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Fresh Ham - NYT

Had it every Easter, the Polish side had the cured ham, the Ukrainian side had the fresh ham, always with beet hrin.

Apr 17, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News

Foodie Gift for hosts in Caribbean

Depending on where in the Caribbean and what the laws are regarding what you can bring in — and of course, what your hosts would enjoy — we've traveled to island destinations with a small cooler packed with good beef -- steaks, ground beef. It can be pretty expensive and not always great in many island destinations.

Mar 21, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

Congratulations! On both the party and the leaving ...

Feb 24, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food

MEATLOAF - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for February 2014

My meatloaf, no peppers, no ketchup or tomato sauce, goes something like this:
1lb. ground beef
1lb. ground pork
1 large diced shallot
2 cloves minced garlic
2 slices diced pancetta
1 slice white bread soaked in milk and squeezed out then shredded
chopped parsley
1 egg

Mix it together, a little salt and pepper
Form into loaf on baking sheet
Top loaf with 2-3 thin slices of pancetta

Bake at 350 for about an hour -- I do use a probe to 150.

I usually reduce some beef stock with a garlic clove and thyme, then add to a roux for an easy gravy -- sliced mushrooms optional.

While the loaf rests, I'll degrease the drippings and add to the gravy. Peel off the pancetta, dice it and add to gravy.

Serve with mashed potatoes and a salad or greens.

While the leftovers are good cold, I also like to brown leftovers in slices in the cast iron skillet.

Feb 14, 2014
lsmutko in Home Cooking

School me on Polish grocery stores

If they have real Polish ham, try it — I can't get it now, only sweeter cured ham. It's meaty and somewhat salty, but with farmer's cheese pierogi? Delish.

Feb 11, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics

Mice in apartment

Yeah -- I live in 1700s farmhouse and there's no way to completely seal this thing, though foam over steel wool works OK enough.

The ones who do get in the early winter then die. Traps, poison, I'm pretty indiscriminate as to how they're dispatched, except for glue traps. Hate those things.

Feb 06, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food

Mice in apartment

Porker -- my dad will reuse the traps. I ... can't. It all goes out -- the mouse and trap. I'll spend the extra dollar not to deal with it.

Feb 06, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food
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Hugh Acheson - Top Chef

I liked him on TC Masters and then more when he started regularly judging. He's got a dryness I really find funny. But it's really his writing that made me fall totally for his Canadian/Southern Unibrow fabulousness. The dude can write. I rarely follow Twitter or anyone on it, but his Twitter feed can also be really entertaining.

Feb 06, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News
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Why make something so simple so complicated?

The GI story is only one of the origin stories. There are others that point to it being a country dish and/or something that charcoal-makers would eat when camped out making charcoal, and was the simpler preparation of pasta, eggs, hard cheese and pancetta or guanciale.

Feb 06, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

Bad back. Had to cut way down on it. But you go!

Feb 04, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

With all due respect to Yankeegirl28 and what is a sticky problem, I'd just like to report that I tried to work the words "lewd dancing" into every and any conversation this weekend.

Feb 03, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food
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Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Yeah, the red beans really become a sauce or gravy over the rice, not the mixed, drier nature of peas and rice/rice and beans.

Jan 30, 2014
lsmutko in New Orleans

Time to mix it up again......Chix Filet gives free food to stranded motorists......

On the other hand, if they gave free food to people they politically work against, even unknowingly, isn't that more offensive to Chik-fil-A's sensibilities and politics?

I personally don't patronize them any more (I doubt corporate cares), I don't criticize those who do. But having grown up in snow country, I appreciate the gesture and real help that they gave.

Jan 30, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News

Love Nudy's Cafe but too far!?

I'm outside New Hope, and haven't found a breakfast/brunch spot I love. Although brunch at Karla's in New Hope is really enjoyable, the food's good and the fact that the bar is open and serving good bloodies is plus. Just don't even try in the summer or busy weekends in the fall.

Never been to Nudy's so can't offer a comparison. What I miss from the western 'burbs for breakfast/brunch/lunch is The Classic Diner in Malvern. If wish there was something/anything like that in the general New Hope/Lambertville area.

Jan 24, 2014
lsmutko in Philadelphia

Cream for coffee

Oh please do!

Jan 22, 2014
lsmutko in Mexico

Suggestions for Tulum Chicken?

We did see some lobsters at Paamul and some turtles at Akumal.

While I've only seen about 10 years' of change, it's been rapid. And not always for the good -- though I'd guess residents are happier without the open sewers.

But a lot has been lost.

Jan 21, 2014
lsmutko in Mexico

Suggestions for Tulum Chicken?

We were there last year and the woman who was caretaking the house we rented (and a couple other locals and expats) pointed us toward Bronco, so I think it's still the pick.

We were last there in the early 2000s, and the change along the beach road is significant -- I think you'll be surprised and maybe a little sad. Big supermarket on "T" to the beach, and a townhouse development, too.

But the chicken's still good.

Jan 21, 2014
lsmutko in Mexico

Suggestions for Tulum Chicken?

El Pollo Bronco, in Tulum Pueblo. On the main drag. We went last year and it was easy to find, but I don't remember the cross street.

Fantastic. The chicken's delicious, the cheesy potatoes were great, and very tasty slaw and salsa.

Jan 20, 2014
lsmutko in Mexico

Cream for coffee

We did try that -- it was close, I was just wondering if I was missing something else due to my rudimentary Spanish.

Thanks!

Jan 20, 2014
lsmutko in Mexico

Cream for coffee

What do you look for in the market when you want something akin to half-and-half or cream for coffee? We've never figured out what it is -- "crema" got us something sour-cream-like, which is really not good in coffee.

Jan 20, 2014
lsmutko in Mexico

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

I thought you were just making it as clear as possible, given that there are more related children than just the two out-of-towners.

I think you've made the accomodations you can -- your kids watching the littler ones. Stay flexible! And good on your kids for agreeing to help out, even though they're young adults and it's their dad's party. I hope they get to tag-team in and out every once in a while!

One thing that no one's commented on here is the reality that parents -- even if they're siblings -- at different stages of the child-raising game have different expectations and anxieties and desires. It does take some juggling, and it sounds like you're looking at the give and take and doing what needs to be done.

I hope it all works fabulously!

Jan 20, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food

Alan Richman Ranks Cheesesteaks in Philly

It could be a guide to CheeseSnapes.

Jan 08, 2014
lsmutko in Philadelphia

A wonderful essay In Praise of Breakfast

Wow. It's an interesting concept, but what I came away with is that the microwave is the weapon of secular humanists and atheists hate breakfast.

Jan 07, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News

Thanksgiving disaster!

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax, syndicated from the Washington Post, does a holiday themed chat with readers called the Holiday Hootenany where all sorts of holiday transgressions are described and is hilarious -- albeit often only in hindsight from the afflicted.

Furious, you should submit this next year, or whenever you're ready, and you'll get a lot of support!

Jan 06, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food
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Excellent example of News bias, another tipping story this one involving Jesus

It may also be it's positive -- there are huge tips being given rather than withheld for specious reasons.

I have to admit I didn't see anything about the bad tips on TV until it was shown to be a fake -- the waitress who said she got stiffed because she was gay, for instance.

Not seeing bias.

Dec 11, 2013
lsmutko in Food Media & News

Your Christmas Eve Dinner.

The Poles have a tradition of meatless Christmas Eves, Wigilia, some fish, but also a lot of mushrooms, potatoes, pierogi and cabbage (as cabbage or sauerkraut). Though in my grandmother's more new world interpretation, there was ham.

Dec 10, 2013
lsmutko in General Topics

How's T-day coming? What have you prepped?

I've made the stock and it's in the freezer. I've also made my grandmother's spaghetti sauce. Also in the freezer. Nothing really for the day itself.

The whole extended family takes over a house on the Outer Banks for the week. The sauce (which already has chicken, sausage and beef shanks and marrow bones in it) is for Sunday night and will be augmented by meatballs made there. The nights in between will catered by other members of the family.

I'll pick up the turkey there (already reserved) and will dry brine.

Pretty much my other prep so far has been making lists like:
Take roasting pan (rental house -- don't know if they'll have a good one)
Knives in knife roll (see don't know if they'll have good ones)
Two thermometers -- instant read and one that goes in the bird.
Herbs and spices
Can of cranberry sauce (sometimes can't be found there if there's a run -- and there are people who INSIST on it.

Just have to remember to pack everything!

Nov 20, 2013
lsmutko in Home Cooking
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Hosting a 1st Birthday Party the Sunday after Thanksgiving. What to serve?

Absolutely. My birthday is during T-giving week most of the time, sometimes right on. For the Sunday after, I love the idea of the tacos, pizza or anything outside of the traditional flavors of Thanksgiving.

I usually crave Chinese or Japanese by the end of the weekend, though that might not be practical for a party.

Nov 17, 2013
lsmutko in General Topics

Allergy etiquette question

I'd absolutely want to be reminded.

I understand you don't want to be trouble or perceived as picky, but I'd want to know and would find a way to work with it. I'd feel worse if I'd forgotten and made something you couldn't eat again.

Nov 14, 2013
lsmutko in Not About Food
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Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

Agreed. With a side of mashed potatoes. And GRAVY.

Nov 14, 2013
lsmutko in General Topics