Quinoa, Foie Gras

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Quinoa.  Might as well be Foie Gras around here.  Nobody knows what I'm talking about.Quinoaq

My husband wants to know where I've ever heard of such a thing.  I do have three sons that live in Charlotte, Cincinnati and Portland...and that's where I first heard about it.  They eat it and like it and it sounds like it's readily available.  

Quinoa is virtually unknown here.  I have been looking in the largest grocery stores here.  We really don't have nearby specialty stores where I could search.  A trip to Cleveland seems a long way to go to find this elusive grain that happens to be a complete protein.

Wait, wait,  I found some at Meijer's grocery store yesterday.  It was tucked in on a low shelf with the Mexican foods.  I only found it because I was looking for another ingredient, chile garlic sauce, ( which also is not here), and stumbled upon it.  Who would have known.

Now, I prepared it according to the directions on the jar, exactly.  I think it turned out the way it was supposed to.  But, I have to say, I am not impressed.  The texture was ok, but there just wasn't alot of taste  

So my question is......How do you prepare Quinoa?  There must be a way to infuse more flavor.  Can you use broth or stock instead of water?  More salt?  Different spices?

I really want to like it, now that I've finally found it.

So, what say you?

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Mary M. Kandell                                             
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Ann Allen Hoover
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I know what it is......and I had a hard time finding it too (finally I did).  The grocery people were clueless when I asked about it.

Feb 11, 2011 07:50 AM #1
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Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Ann, for one thing it's pronunciation is a little different than what it looks like it should be.  Maybe if we pronounced it phoenetically, they would get it?  Probably not.  

Feb 11, 2011 08:03 AM #2
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Diane McDermott
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Mary, I use vegetable stock and add in frozen veggies, salt, garlic powder, ground pepper and cook it all together. You can customize whatever additions work for you, it's kind of a neutral base to build on. 

Feb 11, 2011 09:54 AM #3
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Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Thanks for the suggestions Diane.  Really does sound easy.  I just need to google a few recipes and try a few until I come up with something I like

Feb 12, 2011 02:40 AM #4
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Pamela Cendejas
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Hi Mary - I had heard of it but never tried it.  I would have prepared it exactly the way you did the first time.  Thanks for saving me the disappointment.

Feb 12, 2011 04:03 AM #5
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Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Pam,  I am going to try this again and going to jazz it up a bit.  Maybe with some vegetable or chicken stock like Diane suggested and some mushrooms and seasonings.  I really want to try to learn to like it.  Maybe the second time around.  I'll let you know

Feb 12, 2011 05:32 AM #6
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Pamela Cendejas
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Good luck with your next try, Mary.  I'm definitely a "flavor" kind of girl. 

Feb 14, 2011 03:01 AM #7
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