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Shopping for dried herbs and spices

Ah ok...I've been to the one in Grand Central...they gave me cayenne powder instead of chili powder! I'l poke around on my next trip to Chelsea Market.

I'll also check out Patel Bros. I don't live too far from Jackson Heights.

Thanks so much!

May 22, 2013
Chanteuse_ar in Manhattan

Shopping for dried herbs and spices

Penzey's closed in 2011. They have no other shops in the 5 boroughs

May 22, 2013
Chanteuse_ar in Manhattan

Shopping for dried herbs and spices

Kalutyan's does give you 5% off for paying with cash so that may help some. Although they are Lebanese they have just about anything and everything you could possibly want including African, Asian, Greek spices etc, Xanthan gum and molecular gastronomy supplies.

There's a spice shop somewhere in the Highline area that a friend went to but he couldn't remember the name. They pakage the spices for you there so the freshness may be a bit better. If anyone knows that name of this place, I'd love to visit it.

May 22, 2013
Chanteuse_ar in Manhattan

Bourdain in Brittany

Thank you so much! Everything I could find online had it listed as Far!

Jul 14, 2012
Chanteuse_ar in Home Cooking

Bourdain in Brittany

Just saw a re-run of No Reservations in Brittany and was wondering if anyone out there had a recipe for the savory, crumbly textured Far that was made by the woman in her home kitchen. I've only been able to find sweet Far recipes online.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Jul 13, 2012
Chanteuse_ar in Home Cooking

Where to buy Shaoxing rice wine?

Push comes to shove you can just use dry sherry instead.

Dec 03, 2011
Chanteuse_ar in Greater Boston Area

Why is the coral separated from the scallop?

It really depends on where you go and more often if your server understands what you're talking about and cares enough to communicate it to the kitchen. Perhaps if you tried asking that the lobster be left whole when brought to the table?

As far as all the other discarded tasty bits, the nose to tail movement is making its way into more and more restaurant kitchens albeit very slowly. Artisanal butchers are popping up everywhere run by people who really care about what they sell and will sell you any part of the animal you want. They're more expensive sometimes, but probably not so much for these traditionally discarded bits

Nov 29, 2011
Chanteuse_ar in General Topics

Why is the coral separated from the scallop?

Not the case in the States, even if you buy a bird tat doesn't have them inside, you can usually find them sold separately rather inexpensively near the chickens in the refrigerator case..

Nov 28, 2011
Chanteuse_ar in General Topics

Why is the coral separated from the scallop?

I found shucked scallops sold with the coral at Citarella a few weeks ago selling for a whopping 28 bucks a pound. They'd probably be less expensive if purchased still in the shell and I'm fairly certain they can be gotten at Hunt's Point and can probably be ordered through any reputable fishmonger if they don't already carry them.

Nov 26, 2011
Chanteuse_ar in General Topics

Vintage Enameled Cast Iron Cookware (Descoware, Cousances, Etc.)

You can use them for normal cooking if you like but keep in mind that the enamel is glass based and can chip. I purchased a piece on eBay and a huge chunk of the enamel broke off and shattered in shipping. Personally I feel the thin bottoms of the older cookware would produce poor heat distribution on a stove top...a very hot spot directly over the heat source and uneven heat everywhere else.

Also, if you look for them on eBay or Etsy, you will almost 100% of the time see what people call a Kobenstyle Paella pan. These are not paella pans (most Americans weren't making paella in the 50's and most didn't even know what it was). These round pans are buffet servers and were not meant to be cooked in, though normal cooking/baking probably won't harm them most of the time. You should use utensils that have been made for non-stick cookware as the interiors of the cookware can become severely scratched if you use metal ones and once they're scratched, it's impossible to get the pans white again.

Newer pieces of the cookware were made with a heavier bottom and you can identify these by looking for a black outer bottom.

I have a very large collection of Kobenstyle and I use them all as serving pieces only.

Oct 27, 2011
Chanteuse_ar in Cookware

What is your favorite vintage kitchen item?

My great, great grandmother's cast iron skillets. I absolutely treasure them. I also collect Dansk Kobenstyle and have a huge collection in Turquoise, quite a few pieces in White and 3 pieces in the super-rare Apple green.

Oct 27, 2011
Chanteuse_ar in Cookware

Kerala Brass Pans (Re Anthony Bourdain No Reservations)

I'll poke around in Little India here in NYC while I'm down there next Monday and see if any of the shops there have them and report back. I had wanted one, not for cooking, but to use as a sink in my guest bathroom. I had played a party (singer) at a house last year and they had found an American-made pewter sink that looked exactly like an Urli. I found the exact same one online and it cost 1700 bucks (!!!!). I figure a real Urli would not only be cheaper, but more authentic.

Oct 27, 2011
Chanteuse_ar in Cookware

Where’s the Elk in NYC?

If you're looking to cook your own, Jeffrey's Meats at the Essex Street Market has a wide selection of game and exotic meats and if they doesn't have it in stock, they can special order for you.

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Jeffrey's Meat Market
120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Jun 06, 2011
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