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Agriturismo in Umbria and Tuscany

Several years ago, one of the folks who works in my favorite boutique wine store in Delaware arranged a visit for my husband and me with Joschi Goldschmidt at Corzano e Paterno in San Casciano in Val di Pesa. Had we known it was an agritourismo, we certainly would have stayed there, but our visit with the Goldschmidt family at their small winery was a highlight of our trip. If you're looking for an authentic, non-touristy experience, this is it. http://www.corzanoepaterno.com

about 18 hours ago
CindyJ in Italy

Marai corn

I was at Pete's about an hour ago. They had samples of their golden watermelon out, and after taking a taste I couldn't leave without one. Of course, I also bought more Marai (yellow), heirloom tomatoes, garlic and a mixed pint of cherry tomatoes that I'm going to use tonight in a tomato vinaigrette that will be spooned over grilled whole red snapper -- a recipe I saw in today's NY Times Food section (http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...).

2 days ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Laguna Miramare

Glad to hear you had an enjoyable meal, and that the noise level was at least tolerable. I've had the cod with polenta twice now, and found it to be really delicious. I've tasted the branzino and was not quite so smitten with it, even though there's much to be said for its simple preparation. One thing we like to do when we go is to order at least one dish that features the porcini mushrooms that Carolyn forages for in Italy, dehydrates and brings back here. There's a pasta dish on the menu that we've shared as an appetizer that is soooooo good!

2 days ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Star-themed hors d'oeuvres

Slices of star fruit (carambola) with chantilly cream.

Jul 27, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

ISO inspiration for "Bowls" meals

I'm not sure if it's "comforting" -- or maybe something else -- but there is definitely something to be said for eating this kind of food out of a bowl, rather than a plate, and I'm wondering just what it is.

Last night I made an Asian-style pork tenderloin on the grill. I planned to serve the sliced tenderloin on top of of rice noodles, shredded carrots, chopped scallions, chopped red bell peppers and cilantro with a peanut dressing. I had all of the ingredients in separate bowls, thinking that we'd each construct our own dish. We'd be eating outside on the deck, and as I contemplated which dishes to use for setting the table it became clear to me that an ordinary dinner plate just wouldn't do. And, interestingly enough, neither would a flat-rimmed soup bowl. I'm not sure why that was, but I chose oval-shaped white bowls (see photo), and although they're a little smaller than I would have liked, they seemed just perfect for the purpose. Why did the bowl/dish even matter? It wasn't like there was soup or something else that would run out of a flat dish.

Jul 27, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Marai corn

We had both bicolor and yellow over the weekend. We gave a slight edge to the yellow. One thing is for certain: as long as Pete's has heirloom tomatoes and Mirai corn, I'm very happy to have dinner at home. Oh... and those little sugar plums -- YUM! And his beautiful hardneck garlic. And have you tasted those raspberries? I could go on and on...

Jul 27, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

ISO inspiration for "Bowls" meals

In another thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1020023), a poster mentioned that (s)he is "doing "bowls" now because they are so easy to do and because, to me, they taste so good." I love the idea! What ingredients would you toss together for a yummy 1-bowl meal?

Jul 26, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Italian BYOB in Bucks County

We've had several enjoyable meals at Domani Star in Doylestown. I also like Rick's in Lambertville.

Jul 26, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook

I'm afraid not. It really is a meat-centric restaurant and there's no on-site fishing pond. There are, however, several wonderful-sounding vegetarian options.

Jul 25, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook

We met friends there for dinner last night. Enjoyed another really wonderful meal. I had the panzanella with heirloom tomatoes and the smoked beef shoulder. It was a perfect evening to be dining outdoors and every table outside was filled. I noticed a few people sitting around a fire pit on the level below the courtyard. I wonder if they brought their own marshmallows and sticks.

Jul 25, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Perceptions in taste, not preferences

That's interesting, hotoynoodle. Are you saying that the addition of that particular yeast which caused that particular result was intentional? My unsophisticated palate didn't find it offensive; in fact I enjoyed the wine quite a bit. Subsequent bottles of that same wine did not have those banana overtones, and were also enjoyable.

Jul 25, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Potato Chip Sampler Packages

I was also going to recommend Herr's -- our locally produced brand. They've got a whole line of different potato chip flavors, available in snack packs. http://www.herrsstore.com/heassnsise4...

Jul 24, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Perceptions in taste, not preferences

I've tried, but there have been very few times that I've been able to detect anything like "notes of vanilla, leather and cassis" in a wine. The one exception was the very apparent aroma of bananas in a bottle of Valpolicella, and even that I didn't notice until someone at the wine store made mention of it when I went back for another bottle of it -- "Oh, that's the one with the banana overtones." Yeah, right, I thought to myself, until I did open that second bottle at home and definitely noticed it.

Jul 22, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Marai corn

Then pick some for me, too!

Jul 21, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Marai corn

There are plenty of wild raspberries available now. Are those dark enough for you?

Jul 21, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Marai corn

We did a side-by-side taste test of Pete's bi-color and yellow Mirai corn last night and declared a tie. The yellow was more intensely flavored; the kernels were plumper and maybe the corn had been left longer in the field. The bi-color was more tender, with smaller kernels and longer and narrower cobs. They were BOTH delicious.

We also had an heirloom tomato salad. The overwhelming favorite was a smallish tomato that was deep red and (almost) black on the outside. I don't know what they're called, but I'm definitely going back for more.

Jul 21, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Looking for New Kitchen Faucet

As I recall, the flow restrictors we removed from our shower heads and kitchen faucet had to be drilled out, so they're no longer usable. When the day comes that we sell our home, the removal of the flow restrictors will be long-forgotten.

Jul 18, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Looking for New Kitchen Faucet

It's often possible to increase the GPM by removing the flow restrictor in the faucet. The schematic that comes with the faucet will indicate where it's located. It may not be legal, but it's easily doable.

Another website where you can ask for a recommendation -- and I've had great experiences with all kinds of plumbing questions/issues there -- is the plumbing forum on http://terrylove.com/ You'll have to register to post a question, but there are many, many professionals who read the website and respond with informed answers.

Jul 17, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware
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Baan Thai Sabaidee -- West Chester

How's it going for you these days? Are you settled in?

Jul 17, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Help cleaning my stainless steel appliance.

I can understand that use of it. But in my kitchen the oil attracts dust and leaves a greasy residue when I wipe it.

Jul 17, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

How do you discover cookbooks?

When I read about a cookbook that sounds interesting, the first place I turn to is my library's website. I reserve the book, they let me know when it's ready to be picked up, and I check the book out at home. If I like it, I'll buy it, usually on Amazon. I'm just amazed that more people don't use the library. I'm also amazed that it's still free!

Baan Thai Sabaidee -- West Chester

I'm wondering if anyone has been to this Thai restaurant that's located in the strip of shops behind Laguna Miramare on Nields St. at Route 52. Their online menu looks interesting, but I'd love to hear of someone's first-hand experiences.

Jul 16, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Marai corn

I had white corn from Pete's last week -- nothing to rave about. The Mirai ought to be ready any day now.

Jul 16, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Help cleaning my stainless steel appliance.

My Bosch SS dishwasher has cleaning challenges that are different from my other SS appliances, mostly owing to "drip marks" that begin on the upper edge and run down from there. I've found one product that works beautifully on those marks: ZEP Stainless Steel Polish. But I have to add that it has to be wiped off thoroughly or it will leave an oily residue. For that reason, I don't use it on any other SS appliances. It's the only product I've found that removes those water marks, though, so I use it on the dishwasher, usually followed by a once-over with Windex.

Jul 15, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Where to buy locally grown saffron?

I've looked for it in Lancaster, but now I know I have to look more closely at package labeling.

Jul 13, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook

We'll probably never know. Victims of over-moderation, most likely.

Jul 13, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Where to buy Pennsylvania saffron?

I remember that CI article, and wondered where in Lancaster locally grown saffron might be available. I once bought a couple of plastic "vials" of saffron at Shady Maple, but I have no idea whether or not it was locally grown.

Jul 13, 2015
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook

Thanks for posting that link. I have a feeling reservations will be a bit harder to come by now.

Jul 13, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Superior recipes from Cook's Illustrated et. al.?

The problem I have with their "Best Recipe" claim is that the end result is rarely (IMHO) truly the best recipe.

That said, I do have one go-to recipe that originated at ATK and that's for Roasted Red Peppers. It's mostly the technique that renders it a success every time; there's really not much of a "recipe" for roasted red peppers.

Jul 12, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

On a Tuesday night, you might have the entire restaurant all to yourselves.

Jul 10, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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