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Trip report: Moab & Estes

Thanks! It seems that my fear about the food of Estes is being confirmed. Going to look into the Rock Inn Tavern and avoid the places that you mentioned.... maybe the Stanley, since we're there two nights.

Apr 22, 2013
lfirebrand in Mountain States

Saving bolognese w/ too much carrot

I hadn't thought about vinegar, so thank you!

Apr 22, 2013
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Saving bolognese w/ too much carrot

What do you think about upping the umami? I know that tomato paste would do that. Maybe some anchovy paste?

Apr 22, 2013
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Saving bolognese w/ too much carrot

I used two large carrots (which is more than I normally would...) I liked it, but my husband declared way too much carrot. I'm trying to save it so my manicotti isn't also deemed inedible. But at the same time I don't want to throw the bolognese out...

Apr 22, 2013
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Saving bolognese w/ too much carrot

Thanks!

Apr 22, 2013
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Saving bolognese w/ too much carrot

Thanks! Great recommendation. I actually just purchased a Cabernet vinegar from O Olive Oil that could be a nice marriage of balsamic and red wine. It's supposed to be more syrupy and sweet than a regular red wine, but not as sweet as balsamic.

Apr 22, 2013
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Saving bolognese w/ too much carrot

Hello! I made a bolognese last week that had all the traditional ingredients: wine, tomato, milk, carrot, ground beef. It simmered almost two hours. My husband thinks it has way too much carrot. I am going to use it as the sauce for some cheese manicotti... but I would like to doctor it up to save it.

What do you recommend? I was thinking of adding either some marinara sauce or some tomato paste to punch up the tomato flavor while trying to mask the carrot flavor.

Apr 22, 2013
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Omaha-One Night, Alone

Well, I'm not sure where you want to stay, but anywhere in Omaha is easily accessible by car. I know you said not fancy, but for great wine and dining experience, my friends rave about La Buvette. It's a small cafe/bistro with French food, but they have excellent wine and if the weather is nice you could sit on the patio and people watch in the Old Market. Fairly close is a Marriot, Hilton Garden Inn and a few others, though the Old Market is not too far from the cheaper airport hotels.

Another local joint with great food, especially Fish & Chips, is Dundee Dell. They also have bar food and sandwiches. It's a great neighborhood place and I have eaten dinner there alone and it was no big deal. They also have a great beer menu and a surprisingly excellent Scotch list. My guess is that they would have a great martini--not sure about their wine, though.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

The Dundee Dell is close to the Element Hotel, which is a somewhat fancier place in mid-town. You may be able to get a really good rate there though. I stayed once last year and really enjoyed it.

Midtown also has J.Coco, a new restaurant opened by James Beard-nominated chef Jennifer Coco. http://jcocoomaha.com/ It has sandwiches on the menu and probably the best cocktail mixologist in town. It looks like they have a lot of great wines by the glass.

Hope you enjoy Nebraska! Let me know if you have any other questions or need any other assistance.

Jun 25, 2012
lfirebrand in Great Plains

Your Fresh Herb Combinations ?

We threw together a lovely pasta dish that was more or less based on a Mark BIttman non-recipe. It was a large handful of sweet basil, lemon basil and then a smaller amount of chives, tarragon, oregano and parsley. In a generous amount of olive oil, I sauteed up about three cloves of garlic and a chopped red pepper, then tossed into cooked pasta, along with the herbs, some smoked salmon and some really tasty Spanish olive oil. Served a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper and a tiny bit of crushed red pepper flakes. It was delicious!

Jun 25, 2012
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Brunch at Webster House KC or Lidia's?

Hi SFLisa, sorry--I know it's not what you asked, but I just had brunch in KC at Cafe Europa, and it was delightful. Three in our party had the Salt Cod Hash and the other person had the two eggs any style. It has a nice atmosphere, somewhat homey/upscale but you would fit in wearing jeans.

The food was really terrific and offered up unusual options for a typical Great Plains brunch place.
http://www.cafeeuropakc.com/

Apr 10, 2012
lfirebrand in Great Plains

Dinner in Kearney, NE?

I am originally from Kearney, though I moved away in 2003. I still make it down there once or twice a year, and I have also eaten at the sushi place. You're right, it was definitely overpriced and mediocre. I definitely want to try one of the Thai places though, because I've heard they're both incredible.

Feb 09, 2012
lfirebrand in Great Plains

Dinner in Kearney, NE?

Is the Japanese restaurant still there?

Feb 08, 2012
lfirebrand in Great Plains

Lincoln NE - Need dining recommendations

We also have a couple of great food trucks if you're looking for a quick bite. They move around a lot and post their locations on Facebook and Twitter. Google HeoyaNebraska and GUPKitchen for their web addresses. Heoya does a sort of Asian fusion with SE Asian tacos, rice bowls, crab rangoons and GUP is known for their artisan sandwiches. YUM! Enjoy your visit to Lincoln!

Jan 26, 2012
lfirebrand in Great Plains

Lincoln NE - Need dining recommendations

Welcome to Nebraska, Kitchen Imp! I agree with pretty much all of your recommendations! :)

Jan 26, 2012
lfirebrand in Great Plains

Where would you stop along I-80? (Nebraska)

Unfortunately, I heard that the restaurant in Cozad closed this past summer. I have eaten there once before, and had an incredible shrimp arrabiatta, but unfortunately, it took 2 hours to come out of the kitchen.

Jan 23, 2012
lfirebrand in Great Plains

How to Cook Wild-Killed Venison

The venison I just got from a hunter was not very gamey at all. I used it in chili like a chuck roast, but I had to cook it a very long time 3-4 hours simmering on the stove, until it was tender. The chili was amazing... instead of beer, the venison, chiles, and chili powder simmered in some red wine and tomatoes. Another favorite recipe, if you have nice venison steaks or a tenderloin that you're going to cook rare/medium rare is Bobby Flay's Venison with Blackberry-Ancho sauce. The berries and spice really complement the venison.

Jan 19, 2012
lfirebrand in Features

Where would you stop along I-80? (Nebraska)

For Breakfast, you could stop in LIncoln (60 miles east of Omaha) and try the Engine House cafe in Havelock. It's typical breakfast fare... very good benedicts and chicken fried steaks. For something more upscale, there's Green Gateau, which is a little fancier but has a great breakfast. If you want to drive a little further, you could try Chances 'R' in York. They're known for their huge and delicious breakfasts.

For dinner, you might try It's Our Place in downtown Sidney... basically a small cafe but with a lot of different options, including burgers, steaks, salmon, etc.

Let me know if you need any more suggestions. If you want some ideas on cool attractions, check out http://www.visitnebraska.gov.

Jan 19, 2012
lfirebrand in Great Plains

English cooking classes in Berlin?

I'll be in Berlin for 10 days in Germany and I was wondering if there might be any English-language cooking classes.

Thanks!

Nov 18, 2010
lfirebrand in Europe

Filled Breads Recipes Please

Jamaican Meat Patties! They are so delicious... seasoned spicy ground beef in a flaky pastry. They used to sell them at the college where I went to school in Canada. Here's a recipe by Emeril.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

May 26, 2010
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Grilled venison recipes?

I have two venison loin roasts that I'd like to grill for Memorial Day. Does anyone have any suggestions on marinating/cooking them? They are from wild venison that was hunted. That's all I know as I personally did not hunt the venison.

Thanks!
Alexis

May 26, 2010
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Tons of mint -- seeking creative suggestions

Lemon-Mint Granita
http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/06/lem...
Can't get easier or more refreshing than that!

I have a bunch of mint too that is slowly going to waste so I have bookmarked this page. So far I have made mint iced tea and added it to some cucumber raita. Not too exciting, but this thread has inspired me!

Jul 08, 2009
lfirebrand in Home Cooking

Cooking classes in Manhattan?

My husband and I will be on a short vacation to New York in June. I am looking for recommendations on baking and/or cooking classes.

I am particularly interested in artisan breads, pasta, meat/sausage making, etc.

Apr 26, 2009
lfirebrand in Manhattan