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Slaws - the single's secret weapon

is the 1/2 cup of fish sauce a typo? That seems like an awful lot.

Mar 23, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

What are your all-time favorite marinades for grilled or roasted chicken pieces (thighs, breasts, etc.)?

Yes, they're not easy to find even in SF. To my understanding they're not irradiated, therefore whole foods doesn't carry them.

However, I understand that you can grow them pretty easily.... they're nice looking (sort of like a ficus).

Barring that just ask at any Asian food market - they will most likely be frozen. They seem to last for a very long time in the freezer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_irr...

Mar 09, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

What are your all-time favorite marinades for grilled or roasted chicken pieces (thighs, breasts, etc.)?

I think the recipe is for 2 dozen?

Full disclosure: I have never used it to make wings. I use on chicken thighs or country style pork ribs (cut up and skewered) .

Recipes are just guidelines for me. However, the kaffir, the chilli sauce, lime, etc. are excellent. a bit different than you find elsewhere due to the Kaffir Lime Leaves.

Mar 09, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

What are your all-time favorite marinades for grilled or roasted chicken pieces (thighs, breasts, etc.)?

I've used this marinade on chicken and pork.... It's Adam Gerler's marinade for Chille lime wings. it works well for chicken thighs on the grill, I recommend you cut the chicken base at least in half..

http://adamgertler.com/?recipes=grill...

◾1/2 cup chicken bouillon powder (weird I know, but it works) (I recommend much less).
◾1/2 cup Vietnamese chili sauce (Sriracha works too
)◾1/2 cup honey
◾1/2 cup cooking oil
◾1/2 cup pureed shallot (onion works fine too)
◾1/4 cup rice vinegar
◾20 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
◾1 cup cilantro leaves
◾1 cup roasted peanuts, chopped

Mar 09, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Butter & Soy Sauce?

One of my favorite ways to eat plain rice is with butter, Sesame Oil and a touch of Soy sauce

I learned this from my dads Korean GF many, many years ago.... not surprised it's a trend. I do recommend.

Mar 02, 2014
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Do I really need to soak chickpeas overnight?

Before (and even after) I heard that you weren't supposed to quick soak chickpeas, I did, and it worked just fine. If you're pressed for time.

Bring them to a boil for 5 minutes, let cool for an hour. replace the water and cook as normal.

Feb 23, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking
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Whole Foods and "donations"

It bugs me..... I always assume there's something in it for the store not done out of pure charity.

Does anyone know if Safeway, Wholefoods etc.... gets an "administration fee" or tax write off, for collecting for the charities?

Feb 22, 2014
sparky403 in Chains

60's Theme Party and I Need Help, Appetizers , Main dishes from 60's era

I think no sixties party would be complete without a proper lime jello mold and of course don't forget the fruit cocktail that goes inside.

For an extra festive jello consider making it into a large jello shot... lol.

http://jellomoldmistress.com/category...

Feb 20, 2014
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Cubano question

A true definition would be difficult.. try finding a cubano in Cuba... I did try, I wasn't successful..

There are a few other threads on Cubano's here on chow.. I put mayo on mine an got totally ridiculed for it.

Next time I make it I think I am going to use pizza dough and go for the Stromboli Cuban.... I think Mojo Pork, mustard, deli ham, Pickle, pressed and grilled makes it cuban

Feb 18, 2014
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What to do with boneless pork country style ribs - other than BBQ

Pernil style for Cuban Sandos:

I often marinate in Mojo to make Cuban Sandos. Garlic, Dried Oragano, Sour OJ (or a combo of OJ, Lemon or lime to approximate)

Feb 10, 2014
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Wedding appetizer buffet with no electricity

Have you considered making it a pot luck?

My cousin's wedding was really excellent at a campground, members of both families brought their best dishes *AND* the recipes.

It was a really great way for the families to get to know each other and no strain on the bride and groom (wedding lasted 7 minutes on the coast in Oregon - reception went on til the wee hours). It might sound pedestrian but it was one of the best weddings I have ever been too.

You might also ask your family if they have anything that would help. An RV with Kitchen and a power supply could be handy if there's room in the yard / space.

Feb 09, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Please recommend braising recipe for dinner party

Julia Child's smothered brisket

http://www.food.com/recipe/julia-chil...

Feb 07, 2014
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Recipe Request: Morning Snack for 30+/- ppl; must be made ahead + portable

tortilla espanola

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927440

Great at room temp

Jan 31, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

food from the 60's

I've got it... !!!!

Jello Salad (lime colored please) with Fruit Cocktail in the jello.

Bonus if you've got a ringed jello mold.

A couple years ago I made jello shots in one of these molds. for a friends b-day party. it was sort of a hit.

Jan 29, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

So what is on your Super Bowl Sunday menu?

You can't drive, take a taxi or talegate... you have to take a shuttle to the Met Life for an additional 51.00

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shu...

Rodger Godell's greed has no bounds...

Jan 29, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

So what is on your Super Bowl Sunday menu?

I look forward to the superbowl every year - It's a good friends b-day as well (he has 30 foot walls in his live work space and high def projector.... we see the superbowl in real size:-),

Anyway, I am famous for my Guac, and my jerk chicken sliders (on chow).. there will also be a few variety's of Chilli, deviled eggs etc... And yes, I am am taking Monday off.

I am also a niners fan. but Hey I can miss this tradition--

Jan 28, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking
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COQ AU VIN

Love anne burrells version....

Jan 28, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

COQ AU VIN

cipollini onions are a great sub if you can find them.

Jan 28, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Hosting my professor - need heavy apps suggestions!

Devils on Horseback...

http://www.chow.com/recipes/29172-dev...

prosciutto & melon

Jan 28, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Chicken and Yellow Rice.. HELP!!! HELP!!! HELP!!!

Brown the chicken well. pour out the excess fat, add the rice and vegs (if you put them in there) Brown the rice and veg in the oil.

you should just add enough liquid to come to the first knuckle of your index finger - one inch.

Also, after it's cooked, let it sit covered for at least 10 minutes... no peaking.

I got these tips from Daisy Marteniz and they work. Though getting chicken and rice perfect is one of the more difficult things in cooking IMHO.

Also, Many people swear by par-boiled rice hope this helps.

Jan 18, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Hazan's tomato sauce with onion and butter

Sounds like it would work well with Cabbage rolls?

Jan 16, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Cool Super Bowl Party ideas?

They're good and quite easy to make (both). I think the broiler would be fine for the wings.

Adam G mentioned that when he learned the recipe it was for chicken theighs - I have make them into skwers too.. great recipes for the super bowl.

Jan 15, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Cool Super Bowl Party ideas?

I'm a broken record on this one.... Jerk Chicken Sliders

With Cilantro / Citrus Slaw... it rocks. I serve in a crock pot slider bums on the side. My friends won't let me into the superbowl party unless I bring this... see the comments section for my mods.... it rocks.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/27788-pulled-jerk-chicken-sandwiches

I also love Adam Gertlers Wings... I had never used Kaffir Lime leaves until this... great for an added Asian flair.

http://adamgertler.com/?recipes=grill...

Jan 13, 2014
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Chuck roast on sale, need inspiration.

Grill it! My favorite cut for grilling. I beat on it with my meat hammer, coffee rub, dejon, etc.. it really is better than tri-tip on the grill,

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3059...

Jan 12, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Fennel Pollen

Thank you that's very helpful.

Jan 12, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Fennel Pollen

I haven't used it but have certainly thought about as. wild fennel grows like weeds in No . Cal (even in San Francisco). Does anyone have experience harvesting the pollen themselves?

Seems like it wouldn't be to hard, but how many plants would it take to produce an ounce or so?

Jan 12, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking

What is the one thing you refuse to eat out because your homemade version is unbeatable?

Cesar Salad..... mine is normally better than what I get at high end places

Jan 11, 2014
sparky403 in Home Cooking
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mini sandwiches for SuperBowl

This my goto superbowl food. Jerk Chicken Sliders. I add some extra onion, red & yellow peppers to mine. I recommend 2 Habeneros. You won't be sorry if you make this.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/27788-pul...

Jan 10, 2014
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Hoppin' John?

Is it okay to do the quick soak method with Black Eyed Peas?

Dec 31, 2013
sparky403 in Home Cooking

Is All-Clad "All That"?

I swear by mine. I have had my set for about for about 15 years now. Looks great, I enjoy it every single time I use it. I don't always take the best care of it, but I have found it to be absolutely bullet proof and I recommend.

I also have a few Kitchen aide pots and pans very high quality as well.

IMHO anything you only have to buy once is not expensive!

Dec 22, 2013
sparky403 in Cookware