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Easter Dinner Ideas

Thank you all for your lovely suggestions- you all sound like you have fabulous cooking abilities and palates :)

After some encouragement I think I will go with small bowls of potato leek to start... just because my very meat and potatoes parents will go crazy over it! I ordered 16 rack of lamb "lollipops", which is probably way too much- but no one ever complained about leftovers, right? I'll give them a marinade and grill, serve with an herb sauce (athena's suggestion sounds beautiful).

Tentatively, I'll also do grilled asparagus topped with balsamic roasted tomatoes (+1 again to athena for planting that in my head). And yes, I'm throwing another startch in the mix- warm grain/lentil salad for a side. Last week I made ina garten's salmon with lentils- delicious, and I ran out of lentils so I threw in some barley. That could be a contender. I also am a big fan of farro and bulgur right now. If anyone has any ideas on that end, I'm all ears!

ETA: or white beans/chickpeas!! mmm!

Apr 16, 2014
September29 in Home Cooking

Easter Dinner Ideas

And now I'm drooling... this is being pinned. If I don't end up doing this on Easter I am definitely getting it on my table ASAP. Thanks for the link :)

Apr 07, 2014
September29 in Home Cooking

Easter Dinner Ideas

Thanks for the help! That is a good idea about the pan sauce- I didn't think of that. That could be good with some polenta instead of risotto, too! I haven't yet decided if I'll grill or pan sear/broil. I will keep it in mind.

Oyyy I know that potato leek soup is heavy but man is it tasty. Tortellini en brodo is also mighty delicious- and a good alternative but still very satisfying. Do you have a favorite recipe?

Apr 07, 2014
September29 in Home Cooking

Easter Dinner Ideas

So... it sounds like I'm hosting Easter dinner at the ripe age of 26. Just 4 people- my husband and my folks. My parents will have just returned from vacation and my brother is away at school so my mom said she "didn't want to do anything". But anyway...

Trying to think of a menu worthy of Easter and most likely lamb based. I don't feel like doing ham, personally. 3 courses- the only thing we have nailed down is dessert, which will be lemon ice cream, maybe something else in addition. Not too worried there.

I've been making a potato leek soup recently that I know my folks would love- I think it would make a great first course, but I'm not sure if it would make the meal too heavy. I also feel like I need to serve a starch with the main course, but will that be too much with the potato soup as the 1st course?

So, with a potato leek first course, what do you think of lamb "lollipops" with some kind of green sauce (chimichurri/green goddess, etc) along with either roasted asparagus or zuchinni and a caramelized onion risotto? Perhaps some sauteed mushrooms with the risotto (but on the side, because my mom is a picky child).

Any other suggestions? Should I just nix the potato leek for something lighter as a starter?

Apr 07, 2014
September29 in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

it is a silly name. the flavor is great, i have no problem there. i just find the texture to be a bit dense

Feb 25, 2014
September29 in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=pro... they're the gladstone/disraeli ones. i had to look them up! are the multigrain different?

Feb 25, 2014
September29 in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

This is my first go at this TJs yay/nay thread.

My TJs is a little inconvenient to my house, but close to a gym I just joined so I've been going roughly 1x/ week for the first time ever.

YAY- a million times yay- the 5oz greek yogurt. My husband and I were doing a Chobani a day, each- would buy a ton when they were $10 for $10, so I'm glad to see that the TJs greek are only 99 cents. The vanilla is the only vanilla yogurt I've ever had- they actually use vanilla beans in it! Also the TJs are 0% but taste as creamy as the Chobani 2%.

YAY- smoked salmon! There were 2 I had in my hand... I think I went with the sockeye. Can't quite rememeber

YAY- Black Forest Bacon, uncured. Wonderful price, wonderful thickness and smokiness. Perfect size (I never need a whole pound of bacon). Now if only I could cook bacon w/o burning it. A job for my husband.

YAY/MEH- whole wheat british (english) muffins. Not the best I've had, but much more affordable than Thomas', so I'll deal with it. Whole Foods has glorious whole wheat muffins on the cheap but I never make it over there.

NAY- Sweet Italian Pork Sausage. Was so excited for this- minimal ingredients, great price... but no, such a regrettable purchase. Very gristly. Luckily I cooked this separately from a soup that I wanted to keep vegetarian, so no real harm done. My husband is still eating it, but not loving it.

Feb 24, 2014
September29 in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

funny you mention the british muffins. i've been buying the whole wheat ones lately because they are significantly cheaper than thomas'!

they're fine, but they definitely rate at the bottom of the list. the best whole wheat muffins i found are from whole foods (but its too far away for me to go regularly), followed by thomas', then TJs.

the WF ones are great pricewise, as are TJs. Thomas' I only do if they're on salw

Feb 24, 2014
September29 in Chains

We Invented This Cocktail, Right?

never heard of it, but it sounds fabulous! thanks for the tip :)

Feb 24, 2014
September29 in Spirits

Cannoli

chiming in to say, YES! TERMINIS! I'm getting some tonight, actually :)

Isgro's also has good filling but I don't like their shells as much

Feb 21, 2014
September29 in Philadelphia

Is there ANY restaurant at all worth going to in Wilmington, DE?

too funny that you mentioned that... i came home today to a jury duty letter. i just did it 2 years ago! maybe ill stop at uschys :)

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Mid-Atlantic

Freezing a Frittata?

at least to my understanding, the difference between a frittata and a quiche is a crust, right? and quiche has a bunch of heavy cream.

im planning on doing sauteed potatoes in lieu of a crust and will add a splash of milk, but nothing too significant.

do you think that more dairy will help it freeze better?

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Home Cooking

Freezing a Frittata?

Have a bunch of chard and mushrooms in my fridge right now that I thought would be good in a frittata (with a potato base). My fridge at the moment is surprisingly well stocked with leftovers but I'm afraid to wait too long to cook these veggies.

Could I throw them in a frittata and freeze until a later date? I've googled and keep finding mixed results. Any tips on freezing and reheating? Also, which type of cooking vessel would be most well suited for this application? 9x13 pan, mini muffin tins, something else?

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Home Cooking

Is there ANY restaurant at all worth going to in Wilmington, DE?

bringing this back.

has anyone been to la fia? i've been reading a bit about it and it seems the general consensus is that it has good food, but very small portions for the price.

another place that i haven't seen mentioned on this thread is uschy's cafe- german on market street. i've only been twice- i live in Wilmington but work in philly (sigh)- and it is only open during the week from about 9-4. my husband and i were really pleased!! we haven't been able to find ANY other german food around here.

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Mid-Atlantic

Is there ANY restaurant at all worth going to in Wilmington, DE?

i know this is so old but i just have to chime in and say how much i despise mrs. robinos. seriously one of the worst italian places i've ever been to! and we've been twice because my husband's friends just loveeee it there.

mushy, burnt lasagna covered in about 6" of mediocre sauce. never again. i don't understand how people love it so much.

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Mid-Atlantic

Solo dining

something that might be good for a solo diner is happy hour at sampan (13th and sansom). asian fusion small plates for HH. only available at the bar- there are 3. one is a traditional bar, one is outside and warmed by heat lamps, the third sits around the kitchen. it is fun to watch- and if you're dining alone it would give you something more to do. i'd call and make a reservation to make sure you get in at the kitchen bar.

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Philadelphia
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food related destinations

actually haven't been to the brewery yet, i've been meaning to go forever. im assuming you'd end up with a sample. even if there aren't- im sure it is still worth it. i recommend the brawler.

(you can also get yards all over town, so if you don't end up doing the tour at least make sure to order one!)

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Philadelphia

Knife sharpening service

thanks for the tip! chef's haven has been my plan and i keep meaning to go on a saturday and it just doesn't happen. hockessin isn't terribly far away but i never find myself down there.

did not know about shoprite- both of their stores are really close to me, i'll look into it.

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Philadelphia
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food related destinations

what about touring yards brewing company? awesome beer, free tours!

http://www.yardsbrewing.com/about/tou...

on the delaware river slightly north of center city

Knife sharpening service

I have a few Wustof knives that desperately, desperately, desperately need to be sharpened. I use them every day so I really would like to avoid shipping them off somewhere. I'm also looking for a place that has a same-day turnaround in the area.

I take the train in from DE to University City every day- if anyone has recommendations for somewhere either in Wilmington or Center City/West Philly (close to mass transit) where I could drop them off in the AM and pick them up after work, that would be great!

Feb 18, 2014
September29 in Philadelphia

John's Roast...Beef??

hmm that does look tasty.

i've only been to john's once but we had the roast pork and weren't huge fans. however.... also ordered a cheesesteak... i swear it was the best i've had!

Feb 13, 2014
September29 in Philadelphia

Best Poke on Maui?

im so depressed by this thread. went to maui 1.5 years ago on our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. im currently stuck in my house right now with 10 inches of snow outside.

but anyway, my husband, upon seeing references to it online, convinced me to go to foodland in lahaina. it was wonderful. i'd never have imagined that something so fresh and delicious could come out of a deli case.

Feb 13, 2014
September29 in Hawaii

Recent cooking fails?

10 inches of snow outside. i have a bunch of lemons to use and decided to make avgolemono for the first time.

so bad, you guys.

what happened? i whipped the whites to soft peaks, added the yolks and lemon while whisking, tempered it and added it all in. huge layer of foam on top and the rest was just basically broth and rice.

out of desperation i decided to puree it which did make it creamy... and i forced myself to have a bowl but i am regretting my decision.

my husband wouldn't touch it and he eats almost ANYTHING- my most recent fail was a crockpot chicken enchilada soup a la pinterest that i wouldn't even touch. he ate the whole thing.

anyway, ideas for why i ruined the avgolemono today?

Feb 13, 2014
September29 in Home Cooking

Ecuador - food suggestions beyond ceviche?

oh and while in Quito go to La Mariscal- it's the trendy/touristy section. Feels incredibly expensive after having spent 2 weeks eating $3 dinners in the highlands, but it's worth a visit. They have some good stuff

Ecuador - food suggestions beyond ceviche?

I've been to Quito and P. Lopez.... can't remember where the hell I ate, but I definitely went to Cafe Mosaico in Quito... lovely view.

And just about everywhere I went I found you couldn't go wrong with llapingachos (sp?). Basically thick potato pancakes, chorizo, avocado and fried egg. Every place has their own version of spicy aji sauce... It is delicious. I also loved every single bean dish I had in Ecuador. I don't know what they do that makes it so damn good!

In Puerto Lopez I stayed at the Hosteria Mandala.... so excellent. Absolutely beautiful and the food was good, too!

Have a Pilsner Grande for me :)