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Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

Good to know.
Also I am slightly obsessed with her website - I have a list a mile long of things to make. The recipes I've made so far (maybe 10?) have been great-

Thanks for the links too-

Aug 22, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Love the name!! Looks delicious!! Definitely one to try (excuse me, have to go jogging now) :)

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Manhattan

Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

Love your ideas!! So funny I was actually just looking on smitten kitchen's website - she recently posted a really tasty looking resame for peanut noodles. Love the idea of adding lots of different veggies

Grain salads are a great idea and I love the idea of a snacky meal.

Funny a lot of this is stuff I might do for dinner (i.e. a calzone) but I'd somehow never think to take it for lunch!!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

I am so embarassed that I haven't thought of half the stuff you mentioned! I would definitely try all of those except the egg and olive sandwich (I have an amazing dislike of mayo)

Thanks!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Dear G-d that looks insane. And $10 off if you sign up for their email...such a deal. But 3 babkas in an order? I'm going to have to have receipients lined up for the other 2 before they even arrive ;)

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Manhattan

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Good to know - thanks

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Manhattan

Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

Never thought of frittatas!! Good idea!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

So great, thank you!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

Thanks!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

sounds great!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Really?? Oh my...I hadn't thought about babka!!! (We re big babka fans. I've tried making my own but it's not quite what I'm looking for).

Thanks! I think...lol

Have you had their rugelach?

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Manhattan

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Thanks for the information - yes I think shipping will probably equal the cost of merchandise but it's probably cheaper/easier in the end than schlepping into the city :)
Thank you!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Manhattan

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Yes exactly. They must be NY baked :)

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Manhattan
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Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

That sounds tasty! Never thought about Mexican inspired! Thanks!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Interesting - good to know about potentially avoiding the middleman. I will look into this. Also I never heard of Greenberg's sadly though I feel like I should've - will check that out too. Thank you!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Manhattan

Yet another request for lunch ideas (but a little different)

Seeking lunch ideas that don't need to be heated and that are minimally fussy and budget friendly. I have a cooler bag but no microwave. Open to all cuisines - minimal meat but open to it. I use to do a lot of salads in jars so that is an idea I'm hoping to do again this year. The lunches could be more snacky type things (it's not the traditional 9-5 workday so for my tastes I don't need my big meal to be lunch) or something a little more involved.

Hope my question makes sense. I've been making lunches for a while, but I'm kind of sick of my own ideas lol

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Having lived right near the city for a long time, I somehow haven't gotten to Zabar's for at least a decade. Now I don't really live close enough to convieniently drive, but I am looking for a way to get homestyle Jewish pastry!! Are their rugelach really as good as they say? Difference between the "fresh-baked" and "home-style?" Does anyone have experience with mail-order? (i.e does it arrive fresh, packed well).

On that note, anything else anyone really LOVES there? We live in kind of a wasteland for food, so I am thinking if I'm going to order anyway I might as well buy more than cookies ;)

Thank you!

Edited to add: if someone has a better idea for a source for mail order pastry, I am open to that!! Thanks!

Aug 20, 2015
yumfactr in Manhattan

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

Love your description of fall :)
Little is on my table in terms of creativity. So ready to start soups, stews, and the warmer fare of the upcoming season. We're a little over grilling...and grilling..and grilling... :)

I need help ! extremely picky eater & basically wont eat anything !

You may want to look into the Division of Responsibility (DOR) by Ellyn Satter. Respectful model of feeding and eating for all ages. FYI I am not a medical practitioner and this is not medical advice.

Aug 05, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Family reunion food ideas on a very tight budget.

Chili might work as long as you have the spices and such. You could buy the ground beef in bulk and then you just need inexpensive cans of beans or a few veggies or whatever you put in your chili

I think your idea of baked pasta is great and that's certainly under $20.

Also like TampaGul mentioned - a fruit arrangement is great from nice summer fruit that is on sale. I think you get the most bang for your buck with melons, pineapple, etc.

You might want to look at the "budget" section of the Smitten Kitchen blog website. She has lots of dishes there that are delicious and look a lot more expensive than the really are.

Jul 16, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Favorite sushi...Bergen County

Good luck at Masa. Interested to hear how it is if you go.
Interesting about Sakura Bana - will definitely give it another try when in the area
That's it! Sushi Cocoro! Really enjoyed the place-

Jul 15, 2015
yumfactr in New Jersey

No Good Food - Bergen County, NJ

Throwing in my two sense - LOVE Mitsuwa but Abma's leaves a lot to be desired. Amazing local apple selection in fall, and I love their pastry, but a lot of their produce isn't local, and they don't state origin state which is a little misleading since it's packed in a cute basket, so of course it must be local?! (Joking, but you know what I mean). I've also always felt like there's bigtime Wyckoff attitude there - if you're part of whatever the "in" circle is, you're in and apparently have perks along the way. I've seen people get discounts for no apparent reason right in front of me, and when I asked about the discount I heard them get, the cashier looked confused and not seem able to respond. Super frustrating.

Jul 14, 2015
yumfactr in New Jersey

Seeking good food - no crazy prices - in AC and surrounding area

Thanks everyone for your input! These all sound like options to try!

Jul 14, 2015
yumfactr in New Jersey

Favorite sushi...Bergen County

Umeya is delicious. Masa has decreased in both service and quality. We were unbelievably disappointed last time we were there. I feel like Sakura Bana is more for rolls and "americanized" sushi whereas Umeya is more traditional. There's also a place in Franklin Lakes- don't know if it's still there - Kokoro I think? Use to be really nice sushi.

Jul 14, 2015
yumfactr in New Jersey

Seeking good food - no crazy prices - in AC and surrounding area

Hello!

Any thoughts on this greatly appreciated!

We are not looking to dine at the casinos, we are on a limited budget, and one of us does not eat meat.

That being said we are looking for solid places to eat lunch or dinner in AC/Brigantine and anywhere in the near vicinity (i.e. Galloway, Linwood).
Open to virtually any kind of food except Americanized "Chinese." Budget like I said is limited so no more than perhaps $10 pp for lunch and $15-20 pp for dinner (just entree - not including dessert, tax, etc)

There seems to be a lack of good food here but everyone else says that's not true! CH'ers, can you help?!

:)

Thanks!!

Jun 21, 2015
yumfactr in New Jersey

Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!!!! So helpful!! I will definitely be trying all the suggestions :)

Mar 18, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

I also ate kasha varnishkes as a child - my beloved grandmother use to make them and they were delicious. But we don't eat pasta much anymore, and my SO really likes kasha by itself in the same way someone might like rice...it's just that the way I have been making it has been super boring!

Mar 18, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

This is great magiesmom, thanks so much - I am going to try both recipes!

Mar 18, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

No no I would love the recipe! My SO LOVES kasha. I tolerate it. If you don't mind sharing that would be great!

Also how would you make the pilaf? Sorry I'm not the worlds best cook and don't quite know..

Mar 17, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

Hi Everyone!

So I am looking for ideas to flavor roasted kasha. Currently I buy roasted kasha in bulk at WF. I take a cup of it, mix it with a beaten egg, and then fry it a bit in a pan, breaking up the bits. Then 2 cups of water are added and a pinch of salt and it cooks for 15 minutes.

It is boring. It is dry. It is tasteless.

Adding sauteed onions helps. Or goat cheese. But still...not so stellar.

Any ideas for spices? Flavors? Anything? Edited to add I was thinking to make it like a pilaf? Or to add bits of lamb to it as a flavor and a bit of protein...

I like the idea, it's super healthy, and filling, and it would be nice to add it to my rotation of grains...but it would also be nice if it tasted like something...better... :)

Thanks!

Mar 17, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking