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Setting up the kitchen for wheelchair height

I'm not in a wheelchair at present, but I do most of my cooking sitting down. To add to the problem, I'm short. So when I sit at the stove (or even stand, if it's a tall pot), I'm peering over the cookware rims.. I

I'm moving to an apartment where I am free to arrange the kitchen to my needs, limited only by the position of existing water and gas lines.

I'd appreciate hearing from others who have organized a kitchen to meet this challenge.

May 18, 2014
saucyknave in Cookware
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Best main line bakerY?

I'm sometimes out on the main line and would like to sample the best of the bakeries there.

Which is your contender?

May 18, 2014
saucyknave in Philadelphia

parking close

Thank you all for your kind suggestions.

My pet peeve is to go out for a meal and get something I could have done better myself at home. I enjoy places like Matyson but my gs would not. His favorite restaurant is the Vietnamese restaurant on the E side of 11th, but the last time I took him there I had a plateful of garbagy vegetable and dried out and probably too old shrimp.in a dismal sauce. I couldn't face that again.

I'll let my him decide whether we go Italian or Chinese. I've been to Chun Hing which is much closer to me a few years ago (but not quite as good as Sang Kee unless it's improved.) Surely worth a try again. I think Riva will be our destination if he wants to do Italian.

As I'm also fishing for midweek solo meals: I'm out at Villanova a few times a week and could do with some suggestions for the stretch between E Falls and there - even out past it a bit is okay.

Feb 23, 2014
saucyknave in Philadelphia

parking close

He's 13. He's super-picky with a very limited range of foods that he'll eat, so I tend to take him to Vietnamese or Chinese restaurants: noodle dishes and short ribs are on his list.

But I also go solo for weeknight meals occasionally, so no need to confine suggestions to meet his "palate."

Feb 22, 2014
saucyknave in Philadelphia

What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I like making fruit tarts since I've mastered the art of the crust. I feel the healthiness of the fruit balances out the sinfulness of the butter. :)

Yesterday, an apple croustada.

Feb 22, 2014
saucyknave in Home Cooking
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parking close

I need suggestions for a restaurant that has CLOSE-by parking as I have difficulty with more than a half block's walk. I'm taking my grandson to dinner tomorrow.

Lately I've mostly gone to Sang Kee in Wynnewood, but would like to find a few more places. I live in East Falls, so center city, Manyunk > Chestnut Hill or the near Main Line are easily reached.

TIA for your help.

Feb 22, 2014
saucyknave in Philadelphia

Appetizing store in Philly?

So long ago I don't remember exactly; it was either 52nd or 60th st around Spruce. The delis were Hymies and Murrays, now out on Montgomery Ave and nothing like the originals.

May 15, 2013
saucyknave in Philadelphia

Indian Alphonso Mangoes - Philly area

I saw some about a week ago in the Asian Market at 11th & Washington. Boxes of them. Didn't notice the price.

Apr 30, 2013
saucyknave in Philadelphia

Keffir lime leaves: where to buy?

I bought fresh kaffiir lime leaves at 11th st. mkt yesterday

Apr 17, 2013
saucyknave in Philadelphia

Price and Convenience isn't Everything: D'Angelo's Butcher Shop: Bison

Nothing beats freshly ground meat.

Do yourself a favor. If you have a mixer, get the meat grinder attachment. Try burgers made with once ground meat just before cooking them. Failing a mixer, cut your meat into chunks and pulse it in the processor. It also gives you control over what cut you use, which improves the flavor.

Apr 07, 2013
saucyknave in Philadelphia

Appetizing store in Philly?

When I was a child, I would go to West Phila with my father on Sundays to bring back deli for breakfast.There were two great delis full of deli smells: Hymies and Murrays with wooden floors, sawdust, barrels of pickled cucs and green tomatoes. They still had lox and white lox as well as nova, and the corned beef still had fat. And there were bakeries where you could get still hot boiled/baked (hard) bagels. "Those were the days, my friend, I thought they'd never end..."

Apr 07, 2013
saucyknave in Philadelphia

Bulk food/hippie grocery stores in Philadelphia

True, they have a good selection of dry bulk foods.

But WW is now more yuppy than hippy.. Just yesterday another "old" member and I were commenting on how far they have digressed from from being the coop they once were to now being a variation on Whole Foods with about the same prices --and sometimes even higher prices!.

Apr 07, 2013
saucyknave in Philadelphia

MediaSwarthmore vic restaurant?

Thanks to both of you for the recs. This area is terra incognita for me!

Sep 10, 2012
saucyknave in Philadelphia

duck fat

I bought some at giunto's in RTM

Sep 07, 2012
saucyknave in Philadelphia

Grass-fed beef

Call Weaver's Way store in Chestnut Hill. They carry some grass-fed beef and you can call them at 215 843 2350 for particulars as to what they carry. It's a coop and open to the public.
There's a high level of consciousness about the quality of the products there so you may find more than grass fed beef of interest.

It's probably closer to Gelenside than manyof the other suggestions, such as RTM

Sep 07, 2012
saucyknave in Philadelphia

MediaSwarthmore vic restaurant?

I want to take my 10 yr old gd who just moved there to dinner one night.. I'm looking for good food without breaking the bank. Ethnic foods definitely ok. We'll be going midweek.f

I'm not familiar with the area, so need help.

Thanks.

Sep 07, 2012
saucyknave in Philadelphia

Hand Sliced Smoked Salmon

This is slightly off topic, goes to degradation of our foods. First it's hard to find hand sliced, not it's iffy as to whether the pre-sliced has not been frozen!

I grabbed a package of wild salmon at TJoe's only to find it wouldn't even separate into slices. When I spoke to the service person about it, I was told that ALL their lox comes in frozen.

Jun 21, 2010
saucyknave in Philadelphia

ISO Empanada cases

A friend of mine from Argentina often makes a dough from bisquick for her empanadas. Not bad, but I usually just knock out a pate brisee in the food processor. If you're going for authentic, use lard not butter.

Jun 21, 2010
saucyknave in Philadelphia

What's up with Spice Corner?

Penzy's opened in Chestnut Hill a few years ago. They have a great variety of spices and herbs. They do not have, as the Spice Corner does/did other specialty items. You can get jars or pre packaged "bulk" in small amounts.

Also, Weaver's Way coop, now open in Chestnut Hill (former Caruso's site) as well as the original Greene & Carpenter La site, carries Frontier brand spices in a much more limited variety.

Jun 21, 2010
saucyknave in Philadelphia