given the chance to be cooked for by any chef in the world

Ancestors recipes

when my grandmother died 2 years ago, i asked for her cookbooks and recipe boxes. not the national publishers, but the community cookbooks she collected over the years. i love looking back over the hand written cards that are so stained from use they can barely be read. there are also many scribbles, notes, and personal changes to recipes in the cookbooks that have been around longer than me.

i cherish granny's recipes. i might not do everything the same way she did, but she is the reason i love to cook. i love to feed those around me. granny lived the words of Jesus "you get them something to eat"

i try daily.

I would love to kiss...

The first person that ground spices in a coffee grinder. I don't purchase ground spices anymore. do it myselt
Alton Brown - learned a ton about the science of food from him.
Tom Collichio - Do I need to explain this one? bald, blue eyed, in a chef's coat.

chocolate chip cookies: the best

AB's is by far the best. Watch the episode and it will explain how the different ingredients work together to have various texture results.

Washington D.C. Best Restaurant/Best Birthday Dinner Spot?

Any of the Great American locations. Mike's, Arties, Carlyle Grande, Sweetwater Tavern. My favorite is Silverado. Hickory Grilled Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops with Basil Redskin Mashed potatoes and Brown Butter Sauce. Finish with a Warm Flourless Chocolate Waffle.

I miss living in that area just for Great American Restaurants food.

memorial day menu plans?

We did ours Sunday. It was fantastic. Taco Dip & Fritos, Pulled Pork BBQ, Guava BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Baked Beans, Grilled Corn on the Cob, Coleslaw, mixed Fruit, Cucumber & Onions, Sun Tea

I NEED your menu suggestions!

Fajitas of all types. Chicken, skirt steak, portabella, shrimp, carnitas. Grilled peppers, caramelized onions. Salsas, pico, guac.

Freezing and Baking Cookie dough

somehow that last post did not work correctly. should read pull out the desired number of dough balls and let rest at room temperature while your oven is heating per the recipe directions.


Freezing and Baking Cookie dough

The chewy is my go to cookie. I freeze the dough in balls all the time. Pull the number They come out soft and delicious. Best of luck to you.

P.S. trade out the chocolate chips for any other add-ins you like. The recipe is delicious with cranberries, white chocolate chips, and oatmeal.

Beau Jo's: A Rocky Mountain Original

I was just in Colorado Springs. Sad that the closest BeauJo's was 1 1/2 hours away in Denver. Some of the best pizza I have had.

Strange home-made pizza

maybe not strange, but delicious. artichoke hearts, homemade basil pesto, carmelized onions, cremini mushrooms, pulled poached chicken, mixed italian cheeses, roasted red peppers, and sliced roma tomatoes.

What to charge for catering?

I agree with you. My standard rate was double food cost. It always covered everything with a good profit. After asking around, I learned that I undercharged. Cost tripled is reasonable.

HELP! BF is extremely picky...

Recently divorced a picky eater after nearly 10 years of marriage. I knew from the beginning that C was a picky eater. If I had known then that I was going to be dealing with the crazy that comes with picky, I would have rethought dating him. Most eating out had to be at a C approved place, or he would just sit and watch me eat. That was fun.

My advice would be to seriously assess the situation. Lack of eating compatibility was not the only factor in our marriage, but it played a part in my frustration. I love to cook, but my SO would not eat what I made.

I wish you luck


@ribster-oven fried. i used to think the same thing, but was proved wrong. oil heated in the oven until hot enough to fry. chicken, fries, etc are then put in the pan of oil and the pan is returned to the oven for the duration of cooking. it's weird, but tasty.

Good eats in Lexington, KY

Kobi Stone Grill and Sushi House on Harrodsburg Rd near the Liquor Barn.

Spalding's Bakery for donuts. Fresh and hot.

Favorite or Odd Fair Food

I will show my southern roots. Fried Pies, peach or blackberry.

I'm wondering if any serious eats reader sharpen their knifes

i agree with french tart. i use the spyderco sharpener. the instructional dvd taught well. i have had them sharpened at a knife shop, by a butcher, at a hardware store, and done them myself. my first choice would be the knife shop (i moved out of that area). second would by do them myself.

i found my spyderco system on

Banning fast food near schools? Your take.

Closed campus for lunch is great in theory, but back in my day, students took the chance at suspension for the double arches. Truthfully, many students that stayed on campus went the Hostess Donettes and milk route for lunch. Four Donettes hace 11 grams of fat and less than one gram of fiber. I can remember one person eating two packages a day. I wonder if he was regular.

When it comes to the liquor store, I cannot provide an insight, but the adult store has been brought up constitutionally. It is a matter of what the community deems obscene.

What do you miss? (to: expats and others!)

@pdxbiker-skyline is available canned in stores around cincinnati. you might be able to find it on the web.

As an Army brat, I miss the food of my childhood. From San Antonio; Tip Top's Chicken Fried Steak and Onion Rings. From Germany, Gummies, (real Haribo Gummies, not the imported version) Schintzel (although my BIL's is fantastic), Eis (ice cream, but better). From Richmond, VA, Tony's Chicken Philly Sandwich and Gelati Celesti.

What do you collect?

Imperial Candlewick crystal pattern
community cookbooks.

Your Cookbook Arsenal

I use cookbooks as reference material. I am surprised that no one else has mentioned these. The Southern Living Cookbook. The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. The All-New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook.

Also a big fan of community cookbooks; especially the Junior League.

The best baked potato

Wash and dry. Poke evenly with fork. Rub with butter, or BACON GREASE,sprinkle with kosher salt, bake at 375 degrees for 1 hr 15 min.

Sunrise Breakfast for 80 people

Breakfast egg casserole work well for crowds. I use this one;,175,150184-238203,00.html
incorporate any breakfast meats and cheese of your choice. We did this for a Father's Day breakfast. Church supplied the ingredients and volunteers look the ingredients home, did the prep work the night before, and baked the casseroles while getting ready for church. We also offered a honey lime glazed fruit salad that was quite tasty..

Good Luck

red velvet cake for easter?!

My former MIL made this one and it is fabulous.

sorry if the link does not work, this is the first time I have tried to insert one in my comment.

Cook the Book: ''Wichcraft'

Roasted turkey breast, pear, smoked cheddar, and cranberry chutney.

Birch Beer

A girlfriend and I were talking the other day about a favorite from our younger years. We both remember Birch Beer "on tap" but cannot remember the brand or where we had it.

We lived outside of DC in the Springfield/Burke area. Any of you have an idea as to the brand or where we had it (or where we can find it now in St. Louis or Cincinnati)?

Foodie Body Art

Any Serious Eaters out there with a food related tattoo? I am debating getting one and wonder if you would share what you have.




Recently moved to a large city (instead of small town) Fell in love with Biryani at the local Indian place. Great flavor & right heat for my tastes. I am going to attempt to make it at home instead of spending the money every time I have a craving.
I have googled "biryani" and come up with several different recipes & spice blends. Anyone have a good recipe?

christmas traditions

Is it too early to post about Christmas?

My daughter is just over four and I am ready to start her with the family food traditions. I want her to be a part of preparing the goodies. She loves to be in the kitchen. We have great fun together. Her biggest punishment is "get out of mommy's kitchen."
My sister and I have loads of food memories from Granny's house during our childhood. Granny always had Chex mix, peppermint bark, Toll House cookies, Cherry-coconut bars. The best was Christmas morning brunch, a tradition we have continued after Granny's passing.
What do you and yours do for the holidays? What goodies do you keep in the house that would normally be off-limits? What are the last things you want to eat before ringing in the New Year?

cheese ball

any recipes for cheese ball spices that are shelf stable? church bazaar is making "spice spoons"(just add cheese). Google did not give me the results i was looking for.

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