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Breakfast in Spokane Valley (?)

Sorry I didn't see this earlier. Whenever I'm in the Valley and looking for breakfast, I go to the Cottage Cafe on Appleway. The wait can be long if your timing is bad, but the breakfasts and lunches are really good. If you're just one or two you can often slip into the counter even when there is a line.

Jul 26, 2015
mr99203 in Pacific Northwest

Spokane Recommendations

If you're willing to drive a bit (it's a pretty drive!) I think your pre-teens would really enjoy the Coeur d"Alene branch of Wolf Lodge Steak House. It's an old, Western themed place with steaks,etc. cooked over an open fire. My family always enjoyed it when we had kids that age, and now that they're grown, we still go.

Jun 09, 2015
mr99203 in Pacific Northwest

Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

Jun 02, 2015
mr99203 in Recipes

Pecan and Salted Caramel Cheesecake

May 31, 2015
mr99203 in Recipes

Pecan and Salted Caramel Cheesecake

May 31, 2015
mr99203 in Recipes

Spokane 2015

Yes, Italia Trattoria is a highlight of Spokane's food scene. It's too bad that you didn't find the coffee to your liking, I go there for brunch frequently and have always been more than happy with it.

I've lived in Spokane for 10 years and have been really excited about the expansion of our restaurant choices in the past 5. I love Italia, Manito Tap House, Clover, Casper Fry's, and the new Republic PI. I'm looking forward to Blackbird's opening next month (I hope!).

Another basic but good breakfast choice (in addition to Frank's) is Hogan's on the South Hill. Satellite Diner too.

I really like Fleur de Sel's food, but had such a bad experience with a waiter the last time I ate there that I crossed it off my list. And I've never understood why people like Clinkerdagger's. Great location, meh food.

May 27, 2015
mr99203 in Pacific Northwest

In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

Peter, thanks for posting that, very interesting. 2015 is going to be my year to elevate my French from being able to read and understand pretty well to being able to really speak. Toward that end I have a 2 week stint in a language school booked for the fall followed by another 2 weeks of practicing. (p.s. this is Michele in Spokane, I tried sending an email to your work address, have you finally retired?)

Jan 16, 2015
mr99203 in France

Ciabatta Help!

If someone is looking for really specific instructions for making ciabatta using a Kitchenaid stand mixer, I found the post on useful.

Nov 12, 2014
mr99203 in Home Cooking

Timpano - a fun writeup

After years of thinking about this, I finally made and served one last night. It was a really fun process, done over about 3 days at a leisurely pace. I did the pasta frolla crust rather than a pure pasta (see the Tipsy Cook's blog). The timpano weighed 16.4 lbs when I put it into the oven. It was delicious, 15 people ate about 3/4 of it... the process and the party were well worth the effort.

Feb 16, 2014
mr99203 in Home Cooking

Thank you, Chowhounders!

Mine are still in service and look almost as good as new. And I use some of them pretty hard -- I bleach the dutch oven about once a year to bring back the interior color. I lost a few pieces in a divorce for several years, but my son retrieved them on a visit with this dad a few years ago, so I have my whole set again! I've supplemented with a few more LC flame pieces that cost much more than my original set.

Jan 24, 2014
mr99203 in Cookware

Thank you, Chowhounders!

I bought my workhorse set of Cousances (2 saucepans with lids, small enameled frypan, larger frypan with black interior, and dutch oven with lid) in flame at Sears in about 1973 for $79.95.

Jan 24, 2014
mr99203 in Cookware

Where to buy duck fat and truffle salt in MSP?

my W-S has both duck fat and truffle salt...

Jan 23, 2014
mr99203 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Pulled pork

Use as lard in tamales...

Jan 15, 2014
mr99203 in Home Cooking

Recipes (Meal Ideas) for someone who doesn't cook?

Does he like fish? When I'm trying to eat the way that his health requires, a quick meal of vegetables and a fish filet is delicious. Can even be successfully microwaved...

Jan 13, 2014
mr99203 in Special Diets

What can I buy for $35 at William Sonoma?

I agree, the microplane box grater is wonderful. The Flex-It silicone measuring cups are about $25 and are a pleasure to cook with. You can almost always find some spatulas, spoonulas, potholders, and mitts on sale if you're flexible about color. Many of the towel sets are $19.95.

Jan 08, 2014
mr99203 in Cookware

Cup4Cup in Burlington?

There is a Williams-Sonoma in Burlington, they should have it.

Jan 06, 2014
mr99203 in Northern New England

Your favorite products to order on Amazon?

For some reason I can't get dried bucatini for less than 4.99/lb in my small, northwestern city. So I order that from Amazon in giant packages at about $1.50/lb and share it with my friends.

I also sometimes buy San Marzano tomatoes (same issue, high price here), tahini, duck fat, whatever I can find a great price on...

Dec 21, 2013
mr99203 in General Topics

How many of you here from the NW/PNW ?


I cross Chowhound borders and drive to Idaho for dinner at least once a month!

Nov 22, 2013
mr99203 in Site Talk

ISO Fireside Picnic Ideas

Mmm, when I read your post's title, it immediately took me back to a traditional winter picnic during my years in San Francisco.

A cold, rainy night; a blazing fire; cold cracked crab, big salad, wonderful loaf of bread, and a cold bottle of a crisp white wine. Heaven.

Nov 18, 2013
mr99203 in Home Cooking

Master Chef - Junior Edition Premier 9/27/13

I just timed myself singing it and it only took 20 seconds! Are there verses I'm not aware of?

Seriously I've never been a soft boiled egg person and I've been playing with them since I watched this… Yum! I'm settling on 5 minutes for a cold-from-the-refrigerator egg, nice runny yolk over an almost burnt piece of grainy toast (that's another ongoing discussion here).

Nov 04, 2013
mr99203 in Food Media & News

So what's the average Chowhound's age?? (Part 2)


Nov 03, 2013
mr99203 in Not About Food


Mine comes to a simmer relatively quickly on low (say within an hour unless the ingredients are cold to begin with) and then keeps simmering for the rest of the time.

Oct 23, 2013
mr99203 in Home Cooking

PBS FREAK OUT - Joanne Weir. Come on, PBS- you can do better.

The student was Joan Boada, a principal dancer with the SF Ballet.

Aug 22, 2013
mr99203 in Food Media & News

Food Net Work Star Commercials

The repeated commercials drive me crazy! Not only is it the same commercial thoughout the entire playback,(and doesn't seem to change if you watch more than one episode) but the commercial is repeated twice back to back in each break! In order to stay sane, I have to use my mute button! If I were the Buick people, I would not be pleased with the effect I'm getting for my advertising dollar.

Jul 02, 2013
mr99203 in Food Media & News

How do you keep your kitchen towel handy while cooking?

Yes, I had never really thought about it, but I've been using the right-side front belt loop in jeans as a loop for a kitchen towel for years and years.

Oct 12, 2012
mr99203 in Not About Food

Knife sharpening in Spokane?

I'd give him a call or email him (steve “at” just to be sure he'll be there first.

Sep 26, 2012
mr99203 in Pacific Northwest

Knife sharpening in Spokane?

Steve Schmauch, Sharp Stuff, is the only person I've ever used and I've always been absolutely satisfied. His phone number is (509) 220-4346 and his "studio" is on the South Hill. Williams Sonoma recommends him too.

Sep 24, 2012
mr99203 in Pacific Northwest

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Medium High indirect heat, I turn on the front flame and place the bacon in the back to prevent flare ups. Then turn it a few times while it grills. It takes about the same time as frying it in a pan.

May 10, 2011
mr99203 in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Bacon cooked on a gas grill is my preferred way of cooking it. And when I fry fish, I'll often use an electric skillet on the patio to keep the smell out of the house.

May 09, 2011
mr99203 in Home Cooking


Italia Trattoria in Brownes Addition does a great brunch.

Apr 19, 2011
mr99203 in Pacific Northwest