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  1. kirstens

    Kaffir Lime Leaves & Galangal

    Thanks all. I figured galanga had some relation to ginger, looks very similar. Galanga, the word, threw me for a loop.
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    Kaffir Lime Leaves & Galangal

    Can someone help me out as to what these two ingredients are?
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    Saying no to turkey on Thanksgiving

    Slow-roasted duck with herbs (garlic, thyme, pepper, etc.) or duck with leeks, carrots in an olive gravy.
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    Thanksgiving Stuffing: In or Out?

    Completely agree.  
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    What is your favorite cooking utensil (s) of all time?

    I thouht the same thing. Must be a Chicago thing.
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    Bourdain - NY - Les Halles - Worth It?

    I'm sure some of you foodies out there have eaten at Bourdain's Les Halles. Good? Worth checking it out? Also, has anyone eaten at Sakagura? Thoughts? Thanks!
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    sweet potato chips

    Did you drizzle any olive oil on them?
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    Looking for a good Butcher Shop and Produce store in Chicago

    Love the Green Market. Good cheeses and this one stand there, I can't remember the name of the vendor, but they make these cider smoothies, no additives. You choose what fruit you want in there, then they add they're apple cider. Delicious. The market on Rush is pretty decent too.  
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    Looking for a good Butcher Shop and Produce store in Chicago

    Out of curiousity, which shops did you find? I'm around the area too.
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    What do you guys think of Trader Joe's?

    Trader Joe's is excellent. Great buys for wine, cheese, nuts, and snicky-snacky foods. A lot of their chips are low in fat and salt. Their wine and cheese are a lot cheaper than any mainstream grocer. I do agree with someone saying up above about the prepackaged veggies and fruits (avocados...
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    growing herbs and scallions indoors year round

    That's interesting info KY. Thanks! I'll give it a go.
  12. kirstens

    growing herbs and scallions indoors year round

    Shouldn't the herbs give off their aroma when ready to use? Also, my cilantro is sprouting crazily, but more stalks than leaves. Is this normal?
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    growing herbs and scallions indoors year round

    I'm currently growing basil and cilantro in small pots on my windowsil. Completely do-able. Not sure when the herbs are ready to use.........?
  14. kirstens

    Question: Wine vinegar suggestions

    I like Dell Alpe products. I'm not sure if they have a white wine vinegar,  but they have red. http://www.dellalpe.com/
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    Need a new ideas for a mid summer menu

    Salmon with a lemon caper sauce.
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    Chicago - Where to eat?

    gonefishing......I completely agree with you on La Scarola. Probably the best Italian I've had in the city. Very authentic, family style feel. Orsos (west loop), Angelina's (lakeview), Sayat Nova for some good Armenian (downtown) to name a few.
  17. kirstens

    Acetaia San Giacomo at The City Olive in Chicago

    Thanks for the advice Dan. Will definitely make it there soon.
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    Acetaia San Giacomo at The City Olive in Chicago

    I live pretty close to the city olive, a little further south but just the #36 bus ride away. Have been menaing to go but have never been. This event sounds fun. Do they do a lot of these types of things? And 20 bucks doesn't sound to bad for what they offer.
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    how to keep cut yams from turning brown

    Using some sort of acidity like lemon, might alter the taste. I use ascorbic acid, a crushed vitamin C powder, when I make a hash brown dish. Once I grate my potatoes, I sprinkle a little of the powder over and they don't turn. You can find this acid at Whole Foods.
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    Top anti-oxidant foods

    Red grapes too
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