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35 minute dinner party prep

First toss a bag of broccoli florets and a bag of cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt and pepper, and put in the oven at 400.
Then pay attention to the salad- add cherry tomatoes, some sliced radishes, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, fresh torn basil, chopped yellow bell pepper, with a dijon vingrette, dress just before serving.

Add some cherry tomatoes to the marinara as it warms, they will be a fresh burst when you get a bite. Add chopped fresh basil as a garnish over the ravioli and sauce.
Start with the salads, then pull and serve roasted veggies with raviolis. A side of good crusty bread to mop up extra sauce.
If guests arrive while you're still prepping they will ask "can i help?" Say yes! "That would be great- can you open the wine/set the table/slice the radishes....?"
Sounds like a great fast menu!

about 1 hour ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

All-purpose red and white wines for cooking vegetables

I am sure barnivore would appreciate help if you want to contribute to their site! I know many wines are vegan yet not labeled as such or identified on barnivore.
But i also don't think there is another database with this info anywhere else.....(?)

about 1 hour ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

All-purpose red and white wines for cooking vegetables

I use wine ever time i make a veggie based soup to deglaze the pot after sauteeing the veggies. I use at least a half cup- probably 4-6 ice cubes worth. There is a big difference (more flat, lacks depth) when i make the same soup without any wine. I would say for a large pot of soup anything less than 1/4-1/3cup won't make a discernable difference.

about 2 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

How to Handle and Cut up a Carnival Squash

Yup. A lot of winter squash have prickley stems. Just wrap a kitchen towel around your hand or use a hot mitt.

about 2 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Help me create a soup-centered lunch menu

I loved this hearty butternut squash and sweet potato stew- use whatever mushrooms you can find easily. And swap the nutritional yeast for parm if you want.
http://keepinitkind.com/sweet-potato-...
I served this one with long thin garlicy toasts. The soup is very hearty so i think it would be too much with a sandwich.

For a first course a salad with some sharp greens like watercress or arugala mixed in would be nice. I would add in chunks of roasted golden beets, sliced radishes, chopped sugar snap peas, a mild goats cheese or feta, and a champagne or white wine vinegrette.

about 2 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Canned or bottled hot and sour soup?

The dr mcdougall instant soups are all very good- no funky junk in the ingredients. This version has lots of noodles too, dunno if that's a pro or con for you..
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000FFL...

The world market has this version- surely you could handle adding boiling water to a packet in a mug
http://www.worldmarket.com/product/mo...

Annie chung's makes a version with noodles but all their products are kinda yucky IMO- funky ingredients and super salty with minimal flavor.

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Really? That's weird, haven't seen that before....which tj's location?

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I've really liked the veggie gyoza- i do something similar and usually add to a miso broth with chunks of smoked tofu (or tj's extra firm high protein tofu that doesnt need to be pressed) and ehatever veggies i have

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

Is there another costco location that you could shop at until this one figures out their issues...?
In the meantime the yogurts will freeze well, just put in lunch box frozen and they will be semi slushy and super cold by the kids lunchtime

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Gardein Beefless Strips review

Fyi the frozen "chickenless" tenders and mandarin orange chickenless dinner at trader joes are the gardein products- just relabeled and a whole lot cheaper. I think there are a few other options as well that i'm just not thinking of....and not by gardein but the trader joes meatless balls are really good. i only even eat faux meats rarely but the meatless balls are my go to.

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Chinese specialty and gourmet stores?

Did you also post on the outer boroughs board? Maaaaybe there are some shops like this in flushing....?

about 4 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Chinese specialty and gourmet stores?

Seriously! I want a specialty tofu shop....

about 4 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

The trip report: New York (long, mostly Manhattan) 19-25 September 2014

The breads i mentioned- corn rye, challah, and babka are what i think of as nyc specialty breads you don't easily find made well elsewhere.
My point was to diligently avoid any french style breads. Kossar's bialys are another noteworthy nyc destination- best in the morning when you might catch a warm one.

Bagels are a seperate animal all together.... And yes, absolute is in the top tier of bagel shops here.

about 4 hours ago
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Great Cambodian Sandwiches at Num Pang

I had posted ahout their weekly special (last week?) that had figs and was really good- usually has bacon jam on it too. If its still on the menu it was seriously good! (Even without the bacon jam- not my thing)
The soups sounded good too but i haven't tried those yet

about 5 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

En Japanese dish recs?

I had their vegan dinner set menu a while back now so i'm sure the dishes are different now in a new season, but the fresh tofu and the tofu fritters (? I'm sure these have a proper name...) were highlights. Best fresh tofu i have ever had- and i've eaten a lot of tofu over the years! And i know nothing about sake but they were generous and patient with tastes until i found one i really loved.

about 5 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

What goodies to send to Navy personnel

This previous thread has some great ideas
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/855692

Spiced nuts, non chocolate trail mix, hot sauce, dried fruit, good instant coffee or a homemade instant hot chocolate mix- there's a version from alton brown among others out there

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

How to Handle and Cut up a Carnival Squash

I don't think bbq-ing is a good method for this squash, it would take a ton of chopping! And probably take a long time to cook through...
For sucha volume of squash i would do the roast for 10-15min, then cut in half, scoop out seeds, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, add a few whole rosemary sprigs ontop while roasting for a nice aroma and gentle flavor. Once done (knife goes through easily like a baked potato), serve either as halves or cut into thick wedges. A garnish of toasted pumpkin seeds (or the squash seeds if you want to deal with them)

Easy to do day before or morning of and rewarm in the oven

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Declining quality at Costco?

The produce is an east coast epidemic IMO- it will always pale in comparison to CA produce that travels an hour or so vs across the country. Also sounds like an issue with handling and turn over rate if the avocados are mush and the greens are slimy. Worth it to seek out local to NJ fruits or stick to more hearty ones like apples/grapes/oranges etc..

Ps
TJs has the brussels on a stalk in stores now

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

For fresh produce and dairy for one i'd say no- who needs 5lbs of baby carrots for one person..?? Especially if you have limited storage options, and no plans to make a vat of carrot juice or carrot soup any time soon...
Shopping with a friend and splitting perishable items is a great idea, and there certainy are great prices on non perishables if you have somewhere to put the other 113 rolls of toilet paper..;)

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

The food's terrible...and such large portions

Every serving of bad food is a huge portion since after bite two or three i'm done pretending like in another bite it will improve.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Chains
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Need Easy Vegan Snack for Casual Cocktail Party

Hope you like them as much as i do! Just swap in the spices you like and play around with it.

Need Easy Vegan Snack for Casual Cocktail Party

its one of those "recipes" that has you saying why haven't i been making these for yesrs....??? And fun to play around with the spices- i made some with cumin and oregano and salt for a mexican-ish flavor, or a little sesame seed oil and lemon pepper was another discovery- whatever is on hand!

Celebratory date night recs

Congratulations! What wonderful reasons to celebrate! Some disparate ideas here....
Mas farmhouse
Toqueville
Atera
Salinas
Louro

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Best place to buy "fresh" Halvah?

The recommendations in this thread for Ninth ave International, kalustyan's, economy candy and zabar's are still valid.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Romantic(ish) lunch in SOHO

This is obnoxious because its not in soho, but not far in the west village i think buvette is romantic- on a quiet street with casual french food (and good crepes). They serve all day so you could lunch at 3 or 4 if you want. And even as a jaded new yorker there is still something charming and romantic about wandering around the west village side streets...
http://newyork.ilovebuvette.com

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Private dining for 18

They will get over it. There's a generous portion of a wide variety of delicious apps-and an amazing bread basket...
After dinner the rose bar upstairs (also in gramercy hotel) could be an option for those who want a nightcap- make a res there as well though
http://www.gramercyparkhotel.com/nigh...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

45th Birthday party in Manhattan

I'm really not sure on pricing because there are too many variables here but Little owl's "the venue" in the w village is a great space and can do 40seated dinner or cocktail party for up to 65. I went to a party there and service was amazing and the food was terrific (cocktail party)
http://littleowlthevenue.tumblr.com/info
Also use search function in the upper right corner of this site to search previous threads for private dining and large groups.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

New York Michelin

Maybe ellenost should tweet them her contact info..... ;)

Jean George vs. Eleven Madison?

+1, probably not on the same day but dinner at EMP and the pre fixe lunch at JG would be the best of both worlds...

1 day ago
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Classic NY Pizza in Lower Manhattan?

There are just better options now- if its going to taste better because of your memories of the place then by all means go! :)
And p.s. also on st marks is cafe mogador, solid middle eastern food for lunch/dinner- avoid brunch when lines and wait times are crazy. Good hummus and tagines, very casual.

Sep 29, 2014
Ttrockwood in Manhattan