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Side dish ideas for summer menu?

I make a version of corn salad as well that can be made with frozen veggies when I can't get fresh. 1 bag of frozen yellow & green green beans-steamed tender crisp, 1 bag sweet corn-steamed tender crisp, 1 pkg fresh cherry tomatos cut up. I make a shallot/balsamic/dijon vinagrette to go on it and serve at room temp. Not as good if cold, IMO. The colors look pretty in a bowl/on a plate and it makes a good side even to go with BBQ.

May 07, 2010
Razorback in Home Cooking

Dinner for twenty, $100 budget

What about red beans/rice and a creole soaked salad? You could use turkey smoked sausage in place of andouille served on the side for those that wanted it?

May 22, 2009
Razorback in Home Cooking

Emeri's vs. Delmonicos

I'd choose Delmonicos every time over Emerils. The overall experience for me is much better at Delmonicos. I like the warmth of the space and I've had better service there over the 5-6 times I've dined there. Much of the food is similar on the menu's but I like Delmonicos menu a bit better than Emerils.

Mar 05, 2009
Razorback in New Orleans

Top-5 Cooking Goals for 2009

1. Make a double batch of something once a week to have in the freezer for nights when time is short.
2. Keep teaching my 8 yr old about cooking/food. She bakes quite a bit already.
3. Learn how to cook scallops-Why do I only eat them out?
4. Make a standing rib roast as delicious as my mother does.
5. Improve/expand the sauces I make. I'm in a rut, they all have sherry, madiera or marsala in them.

Dec 29, 2008
Razorback in Home Cooking

Food that Most People Love and You Don't...

I was sure that my child was the only kid around that refuses to eat a grilled chesse-it is because she won't TOUCH american cheese. Now give her thin slices of parmigano reggiano, sharp cheddar or gruyere and she's all over it, but she won't have anything to do with american cheese!

Dec 18, 2008
Razorback in General Topics

Cooking to Impress: Big Bang for Small Money

What about gumbo? Serve with salad, french bread? Maybe bread pudding with rum sauce for dessert?

Nov 19, 2008
Razorback in General Topics

Commercial chocolate chip cookies -- my current fave

All Brent & Sams cookies are made in Little Rock, AR and are some of the best "store bought" cookies you can buy. Years ago, you could only find them in gourmet stores around town but now they've hit the big time and they are available nationally. It is a "homeade cookie" recipe though.

Feb 26, 2008
Razorback in General Topics

Cookbooks for newlyweds first time out of home?

A junior league cookbook is a great gift as well. Almost all cities have a league and their cookbooks tend to have a good mix between more "gourmet" and easy recipes. I have lots of league cookbooks in my collection.

Also second the recommendations on "The Best Recipe" books. Sometimes it is important for a new cook to know why the timing/process happens the way it does and this books gives that kind of explanation.

My mom cooked a lot from the "I Hate To Cook Book" and I have given this several times as a shower gift. For working folks, sometimes it is just perfect.

No one books fills every need, that is why they are so much fun to collect!

Feb 22, 2008
Razorback in Home Cooking

What are your staples?

Our staples are:

Hamburgers on the grill
Pasta Bolognese
Beans-White Beans w Ham, Red Beans and Rice or Pinto Beans and Cornbread
Chili
Roast-cooked all day while at work with lots of carrots/onions
Pork Tenderloin-variety of sauces (marsala, madeira cream, raspberry wasabi, brown)
Breakfast-either eggs and or waffles/pancakes or cream of wheat/oatmeal
Steaks
Gumbo
Jambalaya

Sep 24, 2007
Razorback in Home Cooking

Defunct restaurant equipment auctions

Ditto what everyone else said. First married, bought a 6 burner Vulcan range from a church that was renovating for $100. We thought this was the deal of the century. They had to take our back door off to get the stove into our house. Required insulation of the floor and walls around the stove with what the contractor told me was the modern day equivalent of asbestos (though not poison). This was not cheap. Also required the purchase of a true commercial grade ventahood to prevent the house from burning down. Over $3000 for the hood. The pilot lights generated a LOT of heat in a small kitchen and as others said, it was uninsulated so the oven was hot to the touch when it was on. This was before we had kids, but I would NEVER have an uninsulated one with children around.

All that said, it was very impressive to everyone that came to our house and it was what sealed the deal when we sold our house.

Now I have a Viking 6 burner range top and GE double convection ovens. It is much safer and I love them.

Sep 12, 2007
Razorback in Cookware

Feeding four for under 10 bucks...

Red beans and rice with smoked sausage. Serve with a loaf of french bread and salad. Easily under 10$.

Sep 04, 2007
Razorback in Home Cooking

What is your favorite pickle? (moved from Home Cooking)

I can't believe no one has said southern lime pickles. Crisp, sweet and sour all at the same time. I make them every June. The only thing I have been able to successfully can.

Aug 02, 2007
Razorback in General Topics

Sauce is King, what's your favorite/how to make it? [moved from General Topics board]

Hollandaise made in the blender with lots of fresh lemon juice, dry mustard and tabasco. My family would eat it over everything.

Raspberry Wasabi mustard (from a jar) thinned with a bit of cream or half/half over pork tenderloin. It is delicious and takes 2 seconds.

Madiera sauce with sauted shallots, veal demi glace and cream. Yummy.

Jul 25, 2007
Razorback in Home Cooking

Stupid baking/cooking mishaps? Share, laugh, and learn

First attempt at making homeade pie crust at my mother in law's house. Used flour in the pantry not knowing they only buy self rising flour. The pie crust was floating on top of the pecan pie mixture. Disgusting.

Apr 17, 2007
Razorback in Home Cooking

Barefoot Contessa Mixes

I made the Barefoot Contessa pecan shortbread last week. Just add two sticks of butter and bake. Absolutely delicious. They are expensive when you consider the ingredients, but very, very tasty.

Apr 09, 2007
Razorback in Home Cooking

newlywed would love some of your tried and trues

Buy a junior league cookbook. Wherever you are from, there is a junior league near you that probably publishes a cookbook. Most feature some regional cuisine as well as tried and true standards. It is a perfect way to start cooking. This way, not only are you learning to cook, you are supporting an organization that puts money back into the community. A double bonus.

Feb 27, 2007
Razorback in Home Cooking

Fabulous Saturday Lunch

Thanks so much for the suggestions. We had also considered Balthazar. Not really in the same ball park as J-G, but fun. I've been there for drinks, but not for lunch.

Jan 11, 2007
Razorback in Manhattan

Fabulous Saturday Lunch

We are coming into the city for vacation(from Arkansas) and would like to have a fabulous Saturday lunch. We thought we'd go to Jean Georges, but they don't have lunch on Sat. Can you all make a recommendation for a visitor? Will be a party of 7, willing to pay for a delicious lunch/wine etc. Doesn't really matter what part of town, we can get anywhere we need to go!

Jan 11, 2007
Razorback in Manhattan