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Easy/affordable dessert for 200 people?

I know I must be missing something, but 9 X 12 = 108, right? Wouldn't you need 16 pans for 200 people?

May 26, 2013
carminabee in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

I was amazed at how much I loved the white corn grits. I expected them to be just like polenta but somehow I just so much prefer these grits. With my leftovers, I made oven baked croutons for soup and they were exceptional!

Sep 23, 2012
carminabee in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

John Francis, I've had moderate success in oven baking falafels. It's definitely not the same as frying but when I haven't wanted to make a big oily mess, it's worked.

Sep 23, 2012
carminabee in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

NuMystic, I totally agree with you and am so surprised that anyone familiar with good falafel finds this acceptable. I bought a package for a quick appetizer for my book club and was so disappointed upon tasting them I almost threw them out. I realized my friends were good cooks themselves and also avid TJ fans so I decided to serve them, realizing that my palate isn't the end all be all of taste and we could all learn a little. Not one of my guests liked them enough to buy them. The biggest complaint was the doughy, leaden texture and flat taste. I know there is plenty of variance in falafel styles; this one didn't do it for us.

Sep 23, 2012
carminabee in Chains

Voting for the September Home Cooking Dish of the Month

BALLS O' MEAT!

Aug 26, 2012
carminabee in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month: September 2012 Nominations

I haven't been extremely active or vocal prior to this, but I would find the most appeal in a thread of this sort to be very specific; not just soup, but everyone's idea of their very best clam chowder or tomato bisque. Also, maybe the majority of commenters are far and wide but here in California, September is still mostly full on summer for us, so the idea of super hearty winter fare seems a bit premature.

Yikes, now I've thrown in 4 cents; hope that's okay :)

Aug 21, 2012
carminabee in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month: September 2012 Nominations

What about ratatouille? I'm still inundated with squash, tomatoes and eggplant, all previously suggested but this is a specific dish, and one with enormous variations, dare I say even au gratin?

That's my 2 cents :) RATATOUILLE

Aug 21, 2012
carminabee in Home Cooking

super-delicious, super-flavourful broccoli recipe?

I like Nancy Silverton's long cooked broccoli. There are several adaptations of it online. Completely different than a quick sauté and extremely yummy.

Jan 04, 2012
carminabee in Home Cooking

Best Standing Rib Roast Recipe

Thank you again! I think I didn't let my drippings get quite hot enough and also think the oven was too hot at the start (coming down from the 550 blast). Your tip about saving the fat is inspired and it will make my next attempt much less frenzied, but my dogs are really grateful I didn't read about it until this morning! Have a great new year's celebration.

Dec 26, 2011
carminabee in Home Cooking

Best Standing Rib Roast Recipe

Thank you, fourunder, for your wisdom and support. The roast was perfect. My only real concern was a fuzzy memory I had of cooking a turkey in the roaster a couple years ago and it had cooked faster than I had expected and so I was nervous that at even 18 minutes per pound I might accidentally over cook my beautiful piece of beef. Ultimately I cooked it for four hours between 225 and 250 then put it in my oven at 550 for 12 minutes to get pretty, let it rest for 30 minutes while I tried my hand (first time) with Yorkshire puddings and then carved and plated. They all raved, which cracks me up because but for the timing, it's truly an effortless entree. Thank you again. If you have any tips about Yorkshire pudding, I'd love to hear them because mine, while "ok" weren't what I was hoping for.

Dec 25, 2011
carminabee in Home Cooking

Best Standing Rib Roast Recipe

Hi fourunder, I've been viewing your chat with cheetah with interest and hope you're online to answer a quick question. I'm putting my 13 lb prime rib in an oven roaster any
second. It's been getting to room temp for a couple three hours and I plan on your low temp of 250 or even 225. I'm not afraid of food police :). My question is can I take it from the roaster to the 450 oven for the appearance inhancing blast and THEN let it rest, or is the rest, then 250, then blast the better way? I did this same cut of meat last month with 450, then 325 and it was great but I'd like to free up my oven and like the benefits I'm reading with this method. Thanks so much!

Dec 24, 2011
carminabee in Home Cooking

The best way to bake a cheap ass ham?

I've done this for my last two ham events. People rave. It's ridiculously simple. More details to follow but here for now...

The original instructions include a nod to sustainable eating and all but then admonish you to buy the cheapest ham you can get your hands on....

http://tastingtable.com/recipe/forkin...

Blessings,

Dec 14, 2011
carminabee in Home Cooking

Gielina, the emperor's new clothes

I'm confused. You've been twice, and BOTH times you had the lamb sausage pizza?

Jun 20, 2011
carminabee in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast/Brunch, staying downtown

I would send you to Croce's Restaurant. My husband and I stumbled in there quite by accident a few years ago and had one of the best breakfasts we've ever had, a fabulous and hang-over remedying concoction of polenta, chorizo and eggs. If memory serves me right, they also had killer Bloody Marys. I think I need to get back to San Diego soon!

May 26, 2011
carminabee in San Diego

Iwatani butane cartridges?

I love my butane burner and would love to hear how you like the torch. I found the cartridges at http://www.restaurantsource.com. Another website had what seemed like a lower price but wanted to charge me a hazardous material shipping charge. You can also usually find them at Smart and Final.

Jan 05, 2011
carminabee in Cookware

Red Medicine and SIV

Someone claiming to be SIV has posted a 5 star review for RM over on yelp, complete with the infamous picture. Does anyone know about this?

Dec 28, 2010
carminabee in Food Media & News

Quiet-ish restaurant?

Try La Bastide in Scripps Ranch.

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La Bastide
10006 Scripps Ranch Blvd, San Diego, CA 92131

Dec 25, 2010
carminabee in San Diego

how to use up corned beef

I use corned beef instead of ham to make a great split pea soup.

Oct 17, 2010
carminabee in Home Cooking

Best Immersion Blender

I purchased the Bamix a couple months ago and I'm really disappointed. It's great for mayo and cream and light weight stuff but the 'chopper' attachment is just bent metal with nothing resembling blades. Plus it weighs in at about five pounds. My 12 year old Braun did a much better/quicker job at pureeing vegetable soups, (my main use) before it kicked the bucket.

Oct 08, 2010
carminabee in Cookware

Need great tasting american hamburger recipe

Oh!... Pick me, pick me.... I know the answer to this one!!!!! The most important thing about a good burger is the meat. And after reading that a pound of hamburger could come from as many as ten - no not cows - but slaughterhouses, I decided I needed to do something different. I like my meat rare. If you have a rib eye rare you have a limited amount of surface areas for contamination. Ground beef is 100% surface area so it's easy to see this is the most problematic area of meat safety. $40 later with my meat grinder attachment for my kitchen Aid i can't believe I waited this long! Unlike some foodie changes, this one paid off immediately with a product unlike anything I've had before. I follow Judy Rogers of Zuni cafe advice for presalting and am turning out burgers that are absolutely incredible!!

Oct 02, 2010
carminabee in Home Cooking

does anyone still buy instant coffee?? canned vegetables?? condensed soup??

Sam, I didn't think your first reply was too sarcastic, and especially regret alan barnes new, edited commentary. Both of them gave me a chuckle and were completely on point.

Jan 24, 2010
carminabee in General Topics

Dining in Vegas: Restaurant etiquette question!

My husband and I had this same issue a couple of years ago. We went to Vegas for a concert we thought would be over by 9 and had reservations at Charlie Palmer's Aureole for 9:15. As the concert ran longer and longer I started stressing because, for me, the trip was all about the food, the heck with the concert! I stepped out at 9 and made a call to the restaurant explaining our situation and they were absolutely gracious and accommodating. We ended up getting there at around 9:40 and had the 9 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Absolutely one of the best meals of my life and what made the night perfect was the attentive, but restrained wait staff and the fact that we were not once made to feel that being there was inconveniencing anyone or that there was any need to hurry through our fabulous experience.

Jan 22, 2010
carminabee in Las Vegas

Hotel Noriega (Basque food) Bakersfield; Superior Dairy Products Co in Hanford; Pho N Seafood in Visalia - any reports?

Pho N Seafood has great pho, salt and pepper shrimp, fresh crab and fresh lobster. Prices are reasonable, service decent and food is real.

Jan 20, 2010
carminabee in California

PB & J dilemma - Please weigh in!

Thank you, thank you, for all your replies. My husband and I have loved reading the responses. We agree with most of you in that this is, indeed, a small thing. Smaller still, when you take into account that I don't really use either the PB or J for myself, thereby negating the need for our separate jars (great idea, though, thanks!) I think I misrepresented myself a bit, because rather than being wigged out, I guess I should have more accurately said I was just a bit puzzled by this behavior and wanted to see how common or uncommon it was.

Lastly, he is not now, nor has he ever been banished to the couch, as I said, he is otherwise mostly perfect.

Jan 15, 2010
carminabee in General Topics

PB & J dilemma - Please weigh in!

This afternoon I went to grab the peanut butter to make my son a sandwich and found a glob of strawberry jam in the jar from my otherwise mostly perfect husband's late night foray into the kitchen. I have also found peanut butter in the jam on occasion. This wigs me out and he is completely nonplussed about why it bothers me. We have decided to take it here and see which one of us is in the majority. So please, chowhounds, tell us what you think!

Jan 11, 2010
carminabee in General Topics

Great mail order food gifts you give

Maybe I missed it, but has nobody mentioned Zingerman's yet? Really great bread, cheese, oils and vinegars. We always send their Reuben Sandwich Kit and people love it. Their customer service is fantastic, too; if anything doesn't work out, hey, if you just don't like it, they replace it with no questions asked.

Jan 11, 2010
carminabee in General Topics

The best canned tomatoes

Jan 07, 2010
carminabee in General Topics

San Francisco Pre-Alcatraz Swim Pasta Dinner

My husband is swimming in the SharkFest too! If we arrive in SF early enough on Friday we will be going to Tommaso's in North Beach. We went there a couple years ago with family and it was really good. Pizza, pasta, antipasti, all good stuff.

Other places we will be hitting up is Hog Island Oyster Company at the Ferry Bldg., 'witchcraft, and Greens at Fort Mason. Have a great swim!

Aug 10, 2009
carminabee in San Francisco Bay Area

Your latest 'addiction'?

I'm trying to understand the Triscuit hate too.....3 ingredients.....whole wheat first....what's so offensive about them, if you don't mind?

Jun 07, 2009
carminabee in General Topics