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New Yorker in Hong Kong through the 11th. Want to get dim sum?

Calling all Hong Kong Chowhounds!

Anybody up for showing a clueless visitor what's what? I promise to return the favor when you visit New York!

This is my first time sampling the myriad of dishes in your amazing city, and it occurred to me that it'd be wonderful to get dim sum with a small group of local food lovers.

Please shoot a message to my throwaway email in case you're interested: youliveyoulearn77@gmail.com. (In Wan Chai but happy to travel.)

Thanks!
Jessica

May 08, 2012
Jessca in China & Southeast Asia

Do you know of any websites or blogs that focus on pickling? Or at least have great info about the process?

If so, which are your favorites?

Thanks!

Jan 25, 2011
Jessca in Home Cooking

Your favorite gluten-free blog or website?

Bad news bears: I suddenly need to know allll about gluten-free cooking. Where do you go for the best recipes?

Thanks!

Jess

Jan 25, 2011
Jessca in Food Media & News

How long can I store THAWED puff pastry in my fridge?

Hm, thank you. Yes, it's still unopened in the plastic. This is the first time I've ever used puff pastry so I wasn't sure how long it would keep.

Sep 30, 2009
Jessca in Home Cooking

How long can I store THAWED puff pastry in my fridge?

The plan was to make my very first cheese danish this weekend, so I thawed a box of frozen puff pastry sheets. Something came up and I was unable to go through with the recipe, and now the pastry has been sitting, thawed, in my fridge for a couple days now. Can I still use it? And if not, why not?

Sep 29, 2009
Jessca in Home Cooking

Where can I find a carton of bacon ice cream?

Maybe it's only available in restaurants?

Mar 11, 2009
Jessca in Manhattan

Where can I find a carton of bacon ice cream?

I believe it's just the product of bacon's recent (overdone) trendiness here in the States. But maybe not.

Mar 11, 2009
Jessca in Manhattan

Where can I find a carton of bacon ice cream?

I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan; anybody know where to find bacon ice cream in either borough? I've never tried it, but a fleeting mention in a recent article triggered a craving. I expect to be enamored...or disgusted.

Mar 11, 2009
Jessca in Manhattan

Help! Onion dip recipe called for mayo, but the stuff I used was sweet, blech. Am I SOL?

Thanks for all of your suggestions, guys.

I tried the mayo and it WAS sweet by itself. Yuck! For now I'm going to only use my trusty Hellmans. I also plan to avoid dip recipes that call for a lot of mayo.

Oct 13, 2008
Jessca in Home Cooking

Help! Onion dip recipe called for mayo, but the stuff I used was sweet, blech. Am I SOL?

Lemon sounds like it would be perfect, actually. Unfortunately I don't have one. Would lime be too intense? What about a drop or two of vinegar?

Oct 01, 2008
Jessca in Home Cooking

Help! Onion dip recipe called for mayo, but the stuff I used was sweet, blech. Am I SOL?

That could be, although it tasted too sweet even before I added the onions. Maybe I should have used less mayo.

I just added more sour cream and cream cheese, but it didn't seem to reduce the sweet-mayonnaise flavor.

Oct 01, 2008
Jessca in Home Cooking

Help! Onion dip recipe called for mayo, but the stuff I used was sweet, blech. Am I SOL?

I'm hosting a bunch of people for the VP debate tomorrow evening, and thought I'd serve up a basic onion dip recipe I got from Cooking Light.

The recipe called for caramelized onions, cream cheese, sour cream, Worcester sauce, and MAYO. I usually make food with Hellmann's, but today I used WF's 365 brand, and it tastes way too sweet. Unfortunately I realized this after adding it to the dip. Any solutions? Do you know if the mayo flavor will be tempered by chilling overnight in the fridge?

Any insight at all will be appreciated, as I'm a relatively new cook.

Oct 01, 2008
Jessca in Home Cooking

Where can I find chipotle chiles in adobo sauce?

I saw the stuff at Whole Foods, but they wanted $2.50 for the tiny can.

There's a Western Beef by my house in Brooklyn that sells a lot of Latin ingredients on the cheap, but I can't find it there. It's weird.

Thanks!

Jun 06, 2008
Jessca in Manhattan

Where can I find smoked tofu?

Thanks, Scoop. I really want that smoky taste, so I'm going to try to find it. Someone said I could use Liquid Smoke, but I find it has a chemical taste.

May 05, 2008
Jessca in Manhattan

Where can I find smoked tofu?

Thanks! I'm making a recipe from Vegetarian Times for tofu kebabs in a peanut dipping sauce.

May 05, 2008
Jessca in Manhattan

Where can I find smoked tofu?

New question: someone told me smoked tofu isn't actually smoked, but just marinated in herbs and spices. Is this true??

May 05, 2008
Jessca in Manhattan

Where can I find smoked tofu?

Thanks...you'd think it would easy enough to find, given that I see regular tofu everywhere.

May 04, 2008
Jessca in Manhattan

Where can I find smoked tofu?

I've never been able to find smoked tofu in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Where do you pick up yours?

Thanks!

May 04, 2008
Jessca in Manhattan

Why do people accept chemical cocktails as food?

Hey Soleado123! You should read "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan if you haven't already. The author makes a similar point to yours, which is that a lot of foods have been processed so much that they've ceased to be food. (At one point he dissects the 30+ list of ingredients for Sarah Lee's "Soft and Smooth Whole Wheat White Bread", whatever the hey that is.)

It comes down to the bottom line. I like to think corporate America isn't deliberately poisoning us, but it's also pretty obvious that food companies only care about manufacturing convenient "food" as cheaply as possible. And it's frustrating, because these products make up the majority of what you can buy at an average supermarket. It takes more money and work, but my approach is to "vote with my feet" by buying local and organic when possible, cooking more meals at home, and refusing to eat fast food.

Apr 20, 2008
Jessca in Not About Food

There's healthy eating, and then there's the Hungry Girl blog. Have you ever seen it?

True enough, sparkalina; I have sometimes found the product reviews to be helpful.

I think the site taught me something important about my food philosophy: I'm a moderate when it comes to calories and healthy eating. For instance, I cook with olive oil instead of butter, but also instead of Pam.

Dec 14, 2007
Jessca in Food Media & News

There's healthy eating, and then there's the Hungry Girl blog. Have you ever seen it?

I love to eat and cook, but I'm also a big believer in doing so relatively healthfully, except for the occasional indulgence.

HOWEVER, some people take this concept too far. Have you ever visited www.hungry-girl.com? It's a successful blog geared toward food-conscious women, and I was excited to hear about it because the author offers up frequent lower-calorie concoctions of favorite recipes, like fettuccine alfredo or french onion soup. However, this recipe (http://www.hungry-girl.com/chew/chewd...) for "better" lo mein drove me absolutely crazy.

I mean, Splenda instead of a touch of brown sugar? Blasphemy!

To be fair, Hungry Girl doesn't profess to be another Chow, but at the time the site's mission is to enable its readers to watch their figures AND enjoy food.

I say it fails. What do you think?

Dec 14, 2007
Jessca in Food Media & News

Where can we find inexpensive organic milk in Brooklyn or Manhattan?

Thank you for these!

Nov 29, 2007
Jessca in Outer Boroughs

Where can we find inexpensive organic milk in Brooklyn or Manhattan?

Thanks. I thought I heard something about milk being cheaper directly from the farmers, but I don't know if that was in New York State.

Nov 27, 2007
Jessca in Outer Boroughs

Where can we find inexpensive organic milk in Brooklyn or Manhattan?

My boyfriend and I recently switched from regular skim milk to soy, but it turns out he's allergic!

Is it possible to find half gallons of organic milk for $2.50 or less? Everywhere we go it seems to cost around $4.

BTW, we live in Prospect Heights but are willing to travel for the right deal.

Nov 27, 2007
Jessca in Outer Boroughs

Tamarind pulp and curry leaves in Manhattan?

Thank you!

Oct 17, 2007
Jessca in Manhattan

Tamarind pulp and curry leaves in Manhattan?

Can anybody recommend a Manhattan Indian grocery store that offers the above ingredients? I work on 42nd street, so anywhere I could walk to after office hours would be great.

Thank you!

P.S. If all else fails, does Whole Foods stock these?

Oct 17, 2007
Jessca in Manhattan

Indian wok vs. chinese wok?

Thanks for the detailed explanation, Mike. I've been cooking Chinese food for about a year, and one thing that frustrates me is that my big skillet doesn't allow me to move the food around with the fervor I would like. So maybe I will get a wok simply for its shape, even if I can't achieve the necessary heat...

Aug 30, 2007
Jessca in Cookware

Indian wok vs. chinese wok?

Forgive me; as a new cook I'm a bit confused. I will be moving soon, so I'm not sure if the new apartment will have electric or gas burners, but either way it'll be tiny. (I live in NYC.) Should a person like me even bother with a Chinese wok? I don't deep fry, *ever.*

Also, it sounds like I don't need anything special for Indian, but what about for Chinese? Anything?

Thanks again everyone.

Aug 30, 2007
Jessca in Cookware

Indian wok vs. chinese wok?

Thank you, Megiac! Looks like I'm getting a Chinese wok.

Aug 29, 2007
Jessca in Cookware

Indian wok vs. chinese wok?

Thank you! Still can't decide, but that was very informative.

Aug 27, 2007
Jessca in Cookware