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Help with grad party menu!

You've got a lot going on. Try to keep it simple - a caprese salad usually works for most people, and is easy to prepare in advance. Instead of a fruit salad, what about a large tray of artfully arranged strawberries? Cut back on the prep as much as you can and focus on a pleasing presentation and everyone will love it. Best of luck!

May 26, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Chocolate Cookbooks

I am an Alice Medrich fan, too. Another book you might want to explore is Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savor by Michael Recchiuti, Fran Gage, and Maren Caruso. I have yet to try the earl grey chocolates, but they are on my to do list! Don't overlook the much simpler sale books with lots of photos... my favorite chocolate tart and flourless cake recipes are from one of those. Keep your eyes open at the bookstore, you never know what you will find.

May 25, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Places in Petaluma

Love Le Bistro, have gone there from time to time since the 80s. The food is a good value, and I have yet to have a disappointing experience. Be good to your chef, and he'll be good to you! :)

May 24, 2010
mcuneo in San Francisco Bay Area

So I have two cans of cherry pie filling . . .

Cherry crisp seems like an easy way to go.... no pie crust and probably tastes better.

May 20, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

idea to use up port?

May 18, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

14 Days of Asparagus

I tried some lovely chicken and asparagus tea sandwiches... pretty much just chicken salad with a layer of asaparagus over the top on thinly sliced buttered bread. They were delicious. Enjoy your bounty!

May 04, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

If you had a $200.00 gift card to spend on cookbooks, you would buy...

It might be too late, but if you still have time to add another to your list, check out the New Portguese Table by David Leite. (http://leitesculinaria.com/the-new-po...) I'd definately use a portion of the gift certificate if that appeals to you.

Apr 29, 2010
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Abundance of Shiso - ideas?

Apr 29, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Passing of Sam Fujisaka - Please share Memories

Thank you, jfood, for letting us know. Such a loss, and I am grateful for his presence here. Love and peace to his family and friends!

Apr 15, 2010
mcuneo in Site Talk

Simple Recipe for Halibut for Tonight Please?

I found a recipe in Cooking Light years ago that is very good and very simple. It works beautifully for halibut, and I hope you'll give it a try sometime, if not tonight:

Whip an egg white, a few drops of Tabasco and salt and (white) pepper until frothy.
Dip one side of the fillet in the whipped egg white mixture, then place immediately onto a plate covered in seasame seeds. (One fillet probaby takes 2-3 Tbsp.)
Place in a heated, oiled pan, seed side down. Let it cook for about 3 mintues, which will toast the seeds and form a delicate crust.
Turn over and finish cooking the fish.

Enjoy! :)

Apr 14, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Clover Stornetta heavy cream turning into creme fraiche

I try to stick with Clover products as much as I can - they are wonderful! I've had the cream get a very thick layer on the top, but never had it convert all the way to creme fraiche. Did it take any longer than usual to get from store to refrigerator?

Apr 08, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Microwavable Sushi

I really enjoy Annie Chun's noodle bowls - give those a try!

Mar 30, 2010
mcuneo in Features

Help a Poor Guy Use Up Some Frozen Pre-Cooked Shrimp

Super simple, and definately not diet-friendly: I defrost them and then place equal portions of butter and Paul Prudhomme's RedFish Magic spice blend in a skillet. Use more than you think you need the first time, and it should be just enough. Cook the spices a bit, then add the shrimp and heat just until warmed through. Serve over rice.

Mar 25, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Anyone know a good wild game or venison cookbook?

Hmmm... not sure if it's what you are looking for, but try to find a copy of American Game Cooking by John Ash ( I think you can see the index on Amazon) and see if that one interest you. Best of luck!

Feb 01, 2010
mcuneo in Home Cooking

How to drink a fine Tokaji?

Thank you for your thoughtful replies. I am lurking, bottles in hand, hoping to come up with something to delight a Hungarian friend. First bottle is 5 p, the second is 6 p. I think the second bottle was a producer with an established reputation, but cannot recall either at the moment. Feeling a bit intimdated...

Dec 04, 2009
mcuneo in Wine

Have you seen the Pioneer Woman Cookbook? What do you think?

I, too, am a fan of PW. She's all about personality and does not seem pretentious. Her recipes are basic and she presents them as such.

I've had great success with the Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies, Breakfast Burritos, Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce (my favorite), Oven Roasted Asparagus, and Roasted Garlic and New Potatoes. I've been inspired by her photos to make many spin-off versions.

I find her blog stories frequently uplifting and was glad to see she included a few in her cookbook. Her writing style is delightful. The appeal of the cookbook is in the attitude, graphics and photographs as well as the recipes. It is not a standard cookbook and would be ideal for a beginner that is not afraid of butter or beef. I had no problem finding room for this in my very crowded cookbook collection.

She's found a niche and I wish her continued success.

Dec 02, 2009
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Looking for a recipe for Gingered Pumpkin Corn Chowder

Hello, Chowhounds.

This is my first post to request a recipe, and I hope you can help. I have misplaced a recipe for Gingered Pumpkin Chowder that came from either Bon Appetit or Gourmet in the 1980's. It was basically chicken broth, pumpkin puree, ground ginger, bacon, corn and cream/half-n-half. I would really appreciated it if anyone had the original recipe, and could share the proper measurements. I searched the boards and epicurious but did not see this particular one. Does this sound familiar to you?

Nov 16, 2009
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Hosting friends and need a wheat-free, lactose-free dessert... Does it have to be fruit salad? Please say no.

They are delicious. I was feeling a little guilty about not recommending a recipe, and found a link to one by Alice Medrich here on Chow. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/277231 Everything I've ever made by Alice Medrich has been incredible. Perhaps you and hubby could give it a trial run?

Nov 12, 2009
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Hosting friends and need a wheat-free, lactose-free dessert... Does it have to be fruit salad? Please say no.

How about a water based chocolate mousse? I don't have a recipe to recommend and suspect you could find a few.

Nov 12, 2009
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Vegan Dessert?

I apologize for not having the recipe at hand and recommend you seek out the Vegan Joy of Baking. I recently made the Pine Nut and Anise cookies from that book and they were well received at a vegan tea. They are easy, and the flavor improves the next day. They are a bit dry, and you'll want to take care not to let them overbake, but taste even better the next day. Also well received were vegan lavendar chocolates from Sjaak's.

You can't go wrong with vegan chocolate... Whole Foods carries a brand that begins with a "G" that is quite delicious. Perhaps someone else can give a more complete recommendation... In researching, I found several chocolate mousse/pudding recipes that looked interesting, but have not made any of them.

Enjoy the party.

Aug 14, 2009
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Mark Bittman: Expert in Residence!

Wow, what an opportunity.

I am planning to host a vegan teaparty and am a novice at vegan food. Thus far, the menu consists of salad, soup, two kinds of cookies, fudge and scones. I am considering a tofu quiche to round out the menu, but am a little bit anxious about trying so many new recipes at once. If it were your teaparty, what would you include on the menu?

Thank you for your kind reply.

Aug 06, 2009
mcuneo in Home Cooking

ISO onion jam recipes

The recipe on David Lebovitz' site is fabulous: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives.... I did not use the cocoa nibs, but imagine it would taste even better if I had. Enjoy your experimenting.

Jul 13, 2009
mcuneo in Home Cooking

Mother's Day Salad Ideas

Cooking Light has a delicious field salad with grapes and feta cheese. Pecans would be an easy addition. Give it a shot - I bet Mom would approve.

May 05, 2009
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Big bag of green onions

Lucky you. I discovered this recipe in Saveur years ago, and it hope you will like it:

2 cloves garlic,
6 bunches scallions sauteed in olive oil until soft and wilted,
deglaze with white wine, which is then reduced,
enriched with veal stock and
mounted with a half-stick of butter.

This is poured over a pound of spaghetti. I seem to recall copius amounts of parmesan cheese, too. I know I always add that. Perhaps someone else is a fan and will give us both the exact measurements. If you could find that back issue, it had a whole article on green onions/scallions.

My other favorite recipe would be green onion pancakes with plenty of sesame oil.

Enjoy!

Mar 12, 2009
mcuneo in Home Cooking