adirao's Profile

Title Last Reply

Ginger-Brandy Mini Cheesecakes

Looks delicious. If I don't have a mini cheesecake pan, will this recipe fit an 8 or 9 in. normal cheesecake pan?

Nov 05, 2014
adirao in Recipes

Jalapeño-Corn-Beer Quick Bread

I made some changes: lager (I think; whatever we had at home) instead of pilsner; a mix of whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and all purpose instead of just all purpose; two minced, deseeded green chilies instead of jalapenos; and added half a cup of grated cheddar cheese. The first day it tasted too beery to me, but the flavor mellowed after a day or two. The cheesy flavor really came through when the bread was room temperature. Yummy with Chow's bean chili. Would definitely make it again (my way) if I have beer lying around at home.

Jan 21, 2013
adirao in Recipes

Easy Waffles

I got around 13 square waffles out of this recipe. They were good, but I didn't really taste the butter in them compared to lower-fat waffle recipes I've tried, so I think I'll stick with those in the future. I did use mostly whole-wheat flour (ran out of all purpose). We had them topped with both stewed apples and scrambled eggs.

Dec 23, 2012
adirao in Recipes

Rocky Road Bars

The taste was great; the texture could have been better, but I think that was my fault. I wanted to use up a lot of fruit-flavored mini marshmallows, so I used only marshmallows in the batter (substituted for the almonds). Also, my oven doesn't broil, so I waited really long for the marshmallows on top to brown. As soon as the bars were out, they were too chewy (probably because of the extra marshmallows), but from the next day, they seemed okay, if a little dry (probably because of baking too long). I also reduced the sugar to just over a cup, and used salted peanuts again instead of almonds. Bottom line - they were yum so I may make again if I have to use up marshmallows.

Nov 29, 2012
adirao in Recipes

Crazy Pizza Toppings

Don't think this counts as a crazy combo, but one of the yummiest topping combos I had (which I wouldn't have thought of myself) is potato, gorgonzola and rosemary.

Apr 10, 2012
adirao in Features

Who Should Pay for the Office Holiday Party?

Where I work, since 2008, most office parties/outings are pay-from-your-own-pocket (and also optional). Everyone seems resigned about it, though I notice the attendance is pretty low at these events. I wasn't around when this policy was started, so I don't know what the reaction was then...I guess people were just happy they weren't laid off.

Nov 15, 2011
adirao in Features

Homemade Beauty Tips, Debunked

I don't think these natural remedies are supposed to work instantly. Not saying they are effective, but I don't think you can expect results in an hour or a day. Try them over a few months (if you have the patience!) and then say if they work.

Apr 25, 2011
adirao in Features

CHOW's Intense Brownies

I tried this - plus points for easiness. The taste was great -- one friend said they were the best brownies she'd ever tasted -- but they came out a little too fudgy, as in were difficult to cut into pieces. Should I have baked them longer? (Baked them around 40 min but my oven tends to take longer.)

May 11, 2010
adirao in Recipes

Nutty Chocolate–Peanut Butter Chews

These came out very well, a little crunchy, a little chewy, and no hassles at all in making them. They looked just like the picture.

Mar 26, 2010
adirao in Recipes

Chestnut recipes appropriate for summer?

I'm in Italy right now and recently bought "crema di marroni" (chestnut cream)...sort of like apple butter, I think, flavoured with vanilla. Sorry, I don't know a recipe for it but if you're interested, maybe you can search online for one?

Aug 24, 2009
adirao in Home Cooking

very curious about where the cheese ends in asia

I think the off-white curry sauce you are referring to is coconut chutney (that you also eat with idli and dosa, right?). The black dots are mustard seeds and it's not so green because they added less (or didn't add) coriander leaves. The fritters themselves are called mirchi bajji.

Jul 05, 2009
adirao in Cheese

Must-try food (not restaurant) recommendations for Italian food novice?

Oh my god, this is so amazing! Thank you so much for so many recommendations! I live right around the corner from Scala della Torre so I don't think ENDAS is there anymore--it's become a regional specialty trattoria. I have been to Osteria Pettirosso once already (but only for the wine, which I really liked), but I'll visit again for the food. I've also seen the fruit & veg market (though now it seems to be only on Tuesday mornings, during which I work). I'm also always amazed at how beautiful all the cafes, bars and trattorias look.

I have really liked even the cheap white wines I buy from the supermarket--though it's tough for me to remember their names.

I haven't visited Riva del Garda or Trento yet but I plan to soon. If either of you have any specific standouts that you recommend, please feel free to send them along. Thanks again!

Jun 28, 2009
adirao in Italy

Must-try food (not restaurant) recommendations for Italian food novice?

Thanks for the tip...I'll just try to buy whatever's fresh and mix/cook it however I can.

I've already realized that the Italian food I ate outside Italy was complicated compared to what is served here. I guess in other countries they have to add lots of cheese, cream and herbs/spices to make up for the quality of the ingredients.

Jun 24, 2009
adirao in Italy

Must-try food (not restaurant) recommendations for Italian food novice?

Thanks! Gnocchi di castagne sounds good to try. I had gelato with fragole di bosco...assumed it was mixed berries from the forest.

The other day I went for a walk in the mountains and saw apricots and cherries growing in someone's vineyard. The branches were overhanging the road and some fruits had fallen on the road so I got a taste. :) The view of the mountains is really so incredible...as are the older streets and buildings.

Jun 22, 2009
adirao in Italy

Must-try food (not restaurant) recommendations for Italian food novice?

Wow, just saw this story: http://www.chow.com/stories/11420

Jun 18, 2009
adirao in Italy

The Basics: How to Make Noodles with Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Shouldn't you marinate and grill/fry the tofu...or at least just marinate it? Wouldn't it be sort of bland like this?

Jun 18, 2009
adirao in Features

10 Cosmetic Uses for Everyday Foods

I used to mix ground oatmeal with yogurt and aloe gel (from the plant). It seemed to really make the skin soft.

Jun 18, 2009
adirao in Features

Must-try food (not restaurant) recommendations for Italian food novice?

Thanks for the suggestions so far! To those who asked, I am in Rovereto in Trentino. As far as I can make out, the local food is similar to some German food in some ways--my second day here we had dinner at a local restaurant with polenta and all sorts of meat--boar, rabbit, etc.

I've been eating gelato as often as I can--trying all the different flavours in the gelateria. I made risotto a couple of times but somehow I didn't find it as good as I thought it would be...maybe I need to cook it better? Surprisingly I haven't found a large variety of fresh vegetables where I shop. I'll keep an eye out for some of the things you suggested...also which fresh herbs besides basil and parsley do you suggest I should keep at home?

Jun 17, 2009
adirao in Italy

Must-try food (not restaurant) recommendations for Italian food novice?

I'm staying in Italy for 9 months and I want to make the most out of it food-wise. Very simply, what recipes/dishes/ingredients/wines and other alcohol do you suggest I HAVE TO try while I'm here? If you can tell me the Italian word, that would be really helpful (I'm very slowly learning Italian).

I'm asking because I thought I knew something about Italian cooking...until I faced all those cheeses and wines in the market. A couple of things to keep in mind before you suggest:
1. I'm vegetarian (no meat, fish or poultry; yes to eggs and dairy) and I hate onions.
2. I love desserts.
3. I'm on a pretty limited budget so mostly I cook at home. And I have no oven (except for a microwave).
4. I'm staying put in one town in north Italy for the most part (though I will try to travel) so please don't suggest expensive restaurants in Calabria.

So far I've tried one tiramisu in a restaurant, a couple of tortas (a ricotta one that I loved), one cheap white wine that I really like...among other things. I've bought a basilico plant and have to buy one of prezzomolo soon. I've been trying different types of salads, pasta and sauces (I'm in deep undying love with pesto). Just to give you some idea...

If you've been patient enough to read this far, thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Jun 16, 2009
adirao in Italy

very curious about where the cheese ends in asia

Wow, amazing to read about your trip! Do you have another one planned? Or a blog where you post your accounts? Would be fabulous to read.
I'm Indian but I don't think I could have helped you at all with traveling tips...not that you seem to need them!

Jun 06, 2009
adirao in Cheese

Microwave Brownie in a Mug (single serving)

Jun 06, 2009
adirao in Recipes

Making hummus from dried chickpeas

We normally cook them 20-25 minutes in the pressure cooker. Adding baking soda makes them softer.

Apr 07, 2009
adirao in Home Cooking

When Pasta Met Sauce

I like the way the pasta looks translucent...nice arty photos!

Mar 31, 2009
adirao in Features

Does Salting Dried Beans Make Them Harder to Cook?

Thanks, this explains some of my recent cooking mishaps.

Mar 19, 2009
adirao in Features

Take Your Lunch to Work: Tofu

Great feature...looking forward to these on a regular basis(?) with different ingredients.

Mar 11, 2009
adirao in Features

Orange-Vanilla Ricotta Cheesecake

Thanks for letting me know! I've been checking the site to see if anyone answered the yolk question. I may try it later and use the whites for omelet.

I did make an orange-ginger cheesecake from paneer recently (my own recipe with whole eggs--couldn't find ricotta cheese or cream cheese here in India), and while the taste was great, the texture was dry and crumbly. I had tried a mango cheesecake in the past with paneer and it had a good texture. My guess is that for successful cheesecakes here, I have to make paneer at home and not drain the whey too much; or add some other liquid such as fruit pulp.

Mar 05, 2009
adirao in Recipes

Should You Really Be Eating That?

I can see the last strategy backfiring: "Anyway I can never be so skinny so I may as well eat what I want."
Conversely, I've been with skinny friends who eat like pigs (and safely can without putting on weight)...and you join in overindulging where you otherwise wouldn't have.

Mar 03, 2009
adirao in Features

Orange-Vanilla Ricotta Cheesecake

Looks yummy and I'd love to try it...but I'm put off by the idea of using only egg yolks (not the type of person who's then going to use the whites for meringue or omelette). Is it okay just to use 5 whole eggs?

Jan 15, 2009
adirao in Recipes

Microwave Chocolate Mug Brownie

I made this 2 minutes ago when I needed a quick chocolate fix. This is great--very easy, fudgy and satisfying. Next time I'll try the molten version, and will probably add just a bit more sugar, and maybe some instant coffee.

Jan 13, 2009
adirao in Recipes

Ton of Grapes!

Jam, squash (juice concentrate)...or the grape focaccia on chow

Oct 16, 2008
adirao in Home Cooking