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Dinner Tonight: Gourmet Hotdogs!

How about with cream cheese, scallions and everything bagel seeds? Or any of the other combos at Crif dogs in nyc
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

about 18 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Where to get the cheapest red meat?

Please please call your vet and talk to her/him about this- especially if your dogs are losing weight unintentionally. May be best to add in rice as well. Most vets will have a short conversation on the phone for no charge

about 19 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Jewish meal

A savory noodle kugel is easy and can help feed a group economically
http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

If you get smoked whjtefish a whitefish salad like this one is a classic appetizer to serve with crackers
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

You will have to practice matzo balls and latkes many times before serving for a party... But a chicken noodle soup is another classic, if you can make an awesome chicken stock and some homemade noodles that is definitely party worthy

Ina garten's rugelach recipe is fairly straightforward and delicious
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

about 20 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

3 nights in Big Sur

Ventana has a patio that is perfect on a sunny warm day-great view (cliffs down to the ocean) and they let you linger over brunch or lunch - way better food than napenthe and not much more expensive.
Post ranch is a *must*

about 20 hours ago
Ttrockwood in California

hors d'oeuvres

Whole foods does a wide variety of party platters
http://m.wholefoodsmarket.com/sites/d...
Zabar's for a smoked fish platter if that's in the budget
Best bang for your buck at trader joe's if you can manage baking from frozen- if you go that route post on "chains" board asking which apps are best they have a bunch

about 21 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

Just didn't sound like what the OP was looking for...

about 21 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

BRYANT PARK Turkish stand....MMm Enfes

I'm always game for pb and j- actually i bet it will be great with the turkish coffee! That will likely be breakfast...

about 21 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Best pizza joint near Penn Station?

Lazzara's is still amazing fyi. My office orders from them most fridays.
http://www.lazzaraspizza.com/html/hom...

Too bad you schlepped home a not worthy pie...!

about 21 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

chickpea salad

This cilantro lime chickpea salad would be a nice contrast to bbq and can be made day before. Maybe mix in some cooked barley/bulgar/quinoa as well
http://ohsheglows.com/recipage/?recip...
(Gluten free and vegan)

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Prep today, grill tomorrow... Is that OK with these veggies?

You're going to grill fresh artichokes...? I don't think they will ever get "done" enough grilling from raw if just in half or quarters... And if/when they do will likely be dried out and no so delicious.
I would steam until almost done, then on the grill to char and get some flavor afew minutes. I do the same with baby potatoes otherwise the middle stays crunchy, maybe your sliced potatoes will be ok from raw, haven't tried that way yet

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

"right"
Yes

The exact same?
Nope.

There are a number of dishes i can make on autopilot, no measuring, but are damned good every single time. Not perfect, and likely not quite the same as previously.
As a vegetarian for several decades now i make a badass entree salad but those are different almost every time- so more of a formula than a specific recipe there.
My creamless roasted pumpkin soup, coconut quinoa granola, and mushroom farroto are ones i have made too many times to count and would say i am *thisclose* to "mastering". (Now accepting donations for fresh porcinis and truffles:)

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

V+V dinners, boreal winter, austral summer

Looks like a great hearty bowl, love meals like that!

do you return items to Trader Joe's?

I refuse to schlepp around half eaten or bad food. I take a photo with the item and trader joe's logo clearly visible and show them next time i'm there. They don't ask but i tell them anyways- usually evident from photo (i had some bad luck with the sugar snap peas, and a few organic english cucumbers that were delivered semi-frozen).
I show the pic to the cashier since i'm always buying something else-TJs isn't that close to me now-and its never been an issue.

I'm sure they track what is returned and look at the overall trend vs customer individual input which would be more time consuming for TJs to document

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Soho after dinner drinks

Lela bar (wine bar) is near little owl and has a great selection
http://www.lelabar.com/#wine-food

Anfora is another wine bar in the area that would work
http://www.anforanyc.com
Weekends are busy but either of these should still be managable...

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Italian Chelsea or below

Mailiano. Great menu and wine list, easy to have a conversation.

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

BRYANT PARK Turkish stand....MMm Enfes

Have you tried the simit at the midtown west Simit and smith? I'm a simit novice, but had a sesame one from them today that was great- lots of sesame flavor from all the seeds. Nice turkish coffee with a frothy top, just be sure to say if you want less or no sugar otherwise its quite sweet. Any recommendations? I'll be back for that coffee for sure....

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Looking for variations on this dressing recipe

When i'm lazy i blitz together hummus and salsa with my immersion blender for dressing.

Or just whisk more lemon juice and a splash of water into hummus to make a dressing.

This avocado sauce is good on near anything...
http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-m...

Babaganoush makes a great dressing- add more lemon juice and reduce the olive oil to 1/4 or so, the tahini is really important though.
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Edamame hummus would also work great, just thin with extra lemon juice or water
http://ohsheglows.com/2012/12/12/edam...

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What to sub for ramen

Better than bullion beef flavor will probably be closest to the flavor packet. Start with a small teaspoon, less if adding directly to other ingredients with cooked noodles.

But if you prepare the noodles and then drain most of the liquid its really not going to be so terrible for you... The organic brand ramen i had linked earlier in this thread would be closest to your original recipe.

chickpea salad

This looks like what you want, just swap in feta and omit the parmesan (maybe up it to 1/3cup), and use red onion instead of sweet onion
http://www.food.com/recipe/mediterran...

I really liked this version with dill, when packing for a lunch you can put ontop of salad greens. Swap in a basic vinegrette with lemon juice if you want
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chic...

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Dinner ideas for a family with food restrictions!

This mushroom stew is great, use whatever fresh mushrooms you can get and swap in olive oil for butter. Serve over mashed cauliflower
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

Frittatas or baked eggs are great, add whatever veggies and serve with a side of braised leeks and sauteed greens

This hearty kale and brussel sprout salad is great made afew hours earlier, keep the cheese out of dairy free portion and top with protein of choice
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/kale...

This creamy dairy free sauce is great on pasta or zucchini noodles
http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-m...

This avocado grapefruit salad is delicious, add shrimp or whatever protein ontop for a more hearty meal
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/avoc...

potato flakes

Whisk into vegetable soups to make thicker and creamy without dairy.

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Working late sucks. But having work buy my dinner doesn't....:)
Hannaone has me craving korean food lately- i talked everyone else into ordering in from koreatown. Afraid bibimbap wouldn't fare well as delivery i went with a tofu vegetable stew i can't spell or pronounce- tons of their homemade tofu in a great vegetarian broth with lots of veggies. Shared some pickled vegetables and didn't share the pickled cucumber salad ;)
Delicious and perfect to power me through the rest of my crazy day.

Very large glass of wine when i got home.

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Really?? The yellow beany head is my favorite part of the sprout!

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Do you test-run a preparation before making it later for guests?

Ideally, yes i would test run it. In the real world nope, doesn't happen much! I've had a few close calls i managed to rescue (and since learned to wait til I'm done cooking to have my second glass of wine before dinner!) but I wouldn't make something like bananas foster or homemade macarons for guests unless i had done a few trials.

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

I can't believe i forgot! Piccolo cafe on 40th st and 8th ave has amazing breakfast - esp egg sandwiches and such. Its tiny with a few seats, honestly i've bought bfast to go there and walked across the st to the huge dean and deluca cafe and bought a coffee and then sit in their huge space with tons of tables :) D&D has good pastries for bfast but Piccolo has what you want for eggs
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

Neither are walking dist to times sq...

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

Oh man, that place is shoulder to shoulder tourists- only if the OP wants cheesecake for breakfast... (Fabulous idea!)

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan
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UWS w/kids - refining list

Menu has changed slightly but this previous thread has a great review- link within the thread has great photos too
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931161

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

6:30 should be fine, you'll be on your way out by the time it gets loud

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Eataly?

Better? Probably not, and if out of pocket yes raffetto's is a better deal, but would be a unique delicious easy dinner for the OP to use their gcert.

Haven't been there for mushrooms lately, sounds like i need to go check it out again. When i was there just before xmas produce prices were high, like $2 a lemon and $4 per artichoke, but maybe that's changed lately...

Feb 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan