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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

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

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

On really hot days I take an 8" cake pan and I put big chunks of watermelon and a handful of blueberries in the bottom - maybe even some dog treats - and fill it with water and freeze. Once frozen, I let it thaw for a minute and dump it out onto our patio and let him have at it. He loves when he's able to finally get to a big piece of watermelon!

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

Almost every pit I've known has had issues with allergies - either food or environmental. Mine didn't develop anything until the last few years and it's been getting progressively worse. He's an obsessive paw licker - so much so that I have to put the cone of shame on him while we're at work. We have figured out a pattern to his allergy cycles though, so we're able to deal with it a little better.

A rash on the belly could be a yeast infection. I just started using Keto Hex wipes on my dog (paws, chin and chest - $12 from Amazon). They have chlorhexidine which is an antibacterial and ketoconzole which is an antifungal. That seems to be working miracles on his itchy, yeasty skin.

Jun 15, 2015
krisrishere in Not About Food

B, L, D in (or around) Culpeper

My trip report:

Saturday afternoon we walked around town. We stopped in the It's About Thyme market and sampled the famous "Culpeper Crack". It was definitely delicious. The chef had just taken a perfectly crispy roast suckling pig out of the oven and set it on the front counter to cool. I (half)jokingly asked the girl behind the counter if I could buy a leg. Her response to me was "you're not serious, are you?"...she was absolutely disgusted by my comment and what should have been a lighthearted joke turned into a horrifyingly uncomfortable conversation. We promptly left LOL

We had dinner at Foti's on Saturday night. Service was excellent and the food was tasty but forgettable in my opinion.

All of the fish dishes on the menu had a substitute of either trout or walleye and anything with shrimp, we were told, were substituted with "very small rock shrimp". That pretty much took the wind out of our sails and we had a very hard time making a decision. We started with the fried calamari which was excellent. I had the "Asian-style" barramundi er..trout which was good, but again, forgettable. The husband had surf and turf with the tiny rock shrimp and filet. The filet was cooked well, so that was a plus. For dessert we had the freshly baked chocolate chip cookie with ice cream - can't really go wrong with that.

For breakfast on Sunday we went to Frost Cafe. The cook clearly didn't read our ticket because he gave me ham for corned beef hash and my husband pancakes for his french toast. Unfortunately the only waitress working was overwhelmed with about 8 tables, so we were never able to flag her down. Everything tasted good though.

Despite our food snafu's, we really loved Culpeper - what a great little town :)

Raw and Cooked Vegetable/Herb Plate, Burmese and Lao Food

Have you tried making Lao papaya salad? It's delicious and raw. They eat it is as an accompaniment to sticky rice. Just ball up a mouthful of rice and scoop up some papaya salad with the rice - it's delicious. It basically makes its own spicy sauce as well. Here's a recipe that looks right on target:

http://www.food.com/recipe/lao-papaya...

I'm lucky enough to have a Lao best friend, so I just make her cook for me all the time :)

Jun 12, 2015
krisrishere in Home Cooking

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

My pit HATES carrots. He's such a prima donna! I feed him Orijen ($80 for a 21lb bag <shoot me now>), but I really do swear by it. He's 7 and he has yet to have any major health issues besides the ongoing allergies.

Jun 12, 2015
krisrishere in Not About Food

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

Raw with the bone. The raw bone is easily digested (unlike cooked which can be deadly) and is very high in protein and fiber.

Jun 11, 2015
krisrishere in Not About Food

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

I feed my dog a really good wheat/grain free food because of allergies (pitties and their allergies UGH), but I do like to spoil him with homemade treats.

Frozen Yogurt - I use 2oz portion cups and fill it halfway (too much dairy isn't good for them)

2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 overripe bananas

Blend until combined in a food processor or blender; pour into cups and freeze until hard. Great for the summer.

You know it's funny..I recently did an experiment with him and what we believe to be his favorite food of all time - sour cream. During 3 different occasions I held up a spoonful of sour cream and a piece of meat. Every single time he looked back and forth pensively between each hand trying to decide and each time he chose the sour cream. He's a trip!

B, L, D in (or around) Culpeper

I seem to be reading mixed reviews about the "new" Foti's. Is it worth it?