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Quinoa Salad - Home Cooking Dish of the Month August 2012

The recipe using mango looks wonderful.
I have made this recipe a few times and loved it. Love the combo of quinoa, tomatoes, cuces, avocado and mint. Found the original on FN and altered it a bit to suit my taste. One warning, the original recipe calls for rinsing the quinoa after cooking. Not a good idea. I think they meant to say rinse before cooking... here's the link. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...
I also posted it on my blog with pics.

Aug 16, 2012
slcook in Home Cooking

Absolutely Delightful! Marco Island, Fl

Ill do that, thanks for the tip :)

Aug 20, 2011
slcook in Florida

***CALLING ALL PROTEIN SHAKE EXPERTS

If you can afford it, I love the BlendTec. Sold at Costco, occasionally.
I make protien shakes daily for my boy(s). Now only one lives at home :)
8-10 oz skim milk, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, frozen and fresh, 2 small containers of yogurt, 2 scoops protien, one banana. That's my "recipe" . you could omit the yogurt and sub almond milk. Oh, and probably half this. It make one HUGE shake. Growing boys, you know.

Aug 20, 2011
slcook in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2011, part 2 [Old]

Interested in how this turned out??Ive used coco milk in a recipe that calls for coco milk and a cake mix, not usually a big fan of cake mix cakes, but this one is really delish. I know the fat content is really high in this milk... report, please :)

Aug 20, 2011
slcook in Home Cooking

What do you do with "Hot Dog Water"?

I'm bookmarking this to read aloud at our next family gathering.

Aug 04, 2011
slcook in Home Cooking

Absolutely Delightful! Marco Island, Fl

My hubs and I took a trip last week to Marco island, FL. We had been to Naples several times in the past, but wanted to stay on Marco Island on our next trip. Loved it. I heard the food scene on Marco Island was nothing to get excited about, but we found a few fun places.

When I researched, the "Simply Cupcakes" name kept popping up. It was listed as number one "restaurant" on Trip Advisor. I haven't had good luck with TA restaurant reviews, so I always tread cautiously when reading their rec's. That said, I wanted a treat and thought we would give Simply Cupcakes a try. So glad we did. It's a brightly colored (Pink and white, as all cupcake shops should be), little shop tucked back in the "Shops of Olde Marco" a little difficult to find. If you know where the "Snook Inn" is, this is one block left of the Snook. Anyway, a couple from Detroit moved South to try their hand at running a cupcake shop. They have employed two ladies who developed recipes and bake in Naples, cranking out hundreds of cupcakes daily. Out of their little Marco Island shop they were selling out (in high season) I believe they said over 400 hundred cupcakes per day.
The cupcakes- I tried 7 varieties. Well, actually 6, the second day we went back, and I had to get the Olde Marco Key Lime, again. The Red Velvet has a money back guarantee. Really? Yes, it does. Now I'm not a Red Velvet fan, but these were delicious. These were not your average size cupcake. compared to most you purchase, probably about 30 % larger. Moist and delish. Oh, also, most of the cakes were topped with Italian Buttercream. True Italian Buttercream. We also tried the Caramel Pecan, Black Tie, and Mocha cupcakes. All absolutely delicious. My only regret was we didn't find this until the second to last day of our trip. Judy and her husband are delightful. They have a passion for life and their cupcakes. They also sell coffee, and have some cute little tables set up in the shaded courtyard outside the shop. Oh- Also, I saw a sign saying they deliver on orders of a dozen or more.
Address is 174 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island, FL

May 18, 2011
slcook in Florida

Any great recipes using Muenster cheese?

thanks for the ideas...have tried the grilled cheese, I agree, great grilled cheese.
Will try the baked couscous. Sounds good!

Mar 13, 2011
slcook in Home Cooking

Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

I've made the rolls, wasn't big on the dough, neede them to be a bit more dense. But the idea of melting butter in the pan before placing rolls in, then the maple flavor glaze- yes! Loved that. Maple flavoring instead of the usual vanilla. Loved it. Making some (again) tomorrow.

Mar 12, 2011
slcook in Home Cooking

Any great recipes using Muenster cheese?

Have about 2 lbs of Muenster in my fridge, any suggestions??

Mar 12, 2011
slcook in Home Cooking

Meatless Mondays

I haven't ever really considered eating meatless one day. Not a huge meat eater myself, although the boys in my house love meat. I did, however make a fantastic, 15 minute, cheap, meatless meal on Monday. Barefoot Contessa's Capellini with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil. Absolutely loved it. Found here: http://www.abountifulkitchen.com/2011...

Jan 11, 2011
slcook in Home Cooking

The Five Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Green bean casserole with: are those really onions? Out of a can. No way are those welcome at our dinner. I'm always amazed when people say they like this dish.

Nov 20, 2010
slcook in Features

Thanksgiving: Tired of Pies

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around being tired of pie.

Nov 10, 2010
slcook in Home Cooking

Best Gazpacho Recipe

Just a little fyi- I made Cook's Gazpacho, really easy. Great fresh flavors. Added a yellow squash. Loved it both immediately, and chilled the nest day with a little sour cream, chopped avocado and splash of olive oil.

Sep 05, 2010
slcook in Home Cooking

Muffin problem

I agree with Beth, and other comments about the Cook's recipe for Best Blueberry Muffins. I've tried lots of recipes, but these were a huge success. Thought they would overflow, but formed the most beautiful and best tasting muffins. Ever. Here's the link to the post on my blog.
http://www.abountifulkitchen.com/2010...
Also loved the Ina Garten recipe for Banana Crunch muffins.

Aug 21, 2010
slcook in Home Cooking

Strawberry Cake recipe? No mixes, please!!!

Agree with Floridavelvet. Just made this cake. Really delsh if you are looking for a cake made without a mix or Jello. Posted on my blog yesterday...
http://www.abountifulkitchen.com/2010...
Abountifulkitchen.com

Jun 03, 2010
slcook in Home Cooking

Happy Wine-ing & Dining in Salt Lake City...YES, Salt Lake City, Utah

If you haven't tried Settebello, you must put it on your list. I would rank it as one of my top 5 in SL. Thin Napoli style pizza. Love the Foccacia bread there too. My standanrd order there: Foccacia, hto out of the oven, with thier delicious olive oil, the Capriocosa pizza and the ensalata. SO good. Takashi would be my pick of the restaurants you listed. Love Takashi. The roll with thin lemon slices- forgot the name is my favorite, along with a bowl of any of their soups- love soba. Em's is a great choice, if you are looking for a quaint neighborhood restaurant close to the capitol, Ate that two weeks ago. Loved everything.

Mar 03, 2009
slcook in Mountain States

Getaway looking for specific foods

Making a trip to San Diego later this week. We are staying in Coronado, and looking for restaurants in the following categories: breakfast spots (how about a great Sunday Brunch spot too), Good mexican breakfast, Mexican lunch dinner restaurant, great (not breaded) fish tacos , dessert place, Sushi. We will have a car and not much on our agenda, except eating and relaxing. Thanks!

Mar 03, 2009
slcook in San Diego

restaurants for new years eve and other days with group of 10

We are traveling to NO this week with 10 family members. Mixed group with adults and kids down to 12 years old. Not picky eaters, all love good food. Fist can you recommend a restaurant for New Years Eve, Family friendly. Staying at the Marriott on Canal, but will have car. Also a couple of nights in the Metarie ? area. Need rec's for lunch, breakfast, dinners. How about a good lunch spot on the way to see the Laura and Oak Alley Plantations too? Thanks in advance!

Dec 28, 2008
slcook in New Orleans

Downtown/Wharf-cheap eats with teenagers

Yes, just a small group will be along -when we eat meals on our own.

Apr 09, 2008
slcook in San Francisco Bay Area

Downtown/Wharf-cheap eats with teenagers

I'm taking notes, actually my printer is taking notes...thanks for all of the sugestions. I will check back. We leave a week from this Wed. It's a choir trip with a group of about 80-90 high school kids. The last time I went along, we visited Boston, and the meals on our own were with a small group ( usually me and 5-6 others). I know from experience that the kids are always more on the conservative side when it comes to eating out, and they are usually limited to about $10 per meal. You know how it is...most people LOVE anything chain. Kids are usually no exception. Thus the guidelines! One more question... One of my kids lives in Southern CA, and loves Pinkberry. Is it in SF? How about any great cupcake places? If we go to Chinatown, any suggestions there? Actually, three questions.

Apr 08, 2008
slcook in San Francisco Bay Area

Sundance Resort - Any Experience?

Everything one reads about Sundance is positive, it seems. A few years back, I ate a couple of meals there, and stayed in a suite at Sundance. It has a beautiful setting, serene, cozy. The price tag ceratinly matches the experience. We went with a large group for a Christmas party. Now the very, very negative. Although we paid a premium price for the lodging for well over 100 people, and booked an expensive dinner, with our own private banquet room. Open bar, etc. Something went terribly wrong in the kitchen. 23 people became violently ill within a twenty four hour time period after eating dinner. In my husband's case, it lasted for over a week. This, in a man who NEVER gets sick. They all ate the same appetizer, which had been sitting out under a very warm heated lamp for several hours. I realize that things like this happen every now and then, with no intent to do harm from those involved in the serving and preparation of food. But the real rub here was, instead of accepting any responsibility in the matter, Sundance simply said "It wasn't our fault." No reimbursement or apology. That was the last time I visited or recommended Sundance to anyone.

Apr 08, 2008
slcook in Southwest

Downtown/Wharf-cheap eats with teenagers

I am traveling with teenagers will be staying in the Wharf area of town. We will have some free time and some dinners and lunches free. Can you suggest places that will be under $10 a meal, that both adult and probably mostly un-adventerous teenagers would like? We will be able to get away from the Wharf and venture out a bit using public trans. One day we will be close to the ballpark. Thanks!

Apr 08, 2008
slcook in San Francisco Bay Area

GIrl's Trip to Phoenix

Thanks for all of your suggestions! We were able to try a few of the spots mentioned. House of Tricks - I would have to say I agree with those who said it was a dissapointment...The service marginal. Ordered sodas, which were not carbonated,when we asked to have new drinks, the waiter just acted annoyed. The Salmon was overcooked, dry and had an old fish smell, salad served with salmon was ordinary. I tasted the Pork tenderloin dish, other than the sauce, it was dry and not flavorful. I would not recommend this restaurant.
Cafe Boa on Mill- Wonderful! Everything there we tried was delicious! The pastas were exceptional, The ravioli - crab stuffed, artichoke filled and the half and half dish someone mentioned earlier were yummy. One person ordered the chicken caesar, huge - big enough for two. The filet looked wonderful. One in our party had a dish made to order with linguini, chicken, broccoli - no problem. The bread was the dense, chewy type. Served with olive oil and parmesan. We asked for Balsamic, and they said it would be extra. Have you ever had that happen? Too full for dessert.
Aunt Chiladas - The chips and salsa were good, but that's about it,
US Egg - Good eggs florentine.
The Farm- We did a little shopping around there, a cute place. Tried several pastries-sweets at the lunch spot. The coconut cupcake was good, and the walnut brownie. The turnover was average. good cookies and raspberry bar. The sandwiches and salads looked good, we just weren't ready for lunch then. Headed over to House of Tricks, we would have been much better off to eat at the Farm. This would be a great place to take kids, they could run around outside on the grounds, while you sample great food.

Mar 07, 2007
slcook in Southwest

Any reviews on EM's in SLC?

Hmmm...I'm not sure I want to go there with clients now. I think I will wait and try it out with my hub first. So we JUST went to Faustina last week, have any other suggestions? I haven't been to Cucina Toscana lately, but had a friend who complained about a meal there recently. We need to try and stick to the downtown area...

Feb 20, 2007
slcook in Southwest

Any reviews on EM's in SLC?

Em's restaurant, formerly located by the Rio Grande, is now up by the Capitol. I am thinking about taking a client there for dinner this weekend. Searched for any reviews, but didn't find any on CHowhounds. Anyone out there tried Em's?

Feb 20, 2007
slcook in Southwest

SLC: Recommendations? New?

What is the banana exploration? I'll try it next time.

Feb 18, 2007
slcook in Southwest

GIrl's Trip to Phoenix

I will be in the Phoenix/Tempe area in two weeks for a Girl's Trip. Mos tof the people I will be tripping with are not food people. I would still like to try some good food. We will have a car and will be staying clsoe to the Mills Mall. Good Mexican, Italian, lunch spots? How about in Scottsdale? Thanks.

Feb 17, 2007
slcook in Southwest

SLC: Recommendations? New?

Just had dinner at Faustina. We went there a couple of months ago, tried the regular menu, and loved everything. Valentines Day was a fixed menu. Still all good. Try the Smoked chicken salad with dinner. big enough for two. Soups are delicious. The Bento Box for dessert is made for two. Yummy warm chocolate molten cake with ice cream, fudge oozing out of the middle. served with a mini creme brulee, and two small cylinders of chocolate and white choc (I know there is no such thing as wh choc) mousse.

I also recommend Trio. One on 9th East close to downtown, one in the Cottonwood area. Great appetizers. Try the flatbread with spreads.

The pub, now called the Desert Edge Brewery in Trolley Square, has good lunch menu. Try the Salmon Sandwich, with asian slaw. French onion soup is good.

Feb 17, 2007
slcook in Southwest

Steamboat CO

Winona's is great. Had breakfast twice in our last visit...everything was good. Decent portions. Huge cinnamon rolls, a little airy for me, still good though. Can't remember the name of the restaurant, but ate at a little Italian place in the basement on the main street. Seems like it was under a hotel...Wonderful food, reasonable prices.

Jan 09, 2007
slcook in Southwest

Favorite Mail-Order Chocolateir?

Fran's chocolates out of Seattle. Listed as Oprah's favorites a while ago. They are absolutely a Chowhound find. The best are the smoked salt caramels (dark or light) The coconut bars are yummy too. The sea salt on top of the chocolate dipped caramels are out of this world. www.franschocolates.com

Jan 09, 2007
slcook in General Topics