We recently accepted an invitation to a wedding with a potluck reception. This is the first potluck wedding I'll be attending, but I remember a thread a few days ago where someone talked about making something for a potluck wedding reception. What do you think about potlucks and weddings? Do they belong together? (I haven't worked out my feelings just yet.)
I discovered, over the weekend, bugs eating my cayenne pepper. Which led to further discovery of bugs eating my pasta and paprika, and anything else that they could chomp on.
I cleaned everything out, but now I'm kind of afraid to put stuff back in the cupboards. Anyone got any advice about how to deal with the bugs?
I miss good, authentic pho and banh mi. I've tried Gingergrass, Pho Cafe, and Lu Subs and this one place in Monterey Park, but they're all missing that extra something that makes Vietnamese food so good and irresistible. Do you know of any excellent Vietnamese delis or restaurants in the Los Angeles area?
I will soon be taking care of a garden that includes but is not limited to: heirloom tomatoes, figs, guavas, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, eggplants, chili peppers. I know absolutely *nothing* about gardening. Where should I start? Magazines, books, websites?
I am going to share my mom's recipe for chicken in the rice cooker - it's delicious and simple, and great for you homesick college kids! Please also post your own suggestions for other stuff you can cook in the rice cooker.
I found this article pretty interesting, and am still amazed (although I shouldn't be) that they are making less than $2 an hour in New York. (Even if they were being paid the actual minimum wage, it's still less than $5 an hour.) How do they feed themselves, let alone their families?
What, no recaps for one of the best travel and food shows ever? This time Anthony Bourdain travels to Shanghai, China, and looks for Shangri-La. I really liked that he got to go out of Shanghai and see the life of some of China's ethnic minorities, which I admit I know nothing about. I'm already looking forward to the next show. What are your thoughts?
I don't drink much soda by most people's standards. Sometimes I'll have one for lunch or dinner, but I want to cut it out entirely. I drink lots of tea, but a lot of times I'd rather drink something cold, and preferable made with real and less sugar. I hate drinking just plain water. I've been drinking Honest Tea a lot lately, but surely that's not the only thing out there. What are your favorite non-soda substitutes?
Summer's coming up and you know what that means! Last week I noticed that Haagen Daz had this new "reserve" flavors, and I bought one to try it out - I got Pomegranate with Dark Chocolate Chips. It is very delicious (and expensive). I know that Ben & Jerry's came out with Stephen Colbert's flavor - I forget what it's called. So what have you tried lately? Did you like it?
I just moved in with my boyfriend. We both cook a lot, and now we have multiple sets of everything. How do you decide what to keep or toss out? Do we keep more than one stockpot for soups and pastas? How many frying pans should we keep?
I was lucky enough to grow up with my mom growing plants for eating in our own backyard. Even now, every spring and summer I get zucchinis bigger than my head, tomatoes more delicious than anything I've bought from a market, even the farmer's markets, and sweet peas. She regularly cuts scallions to be added to the fish we steam or fry. Do you garden, or keep a little herb box on your balcony?
I thought Rachael Ray deserves her own topic, considering how much of the Food Network thread is devoted to her. I myself have a soft spot for her, as I see her as one of those overachieving kids who just tries way too hard to be cool. And, um, we sometimes use her $40 a Day show to figure out where to go when we travel - please do not worry, Anthony Bourdain, we tip well. She's got, what, a million cookbooks, three shows, and a magazine? She's taking over the world, Oprah-style. And she made EVOO a word in the dictionary.
I had dinner at the Ritz Carlton recently, and I loved it, but at the end of the night, the bill crushed whatever joy I had taken in the food. I couldn't stop thinking - this would be half a month's rent, this could have paid for five outfits for work, this could have paid off some bills... I could have had twenty dim sum meals for this price! I grew up poor, and it's only recently that I have the means to treat myself to these luxuries, but they always come with the price of serious guilt. Is it the same for you?
Eggs! My mom gave me 30 eggs over the weekend. I am down to 25 - what can I do with the rest before they go bad?
My coworker just emailed me the link for SF Dine About Town yesterday, and I was wondering if anyone has already started doing this. When else can you get delicious prix-fixe meals for $31.99 (excluding beverage, tips, etc.)? Do you have any recommendations? Favorites?
I was in China recently on a tour, and we were served Peking duck in Beijing. However, it was a bit disappointing - the duck was dry and not really tender at all. One of our tour buddies informed us that the best Peking duck he had was actually in Berkeley. I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but was wondering if anyone had any recommendations.
I am picky about my dim sum, mostly because my dad was a cook in Chinese restaurants for most of his life here. Anyway, I'd like something on the cheaper side, but with
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