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  1. I am often blessed with $50 RL gift cards so we eat there several times a year. Where else can you go for lunch and get a reasonable entree, a baked potato, salad and biscuits? I usually stick to shrimp of some sort but my SO likes their salmon at times but usually orders one of their large salads. We have never encountered anyone singing Happy Birthday and since we go at lunch time, we have never had to wait. The one we go to has had the same waitstaff for years and they have all been pleasnt and efficient, the manager is very proactive and makes the rounds of the room frequently.

  2. I just watched the tape of this episode and the McD logo is shown at the beginning also. But, while watching it, there is also Hidden Valley Ranch early on and Ruby Tuesday just when they are beginning plating. This is very similiar how Food Network also advertises their own shows that are coming up later.

  3. I'm not sure if that's the same book, mine does have just 32 pages but there is no publisher or date given other than New Mexico Magazine and I know I bought it at least 15 or more years ago. I also have "Pueblo and Navajo Cookery" by Marcia Keegan (ISBN 0-87100-135-7) which has great old photos. I had the privilege of being invited to a family home on Santa Clara Pueblo's feast day a few years ago, this books photos bring back memories of that special day.

  4. I agree that Feast of Santa Fe is probably the best. I have a slim pamphlet sized book that I got proably 10 or more years ago from New Mexico Magazine called "A Taste of New Mexico Kitchens" It has no publication date or any other information other than it's from the magazine. We've used it for one recipe called The Shed's Posole Stew and has some neat tips in it such as "you might need less time at lower altitudes than Santa Fe" when talking about soaking hominy. Simple good recipes for Pinon Fudge, sopaipillas and even Santa Clara Pueblo's Red Chile Stew for a feast day.

  5. We have enjoyed staying at the Water Street Inn which is a short walk from the Plaza. While they serve a very nice breakfast at the Inn, we must always stop at Tia Sohia's and the Plaza at least once. Lunch a must at The Shed. We're not in to fine dining so dinner at Tomasita's is our speed though our SF friend always takes us to El Nido in Tesuque. Last trip we went to Chimayo and enjoyed lunch on the patio at Rancho de Chimayo after a visit to the Santuario, it's a good place to see old New Mexico.


  6. I spent 4 days in the hospital in April because I was told I drank TOO much water. I was hallucinating, appartently drank enough water to flush the normal body salts out of me so my body salt count was dangerously low. They pumped me full of saline and I actually got to eat bacon every breakfast while in there! I now have learned a lot of things, first this led to a diagnosis of MS and I now watch my electrolytes. I drink one glass of water with EmerGenC in it daily and then only 2 or 3 more glasses throughout the day, my doctor periodically asks if I'm drinking too much again.

  7. There is a chain called Sweet Tomatoes that has an outlet in St. Charles, Il. that is very good. They offer a number of kinds of lettuces as well as some prepared salads (Greek, etc.). The add ons cover a pretty wide variety of things and all is kept very fresh looking and nicely cut. They also have baked potatoes, pasta and usually 6 soups.


  8. Has anyone watched this show on The Learning Channel (TLC) ? TLC has been showing it M-F at 4pm CST for about a month now and just last week began featuring it at 7pm CST on Fridays. There are two half hour segments to the show, each featuring a new "victim", an unsuspecting young woman ( so far that's all they have shown) that Curtis sneaks up on in a supermarket. Curtis very awkwardly explains he is an "Aussie" and has written several cook books and would love to go home with the woman and cook a wonderful dinner for family or significant other. They shop, he pays, they always stop at Sur La Table or Crate and Barrel where he surpises her with a gift that has ranged from knives to a special serving dish for whatever they are going to make. They go home, cook and surprise the spouse/boyfriend. It is like the old Gordon Elliot Door Knock Dinner but Curtis is just so awkward and goofy acting. A good majority of the women don't know how to cook and he leads them through preparing a "gourmet" dinner. I don't know how many episodes they filmed but in a month they have already had repeat episodes. I was much happier when TLC had Martha Stewart in this time slot!

  9. I live in Puerto Rico and so I get to see many tourists visiting Old San Juan, which is where I live.  It's our colonial city.  There are an incredible number of wonderful restaurants here in the old City.  Chef Treviño, who was on the Food Networks Iron Chef program, has a number of really good restaurants here. 

    The saddest thing for me to see is the number of Americans who visit Old San Juan and go straight for the McDonalds, Pizza Hut or Sizzler's.  Why come all the way over here only to eat a hamburger and not savor the local cuisine?  It just boggles my mind.  They can't seem to let go of the junk food.  Where are we heading!  And the portions seem to get bigger and bigger.  It's just scary.

    This reminds me of a friend's former husband who was thrilled to find KFC and Pizza Hut near the Pyramids in Egypt. They traveled the world but he always brought his own food or ate in American FF outlets. That's why he is an ex.

  10. My local newspaper reported today that 302 West in Geneva has been sold to Jim Ginger, owner of Rain in Geneva, previous owner of Foxfire and who closed his Randall Cafe, both in Geneva, after one year. His venture here will be called Tuscana Incredibly Italian and will feature mid-priced pastas. The article said that in presenting his new format to the 302 staff, the entire staff walked out. This really was not unexpected because 302's chef/owner Joel Findlay died of cancer in 2004, just sorry to see that this looks like a blatant sellout with no concern for quality.

  11. My in law family is 2nd generation German and live in downstate Illinois. The green bean casserole (jello salads too) are a staple of every family gathering I have gone to over 27 years of knowing them. They are "follow the recipe to the letter of the law" kind of people so it was hilarious when I heard my MIL and SIL get in to a heated argument about ruining "The Recipe" because all SIL had was golden cream of mushroom soup and not the cream of mushroom soup called for in "The Recipe". One year they refused our made from scratch pan drippings gravy because it couldn't possible be any better than the package kind. Totally refused to even try. I eat there very seldom any more.

  12. I have a Bosch and we love it but there is just 2 of us and we also prerinse everything that goes into it. As suggested above, we just leave the door closed for a half hour or so and everything is dry except the plasticware that gets flipped over. We love the quiet , the simple controls and the fact they are hidden when the door is closed.

  13. I have had a Bosch dishwasher for over a year now and love it! I like the straight forward controls and it runs absolutely quiet with only a few clicks when it changes cycle. A repair man I had in for another appliance said he has never seen a Bosch product in for repair, don't know about that but I'm happy with mine!

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