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Appetizer Help

My best friend is coming to visit and of course I'm forcing her to make me dinner. :) She's Lao, so she's come up with a yummy feast of sticky rice with spicy tomato dipping sauce, cucumber salad and baked oyster sauce chicken. I'd love to make an appetizer to go along with this meal, but I have no clue what to make...or what would even pair well. Does anyone have any ideas for me?

Aug 08, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

So glad this worked out for you! I'm about to buy another one so I can switch them out no and again.

A dog that has a large deep chest has a higher chance of its stomach flipping and one of the biggest causes of this is fast eating...so you're doing good either way! :)

Jul 17, 2015
krisrishere in Not About Food
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Tidewater Taste Buds - reforming

Bumping this post.

You know I'm in!! :)

Jul 16, 2015
krisrishere in Mid-Atlantic

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

I buy Orijen which is a Canadian brand. We pay $78.99 for a 23lb bag, but I can honestly say that my dog has never been healthier since we switched. He's been on it for close to 4 years and we've only seen the vet for his regular shots and check-up!

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

Great!! I love ours. These bowls are also good for large dogs that have a better chance of getting a flipped stomach from eating too fast. My girlfriend had to put 3 mastiffs down because of that and so far, with this bowl, she hasn't had any issues with her other dogs.

Jul 15, 2015
krisrishere in Not About Food
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How to make a really good beef stew

My mom makes the best beef stew. We call it Italian Beef Stew..here's an abbreviated version:

3lb chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2" cubes
1 yellow onion diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 cup red wine
4 cups beef broth plus more water to cover
3 carrots, sliced
1 small rutabaga, 1" cubes
2 potatoes, 1" cubes
Flour, S&P, bay leaf
1 cup frozen peas

Season and lightly flour the beef and brown thoroughly in a large dutch oven; set aside to drain. Cook the onion and garlic with salt and pepper until soft; about 2 minutes. Deglaze with wine; reduce by half. Add tomatoes, broth, beef, bay leaf and extra water to cover; bring to boil, reduce to simmer for about 3 hours. During the last hour and a half add the carrots, potatoes and rutabaga. Right before serving add the frozen peas. If you want it thicker, I've sometimes used a slurry of cornstarch to thicken at the end.

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

For the mastiff, have you ever tried one of these dog bowls? It has been a godsend for my pit bull mix. It takes him approx. 3-4 minutes to eat his food now. Not only does it slow them down, it makes them think and we all know, a thinking dog is a tired dog! :)

http://www.slo-bowls.com/index.html

I've found them on Amazon for less than $15.

What food or snacks do you have hidden ?

The only thing that is hidden right now is a pint of Ben and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk. I only really eat it a spoonful at a time (yes, right out of the container) and put it back. It lasts quite a while that way, plus it's just enough to feed the craving.

About 8 years ago, my teenage brother in law lived with us and we would have to hide EVERYTHING. He was a vacuum - we thought he had a tapeworm or something. I vividly remember making 2 huge meatloaves, one for dinner and the other for leftovers. I hid that sucker SO good, but in the morning, it was gone. And at night I would hear him crunching on uncooked ramen noodles...I even caught him eating soup directly out of the can. His selfishness and lack of control literally drove us insane. Come to find out later, he was suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The doctors said that the obsessive overeating was not unusual and that hiding the food only made him want it more.

Pack my "picnic basket" - BBQing shellfish seaside - Tips & Help needed.

I absolutely LOVE your grilling method with the steamers. I'm stealing this! :)

Jul 01, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

Good advice. Thank you!

Jul 01, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

Indeed I am :)

Jul 01, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

Roxlet's version definitely stood out to me because you're melting the sugar down in the roux so it wouldn't have a chance to get gritty. This is my top contender right now.

Jun 30, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

I'm sorry that me being scared hit a nerve with you.

What didn't you like about this frosting?

Jun 30, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

Have you tried roxlet's version with adding the sugar to the roux? I'm confusing myself now LOL

Jun 30, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

need a vanilla cake recipe that can turn to chocolate cake easily.

I saw that Martha Stewart had something like this a long time ago. I think it was called the versatile cake (or something similar). I'm not positive, however, that it was as simple as adding cocoa powder etc..I'll see if I can find the recipe.

Jun 30, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking
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Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

Gah! That's what I'm afraid of. Did you figure out why it wasn't coming out right?

Jun 30, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

First, I feel like a complete dumbass for only recently discovering that something like this existed. Second, I've been reading (probably too much) and now I'm scared that it will be ruined. Out of all of the recipes I've read, it seems that there is a warning attached saying "you will f this up the first time around". Also, I've seen many different complaints about the frosting being runny or gritty. Please help me successfully make cooked flour frosting. I was looking at the Cook's Country recipe: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/the-be...

Any other tried and true recipes/tips are welcome.

Jun 30, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Lobster Meat for Lobster Rolls

Well there was a SNAFU with my order and I didn't end up getting it last weekend. This weekend, however, the shop has a limited quantity of hard shell lobsters for sale. I put my order in for 2, 1 1/2 pounders. Not sure if I'm going to use the meat for lobster rolls or just eat as-is. Also ordered 3lbs of steamers too :)

Hampton Roads - What's hot? What's not? Let's talk

On another note, I can't tell you how excited I am to find out about Lobsters2U. I guess you could consider them a food truck...they set up shop in the parking lot off of West Great Neck in Virginia Beach from Friday - Sunday, weather permitting. They only sell 1 pre-made item - lobster rolls. They are first come first serve and they look delicious (1/4lb of meat in each one). They also sell fresh seafood that they get shipped in directly from Maine and every week is something different. I just placed my 4th of July order for 3lbs of steamers and 2 hard shell lobsters. They also have haddock, scallops, fresh lobster meat and salmon. I pick up my goodies Saturday and I'm SUPER excited.

Every week they post their seafood "menu" on their Facebook page. Check them out!

Jun 29, 2015
krisrishere in Mid-Atlantic
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Hampton Roads - What's hot? What's not? Let's talk

I'll email you :)

Jun 29, 2015
krisrishere in Mid-Atlantic

Hampton Roads - What's hot? What's not? Let's talk

Jack!! I'd love to start the group back up - we had a lot of fun. Hopefully some local chowhounds will come out of the woodwork to participate. I'm still in contact with Leonora and I know that she'd be up for it. Do you still have my email address?

Jun 29, 2015
krisrishere in Mid-Atlantic

Lobster Meat for Lobster Rolls

This is all through a middleman. I found a local store that sells the lobster meat and I asked them where they got it from. Their supplier is strictly wholesale, so I wouldn't be able to purchase direct from them. The store didn't buy any lobsters this week because they prefer hardshells and the supplier didn't have any available to ship to them. Last week they had some that they were selling at $10.99 per pound.

Jun 25, 2015
krisrishere in General Topics

Lobster Meat for Lobster Rolls

I wish my lobsters were that cheap here (Virginia). The best price I've seen is $9.99 per pound, but that was a sale price for Father's Day. Normal prices are around $14.99. And yes, the meat is cooked.

Jun 25, 2015
krisrishere in General Topics

Lobster Meat for Lobster Rolls

I found a local resource that is selling a 1/2 pound of lobster meat for $22. The meat is from a fairly well-known packing company in Portland, ME who "certifies" that they only use Maine lobsters. I'm only making 2 lobsters rolls, so I was thinking that a 1/4 pound of meat in each one is more than enough. Being from the great state of Connecticut, we plan on making CT-style lobster rolls meaning no mayo, just melted butter.

Is this a good deal or should I look elsewhere for my lobster meat? I guess cooking my own lobsters would be an option, but I would probably need quite a few lobsters to get a 1/2 pound of meat. Thoughts?

Jun 25, 2015
krisrishere in General Topics

Sorbet, ice cream, and other frosty treats

Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
6 egg yolks at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coffee syrup
2 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 bag or about 30 pieces Hershey’s Heath Bar snack size, lightly crushed

Prepare an ice water bath to cool the ice cream custard.

In a heavy bottomed pot, combine whole milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar and coffee. Heat over medium heat until just simmering.

Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks with remaining sugar until light in color; about 1 minute.

Carefully, pour a light stream of the milk mixture into the egg yolks while continuously whisking. Once they are combined, pour the whole mixture back into the pot. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a wooden spoon. When the custard is finished, it will coat the back of the wooden spoon and when you run your finger down the back of the utensil, the custard will not run. If you have a thermometer, the mixture will be around 175 to 180 degrees. This process could take about 10 minutes to complete.

Pour the custard through a fine sieve or strainer into a large bowl. Place the bowl in the already prepared ice bath and stir to cool. Once the ice cream is cool, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and refrigerate overnight. Prepare the ice cream in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions, adding the crushed Heath Bar during the last 5 minutes.

Jun 18, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Sorbet, ice cream, and other frosty treats

Watermelon Sherbet

3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 1/4 cups watermelon juice
2/3 cup heavy cream
3 drops red food coloring (optional)

To make the watermelon juice, process about 5 cups of seeded, chopped watermelon in a food processor until pureed. Strain puree through a sieve. This took about 1/4 of a large watermelon.

In a food processor, combine sugar, salt and lime juice. Pulse until the sugar looks like wet sand; about 6 times. While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the watermelon juice. Process for about 1 minute to ensure that the sugar has been dissolved. Strain the liquid through a sieve, pour liquid into a bowl, and place in the freezer for about 1 hour. The mixture should be very cold but not frozen.

In a chilled bowl, whisk heavy cream until it reaches the soft peak stage. Slowly pour the cold watermelon liquid into the cream while continuously whisking. Add in the food coloring if using. Immediately pour into an ice cream maker and churn for about 30 minutes, or until it’s the consistency of soft serve ice cream.

Pour sherbet into a container, I like to use a loaf pan, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of it. Freeze for at least 3 hours before serving

Jun 18, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

I always have a ton of crumbs in the bottom of my treat jar, so I've incorporated that into homemade treats when I'm out of them. I mix the crumbs with peanut butter, roll them into balls and then roll them in a little wheat germ to prevent stickiness. If you had some extra crumbs, you could just roll them in that too. I typically throw them in the freezer and give it to him frozen...make him work for it a little.

Jun 18, 2015
krisrishere in Not About Food

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

I caught a mouse inside my baking cabinet about a year ago. He had chewed through an unopened bag of marshmallows and had himself a sugary feast! I think he was in a food coma when I picked up the bag and threw it outside. To this day I call him Gus - the fat mouse from Cinderella.

Sorbet, ice cream, and other frosty treats

I received an ice cream maker as a wedding present and I don't use it nearly enough. My favorite creations have been watermelon sherbet and my own version of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch (since it's inedible now).

The sherbet is super easy and uses lots of fresh watermelon. I like to make sherbet coolers with it - couple scoops of watermelon sherbet blended with some Sprite. Friendly's used to make these, although I'm not sure if they do anymore. I loved these as a kid.

I don't have the recipes handy right this second, but if someone is interested, let me know and I'll dig them up for ya :)

Jun 17, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

Watermelon is great for dogs - good source of vitamins, not to mention the hydration factor. Plus it's sweet, cold and crunchy :) Make sure there's no rind or seeds though.

Jun 16, 2015
krisrishere in Not About Food