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Moldavian Cherry Preserves?

Indeed it makes me very sad, I have shopped there weekly since the mid-80s. Their range of selections is unmatched. They have been losing patronage steadily with the changes in the community - not enough business for two polish butchers (Jubilat still seems very busy) and changes in eating habits; with a new upscale grocery slated to open a block away, he may have just decided to cash out.

What I mean is that the cherries seem to have a spicy flavor - maybe its more of the "almond" flavor like mahlab - in any event they are delicious.

Jul 27, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Sour/Tart Cherries - where to find them in Manhattan

I believe morello cherries (sometimes called balaton here) are a different type from the more typical bright red american sour cherries (unsually montmorency) . Depends on what the OP is looking for - I like both but they are different in flavor.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/20...

Jul 26, 2014
jen kalb in Manhattan

Moldavian Cherry Preserves?

Eagle doesnt carry them - I checked today. I was sad to read in a local newspaper that one of the brothers who own Eagle is trying to sell - though I understand why.

Jul 26, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Ricettario definitivo: 50 spaghetti indimenticabili per 50 serate - Luciano Pignataro Wineblog

It seems there is some interesting info and some fresh ideas, at least to me. Will be interested what you think.

Wondering, what kind of green chiles would be used? (several of these dishes call for them) I only rarely see frigitelli peppers or the rather similar padron or ...there is a similar japanese shishito. Really enjoyed, notwithstanding the overcooking of the pasta, a linguine with green pepper and sardine last year in Pisa - the freshness of the pepper set off the oily fish very well.

I am always pleased when a Pignataro item shows up on my facebook feed - it is a healthy antidote to the links posted by friends and family.

Jul 26, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Ricettario definitivo: 50 spaghetti indimenticabili per 50 serate - Luciano Pignataro Wineblog

a great compilation of authentic and delicious looking spaghetti recipes -Googletranslate is your friend.

Jul 26, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Introducing New Conversation Types

please stay. and I think I know what nonsense you are talking about!

Jul 26, 2014
jen kalb in Site Talk

Sour/Tart Cherries - where to find them in Manhattan

this is really a late june early july item in the local orchards. YOu should ask the market management if you want to know who might sell frozen cherries.

Jul 25, 2014
jen kalb in Manhattan

Cooking trom Ottolenghi's "JERUSALEM"

a fragrant sweetish wine should not be a problem - not sure what I used probably it came from one of the pinot grigio magnums we tend to have in our frig. If you are concerned by extra sweetness or lack of acidity, you can probably add a bit more lemon juice at the end.

Jul 25, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Sicilian treats in Florence

These look wonderful - anyone tried?
http://www.lucianopignataro.it/a/gran...

they are offering savory snacks (calzone, etc) pastries and ices

Jul 24, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

gosh sounds like you did plenty of good eating! But you should have gone to nextdoor Juliana's (operated by Patsy Grimaldi in his original space) rather than Grimaldis (tourist shlock) for your pie . Better luck next time!

Jul 24, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Moldavian Cherry Preserves?

thanks to both for the Romanian suggestion!

Jul 24, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Lebanon bologna?

since this is an exclusively pennsylvania dutch product, you are not likely to find it at the brooklyn ethnic butchers. Ive never seen it in NYC but it ought to be possible to order it or to get a butcher to order it..Maybe if there are any Amish Markets ractually un by Amish people in the city they would offer or could obtain.

Jul 24, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Sour/Tart Cherries - where to find them in Manhattan

Sour cherries have a short season. At least one of the Union Square Greenmarket farmers historically had these cherries available frozen - you should definitely ask the Twitter Account. I believe there are wholesale sellers of frozen montmorency (sour) cherries if you dont luck out on this.

Please post back what you find out.

Jul 24, 2014
jen kalb in Manhattan

Moldavian Cherry Preserves?

Last synner we were served and given some extraordinary cherry preserves from Moldavia by Baku Palace restaurant. The cherries are smaller than American Sour cherries or morellos and have an extraordinary spicy flavor (the restaurant served them with their tea service).

Anybody seen an item like this? Ive trolled a few of the Russian markets including Cherry Tree in Sheepshead bay right next to the restaurant but so far no luck.

Jul 24, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Anchorage downtown recc?

thanks for the tips! If there is anything to report at all, I will report back

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Pacific Northwest

Quebecois Cuisine in Montreal, Quebec City

agreed. We camped a couple of times up at Mount Saint Anne, in addition to a couple of visits to QC - despite the highway strip along the river, its a lovely.region and it only gets better, the farther east you go. To try the traditional regional food its always possible to stop at a simple diner (which is likely to have pea soup or such)a casse croute for poutine, a farmers market or even a corner grocery. We were surprised how many little groceries in Quebec province offered locally made pies, tourtiere, etc or carried quite decent french bread, pate, etc. and of course bleuets. Satisfying for simple bourgeois tastes like ours.

ps here is a link to a post about another quebecois place in QC.

Also to mention that we bourgeois appreciated the inexpensive chef special lunch we had at Laurie Raphael on that fairly long past visit. Stylish place, tasty creative food and the price was right. Hevent seen much about LR in QC on this board recently.

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anchorage downtown recc?

this is an organized tour which includes multiple modes of transportation - Fairbanks to Dawson City is by air, then a long day trip on a bus(lunch in a place called MInto) to Whitehorse, and then over to Skagway, partly the Whitepass train mentioned up thread. and the whole thing is my (very spry) 90 year old mom's idea. Im doubtful too about sustaining interest mile after mile or about the kind of food we are going to be presented at the included meals, but hey its her thing. I will just have to modify my critical faculties for a while! And if by chance there is something good I wll report back!

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Pacific Northwest

Quebecois Cuisine in Montreal, Quebec City

Its been a number of years but our family went to Aux Ancien Canadiens on two separate visits for their lunch and early dinner specials and had very good meals. I agree with the homestyle cooking carefully prepared description and we found the atmosphere traditional and dignified, not hokey. Fine for a family. Its in the Upper Town, near the Chateau Frontenac...Definitely a good place to try sugar pie, etc.

ps from the website the waitresses seem to have gotten younger and their costumes less modest!http://www.auxancienscanadiens.qc.ca/...

Ive always wanted to visit the Auberge Baker, just down the river from QC on the way to Beaupre and near the Falls. It offers traditional cuisine - havent seen it discussed here. http://www.auberge-baker.com/?q=fr/re...

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Is Marcella Hazan's green lasagne bolognese worth it?

modern pork loin is awfully lean for a long cook method. I think the last time I made this I use the shoulder.

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Anchorage downtown recc?

Thanks for the New Sagaya suggestion. Will definitely try to check it out.

We are travelling on one of these tour-cruise things that frustratingly, makes it hard to make independent plans, but we will may have the opportunity for a dinner or two at Denali (no independent transport however ro to get far from the McKinley Chalet complex), a lunch in Fairbanks (but I dont know what part of town we will be at lunchtime), and maybe a meal in Dawson City or Whitehorse, though it looks like the dinners in those places are included. Skagway and Ketchikan are also on this itinerary but the likelihood of having time to eat there is small. Any recommendations would be very welcome.!

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Pacific Northwest

Low-key pub in Brooklyn or Queens with great burgers and beer

Husband and I have had a couple of great meals on the Korzo burgers made in the fried langos shell. They were absolutely delicious and rare as ordered. I was a little taken aback by the slight sweetness of the dough but the overall package was great and richly flavored.

Husband really liked the beer selection and professional service, and I appreciated the great russ'n (shandy) they made for me with weissbier and their fresh lemonade.

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Trip report (long): Bologna, Ravenna, Umbria, Rome

thanks for the report, great info, as always!

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Pesto experts, a lil help please?

In this regard, I love my so-called greek basil plants, which are very tall with multiple branches and never go to bloom. I love the flavor of the small leaves, and one plant produces a huge number over the season. But its a little bit spicy and not really pesto basil.

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Anchorage downtown recc?

thanks very much for this.

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Pacific Northwest

Pesto experts, a lil help please?

none of the recipes I saw in the region last year (including at the annual pesto e dintorni festival) or that I have seen in regional cookbooks have involved toasting of the nuts. But as you say, its personal. It may be that mild toasting of the nuts (not browning) would be a freshening step for stale nuts..

regarding the basil, in the region shade grown is preferred (I think it reduces the mintiness) and small leaves as noted, but see below. ive started growing my basil in the shadier parts of my garden - of course the plants dont get so big. So many times the basil we buy in US farmers markets is grown by the farmers to its maximum size, and its coming into bloom.Since the flowers and the small leaves on the blooming head (as well as the stems are bitter, these need to be avoided when stripping leaves for pesto.
Its definitely better to harvest before the basil reaches the blooming stage, and if you are growing it, to pinch out blooming structures (when the leaves start getting smaller, that means the blooming heads are beginning to form).before it reaches this point. That alone will greatly improve the flavor of your pesto.

Jul 23, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Pesto experts, a lil help please?

Ive worked with credible recipes that call for blanching - it works just fine, the water runs off.

Usually freeze our pesto (no cheese included)- putting a layer of plastic wrap on top of the paste helps prevent iciness and seals it a bit without adding the olive oil layer.

Jul 22, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Road food between Quebec City and Burlington, VT?

The Eastern Townships (Estrie) are lovely for visiting with charming old towns and interesting countryside if you stay off the main highways.. There is a lot of info refood touring as noted above which you probably can pick up at any of the Quebec Tourism offices.. Ever since we had lovely lunch experiences at Auberge Hatley (now closed) years ago, some of our fondest eating memories, we have wanted to try the chef's restaurant in Sherbrook, La Table du Chef http://www.latableduchef.ca/. Has anyone on this board been?

Jul 22, 2014
jen kalb in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Southern Tuscany report--July 2014 (part 2): Porto Ercole, Isola del Giglio

Thanks for the report! its nice to hear about posh meals by the sea.

Jul 22, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Whole strawberry shortcake recommendation (Brooklyn or queens)

I dont usually recommend but Cousin John's in Park Slope does a good job with this cake
http://cousinjohnsbakery.com/cakes/st...

Jul 20, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Can't get my Le Creuset interior clean

my husband always bleaches our Le Creuset when we have a burn on or other persistent stain. Im talking 30 years. It works fine.

Jul 20, 2014
jen kalb in Cookware