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Just ate lobster for the first time

I rarely, if ever, order lobster in a restaurant but I love lobster rolls. Luke's is great.

Aug 19, 2014
valerie in General Topics

Cold Side Dish Ideas (for tonight!)

I like that orzo salad. This sweet & sour cucumber dish is great too. I add some red onion. You can use a food processor to slice the cucumbers and it goes very quickly.

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

Aug 18, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

I'm swearing off all-you-can eat sushi places

Hmmm, we never have a problem with chatty teens. I am there pretty much once a week for dinner (I play tennis one evening a week with my friends and then we go there for dinner). And I've never been for lunch.

Help with turkey sandwiches for twenty Dragon boaters.

I find that if you use a piece or 2 of iceberg lettuce between the bread and the mustard or other condiment, it keeps the bread from getting soggy. Not sure why some iceberg would keep the sandwich from being flat?

Aug 17, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

I'm swearing off all-you-can eat sushi places

I'm not PlasticMoonRain but I have been to Yamanoya once. I thought it was okay but we much prefer Kirari which is right there too. No frills atmosphere but we like the food.

coconut macaroons

I make these and use chocolate chips.

http://www.marthastewart.com/314385/c...

Aug 15, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Inn at Pound Ridge open

We had a nice dinner there recently as I posted above. We were seated promptly, in fact early, the service was pleasant and we enjoyed the food. Was it the best meal I had in my life? No. Am I the type of person that winecountrygirl refers to? Definitely not. But we had a nice dinner with friends and I think it's worth a try.

Best Zucchini bread and/or muffin recipe

Great! I occasionally throw in some applesauce too or even chopped apples if I have some apples hanging around that are on the verge of going bad. These muffins are pretty forgiving!

Aug 14, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

I don't care for egg whites so I use Egg Beaters when I make something like this. You get a lot of bang for your buck..good amount of eggs and low points.

Aug 14, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

Hey, .4 isn't so bad. And very impressive that you tracked the licking of the beaters and the the bowl!

Your dinner looks delicious!

Aug 14, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

cooler needs ice????

At my July 4th party I always have a cooler filled with ice and drinks and I am always surprised that after sitting outside in July for 8 or 9 hours, there is still plenty of ice left and the drinks are still freezing cold.

You will be fine with ice packs, the frozen items and perhaps some water bottles or jars, like others have said, if there is space left.

Aug 13, 2014
valerie in General Topics

What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

I haven't cooked a lot this Summer. With one kid away at sleepaway camp and my husband and I each playing tennis in the evening during the week (separately), it's been a lot of meals on the fly. But last night my husband, son and I were all home so I cooked.

I mentioned this shrimp curry in another thread and it reminded me to make with. With roasted vegetables and rice, it was good.

http://www.jocooks.com/main-courses/s...

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

I don't eat breakfast before I leave for work...I bring it with me. I like to sit down at my desk, drink my coffee and eat my breakfast around 9:30 or 10. I don't need a huge breakfast and eating it a little later makes it so that I'm not quite as hungry for lunch around 1.

And when I work from home, I also eat breakfast around 10.

Aug 12, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

I work at home a few days a week and at my office the other days. On days that I go into the office, I always prepare my breakfast and lunch the night before. There is no way I'd bring it if I had to get it ready in the morning.

I like to keep breakfast low in points...usually 4 points at the most. Some cereal with skim milk and a banana. Or yogurt, cereal and a banana.

On days that I work from home, I have 2 slices of WW bread toasted, 2 laughing cow cheese wedges, sliced tomato. Or egg beaters with spinach, mushrooms, laughing cow cheese.

Aug 11, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Need gluten and oil free recipes for relatives coming to visit! Please help!

This coconut shrimp curry is good and gluten free. You can make it with chicken instead. And I buy the light coconut milk in the can that they have at Trader Joe's. You could use butter to cook the onion or just some Pam.

http://www.jocooks.com/main-courses/s...

And this grilled chicken satay is good too with peanut sauce. You can easily omit the oil.

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

Aug 11, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

HELP! What Goes With Grilled Veggies?

A pasta salad?

Aug 11, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

Mexican corn salad. Something like this.

http://www.thekitchn.com/potluck-reci...

Aug 10, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

Two suggestions...only have a burger when it will be worth it. No point in splurging on a mediocre burger.

Or, make it at home. Use a 3 point roll, lean beef, low fat cheese and perhaps turkey bacon. Still pretty tasty and satisfying.

Aug 07, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

Without really knowing what in there and assuming they are not using low fat cheese or lean ground beef, I get:

3 slices of bacon -- 4 points
6 oz. of 80/20 ground beef -- 12 points
Roll -- 4 points
2 oz. of cheddar -- 6 points

That's 26 points not including bbq sauce or chips or slaw.

Aug 07, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

That's great!! And while I don't love scallops, those look so nice!

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

You can go over 26 points. You get the additional 49 points for the week so you can use a few each day or save them for a big splurge. I try not to rely on the 49 points but I won't give up regular half & half in my coffee in the morning so I count a few points each day towards that.

Stick with it! It can be slow but it works.

Aug 05, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Antipasto skewers kind of like these. You can make them with anything you like and leave out the salami on some if there are any vegetarians. I made them for July 4th a few years ago and they were a big hit. My skewers were a little smaller than these.

http://livelovepasta.com/2012/01/anti...

Or this Pea Dip with Parmesan with pita chips or crackers. Love this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/din...

Aug 05, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Fun restaurant for kids with good food for adults?

+1 on Korean bbq. We have gone to Gyu-Kaku and my kids like it.

Aug 04, 2014
valerie in Manhattan

Inn at Pound Ridge open

We went to dinner here last night with a group of 6. Based on what I read we expected to wait for our table but 4 of us arrived about 10 minutes before our reservation and we were seated immediately at table in a little alcove downstairs. The place is beautiful, especially after it got dark and all the candles were flickering.

As we were waiting for our friends to arrive, we ordered the crab crostini, ricotta with strawberry compote and salami/cheese plate. They were all delicious. Our friends arrived as that food was getting to our table and they wanted to try the crispy calamari and crispy sushi with hamachi so we got that too. I am not a fan of either of those in general but I did taste a piece of the calamari and it was light and crispy and I loved the dipping sauce (more like a foam!). I thought the bread was fine but, as someone else here mentioned, one of my friends commented that she would have liked warm bread.

For entrees, my friend and I shared the parmesan crusted chicken and prosciutto wrapped pork chop. I rarely order chicken (or pork chops) in a restaurant but this sounded good so we tried it. They were both tasty...I liked the chicken a little more. The pork chop was a little dry but this was probably our fault because when the waiter asked how we wanted it done, we told him more or less well-done. Others at the table ordered the lobster, rigatoni with meatballs and burgers. I didn't try any of those. My husband was one who ordered a burger and he thought it was good, not great.

Dessert -- my husband and I had the salted caramel sundae and the chocolate cake. Having been to ABC Kitchen and dreaming about the salted caramel sundae after we ate there, this was a dream come true! This is up there in my top 5 desserts anywhere. The chocolate cake was okay but after a bite or 2 of that, I stuck to the sundae. Love it.

Overall we had a nice dinner and I would definitely return.

Best Zucchini bread and/or muffin recipe

I have made these muffins several times and my kids love them. A few changes that I make...I cut back on the butter and sugar. And my son would not eat raisins or walnuts so instead, I throw in some chocolate chips. And if I happen to have some overripe bananas, I mash them up and throw them in.

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

Aug 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

Glad you got back on board!

Jul 31, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

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

We go to Cheesecake Factory maybe 3 times a year and I have to say, as much as I don't like seeing the calorie counts on menus, it definitely helps me to make better choices. I mean, I may have an extra piece of bread from the bread basket (or 2!) but I couldn't bring myself to order something that is over 2,000 calories! Some of the "salads" have 1,700 calories!!!

Jul 31, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

other 1 pan dinner ideas?

This spicy chicken with tomatoes and marjoram is very easy and very good.

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

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

We have a panini maker and we have them sometimes for dinner. I always make them for my husband and kids and then I eat something more WW friendly even though I would love to eat a big old panini dripping with melted cheese.

But last time I made them for my family, I made one for myself using 2 slices of WW whole wheat bread (2 points), some roasted peppers, 2 slices of WW cheese (2 points) and a bit of grilled chicken and I figured the whole sandwich to be about 7-8 points. Would it have been a little better if I used the giant slices of sourdough? Definitely! But it was pretty satisfying and I felt completely in control.

My Chowhound Wedding

Everything looks fantastic! Congratulations!

Jul 29, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking