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Baking Chocolate Taste Test

I wish we did have a Trader Joe's. Heard so much about it. Thanks for the tip.

Dec 12, 2014
Linda431 in General Topics

Baking Chocolate Taste Test

Sorry to dredge up a really old post, but this has hit home with me.

First off, the issue here is Unsweetened chocolate, which should be totally made without sugar.

I tried SB in the brownie recipe you mention and even the maid said it was not good, too sweet. Low and behold, even though the label said Unsweetened Chocolate, the ingredients did list sugar.

So I'm on to my chocolate frosting recipe which calls for 8 oz of unsweetened chocolate. I always used Bakers in the past because that's all I could find in unsweetened. So I found Ghiradelli (sp?) and decided to try that. Did not like it at all and I am a big chocolate snob. It has a very distinct taste.

For bittersweet, I like Valhrona Amer Noir, which they don't make anymore. I think it's around 72% cocoa. What they recommend as a substitute is not even close. It's only 60% and did not give anywhere near the taste the Amer Noir did.

So I still search. Any suggestions?

Dec 10, 2014
Linda431 in General Topics

Really good Mexican/Southwest downtown area?

Sorry I wasn't clear. I really had 2 questions. My brain skips ahead of my fingers sometimes.

We will be in town for 4 nights. We have 2 of them already booked and we would like your help for the other 2 nights.

The title was my first question, in that we were looking for really good Mexican or Southwestern food not too far from our hotel. A 10 minute cab ride would be fine, but we didn't want to venture too far out as we have early morning meetings

My second question was for the other free night we have. I mentioned Oceanaire and Sally's that we already have booked so that you could maybe suggest something different.

Sorry again for the confusion.

Mar 22, 2010
Linda431 in San Diego

Really good Mexican/Southwest downtown area?

Will be staying at the Manchester Grand and would like something close by.

Secondly, what would be a good restaurant withing walking distance? We're eating at Oceanaire one night and Sally's at the Hyatt one night. So we have 2 free nights and don't want to venture too far away. 'good Wine list is a factor but not mandatory.

Mar 21, 2010
Linda431 in San Diego

San Antonio, on Riverwalk good wine list good food?

Will do strong95. We're going next week so I'll let you know what we find.

Nov 30, 2009
Linda431 in Texas

San Antonio, on Riverwalk good wine list good food?

Thanks so much. I'll check those out.

Nov 30, 2009
Linda431 in Texas

San Antonio, on Riverwalk good wine list good food?

We are staying at the Watermark for one night only, and will only have a few hours to stroll the Riverwalk (first time there) and to eat.

Was thinking of LeReve but the web page leads me to believe they have tasting menus only. Is that true? I'm thinking that would be a looooooong meal. Also it appears that it's not really on the Riverwalk. I'm confused obviously.

Otherwise, what do you suggest? We definately want to walk there from the hotel and are looking for a white tablecloth type of place that takes reservations. We like a variety of differenty cuisines. We live in New Orleans and are totally spoiled by the wealth of dining options.

Nov 30, 2009
Linda431 in Texas

Parmesan Kaiser Rolls

Stanbee, there are a couple of other ways to make the pinwheel shaped marks on top. The rope method mentioned in this recipe is shown step by step here: http://blog.kingarthurflour.com/2008/...

The older, more traditional method is the folded method shown here:
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/k...

If you're into symetry, you can buy a kaiser roll stamp but I don't think they're sharp enough to cut the dough without deflating it. A baker's lame will do the trick.

As you can see, I've done a bit of research trying to find the perfect recipe for these rolls since nobody in my area seems to sell them.

Jan 10, 2009
Linda431 in Recipes

Baker help pls-leftover cransauce-muffins?

I have the same issue. I'm using it instead of jam in thumbprint cookies.

Another idea is to freeze it for now, then use it in a trifle at Christmas for a very festive dessert.

Split your spongecake layers, place one in a trifle bowl and poke holes in it. Sprinkle on some type of liquer (I'm thinking Grand Marnier since you have oranges in your sauce) and spread about a quarter cup of the c'berry sauce on top. Pour on some creme anglaise and top with the second layer. You can stop there, or if you're feeding a crowd add a second layer just like the first. Top with whipped cream. Yum.

Nov 25, 2007
Linda431 in Home Cooking

RUBY LOUISE please.... [moved from General Chowhounding board]

I stumbled across a posting of yours from last year on Christmas menus. You mentioned serving a Pork Tenderloin stuffed with sauteed mushrooms, garlic, prosciutto & thyme. I would dearly love to have the recipe if you wouldn't mind sharing it. It sounds devine.

Thanks!

Nov 25, 2007
Linda431 in Home Cooking

Can someone please explain the liquor license thing in Philly?

I took your advice on Bookbinder's and went with La Famiglia. (No lobster, but I reallly didn't miss it.) I posted a report here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396570

Thanks for the help. We had a great time.

Apr 29, 2007
Linda431 in Pennsylvania

Report on Vetri, La Famiglia, Matyson's.

I took the advice of several of you and traded in our Bookbinder's reservations for La Famiglia. It was superb in every way and I thank you. We both had the veal special with fontina and a white wine demi-glace. I've had red wine demi many times but never white. It was a fantastic dish. Appetizers were shrimp with porcini and aurgula and tagliatelle with pancetta, tomato, onion & white wine. We were blown away with the wine list and the service was impeccable yet friendly.

Vetri was everything it's cracked up to be and then some. My starter was a baby artichoke salad with the most intense shaved parmesan on top. Outstanding. I couldn't pass up homemade pasta, so I had a small portion of handkerchief pasta tossed with a lamb and olive ragu. Main course was the most tender & moist turbot I'd ever had atop a potato cake, more tomato & olives scattered on top.

The DH had veal kidney, minced & formed into a cake like affair served over soft polenta, followed by a ravioli with sage butter, then the guinea hen. Sorry I don't remember the details, I was too busy scarfing up my own dinner. I am ashamed to admit it but we also had dessert, profiteroles with pistachio gelato for me, don't have a clue what he had.

The cappucino was sinful. All in all, one of the better meals I've had in the states in a long time.

Matyson's was good but my memory has totally failed me on what I ate. I know I had shrimp for a starter, the DH ordered the herring and we split the quail appetizer. Other than that I just remember that I enjoyed it.

Philly has some great restaurants and I'll admit to being skeptical. Living in New Orleans has spoiled us to some extent and we were totally delighted at what your town has to offer. I wish the wine stores had better selections, but that's another matter for another time. Thank you all for your help & advice.

Apr 29, 2007
Linda431 in Pennsylvania

La Famiglia....yea or nay?

OK, so I think we've been sufficiently talked out of Bookie's. If we decide to ditch the lobster night altogether, what do you think about La Famiglia. The DH is salivating over the wine list but I haven't heard a peep from anyone about the food. Any takers?

I need to decide in a hurry as this is for tomorrow night.

Apr 23, 2007
Linda431 in Pennsylvania

Can someone please explain the liquor license thing in Philly?

Thanks guys!. I'll let you know how it went.

Apr 23, 2007
Linda431 in Pennsylvania

Can someone please explain the liquor license thing in Philly?

Thank you everybody. I think I get it now.

As for Bookbinder's, we picked it because the hubby wanted lobster and that seemed like a good fit. Can you suggest another place we can find really good lobster?

Apr 22, 2007
Linda431 in Pennsylvania

Can someone please explain the liquor license thing in Philly?

I've been reading about all the BYOB restaurants in Philly and someone told me that it's cumbersome to obtain a license to sell wine so a lot of restaurants don't bother.

We have reservations at Vetri's, Matyson's and Bookbinders. Will we be able to order a drink at any of these? We usually like to have a drink before dinner and wine with dinner. I'm fine with bringing in the wine, but do we need to bring in a cocktail as well?

We're staying at the Marriott Downtown by the convention center. Is there a wine store nearby?

(Forgive the stupid questions...we live in New Orleans where even the taco stands sell alchohol)

Apr 22, 2007
Linda431 in Pennsylvania