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Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee

I love this method, and it's much easier on my sensitive stomach! I've heard that the cold brew takes away a lot of the acid. It's also super easy to grab in the mornings (and cheaper than heading to Starbucks for a morning pick me up).

Sep 26, 2012
morgblorg in Recipes

Stainless Steel Cookware Oxidizing?

Hey everyone,

I just moved to Denver and have noticed that some of my stainless steel cookware, thermoses, and the outside of my crock pot have a very thin layer of what appears to be rust on them. I've not washed them since being here, so I'm ruling out the option of new/different water deposits on the items. It appears to be something in the air, because only the outside/exposed areas of the cookware are effected. I tried wiping one thermos with a wet cloth and the film came off, but thermos still showed signs of "rusting."

I tried to find a topic on this elsewhere but didn't run across anything online or on the board that seemed to explain what's happening. Any and all help or suggestions are appreciated!


Sep 09, 2011
morgblorg in Cookware

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

I made these for a summer party the other night and they were a huge hit! People who otherwise disliked deviled eggs were even trying (and enjoying) these! Don't leave out the pickled carrots on top, you guys. I almost did, and I would have sorely missed the sweet, vinegary crunch on top!

Jun 24, 2011
morgblorg in Recipes

Avoid Farmers' Market Faux Pas

I think there's a distinct difference between "whining about prices" and haggling. I know it may still be a bit rude, especially in American culture, but haggling at a market doesn't strike me as completely offensive. Maybe a farmer's market isn't the place for it?

Aug 29, 2010
morgblorg in Features

Yogurt Trifle with Pomegranate, Pear, and Dates

My Mom used to make us parfaits for breakfast quite often, actually. We liked to eat them because they looked like ice cream parfaits (and Mom got us to eat some fruit).

Oct 03, 2009
morgblorg in Recipes

trip to tn. from nj.

Where exactly are you getting on to I-40? What's the closest city?

Something Different, Something Memorable (Seattle)?

It's still got a "restaurant" vibe to it, but I am in LOVE with GasWorks' new wine bar addition. They serve "a la carte" dishes ranging from in house pop corn to full on entrees to dessert. If you so choose, you can sit at their small bar and speak with the chef while she prepares your food or you can seclude yourself. It's a very intimate space with good ambiance and a great wine selection with reasonable prices.

May 21, 2009
morgblorg in Pacific Northwest

Oysters in Seattle?

If you're looking for somewhere that offers good oysters that are super affordable, Ivar's Salmon House has a really great happy hour (3:30pm-close) until May 24th. You can order from the happy hour menu for the more affordable options and I'm sure they have others available on the main menu as well.

May 21, 2009
morgblorg in Greater Seattle

DIY TV Dinners

I steal a quote from the Disney classic Bambi:
"If you can't say something nice... don't say nothing at all."

That being said, I think it's a great idea to create healthier, tastier alternatives to the frozen hunks from the grocery.

Mar 26, 2008
morgblorg in Features

Baked Pears

Yesterday I made Goat Cheese Ice Cream a la David Lebovitz and, since the pears in my area are looking gorgeous, I was wondering if anyone had any good, simple pear recipes to pair with my ice cream. I've got a few that I'm thinking about (those vanilla poached pears in the recipe section look delicious) but I'd like some other options as I don't currently have any vanilla beans handy.

Thanks so much!

Oct 31, 2007
morgblorg in Home Cooking

Roadtrippin Eats: Memphis, Nashville

In Memphis I'd suggest these places for some inexpensive, lunchy places:

The Arcade - A fun little diner that offers a lot of choices from pizza to country fried steak to sweet potato pancakes. (which are very delicious) Because of their ambitious menu listing some items fall short but they do most things very well. The best part about The Arcade is it's location, right on South Main Street. That area is really growing up with lots of art studios, little gift and clothes shops, AND if you can ever catch it when it's open, there is a little bakery that specializes in cheesecakes. Yum.

You'll get good barbeque no matter where you go and the debate for which is the best place could go on forever. If you've never been to Memphis, definitely hit up the Rendezvous and get the ribs. If you go, ask to sit on the bottom floor for the most authentic Rendezvous dining experience because the upstairs is a newer remodel. Neely's Interstate BBQ has GREAT pulled pork so I'd head there or the Commissary in Germantown for sandwiches.

For some good Beale Street fare, check out Blues City Cafe. They have delicious catfish, tamales, but my favorite thing is their apple dumpling which they serve piping hot with vanilla ice cream in a small cast iron skillet. Delicious.

Red Robin

I've only eaten there once but was pleasantly surprised. For a chain burger joint the service was good, burgers were pretty tasty, and my chocolate malt was DELICIOUS. If you have any hometown burger joints, I'd hit those before Red Robin but, if you don't have many choices Red Robin is definitely worth a trip.

May 07, 2007
morgblorg in Chains

your favorite cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches?

I love sharp, sharp cheddar and tomato but a new favorite of mine is basil pesto and mozzarella. Delicious!

Apr 24, 2007
morgblorg in Home Cooking

Need a camping cake and frosting

My family has been camping since I was a baby and my Dad is a MASTER dutch oven cooker. If you want something that is SUPER SUPER easy you can actually make a birthday cake or cobbler in a dutch oven. It's not exactly gourmet but all you do is put all the ingredients in, put the top on, and presto-within 45 minutes to an hour you have a delicious, impressive dessert. Especially for 15-20 people this is a highly reccommended option.
If you reply I can leave you with some recipes I've acquired over the years. :)

Apr 15, 2007
morgblorg in Home Cooking

tipping/billing issue...hard to explain in title

I know what you're trying to say, newhound, and it's not a bad point. If I were a manager, and found out 2 months later that a tip had gone awry I would be cautious to call and ask for it from them again, especially if the meal they had warranted a $40 tip. However, servers really work for tips because they ceartainly aren't getting paid much otherwise so I can understand why they called you about it. At least they didn't recharge you without telling you. Plus you're getting $30 to eat there again. Seems like a reasonable deal to me but it's still a pain to have to deal with clerical issues sometimes.

Apr 15, 2007
morgblorg in Not About Food

Found a cast iron skillet...can it be saved?

I agree. Boiling water in it should clean it up nicely. I had to save my own dutch oven from the garbage pile because it got waterlogged when a pipe burst in my kitchen. Mine had a sort of crackly look to it along with the rust and came back to life with some hot water and steel wool. Definitely don't forget to reseason it before you use it though.

Apr 15, 2007
morgblorg in Cookware

College Student Needs Delicious but Affordable Dining Suggestions

Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I've been looking forward to visiting Chelsea Market for quite some time now and I'm VERY excited to finally get a chance to visit there. Crumbs looks fantastic so I'll definitely be visiting there for some goodies to bring back home with me. I am so excited to check out all the places suggested! Thanks again!

Apr 15, 2007
morgblorg in Manhattan

Small Kitchen DIY Fixes: Submit Your Stories

I LOVE your dispenser for foil, wax paper, paper towels, etc. Where did you find that?!

Apr 15, 2007
morgblorg in Not About Food

College Student Needs Delicious but Affordable Dining Suggestions

I'll be visitng NYC for a performance in Carnagie Hall this June. I haven't been to New York in about 8 years and I certainly wasn't visiting for the culinary scene so I'm wondering if anyone has some suggestions that won't cost me a fortune. I'm looking for places around the New York Hilton on Avenue of the Americas at 53rd and 54th streets. I'm not opposed to getting out of Midtown Manhattan for little places to grab goodies like chocolates, cheese, baked goods, etc. to bring home if anyone has "must go" places to suggest too!

Thanks in advance!

Apr 14, 2007
morgblorg in Manhattan