v

violet22's Profile

Title Last Reply

Seed Saving for Beginners

The concept of the article is good, but really, tomatoes? Saving tomato seeds is not for beginners, nor is raising tomatoes from seed. For most areas of the country, there just isn't a long enough growning season to raise tomatoes from seed (unless you have plenty of room to start them indoors), and most of us buy starts from local nurseries.
Lettuce, beans, peas and carrots are all easy to grow vegetables that have easily-collected seeds.
I'l add that one good source of free envelopes is junk mail and bills--reuse envelopes you get in the mail.
And trade seeds with friends!

Oct 20, 2009
violet22 in Features

Chow in my supermarket?

One of my many gripes with the post-modern supermarket is the relentless advertising that we shoppers must endure. Displays are not enough, apparently, we now also must listen to commercials at the checkout and produce aisle.

I popped in yesterday after work to pick up some emergency tortillas at my neighborhood Albertson's, and overheard the dreaded television prattling away in the nearby produce area. I attempted to tune it out until I heard familiar sound, and I ran over. There, on the screen was a video produce tip--from Chow.

Wow. More power to yah, Chow, for trying to make the funding work whatever way you can. I can't begrudge you for advertising. But Albertson's? I mean, on the website you spend lots of time talking about quality ingredients and local food, and there's so little of this at my local Albertson's (it's an especially lame one, close to the university). Plus, like I mentioned, being talked to while shopping is really annoying, and now I'm being annoyed by a site I frequent anyway. I like to think the money I spend on things there is enough to keep my supermarket afloat, but apparently not--in-store advertising is now required, too. Sigh.

Aug 11, 2009
violet22 in Food Media & News

Mark Bittman: Expert in Residence!

I enjoyed Food Matters and am wondering if you're still on the diet you created. I'm a fan, but have found being 'vegan until 6' a real challenge. I save money by bringing leftovers to work, and while I love cooking dinner, I often don't have time to create separate vegan meals for lunch. Suggestions?

Aug 03, 2009
violet22 in Home Cooking

10 Vegetable Seed Suppliers

I've ordered from Seed Savers and Baker Creek--both fine suppliers with great customer service. High Country Gardens is great but is mostly perennials. I'm also a fan of bountifulgardens.org--they sell heirloom/organic seed cheaper than anyone (and in nice small qualitities if you like) AND support grassroots gardening efforts.

I choose to NOT buy from companies that support Monsanto or use GMO seeds. Seminis is a subsidiary of Monsanto. Here's a list of who they supply: http://us.seminis.com/products/hg_dea..., and you'll see Johnny's is on it. I have heard good things about them, but please, if you order from them, just make sure you're not buying Monsanto seed.

Mar 16, 2009
violet22 in Features

Eating out in Boise

Don't forget Red Feather downtown. Its menu features many locally-sourced ingredients. Great atmosphere, great food.

Dec 29, 2008
violet22 in Mountain States

Best places to order booze online?

Thanks! I'm wondering if there are any discounters with good prices. We have about 3 types of Absinthe in our local stores, not much else.

Dec 29, 2008
violet22 in Spirits

Best places to order booze online?

On a recent trip to NYC, I fell in love with the Italian liquor Amaro. Living in Idaho, I can't find it anywhere (well, the liquor stores are state-owned). What's the most affordable place to order it online? I'm also interested in hearing if it's worth it to order and ship things like Absinthe. Thanks!

Dec 29, 2008
violet22 in Spirits

Lemon Digestif

StripperingGormet: go to Oregon. It's legal there (that's what we did).

Dec 29, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Boise Restaurants

Glad you asked!

El Pueblo, 5234 W Fairview Ave, is tucked way back in the corner of a strip mall (don't bother with the bigger stand-alone Los Beto's in the parking lot, it doesn't hold a candle).
Campos Market, 413 N Orchard St.

Both are also meat markets, which is handy.

Dec 03, 2008
violet22 in Mountain States

The Raw Deal

I have to ask: "Animal fats and proteins are very bad for you in large quantities." Animal fats, sure. But please show me a study that shows that protein is in any way bad for you.

Dec 03, 2008
violet22 in Features

The Raw Deal

For those of us with intestinal disease (Crohn's, colitis) or syndromes (IBS), an abundance of raw foods IS unhealthy. I'm just sayin'.

And yes, I agree, these people do sound joyless. What about the health effects of never being asked over to dinner because you're so high-maintenance?

Dec 03, 2008
violet22 in Features

The Raw Deal

There's zero evidence that a raw food diet is somehow healthier. What is this nonsense? I love the idea of a cooking (ooops--I mean preparing food) challenge, so I'd love to try a raw recipe or two, but turning this into a diet could be very UNhealthy.

Nov 30, 2008
violet22 in Features

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Pear Cider Gravy

Yes! We made this. I brined the bird, though (for 4 hours), because I figured the bacon wouldn't be enough to keep it moist. The bacon flavor is subtle, and with gravy, you really can't taste it. Solo, naked turkey has a lovely bacon flavor, though. The novelty of it was a big hit, and nobody thought it was unattractive (http://flickr.com/photos/whitnuld/307...). The gravy is a bit unusual. We used a dry Basque cider (which we found out later was apple, not pear), and it wasn't too sweet (I do NOT recommend the Basque cider, though--tasted like sweat socks). It was an oddly light gravy, which suited us fine.

Nov 30, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Eating out in Boise

Dude, Moon's sucks. Hollandaise sauce from a mix. "Homemade" corned beef hash included deli sliced corned beef. Am NOT a fan of the Cottonwood Grill. Bad, overpriced food.

I do recommend Mazzah for lunch!

Nov 08, 2008
violet22 in Mountain States

Eating out in Boise

Try also the City Grill downtown. Reasonably priced good food.

Nov 08, 2008
violet22 in Mountain States

Boise Restaurants

Also the taquerias in Boise are a good bet.

Nov 08, 2008
violet22 in Mountain States

Boise recommendations?

Aw, c'mon, it's not that bad, certainly not bad enough to recommend the chains over the local restaurants.

Nov 08, 2008
violet22 in Pacific Northwest

Where to get bulk nuts online?

Greetings!

We use lot of nuts around here. In addition to snacking on the occasional handful of walnuts, we use a variety of nuts in granola, which we make almost weekly (and eat it with homemade yogurt--yum). Buying bagged nuts at the grocery store is just too pricey, and the bulk nuts just don't taste very good. I live in Boise, so there aren't many local option for good staples. Where have you found the best online nuts? I'm looking for walnuts, almonds and unsweetened coconut. Organic would be ideal.

Thanks!

Whitney

Nov 08, 2008
violet22 in Home Cooking

Sweet Potato–Star Anise Soup with Ginger Cream

We made this and it was amazing. One thing, though: did Chow actually use yams? We used sweet potatoes (as instructed) and it was a very pale color. Oh, and full disclosure: We couldn't find the star anise and used regular anise instead (we ground it). Still tasted great.

Oct 10, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Eating out in Boise

8th St. Wine Co., Red Feather and Bittercreek all buy from local providers whenever possible. All have good food.

Berryhill is great.

For Chinese, try Wok King on Broadway...would be average on a coast, but for Boise, it's good.

I think Leku Ona is overpriced for the bunch of boiled meat and potatoes they serve.

OH! OH!! And try Kanak Attack out on Broadway (same strip as Wok King) - they've been catering for years, and now have a home. Fabulous BBQ, and lots of it. Or if you're craving polynesian style tapas-y small plates (and who wouldn't?), this is the place.

Apr 09, 2008
violet22 in Mountain States

Dried Fig and Nut Bars

We made these for a 6-mile backcountry ski schlep last weekend into a yurt in the mighty Sawtooth Mountains (I mention the details because it was a long, arduous haul). The mix of quick energy and protien sounded perfect to us. It seemed to work, and WOW were they ever yummy! The fennel makes them seem a bit exotic - beyond your average energy bar. I would reduce the amount just a bit it next time. You can't simply slip one into your pocket, of course, because they're fairly sticky. You can't taste the chocolate, but it doesn't matter when the rest is so delish. Highly recommended.

Apr 03, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Asparagus in Lemon-Marjoram Cream

Sauce is super lemony. It didn't thicken well, either. Still, the taste was great.

Mar 24, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Lazy Single Girl's Peanutty Noodles

Mar 24, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Lazy Single Girl's Peanutty Noodles

Mar 18, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Did these people steal the recipe from you, or vice versa?
http://www.bigcitylittlekitchen.com/2...

Mar 18, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Closet Pickle Juice Fans Rejoice

I"m a pickle addict. Can't wait to try these.

Mar 17, 2008
violet22 in Features

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Delish! Moist and yummy. We're not Guinness fans, though, and used a local porter instead. Wonderful. I would add a bit more chocolate to boost the flavor. Oh, and the second batch stuck to the pan - be sure to use plenty of oil on your pan.

Mar 17, 2008
violet22 in Recipes

Chicken with Goat Cheese and Figs

Made this last night, and it was mighty yummy. In an effort to stay local (as in my garden), we used mild onions instead of shallots and it was fine. Our chicken breast/filling ratio was a little off, I think - would recommend either using more filling or smaller breasts. One other suggestion: brine the breasts while making the filling. Ours were just a little dry. Otherwise, yum!

Oct 09, 2007
violet22 in Recipes