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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Concordville, PA this past weekend - they were sampling two kinds of popcorn, one already popped in a yellow bag which tasted like styrofoam, and Kirkland brand microwave popcorn. The latter was great - a light butter flavor that wasn't chemical-y.

We also sampled and liked but did not buy:
- a yakitori noodle/vegetable stir-fry from the freezer case
- Easter-colored cheese ravioli
- the "Morning Buns" mentioned below... danger, danger!! Croissant dough with cinnamon roll filling...

about 24 hours ago
truman in Chains

Need potluck dish using Parmigiano-Reggiano

Ah, the "cheese effect..." Sorry to hear you are sensitive to it!

Two thoughts come to mind:
1. make fresh pesto, toss with hot or cold pasta and your choice of vegetables
2. spinach-artichoke dip

1 day ago
truman in Home Cooking
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General Tso's Chicken

No, but this is going on my "to-try" list right now! I've had hit-or-miss success with Kenji's recipes, though...

This is our go-to for GT chicken - technically the PF Chang's knockoff. (Originally from Epicurious, but the link seems to be dead now, so pasted below...) I have to make it less spicy so the 3yo will eat it, so we add our own heat at the end.

P. F. Chang's Chang's Spicy Chicken

INGREDIENTS

For Sauce
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (3 to 4 cloves)
3 tablespoons chopped green onions (about 3 onions)
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

For Chicken
1 cup vegetable oil [less!]
2 chicken breast fillets
1/3 cup cornstarch

INSTRUCTIONS

Make the sauce by heating 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in medium saucepan. Sauté the garlic and onion in the oil for just a few seconds, not allowing the ingredients to burn, then quickly add the pineapple juice, followed by chili sauce, vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce.
Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water and add it to the other ingredients in the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and continue to simmer on medium/high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick and syrupy.
Heat 1 cup vegetable oil in a wok or a medium saucepan over medium heat.
While oil heats up, chop chicken breast fillets into bite-size pieces. In a medium bowl, toss chicken pieces with cornstarch until well-dusted.
Sauté coated chicken in the hot oil, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Remove chicken to a rack or paper towels to drain for a moment. Pour chicken into a medium bowl, add sauce and toss well to coat chicken. Serve immediately with rice on the side.

Notes: Used 2-3 T oil to stirfry chicken, that was plenty. Subbed ketchup for chili sauce. Added sriracha to individual servings.

2 days ago
truman in Home Cooking

Pizza dough recipes - for 2 pizzas

If you buy a jar of yeast, you can measure out half a packet's worth. (1 packet = 2 1/4 tsp, so 1/2 packet = 1 1/8 tsp)

2 days ago
truman in Home Cooking

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

jrvedivici, were we at the same Acme yesterday afternoon?? (Paoli, ~4:45pm)

I noticed that sign as well. BOGO is somewhat annoying, but BOGT is totally artificial and intended to make you think you are getting even more freebies for less. As others noted, it also bumps up the number of "units" the store will sell vs. packing 3x as much chicken into one package. I prefer transparent pricing and no gimmicks... which is why we usually shop at Wegmans.

Apr 08, 2014
truman in General Topics

Happy Hour suggestions, 15-25 people KOP

We've done some unofficial work HHs at McKenzie's in Devon. The bar area is big enough for that size group. http://www.mckenziebrewhouse.com/devon/

Apr 08, 2014
truman in Philadelphia

Dinner and brunch near Convention Center (DC)

After all these great suggestions, our travel plans got thrown for a loop... We ate dinner Fri at Rosa Mexicano, which was great (although very noisy) - the beef short rib enchiladas were amazing, as were the churros for dessert.

Apr 07, 2014
truman in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lancaster Doouble Tree -- fast, inexpensive

There is a mini-chain of sandwich/soup/etc restaurants in the area called Isaac's, http://www.isaacsdeli.com/lancaster.asp . If you happen to come across one, that will meet your criteria for fast and inexpensive.

Apr 02, 2014
truman in Pennsylvania
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Any experience with these LG French door refrigerators?

Thanks, all - I appreciate your input! Buying a fridge is a bit overwhelming, as is the potential switch from a side-by-side. Fortunately our old one is fixable (the water line to the icemaker decided to leak and so everything was covered with a sheet of ice) so we've got some time to do our research and decide...

Apr 02, 2014
truman in Cookware

Menu Planning

I freeze tomato paste wrapped in plastic wrap like cookie dough. When you need some, slice off a "coin" and throw it in the pot. A log about 1" diameter means 1/2" slices are about 1 T.

Apr 01, 2014
truman in Home Cooking
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Menu Planning

"Taco Tuesday would be another, or "Mexican Tuesday" to be broader."

This - my husband and 3yo want Taco Tuesday, every.single.week. I've successfully negotiated to a rotation between tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and quesadillas, so we only have tacos once a month!

Apr 01, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

PB & J Day

Peanut butter pancakes with jelly (melted) as sauce for breakfast

Some sort of Thai-like stir-fry with a peanut sauce and hot pepper jelly.
... hm, maybe I'll make that for dinner tomorrow too!

Apr 01, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Any experience with these LG French door refrigerators?

I'm just starting my quest for a new fridge... does anyone have either of these LG models? Specifically, these are the ones with two freezer drawers instead of one big one. This strategy seems better for us to keep the freezer from turning into the Black Pit of Despair, which is my big fear for a freezer with drawers instead of shelves.

http://www.lg.com/us/refrigerators/lg-LMX25988ST-french-4-door-refrigerator - 33" width
http://www.lg.com/us/refrigerators/lg... - 36" width

Thanks!

Mar 31, 2014
truman in Cookware

To wash (or not) dishes after being packed and moved?

We moved last fall (and the fall before that) and didn't wash the dishes before using them. We packed them ourselves, using clean bath towels and t-shirts, in clean boxes.

Mar 31, 2014
truman in Cookware

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

When I was in 4th or 5th grade, our school supplied cartons of milk at lunchtime. Chocolate milk was always in demand - until one fateful Monday where all the cartons (and I mean ALL the cartons) were chunky. Guess the fridge had conked out over the weekend. The bathrooms smelled unpleasant for quite a while after that. Since then (and we're talking 30 years later), I have not been able to drink pre-made chocolate milk; I have to make it fresh myself.

DH will not eat Caesar salad because his grandmother tricked him into thinking the anchovies laid across the top were strips of bacon. He said he was about 5 years old and spent all night in the bathroom pulling anchovy spikes out of his tongue. Unfortunately, the phobia continues even for Caesar salads made without anchovies.

Mar 28, 2014
truman in Not About Food

Your Favorite Pasta Dish?

Not sure what to call this... somewhat of a mash-up of carbonara and cacio e pepe - plus ceci....

Cook about 3/4 lb whole wheat pasta (anything spiral works well). Save about 1 C of the cooking water before draining. Meanwhile, cut about 1/2 lb bacon into bit-sized chunks and fry. Remove bacon from pan and drain. Add a can of rinsed chickpeas to the bacon grease and cook till slightly brown. Toss pasta, bacon-greased chickpeas, and bacon together with enough pasta water to moisten. Dump in a heap of Pecorino Romano. Add fresh ground pepper to taste. Try to share with the rest of your family.

Mar 28, 2014
truman in General Topics

Restaurants not having websites only Facebook

"I'm not on Facebook and occasionally I find a restaurant Facebook page that I can't access. If the Facebook page has hours, location and a menu then I don't mind."

This. Ditto for any other sort of business, not just restaurants.

Mar 27, 2014
truman in Not About Food

Ideas for dinner with in-laws

I've impressed my ILs (whose tastes sound like your ILs') with this menu - very much a "mix, throw in the oven, and forget it" set of prep work.

BBQ brisket - don't recall where my recipe came from, but the gist of it is: rub meat with BBQ seasoning mix, pour over 1 bottle beer mixed with about 1/2C bbq sauce, and throw it in the oven (325 for about 3 hours)

Triple Corn Spoon Bread - http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/tripl... (I have baked the spoon bread at 325, with the brisket - just add about 10 min to the baking time

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Something green - a big salad, perhaps

Mar 25, 2014
truman in Home Cooking
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Were the fish sticks Kirkland brand? I bought a bag of Trident brand this weekend, as that's what our store had. I don't eat them and haven't gotten a report yet from the 3yo who took them for his lunch today...

Mar 24, 2014
truman in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

We found vacuum-sealed packages of Costco rotisserie chicken breast meat in the refrigerated case with the deli meats. $12 or so for a 40-oz package. Huge chunks of white meat, like what you'd find in their soup, with no labor involved! It seemed like way more meat than what you'd get from 2 chickens, so it was a good bargain for us. And it tasted just like their fresh rotisserie chickens. I hope they keep this item in stock!

Mar 24, 2014
truman in Chains

Question #1 - What to do with hotdogs other than in a bun?

+1... growing up, this is what we had for dinner on Saturday nights when mom and dad went out and left us with a babysitter. It's actually pretty good with the whole-grain m&c, and that makes me feel a little less guilty. :)

Mar 21, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Who still drinks soda?

"I look at sodas as a treat, or something to have instead of a dessert, rather than something you drink with a meal instead of water."

+1 (+2 if I count my DH) - sodas are a treat, not a beverage. We buy the real stuff rather than diet.

Mar 14, 2014
truman in General Topics

returning food to supermarket?

Yes, absolutely I should have called - I didn't think of it at the time (either time) though. I have, however, called Dunkin Donuts to tell them there was an ant in the box of donuts we'd just brought home! The manager never called us back...

Mar 13, 2014
truman in Not About Food

Food in Bologna/Fano/Venice/Milan

I just posted on another thread that I really enjoyed dinner last week at Nabucco in Milan, www.nabucco.it.

Mar 13, 2014
truman in Italy

returning food to supermarket?

Two things I wish I had returned instead of throwing out and never shopping at those stores again:

1. Whole wheat tortillas that had insect larvae in them - no obvious holes in the package, and several months before the sell-by date. Didn't return because the store was too far away.

2. A chunk of fontina cheese from the deli that was dated "sell by Feb 2010," but I bought it in July 2010. I was so mad about this one because it was expensive! Unfortunately, I discovered this a few days after coming home from the hospital after my DS was born (had bought the cheese just before going into labor), and returning expired cheese was nowhere near one of my priorities at that time...

Mar 13, 2014
truman in Not About Food

4 Nights in Italy (Flying into Milan)

I am by no means an expert on Italy, but I was in Milan last week on business and ate at a fantastic restaurant called Nabucco - www.nabucco.it . It's in Brera, about a 5-10-minute walk from La Scala.

On past trips, I've loved Florence - both food/wine and sightseeing - but haven't spent much time elsewhere in the northern part of the country. Have fun!

Mar 13, 2014
truman in Italy

Dinner and brunch near Convention Center (DC)

Thanks - these suggestions all sound great! I'll report back...

(OT: shake N baik, I'm really looking forward to this race - I went to GW for undergrad but was not a runner then, so it will be interesting/fun to run through my old stomping grounds.)

Mar 12, 2014
truman in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner and brunch near Convention Center (DC)

Hi DC'ers,

We'll be in town next month for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler, staying at the Renaissance at 9th and K NW. Can anyone suggest a low-key Italian restaurant nearby for dinner Saturday evening? "We" consists of four adults and two kids (9 and almost 4), so dinner will be on the early side. Cuisines other than Italian are fine, just nothing really adventurous before the race and no fine dining. Brunch recommendations for Sunday would be helpful too.

Thanks!

Mar 11, 2014
truman in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite ways to use roasted garlic?

In black beans as a Mexican(ish) side dish - 1 head garlic to 1 or 2 cans of beans (partly drained, not rinsed). Simmer a bit to let the flavors meld, mash if you like.

Mar 11, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Sandwich Inspiration - what was your last "sammy"?

Italy met Greece in my mix-n-match leftovers for lunch today: split and toasted,onion foccacia topped with thick tzatziki, chicken souvlaki (chunks), and crumbled feta. Yum.

Mar 03, 2014
truman in Home Cooking
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