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Your current food obsession?

Postby Jenise » Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:14 pm

Mine: a Mimosa salad. Butter lettuce, heavily mustarded dressing with either tarragon or fresh chopped chives, topped with chopped 7-minute hard boiled egg. Yeah, me who hates eggs. I've made and eaten four of them since last Friday. And I would happily eat another right now, for breakfast. Chances are good we'll have another tonight, since I have a new head of butter lettuce and not much else for salad around. And besides, it sounds better than anything else. I'm not done with it yet.

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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:12 pm

Unfortunately, mine is likely to be vegan cuisine. Our daughter has decided to give up eating all animal products for Lent. While I'm tempted to serve her an undressed baked potato every night (while we eat normally), I could likely be brought up on child abuse charges for that. She'll be required to do some of the cooking but her homework load is far too tough to make that an every-night occurrence.

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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Tom NJ » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:15 pm

Jenise wrote:Mine: a Mimosa salad. Butter lettuce, heavily mustarded dressing with either tarragon or fresh chopped chives, topped with chopped 7-minute hard boiled egg. Yeah, me who hates eggs. I've made and eaten four of them since last Friday. And I would happily eat another right now, for breakfast. Chances are good we'll have another tonight, since I have a new head of butter lettuce and not much else for salad around. And besides, it sounds better than anything else. I'm not done with it yet.


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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:26 pm

Currently, it is hamburger... made from organic, locally grown beef. I love hamburger anyway, but for some reason I am craving it. Recently made a killer red pasta sauce and served over noodles. Tomorrow night I am making Patty Melt sandwiches, with lots of caramelized onions on rye bread.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Carl Eppig » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:44 pm

Fish Chowder. We've been having it every Friday night, and will right through Lent.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Howie Hart » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:57 pm

Chicken wings. Hot, Buffalo style. This has been going on for 35 years. However, lately I've had a craving for ribs, which I haven't had since Summer.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Rahsaan » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:07 pm

Aside from the tamarind paste that I posted on the other week, one big thing in our house has been trying different Asian noodles. I've been frequenting an Asian superstore to find different ingredients and the wide array of noodles is mind (and palate) boggling. It's fun to try different stuff and tweak things for the different noodles. Right now in the house we have Toi San flat thick noodles, thin Chakou Minqing rice noodles, and an intermediate long curly Taiwanese noodle. Best part, my son loves them all!
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Mark Lipton » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:35 pm

Just curious, Rahsaan: is your son eating pescevegetarian, too?

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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:58 pm

In addition to my post above, I find I am craving canned tomato products, like Cento San Marzano whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes in rich puree, and fire roasted tomatoes....crazy!
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby James Dietz » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:22 pm

Ramen. F'ing David Chang.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Christina Georgina » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:33 pm

Schug. The Yemini condiment. Quite addicting with hot green chiles, coriander, garlic and other spices I am trying it mixed in dishes for flavor boost; as a condiment on roasted meats; on salads and just about anything I think of. It is the Middle East's equivalent of Lan Chi. Very distinctive and versatile. Got a jar from a visiting Israeli friend which she said was her favorite brand and I've been trying to recreate.
The fish eggs have been processed and cured so I'm also into blinchiki and caviar as more than garnish investigations.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby James Dietz » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:36 pm

Jenise wrote:Mine: a Mimosa salad. Butter lettuce, heavily mustarded dressing with either tarragon or fresh chopped chives, topped with chopped 7-minute hard boiled egg. Yeah, me who hates eggs. I've made and eaten four of them since last Friday. And I would happily eat another right now, for breakfast. Chances are good we'll have another tonight, since I have a new head of butter lettuce and not much else for salad around. And besides, it sounds better than anything else. I'm not done with it yet.

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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Rahsaan » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:46 pm

Mark Lipton wrote:Just curious, Rahsaan: is your son eating pescevegetarian, too?

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He actually doesn't eat that much fish/seafood, which I guess is normal for a little kid. The only sea creature he really likes is smoked salmon. But we cook chicken for him a few times per week and we have nothing against him eating other meat, if he comes across it at school or elsewhere. Although we don't really buy it and he doesn't seek it out. (When he was a baby we would cook beef for his purees and he liked them until he got old enough to express detailed preferences!)
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Mark Lipton » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:13 am

Rahsaan wrote:
Mark Lipton wrote:Just curious, Rahsaan: is your son eating pescevegetarian, too?

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He actually doesn't eat that much fish/seafood, which I guess is normal for a little kid. The only sea creature he really likes is smoked salmon. But we cook chicken for him a few times per week and we have nothing against him eating other meat, if he comes across it at school or elsewhere. Although we don't really buy it and he doesn't seek it out. (When he was a baby we would cook beef for his purees and he liked them until he got old enough to express detailed preferences!)


Interesting. I've known vegetarian parents who've gone both ways on the subject. FWIW, our son loves all manner of fish, but we've been careful to serve him only very fresh fish that's mildly flavored. Smoked salmon is an interesting starting point, that's for sure.

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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:55 am

I'm obsessed with my chocolate mold, my paella pan, and my ice cream maker. Next up: chocolates with toasted slivered almonds, mixed land and sea food paella (I know I should do rabbit but I really want to do quail), and black sesame ice cream.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:49 am

Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:I'm obsessed with my chocolate mold, my paella pan, and my ice cream maker. Next up: chocolates with toasted slivered almonds, mixed land and sea food paella (I know I should do rabbit but I really want to do quail), and black sesame ice cream.


I'd like to hear more about the black sesame ice cream!

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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:04 pm

I'd like to say Indian food or lentils and beans, but in all honesty, when it comes to obsession, I'm probably looking at Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter ...
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Mark Lipton » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:29 pm

Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:I'm obsessed with my chocolate mold, my paella pan, and my ice cream maker. Next up: chocolates with toasted slivered almonds, mixed land and sea food paella (I know I should do rabbit but I really want to do quail), and black sesame ice cream.


I love making paellas, Jeff, and I adore quail, but I don't know if that's the best use for them. And if you're looking for "tradition," what about snail and artichoke paella?

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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Redwinger » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:53 pm

Mandarin oranges. My current peeland eat snack of choice. I probably average 8 or 10 of those little buggers/day.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Peter May » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:08 pm

At home - chillies

A red Birds Eye chillie held above a dish and finely cut with a pair of scissors gives a pleasant piquancy.

In restaurant:

Escalope of veal 'Holstein'.

Unfortunately the dish which was a standard is now 'old fashioned' so I travel to London where I can go to an old fashioned restaurant to have it - and have my choice of accompaniments - I choose Lyonnais potatoes, green beans and lightly battered zucchini slices. And a bottle of Ch Batailley.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Jenise » Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:27 pm

Redwinger wrote:Mandarin oranges. My current peeland eat snack of choice. I probably average 8 or 10 of those little buggers/day.


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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:10 pm

Mike Filigenzi wrote:
Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:I'm obsessed with my chocolate mold, my paella pan, and my ice cream maker. Next up: chocolates with toasted slivered almonds, mixed land and sea food paella (I know I should do rabbit but I really want to do quail), and black sesame ice cream.


I'd like to hear more about the black sesame ice cream!


When I make it, I'll post. I've got the seeds already but my calendar is full of holes right now.
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Re: Your current food obsession?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:12 pm

Mark Lipton wrote:
Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:I'm obsessed with my chocolate mold, my paella pan, and my ice cream maker. Next up: chocolates with toasted slivered almonds, mixed land and sea food paella (I know I should do rabbit but I really want to do quail), and black sesame ice cream.


I love making paellas, Jeff, and I adore quail, but I don't know if that's the best use for them. And if you're looking for "tradition," what about snail and artichoke paella?

Snails are OK but Jim won't eat artichokes. That's why I end up doing seafood and chicken a lot.

But I am still working on my technique a bit. Getting a good sofrito is one thing, getting the right quantities of rice and stock for my 16" pan is another. (My first effort good but a little skimpy, the second effort was too wet.)
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