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Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

I use an emersion blender -- amazing.

Oct 15, 2012
spcnj in Features

One afternoon in London

Thank you so much for responding, this may sound so "touristy" but I am looking for a place where a local may hang out in if s/he snuck out of work early for a few drinks and a good bite to eat. More English casual pub stuff.

Apr 10, 2012
spcnj in U.K./Ireland

One afternoon in London

I have one day in London. We have reservations for Ducasse for dinner at 9:00 pm. I think I want to go to Kensington Palace to be a bit of a tourist in the afternoon, then have a relaxing lunch. Any suggestions in that area? Looking for something casual and relaxing. Thanks!

Apr 10, 2012
spcnj in U.K./Ireland

name 5 overrated, or over hyped or famous restaurants whose food doesn't live up to reputation

I have to think about the 5...but I disagree about Smith and Wollensky's, at least the Miami location. I always have a lunch there when I am in town.

EDIT: didnt realize this was in the NYC catagory....yes, SW isnt so good there LOL

Apr 03, 2012
spcnj in Manhattan

Portion control at a dinner party

Thanks for letting me share. My friend's son is a chef and begged me for my marinia recipe that night :) so all was good. And, I do entertain my friends so often that this was a total funny with us.

Mar 20, 2012
spcnj in Not About Food

Portion control at a dinner party

I have a funny story about me, that we still laugh at years later....I'm usually the hostess and pretty good at it, but this one time:

It was a rainy weekend and I was bored so I decided to make a big pot of tomato sauce. I found out my friends were at their marina near our house. Since it was rainy I told them to come for dinner and spend the night (so they wouldn't have to sleep on thier boats in the rain or drive all the way home since the next day was supposed to be hot and sunny.) I conviced them it was "no trouble at all" since I already had the sauce made and "all I would have to do is boil water." I asked them to pick up a loaf of bread on the way so I could make garlic bread.

Then I looked in the fridge and saw I was low on cheese...so I txted them to pick up cheese. Then, I realized I didn't have 3 lbs of the same pasta, so I txted them to pick up an extra box of rigitoni. Then, I thought "you can't just serve pasta, so I txted them to pick up salad stuff. And, finally, I txted and said "if you want dessert you might want to get that too."

So...yea, I invited 8 people over for dinner and didnt have food. LMAO. These are my closest friends who come over for dinner all the time, so it wasn't a big deal at all...but we still chuckle when we retell the story.

Mar 20, 2012
spcnj in Not About Food

How many times a year should my knives get sharpened?

I invested in a great knife sharpener (Chef pro???) and I'm now addicted to sharpening. It really makes a difference. I don't think I sharpened for years before and WOW what a difference. It was pricey ($200? Before the coupon lol) but so worth it. And, its funny, all my friends bring knives over when they visit.

Nov 01, 2011
spcnj in Cookware

Paris next weekend - husband with allergies

I'm leaving Thursday for 2 days in Paris then a 4 day bike trip to Provence!!! So exciting, isn't it?

Anyway, you're not going to have any problems with fish allergies. I'm am not a fan of fish and have never had a problem there. My favorite 3 starred is Guy Savoy.

Have fun on your trip!

Sep 23, 2011
spcnj in France

9 Days in Paris - Lunch and Dinner List - comments much appreciated!

I'm going to Paris Thursday and so excited. We, too, are staying in Saint Germain.

I would HIGHLY recommend filling a dinner slot with Guy Savoy. Amazing meal; been there twice and he was there both times and is such an amazing host. I felt like we were in his home. I can not even begin to describe the food. It was two of the most amazing dining experiences of my life.

The service is the best I ever had as well. To give a quick example, there were 10 of us. One of our friends was telling a story any using his hands (there MAY have been a few glasses of wine consumed at this point LOL) and he knocked into the stem of the glass, breaking it midair, a server caught the bowl of the glass with one hand and had a new glass on the table filled with wine and only 3 of us noticed it.

I would not go to La Tour d'Argent unless you have a time machine. :) Been there twice in the last 4 years and it felt so dated and stuffy. Its all tourists too.

Sep 23, 2011
spcnj in France

Is It Safe to Leave Butter Out at Room Temperature?

I'm printing this out and taping it to a cabinet somewhere. People keep putting my butter 'away' in the fridge!

Sep 21, 2011
spcnj in Features

Reasonably priced in West Village or Hell's Kitchen

You can do $15 at 5 Napkin Burger for sit down with reservations too in Hell's Kitchen.
I love that place.

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Five Napkin Burger
630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Sep 20, 2011
spcnj in Manhattan

Weeknight Dinner general vicinity East village

Have you thought about Butter? I think its one of my favorites in that area. On weekends it can get loud, but I have always been comfy there having a conversational dinner during the week. And, I find they have very traditional dishes and then throw a few "chefy" things on the menu. So its god for any level of diner.

The food is always very good. Its the only place where I will finish an entree sized pasta dish. I just can't stop eating the food there. I find the staff either amazing or non-existent there tho. :(

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Butter
415 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10018

Sep 20, 2011
spcnj in Manhattan

Party Planning Help!

Love some of the ideas. Shrimp, pasta salads, chilli in a crock pot.

How about a baked potato bar? The potatoes stay pretty hot in foil for a while and offer a ton of toppings. Beer + potatoes...can you think of better comb?

Add some chips and dips and its a party.

Sep 20, 2011
spcnj in Home Cooking