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A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

We went to the movies yesterday afternoon and a couple with an infant sits down close to us. My husband says "those people have a baby with them", clearly thinking that the baby would cry through the whole movie. The baby did not make a sound for 2 hours.

The adults sitting behind us, on the other hand, did not stop talking. About 30 minutes in, I finally turned around and told them to stop talking. They looked at me with a look like "who us?" but they did stop talking.

I'd rather smell their food than listen to their commentary.

VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

I have made this one before for our July 4th party and I love it...Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing.

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

But this year I think I will try this one...Mike Mills Crunchy Cole Slaw.

http://www.recipesecrets.net/forums/r...

Jul 02, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Pig Roast caterer

I don't have any-first hand experience with this company but I saw somebody I know recommend them yesterday on facebook. It piqued my interest because I was considering doing a clambake.

http://www.clambakeconnection.com/

My meatballs crunch like they have egg shells in them..

I was just about to say the same thing...raw onions and eggshells do not have the same feeling in your mouth.

Jun 30, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Grating onions (without bawling your eyes out...)

My kids keep their swim goggles in the kitchen drawer and a few months ago when I couldn't stand my burning eyes any longer, I took out a pair and finished the job with the goggles on.

My kids, 10 and 8, think it's hysterical, but it works!

Jun 29, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

July 4 is coming up

Maybe! I have never done that before. Any suggestions on what to do/how to do it? Does this sound good?

http://www.thegalleygourmet.net/2012/...

Or this?

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

Jun 25, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Sichuan at Imperial Wok in N White Plains: thumbs up

We ate here last Saturday for the first time. The food was very good but I agree that the service was not so good. We just happened to be in the area and I could't recall what was recommended here on CH so we ordered cold sesame noodles, dumplings, chicken with peanuts from the szechuan menu, sesame chicken and "wok's delight" which was just a mix of shrimp, pork, beef and vegetables. Not too adventurous but we were with our kids (who are somewhat adventurous but 1 of them doesn't like spicy food). All was tasty, though the wok's delight was sort of bland.

Service, though, was a problem. We were seated near a party of maybe 10 or 12 and we purposely ordered before them or we figured it would take forever to get our food. They started getting their food and ours was nowhere in sight. We got the noodles and dumplings but it was probably another 20-25 minutes before we saw 2 of 3 entree dishes. The 3rd dish, showed up when we were pretty much done. The only reason we didn't tell them to take it away was because it was the chicken with peanuts and my husband really wanted to try it.

And all around us, we kept hearing people returning dishes that were incorrect and complaining about long waits for food to come out.

We did enjoy the food, best chinese food we have had in the area in a long time, and we will return. I am looking forward to trying other dishes that are recommended here.

Please help me like chicken breast!

I use BSCB all the time. Occasionally they get overcooked but when cooking large pieces (as opposed to thinly sliced or strips) I use a thermometer to make sure I don't overcook them.

Here are a few recipes that are in my somewhat regular rotation...

http://www.letsdishrecipes.com/2012/0...

http://www.letsdishrecipes.com/2012/0...

http://artoflivingwell.ca/recipes/pes...

My son does not like the pesto stuffed chicken rolls so I make pepperoni stuffed chicken rolls for him (and my husband and daughter like that too sometimes).

I have more but I'm at work, so I can add them later on.

Jun 19, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Back Back ribs suggestions for novice

I've been making Alton Brown's ribs for the past few years for July 4th and they always come out great. I cook them fully in the oven a day or 2 in advance, then cool, slowly reheat before serving and add sauce and put them on the grill to finish them off right before serving. I skip the part about reducing the braising liquid and using that as a glaze. I just use sauce.

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

Jun 16, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Making pesto...

Food processor.

Jun 14, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

July 4 is coming up

We host a party for 7-10 families, including kids, but this year with both of my kids away at camp, we are just having adults, around 20 people. I have always made ribs as the main course after many appetizers. This year I want to make something else as the main but not feeling inspired by anything so far.

Thinking lobster rolls, crab legs, corn? I wanted to have someone come to make a giant paella but I can't find anyone in my area to do it. Maybe something else on this thread will give me some ideas.

Jun 09, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Rib Coward!!

I've been making Alton Brown's ribs for the past few years for July 4th and they always come out great. I cook them in the oven a day or 2 in advance, then cool, slowly reheat before serving and add sauce and put them on the grill to finish them off right before serving. I skip the part about reducing the braising liquid and using that as a glaze.

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

Jun 04, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Small bite appetizer help/suggestions - wonton cups, etc?

Finger food. I made them in the oven and when they were came out and were still warm, I shaped them on the back side of a mini muffin tin. Definitely 1 bite.

Jun 04, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Small bite appetizer help/suggestions - wonton cups, etc?

Not wonton cups but I have made frico cups and filled them with salad and they were a big hit. I make the cups a day or 2 in advance and use the back of a muffin tin, rather than the inside of the cup. Kind of like this...

http://www.kitchensaremonkeybusiness....

I made this salad dressing ahead of time and added the dressing to the salad right before assembling and serving.

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

You can make caesar salad or really any kind of salad.

Jun 03, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Pot roast help, please

For those who have made the Cook's Illustrated perfect pot roast, can you tell me if I am better off cooking it in advance and re-heating or just cooking it on the day of serving? I am used to making brisket which is always better when made a day or 2 in advance but I've never made pot roast before. I think it's kind of the same, but I can go either way...cook Saturday for Sunday or just cook on Sunday.

Thanks!

May 28, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

My son is not a huge fan of sandwiches, other than salami, so sometimes for lunch I will send him chicken fingers or fish sticks wrapped in foil. I cook them the night before and he doesn't mind eating them at room temperature.

So if you have a ziploc with a frozen juice box, and you put in the cold chicken fingers, by lunch time they would still be okay.

May 27, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015 [OLD]

That is amazing!!

May 27, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Marinading steak

I, too, only use a marinade for flank steak. This is my recipe.

Marinade Ingredients for about 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

After grilling, I let the steak rest for like 10 minutes under foil before slicing. Comes out perfect every time.

May 25, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Side dishes for Vietnamese BBQ?

Maybe this would work? It's very tasty.

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

May 23, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015 [OLD]

I am been bored with my lunches and I couldn't face another salad today! I generally eat a salad for lunch when I am at work since I like a more substantial dinner.

So I read something where someone took a WW Smart Ones Santa Fe Rice and Beans and put it over lettuce and made sort of a taco salad. So I did it. Brought the frozen meal to work. Heated it up in the microwave and put it over a tupperware full of shredded iceberg lettuce that I brought too. The hot meal over the cold lettuce made a warm taco salad and it needed no dressing. I have to say, it was pretty good. 7 points, which is a little more than I usually eat for lunch, but nice for a change.

Paella Party or Clambake in Westchester

Thanks very much.

Paella Party or Clambake in Westchester

Thank you.

Paella Party or Clambake in Westchester

For the past several years we have hosted a July 4th party for about 8-10 families, which is about 25-30 people including kids. I have always made ribs and all the appetizers and sides. Only thing that gets farmed out is dessert. It usually starts in the afternoon and goes into the evening.

This year both of my kids will be in camp so I am thinking of having a party only for adults in the evening and I really don't feel like serving ribs.

My parents live in Florida and they have had a paella chef come to their house for parties and they make the paella on-site. I like this idea but I don't know where to find a paella chef or catering company that would do this. I don't want to get paella from a restaurant...I want it cooked on site. Kind of like this:

http://www.paellapartynj.com/index.html

Only problem with this is that for a Saturday, they need a 40 person minimum and we'd have closer to 25.

The other option would be some kind of clambake. I know that Eastchester Fish does something like this but not sure who else. There are some older threads on CH about this, just nothing that recent.

Any thoughts on who might do either of these parties in Westchester?

Thanks.

Recipes for Impromptu Casual Summer Entertaining?

BBQ Salami

Large Hebrew National Salami
1/4 cup Orange or Apricot Marmalade
1/4 cup BBQ sauce

Preheat grill.
Slice salami in 1/4” slices. Mix marmalade and BBQ sauce. Toss salami and sauce together. Grill salami until edges are crispy. Serve.

Elegant way to cover food outdoors?

These seem like a great solution. The guests can just lift up the screen and they don't have to think about where to put the cover while they are taking food, like the ones that just sit over the food.

May 13, 2015
valerie in Not About Food
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Need a great place in Hell's Kitchen - please help!

May 12, 2015
valerie in Manhattan

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

Last time these cousins all got together was in August 2013. And the time before that was in November 2011 for this particular 16 year old's bat mitzvah. We all went out to California in honor of her. So yeah, she should suck it up and remember that we all hauled our asses out there for her. It's not like anyone said she couldn't celebrate her birthday at all with her friends. She had a party last week.

May 12, 2015
valerie in Not About Food

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

While I don't think that this is at all the same thing as a "regular party" for someone and it happens to be other people's birthdays, you are doing the right thing in this situation.

We had that exact thing happen this past weekend. It was my nephew's bar mitzvah and it was also a cousin's 16th birthday on Sunday, the day after. The cousin is from California (we are in NY) and she was upset that she couldn't be with her friends for her birthday (kinda dumb if you ask me but nobody asked me).

My sister got one of the super-giant cupcakes from Crumbs with a 16 on it and there was an acknowledgment/song for the cousin's birthday on Sunday at the brunch.

May 12, 2015
valerie in Not About Food
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Chicken Sausages, Any Reccomendations?

Yes.

May 11, 2015
valerie in General Topics
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Chicken Sausages, Any Reccomendations?

I often buy the sun-dried tomato chicken sausage from Trader Joe's. It's not cooked and is in the section by the chicken and meat. I take it out of the casing and saute it and have it with pasta. My kids and husband all like it. Or sometimes I use it mixed into baked ziti.

May 10, 2015
valerie in General Topics