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by M. M c C a l l
July 17th, 2011, 10:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 87
Views: 3327

Re: Biscuits

Increased insulin levels, increased small-particle ldl, increased triglycerides, increased diabetes, increased risk of heart disease. Do we really want to discuss this here/now? I'm just wondering how many people here think the sodium in the recipe above is the most "unhealthy" part of it. Have you...
by M. M c C a l l
July 12th, 2011, 8:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Where to dine in Paris update
Replies: 73
Views: 4387

Re: Where to dine in Paris update

I don't see it here, so I'll throw out Willi's Wine Bar. I think it was one of Michel Abood's recommendations to me, and it was one of my favorite meals in France. Casual, but the food was very good. Great wine list, lots of Rhones.
by M. M c C a l l
July 12th, 2011, 8:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris Non-restaurant Food Recs
Replies: 17
Views: 804

Re: Paris Non-restaurant Food Recs

we either just brave the lines at Laduree, which we always thought were better but just a bit of a trek from where we usually stay in the 6th, or just forego taking home some. ?? Are you aware that there is a Ladurée in the 6th on the rue Bonaparte, corner of rue Jacob? There is also one among the ...
by M. M c C a l l
July 12th, 2011, 8:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland Oregon's gots to haves.
Replies: 29
Views: 1480

Re: Portland Oregon's gots to haves.

Of course this year's restaurant of the year is actually in McMinnville. A couple of weekends ago, with my husband away on business in Indonesia and the kids busy, I drove down to McMinnville on my own for a bowl of minestrone in the back room bar at Nick's. I'd never heard of Thistle, but I went f...
by M. M c C a l l
July 11th, 2011, 9:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: So how do you make your onion rings?
Replies: 24
Views: 1456

Re: So how do you make your onion rings?

I use the Nancy Silverton recipe with a sourdough batter. Tempura batter is more like a frilly negligee barely obscuring its luscious contents. For onion rings, I often prefer the much more substantial sourdough batter - more like flannel pajamas. Today I made these using sweet Vidalias with grille...
by M. M c C a l l
July 10th, 2011, 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland Oregon's gots to haves.
Replies: 29
Views: 1480

Re: Portland Oregon's gots to haves.

While I'm here, I'll pile on for Toro Bravo. I think we've been there four times in the past two months. It's just a tapas place. Not fancy, but really good food. My favorite dishes are often the simplest, seasonal vegetables. The sauteed nettles were so good! So were the grilled spring onions with ...
by M. M c C a l l
July 10th, 2011, 3:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland Oregon's gots to haves.
Replies: 29
Views: 1480

Re: Portland Oregon's gots to haves.

Steven Miller wrote:Have any of the locals even met her?
None. I order groceries on the web and make the servants pick them up at the door. [foilhat.gif]

I went to the VT tasting at L&E a couple of weeks ago, if that counts. And there were people there.
by M. M c C a l l
July 10th, 2011, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 87
Views: 3327

Biscuits

My kids love those damn biscuits, so I wait in The Line from Hell. https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/223175_10150237404385915_741650914_9090053_6261086_n.jpg I'll try the recipe next weekend. I thought of camping out at Pine State Biscuits this morning to snap a picture of you so...
by M. M c C a l l
July 9th, 2011, 11:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Quinoa ♥
Replies: 15
Views: 755

Re: Quinoa ♥

I'm glad people are enjoying it! With Steve out of town, it's taking a long time to finish the batch of quinoa I made a few days ago. It holds up very well in the fridge! I'm busting to try the lime/jalapeno variation, but I'm leaving for vacation next week and it will probably have to wait until I ...
by M. M c C a l l
July 8th, 2011, 10:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt: Not Guilty
Replies: 20
Views: 772

Salt: Not Guilty

There are many things that I find easy to scale back-- sugar, refined grains, meat, alcohol-- but salt is non-negotiable. This article makes me very happy. [cheers.gif]

Scientific American: It's Time to End the War on Salt.
by M. M c C a l l
July 8th, 2011, 10:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: ¡Padrón!
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: ¡Padrón!

Okay, I now own some of these. Never cooked them before. Hot pan, olive oil, stir and fry until blistered, sprinkle with sea salt - is that the drill? TIA. Did you like them? How was the heat? I'd never had consistently hot ones before this batch. I loved them - but I knew I would; this was my firs...
by M. M c C a l l
July 8th, 2011, 9:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: ¡Padrón!
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: ¡Padrón!

Robert.Fleming wrote:Okay, I now own some of these.
Never cooked them before.
Hot pan, olive oil, stir and fry until blistered, sprinkle with sea salt - is that the drill?
TIA.
Did you like them? How was the heat? I'd never had consistently hot ones before this batch.
by M. M c C a l l
July 7th, 2011, 11:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Quinoa ♥
Replies: 15
Views: 755

Re: Quinoa ♥

LOVE the ideas to sauté the scallions and use lime in place of lemon. With corn and lime, I think I may add some jalapeño too. Bob-- I love orzo (which iPad autocorrect wants to change to oral. Nice. That could have been in the DYAC hall of fame) but quinoa is far superior from a nutritional standpo...
by M. M c C a l l
July 6th, 2011, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: ¡Padrón!
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: ¡Padrón!

I gave up on peppers. We've planted chiles a few times, and then we just look at them and say "what in the hell are we going to do with all of these chiles?" So we'd stash them in the freezer and use them slowly until it was time to just toss the rest in the trash. Now tomatoes... you just can't hav...
by M. M c C a l l
July 5th, 2011, 7:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: ¡Padrón!
Replies: 15
Views: 672

¡Padrón!

I wasn't planning to cook tonight-- we have tons of leftovers in the fridge from the 4th, and it was 87° at 4:00. But then I spotted padrons at the store, and I couldn't resist. There's usually one spicy one in the batch, but they were pretty much all hot tonight! That was a first for me. This was m...
by M. M c C a l l
July 5th, 2011, 2:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Quinoa ♥
Replies: 15
Views: 755

Re: Quinoa ♥

Jorge Henriquez wrote:As long as there is no dill in there. Dill is to me as cilantro is to Todd.....errr, I meant Melissa.
No dill, dillweed. neener
by M. M c C a l l
July 5th, 2011, 1:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Quinoa ♥
Replies: 15
Views: 755

Re: Quinoa ♥

Other than the high glycemic index corn...that looks phenomenal. Mint is the perfect herb for summer...in drinks, food, and dessert. Last time I made quinoa, I used sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese, and fresh herbs, but I bet it would be fantastic with mint, and I need to try the two-step proce...
by M. M c C a l l
July 5th, 2011, 1:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Quinoa ♥
Replies: 15
Views: 755

Quinoa ♥

Quinoa is something I've always wanted to love, but my feelings were lukewarm at best. I stumbled on to this recipe while looking for a summery dish to bring to a neighborhood barbecue, and it was a huge hit. The flavors are great, but part of what I loved about this recipe was that the two-stage co...
by M. M c C a l l
July 4th, 2011, 3:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 87
Views: 3327

Re: Biscuits

Every weekend, at least while my PSU parking permit was valid. I mostly go for mushrooms because the PSU market is the only place other than Pastaworks where I ever find fresh porcini.
by M. M c C a l l
July 4th, 2011, 2:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 87
Views: 3327

Re: Biscuits

Oh, and the biscuit...
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by M. M c C a l l
July 4th, 2011, 2:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 87
Views: 3327

Re: Biscuits

My kids love those damn biscuits, so I wait in The Line from Hell.

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I'll try the recipe next weekend.
by M. M c C a l l
July 4th, 2011, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 87
Views: 3327

Re: Biscuits

Sounds great. If you've eaten at Pine State Biscuits, how do they compare to those?
by M. M c C a l l
July 4th, 2011, 10:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hot Soft Pretzels: Recipe Request
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Hot Soft Pretzels: Recipe Request

Chris Freemott wrote:The Alton Brown version isn't bad Ben. But, I'd love to see what some of our bread making peers have to say about some longer rising dough.
I've made Alton's recipe twice-- fantastic. Great, authentic color/flavor. The alkaline bath is a must.
by M. M c C a l l
July 3rd, 2011, 10:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Worms In Swordfish
Replies: 90
Views: 7859

Re: Worms In Swordfish

I'm used to finding little critters in morels, but this year, I've found a lot of worms in fresh porcini. They burrow right into the mushroom. Sometimes the holes are obvious, but other times, a mushroom looks perfect until I slice into it-- and I always seem to cut the glistening white worm in hal...
by M. M c C a l l
July 3rd, 2011, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Worms In Swordfish
Replies: 90
Views: 7859

Re: Worms In Swordfish

Bob Wood wrote:OMG, a picture for an avatar!
Which one are you? [snort.gif]
by M. M c C a l l
July 3rd, 2011, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Worms In Swordfish
Replies: 90
Views: 7859

Re: Worms In Swordfish

I'm used to finding little critters in morels, but this year, I've found a lot of worms in fresh porcini. They burrow right into the mushroom. Sometimes the holes are obvious, but other times, a mushroom looks perfect until I slice into it-- and I always seem to cut the glistening white worm in half.
by M. M c C a l l
June 23rd, 2011, 6:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NZ wineries
Replies: 6
Views: 754

Re: NZ wineries

Beautiful pictures. I laughed-out-loud at "future pork chop." I assume you were there in the southern summer? We haven't been able to get a lot of advice on winter travel there. Did you find the sandflies bothersome? One of my guide books makes them sound like hell on Earth. The other barely mention...
by M. M c C a l l
June 23rd, 2011, 6:07 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NZ wineries
Replies: 6
Views: 754

Re: NZ wineries

Serge Birbrair wrote:Melissa, South Island is more beautiful one! Are you flying into Christchurch?

I promise you one memorable journey for sure!
Yep! Portland -> Redmond (!?) -> SFO -> Auckland -> Christchurch. What were the highlights of your visit to the South Island?
by M. M c C a l l
June 23rd, 2011, 3:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NZ wineries
Replies: 6
Views: 754

Re: NZ wineries

Melissa, don't forget the active volcano trip, it's worth your while! http://nocomments.com/2/NewZealand/Volcano/index.html http://www.whiteisland.co.nz/ Serge, I can always count on you to have already been where ever I'm going or wish to go. Unfortunately, we won't be on the North Island at all. ...
by M. M c C a l l
June 21st, 2011, 7:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NZ wineries
Replies: 6
Views: 754

Re: NZ wineries

Thanks Clayton!
by M. M c C a l l
June 21st, 2011, 7:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: BEAUNE AND AVIGNON
Replies: 8
Views: 1005

Re: BEAUNE AND AVIGNON

Just another recommendation for Jardin de Lois. What a lovely place! I think our shower stall alone was bigger than a typical European hotel room. Incredible value.
by M. M c C a l l
June 21st, 2011, 7:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NZ wineries
Replies: 6
Views: 754

NZ wineries

Hello there-- good to see so many familiar "faces" in here! My husband and I are traveling to New Zealand next month for a much anticipated road trip. My plan is to spend as much time as humanly possible in hiking boots and outside civilization, but we will have a day in Marlborough. Any suggestions...
by M. M c C a l l
May 2nd, 2011, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Darth Pinot
Replies: 23
Views: 886

Re: TN: Darth Pinot

Chris Seiber wrote:Their bottle and punt size is ridiculous, though. I'd buy more of their wines if the bottles fit into my standard racking.
The bottle is so heavy that I was kind of shocked when the wine ran out. It still felt full!
by M. M c C a l l
May 2nd, 2011, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Darth Pinot
Replies: 23
Views: 886

Re: TN: Darth Pinot

L e o F r o k i c wrote:Here's the live photo from Times Square where Berserkers had gathered to Celebrate Melissa's return.


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Oh Leo.... I sure have missed you! [rofl.gif]
by M. M c C a l l
April 30th, 2011, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Darth Pinot
Replies: 23
Views: 886

Re: TN: Darth Pinot

Steve Saxon wrote:I still think she's really Bob Wood.
If I were, would I have bought Bergstrom in the first place? [cheers.gif]
by M. M c C a l l
April 30th, 2011, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Darth Pinot
Replies: 23
Views: 886

TN: Darth Pinot

2004 Bergström Pinot Noir Bergstrom Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (4/30/2011) Deep, dark fruit core, eucalyptus, black licorice, and herby-sweet tarragon on the nose. Silky, slippery, nicely resolved Pinot texture. Not one for the ages; drink soon-ish. The bottle has a pun...
by M. M c C a l l
August 24th, 2010, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '04 Dagueneau Silex
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: TN: 2004 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex

Is there a wine worth $100 to you? Absolutely. There are wines worth far more to me as well. The difference is that (to paraphrase Lyle Fass) I'm not looking to be wowed at every meal. Most of the time, I'm just looking for something balanced and refreshing that complements dinner, and I know full ...
by M. M c C a l l
August 23rd, 2010, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '04 Dagueneau Silex
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: TN: 2004 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex

What does the Silex run these days? About $30 more than I'd ever admit to my spouse, who didn't like it much anyway. [oops.gif] Doh! I think Hi-Times is selling the 07 for a cool C-note. The best Sauv Blanc that has ever crossed my lips and an outstanding wine. Almost worth that. And they've got th...
by M. M c C a l l
August 23rd, 2010, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '04 Dagueneau Silex
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: TN: 2004 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex

Peter C. wrote:What does the Silex run these days?
About $30 more than I'd ever admit to my spouse, who didn't like it much anyway. [oops.gif]
by M. M c C a l l
August 22nd, 2010, 8:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Seattle restaurant recs... Where do the foodies go?
Replies: 48
Views: 1939

Re: Seattle restaurant recs... Where do the foodies go?

Speaking of Wallingford, I totally forgot to mention Tilth. I haven;t been for a year, but it is quite good. Plus Maria Hines just kicked Morimoto's ass on Iron Chef America. She looked more surprised than anyone. Tilth=worst restaurant experience in long time for me. I found little to like about i...
by M. M c C a l l
August 22nd, 2010, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '04 Dagueneau Silex
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: TN: 2004 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex

Dagueneau is great stuff....I'll have to get Liotta to open up a bottle for me....since I dont have any :( Nice... bromance with a sugar daddy! Silex and Pur Sang get more love, but my favorite Dagueneau was a Buisson Renard ('00 or '01 I think) that was the absolute essence of ruby red grapefruit.
by M. M c C a l l
August 22nd, 2010, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '04 Dagueneau Silex
Replies: 14
Views: 465

TN: '04 Dagueneau Silex

2004 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex - France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé (8/22/2010) Intensely mineral-driven, with subtle notes of grass and white grapefruit. Even with three hours of air, it's tight and unyielding. The palate feels full, balanced, and precise, as though there wi...
by M. M c C a l l
August 22nd, 2010, 10:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: TN: Honey
Replies: 21
Views: 837

Re: TN: Honey

Mixing honey and cinnamon into the dog food bowl as we speak....


I'd love to try a few others, starting with monofloral varieties available here in the northwest. I don't suppose anyone already knows farms/producers here to recommend?
by M. M c C a l l
August 21st, 2010, 6:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: TN: Honey
Replies: 21
Views: 837

TN: Honey

This afternoon, Steve and I went for a drive through rural Clackamas county to find a u-pick berry farm. As we walked from the blackberry field over to the blueberry field, we passed a series of beehives and decided we'd have to pick up a quart of the farm's fresh honey on our way out. When we got h...
by M. M c C a l l
August 21st, 2010, 11:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's Your "Go To" Chicken Breast Recipe?
Replies: 25
Views: 959

Re: What's Your "Go To" Chicken Breast Recipe?

By the way, if you're looking for tasty, healthy cooking, do check out Bittman's columns in the NYT. They're almost always quick to make, generally use ingredients that you'll have or that are easily available and not technique-laden tomes of 15 ingredients assembled in 25 steps. [thumbs-up.gif] He...
by M. M c C a l l
August 21st, 2010, 9:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Best ( Favorite ) BLT/ BBT Tomatoe?
Replies: 14
Views: 434

Re: The Best ( Favorite ) BLT/ BBT Tomato?

Mel Hill wrote:I go for whatever is ripe
Me too. I made BLT sandwiches on Thursday and gazpacho on Friday, and in both cases, I used gorgeous, fleshy, ripe red tomatoes, breed unknown, from a local farm.
by M. M c C a l l
August 18th, 2010, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The killer chocolate sauce
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: The killer chocolate sauce

John Tomasso wrote:enjoy it now, the price of anything with cocoa in it is going to skyrocket in the coming months.
We're moving the kids' Hanukkah gelt to the safe deposit box... just in case.
by M. M c C a l l
August 17th, 2010, 10:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The killer chocolate sauce
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: The killer chocolate sauce

Thanks John-- do you melt the chocolate in a double boiler and then combine?
by M. M c C a l l
August 14th, 2010, 10:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Truffles
Replies: 15
Views: 638

Re: Truffles

That's too bad about the flavor Mel, but that's a great picture!

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