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Organic black PEPPERCORN RECALL

Frontier has a hotline 800-669-3275 -- the recall only specifies whole black peppercorn, but they make peppercorn blends and supply so many store brands...

Anybody know if there is another organic black peppercorn supplier in the USA? Does Penzy's use Frontier as a supplier?

Apr 11, 2014
pitu in Food Media & News

Rico's Tamales... Sunset Park... Awesome Oaxaquenoes as always

bad news: RIP best Oaxaquenos in Sunset Park
I went there yesterday, the signage was pulled down from the around-the-corner on 5th Ave place that took over from the original and most charming little red stall on 46th St.

A US Marshal notice on the facade, which is totally unrecognizable at this point.

I asked in a few other businesses on the block, nobody knew where the ladies are now. Keep an eye out people...SO sad to lose what's been reliable deliciousness above and beyond for almost a decade. Where else are great oaxaquenos? /sigh

Apr 11, 2014
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Organic black PEPPERCORN RECALL

I'd hazard a guess that Frontier supplies every food coop in the USA. I've been using those peppercorns too, presumably salmonella free. No reported deaths but still...yikes.

Apr 09, 2014
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Organic black PEPPERCORN RECALL

Organic black peppercorn recall, yikes http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm...
Frontier Natural / Whole Foods 365 / Simply Organic and a few other brands apparently come from the same place. The products in question date as far back as August 2013, up to March 2014

Apr 09, 2014
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Recent cooking fails?

with granola, I keep the honey and dried fruit out of the baking -- burns too easily. I'd rather only have to worry about over-toasting nuts.

Jan 22, 2014
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What to do with leftover braising liquid

sounds like great base for ramen.

I'd freeze it in a variety of sizes -- having 1/2 cup, cup, and two cup bags of hearty broth at the ready is a beautiful thing.

Jan 22, 2014
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Pickles & Matrimony and Veggies & Charity

Love.This.Salad. Who knew, roasted okra!? I already roast cauliflower all the time, this was a great step up into a more composed dish.

I've made it three times now -- the first time w pecans, the rest w roasted cashews which were much better in the salad even tho I love pecans. The dried apricot slivers and orange zest made it perfect for winter. I've tossed it in with baby arugula too - great healthy but exciting lunch.

I like a pinch of chili flakes, I don't think the recipe calls for it.

Jan 20, 2014
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Pok Pok lines and plan of action

huh, we looooooved that mushroom salad.
But also walked right in later one weeknight, so no big pressure/annoyance based on waiting an hour. I'd been waiting to go there until the lines died down. Can anyone who goes there often tell me if I was just inordinately lucky, or are lines only on the weekends?

Table consensus: the Collins cocktail was too sweet, but the Tamarind was nice -- tart, a drink for grown folks who like savory.

Oct 29, 2013
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any hope for a brooklyn girl at rockefeller center?

There's a Blue Bottle Coffee downstairs in the concourse, so that's delicious. And better than Starbucks.

Soba Nippon on w.52nd (5/6aves) has well-prepared Japanese food, and is not popular with the Xmas tree throngs. And there's a pretty mural of the chef's buckwheat field. Sapporo Ramen on 49th (6/7aves) is the lunch counter version, lively, canteen to local workerbees. There's high end Japanese around there if someone has big cash to spend on sushi, but I wouldn't know which one to say...

Again with the higher end, but The Modern, next to MoMA is a lovely festive schmancy spot.

Oct 28, 2013
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Sunset Park "New York Mart" (formerly Hong Kong Market) STEPS UP GAME

Yah, you're right about produce. I go to the PSfoodcoop, so I'm barely looking at the fresh produce other than herbs. I like the MaeSri curry pastes, and somehow missed all frozen rhizomes (!) until this last trip. They used to sell Vietnamese spring rolls (sometimes packaged in Vietnamese, English, and Russian) that I've been missing.

Also hoping to find these Malaysian "Vegetalk" products, but so far no luck in NYC. I bought the pictured one in Dallas Tx at a large grocery in the Vietnamese section of town. Any ideas?

Oct 28, 2013
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Sunset Park "New York Mart" (formerly Hong Kong Market) STEPS UP GAME

AND they have Bruce Cost's unfiltered ginger ales, which are fantastic. Cane sugar, real flavors.

Oct 24, 2013
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Sunset Park "New York Mart" (formerly Hong Kong Market) STEPS UP GAME

On 8th Ave at 61st St in Brooklyn, the grocery with the tiny parking lot, got made over inside since last I went. More Thai import items than before, and frozen galangal, frozen whole turmeric, frozen unsweetened calamansi juice. YAY! They still have butcher/fishmonger on site. It's persimmon season...

Oct 24, 2013
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Thai restaurants

and order the "forest mushroom salad" at Pok Pok NY. The tamarind whiskey sour and drinking vinegars are fabulous if you like unsweet distinctly tart libation.

Oct 24, 2013
pitu in Outer Boroughs

Where in Bklyn can I have a nice weekday lunch?

I had lunch yesterday at Al Di La, it was spectacular and lulled my out of town foodie visitors into a happy happy place. Sauteed dandelion greens on fava puree was a (somewhat unexpected) standout, faro salad, funghi on polenta, pasta carbonara, fabulous apple frangipani tart and a decent espresso. After all these years, Al Di La still brings it! And it's a huge bonus that their wait staff hiring practices break the racial/ethnic line that usually stratifies NYC restaurants.

If you'd rather Court St, the Frankie's/Prime Meats are delicious too.

Oct 24, 2013
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Cake recipe says "Vegetable Oil" -- which is best?

My favorite chocolate cake recipe specifies peanut oil. Sunflower is my second choice. (And yuck = canola)

Oct 12, 2013
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Cooking week's worth of food.

I make vinaigrette in advance, for green salads, with everything (fresh herbs, mustard, shallots) except the fresh lemon, which tastes much better if you add it last minute. Everyone is much more inclined not to skip the arugula when the dressing is already there...

Also cabbages slaws -- they hold up a few days, and the vinegar ones get better in the fridge. French lentil soup is my food-for-the-week default, with feta and lemon added some days.

Oct 12, 2013
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Cardoons were $1.39/lb. Anyone have recipes?

Search "Batali cardi" and you'll get all sorts of recipes. There's lamb stew (I've only made it w the alt to cardoons, artichokes. yum.)
This version has parsley and thyme, but in the books it's a bunch of fresh basil.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma...

(Edited to add, just noticed this was an old thread that was bumped...)

Oct 12, 2013
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Breville toaster oven what size?

I got the full size one recently - decision aided by this board, so thx! Loving it, ordering a second wire rack for more baking. I almost got two extras, to use all three slots at once for cookie/cracker baking, but thought it would be too much to expect the convection fan to deliver that much even heat. Anyone more familiar with convection and specifically the 800XL have an opinion about that?

I really like the crumb tray that comes out so easily. (It's the little things...) This is a monumental leap from my old tiny toaster oven that burned out after more than a decade of mostly toast-making. I've made cakes, pizza, flatbreads, oven fries, baked potato, baked sweet potato, love it.

Oct 11, 2013
pitu in Cookware

Pumpkin roll vs whoopie pies - beginner baking questions

Don't adjust recipes - especially baked goods - especially as a beginner! Chemistry is everything in baking.

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2013 edition!

LOVE "Real Cajun" by Donald Link - and it's the one I've ended up cooking from the most with a few older NO books to choose from; Spicer's Crescent City book comes out of the library pretty often, but I haven't yet cooked from it.

Oct 11, 2013
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Brown Turkey Figs

I made fig ice cream this year, using David Lebovitz's recipe in The Perfect Scoop. Delicious.

Sep 24, 2013
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How long will it take for 32 qts of water to boil?

Exactly. But you could get a head start by boiling the water before you need it, then shutting it off w the lid on -- much faster to bring a big pot back up to a rolling boil.

Sep 24, 2013
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Fake Online Reviews - NY busts international "reputation managing" lies!

A sting operation, a frozen yogurt front! Good grief! Exposing the international business of fake online reviews:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013...

Anybody know which yogurt shop was the front operation?

Sep 24, 2013
pitu in Food Media & News

Calamansi juice/concentrate? Bklyn or Queens...

I ended up using the shelf-stable liquid concentrate from Asia Market on Mulberry -- liked it better and easier to manage than Manila Gold frozen, which they also carry. The frozen, and also the premade drinks I tried, tastes too much like Sprite!

Sep 24, 2013
pitu in Outer Boroughs

Hidden Jamaican in Park Slope

474 4th Ave looks like the place that had great soup and tamales, much missed. Excited to try the jerk spot across the avenue...

Sep 04, 2013
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Calamansi juice/concentrate? Bklyn or Queens...

thx - alas, I haven't been able to find JJ d'Jus in NYC or online. Pretty much everything I've found has sweetener added.

Aug 14, 2013
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Calamansi juice/concentrate? Bklyn or Queens...

Thank you, both!

Aug 02, 2013
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Calamansi juice/concentrate? Bklyn or Queens...

Thx JenKalb! Probably the place on Mosco. Frozen or shelf-stable glass bottle?

Jul 30, 2013
pitu in Outer Boroughs

Calamansi juice/concentrate? Bklyn or Queens...

Looking to make gallons of Calamansi-ade for a party -- I didn't see the frozen juice/concentrate at Hong Kong Market in Sunset Park. Did I miss it? Where else can I look?
Also, any recs for brand/type? For instance: http://www.philamfood.com/search.php?...

THX!

Jul 30, 2013
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Lunch before visiting Brooklyn museum. No dietary issues. Any price level.

Love the jerk lamb at The Islands, when they have it. A little nicer room at http://www.barcorvo.com/ also on Washington Ave.

Jul 30, 2013
pitu in Outer Boroughs