Archives for July 2010

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Chef DK Kodama

by TT July 28th, 2010| Chef Interviews
Almost two years ago, I spent a fabulous two weeks on the islands of Kauai and Maui.  I had the great fortune of enjoying many wonderful meals at many different restaurants.  Of course, two weeks at two islands isn't nearly enough time to sample even a fraction of the culinary delights offered.  One of the fabulous restaurants that my husband and I missed is Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar.  However, after conducting the Best Restaurant in the Pacific Hawaii Region poll, I was able to interview Chef DK Kodoma, who is also the owner of this restaurant, and
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Calphalon Unison Slide Nonstick 10″ Fry Pan with Poacher Insert

by TT July 26th, 2010| Equipment Reviews
With a flock of fourteen chickens, rarely do we lack eggs at our house.  Gathering about nine eggs a day on average, there are plenty to be used for cooking, baking, and as breakfast dishes.  While I prefer egg white wraps and an occasional scrambled egg or omelet, the guys in our house are fond of eggs with runny yolks.  Though they can fry their eggs over easy, both my older son and husband prefer them poached.

For a period of a few months, we experimented with ways of poaching the eggs.  Our first attempt was cracking eggs into boiling
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The Best Restaurant in the Rocky Mountain Region

by TT July 23rd, 2010| Regional Best, Restaurant News
After ten days of voting, the poll for the best restaurant in the Rocky Mountain Region closed at the end of the day yesterday.  With a a delicious assortment of restaurants from which to choose, picking the best wasn't easy.  However, faithful restaurant patrons and Think Tasty readers voiced their opinions, and a winner has been deemed. . .
Pirogue Grille in Bismarck, North Dakota

Please return to Think Tasty in the coming weeks to learn more about this restaurant and why it is the best restaurant in the Rocky Mountain region.

To see the
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Savory Scones

by TT July 21st, 2010| Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
I have been baking scones for over a decade.  They're an often requested breakfast dish and a favorite among family and friends.  Depending on which person you ask, the best scone filling varies: blueberry/white chocolate chip, cinnamon chip, chocolate chip.  As you can see from this list, I have stayed with the sweet style of scones.

For a while now, I've considered making a scone that ventured into the savory side.  My husband, especially, has shown an interest in trying a scone of this fashion.  With a delayed Father's Day celebration occurring just the other week, it seemed the perfect time
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Pomegranate Molasses

by TT July 19th, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
We aren't fans of reality television at our house.  However, we do adore both Food Network and the Cooking Channel, which is why there is one reality show that we watch regularly:  The Next Food Network Star.  While we won't cancel Sunday evening plans to watch it, we have it scheduled for recording.

A few weeks ago, one of the contestants made ground lamb kofto kebabs with pomegranate molasses glaze.  They looked absolutely fabulous.  Last week I decided to try making the kebabs for our Monday tapas dinner.  Rather than guessing what the ingredients were, I was able to find
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Cielo Restaurant, Scottsdale, AZ

by TT July 16th, 2010| Regional Best, Restaurant News
Last month, Think Tasty readers had the opportunity to choose the best restaurant in the Pacific Hawaii region.  With ten wonderful restaurants from which to choose, it was not a simple decision.  Many loyal patrons cast their votes and shared their opinions of their favorite restaurants.  When voting ended, the restaurant that earned the most votes was Cielo Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I was able to speak with Comer Smith, who is executive chef at Cielo Restaurant, about this fabulous restaurant.

TT:  What makes Cielo unique?
CS:  What really makes Cielo unique is the fact that you can
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Fig Jam

by TT July 14th, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
At our house, fun dinners typically fall into one of two categories: make your own _________ (could be pizza, panini, quesadilla, etc.) or munchies.  Recently, we had a make your own panini night, which made that dinner fun for everyone.  As all of our tastes vary, the requests for the shopping list range from the expected to the unique.  There were requests from everything from ham to blue cheese to figs.

As much as I would love to say that one of our four was so adventurous that he or she requested figs, that isn't the truth.  I was the
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Best Restaurant- Rocky Mountain Region

by TT July 12th, 2010| Regional Best, Restaurant News
Moving east from the Pacific Hawaii region, Think Tasty now heads to the Rocky Mountain region.  Encompassing Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico, we will share our top ten picks from the many that were submitted.  For the next ten days, readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite place.  Voting will end at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, July 22nd, and the winner will be announced on Friday.

1. 1515 Restaurant, Denver, CO

1515 Restaurant is located in the historical neighborhood of LoDo in Denver. Nestled at the foot of
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Nectarine Soup

by TT July 7th, 2010| Recipes, Soups & Stews
It is hot.

That's about all I feel inspired to write at this moment.  With temperatures in the high 90s and lots of humidity, the weather is less than comfortable.  As my mom (who lives in Florida) explains, I just am not used to these wonderfully warm days.  That is true.  I like warmth, say 80s, and I can do without the humidity.  However, I don't get to pick the weather.

To add to the excitement of the heat, one of my home's central air conditioning units decided this would be a good time to need new parts.  The good news
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Parmesan Squash Cakes

by TT July 2nd, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables, as I find it to be quite versatile.  From breakfast dishes, such as zucchini bread, to side dishes, such as zucchini stuffed with spinach and cheese, to entrées, such as stirfry, it is a wonderful ingredient.  Last year, I made Zucchini Cakes as part of a Tapas Night dinner.  Recently, I decided to try a different version of those cakes.

To make these new cakes different, I switched some ingredients.  Instead of using only zucchini, I also included a summer squash.  As I was serving these cakes without a sauce, I wanted to
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