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Karl S, kattyeyes, jfood and MMRuth were at my house yesterday and Will Owen will be here tonight :)

c oliver Apr 14, 2009 10:41 AM

Yesterday for breakfast I fixed scrambled eggs the way Karl S touts. For lunch we had kattyeyes Reuben soup leftovers. Last night's dinner was jfood's short ribs and MMRuth's arugula salad. And I'm fixing a Will Owen pork shoulder recipe today. Tomorrow will probably be jfood's goat cheese ravioli (already in the freezer).

I feel like I know these people and other Chowhounds though we may never have a face-to-face. When I go to a cookbook these days, it's frequently Hazan's Classics because so many CHs love her (I do too). I tend to be a recipe follower and so this suits me to a T. I just thought I'd mention this because I'm sure there are plenty of like-minded 'hounds out there. It's a real community, isn't it? Kinda like having all your next door neighbors being really good cooks. Thanks to all of you and have a great day.

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    karykat RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 11:30 AM

    Hey -- I didn't get my invitation! : )

    Yes, this is a wonderful community and I feel like I have many fun and knowledgeable (and sometimes quirky) friends here!

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      bxgirl RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 11:43 AM

      Sounds wonderful.
      Could you possibly put the links to these recipes up, so we can all check them out? Is any of them in the "Recipes" section of the site? I am especially interested in the ravioli and the arugula sald.

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        c oliver RE: bxgirl Apr 14, 2009 12:04 PM

        MMRuth's salad is SO simple: arugula, good olive oil, lemon juice, shaved Parm, salt and pepper.

        jfood's goat cheese ravioli:
        Scroll down a bit cause I still haven't gotten the bit about copying a link and having it take you straight to the desired part :


        Kattyeye's Reuben Soup:

        Will Owen's pork roast:
        I've done this with every size from 4 to 8 #'s.

        Karl S (and others) scrambled eggs:

        And, no, I'm not a shill for any of them --- although I certainly could be :


        Oops, forgot jfood's short rib recipe:

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          Phoo_d RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 12:36 PM

          Those are some of my favorite Chowhounds too! It is funny how you feel like after reading posts for several years you get to "know" people. I bet it was a day of feasting.


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            bxgirl RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 02:59 PM

            Thanks so much for the links. Now I'm gonna get busy!!!

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              danhole RE: c oliver Apr 16, 2009 12:14 PM

              I looked at the scrambled egg post and really didn't see Karl's scrambled egg technique. I tried searching for it and found a very old thread where he used a double boiler. Is that it? The search isn't working very well, and I could only get one page of results, so . . .

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                c oliver RE: danhole Apr 16, 2009 02:24 PM

                I just re-read the thread and Karl S weighs in so you kinda have to read all of it and then see his comments. Two of the important parts for me is that the eggs are beaten very lightly, not the heavy beating I'd always done. It doesn't become a homogenous solution (pretty stupid way to describe but....). And then that it cooks reall y slowly. It takes quite a while to scramble eggs like this. I just keep pulling the mixture in towards the center. It IS kinda custardy (just the only words I can think of). But, hey, there's no law that you have to do it this way :)

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                  danhole RE: c oliver Apr 28, 2009 01:38 PM

                  C - I stumbled upon Karl S.'s technique in this thread. He uses a fork. Look at it:


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                    c oliver RE: danhole Apr 28, 2009 03:06 PM

                    Right. A fork for the mixing versus a whisk and then just lightly. And then a spatula for the cooking. I realized recently that the thread you link to is actually the one where I got most the technique. Thanks for putting it in as I got lazy :)

          2. kattyeyes RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 06:23 PM

            Well, it was very nice to visit with you and Mr. O even if it was only in a soup crock! ;) When I grow up, I'd like to live in a real Chowhound neighborhood where we have progressive dinners walking house to house. Wouldn't it be grand? Won't you be my neighbor?

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              c oliver RE: kattyeyes Apr 14, 2009 06:40 PM

              I'd LOVE to be your neighbor. Wouldn't we have fun???

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                kattyeyes RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 06:46 PM

                For sure! And we wouldn't have to worried about designated drivers, we could just "stagger home safely!" which is what we used to say to old friends when we lived in adjoining hi-rises. ;)

            2. Karl S RE: c oliver Apr 15, 2009 05:16 AM

              Glad to have been there - and I don't have to add the calories to my food diary!

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                c oliver RE: Karl S Apr 15, 2009 07:13 AM

                And none of those pesky thank-you notes!

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                  Karl S RE: c oliver Apr 15, 2009 07:29 AM

                  Btw, those scrambled eggs are the next best thing to a souffle for supper...

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                    c oliver RE: Karl S Apr 15, 2009 07:33 AM

                    Dang, I'd forgotten about the souffle. Our older daughter is going to be here for a couple of days. Maybe you'll be coming BACK to our house this week! Now if I can just figure out how to turn that tomato sauce into soup :)

              2. jfood RE: c oliver Apr 15, 2009 07:39 AM

                Jfood is glad to make others' lives a little better in these crazy days. Having a great dinner with family and friends is second best to a big hug from them. Sharing the recipes that have brought smiles to Jfood's table with others who appreciate the little things in life makes jfood's day a little better.

                Jfood is happy you tried and liked some of his dishes and thanks for the kudos.

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                  c oliver RE: jfood Apr 16, 2009 11:28 AM

                  It's the sharing, isn't it, that just enhances the whole experience? All the best, c

                2. cassoulady RE: c oliver Apr 15, 2009 08:15 AM

                  I was just reading Marcella last night while dining solo- love her. So many great recipes! Her onion butter sacue is a savior- there are always canned tomato, butter and onion in the house. Bad day, oh have some onion butter sauce, all better.

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                    c oliver RE: cassoulady Apr 15, 2009 08:24 AM

                    That's probably why I fix that over Batali's basic tomato sauce. I love them both I usually only have carrots on hand for a particular dish. Yeah, canned tomatoes, an onion and butter. Definitely items on MY food pyramid.

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                      cassoulady RE: c oliver Apr 15, 2009 11:16 AM

                      I just adore it, I really could eat it every day.
                      I wish I had some good cooking neighbors too!

                  2. Will Owen RE: c oliver Apr 15, 2009 01:58 PM

                    Always happy to spread cheer, joy and massive calories wherever they're wanted! I do hope it came out well, but then It's kinda hard for it not to. One thing you can count on: if a recipe works for me, it's by definition foolproof!

                    We're lucky enough to have a few other good, engaged cooks in our neighborhood, though it's taken almost ten years to make good enough friends with them to find that out - Pasadena sure ain't Nashville. Putting on our White Trash Potluck Picnic for the last two Labor Days was what finally gave us the breakthrough, followed by a New Year's Eve progressive dinner party. Getting out to some meetups with LA Board 'Hounds widened the list even more. As for those I'll probably never meet in person, though, these several CH Boards are truly wonderful places to bump heads and learn stuff. Glad to be here!

                    1. sunangelmb RE: c oliver Apr 15, 2009 02:14 PM

                      You should definately start with GHG spicy black bean dip. Everytime I have made it, the recipe has left with a guest, and been passed on and on. (I always credit "GHG on chowhound") GHG you are famous around these parts!

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                        kattyeyes RE: sunangelmb Apr 15, 2009 02:59 PM

                        I made GHG's spicy black bean dip recently and included it in a Mexi-lasagna. It's terrific. I hope goodhealthgourmet sees our positive feedback. It's so good and so easy--a real keeper!

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                          jfood RE: kattyeyes Apr 15, 2009 08:50 PM

                          post recipe please

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                            kattyeyes RE: jfood Apr 16, 2009 07:07 AM

                            goodhealthgourmet's much-applauded spicy black bean dip here:


                            It would be a fun statistic to know how many of our houses GHG has "visited" as this recipe is so popular.

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                              ChrisKC RE: kattyeyes Apr 16, 2009 12:26 PM

                              Count me in! I made the recipe and of course loved it, as did my son. I even gave him the recipe (he asked)

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                                goodhealthgourmet RE: ChrisKC Apr 19, 2009 05:55 PM

                                sheesh, you people sure know how to make a girl blush :) i'm touched, and extremely flattered.

                                but even more importantly, i'm *thrilled* that you've all enjoyed it so much. that's why i do what i do - nothing makes me happier than spreading the love with healthy & delicious food!

                                oh, and i'm honored to have been a guest in so many of your homes - i hope i was on my best behavior ;)

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