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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Spaghetti and meatballs tonight. Barilla thick spaghetti from the box, homemade sauce currently bubbling on the stove and homemade meatballs retrieved from the freezer that will come back to life in the sauce will round out this simple but happy meal. House red will wash things down, maybe a little crusty bread on the side.

This is the calm before the storm, both figuratively and literally. Deb has finalized the Thanksgiving menu, assigned tasks and set times. Now we just have to make it happen.

Both NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans will be on the plasma, Deb insists.

Le Bernardin/Daniel

The short answer is yes, you can eat at the bar at both places.

Some background: I like sitting at the bar at Le Bernardin. They build a decent martini at the cozy space (five stools or so?) and will positively stuff you with very fancy seafood bar snacks. You may not need to order.

I also prefer the bar, as opposed to the lounge area, at Daniel. It's quite intimate. Some staff will huddle there before the dinner rush and get last-minute instructions. I'm a harmless-looking fellow so they speak freely in front of me.

These are two of the better restaurants in Manhattan. You can't go wrong with either.

about 16 hours ago
steve h. in Manhattan

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

This meal hits all the right notes.

about 19 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Oh yeah.

about 19 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Dazzling.

about 19 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

I like the sound of that. Sort of a pimped-out Hot Pocket, Frenchy style.

about 19 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

We washed things down with a modest Pinot Grigio. It was Deb's call and the right call.

If I squint just right, I can make out the face of a koala on this tart.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Dorothy Parker once said eternity was two people and a ham. She apparently never tried Simone Beck's Pantine aux Epinards recipe in Julia Child's From Julia Child's Kitchen.

Spinach and ham, mushrooms and cheese are wrapped in a puff pastry and baked. The recipe calls for a sauce soubise. Deb's been working hard. Arteries will clog but tastebuds will rejoice.

Wine will be at the ready, NCIS: LA will be on the plasma, Deb insists.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Thanks. Steakhouse Night is always a good time.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Calvin Trillin on Thanksgiving:

http://www.rlrubens.com/Thanksgiving....

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Steakhouse meal.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Looks good.

Nov 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Nice.

Nov 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

I've spent some serious time at Raffles Bar in Singapore after the renovation. The Singapore Sling is way too sweet for me but they build a mighty fine gin with tonic on the side. Any relation?

Nov 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Red meat is back on the menu: a Steakhouse dinner!

Deb secured a club steak (Angus) from our market down the road. Cottage fries and creamed spinach will comprise the supporting cast. House red will wash things down, really bad football (Giants-Cowboys) will be on the plasma.

The steak will be seared in a cast iron skillet and finished in the oven. Cheese and port for afters.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Not the only one. ;-)

Nov 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Looks like a professional shot to me.

Nov 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

I must have missed it. How many people are you feeding?

Nov 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Happy birthday! Both the meal and the wine sound good.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Happy Hunt Club.

Nov 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Nice.

Beautiful plating, stunning photography. The flatware is pretty cool, too.

Nov 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Tonight's supper.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Nice. I sometimes think feeding 20 is easier than feeding three.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

I like the sound of that. What's the rest of the menu?

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Nice.

Before, during and after shots, not fancy photography, would be appreciated.

I can almost taste this meal.

Nov 22, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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Keens Steakhouse what to get?

It's the cap meat that makes this cut special. Be clear when speaking to your waitperson that the rib you want is heavy on the cap meat. They'll get it.

Aim for rare to medium rare, be sure the fat is almost melting. Keens is very accommodating if the meat is not cooked to your expectations. Just let them know when ordering so you are both on the same page.

Nov 22, 2014
steve h. in Manhattan

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Cold temperatures and high winds in the morning gave way today to afternoon sunshine and calm. Ahh...

Porkette 2.0 is up tonight. The mac & cheese will reprise its role, carrots sautéed in butter will play a supporting roll. Beer and wine will be on the counter.

Deb is still noodling the Thanksgiving menu. What are you good folk planning? All thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated.

Keens Steakhouse what to get?

I second everyone's recommendations. You might want to add the prime rib of beef to the decision mix. The King Cut is Flintstonian in size. Also, the oysters Rockefeller are pretty good. Lastly, Keens has perhaps the best single malt selection in the city.

Enjoy your meal, pay your respects to Ms. Keens. Her portrait hangs over the bar.

Nov 22, 2014
steve h. in Manhattan

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Leftover soup made it to the counter tonight.

Tortilla and black bean soup only gets better second time around. A bit of salt and a few squeezes of fresh lime resuscitated this warming meal. Beer and wine were at the ready. From Russia With Love will be on the plasma - it's an old timey James Bond movie with Sean Connery as 007. I'm in the mood for hokey stuff.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

My kind of meal.

I enjoyed my stay in Berlin back in June. I should have visited long before. I'll be back.