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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!

1 day ago
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

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

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

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

That's great! You should be very happy!

May 07, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

I made a Cinco de Mayo dinner tonight. Chicken fajitas, yellow rice, guacamole. I rarely make guacamole...not because I don't like it, but because it's so hard to eat a just a little!

Fajitas are part of my regular rotation but tonight they tasted extra good...definitely my delicious guacamole.

RIP Josh Ozersky

May 05, 2015
valerie in Food Media & News

First sip of the day

I get up at 7 and I'm out the door at 7:30. And I sleep on the train. So it's that last 15 minutes of my commute, from train to desk, when I reaaaaallllly start thinking about that first sip.

May 04, 2015
valerie in Not About Food

First sip of the day

I am with you. Especially on days when I work in my office (as opposed to working from my house). My commute door to door is an hour and 15 minutes. I look forward to sitting down at my desk and that first sip of coffee, fixed just the way I like it.

May 04, 2015
valerie in Not About Food

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

I wouldn't try to sneak in other kinds of lettuce. My husband's issues with food go back to when he was a kid and his father tried to sneak things in and force him to eat what he considered healthy. Clearly that plan backfired, so with my own son (and husband), I have learned not to force anything on them. My daughter and I eat everything and just being around interesting and delicious food makes the guys want to eat it too. It just takes time....in my husband's case, 40+ years! And he had a grilled chicken caesar salad for dinner the other night. A few years ago I never would have believed that would happen.

May 03, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Best Salad Dressing You've Ever Had

Would you share your caesar dressing recipe? My husband, who has never eaten a salad in his life, just started to eat caesar salad. I have been experimenting with bottled dressings but have been thinking about making my own. Thanks!

Apr 30, 2015
valerie in General Topics

Eggplant parm and.....

Saw this today and though it sounded good.

Crispy Broccoli with lemon and garlic

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

Apr 29, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015 [OLD]

Amazing!

Apr 28, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Giant Dave & Buster's Opening in Pelham Manor!

No not really. I have an 8 year old son who loves D&B because he loves video games. We (mostly my husband) will occasionally take him to the one at the Palisades Mall particularly in the Winter when you need something to do. Not for the food but for the games. I guess at night the crowd is older.

We have never eaten there and don't plan to.

LIGHT sides with ribs

I make this recipe which is pretty much the same and I add thinly sliced red onion.

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

Also, this Barefoot Contessa Guacamole Salad is delicious. I cut everything pretty small and make it more like a salsa and serve it with chips.

http://www.barefootcontessa.com/recip...

Apr 23, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015 [OLD]

I am working from home today and I just had Trader Joe's creamy tomato soup for lunch. 1 1/2 cups for 4 points. And 14 of the TJ mini wheat crackers for 2 points. I am not a huge soup person but it's easy and filling. I am actually always surprised at how filling it is.

And it's cool (ok cold) out today, so the soup was a good lunch.

Apr 23, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015 [OLD]

I'm still here! But I haven't had much to add lately. I have been so busy with work and life and I haven't weighed in much. And then last week I had to go look for a dress for an upcoming family event and I was so mad at myself that I swore I'd get back on track.

So this has been a good week and I'm going to weigh in on Friday.

And speaking of dog walking, I took my dog for a 4 mile walk last week and I was so glad I did it. The weather has improved somewhat, so hopefully I can get those walks in again like I did when I was losing steadily.

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

"Let's meet for dinner at xyz."

I would never expect that to mean that someone was offering to take us out.