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FridayQ: Culinary

Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2004

Dave!In addition to the dearly departed Julia Child, who is your favorite food personality? I'm a big fan of Iron Chef French: Hiroyuki Sakai. He seems a very capable and hard working chef in the kitchen, and both a respectful winner and gracious loser in Iron Chef food battles.

What meal would you have this culinary genius prepare for you if they asked? Well, since he's an expert in French cooking, probably something French? Problem is, French dishes don't tend to be the most vegetarian-friendly cuisine around (though their pastry is the best in the world, so it's probably a fair trade-off?). How about a vegetable bisque soup with French bread and a nice wine, followed by a large assortment of pastries for dessert.

If they refused, and you could eat at any restaurant you wanted as a consolation, which one would you choose? A plate of Fettucini Alfredo at Alfredo alla Scrofa in Rome would do nicely. It's a restaurant that doesn't rank high in atmosphere, but their pasta is the best I have ever tasted.

Alfredo's

FQ Kitchen: Share with us a favorite recipe or cooking tip. I'm not much of a cook, so any recipe I might offer would involve combining two frozen foods in a microwave. I do, however, have a few tips which somebody might enjoy...

  • Substitute a Mexican rice mix (my favorite brand being Farmhouse) for ground beef in Mexican recipes. I use it in tacos, enchiladas, tamales, and anything else that would normally use meat as the filler.
  • Top mashed potatoes or potato salad with crisp-fried grated potatoes, which adds a new crunchy dimension to their creamy texture. If I'm too lazy to fry some up, I'll use crushed potato chips instead (don't knock it 'til you've tried it!).
  • Chocolate chip cookies are even more special when you eat them frozen.
  • If you're not worried about the extra fat calories, add a packet of powdered creamer to your instant cocoa mix to make it taste more like fresh-made.
  • Everything is better with cheese on top.

Eat your heart out at the FridayQ.


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Comments

  1. kazza says:

    you can never have too much cheese.
    or mushrooms.
    or garlic.
    :)

  2. Dave2 says:

    Cheese? Absolutely. Garlic? Bring it on! But FUNGUS?!?! ARRRGGH! BLECH! PTOOEY!! I’m not much of a mushroom eater. :-)

  3. Tonya says:

    Gotta love a man who appreciates a good fettucini alfredo ;)

  4. Dave2 says:

    Ah, but this is THE fettucini alfredo… this restaurant was where it was invented! Most places have an almost bland, boring taste when they make it, but the original is remarkable for the strong (alomst biting) parmesan taste. Once I had eaten it, I went back every day for the 5 days while I was in Rome just so I could better remember it when I left!

    For the second best pasta I’ve ever experienced, you need to go to Columbus, Ohio and a restaurant called Salvi’s Bistro. Their “Pasta Salvi” is heaven in a way that no words can describe.

    Wah. Now I’m hungry!!

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