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So how much do you really enjoy spicy hot foods?

I love spicey foods and have a very high tolerence for it. I have to sometimes ask others if the food we're eating is spicy hot, because at low/moderate levels, I only taste the flavor.

My threshold was crossed one time that I can remember. I was in a Thai restaruant that offered various levels of hot and I ordered their hottest; which was called 'make me cry' hot. It served for much amusment as everyone at the table, a large party of 12, tried a tiny bite and proceded to react like their mouth was on fire.

I managed to eat the whole thing, but it took considerable effort and I really don't remember actually tasting any food. Just the heat. An interesting experience, but probably not one I need to repeat.

Feb 10, 2007
michael23 in General Topics

So how much do you really enjoy spicy hot foods?

That's not what I think of when I hear "hot for hot's sake". It's not a matter of different tolerence levels, it's a matter of trying to spice it up to your satisfaction vs. trying to spice it up as high as it will go.

The best example I can give is from an experience in a recent chili cookoff - one contestent admited that his sole goal was to make the hottest chile by putting tons of hot spices in it. His goal had nothing to do with his personal preference, or trying to make the best tasting chili (flavor and spice).

That is what I think of when I here "hot for hot's sake"

Feb 10, 2007
michael23 in General Topics

Healthy eating - great resource

I found a great site that not only lists the "world's healthiest foods", but provides some great information about each, including key nutrients and how they help our bodies.

http://whfoods.org/foodstoc.php

I hope you find this information as helpful as I have...... Enjoy!

Feb 09, 2007
michael23 in Food Media & News

Vegetarian Dinner - Menu Suggestions

I've used a variety of recipes - last one was roughly as follows:

2 cans black beans (yes, canned beans) - well drained
1/3 cup cooked corn (fresh or frozen is fine)
1 tbls mayo
1/2 tsp cumin
black pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
bread crumbs

Mash 3/4 of black beans into a paste (i've used food processor or just chopped with knife)
Mix well with mayo, add 1/4 of (non-mashed) beans and rest of ingredients - except bread crumbs
Form into 3" patties and coat with bread crumbs

Use enough oil to coat bottom of med-hot pan
Cook patties a few minutes on each side until browned.

Last time I served with shrimp and corn in a chipotle flavored demi-glace poured over top, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro.

Jan 30, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

Vegetarian Dinner - Menu Suggestions

Many vegetarians eat seafood - that'll give you tons of options if your guests do. Worth finding out.

What's wrong with pasta? There are pletny of great veggie lasagna dishes out there and usually are pretty satisfying to meat-eaters.

Otherwise, you might try pan fried blackbean cakes. Veggie wraps or tacos, while less fancy, are also good.

Jan 30, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

Unfortunate foreign food names or brands

I'm just curious - if you were in Spain, how do you know the child was African-American (as opposed to African-Spanish, or other)?

Sorry, couldn't resist...

Jan 30, 2007
michael23 in Not About Food

Unfortunate foreign food names or brands

This one is kind of a reverse situation involving food names.

We had some business associates from South Korea visit us - it was the first time in the states. We entertained them most every night, but one night they went out to dinner without us.

While dog is not uncommon in Korea, they knew that Americans don't go for that - so they were very pleasantly surprised to see "hot dog" on the menu.

The one who could speak some english ordered one hot dog for all six of them to share, despite the waiter's attempt to talk them into ordering more.

You can imagine their response when the order came!

Jan 30, 2007
michael23 in Not About Food

Recipes using olive tapenade?

Divide pizza dough into small, single-sized servings and spread tapenade (in place of regular pizza sauce). Then top with feta or fresh parmesean and bake. Sliced tomato or other favorite toppings will work, too.

Great apps or light meal.

Jan 30, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

Need restaurant in Charlotte, NC - tonight!

I'll be in University area (NE Charlotte) and looking for a good, but inexpensive place for a couple of us to eat dinner.

Any recommendations?

Thanks,

Jan 25, 2007
michael23 in General South Archive

Leftover hot dog and hamburger buns

two things we do with them:

1) freeze them for emergencies (nothing worse than being short on buns) throw them on the grill to lightly toast and you'll barely know the difference

2) make garlic bread for the kids (usually to serve with a pasta dish)

Jan 21, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

Unfortunate foreign food names or brands

In many restaurants in Japan, an English version of the menu is offered (for those in need).

Though the waiter's descritpion made it sound delicious, I just couldn't bring myslef to order the Crap Soup!

This obviously was a misspelling of Crab, but served for much laughter at our table.

Jan 21, 2007
michael23 in Not About Food

knorr chipotle boullion cubes?

I'd use some in your favorite chili. I always add a little chipotle to my chili as a secret ingredient.

Though I usually use dried pepper crushed up, I have used a chipotle paste/sauce before that worked fine. I'm sure the boullion will serve the purpose too.

Jan 21, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

Where to find jalapenos that are actually hot

I'm sure that certain growing conditions affect the heat of the peppers, but have you considered the possibility that your senses have changed over the years?

It is quite common for people to develop higher tolerances of spicy foods over time and/or the more you eat.

You may have to switch to habaneros!

Jan 21, 2007
michael23 in General Topics

David Lieberman - Dave Does

I aggree, the wine escaping his mouth while he's trying to be suave. LOL.

Well, I guess humor is a subjective thing anyway. Not everybody is going to get it or appreciate it.

I just watched it again. I think I laughed harder this time.....

Jan 14, 2007
michael23 in Food Media & News

Why Do People Rub Their Chopsticks Together Before Using Them?

The practice of rubbing chopsticks is as everyone has identified, to remove loose strands of wood - specifically from the type that you pull apart.

Any other type of chopsticks do not need the rubbing. And, having spent considerable time in Japan (and Far East) and watching everyone do it, I do not think they consider it uncouth.

Jan 05, 2007
michael23 in Not About Food

Gourmet Mac & Cheese

What is the rest of your menu? That will help determine how to mix up the mac and cheese. I'd vary it to compliment what else you're making.

I often make variations of the basic baked recipe (find on most commercial boxes). Sometimes I'll add mozz cheese, chopped tomato, pepperoni and oregano for an Italian spin.

Also, presentation goes a long way to make something upscale. Try serving in mounded or perfectly cut square - then drizzle a sauce over top (cream or cheese sauce, for instance) with some chopped parsely or paprika (or cayenne).

Jan 04, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

David Lieberman - Dave Does

Has anybody checked out the "webisode", Dave Does, on Food Network site?

The show about aphrodisiac foods is hilarious.

episode 4

Jan 04, 2007
michael23 in Food Media & News

Microwave popcorn

I don't think Jill was asking about pre-packaged microwave popcorn, but ways to cook regular popcorn in the microwave.

Assuming that you don't load up on butter, oil salt (or who knows what else they put in that pre-packaged stuff), cooking it in the microwave is no different than stove top, air or other methods healthwise.

Jan 04, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

Microwave popcorn

I've been using a presto popper for years. You add one teaspoon of oil, put your regular popcorn and in 3 minutes you have the best tasting popcorn. Add salt and/or butter to your tasting.

Here's a link to what I'm talking about.

http://www.microwavecooking.com/Micro...

Jan 03, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

Up to my neck in demi-glace

I like it plain over beef (steaks) - or mix in a sauce pan with a couple of tbls of fruit jam plus one tbls of dijon and a splash of white wine.Goes well with any grilled meat.

Ok, I'll have to ask the question - why did you make it if you didn't know what to do with it?

Can you share your recipe?

Jan 03, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

What is your favorite tomato/marinara sauce in a jar?

If you're not making it from scratch, and whether or not you add something to it, what is the best brand (and flavor/style) of sauce in a jar?

Jan 03, 2007
michael23 in General Topics

What meals are you preparing after all the Christmas festivities?

Tonight I've marinaded some chicken breasts in balsamic vinaigrette dressing, then will grill over charcoal fire.

We'll serve sliced warm over nice salad with a side of warm bread.

I don't know how health that is, but my body is craving it after all the holiday gorging...

Jan 03, 2007
michael23 in Home Cooking

tailgating recipes

Thanks. The carne asada and marinaded shrimp skewers both sound great.

Splendid, is the pizza something you make ahead of time, or can you cook on the grill?

Wally - we have about an hour drive and will have several hours before the game. We're cooking with charcoal (of course!)

Dec 14, 2006
michael23 in Home Cooking

tailgating recipes

Our turn to host the tailgate in a few weeks - looking for some ideas for about 18 people.

We'll have grills to cook with. Anybody have any good recipes or links?

Dec 11, 2006
michael23 in Home Cooking

moving to Richmond, VA from Los Angeles

You'll be happy to learn there is a decent selection of Vietnemese restaurants in Richmond and a few Pho - we eat at Pho 79 often.

Also, plenty of good Thai as identified above, but make sure you check out Tara Thai for a great experience.

The Mexican selection is pretty standard, though as the Hispanic population grown, we've seen improvements over the past few years.

Dec 09, 2006
michael23 in Mid-Atlantic