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Ordering PB&J at restaurants ...

I didn't even know pre-made PBJ existed.

Jun 11, 2007
chrystaldawn in General Topics

SUMMER PARTY/BUFFET MENU HELP NEEDED!

Condiment with Chilled beef tenderloin, I love to drizzle with EVOO, Mustard Aioli, Capers, Shaved Parmesan. Then a nice spring mix w/balsamic and some Parmesan flatbread. With the salmon a crumbled goat cheese and fresh dill. And Garlic Flatbread

Jun 11, 2007
chrystaldawn in Home Cooking

lunch in carmel?

Cafe Rustica it is in Carmel Valley. They had a great grilled veggie salad. There is also Rio Grill.

Jun 10, 2007
chrystaldawn in California

Origins of the "15-20% tip" rule?

Not sure where the origins are from. I was brought up by my mother who said T.I.P.S. stand for To Ensure Prompt Service. Therefore 15% as was left for decent service, 18% for good service and 20% for great.
Another thing to consider is depending on where you live some states have tip credit wage laws. So tipped employees make very little hourly wage, in VA it's 2.13/hr, AZ/FL 3.30/hr (I think). But other states tipped employees make minimum wage.

Jun 10, 2007
chrystaldawn in Not About Food

Tipping for Takeout?

The question is did she just hand you the slip???? A lot of establishments have a designated person who is responsible for the to go orders or it is a hostess who is also responsible for seating the dining room while managing to go orders, they are responsible for getting all the condiments together (salad dressings, butter & bread etc.) they also sometimes box the food (not always). I don't think these things qualify for a standard tip but I usually give them $5 or around 10%. Nothing wrong with not leaving a tip, but a nice gesture to leave one.

Jun 10, 2007
chrystaldawn in Not About Food

SUMMER PARTY/BUFFET MENU HELP NEEDED!

I don't know if it this is available in your area. But we have a variety of "Taco Catering" Co. basically what they do is make tacos (really good ones) all night. You make beans, rice, salad. The cost is about the same as what you would spend, and you don't have the headache. It's something fun and different. I do agree with the others and you should probably start the buffet earlier than 5.

Jun 10, 2007
chrystaldawn in Home Cooking

"Waitress" the Movie--All Those Pies

Saw the movie and left CRAVING Pie!!!! My Pie would be: "Where To Go From Here Pie" it would have: strawberries w/mint and lime, whipped topping with blueberries and crumbled graham cracker.

Jun 10, 2007
chrystaldawn in Food Media & News

Best wine you've had under $15

Thanks for clarifying!! I see how that would be ideal especially for wines from outside the USA where there are strict laws about the making of wine and selections vary so much from store to store. As I'm sure you know in the states we don't have to follow any strict laws so to say all 2001 Napa Valley cabs are great is not always going to be the case.
I just love it when I find a great bottle of wine without going over $20. So I wanted to share it and see what other people have found for under $20. I like the variety of answers, some wines I've had, some I might need to try.

Jun 08, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

Best wine you've had under $15

Chinon00 have you ever posted a board asking other CH where they purchase their wine in PA!! A lot of wine shops I've experienced will special order items. I know some of us lucky enough to live in CA have an advantage to the wine purchasing. I lived in VA for a few years and found the task to be a bit more challenging. Once I became a regular at a couple of wine shops and befriended the associates they were able to get a few wines for me I wasn't able to find otherwise.

Jun 07, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

Grilling Cookbooks

Williams Sonoma Grilling is GREAT!!!!

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in Home Cooking

Best wine you've had under $15

I like the selection of french wines you've shared I'm newer in my venture to french wines I am going to give a few of these a try!!

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

the rare and the uncooked

Rare = cool red center
Med Rare = warm red center
Med = Warm pink w/touch of red in the center
Med Well = Warm brown touch of pink in the center
Well = Warm brown thoughout

I have worked in a variety of restaurants and these are the guidelines each of the restaurants used. I agree every restaurant has their own specifications as do the patrons. So if something is too Rare send it back ask them to Cook it a little more. Most restaurants and chefs would rather have you enjoy what your eating!!

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in General Topics

Anyone ever made a mini cookbook?

I LOVE THE IDEA!!! I would keep this and hopefully use it!!! It is very personal and I think a wedding favor should be it is more memorable!!! Most memorable wedding favor to date for me is a simple box filled with chocolate covered espresso beans and a little note of how the couple met at a coffee shop!!! I ate the beans but remember how cute it was!!

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in Not About Food

Best wine you've had under $15

I Love a lot of D'arenberg!! Glad you mentioned it!!

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

Suggestions needed: Wines to bring to wine pros

Glad to hear!!! A wine rarely made!!! Any other fav's?

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

what to make for neighbors who are moving?

I'm for the lasagna idea!! First that popped into my mind!! With a salad and Garlic Bread!! It was the meal I always asked for on my trips home from college.

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in Home Cooking

Cheap homemade party favors

Went to a wedding where they had chocolate covered espresso beans, because they met at Starbucks!! They out in a little personalized note with it!! Do you have anything about your relationship you would be able to put in the box with a little story?

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in General Topics

Summer's coming and the kids need some lowcarb meals. Any ideas?

Kabobs!!!!!!! Whatever you want!! Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Fish. Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Egglant!!! LOVE IT!!!!! My favorite. I like to marinate Veggies/Meats with homemade marinades like Basil/Balsamic, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Parmesan.

Jun 06, 2007
chrystaldawn in Home Cooking

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

I am currently in school!! Studying Business Finance and Hospitality!! Aspirations to be Event Planner. I also work in the restaurant industry. I started in restaurants about 6 years ago and have moved up from casual chains to night clubs, to fine dining, I now work at a restaurant which is frequently discussed on CH and LOVE IT!! I don't have a big budget to go out but would rather save and go out once a month to something GREAT!!! I love to cook and experiment with new ideas/techniques.

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Not About Food

What is your favorite CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP kitchen gadget

I almost purchased one the other day, then decided not to I think I'll go back and get it.

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Cookware

Best wine you've had under $15

YUM!! I as well enjoy my whites unoaked!!

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

Best wine you've had under $15

Not behind the curve at all. Rose has it's place. I enjoy a rose w/ BBQ shrimp with a spicy sauce. Your wine-snob friends wouldn't turn their noses up at this combination of Sweet/Spicy.

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

What is your favorite CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP kitchen gadget

Agee!!! With the Avocado slicer LOVE IT!!!

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Cookware

Best wine you've had under $15

I love wine and don't mind spending on a great bottle. But who doesn't love a great bargain wine. My recent $15 find which I really enjoy is the 2004 Marques Casa de Concha, Chili, Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of dried fig, black cherry, vanilla and coffee and soft tannins. What are your favorites? Nothing over $20 please.

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

Suggestions needed: Wines to bring to wine pros

Here are a few selections you might try all in the $25-$40 range
Navarro 'Methode Ancienne' Anderson Valley, 2004 Pinot Noir.
Alain Graillot, CrozesHermitage, France 2004
Spice Route, South Africa, Pinotage 2005

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

Help with a Champagne choice??

You have a lot of bruts listed stay away from the extra brut which is very dry.
For a slightly sweeter (not as sweet as asti) champagne try a Blanc de Noirs this is a champagne produced solely from red grape varieties (pinot noir & pinot meunier), Or a rose one recent find on mine that I love is Piper Heidsieck, Rose Sauvage. $40-$50.
Cuvee de Prestige is something else to look for on a bottle of champagne (regardless of price) this indicates the best champagne has to offer.
One fun tidbit is 'special club' or co-ops, These are smaller growers who don't have the $$$ like Vueve, Tattinger, Roederer, so they pool resources to purchase the special bottle and decide each year on the "special club" champagne to be bottled Special club champagne is great bubblyusually at a lower cost. Try Champagne Jacquart.
See if a local wine shop/winery has champagne tasting. If not maybe get a group of friends have everyone bring their favorite bubbly and do your own tasting to find out what you like other than Asti.

From your list above I would go with the Oltrepo Pavese Pinot Nero, Fluery Brut Rose, Ruinart Brut Rose.

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Wine

What is your favorite CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP kitchen gadget

Mine is a boil over? It is under $10, and is this round disk with curve on opposite sides. It prevents your water/or whatever from boiling over. I think I purchased in on overstock.com. I did have one that was glass and it broke, now I have a metal one. Love IT!!!

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Cookware

Men cook dinner/women cook dinner

You may take the iron chef approach and have one ingredient that must be incorporated in each dish. If the cook offs are going to be on different nights it will be easy not to duplicate.

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Not About Food

Tipping: On The Receiving End Etiquette

Say Thank-you!!! I always feel appreciated when thanked for tipping at a coffee shop, bagel cafe, smoothie joint etc.

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Not About Food

Ideas for baby shower/open house

I love to put out marinated asparagus. Blanch asparagus then put in plastic bag with (combine before marinating) balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, crushed garlic, pepper, salt, dijon mustard. Or you may also may also use your favorite vinaigrette dressing. Let marinate for 12-24 hours.

Jun 05, 2007
chrystaldawn in Home Cooking