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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.

about 3 hours ago
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.

about 4 hours ago
valerie in Home Cooking

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...

1 day ago
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

what do you cook your pancakes on?

I have a Cuisinart Griddler that I use for making panini all the time. I've had it for a few years. Recently, I switched out the plates and put in the griddle plates. I had never used them at all, let alone to make pancakes. I will never go back to a pan again! It was so easy and they came out perfect. I have an electric stove that I hate and it is a constant battle not to burn things. Loved the griddle.

Oct 01, 2014
valerie in Cookware

The Downside of Sharing Recipes...

Funny! There was a bake sale at my daughter's school and I was making brownies. I bought the Ghiradelli ones and I have to say, they were excellent! I may never go back to making them from scratch.

Sep 30, 2014
valerie in Not About Food
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The Downside of Sharing Recipes...

Ha! Good thing I don't know the people!

Sep 30, 2014
valerie in Not About Food

The Downside of Sharing Recipes...

A good friend of mine from work was having a few people over last Friday night. She asked me if I could help her with coming up with some appetizer-type things to serve. She is neither a a great nor terrible cook I don't think...she just doesn't cook a lot plus she has celiac so she is not a good judge of many foods.

She said she wanted to serve meatballs. So I suggested the old grape jelly/chili sauce meatballs because they are easy and, chowish or not, they taste pretty good and people like them. I told her that she could even buy the cocktail meatballs from Trader Joe's. She insisted that she wanted to make the meatballs herself. So I said, "ok, add in some onion, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, etc." She said "no, I'll just use the meat". I said "you should cook them in the sauce for about an hour." She says "oh no, that's too much. I don't cook meatballs for that long". OK, do what you want. I don't like to serve undercooked meatballs with no spices or seasonings.

Next, I suggested that she make this Artichoke Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade from a recipe that I got from Chowhound a few years ago. I have served it no less than 20 times to guests and people RAVE about it. They lick the bowl. I just served it to my family with pita chips last week and they couldn't stop eating it. It's great.

Then I suggested that while she was at Trader Joe's, she could buy the frozen Arancini and serve them with a side of marinara sauce. Not gourmet, but good.

And I suggested a baked brie.

Today at work, I said "how did it go?" She says "everything was awful. The meatballs were disgusting. Nobody ate the dip (tapenade). I had to throw it all in the garbage, except for the brie."

I felt like punching her. And then I remembered that I had given her a tried and true brisket recipe two years ago for Passover that was a disaster and also a Martha Stewart coconut macaroon recipe that my husband (a non-cook) has been making with great success for years and that was a disaster too.

I am so done giving her suggestions.

Sep 29, 2014
valerie in Not About Food
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Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

I love that artichoke-olive spread and I am surprised that I didn't recommend it here, since I know I've suggested it in other thread. It's always a hit.

Sep 28, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking