kattyeyes's Profile

Title Last Reply

My Aplogies, but I Need to Vent About America's Test Kitchen

They excel at misleading. And now that they have my address and phone number (thanks, Ma!), they love to send last-ditch efforts for me to subscribe (NOOOOOOOOO, dammit!) and also enjoy giving me a ring from time to time.

I always enjoyed the shows, but have lost that loving feeling a bit and don't watch them as faithfully as I did before all this went down. They offer quality programming and magazines. Why do they feel the need to resort to shady practices? It does not comport. But that's OK, I have a really good memory and I won't forget what happened to me and others on this thread anytime soon.

Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa Drinking Game

Well, sure, but define "bad vanilla"--imitation vanilla? A lesser brand? Me, I bake with nothing but my Penzeys double-strength, but aside from this post, I don't go around announcing it like I know something everyone else doesn't. It just seems so "I'm better than you" the way she says it.

about 13 hours ago
kattyeyes in Food Media & News

Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa Drinking Game

Or "the GOOD vanilla!" :D

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Hmmm. I made two 6" cakes out of it. That's a good question. If you were here, I'd let you borrow my pans!

Dec 23, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Hartford Recommendations

Hartford doesn't change that much in a year, never mind three months. That thread is current by me!

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Well, Lidia's recipe is for cupcakes. Cup-pies just doesn't fly. I assure you there's no point subtraction for how they taste.

It was one of the best things I made in 2011:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8151...

And as cakes last year:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8842...

Dec 22, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

No (rolling eyes with you--BOYS!). It's really perfect. Tell him I said so, will you, please? :)

ETA: Here's Lidia's recipe via the Scialo Brothers Bakery in Providence--for those of you who wondered what we're talking about.

http://www.lidiasitaly.com/recipes/de...

Dec 22, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Is the Lidia one for Boston cream cakes in the mix? That is, without question, one of the best cakes I ever made EVAH! If I get any further intel, you know I'll share. I actually just tried to call the bakery, no answer. Wonder if they're closed Mondays.

Dec 22, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Why I hate Christmas

I think that was "The Joy Luck Club." :)

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

I remember that Easter pie! And I can't wait to see the Hartford cream pie. VERY EXCITING! Did you see my mom mentioned seeing it on TV, but couldn't recall the channel? I searched and came up with nothing. All I've got is this. But I'll keep you posted if I learn more.
http://www.ctnow.com/ctn-veteran-day-...

Dec 22, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

? name of Italian fried honey cookies

Scalidi?
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilf...

http://www.food.com/recipe/scalidi-co...

This is a little like that "Operator" game we played when we were kiddos. :)

Dec 20, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking
1

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Looks fab! I know just what you mean about not even knowing what something is supposed to taste like, but gotta believe if it tastes good, you did it proud. :) Not to mention I wish I could have a bowl myself.

Dec 18, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking
1

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Here's what I did. Links to the original recipe from the movie are included:

http://kattyskitchen.wordpress.com/20...

When I first made it this summer, mint was blowing up outside my door. But even in the fall without mint, it still tastes great. There are so many flavors--lemon, lime, orange, garlic--I think you can take liberties. In fact, I substituted parsley for the cilantro when I made it last month.

Dec 16, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

I love veal but you really had me at BBQ brisket and "where this really shines is in a shepherd's pie." WHOA!

Dec 15, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

CT food finds 2014: our year in review

LOL, I've lost my mind: BOSTON cream. What is wrong with me?! Same concept--they split the donut in half and fill it generously. Can't wait to get back to Little Poland to try Passions. Thanks for the pics!

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

You had a good 'n fruity year! ;)

Dec 14, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Oh, absolutely--all veggie is how I knew scacciata first. Sausage is absolutely NOT a must. I've never tried it with kalamatas, but one of my girlfriends made a potato version with sun-dried tomatoes and said it was excellent! I don't think there's a wrong answer. But don't be afraid to try it with just the aromatics first. Hope you love!

Dec 14, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

West Hartford: Which Whole Foods?

^Welcome back! Nice to see your smiling face.^
Let me just add, for the sake of being me, I prefer the Glastonbury location over WH bigtime. :) Convenient, as it's much closer for me, anyway.

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Your post makes my heart happy--thank you! :D

Dec 14, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking
1

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Always happy to help. CLINQUE! ;)

Dec 14, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

CT food finds 2014: our year in review

Here's a shot of the Bavarian cream donut from Neil's (also my fave).
https://www.facebook.com/KattysKitche...

I look forward to trying some of your favorites, particularly Passions. It was already on my to-try list. It'll be hard to beat Zieleniak (also Little Poland) as theirs are my fave and nicely thin. Passions looks as though their dough is thicker, yes?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1596...

https://plus.google.com/1012021585538...

P.S. There's currently a SaveNowCT deal for King and I Thai (Manchester only).

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Dec 13, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking
1

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Would love to learn more about your barbecued brisket if you feel like sharing. Brisket is my favorite of all things BBQ'd!

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

YES to all of the above, I am sure, but a Meyer lemon margarita? That is going right on my list of delicious things to do!

Dec 13, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

At this point, I actually think of you when I see that recipe. :)

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

SO IMPRESSIVE, that lasagna! Just WOW.

And thank you--yes, if you found my blog, you have the recipe. I hope you enjoy!

CT food finds 2014: our year in review

My pleasure--add your favorites, too! :)

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

BROCCOLI SCACCIATA
For years I wondered how to make this specialty of my hometown. After a childhood friend said if anyone could do it, it would be me, I made my own. AND IT WAS FREAKIN' AWESOME. Finally mastering this is probably my proudest kitchen achievement of the year. Or maybe ever.

"GRANDMA PIZZA" my way
I was pleasantly surprised to make a pizza that brought me straight down Memory Lane to the kitchen in my uncle's restaurant.

MOJO-MARINATED PORK/CUBANOS
Inspired by "Chef," I learned to make mojo, then Cubanos. Really fun!

BEER CHEESE SOUP
Another Memory Lane excursion. This time, to a soup I sampled 20 years ago in West Palm Beach. A kind poster here shared a link to the recipe from the 391st Bomb Group, where I tried it first.

And not to skip dessert, CARROT CAKE with raisins soaked in Maker's Mark and PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL BROWNIES were my two sweetness standouts.

So, what were your personal bests in the kitchen this year?

Caramel Chocolate Cake

I've made a bourbon salted caramel frosting that would do the trick nicely. It's just a basic cream cheese frosting with caramel:
http://kattyskitchen.wordpress.com/20...

Caramel sauce between the layers sounds delicious, but more challenging.

Dec 13, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

CT food finds 2014: our year in review

I found lots of new deliciousness this year. How about you? I thought it might be fun to compile and invite others to add on.

ASIAN RESTAURANT, Middletown or "The Parrot" as we like to call it, for its whimsical sign. Ask for the hibachi rice with your meal and don't forget the egg roll!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/981485

DA LEGNA, New Haven
If not for a rather passionate (is there any other kind?!) pizza discussion on this very board, I'd never have known of this place. Can't lose with David Foster in the kitchen.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9169...

THE KING & I THAI, Manchester
Hands-down my favorite Thai place around. Worth the drive away from closer, local options without a doubt.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9868...

OTTO, Chester
This might be the best pizza I ate this year or this lifetime.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7956...

PHO MADISON, Guess where?
Runner-up/very close tie for best banh mi, love their summer rolls, too.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973049

PHO 99, East Hartford
I love this restaurant, their fab pho, endless varieties of spring rolls and the enthusiastic man who runs the show. Rock on, Peter!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/991209

TD VIETNAM PALACE, Stratford
This husband and wife team gets my vote for best banh mi in all the Land of Steady Habits.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9730...

With apologies to the Chairman of the Board:
I'm mad about good food, can't get my fill
And these CT cooks give me a thrill!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UldSR...