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Summer Corn Chowder

Aug 22, 2015
chocchic in Recipes

Fresh tomato ideas

Ina Gartens roasted tomato soup is a wonderful way to celebrate summer bounty of fresh tomato. Oddly it is a combination of fresh and canned tomatoes. I have to admit i never would have used this recipe had i not tasted it at a friends.

Aug 04, 2015
chocchic in Home Cooking

Fresh tomato ideas

Thnks so much weezie, this is a great link. I'm fired up to try again with the wine soak. I do remember taking a class in oil and vinegar making and was warned about using garlic. The caution was to avoid using it in oil. So I made some vinegar as a gift for my brother adding dried peppers and fresh garlic. He loved it. Any preserving of tomatoes I do just go in the freezer - I've heard too many cautions about do this,,, don't do that ... that I just opt to store in frig or freezer. It does limit how much I can do. Thanks again for link I've bookmarked it.

Aug 04, 2015
chocchic in Home Cooking

Fresh tomato ideas

Noticed a few mentions of drying tomatoes. I've tried in past with so so results. I am addicted to the marinated tomatoes from the olive bar (bulk) at my local supermarket. Can't get enough of them. If I remember correctly i tried to replicate last year with less than wonderful results. I think I oven dried then marinated in olive oil and crushed garlic and lots of sea salt. Any suggestions on drying and marinating?

Aug 04, 2015
chocchic in Home Cooking

Fresh tomato ideas

I'm totally on board with simple sandwich, after that a always am asked to bring homemade salsa with fresh tomatoes and fresh jalapenos, and mr husband cant wait to make bruschetta. We get a little creative with the bruschetta - sneaking in a slice of fresh mozzarelle or a little chopped cucumber. Enjoy we're still waiting for our first from-the-garden ones up here i short growing season Wisconsin. Have had a few from Farmers market. Suggestion lorenzoGa watch for a seconds basket at Farmers Market . We found some for just $2 last week sitting next to the $4 (gulp) ones.

Aug 04, 2015
chocchic in Home Cooking

Raspberry Vinegar

I'm ready to make raspberry vinegar - looking for advice. The last time I made it I thought it was a bit too strong - regardless of how much I used in my vinaigrette dressing it just tasted vinegary. The label on my vinegar says 6% acidity. Today I found a recipe for raspberry vinegar that calls for 1/2 C sugar to 2 cups vinegar. I'm really trying to cut back on sugar consumption so I'm a little hesitant but on the other hand I really want some good vinegar. Any ideas? could I add just some white distilled vinegar to lessen the acidity?

Jul 21, 2015
chocchic in Home Cooking

Breakfast in Milwaukee?

Before you venture west on I94 you want to check lane closures and traffic situation on ZOO INTERCHANGE.this is a major construction project and sometimes they do close lanes, exits, entire stretches of road that then backs up traffic east of zoo interchange which is I94 I45 and I894.

Jun 21, 2015
chocchic in Great Lakes

Breakfast in Milwaukee?

I would recommend Cafe 1505. It is just off I-43 on Mequon Road. Food is good and a touch more inventive than it used to be. Comet and Blue's Egg are my favorites when I want a hearty breakfast or when I'm taking my twenty something son out. If it's a group of ladies you'll be happy with Cafe 1505. It is local and as an added twist there is some good shopping with local shops in the area.
http://www.cafe1505.com/menu/breakfast
HOpe you will let us know how your visit goes.

Jun 19, 2015
chocchic in Great Lakes

leftover cookie dough has green cast?

thanks greygarious, now i know. i went ahead and baked them off before they started glowing.. they smelled good enough I couldn't imagine that they would be bad.

Jan 09, 2015
chocchic in Home Cooking

leftover cookie dough has green cast?

I mixed up some oatmeal chocolate chip (both white & dark chocolate) and raw cranberry cookies yesterday. I didn't get them all baked so I covered dish with plastic wrap and left in refrigerator for 30 hours. tonight they have developed a green gray color on the top layer of dough. Any idea what this would be and are they safe to eat?
Thanks.

Jan 09, 2015
chocchic in Home Cooking

Best Cookbooks of 2014 - Post your picks and your local retailer's/media outlet's/other picks here...please

Has anyone spent some time with How To Cook Eataly? I have my eye on it but I'm concerned that it may be too commerical?

Dec 14, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Christmas Day Dinner

How about a spiral ham - if you shop around they aren't as pricey as when they first became available at the specialty stores. I buy mine at Aldi's. Minimal prep or clean up. Make some kind of do ahead potato casserole type thing (I love an old recipe for potatoes boulange (sp?) its a fancy version of scalloped potatoes with gruyere cheese. A Side dish or two and you're done.

Dec 11, 2014
chocchic in General Topics
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Are Meyer lemons in season now?

I saw them in our local Wisconsin supermarket last week. I didn't note where they were grown but I guarantee it wasn't around here. I thought it was a little early but they are available.

Nov 10, 2014
chocchic in Los Angeles Area

looking for restaurant/ carry out suggestions near Bagno a Ripoli (just south of Florence)

Thanks PastaMama - We'll be there next week. Starting in Venice tomorrow and working our way south. My twenty something son has been living/studying near Naples this summer so hopefully he has learned enough Italian to get us dinner. I think he's overloaded on pasta and ready for meat so this would be a good spot for him. We may take your suggestion of driving there in daytime. We will have a GPS so that should help. HaHa I just looked at their website - they don't have a button to select what language you want to view website - could be an adventure.

Sep 22, 2014
chocchic in Italy

looking for restaurant/ carry out suggestions near Bagno a Ripoli (just south of Florence)

Thanks so much Jen. After your message I did a little more poking around and found a list of interesting sounding restaurants - hopefully we aren't so far out in the country that we will be able to try one or two. And for sure the market looks promising.

Sep 22, 2014
chocchic in Italy

looking for restaurant/ carry out suggestions near Bagno a Ripoli (just south of Florence)

Thanks so much. In the country - I haven't been in this area so not even sure what to expect - good to know there is a market in Bagno a Ripoli. Is it a small village?

Sep 22, 2014
chocchic in Italy

looking for restaurant/ carry out suggestions near Bagno a Ripoli (just south of Florence)

We are spending 5 nights in Tuscany - staying in Bagno a Ripoli Looking for suggestions of how to handle dinner. Not wild about driving a lot of hilly, twisty roads in the dark. So possibly there is something nearby or maybe we take some simple dinner ingredients back to room. It does have small kitchen. One dinner suggestion was CentoPali in San Donatato in Collina. Anyone familiar with that?
Any other reccomendations?

Sep 22, 2014
chocchic in Italy

Brief Parma Report

enjoying your travel log - we're headed to Italy soon and to many of the same areas. thanks for taking the time to post and in such good detail.

Sep 14, 2014
chocchic in Italy

Brazilian Foods for World Cup Party?

Thanks - I was kind of thinking about Empanadas. We've been to Paraguay several times and they are one of our favorite South American treats but wasn't sure if they were eaten in Brazil as well.

Jun 14, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Brazilian Foods for World Cup Party?

I'm getting together with just a few friends to watch USA play in World Cup on Monday. I thought it would be fun to fix some food that soccer fans might be eating in Brazil. I'm finding black bean recipes and flan recipes. Any suggestions?

Jun 14, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

making fresh pasta with gorgonzola - need help

a dear friend asked me to re-create her favorite memory of her trip to Italy. She wants pasta with a Gorgonzola sauce. I found a recipe in my Italy for the Gourmet Traveler book. It's 6 ounces of cheese melted with 1/4 cup light cream and a Tbls of butter. Seems like I would want more cream? Also a restaurant we go to suggested Dulce style Gorgonzola cheese. Any thoughts? I want to make a great dish. Oh and btw so far I haven't found dulce cheese.

Jun 04, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Neapolitan pizza - is is supposed to be soggy in middle?

I am constantly in search of great pizza in my own kitchen and in restaurants. Today our local restaurant reviewer said the Neapolitan pizza had a "lovely blistered rim and a classically, well, soggy center". Really are well prepared or classically prepared Neapolitan pizza supposed to be soggy in the middle? BTW it won't change my perception of good pizza - I like a nice crispy thin crust that is crispy all the way across.

May 30, 2014
chocchic in General Topics

Need Pheasant Dinner Menu Suggestions

great ideas. Thanks so much. I was stuck in a place that I didn't feel quite comfortable but it's coming together for me now. Thanks

Apr 16, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Need Pheasant Dinner Menu Suggestions

I agree pheasant does pair nicely with wild rice - but I have this wonderful sauce that I actually learned originally to make with chicken. The sauce would be lost over wild rice.

Apr 16, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Need Pheasant Dinner Menu Suggestions

Kris - what a great link. I'm sort of committed to the pasta so the addition of roast potatoes seems a little heavy for this dinner but I've saved the link and will use another time. And I agree about the "want" even if it isn't fall.

Apr 16, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Need Pheasant Dinner Menu Suggestions

the apps will be self serve in the kitchen where all of my guests seem to fell a need to assemble. I'm liking vegie app idea ..maybe something with artichokes or peas. Or maybe I'll just do green beans on entre plate and then I could do something with asparagus. If I ditch the goat cheese and raspberry salad I could just do a more "Italian " dressing and as an upgrade add a crisp that is made of melted parmesean. I know it's cheese but not the creamy vareity.

Apr 16, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Need Pheasant Dinner Menu Suggestions

so far just the brat bites and crostini of some sort. I loved the mascarpone and merlot combo and it is different so sure my guests haven't had. Trying to add one more fairly simple app.

Apr 16, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Need Pheasant Dinner Menu Suggestions

It's supposed to be spring but in Wisconsin we got snow yesterday. I haven't been able to find Meyer Lemons for awhile now. Trying to think of a do ahead approach for salad that makes it a bit special. But thinking about eliminating the goat cheese.

Apr 16, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking

Need Pheasant Dinner Menu Suggestions

Ooh, Traveler - if we have time my husband would love the idea of smoking pheasant. good one!
The theme is really pheasant - and we already have the brats made and in freezer. I like the idea of adding the mustard dipping sauce - sort of elevates it a bit.
And yes, my guests are all sort of wine fans so was trying to incorporate wine because they like and thought it might tie together.
I'm kind of rethinking the salad course. If I ditched the goat cheese it would make one fewer last minute worries.
also Blond, I was thinking of just simple roast asparagus on plate with pheasant and pasta to sort of green it up a bit; so maybe the pea or artichokes would be good. Do you think if I offered two or three spreads with the crostini and the pheasant brats that would all work together better than adding another completely different item - like fresh vegies or nuts?

Apr 16, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking
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Need Pheasant Dinner Menu Suggestions

We donated a pheasant dinner at a fund raiser. We now have to actually prepare and serve it. The pheasant breast will be served on a bed of fresh pasta lightly drizzed with wine reduction sauce. Appetizers include pheasant brat bites (small slices of brat served with pretzel pick) and crostini topped with Mascarpone and a touch of locally sourced Merlot jelly. The appetizers seem sort of disjointed so I"m trying to think what I could serve in addition that would sort of bridge them all together. Fresh vegies? Sweet and spicy nuts? an additional Crostini topping?
For salad I"m thinking of spring greens topped with raspberry vinarette and toasted slice of goat cheese. Can I repeat the raspberry in dessert? I wanted to do a light White Chocolate Mousse served in a bed of Raspberry sauce.

Apr 16, 2014
chocchic in Home Cooking