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  1. Err...it sounds like many of you are quite a bit more frugal than I am We spend about $600-700 a month, including purchases at Target (toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc). We try to do the majority of our shopping at Trader Joes, supplemented by the occasional pick-up of items at Publix or Whole Foods. This of course is just for my bf and I...we live in Atlanta, Ga. We have visited some of the local farmer's markets off and on over the past few summers, but really didn't notice a price advantage over similar products at, say, Whole Foods, and so found the additional stop to be more of an inconvenience. I work from home most of the time, so this amount does include my lunches...and we almost always eat at home. I am totally in awe of families who spend half of what I do!
  2. Green chile cheeseburgers get my vote...with a tortilla, of course
  3. That does it! I have to find my skates so I can cross the Atlantic, get across the North Sea and over to you guys, for that, and all the other Estonian dishes, pastry and chocolate. Save me a seat: I'll be there by... um, morning. ← Well, I'm in Transylvania now and K is in Amsterdam, so make sure you stop and say hi to us on your way to Estonia! ← Care to share any impressions of Romania? May I ask where you are traveling--and what you are eating? Have you had any tuica yet? (I hope this is not too off-topic!)
  4. I'm sure you've already tried this one, but just in case... Everyone that's ever tried the Chocolate Ice Cream from David Leibovitz has loved it...especially my father, who now refuses to eat store-bought chocolate ice cream! I use Green & Black chocolate, 72%, which also has additional cocoa butter added. ← Thanks, but I have actually tried that on at least three occasions with different types of chocolate. I found it too thick and pudding-like before it even went into the machine. It is tasty and creamy, but too dense for my tastes. I figure it's me, because everyone else seems to love this recipe. Project, thanks for a good laugh. That was hilarious! ← Yeah, for me too...when I make it for myself I cut the number of egg yolks drastically, usually to two, and use 2% milk instead of the whole milk specified. I also end up using more milk than the recipe dictates, about 1/3 c. more AT LEAST. I really dislike heavy ice creams as well, and the above changes have made it better, in my opinion. My dad disagrees
  5. I'm sure you've already tried this one, but just in case... Everyone that's ever tried the Chocolate Ice Cream from David Leibovitz has loved it...especially my father, who now refuses to eat store-bought chocolate ice cream! I use Green & Black chocolate, 72%, which also has additional cocoa butter added.
  6. another vote for Valentina...yummmm . I haven't found it in ATL, normally I just buy when I go home to NM, though. And definitely the extra hot one--it's addicting!
  7. Well, if the Czech board of tourism is not already paying you for your services, they should start If I didn't already want to go to Prague, I would certainly want to go now! Thank you again for such an enticing blog! By the way, the chicken paprikash I have always eaten (albeit prepared by a Serbian grandma) has always included dumplings...I see that this isn't typical of the Czech version, however...
  8. I hope this works for everyone! I know everyone has slightly different tastes when it comes to flavor, texture, etc. but to me, it tastes like an improved version of HD Vanilla Fro-yo (which doesn't actually taste like yogurt, but I digress...) AND I don't feel so bad about having scarfed half the batch
  9. Just an FYI for those who might want to make a slightly "lighter" ice cream, but are wondering how the finished product may be affected... I am not a fan of really heavy, creamy vanilla ice cream (my store-bought fave is Haagen-Dazs vanilla frozen yogurt, for reference), so when making the "Philly Vanilly" I used 1 c. heavy cream, 2 c. 2% milk. The finished product was not grainy or icy at all, but really allowed the vanilla flavor to shine through. It still tastes great with the fudge ripple and caramel, though
  10. Alisuchi

    Lunch! (2003-2012)

    After eating a cheese quesadilla and an apple, and deciding "that's not what I really wanted"...a bowl of dulce de leche ice cream with mini heath bars. so much for my plan to eat only one dessert per day
  11. Dorie, let me add my thanks for this wonderful book. I made the Buttermilk Biscuits for my (very) Southern boyfriend this morning...he pronounced them "better'n mama's"!!! I can't thank you enough for sharing such fabulous, foolproof recipes.
  12. Another (late) suggestion: I live in John's Creek, and one of our favorites is a Turkish restaurant called Anatolia, on State Bridge in Alpharetta. Authentic and really delicious...
  13. Oh, yay! I have read your blog "Blue Lotus" off and on for some time, after finding the link on the "Just Hungry" site one day And I have to say I am very impressed with your Japanese cooking abilities--even more so by the fact that you are self-taught! Needless to say, I am excted that you're blogging on egullet
  14. Well, I am one of the aforementioned "Romanian-Americans" who was extremely disappointed with the impression that was given of Romania. I don't think I have ever seen a less appetizing episode, and to think I was really looking forward to it! First of all, he made most of the cities he visited look like absolute dumps...no wonder many of the posters here say they have no interest in visiting the country! Silly Europe, selecting Sibiu as a 2007 Capital of Culture Perhaps TB could have begun on a better note by actually choosing a ROMANIAN to show him around ROMANIA?! Poor form, Tony..."primitive" food? Then I guess you think that same thing about Turkish, Hungarian, Greek, and the many other Eastern European cuisines which have influenced Romania's traditional diet...Romanians love to eat and love food, so it is easy to see how such uninformed commentary about such an important aspect of our culture can really make us steamed
  15. Dill! Let's just say...memories of running outside in my pjs in december and puking up green "stuff" in grandma's yard, to the interest of all the neighbors..."what is that weird american girl DOING?"...and to the consternation of poor grandma Nutmeg...yes, I know that's a weird one, and I don't know why I don't like it. But I have never liked this one, and can pick it out instantly in anything. Ruins apple pie for me when it's in there... I am pretty picky about fish and meat in general, I don't like anything that tastes too, well, meaty But I do really enjoy some of the sour/tart flavors that bother some, such as yogurt, kefir, kimchee (mmm!)
  16. What a cool backyard!!! I want to thank you also for providing shots of ancient Ashkelon...of course, you are probably used to living next to such antiquity, but for those of us in the US, it is incredibly cool to see how it is juxtaposed with a modern city...and near a beach, too I am surprised that Ashkelon does not see more tourism, as you mentioned. Sign me up Interestingly, my family has a large assortment of these dishes (like the jar in the top left) with the same pattern! They are my mom's fave cups for making turkish coffee...and are from Romania.
  17. Thanks for the lovely and entertainingly written blog. Please know that there are many of us who are truly enjoying the snapshot of your life, kitchen, and family. Your breads look phenomenal! I am now inspired to try something other than oatbread and challah, which are the only two breads I've been making for the past, oh, ten years?! And although others have mentioned it, your son is beyond adorable
  18. Shookran for your beautiful blog, Verjuice, and for the drool-inducing photos of my very favorite cuisine in the world. I grew up in New Mexico, albeit relatively far from Santa Fe, and very much relished your perspective on the area and its food. My best wishes for you and your loved ones in the new year!
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