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Bakery supplier for flour?

Okay, so it's definitely far, I wouldn't really call it the "Philly Area," but my family is in Central PA so whenever I go home I pick up my bulk flours at this great place called The Country Store in Mount Joy, PA. Their flour prices just can't be beat, and they have a really wonderful assortment of flours. The staff are all really friendly too.

I don't think they have a website of their own, but here's a directory page for it.

http://www.insiderpages.com/b/1523750...

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Country Store
PO Box 328, Kenton, DE 19955

Nov 03, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Help me cook rice noodles!

Hi Chowhounds!

So I've been trying to cook simple Asian foods and I'm really enjoying this project. BUT... I stink at cooking rice noodles. As you can imagine, its frustrating to get the sauce right and then kill the noodles. I've just been pouring hot water over the noodles and letting them soak as per the package directions, but they are always turning out quite gummy and stuck together, usually overcooked, but often cooked unevenly.

Help me!

Sep 11, 2011
PhillyHorn in Home Cooking

Best place for apples?

Hi Chowhounds!

Anyone have any recommendations for places to buy apples for applesauce for autumn canning projects? I live in Fairmount so something relatively close to the city would be helpful, but I don't mind a small adventure. Jersey is fine also.

Doesn't have to be "pick your own," but can be if the price/quality is good.

Thanks!

Sep 11, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Clear Jel for canning?

Wow, I would have thought Wal Mart! Have you thought about just ordering a pound online from Amazon? I don't know what your time frame is on this project, but it might be easier than traipsing all over the county!

Sep 11, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Preserved Lemons

I've made them using Mark Bittman's recipe in "How to Cook Everything" and they only take about a week. They get better after about a month, but I've used them after a week and they're still quite good.

Sep 04, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Where can I buy a bay tree in the Philly area?

Thanks! That sounds like a fun adventure!

Aug 27, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Where can I buy a bay tree in the Philly area?

Hi Everyone! I'd really like to cultivate a bay tree in my apartment. Anyone know where I can buy one in the Philly area? Thanks!

Aug 25, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Recommendations for good cheap eats- Center City

I love Sahara Grill just east of Broad on Walnut Street. Excellent hummus, great falafel. You can definitely be quite full for under $15. The service isn't always the fastest, but they are open for lunch and dinner, and its a BYO.

Enjoy!

Jun 08, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Fresh Figs

Try the produce market in the marketplace area (downstairs) in the Comcast Center. Also, I've had good luck finding them at Iovines in the Reading Terminal Market, though not recently.

May 09, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Goat?

Thanks, ospreycove! I went there today and the selection of foods was pretty impressive for a relatively small place. Found some goat! Success!

Thanks for the suggestions, all!

Apr 19, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Goat?

Can you recommend a specific Halal Market?

Apr 18, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Goat?

Hi Everyone! Planning a dinner with an entree of GOAT. Very excited, hubby has a great recipe.

As much fun as I think it would be to go to every butcher in Philly trying to find goat meat, I figured I could save myself some time and just see if anyone here has any recommendations. I'm sure there are places in the Italian Market, but any recommendations would be most welcome!

Thanks! Happy eating.

L.

Apr 17, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

What goes with goat??

Having some friends over next week and having goat for our main course. So my question-- what goes with goat? I think my husband is going to braise it with some lemons, olives, etc, so I'm thinking something Mediterranean. Any suggestions?

Apr 14, 2011
PhillyHorn in Home Cooking

Finally great coffee in CC!

I have spent the past two years mourning the loss of Hausbrandt coffee (15th between Walnut and Locust) but finally another fantastic coffee shop has moved in! Elixr has the best espresso I have found in Philly. Baristas are great and know their stuff. I still haven't even tried their regular coffee because the espresso is so delightful.

Go! Run! Go there now!

Mar 20, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

What to do with Quinoa?

One of my very favorite quinoa recipes is a dish my husband and I call "Delicious Quinoa Breakfast" (aka DQB). Cook some quinoa, top with salsa, and then fry an egg and put it on top. Also add some cheese (my husband likes cottage cheese, I prefer a grated pepper jack). It makes for a hearty and healthy breakfast (or lunch, or dinner....) Enjoy!

Feb 23, 2011
PhillyHorn in Home Cooking

Weekend in Philly--yeah, I've read all the prior threads on the subject

Sahara Grill is one of my favorites. (I didn't realize it was Lebanese-- thanks coookie!) Their hummus is absolutely the best I've ever had. No, really, I mean that. Also their falafel is quite amazing as well.

Jan 21, 2011
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Quality (read: healthy) snacks for after school program?

WOW! Thanks everyone. There are some really great ideas here, and I appreciate your candid answers! The more I think about it the more that I realize that this is definitely possible. I'm not a total killjoy, either, so the occasional snacky-snack food (once a week or less) isn't completely out of the question.

I don't foresee food allergies being a huge issue. I'm not talking about more than 30 kids, and even if a few of them have allergies or food restrictions, I think that can be worked around (or they just have to bring their own snack.)

We actually don't have a food distributor at my school-- no kitchen. But the Trader Joes around the corner is convenient and so many of you have mentioned it as a great resource for what I am looking for. (I kinda figured it would all spiral back to TJs, but I wanted to see if others had ideas as well!)

Maybe I can even charm them into donating some of it (bats eyelashes). :-D

Jan 21, 2011
PhillyHorn in General Topics

Quality (read: healthy) snacks for after school program?

Hi !

I don't have a set budget yet, I'm still in the planning process and trying to make a feasible budget. I'd say less than $1/student, 30 students, 5 days/week. If I assume 30 weeks, that's still $4500/year which seems very high, relative to the budget for the rest of the program.

I'd like for everyone to keep in mind that I won't have a ton of time to do prep work-- I teach during the day and will have very limited time to prepare anything. Even something that can be perceived as "simple," like pizza bagels, for 30 kids can be incredibly time consuming and messy. I'm interested in providing them with quality musical instruction. Food is important to me, and I believe that this could be a good opportunity to get them something that's not just processed sugar. I want to teach by example, but I also want to spend the majority of my time teaching MUSIC.

Thank you all for your thoughtful suggestions! Keep them coming!

Lauren

Jan 19, 2011
PhillyHorn in General Topics

Quality (read: healthy) snacks for after school program?

Thanks to all for the suggestions!

Yeah, nuts and granola are sort of out. If any of you have any suggestions of prepackaged foods that ARE healthy, I'd love to check out brands, etc. My school is just around the corner from Trader Joes, and I know some of their stuff isn't the WORST. There's just so much sugar and empty calories, I just don't think that those foods contribute to successful learning. (The reason I mentioned sodium was because a few years ago in a different program the kids were given those Cup O' Noodles things as snacks... and that is absolutely the opposite of what I want to feed them!)

Will kids eat hummus? Will they eat oatmeal at 3:30 in the afternoon? I'm not a total killjoy, I don't mind feeding them a cheerios snack mix with the occasional M+M in them, I just don't want that to be the main content.

Thanks for your replies, all! I feel like there are a lot of challenges with running an after school program, and I don't want "my kids have low blood sugar and I just fed them candy" to be one of them!

Jan 17, 2011
PhillyHorn in General Topics

unsweetened dried cranberries?

Thanks, y'alls!

Jan 17, 2011
PhillyHorn in General Topics

Quality (read: healthy) snacks for after school program?

Hi Chowhounds!
I am currently working on the preliminary stages of planning an after school music program for kids at an inner city school here in Philadelphia where I live and work. I know that I will need to feed these kids between dismissal and the start of our program, but I really don't want to feed them garbage. My school doesn't have an oven, but does have microwaves. Refrigerator space is at a minimum, so non-perishable foods would be best (things we can pick up at the beginning of the week and have them last to the end of the week.) I'd love items with low sugar, low processing, and low sodium that kids (grades 4-6) will still like.

So what are, in your opinion, the best choices that are also a low cost per student/serving? Remember it has to be nonperishable (I bet we could do fresh fruit one day per week, but that is also a rather high cost.) Is there a solution, or am I stuck with prepackaged fruit bars?

Also, cooking things myself is really not an option.

What say you, Chowhounds?

Jan 17, 2011
PhillyHorn in General Topics

unsweetened dried cranberries?

Hi Everyone!

I really love dried cranberries, but they all seem so sweet to me. Have any of you ever encountered unsweetened (or even less-sweetened) dried cranberries? I realize they would be very tart, but I'm quite curious to try them anyway. Thoughts?

Jan 15, 2011
PhillyHorn in General Topics

Phresh Phigs in Philly?

$5 for a small container. Certainly not cheap, but there are about 8 figs in the container which will be enough for my tart. :-D I haven't tried one yet, but they actually look pretty decent.

Dec 16, 2010
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Phresh Phigs in Philly?

Phinally! Someone whose philly phig jokes rival my own!

I actually found some at Reading Terminal yesterday at Iovine Bros, of all places! However, as I might need more, all of this inphormation is quite phantastic!

Dec 16, 2010
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Phresh Phigs in Philly?

Wow, thanks everyone! This is great, I'll check these places out!

Dec 14, 2010
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Phresh Phigs in Philly?

Yeah! Here it is: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752716

It's totally decadent, but really fun and something a bit different.

Dec 11, 2010
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Phresh Phigs in Philly?

Yeah, that's what I FIGured...

Oh geez, I'm killing myself with these terrible fig puns.....

Dec 11, 2010
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Phresh Phigs in Philly?

Okay, sorry, I couldn't resist the title. Apologies.

I make this delicious fig, walnut, and brie tart every year on Christmas Eve. It calls for fresh figs but I can't ever find them, so I just substitute dried figs. And it is a great dish anyway, but this year, I have a MISSION to find them. (Get it? Mission? Mission Figs... BOO. Sorry.)

Any advice, Chowhounds?

Dec 10, 2010
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Falafel Nazi / Christos Falafel

Where is this guy's cart? I have always wanted to try it, but it wasn't convenient until I started working downtown recently...

Dec 10, 2010
PhillyHorn in Philadelphia

Help me un-ruin a flourless chocolate cake!

Hi everyone. I made a flourless chocolate cake tonight but it is overcooked. I think I didn't use enough water in the water bath, but that is irrelevant at this point. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how I might salvage it? I was thinking of making a blackberry sauce and then making small holes with a toothpick and letting the sauce moisten the cake, but any other suggestions would be most welcome.....

Oct 09, 2010
PhillyHorn in Home Cooking