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Estes Park, CO picks please

be there for a week soon.

Jun 19, 2015
dijon in Mountain States

zuchinni noodle maker

the grater disc works pretty well in a food processor

May 05, 2015
dijon in Cookware

Avon, Co suggestions please

Answering my own q. We did venture down to Zino's in Edwards, very nice upscale Italian, we settled for the gourmet pizzas which were excellent and more than one person could eat. Did out usual stop at Vin 48 in Avon for the happy hour, small plates and $3 draft and $5 wine feature, very busy, good food. Went to Ticicno's in Avon the last night, limited space but good service and had another excellent wood fired pizza. Smoking Yard BBQ in Idaho Springs has very good barbecue sandwich that hit the spot on the way back to the airport.

Apr 16, 2015
dijon in Mountain States

Avon, Co suggestions please

Be there 3 nights early April.

Mar 23, 2015
dijon in Mountain States

Dubuque Iowa

I agree on Vinny's, food is nothing special but the atmosphere is nice. Magoo's just opened with good "wood fired pizza" i hear, modern quick diner atmosphere. I understand Main St Chophouse is closed again.

Mar 17, 2015
dijon in Great Plains

salt rising bread

I'm interested in this thread also as my last attempts at salt rising have failed to deliver that aroma and taste, haven't tried in years. I felt the corn meal that I was getting was treated killing the required bacteria?, I also worry that this could be caused by adding the scalded milk too soon, but you say you get an obvious ferment, so some sort of yeast activity is apparent. I had tried some of the organic cornmeals to no avail. Hoping we can solve this, there is nothing like salt rising bread toasted with jam.

Feb 17, 2015
dijon in Home Cooking

Dubuque Iowa

Timmerman's does have great atmosphere and is always a pleasant experience, the food has been a little disappointing. L'May and Pepper Sprout have good atmosphere and food. Main St Chophouse is very good as well. Mario's still provides the guilty pleasure of panzerotti and pizza bread. Ichiban is a decent sushi and tepanyaki grill. Thai Bistro ok for Thai and sushi. Mi Ranchito for upscale Mexican, atmosphere just ok. I like Bierstube for German, tavern atmosphere. Have to get back to Europa Cafe and Copper Kettle, I am hearing good things about them. We have a couple of high end Casino restaurants, Champagne and Wood Fire Grill, they have very nice atmosphere and good food.

Jan 08, 2015
dijon in Great Plains

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Crust Recipe - How do I get that Buttery Goodness?

I have found you dont get much oil off a modern Italian sausage, just find one you like, pre cook it if you want but this is not a diet dish and the sausage fat is part of the richness.

Nov 14, 2014
dijon in Home Cooking

General Tso's Chicken

Loved the TED talk on this, apparently the dish is unknown in China. The general was important in one of the bloodiest civil wars in history, but he is like the "Col Sanders" of Chinese food to us. "It's sweet, it's fried, it's,chicken, what's not to like."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6MhV...

Apr 15, 2014
dijon in Home Cooking
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Avon, CO restaurant ideas

Thanks for the comments. Had dinner at Bob's Sportsbar, pretty good burgers and mexican, place was busy, easy walk from the condo. Enjoyed Vin 48 happy hr and small plates, again, very busy, but it is a ski season weekend. Skipped BeauJos and went to Pieology where the fast order take on fresh thin crust hit the spot for some hungry skiers on the way back to the airport. Might not have been as happy at dinner with out the liquor license. Appreciate the advice.

Apr 03, 2014
dijon in Mountain States

Avon, CO restaurant ideas

looking for recommendations. We like wood fired pizza or any thing well made esp if dollar friendly and decent atmosphere. Is Minturn saloon still worth the drive? Is Beau Jos in Idaho Springs worth a stop on the way back to the airport?

Mar 27, 2014
dijon in Mountain States

Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

Rex Goliath and most of the Australian chardonnays like yellowtail and lindemans fill the bill, reliable and often refreshing quaff

Mar 04, 2014
dijon in Wine

The big stock debate

agreed, I start the stock with the wing tips, neck, gizzard etc and freezer cache of stock veggies, when the cooked bones are available I crack them to expose the marrow and toss them in, don't forget the salt. the slow cooked carcass may have a bit less extract left but still worthwhile IMHO.

Feb 28, 2014
dijon in Home Cooking

Sichuan Peppercorns...

Well, I am toasting and grinding another batch soon, I will try to be more observant. The photos and links, video are very good, my chinese is nil.

Jan 27, 2014
dijon in Home Cooking

Sichuan Peppercorns...

Nice photo. This does appear to be a controversy. I've not run into husk only peppercorns in the packages I have bought although the seed is small and perhaps overlooked. Mortar and pestle seems the best way to grind, I'm looking for a better way, but the husks are resistant and get filtered out in my open mesh strainer, when I taste the resistant husk bits they are tough and have little taste compared to the grindings which filter through.

Jan 17, 2014
dijon in Home Cooking

Sichuan Peppercorns...

no, that is not my experience

Jan 06, 2014
dijon in Home Cooking

Sichuan Peppercorns...

Agree, you usually find them labeled prickly ash in the Chinese market. Preparation was the subject of another thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5832...

In my experience the taste is distinctive, useful and necessary in many recipes. You need to toast the whole spice until fragrant in a skillet, grind in a large mortar and pestle, then strain out the tasteless gritty husk retaining the finely ground black seed which keeps fairly well.

Jan 02, 2014
dijon in Home Cooking

Looking for advice for a range under $2000...

We have a SS gas frigidaire, looks like a knockoff of the GE Profile. I really like it. We had some igniter issues with the top burners not wanting to lite, they fixed several with new igniters, be sure to get those fixed if you have the same issue.

Oct 29, 2013
dijon in Cookware

Whole grain flour vs whole grain

I'm not really an expert but if you look into glycemic load, finely milled flour white or whole wheat flour has a similar blood sugar effect. Blood sugar spike, insulin surge, then low blood sugar. So this impact on blood sugar, esp in diabetes and perhaps the inducement of diabetes is of concern. Glycemic load is reduced with whole grain which is essentially left whole. Thats why steel cut oats are a better breakfast than instant oatmeal. Pasta also seems to reduce glycemic load if not overcooked. Essentially you must make your carbs a bit harder to digest, churning in the stomach a bit longer to reduce the load. Of course there are other benefits to whole wheat flour, so it is an improvement over white.

Sep 26, 2013
dijon in General Topics
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Delavan/Lake Geneva area restaurants or foodie stops- moderate

Any good chowish experiences while we visit Oct 5,6.

Sep 26, 2013
dijon in Great Lakes

Key West suggestions

We walked most everywhere. Had a nice meal at Salute which was close by and the tapas at Louie's Backyard upper deck were good if pricey. Happy hour at the raw bars sustained us for 2 nights, shrimp, oysters etc and drinks at 1/2 price, both Alonzos and Half Shell were good. The French Creperie was good, had great baguettes. Blue Heaven had a terrific eclectic alfresco atmosphere with chickens on the loose, but my breakfast was cold and tasteless. Camilles for breakfast, lunch and likely for dinner was very good and moderately priced.

Aug 27, 2013
dijon in Florida

Key West suggestions

restaurant or other chow food suggestions for Key West, staying near south beach, no vehicle.

Aug 02, 2013
dijon in Florida

Your Estes Park, CO picks

Any favorites and/or avoids

Jun 25, 2013
dijon in Mountain States

need some lunch time potluck suggestions

needs to keep safely for a few hrs. i have brought hummus and a beet lentil salad before, need to try something different.

May 07, 2013
dijon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Chimichurri

Nice base recipe, I think parsley, vinegar, oil, garlic and oregano (fresh or dried) are musts, I will use just about any green herbs I have including mint, cilantro or basil in the blend. season to taste of course. Chowhound's Argentine chicken with chimichurri sauce is a terrific primer.
http://www.chow.com/recipes/28389-arg...
http://www.chow.com/recipes/28393-arg...

Apr 25, 2013
dijon in General Topics

What to do with Brie log?

Thanks for the ideas everyone, I think it might go on the grilled sandwich tomorrow night.

Feb 19, 2013
dijon in Home Cooking

What to do with Brie log?

The President Brie log is widely distributed, I believe it is made near us in WI, parent corp is French and made under strong French quality controls, its good but not made in France. Same brie as the rounds but shaped in a log for easy cracker portioning and sold over the holdays.

Feb 19, 2013
dijon in Home Cooking

What to do with Brie log?

bought it but haven't used it, any ideas for incorporating into a meal?

Feb 18, 2013
dijon in Home Cooking

Really cheap prices for saffron, vanilla beans and porcini from Golden Gate -- is quality OK?

Interesting they currently list Afghan saffron. Mexican saffron is available at the local market and has the right color and appearance but is virtually tasteless. Give us a report, Ive always wanted to use more saffron.

Feb 05, 2013
dijon in General Topics

Pre-minced garlic and ginger?

I try to keep an 8oz jar of the garlic ginger blend (indian grocers sell this) in the frig. It works great in stir frys and Indian food that call for both, real time saver. Try it, its not bad. I also keep whole garlic and use that when I need that fresh garlic essence.

Jan 31, 2013
dijon in General Topics