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New brewpub opening in Peekskill

We went this weekend with the highest of hopes. Unfortunately, it was disappointing. First of all, how can it be the "Peekskill Brewery" when they are always out of their own brew?? Well, that said, they did have a nice beer list otherwise. For us the killer was the atrocious service. Way too much waiting around -- waiting to place a drink order, waiting for the drinks to come... waiting some more. I think it might have to do with the layout of the place -- the long corridor separating the bar from the dining room. Even when my food finally came out, I then had to wait for a fork for several minutes -- first to ask and then to receive (actually got it when I asked the second person). In the meantime, the table next to us on one side was delivered dinner twice. (!) And on the other side, received the wrong order entirely, so I guess I got lucky.

The food was not bad, lots of German entrees. I had the bratwurst and knackwurst, my husband had the strip steak (very fatty, but tasty). His potatoes were room temperature, though. (My potato salad was warmer).

I think they have a lot of kinks to work out. I do still have high hopes for them, but I won't be going back for a while if ever. You only get one chance to make a first impression, guys.

Help me plan my weekend chow in Montreal

Thanks so much. Keep the replies coming!

Okay, so I'm from New York and we have kosher delis, of course, but what exactly is "smoked meat" -- is it similar to pastrami?? I think this sounds like a must have!! Trip to Schwartz's!

ETA: I just looked up Montreal bagels too, and I didn't know there was a special kind of bagel in and learn -- I guess I'll add your Fairmount Bagel suggestion to my list.

Also I'm at all familiar with the geography of Montreal, but we're staying at the Hyatt Regency. I imagine these aren't too far away...?

Help me plan my weekend chow in Montreal

My husband and I are planning on a getaway weekend in Montreal in mid-October. We'll be there Oct 19-21, so I have primarily lunch and dinner Friday, and lunch and dinner Saturday. I've never been to Montreal and don't know much about Montreal eats. So help me!

Couple big questions:

What would be considered Montreal "street food" meaning, if I wanted a quick grab snack somewhere what would I be looking for and where would you recommend I get it?

Likewise, is there an official Montreal sandwich or lunch fare that I should know about? And likewise, were do you recommend I go?

Dinners -- looking for one nice restaurant (not necessarily "fancy" but GOOD!), not sure if we're too big on French food...I know I know...but there's plenty of time to make a reservation; the other dinner probably at a pub or something, and we want to view the hockey game (I think it's the Saturday) -- anyplace "classic"?

Lunches -- go wild, what do you recommend. Think casual chow!

Thanks in advance for anything! I'll be following this thread through October!! Have at it! Much appreciated...


Best food around Courtland Manor NY

Oliver's is now Henry's on the Hudson. My husband stopped in and said it's pretty good -- "some of the best wings he's had in a while" (whatever that says). But we're going tonight so I'll let ya'll know.

Best food around Courtland Manor NY

For takeout there is a place under new management (same old name) in the Beach Shopping Center (Route 6, Peekskill) called Nonna's. I've really liked everything we've tried, including but not limited to the pizza. Good chicken scarpiella, marsala, chicken parm, meatballs, soups -- very positive. This is definitely our Italian takeout for now on.

Susan's is our favorite Division St. restaurant, Ruben's has pretty good food but the service is generally lousy. Zeph's of course, is excellent.

Justin Thyme has been mentioned and has a great pub menu -- well above and beyond your usual, huge menu something for everyone, including great salads, great burgers, and nice people.

Bella Vita -- I think the food is good, but I had a bad experience with their ethics -- charged an unwarranted $40 for a "special" -- I should have asked, but there was no reason to expect such exuberance in this modest place. Won't be back.

Ruth Chris' Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe?

Um, those CAN NOT be the values per serving! 3488 calories and 134 grams of fat!!

Oct 18, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

BBQ Must Haves

I've been using this bean recipe lately -- Soda Jerk Beans. Love it! Sweet and spicy. I tone down the sugar a bit, and you don't need to use this exact mix of beans or even both sodas -- in other words, totally adaptable to your tastes (read the reviews, I'm "mascher"):

I like my grandma's potato salad -- with a creamy dressing of mayo/milk/vinegar, hard boiled eggs, celery, onion, and topped with copious amounts of celery seed.

Mac n cheese is always good.

And cole slaw -- a quick convenience I've been doing lately is bagged slaw with Marie's cole slaw dressing. Not half bad in a pinch.

Oct 18, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Breakfast casserole

That's the "Cowboy Christmas Breakfast" from epicurious (krissywats recipe above). I've never made it but it's been on my to do list for a couple years now. (I'm waiting for my two year olds to turn four or something...)

Oct 17, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Time for apple recipes - here's one of my tried-and-trues

Here's one of my favorite things to do. Fast, easy and delicious! Applesauce made in the microwave!!!

Chunky Applesauce

8 apples (e.g. 4 Macintosh, 4 granny smiths)
2 cup water
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Core apples and cut into 1 inch chunks. Combine the apples, water, and lemon juice in microwave safe casserole. Toss the sugar and cinnamon together and stir into the apple mixture. Cook, uncovered, at full power for 7 minutes. Stir, pressing the apples into the liquid, and return to the microwave. Cook for another 7 minutes.

Using a potato masher, coarsely mash the apples, stirring them into the liquid, to desired consistency. Allow the applesauce to cool to room temp, then cover and refrigerate.

Makes eight portions.

Oct 17, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

homemade pies, donuts, etc. at farms in tri-state area?

We went to Wilkens' in the AM last weekend (not outrageously early, like 10 AM) and they didn't have donuts yet! I found that odd, given how everyone raves about these donuts. They should be up at the crack of dawn making them for us!

We bought a pack left from the night before, and they were good, but there's no way I'm EVER waiting over an hour for them fresh.

November 2006 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

Thanks. I hope I can get a copy of the book from the library so I can play.

Oct 16, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Favorite soup recipes?

A couple favorites for me are:

Carrot dill soup from The New Basics Cookbook.

This Spicy Pasta, Bean and Sausage Soup from Epicurious (great if you like rosemary):

The black bean soup recipe I copied from my friend's notebook when he was attending The Restaurant School in Philadelphia.

The Tortilla Soup from the CIA Book of Soups.

I LOVE soup!

Oct 16, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Share your favorite Grandma recipe

For me it's my paternal grandma who was the excellent cook (maternal, NOT). She passed in 1996, but I am happy to say that I was able to have conversations and write down approximations of some of our favorites: her potato salad and her pies (apple, banana cream, cherry).

I have become the official potato salad maker of the family, no one else quite having got it. I tell them all that I "channel Betty" -- making her potato salad has become almost a spiritual activity for me.

Oct 16, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Soup recipes

I like the carrot dill soup from The New Basics Bookbook (Rosso and Lukins). And it's really easy. It has a little bite with the added cayenne, but I think it could be optional if you want to avoid spice.

Oct 13, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

November 2006 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

I say Mexican Kitchen, since I have it.

How does this work?

Oct 13, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Lasagna Noodles

I actually agree with this. I use Barilla. Less squishy then the preboiled.

Oct 13, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

How do I get kids to eat beans?

My girls love canned refried beans and baked beans (Heinz vegetarian). They wouldn't eat the cannellini yesterday (and there was bacon involved). I think for mine, they like mushy...

Oct 13, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Crispy Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

My supermarket (!) carries pork cutlets -- super-thin sirloin cut pork chops (I think). And cheap! I make 'schnitzel' by breading (egg, bread crumbs) and frying them fairly regularly. We had a German au pair last year, it's all her fault.

Know nothing of these sandwiches, but instead of buying a tenderloin, see if you can get you some of these 'cutlets'.

Oct 13, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Great hot chocolate in westchester

I'm not the hugest hot cocoa fan, but my sister in law went nuts over the hot chocolate at the Black Cow in Croton if you are every up north.

ETA: oops, didn't originally notice that you asked for Mexican...but...

Newly transplanted Manhattanite now in northern Westchester needs recommendations for birthday dinner.

Bistro 22 I found to be very stuffy. Not formal, just pretentious. The food is pretty good, but the service is not (or was not on our one visit). I think it was all middle-aged male waiters with bad attitude. We waited forever to be greeted and offered a drink, which just sets a bad vibe. The food was good, though -- nothing special, good solid American food (duck, venison, etc) but we won't return.

Lazy Cabbage Rolls: Frozen & thawed ilo Boiled ?

Yep, I did this for the first time just recently. Worked wonderfully!!! What a revelation.

(up there with microwaved bacon and no-boil lasagna in terms of time savers)

Oct 12, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Calling All Kid tested recipes...

I have two year old twins so I feel your pain (although they do like garlic). I only recently started having them eat whatever I eat. Until then I was cooking for them separately and they were eating things like in the previous response exclusively. Those days are over! I do not want to raise picky eaters.

What this does mean, is that I do have to alter what I eat a bit if I want them to eat -- no really spicy dishes primarily.

That said, some favorites include:

Grilled marinated flank steak (especially with a sweetish marinade)

Grilled chicken breast and pork chops

Salmon -- they like all preparations -- especially with a sweet glaze (there's a theme here)

Roast chicken

Meatloaf, meatballs

Stuffed cabbage!


Mashed potatoes

Beans -- baked beans are a favorite

Broccoli, peas, corn


Tomato soup -- but I'd try any pureed veggie soup now that the weather is chilly

Tonight I am feeding them a dish that uses boneless thighs, cannellini beans and stewed tomatoes from epicurious. I love this dish. It's done and ready to be reheated when I get home from work. We'll see how they respond to the sight of the tomatoes (I might fish them out ahead of time...)

Best wishes!

Oct 12, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Seriously Fast Dinner Ideas

I do this as well. It's called Salsa Chicken. Also works well in the slow cooker (3 hours on low). You can also add corn and or black beans -- or whatever you want. Serve with refried beans (from a can) and tortillas, some pickled jalapenos and sour cream and you are set.

Oct 12, 2006
marieber in Home Cooking

Great Pies in Westchester

I find Grandma's highly overrated. And really not good at all -- not nearly like MY grandma's. Lousy apple pie. I'll give the cream pies a try.

I agree about farmer's markets though.

Local Ice Cream Parlor in Westchester

I didn't know Blue Pig was sold. I was wondering where the banana cream pie ice cream went!! (I also love coconut)

It's still good, though.

northern westchester

I just posted in another thread about Miraggio in Yorktown (Triangle Shopping Center). I really like the food there. Family style Italian at very reasonable prices.

Also have heard great things about the burgers at Blazer's in Purdys but haven't been there.

Local Ice Cream Parlor in Westchester

Blue Pig in Croton has really good ice cream. No indoor seating, just benches and picnic tables outside. A great place to grab a cup or cone and people-watch.

Northern Westchester Good Food at Reasonable Prices?

Places we really like include:

Miraggio in Yorktown -- good family style Italian (best bolognese sauce we know of)

Justin Thyme in Croton -- better than your average pub grub, we love this family run place

Susan's in Peekskill -- a country style restaurant in the middle of Peekskill. Great place to go before a show at the Paramount Theater

Cheers! Welcome to Northern Westchester!