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Liquid Nitrogen

I think this stuff should be handled and controlled only by a professional, especially at a party. You don't want to have someone getting or causing a major injury by accident. It's really dangerous in the wrong hands, which may go missing by mishandling.

Apr 02, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Spices for vegetarian lentil soup?

I'm overwhelmed by all of the very interesting suggestions I've received in reply to my post and intend to try many of them. Thank you for yours and I wasn't clear that I only added the lentils after most of the vegetable cooking was done and cook them until they were tender.

Nov 28, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking

Spices for vegetarian lentil soup?

Sorry for not being clear. I cook the rest of the ingredients for a long time and then add the lentils towards the end and taste after around 40 minutes and keep tasting until they are to the right state of tenderness.

Nov 28, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking

Spices for vegetarian lentil soup?

I just made a vegetarian lentil soup and the taste is sorta blah. I used onions, carrots, a potato, a parsnip, garlic, water and green lentils. For spices I used salt, pepper, a bay leaf and cumin, I sweated the onions and garlic in olive oil to start and added the spices before adding other indigents and water.And then simmered for two hours. What additional spices would you suggest? I don't like to add too much salt or red pepper.

Nov 24, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking

Kitchen towels and pot holders?

I got these at Macy's years ago and they're still going strong.
Well worth the money.

Aug 12, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Cookware

Cooking fish in microwave?

I want to cook fish fillets im my microwave. Using a parchment paper pouch how long would cook it at full power?

Jul 19, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking

East Village Brunch

Went there for a Sunday brunch. Great food, drinks and was treated like family. Highly recommended.

Jun 11, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Pyrex explodes?

You are very right. Someone I know picked up some broken glass with his bare hands and ended up getting a very bad infection from an almost invisible shard that went into his finger. Now I always wear rubber gloves when dealing with any broken glass.

Jun 09, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Cookware

Cleaning a coffee grinder?

I have a KRUPS coffee grinder that uses a spinning blade. The machine cannot be immersed in water. I once heard something about using stale bread in a cycle to absorb the old residue. Would uncooked rice do the same thing or might it leave its own residue?

Jun 06, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Cookware

Bought Trader Joe's thick strips of lightly sweetened dried coconut. Now what?

A very long time ago there was a commercial snack product called (I believe) "Coconut Zombies." A friend's mother always had them on the kitchen counter and I would find any reason to visit so I could grab a hand full. As I remember they were baked or toasted to the point that the edges were a deep brown with the center being a lighter shade and softer. The light salting just accented the sweetness. Maybe I'll get some coconut and try to recreate it.

Jun 01, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking

Bought Trader Joe's thick strips of lightly sweetened dried coconut. Now what?

Baked and then lightly salt them. You'll have to experiment with temperature and time. It's a snack that goes great with a martini.

May 30, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking

Beer low in Gluten/Gluten light?

Is it possible that a name brand beer brewed in one location that tested negative might be positive when brewed at another location?

Mar 20, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Interesting NPR story about gluten free beer

"A Quest For Real Beer, Without The Gluten"

Feb 01, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Warranty Experience With Cuisinart, Calphalon or All-Clad

Want to second this about Calphalon, they're the best. Easy return, no problems and received new replacement.

Jan 22, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Cookware

Costco worth it for a couple?

In New York State I believe that by state law you do not have to be a member to get prescription medicine, eye glasses or buy liquor at the store on Costco property.

Nov 17, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Chains

Gluten free beer at Trader Joes, finally

Yes it's from that Vermont brewery but the label has a Massachusetts address and the cardboard holder has the Vermont address. The brewer, John Kimmich says he developed it so his wife who was diagnosed with Celiac could enjoy beer again. I found it at TJ's NYC store. It's full name is Celia Saison. I don't know if it's a one time thing or will continue to be available.

Aug 06, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Gluten free beer at Trader Joes, finally

Just saw a new gluten free beer at Trader Joes, "Celia" 6.5% abv from The Alchemist brewery in Ipswich,MA. The first GF beer I've seen at TJ's.

Aug 05, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Pete & Millie's Tom Thumb restaurant in Coconut Grove?

Anyone remember this restaurant in the five points intersection of the Grove? They had the best burgers and Pete and Millie were two of the nicest people. If you were short of funds, they let you sign the check and when you had money you'd pay them. What place would do that today?

Jul 02, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Good places to eat near Beth Israel Medical Center

Motorino, wood burning brick oven pizza 349 East 12th stree,just east of First Ave. Here's their menu:

Jun 26, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Prairie Path Golden Ale (Gluten free) review?

Has anyone tried this gluten free brew from Two Brothers Brewery? Although made from regular ingredients, they say that their brewing process has resulted in less than 5ppm gluten by independent laboratory test.

Jun 16, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Hatsuhana 17 East 48th

I remember around thirty years ago they had a great review in the NY Times. Mimi Sheraton gave them four stars and it was "the" place in NYC for sushi for years.

Jun 06, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Good bakery in New York?

Almondine Bakery in Brooklyn has has the best French Baguettes.
It's easy to get there on the subway from Manhattan and there are other interesting places nearby. A short walk will get you to The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory on the East River where you can sit and enjoy your baguette with some excellent ice cream or a cup of coffee. From there you can take in a great view of lower Manhattan.

May 09, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Anybody remember TREAT chips in NYC?

This was a local NYC brand only available in small wax paper bags at delis a long time ago. I remember them as the best and cleanest tasting ones I ever had. The name was taken over by a big snack company who put their own over salted, too greasy chips in bags with the TREAT name. Never eat them after that and the name was dropped.

May 08, 2012
BluPlateSpec in General Topics

Bass Ale - The Horror

This has happened with so many other imported brews in the past. They use local water and brewing equipment, truck it to your local market or pub but charge like it was sourced and transported across the ocean. Thankfully there are now so many wonderful local micro brews available that there's not need to get these imposters.

May 02, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Beer

New gluten free ale in NYC

The Heartland Brewery in New York City just started brewing their first gluten free ale. It's a seasonal brew called Good Grain. It's made with sorghum and has a alc/vol. of 5.5%. It's available in bottles at all of their locations and on tap at some locations. I had a mug of it and found it very tasty. If you have to go gluten free and miss your beer/ale, give this a try.

May 01, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Trader Joe's Box Wine

Anyone try either one of TJ's new 3 liter box wine? $9.99 here in New York.

Apr 19, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Wine


We had a great meal there during Restaurant Week earlier this year. I had a clear chicken soup with root vegetables. Arctic Char and for dessert two kinds of sherbet. Really delicious. The service was first class.

Mar 31, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Want to buy unique cookie cutters

Troll your local thrift stores. It may take a while but eventually you'll get lucky. You'd be surprised at what interesting kitchen gadgets turn up there but you have to be persistent. And the prices can't beat.

Mar 27, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

HEARTBREAK heart's broken?

HEARTBREAK is now BOUKIES, all bets are off.

Mar 27, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

LAnnan on University Place @ 13th St.?

Walked by there today at lunch time and there was a sign on the door saying, "Sorry we're closed." There's no answer on their phone at dinner time tonight. Are they renovating or permanently closed?

Mar 07, 2012
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan