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Brunch potluck where all the brunch basics are covered...

I had listed my Passover menu in this thread and it was pointed out to me that there were a few dishes that were sweet, including the balsamic dressing for this salad.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1008307

So I'm going to go with a balsamic vinaigrette with dijon...I like the one listed here.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

Mar 25, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Brunch potluck where all the brunch basics are covered...

This asparagus salad also sounds good. I'm serving a modified version for Passover.

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

Mar 25, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

garbanzo beans

This is from Smitten Kitchen today.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/0...

garbanzo beans

Instead of plain hummus, I really like this roasted garlic and carrot hummus.

http://doughingrogue.com/2011/09/28/m...

Mar 24, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

The one that I have linked above (and here) from Fine Cooking has no dairy. It was not a requirement for me but at the same time, I didn't want a big cheesy, creamy gratin.

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/po...

Mar 22, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

Of course. I make 2 changes...

I cut back on the sugar. It calls for 1 1/2 cups but I cut it back to less than a cup, around 3/4 cup. It's still plenty sweet.

And I also use dried cranberries instead of raisins.

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

Mar 22, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Passover

Here is the discussion I started about potatoes for Passover.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1008307

I am also serving this Apple Matzoh Kugel. I cut back on the sugar and I also use dried cranberries instead of raisins. You can make this a day ahead.

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

Mar 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

You made a very good point. The kugel is very sweet and I even cut back on the amount of sugar that the recipe calls for. But it is delicious and it has become a staple on the table for Passover.

But, my brisket is on the sweet side too. So the reduced balsamic would probably be too many sweet dishes. It is a good idea to switch the dressing for a simple vinaigrette. Thank you for pointing that out!

And you are right, the potato leek kugel would probably be fine for most everyone, but I still think the knishes would be a better choice for me, only because I can make them ahead of time.

Thanks all!

Mar 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

Plus this really isn't about being kosher. We are most definitely bacon eaters!

Mar 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

Rest of the menu...

Crudite
Eggplant/Feta dip

Matzo ball soup

Brisket one night
Meatballs the other night
Probably a little chicken too since my husband does not like brisket or meatballs...crazy, I know, but it is what it is.

Apple Matzo Kugel
Potato something
Asparagus Salad -- decided on this dish instead of warm for a change. Does this salad sound okay?

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

I like the sound of the Epicurious one too. But I am still leaning toward the knishes because we will have kids (ages 8-10) at both dinners and they are more likely to eat the knishes.

Mar 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

Thank you, that one sounds good too. I wouldn't make a gratin ahead of time. I think I am leaning toward trying the knishes at this time but I will certainly keep the gratin recipes around for use in the future.

Mar 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Potatoes for Passover

Just make and assemble, then freeze before baking, and then bake from frozen on the day of?

I guess I could try it and bake a few a day or 2 before Passover. If they are awful, I can go to plan B!

Mar 20, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

Thanks. Do you think I can make them in advance and freeze them?

Mar 20, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

We are hosting dinner for both nights of Passover (different people each night) and neither night is a huge crowd -- 8 to 10 each night.

I have the menus mostly set but I can't decide on a potato side dish. I used to make potato kugelettes in mini muffin tins but I got bored of those. Last year I made a regular potato kugel and it was just okay.

I have been crazy busy with work and I've got a ton of other things on my mind and I can't make a decision!

Any thoughts on these potato sides?

http://food52.com/recipes/685-no-crea...

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

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/po...

And I've always wanted to try one of these knish recipes but haven't gotten around to it...

http://www.pjvoice.com/v45/45900food....

http://www.koshercooking.com/recipes/...

Please let me know what you think...thanks!

Mar 20, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Can't Wait Until Spring Edition! March 2015

I always find it helpful on vacation to try to stay on track at breakfast and lunch. At least then when you splurge at dinner, the whole day isn't a loss.

Have a great time and don't stress over the food too much. Mexico sounds so nice right about now!

Mar 20, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Corned beef... oven or stove?

Not sure where my mom got the recipe but I was a kid in the 70's and she has been making it since then. Though now when my parents come to visit us from Florida, I make the corned beef for dinner and she swears that I make it better than she ever did!

Mar 17, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Can't Wait Until Spring Edition! March 2015

I feel your pain. Losing WW at work happened to me back in January. It was difficult. I finally started going closer to my house but I just weigh in. I haven't been staying for the meetings. I keep telling myself to stay, but weekends are hard with kids activities, etc.

I work from home a few days a week so I really need to commit to one location and one day. At least I have been going, but it's not been the same.

Mar 16, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Peanut Butter and. . .

There are people that swear by mixing peanut butter into hamburgers. I got the idea on this board a few years ago. I tried it since my husband loves peanut butter but he thought it was just okay.

Mar 14, 2015
valerie in General Topics

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

If this wasn't brought to your attention on this thread, would you have actually compared the prices at the various locations? Nobody is stopping you from going to the Manhattan location if you want to save the $1. But then you have tolls, parking, etc.

"Ron" (or Ronnie, which he goes by) is a smart guy. He has been in business for over 40 years and never closed a location. I grew up going to the original location and my parents know him well. The loss of your patronage will not cause him to go out of business.

That said, I still think it's dumb to put out one advertisement showing different prices.

Rice Cooker Fail!

I was just about to say use the rice cooker cup. When we first started using our rice cooker, every time my husband started it, the rice came out wrong. We couldn't figure out why. Then we realized that he was not using the rice cooker cup but a regular measuring cup and the proportions were off. After that, perfect rice every time.

Mar 12, 2015
valerie in Cookware

Peanut Butter and. . .

PB and Nutella
PB and Fluff
PB and French's Mustard -- never tried this but my husband likes it.

Mar 11, 2015
valerie in General Topics

I am a terrible cook!

I was going to say eggplant parmesan or this eggplant lasagna. Another vote for the mushroom bourguignon.

http://www.acupofmascarpone.com/2013/...

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/0...

And lots of other vegetarian dishes on Smitten Kitchen too.

What about vegetable fajitas? or vegetarian chili?

Mar 09, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Fajita Veggies - Tender/Crisp or Fully Cooked/Soft?

I like the onions pretty well cooked and the peppers to have a little life left in them, but not much.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Can't Wait Until Spring Edition! March 2015

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Mar 08, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Help me build a dinner menu to host a friend/former colleague

I was going to suggest chocolate mousse. Chocolate-y but not too heavy. This Martha Stewart recipe is very good and can be made in advance. I sometimes put it in wine glasses and it looks nice. Or really any kind of ramekins or individual bowls or cups.

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

Mar 06, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Can't Wait Until Spring Edition! March 2015

I have been having a pretty good week. Tonight for dinner I was on my own so I just had an "omelette" made in the microwave. Egg beaters, spinach, onion, mushrooms and some shredded cheddar cheese. With 2 slices of toast and some jelly. All in 10 points. Was very filling.

After 3 months of stuffing myself, it felt pretty good to have a good WW week.

Mar 06, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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for a potluck: mac & cheese or scalloped potatoes?

The only reason I might choose mac & cheese is that since you don't know what other main dishes there will be, mac & cheese seems a little more like a main dish on its own, whereas scalloped potatoes seems like a side dish. Just a thought.

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

I agree with you. Haven't been to Epstein's in years and, as I recall, last time I was there it was kind of dingy and depressing.

While Ben's is not great, it's good, and certainly better than Epstein's. It won't be going away any time soon.

Kiddie lunch ideas from Costco?

Never saw (or looked for) the Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie cups. My kids love guacamole. Is it good?

(As an aside, it's only 3 points on WW...good way not to overdo it on the guacamole!)

Mar 04, 2015
valerie in Chains

Kiddie lunch ideas from Costco?

Same here. My 8 year old son is not a fan of sandwiches and would eat pasta and meatballs every day if I let him. I do the same thing...warm up the thermos a bit with hot water and then dump the hot food in. From time to time I ask him if it says warm and he says yes.

Mar 04, 2015
valerie in Chains