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Need a variety of recs in Colorado, very last minute....

In the Springs...

If you are looking for a good steak (little on the pricey side) try The Famous or The Pepper Tree. The Blue Star always gets good reviews.

Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs is also a great place to get a nice meal and I agree for game at Craftwood Inn.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Company is downtown and is a pretty good place to get a pint and play some billiards, the food is not too bad either. Additionally, any Old Chicago's restaurant is going to have a billiards area but it's nothing special as far as food.

The Mona Lisa has pretty good fondue. Jack Quinn's and the Golden Bee are great pub spots.

Marigold Cafe and Bakery is also a great place for a full meal or just a nice dessert (this is not a sandwich and soup cafe).

"Colorado Springs is a varitable food wasteland." - I disagree, you just can't come here expecting to find things like you would in New York, Boston, or even Philly and if you have a problem with that stay home or appreciate the good stuff that it does have.

May 31, 2009
sknuk in Southwest

East Coast and Soda--Love Affair?

Did you ever think that maybe tap water on the East coast is worse than that on the West? Perhaps most people drink soda because they don't have a Brita on hand to run the tap water through... then again, I wouldn't drink Texas' tap water either...

Soda is cheaper than alcohol and more interesting to the taste buds than milk or water.

Additionally, Mormons do not drink soda and I believe there are higher populations on the West coast and in the Mid-west, than in the East.

Finally, most of the TV that you are watching... do the majority of the shows have teenagers or young adults in them? I drank a significantly higher amount of caffeine (read: soda) when I was that age, than I do now.

May 15, 2009
sknuk in Not About Food

The Casserole

You could use low-fat condensed soups as binders for you casseroles. May not be super fancy but they work and you have a lot of different options when it comes to combinations and flavors.

May 15, 2009
sknuk in Home Cooking

Alfredo Sauce Help

I can already see the errors with my attempt, thanks for all the input! :)

May 15, 2009
sknuk in Home Cooking

Alfredo Sauce Help

Looking for a good homemade Alfredo sauce that is easy to make (preferably one pot or pan). I've attempted to make Alfredo sauce before but it came out kind of.. blah. Anyone have recipes that kick it up a bit? I wouldn't mind red pepper flakes or more herbs or something... Also, can anyone provide one that uses half and half as I'd love to cut some of the fat out (I know, I know, it's Alfredo...).

May 14, 2009
sknuk in Home Cooking

Do you save your fat?

Usually just bacon grease because there are a few recipes that I need just a teaspoon for and that's it. I keep mine in the fridge for several months in a mason jar.

May 12, 2009
sknuk in Home Cooking

pan question -- no 9 x 13 tonight!

Looks like a standard recipe, I've never frozen brownie (or blondie) batter, but did you consider that at all? If it freezes you can just thaw it when you are ready to make more.

The pan switch shouldn't be a problem, you should have enough batter to fill two 8x8 pans. If you don't want thicker blondies, just fill the 8x8 with a little less batter and fix two batches. If you have two 8x8 pans you can do it at the same time, if not, put the extra batter in the fridge, wait for the first batch to finish and then bake the rest of the batter.

May 12, 2009
sknuk in Home Cooking

Fish & Chips in London

Just tried Masters Superfish for the first time (and my first time having f&c in London) and it was definitely a good choice. Cod and chips was 4.80 GBP and it is smaller than the "Masters Special" which is a larger piece of cod or haddock and chips. Mushy peas are available if you want them.

The entrance is small though, so keep an eye out for it (19 Waterloo Rd, I believe is the address), my husband and I almost passed it. Very generous portions for both the fish and chips, the Masters Special can easily be split between two people, plenty to go around. Orders are made to order, so there will be a bit of a wait if you are doing take away. Would recommend this as a great place to get fish and chips.

May 12, 2009
sknuk in U.K./Ireland

Buttermilk - True or False?

great! glad to know this "trick" works. I hear you on the buttermilk pancakes though.

Apr 30, 2009
sknuk in Home Cooking

Buttermilk - True or False?

So I recently received some of my grandmother's old recipe cards and some of the dishes call for sour milk, which I have heard is what buttermilk used to be called (or maybe still is by some people)???

Additionally, I've heard you can make your own "sour" or buttermilk at home by adding 1 tsp. of lemon juice, per cup of milk. Again, anyone heard of this one? I think it would be great as I always end up buying buttermilk and throwing some of it away because I never seem to use the whole container.

Apr 30, 2009
sknuk in Home Cooking

My oven is broken-- what can I "bake" for a work luncheon?

Fudge
any type of candy (if your stove top still works)
I like the idea of chocolate dipped strawberries, you could even dip them and then add nuts or candies on top of them, make them a little more decadent
Tiramisu
You could make a fruit or dessert trifle

Apr 29, 2009
sknuk in Home Cooking

3 nights in Vegas--Steak, a Show, and an Anniversary...

I know this was not one of your choices, but do not go to Joe's in Caesar's Palace for a steak. The service was great and the wine wasn't bad but the meal was mediocre for what we paid. I think you are looking for something a tad more special anyway...

Apr 27, 2009
sknuk in Southwest

Las Vegas eats - From Fab to Casual

If you are staying at the Wynn, there is a cute little restaurant called Sugar and Ice, super casual, but their cobb salad and sandwiches are great. Their dessert selection is pretty drool worthy too.

Apr 27, 2009
sknuk in Las Vegas

[London] Casual Recs for Dinner?

I've read some of the previous posts about London so I have no fear that I can get some good tips and recs here. I have some friends coming to visit in London for a couple of days and am looking for some good casual spots for dinner. I am not too worried about lunch (although I'll take any recs), however I believe most of the attire they are bringing consists of jeans and some nice but casual tops. Their goal was to explore London but they were not looking for anything fancy or super expensive (but I promise no tennis shoes!).

Any places to find a good dinner, but somewhere we can walk into and not be gawked at because of the casual attire? Probably looking for some place under 40 GBP per person, nothing too wild or "out there" as far as taste (we are dealing with bland American palates here). Italian, Mexican, Spanish, British, Indian would all be good. We will be staying near Waterloo Station, but will be traveling within the vast area of downtown London, so no problem hoping onto the tube or catching a cab.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Apr 26, 2009
sknuk in U.K./Ireland