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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."

Dec 20, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking
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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

large group (30+ people) restaurant in Pittsburgh

This may be a little low ball for you, but some of the King's and Eat n Park restaurants have back rooms. I realize that that probably eliminates any alcohol. But, you did say " any suggestions would be welcome."

Lidia's is, admittedly, at the other end of the spectrum. But a good choice.

Dec 07, 2013
yayadave in Pennsylvania

large group (30+ people) restaurant in Pittsburgh

Penn Brewery has a German style restaurant and a nice private room downstairs.
http://www.pennbrew.com/Restaurant.aspx

Also, Lidia's has a loft that's, of course, apart from the main dining rom.
http://www.lidias-pittsburgh.com/priv...

Dec 07, 2013
yayadave in Pennsylvania

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

A little late to this discussion. I want to mention that the browning function on these things is great for something you will move on to the slo cooker mode. When you brown something in the cooker, it's just a flip of the switch to slo cooker and adding all the rest of the ingredients. Think stew, roast, or soup.

Dec 06, 2013
yayadave in Cookware

Aged in Wood Cocktails

Dec 02, 2013
yayadave in Spirits

Date night help

I have no idea what's available in your neck of the woods. Just by looking around and making an effort to get something decent will probably improve your results.

(And I really HATE to use that snobby sounding "decent.")

Dec 01, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking

Date night help

The green beans sounds like a good switch.

How about some GOOD coffee with dessert.

Dec 01, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking

Aged in Wood Cocktails

I believe we have one in Boston and one in San Francisco. Interesting what the internet can bring together.

Dec 01, 2013
yayadave in Spirits

Date night help

I'm thinking that since you know she's bringing cookies, if you just happened to have some French vanilla ice cream on hand, it might go well WITH the cookies. Those are not just plain sugar cookies, by the way.

If you want to step things up a little, how about a little cheese tray between dinner and dessert?

You might choreograph things a little. Think about removing to another room for cheese and a different wine and going back to the table for dessert, or some variation of this.

Dec 01, 2013
yayadave in Home Cooking
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Aged in Wood Cocktails

Thank you for this information. I though the steel rings would be fine. Guess not.

I seem to have been lucky enough to get good, informed answers to my query.

Are you making eight different cocktails or just using that many barrels to keep the finished product staggered?

I've seen a couple of really interesting recipes with some not so usual ingredients. I'll probably just make one at a time for a start.
These look good:
http://thehoochlife.com/2012/08/5-bar...

Nov 30, 2013
yayadave in Spirits

Gaby et Jules

Thanks

Nov 29, 2013
yayadave in Pennsylvania