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Things I haven't tried and need questions answered about

If you do decide to try foie gras, make sure you go to a good restaurant that serves grade A whole foie gras. Lower grades tend to be bitter because of the blood vessels. Be sure not to have the cheap kind that tastes like pate. The first time I had foie gras, it just tasted like fat to me, but the second time, I was hooked!

Jan 19, 2007
LilLibellule in General Topics

Your own 30-minute meals?

I like to make quick stir fries. I keep canned straw mushrooms and sliced bamboo in my pantry and if I'm in a hurry use frozen veggies rather than washing all those leafy greens.

I also like to make Asian noodle soups. Just heat up a can of chicken broth, add hondashi and a splash of soy, and the ingredients. I like udon with bean sprouts, shredded szechaun cabbage (in a package from chinatown you just rip open), chives, and some sesame oil.

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Home Cooking

Your favorite sandwich fillings

I like to dress up my egg salad by adding some sour cream, chives, and bacon bits. It's really good!

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Home Cooking

Your favorite sandwich fillings

This is my favorite BLT. I toast whole grain bread and spread it with garlic cheese spread, Rondele, then add bacon that I brushed with whole grain mustard and brown sugar and broiled to med-well, thick sliced beefsteak tomatoes, and baby greens.

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Home Cooking

Bacon . . . mmm . . . good

I like my thick-sliced bacon brushed with a marinade of whole grain mustard and brown sugar and broiled.

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Home Cooking

Pressure Cooking Tips and Advice?

Just make sure you seal the lid, because my mom still has exploded azuki beans on her kitchen ceiling!!

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Home Cooking

Pea Shoots

Yes, everyone is right. Quickly stir-fry them with salt and minced garlic, but add a little hon dashi for extra flavor. In Taiwan, they usually serve them as a bed for the main meat dishes, kind of like the shredded cabbage they use here.

Man, I wish they sold pea shoots in Hawaii. sigh.

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in General Topics

Honey

I'm a freak. I have 19 different types of honey (mostly from La Maison du Miel in Paris) and a whole shelf dedicated to them in my pantry.

I really like my peach and raspberry honeys from Italy. They're really great with oatmeal and cream of wheat, or biscuits.

I used creamed honey from Trader Joe's in my teas and oatmeal as well.

But mostly, I just like to dip my pinkie in them and sample!

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in General Topics

What does "healthy" mean to you?

My vision of healthy eating stems from my mother and my childhood. I wasn't allowed to eat candy very often, or have snacks before dinner, but I could eat fruit whenever I wanted in whatever quantity.

When my mother cooked meals, they always featured lots of fresh, stir-fried leafy green vegetables. And her meals were not very fatty and didn't have any heavy sauces, so the flavors of the fresh produce, meat, or fish always stood out.

My mother unconciously followed the Food Pyramid recommendations. So to me, healthy means including lots of fresh fruits and veggies in your diet with whole grains and lean protein. But also, only eating what you naturally feel like and not forcing yourself to be "healthy". And since I never grew up eating dessert, I don't really have a sweet tooth!

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Not About Food

starbucks green tea latte is really gross

Yes, their green tea lattes and frappucinos are really, really gross. The matcha they use is sub-par and much too sweet. I prefer traditional, non-bastardized matcha.

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Chains

Best food finds at Costco? [old]

I really don't like their prepared meals in the refrigerated cases. They are expensive and inedible. Some of the frozen stuff is fine, but don't expect to find authentic, restaurant-quality potstickers or lasagna, for example.

You must try the real buffalo milk mozzerella balls in water. So delicate and soft--unbelievable! I can't find anything else like this where I live.

I know people like the hummus, but it's not made with olive oil. ???

They just replaced their canned sundried tomatoes in olive oil with pre-sliced tomatoes, which are so much easier for the harried cook to use, and still very tasty.

The king crab is a great deal also. They sell the red variety, better than the yellow.

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Chains

A Costco product to avoid

I've found that Fuji apples don't have enough acidity in them to make for good eating dried. The same goes for other Asian fruits that have had the extra acidity bred out of them, such as white peaches and nectarines.

I actually love the Silk soymilk, especially the individual serving-sized chocolate soy. It almost tastes like my mom's fresh soymilk. I stay away from the produce because they usually rot within a day or so and I can't eat that much that fast.

I only joined Costco because they are the only place in Hawaii that sells soft, deicate, REAL buffalo milk mozzerella balls in water. Yes, it is worth the yearly membership.

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Chains

A better MacDonald in Asia?

As a poor student in Paris, I sadly had to eat at McDonalds out of budget necessity, but it was surprisingly not that bad. The chicken there is much better, and they had pear and chocolate sundaes.

DO NOT eat at Mcdonalds in Eastern Europe. The food is horrible and it is kind of expensive.

As for other chains, I still remember the time I went to a fried chicken chain in Taiwan, and ordered fries. I got the most exquisite sweet potato thick cut fries, crisp, hot, and dusted with salt and white pepper. Mmmm.

Jan 18, 2007
LilLibellule in Chains