Wednesday Q&A – 9/7/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: Last month we all enjoyed a great night out together at our nephew Zack’s wedding. What was your favorite food served during the cocktail hour?

A: To be honest, I didn’t eat much at the cocktail hour! I only had one piece of a tuna roll, and one piece of spicy shrimp (although the wait staff explained what it was exactly, I don’t remember what she said at all)! Both were very good.

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: Clearly I missed out on the cocktail hour. What were your favorites?

A: We often enjoy the fun and variety of the cocktail hour at a wedding more than the dinner itself. I made my way around the room and enjoyed several things including the sushi, pasta with vodka sauce and several items from the cheese display. One of my favorite things was the cold sesame noodles – I made more than one stop at that station!

Wednesday Q&A – 8/31/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: As summer begins to come to a close, have you put any fall recipes on your cooking/baking short list yet?

A: The other day I was talking to Tom about the pumpkin pie I made from Sarah Kieffer’s Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season. I still have not mastered pie dough, so I’m not sure if I’ll make the homemade crust, but this pie is a winner, and I’ll be making it again.

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: What is your favorite use of pumpkin?

A: Pumpkin bread! There are many great uses for it, but pumpkin bread, particularly my grandma’s recipe, is always at the top of the list.

Wednesday Q&A – 8/24/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: Do you remember the Thanksgiving episode of Friends where Rachel, who was known to be a terrible cook, decided to make an English trifle for dessert? She failed to realize that two pages of the cookbook she was using were stuck together and she ended up mixing the trifle recipe with a recipe for shepherd’s pie. I doubt you’ve ever mistakenly mashed together a sweet and savory recipe in error, but have you ever combined two recipes by mistake?

A: No, I haven’t done that, but I have skipped over ingredients or instructions in a recipe before. I did that a few months ago with a recipe I was making alongside Tom. He did a literal double take and asked me “What are you doing?” “I’m doing what it says to do”, I said. His reply was, “What you are doing isn’t even close.” It was true, I had skipped two entire sentences, which does matter. In the end, we made something that still tasted good, but I’m sure will be better next time we make it.

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: Tom loves nuts, but despises hazelnuts for reasons I can’t fathom. Is there a nut that you particularly love above all others, or that you particularly dislike?

A: I’m not a big fan of Brazil nuts, although I wouldn’t say I despise them. As for one or two that I love above all others… macadamias and pistachios!

Wednesday Q&A – 8/17/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q:  Have you ever had caviar?  If so, do you like it?

A: You know, I don’t think I have. If so, it would be decades ago, and I have no specific memory of it. I have had various types of roe on sushi and always enjoyed it, so I’m guessing I’d probably like caviar as well.

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: Have you ever eaten frog legs?

A: I have not!

Wednesday Q&A – 8/10/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: Do you like scallops? If so, do you prefer sea scallops, bay scallops, or do you like them equally?

A: I do love scallops! To be honest, I have no idea what the difference is!

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: After answering your question, I feel sort of blissfully ignorant. Can you explain the difference between sea scallops and bay scallops to me besides the obvious?

A: Well, I do need to say the obvious… one is caught in cold bay waters, along the east coast I believe, and the other is caught in cold deep sea waters. Sea scallops are larger and they are the kind most commonly found being served in restaurants. Bay scallops are smaller than sea scallops, about 1/4 to 1/3 the size, and they tend to be a bit more tender and sweeter than sea scallops. I love them both!

Wednesday Q&A – 8/3/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: It occasionally occurs to me that a meal we frequently used to feature in our meal rotation just fell off one day without being noticed, sometimes for years! Can you think of a meal that you used to make all of the time that one day you just stopped making without any particular reason?

A: Ah yes! Way back in 1998, I was in the supermarket and impulse purchased a Pillsbury recipe booklet called Easy Vegetarian Meals. There is a recipe for Southwestern Vegetable Stew that is just delicious. I have to confess, though, we always made it with chicken broth instead of vegetable broth so even when we try to eat vegetarian, we fail. I have no idea why it hasn’t been made in years, but you have inspired me to revive this one. By the way, the booklet cost me $2.99!

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: What meal has fallen out of rotation for you?

A: I used to subscribe to a magazine called Bottom Line Personal. It’s a fun little publication that puts together quick and to the point stories and information on many different topics.

One issue featured an interview with Jacques Pepin. One of the questions, I don’t remember it exactly, was something along the lines of “what is an ingredient you like to use that might surprise people?” His answer was ketchup, and he shared a recipe for chicken thighs that featured it as an ingredient. It was absolutely delicious!

I still have that issue tucked away somewhere and now I, like you, feel inspired to start making this blast from the past again!

Wednesday Q&A – 7/27/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: If you could magically be zapped to any place in the world right now for just one meal, where would you go?

A: Well, right this minute I would say Toronto. A few years ago, we had a lovely stay at the Delta Hotel located downtown. The restaurant served an avocado toast that was the best I’ve ever had by far. I mean, just look at this.

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: Have you thought about what “The Dessert Crew” might make if we ever team up again?

A: First, let’s change that “if” to a “when” because I have no doubt that the Dessert Crew will ride again! I haven’t thought about it much since we haven’t been together for the last two Thanksgivings and we usually start recipe selection in October.

Perhaps when we make our triumphant return, it will be time to conquer croquembouche! We throw the idea out there almost every year – maybe the time has come for us to stop backing down from it!

Wednesday Q&A – 7/20/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: How do you feel about Sushi? Love it, hate it, or used to love it, but I’m kind of over it right now.

A: Love it! We haven’t had it in a long time, but I will be excited the next time I do.

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: What is your favorite soup?

A: I like many kinds, but I’d have to say turkey noodle is way up there. It is more flavorful than chicken and perhaps one of the reasons I like it more is because we have it less often than chicken soup – usually only around Thanksgiving. Also way at the top would be New England clam chowder.

Wednesday Q&A – 7/13/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: Food cooked on the grill – love it or hate it?

A: Love it! However, I prefer it when someone else does the grilling!

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: We recently discovered Sambal, which is a chili paste originating in Indonesia. It makes me ask, “Sambal, where have you been all my life?” Do you have any recent food discoveries that make you feel that way?

A: My most recent interesting discovery was King Arthur Flour’s deli rye flavoring. I love rye bread, but whenever I made it myself with rye flour it was good, but didn’t quite hit the mark on the kind of rye flavor I am used to.

One or two teaspoons of the flavoring added to the mix was a total game changer from smell to taste – suddenly I was making rye bread like you’d get in a bakery or at the deli. I will never make rye bread without it again!

Wednesday Q&A – 7/6/22

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Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: Do you have a favorite memory of a particular time that you dined out? Last week or 20 years ago, it doesn’t matter – any happy memory will do!

A: Once, early in our relationship, Tom took me to a family favorite restaurant. He took me to The Spanish Tavern in Mountainside. I’d never eaten Spanish food, and had always wanted to try Paella. The restaurant was lovely, romantic and made me feel fancy. Oh, and the food was great too!

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: Cheesecake. Plain, with a fruit topping, or something altogether different?

A: I don’t go for it all that often, but I would say without fruit – I’m not necessarily opposed to it, it just wouldn’t be my first choice. I am definitely open to many of the varieties that you would find at Junior’s or Cheesecake Factory. We’ve had a few fun flavors through the years, including some that also have a layer of regular cake in them – red velvet and birthday cake come to mind!