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anyone have a salad to go with this delish vinegrette?

Below is my favorite vinegrette- I sub pumpkin oil for the veryt hard to find pistachio oil and its delicious. Ive made it many times but Im curious what everyone thinks would be good matches as Im bringing it to Thanksgiving.

Fresh corn has worked great in past giving it some crunch...fresh herbs are necessary for me- mint, parsely or cilantro has worked in the past...

Pistachio-Caper Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS
Finely grated zest of 2 medium lemons
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from about 2 1/2 medium lemons)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 heaping teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup drained capers in brine, minced
1/4 cup roasted pistachio oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup minced red onion (about 1/2 small onion)
INSTRUCTIONS
Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and capers in a medium, nonreactive bowl and whisk to dissolve the salt. Slowly add pistachio and olive oils, pouring them in a thin stream while whisking constantly. Stir in onion, taste, and adjust seasoning as desired.

Nov 25, 2008
nyc44 in Home Cooking

what is the purple-ish named restaurant i am thinking of?

Prune it is. Youre the best.

thanks!

Oct 18, 2007
nyc44 in Manhattan

what is the purple-ish named restaurant i am thinking of?

Downtown chowhound favorite i have been meaning to go to and i cant remember the name! i remember the name being something like purple. its often been said to have the best brunch in the city.....

Oct 18, 2007
nyc44 in Manhattan

Engagement Party Location

We had our engagement party at a place called Jadis on the LES. It worked out great. It is definatley a wine centered place, but they offer a few delicious beers on tap in and the bottle. The wine list is extremely affordable, yet every wine we had seemed to be perfect for what we wanted. Their menu is great. We ordered a few cheese platters and some delicious quiches, puffs, etc. They come out on a rustic board and people are free to eat a little of everything. We reserved the back part of the restaurant which has 3 huge leather couches next to a window. If you have any smokers, there is a backyard (as far as NYC is concerned) where they can step out and "get some fresh air". The owners are friendly and decent and happy to have you. The place had just the right crowd for what we were looking for. For us it was perfect, the only drawback could be the location, its definatley not in a fancy area. I would also say if they have another party it might be too crowded. There was another party there when we were there and it worked out fine, but we had about 30 people.

http://www.jadisnyc.com

Congratulations! Have Fun!

Oct 18, 2007
nyc44 in Manhattan

Best brunch in NY?

Must include an outstanding bloody mary!

Sep 28, 2007
nyc44 in Manhattan

Something light and flavorful by 43rd st?

Going to Town Hall tonight and want to grab a good glass (or 2!) of wine before the show. Any cuisine will do, but I am looking for food that is not too heavy...

TIA

Sep 26, 2007
nyc44 in Manhattan

Brunch in Bayside, anyone?

i have also heard great things about baraka, i am dying to go there. I did not know they had brunch, good tip. My fiancee swears by the Chesters brunch, though he is easily wooed by a good bloody mary! I have not been there but he says they have a ....." cajun/ irish brunch". go figure. 50+ crowd!!!

Sep 07, 2007
nyc44 in Outer Boroughs

Brunch in Bayside, anyone?

bourbon street on bell bvd (near Uncle Jacks) also offers brunch. i shy away from bourbon street becase there is a certain boozy smokey element to the place, but the food is decent to good. If its not too crowded you can sit at the bar for 10 bucks or so. Dont quote me on price, but very cheap.

Aug 31, 2007
nyc44 in Outer Boroughs

Brunch in Bayside, anyone?

oooohhh.... good one. we need a brunch place in Bayside for sure! I live around the corner from Plum. I think the bruch is great there, the cocktails are small but spot on and delicious. (plumtinis are good). The salmon was cooked perfectly on delicious bread and served with greens the way i like, acidic with fresh lemon juice. Good deal for seafood at brunch. You cant really mess up nutella, but the croissant with bananas and nutella is soooooo good. I did have eggs there once that were sort of dry and nothing special. i would give it another try before you write it off.

Aug 31, 2007
nyc44 in Outer Boroughs

What is the deal with Stella?

i have heard that stella is very low in calories, perhaps that buzz is giving it some lift in popularity as well.

Aug 29, 2007
nyc44 in Beer

Freiburg, Germany in October?

i too, am a laid back vegetarian who has visited Freiburg in October! Unfortunatley it was many years ago... What a beautiful place though, I ve wanted to go back since. October is a good weather for hiking, etc.
Having lived in northern Germany, I will tell you that while its not as bad as some may say- only brats for miles- it is no doubt a meat centered cuisine. Your best bet will be to sample the Kohl- red cabbage dishes were always delicous and a staple at any traditional restaurant. Most of the restaurants in Schwartzwald will be old school and traditional.
On a side note, if you happen to see one of the ubiquitous Turkish Pizza stands, do not pass it by! These days Turkish culture is a big part of German culture. They are basically pitas with a salad, tsatsiki ( turkish version forget name) sauce, and some sort of brown stuff in them....eggplant? breading? though they always assured me there was no meat i cant say i was convinced... (you may get a lot of this "there is not meat in this dish. Just a little bacon.") Didnt stop me from having them though, my friend and I had them many years ago and still talk about them. mmmm... turkish pizzas...
Enjoy, have fun!

Aug 25, 2007
nyc44 in International Archive

Mauviel vs. All Clad

very cool. are they dishwasher safe?

Aug 25, 2007
nyc44 in Cookware

Mauviel vs. All Clad

So I am trying to make a decision with my head and not my heart.... have a few questions before I register for copper or stainless steel?

Bear with me by the way, I know Fred and Wilma just posted a similar topic, but my concerns are the exact opposite of theirs!

I am a lover of food with beginner skills. I adore the look of copper and the idea of having it forever. I have done research on the difference between the metals and have come to the conclusion that copper is the best way to go... however price and care are concerns for me.

I am just trying to get my mind around just how high maintenence Mauviel is? How high maintenance is the tin lining? Specifics here please...

For someone who is not a professional cook, is it more reasonable to go with the competant and affordable All Clad? Perhaps I should go with a Mauviel sautee pan and all rest All Clad? I am a vegetarian so I cook a lot of grains, tofu, veggies.

Thanks!

Aug 25, 2007
nyc44 in Cookware

2002 red wine recs?

Looking to give a bottle of wine from the year a couple met as an wedding gift. Should be within the $150-$250 range. They love wine, as do I, but I have only very basic wine knowledge. Looking for something not too dry (no merlot), cabernet, pinot noir good. They met Jan 2002, but any from 2002 will do... Thanks!

Aug 07, 2007
nyc44 in Wine

Top Chef- right now

am i the only one who thinks hung framed (is it Joey?) Joey to be cut?

Hung is so evil and Marcel like, I just dont buy that he couldnt bring himself to drive the most important point of the challange home. and it worked!

Aug 02, 2007
nyc44 in Food Media & News

fixin for gelato!!! in queens!!

ha, we had brunch in port washington, i should have asked this morning, could have picked up on way back! just went to website they are open until 11 - love the philosphy. thanks!

Jul 29, 2007
nyc44 in Outer Boroughs

Trader Joe's Queens update

yess!! we need TJ in Bayside!!! hopefully they will carry two buck chuck. havent had it yet!

Jul 29, 2007
nyc44 in Outer Boroughs

fixin for gelato!!! in queens!!

craving gelato big time in bayside, douglaston, flushing area... willing to travel a bit.. good ice cream good too thanks!

Jul 29, 2007
nyc44 in Outer Boroughs

tofu noodles

I see these in the health food stores all the time. Bought them once, marvelled at their nutritional value, lack of carbs, and cant remember what I made with it. Suffice it to say if I cant remember it, unsuccessful dish.

Has anyone cooked with these supremely nutricious, albeit slimey, noodles?

Jun 20, 2007
nyc44 in Home Cooking

"on shore" on shelter island?

New restaurant on Dering Harbor on Shelter Island called On Shore. Anyone been there?

Recs for party of 50ish, DT rustic

Looking for Recs for an informal enagement party/ get-together .(east village/ LES/ westvillage) . Would like somewhere that people can hang loose a bit, have room to move. Looking for an affordable spot with great apps/ muchies/ wine. This will not be a sit down dinner, but we would like to have some food passed around. Open to any cuisine, tapas, italian,.. Mainly just want it to be affordable and comfortable. Any thoughts on Jadi? Thanks!

Jun 05, 2007
nyc44 in Manhattan