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Help with appetizers for dinner party

I just wanted to thank you all for your amazing suggestions! I think I'm going to go with the watermelon/ricotta salata; prosciutto wrapped asparagus and maybe the caprese kebabs.

Many, many thanks again. I really appreciate the help!

Jun 06, 2014
radiogrl1 in Home Cooking

Help with appetizers for dinner party

I like that idea!

Jun 04, 2014
radiogrl1 in Home Cooking

Help with appetizers for dinner party

It's a tough call - these guys are really good cooks, so I'm a bit baffled at the "winter-ness" of the menu for a June dinner. My guess is I could go for the alternative - something creative and light and tasty.

Jun 04, 2014
radiogrl1 in Home Cooking
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Help with appetizers for dinner party

We have been invited to dinner Friday night. The menu is heavy, guy-food: fish and chips and macaroni and cheese (don't ask). I have been tasked with bringing appetizers. I want to bring something light enough to be a counterpoint to the carbs and cheese and fried stuff, and I'm completely drawing a blank. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Jun 04, 2014
radiogrl1 in Home Cooking

New Mcloone's to open in Red Bank.

Please, God - let him hire at least one decent chef who has some interesting recipes. That company has the wherewithal to hire good cooks and flat-out refuses to do so.

May 02, 2014
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Special dinner out in/near Wilmington, NC

There will be 9 of us (aunts, cousins - an all-girl weekend) and we'd love to have dinner at someplace elegant but not stuffy, with the best food available. Not really picky about the type of cuisine, just looking for a lovely night out with excellent food.
Conversely, I'd love to know of the best down-home, North Carolina BBQ place near Wilmington. Maybe that IS the best food around :)
Thanks in advance!

Jun 04, 2013
radiogrl1 in Southeast

Tough news (though tentative)

Two words: Atlantic Highlands

Two more: Hurry, please.

Mar 30, 2013
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Saturday dinner - eastern Monmouth County

You have that right :)

Jan 20, 2013
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Saturday dinner - eastern Monmouth County

We definitely will...the problem is that we left for dinner before the replies came in. :/

Jan 20, 2013
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Saturday dinner - eastern Monmouth County

We wound up at Gaetano's in Red Bank (I know what I said about red-sauce Italian joints) and we were underwhelmed.

Noisy room, no atmosphere to speak of and a table that tilted badly (but was fixed when we brought it to the waiter's attention) was the start. We had to ask three times for water. Brought a bottle of wine, which was opened for us in short order.

Hubby's appetizer was the calamari, which was perfectly done. I had burratta on top of a roasted tomato with greens and a balsamic glaze. Nothing to complain about there.

He had the rigatoni with chicken and a light tomato cream sauce, which had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for a while. It was not supposed to be spicy, but was completely bereft of flavor.

I had a nice, spicy linguine with white clam sauce.

Points were taken away for the long wait between app and entree. A really long wait. It was obvious the kitchen was in the weeds, so we didn't complain.

The thing is, I can make all of this at home (and better, most of the time), so there's really no reason to go back. Your mileage may vary.

Jan 20, 2013
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Saturday dinner - eastern Monmouth County

...hubby and I are antsy for a good, casual-to-fine dinner tonight. Last night, it was sisters' night out at Nicholas' bar, so that's out. The local red-sauce joints don't do it for me (because I can almost always do it better). Noise level at Downtown is awful. We'll eat almost anything as long as it's delish.

Has anyone been to Ama, post-Sandy?

God, I miss Woody's and Drew's and Yumi and Langosta and and and.....

So, I turn to you for any help. Thanks in advance.

Jan 19, 2013
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Costco - Marlboro - Beef Tenderloin

Curious as to why you don't like the Australian tenderloin at Shop Rite. I buy it a lot and find it delicious.

Jan 05, 2013
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Need Sushi grade fish

Actually, you're looking for sashimi grade fish. Sushi is the rice part. It's a haul from Flemington, but my go-to place is Mitsuwa marketplace in Edgewater. Worth every moment it takes to get there.

Jan 05, 2013
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Fish et Boissonerie closed?

It was my favorite local joint, on Rue du Seine. A friend says it is completely shut down. Would any of you have any information about this?

Dec 31, 2012
radiogrl1 in France

Sushi Palace in Middletown

I get takeout there about twice a month. It's very good, if not terribly creative. On the other hand, when it comes to sushi and sashimi, I'll take fresh and well made over terribly creative every time.

Aug 31, 2012
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

NJ Tomatoes

Samahas on Lloyd Road in Aberdeen (just off 117A on the GSP) has spectacular produce, most of it grown on their own farm or very locally grown. They have Ramapo tomatoes and even though I grow my own heirlooms, I stop in at least a couple of weeks to grab a couple. Yeah, I have a tomato problem in August/ September.....

Aug 24, 2012
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

fried clams

Well, my wayback machine is in the shop for repairs, but thanks for playing, lemarais. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone else!

Jun 20, 2012
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

fried clams

Here's where I'm not thrilled with: Bahr's, The Clam Hut, Dockside, Sallie Tee's. Husband has a hankering to sit outside and have a beer and some great fried clams - waterside, if possible. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Jun 15, 2012
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Newark near Prudential Center, pre-concert suggestions needed...

Headed in a couple of weeks to The Rock to see Springsteen. I would love some advice re: places to get food before the concert that is close to the venue and isn't a complete ripoff pricewise (Many of the restaurants in the area note online that "prices may change on event nights".

Not particular about the type of food, only that it passes Chowhound muster.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 21, 2012
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

IS there any Good Sushi?

I agree with JJ - I am thrilled with how good Danny's has become!

Apr 08, 2012
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Klein's in Belmar AND Colts Neck Inn- Need options on BRUNCH and PRIVATE PARTIES, please!

Just FYI - The Quay has been closed for a year or so.

Mar 17, 2012
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Paris - good, inexpensive seafood restaurant

I will also come to the defense of Fish. It is a local joint. Funky, small and loads of fun. I have had a dozen really fine meals there. That they speak English and welcome those of us who do is not cause for derision. The wines are top-notch, the food is well-prepared and when I was there one night, racked with bronchitis, the bartender made me the best hot toddy(ies) I have ever had. Burned the bronchitis right out of me. I love this place.

Nov 28, 2011
radiogrl1 in France

Woody's in Sea Bright

I went with two girlfriends last night and we had a great time. There was a 45 minute wait for a table, but the crowd at the bar was convivial and time flew. One small downside - we managed to get a bartender who had just started that night and he wasn't as organized as he might be - still, the drinks he made were perfect (I had a gimlet, one friend had an apple martini, one had a split of Veuve Cliquot).
Anyway, up to our table. The upstairs is a bit noisy, but the wood beams did manage to muffle some of the noise (quite unlike the enormously unpleasant din found in that marble shrine to cougar-dom, Le Club at Avenue in Long Branch - but I digress).
We had fish tacos for an appetizer - a few bites big, but packed with fish and crunchy veggies, with a slightly spicy mayonnaise dressing. So good.
One friend had the shrimp fajitas, which she loved. Gorgeous colors on the plate, fresh vegetables and perfectly cooked shrimp - not dry or rubbery. Friend #2 had grouper. She ate it so quickly and with such delight, I can't really comment on what exactly was on her plate.
I was feeling the need for some red meat, and had a grilled ribeye. It came charred on the outside and perfectly rare inside. Big, beefy flavor. Came with a small red pepper stuffed with artichoke and spinach and fried in a tempura batter. Smashed potatoes. Really good. No desserts for us.
It was a terrific night, albeit packed. I will definitely be back.

Oct 09, 2011
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Asbury Park Saturday Night

Friends from out of town want to see AP (and I don't blame them). Our go-to spot is generally Langosta, but these days my dh thinks the place is overrated and overpriced. My thinking is either Langosta or McLoone's for dinner followed by Watermark for drinks. I don't want to deal with parking twice, or I would definitely go a few blocks inland. Moonstruck is terrible value for the dollar, so that's out.

Given the choices on the boardwalk, where would you go? Your timely responses are deeply appreciated.

Jul 30, 2011
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Real New Jersey experience

"As you state, any tomato grown within the political borders of NJ, regardless of variety, soil, climate, farmer, is a Jersey tomato." Yes, and by virtue of that fact it is superior to those tomatoes grown in Suffern or Bethlehem. It's that Jersey exceptionalism you've heard so much about :)

Jul 22, 2011
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Real New Jersey experience

Tommy, you seem to think there is (or should be) some government entity which designates which tomatoes are called Jersey tomatoes. It's not that cut and dried. Any tomato grown in New Jersey is by definition, a Jersey tomato. What makes them superior? The soil, the climate - it doesn't really matter.
For my money, the best tasting local tomato is the Ramapo - it is deeply flavored, very meaty. It is also delicate, so tends not to be the kind that shows up in most farm stands. Samahas in Matawan has carried them in the past; I hope they carry them again this year.
In my garden, you will find beefsteak, the green Mr. Stripey, Russian Purple and the Mortgage Lifter. Each and every one a Jersey tomato.

Jul 22, 2011
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Newark airport Terminal C>> Food to bring on plane

Terminal B at Newark is in DESPERATE need of a Terminal C-type makeover. You're waiting to go overseas and you're in coach and there is NOTHING worth eating either on the plane or in that terminal. Yes, I could bring my own dinner (and have), but it would be nice to eat beforehand in an actual restaurant before an 8 hour flight. And it's not as if there aren't a gajillion people in the waiting areas.

Jul 04, 2011
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

Flakey Tart - Atlantic Highlands.

I'm sorry - I never meant to come off as snarky, but I think Marie has enough on her hands with the pastries and lunches. On the other hand, if she were to bring in a boulanger, I would be there every damn day :)

Dec 01, 2010
radiogrl1 in New Jersey

in Paris, right this second and hungry

We're in the 6th and looking for good chow. Not too haute, not too heavy. Any suggestions for three gals whose dogs are barkin'.....

Oct 18, 2010
radiogrl1 in France

Oyster assistance, sil vous plait

This is great. We are renting a place on Rue Princesse, so I will poke around as soon as we are settled for a poissonerie.
I love the idea of having a platter made for me! What a perfect little snack before venturing out for the night!

Sep 12, 2010
radiogrl1 in France