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kitchen OWIES!?!

Your first story echos what happened to me. Removed the pan with potholders, turned around to wash my hand, then immediately went back and grabbed the handle to put the pan in the sink. It was about 20 seconds after it came out of the oven. Ouch.

Mar 30, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food
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kitchen OWIES!?!

I'm always super vigilant about putting a potholder on the handle of the pan that just came out of the oven... except once a few months back. Grabbed my SS allclad immediately after removing it from a 550 degree oven.

12 hours later when I was still unable to remove my hand from an ice bath, I called the DR. 3 vicodin and a gauze wrap later and I finally fell asleep.

I worked in resto kitchens for 5 years and got a variety of burns and cuts but this was, by far, the worst pain i've ever experienced. Made a sick blister, too!

Mar 30, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

Alternatives to LeCreuset?

We got a staub as a wedding gift in Oct and I can confidently say that it is THE most used piece of cookware in our household. I use it for EVERYTHING. I'm sure that a cheaper version of the same thing would probably suffice, but I'm shocked at that fact that it took me till the age of 30 to obtain this amazing pot. Its just...perfect *single tear rolls down cheek* for everything. If they didn't weigh a thousand lbs, I would get a whole set.

Mar 23, 2014
CarmenR in Cookware

Great/fun cooking/butchering/knife classes in BK

My husbands bday is coming up in april and I'm heavily considering getting him a cooking/butchering/knifeskills class in brooklyn (or on a weekend in manhattan.) We're pretty good cooks and he has really decent knife skills, so it would need to be something sort of offbeat in that capacity OR be butchering. I've been googling and everything is either REALLY expensive ($500+) or really beginner-centric (like brooklyn brainery.)

Any ideas? Also this is not secretly a gift for me, I'm going to get admission for two but he's welcome to bring his bromance best friend (esp if it's knifeskills, which will give me a heart attack.)

Any other cool cooking-centric suggestions are welcome!

Mar 20, 2014
CarmenR in Outer Boroughs

Talde

I'm going to have to disagree about Dale not working there- out of the 10 times we've been to talde I've seen him probably 7-8.

Mar 17, 2014
CarmenR in Outer Boroughs

Low carbers- what is your limit?

I like shirataki noodles too, actually! And I like mashed cauliflower better than mashed potatoes! But I think it's a disappointing game to try to make low carb "muffins" and the like, plus then you get into the frankenfood zone where youre using a TON of artificial sweeteners and weird thickeners and whatnot.

I will admit, however, to wanting to try a low carb icecream recipe that I saw which called for xantham gum (which I actually have, the husband is a physics and gastro nerd and we have lots of weird additives from his experiments.) If I have success, I'll report back!

Mar 16, 2014
CarmenR in Special Diets
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"Sundays are the Worst"

This type of stuff makes me SO glad I live in NYC... however, I am from NC and vividly remember this type of... shenanigans when I was waiting tables and working retail. It's a shame... one rotten apple spoiling the bunch.

Mar 16, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

Low carbers- what is your limit?

I'm 81 days into a keto diet, 1500 cal a day goal with no more than 20 net carbs. I have gone over my carbs three times thus far, but I go over my calories pretty regularly (and under regularly as well, so it's a wash.)

It's actually surprisingly easy once you get started-I dont eat any grains or sweets or really anything processed, and I get all of my carbs from veggies and (let's be real) alcohol and cheese. I have not had a piece of fruit since december, and I've had probably one total piece of bread across the entire time. The absolute hardest part is that I LOVE baking and my husband is 6'3" and 165 lbs of muscle, and he's dying for me to start "cooking like I used to." I've been baking and cooking separate meals for him lately because I miss it, but its a pain in the neck to make linguine with a french baguette for him and then eggs on a salad for me. However, I'm down two pants sizes and feeling so much better, so it's worth it!

As a piece of unsolicited advice to anyone new to low-carb or keto diets, I would recommend NOT trying to replicate your favorite carby foods with low-carb versions. That cauliflower pizza crust is going to leave you feeling sad and lonely, and those shiritake noodles do NOT taste like home-made spaghetti... learn to love new foods instead of trying to remake the old!

Mar 16, 2014
CarmenR in Special Diets
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St. Patrick's Day fare Park Slope any suggestions?

I'd say Prospect- one of the owners is irish and there are a few irish bartenders. They fashion themselves an Irish Bar

Mar 16, 2014
CarmenR in Outer Boroughs

Fresh mozz smells like...perfume?

This is an issue that's been bugging me for a while...

We buy fresh salted mozz from a grocer a few times a month, and after a few days it smells like perfume. It's NOT sour and doesn't smell spoiled, and it tastes fine but it has a very floral, perfume-y scent. We usually don't store it in-brine and just re-wrap it in the same saran wrap that it came in.

I'm curious if anyone else has experienced this! I googled and saw results about it going rancid, but it doesn't smell rancid at all... it just smells weird! Beyond "throw it away, it's suboptimal," does anyone have this experience?

Mar 06, 2014
CarmenR in Cheese

Where does one find good food in Brooklyn Heights??

I worked in BK heights for years. It's a wasteland. Sorry, friend :(

Feb 23, 2014
CarmenR in Outer Boroughs

BrisketTown

I know this is an old thread, but we ate here today and... the brisket was WAY too peppery. Thumbs up to chow for accuracy... thumbs down for crappy brisket.

Feb 22, 2014
CarmenR in Outer Boroughs

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

When our local whole foods opened a few months back, they had organic whole chicken on sale for .99 a lb. We bought 4. If the freezer was bigger, I would have bought 10. STELLAR deal.

1.99lb is a great price here in NYC- I rarely see them go below 2.99, and non-organic rarely dip below $1 a lb these days. And the organics are WAY better. Oh, how I long for the days past of $.49lb chickens...

Feb 17, 2014
CarmenR in General Topics

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

My best deal this week was whole pork loin at $1.99 a lb, which I then ground to make chili. Ground beef was on sale for $3.99 a lb! I <3 my kitchenaid meat grinder attachment!! Also stocked up on chicken thighs/drum packs- family pack will feed the two of us for two days for $2.57. Veggies killed us this week, but I think we did ok overall for the weekly run.

(note- these prices are in NYCD- New York City Dollars, where a box of Cheerios is $6.)

Feb 17, 2014
CarmenR in General Topics

OMG WE NEED A NEW SMOKE DETECTOR

Im a pretty light sleeper and I'm SURE our dogs would bark if they heard a voice in the dead of night (they bark if one of us snores too loud!) Theyre cheaper than the ones with the remote at least...

Feb 03, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

OMG WE NEED A NEW SMOKE DETECTOR

All of these suggestions are great- I am now concerned that it is actually attached to something important in the building (we live in a reasonably newly constructed building with all kinds of weird things like that.)

Our friend has a smoke alarm that actually speaks instead of making that horrible beeping noise- it says, calmly, something along the lines of "there is a fire, gtfo" I'm wondering if maybe getting one of those is a good solution if we can't move it/disable it in that spot.

Feb 03, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

OMG WE NEED A NEW SMOKE DETECTOR

Thanks everyone for the comments. The one we have now is actually hardwired into the ceiling so removing it is gonna look like crap but I guess we can replace it with a battery operated one somewhere else in the house. I'll have to start googling, they're so expensive. I wish there was a better option- the placement of it just sucks

Feb 03, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

OMG WE NEED A NEW SMOKE DETECTOR

Lol we are not new but trust me we are sensitive to how annoying this must be to neighbors

Feb 02, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

OMG WE NEED A NEW SMOKE DETECTOR

I want to further re-iterate that we are NOT BURNING THINGS. I have been cooking these same things for the better part of a decade with NO ISSUE. This alarm is seriously going to drive me insane.

Feb 02, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

OMG WE NEED A NEW SMOKE DETECTOR

Yes I am that angry

So we have vaulted ceilings in our 900 sq foot NYC apt and the area where the smoke detector is has a height of probably 12-14 feet- its basically a pocket that the detector sits in.
It goes off CONSTANTLY. And when it goes off, it doesnt want to stop.

We start the vent van (which does vent to the outside) and open all the windows and turn on our HVAC fan every time we're even THINKING of cooking something that might spit and still. IT GOES OFF EVERY TIME. My husband, who is 6'3, can barely shut it off by pushing the button with a broom handle but sometimes it just keeps going for 5+ minutes.

WE ARE NOT BURNING THINGS. WE ARE NOT IN DANGER. We are doing such things as:
Caramelizing the crust on a pork shoulder
Cooking chicken thighs
MAKING BACON IN ANY CAPACITY
Searing a steak

The list goes on. This thing is hyper sensitive and annoying. I am thisclose to just removing it completely, but obv that is not a great idea.

We've looked up detectors that have a remote, but google says they all suck.

This is causing marital discord (also, our dogs run and hide and one was actually LOST IN A SNOW DRIFT on our porch for 10 minutes during one such recent incident.)

PLEASE someone tell me what you do in this situation. I have NEVER encountered such an annoying/sensitive smoke alarm (although it may just be the placement of it, which we cant really change.) Does anyone have a remote alarm that they like?

Feb 02, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

gripes about product packaging?!?

Ive heard that you can use a can opener to open those things, though I haven't tried it. They outline it here: http://www.wikihow.com/Open-Rigid-Pla...

I usually just make my husband deal with those packages, as I become increasingly frustrated and usually hurt myself.

Jan 11, 2014
CarmenR in Not About Food

Budget NYC Bride

agreed on the dancing, although our wedding devolved to a dance party after 11 (we had the space technically till midnight then it switched to cash bar but they didn't reopen) and the general manager was joining in the revelry. We didn't PLAN dancing or have a first dance, but after 4+ hours of open bar a few of our guests were ready to break it down and no one said anything.
I also agree with approaching the place with the idea of a "party" and not use the word wedding till after you have the contract. This is what we did and secured the price, then got all wedding-y. The manager at our venue actually ended up being SUPER into it- they really went above and beyond to make it awesome and were stellar to work with, plus the staff (who are used to a crazy saturday night shift) LOVED having something more jovial and they made a ton of money because we paid 20% gratuity plus a lot of our guests tipped the bartenders (we saw $10s and $20s floating around on the bar) Really, it was just a great experience and we were told it was the best wedding many of our guests have ever been to ("can't you guys get married again?!") As an aside, I think much of it had to do with the management at Clover Club, I cannot speak highly of them and their staff enough (for any future brides looking for a stellar boozy party.)

Jan 11, 2014
CarmenR in Manhattan

What to cook on my new stainless steel fry pan (stove top to oven maybe?) Help!

this recipe
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/perf...

made it tonight in my all-clad. the best.

Jan 09, 2014
CarmenR in Home Cooking
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Budget NYC Bride

I would recommend scoping out larger restaurants who have the capacity for you, but don't traditionally accommodate "weddings." Our wedding is a poor example because it was 100% booze-centric, but we did a buyout of a fave cocktail bar of ours and did passed heavy appetizers and it ended up being WAY cheaper than getting a venue, getting it catered, hiring staff and a dj and all that jazz. And it was a hell of a lot easier. It wasn't as cheap as a full DIY type of thing, but this is NYC. We have other friends getting married at a pretty (but smaller) cocktail lounge with seating for 80 and it's costing them $8k including open bar for 5 hours and all staffing (no food.) I understand that you're not interested in booze, but I'd bet you could find a restaurant that doesnt "do weddings" but would be willing to accommodate a buyout, esp on a sunday, for a reasonable price! It's been my word of wisdom for new brides in NYC who are not hell-bent on a traditional wedding venue. We were also able to actually have an aisle (sort of) and say our vows and everything right in the same space (Clover Club on Smith Street in BK)

Its worth considering! In our limited research before deciding to go this route, we looked into lots of raw spaces and it's super stupid expensive and you really have to plan everything yourself.

Good luck...and congrats!

Jan 09, 2014
CarmenR in Manhattan

Applebee's $375. Not $3.75....$375

wait, what? The meal we had was terrible and expensive- far more expensive than MANY MANY restaurants I've been to in Manhattan and Brooklyn with WAY better food. My comment was not drawing any sort of economic parallels and was, rather, simply relating an interesting point about Red Lobster.

Jan 02, 2014
CarmenR in Chains
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Applebee's $375. Not $3.75....$375

The chain restaurants in times square are a true dining experience. A friend of mine is a native NYer and when we discovered he had never been to many chain restaurants, we had to introduce him...starting with the Times Sq outpost of Red Lobster. It was pretty epic- the food was awful, it was incredibly overpriced and every "cocktail" we ordered tasted exactly the same but came in a different glass (blind tasting couldnt tell the difference between a Long Island Iced Tea and a margarita.) However, the best part was that people were taking their meals SO seriously- there was more than one table of couples dressed to the nines and, while they did seem to be tourists, they were american so they at least knew what kind of restaurant they were in. I imagine this Applebee's thing will have a sizable turnout, although it IS confusing to me.

Dec 30, 2013
CarmenR in Chains
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Park Slope casual

Lot 2 is in south slope and has the BEST burger I've had in the city (and I've had a LOT of burgers.) Beats Spotted Pig, imho. Probably doesn't have caesar salad, though.

Dec 27, 2013
CarmenR in Outer Boroughs

Kicked out of a restaurant after (posted online) closing time

2+ hours for dinner at a non-fine dining (multi-course) meal seems excessive to me. If i were planning a "catch up" type of gathering, I would make reservations and eat dinner and then mosey to a bar to continue the conversation. Even if I were well within operating hours, I would feel weird occupying a table that long unless I was spending big dough. Maybe it's the former server in me coming out...

Dec 23, 2013
CarmenR in Not About Food
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Too much pork in slow cooker-- will it still cook?

ive done this with a pork shoulder more than once- I usually do exactly what you did, and within a few hours the size will reduce as the fat melts and the whole thing settles. Such is the glory of a crockpot...its hard to mess up!!

Dec 15, 2013
CarmenR in Home Cooking
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Crockpot appetizers that are NOT bbq...

pierogies are a great idea... on to google i go...

Dec 08, 2013
CarmenR in Home Cooking