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Dishes I Wish I Could Make

Nancy Reyes | Jul 9, 200208:08 PM

I'm sure there are a number of Chowhounds who love to eat out, but also love to cook, and wanted to see what are some of the dishes people can't seem to figure out...and maybe along the way get some help with my own.

I recently had a filling, delicious and cheap dinner at Citrus Club (I don't know how authentic is it, but my stomach and my wallet love it). They have a garlic asparagus side dish I really enjoy, but don't know how to make. You'd think it would be easy enough: garlic & asparagus...duh, Nancy. I'm guessing they must toss in some oyster sauce, soy sauce, some sort of sauce and oil (not olive) and other spices. Anyone got a clue?
I also went to Tra Vigne recently and loved the Bellwether gnocci with lamb. Since Michael
Chiarello is no longer the chef, I can't count on it being in any of his cookbooks, but does anyone know this recipe? They were the most melt-in-your-mouth, creamy gnocci, and couldn't have been more perfectly paired than with the tender shreds of lamb. Despite the fact the gnocci were on the small side, they still managed to stayed hot throughout my meal. Then again, I probably ate them at lightning speed :-)
A more simple dish I look forward to in Napa is the polenta with tomato chutney at Mustards Grill. The polenta is easy enough, but it's the tomato chutney that avails me. It's sweeter than it is acidic, not the least bit runny, and very flavorful. I've got the caramelized onions down, now what?

Cheers! - Nancy

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