Married, 40 years old...been cooking for 20...have lived in Maine all of my life. Love to travel.

  • Location: South Portland Maine
  • Favorite foods: Eggplant Parm, Sushi, name it, pretty much love it all.
  • Last bite on earth: Oh geesh...has to be eggplant parm...

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Top 20 Restaurants in the US - Have you been or plan on it?

LOL...The only one I've been to is Ben's Chili Bowl! Which was very tasty I must say. :)

Your Dining Companions Faux Pas at the Table

My husband and I were out at a local italian chain restaurant with a group of friends. My husband sat at the end of the table, with me to his left and a male friend to his right. When the neverending salad came, I foolishly thought one of the men would serve up my salad portion first, but male friend grabbed the salad bowl and served himself at least 2/3rds of it, leaving my husband to give me the rest while he waited for another bowl to be served. I'm still laughing about it and still a bit annoyed. lol.

Ideas for New Year's Eve party Dip

Oops...sorry I didn't read that it needed to be cold. My apologies.

Ideas for New Year's Eve party Dip

I just made Emerils Hot Corn Dip for my husband's work party and they loved it. It needs to be kept warm though...not very good cold.

Christmas Day Chinese Feast

I've done a mu shu pork that I have often thought didn't even need any pork, extra mushroom and cabbage...maybe add tofu? Yum. I've used Emeril's recipe with my own tweaks...cabbage for bok choy etc.

Huli Huli Chicken and ???

I made the Huli Huli chicken and the Hawaiian pasta salad, both quite tasty. I also made the Spam Fried Rice from which was very very tasty...
Thanks for your input! :)

What's cooking this Halloween evening?

We had pumpkin soup with garlic croutons and toasted pumpkin seeds.

My Thai red curry is never as rich and creamy as restaurants!

I think restaurant versions use cream of coconut as opposed to the milk...anyone know that for sure? Now I want curry...yum!

25 Healthy Pizzas

I have been looking for a list like this one. Thank you so much for sharing.


My husband and I are heading to Boston on Saturday (my birthday) for Dim Sum in Chinatown...I can't wait!

Exploding Gochuchang Paste

Mine was the jarred version that you can just see a sliver of in the picture. It had never been opened.

Exploding Gochuchang Paste

Thanks, the glass didn't break, the paste bubbled up and dislodged the still sealed top and then dripped down the sides, like a gochuchang volcano.

I did throw it out. I'll get some more, open it up and then fridge it.

Thanks again.

Sangria-- How Long is Too Long?

@ Elysemm Great!...thanks so much for your response!

Sangria-- How Long is Too Long?

Would any of you ever make Sangria in a plastic container or is glass a must? Thanks.

This Week in Interesting Office Food

We have...some cottage cheese, gochughang sauce (sp), tons of soy sauce packets, a bag with some pepperoni and looks like gouda cheese, cheese sticks, a tub of cool whip, a little tub of diced peaches that have been in there forever, half and half, chia seeds, flax seeds, a cucumber, a yogurt and condiments galore....

Oddball food shopping...

We do most of our groceries at Whole Foods, some at the Shaw's Supermarket, and paper goods and a couple of odd things at the Walmart...Sometimes WM is the only place we can get some the salt and pepper or lime flavored individual bags of microwave popcorn, and a certain type of the evil jarred spagetti sauce that I like to have for know...just in case my husband has to make a meal.

What would you make if you had two days off and were housebound

Oh and we just finished up the strawberry rhubarb crumble too! It was sweet and tart goodness!

What would you make if you had two days off and were housebound

So...I ended up making and throwing away my yeasty rolls. They rose and they looked nice but they were more of a biscuit texture than the yeasty rolls I was looking for. I know they overproofed and I may have over mixed the dough in the mixer. I'm going to try them again by hand next time...oh well. Other things I made, fresh spring rolls were good, not as tightly wrapped as the restaurant does but a vast improvement on the try the time before. Thai steak and noodles and the fried chicken were both awesome. I also made a chicken stock that I used for a shrimp and asparagus risotto and a chicken gumbo over the weekend. Both terrific!
Of course now I have my list going next time...Pho from scratch, Bouliabasse, yeasty rolls again...short ribs, coq au vin, tamales...I love food!
Thanks for all the input and ideas! :)

What would you make if you had two days off and were housebound many good's what I'm going with...
Monday - yeast rolls (i am not a baker so this will be a real test), and a strawberry rhubarb tart
Tuesday - sping rolls to have with vietnamese steak and noodles, prep chicken for wednesday's fried chicken, and make a pasta salad
If I were more ambitious I would try my hand at tamales but I think i save that for a wintry snow day...
I too have a cabinet from hell that needs weeding out and some major re-organizing and many magazines and cookbooks to read...
Thanks so much for the input...happy cooking!

17 Lobster Rolls We Love in the Northeast

I vote for Two can't beat the atmosphere. It is gorgeous! Jus might have to stop in this weekend...

upcomming restaraunt in Portland ME

We went to NOSH on Saturday, home of the bacon dusted fries...It was really very good, I'd go back for the "Noshos" alone...

D.C. dining right now!

Lebanese Taverna near the Zoo...Fantastic.

D.C. dining right now!

Seconding Ben's Chili Bowl...loved it!

Recipes for a Broken Man with a Broken Tooth

Put that salsa in an omelette or over some lighly fried or scrambled eggs! I have been having some dental work as well and have been eating more than my share of eggs and pho with soft noodles, so comforting...break up the noodles if you can't chew at all. Another favorite of mine is plain old macaroni and butter...not really a healthy choice or a "recipe" but good none the less...and better than starving!