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Three Highly Recommended Dishes at Spinasse

Thank you for the motivating report. I've wanted to visit Spinasse for some time, and will make the effort soon.

Apr 10, 2013
Jimisi in Greater Seattle

What's good in Kitsap?

Hi Tom,

I remember your posts from a long time ago. There is a newer Kitsap thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837242
This one is old and very long. Please feel free to give the other a bump with any new thoughts. I hope to try your reco in Poulsbo. IMO, Green Garden has nice soup, but I haven't been as impressed with a couple other menu items. YMMV. I do want to try the banh mi as well.

Thanks!

Apr 09, 2013
Jimisi in Pacific Northwest

Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Thanks and printed and planned. Yay for low tech kitchen chemicals. I love experiments.

Mar 15, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

I'm sorry too, wasn't laughing at you. Blessings to you and yr mom.

Mar 14, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Soup kitchen challenge! Whole boneless pork loins

Pork loin is really easy. How wonderful that you could make such an inexpensive, yet festive meal for your guests. Bless your heart for your work.

Mar 12, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Thanks Matt, I really want to try this. Does it turn out like frozen varieties?

Trying several recipes sounds like fun. Thanks to the OP for a great idea. I found a recipe that layers pasta with sharp cheddar, s & p and tomato juice then bake. Surprisingly good.

Mar 11, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

LOL

Mar 11, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Soup kitchen challenge! Whole boneless pork loins

If you have leftovers, I can recommend a soup I've made, almost like minestrone. Chicken broth, onion, garlic, rosemary, chopped tomato, potatoes, and pork, white beans and greens like kale optional. Very filling.

Mar 11, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

How do you get the fine cooked ground beef texture?

Use a deep skillet and a stick blender.

Feb 01, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Do you own a fondue pot? And what's in it?

I don't, but I remember this one thing that my mom did when I was a kid and we'd have some family or someone over. She had marinated small chunks of beef and veggies in something like vinaigrette and we'd skewer them and cook them in simmering oil in the pot. I remember it as good and fun for us kids. Sorry it's not more specific.

Jan 29, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

New Soup Thread for 2012...

I was intrigued by this soup last week, essentially similar to an Egg Drop, but with pork. Bought pork to make dumplings as well, so gave it a try.
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

We all liked it, great flavors. We agreed it would be better without the pork, instead I would add scallions and chopped water chestnuts. Very simple and comforting.

Jan 17, 2013
Jimisi in Home Cooking

New, from Jack In The Box!

While I don't know when it was put on the menu, it was new to me today, so I gave it a try. Sourdough cheesesteak melt. Steak, cheese, onions peppers, and I think mayo or some such. Ordered w/o sauce. It was pretty vile. Chewy meat and so greasy. I also realized that the sourdough "buns" are kinda disgusting. I also think they've gone downhill seriously in the ten or so years since I moved out west. I used to get their breakfast sammies and occasional cheeseburger then and I remember them as decent for fast food. The cartons of oj have shrunk and don't taste very good. Guess I'm done with them.

Jan 15, 2013
Jimisi in Chains

raw garlic in no-knead bread

The garlic I've had in rustic loaves appeared to be roasted before baking.

Dec 09, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

How can I dry cranberries without special equipment?

I like to make cranberry juice, it's so easy and very good for you. I read something recently about the health benefits of drinking at least a glass every day. They recommended unsweetened, but that's pretty tough on the taste buds. I lightly sweeten mine with a little simple syrup or sugar after straining. Add about 6 cups of water to a bag of berries, bring to a low boil, simmer about 10 minutes or until berries pop. Strain and don't press on the berries too much.

Dec 03, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

I failed at my first vinaigrette dressing

There really are a lot of options within the simple formula as you point out. One thing I do sometimes if I want a fruity flavor, is whisk in a little berry or apricot jam. It works well.

Nov 08, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

I failed at my first vinaigrette dressing

You could use the already made dressing for a potato, tomato or pasta salad, which would help use it up. Another use could be to marinate chicken or steak.

If it's a simple green salad, I like M. Hazan's method. Olive oil into the salad, toss to coat. She says Americans don't use enough oil. Then add vinegar of choice sparingly and salt and pepper. Sounds boring, but I've received compliments with it.

Nov 08, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Secrets to good meatballs?

I found that one online and it does sound weird. I wonder why he'd steam them versus just simmering in the sauce. I might have to try it for the novelty.

Anyway, my best Rx for meatballs is in agreement with others who say panade and simmering are the way to go. I like a soft meatball.

Oct 26, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Severed Braciole Arm recipe just in time for Halloween

This one looks similar, but much easier.
http://www.notmartha.org/archives/200...

Oct 22, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Best quick meal you make with trader joes products

One pound chicken breast chopped, add to one jar TJ's Curry Simmer Sauce and one package TJ's frozen fire roasted peppers and onions. Simmer until cooked through and tender, serve with rice. Quick, easy, balanced, and yummy.

Oct 22, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Soup

Easy sopa de pollo. Poach two chicken breast halves in a quart of chicken broth, homemade or not, remove. Chop half an onion, a large carrot, and a few peeled potatoes according to taste. I like lots. Season with s & p, cumin, and oregano to taste and add tomato juice or sauce. I do about half a small can of juice. Simmer until veg are tender, chop and add one breast half, reserve the other. It's better after it rests awhile.

Oct 16, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

100% Olive Oil Mayonnaise [moved from Boston]

I think olive oil's flavor is too strong for mayonnaise. I use peanut oil, or you could use a blend. I try to avoid all soy or canola oils because of GMOs. TJ's has organic mayo made with canola, but I don't really trust it. HTH

Oct 16, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Wild Sockeye Salmon

Quarter cup each fresh OJ, soy sauce, and brown sugar or honey mixed, marinate salmon one to two hours, grill or broil until just done.

Oct 16, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

What's good in Kitsap?

Hmm, it's not Kitsap, but that puts you in Tacoma near happy hour. I'm not necessarily too fond of Anthony's, but some are better than others. The menu has a lot of seafood, I'd stick to the simpler preparations. They have great raw oysters, if you're so inclined. If you search on Yelp or some such for seafood in Tacoma, you'll find more. Across the bridge, Gig Harbor has some choices, although I haven't been there in a long time.

HTH and hope some others will add ideas.

Jul 22, 2012
Jimisi in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

That sounds like a great dinner ljo, thanks for the info.

Now, sadly, I must give a bad review of Hop Jack's. The '80s called and wants their restaurant concept back. The food was mediocre at best and I'm just glad it was happy hour so I didn't pay full price. Hated the faux industrial "look" and classic rock music. What a waste of a great setting.

One of the items I tried was chicken soup supposedly made fresh, one of three on the menu. If that's the case, shouldn't it be made with care? It was watery broth with mushy carrots, celery, and noodles. It did have a few pieces of decent chicken, although the dried parsley tossed on really was the last straw.

I suppose if you want a sandwich and a beer, it might be ok, but I don't care to find out. Sorry.

Has anyone tried Arena (yes, another "sports bar and grille") behind the Pancake House in Bremerton? Just curious.

Does anyone else wonder if the Kitsap threads would be better off in Greater Seattle?

Jun 06, 2012
Jimisi in Pacific Northwest

tips on making citrus or water based sorbet

The secret is invert sugar. More at link.

http://www.spicysaltysweet.com/2009/0...

Apr 11, 2012
Jimisi in Home Cooking

Shi Chicken Lebonese sandwich

If you mean in Seattle, post this on the Seattle board. That may get you some replies.

Apr 11, 2012
Jimisi in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Yes, thank you. Their menus are intriguing and I read some great reviews. Will report when I get a chance to try them.

Mar 29, 2012
Jimisi in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

I'm sorry, I don't have any first hand knowledge. We like to cook brunch around here, too. I found a few on searching, such as the Resort at Port Ludlow, MorMor, maybe Molly Ward's? Maybe the Silverdale Beach Hotel? I think if I wanted an upscale experience, I'd head to Seattle, though. HTH

Mar 25, 2012
Jimisi in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Mar 20, 2012
Jimisi in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

We did kind of need a new Kitsap thread, so thanks for starting this.

I do like Sabaidee, too, but haven't been in quite awhile, as I'm usually on the East side. Will try it again. I LOVE the tacos, especially carnitas, at La Esperanza on Wheaton, next to Goodwill. They are the best I've had around here and a good value.

Always love hearing about great food in our challenging area too.

Mar 19, 2012
Jimisi in Pacific Northwest