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  1. Heh, that's actually why I like beets. Dislikes: cilantro and all offal except for hearts and the pope's nose on a chicken (which is something my family used to fight over).
  2. Stefferdoos

    Dinner! 2012

    mm, that color is so pretty. I want to paint my living room with it. To dcarch as well... the scrimshaw on that lamb leg bone is so cool!
  3. I find the Keurig is my least favorite of the single serve coffee makers. It makes a pretty weak cup in my opinion (even with the darker roasts). Possibly why its so popular in the US. I'd say the best of them is the Tassimo. Does a good strength cup with a layer of crema on top. Obviously, the preference is freshly ground and pressed. But a few years back I found the single serve attractive just because it took so little time.
  4. Stefferdoos

    Dinner! 2012

    Scotty Boy, I can't think of any word that would more accurately describe how that salmon looks other than "luscious". Tonight I made a good old standby. Roast Chicken. About 7 years ago I spent about a year to get the right recipe and method and it couldn't be more simple. Salt and pepper inside along with parsley, thyme, rosemary, lemon and onion Rub the outside with olive oil then salt and pepper Roast at 400 until the chicken is the correct internal temperature (this being debatable I won't mention a particular temp) Tonight I had it with pommes puree and sauteed spinach.
  5. The above plus: Sultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook - Ozcan Ozan Having spent much time in Turkey I wanted one that was more specific to Turkish interpretations of dishes that are common across the region. Turkish cuisine is a little different as it seems to be caught somewhere between Greece and the Middle East (just like the country itself).
  6. Strawberries are already coming in!? It's my favorite food! I was a bit surprised too. Almost a month earlier than last year. Probably because winter was so much sunnier than it was last year.
  7. The first strawberries of the season are in here in Carlsbad. So I made jam this morning. I'll have toast and jam for breakfast and probably more jam and whatever I can find to put it on all day long. Or just eat it with a spoon.
  8. We had Devilicious come to our offices for a few weeks while we were waiting for our own food services to come on board. I found it to be inconsistent. My favorite truck has been Tabe (Korean BBQ taco truck). Since our offices have moved, we don't see them anymore. I may have to go and find them some day. I've never stopped at MIHO. Mostly because the lines always seem really long. Recess is another big favorite of mine. Their tots rock! I really want to stop at Mangia Mangia as well. Thanks for the review on that one.
  9. Stefferdoos

    Sauce for Pork?

    I love making pineapple and mango salsa for my pork chops (I just season those with S&P before grilling). The salsa is simply pineapple, mango, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice and a little salt. But the sweet and tart go so well with the pork.
  10. When I lived in Upstate NY the thyme I used to get there was definitely suited to the zipper method 90% of the time. Now that I live in CA I find most of the thyme I buy has very fine and curvy stems. I've started using the pitch it in method but when it does need to be separated prior to cooking I will separate out the woodier bits and just chop the rest.
  11. I'm not a complete locavore by any means but I have definitely become better at it. Living in Southern California certainly helps to make this easy on me as well as markets like Whole Foods, Ralph's and the produce shop I found here in Carlsbad that totally rocks. I haven't started going to farmers markets yet, but do stop at farmstands when I see them and there are plenty of them around (there's one down the road from me that sells heirloom tomatoes which I happen to be addicted to). Like everyone else though I definitely have things that come from afar in my cabinets and fridge (coffee, sp
  12. Landru, we may have shared the same mother. I hated meat as a kid but now realize it had everything to do with the way my mother cooked it (bone dry). Pork chops were the worst I think. I started to try and come up with creative ways to make it look as if I had eaten everything (bits in the napkin or tucked under the edge of the plate). But I remember sitting what seemed like hours at the dinner table unable to choke it all down and clear my plate. To this day I wish I had a dog growing up to eat that stuff for me. Meat has improved at my parents house during my adult portion of my life.
  13. Its got to be his British palate that has him so at odds with the opinions of the other judges most of the time. Though Padma herself is from across the Atlantic as well, I'd think its safe to say that she's been here long enough for a palate adjustment. I thought Toby was a temporary stand in for Gail anyhow.
  14. I'm a situational tray user: Eating in living room or dining room, no tray just carry (its an open plan first floor) Eating in sunroom, outside, in bed or in basement TV room. I use a tray.
  15. There was an explosion of bacon somewhere? Yum!! But seriously, I find it silly when something as basic as bacon or garlic has some sort of resurgence. These are staples to me. I wasn't aware it was ever out of fashion. Will butter be the new black next?
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