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Parmesan Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes but not too sauce or creamy

Somewhat off topic - I think some anchovies (past or whole) put Potato Gratin over the top

Suggestions of what to make with 3 pounds of shredded cabbage

Kimchee !!

This is a good recipe it's a really nice condiment to have around and it keeps forever....

http://www.beyondkimchee.com/bokchoy-...

Sep 25, 2014
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Most difficult ingredient ever!

Wow... your wife is tough! I would figure out a way to win at all costs.... Her next secret ingredient should be..... cotton candy?

Cranberry Recipe for Thanksgiving

Mine is pretty simple - but it's one of the few dishes that I insist on making (I don't like too many flourishes with the cranberry sauce:-)

-1 bag of cranberries.
-juice and zest of one orange (or more to taste)
- 1-2 cups of brown sugar (deepening on your taste)
- Fresh Ginger
-1 stick of cinnamon
-1 star anise
- few table spoons of Grand Mariner (optional)

combine 1/2 the bag of cranberries with the rest of the ingredients cook for 10 minutes or until the cranberries are completely broken down and it's a sauce or jelly consistency.

- add the remained of the cranberries and cook just until they pop open (or your desired consistency is achieved).

- I normally serve with a large ribbon of the zest the cinnamon and star anise/ I like mine slightly warm though it can certainly be done in advance.

I like to make this just before I pull the bird off the grill and the and the real cooking starts make the house smell great.

Happy thanksgiving!!

Sep 22, 2014
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need some chicken suggestions for a party

I have picked up Many a full sized Weber on Craig's List for a 30 bucks or so.

If you're grill is broken you're going to need a new one next summer? You should pick it up now and be done with it (even if you need to grab a used one off Craig's List).

Sep 22, 2014
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Beef Brisket ideas

Full disclosure - I have never had the proper occasion to make this - However, it's top of list the next time I cook for a crowd other than other than thanksgiving

If you venture

Sep 20, 2014
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Beef Brisket ideas

I think this will fit the bill perfectly..

Julia Childs beef brisket..

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

Sep 19, 2014
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Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

I was just explaining the reason for the pan etc...

Sep 18, 2014
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Need a pork shoulder recipe (for a porchetta style but not porchetta) dinner

Pernil!! = Cuban Pork roast.....

https://www.edamam.com/recipe/daisy-m...

I also really like John Besh's recipe studded with garlic and rosemary.

http://www.wyes.org/john-besh-family-...

Sep 18, 2014
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Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

I like the dripping to make gravy etc...

Also, using a Weber you have to add coals once or twice so the pans makes it easier to get the bird off. Plenty smoky too (for me).

Sep 17, 2014
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Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

You should do you turkey on the BBQ!! -

I started doing this in the late 90ies and wouldn't do it another way.

Sep 17, 2014
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Covered Dish for a Pirate Party?

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-pul...

Using deboned chicken drumsticks as kebabs

Thanks for the update - looks yum0.

Sep 15, 2014
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Wine for steaming mussels?

I use hard cider - like ace Hornsby, angry orchard etc.

Saffron, shallots, spanish chorizo, butter and lots of garlic and parsley... there always a hit.

Sep 13, 2014
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Using deboned chicken drumsticks as kebabs

Chicken thighs are very easy to debone - but I don't think I would bother with chick drums - I feel like it would be too much work.

When I do thighs you simply lift the bone and cut around. You can use two skewers throw them on high heat and then cut in two when you serve.

Sep 12, 2014
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Using deboned chicken drumsticks as kebabs

I just did an experiment with this - to French the legs. It looks cool (great presentation) but it's a bit of work. (I only tried it on one as time was short).

I hope to be able to do it faster with practice.
Google for more examples.. Let us know how it turns out.

http://howtobbqright.com/blog/?p=2000

Sep 12, 2014
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What to do with beef heart?

I made anticuchos earlier this summer - it went over well and I would do again.

Here's a thread on the topic..

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9828...

Sep 11, 2014
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paella: fish sauce

In the US most recipes have it....

Aug 30, 2014
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paella: fish sauce

Why don't you make her a separate fish dish and enjoy your Paella as god and the Spanish intended? With chicken stock and Chorizo.

That said, I think Fish Stock (not sauce) would work pretty well made from fish bones and perhaps bottled clam juice (however, fish sauce a tablespoon or so - would add a nice punch).

Aug 21, 2014
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I need help!!

Menu does sound good. If you are worried about not enough food - I normally get a couple of sausages to grill - I cut them up and pass with some whole grain mustard.

Also, I will often grill a steak or tri-tip and pass the same way (only with Chimichuri instead of mustard).

I have found that if people are just snacking they eat slower and fill up quicker.

Also, you might encourage your guest to brings something (a desert?)

Things will work out just fine - good luck

Aug 20, 2014
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I'm in the mood for chicken drumsticks...

Jerk Chicken legs!! I have made I made my own jerk seasoning in the past - but it's not nearly as good as walkerswood (you can get it at costplus if you have one near).

http://www.walkerswood.com/product_tr...

I love this marinade also - I have used this on pork, chicken etc. If you can get Kaffir lime leaves (they keep forever in the freezer) this is a great and unique recipe (half the chicken base however).

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

Aug 20, 2014
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

HOw bad could that be?

Aug 19, 2014
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Favorite oyster recipes?

I like you're BBQ Idea.

In San Francisco BBQ oysters are served with gulp - BBQ sauce (*gulp* though usually just larger oysters that wouldn't be as good on the half shell).

To grill them, they're just warmed in their own juices on the half shell uuallly not more than a couple minutes on a hot grill.

Oysters to me are the perfect food so I like them raw but

Aug 17, 2014
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gazpacho??

I have heard of white grape gazpacho - but this is new one for me to try, thanks for sharing.

Aug 14, 2014
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gazpacho??

Vodka! I think you should add Vodka and serve a Gazpacho Mary for brunch...

I bet Clamato would be good for the tomato juice component.

Aug 14, 2014
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Newly single chow-dude and his crockpot

Jerk Chicken sliders - awesome on rice or in a sando....

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

Aug 14, 2014
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Grilled Chicken with Nectarine BBQ Sauce

really delicious and simple.

I followed the recipe fairly closely but increased the garlic and used my immersion blender.

Sweet heat!!

Aug 12, 2014
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Best 8" Chef's Knife $100 or Less

I've had my global chef's knife for 15 years. I have other chef's knives including shun and wusthof but I always grab the global.

It hold and edge very well, is extremely durable and looks cool too.

I would recommend going to the knife shop armed with a couple of carrots to see which knife you like best...

Aug 11, 2014
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White Chicken Chili

Really good although it's more of a "stoup" than a chili.

I went with 4 roasted pablanos no jalapeƱos;(not on hand). It had a nice background heat to it. Although I love hot food, the spice level was just right so I would likely stick with more Pablanos in the future.

I also added a large can of Hominy. Other than mash up the beans I used 3 corn tortillas to thicken the "stoup". I would make these changes in the future when I make it again.

Aug 10, 2014
sparky403 in Recipes

other 1 pan dinner ideas?

Chicken Adobo - it's very easy, though not traditionally I normally add some green beans and a red pepper for some color...

there are millions of recipes but it's very good and satisfying

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fi...

I also like Arroyos Con Pollo - though it takes a bit more time.

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip...

Aug 08, 2014
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