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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: What's Cooking, Caprese Salad
« Reply #840 on: July 20, 2020, 11:14 AM »
This is a great simple summertime meal...a fresh Caprese salad. Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh buffalo milk mozzarella some good EVOO, some Maldon salt and some freshly ground pepper. If you are one of those carnivirous guys that can't eat a meal without animal flesh...sometimes I am  [embarassed] [embarassed] you can always include some nice prosciutto into the mix. The surprising thing is that this is so filling...I purchased some extra chicken just in case I needed some more nourishment later in the evening. The chicken will wait to be cooked another day.  [big grin]

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Those tomatoes look fantastic.  Did you grow them yourself or did you get them at a farmer's market?

Saturday's dinner was inspired by America's Test Kitchen.  Grilled chicken drumsticks with pasta salad.

The pasta salad also included baby arugula, but I forgot to take a picture of the tossed salad.













I heard Valentina hot sauce is good so I picked up a bottle.



It's not bad, but  my favorite hot sauces are still Sriracha, Tabasco, and Texas Pete.

I got the Toadfish Kitchen Collection that comes with the oyster knife, crab cracker, and the shrimp deveiner.  We tried out the shrimp deveiner today.  There is a bit of  a learning curve, but it is definitely faster than peeling and deveining the traditional way.







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Offline Cheese

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Re: What's Cooking, Caprese Salad
« Reply #841 on: July 20, 2020, 12:02 PM »

Those tomatoes look fantastic.  Did you grow them yourself or did you get them at a farmer's market?

It's not bad, but  my favorite hot sauces are still Sriracha, Tabasco, and Texas Pete.


The tomatoes were from a local farmers market and grown locally and not in a hot house...they were absolutely delicious. At the same farmers market I also purchased locally grown corn on the cob. I had to ask if it was local because I was surprised that it was already available. Minnesota sweet corn is usually harvested in mid August. The old saying is "Knee high by 4th of July".

The two of us ate all 6 ears... [eek]...delicious.

I'd echo your hot sauce choices except I'd substitute Franks for the Texas Pete.

The pasta salad looks great and I really like the idea of putting the dressing ingredients in a microwave to help develop the flavors.

I make a very similar pasta salad but I substitute grilled artichoke hearts for the pepperoncini.

Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #842 on: August 06, 2020, 06:10 PM »
I had been craving raw oysters so I picked up 2 different varieties of oysters.  1 were local from Maryland and the other were from Long Island.  The local oysters were bigger and juicier. 





A couple of the oysters had a pea crab inside, which is supposed to be a delicacy.  I didn't eat any, but my brother in law ate one.



This was my first time ever shucking an oyster.  It wasn't too bad once I got into a bit of a rhythm.  I think I like West Coast Kumamoto oysters better.  There are only so many raw oysters that one can eat so I shucked a bunch of the oysters and we made a Taiwainese oyster pancake and oyster congee.













Made some brown sugar cream cookies.  The cookies look really nice, but the texture is far too cake-like.  I was hoping/expecting them to be more a chewy texture.





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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #843 on: August 06, 2020, 06:20 PM »
I bought the Philips Avance air fryer.  I have forever been opposed to getting one because I'd always held the position that it's just a mini convection oven and we already have a convection wall oven, but I hardly ever use the convection setting.  I can now report that I may have been wrong in my original assessment.  The air fryer did an absolutely beautiful job reheating leftover fries and yuca.  We've never had good results reheating leftover fries, even baking in the oven.  These came out hot and pretty crispy in just 4 minutes at 350F. 





I made some frozen buffalo wings in there and they were hot and crispy in 15 minutes at 400F.  I think 12 minutes would have been even better.





Made an "authentic" seafood paella - I bought the paella pan from Restaurant Depot and ordered Bomba rice from Amazon.  I had made paella once before a very long time ago and used Arborio rice.  Something just didn't seem right about using an Italian rice to make Spanish paella.  I think the fire was a little too high and the water boiled away a little faster than it should have.  It definitely takes some practice/experience to get the burner setting just right so the rice cooks, but not too quickly.  We also should have put the seafood in a little earlier rather than at the very last 5 minutes.  The rice had a nice flavor and turned out well for a first (or kinda second) attempt at making paella.















I also pulled the trigger on the Philips Avance pasta maker from Costco.  My wife said she wanted it to make rice noodles with it.  We tried making spaghetti with it the other night using just all purpose flour.  The spaghetti noodle was thinner than I was expecting.  The pasta was just ok.  I think using different flour would have yielded a better noodle.

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Offline MikeGE

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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #844 on: August 06, 2020, 06:22 PM »
I had been craving raw oysters so I picked up 2 different varieties of oysters.  1 were local from Maryland and the other were from Long Island.  The local oysters were bigger and juicier.

I like raw oysters, but fried oysters are my favorite.  Every time I'm back in Virginia, I go to Blue Ridge Seafood on Rt. 28 near Gainesville and get my fill of fried oysters, soft shell crabs, and fried scallops.   [big grin]

Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #845 on: August 06, 2020, 06:30 PM »
That sounds good!  We got steamed crabs and a soft shell crab sandwich from Captain Pell's for the 4th of the July.  The softshell crab was really tasty - it's a real treat.
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Offline rvieceli

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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #846 on: August 06, 2020, 06:37 PM »
If you like raw you might want to try this recipe for grilled oysters. Yummy. Also drench the results in your favorite hot sauce.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/official-dragos-charbroiled-oysters-recipe-1135643

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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #847 on: August 06, 2020, 09:42 PM »




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Offline Cheese

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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #848 on: August 06, 2020, 10:02 PM »
The ribs look real good...in the first photo are those peaches off to the side?

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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #849 on: August 06, 2020, 10:38 PM »
The ribs look real good...in the first photo are those peaches off to the side?

Thanks @Cheese . Yes they are. If you've never had grilled peaches with rotisserie chicken it's really something else. Get a little bit of both on your fork and it's a flavor bomb.

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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: What's Cooking
« Reply #850 on: August 07, 2020, 08:06 AM »
If you like raw you might want to try this recipe for grilled oysters. Yummy. Also drench the results in your favorite hot sauce.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/official-dragos-charbroiled-oysters-recipe-1135643

Ron

Grilled oysters sound good too!  I should have tried grilling a few.



@DynaGlide The rotisserie spit attachment is the best!

Last night I made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. They were much better than the brown sugar cream cookies. I've never had them before, but these cookies are supposed to be a copy cat of Potbelly's chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.  I substituted bittersweet chips for the more traditional semi sweet chips.   





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