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If you HAD to make tortillas w/masa for tamales...

I was very surprised but there really is no difference between the two. I did give the dry tamale masa a spin in the food processor first, but I really don't think it made a difference in terms of the courseness of the flour. It still felt gritty when it was dry, but once cooked it tasted and felt exactly like regular tortillas. I added a cup of masa para tamales to a food processor and added boiling water and 1 tbs of olive oil. I kept adding water until it was a dough consistency then kneaded it by hand to finish and let it sit for a half hour before pressing out tortillas. They were great!

Jul 03, 2013
blueberrygirl in Home Cooking

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

There was a posting on Opal by Seattle Times' Nancy Leson: http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com... scroll down to Jan 6. Apparently another place will go in soon by the same owners. What we really need up here is a simple, tasty hang out like The Grove in San Francisco. Grab a pressed sandwich or salad and a glass of wine without breaking the bank.

Jan 08, 2009
blueberrygirl in Pacific Northwest

Dining solo in Bellevue

I agree with James about Bis on Main. I had dinner there a couple of months ago and the service, food and wine were all outstanding. We hosted a dinner for a party of 7 and everyone raved about their dishes. Their seafood dishes are especially good. The setting is far more intimate than Seastar, which is pretty, but large, corporate and a bit cold. I'd definitley feel comfortable going there alone. Enjoy!

Jan 26, 2008
blueberrygirl in Pacific Northwest

the best vegetarian food "products"

I have found Soyrizo at Whole Foods in the refrigerated section with tofu and other soy products. Not quite the experience of real chorizo but also no guilt. Suggest scrambling into eggs and serving with a nice green salsa and warm flour tortillas. Enjoy!

Aug 27, 2007
blueberrygirl in General Topics

Unloved condiments - the second time around

My friend was leaving the country so we had to use all of her condiments and came upon the best combination ever: we used some onion jam from a long forgotten jar and mixed it with vinegar to create a delicious dressing for a warm goat cheese salad. It was amazing--just like a salad I'd had in Paris.

Mar 27, 2007
blueberrygirl in General Topics

The Rise of the Salt Tooth

My favorite dessert of all time has to be a delicious, homemade myer lemon sorbet that was accidentally oversalted. It was heaven. Try sprinkling sea salt on a fruit sorbet sometime and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Mar 27, 2007
blueberrygirl in Features

Your fave make-aheads to keep on hand for whenever? (Stocks, glazed nuts, salad dressings, spice blends, cut veggies, etc.)

I have found that brown rice freezes and reheats really well. I make several cups and freeze in zip-lock bags and have enough for a couple of weeks.

Mar 23, 2007
blueberrygirl in Home Cooking

Posole!!!!! [moved from L.A. board]

Many have snickered at the thought of a chicken posole but I tried this recipe from Epicurious.com http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec... and it is DELICIOUS. I grew up with pork posole so I was skeptical but this is easier to make, full of flavor and healthy. It also freezes nicely. I include thinly sliced radishes along with the cabbage and lime as condiments.

Mar 22, 2007
blueberrygirl in General Topics

Favorites in Guadalajara

Cristina- Just came home yesterday and have to say THANK YOU for the recommendations. We tried Casa Fuerte in Tlaque. and it was lovely. The food was good, especially the mole enchiladas and best of all there was a trio that sang songs that my parents had not heard in ages. The setting is pretty and perfect for escaping the heat. Later in the week we tried El Patio, just down the same street and it was also nice. My father loved the birria and we were treated to an all-woman maricahi band which definitely livened things up. Also for Ibidsfood- all the restaurants, while nice, were relatively inexpensive. For three adults dinner w/cocktails, and coffee was never more than $40. w/a nice tip. Kids seem to be welcome everywhere.

Mar 21, 2007
blueberrygirl in Mexico

Most edible canned/packaged soup?

ok, this is genius. for some reason that cannot be explained i've never thought to do this with canned soup, even though if I buy soup from the prepared soup section at whole foods I always mix. i see experiments ahead. first one may be tomato with chicken/rice.

Mar 21, 2007
blueberrygirl in General Topics

Your favorite oldie but goodie appetizer

It would be wrong to let this conversation go without a mention of deviled ham: deviled ham mixed with mustard, mayo and finely diced jalapenos on saltine crackers. wow. i haven't thought about that in ages. I can still remember the little red devil on the white can.

Mar 21, 2007
blueberrygirl in Home Cooking

Favorites in Guadalajara

Thanks Cristina. These sound great. I took you up on your offer to email :-)

Mar 10, 2007
blueberrygirl in Mexico

Favorites in Guadalajara

I'll be in Guadalaja on biz with parents who just happen to be vacationing nearby and want to take them out to dinner at a couple of nice but not stuffy places with great food. Any recommendations are much appreciated.

Mar 09, 2007
blueberrygirl in Mexico

Best Place for Well-Priced Produce

Thanks everyone for the great ideas. You always comes through!

Mar 01, 2007
blueberrygirl in Pacific Northwest

Seattle, one weekend, on a budget

I second bergeo's recommendation. I had my brother visiting with two of his friends and they were in heaven at Paseo with the Cuban sandwiches. I would recommend swinging by Paseo, picking up lunch and taking it down to Green Lake or the Sculpture Park. Very Seattle.

Mar 01, 2007
blueberrygirl in Pacific Northwest

Pozol, atole, tascalate & other corn-based drinks

Atole is a traditional Christmas drink for our family and like egg nog, an acquired taste. With some nice tamales on a cold winter day it's almost palatable...almost. The consistency gives me the willies. If you really want to give it a second chance try a flavored version like pineapple.

Feb 28, 2007
blueberrygirl in General Topics

Best Place for Well-Priced Produce

McP's is great but I agree you end up with some ripe stuff. However, you make me think that perhaps I need to stop thinking about stocking up and buying what I need for the next few days like they do in Europe.

Feb 24, 2007
blueberrygirl in Pacific Northwest

Best Place for Well-Priced Produce

Great ideas, terrier. I actually never thought of Pike Place. Thanks so much.

Feb 24, 2007
blueberrygirl in Pacific Northwest

Best Place for Well-Priced Produce

I'm a transplant from California and after living here for three years I still haven't found a place with decently priced, fresh and varied produce. In the summer I go to the University farmers market but where to go the rest of the year? Please don't say Whole Foods. I love this food musuem, especially the new store on Denny, but I can't stomach paying for their produce.

Feb 23, 2007
blueberrygirl in Pacific Northwest

Queen Anne Dinner for 7

Black Bottle is technically a little further down than Queen Anne but it's such a great spot it would be worth the extra few blocks that you'd have to walk. The wine selection is great and the small plates, which are actually super generous, are all interesting and really tasty. If you go don't miss the Indian-style potato dish. Best of all it has a great ambiance and is loud enough that chatty friends fit right in.

Feb 23, 2007
blueberrygirl in Pacific Northwest