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Old Style Family Restaurants?

Thank you for recommending a couple of my favorite local restaurants. We LOVE the Curry Leaf. I'm kind of embarrassed by how often we go there. Yia-Yia's Kitchen is offering their delicious beef/lamb gyros on Tuesdays for only $5.00 each. One Gyro is a full meal by itself, but I can't resist their french fries. I don't know what kind of cheese they put on top of them, but they are quite addictive.

Feb 28, 2014
Clatterbuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

New Indian Restaurant in Laurel

I just wanted to let everyone know about an Indian restaurant my daughter and I discovered last night. The Curry Leaf is located in a small strip of shops on Route 1 across from the Best Buy shopping center in Laurel. It was wonderful. The best Indian food I have had in the greater D.C. area and I have eaten at Rasika in D.C. and Basmati in Annapolis. My daughter had the Saag Paneer and it was delicious. I had something that was listed in the section titled Chef's specialties it was some kind of a chicken baryani. It was fabulous! I really want this place to succeed so I will have a convenient place to go to get delicious Indian food.

Jun 16, 2013
Clatterbuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

An amazing recipe for a good cause, please...

I just did a bake sale at work for the CFC. I know it sounds ridiculous, but the biggest sellers we had were the giant rice krispie treats I made and big slices of a three layer chocolate cake. I use the Hershey Perfectly Chocolate Cake recipe on the back of the cocoa container. I make it a three layer cake so I can keep a layer for myself.

Dec 09, 2012
Clatterbuck in Home Cooking

The cheapest possible wedding reception in DC... Help please :)

I completely understand the need to keep costs down for a wedding reception. My husband and I (married 26 years) paid for our own wedding. We had saved enough money between us to either have a big wedding or put down the money to buy our first house. We chose the house. We had the reception at our just purchased house which was pretty much empty so we rented chairs and put up some long tables in the diningroom. Someone gave us a wedding cake as a present. Our mothers supplied the basics for a buffet and we asked guests to bring a dish. Needless to say, it was a casual wedding but the food was delicious and everyone had a great time.

Aug 23, 2012
Clatterbuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

What Foods Do You Forego in the Name o' Domestic Tranquility?

I can't make anything that contains olives, artichoke hearts, beets, goat cheese, and I must never, never, never try to sneak parsnips into beef stew. My husband hates all of these things. His distaste for cooked carrots (He likes raw carrots.) is kind of cute. He will eat whatever they are in, but he picks them out and leaves them in a small pile of the edge of his plate.

Apr 22, 2012
Clatterbuck in General Topics

College Park area food?

Try a couple of the new restaurants on Route 1. My husband and I tried Bobby Flay's burger place and liked it (a little expensive for burgers though). I love Sweet Green. Their salads are wonderful. We have been going to Franklins for many years and still love it. They make their own rootbeer! We also now frequently go to Poets and Busboys because our daughter is a vegetarian and they have a multitude of options for her.

Apr 13, 2012
Clatterbuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Maryland Style Fried Chicken???

My dad made the best fried chicken. I guess it was Maryland fried chicken since we lived in Maryland. Heat up some Crisco in your cast iron skillet. Dredge the chicken pieces in milk and then flour (which has been well seasoned with salt and black pepper) and then fry it. My dad would always put the chicken in a paper grocery bag to soak up some of the grease.

When my family and I were traveling through Ireland and England we were constantly amazed at how often some type of "Maryland" food item was found on various restaurant's menus. Not only did we find various types of Maryland fried chicken, but we also found Maryland style pizza. I had to order this just to see what it was. Picture a limp pasty pizza crust covered with chopped ham, chunks of pineapple and canned corn. Mmmm, makes your mouth water, doesn't it?

Jan 18, 2012
Clatterbuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

King Arthur Hi-Maize flour

I didn't use the flour, but I did just made pancakes with Hi-Maize resistant starch yesterday using the King Arthur recipe (1/4 cup added to the rest of the ingredients.) They were delicious. Neither my husband nor daughter could tell that they weren't normal pancakes. I have to say I only ate 2 pancakes but i wasn't hungry for lulnch until about 3:00 in the afternoon. I don't know if I can attribute it to to the Hi-Maize but it is unusual for me to not be hungry at exactly 12:00 p.m.

Jun 27, 2011
Clatterbuck in Home Cooking

Breakfast in/near Silver Spring, College Park

This is a little farther north than College Park, but there is an Ethopian Coffee shop in Fulton, MD called Sidamo. The best coffee I have every tasted. They really don't serve much of a breakfast. I think they mainly have coffee cake and pastries, but the coffee alone is worth it. Fulton is about halfway between College Park and Columbia off Rt. 29.

Apr 07, 2011
Clatterbuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

What Food to Bring New Parents

I usually take a casserole and rice pudding to new mothers. Rice pudding is very mild and comforting. My niece totally loved the rice pudding. She told me that she and her husband fought over the last bit of pudding in the bowl. From experience I can tell you, don't take steak and peppers over noodles. I ate that once while I was breastfeeding my daughter and she was up all night with gas pains. I felt so horrible for doing that to her.

Aug 12, 2010
Clatterbuck in Features

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

From the Best Recipe book, the deep dish apple pie. I take this to all family holiday parties. Family members fight each other for a piece of pie. Certain people have been known to sneak into the kitchen and cut a piece of pie before dinner and then hide it so they can be sure to get a slice of pie. If I was a nicer person I would bake two pies.

May 13, 2010
Clatterbuck in Home Cooking