Nyleve Baar

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  1. No photo but 4 nice Emile Henry salad plates - blue - for $8. Those are exactly my everyday dishes!
  2. Making Vinegar

    Just immediately start another batch while you're still being ashamed.
  3. Making Vinegar

    Yay! Another maple vinegar convert. It's delicious on a very simple green salad or something with bitter greens and strawberries in season. Or, yes, in a pretty little glass for sipping.
  4. Today. It was on the top shelf of our local Value Village and, at first, I thought it was just an ugly pot like something I might have gotten as a wedding present. But when I picked it up I realized it's a vintage Le Creuset in a pattern that is so retro that it's almost cool. Looked it up and discovered that it's a 1980's design called Petits Fruits and Le Creuset has actually re-issued it recently (it may even be currently available!). I got it for $21 (including my Tuesday Seniors discount!). Very pleased.
  5. Hello Rebel Rose - glad you are able to use my sort-of-recipe. Since there are a group of us who work together to make this meal once a week, how about if you call us "The Church Ladies". We're not all ladies and we don't all go to church but we're The Church Ladies anyway. Let's call the soup kitchen The Lighthouse. I'm not trying to be cagey - I just think I'd rather not be too specific. Hope this is ok with you. If I have time, I may be able to put together a few more recipes that we use regularly. Good work you're doing!
  6. At the soup kitchen where I volunteer, we often make a sort of quiche with whatever veggies and cheese might be available. For one large, shallow catering pan, saute or steam a whole mess of vegetables - onions, broccoli, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, anything - and spread them in the bottom of the pan. If you happen to have some ham or bacon or sausage, chop it up and sprinkle over the veggies (we usually don't have any - it's good without). Sprinkle with a goodly amount of shredded cheese (this is like gold in our soup kitchen, so not always available unless someone donates). Next, beat together a dozen eggs, 3 cups of Bisquick (or other biscuit mix) and 6 cups of milk. Add some salt and pepper and pour over the veggies and cheese in the baking pan. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes to an hour. This amount can be cut into about 24 serving size squares. Today we made 6 pans and it all went.
  7. Costco's mechanically tenderized meat

    Costco blade tenderizes its cut steaks but leaves the whole vacuum packed primal cuts alone. I've started buying whole ribeye and cutting it into steaks myself to avoid this. They do label the tenderized packages but the writing is so tiny you need a magnifying glass to see it.
  8. Hollandaise Techniques

    My son, in a moment of inspiration, used a milk frother to make a small amount of hollandaise for his eggs benedict. It worked incredibly well. Seems to me he just put everything in at the same time and let it froth. I was pretty impressed.
  9. Wonderful photos and stories. We were in India 4 years ago and I would go back in a heartbeat. We WILL go back. It's a huge country and the regions are so different from each other. We loved the people and the food and the really amazing experiences. Thank you for sharing - it brought back so many good memories for me (and renewed my desire to return). As for the lassi cups. It wasn't until the very end of our trip that I realized that these were one-use cups. I was always a little nervous about drinking from them (but of course we did) because I was afraid they couldn't be sanitized properly. Duh. So stupid. If I had known earlier in the trip I would have packed a bunch of them in my luggage to bring home and use to start seedlings! By the time I learned the truth, it was too late to collect any of them. Oh well - another reason to go back!
  10. I didn't know the name of the typical rice of that area. It's so different - most of the time it was quite white, but occasionally they use a rice that has some of the brain still on it. Very delicious. Is it called johdi? Not sure I've ever seen it here.
  11. Our most memorable "alcohol" moment was when we took a houseboat on the backwaters. Stopped at a little shop along one of the canals and we got out to see what they were selling. I spied a bottle of what looked to me like some kind of Australian red wine and immediately paid probably something like $15 for it because we were desperate. Imagine sitting on an idyllic houseboat with NO wine! The boat staff took the bottle and said they would serve it to us when we asked. At the appropriate sundown-ish moment, we asked. It came. It was non-alcoholic wine. It's hard to describe the disappointment. One sip is all it took. And the fact that this information - the NON ALCOHOLIC INFORMATION - was hidden neatly away on the label...very sad moment indeed. I do have a photo of us as we toasted with this non-alcoholic, borderline undrinkable substance. On a houseboat. In paradise. There wasn't much alcohol available in India when we were there 4 years ago. You did have to go to some effort to find it. My husband managed to find some "gin" at a scary market stall (much like what you describe) and it made him so sick that i poured the rest of the bottle down the drain. We made do with the occasional beer. We survived. India is worth it.
  12. Such great memories for me. We did the Madurai street food tour about 4 years ago and it left us stuffed and speechless. Our guide may have taken us to a few of the same places as you went to but also to some different ones. One of my favourites was a crazy dosa place somewhere away from the centre of the city. The two brothers (I think) who ran it were so funny and charming and happy. Almost everything we tried was absolutely delicious but we stopped being able to eat more than a bite at any one spot after the first 8. Enjoy the rest of your trip - I would love to go back.
  13. Are you going to Madurai? We had a wonderful street food tour there a few years ago. The city itself has an unbelieveable temple and the food was amazing.
  14. Pretty little Apilco gratin dishes yesterday at Value Village. $3.99 for 4 of them. Not sure I'll ever use them but I can't resist French china.
  15. Making Vinegar

    Change that to...April...or so. I'm just ready to filter the batch that I was originally supposed to check in mid-august. It's MAPLE VINEGAR! Thus, special and worth the wait.