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How can I save my bland pumpkin soup?

Add smashed blackbeans to that and you have a winner!

Nov 19, 2007
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What side dishes should I serve with Steak Chimmichuri?

Carrot salad is definitly traditional and also a simple salad of tomato, slivered onions and shredded lettuce dressed with oil and vinegar. A basket of good crusty bread or some crispy french fries would be great.

Oct 22, 2007
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fall salad...whats it missing?

Hearts of Palm

Oct 21, 2007
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Ghoulish Halloween Pot Luck Ideas?

"Ghoulish Goulash" don't have a recipe butit was the first thing I thought of when I saw the post. plus I think it would be a good crockpot recipe.

Oct 10, 2007
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Edy's Pumpkin Ice Cream - Mix-in Ideas? [moved from What's My Craving board]

crumbled snickerdoodles, white chocolate chips, caramel, heath bar, skor bar, caramelized walnuts, cinnamon streusel........

Oct 10, 2007
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Tip calculator at the bottom of the bill...?

I have a very good concept of how servers are paid as I have been a busser, a server, a cook, a hostess, a pastry chef etc.
I was just curious to see what others reactions were to this new tip calculator business.

Sep 16, 2007
bolivianita in Not About Food

Tip calculator at the bottom of the bill...?

It must have been 18% not 25 but I couldn't remember so I just counted up by 5's.

Sep 11, 2007
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Tip calculator at the bottom of the bill...?

Has anyone else seen this. At two recent dinners out our bill had a tip calculator at the bottom with the correct amount for 15%, 20% and 25%. I thought it was really tacky. The one restaurant was a casual upscale place and the second was a Chinese restaurant.
Any thoughts?

Sep 11, 2007
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Tindora what is it and...

how should I prepare it. I bought about a half a pound at my produce market because they are so pretty but I have no idea what they are or how to cook them. They are green and remind me of a very tiny watermelon. The inside has seeds and looks like zucchini or gourd. I'm guessing based solely on the name that they are used in Indian cooking which I love but have never prepared at home.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Sep 11, 2007
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Lobster Wild Shroom risotto?

I agree with you about the parmesan, I would add in some mascarpone at the end instead.

Sep 08, 2007
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NOT Chimichurri

oh, chimichurri is an argentine condiment, very vinegary and not much spice at all.

Sep 07, 2007
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NOT Chimichurri

I think what you are refering to is actually llagua (ya-hua) Its made with peppers (all peppers are ajis-I would use whatever your favorite is) black mint (huacataya) substitute parsley or mint, green onions and tomatoes in bolivia. what you are describing sounds similar. the rocoto is a very common pepper in andean countries but so is the aji panca. they have very different uses though as the panca is usually made into a much pastier condiment. ajis defitely vary from regiobn to region so you'll just have to experiment to get it about right.

Sep 07, 2007
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Ideas for lots of rosemary

there is recipe in the back of the dec 2006 martha stewart for olive oil, rosemary, pinenut cookies. haven't tried it yet, but its on my holiday baking list.

Sep 07, 2007
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Bolivia & Peru

They say that the person with the most juice on their plate has to pay!

Definetly try Picante de lengua, or any other. Saice like Sam recommended. And Chuno Phuti which is dehydrated taters cooked and mixed with scrambled eggs and I don't know what else. Classic side, tho for most picantes cuz it cuts the heat.

Hot Butter and Coffee?

I have never heard of this however I love it when I dip butter bread in my coffee and the butter melts into the coffee, which is essentially the same thing. I like to do this with my hot cocoa too.

May 22, 2007
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Hunt Valley area of Baltimore

I wish I had seen this post earlier. I am interested to see your review. I was so sadly dissapointed.

Rustically Shaped Pasta

I used to make a random cut pasta called straccheti (sp.) when I was the pasta b@#$h (yes thats what they called me!) at my first restaurant job. It was a very random cut fresh pasta served with mushrooms in a veal reduction with herbs.

May 12, 2007
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Calling all summer salads!

A household favorite among my family is blached green beans that are shocked then cut into thirds, tomato wedges, red onion "pickled" in red wine vinegar with nutmeg and a simple vinagraitte of red wine vin. and olive oil, s&p.

May 10, 2007
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Ceviche Marinating Time Question

You are absolutely right...no poaching. two hours maybe three would be sufficent. Also depends on the seafood you use.

May 10, 2007
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Help me choose a cold cereal!

how I hate the mix! mom used to mix all the little bits left in the bottom of the bag and we'd have that for breakfast til the next market day. I really hated that. She also used to buy generic and put it in the box of name brand whatevers thinking she could fool us.

May 08, 2007
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Help me choose a cold cereal!

I like to make oatmeal and cook it til its just a bit too thick, then add brown sugar and plenty of cold milk to it. It cools it off considerably and makes it more suited to warm whether. What do you eat in your oat meal? There are so many choices out there in the cereal aisle. Maybe a frosted shredded wheat? Or plain with honey/brown sugar?

May 08, 2007
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New Step-Mom & picky eaters: What's for dinner?

They do exist but the term for these children and adults is food snob I think. My son doesn't eat "flat cheese" or McDonaalds and he hates Man N Cheese.
Picky yes but in a good way.

May 06, 2007
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Arugula/bitter greens for wimps?

add golden raisins to that pesto and its even better...

May 04, 2007
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What etiquette do you expect of your dinner guests?

Ooooooh this is a bad one...really really bad.

Apr 30, 2007
bolivianita in Not About Food

What etiquette do you expect of your dinner guests?

Please don't come early.

Please don't be late.

Please don't follow me around in the kitchen as I am finishing preparation of meal.

Please don't refuse to sit when I call you to the table.

Please don't serve yourself with your dinner fork (or your hand...this happened once...they just reached inside the chicken and slapped some stuffing on their plate!)

Please if you ask what dish to bring bring the dish I suggest or something really similar. If I say salad please don't bring scalloped potatoes.

Man, I sound like a total P.I.A

Apr 30, 2007
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Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

I too have a secret cranberry pie recipe...could it be the same one?

Apr 30, 2007
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Tops of Biscotti Crack and Split

I think for sure you are baking too long...a dense cake like log is what you want.

Apr 27, 2007
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Share your favorite grilling meal

Spareribs marinated in a combo of ketchup, soy sauce, pineapple juice, lemon, and thyme, burnt just a little and served with coleslaw and rice...brings back my childhood.

Apr 27, 2007
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Your favourite thing to do with artichokes...?

I am a plain dipped in butter kind of gal...sometimes a little squirt of brown mustard in the butter is a nice combo too.

Apr 27, 2007
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New Step-Mom & picky eaters: What's for dinner?

What about a "make your own dinner darnit" night.
More seriously though maybe involing them in the shopping, preparation or cooking of the meal might help...and this includes Dad.

Apr 25, 2007
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