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Over Ripe Plantains? Recipes? Ways to use them up?

There are some recipes for plantain empanadas out there...they require ripe plaintains.

Feb 10, 2012
howchow in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving soup?

I made a roasted chestnut soup a few years back - was very good and well received. I just roasted and peeled some chestnuts (maybe a potato or 2 as well) and pureed them in some homemade stock that I infused with some star anise.

Nov 10, 2011
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ISO whole black truffles - any leads in the LA area?

thanks is it the saturday or the sunday market?

Feb 02, 2011
howchow in Los Angeles Area

ISO whole black truffles - any leads in the LA area?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Feb 02, 2011
howchow in Los Angeles Area

Christmas-y cheesecake?

Cheesecake with candied fruit and nut topping
Eggnog cheesecake
Figgy pudding cheesecake
Gingerbread crust cheesecake
White chocolate and cranberry cheesecake
Maple cheesecake with a rosemary whipped cream

Dec 08, 2010
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Dealing with kabocha squash

First find yourself a good SHARP chef's knife - cut it in half and scoop out seeds with a melon baller if you have one. Flat side down remove the skin with a knife. Cube the squash. Steam the cubes over a double boiler or in a bamboo steamer - the result will be tender and not overly wet. You could also boil and drain.

Oct 17, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

Is it possible to cut bundt cake recipes in half?

I frequently make 1/2 a recipe and bake it in a bundt pan - just slightly lessen the bake time and 1/2 the end product - all good!!!

Sep 30, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

What's your fantasty Food Truck?

tuk tuk truck - THAI

Aug 13, 2010
howchow in General Topics

Lamb Chop brain fart (for my anniversary dinner)

I would broil the chops and serve with a lemon wedge - maybe some roasted potatoes or a potato gratin. Something green or a salad. How about a chocolate molten cake for dessert.

Aug 04, 2010
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cupcakes for a 1st birthday party

sorry, didn't realize this was from 2008 - happy 3rd bday!

Aug 04, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

cupcakes for a 1st birthday party

We just celebrated a 5th b-day and prepared this sour cream cake in cupcake form - no icing, no mess and very adult and baby friendly. Have also substituted greek yogurt for the sour cream with great results. It is very moist and the topping is very good - doubled the topping. I also added some colored sugar and decorative picks to make up for the lack of decoration.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sour-cre...

Aug 04, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

looking for a recipe for chocolate earthquake cookies

If it is the same recipe as the one that appeared in the martha stewart holiday cookies magazine from 05 - they are amazing! we have made them every christmas since.

Jul 20, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

How do I grill this beef tenderloin

I love tenderloin marinated in a korean bulgogi marinade and grilled on a medium flame for about 30 minutes - soooo good.
marinade:
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 small onion
3 garlic cloves
1 apple or kiwi
1 inch ginger grated
1 T. sugar
1T. brown sugar
2 t. sesame oil
1T. mirin
1/2 t. black pepper
pinch salt
put all in a food processor and marinate beef for 8-24 hours.

Jul 14, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

BBQ/Pool Party - Looking for suggestions for what to serve!

loves sushi - how about some sushi appetizers - (maybe you can make yourself or outsource) and then a yakitori feast - all kinds of small skewers - eaten in courses - just keep em coming.
chicken -
shrimp -
scallops-
vegetables-
tortellini-
shumai-
avocado-
corn-
and then you could do fruit for desert.
there is a great recipe out there for a yogurt panna cotta - that is amazing!

Jul 13, 2010
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grilled corn question?

I see - OK - Thanks!

Jun 23, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

grilled corn question?

Do you have to remove the silk prior to grilling? What would happen if you left the ears fully closed in their husks and grilled them?

Jun 23, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

help with ground chicken for tonight

When in doubt - deep fry - I breaded 1/2 size patties in corn meal and deep fried and finished off in the oven - chicken croquettes - pretty tasty. Thanks all.

Jun 12, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

help with ground chicken for tonight

I was going to make a chicken burger recipe that is in the most recent Food and Wine mag - it is ground chicken, some onion, and I added 2T. coconut milk and spices (garam masala and ground chili). The result is very wet - there is no way I can grill these burgers - they would just fall through the grates. How can I salvage 1lb. of seasoned ground chicken? The burger was supposed to be served with a peanut sauce.
Thanks.

Jun 12, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

Best thing I've Tempura'd - Chive Blossoms

fresh corn
avocado
green tomato slices

May 26, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

Chickpea Flour for Fruit Crumble (For Friend with Celiac)--Will that work?

I have recently begun cooking gluten free and have been successful in making the crumb topping with a combination of almond, hazelnut or pecan flours (you can make your own by toasting the nuts and processing until fine) - I also add a bit of cornmeal plus brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and salt - the consistency is a little different but delicious all the same!

May 19, 2010
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What's your guilty pleasure?

Good point!

May 13, 2010
howchow in General Topics

Quinoa in a rice cooker?

I tried it once and never again - I have a small 3 cup cooker and the lid was about to burst and the quinoa was coming out the vent - This never has happened with rice - not sure what happened but I won't cook it in my rice cooker ever again.

May 12, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

Artichokes in the crock pot?

an inch or 2 should be fine! good luck! I just made them the same way but in a big pot on the stovetop and cooked them for about an hour - I prefer a well done artichoke!

May 11, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

What's your guilty pleasure?

Cheez whiz on my homemade cheese steaks!

May 11, 2010
howchow in General Topics

Artichokes in the crock pot?

I have never done it, but why not try it - I would suggest water, lemon juice, olive oil, salt , pepper and some dill and the lowest setting for a few hours and you would be good to go!

May 11, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

Risotto.. Why the wine?

I think you could also substitute a T. of balsamic vinegar.

Apr 27, 2010
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side dishes to go with Easter Ham?

corn muffins
mac n' cheese (why not)?
smashed peas
bean dish
buttered bread

Apr 01, 2010
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Easter dinner: what am I forgetting?

amazingly similiar to our menu - we are making smahed peas with mint and some cornbread - but i think you need some yellow peeps!! and few chocolate eggs!! enjoy.

Apr 01, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking

gluten free substitution for bulgar

thanks for the help all - i'll look for the millet or teff!

Mar 24, 2010
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gluten free substitution for bulgar

I am planning on making a turkish bulgar salad but want to substitute a gluten free grain - do you think it would be better with quinoa or gluten free brown rice couscous?

Thanks for your thoughts.

Mar 23, 2010
howchow in Home Cooking