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Snooth User: jtryka

Has anyone tried any of the recipes from snooth/epicurious?

Posted by jtryka, Jul 26, 2013.

I got the e-mail today with the plethora of salmon recipes, and the one for poached salmon with peas and morels in heavy cream just sounded outstanding, so I think I'll try it tomorrow for a last hurrah of copper river season.  Have any of you tried any of the recipes?

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Reply by Barbwine, Jul 26, 2013.

I have, however I am loving Chalone Pinot noir....also Mac Murray Pinot which I purchased at Costco!  Right now drinking Erath, Oregon Pinot noir

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 27, 2013.

Well, sort of!  Not the ones in the featured articles, but the ones when I search a pairing.

I have always liked Epicurious as a recipe site.  And now, when I host a tasting party, and I'm choosing the wine FIRST, I want to find appropriate FOOD pairings.  Being a person allergic to fish, I need to have a good reference.  Recently, I used the snooth/epicurious paring app for a dinner party... I originally wanted to pair a white, like a Viognier, Sauv Blanc or Chard, as well as a Pinot, with a main dish.  But my guests do not eat a lot of meat that is not fish, and I am allergic to fish!   So that wiped out a lot of options.  I ended up finding the suggestion of a Butternut Squash/mushroom lasagne that came up in the search to pair with chard and pinot noir. It was fantastic!

Snooth/Epicurious "app"  is not a perfect match algorithm, but is decent, if at least to guide you toward a certain food/meal type and appropriate pairing.  Sometimes when I rate a wine on Snooth,  the suggested recipes that come up are none I would ever make to pair with the wine (like snacks or desserts, for instance).  But I haven't really found another "app" that will pair both ways.   So I think it is pretty good for that reason.

As for the Epicurious recipes:   You know they pull from multiple publications, which is fine.  But you can look at reviews and notes.  I can't tell you how important it is to read the reviews, Read all of them, to see trends as to what to do differently- what people did wrong.  Heck, my Osso bucco with gremolata I made for my 40th BD party was a freakin' research project!   But it totally rocked!

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Reply by EMark, Jul 27, 2013.

That's funny JTR, I'm thinking of having the one with the tomato/olive relish, tonight.

A few weeks ago there was one with pork recipes.  There was a Grilled Chop with Adobe Paste that looked pretty good.  We tried it with a sliced up a pork loin and thought it was darned good.

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Reply by jtryka, Jul 27, 2013.

Well, I tried the one with the peas and morels in a cream sauce, substituted organic bella mushrooms since morels aren't in season right now, and it turned out very well, served it over some buccatini with a bottle of 2011 Erath Oregon Pinot Noir and it was a very pleasant meal!

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Reply by EMark, Jul 28, 2013.

I modified the tomato/olive relish one, also.  I have come to the belief that all recipes are guidelines.  So, instead of running to the market and buying Roma Tomatoes and Taragon, I picked multiple varieties of Cherry Tomatoes and clipped some Oregano from the back yard.  Mrs. EMark is not as crazy about garlic as I am.  So, I sliced up a shallot, instead.  I also added juice from half a lemon just because it sounded good to me.  OT might give me some flack, but I did package the Salmon and the relish in a sheet of foil.  ;-)  In eight minutes on the grill it was done--and no cleaning of the grill needed.  Served with some nuked figerling potatoes and steamed pea pods.  Drank some Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc and finished off a bottle of Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon.  Yesterday, was, pretty much, a clean out the refrigerator and cupboards day.

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Reply by Tbandcwfjourney, Aug 23, 2013.

Made the grilled egg plant.  Modified with my own tomato sauce and went with a few grilled tomatoes.  Served with polenta.  It's a winner.  :-( no wine, I have a fasting glucose test in the am

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Reply by napagirl68, Aug 23, 2013.

Tbandcwfjourney, polenta is pure glucose!!!  FYI...

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Reply by Tbandcwfjourney, Aug 23, 2013.

Not when it's offset by all the fat and protein in the cheese and cream... :-) 

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Reply by napagirl68, Aug 23, 2013.

LOL! enjoy!   I love carbs, but I have gone paleo for the most part.  Looks totally yummy!

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Reply by EMark, Aug 24, 2013.

That pic sure looks yummy, TB.

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Reply by Eric Guido, Aug 25, 2013.

Many of the recipes are good, but you need to sort through a lot of odd recipes.  When I was doing the variety pairing pieces last year, the hardest part was digging through the recipes I had access to.  I would often find odd things in the ingredients list that would turn me off.  Or parts of the recipes that would advise the cook to use the microwave or some kind of pre-mixed item.  In the end, there's a lot of good stuff, you just need to use common sense and your own judgment. 

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Reply by jtryka, Aug 25, 2013.

Wow TB that looks so AWESOME!!!


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