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Charlottesville restaurant scene is booming

My husband and I are traveling to Charlottesville for our wedding anniversary weekend. We're going to the UVA game on Saturday night, but we will probably have our "nice" dinner on Friday night. What would be your top go-to's for a great anniversary worthy meal?

Sep 25, 2014
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Hummus wrap ideas

Some great ideas here! Thank you!

Jul 06, 2014
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Hummus wrap ideas

Lately I've been taking hummus wraps for lunch and I absolutely love it. I make my own hummus and pair it with some grilled vegetables (mainly peppers, eggplant and zucchini) and a sprinkle of feta. I've also made some with lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Anyway, I'm looking for some new combos. Preferably something easy that I can prep and throw together in advance.

Jul 05, 2014
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Good eats - Annapolis

Hi there! Not sure if this is the right board, but I'll give it a go.

Hubby and I are traveling to Annapolis in a couple of weeks for a long weekend (Friday - Sunday). I've looked through all of the previous threads on Annapolis, plus Yelp etc., but now I'm overwhelmed. It seems like there are a lot of great places to eat!

Anyway, we're looking for some good suggestions - a couple of high end places for dinner (maybe one seafood) and a few restaurants where we can grab a nice, inexpensive lunch. I've read good things about Vin 909 and Level for dinner, but I'd be happy to hear your input.

Campfire Cooking

That sounds like a fantastic camping trip! Way to go!

Oct 22, 2013
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what is your best special ricotta dessert? (and recipe if you have it)

This is a quick no bake idea. I make cannoli cream with drained ricotta, powdered sugar and flavoring. Then I grill sliced pound cake, top it with cannoli filling, a few fresh berries and dark chocolate shavings. It's delicious.

Aug 04, 2013
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Fire Pit Lobster Bake

Just bumping this. Can anyone offer any insight?

Aug 03, 2013
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Fire Pit Lobster Bake

In a few weeks, 14 of my favorite family members are coming to my house for a reunion of sorts. We have a fairly large fire pit built into our patio and I wanted to do a lobster bake. My husband’s friend is building us a grate to put over the pit to hold the food, but I wanted your opinion on how to organize all of the layers. I’m thinking of doing just the traditional lobsters, corn and potatoes…maybe some sausage as well. I’m also making steamers, but I do that in a big pot because our family likes to sip the clam juice after. I’m purchasing all of the seafood from Restaurant Depot and I’m wondering if they can get me seaweed as well. I would like to use a combo of seaweed and wet burlap if possible.

Let me know your thoughts!

Jul 30, 2013
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Pulled Pork

Also along the same lines - soften dry chiles with some chicken stock and puree with roasted onion and garlic, add the cooked pork and simmer until thickened. Use the pork as a taco filling or pile high on corn tortillas with some sliced avocado, queso fresco, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

Jul 06, 2013
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Late lunch/early dinner - Richmond

Our itinerary is very open. I know we are going to the historical society and, depending on weather, the botanical gardens. We may also walk around Careytown. Again, we're very flexible.

Jun 27, 2013
krisrishere in Mid-Atlantic

Late lunch/early dinner - Richmond

Hi there! My husband and I are traveling to Richmond and we're looking for some suggestions for a late lunch or early dinner. The only place we've tried up there is Comfort (delish), so we're open to anything! We are definitely not picky - any price or type is ok. Thanks in advance.

Jun 26, 2013
krisrishere in Mid-Atlantic

Campfire Cooking

Hi everyone! I just wanted to give a quick update on our camping trip. I went super simple because our goal was to bring the least amount of stuff possible...and that included our small size cooler.

Before we left, I put 2 chicken breasts in my favorite "Just Dip It" marinade from Temecula Olive Oil Co., and some chunks of petite sirloin in a marinade consisting of garlic, balsamic, oil and some pantry odds and ends. I also cut up zucchini, squash, red onions and red peppers. We also brought 2 sweet potatoes, 2 ears of corn and green beans.

The first night we skewered the beef and vegetables, and threw the sweet potatoes in the coals to cook (picture below). For breakfast we skewered some sausage and toasted a couple pieces of bread. The last night for dinner we cooked the chicken (double skewered), soaked the corn in the river for a few hours and threw that on the coals, and roasted some green beans in a foil packet. Dessert was nectarines or trail mix.

All in all, it was very satisfying and a ton of fun. We definitely felt like "foodies" with our meals when the people down the way from us were cooking hot dogs on sticks for dinner every night!

Jun 03, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Let me tell you..I brought metal skewers on our trip and they were so versatile. For breakfast we skewered some breakfast sausage and toasted some bread. Hard boiled eggs are an option if you bring a tin cup or do them ahead.

As for cold weather foods..I'm think something slow cooked with beans and meat. Coffee? Get a cheese cloth, fill with some grounds, boil water in cup and dip away!

Jun 03, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Wow that sounds fantastic!

May 26, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Definitely. You guys have awesome ideas as usual. I'll take some caveman campfire pictures too.

May 26, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Yes actually he does..which should be interesting because it will be his first time!

May 26, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Mr. Caveman husband is well aware of the exploding wet rock problem. :)

May 24, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Speaking of cooler...typically what I do is put the meat in a marinade or rub before we leave and freeze it so it does double duty...it's a perfect ice pack and it's usually defrosted by the time we're ready to cook.

Is that how everyone else does it? It probably should be a separate thread, but what the heck.

May 24, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Funny enough, I cheated and bought one of those pads that inflate a little when you roll them out and he had no issue with it. BUT when it comes to eating we have to be like cavemen.

May 24, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Even I was surprised how well the heated rock seared the steak I brought last time. Rocks are where it's at! :)

May 24, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

I like that! Freshens everything up.

May 24, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Foil is allowed, but no actual cooking vessels. Food on a stick is a good idea.

And yes, he cooks. He gets all puffed up..me man, me cook on fire. ;)

May 24, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

My husband and I are going camping next weekend, and I wanted some campfire cooking ideas from my fellow hounds.

My husband likes to "rough it". Last year we cooked our steak on a flat rock that he heated in the coals of the fire. We soaked our corn in the river before throwing both the corn, and some potatoes in the coals to cook. No dutch ovens or grill grates allowed for these camping trips.

So, with that in mind, what are some of your ideas? I need to come up with meals for 2 days.

May 24, 2013
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Pork Breast?

Thank you so much for your reply. Yes it is boneless and, unfortunately, there's no skin..or very much fat for that matter.

Mar 23, 2013
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Pork Breast?

Hi everyone! It's been a long time!

Our good friend works in a meat market and brought my husband and I some porky gifts. One of them was a "pork breast" (see picture below). I've never seen such a thing and a quick google search didn't result in much info.

Does anyone have any experience with this cut of pork? Suggestions welcome!

Mar 23, 2013
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What's For Easter Dinner?

Sorry for the delay - just saw this. It's basically a brown sugar/molasses glaze but it's delicious. Here's a link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/easte...

Here's the finished ham from last year.

Mar 23, 2013
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Need THE BEST Ciappino recipe for Christmas Eve

Here's my recipe. I use it almost every year in place of the actual Feast of the Seven Fishes. It's so delicious and beautiful.

http://www.examiner.com/article/speci...

Dec 20, 2012
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Green or ripe plantain uses

My favorite Puerto Rican dish uses ripe plantains - pastelon. It's a casserole with picadillo (ground beef flavored with sazon, tomato sauce and olives), topped with sliced ripe plantains and cheese. So stinkin' good.

Nov 25, 2012
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ISO Cut out Christmas Cookie Recipes: Plain and Chocolate

I just made a fantastic cookie yesterday. It's an almond sugar cookie, here's the recipe:

http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2008/04...

Super easy to make and roll out with no resting time needed. I only rolled and cut half the dough - the rest is in the freezer. I made a royal icing and decorated some cookies in the shape of my home state of Connecticut. I need to work on my decorating skills but it is very tasty.

Nov 25, 2012
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Caesar Salad Dressing.

Since I usually don't keep anchovies on hand all the time, I actually use fish sauce! Tastes great and I always have a bottle.

Nov 25, 2012
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