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The Real Aphrodisiacs for Valentine's Day

Yesterday we started with champagne and a salad, and retired to the next room while the main course cooked, finished dinner with big smiles, happy all around. Why wait till after dinner?

Feb 15, 2012
avenuebalum in Features

The Lebowski Shake (a.k.a. White Russian Milk Shake)

Yeah but there's a lot of whys, wherefores and what have you's to straighten out first.

Jul 10, 2011
avenuebalum in Recipes

What is your favorite homemade "healthy" snackl or baked good?

oh, man. This very moment I am swooning over a can of white beans, drained and sauteed in bacon grease with half an onion with a smidge of garlic, lemon juice, hot sauce and rosemary, pureed, and spread over bread. Fiber never tasted so gooood..

Jun 28, 2010
avenuebalum in Home Cooking

looking for jamaican restaurants in Manhattan for big reunion party.

Looking for a Jamaican restaurant that can host 50 or so people for a reunion party. Any suggestions? I've got Negril Village, looking for others.
thanks for all.

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Negril Village
70 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012

Jun 24, 2010
avenuebalum in Manhattan

Nice BYOB restaurants in Manhattan?

thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I'll keep looking.

Jun 24, 2010
avenuebalum in Manhattan

Nice BYOB restaurants in Manhattan?

I hope to get a list of nice BYOB restaurants in Manhattan. I go out with a bunch of friends I used to work with and they order bottle after bottle of wine while I have one beer and then they want to split the check evenly. I'm out of work right now and can't afford this.
thanks to all.

Jun 24, 2010
avenuebalum in Manhattan

Babies in Bars

When I can drink in their playground, they can hang out at my bar.

Jun 22, 2010
avenuebalum in Features

Whats For Dinner? Part XXXII

for my book club - we're reading "Great Expectations" - I have spent the day making a pork pie...ground pork, diced bacon, succulent pork neck meat at this moment cooling under a puff pastry crust, awaiting the pork aspic, made the old fashioned way with some pigs feet. A pork pie figures largely in the early part of the book, and it's a classic British dish that's been around for centuries. Some Brits are trying to get an appellation for it the same way Parmegiano cheese can only come from one region in Italy. The idea of making the crust on top of everything else was daunting, so I used puff pastry. Can't wait to eat it. Smells great.

May 22, 2010
avenuebalum in Home Cooking

need suggestions for British themed get together....

thank you everybody. Since I am, like many people, low on funds, I must forego the oysters. I like the idea of shepherd's pie, though....thank you, all....

Apr 19, 2010
avenuebalum in General Topics

need suggestions for British themed get together....

I'm hosting my book club in May and we're reading "Great Expectations." I'd like to offer a British themed menu. Any suggestions, welcome but I won't cook kidneys. Maybe a hunk of Stilton and bread (or Welsh rarebit) as an appetizer, but I'm drawing a blank after that. Any other suggestions welcome.

Apr 18, 2010
avenuebalum in General Topics

When you first started cooking away from home, what were some of your disasters?

My first official cooking disaster happened when I was a newlywed. I wanted to impress my husband so I cooked every recipe in the 60 minute gourmet. He liked fish, so I made this combination fish souffle/terrine. It wouldn't souf and it wouldn't terrine -it just sat in the ramekin and refused to be tasty. He talked about it for years; among other things, he would scout my recipes and wouldn't let me use anything but salt and pepper. Thank goodness I got better over the years and he developed some specialties of his own -he made great hollandaise, I made mushroom mousse. We were a good team.

Apr 18, 2010
avenuebalum in Not About Food