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Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

And speaking of nonsense:
"We know that Chowhounds appreciate posters who are interested in making an ongoing contribution to the community, and this is reflected in the number of users who view and engage with original posts like these."

Most of the posts I've come across are true hit-and-run "I've come to promote myself" and nothing more. I don't see these posters "making an ongoing contribution" and why would they, as it's likely a conflict of interest to talk about someone ELSE's delicious product, restaurant, event, etc.

Chutes & Gates - Terryville, CT

I haven't played that game since my age was a single digit. :)

about 14 hours ago
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Cioppino - love the dish, the pronunciation is driving me nuts

No, thus, whether you like her or not, Ms. De Laurentiis is NOT Gee-AH-da, but JAH-da. Pay no attention to the fact people frequently call her Gee-AH-da on live TV and she is too polite to correct them. And I like her, just let the record show.

But don't take it from me, take it straight from Giada!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU43WB...

Sep 26, 2014
kattyeyes in Not About Food

Worst Cooking Disaster Thread

This is why god made straws.

Sep 26, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Puerto Vallarta has a new lunch menu--oooh, and I like it! (M'town, CT & more)

Tacos al pastor--another hit! Even the edible bean cup is delicious. :) The accompanying salsa was supposed to be grilled pineapple. Maybe they switched it as it was not at all sweet, still every bite was great. Love this new lunch menu!

Worst Cooking Disaster Thread

Ohmygod, it's like that scene from Annie Hall with the lobsters!

Sep 26, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Tony Chacere Creole

LOL, love ya Uncle B! It is quite the blend, isn't it? :) I'll have to try a sniff next time I'm in the store. Last time I did that with something spicy there, I sneezed my head off.

Sep 26, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking
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Worst Cooking Disaster Thread

Blowing off the top of the blender with liquid that's too hot is great fun, isn't it? Gives new meaning to "visualize whirled peas." Whattamess! Been there, too.

I destroyed my mini food processor attempting to make almond paste. Its death was marked by a spire of smoke that rose to the ceiling and that telltale, nasty electrical smell. Nice job.

When I was a kiddo, my mom left a big pot of beef stew on the fridge--on low, she thought, who knows? We returned to the neighborhood (yeah, you could smell it before we even pulled into the driveway) and smelled something awful burning. It was the stew. How she didn't set the place on fire remains a mystery.

Sep 26, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Tony Chacere Creole

Penzeys has great spice blends. Never tried their Cajun. Sounds like you should:
http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

ETA: Sorry, Uncle Bob--agreeing with you if it's really just salt. My reply was for the OP.

Sep 26, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Help! Refrigerator FULL of shredded cheese! What now?

Four years later (and 20 years after I had it for the first time), I strolled Memory Lane last night and made the soup. I was about to follow the recipe to the letter until I realized the chicken bouillon had MSG. I would try it again with non-MSG bouillon, but what I riffed was really excellent! I added:
more hot sauce
1 tablespoon coarse ground mustard
4 cups whole milk, 2 cups chicken stock instead of 6 cups of milk and 6 bouillon cubes
*YEAH, I used Velveeta!*

Didn't use a double boiler or a thermometer. Cubed Velveeta magically melts into warm liquid like nobody's business. I did strain out the bacon and onions. The bacon gets all mushy in the soup, so it's more than OK to get rid of it.

I did top with (new to me) buffalo cheddar Smartfood. And I think it tasted even better the next day. Beer cheese soup, it's what's for breakfast. :) HOO-AHHH!

Sep 26, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Pasta Vita , Old Saybrook Ct

I think those ants might signal an awful lot of people who wouldn't know good Italian cooking if it smacked them over the head (or bit 'em in the feet to continue the original analogy). I understand fire ants are pretty nasty, after all. Thank god they can only be found shopping at Pasta Vita and not anywhere else locally. ;)

Rt. 2 between Hartford and Mashantucket Pequot Museum

http://www.salemvalleyfarmsicecream.com

One of my very favorite ice cream places.

Come to think of it, I also love Robb's Farm in Glastonbury and that's less of a detour. Both excellent, tho' Salem Valley holds a special place in my heart.

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

Or elsewhere. Everyone try to slip it into a sentence now:
"You know, that really frosts my labia!"

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

Sep 24, 2014
kattyeyes in Food Media & News

Trying to make a Raspberry-Chocolate brownie, any suggestions??

I use the Ghirardelli recipe (slightly modified to use less sugar, then I add chopped dark chocolate, too) and 1/4 cup of fresh raspberries, smooshed with a spoon. White chocolate chips are a nice addition, too.

But whatever your brownies of choice may be, 1/4 cup of fresh raspberries, smooshed, should bake into your batter quite nicely.

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

Sep 24, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Fresh Margarita mix, ideas?

I, too, squeeze by hand, but have tried Ripe (both out and at Whole Foods) and it sounds like what you're after. It's not inexpensive--then again, I suppose someone has to pay the little elves to do the squeezing for you. :)

https://www.drinkripe.com/Content/Mar...

Sep 24, 2014
kattyeyes in Spirits

Pasta Vita , Old Saybrook Ct

And, while on the topic of where one COULD buy quality pasta and prepared food, I'll mention DiFiore on Franklin Avenue up in Hartford. I know, it's nowhere near the shore. But if folks are in the area, or work near Hartford, it's a great place to know.

Manicotti: You can get them fresh (not frozen) if you like--and I have liked for years. Once I had theirs, I stopped making mine. Hands down, they win. I've never had them better anywhere.

Arancine: excellent. Note the shape. I learned they make them in red Solo cups. They are huge and delicious.

Ravioli: more flavors than you'd dare to dream. Beyond the basics (meat, cheese), try the tenderloin and bacon, the portabello mushroom and, in season, the corned beef (no kidding, for St. Pat's) and veal osso bucco. They also sell a variety of sauces to go with--also outstanding.

Bean salad: nice accompaniment to whatever else you pick up in the store

http://www.difiorepasta.com/

https://www.facebook.com/DiFioreRavio...

I am not related to these people in any way, just a long-time fan, all the way back to when the original owners (I guess the grandparents of whoever runs it now) were there. I sort of wish I were related! I just like to see great, old-fashioned family businesses succeed--especially ones who serve some of the best Italian specialties I know.

I look forward to trying their fresh mafalda pasta next time I make Bolognese. They're also at the Coventry Farmers' Market in case that sweetens the deal for anyone.

Pasta Vita , Old Saybrook Ct

Are you KIDDING me? Saybrook Soup and Sandwich Company is OUTFREAKINGSTANDING! I can think of several people on this board who would agree with me wholeheartedly on that point alone.

What is your inside information (I agree with chowmensch, this appears to be personal for you) on what anyone is being served at Pasta Vita, who buys it and who cooks it? I couldn't possibly care less about any operation being "a million dollar empire and growing." What we care about here is good food, served by honest, hard-working people with no personal agenda to promote their establishment. Rant over.

CT: Let's Thai one on--share your Thai favorites!

Thank you! The e-mail hasn't yet arrived (for whatever reason), so I'm glad you mentioned. SOLD! :)

noodle side dish request

That sounds nice to me! Roasted cauli and what else, if you don't mind sharing?

Sep 22, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

noodle side dish request

How about noodle kugel?

Sep 22, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Big E: 2014 food finds

Totally can't wait to get there--thanks! :D

Big E: 2014 food finds

I haven't--but heard more about its greatness from another Rhode Islander today. We must get there while the weather's still nice!

What was dinner for you? I understand sunset is the time to go.

Big E: 2014 food finds

"The porkchop sandwich guy" a.k.a. The Pork Palace with the giant smokers (it did smell great)--I want to say it's right next to, if not very close to, Matunuck, just for people looking for either spot.

On the topic of pork, I had a sample of the pulled pork from the "parfait" outside the Maine building (beans on the bottom, topped with pork and BBQ sauce). It was quite tasty. Got a bit of bark, the sauce was good. And the sample was a generous forkful!

Food Porn - add to the list

Even the Tiki Man is laughing at that little guy! ;)

Big E: 2014 food finds

It's a bit of a treasure hunt trying to find it all, isn't it? I did keep an eye out for them, but never saw them yesterday.

Big E: 2014 food finds

Also, look for the Yankee Magazine award-winning best cranberry wine in the Massachusetts building. Delish! Shoulda gone back to grab a bottle.

http://www.hardwickwinery.com/

Big E: 2014 food finds

Nice call on the lobster rolls--Matunuck's are definitely worth looking for! They were LOADED with giant hunks of lobster (and they serve them hot or cold). I loved their clam chowder so much, I went back for a second cup.

Continuing on the clammy theme, the clamcakes (fritters) in the Rhode Island building remain a family favorite.

ETA: Possibly the funniest line of the day--my mom to my uncle "Have you ever had a clam fritter? They're like doughnuts with clams in them!" HA HA HA HA!

Your Top Wait Persons

:) Yes, agree wholeheartedly. It was really fun to see him smile that day. :)

CT: Let's Thai one on--share your Thai favorites!

Now I know for a future visit. Thank you!