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Chocolate Infused Olive Oil

I went to an Olive Oil pressing facility today and they had an amazing concoction, chocolate infused olive oil. The scent is amazing and the taste is even better. It smells like a thick runny fudge you would pour over ice cream but tastes like a chocolatey butter. The company I picked it up from suggested using it in baked goodies and pouring over ice cream but I know the possibilities don't end there.

What would YOU do with chocolate olive oil? Yum!

Thanks!
Leslie

Nov 29, 2010
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Black Fondant and other cake materials?

Does anyone know where I could find Black Fondant in the Seattle/Bellevue area? I ordered online and it is going to be well over a week to get it. I know you can make fondant but black never comes out just right for me so I was hoping to pick some up.

thank you!

P.s. I did search and did not find anything about fondant, if I missed something let me know,

Thanks!
Leslie

May 06, 2010
atwistedlime in Greater Seattle

Apple picking near Seattle?

Excellent. I am reviving this thread sinceI just dug it up.

I will see if I can make it out there. I am in dire need of pressed unpasteurized cider!

Oct 09, 2009
atwistedlime in Greater Seattle

In Need of a Fabulous Restaurants in or near Portland, OR for Special Occasions

Thank you for the websites those will be very useful. I get to Portland about 6-8 times a year.

I will check out the suggestions thank you both!

Oct 02, 2009
atwistedlime in Metro Portland

Spending a Weekend in Seattle-- Food recs anyone? :)

Lots of excellent suggestions here. If you like local I just discovered a nice place in Fremont called Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop. http://www.eathomegrown.com/

It is not as Gourmet as many on the boards would prefer but it is a great place for sandwiches and while I hear some people are not sure about the Veggie fries I LOVE them!

Fun things in the city would depend on the weather and your taste in fun. I am a kitschy kind of gal and really love riding the Duck (a land/water vehicle) it takes a tour through the city and then off onto Lake Union. The waterfront is beautiful to walk along and of course Pike Place Market is entertaining. Other typical touristy things are going to the top of the space needle, visiting any of the interesting museums. We have the EMP which is.... hmmm... interesting. If you like music and music memorabilia you might enjoy it.

Jak's is good (in my opinion) but the best thing on the menu is their Blue Cheese Burger which many people don't even know about. :-)

Oct 02, 2009
atwistedlime in Greater Seattle

In Need of a Fabulous Restaurants in or near Portland, OR for Special Occasions

Ok I did do a search and I found several threads about Portland restaurants but none about very specifically Special Occasion places.

I have 2 fairly major events occurring in the next year. I am getting married and My Step-daughter is graduating college.

For my wedding dinner there will be 4-6 in my party. We are having a VERY small affair (I thought the term was funny). We love all types of food and are foodies but not to an extreme. (I do like to actually get more then a bite for $50). One in the party is allergic to fish but can eat all other seafood.

For the graduation it will likely be 8-10 possibly a few more depending on grandparents. I would like something a little less gourmet (I refuse to go to a steakhouse with my step-daughter as she orders all meat WELL DONE). Other than my issues with her Beef preferences she has a fairly expanded palate but doesn't particularly enjoy seafood. Poor child.

Any suggestions would be great and if I did miss a thread that would answer my questions thank you for a point in the direction. (Note I don't actually live in Portland so I am less aware of some places that people that live there would think are "obvious". :-)

Sep 29, 2009
atwistedlime in Metro Portland

Figs

I see some terms I am not entirely familiar with. "ripe but not bursting" Is this something obvious? Is there a good way to determine ripeness? I would guess "bursting" would be pretty clear.

I purchased both green and purple. Do all recipes work with both types? The person at the market said the green are sweeter than the purple.

I am sure I sound like an idiot to many but I am just not very familiar with these and would really love any info people have learned about them.

Sep 21, 2009
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Figs

thank you, I search Figs and the first 2 pages mostly had the same suggestions of the ham wrap. :-)

Sep 21, 2009
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Figs

Okay in an effort to continue expanding my culinary palate I bought a bunch of figs. I have only had figs a few times. I just never saw them in the local market when I lived in Florida. :-)

Being in Washington State I am under the impression I will have ready access to these for months to come.

Anyone have recipes that are favorites? I would love to learn new ways to have figs other then just in a honey sauce or wrapped in prosciutto. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Grin

Any sweet savor suggestions? I had a meal at a mom & pop Italian place that was chicken with a honey fig sauce. I would love to try making something like that. I went to a few websites and most have very basic recipes with only a couple ingredients and I would love to expand my knowledge of these little buggers over the next few months.

Also would love tips about cooking them. I have heard if they are over done they can lose their flavor. any suggestions?

Thank you in advance for your suggestions,
Leslie

Sep 21, 2009
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Top-5 Cooking Goals for 2009

So closing in on the end of the year I was wondering how people did on their goals.

I have learned several new spices, I should be trying to use them more frequently but I kinda took the summer off from cooking much. I also have learned how to make pad thai although I think it is far too much effort when so many places near me make it and make it better. :-)

I still need to can. I am glad I looked at this again. I will have to hop on it.
Leslie

Sep 21, 2009
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

African Dining Seattle

I have tickets to the Lion King come March and I am very excited. I would like to surprise my other with an evening of African delights. Any suggestions on African dining. I am expanding my culinary palate and have experienced some African (mostly Moroccan) but would also love to try food from other areas as well.

This would be a weekday dinner that would need to be fairly quick (not taking more then an hour to an hour and a half including wait.

Thanks for your thoughts.
Leslie

Feb 10, 2009
atwistedlime in Pacific Northwest

Lunchbox Laboratory Revisited

I guess I am still new to Seattle. I had never heard of this place. I will be going this weekend. Sounds fabulous!

Feb 10, 2009
atwistedlime in Pacific Northwest

I'm Vegetarian but I Eat Bacon

I have several friends with different eating "styles" I find it an excellent challenge cooking for them. I would absolutely love to cook for a vegetarian that likes bacon as well. There is such a multitude of veggie dishes that have bacon in them or use bacon grease in the dressings. I am a carnivore working towards being a flexitarian for health reasons. I look forward to the challenges that will be in my culinary expansion but I do know at times a Steak and a baked potato WILL be dinner.

For me because both my honey and I have food allergies I tend to ask if I can bring a dish for the meal when going somewhere for a dinner party. Most hosts are happy to have people help out and if they say I don't need to I can then explain my "pickinesses" and then let them decide. For me I know if I bring something I can eat then I never have to worry about being sat down to a dinner entirely made of shellfish that I can not consume. :-) (living in the NW this is actually something to be concerned about) heh

I hope you find people that can accommodate your style. If you are ever in the NW give me a holler. I would be happy to.

~L

Jan 27, 2009
atwistedlime in Features

Dear lady friend coming for New Years Eve Dinner

I just found a recipe I intend to try tonight for a Chocolate Souffle with a Chocolate Grand Marnier sauce. If I accomplish it tonight I will let you know how it is.

I had another thought. On my last anniversary I made a shrimp pasta that was very light basically it was the following:

asparagus
shrimp
cherry tomatoes
lemon juice
olive oil
parm cheese

I think that was it... for some reason I am thinking there were capers but I am fairly certain there were not. Maybe that was the greek pasta I made a few months ago.

I know a lot of people say no garlic or onions on a nice dinner date but in my opinion as long as you are both eating it what does it matter?

The mallow cream and bourbon sounds luscious!

Dec 30, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Sausage What do I do?

Sorry... I didn't even think to say... They are raw. My butcher doesn't sell cooked sausages unless they are of the summer variety. :-)

That sounds excellent. I will have to try that. I have just recently begun to cook with cranberries they are still foreign to me so I wanted to try these sausages but then became dumbfounded as to what to do with them! :-)

Dec 30, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Top-5 Cooking Goals for 2009

I received the AeroGarden Herb Garden for Christmas for this very purpose. I have an outdoor herb garden but have discovered that if I do not have it handy I forget to use it and it ends up growing wild. (In the Pacific NW you can't really kill most herbs they even use rosemary for hedges!) I have been successful in growing rosemary, thyme, parsley (flat and curly), sage, chives, and oregano. I kill Dill every time I plant it. We got hit by a couple weeks of snow which is unusual for us and so everything will likely be dead when it thaws. Glad to have a new garden to try indoor.

Dec 30, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Top-5 Cooking Goals for 2009

I really like this idea. I have not made these types of goals before but I think I will start... right now:

1. I will learn how to make my favorite Indian and Thai foods. I live in an area where I can
2. Learn to can. (I am borrowing this from someone else but already bought the jars. Just ned to DO IT!)
3. Learn new herbs. I have gotten to know several herbs and seasonings but I need to expand my knowledge. I am adding several new things to my herb garden.

Thank you for this thread. I know when I set goals I am more likely to do things. :-)

Dec 30, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Pulled Pork in Crockpot with a roast AND left over pork loin?

I agree recooking these in a crock pot might make them shoe leather. I love the idea of throwing them in with some greens or soup. You might also use them in am omelet.

Dec 30, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Dear lady friend coming for New Years Eve Dinner

A couple questions about the lady... are there any dietary concerns? Does she eat meat? Anything she has a dislike of that you know?

My go to meal for special times is steak and potatoes. I usually do this because it is so simple and it's hard to mess up. A nice steak grilled or seared in a cast iron skillet. Maybe with a nice mushroom gravy on top or a side of sauteed marinated mushrooms? Twice baked potato or even a nice cheesy mashed potato. Goes well with pretty much any type of vegetable... roasted asparagus, steamed broccoli with hollandaise, spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic, roasted root vegetables.

I also generally finish with something chocolate. There are a dozen recipes that are very simple for molten chocolate cakes or a nice chocolate fondue for two?

Good luck I hope everything turns out excellent!

Dec 30, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Sausage What do I do?

Ok so I was at the butcher a few days ago and I picked up so special sausage they have this time of year. It is a Cranberry Walnut Chicken Sausage. Now my brain has crashed and burned and I can't think of what to do with them. I have to stop at the store for other groceries so I can add pretty much anything. The only boundary I have is my step daughter doesn't like mushrooms or seafood. (I'm working on her... one food at a time)

I would love to make something with Pasta or rice dish.

Any thoughts?
Thanks!
Leslie

Dec 30, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Need tips to dispose of excess citrus

Have you considered squeezing them for Juice? I am originally from Florida and we used to squeeze any left over citrus at the end of the season and freeze it. It freezes fairly well and also makes a great sorbet if you just want to hit it with a spoon. :-)

Dec 12, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Chowish re-use challenge

CeeBee gave my suggestion. I just love reusing the bottoms of jars for salad dressing or for pasta. I had a similar jar of left over oil from a jar of olives the other day and I mixed it with the leftover vinegar from a jar of peppercinis and dumped it over a bowl of peppers (green and red), olives, onions, cucumbers, and a can of 3 types of beans. Or just for a normal salad with greens and other veggies.

Enjoy!

Dec 12, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

What to Serve with Baby Back Ribs?

I have an unexpected meal to serve and I am planning to make my slow roasted baby back ribs. I wanted to serve a myriad of sides and a nice country dessert. I am crazy at work this week and so my brain is otherwise occupied and I am drawing a blank.

My ribs are dry rubbed and then braised slowly. The flavors are basic (brown sugar, celery salt, chili powder, onion powder, cayenne a few other things).

I am planning to make corn bread from a recipe I found. It looks like it will be a little sweet but not like a corn "cake" as many turn out.

Other then that any suggestions? I have a few other thoughts but would love some help planning this meal!
Thanks!
Leslie

Dec 12, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Cuban food Sea/Portland

I am looking to see if there is anywhere between Seattle and Portland that has any decent Cuban food?

Thanks!

Dec 05, 2008
atwistedlime in Pacific Northwest

Seattle- must eats

I am a fan of 13 Coins if you like a big breakfast/brunch. I have yet to get there for dinner but absolutely adore their breakfasts. Only about half a mile from the convention center.

Also the bus system in the area of the convention center is very good and free if you stay in the inner city during the day (6am-7pm I believe.)

Dec 05, 2008
atwistedlime in Pacific Northwest

Tell me about Quinoa

Thanks so much everyone. I found it and now I am going to play with it some this weekend.

I can't wait!

Dec 04, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Feeling lazy and uninspired -- need idea/theme for simple cocktail party

Something I want to do soon is a fondue party. I had fondue for a Thanksgiving appetizer and it was a huge hit. I have had fondue parties in the past and there are so many options. My last party I had the following:

2 Cheese Fondues (One Cheddar based, one Swiss based)
1 broth based with a selection of veggies and pre-cooked meats
2 Chocolate Fondues (One Milk chocolate and the other was a raspberry white chocolate)

I also included sides of marinated veggies and a salad with a nice vinaigrette to help break up the fattiness of the cheeses.

Good luck with your party I am sure it will turn out great!

Dec 02, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking

Tell me about Quinoa

I have been a lurker for a bit and finally decided I needed to post because I am at a loss.

What is Quinoa and what would you use it for? I have read that it is a seed that can be substituted for pasta or rice but I am unfamiliar with the product and where to find it. I am in the Pacific Northwest so my first stop will likely be Trader Joes or Whole Foods but would love to hear if it is available more generally and cheaper.

Let me know your thoughts and opinions and even recipes for this product.

Thanks!
Leslie

Dec 02, 2008
atwistedlime in Home Cooking