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sharig58

Floridian. Law student. Mac & Cheese aficionado. Self-proclaimed food critic. Amateur Chef.

  • Location: Miami, FL
  • Favorite foods: Mac & Cheese, all things Ben & Jerry's, dark chocolate, popcorn, goat cheese, rare Ahi tuna, spanikopita, butternut squash ravioli, and all things truffle
  • Last bite on earth: Crostini with goat cheese and raspberry preserves. sweet, salty, crunchy.

Guava Bars

soo making these this weekend!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Pork Belly Heaven Package

on a warm spinach salad or with pear pizza

We Try The New Flavors of Red Bull

I'm reading this as I drink a Red Bull zero. The metallic aftertaste means its working ;)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Chef Knife

Onions and garlic!

Fruit You Loathe

I used to love kiwi, but I've developed an aversion. Also, papaya is the grossest fruit ever. Durian is in a category of its own, titled under "things I'll never eat".

What's Your Go-To Company's Coming Dinner?

shrimp scampi, roasted asparagus and Parmesan bread twists, or lemon rosemary salmon with roasted potatoes and asparagus. Roasted asparagus is always fool-proof and takes

Ask The Food Lab Anything, Thanksgiving Edition

I'm making mac & cheese for an office Thanksgiving party. Unfortunately it's at noon and there are no ovens (only a microwave and sterno burners). I was planning on prepping the mac the night before, refrigerating over night, baking in the morning, and warming on the burners? Is it bad to leave a warm dish at room temp once i get to work? Should it go into the fridge? I'm worried it won't reheat enough on the burners if its cooled in the fridge

Pie Week: Caramel Apple Pie

what about sticking store-bought caramel candy squares in the pie?

Bake the Book: The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook

key lime pie! cant beat the ones from key west and miami!

Weekend Cook and Tell: Keen on Quinoa

I make this salad every week for lunch, and end up eating it for dinner too because its so yummy!

Mix cooked quinoa with fresh spinach to wilt it. Let cool, and then mix with green and red bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, chickpeas, crumbled feta. In a separate bowl, mix lemon juice with EVOO, dijon mustard, pepper and truffle salt (gives it extra depth). Pour over mixture and enjoy!

Bake the Book: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

just got my copy, already made the junk in da trunk cookies (awesome!). these pancakes are next on my to-do list!

Meal delivery service

Check out Hello Fresh! its awesome

Cook the Book: 'The Family Meal'

family meals is one of the things that makes me envy those working in restaurants. food lovers gathering around, enjoying whatever dish the staff feels like whipping up. simple, delicious food with colleagues-cum-family. i cant wait to read this book and drool!

Chocolate truffle recipe

@lemonfair: if i let the ganache sit at room temp overnight, should i cover it with saran wrap or something?

also, some recipes call for butter in the cream/chocolate, others do not. thoughts?

Closing of El Bulli

Restaurants close all the time. Ferran Adria will have new projects and new restaurants. Although I enjoy simple food and pure ingredients, there is nothing wrong with new twists and techniques. Cooking is ever-evolving: at one point the artificial ingredients/preservatives that appear in everyday products were revolutionary. Ferran's methods are creative and I enjoyed watched the No Reservations episode featuring El Bulli

Visiting SF Monday through Thursday

omg La mar for sure! insane peruvian/seafood & great pisco sours!

Dinner Party: 2-part question

I was also thinking of doing this (the 4th picture from the top) http://assaultnpepper.com/2011/06/02/inspiration-board/#comment-33

Dinner Party: 2-part question

the artichokes are simmered in chicken broth and white white with garlic, red pepper flakes, and parsley so the wine will be perfect!

Beginner Dinner Recipes

I didnt even think of pasta! silly me. Ok, so maybe penne with crumbled goat cheese, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes and basil tossed with olive oil and lemon juice or pesto? Lots of flavorful elements she can throw in. Served with the roasted asparagus. What else is not so carby that can be served with pasta? I don't think I'm introducing her to braised anything yet, particularly because she only has a frying pan and pots and will be scared.

It's Harder Than it Looks

for me, its cooking for others in general. i can make anything when im home alone. however, as soon as I invite someone for dinner or make dessert for a crowd, it fails! maybe i have stage fright. i made cauliflower au gratin for my bf and friends on valentines day and it was a milky mess. made it the day after for myself and it was perfectly creamy and cheesy! same thing with lemon bars: baked alone and ate the whole, delicious batch my myself. baked for my parents and they were completely overcooked! ahh

Beginner Dinner Recipes

@techgirl: the timeline is a great idea! timing a meal is my biggest stressor when cooking for others.

I was planning a filet mignon, when you sear it for a couple min on both sides, top with a pat of butter, and depending how rare or well they like it, cook for a few more min in the oven. very impressive but super simple

Soy milk in mac & cheese?

i surrendered to the idea of mac and cheese and went to the store to get milk...and some cauliflower! added the cauliflower in and ended up with a delicious meal!!

Soy milk in mac & cheese?

ps- it actually is vanilla soy milk. this is terrible lol. does anyone think it stands a chance?

Runny yolk, way or no way?

I wish I could appreciate a runny egg, perhaps on a burger, or even eggs Benedict. I've never actually tried it...I may even like it, but I am nervous to taste it. Actually, saying that out loud seems silly, I may need to taste it lol. That would be a funny post for my blog. Bourdain thinks theres nothing sexier than a runny egg...

need input for best eats Miami

Prime Italian on Ocean is my favorite pick. Lotus Garden is awesome for Thai food (on Miracle Miles in Coral Gables). Senora Martinez has great Spanish tapas and is in the fun design district. For brunch, try Van Dyke cafe on Lincoln Road or News Cafe on South Beach. Both similar menus, but also great people watching. Nexxt Cafe on lincoln road is a classic, giant menu but always huge & delicious portions.

Cornbread recipe

Making jalapeno cheddar cornbread for an office potluck but I've never made it before. Which version will stay moist longer: muffins or a big sheet pan and slice it the day of? Also, feel free to leave your favorite cornbread recipe. I'm clueless!

Where to eat in East Hampton

Heading up to East Hampton this weekend and looking for spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Nothing TOO pricey, just great local food. Would love an awesome brunch place with bloody marys. The BF doesn't eat lobster/shrimp (kill me). I know its off-season, so not sure how many places are open. Area: Sag harbor, Mamaronack, East Hampton, etc.

Also, any recs for markets, great cheese shops, etc. are welcome!

Where to eat in East Hampton

Heading up to East Hampton this weekend and looking for spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Nothing TOO pricey, just great local food. Would love an awesome brunch place with bloody marys. The BF doesn't eat lobster/shrimp (kill me). I know its off-season, so not sure how many places are open. Area: Sag harbor, Mamaronack, East Hampton, etc.

Also, any recs for markets, great cheese shops, etc. are welcome!

Wine question

I'd like to get my 2 bosses wine for the holiday. One likes white and one drinks red (he is a huge wine snob). Any suggestions for a great, reasonably priced bottle ($20-35)?

Pre-bake/reheat mac & cheese?

I'm making mac & cheese for an office Thanksgiving party. Unfortunately it's at noon and there are no ovens (only a microwave and little burners). I was planning on prepping the mac the night before, refrigerating over night, baking in the morning, and warming on the burners? Is it bad to leave a warm dish at room temp once i get to work? Should it go into the fridge? I'm worried it won't reheat enough on the burners if its cooled in the fridge. Help!!

Lunch in Soho

Heading to NYC this evening, looking for a cool,reasonable lunch spot in Soho. I always go to Five Points for lunch, so trying to change it up.

Thanksgiving in NYC

Heading to NYC for Thanksgiving with my family. Looking for a great resto rec for Thanksgiving dinner, doesn't need to be necessarily Thanksgiving-style food. Last year we did Morandi, so something in that price-range/atmosphere. Parents aren't such adventurous eaters (i.e., no foie, offal etc) but they like trendy-ish places.

Thanksgiving in NYC

Heading to NYC for Thanksgiving with my family. Looking for a great resto rec for Thanksgiving dinner, doesn't need to be necessarily Thanksgiving-style food. Last year we did Morandi, so something in that price-range/atmosphere. Parents aren't such adventurous eaters (i.e., no foie, offal etc) but like trendy-ish places.

Quinoa "Mac and Cheese"

Found this recipe online and may add cauliflower or swiss chard . Has anyone who's made quinoa 'mac and cheese' have suggestions? (link is not my blog, just apparently the best version of this recipe)

http://monicanelsonfitness.com/blog/meals/quinoa-mac-n-cheese/

Where to eat in Europe?

I'll be traveling to Italy, France & Spain next July after the Bar. A little far away, but its never too soon to plan restaurants! Our exact cities are flexible, but probably going to:

Italy: Venice, Rome, Florence, Tuscany
France: Paris & Bordeaux
Spain: Seville, Madrid, Barcelona

Any suggestions for students traveling on a budget, with room to splurge (but not crazy) a few times. Preferably special, delicious places you've come across on your own trip to Europe!

Post-burger tasting cleanse

After a whirlwind week o' meat (think burger tastings, 9-course vietnamese meat dinner), I am in a serious meat coma. Anyone have any suggestions for a good, DIY cleanse? Is it better just to stick with fresh veggies/fruit, whole grains? Or is a juice diet better?

Chocolate truffle recipe

I am going to attempt to make chocolate truffles tonight with fleur de sel. I've found a couple good recipes, and will probably stick with the one from Pioneer woman unless someone has a better one! Any tips I should know, i.e., Heat the cream and then add to the chocolate, or just heat them together in a double boiler, Etc?

Paprika recipes

I recently acquired 3 bags of Hungarian paprika. I think they are sweet, mild, and spicy. What are some good recipes using paprika? No goulash please :)

Help! French Macaron fail!

I tried to make french macarons this weekend and after the 1st recipe flopped, I tried again. And failed. The 1st time, they didnt even rise, just looked like teeny meringue pancakes. The 2nd time, they did rise, but were raw inside and resembed meringue way more than macarons. Here's how I did it both times, can someone tell me where I went wrong? I live in Florida so maybe the humidity affected it? I also piped it using a ziploc with the bottom cut out bc i had no tips. Maybe thats why?

1st time: per a recipe whipped the heck out of the (5 oz) egg whites, sugar, and salt, folded in (sifted) almond flour/powdered sugar (4 oz almond, 8 oz sugar) at once. piped, rapped pan on counter to remove air. baked at 300 for 16 min (they were long flattened by the 8th minute).

2nd time: per another recipe, whipped 3 1/4 oz egg whites less, but still with peaks. Added pinch of tarter, slowly adding in 2 tbs granulated sugar. added dry ingredients (4 oz almond, 7 oz powdered sugar) in 3 batches. piped macarons, rapped on counter, let sit for 30 min to create "shell" which never formed :( baked @ 325 for 10 min.

Dinner Party: 2-part question

I'm hosting a dinner party Thursday night for a few girlfriends. As much as I cook, its typically for my boyfriend and his roommates (a slightly less picky crowd, you could say). I was thinking smittenkitchen's ribboned asparagus salad (with lemon juice, pine nuts, and parm), artichoke gratinata, and a pasta dish (less $$ than fish or chicken) with sun dried tomatoes, pesto, and feta. Lemon bars for dessert. I'd like to keep it summery and light, but maybe its too veggie/cheese based? Open to suggestions!

Also, whenever I make lemon bars, the curd becomes too gelatinous, no matter what I do! maybe ill just buy a jar, unless anyone has a fool proof recipe they'd like to share :)

Foie Fear

I consider myself, for lack of a better word, a foodie. However, for some reason, I am so nervous to try foie gras! Ive been presented with it in numerous circumstances, but have yet to taste it. I am going to a food festival tonight and know it will be on the menu and I promised myself to taste it tonight! Can anyone describe the taste, in detail, to ease my food fear?

Beginner Dinner Recipes

My friend is cooking an anniversary dinner for her boyfriend and I promised to help her/provide recipes. I was thinking of:

1. Pan-seared filet, topped with butter and finished off in the oven.
2. Homemade mashed potatoes, just boiled and mashed with parmesan, butter, and milk.
3. Maybe some roasted asparagus or plain green beans with slivered almonds and a little butter.

Looking for easy dessert recipes, may just tell her to make boxed brownies and swirl in some peanut butter or something. Or maybe boxed cake and frosting. She was originally making "beef and noodle casserole" for him haha I had to help but must keep it super simple since I won't be there to help, only on the phone! Any suggestions?

Dinner tonight: Seared Ahi Tuna

I bought a beautiful piece of Ahi last night from Whole Foods. I'm planning on searing it, but wanted to find a good sauce, side salad, etc option to pair it with. I was thinking of Smitten Kitchen's ribboned asparagus and lemon salad http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/05/ribboned-asparagus-salad-with-lemon/

I have micro arugula and lemons and was thinking of just a mini salad with lemon juice.

Soy milk in mac & cheese?

I want to make mac and cheese tonight using a roux, but I only have soy milk in the house. Ironic, I know, since I have full-fat cheese. Can I still make a roux or will the soy milk not work? Any other suggestions for soy milk mac & cheese are welcome!

Risotto with quinoa?

Can you make risotto with quinoa? I make quinoa regularly and know it absorbs liquid very well. Anyone have a good recipe? I love all things lemon, so many one that utilizes lemon zest/juice and some veggies?

Food blog name

I started a food blog and have been playing around with names. I'm in law school and would like to incorporate some legal humor into the name as well (cooking/food is the only thing keeping me sane right now before exams). I was thinking of "Sue Chef". corny, i know, but I need all the help I can get and I know you guys are a creative bunch who understands food puns!

Healthy Cookies for Pilates teacher

I'd like to bring a baked good into my pilates studio because Im always telling my teacher how much I bake!! Does anyone have a recipe for a healthy cookie, maybe with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, etc? I once had an allegedly super-healthy cookie so I'm sure it can be done. Thanks!

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