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Quick dinner off 95 near Fredericksburg, VA?

I'm driving a carload of teenaged boys home from a soccer tournament in Richmond tonight, and I'd like to stop for a quick dinner somewhere around Fredericksburg, VA, hoping to avoid fast food. Can anyone recommend a quick place right off 95 in that neck of the woods? Thanks!

Feb 09, 2014
kristen3 in Mid-Atlantic

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I live in a house full of Spongebob heads. My stock would go WAY up if I made that cake :)

Dec 05, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I'd never heard of seafoam candy! But my favorite candy bar is a Crunchie Bar, which I can only find in Britain (or a few import stores here in the States, if I'm lucky). This seafoam candy looks just like the honeycomb you get in England. Yum!

Dec 05, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Yes! My mother made the witch cake for my early November birthday too! So cool.

Dec 05, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Pretty!

Dec 05, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Chowser, do you have a choc cream cheese trifle recipe? That sounds like fun.

Dec 05, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I love madeleines too! I have madeleine pans already, and a good recipe, so that one's a cinch. Maybe just for snacking, though, not for the big NYE dinner?

Dec 05, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I'm intrigued by the "lemon snow pudding with basil custard" that Downtown Josie posted above, but I'm just a tiny bit afraid of working with gelatin. I might use the epicurious Floating Island recipe (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...) or the Julia C recipe, but flavor the custard with lemon and basil. I'll keep you posted!

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

No, I didn't think you were being rude at all. It sounds strange, but I do understand where she's coming from.

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Yum!

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Awesome!! We'll have 2 nights at the beach house... this could be fun for the non-NYE dessert :)

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

That looks lovely. Nice and light after a big multi-course dinner. And I could still call it "Floating Islands".

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

You've used the epicurious recipe, Mamachef?

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Awesome, thanks to both of you! I'm going to give it a trial run to work out the kinks ahead of time. I've never spun sugar, DowntownJosie, but I may try it!

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I swear I think my mother had that book! Or maybe one like it that didn't feature coconut quite as prominently :)

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Cute!

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I am really into the floating islands. I think that's the winner! Downtown Josie, have you ever used Julia Child's recipe (in a blog that viperlush linked to, above)? I'll try it once before we go.

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Love this! You and mamachef are thinking alike :) We'll get the the beach house Monday, and NYE isn't until Tuesday night, so I'll make everything there. It actually doesn't look all that complicated. Several components, but none of them are too difficult. Famous last words?

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Ooh, mamachef, now you're talking! It's elegant enough for NYE, and it fits the theme! Would I be offending Julia Child's memory if I made the caramel sauce a *salted* caramel, to tie in cookie monster's idea?

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I'm the only one bringing dessert. I think there will 13 of us. Dessert sushi is a great idea!

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I love the seahorses. Those might be good to make ahead and bring along for tea time :)

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I like that idea!

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

In her defense, the hostess invited us to her beach house for 3 days and 2 nights over the New Year's holiday. It's a Delaware beach, 3 hours from home for most of us. It won't be tropical by any stretch, but it is a major get-away for all of us, so I suppose she feels it warrants a beach theme. I guess I should be flattered that she thinks I can come up with an oceany dessert?

There will be 3 families, all with teenagers and older children (no little little kiddies), and all fancy themselves foodies. I'd like to come up with a dessert that I could serve with my head held high, theme aside.

Dessert sushi sounds like fun!

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Maybe mini chocolate lava cakes in these kinds of molds? http://www.amazon.com/Vktech-Aluminum...

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

That's a good idea! Maybe coconut and in an ocean-shape?

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I've been invited to a New Year's Eve dinner party, with an "Under the Sea" theme. The hostess has asked me to bring dessert... just my luck, lol. Can anybody think of ocean-themed desserts?

My only ideas so far are something in the shape a sea-creature (like a flan in a starfish-shaped mold, for example), or something served on oyster shells or large clam shells (like everyone gets an individual apple crumble, for example, served on an open half shell).

Can anyone help me? Thanks!

Dec 04, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Dinner walking distance to Inner Harbor?

My family just bought tickets to see the U.S. Men's National soccer team play at M & T tomorrow (Sunday). We got a parking voucher for a garage right near the inner harbor. The game ends around dinner time, and we'd love to have dinner in Bawlmer before heading back down 95.

Can anyone recommend a restaurant that's within a reasonable walk, so we don't have to leave the parking garage and re-park? I'd like to avoid the chain restaurants at the harbor. My kids won't eat Asian / Indian, but we're open to just about anything else. I did think about taking a water taxi over to Fell's Point, but thinking that might make for a much longer evening...

Jul 20, 2013
kristen3 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Less expensive substitute for halibut?

That's a good point. I don't need 17 servings for 17 guests, since there is a LOT of other food

Mar 22, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Less expensive substitute for halibut?

Ha, ha! I actually like tilapia, but if serving it gets one of my siblings to step up for next year, that would be a win-win...

Mar 22, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking

Less expensive substitute for halibut?

Believe it or not, I'm not a Cosco member :( Sounds like a good option, though.

Mar 22, 2013
kristen3 in Home Cooking