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Marcel exposed?

Ooops.....should be Lord do I agree.....OBX

Feb 02, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Food Media & News

Marcel exposed?

Lord do I again....I get so tired of new ways we can explain away the fact that someone is simply choosing to be a jerk.....ENJOY>>>>>>OBX

Feb 02, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Food Media & News

Marcel exposed?

It would be better than watching cartoons to see how most good kitchen staff employees would handle this kid. I know as for the resort club kitchen that I manage my staff would eat him alive. And I can only imagine what the wait staff would do...OBX

Feb 02, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Food Media & News

Homemade Chicken Soup - looking for key ingredients

Try adding fresh or dryed Tarragon...OMG....adds such a wonderful touch. When I make chicken or tuna salad I always add dryed tarragon also......ENJOY....OBX

Feb 02, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Home Cooking

10 Best Southern Hotdogs?

Can't believe no one has mentioned Capt'n Franks in Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is a cool little joint that has been there for years. Has all the right stuff to make it a great dog joint. The walls are covered with photos of area storms of note and alot of celebraties who have stop by. Thy also do this wall of photos that people have sent in from their travels while wearing a Capt'n Franks tee-shirt. If you get on the Banks....it is a must do !....OBX

Jan 31, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Southeast

How to cook catfish?

Living in North Carolina I can't even begin to think about baking catfish. There are some seafood fillets that go very well with baking, but catfish "tain't" one of them. I use a North Carolina product called "House Autry" seafood breader. It is a wonderfully light breader with just the right amount of spice to it. I simply dredge in the breader 1st, than in milk, than back into the breader. A couple tablespoons of oil in a skillet and your good to go. I don't recommend using butter for this. The smoking point is way to low for butter and it tends to burn so much easier than oil.......ENJOY....OBX

Jan 27, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Home Cooking

Catering for a crowd

Not sure what area you live in...But what about a crab boil or huge seafood fest...Just a thought...OBX

Jan 26, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Home Cooking

Rum

A year or so ago I happen to stumble, no pun intended, on Captain Morgans Tattoo rum....For some reason I fell in love with it....I never have had the chance to drink very many imported higher prices rums...But for years I was a Morgan fan. Now with Tattoo....ARRRRGGGHHHH..
And of course straight up...I can't understand putting anything into perfectly good booze.

Jan 26, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Spirits

Top Chef Predictions?

Being in the business I can tell you that just because you have a title behind your name doesn't make you it. I remember this guy that ran the most horrible little greasey spoon dump there was and he wore this name badge that said he was "master chef". There really aren't any governing bodies that police titles that people assume......OBX

Jan 25, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Food Media & News

Top Chef Predictions?

I don't know how it happened...but I have already seen the final show. I do know who the final 2 are and I know who wins it...I won't tell less ya'll want me to...HAHA....OBX

Jan 24, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Food Media & News

Meatball Question

The combination sounds wonderful. As for baking meatballs, I find it works much better. I think you will find most chefs/cooks will bake them off. Another good combination of meats for your meatballs is using equal parts of lamb, pork, and beef. I think the rest of the ingrediants is pruely up to your preferance on taste......OBX

Jan 24, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Home Cooking

favorite comfort food

Boy SweetPhyl !!...You are a long time local if you mention Hatteras style Chowder. I am sure not many people that havent lived on the OBX or visited here often would even know what it is. I must admit it is not one of my favorite types of chowder. When my wife had it for the 1st time she asked me if this was real chowder. Have you ever had or heard of anyone making coquina chowder? I can't imagine how much work would go into making it. Also I am trying to think of the name of a dish that we have eaten several times, it is basically boiled potatoes and most any type of fish ( rock or dolfin usually) and a broth. Than you sprinkle some chopped onions over it before serving. We had it at Sammy's one time.Was very bland. Any idea what it may be called? Thanks ....OBX

Jan 23, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in General Topics

deleting

Can you explain how I delete items..For example....In My Chow I have a running list of topics that I have followed...At this point there are a number of them I dont use or need...How do I delete these...Thanks...OBX

Jan 22, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Site Talk

favorite comfort food

Since our weather has taken a horrible down-turn here on the beaches of North Carolina it has turned my thoughts to what wonderful yummy comfort food I am wanting to make for tonights dinner. To me there is something sinful about a huge meatloaf stuffed with cheese and smothered with sugary red sauce carmalizing on top as it bakes. Add to that a hot bubbly cassarole dish of gooey scalloped potatoes and a bowl full of corn seasoned with lots of butter and a touch of sugar. And of course for desert I can't think of anything better than a bowl of decadent apple or cherry cobbler topped with vanilla bean ice cream....Good lord...I am drooling as I am typing...So....what is your favorite comfort food on an evening that is just plain nasty outside...I am sure this has been asked many times in the past...But I may need some additional ideas for dinners if this weather stays yucky....Thanks....OBX

Jan 22, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in General Topics

Favorite comfort food

Since our weather has taken a horrible down-turn here on the beaches of North Carolina it has turned my thoughts to what wonderful yummy comfort food I am wanting to make for tonights dinner. To me there is something sinful about a huge meatloaf stuffed with cheese and smothered with sugary red sauce carmalizing on top as it bakes. Add to that a hot bubbly cassarole dish of gooey scalloped potatoes and a bowl full of corn seasoned with lots of butter and a touch of sugar. And of course for desert I can't think of anything better than a bowl of decadent apple or cherry cobbler topped with vanilla bean ice cream....Good lord...I am drooling as I am typing...So....what is your favorite comfort food on an evening that is just plain nasty outside...I am sure this has been asked many times in the past...But I may need some additional ideas for dinners if this weather stays yucky....Thanks....OBX

Jan 22, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Home Cooking

Who is left on Top Chef

This maybe a silly ?. I am trying to find out who is currently left in the running on Top Chef. It seems that in my area we have reruns overlapping the original show at times...Trying to keep up with it seems to be a little tough for this old gray-haired hound..Not that my world would end if I dont find out...Thanks for any up-date...OBX

Jan 21, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Food Media & News

Food Network

I do think the Food Network has changed alot over the years. But I also think that they have added a lot of shows that are very intersesting and imformative. It seems to be just like the Home and Garden channel. The showes that dont appeal to me I simply dont watch. I feel that with the enormous increase in "foodies" the network is trying to capture as wide an audience as possible. I do believe we could use a little less fluff though...And I dont mean the marshmallow kind !!

Jan 21, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Food Media & News

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

We just ate last night at Chili Peppers for tapas..Last year we almost never missed a night..This was our 1st time this year...We will give it one more try before I complain to Jim....It was terrible...Way over priced for what little we got..I know it is tapas....but $8.50 for 6 small fried oysters on a bed of a overly lemon sauce....Not for this OBX'r...OBX

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Southeast

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

They just celebrated 60 years of doing it right...On the OBX that is amazing.

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Southeast

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

We usually will stop by Art's Place off-season morning fare. Its not the best gourmet...but it's Arts..Thats what makes it so wonderful.Also I am told that Grits Grill does a pretty good job for breakfast. Havent been there for over a year myself. Another place to check out is the Ocean Trellis in the Sea Ranch. I met friends there a couple months ago for breakfast and they do a pretty good job...and how can you complain on the veiw..Hope this helpd...OBX

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Southeast

Columbus French Market

sorry to hear about the French Market...Thanks for the info on the North Market....OBX

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in General Midwest Archive

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

Just heard that Lodavechi's may not be opening this comig season.Which is really sad to hear. They really are good people and were trying to do a good job. Which brought me to this thought.As you know SweetPhyl we are losing more and more good places to eat here on the beach. This is such a monster of a place to try to run a business. I guess I am trying to figure out what is it that us locals can do to try to help keep the local eateries from going belly up.It is so sad to see all the "chain" places that are opening up. Just something to think about....OBX

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Southeast

Columbus French Market

My wife and I are moving back to Ohio this spring..(long story..something about Grandbabies). We have been gone for about 7 years. I am wondering if the French Market is still in Columbus.Years ago it was the "to die for" place for good stuff. Any help would be great. By the way...I guess the "Grandma" urges out way life on the beach in North Carolina....

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in General Midwest Archive

free "Nasty Bits" by Anthony Bourdain

Just clicked on the site....as soon as it came up this is what was posted..The promotion has either ended
or all supplies are exhausted.
I guess I waited a bit to long....Oh well....Such is life...OBX

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Food Media & News

Whats new and good in the Canton/Dover area

My wife and I left the Canton and Dover area about 7 years ago to move to the beach of North Carolina. This spring we will be moving back, (long story,something to do with Grandbabies!) Since we have been gone we are out of touch with whats good and new in the areas. We love little cafe/bistro types. Since I am a chef/kitchen manager we find it harder and harder to find a good place that satisfies our needs. Please help ! Thanks....OBX

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in General Midwest Archive

Should I buy a Pannini Press?

I am all about making the best pannini possible. But I also am a advocate of multi -tasking tools. A pannini press is not one of them. My day job is a chef/kitchen manager for a resort club here on the Outer Banks. This past season I spent $350.00 on a commercial press. Within 4 days I had it paid for. So I know that they are the rage now. But I would never spend even $50.00 on one for home. The skittle and brick method works just fine. To me its all about the goodies that you build your sandwich with. Try making one with a good multi grain bread, smoked turkey, goat cheese, a couple roasted red peppers, a sprinkle of fresh basil and tarragon. ENJOY...OBX

Jan 19, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Cookware

Coffee grinding at home

Having owned a coffee house with my wife for a couple of years I can tell you that there are as many opinions about coffee grinding as there is coffee. I will say that if you are comparing whole bean that was ground at the store and used asap versus the other half being used a week or so later, a good coffee lover will be able to tell the differance. Try to grind for every pot. On the issue of storage, never ever store in freezer. Think of the oils in coffee beans kinda like freezing mayonaise. The oils will seperate and never come back together when thawn. The best way to store is in an airtight container in a dark place...Good luck and best beans to you..OBX

Jan 18, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in General Topics

Has anyone tried 8'O Clock coffee and how is it?

8 0'clock is certainly an old stand by in the retail coffee world. I can remember my Mom buying it over 40 years ago. As cheap coffees go it is one of the better ones. But as a former owner of a coffee house, I will tell you that it is not one of the best. But also I strongly believe that a lot of the "gourmet" coffees on the market that you pay close to $15.00 a pound for are really not any better than 8 o'clock.

Jan 18, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in General Topics

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

What a nice list....My wife and I are also locals of about 7 years now and you hit the good ones pretty much on point.One that I would add as a personal favorite would be The Tale of the Whale on the causeway heading to Manteo...Thanks again SweetPhyl

Jan 18, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Southeast

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

As far as fish markets go...there is only one I ever recommend, Austins Market in Nags Head. They have been doing a great job for almost 50 years in the same location. They are directly across from Jockey's Ridge. You know your there when you see a big shark in a cage in the parking lot. A couple "locals" favorite places I would suggest are Awful Arthurs on the Beach Road, Art's Place, Chili Peppers, and Sam & Omies. Hope you enjoy..

Jan 17, 2007
obxspiritdreamer in Southeast