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    Columbus, OH; Dallas sometimes

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  1. Sunday with Mom. T-Bone steak on the grill, green beans (steamed a bit, then tossed in olive oil and finished on the grill in a foil packet), simple salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Note: I picked up the tomato at a local grocery store near my mother’s house where it was labeled “slicing tomato.” It was the BEST tomato I have had all season! Later in the evening we both had tomato sandwiches.
  2. Hurricane carb loading. I sautéed chicken with shallots, fresh tomatoes, spinach, basil, lemon and red pepper flakes, and served it on spaghetti topped with grated Parmesan.
  3. I’ve used a product for quest called “pupusa” cheese, which come shredded in a large bag in ethnic grocery stores, or in some of the larger urban supermarkets. I have not been able to ascertain the exact name it type of this cheese, but it is very smooth when melted. It’s mild. Probably processed. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  4. After you cooked the Bao in your normal way, perhaps covering them with a hot, damp (well-wrung) towel might work. The towel might provide just enough steam and moisture to keep your skins from toughening up. Now I’m craving Bao buns.
  5. Chana Masala ( I didn’t use actual Chole, I just used regular canned chickpeas) Beef Samosas that I purchased from a lovely lady at the farmers market here. Served with a dip of coriander chutney mixed into plain Greek yogurt.
  6. The museum is moving to new digs in city Park, but I am not sure if it is officially open yet.
  7. It sounds like you had many good experiences there. I’ve heard a lot of stories about the place, “back in the day.” All I know now is that Café Martorano does take reservations, and the website shows the menu, sans prices. The website also promotes Martorano’s branded merchandise. There has been some painting and refreshing going on for the exterior of the restaurant, but the rest of that strip is pretty unappealing, like a lot of Fort Lauderdale strip malls!
  8. So easy! Chop up two cans of artichoke hearts, drained. Mix in, to taste: Italian style breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Sometimes I will add basil or dill. Put into a greased pan, and then top with more breadcrumbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake until the top browns. I always have the ingredients for this in the pantry and the refrigerator. Everybody loves it
  9. I cooked for a friend tonight. Caprese skewers of tomato, basil, and mozzarella with a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. Artichoke casserole. Steelhead trout with a mango chili glaze.
  10. I don’t know what it was like back in the day, but Fort Lauderdale has changed a lot and the “see and be seen“ crowd is in Las Olas or elsewhere. I could walk to Martorano‘s in 15 minutes, and in the four years of owning here not one person I know has ever suggested going. I am active in some Facebook food groups, and when suggestions come up for Italian dining or dining in the area, Martorano’s is never suggested. Recently I met a lady at happy hour and we were talking about Italian food, and she said something about going to Martorano’s, and I asked her about the food. She told me she only went for happy hour drinks, and would never eat food there. All anecdotal evidence, for sure, and I am not likely to try it, as it is very expensive and there are SO MANY choices here for Italian.
  11. Today in South Florida it was cloudy and rainy, and when we are one degree below “surface of the sun“ heat I cook. So I made a big pot of spicy chicken chili, or a Mexican inspired chicken soup, or whatever you want to call it. Homemade chicken stock, chopped up chicken thighs, onion, garlic, chopped red and yellow peppers, black beans, pinto beans, corn, tomatoes, hot chili powder, cumin, thyme, oregano, smoked paprika, smoked salt and chili peppers in adobo.
  12. No. I live really close to that place, and it has a reputation as being only for the “see and be seen crowd.” Reviews by locals are uniformly awful.
  13. Pan-seared Picanha steak. Tiny potatoes roasted with Penzey’s chip & dip seasoning. Simple romaine salad.
  14. Tomato tart with salami and basil using store-bought puff pastry. I brush the bottom of the puff pastry with a mixture of mayo, Dijon, and garlic. I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top of that, then put a single layer of thickly sliced Roma tomatoes that I had blotted a bit with paper towels. Topped the tomatoes with chopped salami and more cheese, and then a scattering of fresh basil. I was quite pleased with the result.
  15. New Orleans metro area dodged a bullet. Light rain only. More of the same for today (Sunday).
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