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Substitution for Christmas dinner - On a budget - please help

Beef in Barolo Pot roast braised in red wine - Marcella Hazan
http://www.brookshirefarm.com/kitchen...

Dec 23, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Amazing and fairly easy appetizer to bring to xmas eve?

I don’t stir this, I shred the salmon and sprinkle it on the guacamole in layers so that the orange of the salmon shows:

http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2013...

Very good!
http://numnums.com/recipes/450/jacque...

Canned tuna packed in olive oil is more traditional and that is what I generally use:
https://books.google.com/books?id=uLL...

Dec 23, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Dinner for 30 in Doylestown

I would recommend checking out Villa Barolo on Easton Road in Warrington. The place itself is large, very beautiful and the food and service are good.

http://www.villa-barolo.com/

Dec 15, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Nice Quiet Lunch on Feb. 7

Kanella should be quiet for lunch and is a great restaurant. It is very noisy at dinner time.

Dec 14, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Fat From Chicken Soup

Can I use rendered chicken fat (schmaltz) interchangeably with the fat on top of chicken soup / stock. It seems a waste to throw that soup fat away.

Dec 12, 2014
Unkle Al in Kosher

Un-hip Dad

Well, you could go to the opposite extreme and blow her away with La Grenouille. She probably has not been there and will enjoy the experience. It is very sophisticated and fun for someone that has not experienced the pleasures offered. Of course, it is very expensive.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9917...

Dec 11, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

Yes, the Costco brand is terrible. But, unfortunately, I have recently gotten two large jars of the Bella brand and both have a mustiness. I keep tasting them, again and again, in the hope that I am imagining the mustiness but I'm not. I won't buy them again.

Big loss, can anyone tell me a way to buy or make sweet dried tomatoes?

Dec 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Chains

Italian Mid Town / Garment District

I chose Lattanzi, it was very good and the carciofi alla giuda was the best I've had in a restaurant (I've not been to Rome).

Dec 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

How long can I hold zabaglione?

Thank you for that information. I really like it when I can make desserts ahead of time.

Dec 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Gift Basket - Omaha

Thank you for your recommendation. I chose Wohlners Neighborhood Market. I hope that it works out well.

Dec 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Great Plains

For Fans Of Mina’s Cucina

Yes, I went last night and she told me that the dinners were only on the first friday of each month.

The dinner was real nice, five courses (small antipasto, salad, eggplant rollatini, black pasta with calamari, chicken breast with mozzarella and asparagus and roasted peppers and ricotta cheesecake) for $35.00.

I got an email to announce the dinner.

Dec 06, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

For Fans Of Mina’s Cucina

For those of you that were fans of Mina’s Cucina: I received an email that Mina is cooking a special 5 course dinner tonight and taking reservations. She is converting Taste of Italy, her specialty shop, into a bistro for monthly dinners. I've always liked her cooking and the menu looks very good.

Dec 05, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

How long can I hold zabaglione?

No, it will not keep. Custards do not keep very long and I would be hesitant to refrigerate for longer than twenty four hours.

Dec 04, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Gift Basket - Omaha

I need to send a gift basket to a customer in Omaha. Can anyone recommend a gourmet store or better grocery that makes nice baskets? I tried Whole Foods but they do not make baskets.

Thank you for your help.

Dec 04, 2014
Unkle Al in Great Plains

Sodastream - which model and why?

I have been looking for an alternative to the Sodastream for a couple of years. But, having read the reviews on Amazon it appears that there is a serious rusting problem with the Mastrad.

Dec 01, 2014
Unkle Al in Cookware

I hate Cook’s Illustrated: The soul-crushing wonkiness of the world’s worst cookbook

I have been getting the magazine since the year 2000. To be honest, I actually haven’t gotten any issues since 2012 and just this week noticed! I think that I stopped because what haven’t they covered twice??

But, I continue to read the old issues for pleasure and learning (and do so almost every day). I may not agree with the recipes or opinions but I do learn something every time I read an issue. I think it is for people obsessed with cooking of which I am one.

Nov 26, 2014
Unkle Al in Food Media & News

Etiquette on anniversary dinner

1.) It is your husbands family, go with his opinion.
2.) Your BIL is a total A$$hole!

Ideas for serving smoked salmon

I've made Jacques Pepin's smoked salmon pizza. It takes ten minutes and it is great:

http://numnums.com/recipes/450/jacque...

Nov 24, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Stock for gravy

I have found that two pounds of backs / necks makes one quart of robust stock.

Nov 24, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Philadelphia for "Best of 2014."

Eating at Estia is a pleasure in every way. The ambiance is excellent; it is quite a large rustic room, very comfortable and is relatively quiet. The food is really, really good and the menu is just the type of food that I like best. The service too is very, very good.

http://www.estiarestaurant.com/

Fond is a little bit different than Estia, in that it is small but the noise level is comfortable. The food is consistently excellent plus and the menu is right up my alley. The service is very nice and very professional.

http://fondphilly.com/

Nov 24, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Where is the Best Fresh Turkey?

+2

Nov 17, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Chocolate Pudding Just Won't Set

Do you cover it when you put it into the refrigerator?

Nov 14, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Amazing lunch in center city

We had a terrific lunch at Estia. The food was great and the setting extremely comfortable.

Nov 13, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Free range eggs in Montco

My local Whole Foods sells two brands that I believe are "free range". The brand that I buy is Pasture Raised - Backyard Eggs by Vital Farms, you can read about them here:

http://vitalfarms.com/pasture-raised-...

Nov 12, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Italian Mid Town / Garment District

I am from Philadelphia and have a client coming, from Portland, OR, to meet me in New York. They would like to eat in a good traditional NY style Italian restaurant. I am hoping to spend about $75.00 per person including wine, tax and tip. The best location, if possible, would be between 5th and 9th avenues and between 34th street and 45th streets.

I will appreciate any suggestions very much.

Thank you.

Nov 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Traditional North India / Punjabi

Thank you. How is Moti Mahal Delux?? I checked out the menu and it is right up my alley!

Nov 05, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Traditional North India / Punjabi

Thank you for your recommendations. I will check out the menu's of the restaurants noted.

Nov 05, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Traditional North India / Punjabi

I am taking visitors, very traditional senior citizens from New Delhi, to dinner. I would appreciate any recommendations for a very traditional Punjabi / North Indian / Pakistani / Delhi type Indian restaurant. I am not interested in any contemporary takes on Indian cuisine. The best location would be from 34th to 50th and the more west the better. Price is not a big issue but time honored preparations are a necessity.

I was thinking of Bukhara as they often eat at Bukhara in New Delhi, or Moti Mahal Delux the namesake of a famous Delhi restaurant. Can anyone comment on these or does anyone have other recommendations?

Nov 04, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Cheesesteak Recommendation - Elkins Park

Hi, thank you for the recommendations. We ended up going to Joseph's Pizza on Oxford Avenue. It was the beginning of what became DiLullo's and is next door to Moonstruck.

The steaks were very good.

Thanks again

Nov 03, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

New to Philly and I need awesome food in my life and belly!!

I have not lived in California for more than three decades. I don’t know much about the food scene in LA., The Bay area was my USA base from 1968 until 1981 and I still do spend about two weeks a year there visiting friends.

The changes during the ensuing decades notwithstanding I would have to say that the food I missed the most when living in the Bay area were southern Italian and eastern European. Naturally, I did miss cheesesteaks, thin crust pizza and hoagies

So, I suggest that you try out the following:

For Jewish specialties try Famous 4th Stree Delicatessen at 4th and Bainbridge Streets. This is an institution and has been in business since 1923. Order bagels and smoked salmon, pastrami on rye, matzoh ball soup, potato latkas etc.

For Southern Italian try Dante and Luigi’s also is an institution. Some of the dishes that were uncommon on the west coast when I lived there, are baked manicotti, ricotta ravoli, sautéed broccoli rabe with sausage, roasted peppers and anchovies, bracciole, and also escarole soup.

For a different take on southern Italian try Osteria or Amis both owned by Marc Vetri who is of Sicilian heritage. They have different menus but both are very good. At Osteria I very much like rigatoni with chicken liver sauce (a dish not offered in many restaurants) and the pizza is great. I am sure that others can suggest myriad dishes as many chowhounders have eaten at these two restaurants.

For hoagies I like, and grew up on, Lee’s Hoagies.

For cheesteaks, many on this forum are better qualified than I to comment because I like em all.

Not quintessentially Philadelphia but unusual and really good is Kabobeesh at 42nd and Chestnut Streets, a Pakistani barbecue, I recommend the lamb chop platter.

Concerning bakeries which are not far from Chestnut Hill, Night Kitchen in Chestnut Hill is excellent and Alice Bakery in North Wales is equally good. Alice also serves very, very high quality lunches and is worth the trip just to sample their baguettes and croissants. I also recommend Roma Bakery on Rt 202 in Blue Bell for Italian cream cakes.