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Taking pimento cheese to the next level

Roasted poblanos with carmelized onions sounds delicious. I make a relatively traditional pimento cheese with orange sharp cheddar, monterey jack, grated onion, good mayo but instead of jarred pimentos I use jarred piquillo peppers. The flavor is so much deeper than pimentos. Love it as a spread, with celery, and for grilled cheese sandwiches with sourdough or other good white country style bread.

Nov 22, 2013
mary0201 in Home Cooking

Western fairfax county for special occasion

Thanks for all the suggestions. We are leaning to Trummers on main. Its a short drive from their home and it will be after work for daughter and SIL. I went to l'auberge when I lived in the area 30 years ago. It was lovely then and I am happy to hear it is still. I still have the cookbook I bought when I was there. If not this time, will try on another of our visits.

Nov 17, 2013
mary0201 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Western fairfax county for special occasion

My husband's birthday is coming up in mid December and it is a big one. We want to do something special but don't want to do a long trip so close to the holidays. Our daughter and son-in-law just moved to western fairfax county and suggested we come down there for a few days and celebrate with them. Any suggestions for a special occasion restaurant not too terribly far from their home? We could drive to Alexandria or even the district but kind of want to see what their local vicinity has to offer

Nov 14, 2013
mary0201 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anniversary in Philly...any recommendations with outdoor seating?

Thanks for all the recommendations. As it turns out my husband came down with a horrible virus and we didn't go out at all. We had planned to try Bistrot la Minette but had to cancel reservations. I agree about streetside vs courtyard dining. Traffic noise and pedestrians do not make for relaxing dining. Hopefully we can get to a few of these places sometime this summer.

Jun 28, 2013
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Introducing CHOW Product Reviews

This is great stuff. As a result of reading these reviews, I no longer have VitaMix envy. My KitchenAid blender is perfectly fine. Thank you!

Jun 28, 2013
mary0201 in Features

Anniversary in Philly...any recommendations with outdoor seating?

That is an excellent list, by the way. Thanks again.

Jun 19, 2013
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Anniversary in Philly...any recommendations with outdoor seating?

LOL. Do you have ESP? That is the one I came up with also. It looks pretty walkable from old city and the menu looks great. And best of all, they have tables available. Thanks so much for all your help.

Jun 19, 2013
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Anniversary in Philly...any recommendations with outdoor seating?

Funny...that was the other place I thought of too. We ate there a few years ago and were please with the food and atmosphere. But, we would like to try someplace we haven't been if possible. Any other ideas?

Jun 19, 2013
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Anniversary in Philly...any recommendations with outdoor seating?

My husband and I are coming to town this Saturday from Bucks County to spend our anniversary doing touristy type stuff that we haven't done for years...carriage ride, constitution center, and maybe even a cocktail or two in the afternoon (gasp).
We are looking for restaurant suggestions preferably near old city or rittenhouse square area. Price isn't really an issue. We prefer small plates, tasting-type menus but are pretty much open to anything (other than pizza, sandwiches, heavy pasta). We have already eaten at Talulas Garden which I know has an outdoor seating area. Loved it but prefer someplace new.
Any ideas? The weather is supposed to be good this weekend and after the last few weeks of monsoons, we would love to sit outside.

Jun 19, 2013
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Peppadew peppers -- the best peppers ever?

Peppadews are delicious and they make a great go-to party appetizer stuffed with goat cheese and honey or cream cheese. I think the best pepper ever is probably the piquillo (similar to a roasted red but with a smoky flavor) or maybe the Padron...both from Spain. I was at a restaurant that described a flatbread as having piquillos on top. When it arrived, those weren't piquillos, they were peppadews. Big, big difference. But needless to say, we didn't send it back. The peppadews were a great addition to the flatbread.

Mar 08, 2013
mary0201 in General Topics

Freezing green tomatoes question

I don't have any issues with the skin on green tomatoes. I just used a bunch from my fall garden today. I cook up coarsely chopped onions, cilantro stems, garlic, coarsely chopped green tomatoes and pardon peppers from the garden with salt to taste. When it's getting soft and giving off juice I shut down the heat and when relatively cool I run it through my kitchenaid food grinder attachment. I add some fresh cilantro and a little lime juice. It makes a delicious salsa Verde type mixture. I put it in small silicone cups and pop in the freezer. When frozen I remove from silicon cups and store in zip locks in freezer. I add the frozen blocks to chili and posole during the winter. I don't miss the tomatillos at all.

Sep 29, 2012
mary0201 in Home Cooking

Grilled Padrón Peppers

I have been growing these wonderful peppers in my backyard for several years. The key is to pick them small. If they get as big as a jalapeno they are more likely to be very hot. They are a simple and delicious tapa.

Aug 28, 2012
mary0201 in Recipes

Real Water Ice

Yardley Ice House. I know Bucks county is the hinterlands to many people but yardley is a pretty town to walk in with a gelatti or water ice in hand.

Aug 18, 2012
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Cool and Airy Summer Fruit Pies

Lilikoi (passion fruit) chiffon pie is my all time favorite but this apricot meringue looks like it could be a contender.

Aug 17, 2012
mary0201 in Features

Which Foods Cook Best in the Convection Oven?

I use convection for almost everything baked and roasted. Time is reduced and food cooks more evenly. I dont use it for things that need bottom heat to be more intense. For example, my flan cooks in a water bath so I want more intense heat on the bottom. And obviously pizza on a stone needs bottom heat. I did bake a cake recently that seemed a little blown to one side. Maybe the convection was the cause of that. I may have to rethink my mostly convection method.

Aug 16, 2012
mary0201 in Features

I want to blend my own chili powder (or is it chile powder?)

What is the best source for buying a variety of dried peppers. Here in eastern PA, southwestern ingredients are a little lacking.

Apr 06, 2012
mary0201 in Home Cooking

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

My favorite from the CI New Best Recipes cookbook is Creme Caramel which is essentially a flan (my favorite dessert of all times). It is the lightest, creamiest version I have ever had and it gets rave reviews every time I serve it. I also love their apple crisp (or peach).

Mar 15, 2012
mary0201 in Home Cooking

Potato salad secrets?

What kind of friend doesn't share a recipe? Is she trying to win cooking competitions or get a patent on the potato salad ;) Anyway....I think pickle juice is the key and chopped up hard boiled eggs.

Mar 15, 2012
mary0201 in Home Cooking

Where are you getting your turkey?

I've never heard of Griggstown Quail Farm which is not too far away from me in Bucks County. Thanks for the tip, Buckethead! I will be headed there in the near future.

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Griggstown Quail Farm
986 Canal Rd, Princeton, NJ

Oct 21, 2011
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Have You Seen Fresh Meyer Lemons Yet?

My meyer lemon tree has about 10 on it right now...almost ripe and ready for enjoying. I don't live in San Diego. I live in Bucks county and have a dwarf in a large pot that I bring outside in the spring and leave out till around the first frost. I keep it inside all winter and enjoy the beautiful fragrance of the flowers. I have a very sunny kitchen addition with 4 skylights and windows on 3 sides so it works for me. I have had the tree for at least 5 years and people are blown away when they see those yellow lemons hanging from it.

Oct 11, 2011
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Where are you getting your turkey?

I get mine at the Amish market in Newtown (bucks co). I would think any of the other area markets where the Amish bring in their goods would work too.

Oct 11, 2011
mary0201 in Philadelphia

What are some of your favorite make-ahead meals?

I have been asked to provide a meal for someone who recently lost a family member. I thought about the standards like meatloaf, beef stew and baked ziti. But I think I would like to make something a little more unique. What are your favorites? If you can share the recipe or a link or even just a description of how you make it, I would really appreciate it.

Oct 11, 2011
mary0201 in Home Cooking

Authentic Green Chili recipes needed please

We are in beautiful blue-sky Colorado for vacation this week and one of the first things I did was hit the Boulder farmers market and buy a few bags of roasted chiles. I am going to make a batch of pork green chili today. I will be using Petradish's recipe from a posts above.
Here it is. I add cilantro at the end but other than that, I follow the recdipe pretty much exactly as written.

2 T vegetable or corn oil
1 lb. cubed pork, like boneless country style ribs
2 T flour
2 c chicken broth
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 small onion, chopped
8-10 roasted green chiles, Anaheim or big jim, chopped
1 jalapeno chile, roasted, peeled, chopped-more if you like it hotter
1 large tomato, seeded, peeled, chopped or a small can of chopped tomatoes
pinch of ground cumin (toasted in a hot pan)
pinch of Mexican oregano
salt and pepper

In a heavy pot, heat 1 T oil. Brown pork on all sides, remove from pot and set aside. Add 1 T of oil to pot and heat. Whisk in flour and brown it a little until you've got a light coloured roux-add more oil if necessarily. Slowly whisk in chicken broth until thoroughly mixed. Add onion, garlic, chiles, tomato, cumin, oregano, s&p, and reserved pork. Bring to a boil, then partially cover pot, lower heat to a simmer and cook 1 1/2-2 hours or until pork is tender and sauce is the right strength and thickness-adding water or broth or reducing to correct. Taste for salt and pepper.

Sep 25, 2011
mary0201 in Home Cooking

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

I don't cover mine with foil either. I also add a little freshly grated lemon peel before roasting with kosher salt and rosemary. Served with a garlic aioli it makes a great party appetizer.

Sep 25, 2011
mary0201 in Recipes

Piquillo Peppers - Where to buy...not too far from Bucks county?

Thanks. Maybe the Whole Foods in Princeton (which is closer for me) will have them too. I'm sure they won't the be bargain price of the TJs though. Nothing at Whole Foods ever is.

Aug 03, 2011
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Piquillo Peppers - Where to buy...not too far from Bucks county?

To my horror, Trader Joes discontinued their delicious, well priced jars of piquillo peppers. Does anyone know another place where I can buy them in the Bucks/Mercer or even Montco area? None of the standard grocery stores in this area stock them...its Italian roasted red peppers or nothing around here. But they aren't the same!
I can always order them on line from La Tienda but they are kind of pricey especially once you add shipping costs.

Aug 03, 2011
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Earl's Prime in Bucks County

My husband and I ate there just a few weeks ago for the first time and were totally underwhelmed. For the price, the quality was quite average maybe even less than average. The service was pleasant and the atmosphere was very nice but that's the best I can say. If you want a decent steak for a reasonable price, I would go to JB Dawsons in Langhorne but I wouldn't drive all the way from central Jersey for it.

Mar 04, 2011
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Savor Saigon in Levittown is out of business.....!!!!

My husband and I went there a couple times in the past few months and thought it was just closed because we went by on mondays. So about a week ago, we went again...purposely not on a monday and much to our horror it was closed. Nice owner, delicious food...a rare gem in lower bucks county. Does anyone know of another Pho/Vietnamese restaurant in Bucks or Mercer (NJ) counties? It is convenient that the H-mart is close by since I am now forced to get my Vietnamese fix at home. Fortunately, I got a great cookbook for Christmas...Pleasures of the Vietnam Table by Mai Pham. Highly recommended

Jan 21, 2011
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Bucks County - Newtown - Olive Oil and Vinegar on tap

They are supposed to open Sept 7th. Looks like a nice space.

Sep 03, 2010
mary0201 in Philadelphia

Please revisit waffle makers.

I have had a Villaware for 5 years or so. I don't use it a lot but when I do it is wonderful. I would say the most important feature is the audible sound when the waffle is done. And of course...non stick surface.
Cooks Ilustrated did a review recently and highly recommended the Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express at 69.99

Aug 13, 2010
mary0201 in Cookware