Another option would be commission a baker to just make a flour less cake and doll it up a bit with powdered sugar and or fruits/edible flowers. Just be sure to school the baker about cross contamination. (depending on your guest count the baker might have to make several of these, I know you mentioned having 3 cakes but you should probably prepare that some guests will pick the flour less chocolate cake option.
I like to make cousscouse, becuase yeah you have to boil it but only for about 5 minutes.
Oh and crazy enough the slow cooker can be a great option in the summer, you just dump in your ingredients, the slow cooker doesn't generate that much heat (as opposed to the oven) and you can make awesome chicken bbq or pork bbq sandwichs
As a former coldstone employee I'm a bit apalled by how dirty the stone looks. Clean that up! We're supposed to clean it between every ice cream mix.
I used to work with this most odious and rude woman who was terrible at her job, but that's a separate rant. Anyway she had this digestive problem where if she ate food with too much spice or seasoning she starts coughing. Nevertheless to her it makes perfect sense to eat ramen noodles EVERY.SINGLE.DAY and spend all afternoon coughing loudly.
I was watching Top Chef All stars and Tre was taken out of the show because of poor risotto. The Judges kind of lamented that he was a great chef and hadn't made a bad dish per se but it it was an Italian cooking challenge and Tre hadn't made a proper risotto.
Sounds like an awesome vacation! I went to Kauai for a week for my honeymoon, and Loved loved loved me some puka dogs which are polish sausage with tropical fruit relish and mustard (http://www.pukadog.com/), so good. JoJo's shave ice is also a must. I didn't try it but my parents told me about a roadside shrimp truck that is very good.
Mmm marinated strawberries! I like to add them to salads.
I picked four pounds of strawberries a few weeks ago and made jam with some of mine and froze a few pounds to enjoy later.
Orzo or pasta salad is good option. Roasted asparagus or a variety of roasted vegetables maybe with a sauce is very good.
My must list for DC as a local
Dino for Italian and wine, Rasika for Indian, Jaleo for tapas, Founding Farmers and Art and Soul for upscale comfort food.For Brunch,Blacksalt is very expensive but is one of the best brunches I've ever had (but in general brunch is expensive in DC)
DC has a great food truck scene, this is a great website to aggregate the majority of trucks in DC and where they're located http://foodtruckfiesta.com/
I worked at ColdStone creamery when I was a teenager. I can confirm that the singing was mandatory and it got old FAST. (Oh and my job interview involved me being able and willing to sing on cue but it wasn't a big deal to me since I sang in a show choir and did theater.) And for what it's worth people still tipped us despite the singing, I'd usually net a 4-5 few bucks in tips per shift.
We'd get free ice cream with every shift we worked. I got so sick of it I used to get mine to go and take it home and leave it in the freezer for my family to eat. I think my favorite flavor was their chocolate peanut butter combo ( chocolate ice cream, peanut butter and Reece's cups) I haven't been to a Coldstone in at least 3 years and I cant' say I miss it much.
It's not just for tv, whenever I've cooked a Rachel Ray recipe, they are supposed to serve four people but that would probably be four hungry linebackers, or 6-8 people with normal sized appetites. Ina Garten's recipes are also guilty of that.
As for willpower, countless studies have shown that people over eat what's in front of them, especially if they are distracted. They don't always pay attention to cues to tell when they are full.
I am Jewish and I welcome non-Jews to my seder table. My family has made a tradition of inviting non-Jews to our seder so they can learn about one of Judaism's most important holidays. Several members of my synagogue have helped Christian groups to conduct their own seder.
I think it's great that the Obama family has embraced the tradition of conducting a seder
want. this. now.
At my school is was Trash/Muddie Buddies/Moose Mix sold like crack.
Once when I was a culinary noob I went into a Whole Foods to try and buy queso dip (the kind that is kind of plasticky- cheese in a jar). I couldn't understand why they didn't sell it! I'd never been to whole foods before!
Dino's is one of my favorite restaurants. and it's one metro stop away up in Cleveland park. It's a great Italian enoteca type of place and they have great vegetarian options. They also have several restaurant week type meal deals so you can eat inexpensively.
I'd second trying Ethiopian food, that's one thing DC does really well. And I'm very fond of Founding Farmers, and they are super vegetarian friendly, they have a vegan menu and great meal-sized salads.
I figured out last year that I like to keep it simple on valentines day, so this year my husband I are going to have a romantic fireside picnic in a living room,. We'll have bacon wrapped dates, stuffed mushrooms, some pate, some cheese, wine and for desert, chocolate truffles. Yum!
Agreed, they are funny for about 5 minutes. Also half their humour is based on the them making sexual comments about food they're eating or the random girls they entice into eating meat on a stick. Also I think the main guy looks like a sociopath....
I wouldn't mind them doing a crossover with Man Vs Food though.
I love Carolina style bbq too but seriously people, a person can like multiple styles of bbq. All she did was praise Charlotte.
Electric fry pan could be another option, could make quesadilla on that too, or grilled cheese (man make your own grilled cheese party, how fun would that be?!)
Glad to see Ben's Chili bowl getting its due but seriously what a sham to not include Puka Dogs in Hawaii. Their hotdogs are amazing, they take a polish style dog, cook the bun from the inside out, top it with spicy sauce and top it with fruit relish. It is so.damn.good.
Annie- omg that sounds amazing. Beef Tenderloin was definitely a special occasions dish in my family.
Annother one was my mother's torte (layed dip) of cream cheese, (homemade) pesto and sun dried tomatoes. She'd only make it for parties and I'd see people literally camp out in front of the dip and eat and scoop after scoop of it.
@teachertalk- don't forget naan! Most people like naan, even if they don't like anything else. I had a very picky eater friend who visited India and pretty much subsisted on naan and tea and lost about 20 pounds. Lol.
It's funny, my parents are pretty adventurous eaters but only in what they've eaten already. They love to talk about the Thai, Indian and dumpling places they like but are skittish when I suggest trying Ethiopian or Korean.
I've known about this trick for awhile now, it's great trick because you can do it over night on low and yes, the house smells amazing afterwards.
So it will keep in the fridge for a week? Good deal! My parents are coming on Tuesday so I'll cook it on Monday and serve it Thursday. Thanks.
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