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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014

We have a panini maker and we have them sometimes for dinner. I always make them for my husband and kids and then I eat something more WW friendly even though I would love to eat a big old panini dripping with melted cheese.

But last time I made them for my family, I made one for myself using 2 slices of WW whole wheat bread (2 points), some roasted peppers, 2 slices of WW cheese (2 points) and a bit of grilled chicken and I figured the whole sandwich to be about 7-8 points. Would it have been a little better if I used the giant slices of sourdough? Definitely! But it was pretty satisfying and I felt completely in control.

about 4 hours ago
valerie in Home Cooking
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My Chowhound Wedding

Everything looks fantastic! Congratulations!

1 day ago
valerie in Home Cooking

Possibilities in NY (Lunch, Dinner and/or Show)

Just to clarify, you are only going to be in the city on Friday and you are thinking of a lunch like Del Posto or Bouley and then dinner before the show at Babbo (or elsewhere) at 5:30? When are you going to Brasserie 8 1/2?

1 day ago
valerie in Manhattan

The definitive gluten free "BEST OF" list! Please add your favorite retail GF stuff.

I just started my son (age 7) on a GF diet to see if it's gluten that causes him to have a frequent upset stomach.

He likes the Barilla GF twists as long as they have tomato sauce (and meatballs). And this weekend I made a batch of GF pancakes using GF Bisquick. They tasted okay but were much improved by throwing in a handful of chocolate chips. He ate them for breakfast today and was happy.

I bought the Udi's rolls and sent him to camp with a sandwich today. Those were not such a success. He told me the bread was weird. So I will keep trying different breads/rolls.

He has also been happy with Annie's mac and cheese with rice pasta.

1 day ago
valerie in Special Diets

List of top steakhouses in NYC

We thought Porter House was just ok. Not even close to Peter Luger or Wolfgang's or American Cut (which we liked a lot). I even thought Benjamin's was better than Porter House.

1 day ago
valerie in Manhattan

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

In my pet store they have a big variety that are loose, so I don't know them by brand.

Perhaps you can bring a picture?

https://www.google.com/search?q=bully...

Jul 27, 2014
valerie in Not About Food

Picky People Coming for Dinner, What to Make?

What about a roasted vegetable lasagna?

I would not make hamburgers for a group on the GF grill.

Jul 26, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014

Going on vacation and losing a pound is great!! Sounds like you had fun and ate well too.

Jul 26, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Inexpensive but healthy lunch near AMNH?

I like Luke's Lobster but if the OP thought that Peacefood Cafe was out of the budget, Luke's Lobster is most definitely out too.

Jul 25, 2014
valerie in Manhattan

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

Bully sticks. They come in a variety of shapes...springs, sticks, pretzels. Keeps them busy. They smell when you open the package but other than that, they are fine.

Once my dog, now almost 2, got a little bored with bully sticks, we moved onto marrow bones. Gets kind of messy so we give them to her when she's in the backyard. They are in the freezer section of the pet store and they don't splinter.

Jul 25, 2014
valerie in Not About Food
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Summer Lasagna Noodle Uses

Spinach Lasagna rollups, or something like them.

http://www.busyinbrooklyn.com/spinach...

Jul 24, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Long Island/Queens diners?

My inlaws used to live on the north shore and when we were out there we would often go to the Majestic. I think it was sold a few years ago and it seemed to go downhill and they raised the prices. I remember it was something like $16 for a cobb salad. We haven't been back in a while though (maybe 2 years), so not sure what it's like now. My husband loved the pancakes.

Jul 24, 2014
valerie in New York State (exc. NYC)

Is this tacky?

I agree as well. When I have people over I make everything from scratch (except desserts since I hate making desserts and I usually farm those out to anyone who says "what can I bring").

But sometimes I wonder if anyone really cares one way or the other. They just like good food. The thing is that I, myself, am usually disappointed by store-bought takeout food and that's why I opt to make it all.

But when I go to other people's homes for dinner, I don't care one way or the other if they cook it all or not. I wouldn't serve prepared food to guests, but sometimes it's a blessing for someone to serve it at their house.

Jul 22, 2014
valerie in General Topics

Responsibility

I doubt that. Like you said, regarding the "is this safe to eat" question. There was a recent thread about store-bought rotisserie chicken. Many people said "when you bring it home, refrigerate it until dinner time".

I said "I buy them all the time, leave them out on the counter until dinner, and nobody has ever gotten sick from the chicken in my house".

So while it's a fact that that's what I do in my house, if someone gets sick after reading my post, I am not responsible.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/981635

Jul 22, 2014
valerie in Site Talk

Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

I like this too. Pretty much any fish works.

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

Jul 22, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

30th Shindig

What about the ideas in this thread?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983154

Jul 21, 2014
valerie in Manhattan

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Completely agree. And load up on hors d'oeuvres.

Jul 19, 2014
valerie in General Topics

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

My last meal on earth would be a bagel (sesame or poppy) with cream cheese, lox, red onion, capers and tomato.

I also love tuna salad on a bagel with tomato and sometimes a few small pieces of iceberg lettuce.

Jul 17, 2014
valerie in General Topics
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Taking 11 year old granddaughter to see Alladin,

Gyu-Kaku on 44th Street is nearby.

http://www.gyu-kaku.com/ny/timessquar...

Or Haru Sushi on 43rd.

Jul 17, 2014
valerie in Manhattan

Cortlandt Manor Area

Thanks for the suggestions. The plans were cancelled so my husband, son and I ended up going to Sushi Mike's.

Jul 17, 2014
valerie in New York State (exc. NYC)

Cortlandt Manor Area

I really have no idea but if I had to guess, I'd say Route 9.

Jul 17, 2014
valerie in New York State (exc. NYC)

Cortlandt Manor Area

A friend of mine will be in Dutchess County tonight and we are meeting for dinner. The halfway point between us seems to be around Cortlandt Manor.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a casual place for us to meet in that general area?

Thanks.

Jul 17, 2014
valerie in New York State (exc. NYC)

Overcooked Chicken Breasts - Help

I was going to say fajitas. Cook up peppers and onions and add the thinly sliced chicken.

Jul 10, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014

That looks great! And great job on your loss!

After having a nice loss last Thursday, it went downhill from there for me. We had a rather social weekend and food was a big part of it. And then we hosted a July 4th party on Sunday and I always serve pigs in blankets. I don't even want to think about how many I ate! And there was the chocolate cream pie and apple pie that must have 3 sticks of butter...oy.

Truth be told, I haven't been feeling well from overindulging for 4 days in a row. So for the past 2 days I have been back on track and hopefully I will undo the damage quickly....

Jul 09, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Not so happening places near Hilton Midtown

Landmarc?

Jul 08, 2014
valerie in Manhattan

Crumbs Is Gone

Jul 08, 2014
valerie in Manhattan

Desserts that can stand up to summer heat

Kind of like Seven Layer Magic Bars. Always popular too.

http://www.eaglebrand.com/recipes/det...

Jul 07, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Rotisserie chicken virgin

Guess I'm in the minority here but I sometimes buy a rotisserie chicken during the day and leave it out on the counter for a few hours until dinner. I was just in Costco last week, around lunch time, bought a chicken, and we ate it for dinner. Nobody got sick and nobody has ever gotten sick.

I don't like re-heated roast chicken, and I'd rather eat it at room temp than when it goes from cold to hot.

Jul 07, 2014
valerie in General Topics
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Sauce for grilled veggies on grill pan (not balsamic)

Another vote for pesto.

Jul 07, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

What are you cooking for the 4th of July weekend?

We had a great day! The big hits were the guacamole salad (but I made it more like a salsa and served with chips) and my ribs are always a hit. Pigs in blankets are always popular with my crowd too.

The clam dip tasted okay but I wouldn't make it again and surprisingly the pasta salad was not a huge hit either. I think it just came down to the fact that everyone was full from the appetizers and whatever room they had left, they saved for the ribs...people ate tons of ribs!

And then there was dessert...apple pie, chocolate cream pie, my ice cream sandwiches, fruit. And then at the last minute I decided to make star-shaped Rice Krispie treats and I decorated them with red, white and blue, frosting and sprinkles.

Nobody was hungry when they left!

Jul 07, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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