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Hatch Green Chilis

I'd make just great green chili....for smothering burritos, or eating with some homemade tortillas. You could also do a chili relleno casserole....so many great ways to go...
Here is a website that I think is interesting and educational about the Hatch chilis and some good recipes as well.
http://denvergreenchili.com/recipes.aspx

Aug 23, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

How do you Fage?

yeah...it is really good stuff. I buy it - - It's made by a local company called, Udi's. It is their Artisan Hawaiian granola. Although it's a denver based company, you can buy it online at:
http://www.udisgranola.com/purchase_o...
It's actually not too bad for you, either. Not loaded with sugar - it's sweetened with honey, and the only sugar is what was used to do the ginger-scenting on the macadamias. You could easily make this too. Lots of good granola recipes out there that could easily be adapted with the coconut and macs. I, too, owe my love of fage to this board - pretty cool, huh?

Jul 14, 2007
THenderson in General Topics

Help Me Find the Perfect Blender

I think i'll stick to frozen fruit, ice, yogurt, soups, salsa etc.....but thanks for the darling video.

Jul 14, 2007
THenderson in Cookware

Help Me Find the Perfect Blender

I ended up with the BlendTec Total Blender in black. My husband was out last night and saw it and picked it up. He paid $369. It has a 3 year + additional 4 year warranty on everything except the coupling and blade - they have a lifetime warranty. We have used it only once so far, but I'm really impressed with it -(and the noise doesn't bother me so much - I guess because I expected it.) We'll see how it goes - we will use it and if it doesn't continue to be what we expect, we have 60 days to take it back. Thank you for your opinions on products here. Even though I'm not the OP, I was able to benefit from your comments.

Jul 13, 2007
THenderson in Cookware

Best barbeque sauce out of a bottle?

yep...we use sweet baby ray's for bbq chicken and ribs - when we grill.
For smoked meats - such as pulled pork, we use stubbs original or spicy.

Jul 13, 2007
THenderson in General Topics

Tomatoes how do you like them?

oh you are so right about that bacon, tomato and avo combination, really perfect - - and isnt' it funny how with some things...only iceberg will do?

Jul 13, 2007
THenderson in General Topics

Cooking with Coconut Oil - Best Uses?

Could you please site your sources for this health information that you are providing to us? tia

Jul 13, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

Tomatoes how do you like them?

hmm..."I say to-may-to, you say tom-ah-to"
Oh...well, I think tomatoes are good in so many ways, I'll not bore you with the details.
But, in general, a good heirloom / homegrown tomato is good as is - - only to be improved imo by a little mayo, s&p. As far as temp goes...love diced ones on burritos, enchiladas, nachos etc. the same temp I like my lettuce on these dishes - cold. Gasp...

Jul 13, 2007
THenderson in General Topics

Funky Monkey---Bacon recipe

I picked up the Charcuterie book at the library last week. Great book. My husband flipped through it and was like a kid in a candy store. "You mean that we could MAKE bacon....really?" I saw pure joy set in while watching him ponder that concept.
Really, though, this is a fascinating book. We have a smoker similar to the one he talks about in the book, and I appreciate the recipes for smoking salmon and jalapenos etc.
So, funkymonkey - - thanks for the idea to pick up this book. We'll have fun with it!

Jul 13, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

you are so knowledgeable, claire. thanks for the info.

Jul 13, 2007
THenderson in Southwest

Unusual yet delicious omelette fillings/combos?

I guess I'll be the one to beat a dead horse here (yes, horrific image) - I, too, enjoy a nice cold tomato on hot foods. For instance, on a nice hot omelette filled with feta, diced red onion etc, I like to chop up a cold tomato and sprinkle it over the top. I do this with smothered enchiladas and smothered burritos as well. I actually picked up the idea from the little local (denver) mom and pop mexican places here...many of them put nice cold tomatoes diced or chopped on top of the hot plate of melty-cheesy - green chile goodness. My mom was always adamant about keeping tomatoes at room temp...and while that is how I normally would have them if I just sit down to a couple tomato slices schmeared with homemade mayo, s&p, I have discovered the joy of cold tomatoes on some hot dishes. Give it a try...sometimes it's fun to break food "rules" ! :)

Jul 13, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

How do you Fage?

i dump mine into a wide shallow bowl and drizzle with honey and then sprinkle a coconut/macadamia granola all over the top - it allows me to get yogurt, honey and granola (for the crunch) with each bite. i'm weird.

Jul 12, 2007
THenderson in General Topics

Football Season: Favorite Take & Go Tailgate Item

I would like to make these as well for our tailgating at the AirForce Academy...do you use more than one pkg of crescent dough - one for the top and one for the bottom?
thanks....

Jul 12, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

:) thanks for your opinion. I thought it'd be a nice excuse to get up that direction...(it's been a while for us) - also, besides many of the ch's that seem to enjoy frasca, i have friends that are highly dissapointed in me for having not experienced the joy of frasca yet. I get lazy in my dining choices - hitting the same places a lot...and it's good for me to try new things...all ideas are appreciated. thanks....

Jul 12, 2007
THenderson in Southwest

Your favorite cold salad recipe

this looks great...i'm anxious to try it. And...btw, I love reading your blog...it's one of my favorites. You are such a talented, entertaining writer...and a good cook, too! Thanks for the continued reading entertainment and ideas.

Jul 12, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

Football Season: Favorite Take & Go Tailgate Item

it's just salmon...cured salmon - lox....etc.

Jul 11, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

August 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Vote Here

steven raichlen

Jul 11, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

Help Me Find the Perfect Blender

I agree, as i stated earlier...you have to evaluate what your needs are and determine where you want to be in terms of cost/quality etc. to meet those specific needs. If you use a blender once in a while, a vitamix purchase would be silly overkill, unless you just have your heart set on it or something! There are always folks out there that have more money than sense. Also, I am a firm believer that quality and cost do not always go hand in hand. You can sometimes lay out a boat-load of money for something, only to realize this the hard way -- we've all been there. The marketing geniuses of the world try hard to convince consumers that a premium product should require you to shell out a premium price.
Anyway, I think the buying choices you make have to be smart ones for you...if spending $500 on a blender is absurd for your needs...go for the ones that are reasonably priced and don't give you heartburn if you end up not using it much and it sits on the shelf looking at you. At least then you feel like you can smile back at it.

Jul 11, 2007
THenderson in Cookware

Help Me Find the Perfect Blender

yayadave...
I just checked out the blendtec website, and the vitamix website. I think I'm leaning towards the vitamix. Honestly, there is probably not a whole lot of difference between the two from what I can tell....in terms of power and function. I am just more familiar with the vitamix...I've seen them in person. I just think I'd be thrilled to have a blender that works really consistently, that I don't have to spend so much time cleaning everyday. The rubber ring I'm talking about (on the Oster) is at the bottom of the blender jars...where you have to unscrew the bottom piece to take out the blade etc. to get it really clean....ANYWAY, enough of my rambling - I'm just happy I found this thread and see that people actually do love their vitamixes...I feel a little more confident now with the idea of buying one. thanks....

Jul 11, 2007
THenderson in Cookware

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

Thank you so much for taking the time to give me the run-down here. I did notice the Monday tasting menu...I thought that this might be the way to go - with the wine pairing. Crazy reasonable in terms of price, too. It makes sense to me now that their online menus are out of date if they've been gone on their annual trip. thanks rlm - i appreciate the info.

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Southwest

Help Me Find the Perfect Blender

We use a blender everyday for our morning concoction shake....so it's worth it for us to spend more and get good results (no huge ice chunks left in the bottom of the jar etc.) and to have a machine that will stand the test of time. You have to evaluate what is a good fit for your particular usage/needs. I need a heavier duty machine than what I've previously had, and I feel more confident now hearing people who own the vitamix and blendtecs say that they do in fact perform well. I have had 2 Oster's in the past - glass jars etc. and I found them to be difficult to clean every single day - taking it apart everytime with the rubber ring not getting positioned quite right each time...leaking issues, dropped and broken glass jars while cleaning....many problems. But, as I said, we use ours A LOT.....we are more demanding on the machine and I got tired of smelling the burning smell of the Oster motor when I was trying to make a protein/fruit smoothie.

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Cookware

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

Geez, I have got to get to Frasca - everyone LOVES this place. Any suggestions on ordering there - what not to miss? From what I hear, everything is great, but what do you particularly enjoy?

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Southwest

Help Me Find the Perfect Blender

niki,
I've been sitting on the fence about the vitamix for a year or so, now. Honestly, just kind of asking myself, "do you seriously want to spend $500 on a BLENDER?" It dawned on me, though, that if I'd just bought a darned Vitamix a couple of blender-purchases ago...I wouldn't have wasted the money on the other pieces of junk that have found their way to blender-heaven, and the Vitamix would probably still be going strong now. Having said all of that, I'm definitely going to check out the BlendTec (after reading this thread), before I buy the VMix....
Happy Blending....

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Cookware

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

Thanks for the rec, Hunt - - believe it or not, we've only been to Davidson's once in 6 years...no real reason - I just always forget it's there. In general, we enjoy the smaller independent wine stores more than the superstores, but do take advantage of the superstore when we find a particular bottle we like and want quantity of it - I've found that while most of the larger stores don't have particularly knowledgeable staff most of the time, I can cash in on the discount and ignore the lack of good recommendations. While we are not wine connoisseurs by any means, the fun for us is in going to the few places we've built some sort of rapport with and asking for some new things to try. But, the next time I'm having a party and want to buy a larger quantity, I'll definitely remember to call Davidson's for price-matching before hiking all the way up to Applejack's. thanks :)

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Southwest

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

I appreciate your "chacun à son goût" point of view....and I welcome you back to the area! I, for one, look forward to hearing your continued finds....and getting your input on new places to try. I always hesitate to give many restaurant rec's - have only done it a couple times on this board. We usually go for cheaper eats/ethnic mom and pop type grub...and I get less heartburn recommending an $8 plate. Here is a link to a recent discussion based around our frequent eats:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/414348

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Southwest

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

You can joke about Applejack all day, but if you know what you are specifically looking for, or you're having a large gathering where you need mass quantities, it saves money - period.
I have left the commenting of the "culinary best" to those from Denver who always seem to know the best.

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Southwest

Tips to loosen up brown sugar?

yep...i do. same bag...30 sec's or so...maybe a few more depending on your mic. Works everytime for me.

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking

Best red meat in Columbus, OH

What about Lindey's? Has always been a favorite of mine. Never been disappointed there.

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

Agree about applejack - it's a hike for us, but worth it especially if we are buying at least a couple cases of something...the discount justifies the drive up there. Argonaut is not a favorite. I think Mondo Vino is great, and actually have enjoyed Wines off Wynkoop - always an enjoyable experience..obviously not the wine "superstore" but conversation with staff is always fun and we've gotten great rec's there too. We are all about the "wine-finds" under $15 or so....we've done pretty well in that range so far.

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Southwest

tried and true scone recipe?

howchow -
I made scones this morning from your recipe and they were great...I made lemon white chocolate scones...added the zest from one lemon, a Tbsp. of lemon juice into sour cream, omitted the cinnamon and added white chocolate chunks into the dough before turning it out onto a board to shape. Sprinkled the tops with white chocolate too, and turbinado sugar.
Thanks for this recipe...super quick and very moist.

Jul 10, 2007
THenderson in Home Cooking