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I need a recommendation for a nice bottle of wine $25-35...

I am happy to report that the Ridge Three Valleys came in 2nd place (out of 7). I thought it was great! My friend does a blind taste testing where everyone brings 2 bottles of the same wine. The groups tastes and rates one, and then everyone gets to bring one home at the end of the night. Another person also brought Ridge (Geyserville?), which also fared well. I will keep the Bernardus Marinus in mind, though. I'd like to try it :)

about 14 hours ago
sophia519 in Wine

I need a recommendation for a nice bottle of wine $25-35...

Thanks for your interest, Maximilien. I ended up asking for a recommendation at a local wine shop (I am in WI). Ridge 2012 Three Valleys Sonoma County was recommended from the guy I spoke with. I decided on Zinfandel instead of Bordeaux. I hope it's good!

1 day ago
sophia519 in Wine

I need a recommendation for a nice bottle of wine $25-35...

I typically like Bordeaux. Something more smooth than sharp. It is to bring to a wine tasting.

Apr 16, 2015
sophia519 in Wine

Olive-Parsley Dip with Crudités

Mar 11, 2015
sophia519 in Recipes

Does anyone have the cookbook "Gourmet Weekday: All-Time Favorite Recipes?"

I was thinking about buying it for a friend and wondered if anyone here would recommend it.

Feb 27, 2015
sophia519 in General Topics

Favorite brand of canned beans?

I really like brand called "Pastene" for cannellini, chick peas and black beans. Goya is my second choice. When making chili, I love "Brooks" chili beans, I use one can of hot, and another can of mild.

Feb 27, 2015
sophia519 in General Topics

chickpea salad

All of these sound fantastic! I can't wait to try them all!
Thanks

Feb 25, 2015
sophia519 in Home Cooking

chickpea salad

What is your favorite chickpea salad recipe? I had one over the weekend that seemed fairly simple: chickpeas, garlic, balsamic, red onion and feta. If anyone has a specific recipe for that, I would love it (I don't trust myself to get the measurements right). Or, if you have another to recommend, I would love a recommendation. Seems like a good thing to bring for lunch :)

Feb 24, 2015
sophia519 in Home Cooking

Here's an idea for dinner....

This is a great recipe I have made at least 5 times:

CHICKEN WITH CARMELIZED CAULIFLOWER AND GREEN OLIVES
1 head cauliflower ( 2 1/2 - 3 lbs.), trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast tenders, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
1 Teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup pitted green olives (rinsed)
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 450. In an 18 x 12 jelly roll pan, combine cauliflower, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper until well mixed. Spread cauliflower in a single layer on pan. Roast 20 - 25 minutes or until cauliflower is golden brown.
2. While cauliflower roasts, in a large bowl, combine chicken, lemon peel, 1 teaspoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Push cauliflower to one side of pan and arrange chicken in single layer on the other side. Roast 10 minutes longer or until chicken just loses its pink color throughout.
3. Meanwhile, in food processor (I use a mini chopper) with knife blade attached, pulse almonds until finely ground. Add olives and parsley and pulse until almost smooth. With machine running, add remaining tablespoon olive oil until it's fully incorporated, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add mixture to large bowl and add cauliflower and chicken, stir until well combined. Transfer to serving plates and garnish with additional parsley.

I serve this with rice pilaf and/or a green salad.

If you have a mini food processor, this comes together very quickly and is very good. Even the leftovers are good the next day.

Jan 21, 2015
sophia519 in Home Cooking

I need a good recipe for either Chicken Cacciatore or Parmesan Chicken

Thanks!

Jan 17, 2015
sophia519 in Home Cooking

Help! Can I use expired chicken broth base?

Yes, Chemicalkinetics is right, those are the ones I used, however, I did use the lower salt variety. It's still really salty, I know. But it did seem okay to use it, even though it was expired. My soup turned out great, (Black Bean Soup from Cook's Illustrated). It did not taste too salty, but sometimes, I don't realize it until hours after eating and I am still sucking down water. I appreciate the reassurance from all of you.

Jan 15, 2015
sophia519 in General Topics

Help! Can I use expired chicken broth base?

It is chicken broth base made by Knorr, expired 6 months ago. Is it still okay to use for the soup I am making tonight?
I should clarify that it is those little individual packets of "concentrated stock" that you add water to in order to make 3 1/2 cups broth.

Jan 15, 2015
sophia519 in General Topics

What Herb/Spice Do You Most Dislike?

I avoid sage and rosemary, but really dislike "Chinese 5 Spice Powder," probably due to the star anise.

Jan 12, 2015
sophia519 in General Topics

Miso Soup with Napa Cabbage and Udon

Jan 09, 2015
sophia519 in Recipes

what do you put on your cottage cheese?

I love roasted sunflower seeds and lots of pepper. When tomatoes are in season, I like those, too.

Jan 09, 2015
sophia519 in General Topics

Any recommendations for foil pack dinners for the grill?

Any fish, chicken or vegetable combination

Jul 22, 2014
sophia519 in Home Cooking

Iced Tea Concentrate

I am interested in making an iced tea concentrate. What is your method? What are your recommendations for tea bags or loose tea?

Jul 17, 2014
sophia519 in Home Cooking

Pasta Salad recipes

Here's a great one from 101 Cookbooks website that continues to get requested. It is a little different in that it's made with arugula, elbow macaroni, lemon and green onions:

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

Sorry, I am having trouble posting the link.

May 30, 2014
sophia519 in Home Cooking

question about using ham hock/ ham bone

I'd like to make Emeril's Split Pea Soup recipe for dinner tonight. The recipe instructs you to cover a ham hock with water and simmer for an hour before adding to the soup pot. I am using a ham bone from easter which was already cooked when I bought it, but then cooked again in the crock pot. Should I forgo the step of boiling it again and just use it in the recipe (it is added to the vegetable and split peas and broth and cooked another hour)?

Apr 29, 2014
sophia519 in Home Cooking

the Best Canned Tuna?

I live in WI and my favorite is Roland Albacore (packed in water). It's 2.79 a can.

Apr 03, 2014
sophia519 in General Topics

A simple question about rice pilaf in a rice cooker

Hi All,
I want to make basmati saffron rice in my rice cooker with peas. Should I put everthing in the rice cooker at the same time or add the peas later? How much saffron would you add for 2 cups of rice? Would you use water or chicken broth for the liquid? Thanks for your advice!

Apr 03, 2014
sophia519 in Home Cooking

anyone ever made Emeril's or Alton's Garden Vegetable Soup? How was it?

Wondering which one is better?

Mar 01, 2014
sophia519 in Home Cooking

Easy to make, hard to screw up dishes!

I love bean tostadas and they are so easy:

1. Melt a little oil in a frying pan and add a can of refried beans. Stir until consistency is smooth. If you want, you could saute some onion and jalapeno pepper before adding the beans, but this is optional.
2. In the mean time, heat some tostada shells for just a few minutes in the oven at 350.
3. Spread the beans on the hot tostada shells and then add your favorite taco fixings:
cheese
salsa and taco sauce
cilantro
onions and peppers
tomatoes
black olives
avocado
and shredded lettuce
top with sour cream and crushed black pepper (optional)

This is the fastest dinner I know and it is so good!

Apr 02, 2013
sophia519 in Home Cooking

Kale Recipes

I made this for dinner last night and it was terrific. Love how the chewy kale contrasts with the soft pasta. Kalamata seemed to taste so good with the kale, too. Had the leftovers for lunch today and it tasted even better. This is a great recipe! I also love how it is a one pot meal :)

Apr 02, 2013
sophia519 in Home Cooking

Canned Tuna

I like the "Roland" brand tuna, in water, not olive oil. It is only 2.79 a can and so much better than bumble bee, chicken of the sea and starkist. I have also heard the Genova brand is very good, too, but haven't tried it yet.

Mar 06, 2013
sophia519 in General Topics

Anyone have a good recipe for baked lentil casserole?

There's a bunch on the web, but I would love to try a baked lentil casserole that is tried and true.

Feb 22, 2013
sophia519 in Home Cooking

anyone ever try Daphne Oz Healthy Shrimp Paella?

It uses barley instead of rice.

Mar 20, 2012
sophia519 in Home Cooking

Vanilla Beans

My partner sliced 1/2 of a vanilla bean into 3 thin strips, put it in a bottle of rum and let it steep for a few days. It made an awesome rum and coke, took the bottle camping and it was gone by the end of the weekend!

Sep 06, 2011
sophia519 in Home Cooking

any recipes for an economical alcoholic punch to serve at a party for about 15 people?

Maybe vodka or whiskey. I guess economical would be under $50

Aug 19, 2011
sophia519 in Spirits

any recipes for an economical alcoholic punch to serve at a party for about 15 people?

I want to do something other than sangria.

Aug 17, 2011
sophia519 in Spirits