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Moving to Vegas for the winter

Coming to Vegas area [Henderson] for the winter. Leaving the Colorado mountains for the winter, but not forever. Can anyone recommend some good restaurants? I know, Vegas is loaded with them! Perhaps something off the strip? A hidden Gem?
Thanks, learning2.

Oct 15, 2013
learning2 in Las Vegas

Caviar for salads or dips

Has anyone used caviar [cheap.] I can't afford the good stuff. If I could I wouldn't be using it like this. Anyway, for dips or salads instead of, say, anchovies? A friend gave me a six pack of whitefish caviar.
learning2

Oct 15, 2013
learning2 in Home Cooking

Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

We were staying at the Venetian so I'm thinking it was there. It was some years ago but I'm thinking it was TAO. There are so many good restaurants in Vegas it's hard to keep them straight. I am, however, willing to attempt to try them all. Then I could start on New Orleans and San Francisco.

Feb 17, 2013
learning2 in General Topics

Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

The power of a smile does so much. Recently, in Las Vegas, yeah, I know, of all places, I met a couple from Hong Kong. Been there, could, generally, talk with them. Went to a Chinese restaurant and re-met them. Nice. Talked about food. When the waiter came I said, "He's ordering for me". Pig knuckles. Great soup! Have really no idea what I ate except that I want to eat it again. Ask customers what they like, what's good. The word is not American or Chinese or any other ethnic. The word is GOOD. People are happy to share their favorites with you.

Jan 02, 2013
learning2 in General Topics

Peeling ginger

Is there an easy way to peel ginger? Seems once I get around the knots and gnarls I don't have much left. I've tried veggie peelers and knives [They turn the ginger red. Blood you know.] Is there an easier way?

Jan 02, 2013
learning2 in General Topics

Root Beer BBQ Beans

Tried this with Dr. Pepper but without the molasses. Dr. Pepper is sweet enough. The girls in my wife's office loved it! Dr. pepper drinkers I guess. Me? Well some people are connoisseurs, I'm a common sewer. I eat and usually like everything. Yep, I liked it.

Oct 16, 2011
learning2 in Recipes

Irish Coffee

Anyone know how to make Baileys, or any other Irish Cream Liqueur whipped cream? Not just for drinks but, for say, pumpkin pie.

Feb 27, 2011
learning2 in Recipes

Smoked Shrimp

I used a bowl shaped strainer, about 14 or 16 inch diameter. Fits easily in my smoker.

Feb 20, 2011
learning2 in Home Cooking

Smoked Shrimp

WOW! I read about this yesterday morning and had to try it. I guessed at the seasoning ratios and went for it. WOW! Delish! I had coctail sauce ready but after the first taste I put it away. Didn't want to ruin a fabulous taste with something as mundane as coctail sauce. I used mesquite chips because that's what I have. I also smoked them in my garage/workshop because there is a blizzard blowing outside. I've got the best smelling garage in Colorado! A friend came over and as soon as he walked into the garage he said, "This smells so good I'm suddenly hungry. Got anything to munch?" There went the last of my/your/our shrimp.

Feb 17, 2011
learning2 in Home Cooking

Recipe for Pickled Eggs?

I don't consider them close to ready for at least three weeks and I use straight cider vinegar, no water. Rubbery? Yeah, I guess. But what pucker power! A dash of Cholula to pair the hot and sour. Bet you can't eat just one.

Feb 17, 2011
learning2 in Home Cooking

Uses for pickled onions?

I have never tried sauteing pickled onions, yet. I plan to now though.

Feb 17, 2011
learning2 in Home Cooking

Uses for pickled onions?

No garlic? I should have read before I pickled. Those things are potent! I think I'll do some onion dicing while waiting for this storm to end so I can shovel a path to my grill. Burgers, brats, anything to throw under them.

Feb 17, 2011
learning2 in Home Cooking

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

As soon as this storm blows over I'll make my way to the store for radishes. It'll be worth shoveling my way to the grill to try them.

Feb 17, 2011
learning2 in General Topics

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

Do peas, corn and beans belong in stew? I don't know. At times, depending on my mood, I may be making beef veggie soup only thicker and chunkier. I knew a guy in the Marine Corps that when going through the chow line, would throw everything being served in a pile in the center of his tray. That's kinda what my Shepherd's Pie looks like. I don't always cook classic dishes in a classic style. I'm in it for the fun of it. The four women in my wife's office try to keep me busy though. "What's for lunch?" "Whatever happened to 'Hello'?" That's a good feeling.

Feb 17, 2011
learning2 in General Topics

Uses for pickled onions?

Made some pickled eggs, no water, cider vinegar, garlic, lots of garlic, and about every spice that sounded good at the time and Cholula, lots of that, too. Potent stuff! Had a couple of yellow onions left over so I sliced and pickled them, too. Other than in salads or just as a munchie what can I do with them? They are really good with beer, or about anything else, but, even my dogs hide from my breath after eating them. I don't know whether I have garlicky onions or oniony garlic. Any suggestions?

Feb 16, 2011
learning2 in Home Cooking

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

Some of you folks are nuts! I'm a lovin' it! Since I retired I have the time to learn a little about my hobby/passion, cooking. There is nothing more fun than putting a smile on the face of a person with a mouth full of food. Actually, that can be pretty ugly. Oxymoron: pretty ugly? I've aquired an extended family. "What's he cooking today? Will he share?"
Thank you all, so very much. learning2.

Feb 16, 2011
learning2 in General Topics

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

OK, OK. back to the store hoping they still have radishes. Do you roast them open or wraped in foil?

Feb 16, 2011
learning2 in General Topics

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

mrbigshotno.1 I liked radishes in stew so much I can hardly wait to try them mashed with potatoes.

Feb 16, 2011
learning2 in General Topics

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

Peas add color and a little sweetness. Unfortunately the only way my wife likes peas is split pea soup.

Feb 16, 2011
learning2 in General Topics

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

I agree with both limster and joonjoon. I tried to "picture" what the taste might be beforehand. It tasted even better. What a nice surprise. Thank you.

Feb 15, 2011
learning2 in General Topics

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

The snow here is 4 or 5 feet deep. Causes a craving for beef stew and bisquits. Our local store, we only have 2, got in some large, golf ball sized, radishes. Firm, not at all pithy. I decided to try them in the beef stew I'm making. I wondered whether anyone else had tried this and what the results were. I make my stew with all the normal ingredients except peas. Wife doesn't like peas, darn. I do, however, use instant potatoes rather than flour as a thickener. Gives the stew a slightly heartier taste.

Feb 14, 2011
learning2 in General Topics

Oatmeal Doesn't Have to Be Sweet

A few years ago, on a camping trip with friends, my wife suggested steak, grilled garlic asparagus, mashed potatoes and gravy. Knowing how susceptible I am to the power of suggestion that's what she knew we would have for dinner. I had all the ingredients except flour. I did have "quick oats" however. Oats in a bowl mashed and ground with a round river rock and I had "flour". Kinda. The texture was unusual. The flavor was great. Besides that we ate it by lantern light so no one got a good look at it. Now, both camping and at home I get requests for my "oatmeal gravy". I'm the only one I know who keeps a round river rock in my utensils drawer.
Learning2

Feb 10, 2011
learning2 in Features