Cook the Book: 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

I love Chinese take-out, so I always order several things, but I always get the beef chow fun.

Using Ground Turkey

Honey mustard turkey meatloaf. Make your favorite meatloaf recipe, glaze with dijon mustard and honey.

I'm having this for dinner tonight. I make my loaf with chopped onions, various seasonings, panko crumbs and mix with two raw eggs.

Uses for white miso

This is one of my favorite fish recipes. Mix 5-6 tablespoons of miso with fresh lemon juice and mirin. Marinate whitefish such as cod, basa or even monkfish in the miso paste mixture overnight. Spray PAM or lightly coat casserole dish with olive oil. Bake. Enjoy.

FYI to Serious Eats on Latin Cooking...

Ummm, I agree, but to put it in context, from what I've seen on this site for reviews, the reviews have been centered around the best eats (street, quick, etc.). Pizza, burgers, sandwiches, ramen...

There's more to Italian food than pizza.

There's more to American food than burgers.

There's more to Asian foods than noodles.

Carribean Recipe Resources? (Hunt for Coconut Green Curry Sauce)

Super Bowl Giveaway: California Avocado Gift Box for Guacamole-Making

sliced like sashimi with a little chili powder, soy sauce and wasabi. Eaten with a hot bowl of Japanese sticky rice. Reminds me of toro. Yum!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Filet Mignon Roast from Pat LaFrieda Meats

Bone-in rib-eye. I love the marbled, delicious fat. And the tender bits around the bone is such a treat.

Giveaway: Enter to Win This Panasonic Breadmaker

good ol' crusty French bread.

Your best coleslaw (and variations!) recipes

I make an Asian slaw that is to die for. Add chopped scallions, cilantro, roasted peanuts and shredded cucumbers. Dressing- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of mayo, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon Siracha sauce, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of ponzu sauce. Mix, toss slaw with dressing.

I occasionally will add chopped apples for a bit of sweetness.

Chicago Eats - Serious opinions required

Definitely Harold's chicken. Don't forget the mild sauce. Lem's BBQ has my vote. Be sure to get yourself an Italian beef dipped while you are there too. Al's is great.

Have a wonderful time! I love and miss Chicago. The best eats in the country if you ask me.

Cooking Rut...Need to get creative here!

take the eggs, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, ham and shredded cheese, and make yourself a Spanish tortilla. If they've got a cast iron skillet, fry the sliced potatoes in olive oil, pour beaten eggs, add sliced tomatoes and ham, top off with cheese and bake.

Take diced chicken, carrots, onions and herbs from cabinet (Herbs de Provence or tarragon or thyme), boil with chicken stock. Add cream or milk, white wine if they've got it, cook down, thicken. Bake yourself a potato, pour creamed chicken on top.

Best Thing I Ate Over July 4th Weekend

This 4th of July, I discovered 3 foods that I will make over and over again. I made Bobby Flay's grilled Caesar salad, it was just delicious, although the next time, I think I'll add more anchovies to the dressing. I also made grilled corn in the husks with smoked paprika garlic butter. Yummy! A good friend of mine brought Basa fish with serrano chiles. This was the first time I had this fish. My goodness! This fish grilled up nicely- moist and delicious! Also, the fish is milder than American catfish, so I'm excited to try different things with it.

Amazon $ to Burn

I bought rendered duck fat from Bella Bella. One of the best gourmet purchases I've ever made. I saute veggies with it- yum! Also, fried fingerling potatoes with sea salt- outstanding.

I also purchased D'allasandro chipotle morita paste. I love it, I use a bit of it whenever I want that lovely, smoky spiciness to foods. I especially love the paste when I make Piloncillo goat cheese spread (recipe from the Liberty Bar in San Antonio, Texas). Just gorgeous!

Is it all in my mind?!

Is it all in my mind?!

Hi all,

Since I'm all grown up now, I've decided to take some responsibility in how I move through this world. One big change that I've made is how I eat. I decided to just buy organic veggies and fruit, no processed foods, sustainable seafood and only grass-fed, cage-free meats and dairy. I made this change not only for health reasons, but for environmental and cruelty-free animal reasons.

Since making this change, my grocery bill has increased substantially, and my meat intake has decreased. I'm OK with this because now I'm exploring fun and different ways with cooking more vegetarian dishes. However, I've noticed that foods taste different now. Organic dairy foods taste more milky, and meats taste, I don't know, cleaner? Not as pronounced? I find that beef tastes familiar, but different. I love the way the fat tastes (my favorite is bone-in ribeye), it's not flabby, but well-defined and tasty. In addition, ground beef tastes different. Maybe I'm missing the fat? And chicken seems more meaty, and not so funky. I also noticed that the whites of eggs are not watery, but thick. I haven't decided if the tastes are better or not yet. I guess I have to get used to these foods. At the end of the day, I'm OK with this changed lifestyle, but I was wondering if you guys find taste differences with these organic, sustainable, cage-free and sustainable foods.

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