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Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, PA

Now that it's being discussed, it's nice to see a round up of just how many good places there are downtown. I had not heard of Butcher and the Rye, so that's a new one for me. And I've been wondering about Cioppino, so I'm glad to see a favorable report. Meat and Potatoes offers a lot of standard items with their own delightful twist. Worth a visit. Somehow the Carlton doesn't get much mention around here, but it's a very traditional place and I can't imagine they'd do a bad steak. And Hyde park has always treated us well. An abundance of riches!!

Mar 14, 2015
yayadave in Pennsylvania

Help me with Bread baking

For a wide assortment of bread recipes that work, look at the King Arthur Flour site. It's easy access. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...
The biggest problem is picking which one to make.

Maybe the easiest way to start is with a recipe for flour, water, yeast, and salt.

OTOH, you already produced a pretty nice looking bread with a more difficult recipe.

Mar 14, 2015
yayadave in Home Cooking
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Did your toaster oven damage your counter/back splash??

Thanks. I can remember to move it forward. I was also worried about the heat on the bottom. It sounds like that's not a problem. I really like the look and usefulness of those big Breville and Cuisinart ovens, but the governing thought was BIG! Too big for our space. Maybe in another year we'll be looking for moving up.

Feb 12, 2015
yayadave in Cookware

Did your toaster oven damage your counter/back splash??

It's a little late to ask this, since our Cuisinart TOB-135 is on the truck, but looking at some on-line instructions, I noticed that the outside of this thing gets very hot. So is it enough to damage the Formica?

Feb 12, 2015
yayadave in Cookware

Pot Roast lacks flavor-suggestions?

As a general rule, for braising, stews, soups and things like that, I like to not use water if I can use something else that adds flavor. For pot roast or stew, wine is good, as has been mentioned. And so is beer.

Jan 29, 2015
yayadave in Home Cooking

Pot Roast lacks flavor-suggestions?

I can add another seasoning suggestion. I put Montreal Steak Seasoning on both sides of the roast before I brown it. But all the seasoning suggestions already presented are just a matter of your particular taste.

The comment saying to caramelize the onions and brown the roast is the technique you need for fuller flavor, no matter what seasoning you use.

I think.

Jan 29, 2015
yayadave in Home Cooking

what else can i make with pot roast cut?

Don't forget beef barley soup.

Jan 24, 2015
yayadave in Home Cooking
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Levain/starter help

What davis said. A starter that ferments for 12 to 24 hours is not sour, but it does add to the texture and taste of the bread. Here's a recipe for a really good loaf.
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

Jan 17, 2015
yayadave in Home Cooking

Darden selling Red Lobster chain

Yeah, but would you like it once you had it?

Jun 19, 2014
yayadave in Chains

Darden selling Red Lobster chain

Do you suppose there will be any new Red Lobsters built? I think this thing will be a big loser.

May 16, 2014
yayadave in Chains

Visited Pittsburgh for a weekend - trip report

Sorry to hear this. Wouldn't be an every day place, but it was fun for it's creativity.

Mar 22, 2014
yayadave in Pennsylvania

MEATLOAF - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for February 2014

Yeah, I have all three Silver Palate books and that 72 Market St. cookbook sounds intriguing, so I just ordered a copy.

In the meantime, I bot the Great American Meatloaf cookbook for me and a couple of friends. I know I have it! Duh!!

Feb 27, 2014
yayadave in Home Cooking

Electric pressure cooker with slow cooker, rice cooker, etc functions...

Don't overlook Miss Vickie's pressure cooker blog in your learning curve. I think she has at least one book out now. Also, Lorna Sass has several books out and a blog and she has been talking about pressure cookers for a while.

http://missvickie.com/

Feb 11, 2014
yayadave in Cookware

Visited Pittsburgh for a weekend - trip report

I'm a little late seeing this, but my 2 cents worth. The two places where you ate that would be mentioned on any list of where to eat in Pittsburgh are Pamela's Diner for breakfast and Salt of the Earth. The rest wouldn't make the list. Sorry you did not do better.

When we're up in your wine country, we always stop at Lakehouse in Vineland.

Jan 25, 2014
yayadave in Pennsylvania

Going Away Party in Pittsburgh - venue ideas?!

I see you haven't gotten much action on this question. You might check this recent thread for a lot of answers as a starter.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926774

Jan 25, 2014
yayadave in Pennsylvania

What? Has anybody else ever heard of this?

The Barilla recipe calls for 1) making a roux, 2) adding milk and bringing to a boil, 3) adding the pasta and cooking it, 4) removing from the heat and adding the cheese.*

Pretty simple and works well. You still dress it up by choice of pasta and cheese(s).

*Hope I didn't forget any steps.

I'd bet that in TJ's time the raw milk was much richer and thicker than what we get today, so they would probably have had to thin it with water to cook with it.

Jan 18, 2014
yayadave in Home Cooking

Date night help

Just the fact that you took the time and had the courtesy to "call back" and let folks here know how things worked out speaks well for you. I'm sure the date noticed and was favorably impressed by your thoughtfulness.

Jan 17, 2014
yayadave in Home Cooking

What I do NOT want in a Cookbook

I was thinking of ordering out some fast food for those guests who just shovel it in.

Dec 28, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking

What I do NOT want in a Cookbook

Did you cook for them again? Or just order out? Fast food.

Dec 27, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking

What I do NOT want in a Cookbook

http://www.post-gazette.com/breakfast...

I wasn't particularly trying to be obscure. Sorry. Hope this helps.

Dec 25, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking

What I do NOT want in a Cookbook

Ina had a good take on this in an interview. Just figure out what you want it to be and how it should taste and keep trying/cooking it until it does.

Dec 21, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking
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What I do NOT want in a Cookbook

I don't want a cookbook where I have to look in the "U's" for "Uncle Charlie's Famous Chili" in stead of the "C's" for Chili. How about a decent, useful index.

I don't like ridiculous recipes like "Chop 2 pounds of sirloin steak into 1" pieces" when it's STEW!

And as others have mentioned, don't tell me "dice 3 potatoes." Either "2 pounds" or "3 cups."

7 Fishes -- give me some kind of easy, tasty fish dishes

Dec 19, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking

7 Fishes -- give me some kind of easy, tasty fish dishes

If you have a good fish market around you or a good market, they may have prepared flounder stuffed with crab meat. Just dab with butter and broil. Easy and quick, but good.

Dec 16, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking

7 Fishes -- give me some kind of easy, tasty fish dishes

Yes on poached fish. You can make several small packets with different things on top, like lemon and herbs or salsa or whatever else you can think up or care to try or ever heard of. And then cook in about 12 to 15 minutes. And when you cut them open and get a whiff .. WOW.

Dec 16, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking

Seriously, if the Pope were your invited guest.

I was thinking with this new guy, BBQ chicken, mac & cheese (w/ a little gorgonzola), and cole slaw and some Sam Adams or Yingling. Fine American eats.

Dec 11, 2013
yayadave in General Topics

large group (30+ people) restaurant in Pittsburgh

Downtown today I just bumpt into another possibility.
Six Penn Kitchen
http://www.sixpennkitchen.com/2011-Si...
They get around to telling you what spaces they have at the bottom of all the menu options.

Dec 08, 2013
yayadave in Pennsylvania

large group (30+ people) restaurant in Pittsburgh

Boy, I really don't know. The place I saw was the Drum Bar. It opens at 4 pm every day but Sunday, when it opens at 12 pm. So last Friday in the afternoon they were able to have a closed party in the afternoon. But they might have some private, multi-purpose rooms available. I would have never thought of it until I saw the gathering on Friday. Sorry I can't be more help.

Dec 08, 2013
yayadave in Pennsylvania

large group (30+ people) restaurant in Pittsburgh

Here are a few surprise entries. PNC Park, Heinz Field, and the Casino. All do private affairs. Also, maybe the Mozart room at Heinz Hall does these. I don't know. I noticed that the Casino bar was closed on a week day when we went to lunch, but as we left we could look down into there and there were serving tables set up and people gathered.

Dec 07, 2013
yayadave in Pennsylvania

large group (30+ people) restaurant in Pittsburgh

Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille at 2106 Penn Ave. has a loft. I don't know if they use that space for private parties. Good seafood. It can get noisy, depending on when you're there.

Dec 07, 2013
yayadave in Pennsylvania