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Busy professional who wants to be cooking home needs some crockpot recipes...

Ok. I'm not giving up on really good home cooking. But weekday cooking requires a different strategy. I just can't come home from work at 7:30 and start a meal. I need to eat before 9 pm. So I have this crockpot. Surely there is some things I can make that don't need as much prep time as ordinary cooking to put in the crockpot and let it do its magic. I'd love any and all suggestions steering towards the healthy side with not too many pre-made ingredients. Thanks for all in advance!

Oct 28, 2013
KingsKetz in Home Cooking

Help ... Lost a favorite basil recipe!

Actually making it tomorrow...but that's a little tight...it was sometime in the 90's for sure before I moved into my house. My best guess is that it would have been in 1993 or 1994. If you ever found it I'd be indebted forever. It's a simple recipe...just whirred together in a blender but soooooooooooooo delicious. Thanks so much for offering to look for it.!

Apr 06, 2012
KingsKetz in Home Cooking

Help ... Lost a favorite basil recipe!

Thank thank you....it at least gives me a working starting point. Many thanks!

Apr 06, 2012
KingsKetz in Home Cooking

Help ... Lost a favorite basil recipe!

Years ago I found a great recipe in Bon Appetit (I believe). It was for roasted asparagus with a basil dressing/sauce. To the best of my recollection it had a lot of basil, olive oil, some anchovies, garlic and I think capers and lemon juice. It had a great bright flavor that married beautifully with the roasted asparagus. It was something everyone, especially me, loved.

Unfortunately I can't find the recipe now. I've tried looking for it online to no avail. I don't know the proprotions. I'd really like to make it for Passover so I don't have a lot of time to figure it out.

Anyone by some remote chance know this recipe or have something like it that you can recommend?

I really appreciate it and so will the 24 other people at my seder!

Apr 06, 2012
KingsKetz in Home Cooking

Any weekday late lunch recommendations near Radio City Music Hall???

Thanks...I will check them out!

Apr 02, 2012
KingsKetz in Manhattan

Share your Seder Menu!

I'm making the second seder for 23-28 people. We haven't firmed it up yet though my husband is agitating for keeping it at 23. Not a bad idea since I don't have Passover dishes for more than 24!

I'm making chicken soup with leek/chive matzoh balls; fish cakes with green horseradish sauce and a small tossed salad; roast turkey, roast tsimmes, vegetable/mushroom kugel; asparagus or broccoli not sure yet which; cookies, white chocolate bark, nut cake with soaking syrup, lemon cakes with berries; coffee/tea.

Now if I can only survive the cleanup part.

Apr 01, 2012
KingsKetz in Kosher

Share your Seder Menu!

Aaron's Gourmet is actually glatt I believe (whatever that really means) and their meats are excellent although expensive. I've loved their duck breast (can't get that anywhere else!) as well as their rack of lamb. I haven't had the duck prosciutto but I will look at it. And the owner is a lovely guy. But it could be because of what I spent at his store one day! lol

Apr 01, 2012
KingsKetz in Kosher

Share your Seder Menu!

Yapsik sounds interest. Can you post a recipe?? And I don't know that kosher cookbook...I'll check it out. Thanks!

Apr 01, 2012
KingsKetz in Kosher

Any weekday late lunch recommendations near Radio City Music Hall???

My niece's graduation from law school is coming up in late May and my family wants a place to go out to lunch after the ceremonies are over. The graduation is at Radio City and I expect that we will be able to make a 2:00 reservation somewhere nearby. We're going to Blue Hill on Sunday for a party in her honor so I don't think the lunch should be too over the top. I've been trying to convince my sister to plan an afternoon tea but I don't think that will fly. I was thinking Japanese food possibly or "continental" (whatever that means these days) but hopefully nothing overly heavy. There will be ten of us I believe.

Your input is greatly appreciated as always!

Apr 01, 2012
KingsKetz in Manhattan

ISO passover seder main courses

While I love brisket and have made it in various styles over a number of Passovers I have made many other main courses with great success. I really like Joyce Goldstein's cornish hen or chicken quarters sephardic style with apricots and tomatoes. Actually any cornish hen works great. You can halve them easily and they cook fairly quickly. I've made 10 at a time. Also, I've really enjoy stuffed breast of veal; osso buco with gremolata works very well and holds well though portions of both of these can be huge if you don't pick your meat carefully. I've also made Chicken Marbella from the Silver Palate cookbook. An old favorite that is recommended and works really well. Also veal brisket marsala I think was excellent. Well I've been doing this for 15 years straight now for groups ranging from 15 to 28 this year and I have opted for turkey believe it or not. Once I set on a roasted tsimmes dish and my fish course I felt the turkey was the right "weight" of dinner course for the meal. So range around and find something that suits your palate. And enjoy!

A sweet Pesach to all.

Mar 28, 2012
KingsKetz in Home Cooking

GOOD Jewish Bakery in Brooklyn???

I agree. My family in NJ always has me brig the challah...especially the "crown" challahs. They are delicious and beautiful!

Feb 22, 2012
KingsKetz in Outer Boroughs

Need a Recommendation for a Restaurant for a Holiday Party

Really? No suggestions at all????!

Dec 03, 2011
KingsKetz in Manhattan

Old Boston Hand in Need of Help

It's great!

Dec 02, 2011
KingsKetz in Greater Boston Area

Need a Recommendation for a Restaurant for a Holiday Party

Our small office (10-14 people) go out together every December for a holiday party. In the past we've had our gathering at Boca Chica, Brick Lane Curry House, Congee Bowery and Seville. We like to sit at one big table, preferably a round one if possible. We like a place with a bar for obvious reasons. And some place that was not deafeningly noisy would be good as well. And the food should be at least good but we would be able with even better food. We like to keep the price range about $40-50 per person liquor, tax, tip included.

We'd like to go somewhere different this year and we need some suggestions. My partner suggested Delta Grill in midtown but I don't know it at all. I was thinking of something along the lines of Hill Country but I don't know their set up. We really are open to a variety of cuisines. Since our office is at Battery Park we prefer to be below 34th Street but we'll go further uptown if a place really fits the bill but definitely not above 59th St.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Dec 02, 2011
KingsKetz in Manhattan

Old Boston Hand in Need of Help

I think so re Durgin Park simply because it's so much a part of old Boston and near so many tourist-y places. The food is fine and some of it is even good --fabulous mashed potatoes for one thing and the roast beef is good as is the fish chowder...their own IPA on tap is really good and it's just a fun kind of place to be.

Sorry about the misspell on Caffe Nuovo.

Nov 29, 2011
KingsKetz in Greater Boston Area

more Brooklyn Fairway disappointment

Well I never go to Whole Foods (like Whole Paycheck...I call it Whole Ripoff). While I know food prices are up there just never seems to be a bargain on anything. That coupled with rotting fruit and veggies mixed in with the good and the lack of unusual produce - I didn't see any wild mushrooms for example this fall just the usual white, cremini and shitake - it doesn't offer anything special. And the cheese department is a travesty. I wanted to buy some Morbier recently and it looked compressed and sad. I just turned it down. While there aren't a lot of good choices in Ditmas for cheese I'd rather go to Blue Apron or some such and even if I'm paying more I get something really good. This isn't worth the price to me. And the people behind the counter, other than a rare few, just don't have any knowledge about the cheeses.

I'm not quitting Fairway just registering my complaint and vowing to be more choosy there. Getting the bulk stuff at Costco which has good prices and at the Church St. market and Trader Joe etc. for the rest.

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Blue Apron Foods
814 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Trader Joe's
130 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Nov 28, 2011
KingsKetz in Outer Boroughs

Old Boston Hand in Need of Help

Many many many thanks to my fellow chowhounds for helping to make this such a successful food vacation...among other aspects of the vacation. In between the MFA to see the Degas exhibit, the Aquarium, Trinity Church, Brattle Book Store, The Holocaust Memorial, Haymarket, Paul Revere's House and the North End and much more we managed to have breakfast at Caffe Novo (wonderful latter wow! and excellent breakfast overall. I could go back there again and again; dinner at Erbaluce on Saturday night -- the ongoing problem of too much food but all very interesting -- caulfilower roasted with capers and raisins and other items, a vegetable risotto very toothsome and boar chops; dinner at Aquitaine - great liver mousse and onion soup and steak frites tho my one complaint was that in my salade lyonnaise the lardons weren't , they were chopped up little bits of bacon. maybe a problem of a Sunday night of a holiday weekend but they didn't get that right but great profiteroles and the mousse looked scrumptious. Wines were good all around. We went on our own for dim sum at China Pearl and enjoyed the carts and the carnival atmosphere. Some differences from NY dim sum. Probably not stellar but for the price and no wait it was damned good. We particularly liked the taro with shrimp; the sesame balls with black sesame paste inside (not sure of the filling really but love that); the chicken feet (yeah, I'm a sucker for chicken feet), and unusual shumai. Didn't much like the rice noodles with shrimp too thick a noodle and we were comped breakfast at our hotel because they failed to make up our room yesterday so we were deprived of another breakfast out. Oh yes...and we did go to Durgin Park for the roast beef and sides....all rather the same as I remember it which was after all the point.

So thanks to all for your help. Hope I can return the favor when you're in Manhattan or Brooklyn. You guys make travel sing.

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China Pearl Restaurant
9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Erbaluce
69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

Nov 28, 2011
KingsKetz in Greater Boston Area

Old Boston Hand in Need of Help

I'm getting very excited to see Boston. Hope for not too chill weather!

Nov 01, 2011
KingsKetz in Greater Boston Area

Old Boston Hand in Need of Help

The October visitor's itinerary was indeed very good. I could also use some suggestions for breakfast...and maybe even dim sum...near my hotel. Hotel restaurants are not my favorite places in general. Overpriced and substandard in my experience. Thanks!

Oct 31, 2011
KingsKetz in Greater Boston Area

Old Boston Hand in Need of Help

Wow! I have some homework to do here. Thanks so much for taking the time to give me such a total answer. I really appreciate it. Also, don't want people to think I only want high end restaurants to visit. A quiet little place with great atmosphere more than works well also. Thank you again for putting in this effort in answer to my question.

Oct 31, 2011
KingsKetz in Greater Boston Area

Old Boston Hand in Need of Help

In another century....truly...I was a college student in Boston. I knew my way around the back alleys and the little known places and always had a great meal. But that was many moons ago.

Now my husband and I are coming up to Boston from NYC for the post Thanksgiving Day weekend. We're staying at the Boston Hyatt Regency near Chinatown from Friday night and leaving Monday. It's my husband's birthday that weekend so it's a bit of a celebration. We're only now in the process of making our plans and I realize I don't have a clue as to where to have dinners or pitstops while we're in town.

I'd love to check out someplace in Chinatown. I printed the "crawl" that appeared here so I guess I'll get some inspiration there. But we'd like to go out for a "nice" dinner on Saturday night. I think seafood or Italian food would be preferred by him though I can always get into a good lobster.

Also would love to know if some of the old standbys: Durgin Park, Regina, Legal Seafood are worth checking into again or if there are other standbys that will stand us better??

Any places that are particularly good for late night hanging out will be greatly appreciated as well.

We're traveling up by train so any restaurant suggestions should be accessible by T, cab or walking. We're willing to head to Cambridge - always fun to walk around there - but not too far to the burbs on this trip at least. If I'm being too limiting or there's someplace great we shouldn't miss please tell me.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Oct 30, 2011
KingsKetz in Greater Boston Area

Downtown Toronto Dinner Suggestions

We are, we are! A great city. Easy walking, lots to look at...people have been very courteous, friendly, welcoming. It makes it a pleasure to be a visitor.

Downtown Toronto Dinner Suggestions

My group of 7 (this evening) all want to thank you for the recommendation of Le Select Bistrot. It was our arrival night so we had the luxury of a more relaxed dinner. We called last minute but they were able to accommodate us at 6 but left us be to have a very leisurely dinner of close to three hours. Everyone in the group was very pleased but none more than me to find marrow on the menu - something I only get to have it seems on the rare occasions I am in Paris. It was heaven. Unctuous, delicious heaven. My bouillabaise (Isp) was also very good and the iles flottante for dessert. THe 1/2 liter of the house red rhone fit the bill for two of us. I tried many other things at the meal -- the duck confit, the cheese plate, the tarte au citron, the frisee with poached egg. Everyone from the 17 year told to the 77 year old found something to enjoy and be happy about. The waitstaff was excellent. There was one short glitch when they began to remove finished appetizer plates while I was still eating but that was swiftly rectified. The best moment was going to the washroom before leaving and getting that awesome view of the kitchen. I definitely would enjoy having this restaurant in MY backyard!

Looking forward to some other excellent meals while I'm here in Toronto. Thanks again for all of the recommendations.

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Le Select
432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

Downtown Toronto Dinner Suggestions

Really great suggestions everyone. Thanks! It's true on the ethnic end that we tend to W. Europe but that's largely because one of our number does not like Chinese food (I'm heading for Toronto dim sum no matter what!), no great love for Turkish or Greek food for a couple of the people, and I've never had Ethiopian food. I think I'm the most adventurous of the group. Thanks for the Japanese suggestions as well as the less expensive ones and the soup options. I definitely want to get to the markets, I hear they are wonderful.

Is it going to be crazy in Toronto at the end of the month for the Caribbean festival? I get the sense it will be right outside our door.

Keep those suggestions coming. I haven't been to Toronto for about ten years so thiat is going to be fun on all sides! I'm definitely making time to explore the museums, shops, neighborhoods etc.

Downtown Toronto Dinner Suggestions

I am going to be in Toronto with my husband and three other friends for about a week starting next Saturday the 23rd. We are staying at the Sheraton Centre. We're in Toronto mostly for the National Bridge Tournament that is being held there so we'll be playing a lot of bridge. We'd like to find some good ethnic restaurants -- Greek, Italian, French, Spanish whatever -- on the more inexpensive side in fairly close proximity to our hotel. We're also hoping to go out to at least one very nice dinner on the first Saturday night since we have more time. We have fairly eclectic tastes though one of our party is on the Atkins diet and so he is bent on high protein. The nice dinner could go to $75-100 a person if it were great. We're willing to travel a bit but prefer public transportation once we've arrived rather than trying to navigate an unfamiliar city.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

I would write them and tell them what went wrong. It's too expensive a dinner (and I do think they have pride of place) to just leave and not say anything. I would be surprised if they didn't try to make it right for you. My experiences at the restaurant have always been good or better than good so I think you should give them a chance.

Jul 11, 2011
KingsKetz in Manhattan

restaurants in niagra on the lake area

I was there last summer. Hands down my favorite meal was at the Stone Road Grille. Sorry i didn't get to go back!

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Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

Good Breakfast Place Downtown Toronto???

Actually I'm going to be in Toronto for the Bridge Nationals. I do want to get to some of the museums and explore some of the neighborhoods though. I'm definitely going to get to Chinatown for some Dim Sum while I'm there...any suggestions though are greatly appreciated.

Weight Watchers Foodies: What are you Cooking? Part 3 [old]

Trying to galvanize myself to (1) eat home more and (2) get back on WW...just saw this post and I must say it's a huge inspiration.

A few weeks back my niece roasted all kinds of veggies -- carrots, brussel sprouts (not my fave), broccoli, cauliflower and cooked up a big pot of ww couscous (you could make barley or kasha or another grain instead) and served it as a simple dinner combining the veggies over the grain with a topping of 0 fat fage with some herbs mixed in. I was put off at first but I must say that was delicious.

Jun 06, 2011
KingsKetz in Home Cooking

Good Breakfast Place Downtown Toronto???

Great. Thank you all! And if you have any dinner recommendations....;-)