts in 1/16" pieces. Separate the shreds. Toss the shreds in hot bacon fat just enough to heat and wilt. Serve with bacon bits and toasted, chopped hazel nuts. This was good beyond belief (IMO). I have no idea what the provenance of the recipe is. Sorry.

Nov 17, 2008
gailr42 in Home Cooking

Food in Sienna vs. Sorrento

I don't know if I am allowed to post a link, so...go to www dot poggiosalvi dot net. We were in Tuscany the last two weeks in Oct - stayed at this place which was fantastic! The descriptions and pictures of the apartments are exactly as it is. They even have a wine spigot outside for guests to use - charge for wine is very reasonable and on the honor system. I am not a wine drinker, so can't comment on quality, but it certainly adds to the ambience. This is near Sienna. The proprietor makes eating suggestions and there is a book where previous guests have written their opinons. We enjoyed visiting Sienna, but probably enjoyed the countryside more.

Nov 14, 2008
gailr42 in Italy

Italian themed dinner/ wine tasting decor

I went to a small restaurant in Lucca a few weeks ago. They had some homey, personal items on display along with a few pumpkins and gourds for decoration.

Nov 13, 2008
gailr42 in Not About Food