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    Columbus, OH; Dallas sometimes
  1. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Last night I made a Thai chicken curry using prepared curry paste and light coconut milk. I served it over riced cauliflower, which I had stir fried in a bit of olive oil, sesame oil, and soy sauce.
  2. Kitchen 911

    Thanks. I did re-boil it, and I ate a bowl… And it tasted fine, and smelled fine and I am feeling no l effects. I've learned my lesson, and I packaged and froze the rest.
  3. Kitchen 911

    Advice. I heated a pot of soup to boiling at about 8:30 last night. It contained chicken and beef, vegetables, and chicken stock (all of which had been previously heated and refrigerated overnight). I set it to cool, and forgot to put it back in the refrigerator. When I saw the pot this morning, I immediately put it in the refrigerator… Because of the air conditioning vents, my kitchen is the coolest room in the condo, and so the pot sat in a fairly cool room overnight. Do you think I can reheat it and eat it, or is it a total loss? Smells OK.
  4. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Last night I made a riff on Italian wedding soup. I had leftover London broil, which I diced up; and I used a very large chicken breast, diced up. The base was onions, garlic, canned crushed tomatoes and chicken stock with the remains of a jar of hot salsa. I added cabbage, chickpeas, and zucchini. Seasoned with smoked paprika, oregano, parsley, thyme, and Rosemary. Light and tasty. I have enough for several meals and a few freezer portions.
  5. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Alexsandra's in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Jamaican food. Soooo yummy. I had jerk chicken just to try the place out, and a generous lunch portion was $7.95. The chicken was spicy but not overly so, with a beautiful grilled, smoky flavor and tender flesh. The jerk seasoning was a riot of flavors. The chicken came on top of a bland looking, but surprisingly spicy rice with beans and some stewed cabbage. I added their habanero sauce on the side. It's a tiny storefront in a strip center in Lauderdale by the Sea, a few blocks from the beach. It's plain in the extreme, with a very few tables inside, and a couple outside, designed largely for takeout. Can't wait to try the rest of their brief menu which includes brown stew chicken, curry chicken, curry goat and ox tail stew. The large sizes of the meals are only 11 or $12. Great for takeout if you are anywhere near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. What a great little gem. http://alexsandrascafe.com/
  6. I don't live in DC anymore, but this makes me so sad. RFD was always a reliable stop for me, with friendly bartenders who were happy to make recommendations. It was one of the first places in DC where I felt absolutely comfortable as a solo patron. It was a fun place to watch a college football game. And it was certainly on the leading edge of the craft beer trend.
  7. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    I had ground turkey breast in the freezer, which I turned into "taco meat" with lots of onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder from Penzey's, chicken stock and a bit of tomato paste. Last night it went on a salad of mixed lettuces, topped with salsa, cheese, and sour cream. Today it will probably go in a pita with some homemade inner beauty sauce and cabbage salad.
  8. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Pan roasted pork chop with white line, Dijon mustard, garlic, tarragon. Roasted carrots. Jasmine rice with the pan juices.
  9. Florida Keys

    I did visit the Hemingway house, as it was right across the street from our inn. I don't mind paying admission to maintain a historical site, but the entire visit probably took no more than 15 minutes.
  10. Florida Keys

    Next time!
  11. Florida Keys

    Just returned from four nights in Key West. Louie's backyard is a prime location with a stunning view, but I was not blown away by the meal. Their conch chowder was fantastic, but after that, everything was just "fair." Favorite meal was at Santiago's bodega. Great service. Excellent, bold flavors. The daily special of ropa vieja on a chick pea purée was outstanding. The dining room with the bar is more warm and intimate than the front dining room. http://www.santiagosbodega.com/ For a very casual meal we liked Charlie Mac's. Their daily special of half-price smoked wings attracted us in, and the wings were killer. Decent selection of local beer on tap, too. http://www.charliemacs404.com/mobile/ Breakfast at banana Café is fun… Lots of French inspired options. It's easy to get a mediocre meal in Key West. The cruise ships belch out waves of tourists who flock to places like sloppy Joe's and Hard Rock Cafe. Quality doesn't have to be very high to draw crowds. When I return, I would like to check out some of the smaller places off the beaten path. And by the way, the two hour sunset catamaran cruise offered by Sebago is a really good deal. $40 on-line price includes all you can drink beer, wine, sodas and margaritas.
  12. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Laziness = egg salad and bread sticks for dinner. Never disappoints.
  13. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Parmesan crisps. Simply little mounds of Parmesean baked on parchment in a 350° oven until they brown and became little crackers. Chilled soup of avocado and cucumber and Greek yogurt with lime, cilantro, ginger, mint, hot sauce. Antipasto salad of Romaine, sliced tomatoes, grilled red peppers, artichoke hearts, olives, sliced matchsticks of smoked provolone, and crisped salami. I fried the salami in a dry plan until it got dark and crispy and then I drained it on paper. It lent a lovely bacony quality to the salad. Store bought one – bite brownies. Lots of cheap Sauvignon Blanc.
  14. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I am living here full-time now, and finally getting to explore the scene more carefully. A wonderful find in Wilton manors is Le Patio, A tiny restaurant on a side street. True to its name, most of the seating, probably eight tables, is on a shady, romantic patio. The menu is largely French inspired for appetizers, and Italian inspired for mains. Two women turn out some very tasty food from a closet-sized kitchen. Prices are quite reasonable for Fort Lauderdale, and portions are generous, including wine pours. It's not a tourist spot, and it's quiet, and great for relaxing conversation. Highly recommended if you are searching for an intimate kind of experience in the Wilton Manors area. Reservations essential, especially during the busy winter season. http://lepatiowiltonmanors.com/
  15. Breakfast

    Curious. I was not aware that egg salad would keep more than a day or two. In your experience, how many days after you make the egg salad do you feel comfortable still eating it? I would like to try this.