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Notice the marked deterioration of East Village Cheese?

You're correct -- I am in the minority, which is one reason I dislike Trader Joe's -- it's always so darn crowded. But I also don't think their cheese is good at all.

I actually like the service at East Village Cheese. They're a bit gruff but they're nice.

Sep 10, 2014
visciole in Manhattan

Notice the marked deterioration of East Village Cheese?

It's the kind of place where, if you live in the neighborhood, you go by a couple of times a week, and sometimes you leave empty-handed, and sometimes you score. Personally I love it for what it is. I'd far rather shop here than at Trader Joe's, that's for sure.

Sep 10, 2014
visciole in Manhattan

USA Yogurt Recommendations

I'm curious too, as I find 7 Stars not very tart.

Sep 03, 2014
visciole in General Topics

Roasted vs dehydrated macadamia nuts?

Thanks!

Sep 02, 2014
visciole in General Topics

USA Yogurt Recommendations

May I ask what you didn't like about Seven Stars? It has nothing but milk and cultures, and I have found it always to be very fresh-tasting. Curious what you thought.

Sep 02, 2014
visciole in General Topics

USA Yogurt Recommendations

Seven Stars Yogurt made in PA. It is available in some stores in the Boston area. Much better IMHO than Stonyfield.

Sep 01, 2014
visciole in General Topics

Roasted vs dehydrated macadamia nuts?

Many places do indeed dehydrate them instead of roasting. I don't know why -- just was hoping someone who'd tasted both could tell me the difference.

Aug 30, 2014
visciole in General Topics

Roasted vs dehydrated macadamia nuts?

Anyone who has tasted both and can give an opinion/tell me what the difference is? Thanks!

Aug 29, 2014
visciole in General Topics

Good place to buy truffle products in Rome?

Thanks!

Mar 28, 2014
visciole in Italy

Good place to buy truffle products in Rome?

Any advice for where to buy reasonably priced jarred truffle products in Rome? Thanks!

Mar 28, 2014
visciole in Italy

Quince cake?

I tried to make a quince cake using quince sauce I'd made and an applesauce cake recipe I like. The cake tastes good but the texture is too dense and gluey. Maybe because the quince has so much pectin? Or less water than apples? Does anyone have a recipe they like that uses quince sauce? Thanks!

Oct 16, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

What to do with pastry flour?

It's also good for making crackers, which, I have recently discovered, are surprisingly simple to make.

Actually I use whole wheat pastry flour for most of my baked goods.

Mar 26, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

Where can I buy escarole and chicory?

Thanks!

Mar 25, 2013
visciole in Manhattan

New York trip with my sweetheart

Ippudo is fun, cheap, in the EV, and the food is very good. Not for a special night out, but it fills your bill otherwise.

By the way your English is excellent -- better than that of many native speakers!

Mar 25, 2013
visciole in Manhattan

Where can I buy escarole and chicory?

Preferably downtown? Thanks.

Mar 25, 2013
visciole in Manhattan

CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: favorite kitchen tool/gadgets

I use my regular old plastic scraper all the time. It makes clean-up much easier. I also love my immersion blender, the Microplane box grater (makes grating stuff sooooo much faster), and a big whisk in place of a sifter.

And sharp knives!

Mar 08, 2013
visciole in Cookware

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

I always use 100% whole wheat pastry flour for muffins and it works great.

Mar 07, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

Better Than Bouillon as meat substitute?

If your aim is just to cut down on meat, I would use a bone. You'll get a ton of flavor from a bone with little fat.

If you want to go veg, try making vegetable stock stronger by first roasting you vegetable scraps, or consider using shiitake mushrooms or seaweed.

Mar 07, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

INEXPENSIVE AUTHENTIC JAPANESE FOOD NYC?

+1. Kuboya's spicy miso ramen is excellent, the service is very nice, and it is usually quiet. An amazing trifecta for so little money.

Feb 21, 2013
visciole in Manhattan

Pasta and Noodles Inspiration

I own and really like "Easy Asian Noodles." The recipes are fairly simple (if you have access to Chinese ingredients) and they are yummy! They use less meat and I often add extra vegetables. However, they are very high in sodium, if that's a concern!

Feb 21, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

Why do my eggs appear curdled when I add almond extract?

You may have it there. The bottle says it's 90% alcohol.

Jan 07, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

Why do my eggs appear curdled when I add almond extract?

That sounds plausible! I noticed vanilla doesn't seem to have the same effect, though.

Jan 06, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

Why do my eggs appear curdled when I add almond extract?

Right, thanks, I know it doesn't affect the recipe; I was just curious if anyone knew why it does this.

It occurs in any recipe where I add almond extract to eggs, as long as I haven't already added any dry ingredients.

Jan 06, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

Why do my eggs appear curdled when I add almond extract?

It hasn't caused any issues in any of my recipes, but I've been noticing this for a while, and wondered if anyone knows why. Thanks!

Jan 06, 2013
visciole in Home Cooking

Lets talk about baking for the holidays

With kids it's really fun to make roll cookies, cut them into shapes, and decorate them. Even little kids can help press out the shapes and sprinkle on colored sugar, or put raisins on gingerbread wo/men for eyes and buttons. You can just make any roll cookie recipe you like, and have different shape cutters for each (and every!) holiday. Fun for everyone!

Oct 25, 2012
visciole in General Topics

Round Meatballs

I agree that having spherical meatballs is less important than a good texture. That being said, I use Marcalla Hazan's polpettine recipe, and she says to roll the finished meatball in fine bread crumbs, which I find helps them to keep their shape.

Oct 20, 2012
visciole in Home Cooking

Two apple pies, two very different results: help me understand.

Try making your own crust using palm shortening. You can usually find the Spectrum brand in healthfood-type stores. It's expensive but makes the best pie crust next to butter.

I am one of those people who think you hafta make your own crust... but I know plenty of folks who disagree.

I also prefer Minute Tapioca for the thickener.

Oct 20, 2012
visciole in Home Cooking

Can cornflour be used to make cornbread?

Can you find polenta? That's just coarse cornmeal and can make a very nice albeit slightly gritty cornbread.

Oct 20, 2012
visciole in Home Cooking

Guanciale on Arthur Avenue? And a few other AA questions

I also really love Calandra, they are so incredibly gracious there.The first time I was there the guy serving us insisted upon giving us a small container of fresh ricotta on the house, to go along with the 4 cheeses we'd purchased. The next time we bought fresh ricotta. I can't say which is better but I can say Calandra is a great place.

Sep 11, 2012
visciole in Outer Boroughs

Ti Amo Gelateria, East Village

Glad you also enjoyed it. How did you find the custard and cheesecake flavors in terms of degree of sweetness?

Maybe if all customers going in tell them we'd really like it if they'd allow two flavors in a small cup they'll relent! For me a small cup is all I want to eat in one sitting, but I'd really like two flavors. Seems they'd make folks happier and have more return customers if they'd just stuff two flavors in there!

Aug 02, 2012
visciole in Manhattan