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Is there such a thing as good decaf in stl?

Thanks for the suggestions. I finally made it to Kaldi's and got some decaf beans. I'm in St. Charles so it's a bit of a trek, but so worth it. Columbian were the only decaf beans they had at the Demun shop the day I was there. It is by far the best decaf I've had. I'm going to have to get over there more often.

Nov 07, 2012
lesliedm3 in Great Plains

Is there such a thing as good decaf in stl?

I think the local roasting companies are a good idea. I just need to do the research.

Oct 16, 2012
lesliedm3 in Great Plains

Is there such a thing as good decaf in stl?

I'm trying to cut down on caffeine, but that doesn't mean I've stopped loving a good cup of coffee. I'm looking for good beans that I can brew at home. Any suggestions?

Sep 09, 2012
lesliedm3 in Great Plains

Door County Report -- JJ's Waterfront, Wave Pointe resort, Malvitz produce stand

I love Al Johnson's, but it is often impossibly crowded. If I pull up when a tour bus is there, I just skip it and go on to Ellison Bay and The Viking Grill. The swedish meatballs and swedish pancakes are good, but the house made pickled herring is the real reason to brave the crowds there.

Sep 03, 2012
lesliedm3 in Great Lakes

Door County Report -- JJ's Waterfront, Wave Pointe resort, Malvitz produce stand

By way of background I have spent summers at my family's cabin in Door County every year since 1968. I went to John Martin's Restaurant in Sturgeon Bay for the first time this past week and thought the food was very good. The atmosphere is quite casual and family friendly. I also like the Neighborhood Pub and Grill. For fish boils we like The White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. They also have a good breakfast. Other good places for breakfast are The Inn at Cedar Crossing in Sturgeon Bay and The Viking in Ellison Bay. I also like to carry out a whitefish sandwich from The Viking to take to Newport State Park for a picnic and hike. Another good place for a carry-out in the northern part of the peninsula is Charlie's Smokehouse in Gills Rock. Fantastic smoked whitefish and chubs. Smoked chubs are getting hard to find, so if you see them snap them up. For anyone self-catering Marchant's Butcher shop in Sturgeon Bay is excellent. Try the trippe, a local variation of bratwurst that includes cabbage. It is a wonderful local treat.

Jul 21, 2012
lesliedm3 in Great Lakes

Who has the best fish boil in Door County?

I'm a fan of The White Gull Inn. We've been going there for many years and enjoy the hokey explanation of fish boils, the delicious food, the accordion music...the whole package there.

May 26, 2012
lesliedm3 in Great Lakes

Top cheap eats in Chicago

Earlier this year we spent a weekend in Chicago and enjoyed Jibek Jolu on N. Lincoln Ave. The cuisine is Central Asian about which I knew nothing before going there. We enjoyed trying something unique and the price tag was quite reasonable. The food was really good, too. No wine, but you can bring your own. There is a Walgreens just up the street or a liquor store down the street where you can pick up a bottle. We took the L there from our Loop hotel.

Oct 26, 2011
lesliedm3 in Chicago Area

Your ulitmate Vanilla dessert?

Warm rice pudding made with a vanilla bean, milk, and cream.

Sep 03, 2011
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

St. Louis Recommendations - Washington Univ

My daughter is a student at wustl. She and her friends like Gokul. It's a vegetarian Indian buffet, and now they have a location in the Loop, not far from the Danforth campus. We also really like Guido's on the Hill. It's an interesting place, Spanish and Italian food. I really like the Spanish food there, and they have a good version of St. Louis-style pizza.

Jun 21, 2011
lesliedm3 in Great Plains

Booyah in the Green Bay area?

You will find booyah in Door County at Belgian Days in Brussels July 9-10. Also, Marchant's, the grocery store in Brussels, has excellent booyah. Marchant's also has a meat market in Sturgeon Bay where booyah is also available. I'm a fan of Marchant's version which is a vegetable and chicken soup.

Jun 10, 2011
lesliedm3 in Great Lakes

super lemony cookies or bar recipes?

+1 for Dorie Greenspan's Lemon Cream Tart. It's fantastic.

Dec 19, 2010
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

Clove-Heavy Recipes?

I add about 3 or 4 whole cloves to lentil soup and when I make chicken broth an onion studded with cloves goes in.

Dec 15, 2010
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

Kraft Old English Cheese

I grew up in Chicago and my mom made a cheese ball with Old English and Roka Blu spreads mixed together along with cream cheese and grated onion and then rolled in chopped pecans. A real treat of my childhood. Mom always shopped at Jewel, so I know Jewel carried it way back when. I haven't lived in Chicago in quite a few years, but I'll bet Old English is there some where. After all Kraft hq is in Chicago.

Nov 21, 2010
lesliedm3 in Cheese

Rose's Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum - anybody baking from this?

My book is falling apart, too. Hate that!

Gingerbread People - my daughter's favorite cookie and a Christmas tradition around here.
Mahogony Buttercrunch Toffee - fantastic!
Mini-Cheesecakes - fussy, but worth it
Swiss-Italian Mocha Meringues - Okay, not worth the trouble

Nov 08, 2010
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

This recipe intrigues me. I'm a midwesterner and don't have experience with clam bakes. Without added liquid, what makes the broth?

Aug 31, 2010
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

No knead bread with no dutch oven

I've made no knead bread in both a cast iron dutch oven and a pyrex casserol dish with a lid and it came out great both ways. I like the CI no knead recipe.

Mar 04, 2010
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

Mad Men

You must get out the "best" china, silver, and table linens. And I cringe to even bring it up, but are there any children in your life that you could recruit to mix the drinks like Sally Draper does?

Oct 27, 2009
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

Corn Pudding for Thanksgiving

This is a fantastic corn pudding recipe. A good combination of savory and sweet. I have made it quite a few time and I've always been happy with the results. I usually double the recipe and bake it in a 13x9 in baking dish for the Thanksgiving crowd. It will likely need more time in the oven than the recipe calls for. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Oct 04, 2009
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

Door County Fish Boils

We alway go to the White Gull Inn, which is a treat, but I am curious about what we are missing. What fish boils do you chowhounds favor?

Jul 25, 2009
lesliedm3 in General Midwest Archive

Vanilla Beans

I am curious about differences among the various types of vanilla beans. Tahitian, Madagascar, Bourbon, Mexican...what is the chowhound wisdom on this topic?

Apr 17, 2009
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking

CWE St. Louis

I have been a fan of Chez Leon for quite a while. Perhaps not cutting edge, but it's a lovely room with consistently good food. And Leon always makes us feel so welcome.

Apr 13, 2009
lesliedm3 in General Midwest Archive

Lake of the Ozarks

I will be going to Lake of the Ozarks next weekend and I'm curious about what chowhounds recommend there. Is there anything unique to the area to look for? Also, are there any place we ought to avoid?

Jan 24, 2009
lesliedm3 in Great Plains

Limpa bread in St. Louis

Is there a place in St. Louis to buy limpa bread? My heritage is Swedish and we had limpa for Christmas every year. The older I get the more I want to recreate the Christmases of my childhood. My daughter saw a mix for Swedish rye bread at Ikea. Does anyone have experience with the mix?

Dec 12, 2008
lesliedm3 in General Midwest Archive

TARGET - what's your favorite food/beverage item?

The Archer Farms Ginger Beer is fantastic. Kind of like ginger ale, but way more gingery. Mix it with rum and a squeeze of lime...yum.

Mar 09, 2008
lesliedm3 in Chains

Regarding Girl Scout Cookies

Every year I wonder who had the brilliant idea that the cookies should arrive during Lent. It's impossible to save them until after Easter!!

Mar 09, 2008
lesliedm3 in General Topics

Swedish Holiday Recipes Please!

Our Swedish-American traditional Christmas dinner includes:

pickled herring
fruit soup - made with assorted dried fruits and tapioca (not popular with my children)
swedish meatballs
limpa bread
rice pudding served with a dollop of lingonberries

I am not near Ikea which I understand sells lingonberries, but my local supermarket (Dierbergs) stocks Felix brand lingonberries in the jam section around Christmas time. Lingonberries can also be served as a condiment with your meal. They would be nice with your roast.

I think it would be great to serve pickled herring with cocktails before dinner and rice pudding for dessert. My mother used to put one almond in the batch of rice pudding, and the person who had the almond in their serving got an extra little gift, such as a small box of chocolates or a little ornament. I guess the marzipan pig was lost to the mists of time in our family.

Dec 01, 2007
lesliedm3 in Home Cooking