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ethnic options in triangle

You're not the first person to come to Chowhound to complain you were misinformed by Yelp. As Rockycat suggests you should search the board and ask some specific questions.

Of the cuisines you named I can recommend Battistella's in Raleigh for Creole food.

about 14 hours ago
AreBe in Southeast

Any good seasoning blends out there without garlic?

We've made Emeril's Essence for years and reduce or eliminate the salt. You may eliminate the garlic just as we have eliminated the salt.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...
We made Poultry Seasoning and Italian Seasoning blends from these recipes to give as small gifts this year in aluminum tins we bought from Amazon.
http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.co...

about 15 hours ago
AreBe in General Topics

GF product subst. for vanilla wafer crumbs in Bourbon Balls?

Thanks much for your suggestions. We will look for these brands.

This recipe is from Southern Living.
12 oz. vanilla wafers finely crushed
1 c chopped pecans toasted
3/4 c powdered sugar
2 T cocoa

1/2 c Bourbon
2-1/2 T light corn syrup

Mix the dry ingredients. Dissolve together the liquids. Combine wet and dry and mix well. Roll into 1 inch balls (about 5 dozen) then roll in additional powdered sugar. Store in fridge, but best enjoyed at room temp.

Dec 14, 2014
AreBe in Special Diets

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

We're adjusting to empty nest, sometimes we've got two servings with one for leftover and sometimes it's enough for six or more, sigh.
Made Alton Brown's oatmeal stuffed baked apples several times when the new crop arrived this fall.
Made Lancashire Hot Pot lamb with potatoes & more - we didn't grow up with lamb - asked for Molly Stevens' braising book for Christmas.
Made several of Sara Foster's soups.
Made an especially delicious turkey breast after Thanksgiving with a compound herb butter under the skin from an Ina Garten recipe. The gravy from the drippings was so fine.
We have two pear trees in our yard. Made cardamom ginger pear butter overnight in the oven without scorching, for a pleasant change.
Explored curry a bit, but have a long long way to go.

Dec 13, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking
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GF product subst. for vanilla wafer crumbs in Bourbon Balls?

Mom is gluten free but not bourbon free. Spouse wants to make some Bourbon Balls for Christmastime that are made of finely crushed Vanilla Wafers, chopped pecans, Bourbon, and several forms of sugar.

Can you suggest a gluten free product to substitute for the Vanilla Wafer crumbs?

Dec 13, 2014
AreBe in Special Diets

What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

I really like ATK's Orange cranberry steel cut oats.
Before bedtime boil 3 cups water with 1/2 t salt. Add 1 c oats, stir, remove from heat, cover. In morning add 1/2 c each craisins, milk, orange juice, 3 T brown sugar, 1/8 t cardamom. Heat to boil then simmer about 5 min, remove from heat and let sit about 5 min. This keeps well in the fridge to make several breakfasts.

I spent about $8 on dried cherries and cherry jam to make this Ellie Krieger recipe, but have not yet gotten around to making it. http://www.elliekrieger.com/cherry-va...

Dec 12, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Need help marinating a whole chicken in lemon

Rao's chicken will give you that "lemon zing." The sauce is not applied as a marinade but instead is broiled onto the cooked chicken pieces.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ra...

Dec 09, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

I didn't consider chocolate covered fruit. A five dollar tub of goodies from TJ's will go a long way if I'm putting just a few pieces into a bunch of snack-size ziplock bags. Thanks very much!

Dec 02, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

Grey, I'm going to assemble some of these bags for my wife who feels chained to her desk sometimes. What "dark chocolate bits" do you use? I'm thinking of Ghirardelli 60% chips and am curious what you use.

Dec 02, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

There's a beautiful story in "The Italian Country Table" about cooking Mother's Broth to nourish her back to health. Here's the recipe but you'll have to go to the book for the story. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
We're fans of A Chef's Life on PBS, and love the story of making Mom's chicken and rice the wrong way then the right way. http://www.achefslifeseries.com/recip...
My late MIL lived with us awhile in her last years. She ate several tiny "meals" throughout the day, but the one she enjoyed most was a half cup of coffee and a few bites of something sweet mid-afternoon.

Dec 01, 2014
AreBe in General Topics

2nd entree that would compliment lamb (also 7hr lamb - leg or shoulder)?

Vegan recipes don't often appeal to me, but I would eat this stuffed squash down to the skin.
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

Nov 20, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking
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Low-cost enameled cast iron braiser/casserole pan

Macy's sometimes heavily discounts the Martha Stewart line. I've been very happy with my 6 qt. DO.
http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/ma...

Nov 16, 2014
AreBe in Cookware

Famous food in names- add to the list

Nov 16, 2014
AreBe in Not About Food

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

Here's a link to an article in NY Times with good advice on planning, cooking ahead, delegating, and several good recipes from Natchez. The Christmas table is not a lot different from the Thanksgiving table.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/din...

Nov 16, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking
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What to do with lemons? Zested over 20 of them

Rao's Famous Lemon Chicken
Avgolemono soup
Whiskey Sours
Stuff into the carcass of a chicken or turkey while you roast
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744517

Nov 12, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking
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Canning pears - need good recipes!

Two improvements this year:
1. Bought a 7 ounce bag of cardamom at Patel Bros. for $6.99
2. Thickened the seasoned milled pear sauce in heavy Magnalite pots IN THE OVEN OVERNIGHT @ 250F. Previously we cooked gently on the stove or in slow cooker and no matter how diligently we stirred, it scorched. The long slow cook in the oven worked beautifully.

Sep 26, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Secrets of cooking fried chicken are captured on this video

Lessons in frying chicken from New Orleans.
Great video from the kitchens that readers of The Times-Picayune voted to have the best fried chicken. I love that they used different fats (shortening, animal-vegetable combo, peanut oil, and I love hearing her say all veg-gy-tab-uhl). Temps are 340-350. Season a day before cooking. It's done when it floats and when it sounds right.

Sep 19, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

If this is your first and last trip to CP I advise beginning with their Soup 1-1-1: one cup each of turtle soup, gumbo, and soup du jour.

Sep 08, 2014
AreBe in New Orleans
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Suggestions for what to do with a quart of bacon fat?

Sep 02, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Are You Still Licking the Spoon and Egg Beaters

Only the crossed eyes are silly here

Looking for vanilla extract options in the Triangle area

Capri Flavors in Morrisville shows two vanilla powder products in their website but both are marked out of stock.
http://www.capriflavors.com/index.php...

A third product is described as
Rebecchi Vanilla Flavoring 2 x 5 Ml $2.99
Ingredients: propilenglycol, water, flavorings,
http://www.capriflavors.com/index.php...

If the glycerin you found is a dealbreaker then propylene glycol probably is too. But consider the dose for that meal plan: how many milligrams of the diol or triol will be in each serving?

Aug 19, 2014
AreBe in Southeast
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Cold Side Dish Ideas (for tonight!)

Deviled eggs?

Alton Brown's Roasted Edamame Salad is a winner.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

Aug 18, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Bread Pudding Disaster

CP uses whipped egg whites but they are incorporated into a soufflé and not as a meringue topping. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/br...

I think the OP just has too much liquid for the bread. I start my bread pudding by plumping raisins in bourbon, water and sugar. I use evaporated milk in the custard and let the stale bread absorb the custard for about 10 minutes. Add the drained raisins. Then I add whole milk so that the mixture is soupy but not so thin that the raisins sink.

Aug 18, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

Looking for a slow cooker Alfredo, without using a jar of pasta sauce.

Here's a chicken broccoli alfredo slow cooker recipe that calls for a pint of cream. I think you could sub your can of evap milk and add some parm. I found this recipe with google and cannot vouch for it.
http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/slo...

A lady dear to me traveled America with an electric skillet. That may be a more versatile tool in your hotel than a crockpot.

Aug 18, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

need a crock pot roast recipe (beef or pork) with no onion

I've never cooked it in the oven, only in the crock pot. I've used Boston Butt roasts up to 8 or 10 pounds and cook them to 190F so they pull apart very easily.

My food processor won't crack the peppercorns so I either set my pepper grinder for very coarse or else crack the tablespoon of pepper in a mortar and pestle.

To score the top fat cap side of the roast I first remove some of the fat cap if it is more than about a half inch thick. I cut a diamond crosshatch pattern across the roast with each cut about an inch deep and about an inch apart. I use my fingers or a spatula to really work the garlic herb paste into each cut.

Jul 31, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

need a crock pot roast recipe (beef or pork) with no onion

Here's a great pulled pork recipe I've made many times in a crock pot. We grow oregano in the backyard so 2 cups is not a big deal for us - you can buy a package of fresh herbs most places for about $2. This sounds like a lot of oregano and garlic, but after it cooks 8 hours it gives delicious flavors to a big pork shoulder roast.
http://relish.com/recipes/garlic-pork...

Jul 29, 2014
AreBe in Home Cooking

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