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Any time you live on coast you really can't escape seafood but I'm inland so considerably rarer.

Plus I've noticed demographics can have a big effect. A lot of Italian families expect a lot of Italian restaurants etc.


A lot of folks like it out this way (Cape Cod, Massachusetts). It's much more common as a deep fried side dish than an actual meal though


This might sound silly but I would be real disappointed If I couldn't get some good cod fish at cape cod. (I don't even like cod that much but I would feel obligated.)


Depends on the region, I guess. Being deep inland, Pittsburghers enjoy freshwater fish. Pittsburgh hosts a yearly Bass fishing tournament. Coastal areas would have a greater access to both Squid and Octopus, and so would be more popular there.


Catfish is popular here.


Vidmaster7 wrote:
This might sound silly but I would be real disappointed If I couldn't get some good cod fish at cape cod. (I don't even like cod that much but I would feel obligated.)

You can, it often comes from other places like Maine or Canada though. Our fisheries are a mess.


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I was curious as they are popular and frequent here.

Deep fried squid rings are very popular (picture an onion ring but instead of onion it is a squid).

In the States it's usually referred to as calamari, and it is pretty common. I had some very mediocre calamari as an appetizer this weekend. For Pan's reference (or anyone else in Minneapolis), it was Randle's and everything about the restaurant was mediocre. My manhattan was too sweet, some appetizers came out cold and when I ordered my burger I asked for 'medium rare' and the waiter said "We do pink or no pink." I'm glad I didn't spend $50 on a steak to get told that.


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What disappointment. I have almost stopped eating outside. Paying more for eating a meal that's worse of what I'm getting at home is not for me.
And going to a fairly good restaurant at this time is out of budget for me.
There are some kinda cheap and good places but still not as cheap as eating at home ;-D


Takoyaki roulette is a fun game to play. The chef swaps the octopus with wasabi in one of the takoyakis. See who ends up with it!


We use a mixture of spicy and sweet paprika to season octopus (an adult one cut into pieces. A single one weights about 800 grams to 2 kilograms). So when you first try it you never know how spicy it is. Not quite the same.
I like mine extra-spicy.


Orville Redenbacher wrote:
Takoyaki roulette is a fun game to play. The chef swaps the octopus with wasabi in one of the takoyakis. See who ends up with it!

So, is the one who gets the wasabi the winner or loser?

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John Napier 698 wrote:
Orville Redenbacher wrote:
Takoyaki roulette is a fun game to play. The chef swaps the octopus with wasabi in one of the takoyakis. See who ends up with it!
So, is the one who gets the wasabi the winner or loser?

Depends on how much you like wasabi :)


I have a big tolerance for spicy foods, so once I had some wasabi paste only to get a friend to take it too.

I put some of it on my finger, licked it and said: «It's so sweet! It almost tastes like marshmallows!»

So she put some of it in her finger too. A lot of it. And licked it.

She was in tears and everybody laughing (she didn't cry, she just teared like cutting onions).


Pan wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Orville Redenbacher wrote:
Takoyaki roulette is a fun game to play. The chef swaps the octopus with wasabi in one of the takoyakis. See who ends up with it!
So, is the one who gets the wasabi the winner or loser?
Depends on how much you like wasabi :)

You're talking to someone who puts Sriracha on Ramen and prefers Horesradish sauce over Ketchup for Burgers and Hot Dogs.


Kileanna wrote:

I have a big tolerance for spicy foods, so once I had some wasabi paste only to get a friend to take it too.

I put some of it on my finger, licked it and said: «It's so sweet! It almost tastes like marshmallows!»

So she put some of it in her finger too. A lot of it. And licked it.

She was in tears and everybody laughing (she didn't cry, she just teared like cutting onions).

And it helps clear the sinus cavities. Which helps, because of my Allergies.


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Yeah I'm in the hot-loving camp. I have a can of powdered hot mustard and a can of powdered wasabi on my shelf. Add mayonnaise (or water for low fat) and you have instant dipping sauce.


Oooh! Wasabi Celery sticks. :)


Kileanna wrote:

If that's real then I'm gladly contributing to crashing the servers.

90% of my posts are probably useless but that doesn't keep me from saying whatever comes to my mind at the time.

Today I'm going back to my experiments with quinoa seeds. They are becoming increasingly popular. I tried them last week for the first time and I cooked it like I was cooking a veggie rice. It tasted good.

I'm also thinking of baking a zucchini spongecake today. But I still haven't decided how lazy I feel.

Funny you should mention quinoa. There was a friend who posted on FB this morning how he and his family tried them and hated them. I've tried them, too. I didn't like them.


Vidmaster7 wrote:
Catfish is popular here.

Living in the south, it's almost a staple food... lol

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Made Quinoa salad for dinner last night. How can you not like quinoa? I mean I understand not thinking much of it, but to actually not like it?


It may be texture thing. And I just don't like the taste much.


Huh. I love quinoa. I cook it in the rice cooker so it's super simple to make. Which kind did you have? Red quinoa does have a bit of an aftertaste. I prefer white quinoa myself. Makes a great substitution for couscous.


It's been a long time, but I think it was red quinoa. I'd be willing to give it a second try, but no one I know around here eats it.


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Red quinoa is definitely an acquired taste.

I probably wouldn't have tried quinoa either, but I have a severe wheat allergy and I was looking for a good couscous alternative. I love cooking Moroccan food, and was missing the couscous texture. Rice just wasn't the same.


There's a small Mediterranean place in the town where I live. It's in a terrible location so they don't get a lot of business, but they make really good couscous and hummus. The entree's are good, too. If they could find a better location they'd do really well, I think.


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I really like quinoa. If you stir the grain before boiling it it acquires a slight nut taste.


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Quinoa aside, I could really use a great big glass of orange juice right now.


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I've just had dinner so I couldn't use anything but a wider belt now xD


I think I'm going to make chili for dinner tonight.

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I asked the ol lady what she wanted for supper just now. "Tatter-tot hot dish" it is.


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I've seen too many PBS shows on octopuses, and now I think they're too smart and cute to eat. This doesn't seem to stop me from eating pigs though. Squid seem pretty dumb though, so I have no real qualms about eating them cooked (other than being expensive).

I was raised eating Southern catfish; they're delicious lightly seasoned, dredged in cornmeal, and fried. They can be a pain to fillet though and getting barbed hurts.

Kileanna wrote:
I've just had dinner so I couldn't use anything but a wider belt now xD

Hmmm, belt of the gourmand aka Kirby's gluttonous girdle...

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I know you southerners like your catfish, but its got nothing on walleye!


Walleye is delicious too. As is snook, bass, and red snapper.


I have realized that I don't know a lot of fish names in English...

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Bass is too wormy for me.


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Walleye is delicious too. As is snook, bass, and red snapper.

Never had Walleye snook, or red snapper. Would love to try them. I ate a lot of bluegills growing up, though.


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Fried Perch!


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Walleye is delicious too. As is snook, bass, and red snapper.
Never had Walleye snook, or red snapper. Would love to try them. I ate a lot of bluegills growing up, though.

I've had walleye and bass when we went up north to visit family. Snook and red snapper are native to southern Florida in the Gulf, but now both are only allowed to caught in limited numbers during a short season. When we went to Marathon & the Florida Keys on vacation when I was maybe 8-10, we also went fishing. We were catching red snapper like crazy, maybe a dozen and a half in 45 minutes or so. That was my first time eating snapper, and when my dad taught me how to fillet a fish. I'd watched him fillet catfish before, but that was my first time filleting it myself.

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There are 10,000 lakes in Minnesota. Growing up and to this day my father loves to fish. I've gotten to try many fresh water lake fish as a delicious result.


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Kileanna wrote:
I have realized that I don't know a lot of fish names in English...

I think they're just making things up. I mean, "bass," or "cod." Really?


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Salmon! That's clearly made up.

Captain Yesterday fun fact: my kid's favorite poster in their room is a poster of all the different fish found in Wisconsin's rivers.


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My uncle and I caught mackerel when I visited Cape Breton last year. We were getting crazy hits off a jetty. He cleaned them on the beach and we brought the fillets back to the house, dredged them in cornmeal and ate them. Absolutely fantastic


Kileanna wrote:
I've just had dinner so I couldn't use anything but a wider belt now xD

I went ahead and made chili. I could use that wider belt when you're finished with it.

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me three! That was a damn good batch of tater-tot hot dish!


Pan wrote:
me three! That was a damn good batch of tater-tot hot dish!

I might need that recipe.. lol

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Pan wrote:
me three! That was a damn good batch of tater-tot hot dish!
I might need that recipe.. lol

Its real simple.

Bag of tots.
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb bag of shredded cheddar (or whatever cheese(s) you like)
Vegetables. Bag of frozen or as more folks prefer two cans of mixed. (I like to go to the store and grab produce 1-2 times a week. So I use fresh stuff I chop up. Typically peas, corn, carrots, mushrooms, etc.)
Two cans of cream of mushroom, celery, or chicken soup.

Directions:
1.Brown hamburger on stove top.
2.Add browned hamburger and vegetables to cookware. (I use a 4 qt cast iron dutch oven)
3.Pop open cans and add cream of mushroom/celery/chicken. (I used to go straight mushroom but I found its interesting to try combos of any cream style soups.)
4. Add tots and cheese to top of ingredients.
5. Set oven to 350 (375 if you like things more crispy!) and bake for 1 hour.
6. Scoop onto plate and enjoy. (I like to use ketchup and mustard on top!)

*I make this for my fiancé and I. We get two meals out of it so its good to go for a family of four.


I may use that as well, sounds like a good, cheap meal(s) for a single college-aged guy


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Do the tater tots have to be unfrozen first.

I'm assuming not as you're cooking it for an hour. :-)


Excellent. Thanks, Pan!

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The recipe is super forgiving if you want to play around with it. I usually toss in the tots frozen and let them bake. I have on occasion fried them quick in a pan to get them extra crispy. All depends on if you want to make it more or less work. Same with ingredients you can add or subtract and make it as cheap or spendy as you want. Enjoy!

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