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Need help: apartment birthday dinner with dietary restrictions

He is definitely a meat and potatoes guy! He hates fish. And he is iffy on veggies.
The restrictions are a low carber and then a person allergic to most grains you can think of.
My husband suggested steak, but we live in an apartment without a grill. We cook steak on the stovetop when it is just the two of us, but I don't think we can do that for five people. I have never cooked a roast in the oven, so that makes me nervous! Plus our meat selection is limited around here.

So far I am thinking bacon wrapped asparagus, cauliflower rice, salad.... And? Lol I just need to insert main dish, but am drawing a blank.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Officially I would use it first on my first christmas prime rib! Unofficially I would make sure I knew how to use it right and do a trial run with a pork tenderloin.

Help Me Help My Vegan Friends

Smoked paprika is good for a smoky flavor too

Help Me Help My Vegan Friends

Coconut oil! It adds great richness to everything and is great for frying.
Nutritional yeast is great for a cheesy flavor especially in tofu lasagna.
Ground flaxseed is a great binder.

Bromelain...meat tenderizer

Isn't that like the enzyme in tropical fruits like pineapple that aid in the digestion of proteins? I sometimes purée up some kiwi for beef marinade, but only a short marinade because it can break down protein to mushiness

Where to have dinner in Tacoma, Washington?

I like Harmon brewing company. It is new American/brewery cuisine plus beer of course in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The menu has something for everyone. We went with a giant party and just called ahead of time.
If you are in the mood for pizza, the rock is a fun place. It is rock and roll themed. Tis is the original location, so they sometimes offer experimental specials. You should totally get the brown sugar mozzarella bread for an appetizer.

3 Washington State Breweries You Should Know

Iron horse is our favorite! I like their high five hef best. Their Irish death is also very popular. Iron horse makes solid beer that appeals to craft diehards and beer lay people as well.

Where to eat in Seattle and Portland?

Not a restaurant, but Batch 206 in lower Queen Ann makes the best gin! If you lie gin, you will love this. If you are on the fence about gin, this will convert you! Plus it is fun to see a working distillery. It is just a few blocks from pike place.

Vegetarian Meats and Cheese

I leave out the tahini and usually add a thickener, like cornstarch or ground chia seed,

Vermecelli in my Belly!

Back when I ate noodles I loved vermicelli in homemade chicken noodle soup. Make the soup then add noodles to each serving so they don't get clumpy/gross. Add some cilantro to brighten it up since the noodles make the soup seem heavier.

What dish best represents the food of your region?

I have been living in all sorts of different parts of Washington state. I must say, the wine is amazing!
We are also well represented by coffee.
Clam chowder.
Fresh cherries as well as chukar cherries.
Applets and cottlets.
Fresh apples.

Beautiful bottle of local mint vodka... Ideas!?

Super intrigued by the cucumber soda idea.. Have never heard of it... Do you know where I can find it, or brand to look for?
We don't do many sweet things in this house due to some insulin issues...
I like the limeade idea too. Maybe diluting the sugar dose with some seltzer...

Your Personal Best

Spanish "rice"! I am allergic to rice, ugh, so I made one with riced cauliflower. Normally riced cauliflower doesn't even come close to satisfying, but this was amazing and awesome! I am so excited!

Any salmon eaters?

The secret to frozen fish is that after it is defrosted, pat off as much moisture as possible with paper towels before cooking. This keeps the filets from being mushy.

Good Entry Level Food Processor?

I love my 11 cup cuisinart. It is perfect for just me. I use it every other day. It is sturdy and effective.

Need help with nutless pesto

I use spinach, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic, nutmeg, thyme, and lemon juice.

Help! My roommate wrecked my bakeware!

I love mr clean erasers on that residue stuff

Favorite Yogurt

1 cup Fage total nonfat greek yogurt, cinnamon, 2-4 tablespoons vanilla protein powder, 3 dashes cinnamon, 1 dash salt, 1 tablespoon cocoa, sugar substitute to taste..
I cannot stop eating this!

Using Ground Turkey

I cut ground lamb with turkey in Alton brown's gyro recipe. The lamb is so strong the turkey is unnoticeable.

Food Quotations

Zinniat, I always say, "you're on a roll, but don't slip on the butter!"

My favorite quote is, "if wishes were horses we'd all be eating steak."

What drink should be offered in a post wedding party?

How many people? We had a few pony kegs of craft beers and then one red and one white wine option. There was lemonade for nondrinkers and champagne for toasting.
If there are fewer people you could always do growlers from your favorite brewery and winery (you could send the growler jugs home with people too so you don't have a bunch).
A friend of mine is having a taco truck with sangria.
Margaritas are easy and most people like them too.

Prime Rib Roast Carving

Only related because it is prime rib...
I went to a relatives house for Xmas eve. I was very excited because they were serving prime rib. I have only become a red meat eater in the past year, and I was more than happy to finally enjoy this beautiful cut of meat... What was served was no longer recignizeably prime rib. They could have saved a few bucks and just cooked a chuck roast! It was cooked so long and slow that is basically what it became... I became even sadder when my mom described hers as perfectly rare enough that they seared leftovers on the grill the next day. "Wow it melts in your mouth" means something different when it has been cooked properly and when it has been overdone!


I second the shredded carrot, it will cook down so the texture won't even be there and it will have the sweetness. My mom's spaghetti sauce calls for a tb of brown sugar; we don't keep any sugars in the house. I found one carrot will sufficiently do the job of cutting acidity