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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.

about 21 hours ago
valerie in New York State (exc. NYC)

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...

1 day ago
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

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.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

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.

Client lunch by Lincoln Center

No, not kidding at all. We just went there before seeing a show at Lincoln Center and it was actually pretty good.

And I'm long past my break up days so I'm not really up on where one goes to dump someone.

Apr 17, 2015
valerie in Manhattan

Client lunch by Lincoln Center

+1 on Landmarc.

Or Pomodoro Rosso on Columbus.

http://www.pomodororossonyc.com/

Apr 16, 2015
valerie in Manhattan

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Funny that you mention caesar salad. I have mentioned previously on Chowhound that my husband would die before he would eat a piece of lettuce.

Well, a few weeks ago my husband started eyeballing a caesar salad when we were in an italian restaurant. The next time, he took a bite and kind of liked it. So last weekend, I bought romaine lettuce, croutons, a hunk of parmesan cheese and caesar dressing. Last night, I made roast chicken, mashed potatoes and caesar salad. He ate the salad! He didn't love the dressing (he said it didn't taste as good as it was in the restaurant...and it wasn't). But I told him that we can go to the store and buy a few to try...or I would be happy to make it for him.

I have been with this man for 15 years and he has NEVER eaten a salad of any sort!

And to top it off, my 8 year old non-green-eating son became curious when we (my husband, daughter-who-eats-anything and I) were all talking about the salad and said "mom, can I try some salad?"

Seriously, I thought I was eating dinner with the wrong family last night!

So to anyone out there that wonders whether they should dump a guy because of his eating habits...there is hope!!!

Apr 15, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Meatloaf for the freezer

I have never frozen it raw but I have cooked, cooled, frozen in smaller portions. Works out well.

Apr 11, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

I grew up in NY and then my family moved to NJ and we went to diners a lot and I never saw anyone eating a jelly omelet either!

Apr 11, 2015
valerie in General Topics
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Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

My dad always puts jelly on omelets and I have to say, sometimes when I have an omelet in a diner, I like the combination of whole wheat toast with a thin layer of grape jelly and a bit of the omelet on top (mushroom, cheddar onion). Something about the sweet and salty tastes together. Ketchup has no part in that combination.

Apr 11, 2015
valerie in General Topics
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60th Birthday BBQ Menu Planning

Some side dishes that I like are Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing and Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta and Green Onions.

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

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

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

They are all easy to make mostly ahead and assemble on the day of the event.

I agree with making a VERY detailed list of what you are serving and what has to be heated up or taken out of the refrigerator at what time.

And regarding help, I think you should hire 2 people to help out. Not so much with the cooking but with the cleaning up, clearing plates, making sure there is ice, drinks, etc. It will be money well spent. I find that when I have a holiday dinner for 12 or 16 or 20, I can't be on top of everything...ice, drinks, etc...so with 45 people coming, you will be quite busy.

Apr 10, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

I rarely eat scrambled eggs but I do have an occasional omelet at the diner. I don't actually put ketchup on the eggs, but I put it on the plate, sort of in between the potatoes and omelet (usually mushroom, onion and cheddar). And I kind of dip the fork in the ketchup and put a dab on each bite. And it has to be Heinz.

Apr 09, 2015
valerie in General Topics

Chicken nuggets

Not everybody who celebrates Passover keeps kosher. I grew up in a house where we were not kosher but didn't eat chametz (leavened bread products) on Passover. There would have been no hesitation on my mom's part to serve a cheeseburger...on matzoh of course.

Apr 08, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Chicken nuggets

I would use matzoh meal mixed with lots of parmesan cheese.

Apr 07, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Same Dilemma Every Year

I purposely make extra and freeze it in smaller portions. My kids love it and they will be happy to see it again in a few weeks from now. Especially with noodles.

Apr 04, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Nice...Here are mine!

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Had the first round of company for a Passover seder last night. Served matzoh ball soup, then brisket and artichoke chicken with these dishes as the sides...potato knishes, apple matzoh kugel and asparagus salad. I'm still full!

reheating short ribs

Take them out of the refrigerator an hour or 2 ahead of time and let them get to room temp. Then heat them for 45 minutes to an hour.

Apr 02, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Freeze & reheat an apple kugel?

I make an apple matzoh kugel and I make it ahead but have never frozen it. If you can wait until Thursday to make it, you can keep it in the refrigerator, then take it out a few hours ahead of time on Saturday and let it get to room temp and then heat on 300.

Mar 30, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

LATECOMERS FOR DINNER

I hate when people are late to my holiday dinners. I am hosting a Passover seder on Friday night and we have couple and their daughter coming (in addition to 8 other people) and they are always late. I can't, however, tell them to be at my house at 4:30, since they know that nobody has a Passover seder at 4:30. They have been here many times and they are always late. It used to drive me crazy.

So a few years ago, I decided that we just start when I am ready to start, and if they are here, great, if not, oh well. We do a mini-seder and then the first course is soup. They usually show up around the time the soup is being served...30 minutes after we sat down at the table. I don't like having their 3 empty seats at my table for the seder, but it's really not worthy getting crazy over.

I truly don't think it's a control thing with some people. Just poor time management skills. These people live about an hour away from us and never take things like traffic into account. And it's interesting, the wife is a really hard worker in her career and the main breadwinner in the family. But she always seems to be working until 9 or 10 at night. I sometimes wonder if it's because she just has so much to do at work, or, again, poor time management skills?

Brunch potluck where all the brunch basics are covered...

I had listed my Passover menu in this thread and it was pointed out to me that there were a few dishes that were sweet, including the balsamic dressing for this salad.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1008307

So I'm going to go with a balsamic vinaigrette with dijon...I like the one listed here.

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

Mar 25, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Brunch potluck where all the brunch basics are covered...

This asparagus salad also sounds good. I'm serving a modified version for Passover.

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

Mar 25, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

garbanzo beans

This is from Smitten Kitchen today.

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

garbanzo beans

Instead of plain hummus, I really like this roasted garlic and carrot hummus.

http://doughingrogue.com/2011/09/28/m...

Mar 24, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

The one that I have linked above (and here) from Fine Cooking has no dairy. It was not a requirement for me but at the same time, I didn't want a big cheesy, creamy gratin.

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/po...

Mar 22, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

Of course. I make 2 changes...

I cut back on the sugar. It calls for 1 1/2 cups but I cut it back to less than a cup, around 3/4 cup. It's still plenty sweet.

And I also use dried cranberries instead of raisins.

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

Mar 22, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Passover

Here is the discussion I started about potatoes for Passover.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1008307

I am also serving this Apple Matzoh Kugel. I cut back on the sugar and I also use dried cranberries instead of raisins. You can make this a day ahead.

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

Mar 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

You made a very good point. The kugel is very sweet and I even cut back on the amount of sugar that the recipe calls for. But it is delicious and it has become a staple on the table for Passover.

But, my brisket is on the sweet side too. So the reduced balsamic would probably be too many sweet dishes. It is a good idea to switch the dressing for a simple vinaigrette. Thank you for pointing that out!

And you are right, the potato leek kugel would probably be fine for most everyone, but I still think the knishes would be a better choice for me, only because I can make them ahead of time.

Thanks all!

Mar 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Potatoes for Passover

Plus this really isn't about being kosher. We are most definitely bacon eaters!

Mar 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking