Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >

kristyn's Profile

Title Last Reply

Black Beans with Mexican Beer

This was great. I would make this again. I have to agree with pkfinn as the recipe was a bit fussy, I deleted a few steps. Once the beans were soaked and drained I added the chili paste along with the oil and cooked that for a few minutes. Then I added back the beans, stock, chili pepper water and beer and simmered all day long. Yeah, these won't cook in a hour.

Mar 28, 2011
kristyn in Recipes

Cheese Enchiladas

These were soooo good. These are my new go to enchiladas. Frying up the tortillas is a bit time consuming but so worth it.

Jun 30, 2010
kristyn in Recipes

Linguine with Clams and Chorizo

Made this last night. So good!! And fast and easy to put together. I think I would substitute white wine for the vodka next time. And mussels for the clams. I make something similar with just the mussels and chorizo and beer as the broth for steaming the mussels open. I add some toasted baguette slices and its a fun and tasty happy hour snack.

Jun 08, 2010
kristyn in Recipes

Crisp Pancetta and Egg Salad Sandwich

Made this last night for dinner. Delicious!! I like how there was not that much mayo in it. Nice flavors. And bacon!! Bacon/pancetta on egg salad. Why didn't I think of that? You can't go back now.

Apr 09, 2010
kristyn in Recipes

Gumbo Z'herbes

Made this last night. I stuck to the recipe and I thought it turned out really good. It was extremely spicy. The cajun seasoning I had was HOT. I would find a mild version or cut down my hot version or maybe make the spice mixture they suggest. I used bagged greens from Trader Joes. It cut down on prep time a lot. I would make this again for my vegetarian friends.

Jan 15, 2010
kristyn in Recipes

Blackberry-Peach Cobbler with Sour Cream Biscuits

Made this yesterday and it was delicious. The biscuit topping was really good. I would make these on their own and slather them with some June Taylor jams. I would cut down on the blackberrys to just about a cup or so and up the peaches next time. The blackberrys took over all of the peach flavor. Overall, really good and perfect for summer gatherings.

Jul 06, 2009
kristyn in Recipes


Soon probiotics will be in sodas.

Jun 02, 2009
kristyn in Features

Everyday Desserts

I know this is not foody, but I like eating Cocoa Crispys or any other sugary cereal that I don't let myself eat for breakfast. I get my chocolate fix and a crunchy fix, and a healthy dose of milk or soymilk. Also, chocolate chip cookies. Make a batch of cookie dough, scoop them by the tablespoon, then freeze them. You can pop however many you want in the oven whenever you want. Stick a glass in the freezer while the cookies are baking and then you will have a icy cold glass ready for milk once the cookies are done.

Apr 23, 2009
kristyn in Home Cooking

Mac 4 Cheese (with Leeks)

Made this the other night and it was really good. I think this will be my go to mac and cheese recipe. I used white pasta and white flour. The olive oil roux turned out just fine. The rosemary added so much to the the flavor of it all. A keeper!

Nov 12, 2008
kristyn in Recipes

Bourbon-Marinated Flank Steak

I thought this was great. I am with dmbfiredncr, and will add some brown sugar next time. I marinated the flank steak for 48 hours and it tenderized the flank steak pretty well. I am not a huge fan of the flank so may use a different cut next time.

Jul 28, 2008
kristyn in Recipes

Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting

Ok, I take back what I said about the shortening. I used the Spectrum non-hydrogenated shortnening. Made this for the basic chocolate vegan cupcakes and it was soooo good. And you can easily cut this recipe in half and frost 12 cupcakes generously. I think this recipe is made for piping it on. Yum!

Apr 28, 2008
kristyn in Recipes

Powdered cheese for popcorn

I had the same problem until I found this spot.
Just don't look at the ingrediant list. Its pretty darn good. So is this one:
And check out all they have to offer:

Roasted Cod with White Beans, Tomato, and Truffle Oil

I made this last night. This was a really simple elegant dish. I used heirloom cherry tomatoes instead. It turned out great. This is a easy to impress your guests kind of dinner. Don't forget the truffle oil!

Apr 09, 2008
kristyn in Recipes

please nominate: best tasting steak you have ordered in past 90 days

The Prime Rib at Esquire Grill in Sacramento, CA

Jan 18, 2008
kristyn in General Topics

Peanut Butter

My mom used to eat plain potatoe chips spread with peanut butter and a pickle on top. I tried it and it good!

Jan 11, 2008
kristyn in General Topics

Tres Leches Cake

I just made this last night at it was a complete hit. Everyone was saying mmmmmm while eating it. Little Cupcake you are right, the guys, especially my husband who generally does not like sweets was so into it. I thought the milk mixture was perfect. And sjb7501 I used light rum and it turned out just fine. Mayamoo, I would like trying this on a store bought cake or even a homemade yellow or vanilla cake. Personally I wasn't so into the spongyness and eggy-ness of the cake. But luckily my guests were. Lastly, I skipped out on the toasted coconut. I didn't think it really needed it. All around a winner and a repeat.

Jan 06, 2008
kristyn in Recipes

Rotation Beers for your fridge

mystiksc, we could be good friends. I think you have a nice spicey variety of hops in your fridge as well. Where do you get your Pizza Port Hop 15? Do they bottle it? I have never seen it here in N.Cal.

Oct 05, 2007
kristyn in Beer

Guerneville weekend - tips?

if you like beer and bbq, try Stumptown Brewery. They have a huge deck overlooking the russian river and excellent beers on tap (they brew their own -Rat Bastard Ale). They also have great tunes on the jukebox.

KitchenAid food processor problems

I have the 3 cup mini prep and really love it. I just had to replace it with another one yesterday because the polycarbonate cracked. I have had it for about 5 years before this happened. I agree, it scratches easily.

Jul 13, 2007
kristyn in Cookware

Rotation Beers for your fridge

You are so lucky to have Stone Brewery in your back yard. We always have a 22oz of Stone Ruination in our fridge. We drink one a week. We always have Sierra Nevada in the fridge. Its very cheap here in Nor.Cal. At winter time we always stock up on cases of Sierra Celebration and mid winter we always drink Sierra Big Foot. Also usually have Speakeasy IPAs in the fridge. If Im in charge of beer, we almost always have IPA's in the fridge.

Jun 24, 2007
kristyn in Beer

Camping Recipes

We just got the Coleman drip coffee maker and there is no going back. It was so great to have real coffee on our lasts camping trip. No sludge, no grounds. Just good coffee!

Jun 20, 2007
kristyn in Home Cooking

Ground Chicken Burger Recipes??

Try these:
From Everyday Food. I made these and they were a hit.

Jun 20, 2007
kristyn in Home Cooking

Chocolate Chip Cookies And... ?

Lemonade. Refreshing...

Jun 12, 2007
kristyn in Home Cooking

Refried Beans as Enchilada Filling?

It would be great. Go for it. Or you could freeze the mixture and use it for more burritos later.

Jun 06, 2007
kristyn in Home Cooking

Brew it Up! Brewery & Grill in Sac

I love The Rubicon. I can't get enough of their IPA's. I think The Rubicon is the only brewery in America that has good, cheap, and easy pub food.

Jun 06, 2007
kristyn in California

Brew it Up! Brewery & Grill in Sac

If you are a beer gal, then I say go for it. They have lots of beers on tap to please everyone.

Jun 05, 2007
kristyn in California

coffee and steak

I would love to hear how it turns out.

Jun 04, 2007
kristyn in Home Cooking

coffee and steak

I don't have a coffee marinating recipe but I do have this one:
I have yet to try this, it has been sitting in my "to try" file.

Espresso Crusted Fillet of Beef with Sweet Onion Confit

Serves 4

2 large yellow onions
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
3 tsp. sherry vinegar
Sea salt and cracked black pepper
4, 10-ounce beef fillets
1/4 cup whole grain mustard
1 egg
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
2 Tbs. espresso, finely ground
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground

To Prepare:

Slice onions 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Melt butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add star anise, bay leaf and onions. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove star anise and bay leaf from pan. Reduce heat to low. Stir onions occasionally. Cook 15 to 20 minutes until onions are golden brown. Turn off heat and add sherry vinegar. Scrape onions from skillet and set aside.

While onions cook, place toasted walnuts in food processor and pulse until nuts resemble coarse sand. Stir in espresso, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Transfer espresso mixture to plate. Set aside.

Whisk egg and mustard together. Brush tops and bottoms of fillets with egg-mustard mixture and then dip each fillet into espresso mixture; coat evenly.

Heat olive oil in skillet; add fillets. For medium-rare, cook fillets for 6 to 8 minutes on each side.

Jun 01, 2007
kristyn in Home Cooking

Baby Shower Food

3 of us girls threw one for our friend and we made 3 different types of salads and 3 diffrent dips along with bread for the dips and just plain eating. We made a pasta salad with orzo, peas and mint. Another leafy salad with mandarin oranges, avacados, olives, onions and a citrusy dressing, and another salad I can't recall. For the dips we made a parmesean dip, a artichoke dip and a hummus type dip. We also made mini cupcakes and set them out with the salads and dips so we could get the show on the road.

May 15, 2007
kristyn in General Topics

Seasoning for fajitas?

1 orange, juiced
2 limes, juiced
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (use pickled if you don't have a fresh one handy)
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt

I use this to marinade the meat a bit and I also pour a little on everything when done cooking. Sometimes I don't have the jalapenos and/or cilantro and it still turns out pretty good.

May 10, 2007
kristyn in Home Cooking