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Vacation Spot in October

I think there's enough "to do for a long weekend" but that's just my humble opinion. Here's an old thread combining food and activities around the triangle. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817613

October is the tail end of hurricane season and is leaf peeping time so factor that into your decision. Others have made great suggestions to which I'll add DC and Miami/Lauderdale.

Jul 19, 2014
AreBe in Southeast
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Memorable Quotes about booze

Noah Sweat's 1952 speech to the Mississippi legislature:

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:

If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_S...

Jul 14, 2014
AreBe in Food Media & News
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Memorable Quotes about booze

From Commanders Palace New Orleans lunch menu:
Our 25¢ Martinis
The Best Kept Secret in Town!!
“Limit three (3) per person ‘cause that’s enough”
~ Available with the purchase of any Entrée ~
Classic • Commander’s • Cosmopolitan • Ray’s Melon

Jul 14, 2014
AreBe in Food Media & News

Questions on grilled shrimp skewers

I like New Orleans style BBQ shrimp. Here's a recipe from Pascal's Manale that you can adapt for the grill.
http://blog.nola.com/judywalker/2009/...
For the Manale spice I'd use Emeril's Essence. We keep a jar on the counter but use only about half of the salt the recipe calls for.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

Jul 03, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Questions on grilled shrimp skewers

Use two skewers so the shrimp don't swivel when you try to turn them.

Jul 03, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking
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Regrets -- I've had a few.

Against the advice of the previous days tour guide, "too dangerous", I visited Tsukiji and almost got run over by the men driving the carts/lifts.

I ate Geschnetzeltes in Zurich. I ate and drank everything I could in Paris.

Made two trips to Glasgow, did not eat Haggis, have no regrets.

Jun 30, 2014
AreBe in General Topics

McVities Digestive biscuit use

Drool. Here's how I make them.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/royce-...

Jun 12, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking
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Party menu comments welcome

You're in rural Arizona and you're asking someone to bring desert! That's great!

Your plan to send updates on who's bringing what is a great plan to mind the gaps & overlaps.

I buy day old loaves and make croutons with extra garlic. You might add that to your salad toppings list.

Jun 12, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

ISO Birthday Cake in the Triangle, but not Super Sweet

We're fans of Once in a Blue Moon in downtown Cary. We've enjoyed the Chocolate Encounter and Chocoholic, but these are over the top and don't fit your request. The Razzmatazz looks like it fits your challenge. German chocolate is a less sweet cake. If you give them a call I'm sure they can serve your need.
http://www.bluemoonbakery.com/special...

Jun 10, 2014
AreBe in Southeast

College group Lexington & E 24th. Sushi? Ramen?

Thanks very much everyone! We appreciate the help.

May 26, 2014
AreBe in Manhattan

College group Lexington & E 24th. Sushi? Ramen?

My son and his college jazz band will be staying near Lexington & E 24th St in early June. He's interested in under $20 sushi or ramen meals within walking distance.

Also interested in other foods at bargain prices. This stuy-town thread was helpful. Would appreciate other tips too. Thanks!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9744...

May 25, 2014
AreBe in Manhattan

Bouncy, bouncy iPad

Agreed.

May 23, 2014
AreBe in Site Talk

Fresh herbs--do you have them, how do you use them?

Earlier this week I seared some chicken thighs (with the bone & skin) then sauteed a sweet onion and braised with a can of tomatoes. I put the thighs under the broiler to crisp the skin while I added oregano, basil & parsley to the tomato sauce.

We love to do something like pernil with our oregano. Tyler F's recipe is quite close to the one we use, but we use 1.5 - 2 cups oregano & cook ours in the crock pot. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...

We like Martha S's rosemary dijon marinade for flank/London broil. http://www.marthastewart.com/313801/r...

We like Ina G's parm-thyme crackers. Also good when substituting rosemary. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

I make a compound butter using about 2 parts whatever herbs I feel like to 1 part softened butter, add coarse salt & pepper. Put under the skin of chicken breasts and roast with diced potatoes. The chicken is moist and flavorful and the potatoes pick up the herb, butter & chicken flavors.

May 23, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

How Many Food Stores?

Each Wednesday when I get the weeks grocery ads I note the best prices on items we buy and typically plan meals around the meat specials. I regularly shop in 3 of the 4 chains in our town. A 5th, Publix, is under construction very near and I'll likely add them in. There are certain items we get at Aldi; plenty of items from TJ's; a few from BJ's Whse; some but not much food from Wal-Mart but plenty nonfoods. We're at the big Grand Asia at least monthly, and at Patel Bros. not quite as often.
The state agriculture dept. runs a huge Farmers Mkt that is about to pull me in every week.
Total Wine for the house red, Chapel Hill Wine for the Rhone & Bordeaux.

May 20, 2014
AreBe in General Topics

'Cannibal cop' cooking breakfast and lunch for inmates, guards in lower Manhattan prison

"The so-called cannibal cop is working as a jailhouse cook — and there’s not a single woman on the menu.

"Gilberto Valle, 30, makes breakfast and lunch daily for his fellow prisoners in a kitchen at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. He earns 44 cents an hour in perhaps the most ironic jail work assignment in recent memory.

“He has mastered making pizza,” his mother, Elizabeth Valle, told the Daily News. The pizza is so good, she said, even the jail guards like to eat it.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/n...

New York Magazine writes, "But the tabloid just could not help itself from including a sidebar imagining Valle’s menu: head of lettuce, rump roast (with requisite bikini photo), barbecued breast, chick fillet, heartichoke soup, leg of ma’am, etc. For which we find them guilty of first-degree pun abuse."

We have more than a fun Punsters here on Chowhound!

May 08, 2014
AreBe in Food Media & News

Steaks for Mother's Day: Menu ideas?

Our son and his wife are dining with us tonight, and they are cooking for their Moms next week.

Tonight I grill ribeyes while Mom cooks spinach with a bit of garlic & lemon and she glazes some carrots. We'll have apricot/peach/oatmeal bars later.

May 04, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Sugar Content of Milk! Really?

Fascinating article. When I read this section all I could think about is the poor lab tech who had to milk the rats.

Consider how humans stack up against these animals (values are given in percentage weight—all data from Jenness 1974).
• Human: 3.8% fat; 1% protein; 7% lactose
• Cow: 3.7% fat; 3.4% protein; 4.8% lactose
• Rat: 10.3% fat; 8.4% protein; 2.6% lactose
• Dog: 12.9% fat; 7.9% protein; 3.1% lactose
• Rabbit: 18.3% fat; 13.9% protein; 2.6% lactose

May 02, 2014
AreBe in General Topics
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What's Your Favorite Healthy Dessert?

+1 for yougurt and fruit

For Easter dessert we passed strawberries, several yougurts & granola and each made our own parfait.

May 02, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Another Braising & Browning Question

I blot the chuck roast with paper towels and sprinkle heavily with kosher salt and coarse pepper and press the seasoning into the meat. I heat just a little vegetable oil or bacon fat in the 12 inch cast iron skillet almost to smoke-point, then sear the roast about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the meat and after the skillet cools a bit deglaze the pan with water or broth. Some red wine is always good to add, too.

Apr 29, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking
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How do you clean an "empty" peanut butter jar?

So I just grabbed this Corgi photo off the internet because it fit so well. Here is my pit bull/boxer mix Ginger working the peanut butter out of her Kong toy tonight.

Apr 28, 2014
AreBe in General Topics
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How do you clean an "empty" peanut butter jar?

my friend helps

Apr 28, 2014
AreBe in General Topics
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Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

The first time I made a cheesecake I was just so stunned by how much fat and sugar are in them that I couldn't eat cheesecake again for over a year. Now it's good a few times a year, but only a small serving.

Apr 17, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Corn Casserole?

Here is my Mom's Corn Pudding Souffle recipe.
1 can cream style corn
2 eggs, well beaten
1 c milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. melted butter

Mix flour and sugar. Add milk gradually and stir. Add rest of ingredients and place in greased casserole. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour. Mom now microwaves this dish.

Apr 16, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Recipe ideas for pregnant lady with high blood pressure

I LOVE this lentil - sweet potato dal. It is not pretty, but is delicious. I typically add both a jalapeno and a serrano pepper, but remove the seeds and membranes before mincing. I never add the chard/greens. It calls for 1 tsp. Kosher salt, but I think you could use less because it has so many other flavors.
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/1...

Apr 16, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

dishwasher detergent

Could be a dishwasher problem.
1-Pull out the bottom rack and look all around the bottom of the dishwasher - I've found nasty chunks of food inside mine and you may too.
2-Clean both sides where the door meets the body of the washer. Mine gets gross after a month or so, but wipes clean easily.
3-I use a commercial dishwasher cleaner about twice a year - I've got the 2nd of a Cascade twin pack in my cabinet - and will use it when I next notice a film on my dishes or the walls of the dishwasher.

Could be a detergent problem.
I don't *swear* by Cascade Complete powder in the big box at Wal-Mart, but that's what I use. I fill the main compartment, the pre-wash compartment, and use the high temp option on my dishwasher.

Apr 16, 2014
AreBe in Cookware

Seeking help for removing oven light bulb cover

Have you tried the tips from comments on this youtube video?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRp1D...

Wearing a rubber/vinyl glove, pushing in against the cover, and twisting hard counterclockwise seems to work.

Apr 15, 2014
AreBe in Cookware

looking for ideas and tips... "nest' cake for Easter

Saw this link and remembered you post
http://www.vanillabeanbaker.com/easte...

Apr 12, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Asking a restaurant for recipe

The last time I asked about a restaurant recipe the owner of the place said, "Sure I'll tell you because it's such a pain in the ass to make that you'll come back here for us to cook it for you!" He went on to say they grated daikon, cooked it with some white wine, put it in a pan & let set in the fridge, then sliced and fried.
"Oh, that's just how we make our grits cakes!" He seemed pretty disappointed that we would do a multi-step prep. Here's a link to the grit cake recipe we like best. Chef Brigtsen serves it with rabbit tenderloin, but it's almost as good with a chicken tender.
http://www.gumbopages.com/food/meats/...

Apr 03, 2014
AreBe in General Topics
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CH borderliner unusable on iPad, just me?

I use an iPad3 with iOS7 and Safari.
Dave asked, "Is it correct that this is more of a problem on board pages? (i.e. the issue jgg13 describes about loading the wrong thread)"
No. If I am on Chow Features or Recipes or on a board it behaves about the same. It's even more aggravating when you press the back button to return to a page.

Mar 21, 2014
AreBe in Site Talk
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The North America What's In Season Thread

If you're traveling to North Carolina here's a great resource from the state agriculture department.
http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/availabi...

Mar 21, 2014
AreBe in General Topics