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ISO Quick & Dirty Dinner Ideas for Mom & Kid While Dad is Out of Town

I may lose my CH status but I made Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie for my kids this week while my husband wasn't home (I knew he would never eat it!). My daughter, age 10, eats anything, and she liked it. My son, age 8, did not like it. I will give him credit for at least trying it but no dice.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/i...

They love the Tempura Chicken with sweet & sour sauce from Trader Joe's...my husband loved this too.

1 day ago
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The Falling Leaves Edition, October 2014

That is great!! I didn't make it today and I'm kind of annoyed with myself that I didn't go but the day just got away from me. I will go next week since I don't like to miss it 2 weeks in a row.

Oct 23, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Sofrito White Plains

Thanks. We are going to try it on a Friday night. It just works for a variety of reasons. Will report back.

Dinner Party for a Beginner?

No, definitely not terribly complicated! But if hosting a dinner party for the first time, I just think it's easier to serve a dish that requires little attention during the time right before guests arrive.

Oct 22, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Dinner Party for a Beginner?

I haven't tried the CI version either and while it sounds good, to me the beauty of Chicken Marbella is that you do all the prep the night before and basically just cook it before dinner.

If it were my first dinner party, I'd be reluctant to try the CI version. Too many steps.

Oct 22, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Balducci's new york

I work in the building with Balducci's to go and live near the one in Scarsdale.

As you can imagine, the Balducci's to go is fine, if nothing overly special. I like their coffee but at Pax a medium coffee is $1.90 and at Balducci's it's $3.75.

I do shop somewhat frequently at the one in Scarsdale. The fish counter is actually one of the best fish counters around. The sandwiches are good and, while I am not a huge fan of takeout food overall, theirs is pretty good. The rotisserie chickens are excellent. The place definitely ain't cheap, but at least it's good quality.

Oct 21, 2014
valerie in Manhattan

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The Falling Leaves Edition, October 2014

I haven't been posting much...just been busy with life! But still hanging in there. I almost didn't weigh in last Thursday and as I was driving my the meeting location and a parking spot opened up right in front, I took it as a sign to go in. I was down a bit, so I was glad I went. I have had a good week so far, so hopefully it will show on the scale this week.

Oct 21, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Sofrito White Plains

Any recent reports on Sofrito? Thinking of going with a group of 6 in a few weeks.

Thanks.

Dinner Party for a Beginner?

Really only the OP knows her guests and perhaps some of their tastes. My husband would happily eat Chicken Marbella but if someone served him chicken stew or just soup for dinner, he'd leave hungry. But hey, he is an adult and would deal with it.

Another option is Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. I make Alton Brown's version. If I am serving to guests, I brown it and assemble the day before, the finish in the oven before dinner.

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

Oct 20, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Dinner Party for a Beginner?

Your chicken recipe looks good. Chicken Marbella is easy and good and all prep is done the day before.

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

And here is a thread where I suggested some other easy chicken dishes that are all good.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/991385

Cooking ground poultry?

When I make my chicken burgers, I also brown and then cover the pan for a bit and it keeps the moisture in.

Oct 19, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Cooking ground poultry?

I have made the burgers on the grill and in a pan on the stove. We actually like them better made in the frying pan on the stove.

Oct 19, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Spelling errors on menus and websites

I just came across this on a menu for a restaurant in Manhattan...WILD STRIPPED BASS.

Oct 18, 2014
valerie in Not About Food

Cooking ground poultry?

I make a few dishes with ground chicken breast. We just prefer it to ground turkey. Here are some that work well...

Honey BBQ Turkey Meatloaf (with chicken)

http://traceysculinaryadventures.com/...

Chicken Burgers with Peanut Sauce

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chick...

And maybe the only successful dish to come out of my slow cooker...chicken parmesan meatballs.

http://crockpotgourmet.net/2013/12/02...

Oct 18, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Anniversary Dinner 11/1

Dell'Anima
Scarpetta

Oct 17, 2014
valerie in Manhattan

Need ideas for cooking meals without a kitchen

In all fairness, we added on projects as we went along. But there were factors out of our control that slowed things down, including heavy snow that winter, etc.

The kitchen was not included in the renovation so that was the only reason it wasn't so terrible. And in a weird way, it was nice having guys there all the time to fix anything and everything!

Oct 16, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cooking meals without a kitchen

Twice as long and twice as much. Our 20 week home renovation took 11 months.

Oct 15, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Same here. It's not like we can't live without milk or orange juice for a few days. But since my kids drink it, why not have it on hand. I also stock up on the Diet Coke and coffee.

Need gluten and oil free recipes for relatives coming to visit! Please help!

Wow, sounds good!

Oct 11, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Read the whole menu then decide or stop when you see something you want?

You are so right!

Oct 11, 2014
valerie in Not About Food

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

I did that too with the water in tupperwares, etc, throughout the freezer. But after a week without power, everything was garbage anyway.

The only thing I managed to save was my pesto! I had 5 or 6 little packets of homemade frozen pesto and I brought that over to my friend's house where they had power.

Oct 10, 2014
valerie in General Topics

Simple but interesting all-in-one chicken dishes?

Chicken Baked with Potatoes, Rosemary & Red Onion

http://www.loulies.com/chicken-baked-...

Oct 08, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Love Chicken Marbella but need variation

I guess it's similar but I never think of it in the same way. I wouldn't serve teriyaki chicken to company but I have served this one to company on many occasions and it's always a winner. Serve with rice or couscous or anything that will absorb the sauce. It sounds simple, and it is, but it's good.

Oct 08, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

I am wondering how to make Super Moist Zucchini bread? I am new at this, lol so simple is a bonus if possible.

This thread has a bunch of recipes.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9845...

Oct 07, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Read the whole menu then decide or stop when you see something you want?

I often suggest things for my husband too. Sometimes I see something and I know he will like it, even if he doesn't know it yet. And on the contrary, sometimes he will say "I'm going to get X" and I steer him away from it since I know he will not like it. He hates to admit it but of course I am usually right :)

Oct 07, 2014
valerie in Not About Food

Love Chicken Marbella but need variation

Indonesian Ginger Chicken. Prep the night before, stick in oven to cook. Love this.

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

Chicken Baked with Potatoes, Rosemary and Red Onion. Easy and good.

http://www.loulies.com/chicken-baked-...

Spicy Roast Chicken with Tomatoes and Marjoram. Saw many recs for this on this board and I was hooked after I finally tried it. You can adjust the spice level and I used dried marjoram.

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

Oct 06, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Ground turkey for tacos and chili? Is it any good?

We don't care for the texture of ground turkey but I often use ground chicken breast. Chili, asian chicken burgers, BBQ meatloaf, meatballs. If you add enough flavor, it works well.

Oct 05, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Read the whole menu then decide or stop when you see something you want?

I read the whole menu but go with my first instinct.

Oct 05, 2014
valerie in Not About Food

Ben's Deli [Greenburgh, NY]

Looks like they are getting closer to opening...on their website is says that they are accepting employment applications.

http://www.bensdeli.net/

Another Brisket Question

I never brown my brisket. Just braise. It's fantastic.

Oct 02, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking