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What to do with baby yukon gold potatoes??

I have 2 lbs. of really cute baby yukon gold potatoes, and need help, idea's, recipes for what to do with them? I love roasted potatoes, but never roasted any that were small, or "baby" size before. All replies very appreciated!

Sep 06, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Home Cooking

Chicken Marbella with boneless, skinless thighs?

I'd like to make Chicken Marbella ( but instead of using quartered chickens, I was wondering if anyone ever tried preparing this dish with boneless, skinless thighs? If so, how did it turn out? Did you make any modifications to the original recipe? Thanks in advance!

Apr 08, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Home Cooking

Searching for Frappuccino recipe

I'm looking to make a frappuccino like the barrista's at Starbucks make, (not the bottled version). I'm thinking all that is required is strong coffee, condensed milk (for thickness?) and ice? Maybe some chocolate syrup for mocha style?

If anyone has had success making a frozen frappuccino, would you kindly share your recipe? Thanks in advance!

Mar 22, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Home Cooking

Can leg of lamb be used instead of top round lamb for kebabs?

I'm looking to make lamb kebabs using my oven broiler, and the recipe I have uses "top round lamb" which is of course, cubed for kebabs. While at Coscto, I noticed they had leg of lamb, and I wanted to know if I could use that instead? Thanks in advance!

Mar 16, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Home Cooking

Can an oven broiler be substituted for a charcoal grill, to make lamb kebabs?

*******So I'm dying to make this recipe for lamb kebabs, but live in an apartment with no charcoal grill. *******

1 pound plain yogurt (regular or lowfat)
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
5 tablespoons fresh whole rosemary leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds top round lamb
1 red onion

Combine the yogurt, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a large, non-reactive bowl. Cut the lamb in 1 1/2-inch cubes (you’ll have about 20) and add it to the yogurt, making sure it is covered with the marinade. Cover the mixture plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for up to two days.

Prepare a charcoal grill with hot coals. Spread the coals in one tight layer on the grill. Cut the red onion in 8 pieces and separate each piece into three or four sections. Loosely thread three or four pieces of lamb onto skewers alternately with sections of onion. Sprinkle both sides of the lamb cubes with salt and pepper. Place the skewers on the hot grill and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning two or three times, until the lamb is medium-rare.

*******Can I use my oven broiler in lieu of the charcoal grill? And if so, how long would I need to cook the lamb kebabs for medium rare, the same 10-15 minutes as with a grill, or longer/shorter? Thanks in advance!*******

Mar 10, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Home Cooking

Jackson Heights Greenmarket

I'd like to get some reviews about this greenmarket from those of you who have shopped there before as I am thinking of going this weekend for the first time. What are the fruits and veggies like? Any grass fed meat? How about eggs? What are the prices like? Thanks in advance for feedback and replies.

Mar 02, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Is Szechuan Gourmet in Flushing really that great?

Recently I read that this place made number 4 on a list of the best Asian restaurants--is it really that great? I'm thinking of trying it next week, although I usually prefer Cantonese cuisine.

Szechuan Gourmet
135-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Feb 03, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar and Herbs, feedback please

Thanks, monavano! I will take your advice and saute the chicken. I'm assuming that finishing it with butter will result in a richer flavor?

Feb 01, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Home Cooking

Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar and Herbs, feedback please

I'm thinking of making this:

However, instead of using skin-on chicken pieces, I will be using cubed boneless, skinless chicken breast instead. I'm nervous about the chicken sticking to the potatoes, should I be? Any feedback greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

Feb 01, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Home Cooking

Where to buy coriander, fenugreek, cumin and black mustard seeds for grinding into a curry mix?

I'd like to make a homemade curry, using all the above seeds, in addition to cloves and turmeric powder. Does anyone know of a store where I could find all of these ingredients? Many thanks in advance!

Jan 15, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Best tiramisu?

I don't know if you're a member of Costco or not, but the one in the Rego Park Mall carries a frozen variety that is actually quite good. Once defrosted it tastes better than what most Italain restaurants serve.

Jan 13, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy healthy ramen noodles??

I love ramen noodles, but avoid eating them out due to MSG and other potential not-so-healthy ingredients. I'd love to cook some up at home, but have no clue where to buy them, could someone offer some advice? Many thanks in advance!

Jan 10, 2011
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Fresh vs. Frozen turkey for Thanksgiving

The fresh turkey I ended up buying at Costco was semi-frozen. There were ice crystals inside the cavity. I guess the temp at which fresh is considered legal is low enough to cause a bit of freezing. The bird, a butterball brand was OK, but nothing special. I did brine this turkey, but I didn't notice the meat being any juicier than some of the frozen one I've purchased in the past.

Dec 01, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Rum Balls

Does anyone know where I can find some good rum balls? I know Lety's in Jackson Heights sells very small ones that are good, but taste more like chocolate truffles than big, plump traditional rum balls. Thanks in advance for any leads!

77-07 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

Nov 20, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Fresh vs. Frozen turkey for Thanksgiving

I was at Costco in Rego Park earlier today, where they have fresh butterball turkeys priced at .99 cents per pound. I picked one out, purchased it, but then exchanged some words with a supervisor who encouraged me to return it. Why? The turkey had a tag marked good until 11/27, but still, I asked her if it would be ok to store this turkey in my fridge until next Thursday. She said no, that I should put it in the freezer first, and then thaw it a few days before Thanksgiving. When I explained I could not do that, as I don't have enough room in my freezer, she said I should return it, which I did, and buy another one closer to Thanksgiving because close to a week in the fridge is too long.

Before I buy my next turkey, I'm curious to hear opinions on fresh versus frozen turkey, thanks a lot and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 19, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

quality of costco meats and seafood

Here is yet another article warning of the dangers of eating farmed seafood

While Costco does sell plenty of farmed seafood, they also sell wild sockeye salmon (frozen) from Alaska. I think it's a little expensive, but I still buy it because I refuse to eat farmed fish.

EricMM (or anyone else): where do you find grass fed beef in Queens? I'd love to try it, but have never seen it being sold in my borough.

Nov 17, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Apple Strudel

andre's is not the cleanest place. they are still waiting on a pending health inspection. i've always been turned off by that place, there always seems to be a funky aroma coming from there that is not sweet and alluring like most bakeries.

Oct 31, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Is skirt steak the same as "flap meat"?

Thanks, chez cherie. Do you broil it for 3 minutes on each side? Any tips you'd like to share? Also, what do you think the differences are between flap and skirt, in terms of taste, texture, etc.? Thanks again!

Sep 30, 2010
cherrypoprocks in General Topics

Fairway in Douglaston?

Has construction started for the new Fairway that is supposed to open in Douglaston? Anyone know when this store is due to open?

Sep 30, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Is skirt steak the same as "flap meat"?

While at the Rego Park Costco, I looked for some skirt steak, which I couldn't find. I asked someone working in their meat department if they ever sold this particular steak, to which he said "no, never, but we have plenty of flap meat which is like the same." I took a look at the flap meat, and while it did resemble skirt steak, I just wasn't sure if it would really taste like skirt steak or not. Would anyone here be able to tell me just how similar flap meat is to skirt steak? Many thanks in advance!

Sep 30, 2010
cherrypoprocks in General Topics

Any places to sit outside and have a cup of coffee?

I'm looking for any old place in Queens where I can sit outside and have a cup of coffee. Not a cafe with waiter service though, just a place with outdoor, seat yourself chairs, where you can linger for as long as you like. Thanks in advance for the help!

May 14, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Pizza Palace kosher on 108th st..

I just tried this place since I live in Forest Hills and love garlic knots. They were the best I've ever had, which is very funny to me as this is not an Italian pizzeria. I only wish they were bigger, lol, since they were very small but juicy and garlicky and delish! Don't get just the 4 for $1, it's not enough.

May 02, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Union Square Greenmarket advice please

I'll be going to the Union Square Greenmarket tomorrow for the first time, could you kindly provide me some advice or tips to prepare me? For instance, are there any farmers stands or particular produce and/or food items that are not to be missed? What are the prices like? Any and all information would be greatly appreciated!

Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Apr 30, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Manhattan

What happened to Fairway??

Specifically, the Fairway in Plainview, LI? I went shopping there yesterday, and it was dead for a Sunday. When I started to look around, I noticed the quality of the food there was substantially different, sadly for the worse.

Other than the usual good Murray's chicken selections, the meat case was stocked with all kinds of items that were well past their prime. Most of the ground beef, for example, was discolored and clearly not very fresh. Even when I stopped by the butcher's counter to get some skirt steak, I couldn't buy any because when I asked to be shown both sides of the meat once again, they were discolored and obviously not fresh.

The fish counter wasn't much better. They had X-large shrimp on sale for 4.99/lb. which were the size of peanuts, so I accepted the $8.99/lb. price for Jumbo shrimp, which were exponentially bigger, and which the man behind the counter promised were wild and domestic, as opposed to farmed. Well, when getting these home, it was pretty clear to me that they were black tiger, and most likely farmed as opposed to what I was told.

Again, there were no long lines, and hardly any customers during what is an ordinarily busy shopping time, so I'm thinking there must be something going on that I wasn't aware of. From the produce, to the meats and seafood, to the cheese bar and beyond, NOTHING was up to par. I literally could've done better in a chain store!

So, does anyone know what happened? Change in ownership or management? I know they are now spending a lot of time and presumably money advertising on TV, but unless they go back to offering quality, fresh food at a reasonable price they will surely lose a ton of business, if they haven't already.

Apr 19, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Chains

Has anyone ever ordered bulk seafood from an online source?

I'm still obsessing about obtaining good quality seafood, specifically shrimp, and found many sources to order from online. Most are in the Louisiana area, and will ship 10lbs. of wild gulf shrimp for around $120 on average. I'm thinking my freezer can handle that, lol.

Just curious if anyone else has ever done this before?

Mar 25, 2010
cherrypoprocks in General Topics

Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

I stopped into Cannelle yesterday, and got an almond croissant for myself, and an apple turnover for my friend. While the croissant was very good, there was next to no filling, which made it disappointing to me. I guess I am comparing it to the nicely filled ones from La Marjolaine, which I think are simply the best. My friend also remarked that there was an absence of apple filling in his turnover too :(

Mar 18, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Costco meat & fish trip report, not sure about quality & value

Are you advising to pass up farm-raised shrimp from Asia because you feel it adversely affects shrimpers here in the US, OR is it due to quality and/or health concerns? I sympathize with the problems that imported goods cause our economy, but do not feel this is the appropriate forum for such a discussion.

On the other hand, I would like to know if you believe that the quality of farm raised shrimp is inferior to "wild" shrimp. You already mentioned that the taste will be "bland." I wonder if other here feel the same or differently. This is a great place to learn about food!

Mar 16, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Costco meat & fish trip report, not sure about quality & value

Thanks for the replies. Janie, I will follow you advice and take a look at the Costco in Westbury. I already gave them a call, and found out that they carry skirt steak, at $6.29/lb. so that's a good sign.

Pookipichu, I spent some time googling Costco and read that they are a very good company to work for. According to what I read, (I'm assuming it is true) employee's start at about $16 per hour, get full benefits after 90 days, and are given opportunities for promotions.

While I would love to support and shop from local butchers in my area, I am not able to afford their prices. (My household is a family of 3, with a $65k yearly income.) We need to stick within a budget which is why I am considering a Costco membership.

Mar 15, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Costco meat & fish trip report, not sure about quality & value

So I took a trip to Costco in LIC yesterday to see what their meats and seafood are like. The place wasn't busy at all, I'm assuming due to the heavy rain and bad weather. In the meat section, I asked an employee about skirt steak, and he told me Costco never carries this which I was disappointed with, as I really like skirt steak. Anyway, what they did have included:

-Beef chuck roast $3.50/lb.
-Boneless rib-eye steaks $6.99/lb.
-Filet Mignon $9.99/lb.

So far so good, I guess. The ground beef, however, I didn't like simply because the label stated that the origins of the meat included USA, Mexico, Australia, etc. It seemed odd to me to see that many countries on a meat label. Then, I saw organic 85/15 ground beef from a place called "verde farms" packaged into three seperate 1lb. amounts for a total of $12.99 ($4.33/lb.).

Next I looked at the seafood. I was really hoping to find gulf coast shrimp or wild salmon, instead they had Black Tiger shrimp, (sorry, I forget the count but they were pretty big) farm raised from Vietnam at $8.50/lb. I didn't like the salmon they had simply because it stated that "color was added through the feed." Adding artificial coloring to salmon is a pet peeve of mine, and I don't like the idea of ingesting that.

In the freezer sections, I found bags of:

-Chicken breasts $16 for 6 1/2 lbs.
-Flounder filets $8.69 for 2 lbs.
-Wild Alaskan salmon $26 for 3 lbs.
-Shrimp farm raised from Thailand, 21-25 ct., $16 for 2 lbs.

I'm not sure if I could do better elsewhere, in terms of quality and cost. I will be calling some butchers tomorrow, including Metro Meats, and others I have seen mentioned in Astoria to compare. As far as seafood, I'm open to recommendations from all of you as to where I could find nice quality that is reasonably priced.

Many thanks in advance for opinions, input, and guidance, it is very appreciated.

Mar 14, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs

Belgian waffle in Queens?

Can anyone recommend a place in Queens that serves a good belgian waffle for either breakfast and/or brunch? It doesn't matter to me if it's a diner, restaurant, ethnic specialty, etc. as long as the waffles are really good. Thanks in advance :)

Mar 10, 2010
cherrypoprocks in Outer Boroughs