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Low-Slow Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding?

I've been reading all of the posts about cooking prime rib low and slow at 225, resting for an hour and then blasting at high heat for 8-10 minutes to finish. That all sounds great. My conundrum is that I only have 1 oven and want very much to make Yorkshire Pudding to go with the roast. I could certainly bake the pud' during the roast's resting time, but then it (the pud') will deflate and get cold during the final heat blast of the roast.

Any ideas? Do I really have to blast with heat at the end? Can't I sear it first and then roast slow...then rest while the pud' bakes?

Appreciate any help you can offer.

Dec 22, 2012
wyf4lyf in Home Cooking

Chow along I-494? - MSP

Now that I've had more time to think about it, I'd like something relatively quick so we can get on the road. I'm thinking we'll go to the 5-8 Club or Matt's Bar for a Juicy Lucy. :)

Mar 31, 2009
wyf4lyf in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Chow along I-494? - MSP

I just looked at the Cafe Maude website and it looks wonderful! I think we'll go there for dinner when we come back into the city. Thanks!

Mar 31, 2009
wyf4lyf in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Chow along I-494? - MSP

We'll be landing at MSP at 5 p.m. and then heading to Bay Lake on I-494 and 94...we'll want dinner along the way. Looks like towns on that route are Minnetonka, Plymouth, and Maple Grove.
Can you help? Thanks in advance...

Feb 19, 2009
wyf4lyf in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Last night in Mpls (Sunday)

Thanks!

Last night in Mpls (Sunday)

Thanks for this info! I'm so excited to know the view from the island is so wonderful.

Last night in Mpls (Sunday)

Oops...sorry. We'll be coming in Minneapolis on Sunday, early afternoon...so the dinner will be Sunday night. Thanks.

Last night in Mpls (Sunday)

Good point...is there a place to go have a pre-dinner cocktail (even if it's an iced tea for the spouse) where we can look over the city or river before heading to dinner?

Last night in Mpls (Sunday)

At the beginning of May, I'm surprising my spouse with an anniversary trip to his favorite part of the country...and our last night will be in Minneapolis, staying on Nicollet Island. I'm looking for a very special place for dinner...romantic...perhaps with a view of the city and/or the river. We will want to take a carriage ride after dinner, and will need to be back to our hotel for that, so don't want to go too far from there, if possible.

Money not too much of an object...hubby doesn't drink, I might have a glass of wine...total can be around $250 if need be. But certainly open to a bargain!

I really want to end our trip with something memorable...knock our socks off!

Thanks for your help...

"poor man's prime rib"??

Hi there....Every Christmas I usually go to the local butcher and buy a prime rib roast. This year we've been hit hard in the wallet and I can't afford the prime rib...but would like to still make some kind of beef roast so I can also make the traditional Yorkshire Pudding that my family loves.

Any ideas for a cheaper cut of beef that will roast well in the oven and produce good juices for the pud' and gravy?

Thanks in advance...

Dec 10, 2008
wyf4lyf in Home Cooking

From Portland to Albany...

Hi there,

I'm flying into Portland and will drive to Albany for a conference...5 nights in Albany, and then back to Portland.

Interested in any interesting chow along the way, and of course for all those meals in Albany. I will probably have time for 1 interesting lunch in Portland before heading to the airport to fly home.

All help is appreciated! Looking for mostly budget places, all ethnicities welcome! One "splurge" meal ($25 for 1 person) would be OK.

Thanks...

Jul 14, 2008
wyf4lyf in Pacific Northwest

Any good chow in Ashland, OH?

I'll be in Ashland for a few days...any recommendations? I like all types of food. Looking for mostly cheap eats, but open to 1-2 nicer meals if the food is worth the money.

Thanks in advance!

Le Crueset lid broke...now what?

Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll give them a call this coming week. I did get a bit of a shiner from that lid hitting me, and a small cut across my nose. But other than that, I'm good as new. :)

May 31, 2008
wyf4lyf in Cookware

Le Crueset lid broke...now what?

Hi there,

One of my Le Creuset lids fell on the floor (after smashing into my face, off the refrigerator...OUCH!), and broke in half. Their website says they won't replace things that are damaged by accidental breakage. But I seem to remember people here saying they got replacements after breaking their pots, etc.

Can anyone advise me on what to do? (aside from icing my eye and thanking God my cheekbone didn't break!!!!)

Thanks...

May 24, 2008
wyf4lyf in Cookware

Crawfish and other chow in New Orleans

Hey all,

A friend of mine is heading to New Orleans and asked me to research restaurants...so of course I came here first! He'll have one meal out and he wants some place truly local, not stuffy or expensive, where he can eat a whole pile of crawfish and other other local favorites. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

May 07, 2008
wyf4lyf in New Orleans

New Tucson Restaurants (Are there any?)

Zona 78 on Tanque Verde near Sabino Canyon Rd. is wonderful. They make their own mozzarella on-site. Everything we had there was really really good. The service is a bit young, but the food is worth putting up with that.

May 04, 2008
wyf4lyf in Southwest

Take-Out in Tempe?

I'll be staying near I-10 and Baseline (on S. Priest Dr.) on a Saturday night in a couple of weeks and would love to hole up in my room with some good, fairly healthy take-out...any suggestions? I've searched the board a bit and found Pita Jungle and Lemon Grass Thai...any other good options near where I'll be? (I'm staying away from beef, pork and lamb these days...and trying for only whole grains if possible. I know that might limit my options a bit...)

Thanks in advance...

May 03, 2008
wyf4lyf in Southwest

Where to buy caviar in Tucson??

Looking for caviar, preferably American, for New Year's Eve in Tucson. Any ideas?

(And I do mean the good stuff that needs to stay on ice...not the cheap jars that one can find at any grocery store.)

Thanks...

Dec 28, 2007
wyf4lyf in Southwest

Suggestion for Sunday lunch in Tucson

I love Feast for Sunday lunch. Excellent food and it's usually pretty quiet at that time. Their website is www.eatatfeast.com.

Aug 30, 2007
wyf4lyf in Southwest

U of Phoenix stadium?

Due to my semi-disability (recovering from knee surgery), we were able to turn in our tickets and get seats in a handicapped section...on the Club Level! We didn't ask for that...that's where they took us. The food offerings were WAY better there. Prime rib sandwiches, prime rib nachos, asian food, pizza and panzanella...and portable chocolate fondue! I had the nachos which had a decent amout of cubed prime rib on them, fresh avocado and salsa, black olives and jalapenos. Unfortunately, they still had the gloppy cheese sauce, but they weren't soaked in the stuff. My son had sausage pizza which was OK (better than standard stadium pizza)...and the best churro ever...freshly cooked.

We had stopped at Sweet O first for appetizers and dessert, so I was stuffed after the nachos and couldn't try the fondue. Maybe next time...if I ever am able to sit in the club section again! Sweet O was fun and we just beat the crowd. We had pesto dip and their artichoke-sundried-tomato dip as well as dessert. Let's see...I had the petit four platter of 8 little deserts -- tiny tarts and cakes. All were very good. My husband loved his creme brulee and my son practically licked his plate clean from the lava cake. The bite of lava cake I had was OK, but the inside was only slightly warm...it needs to be *molten* for me to find it outstanding. But we enjoyed our time there...thanks for the tip!

Aug 27, 2007
wyf4lyf in Southwest

U of Phoenix stadium?

The link worked! Chocolate fondue sounds like the perfect pre- or post-game treat (this IS my birthday celebration, after all!) Thanks!

Aug 25, 2007
wyf4lyf in Southwest

U of Phoenix stadium?

Since I've been advised by in-the-know 'hounds to save Pizzeria Bianco for another time, I think we'll just head to the stadium and settle in for the game on Saturday evening. Is there any above-average food to be had there?

Thanks....http://www.chow.com/images/button-pos...

Aug 23, 2007
wyf4lyf in Southwest

Pizzeria Bianco on Saturday -- how early to get there

Thanks so much everyone. I'm so glad I asked here first!!

Aug 23, 2007
wyf4lyf in Phoenix

Pizzeria Bianco on Saturday -- how early to get there

We're going to the Chargers-Cardinals game which starts at 7 and would like to finally visit Pizzeria Bianco beforehand. I see they open at 5. How early should we get there to assure we get in when they open so that we don't miss any of the game? I was thinking maybe 3 or 3:30, but those with experience, please let me know!

Thanks in advance...

Aug 23, 2007
wyf4lyf in Phoenix

Ile St Louis, Paris recommendations

I'm pretty sure they are next door to each other.

Aug 13, 2007
wyf4lyf in France

Velvet Elvis - Patagonia, AZ

We ate there recently and just loved it. The whole wheat crust is really good...but don't worry out there, I don't think it's 100% whole wheat.

Aug 04, 2007
wyf4lyf in Southwest

Ile St Louis, Paris recommendations

We ate at Nos Anc├Ętres Les Gaulois our last night in Paris....what a way to end the trip. As much as I was trying to have excellent food at every meal, my non-Chowhound husband really wanted to go to Nos Ancetres as it looked like a pirate ship through the window. I heaved a quiet sigh and said OK (after all, I'd dragged him all over Paris in search of the best chocolate, etc.) There was something incredibly fun about being in the midst of the raucousness. The food ranged from really good (the assortment of sausages...and the chocolate dessert) to pretty bad (the sides that came with the meal) but the festive atmosphere is what I remember most. There's a guy with a guitar who roams around, singing French folk songs (and probably drinking songs, too)...everyone at the table next to us knew all the songs, and sang along with gusto. We couldn't help but clap along and try to catch some of the words and sing along, too. The meal starts off with a huge basket of crudites and then an all-you-want buffet of salads and saucissons (sausages, salamis and the like) which were quite good.

If you want something really different that's not a bistro and not haute cuisine, this is a good place for that, but put aside high food expectations first.

Jul 29, 2007
wyf4lyf in France

Anaheim Hills/Claremont Report

Thanks for all of the great suggestions! I ate at 4 new (to me) places in the Anaheim Hills area and was really happy with all of them!

California Fish Grill -- I had the grilled ahi tuna salad. I was suprised when the plate was set down before me, as the tuna wasn't sliced...a large slab of tuna was on top of the greens for me to cut as I wished. It was cooked nicely and had good seasoning. Prices are good here. My vegetarian friend asked them to make fish tacos without fish, and they substituted beans and she said it really worked well. Go figure...

Shehnai Indian -- as suggested, the lunch buffet was a steal at $7.95. Lots of choices and my friend and I ate ourselves silly. The garlic naan at our table was fabulous. I loved the palak paneer, rich and creamy. The chicken korma was great. Many other dishes and all were good. The tandoori chicken was a bit dry, but that was my only complaint. I tried one of the desserts which I still don't know what it was...made from either carrots or sweet potatoes, with some pistachio. Really yummy. And the place itself is just lovely, with very warm, attentive service. A fabulous find! (I mean, suggestion!!)

Yve's Bistro -- we were so full from lunch that we didn't want too much at dinner. We each had a different salad. I can't remember what my friend had, but mine had mixed greens, endive, candied pecans, goat cheese and an orange vinaigrette with orange peel. The flavors and textures were a symphony in the mouth. Wonderful! And not too large of a portion. We split a chocolate souffle. The souffle itself was nice...light and fluffy as it should be...we scooped fresh whipped cream and creme anglaise into the center, and that was great. But the chocolate ice cream that came with it was off-tasting and kind of ruined the dessert.

Rosine's -- hands-down, the best new place for me. The rotisserie chicken breast and wing was the best ever and the garlic "sauce" (more like a paste to slather on the chicken) was keep-vampires-away potent and perfect. I loved it, loved it. Had a small salad and tabouleh on the side. Both were really fresh and a perfect complement to the chicken and garlic. My veggie friend had the falafel pocket sandwich and she said the falafels were OK, but the sauces and accompaniments were first rate. I will definitely go back to this place any time I'm in the area!

Thai House -- I've been there before and I still like it. The pad thai is OK...too much fried tofu and just a few shrimp and chicken chunks. But what draws me back is the Tom Kah Gai...I just love that soup with the coconut, lemongrass and chicken. I also had the beef salad which had a good amount of tender beef slices and a tangy, spicy dressing. Service is always quick, too.

In Claremont, I went to Walter's twice, once for lunch and once for breakfast. My friend and I split the corn and feta salad along with the veggie burger. Both were really good. We loved that the veggie burger was housemade, big and floppy, and filled with all manner of good things and good spices. A far cry from the pre-formed, cardboardish frozen ones served at other places. The salad was really fresh and tasty. And I'm always a sucker for their Afghan fries and chutney. The breakfast I had was their eggs benedict with more of the Afghan fries. Hollandaise was perfect.

Another breakfast was had at Some Crust Bakery. The line was huge and by the time I got up to the front to order, the place was practically wiped clean. However, they had just come out with a fresh tray of chocolate croissants that were still HOT from the oven. OMG...I could have died a happy woman right then and there.

It was a great trip!! Thanks again, Chowhounds!!

Jul 28, 2007
wyf4lyf in Los Angeles Area

Austin Report

Not nearly as much to report as I thought. Turns out my hotel had a cooked breakfast buffet included in the price and I really needed to watch my budget, so I always had breakfast there. It actually was pretty good, and it was different each morning. Sometimes scrambled eggs, potatoes and bacon, others pancakes, eggs and sausage. Plenty to fill up on.

Lunch was included with my conference, so really it's just the dinners...

First night, I succumbed to a Panda Express DRIVE-THRU near my hotel. I was tired and after shopping at a local HEB for sodas and snacks for my room, I just wasn't up for driving around. And I am unashamedly a sucker for their Orange Chicken. The fact that there was a drive-thru was a huge bonus (the ones near me don't have that convenience), so I ate on the couch in my room (a huge suite that I got for peanuts on hotwire) and was quite happy.

Z Tejas...I had to try the ancho fudge pie. The entire meal was just kind of bland. The cornbread was bland; the blackened catfish "tacos" which were actually little burritos (maybe they meant soft tacos) had far too much avocado in them and masked the flavor of the fish. I love avocado...but I wanted a blackened, spicy taste, and there was none of that to be had. The touted ancho pie didn't taste of ancho at all. The texture was gooey and I liked that, but too many nuts for my taste. The best part of the meal was the side salad I ordered that came with a delicious raspberry vinaigrette with blue cheese crumbles. That had the most flavor of anything. All in all a disappointing meal.

Mesa Ranch -- thanks to whomever recommended this place. It was the best meal of the week! I went early (around 4:30) and no one else was dining. The staff was super friendly and the 12 oz. strip steak I had was definitely one of the best, if not the best, steaks I've had in my life. Super tender, juicy, perfectly cooked on the rare side of medium-rare, just the way I like it. Terrific smokey taste and aroma. They gave me a basket of corn sticks in the shape of sahuaro cactuses (cacti?) that made me miss my Arizona desert. And they tasted great...very crunchy and with the best butter on the side -- loaded with garlic, cilantro and hot pepper. Got the taste buds going! A small salad which wasn't anything special...but then that steak, with a spicy hollandaise on the side and poblano mashed potatoes. The potatoes were good, but it was the steak that was the highlight of the meal. I ate it very slowly. When I praised the meat to my server, he said that they get all their beef from Nolan Ryan's ranch and there are no hormones, etc...just natural-raised beef. Whatever it was, it was superb! And $21 was a steal for the quality of beef. I got dessert to go and enjoyed that later in my room. Some kind of chocolate decadence thing...when I opened the box it was a tall cube covered in glistening ganache. Broke into the thing with my fork and it was two layers of brownie, filled with a mocha mousse. Very rich and wonderful. Loved this place!!!

Took a chance at one of the restaurants on the conference list near the facility. I'm always up for trying a French bakery-cafe. Once I stepped inside, though, I realized I had walked into a chain of some sort...the place was called La Madeleine. I'd never heard of this chain, so I have to claim ignorance. It was too late to go somewhere else so I ordered and hoped for the best. The Shrimp Florentine crepes were slathered in a runny sauce that made the crepes soggy. The crispy edges were good, though. The shrimp inside was the best part, very fresh and perfectly cooked. The green beans on the side had a lot of flavor, but way too much salt. The potato galette didn't taste like anything...just something fried and crispy. The best part of the meal was the pesto cheese stick I bought for an appetizer. I took a lemon tart with me, and it was insipid. Probably 1 part lemon mixed in with 5 parts gloppy cream-like substance. How this place stays in business, passing for a French place is beyond me. I have an authentic French bakery-cafe near me and I am spoiled. Live and learn.

The last night was a BBQ at the conference which was quite tasty...sausages, brisket and chicken with all the trimmings.

Wish I'd had time to try other places, but was really glad to have found Mesa Ranch. If I'm ever in Austin again, I'm heading there first!

Jul 28, 2007
wyf4lyf in Austin

Breakfast in/near KC?

We're staying in a motel in Merriam right off I-35 and will be heading out fairly early, heading west on I-70 (we have to go north on 35 and and 635 first). Any breakfast places along that route? We can get out of town and eat along I-70 if there's something esp. good. I heard about a place in Lawrence called Wheatfield's that sounded promising, but would love to hear from fellow chowhounds.

Thanks....