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Red Velvet Cake

made this last night, and everyone loved it! i followed another reviewer's advice and only used 1 tsp of fine salt, which was definitely enough. the orange zest added such a nice bright flavor to the sweet cake! if i made it again, i would probably use a little less food coloring, but overall it was delicious!

Nov 17, 2013
jhfinxy in Recipes

Chicken soup help!

This is very helpful, I think next time I will cut out the parsnips, and maybe only add the aromatics when I'm reheating the stock for soup. Thanks!

Mar 27, 2013
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Chicken soup help!

oh woops, I meant parsnips! The sweet most definitely came from the parsnips and carrots. So maybe I'll cut out the parsnips as someone else suggested, if their flavor can be overpowering.

Mar 27, 2013
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Chicken soup help!

I recently made chicken stock (for matzo ball soup), and it turned out too sweet. I followed a pretty basic recipe: a whole chicken, some extra chicken bones, carrots, turnips, onion, tomato, all simmered for a couple hours. should i take out the vegetables earlier? less vegetables? I'm just not sure why this batch turned out sweeter than usual, when any chicken stock recipe I find looks like what I did.

suggestions??

Mar 27, 2013
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Mushroom and Carrot Bulgur

I made this a couple nights ago (with steel cut oats actually, which worked just fine as a substitute), and liked it. I think it could really use some more flavor though. i added some chopped parsley and lemon juice at the end, but I think in the future, I would add some other herb as well, like thyme or oregano. I also took the suggestions of upping the amounts of mushroom and carrot, and using broth in lieu of water, which helped with flavor.

Overall, easy, comforting, and yummy.

Apr 19, 2012
jhfinxy in Recipes

Clinton Hill food recommendations please!

hey everyone, i've now started a food blog where i intend to document and write about my experiences going to local restaurants and other food-related places in and around Clinton Hill. very excited, and would love feedback!

www.briehappy.blogspot.com

Aug 20, 2010
jhfinxy in Outer Boroughs

Best, Simplest way to enjoy a fried egg?

i agree with butter and salt. i think the most important thing with any egg dish is seasoning it well. and definitely toast, to soak up the creamy yolk!!

www.briehappy.blogpost.com

Aug 20, 2010
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Clinton Hill food recommendations please!

i actually read a review of this place in the NYT a little while back...looks great and can't wait to try it!

Aug 17, 2010
jhfinxy in Outer Boroughs

Clinton Hill food recommendations please!

Hi, I'm getting ready to move to Clinton Hill, and am so excited! I would love suggestions as to where to go for...well, everything: cheap eats, fancy restaurants, eateries, grocery stores, markets, street vendors, you name it, I'm interested. Thanks so much!

Aug 14, 2010
jhfinxy in Outer Boroughs

Puerto Rico dining suggestions please!!

All of the Puerto Rico posts are pretty outdated and deserted, so I decided a new one was needed.

I'm going to Puerto Rico for about 4 days with my mom and sister. We are staying in San Juan, although I'm sure we'll be traveling around a little.

I need any suggestions you have! Breakfast, lunch dinner....cheap and pricey alike. Don't hold back!! I want some good authentic Puerto Rican fare.

Also, my sister is a vegetarian, so if you happen to know of any places that offer a particularly good array of vegetarian dishes, that would be great.

Thanks!!

Help!!!! Added too much pepper

the lemon thing totally works!

Feb 08, 2010
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Chicken with Goat Cheese and Figs

I don't think I can find figs around me. Do you think this would still taste good sans figs?

Feb 08, 2010
jhfinxy in Recipes

Dinner party help!

Hi I'm hosting a dinner party for a few of my friends, and I have been searching the web for food ideas. I want something pretty easy yet flavorful and delicious. I know I want to make Greek potatoes, which are lemony and garlicky and really tasty. I would prefer to have chicken as my main dish. I know it's boring, but this is really my first dinner party and would like to make it easy on myself. But I'd definitely be open to a fool-proof fish recipe.

So main dish ideas to go with the Greek potatoes? Thanks!

Feb 07, 2010
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Any good tomato sauce in a jar?

completely agree about Rao's, it's the best jarred sauce I've had.

Dec 01, 2009
jhfinxy in General Topics

Why Are Some Dishes Better the Next Day?

chicken cacciatore just gets better and better the more days go by.

Nov 22, 2009
jhfinxy in Features

New Trader Joe's yea/nay thread

I agree about chicken-less strips, and same goes for the vegetarian beef strips. i'm not a vegetarian, and i don't think they necessarily taste like chicken and beef, but they have a good flavor and texture. my cousin made a wonderful Indian stew with them (i believe he used a TJ's jarred Indian sauce).

I have to bring up the mushroom and black truffle flatbread again, because it is probably my all-time favorite item at TJ's. I could honestly imagine getting served this in a good Italian restaurant. Oh, and it is just plain ADDICTIVE.

the pumpkin bread mix is really yummy, i added chocolate chips to it, and it was more cake than bread!

Old stand-bys: frozen mac and cheese, guacamole, chocolate dippers, frozen teriyaki chicken, refridgerated mushroom ravioli and gorgonzola ravioli.

Nov 21, 2009
jhfinxy in Chains

Five Things You Didn't Know About Guy Fieri

wow, pastisfarce, good rant. and i totally agree about the Friday's thing.

Nov 20, 2009
jhfinxy in Features

Good Indian buffet in DC??

My sister is in town, and as we both LOVE Indian food, I would like to take her for Indian for lunch. She's a vegetarian, I'm not, and something reasonably priced would be nice (around $11?). I'm in the NW, so something on the red line would be best. I've seen Indique get good reviews, but do they have a lunch buffet? Thanks!

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Indique
3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Canned pumpkin recipes?

one vote for the pumpkin dump cake. i've been making this for years, and it is DELICIOUS. i actually have different measurements for a couple of the ingredients so it makes a more party size dish.

1-29 oz. can pure pumpkin
1-12 oz. can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup melted margarine

Mix together the first 6 ingredients, then follow the rest of the directions as above. It's a huge hit, and better eaten as a dessert pudding than cake. just scoop it out, and it's AMAZING.

Sep 12, 2009
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Your Favorite Fresh Tomato Recipes

marinate roughly chopped tomatoes (juices, seeds and all), in some olive oil, a little cider vinegar, salt and pepper. then eat it on the side of...well, anything. so simple and yummy.

Sep 06, 2009
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Sushi to impress a New Yorker

Thank you all for your suggestions. Will be going to either Kaz Sushi Bistro or Sushi Taro, mostly because I want to stay in D.C. I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone by suggesting that New York has superior sushi, (as I mentioned, I don't even eat sushi, so I wouldn't be in a position to judge!). Just meant that my niece has eaten and enjoyed lots of sushi in New York and I wanted her to have an enjoyable experience here to help her feel at home in D.C. and of course to celebrate. Thanks again for all the replies.

Sushi to impress a New Yorker

My niece just moved to D.C. from New York and I am looking for someplace to take her for dinner to celebrate the move and her new job. She loves sushi and I want to show her that she can still get great sushi in D.C. but since I don't eat sushi, I don't know if that's really true. (I am willing to be flexible about finding something else on the menu for me to eat - I like most asian food). I have read prior posts on this board and there seems little consensus regarding good D.C. sushi places or asian restaurants for that matter. If you have a recommendation can you please include a few words about why you like the place you are recommending. Thanks!

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

oh also their frozen french toast, when prepared in the toaster oven, is actually pretty good I think. and their chocolate dipper....YUMMM. I don't even like hard chocolate chip cookies usually, but these are addictive.

Jul 05, 2009
jhfinxy in Chains

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

my all time favorites of theirs: the guacamole (i love how fresh it is in the air-tight container!), the frozen macaroni and cheese (the pasta is never mushy and it really is so cheesy and tasty), and the frozen teriaki chicken, SO TASTY!!
other yays: their goddess dressing (I actually like their version better than the Amy's one), the Tzatziki dip, the frozen spinach and artichoke dip (it's so thick and melty when warmed), the refrigerated turkey meatballs (really tasty and good texture), the frozen naan

nays: really not many, but i do have to say that I tried the refrigerated chicken marsala awhile ago and remember really liking it. I got it again recently and it was awful! I guess the sauce was okay, but the chicken breading was so soggy, and fell right off the chicken. I couldn't finish it. I've also never been impressed with their breads, or their tomato sauces. I always found that they had an inconsistent taste and grainy texture. and I gotta say, I wasn't impressed by the frozen individual quiches. I thought the crust was bland and too crumbly.

Jul 05, 2009
jhfinxy in Chains

Decoding Diner Lingo

what about "adam and eve on a rack and wreck 'em" for scrambled eggs? where the hell did that come from??

Jul 03, 2009
jhfinxy in Features

Venice: The Great Binge of '09

Thank you Joe, you have found your calling as a truly talented food writer. I'll be going to Venice for only a few days in a week or so, but I'll keep your experiences in mind when I go searching for meals. Cheese is one of my weaknesses, and I am indescribably excited to sample authentic and exotic Italian cheeses!

Mar 27, 2009
jhfinxy in Italy

We did It! (Sortof) Roasted Pistachio Gorgonzola Risotto

loved reading this...very Bridget Jones-esque! I'm sure that if I attempted to make it, my experience would be quite similar to this.

Mar 27, 2009
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Has anyone made the chestnut-honey cake from Oct (?) 2008 issue of Cucina Italiana?

wow, that's unfortunate, but thanks for sharing the results. your reasoning sounds very practical.

Mar 26, 2009
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Eggs - what's your favourite preparation (dinner)

i would love to read the articles from that week's Dining section, but I can't seem to find any recent articles on eggs in the NYT online! can someone maybe post a link with one of the articles??

Mar 23, 2009
jhfinxy in Home Cooking

Children's Books that Feature Food

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco--a great book where a girl visits her grandma's farm and as a thunderstorm comes, the girl is scared, so the grandma helps her make a chocolate cake to distract her. she has the little girl gathering eggs from the chickens, etc., and then mixing all the ingredients together and baking it. the grandma uses the time in between the lightning and thunder to measure how much time they have left to make the cake. and of course the book comes with the recipe for thunder cake (I'm so sure i made it as a kid with my mom). Patricia Polacco is fabulous!

Mar 20, 2009
jhfinxy in Food Media & News