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You rub on the magical Chowhound Lamp and....

1. Wine
2. Spaghetti carbonara
3. Pizza

Jan 07, 2011
chowbunny in General Topics

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

Very true. It works even better if you push your aromatics to the side of the pan and give the tomato paste it's own space. Let it sit a bit before stirring, and then stir it in it's own space for a bit. When it starts to turn an orange-y color, then you're ready to go.

Jan 07, 2011
chowbunny in Home Cooking

Recommendations for a cookbook as a wedding gift

Guiliano Bugialli's "Foods of Naples and Campania". There are MANY dishes that are vegetarian, and others that could easily be adapted (ie. subbing veg broth for chicken broth). Lots of good things with eggplant, lemon, tomato, pasta, etc. It's also a big book with lots of pictures - beautiful for display in the kitchen or on a coffee-table.

Jan 07, 2011
chowbunny in Home Cooking

Recommend a beginner's vegetarian cookbook?

My go-to vegetarian book is "Vegetarian Classics" by Jeanne Lemlin. The soups and pastas are quite good.

I also just bought "Veganomicon". Haven't made anything from it so far, but the recipes look good.

Jan 07, 2011
chowbunny in Home Cooking

Road trip - Alabama and Mississippi

Next week I'll be driving from Jacksonville, FL though Alabama to Biloxi/Gulfport, then heading north through MS toward Memphis. Haven't been to either state before, so what are the "don't miss" food experiences along the way?

I have a budget to do a couple of higher-end restaurants, but for the most part I am looking for inexpensive. Am most-interested in local specialties that I won't find anywhere else.

Nov 17, 2010
chowbunny in Central South

You know you're a foodie ("food nerd", "chow-der", etc.) when.....

More good ones:

1. When you buy bone-in meat so you can de-bone it and then whack the crap out of the bones with your cleaver to make stock (major stress-relief).
2. When you plot out menus, then decide who you might invite over who might actually enjoy them.
3. When you sneak bits of food on your less-adventurous friends' plates. ie. "How was that bone marrow?" and they thank you rather then have a freak-out.
4. When you challenge your friends re: how many different species of animals they've tried. And you always win.

Nov 08, 2010
chowbunny in Not About Food

What hounds should know- International Edition

I second BobB on the coffee issue in Italy. Cappucino past about 10 AM is going to get you a funny look or eye-rolling.

However, one place in Europe where the breakfast rules don't apply is in Scandinavia. They value a big breakfast, and they are usually included in the hotel price. And believe me, it's worth it. I have travelled a long way, and have never seen restaurant prices quite like Scandinavia (esp. Norway).

If your hotel includes breakfast, take it (and stuff your pockets on the way out).

Oct 12, 2010
chowbunny in General Topics

hakka chinese food? 'splain please!

While I tend to find fusion cuisine rather boring and misdirected, I have to say that I had some fantastic food at Wang's Kitchen in Mississagua.

A few months back Mr. Chowbunny and I were driving back from the Waterloo area on our way to Ottawa. We had hoped to stop for dinner at Saravana Bhavan at Eglinton and Hurontario. Unfortunately, it was just closing. So we had a look at the menu of the place next door... and we were so glad we did.

I don't care whether you call it Hakka or Indian-Chinese. It was unexpected, and VERY tasty. As I said before, I generally don't like fusion cuisines (with the exception of some of the Caribbean cuisines). It was just spicy, tasty, and awesome.

You know you're a foodie ("food nerd", "chow-der", etc.) when.....

1. When you complain to your cable company because they aren't carrying "The Cooking Channel"
2. When you and your spouse speak about your fav FN hosts like they live in your house
3. When you take more than a month off work (from your non-food job) to go to chef school
4. When you set up your laptop in your kitchen so you can watch CHOW videos while cooking
5. When you buy weird ingredients when travelling because you aren't sure you will find them again (even if you don't have recipe to use them(
6. When you cross reference back issues of Saveur, old episodes of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", and the Chowhound boards before plunking down your credit card on a plane ticket.

Jul 28, 2010
chowbunny in Not About Food

Pine Mouth in T-O! (watch out for bad pine nuts) - moved from Ontario board

For the last couple of days I have been wondering what the heck was wrong with me. Everything tastes awful and bitter. But after seeing this thread, I am pretty sure it's the pine nuts I bought a couple of days ago. I ate a small handful to see if they were fresh. They seemed okay at the time.

I hope it clears up soon, because it's an awful taste/feeling.

Jul 23, 2010
chowbunny in General Topics

Driving through Puglia (Apulia)

Monopoli really is a beautiful town. We had a great lunch at Pierino L'Inglese on Via Amalfitana. Great seafood.

Dec 10, 2006
chowbunny in Italy

best gelato in Rome....please!!

I Tri Scalini on Piazza Navona has the best tartufo (chocolate and cherries). Save a bundle by eating your tartufo standing up at the bar.

Dec 10, 2006
chowbunny in Italy

Chestnut Puree in Toronto

Highland Farms at on Dufferin (north of Finch) has it.

Candy Cane Chocoolate Bark - where to buy?

Have tried both the WS version and the Life Brand (Shoppers Drug Mart version). The WS is better, but the Life Brand is about $20 less per box. If it's going to be a central part of your dessert/snack, buy the WS, otherwise the Life Brand is a winner. As well, WS stuff goes on deep discount after the holidays, so make sure you pick some up after Xmas, if you are still in the mood for candy cane!

Poutine Rapee

Anyone know where I can get real Acadian poutine rapee in Ontario? Otherwise I fear a very long road trip coming on....

Rijstafel in Curacao?

Am going to Curacao in January and am hoping to find some excellent rijstafel. Haven't had any since I was in Amsterdam a few years ago and it's impossible to find in the GTA. Any suggestions?