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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.

about 1 hour ago
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...

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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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Great crab legs in Westchester or Putnam

Yes, me too. Drove by it a million times but I never went in. I will have to stop by one day...not even sure where the entrance is!

Jul 04, 2014
valerie in New York State (exc. NYC)

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

We host a July 4th party each year but unfortunately the weather is not looking good for tomorrow so I already postponed the party to Sunday. On the menu...

Crudite
Pigs in blankets
Clam Dip
Barefoot Contessa Guacamole Salad
Ribs
Chicken Fries (like chicken fingers but thinner strips-I get them for the kids but the adults love them too)
Corn
Thai Pasta Salad
Homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches
Assorted pies
Watermelon

Jul 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

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

Yes, you can use any vegetables. It's very good.

Jul 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014

Ha! I know I have mentioned it previously but that's one line I heard years ago that always makes me laugh...someone was questioning the amount of carrots to eat and the leader said "hey, nobody is here because they are eating too many carrots"!

Seriously, this thread has also helped me...really. Thanks to all who keep it going!

Jul 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014

I just weighed in after not weighing in for 3 weeks. Down 2.4. Summer is definitely easier for me. I swear it's the watermelon!

Jul 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

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

I find the eggs to be pretty filling. The other night I came home and it was just me for dinner. I have been keeping Egg Beaters in the house. 1/2 cup is just 1 point. But we were out of that so I used 2 eggs, plus 3 egg whites (I was going to use 4 egg whites and realized that I didn't need so much). I had some leftover cooked spinach in the refrigerator plus some frozen onions. So I threw the onions and spinach in the pan to heat them up, then added the eggs and at the end sprinkled some low fat cheese on top to melt. With that I had 2 slices of WW whole wheat bread with some grape jelly. I actually didn't even finish all of the eggs and saved some for the next days breakfast. All in it was 9 or 10 points, which is pretty good for dinner since I usually leave myself at least 12 or 13 points for dinner.

I have to say I was proud of myself for actually leaving some of the eggs over instead of eating them just because they were there!

I haven't weighed in for about 3 weeks, mostly due to scheduling conflicts, but I plan to go tomorrow. According to my home scale, I am down...we shall see tomorrow.

Jul 02, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Grillin' and Chillin'. . summertime fave's

I made a fantastic marinated flank steak. Comes out great every time. Love it with grilled corn and grilled onions. My husband loves the Mexican corn.

And I just started making this Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Very good.

http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2012...

And my kids love grilled bananas with chocolate and marshmallows stuffed inside....mmmm.

Jul 02, 2014
valerie in General Topics

bacon, avocados and cheese---oh my

Yeah, it's kinda why I took them off my menu. I couldn't really make them in advance. But perhaps with a different kind of bread.

Jul 02, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

bacon, avocados and cheese---oh my

I like this idea.

Also, I was going to make these BLT Caprese Sliders for my July 4th party but not sure...you could add avocado.

http://domesticfits.com/2012/03/09/bl...

Jul 02, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking