Formerly just carolrsf. I love food and TX. I'll be back there cooking one day. I love cooking, painting, gardening, being a mom and being with my friends

  • Location: Annapolis, MD
  • Favorite foods: Goat cheese, bleu cheese, all cheese, olives, OLIVE OIL, caviar, sushi, Italian... And a weird obsession with ethnic foods whether I know what they are or not.
  • Last bite on earth: Carr's water cracker with goat cheese, red pepper flakes, roasted garlic, a kalamata olive and serious drizzle (pour) of really good, unfiltered, extra virgin olive oil. Or I could just drink the olive oil.

Need some awesome Vegetarian Poutine STAT!!!!

Wish I could help!
Hit me up when you come to Baltimore/Annapolis/DC!

Bottled Barbeque Sauce

I like Stubb's.

And a big thumbs up to Adam For the Cibo reference! And to Pav too, of course.

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

I won't lie. It was fun.

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

A dozen limes - what to make?

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

Loss cause? Or Lost cause?
@earthlydelights~I know, I know! I just keep hoping...

If one eats meat AND other things; they are an Omnivore.

I have a question for the general populace. Are bloggers considered Writers?

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

Teachers deserve every penny of their salaries and more.
A carnivore is a meat eater. ONLY meat. Only meat.

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

car·ni·vore   [kahr-nuh-vawr, -vohr] Show IPA
an animal that eats flesh.
a flesh-eating mammal of the order Carnivora, comprising the dogs, cats, bears, seals, and weasels.
an insectivorous plant.

Humans are Omnivores or Herbivores.

Learn how to abbreviate properly. It is not, in fact, rocket science.

Oh. And I used a dictionary. NOT an encyclopedia.

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

I made myself clear.
And people are not carnivores.

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

I wasn't Asking if I could use an abbreviation. I can.
I was asking if You consider it rocket science because clearly...

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

Rocket Science, I mean.

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism

How do You Take Criticism?

Pav, I agree with you completely. And with you, dbc, if it's something new I will ask what you think. If not, smile and nod. And drink your wine.

Need help with my blog name!any suggestions?

Isn't this type of post frowned on here? How is it still up? Take it to Facebook.

tiny cloves of garlic conundrum

The peeling in a bowl method works in a saucepan with a lid, too. And it really, really works. That is the only way I peel those little ones now.

Chain Reaction: Papa Gino's

Hmmmmmm... "slightly" diverse opinions.

Ok- So What's Your Favorite Sandwich ?

Grilled cheese with cheddar, goat cheese, tomato and caramelized onions on Texas toast.

Where to eat in Frederick Maryland

I have to agree with @exit75 on VOLT, it's fabulous and you can tour the kitchen. There's actually a table in the Kitchen, too that you can reserve. If you do that, ask for the tour and to meet the chef when you make your reservation. There's a very good chance he will send an amuse bouche to your table.
In Baltimore there's Dogwood Diner, also Really good. New menu every day. Local, seasonal food. Incredible.

'Authentic Barbeque Ribs'

**pulling up own comfy chair**
@dbcurrie~Please pass the popcorn?

Go Pav! This is fun. ;)

Cakespy: Conversation Heart Cream Pie

I can't wait until "Serious" Eats is serious again.

Got Leftover Bagels? Turn Them Into French Toast

I have a bag of leftover bagels, Now! I'm doing that this weekend, French toast is a little soggy and dainty for my boys.
Hmmmm, raisin bagel french toast and powdered sugar. Of course, THEY will want bacon...

Quick Summer Squash Salad

Serious Salad: Summer Squash Ate My Garden

I love it and it hit's home, as always.
I think we're twins separated by separate births.

Serious Salad: Summer Pear Salad

Great writing. Per usual.

Hey, Jerzee: I Want to Make Cannoli

Jerz, you seemed the obvious place to start. I want to make cannoli and I want an authentic recipe. Anybody else have one that's good?
I want to make profiteroles too. I made them in Amalfi but I've been hesitant to try it on my own.
Come on SE, you always come through for me.

@meg ~ You HAVE to go to Italy while you're over there!

Serious Eats Is a Serious Obsession: Anybody Else?

My husband walked into the room where I was sitting on the couch in my robe, coffee in hand, computer in my lap (I'm typically NOT good for anything in the morning! Nor, am I usually up) and said; Really, is this who you are now? It's known around our house as my "current obsession". I didn't have a last one.
I don't really have to ask, because you're all always there before I am but, what about you?

How do I get rid of gnats?!!!

I know, it doesn't necessarily pertain to food, but they ARE in my kitchen. There is no produce out anymore. No food, no bananas, not even any garlic in my lovely garlic bowl. (Looking at garlic makes me just about as happy as eating it). There are gnats everywhere and they're making us crazy. And it's not just us. I was somewhat gratified to go to a little shin-dig at a friends house and find that she had more gnats than we did. Upon further discussion it was discovered that we ALL had them and were afraid to invite people over because of it. It seems like some weird over-population - - a plague, if you will.
Short of hiring an exterminator, which I won't do, how do I go about annihilating the abominable creatures?
And geez, what category does THIS go in?

You guys know anything about lactose intolerance?

My baby (he's 12) feels nauseous every day. He never complains of pain (even when he hurts) or any other malady, for that matter, except this. But he says daily that his tummy is upset. I'm wondering if he's lactose intolerant, he drinks a ton of milk. How would I supplement the milk that he can't drink?
Any thoughts?

Lay out your cookie tray for me, see if we need to trade recipes

DB's holiday baking thread got me thinking. I tried this too early before. Let's tell what cookies we will actually be making for our cookie trays and then we can share recipes and ideas that are different from our own. I already want Ande's macaroons and I'm trying to remember who had the rum or bourbon balls.
Snowflake cookies a.k.a. chocolate crinkles
lemon bars
Cookies while you sleep a.k.a. meringue cookies
pumpkin cookies
sugar cookies with frosting
lemon shortbread
chocolate covered peanut butter balls
and, these ridiculously cute, somewhat labor intensive Pretzel snowmen. They are giant pretzel sticks, top half covered in white chocolate, mini choco chip eyes and buttons, sugared fruit jelly hats and smiles.
Sometimes pop rock cutouts
Hanukkah Gelt

What made someone "back then" think that this would taste good?

Seriously. Hominy's my biggest. It was a good idea to soak corn in lye - um, poison- rinse it and now, yum?
Olives. Bitter off the tree. Crack em, brine em, age em, yummy. Why did they think of that.
Mushrooms. People died. They kept on eating. (not the dead people)
I can think of a million. Which ones do you question? Do you have special way of cooking some of them?
Oh, what about cheese or yogurt?

I'm secretly in LOVE with Alton...

Ok, maybe Im not reserved enough for it to be a secret. I love the way he explains things with scientific reason and I even love all the goofy little gimmicky things he does. I watched a show where they showed all the behind the scenes antics and how they make it all happen. He seems to be a genuinely nice guy who's having a really good time.
He's related to half the people on his show and the rest are his friends.
I used to think I just liked the show but now my favorite part of Iron Chef is when Alton's talking...
My husband knows.
Hi, my name is Carol, and I'm in love with Alton Brown.

How do I roast chestnuts?

When I was in Italy (I will never tire of saying that. Sorry) I had roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. Simply divine.
They're not a big thing in Texas. surprise, surprise. When I lived in St Louis they were everywhere. I decided to make them and they weren't so good. Some were rotten and the rest just weren't so delish. I want to try it again so I need a little guidance. I'm wondering if they were so dreamy because I was in Italy.

What folksy or superstitious remedies did your family have?

My mother's family had a lot of superstitions. So, chicken soup was good for you but, that was because it had a ton of garlic in it.

When I was born my Great-Grandma (my mom's grandma) came to stay with my parents to take care of my mother and the baby. My father is from a very staid German family. My mother's family is from Texas and Mexico, some of them from Ireland.
Once I had a mosquito bite on my eye and my G-Grandma knew that someone had given me the ojo. Evil eye. So she cracked a raw egg into a dish and put it under my crib. She said that when it dried up and cracked, that meant the evil spirits had been drawn out and I would be ok.

Once agin, my issue with how to categorize this.

How should I clean my bamboo cutting board?

I just got a big, grooved bamboo cutting board. What is the best way to clean and sanitize it. Emphasis for me on sanitize. I'm notorious for bleaching anything that raw meat comes in contact with. I don't think this will ever have RAW meat but it did have the turkey on it.
Do you oil bamboo like you do wood?
I don't want to ruin it. I like it. It was $$$$.
I don't want germs.
Maybe I should just pour vodka on it.

I'm having a really hard time selecting the category in which I am supposed to list this...

Who knows a good restaurant in Alexandria, VA?

We have some good friends coming into town this weekend. We met them in St Louis where our favorite thing to do was find good restaurants and bars. We've convinced them to move to the Baltimore/Annapolis area (YEA!), and my husband wants to go eat in Alexandria this weekend. He knows there are good places but we'd like names and recommendations.

Let's share cookie/candy recipes!

In another thread we were talking about shipping different holiday treats. I do cookie trays every year with different cookies and candies for my friends. They love it and it makes me feel really good to do something special and yummy for people I care about. I always find really cute holiday themed trays at the dollar store, which is awesome. Thanks Sharon Latino! They also have bags to go over the trays or holiday themed press and seal.
Let's all share 1 or 2 of our favorite treats to enhance our Christmas packages. That way we can expand our repertoire and learn some new things.

Sourdough Starter-Along: Day 1 - A Half-Ounce Flour and an Ounce of Water

My goal with this project was to come up with a method for getting a sourdough starter going that would be easy for anyone. I also didn't want to end up with an excess of starter that would have to be thrown away. So I started with a very small amount. I find that starters seem to work better if they're very wet at the beginning, so I started with 1/2 ounce of flour and 1 ounce of water. That's all. More

Sourdough Starter-Along: Day Zero

A sourdough starter is a simple concept—let some flour and water hang around for a while, and almost magically, the correct combination of yeast and bacteria will take up residence. Over the next many days, I'll be posting daily updates on a new sourdough starter that I've got growing. Today is Day Zero, i.e., your materials list. Read this, gather your supplies (most of which you probably already have), and then come back tomorrow! More


This is one of those dishes The Quebecois think they own as do the Acadians.... this one happens to be an Acadian recipe, but if you ask around in Quebec/NB/NS or nothern Maine.... these recipes are like opinions... every a$$hole... More