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I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

Come to the mid-west we still have them! :-) We have one in town that we frequent, they do have some Szechwan dishes but the bulk of the menu is old school American-Chinese food.

There is also this one in Mpls. It is in Bloomington near the Mall of America and the airport and has been in business since the 50's
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/12...

Need input on a natural gas grill

Look at the actual components inside the grill. The burners, the valves, controls etc. Many of the lower end grills have non replaceable parts or the manufacturer stops making replacement parts right after the grill model comes out. Ask me how I know this. :-)

Even if you plan to purchase a higher end grill I would still check this. I have seen more supposedly higher end products with parts that fail early or can't be replaced.

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

We buy most of our fresh produce at Costco in the winter so I end up with a big package of something for about the same price as the small package at the grocery store will cost. With things like cukes, mushrooms, cabbage, bok choy etc. I will use a certain amount in planned dishes. Leftover quantities frequently go into quick pickles that get used as side dishes or put into lunch to go to work.

If I have lots of fresh veggie odds and ends I usually make stir fry or some sort of soup.

We had been buying minimally processed milk from a local dairy that sells it in town. I ended up throwing out about every 4th bottle because it went bad before the sell by date and it cost as much as organic milk. I buy the ultra pasteurized organic milk from Costco now. It lasts until it is used up without going bad so every bit of it is consumed.

I have started re-growing veggie cut offs. Green onions and lettuce ends will regrow in water. Once they are started I put them in a pot of soil inside near the patio windows or out on the deck in summer. I didn't have to buy green onions all summer, just cut them off near the soil and another one would grow back.

Fresh produce goes into different containers to extend the fridge life. Mushrooms will last 1-2 weeks when we put them in a brown paper bag in the fridge. Instead of going slimy they will sort of dry up. cucumbers get wrapped in paper towels and put in a sealable plastic container. Blueberries go in a glass jar or tupperware container without being rinsed. Things like this has drastically increased how long veggies last in the fridge

Jan 22, 2015
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Lubia Nahkhood recipe?

The restaurant specializes in Afghan food.

Jan 17, 2015
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Lubia Nahkhood recipe?

That seems pretty close. I wondered if the restaurant was using some unusual name for the same dish? It was some pretty tasty beans and rice :-)

Jan 17, 2015
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Lubia Nahkhood recipe?

Trying to track down a recipe for this dish. The daughter brought some home from a local kabob shop. It was a dish of kidney beans, white beans and chick peas on rice. The beans had what tasted something like cumin, cayenne and maybe ginger or something more like an indian spice mix.

Anyone know specifically what this is or where to track down a recipe for it? A google search of the name off their menu got me no results

Jan 17, 2015
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What do you not order in restaurants...

Chicken: (unless it is something I know the restaurant does very well ie: yakitori at the local Japanese restaurant, chicken dishes at an Indian restaurant)
Caesar salad: I remember one that wasn't bagged salad kit type caesar

Transporting a roasted spatchcocked turkey to a party?

If you need to get it down to a more manageable size cut the thigh & leg sections off and put it all into a smaller pan.

Dec 25, 2014
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Christmas Dinner - What did You Cook?

Looks amazing!
Dinner here consisted of spatchcock roasted turkey, veggie lasagne, cheese mashed potatoes and cheesecake

Dec 25, 2014
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Best ways to make use of a food processor?

I got the same as a gift this year. I had an original Cuisinart from the 80's that my mom gave me years ago. I was quite sad when the motor burned out and haven't had one for a long time.

Already used the new one to slice zucchini for veggie lasagna and to shred cheese. I really wanted a new one as I find food processors do a better job of grinding nuts, making peanut butter, salsa etc. than the other tools I have. It should also come in handy for slicing veggies for stir fry.

I didn't see a ton of other blades available. My old one had a bunch of different blades. I do want to get the julienne blade and the grater blade.

Dec 25, 2014
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DEVILED EGGS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2014)

There are Medieval or Roman recipes for stuffed eggs that use butter since mayo wasn't around yet.

Dec 10, 2014
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How to make thin soup with strong mushroom flavor?

This clear Japanese (steakhouse) mushroom onion soup might work. The recipe calls for straining out all of the veggies when done. The mushrooms are slow cooked over a long time to pull out the flavor.
http://cookingwithgrace.net/2012/08/2...

It is also great if you have a head cold.

Dec 08, 2014
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if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

Short list: Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, Taipei, Kyoto

Enough money that I could paint or work on research without worrying about bills and have plenty of funds for travel.

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Never actually used it and it is a rare thing to find out here. Just an over rated item?

Nov 30, 2014
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I too need help on uninvited guests.

I had to do this to our chronic problem neighbors (think Jerry Springer show). Asked them to stop, warned them I would call the police if they didn't, then followed through. It took a citation for disturbing the peace and later on an interrogation by PD for the vandalism to my car the next day before they decided it was a good idea to behave like adults.
We live in a "nice" neighborhood too. :-)

I too need help on uninvited guests.

I think you did the right thing. I have had this same problem with people showing up at events at our home then turning their kids loose without supervision or expecting me to babysit them. The last get together we had, we made it clear ahead of time it was adults only (no small kids), it was also late in the evening. It offended a few people but oh well. There are way too many parents that think it is ok to let their kids do whatever and don't make them behave. Like the kid swinging from the glass freezer doors at costco. His mom looked over and said oh stop, he promptly ignored that and kept going.

Announcing limits ahead of time will offend some people, usually the same ones who would do the very thing you are trying to prevent. You can't win but this really goes back to the people who just don't care in the first place.

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Got the cookbook today when I went in for milk. Our store had Kirkland organic whole milk for half price. I am assuming they overstocked pre-thanksgiving since the expire dates are January.

The cookbook seems to have some interesting recipes but really over uses grapes and salmon in many of the recipes.

Nov 30, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Costco here (Sioux Falls, SD) has truffle oil (Urbani) for $13.99. Is this worth buying?

Nov 30, 2014
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Declining quality at Costco?

I noticed some of the bulk cheddar had mold on it, they also didn't have tight shrink wrap so I think there might have been a bad batch going around. Was able to find an appropriate one in another box.

We have good luck with Costco produce, it lasts longer than anything from our grocery chain stores. Spring mix lettuce tends to go south fast anyways, that is about the only thing I have had go bad prematurely.

If we are not going to use up something fresh right away I try to repackage it into something that keeps fresh longer. Empty costco cashew jars do a good job of keeping things like mini peppers or mini cukes (wrapped in paper towel) from degrading. The one product I just never have good luck with is their peas. They seem to last about 4 days before starting to go.

Nov 20, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

"2. Watch out in the aisle with the bacon and eggs. Occasionally,
i've seen whole (dead) lambs (feet first) in the same section.
I've complained about this, but i doubt they listened."

Um what? Could you explain :-)

Nov 20, 2014
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Request for duck and prime rib but one oven

I have been trying to find a way to juggle these two dishes requested for thanksgiving. I don't have a grill option (gas grill just died, charcoal grill won't stay hot enough in the freezing weather to cook properly).
I considered doing the duck the day before. If I do this how do I reheat it without it becoming dried out or stringy etc?

Nov 20, 2014
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Not a fan of packaged foods, what ones do you still use?

Something more along the lines of insta-food. IE: mixes, boxes of heat and eat or maybe where do you draw the line?
Condiments seems to be one where many draw the line, making some of their condiments but not others if the ready made one is good and/or difficult to make.

Not a fan of packaged foods, what ones do you still use?

Had a rather in depth discussion about processed food with the daughter on the drive home today. What is healthy, what is not, what is just awful and when making something from scratch is a better option towards the end result etc.

I have been trying to find the right mix of making things from basic ingredients vs. where something a bit processed is maybe worth using. Things like stock/soup base or canned beans.

What processed type foods do you still consider worth using if you otherwise are trying to avoid those kinds of things for various reasons?

What should I look for when choosing a cast iron skillet?

Lodge is relatively cheap, performs well and indestructible. I have a 12in pan and domed top dutch oven that I use frequently. If you get a larger sized frying pan the grab handle on the opposite side of the main handle is a must have if you are not a power lifter. I also have a small skillet, flat crepe pan, large dutch oven with a lid made to hold coals and a griddle. All are either Lodge or really old thrift store finds.

They get used, abused, taken camping, used as learning tools as newbies who burn the seasoning out of my pots etc. They are pretty much indestructible as long as you learn how to clean them properly and re-season them if they need it.

Sep 22, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Has anyone figured out the circulation in and out of the stores for some products. Gluten free baking mix was here, gone, here, now gone again. They had two brands of gluten free pizzas about a month ago, went back for more and the Sabratto (sp?) brand ones were sold out and have not returned.

Sep 22, 2014
blackpointyboots in Chains

What I bought today at my Asian market

The typical list for when we hit the Asian grocery store:
baby corn
bamboo shoot
coconut milk
water chestnut
napa cabbage
bok choy
pea pods
sesame oil
mirin
sushi vinegar
rice vinegar
chinese sherry
kimchi
frozen lump crab meat (best price in town and better quality)
curry paste or base
pork belly for char siu
Our local store has tons of sweets and cookies that are all good and unusual. Shelli Senbei cookies are pretty good. The daughter is partial to the various wafer cookies and filled sponge cakes.

Black Dots on Bok Choy

The same thing happens to Napa cabbage after it sits a while in the fridge. This explains what it is. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs352

I have this happen to cabbage or bok choy if it sits in the fridge for a while

Jun 29, 2014
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kiwi fruit gelee...?

Kiwi apparently has an anti-setting effect like pineapple does in gelatin due to the enzymes. But a quick search shows multiple gelatin and agar agar recipes using kiwi.

There are some pretty amazing Asain agar agar gelatin type desserts out there that might fit the concept. I saw a few show up by adding Kiwi as a search phrase.

Jun 24, 2014
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Homemade DIY Flavored Extracts

My bottle of vanilla extract has been in perpetual operation for about 5 years. I changed out the beans last year. It is in one of those big wine sized bottles with the ceramic and rubber cork. I don't remember how many beans it had in it (lots) but I had added more as it became too dilute. I let the bottle sit for about 2 weeks before initially using it and top off with more vodka as needed. I use Grey Goose in it since it doesn't have the lighter fluid aftertaste some cheap vodka can have.

I haven't done nut extracts but do fruit extracts to use as a base for cordials. Those just have simple syrup and water added to finish.

Jun 24, 2014
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Rice Cooker Pancakes

Did the texture seem different vs. regular pancakes?

Jun 24, 2014
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