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Introduce Yourself!

oops, sorry for the typos up there...

Introduce Yourself!

@ belinskaya- you're getting a Wagamama in DC??? That is the best news I've heard all week!
My name is Missy, 29, and I live in Charleston, SC, but my dad live in Great Falls, VA and by husband went to school at GW so we go to DC a lot... which is why the Wagamama news is so amazing!
I started watching cooking shows, collecting cook books and reading food mags in college but only I seriously started cooking while unemployeed from '06-'07 and moved in my boyfriend (now husband). I cooked dinner every single week night that year and discovered that I was quite good at it and, even better, really loved everything about it. My motto is 'if you can read, you can cook' and I don't understand people that say they can't cook!
After cooking, the next best thing is going out to eat at all of the amazing places in Charleston!

Grilling: Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Aleppo Pepper

I received a pouch of Aleppo pepper for my birthday (along w/ a nice assortment of other spices from Kalustyan's - great gift) so I tried this last night. Amazing! The flavor was awesome and the chicken was so moist, super yummy.

"dinner" vs "supper"

I detest the word supper. It conjures up images of gross casseroles and grayish limp green beans and jello molds. I have no idea why now that I think about it. Needless to say - I call it dinner.

I don't go there, because I can't eat the food

This din't happen to me but.... my husbands best friend when over to a new girlfriends place because she wanted to cook him dinner. She made hot dot pie. Yep - hot dog pie... to impress him?!?!

From what he was able to remember it consisted of sliced hot dogs(obvi), baked beans a layer of mashed potatoes(instant I'm assuming) and crushed potato chips on top! wtf!!!

Thankfully he was smart enough to end it after that - I shudder at the thought of what could have been really awful dinner parties and double dates :)

Quick - Whadya Have For Lunch Today?

Tuna salad made with sour cream, country style Dijon, Herbs de Provence, finely chopped string beans (because I'm out of celery and it's a great sub), s&p on toasted sour dough
2 clementines

What recipes do you have memorized?

I am absolutely not ashamed to admit that no matter how many times I've made something I always go by the recipe. I don't know if it's that I don't have the confidence in my abilities yet or what (I've only been cooking seriously for about 3 yrs), but I would be terrified if I didn't have that page up on my stand. Maybe in a pinch I could go without... but I'd much rather have it there in front of me.

Favorite Meal to Entertain With?

Thank you so much for all of the suggestions! I'm leaning towards a baked pasta dish, as many of you suggested this... though I've always wanted to try Chicken Marbella from Silver Palate, I actually won that book during a contest on this site last year! I'm torn - it's gonna be a game time decision. Thanks again - great ideas!!

Cold Cereal Confessions

Cheerios's, Special K and Kashi Go Lean Crunch are my current go-to's...

As a child, whenever my Brother and I visited our Grandmother she made us Rice Krispies with TONS of mini-marshmallows mixed in - I haven't though about that in years! I was pretty amazing if I recall correctly.


Don't worry if you don't like them, cheese is very personal! Just eat more of the ones you like :)

I have loved 99.9% of the cheese that I have tasted BUT:

The other night about 6 of us were out to dinner and we got the cheese plate to start. There was one cheese on that platter that, to me, tasted like cat urine (or at least how I would imagine cat urine to taste). I actually had to spit it out. Everyone else loved it. Go figure.

Overheard: strange things you've heard people say about food.

we wanted to take a co-worker out to dinner to celebrate her birthday... when we asked her what her favorite restaurant was she responded, without missing a beat, 'Olive Garden'... so sad.

NYC: Inexpensive and Elegant

Malatesta Trattoria (Washington & Christopher) is wonderful. Great service, low prices and very cool atmosphere... when I lived in the city this was our goto for 'special' dinners that we didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for.

I will also second Otto.

Going to Charleston!

Frederika: It's funny you shoud ask about Fish, they're doing the catering for my wedding! It is very good and is quite romantic, espicially if you can sit upstairs on the balcony... J. Bistro is great for Mt. Pleasant, but since Red Drum opened we always go there when we're over the bridge ( the best Steak Frites I've ever had in my life hands down is at Red Drum)

FYI our Food and Wine Festival was this past weekend and they've finally worked out the kinks... it's worth planning a weekend around it next year if you're looking for another excuse to visit!

Going to Charleston!

Are you coming to my wedding? I'm getting married at the William Aiken House on April 26th, stop by for a drink if that's the weekend you're in town!

Anyway, okay the pressure is on! I have been living in Chas for 10 years now and we go out to dinner A LOT - so here are my recs:

Hominy Grill- Be prepared to wait, but it's worth it. You have to try The Big Ugly, trust me.
High Cotton- Great atmosphere, high end brunch.

Cru Cafe-This is also a fantastic dinner spot but so nice for lunch too, truly one of our favorites.
Gaulart & Maliclet Cafe (or as the locals call it 'Fast & French')- fantastic croque-monsieur, the seating is crowded/ community tables, but it's a unique atmosphere that I enjoy.
Jestine's Kitchen- this is kind of a tourist trap, but for a super southern lunch this would be my suggestion.

Dinner: (UGH, there are so many fabulous places not on this list, but here are my top 5)
FIG- my pick to experience local ingredients, this is my go to when I have out of towners visiting.
Fat Hen (John's Island)- this is kind of a hike, but so worth it. So good!
McCrady's- to my knowledge this is the only place in Chas that you can experience the molecular gastronomy trend... so if that's not your thing, be warned. The food is excellent but different that what your going to find in the more traditional places in Chas, I also think it's the most beautiful restaurant downtown.
Grill 225- best for steak
The Wreck- now, I haven't been here since college, but I'll go out on a limb and put it as my rec for bare bones, fresh & local seafood. It is not easy to find so make sure you have good directions from your hotel (or googlemap it before you go. This also serves as your warning to NOT go to Hyman's, enough said.

Hope you enjoy!

Food Podcasts: Do You Listen? What's Your Favorite?

I have been completely addicted to Splendid Table for at least a year. I love it, love it, love it. Jane and Michel Stern crack me up every time.

What’s your favorite quick fix dinner?

Microwave 'baked' Sweet Potato w/ low fat cottage cheese, salt and pepper. YUM.

Or just pasta w/ olive oil, fresh garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and some parm... I have to have made this at least 1000 times.

where are the cooks in my generation?

I'm 27, love to cook and I tell anyone who will listen about it. One thing that has worked for me is to use food mag subscirptions as gifts. In particular, Everyday Food, it's un-intimidating and totally manageable. One of my best friends, who had never cooked in her life, now makes it a point to cook every recipe in every issue! It's a great inexpensive birthday/Christmas present. It's also great because we can talk about this recipe or that recipe and how it went. It's funny how impressed some of my friend are when I cook them a meal... my standard response is: if you can read, you can cook.

Let's Talk Knives,,,

I'm so glad this came up, I just got a full set of Cutco for Christmas from my future mother-in-law and they are amazing!

I had never really heard about them so I'm curious:

What what is the anti-Cutco argument?

Best weird taste combinations?

I like to dip my grilled cheese, usually swiss on rye, in blackberry jam... really anything sweet/salty really hits the spot to me.

Oh, and chocolate covered potato chips!

Favorite Food Discoveries of 2007?

Beef Short Ribs. Had them served in a Thai Red Curry sauce over jasmine rice. To die for.

Post your profession...

27 year old sales rep for a designer lighting firm based here in Charleston, SC. Love living at the beach and in such a an amazing food city. If you haven't been to Charleston you need to come... just to eat.

Food/cooking/eating is my all time favorite thing in the entire universe. I love that I can come to a place a "meet" so many people that don't necessarily work in the food industry, but are as fanatical about it as I am.

What is your biggest food difference with your sweetheart?

Main difference: I like mashed potatoes, he likes rice. This drives me absolutely crazy. How could you prefer rice to mashed potatoes??? Boo.

He also doesn't eat dessert unless it involves the peanut butter chocolate combo, not that I don't enjoy pb&c, but I love all desserts.

He also will not eat any shellfish which makes me sad and frustrated seeing as we live at the beach.

Question of the Day: Dinosaur Food

Jello Pudding and Jello Gelatin Pops.

I know that they recently put the pudding pops back on the market, but they are not the same and that makes me extremely upset!

The Mangosteens Are Coming

I grew up in Thailand and I can not explain in words how excited I am for this, I've been reading about this for about 6 months now... now let's see how long it takes for them to get from NYC to Charleston, SC.
All I hope is that it doesn't become the "new" lychee...

Question of the Day: Snap! We love crisp food.

Funny, my favorite word in the english language (since childhood) is 'crisp' ... I can not explain it.

Anyway, my fave crisp foods: celery, good pickles, Macoun apples, chocolate covered pretzels.