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    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
     
    Tonight, Mr. Thing and I went out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. I like it because the food is really good, and the chef/owner is a nutcase. It's a fixed price menu, but if they don't have what you want on the list, he'll do his best to make it for you. He comes out and talks to the customers when there's a lull, and he's full of attitude, but he's funny, not abusive. And he's a fabulous cook!

    Tonight I had picked fresh lobster meat over angel hair pasta with a Maryland crabmeat sauce that was out of this world. And he put allspice in it! It never would have occurred to me to use allspice in a lobster dish, but that's why I'm just an average cook and he owns his own successful restaurant. It was absolutely wonderful! I didn't taste the clove taste I associate with allspice, just a hint of cinnamon (he insisted it was allspice), but it was perfect!

    The sauce was very rich and aromatic anyway and went perfectly with the red wine we brought: a Chilean Syrah, 2006, quite fruity, but with a good amount of tannin to cut through the richness of the sauce. I usually have the filet mignon, because he's one of the few chefs that will cook it really rare the way I like it, so the red would have been just right for that. But I was tempted by the lobster. I do love lobster :heartbounce:, and this was so wonderfully fresh. Another thing Rick and I have in common: a passion for absolutely fresh fish. He told me where I could buy it, too, because despite living 3 miles from a harbor full of commercial fishing boats, it's very hard to get fresh fish around here.

    I'll regret it in the morning (indigestion, puffy feet), but oh god, it was soooo worth it! :bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile::clap::clap:

    So let's talk FOOD! Recipes, great ideas, wines, etc.
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    I can't tell the difference between Whizzo Butter and a dead crab.
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
     
    i'm a terrible cook. When i was living at my own place with the ex - he insisted on doing all of the cooking because i was so terrible at it - and i agree with him, i am terrible.

    I once made some hamburgers catch fire in the oven, and i undercooked some chicken nuggets once and they were all runny in the middle.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
     
    Oh, all right. BE that way! [heavy sigh] You must at least appreciate good food when you get it, don't you? That dinner I had last night was amazing, and it wasn't just the wine talking. Good food is a powerful healer of the soul--at least, for me it is.
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    I love good food.Ive had plenty of humble pie in the past.But thats not good.Italiano is a super fast way to my heart.
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
     
    My mum's boyfriend does a great dinner.

    It's chicken breast, stuffed with cheese filling or cheese and onion filling, with bacon wrapped around it, served with big mushrooms and melted cheese all over them.

    I don't really like mushrooms much - but they're beautiful done this way!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
     
    I have no use for white mushrooms, but I love portabella and baby portabella. I put them in the pasta sauce I make. MMMM! (Here's the travesty: I use canned tomatoes to save time! But everything else is fresh.)
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    Haute Cuisine of the South

    Country Fried Cube Steak
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn-QP_ytqoE

    Country Southern Style Sauce
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muh0zVuJEKs

    If the hurricanes don't kill you, the cooking will
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2008
     
    "Chicken Fried Spam"--now there's a dish guaranteed to give you a heart attack!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2009
     
    I've been on a chicken kick lately, in part because it's been on sale a lot at the store, and I'm trying to eat less red meat.

    Though I usually eat chicken breast, I much prefer the dark meat, and wouldn't you know, leg quarters were on sale, buy one package of 4, get another of the same or less weight free! Find two of the same weight and they're half-price! So I did, then wondered what the hell I was going to do with them.

    I found this recipe in a cookbook, "Mediterranean: Food of the Sun" (published by Hermes House). Given that it was my first try, I think it came out really good, though it didn't look quite as beautiful as the picture in the book. I'd give it 4 stars out of 5 for flavor, 3 for presentation. Miss Thing didn't like the sweetness (there's honey in the sauce), and Mr. Thing didn't like that it was dark meat. It *was* rather greasy, and I think another time I might use a combination of breast meat and dark meat, and skin the dark meat. I also didn't have any sesame seeds--well, I had some, but they were rancid. Ew. Anyway, here's the recipe:

    2T sunflower oil (I used canola)
    2T butter
    4 chicken quarters or one whole chicken, quartered
    1 onion, grated or finely choppped
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    1 generous pinch ginger (I used 1/2t, and couldn't taste it)
    1t cinnamon
    3+ pounds of tomatoes, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped (I used a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes)
    2T honey
    1/2C blanched almonds (I left the skins on)
    1T sesame seeds
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Dry fry or toast the almonds and sesame seeds. (I put them on a cookie sheet in a 350 oven for 10-12 minutes.)

    Heat the oil and butter in a large casserole. Add the chicken pieces and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until the chicken is lightly browned.

    Add the onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and heat gently until the tomatoes begin to bubble.

    Lower the heat, cover and simmer gently for 1 hour. Stir and turn the chicken occasionally so that it cooks completely.

    Remove the chicken and set on a plate. Increase the heat and cook the tomato mixture, stirring frequently, until the sauce is reduced to a thick puree. (It took about 20 minutes for me.) Stir in the honey, cook for one minute, then return the chicken to the pot and cook for 2-3 more minutes to heat through.

    Transfer the chicken and sauce to a warmed serving dish and sprinkle with almonds and sesame seeds. Serve immediately with crusty bread.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2009
     
    yummm, yummm...
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2009 edited
     
    I love good food.Ive had plenty of humble pie in the past.But thats not
    good.Italiano is a super fast way to my heart


    Poor Pythonesque with the humble pie.

    I'm also a fan of Italian food.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2009
     
    I'm basically a fan of whatever tastes good, which is just about everything other than fast food and my mother's cooking (God rest her soul).
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    I'll read the recipes later and come up with a spanking new Spam dish for Niwiman.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    I had another one the other night: stewed chicken with a thick walnut sauce--oh my god, it was soooooooooo good! But it was too rich for me after months of a low fat diet. The sauce is just walnuts, bread, raw garlic, and chicken stock creamed together in a blender, so it has a bazillion grams of fat, but almost all unsaturated, non-animal fat. But it was still fantastic!
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    Spam-dish? What does it contain? Spam-spam-spam-spam-egg-bacon-and-spam... No... that would be Spamish-dish only... Spam-dish should contain spam-only... :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    Niwi likes his with everthing on top! Cute Spamman! He's the Man!:wink:
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    I love cooking and baking! I just try not to do it so often because last summer I gained 10 pounds when I started experimenting with making food that normally comes out of the freezer (or a can).

    Remember, though, I like spicy food (the type that makes my acid reflux do backflips), so I don't think many people would be into it.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    I have acid reflux too, but spicy food *never* bothers it. Ditto for greasy foods. Acidic foods do: coffee, cooked tomatoes, and most raw fruits. And anything with high fructose corn syrup, which is an amazing array of foods, including things labeled "natural".
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    I love Italian, Chinese and Indian food the most.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    I have a couple of great stir-fry recipes. I made them some years back, before my wok rusted, and they came out really good. They actually tasted like Chinese food! I'm not crazy about Italian food, but that's probably because there are so many Italian restaurants around here. There's a huge Italian population in this area, so we're getting pizza, parmagiana, and pesto rammed down our throats everywhere! We have one or two *good* Indian restaurants, and a lot of wannabes that are just awful.

    I love vegetarian food, though I can't make a steady diet of it. We have a couple of good vegetarian restaurants not to far away. And there's a really good Eritrean restaurant in New Haven, with a combination of African, and Italian influences. It's authentic Eritrean--it's part of Ethiopia that was occupied by the Italians during WWII, hence the mix. But my favorite restaurant is the one we went to for Valentine's day--the chef is a nut job, but he's a fantastic cook. *Everything* he makes is wonderful! He doesn't specialize in anything in particular, and you never know what's going to be on the menu, though there's always meat, fish, poultry, and pasta, in one form or another. And he'll make anything you want if you don't see what you like on the menu and he's got the ingredients in the kitchen.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    Are eggs considered vegetarian? I went for two years once without chicken or meat. Eggs became a staple but now it just makes me think of Niwi's eggs, Spam and something dish on a Nausea thread once. I begged him not to eat it but you know how kids are, they just do not want to listen!!!

    I personally love asian and mediterranean recipes.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    Are eggs considered vegetarian

    There are differences between vegetarian and vegan. Vegetarians eat eggs, bacon, sausages, spam, spam, spam... ohhh, no... So, they eat eggs, dairy products, veggies. Vegans eat only vegetables, or veggie-rooted food.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    Not all vegetarians eat eggs or dairy. Some are strict without being vegan. But yes, you can be an ovo-lacto-vegetarian.

    "Veggie-rooted food"?

    I believe vegans eat nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009
     
    Veggie-rooted food

    I meant food that contain veggies! The basic material is vegetable, plant, whatever. :bigsmile:


    I believe vegans eat nuts

    I believe vegans are nuts. :cool:
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    They sound nuts. Who has the time to do all that and where do you get your protien-iron burst? OOOOHHHH.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    From some artificial rubbish, I suppose!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    You take supplements. You can get iron from spinach and beets; protein comes in non-animal forms: nuts, legumes, grains. Most Americans eat too much protein anyway.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    Oh!:shamed::shamed::shamed::


    (I still like a rare filet):bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    Yes, I do too. YUMMMMM! And we can get them fairly cheap around here, either in the store or in restaurants.
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    Mrsthing-- you're lucky about the spicy thing! I ate cajun food a month ago and was up all night w/heartburns and upset stomach (I get nausea from my acid reflux).

    Then the next morning, I was stupid enough to eat a chicken gordita drenched in this exceedingly hot salsa. I didn't feel too good for a while...
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2009
     
    I made bread yesterday, ate a few chunks of raw dough, and was up all night with tummy rushes--waves of weird sensations, like when you're nervous. Yeast does that to me, especially if I have sugar too. Bloat up like a water balloon! But only raw dough--regular bread is fine.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2009
     
    Can you make bread, MrsThing? Wow!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2009
     
    It's very cool. Like a little miracle. You mix all this stuff together, it looks like a mess, you put it in the oven, and out comes yummy bread! It's very easy, really. The hardest part is the kneading. Getting it to a shape that will come out in a sliceable form and not split as it heats is a bit of work. But it's way fun! And it tastes better than anything I can get in the stores around here, even the "artisan" breads.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2009
     
    It sounds good and easy indeed. :bigsmile: Do you have a special-bread-maker, or you bake it in a normal oven?
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2009
     
    No, I do it by hand. I love kneading. It's therapeutic. Yes, regular oven. Bread machines make pretty good bread, but I just like doing it by hand. I'm not good at drawing or sculpting or needlework or any stuff like that, so it's nice to make something, especially something useful that isn't going to just collect dust or be in the way.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2009
     
    Oh, I see, so, it's a sort of artist-activity for you, MrsThing! How often do you make bread? Daily? Weekly?
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2009
     
    Whenever I feel like it. Never in summer, because it makes the house too hot and I don't have AC. I don't eat as much bread in the summer, anyway.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2009
     
    I see. I'm sure it tastes much better than the ones in shops! Some of them are very good, but even those are full of artificial stuff.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2009
     
    Are you, Hungary, Chrissy? :crazy::jumping::rolling::tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2009
     
    :rolling:
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    If so, Turkey is only a few countries away! :hungry:
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009
     
    :crazy::crazy::crazy::tooth:
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2009
     
    Is it a country or a Thanksgiving bird? Bird: yes. Country: Who knows. Have you ever been a war.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2009
     
    :devil:
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2009
     
    Advert:

    ARE YOU HUNGARY? EAT TURKEY!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2009
     
    I was hungry, but I just had my breakfast.

    The old Greeks still refer to Turkey as Asia Minor. Hard to imagine cooking Asia Minor for Thanksgiving dinner. For one thing, it wouldn't fit in the oven.

    I have never been a war, but I've been one or two good fights.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2009
     
    It is just a minor Asia so it shoud fit in an oven, or you could deep fat fry it. Fried Minor with Asian seasonings.:confused:
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2009
     
    Yes, Zelda, good idea. And the food could be called as A Minor Asia! :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2009
     
    Mabe we could get a country named that!