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Valentine's Day Dinner Party

Or tortilla espanola. Not vegan, but good.

Feb 13, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

What's your favorite cake?

Plain old chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting. Nice moist cake and no fruit anywhere nearby.

A close second is a plain old ice cream cake. Like the ones from Carvel with the crunchies in between the layers. Or even better, though I am not a huge Haagen Dazs fan, the store near my house makes a chocolate/vanilla ice cream cake with fudge in between the layers and fudge frosting. Love that one.

Feb 13, 2015
valerie in General Topics

Chicken Savoy? Ever hear of it?

According to this article, it's red wine vinegar.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/01/ch...

Feb 13, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Looking for Perfect Au-gratin Potatoes

I haven't made this one but came across it today and I thought it sounded good.

http://food52.com/recipes/32682-todd-...

Feb 12, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Stone Crabs in lower Westchester?

I don't think so, that's why I bought them.

Stone Crabs in lower Westchester?

Frozen Dinners aka TV Dinners: Why are they so Popular?

Well if you are talking about time to cook pasta, it also takes time for the water to boil before the pasta goes in, as you say for 14-16 minutes.

And yes, pasta with sauce is very, very easy and it is a MAJOR staple in my household. I make pesto all Summer and freeze it in small batches just for occasions like these. And there are always meatballs in the freezer.

But, for me, I also rely on a Lean Cuisine for portion control. If I make pasta for myself, I will eat all the pasta that I make. When I'm hungry and in a rush, it is doubtful that I will measure out the correct amount for 1 person. So really, it's an easy way to just eat dinner and not overeat. Every night? No way...I cook most nights during the week. But with everyone's schedules and varying activities, sometimes frozen dinner just come in handy.

Frozen Dinners aka TV Dinners: Why are they so Popular?

I keep some Lean Cuisines and/or Weight Watchers Smart Ones in the freezer. Mostly the macaroni and cheese and the lasagna. Some nights I come home from work and my husband is out/away and my daughter needs help with homework and my son wants my attention and these frozen dinners are done in less than 5 minutes and they taste okay.

True, they are not the best tasting food, but not every single meal is. Sometimes it's just food and having a LC or WW dinner, it's not so bad for you and they are fine.

Some people say, "I can put together dinner in the same amount of time that it takes to cook a frozen dinner", but really, you can't. When 2 kids and the dog want your attention, standing at the stove making risotto isn't really that convenient.

Also, my husband works from home. So occasionally he will have a Lean Cuisine mac and cheese for lunch. I buy them on sale for $2 or $2.50.

Do I serve them to my family for dinner? No. But for my husband or me as a convenience? Yes.

Looking for Perfect Au-gratin Potatoes

I've always had success with this recipe. Uses Gruyere cheese.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Feb 10, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Large side dish help

Agree. Make the dressing and prep the slaw. Then add dressing a few hours in advance. I think it benefits from sitting for a few hours, but not overnight.

Feb 07, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Large side dish help

I was about to suggest this! Love it.

Also, I know the OP said no pasta salad but orzo feeds a lot of people. I like this recipe.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Feb 07, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Looking for a magazine for my 80+ dad, not too adventurous

+1

Feb 05, 2015
valerie in Food Media & News

Mini Desserts - Need Ideas!

And you can make it ahead of time.

Feb 03, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Mini Desserts - Need Ideas!

This chocolate mousse is very easy and good. You can put it in little cups or ramekins. Or once I made it in wine glasses and it looked nice.

http://www.marthastewart.com/336783/c...

How have you used oats in a savory way?

I have never made this but I thought it sounded good and it's on my to-do list.

Mark Bittman's Savory Oatmeal with Scallions and Soy Sauce

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

best ny style eggroll

And they have chicken. To me a NY style egg roll has pork and maybe shrimp, no chicken.

Another vote for Sammy's.

Jan 28, 2015
valerie in Manhattan

Suggestions for Steak Marinade

Yours is similar to mine. I think it's the honey that makes it so good. It's a hit every time.

I use this for 2 lbs. of flank steak.

1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Jan 28, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Who knows, maybe it's from some other storm! It was on a weather site but it is entirely possible it's from another day.

I was at the store early yesterday and it was pretty crazy but when I went back to the same shopping center later in the day to go to CVS, the parking lot was so insane that I wouldn't be surprised if the shelves looked like that by the evening.

Jan 26, 2015
valerie in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

I saw this picture from a store in NJ...looks like Stop & Shop. Crazy!

Jan 25, 2015
valerie in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

We bought a generator after Sandy and of course haven't had to use it. But this one seems like it's gonna be scary. My husband claims he knows how to use...hopefully we won't have to find out. We have an electric stove and oven and those aren't hooked up to the generator anyway. But the microwave is and I guess if we have to dig it out, we have a gas grill.

But, as you say, food is pretty much the least of the worries. We have tons of stuff. Loss of freezer food is annoying but it's those darn sump pumps that cause the stress!

Jan 25, 2015
valerie in General Topics

Favorite salsa?

Jan 25, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

Thanks!

Jan 23, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

I have no idea how it works. I work for a large company and the leader deals with our "Wellness Center". Generally, when there is a WW series about to begin, the Wellness Center sends out an email to the building (there are 44 floors!). For some reason, this time they did not. My building is very high tech and there are various video screens around the common areas (elevators and cafeteria) and the notices were up there, but for some reason, no email ever went out and I think that's the most effective way to reach people. The WW leader says that the Wellness Center claims they sent it. They didn't and the leader said there wasn't much more she could do. So here we are.

Jan 23, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

Roxlet, I know that you kind of live near me. Would you mind telling me your leader's name? The names are on the WW website and there are a few of them that seem to go to the different WW centers. But if you like yours, maybe I will try to find a time/place that works with that leader. Thanks!

Jan 23, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Kid-friendly and nut-free Italian dish that tastes good at room temp?

What about a frittata of some sort? It's Italian and can be served at room temp.

Jan 22, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

I have mentioned before that I go to a meeting in a conference room in my office building...WW at Work. Well we don't have enough people enrolled at this time and WW decided that we can't continue. There are 10 of us but they say we need 13-15 to make it worthwhile. It's weird because usually in January, there's a big influx of people wanting to join.

Our leader has been with us for several years and it's a very small meeting and we all know each other and it is so helpful. Now I feel like I have to start over at a new location and find a leader that I like. I am so bummed!

But I will continue...just have to commit to a new location and leader. It just won't be the same.

Jan 22, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

I always keep the frozen cubes of garlic in the freezer. I like them better than jarred. I also keep the frozen cubes of ginger but they are harder to find, so I always have a jar of minced ginger in the refrigerator. And I keep a bottle of lemon juice too!

Ben's Deli Scarsdale Opening Night - Oy

I completely agree with you. I grew up in Baldwin where the original Ben's was and now I go there a few times a year, occasionally on Long Island and occasionally in Manhattan. It's fine, maybe a little more than fine, but that's about it.

Is it nice to have another place to go in the area? Yes, but it's not like Katz's or Carnegie opened.

Yummy Lobster Rolls in NYC

Since this was my first (and definitely only) time at Red Hook Lobster Pound, I can't say whether my experience is the norm. Perhaps last night was just an off night, but it tasted like the rolls were out in yesterday's rain. Maybe people like soggy lobster and shrimp rolls. I do not. And I like a warm bun...these were cold.

But as Shirang says, the food at Luke's...lobster, crab and shrimp rolls...is always consistent, and good.

Jan 19, 2015
valerie in Manhattan

Yummy Lobster Rolls in NYC

We went to Red Hook Lobster Pound last night for dinner. I had the Maine style and my husband and kids had the Connecticut style. We also tried the shrimp roll. We thought it was just okay, nothing great. In fact, the more I think about it, it was all pretty bland. The worst offender was the shrimp roll. The shrimp was waterlogged and soggy.

After the fact, my husband ordered the Lobster Elote...that was the best thing of all.

I haven't been to Ed's, but we have been to Luke's Lobster many times and much prefer that.

Jan 19, 2015
valerie in Manhattan