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    Gastronomy - The Food & Drink Thread

    I know there's a "what are you eating right now?" thread, but I thought I would create a different, more general use thread for we food & drink enthusiasts to share our passion, discuss our favorite dishes, beverages, share recipes & techniques, basically anything that relates to the preparation and enjoyment of good things to eat & drink.
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    I'll start off by sharing one of my fave weeknight recipes - what I like to call Power Pasta. It's insanely healthy, tastes dynamite, and can be made in about 40 minutes. I lifted this one out of the book Gourmet Meals in Minutes. A great book, btw.

    Orechiette* with Cannellini Beans & Spinach
    Servers 4-6 as a main course, 6-8 as a side

    Ingredients:
    1 Tbs olive oil
    2 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
    3 lg garlic cloves, chopped
    2 15 oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
    1 cup broth (vegetable or chicken)
    1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
    1 lb orechiette pasta*
    2 10 oz. bags spinach, stems removed**
    1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated


    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

    heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. add the onion and saute over medium high heat until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic & cook an additional 2 minutes.

    add the cannellini beans, broth & crushed red pepper flakes, and 1/2 tsp of salt to the pan. simmer over medium high heat until the sauce thickens a bit, about 15 minutes.

    cook the pasta in the boiling water according to pasta directions, until al dente, about 8-10 minutes. just before draining, add the spinach, stirring it until it wilts. you'll need to add the spinach in several batches. drain the pasta and the spinach and return to the pot. add the cannellini bean mixture to the pasta and mix well.

    Serve in heated pasta bowls. top with the grated parmesan.

    *Orechiette is a small shell-shaped pasta, but I've used farfalle, bowtie pasta, rotini and other small pastas and they've worked just fine.

    ** I only remove the stems if they're really huge
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    Anyone got a good pesto? I love a good pesto, and will not use those stupid packets anymore.

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    I've never made it myself, but I betcha I have a recipe or two lying around somewhere. I'll see what I can find and get back to ya.
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    Pesto is actually an incredibly simple sauce. I mean really, all it is is basil and pine nuts. Plus or minus whatever. I should ask my dad how he makes it. Anyways, you want the pine nuts to be uncooked or only lightly cooked, whatever you do.
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    Quote Quoting monolith94 (view post)
    Pesto is actually an incredibly simple sauce. I mean really, all it is is basil and pine nuts. Plus or minus whatever. I should ask my dad how he makes it. Anyways, you want the pine nuts to be uncooked or only lightly cooked, whatever you do.
    And olive oil, salt and pepper. Within those five ingredients, it's just a matter of taste. Make up your own!

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    Pork confit is awesome. That is all.

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    I think I'm gonna give this a try one of these days:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/t...ipe/index.html
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    You want one, don't you?

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)


    You want one, don't you?
    A premature death? No, no I don't. I've already had multiple Baconators in my life. I'm at risk.
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    “I have a very busy head. I have inside voices that I have learned to contain.”

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    Quote Quoting Scar (view post)
    I mean, that's no KFC Double Down, but I'd eat it.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)


    You want one, don't you?
    Well, here are some images from out in the wild...



    MMmmmmm.... disgusting.

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    So gross. I wonder if they even ate that afterwards.

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    You want one, don't you?
    I had one today. I thought it was really good, actually. Hell I'm honestly surprised it's 540 calories.
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    I would like to attest to Scar's pork-butt smoking skills.

    Pulled pork + cole slaw + BBQ sauce + a roll =

    Those habanero pickles were awesome, too.

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    Yeah, that pork butt was some good shit. I slammed down four in about half an hour, then it was food coma central! Not even Nazi Zombies was enough to get me to move.
    When I walk across the living room from my chimney to my window, it takes me 10 seconds, but for a bird it takes one second, and for oxygen zero seconds! -- Jean-Claude Van Damme

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    Many veggie burgers are made with the help of a known neurotoxin. OH THE IRONING.

    http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2...ain-neurotoxin

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    FYI to all you Americans:

    Dunkin Donuts is offering free doughtnuts on April 15th, TAX DAY. Also, Starbucks is offering free coffee to people who bring in their own travel mugs.

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    Quote Quoting Spun Lepton (view post)
    FYI to all you Americans:

    Dunkin Donuts is offering free doughtnuts on April 15th, TAX DAY. Also, Starbucks is offering free coffee to people who bring in their own travel mugs.
    Unfortunately I don't know of any Dunkin' Donuts anywhere near my vicinity, and Starbucks coffee is too bitter for my tastes.
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    Quote Quoting bac0n (view post)
    Unfortunately I don't know of any Dunkin' Donuts anywhere near my vicinity, and Starbucks coffee is too bitter for my tastes.
    Starbucks coffee tastes burned, agreed. I only buy their crap as a last resort.

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    The good news is I'm making three pies and a potato salad for a big family barbeque tomorrow, which makes it really feel like summer.

    The bad news is that the big family barbeque has the whole family on edge, so I am trying to avoid them while still baking. Which is hard.

    The good news is that they're all going to a baseball game today, which will get them out of my hair for several hours.

    The bad news is that I'm trying to hide the fact that I'm making oatmeal pie, because I actually got yelled at for suggesting it. Yelled. At. I'm thirty years old. But they've never had it, so they have no idea that it is delicious, so I'm making it anyway. Plus French Silk pie and an apple pie, so it's not like I'm forcing them to eat oatmeal pie.

    The good news is it looks like I might get my house in the next several weeks, which means I would no longer have to argue about pie.
    ...and the milk's in me.

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    Mara is there a way to make French silk pie without using raw egg yolks? I've made it before and it's delicious but some ppl are leary about the raw eggs.

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    Quote Quoting Lucky (view post)
    Mara is there a way to make French silk pie without using raw egg yolks? I've made it before and it's delicious but some ppl are leary about the raw eggs.
    The recipe I'm using asks for raw egg whites but no yolks. (The whites are heavily beaten, like meringue.) I've never used this recipe before, so we'll see how it goes.
    ...and the milk's in me.

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    I have a hankering for Italian, lets see some recipes.
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