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Taiwan Recipe that I can't spell

Thank you, thank you. You lead me to the recipe that we were looking for. DH is excited about making it this weekend.
Pam

Aug 05, 2009
Pampatz in China & Southeast Asia

Taiwan Recipe that I can't spell

Our favorite Taiwanese has changed there menu and eliminated a home-style recipe from the menu. I think that it is pronounced Zhou Jon Min. Fine ground pork, mushrooms, water chestnuts (I think) and spaghetti noodles. The sauce is spicy and my husband calls is Taiwanese chili mac. Very homey. Anyone have any ideas about the spelling for a recipe.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Pampatz

Aug 04, 2009
Pampatz in China & Southeast Asia

Dive loving Foodie coming to Denver - Need Recs!!

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Santiago's. There are 17 locations all over town and serve terrific $2.00 breakfast burritos. The hot will clear your sinesis for week. They have a full Mexican menu also.

Apr 17, 2009
Pampatz in Southwest

Authentic fish and chips in Denver?

GB FIsh is terrific. SOrry ab out my typing but I have dhemo eyes. Cod is terrificd, and so are the the shrimp. Everything is served with thicdk cut Chips and you can get a good cold slaw too. Baked beans are so-so. Medium pricey.

Apr 13, 2009
Pampatz in Southwest

Denver: Restaurants with a 'neighboorhood' feel

We like Gaetano's Italian at 38th and Tejon. DH thinks thinks that the sausage and peppers are the best that he has ever had. I love the fresh, house-made salad dressings, especially the creamy gorgonzola.
Further out 38th Ave. is Tacos Jalisco for pretty good Mexican food. They serve really good breakfasts.

Feb 09, 2009
Pampatz in Southwest

Denver Restaurants for tourists

Is your conference downtown or in one of the suburbs and are you staying near the conference?

Jan 28, 2009
Pampatz in Southwest

You lived in Denver and never ate at....

My youngest granddaughter, daughter and I went to Casa Bonita on the 4th of July about 5 years ago while the rest of the family went to a Rockies game. Boy were we disappointed. Not only was the food inedible, but the restaurant smelled like we were at a dirty, enclosed swimming pool. Never again.

Jan 28, 2009
Pampatz in Southwest

Pies - Sweet or Savoury - Your Favourite

Is a quiche a savoury pie? If so, the classic Quiche Lorraine is my favorite. We also do a tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil with a drizzle of olive oil and S&P in the summer time. We also like chili pie - masa crust with leftover homemade chili, onions and cheese. Another Tex-Mex favorite is picadillo pie - masa crust with picadillo as the filling and a layer of Mexican cheese (any mild white cheese that melts will do. The picadillo filling is a ground beef, onion, bell pepper, chiles, raisin and chopped almond mixture simmered to a rather dry consistance.

On the sweet side are custard pies such as buttermilk or Chess. Peach with blackberry or raspberry is my favorite fruit pie. Finally, coconut cream pie and deep-dish pecan pies round out my favorites.

Jan 27, 2009
Pampatz in General Topics

Any brands of ice cream similar to Blue Bell that can be found in the Northeast?

Russell Stover Candies hand-scoops and hand-packs Blue Bell in Denver. I don't know if all Russell Stover stores carry Blue Bell though.

Jan 02, 2009
Pampatz in General Topics

Foods you eat strangely

I eat my M&M's by color in rows of eight starting with the brown ones and proceeding through the colors I like best, but always ending with any fancy new colors that might be in the bag. Potato chips - I want the broken ones and the ones that fold in half while frying.
My youngest daughter is really wierd. She will not eat food that touches. Then she eats her food one by one. No mixing of food in the mouth. A chef or taco salad is plated in its individual component parts - nothing touching.

Dec 23, 2008
Pampatz in General Topics

Dinner party activities

Over Thanksgiving, we were introduced to a domino game called Chicken Foot that was a lot of fun for adults and kids alike. It takes a special domino set with double 12s on down in it.
We also played the new 25th anniversary addition of Trivial Pursuit. Wow did the age differences show up.

Dec 18, 2008
Pampatz in Not About Food

Best Lunch Spot between Denver and Albuquerque (via I-25)

In Raton, NM there is a very good Mexican cafe. IIRC, the name is El Matador. We always find it by the look of the cafe. Get off I-25 and the Raton business exit and go "downtown" The restaurant that we enjoy is on the west (right) side of the street and has a mural painted on the side. Not sure on the name, but the building is definitely on the right side driving south.

They make a Mexican hamburger on a large sopapilla with beans, taco meat and cheese smothered in either red or green chili (muy picante) and topped with lettuce and tomato. We usually share because it is pretty big. Good chili cheese fries also.

Dec 18, 2008
Pampatz in Southwest

In which country would you (a Hound & more) like to retire?

Retiring to Mexico with a small place in the states has always been our dream retirement. We also planned to travel in Europe and SE Asia.

OK dream to reality. We retired in 2005 and built a beautiful colonial style hacienda in an old peach orchard surrounded by pine and oak forests with a view of Lake Patzcuaro. We are a couple of hours from the beach to the west and to the east a couple of hours to Mexico City. Heaven on earth.

Then the economy changed. We were lucky enough to sell the house in Denver at the top of the market. Plus, Plus. However our commercial property and our business didn't sell. Minus, Minus. So now with the bad economic conditions we have had to leave heaven on earth in the trusted hands of our housekeeper and gardener and return to the ice and cold of Denver to rehabilitate the business.

I'm getting to go home for a few weeks in January to pay the annual property taxes ($65.00 US) and the annual water bill ($150.00 US). Lucky me!

Dec 17, 2008
Pampatz in Not About Food

What do you make for breakfast on Christmas morning?

We always have the little breakfast and the big BRUNCH.
The little breakfast is my eldest daughter's favorite. Freshly squeezed orange juice, hot coffee and wassail and orange rolls. The rolls are made with a standard hot roll recipe - even the boxed hot roll mix would work. Add a little sugar to the dough and form into pan rolls. Mix butter, powdered sugar and orange juice to form a stiff, sweet paste. Form small balls of the paste, enough for each roll. Use your thumb to make a depression in the roll (make it deep) for each paste ball. Pinch the roll closed. Finish the rise and bake. The rolls should burst open with an orangey sweet center.

The second breakfast is usually either a big Southern spread with homemade bisquits, bacon, sausage, gravy, hashbrowns and eggs as you like them. OR a Mexican spread with ponche, quilachiles, tamales, green chile, thick cut Mexican bacon and jazzed up hash browns.

Everyone leaves by about 2:00pm and DH and I veg the rest of the day.

Dec 11, 2008
Pampatz in Home Cooking

moderately priced in Lakewood, CO

El Paraiso at 4690 Harlan St. is a really good Mexican restaurant. It is not Tex-Mex or Cal-Mex, but real Mex. Huge and diverse menu, probably several hundred selections. One of our favorites is to share a brazier of mixed meats and seafood along with nob onions.

Dec 06, 2008
Pampatz in Southwest

T-day dinner scorecard

We had a terrific Thanksgiving in Houston this year. First time for T-day in Houston in 23 years. The big miss there was the terrible, traffic-filled drive from Denver to Houston. Yuck.

Appetizers:
Hits: SIL's hot spinach and artichoke dip, eldest daughter and her 10-year old daughter's shrimp toast(this was a real hit) and my plastic olive tree that I got for my sister. She remembered the times from our childhood and it was really special.
Miss: By a mile, my mom's carrots, celery, broccoli, tomato tray with Kraft bottled ranch dressing.

Main & Sides:
Hits- My younger brother fried 2 big turkeys. I had never had fried turkey and was expecting a greasy mess. Wrong. It was delicious. I made a yam side whipped with cream, butter and nutmeg with a streusel/pecan topping that was best yam dish I have ever had. Also an onion au gratin that went over big. Youngest daughter and her oldest daughter made fluffy, homemade dinner rolls. Two different dressings - I made traditional cornbread/bread dressing that was just the way it always is and my SIL made a bread and dried fruit dressing that was excellent. My 8 year old granddaughter made a jello mold concoction that everybody just had to try.
Misses- I can't think of any side that wasn't homey and good.
Desserts-
Hits - Again the 8 year old made buttermilk chess pies (I made the crust).
Misses- Store-bought cherry pie. That niece doesn't know how to cook.

Exceptional Thanksgiving. So thankful that we could all be together again as a family.

Dec 01, 2008
Pampatz in Home Cooking

Are dried beans made in a pressure cooker as good as canned?

Our house in Mexico is at 7800 feet, so if I ever want to eat beans, they have to be cooked in a pressure cooker.
I do an abbreviated pre-soak. Pick and rinse the beans. In your pressure cooker, add enough water to cover the beans by about 1". Bring to a boil uncovered. When the water boils, turn off the stove, and cover the beans. Let them sit for one hour. Drain and rinse the beans. Put the beans back into the pressure cooker with one half of the seasons that you intend to use and water to cover the beans by about 1 1/2". Seal the cover and bring to a boil. Turn the heat back until the pressure isn't whistling insanely, just whistling gently. Cook for 30 minutes. Let the steam bleed off until is it safe to open, then taste the beans. They will probably need to simmer a little while longer. Add the second half of your seasoning and more liquid as needed.
I have only had tough beans once using this method and the concensus of this board was that the beans were old and dried out.

Nov 22, 2008
Pampatz in Home Cooking

The "Murphy's Laws" of the kitchen

Houston is not known for it's cold winters. Many times when we lived there I had to run the air conditioner so that we could have a fire in the fireplace. Well one Christmas about 25-26 years ago, we had a big freeze. Temperatures were about 20 degrees F. Outside water pipe leading into the house was not insulated, so the pipes froze. Picture me on Christmas morning, barely light outside huddled over the frozen pipe with my trusty hair dryer blowing on high. Finally, half-frozen, I got water to flow. My kids didn't even know that there was a problem.

Nov 17, 2008
Pampatz in Not About Food

Thanksgiving leftovers? What's your fave?

My classic turkey sandwich: pan de mie bread spread with Hellman's mayo on one side and spicy honey mustard on the other, thin sliced turkey, slices of brie cheese, lettuce and tomato. Delicious.

For the leftover mashed potatoes, DH's recipe for fried potato balls. Well chilled mashed potatoes - should be on the thick side - rolled into about 3" diameter balls. Cubes of cream cheese rolled in cayenne pepper. Push the cream cheese into the potato ball and cover the entrance hole. Dip balls into an egg and milk mixture and then into a mixture of seasoned flous and fresh bread crumbs. Skillet fry in about 1" of cooking oil. Serve hot.

Nov 13, 2008
Pampatz in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving Angst!

The best idea yet. Kind and generous to those who might not have a place to go for the holiday.
We had grad students over several times years ago. They were fun and engaging. DH got them to playing Pictionary. Lots of laughing and teasing. We really didn't miss family too much.

Nov 12, 2008
Pampatz in General Topics

Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

We always have a variation of Chess Pie - Buttermilk Pie, sometimes with raspberries.

Another favorite is my sister-in-law 4-layer Carrot Walnut Cake with Cream CHeese Icing.

Finally a deep-dish pecan pie from Southern Living magazine reprinted on a food blog last year called Matt Bytes.

Nov 11, 2008
Pampatz in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving...Want to bring Something to Future In-Laws but will be Traveling the Day Before

We are driving from Denver to Houston for Thanksgiving and have the same problem. One of my daughters is making pecan pies to take with us. I'm preparing the dry ingredients for my pies, dinner rolls and stuffing and will complete when we get to Houston.
Think of something that you can get in NY but would be hard to find (impossible) in NC and bring that. Great cheeses for an antipasto platter come to mind.
I love your idea of wanting to contribute. Great way to become part of the family. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 11, 2008
Pampatz in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving relish tray?

Thanks for the idea. I wanted to get an olive tree for my sister for Thanksgiving but couldn't find one. Gumdrop tree it is.
Pam

Nov 08, 2008
Pampatz in General Topics

Thanksgiving relish tray?

Always have a relish tray with cornichons, pimento stuffed celery and several types of olives. When we were little, my aunt had a clear plastic olive "tree" that the green olives with pimento were served on. My sister was in charge of the tree. One olive for the tree, one for Sue. I wish I could find one for this year.

Nov 05, 2008
Pampatz in General Topics

Parmigiano rind in soup

I would only use it once. I save my parm rinds in the freezer for minestrone and cannelini bean soup.

Nov 04, 2008
Pampatz in Home Cooking

So what is for dinner tonight?

Dinner was going to be Sopa de Ajo with paprika croutons, but I'm too tired, so Chinese take-out it is. Our favorite place makes the very best kung pao beef and summer rolls.

Nov 04, 2008
Pampatz in Home Cooking

Food "etiquette" after a death

Times have changed, but some churches are just cold. Your M-I-L's church sounds like one of the cold ones. When my F-I-L passed, the service was dry as dust and the church did nothing. FIL's wife served store-bought cake and coffee at home after the service.

Your experience when your dad passed was similar to when my Dad passed in 1982. Mom and Dad had been members of the church since 1950. We had food for days. My favorite funeral gift was 2 big bags of ice after we ran out.

My aunts, uncles and grandmother's after-funeral meals were all similar - whether held at the church or at home. The church ladies outdid themselves. BTW, all these funerals were in Houston.

Last year my brother passed. They weren't churchgoers, but reserved a large church in San Marcos for the 400+ funeral attendees. Then my sister-in-law's service held a blow-out luncheon at a friends house on the river. My brother would have loved the party.

Condolences to you and your husband.

Nov 04, 2008
Pampatz in General Topics

Good Greek in Denver?

On Colfax between about the 2700 and 2900 blocks east is Greektown. There are several good family-owned restaurants in that area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We love Pete's Gyros Place for weekend breakfasts. Another good Pete's restaurant is Central I at South Pearl and Alameda.
www.petesrestaurants.com

On Monaco south of Leetsdale is the Monaco Inn for lunch and dinner. Their avgolemo soup is great and my daughter loves their Greek lemon chicken and lamb ribs. They serve American food also and DH loves the liver and onions.
www.monacoinn.com

Nov 04, 2008
Pampatz in Southwest

Thanksgiving dinner: what do you "cheat" on?

Thank you for that perspective. Nine members of my family are going to Texas for Thanksgiving this year. My youngest brother (unmarried at 48) is providing the turkey and ham from somewhere. I've been obsessing about dried out turkey and salty ham when the important thing is the family being together and giving thanks for all our good fortune.

Nov 02, 2008
Pampatz in General Topics

OMG! $65.00 for a Thanksgiving pie [moved from Manhattan board]

Recently our home in Denver sold before our business property, so we have moved into a tiny Manhattan size apartment. The kitchen is the tinest part of the whole place. My oven only holds a small cookie sheet or a 13x9 pan. Coming from a commercial range to this lilliputian range has been an eye-opening experience into how most people live.

That being said, I can fit 2 pies into the oven and it works quite nicely.
$65.00 is crazy for a pie. For $65.00 you can get an amazing smoked turkey at Greenberg Smoked Turkeys www.gobblegobble.com. Much more bang for the buck.

Oct 31, 2008
Pampatz in Not About Food