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Help! First time cooking Thanksgiving dinner - need tips

Any tips welcome but what we really can't figure out is the timing of the baked sweet potatoes given that the turkey will be taking up the whole oven. Any ideas?

Nov 20, 2010
bbc37 in Home Cooking

Whole grain bread and bakeries in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill

I'm pregnant and my glucose levels were a slightly high so I have to start limiting simple carbs and eating whole grains. Any tips on what to buy in the neighborhood - specifically some great fresh whole grain bread? I'm also confused about how to read bread ingredients - what's the diff between whole grain, whole wheat...and what ingredients on labels to definitely avoid. Thanks in advance for any replies!

Jan 10, 2010
bbc37 in Outer Boroughs

Storing cut tomatoes so they don't turn into weird, mushy things

I've always been perplexed by this so thanks for all the helpful tips! I am going to try the saucer technique...though I, too, live with Mr. Food Safety/Refuse to Touch Leftovers and I'm sure my nice Jersey tomato will have been transported to the fridge tomorrow morning.

Aug 24, 2009
bbc37 in General Topics

HOW TO COOK A GOOD STEAK WHEN THE GRILL ISN’T AN OPTION

Had a nice little Trader Joe's "Western Style" beef sirloin, and chemchef's method (above) was: Yep, a) reliable; b) flavorful, nicely seasoned; and c) easy as hell.

I did sear both sides and chose a good cut that was conducive to cooking one steak to suit both my - and my husband's - differing preferences in terms of done-ness. The thinner end was perfectly medium/medium-well for him, and the thicker end just medium rare for me. We used a stainless non-stick All-Clad pan. Curious to try it next time seasoning afterwards, per bjg896's advice. Thanks to all! Great advice for outdoor grill-less New Yorkers.

Jun 21, 2009
bbc37 in Home Cooking

Fell's Point - ideas for a late afternoon drink outside?

We're driving through Baltimore tomorrow afternoon and wanted to enjoy some views, an interesting neighborhood to explore, and some cocktails (ideally outside). We're not looking for a formal lunch, just something tasty and local with a fun vibe. It looks like Fell's Point is up our alley - any suggestions in particular? Or should we hit a different neighborhood altogether?

Best Sandwich in Slope/Carroll Gardens?

Embarrassingly, because I live in the hood, I thought until reading this post that this place was called "Joe's Perette"...just realizing the sign is missing a "u"....Anyway, agree that the rice balls are amazing, to die for (not tried the beef yet). Sandwiches are definitely good and tasty, with quality meats, but didn't LOVE the bread. Not the crispy, sesame seed Italian bread I personally prefer but still a solid sandwich.

RE: Woodside Al, sounds like you definitely a bad experience but I found the guy today perfectly friendly once you engaged him. The place is definitely way old school -- we're talking barely anything on the shelves except dusty canned food and not necessarily the cleanest place in the world, but perfectly good food and recommended.

Apr 19, 2009
bbc37 in Outer Boroughs

Carroll Gardens rut...its a good thing!!!

Also relatively in Carroll Gardens ... where are Lucali and Le Pit Stop??? And why have I never heard of them? Also, anyone know where to get the best falafel? Pita Grill, on Smith's, is pretty much inedible.

May 17, 2008
bbc37 in Outer Boroughs

Newburyport's best lunch and dinner recs please!!

I used to go to Newburyport all the time in the late '90s, and we always would go to this funky place on Plum Island -- don't remember the name, but searching on the web just now I think it is now called Mad Martha's. It's tiny, and again - funky (read: recall them not having a dishwasher, so everything was paper or plastic and had to be thrown out), but always really fun and I believe the food was good. It's BYOB. I'd check it out and if that isn't happening go to the Plum Island Grille.

The Black Cow was the raging party place at night - also fun - never been there for lunch.

Jul 15, 2007
bbc37 in Greater Boston Area

Blowout dinner in Rome, also recs for Cinqueterre, Florence, Siena

I know some great places in Cinqueterre ... need to check with a friend as I don't remember the names

Jul 15, 2007
bbc37 in Italy

Ft Lauderdale to Boca - inexpensive

How far of a drive is the Old Key Lime House from Ft. Lauderdale?

Jul 15, 2007
bbc37 in Florida

Ft. Lauderdale - looking for cool old Florida spots

Hi everyone, thanks for all this - great ideas! We will want to do some exploring, do you reccommend us renting a car for the day or just cabbing it? What is the water taxi? Is it a fair assesment to say that there is not really much in the immediate area of the hotel?

Jul 15, 2007
bbc37 in Florida

Bridal shower in NYC

I like Barbounia on Park Ave. S., the food is delicious but they don't have a private room ... on the downside, I had my birthday party there and (after too many of those ouzo cocktails, which are incredibly good, btw) left my two bags of presents and wine. We didn't realize until the restaurant had closed, and left a message. They called back and were very helpful in looking for it but even asking the busboy and our waiter (we were at the communal table in the bar) that NO ONE had seen the bags. One of them was from Marc Jacobs so I guess a customer could have taken them but it seems an unlikely "disappearance."

Anyway, you did not mention French, but these places seem "bridal showery" to me: Artisanal, Les Halles, and L'Express. All in the same general area. If you are willing to venture into the E. Vil, Gnocco is excellent.

Jul 15, 2007
bbc37 in Manhattan

Bridal shower in NYC

You'll need to indicate a neighborhood ... type of restaurant you prefer, etc.

Jul 14, 2007
bbc37 in Manhattan

Ft. Lauderdale - looking for cool old Florida spots

We'll be in Ft. Lauderdale in a couple of weeks - never been - and am looking for some reccs ... we're in our 30s and live in Manhattan, so we're not looking for anything "trendy" or upscale since there's plenty of that here.

We like to sit/eat at the bar, drink and people watch. Looking for great seafood places, local hangouts, ribs, on-the-water or beach type places. Nothing too expensive, just tasty, authentic food. I know nothing about the local area ... we're staying at the Atlantic so if we want something upscale one night we'd probably just eat at Trina. What is good that is in walking distance? We're willing to travel to other areas as well.

Jul 14, 2007
bbc37 in Florida