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Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

Thanks again to everyone for your suggestions! I had a great time in Greensboro and can't wait to explore it again. I'm attaching a picture of my goods after our first trip to the store.

about 5 hours ago
justlauralibrarian in Southeast
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Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

I went crazy! I was actually able to find most of the things on the list. I got my Duke's Mayo, some Boar and Castle sauce, some Boar and Castle flavored popcorn, biscuit flour (I could only find White Lily), Blenheim's Ginger Ale, Pimento cheese from Musten and Crutchfield (Which was used for grilled pimento cheese sandwiches), texas pete, Scott's BBQ sauce, some sausage from Giacomo's. (We also had stuffed bread there and it was awesome. I was sad that I couldn't take home some of the frozen items.) Grits and Buckwheat flour from the store at the Guilford Mill, and some Apple Brandy. I also picked up a bottle of Crystal hot sauce, because that's my favorite for jambalaya and gumbo and is super hard to find up here.

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

I LOVE Moravian Cookies. I actually have relatives in Winston-Salem and growing up we would stop for a day on our way to Florida with my grandparents. We were usually there just long enough to get some Krispy-Kreme donuts (Warm from the oven, of course) and eat at K&W Cafeteria. The past two times I've visited as an adult, there have been blizzards that shut down the city, so I haven't been able to do much shopping. I made up for it this time though!

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in VA next week

I won't be able to make any of the farmer's markets, as we are only in town Thursday & Friday, but I will definitely try to check out those stores!

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

Thank you for the warning. I've definitely read mixed reviews but love the idea of an American single malt. I know NC is known for its micro/nanobrews and I will definitly be sampling some of those, but are there any specialty distilled products that you recommend in lieu of the defiant?

Sep 06, 2014
justlauralibrarian in Southeast

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

First of all, thank you so much for your pimento cheese recipe. Part of the reason I'm seeking out Duke's is to explore that southern delicacy.

I'm a big fan of both Blenheim's and Cheerwine, but I'd never thought to combine the Blenheim's extra hot with bourbon despite the fact that bourbon and ginger is one of my go to drinks. So that one is definitely happening on vacation.

Sep 06, 2014
justlauralibrarian in Southeast

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

Biscuit flour is definitely going to be a necessity. Silly question: should I get all purpose or self rising?

Sep 06, 2014
justlauralibrarian in Southeast

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in VA next week

If only I could go to Jungle Jim's regularly! I'm in Northeastern Ohio so I don't make the trek to Cincinnati very often. The one time I was able to make it there, we were actually on a trip to Dayton. I convinced my family to go a little bit out of the way so we could stop at Jungle Jim's. But it probably comes as no surprise that my family is used to my food related detours.

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in VA next week

I love visiting supermarkets when traveling! But then I'm a total supermarket nerd who considers grocery shopping more fun than pretty much any kind of shopping.

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

Peaches are great idea! Our Northern Ohio crop of peaches was pretty much decimated by the polar vortex.

Sep 04, 2014
justlauralibrarian in Southeast

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

Thank you so much! Chowhounds never disappoint me. I will only be able to take non-refrigerated things home with me, but I will have access to a kitchen, so the Neese's and some pimento cheese might be a possibility. Do you have a go-to brand of Pimento Cheese you recommend?

Sep 04, 2014
justlauralibrarian in Southeast

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in VA next week

Hi All, I will be traveling to Greensboro, NC and Charlottesville, VA next week and want to stock up on ingredients that might be hard to find in my native Ohio. Other than Duke's Mayo, is there anything y'all recommend? I originally posted this on the "Southeast" board, but it was suggested that I also post here for Virginia ideas.

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

Hi All, I will be traveling to Greensboro, NC and Charlottesville, VA next week and want to stock up on ingredients that might be hard to find in my native Ohio. Other than Duke's Mayo, is there anything y'all recommend? Also, I know I might have better luck on the spirits board, but would it be worth picking up a bottle of Defiant Single Malt while I'm down there?

Sep 04, 2014
justlauralibrarian in Southeast

East of Cleveland

I agree with barefootgirl's suggestions (especially Hil Mak's) and would add the following-

At least one day when you are there stop and get Madsen Donuts. It's on the strip, so if you are staying at the conference center it's just down the street. (I think they are open year round, but I'm not positive)

Alessandro's. An Italian place also not too far from the conference center. It's been forever since I've been there, but I remember it being great. It looks like they expanded their tiny dining room last year.See this local newspaper article: http://bit.ly/1uORAxl

Briquettes smokehouse (http://www.briquettessmokehouse.com/ )A local Ashtabula favorite.

Weekly meal planning for the indecisive

I have become kind of addicted to planning meals for the week. I use a meal planning website: plan to eat. This tool allows me to collect recipes from online and input my own recipes into a virtual recipe book. I drag and drop the recipes I want to cook for the week into the planner and then a grocery list is generated. It sometimes happen that we will end up going out to eat during the week, and in those cases I just move the meals that I have planned for that night to the weekend so I don't waste the ingredients. (I only officially plan Monday-Friday. Weekends are a grab bag of eating out and using up ingredients).

Looking for habanero sauce (ala new McD sauce)

Despite not having eaten at McDonald's in years, I will confess that when I had McNuggets few weeks ago I also liked the habanero sauce. Based on the ingredient list posted by hotoynoddle I'm going to wager that you could jazz up a buttermilk ranch recipe to get a similar flavor. I might start with this recipe: http://www.closetcooking.com/2012/06/...

Add habanero pepper instead of jalapeno, leave out the cilantro, and use vinegar for the lime. Also make sure to add some chili powder, cayenne powder, and/or paprika to give it that slightly pinkish hue. And if you are truly dedicated to copycat-ing the McD recipe, use onion powder and garlic powder instead of the fresh.

Akron area, take 2: any new recs for local cuisine and down-home delicacies?

Based on your tastes I would definitely recommend Dan's Dogs in Medina. It's an old fashioned hot dog place with probably 20 or more different hot dogs on the menu with toppings like Macaroni and Cheese and Fritos. It's not really that far, and I think it's worth the trip. Be advised, it is a cash only restaurant, so go prepared. (I can't include a link because they don't have a website)

The wally waffle suggestions is a really good one, as is Gasoline Alley.

When I lived in Stow I loved to get take out Pizza from Altieri's.
http://www.altierispizza.com/

In Hudson I really like 3 Palms Pizzeria. The Diavola Pizza is my favorite.
http://www.3palmspizzeria.com/

Happy Eating! (And the closest Jeni's location will be Chagrin Falls, but many local grocery stores carry pints. I've seen it at Mustard Seed and Acme for sure and I think Earth Fare has it too.)

Driving by Cleveland/Akron

From 80 both downtown Akron and downtown Cleveland would probably cause more time delay than you are looking for. However, Hudson isn't too far from I-80 and there are a few good choices there. Lately I've been loving 3 palms: http://www.3palmspizzeria.com/.

Kimchi in Cleveland

It might be a little bit out of your way, but if you happen to find yourself in the Akron area you could try Hana Asian Market (http://hanaasianmarket.com/) They have homemade Kimchi and a friendly staff that would probably be more than willing to show you what ingredients you need to make it.

Good eats around Kent St Univ (OH)?

When I was getting my graduate degree at Kent I was a big fan of Taco Tanto's. They introduced me to the amazing combination of sweet potato and black bean.
http://www.tacotontos.com/

Ray's Place is also popular and has good pub food, but lots of students. Looking at their website I see Michael Symon recently gave their burgers a shout out on the Food Network. I didn't see the episode, but they do have good burgers.
http://www.raysplacekent.com/

If you are looking for something a little more upscale, try The Bistro on Main. I have not eaten there, but have heard great things from friends.
http://www.bistrokent.com/

Another restaurant I haven't had a chance to get to, but have always wanted to try is Moe's in Cuyahoga Falls (Just a short ways from Kent
)http://www.moesrestaurant.com

Sabrett's Hot Dogs-Available for purchase anywhere in Cleveland/Akron

I'm preparing my Super Bowl menu and am rooting for the Giants. I'd like to serve Sabrett's Hot Dog's but don't know if that's going to happen. Is there anyplace in the NEO area that these dogs have been spotted?

Thanks!

What food magazine do you recommend?

Louisiana Cookin'....That is now on my birthday wishlist. Thanks!!

Medivka (Ukrainian Honey Liqueur) Questions

Hi Everyone,

While deciding on some holiday DIY projects, I stumbled across a recipe for Medivka in a 1978 cookbook published by the Ukrainian National Women's League of Cleveland, Ohio. This will be my first time attempting an infusion and am hoping that seasoned spirit makers can give me some tips on what to look out for. The recipe is:

1 C. dark honey with good flavor
1 1/4 C. Water
2 1/2-3 C. 100 proof vodka
peels of 1/2 orange and 1/2 lemon
3 whole cloves
1 whole allspice
1/8 of a whole nutmeg

1.Simmer peels and spices in water for 10-15 minutes
2.Add the strained water to honey, bring to simmer and skim the foam.
3.Warm the vodka slightly and add the honey syrup to it. Combine well, and filter through cotton.
4.Taste and add more vodka-personal preference
5.Keep in tightly closed bottles for at least a week

My biggest questions are:
1.How the heck do I measure an eighth of a nutmeg?
2.How should I tell giftees to store it?
3.Can I filter through a coffee filter?
4.Will it be cloudy? Is this normal?

I'm super excited about this project, as this cookbook is one of my favorites. Any advice on making sure it turns out perfect would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Dec 10, 2011
justlauralibrarian in Spirits

Which Old Fashioned Cornbread Recipe Should I Use?

Thanks! I think I'll try this recipe...I'll feel better knowing it's been tested for me. :-) Does grind matter at all? I bought Hodgeson Mill Stone Ground, FWIW.

Which Old Fashioned Cornbread Recipe Should I Use?

Hi Everyone,

I'm making homemade cornbread for the T-giving dressing. I have 2 recipes, both are no flour recipes, but the ratio of cornmeal/buttermilk/ and eggs differs.

#1 calls for:
2 C. Cornmeal
2 C. Buttermilk
2 Eggs

#2 calls for
2 C. Cornmeal
1C. Buttermilk
1 Egg

Which recipe will give me the better cornbread for dressing?

Thanks!!

Home Made Mustard

I would be interested in the Honey Stout mustard recipe, if you don't mind sharing :-)

Restaurant Responses to Questions on Facebook

It sounds like the restaurant wasn't prepared for what happens when you have an active FB page as a business. They received an inquiry that they weren't prepared to answer, panicked and deleted the question rather than answer it.

Of course, the better customer service solution would have been to just politely admit that no vegetarian/vegan options were available. I think that it's perfectly valid to pose that question on Facebook. I've used FB to contact businesses before and they have always politely answered my questions.

New job leaves me crunched for cooking time. I need time management tips.

Thanks Everyone! As usual, you have all been so helpful. I feel much better about being able to continue home cooking, even with a busy schedule!!

New job leaves me crunched for cooking time. I need time management tips.

You had me at flow charts! This sounds like a technique for idea mapping that could really work for me. Thanks!

Interesting uses for frozen strawberries. (No smoothies, please)

I sometimes use frozen strawberries as ice cubes in ginger ale. As they thaw, I mash them up a little bit with my straw to get the full berry flavor.