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Recipes that use preserved lemons

I once added some PL to homemade hummus and thought it worked very well!

This recipe is also a favorite:

Apr 05, 2011
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

Am I missing something? (Choice Market croissant)

Some sources say this is one of the best croissants in the neighborhood, if not farther. But mine was definitively NOT memorable - no crispiness or flakiness and generally tasteless.Was this a fluke, or are there better places to get a fix in FG/CH? I know where to find Balthazar pastries -- wondering specifically about any local greats (a la Trois Pommes Patisserie).

Choice Market
318 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Jul 13, 2010
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Cornucopia of baked goods at D'Vine Taste (Park Slope)

I can't believe I never knew about the croissants! I love this place, though, and agree about the preserved lemons. Though I've moved a bit further away, I will definitely continue to shop there.

Jul 12, 2010
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Best Kyoto restaurants

I just returned from a 3-day trip to Kyoto and we ate at Nishiki after reading Chowhound recommendations. The setting is gorgeous (get a 7:30 reservation and arrive a bit early to wander as the sun sets; most shops will be closed but there is a pretty park and bridge over the river). The meal was absolutely wonderful, and great value as everyone says. I recommend Nishiki's house sake, cold, as an accompaniment!

Jun 16, 2010
sabrina0 in Japan

Indonesian Food Bazaar

sounds awesome. any specific recommendations for today?

May 16, 2010
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Crab Cakes in Brooklyn

Can I ask where you bought the crab?

Feb 09, 2010
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Blue Hill @ Stone Barns

Has anyone made an overnight of it and stayed at an inn or b/b nearby? I'd love some recommendations - - much of what I'm seeing online for the Hudson Valley is over an hour from BHSB, which will seem like a trek after an epic meal!

Cake recovery - help!

I guess I was a bit eager to get to bed last night and covered my cake with aluminum foil before it had fully cooled. This morning it looks a bit wet/soggy; how can I get it back to a more freshly-baked texture? Can I just leave it uncovered during the day and let some of the moisture evaporate??

Aug 06, 2009
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

recipes using brown rice that taste good?

I agree - the brown basmati is great! Last weekend, I made a cold rice salad with steamed zucchini, tomatoes, and tuna fish, dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Simple but yummy.

Jul 29, 2009
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

Favorite Brewed Coffee in Park Slope

Root Hill is my favorite, hands-down, and the atmosphere is lovely. (NB: the non-Clover is good there, too!)

Jul 29, 2009
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Sixpoint Craft Ales Brewery Tour

I'd love to know as well... Any takers?

Jul 28, 2009
sabrina0 in Beer

Lucali Temporarily Closed

thanks! the news didn't come through on my blogs for some reason :)

Jul 20, 2009
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Lucali Temporarily Closed

Anyone heard an update on Lucali's reopening?

Jul 20, 2009
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Spicy brownies

I haven't tried these, but Deb can do no wrong in my book:

Jun 18, 2009
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

Make me a muffin -- a Chowhound Challenge

I vouch also (1.5 years later)! They're delicious. I love the texture - denser than a lot of muffins, and the coconut seals the deal.

Jun 18, 2009
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

Dessert in Park Slope

Anyone have a favorite place to meet for just dessert in the neighborhood, other than Chocolate Room or Cocoa Bar? Curious to try something new, if possible.

Jun 16, 2009
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Chicken Waldorf Recipes?

Yup, I like mine with celery, apples, walnuts, and raisins. Dried cranberries can work well also.

I'm kind of obsessed with this product called Lemonaise (, which makes everything better (tuna, sandwiches, etc.). They have it at Whole Foods - I buy the plain light kind.

Jun 08, 2009
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

General Greene - review

Haven't seen much on here about the General Greene, so thought I would write some notes from my visit last night (a Sunday). Arrived around 7:45 and there were plenty of tables free - even outside. The meal was lovely overall; waitress very friendly, helped us figure out the right amount of food. The plates are to share and come out as they are ready - pacing was good. We had:
-Dates, wrapped in translucent bacon and served on toothpicks in a puddle of maple syrup. Yum (hard to go wrong there).
-Mac and cheese; came piping hot, and plenty of breadcrumbs. More butter than cheese, was my only complaint. (Not that crispy macaronic dripping in butter is a bad thing - it was just a bit nondescript.)
-Butter lettuce salad with curried almonds and pink grapefruit - very fresh and beautiful, a good complement to the heavier stuff.
-French onion soup, without the usual thick layer of gruyere. Included mushrooms, which was new to me, and had a hint of what tasted like honey to it (?).
-Dirty rice with andouille sausage and chicken liver. This was my favorite thing we ate. A lot of flavors (including something kind of green and earthy - celery? collard greens?).

Total came to about $35 without tip (we didn't have any drinks or dessert - walked over to Blue Marble on Atlantic to complete the meal). A bit expensive - food is not life-altering, just high-quality - but I appreciated the atmosphere and the diverse choices. I'd definitely go back.

What have others thought? The reviews on Yelp are awful...

The General Greene
229 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Jun 08, 2009
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Can preserved lemons/limes spoil?

Anyone know whether it's ok to store preserved lemons in the fridge without any liquid covering them? I did that, without knowing better... and they're still there. Don't look like they are spoiled, but I'm a bit nervous to find out.

Apr 17, 2009
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

Motorino Pizza on Graham

I was here a few days ago and had a lovely experience overall. Agree with other posters that the toppings ratio is low, but the dough was *seriously* delicious. perfect texture, and only one tiny part was over-charred. we split a simple white pie, among other things, so i can't comment on the tomato sauce. (my slight gripes: the middle was a bit soggy, and i wish there had been ricotta on it. the latter not their problem.)
the highlight was a very, very good octopus appetizer special with ramp pesto and grilled artichokes. so definitely try some non-pizza things.
a disappointment, for those going in the very near future: no BYOB anymore, but they are still awaiting their liquor license to be finalized. so prepare to drink soda, or call ahead to see if it has changed.

Apr 17, 2009
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Swedish semlor!!!!!!!!!!

Anyone know a good Swedish bakery in the city (Manhattan or Brooklyn, ideally) that would sell semlor? I've heard of Fika on the UWS but wondering if there are others, maybe downtown. Thank you!

Mar 05, 2009
sabrina0 in Manhattan

mmm pistachio paste

is the paste sweetened? if not, i just made this broccoli rabe and pistachio pesto this week, and it was delicious!

Feb 26, 2009
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

Sandwiches in Park Slope?

For something simple, my favorite deli in Park Slope is 5th Avenue Market, on 5th at Berkeley. They have high quality sandwiches (the egg and cheese is awesome), decent prices, and are open 24-hours.

Feb 18, 2009
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Pampa Grill (Williamsburg)

Has anyone tried this place, on Graham? It has gotten some good reviews on Yelp but I'm wondering what this crowd thinks. Particularly curious about the price point...

Pampa Grill
372 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Feb 17, 2009
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

2 lbs. of shrimp - What to do?

I've made this several times and it is simple but delicious:
Could be served with couscous, rice, etc.

Dec 11, 2008
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

i *want* to like sundried tomatoes....

I feel this way also, but this smitten kitchen post intrigued me... may have to try it!

Sep 21, 2008
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

alone in astoria- what should i eat?

i have to go to astoria tonight to pick up a craigslist purchase, and want to make the most of it. any suggestions for sandwiches, takeout, etc.? i probably won't want to sit down somewhere. will be near the ditmars stop...

Sep 04, 2008
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

slices of cake from Baked... without traveling there.

I could be wrong about this, but I think the Red Horse Cafe in Park Slope (6th Ave. and 12th st.) sells Baked cupcakes (and maybe cakes). You could call to find out!

Aug 26, 2008
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs

Any tasty recipies for boneless chicken breasts?

This is awesome - simple, but unique... I've it made a few times recently (and it does provide great leftovers, as the recipe says).

Aug 19, 2008
sabrina0 in Home Cooking

My new favorite thing @the Park Slope Food Coop

Word to this! I don't usually like orange-flavored things, and only do ginger in certain situations - but it's incredible. Glad to hear it will be back soon :)

Jun 29, 2008
sabrina0 in Outer Boroughs