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Favorite broccoli raab (rabe) preps?

Rapini/Broccoli Rabe, used to be so bitter, that I remember my grandmother used to blanch it twice

about 19 hours ago
cgarner in Home Cooking
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Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

I don't know, nothingswrong, bagged spinach never seems to last for me, so having one that's a week old and not mush on the bottom seems pretty incredible

Feb 24, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

My grandfather once threw out a plate that I let our dog eat leftovers off of (we did it all the time, I just didn’t know that we weren’t supposed to do that in front of Pop-Pop)

he also would yell "Schifoso!" when we let the dog kiss our face! hahaha

Feb 24, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

I have a week old bag of fresh bagged spinach in my garage (it’s cold out there)
I use the garage during the winter months to cool down soups, if it’s late, it stays in there overnight and goes into serving size portions for freezing in the morning

I have a big pack of chicken breasts which I plucked from the deep freezer at 7am, sitting in the kitchen sink right now, defrosting
(I always do that)
I once read that Michael Ruhlman leaves a pot of chicken stock on the stove all the time

Feb 23, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

The Long Island? Cocktail or Not?

Hubby and I used to go to an “old man bar” local to us, because they had really good food. Everyone used to rave about their L.I.Ts
The bartender “big head Steve” (every good bartender needs a nickname) finally talked me into having one and it was fan-dam-tastic

Plenty of fresh squeezed lemon juice, some fresh lime too, and I don’t know what but I loved it

We tried and have not been able to recreate at home, we decided that it was one of those moments in time… here then gone, you can’t always recreate but that’s okay

Feb 23, 2015
cgarner in Spirits

Can yellow and orange bell peppers be substituted for green?

In most cases, I'd say yes, you can
there's definitely a difference in the taste, but it's not like you're trying to sub out yellow/orange peppers for poblanos or something like that

Feb 23, 2015
cgarner in Home Cooking

Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I worked at Taco Bell in 1986 and we had a fryer, we used to fry the shells, the flour tortillas that made the taco bowls (remember them?) and the flour tortilla strips that we made into cinnamon chips

Feb 20, 2015
cgarner in Home Cooking

Favorite broccoli raab (rabe) preps?

Cut off the bottom, stringy part
separate the florets from the stems and leaves
roughly chop the stems and leaves
bring a big pot of water to a boil and salt generously
add the stems and leaves, just as they are getting tender, add the florets
cook till just tender, drain, but reserve a mug full of the cooking liquid

in a small sauce pan, add about a 1/4 c olive oil and evenly sliced garlic (about three cloves, depending on the size)
they don't have to be very thinly sliced, but it's important that they're all sliced evenly
bring the cold oil/garlic up to heat slowly
Cook the garlic in the oil over medium heat till the garlic gets toasted and slightly browned, add some hot pepper flakes at the end (to your liking)

Pour the hot oil/garlic mixture over the cooked greens, gently toss and add some of the cooking liquid back into the pot if needed.

Now it’s ready for sandwiches, to serve as a side, to toss with pasta and browned sausage… etc

Feb 20, 2015
cgarner in Home Cooking

Favorite broccoli raab (rabe) preps?

it's not as great as it used to be!
(sad face)

Feb 20, 2015
cgarner in Home Cooking

I eat it my way

it was meant as tongue in cheek

Feb 18, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Eating Raw Oysters, Is it safe?

I believe they are pasteurized oysters.
like Ameripure oysters, (which I don't particularly care for either)

Feb 17, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Food.com changes it's look, but that's not all

The home page says "Brand New Look, Same Killer Recipes"
I think the new format is clunky

Full disclosure, I was a member of that site for a number of years and I basically just let it go, the screw ups of the recipes when they changed formats over the years and some other problems overall with the site administration.

I now see that they have made my private folders public (no big deal, just weekly menus that I was using for a time) they’ve added photos to some of the recipes which were never there before and I’m having a heck of a time finding the whole list of recipes which I have submitted (which I now plan on removing)

Feb 17, 2015
cgarner in Food Media & News

I eat it my way

http://mommyshorts.com/2014/09/30-new...

I don't know why this reminded me of this conversation, but I have to admit it kinda did (even though I am guilty of my eating quirks too!)

Feb 17, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

No pork for you! - Chipotle pulls pork from many stores

Is it terrible that we've been three times since this happened and that's how I know they still don't have pork?

Feb 16, 2015
cgarner in Chains
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REAL pho eludes me!

ipsedixit has summed up my thoughts on pho, I would LOVE to be able to make it at home, but I've realized (*after just LOOKING at the recipe) that this is something best left to the professionals!

Feb 16, 2015
cgarner in Home Cooking

Homemade chicken soup question

This conversation has started online flame wars on other sites, so I'm so excited to see a civil conversation

I also use raw chicken, I don't usually use a whole bird though, I go for the legs/thighs and get backs and necks to enrich

I pick the meat from the legs and thighs and throw the bones back in, keep cooking for a few more hours, then strain and do the carrot, onion, celery, sometimes a few peppercorns and a piece of garlic
cook THAT to death, strain and then put some nice and pretty cut up pieces of celery and carrot along with the chicken, simmer till the veggies are just tender and add in small batches the noodles

Feb 16, 2015
cgarner in Home Cooking
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Tiny meatballs for Italian Wedding Soup

Check with Altomonte's in Warminster. I could swear I've seen them there

Feb 16, 2015
cgarner in Philadelphia

No pork for you! - Chipotle pulls pork from many stores

Soooo.... has anyone heard any updates about this?

this is the ONLY "fast food" that we eat, and we're getting pretty restless for the carnitas to return

Learned that we're not fans of the barbacoa, steak, or chicken and would rather just do a veggie bowl, which is probably more healthy, but really... we miss the carnitas

Feb 16, 2015
cgarner in Chains

Lent Starts One Week From Today

after the cleanse? I plan on eating a mostly "plant based" diet with occasional lean meats and then splurge when I REALLY want only on something divine, oh and no meat on Fridays, or Ash Wednesday...

Feb 13, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Lent Starts One Week From Today

P.S. my daughter started something similar as your observance last year for lent. Every week she'd practice some random act of kindness, or write a letter to someone to tell them what they mean to her in her life

it's a very nice way to observe
:-)

Feb 12, 2015
cgarner in General Topics
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Lent Starts One Week From Today

I've been trying to prep my family for a diet regimen that I plan on adopting for 21 days (basically going vegan for that long)
I've had some awesome recipes that they're actually enjoying, like curry cauliflower with kale over quinoa, a lovely red lentil soup with sweet potatoes, black bean and quinoa bowl with spinach, avocado and a lime vinaigrette, and my new favorite zucchini "noodles" with a fresh tomato marinara!

Feb 12, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Lent Starts One Week From Today

I had to google Natchitoches meat pies and wow, I'm so glad I did, that is something that I would LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Feb 12, 2015
cgarner in General Topics
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Cape May in Winter...

Lucky Bones is open year round.
Their pork chop is delicious, stay away from the mussels with gorgonzola, unless you really LOVE gorgonzola and dont' care about not tasting mussels ;-)
The baby back ribs are also VERY good
their pizzas are also really good too!

Feb 12, 2015
cgarner in New Jersey

Gordon Ramsay opening a pub in Atlantic City

The Garces restaurants which were in the Revel were places which we could always count on for good food, yes a little pricey but not overblown like this

$15.00 cocktails? C’mon!

( I have to admit, I want the Beef Wellington too!)

on the upside I think the "carafe" of wine is a good deal for $11.00

Feb 11, 2015
cgarner in New Jersey
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I eat it my way

eatingjoy have you tried these?
http://www.uniquesplits.com/pretzel-s...

if you like burnt, you'll LOVE these!

I am also a lover of burnt things
toast
steak
the burnt pieces of any casserole/baked pasta

I take two slices of american cheese, and lay them stacked in a non-stick frying pan and let it basically get almost completely burnt, flip over for a moment then remove from the pan

repeat as many times as you can with the 1/4 of cheese that's left in the deli drawer of the fridge

they're like burnt cheese chips!
you'll hate me for that one

Feb 11, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Fruit Smoothie = "Bad for You"

I have to limit the amount of kale, since I like to make them for both my husband and I in one batch and he is prone to kidney stones. The oxalic acid contribute to formation of the stones (most dark leafy greens do, however the baby spinach is less likely to contain levels of oxalic acid that would be a problem)

Feb 11, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Fruit Smoothie = "Bad for You"

I'm so glad it worked out for you Florida Hound!

Feb 11, 2015
cgarner in General Topics

Gordon Ramsay opening a pub in Atlantic City

The prices for the Pub menu for dinner don't make sense to me.
is this supposed to be a "Pub" or is this supposed to be higher end dining?

If you're going to charge me $18+ for a burger, it better be the BEST DAMN burger ever!

Feb 11, 2015
cgarner in New Jersey

Move Over Kale: The Next Super Food is Okra!!

I love okra, unfortunately, I'm the ONLY person in my house that does, so I don't make it very often

Feb 09, 2015
cgarner in Home Cooking

Asian Frozen Dumplings: Are They Equivalent to Microwaveable Frozen Dinners?

We have an Assi Plaza store near us and I love to try different kinds of frozen dumplings

I have tried making them at home and while they do turn out "ok" they're VERY labor intensive and I've found so many different flavors that I really like that are pre-prepared, I don't see a reason to make my own.

I don't know how others "use" them, but I have to admit that they've been an occasional "go to" as a meal when I'm pressed for time and want something quick

Feb 09, 2015
cgarner in General Topics