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whole roasted chicken left out cooling 4 hrs

I buy rotisserie chickens all the time in the middle of the day and leave them on the counter until dinner time. In my house, nobody has ever died or gotten sick from the chicken.

Dec 24, 2014
valerie in General Topics

Rocky Road Cake recipe or guidelines?

Here's a rocky road cookie cake that looks good to me. I am not a big fan of cheesecake but love rocky road!

http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/...

Dec 24, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Jewish Christmas

Christmas for us is, and always has been, about going to the movies and having Chinese food for dinner. That's just what Jews in NY do.

But then we had kids and neither my nor my husband's parents lived nearby to babysit. So we started another tradition of going to Nathan's in Coney Island for lunch, the NY aquarium since it's open on Christmas Day (it's filled with orthodox Jews, Asians and us!), and then Chinese food for dinner.

Then 2 years ago there was hurricane Sandy and the aquarium did not do so well. And since my kids are 8 and 10 now, we have gone back to going to the movies. But we are switching it up this year and having sushi for dinner.

Cook on Christmas? No way.

Dec 23, 2014
valerie in General Topics

What do you not order in restaurants...

I don't have many rules but I mentioned pesto. My homemade version is very simple and good. Often, in restaurants, it is not good....they add cream or it's way too oily, or whatever. So after being disappointed many, many times, I gave up on ordering it at (most) restaurants.

And the thing for me about chicken is this...it's not so much that I can make it better at home. It's just that I make it a LOT at home in a million differnt ways, so I rarely order it in a restaurant. I'd just rather order something that I don't make at home too often.

What do you not order in restaurants...

Pesto, especially in the Winter. I make it all Summer and freeze it in small batches to pull out during the Winter months. More often than not, my homemade pesto is better than pesto in most places.

Dec 21, 2014
valerie in General Topics
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Why It's Impossible To Have A Christmas Party In 2014. This Is Gold.

Ha!

Dec 20, 2014
valerie in Not About Food

`Best mail order citrus?

I was just about to post about Gregory's as well. My parents order us the honeybells and they are good. One year, I sent back the customer service card that came with the shipment because the fruit was not in great condition when it arrived. A whole new box appeared a few days later.

Dec 20, 2014
valerie in General Topics

All-Clad

When I got married 12 years ago, I wanted All-Clad but my mother convinced me to register for something less expensive. After the wedding, I took all the pans that I got, and exchanged them for All-Clad.

I hate them and I never use them. My favorite pan right now is a cheapish one that I got at Costco. Works much better for me than the All-Clad.

Dec 19, 2014
valerie in Cookware

thursday night dinner in white plains

Sam's of Gedney Way.

westchester bagels is their a good one out there?

In Westchester Magazine...

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Bl...

Happy Hanukkah Everyone! What's for dinner?

My husband's birthday was December 8 and as part of his gift, I ordered him 5 flavors of bacon from some place in Kentucky. We haven't had a chance to try it yet, so tonight we had breakfast for dinner...pancakes, eggs and bacon. Nothing says Happy Hanukkah like bacon :)

I almost served latkes on the side but instead we will have a more traditional meal later in the week.

Dec 16, 2014
valerie in General Topics
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Bistro 808 Scarsdale

I have been a few times, though not in a while. It's good, not great. Not a destination restaurant but if it's convenient or if you are in the area, it's worth a try. I have been for lunch, too, and the salads and sandwiches are pretty good.

Weight Watchers Foodies - From the Frying Pan into the Fire Edition! December 2014

Congratulations! That is amazing!

Dec 16, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Open for Christmas in Westchester?

We always go for something Asian but a few of the steakhouses are open too...Benjamin, BLT Steak, Ruth's Chris.

Holiday cocktail party menu ?

I made the endive with goat cheese one time and it did not go over well with my guests. But, another time, I made frico (parmesan cups) and I put this arugula salad in them and they were a huge hit. The frico can be made ahead of time, as can the salad and the dressing, and you just have to assemble before guests arrive.

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

Dec 11, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Stone Crabs in Westchester

Thanks for the reminder/suggestion about ANS. I have never been there before but have always meant to stop in. I called late last week and they said they would have the stone crab claws on Monday. So I went today and picked up about 15 claws. Not cheap but certainly less expensive than having them shipped from Florida. I made my own mustard sauce.

It was my husband's birthday today and he was not only shocked by the stone crab claws, but beyond thrilled!

Weight Watchers Foodies - From the Frying Pan into the Fire Edition! December 2014

I had an atrocious week! I mean, really bad. Not 1 but 2 steakhouse dinners, big Italian meal for lunch one day, "mom's night out" with drinks, lots of bread, desserts the whole week...just bad.

And yesterday, I had to get my daughter to her concert and we were supposed to give the kids lunch before they got there. And I forgot. So as we were driving, I quickly thought about what was on the way. It was pouring rain and we were in a hurry. I remembered that there was a Burger King. So we drove through. And I ate a fried chicken sandwich. And fries. Haven't eaten Burger King in ages. And it tasted good!

Then, I was a volunteer at the concert to help with the kids. This went through dinner. There was pizza and chicken fingers. So that's what I had for dinner. Yikes.

Tomorrow is my husband's birthday. But one of the steakhouse dinners was tonight and that was for his birthday. Tomorrow I am getting seafood for dinner...crab legs, shrimp, so that should be okay.

The good news is that this madness was all lumped into 1 week. Now it's time to move on.

westchester bagels is their a good one out there?

I used to like the ones in the Golden Horseshoe but now I like the bagels at Sammy's on Weaver Street.

Make ahead appetizer

There are some good ideas here...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/989484

Dec 04, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Stone Crabs in Westchester

Thanks, will try them.

Stone Crabs in Westchester

Does anyone know of a place to buy stone crabs in Westchester? I was about to order from Joe's Stone Crab but they don't deliver them on Mondays and I need them on Monday. Thanks.

Weight Watchers Foodies - From the Frying Pan into the Fire Edition! December 2014

I managed to do okay with the "holiday is one day" approach for Thanksgiving and got up the next day and got back on track. Last few days have been good.

Unfortunately, I have a crazy busy week this week, including 2 business dinners and a business lunch. So there's that. Then my daughter is in a concert this weekend and there are longish rehearsals a few afternoons/evenings this week, so that means dinners being eaten on the fly. Not a good thing. I will try but eating so many meals out in any week is hard.

Dec 01, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watcher's Foodies - Return to the Bermuda Triangle Edition! November 2014 [old]

I bet by Tuesday that 2.5 will be gone...hopefully :)

I definitely ate a ton on Thanksgiving and it didn't feel good. It was the "I can't breathe" kind of full. I wanted so badly to take leftovers home but didn't...well, except for a lot of turkey for my dog (and she was so thankful)!

I ended up having a relatively in-control weekend. Not sure I want to get on the scale yet, but I feel like but my weigh in on Thursday all should be okay.

Nov 30, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Best New Thanksgiving Dish

I didn't host (my sister did) and in addition to making the usual turkey, she decided to order a honeybaked ham. It was a huge hit!

Nov 30, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Sofrito White Plains

We had dinner here about 2 weeks ago. When we walked in the music was beyond loud so thankfully we were seated in the back room. We thought we were in trouble when they brought us into the back room and there was a table for about 30 people set up for a birthday party. But they arrived around 8 and I have to say that our waiter/service was really good.

We shared a few appetizers...lobster tacos, mini cuban sandwiches, empanadas, Spanish sausage in red wine. All were delicious.

For an entree, I ordered the Sofrito Paella with everything in it. Not sure why but I had low expectations. It was actually pretty good. My friend wanted to try the "mofongo" which was plantains, pork skin, ropa vieja so I said I would share with her. This was weird and I can't really say I liked it, though the ropa vieja part was good. It was just the plantains/pork skin part that I didn't like. My husband and another friend had the grilled steak and scampi and they enjoyed it.

We had a chocolate mousse thing for dessert.

I would go back, but as others have mentioned, it was loud on a Friday night at 7:00. I think that I would order more appetizers/tapas next time and skip the entree.

Best New Thanksgiving Dish

This was the 2nd year I made this corn pudding and again it was a big hit.

1 can creamed corn
1 can corn, drained
1 stick melted butter
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
1 cup sour cream
1 egg

Mix together, bake at 350 in a deep dish until done (about 45-55 minutes).

Nov 29, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

"Boeuf Bourginon without the beef. Lots of different mushrooms."

Mushroom Bourguignon

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/0...

ISO advice from seasoned cookie bakers and/or crafty types

I was thinking exactly the same thing when I read this post earlier but I was reluctant to say it since I didn't want to be a downer.

I think the bigger issue is that when you bake the cookies, you have to let them cool completely before you decorate them and that could take a while.

At the very least, I would make the dough ahead of time and have it chilled. The girls can roll out the dough and use the cookie cutters.

Or, make the cookies yourself in a variety of shapes. And maybe they can make something easy, like chocolate chip cookies, which are quick and easy and needless to say, can be eaten warm, and then they can just decorate the pre-made cookies.

This recipe is literally No-Fail Sugar Cookies.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5791...

Nov 28, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Cranberry Sauce?

Just saw this and thought it looks good.

Oatmeal Chocolate & Cranberry Bars

http://hostthetoast.com/oatmeal-choco...

Nov 28, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Cranberry Sauce?

+1 for mixing with chili sauce and making meatballs.

Nov 28, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking