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Pickle Juice - How Do You Use It

Salad dressing most often- subs for the vinegar and salt
Simmer the liquid and add sliced zucchini, onion, and green beans- shut off the heat- they are lightly cooked and pickled, good in the fridge at least a week.
Mix with mayo for sandwiches

about 7 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Where to Have Good Coffee in Midtown

++++1 for cafe grumpy
I'm at the midtown location daily- thank god its near my office!
There's also the inteligensia location on broadway about 35th/36th attached to the urban outfitters
And kaffe 1668 on 5th ave near 44th st

about 7 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Help my romantic menu please!

Are you somewhere warm? The ceviche feels more summery than winter to me... And it does sound like a lot but totally do-able in small portions- and you know how much each of you can/will eat by now.
Sounds fabulous!

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Help Me Understand Espresso Brewing?

Did he brew it the same amount of coffee to water as he does for coffee? Or with less water thinking that would make something like an espresso shot?
Either way it sounds like your personal preference is for a milder roast bean with generous milk involved.
I have made a pot of coffee with espresso beans but that espresso roast bean is likely a stronger flavor than you like in the first place, so its likely you just won't like the flavor regardless.
What you can do is use it to brew coffee, then freeze into an ice cube tray, then put cubes in a ziplock bag. Add a frozen cube to milkshakes, or melt one or two to add to hot milk for a latte at home, or use when baking any chocolate desserts (coffee brings out the flavor of chocolate very well).

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Price of eggs

In nyc a dozen generic factory farm eggs is $3 or so. Free range/organic/etc start at $6/doz and skyrocket from there.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Expired apple crisp

Seven years later is pushing your luck. Throw it out and pretend you just paid someone $4 to NOT hug the porcelain thrown hoping to die for a day or two.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Dinner Party Additions & a Roast

Skip the roast.
+1 to meatloaf- bake in a muffin tin for individual servings, with a side of roasted mixed veggies like cauliflower, brussels, carrots, etc (served seperate so non meat eaters can partake)
Maybe add dinner rolls or garlic bread?

Remind DH to tell said invited friends to "please bring your favorite beverage to share" if $ is tight to spread the cost of drinks.
(And obviously be sure there is a DD for those driving home)

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

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

As someone who has tried nearly every nondairy yogurt out there i'll say save yourself the $ and skip all soy yogurts- unless you're on the east coast and can get Nancy's plain, add your own fruit and sweentner if you like.
TJ's coconut yogurt is ok but can have a lot of sugar if you're wary of that.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

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

This sounds fab to me! Just added to the list- i adore beets and anything pickled... (Maybe i was eastern european in a past life?)

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Best packaged vegetable stock!

+1 for imagine brand broths
Better than bullion makes a very good "no chicken stock" that i keep on hand- in a jar its good for nearly ever.
Miso paste is great to keep on hand for any number of applications too.

Dec 25, 2014
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Baking with tofu

It depends a lot on the recipe. The best binder is definitely ener-g which is all natural and made from a combination of starches
http://www.ener-g.com/egg-replacer.html

A ground flax or chia "egg" are good binders for quick breads, cookies, and muffins.
For something like granola brown rice syrup is great for making clumps, and in savory items like meatless loaf or veggie burgers adding blended beans and chilling the mix before baking works great.

Dec 25, 2014
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Where can I buy a loaf of brioche?

Weird. Maison kayser sells brioche rolls...
Sullivan st bakery
Silver moon bakery
Amy's breads
Fairway's bakery does a decent version
Same with whole foods' bakery
Balthazar bakery

If you are going today call to ask if they have it first for smaller bakeries

Dec 24, 2014
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Around Union Square?

+1 casa mono, would be upper end of budget
Momofuku ssam bar
Cafe mogador
Westville east
Yakitori taisho

Dec 24, 2014
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Nish nush not open on Xmas--is there a good alternative?

Are you visiting? Be sure to hit nishnush and/or taim if you can while you're here. Both are destination worthy.

Dec 24, 2014
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Question about restaurant cookbooks

The biggest issue is scaling down the recipe for the home cook from a restaurant production recipe as well as the conversion from metric to cups and such. And of course the directions themselves- many cooks just "know" when a dish is ready yet can't articulate that someone else via print on a page.

A lot can be lost in translation. Assuming the measurements are accurate in the first place..... (I have never seen a line cook whip out a 1/4tsp measure before adding pepper to a dish...)

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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grey truffle salt (use within 30 days) can I use it later?

It's fine. Use it. It will potentially be less truffle-y than it originally was but nothing to worry over and certainly still usable.

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Vegetable dish for brunch?

1) clarify with the host if he would like you to bring a dish to contribute to the brunch. If he says "no please don't worry about it!" then listen and don't bring a dish to be eaten immediatly.
Fresh squeezed orange juice , or a package of great coffee/tea, or a lovely bouquet are all appropriate offerings IMO

2) if he says "yes! Please!" , then something like these slow roasted cherry tomatoes would be a great side with the eggs and such
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/0...

This shredded carrot salad recipe is great- but you cannot! use purchased shredded carrots, so a food processor or strong arm are important
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/07/...

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

Too late now but yes the overnight rest is very important and makes a big difference.
However.
Unless you are literally serving these to Jacques himself no one will notice without a side by side tasting.

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

addition to cold green bean salad...

Sundried tomatoes can be overly chewy and a very strong flavor, i would skip those. Toasted sliced almonds would be perfect- add at the last minute to the top so they stay crunchy.
Maybe use shallot or scallions instead of red onion for a more mild flavor.

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Sides for Mincemeat Pie

Like a British "mince pie"?
Regardless a salad with flavorful greens like arugala and fresh soft herbs (flat leaf parsley, chervil) and a bright light dressing. Pomegranate seeds, carrot shreds off a vegetable peeler, and sugar snap peas are all great additions.

I am obsessed with roasted radishes lately- quick, flavorful, and really economical too
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ro...

The very french and kind of retro leeks in vinegrette is a great simple side- the leeks become a melty soft texture with mellow flavor. A sprinkle of chopped walnuts over the finished dish would be a great addition for a bit of crunch
http://orangette.blogspot.com/2010/09...

These hasselback zucchini are a bit more involved yet worth it- be sure to use the chopsticks trick while slicing!
http://yummilyyours.com/baked-hasselb...

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Food by mail for Xmas

Always the plain. I'm a purist and would rather add fresh fruit than have it come with the jam and potentially obliterate the flavor of the cheesecake itself.
However.
If your recipient is a fan of cherry cheesecake then send what you know they already like!

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in General Topics
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Our loves we will not admit

A good friend of mine was nostaligic for the "trashy" foods of her childhood and threw a party she called "north carolina circa 1986".
Rotel dip, pigs in a blanket, some bizarre frozen broccoli velveeta casserole with potato chip topping, onion soup mix dip with ruffles, some kind of sandwich meat roll ups, box mix brownies with a jar of caramel sauce swirled in, banana cream pie with jello pudding and nilla wafers.
There were literally crumbs left at the end of the party. (And she had certainly prepared a ton of food)
So now she does it once a year !

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in General Topics

What do you not order in restaurants...

Ummm... Wanna be my new best friend??!? :))
(Assuming those grape leaves are vegetarian..)

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in General Topics
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What do you not order in restaurants...

You might be glad they use a mix.... It's held nice and warm for service- ideal conditions for growing nasties quickly...

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in General Topics

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

Whoah what?!? Are these new?? I adore beets and anything similar to marinated mushrooms or artichokes... !

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Chains

Vegetarian Gravy, No Mushrooms

This chickpea miso gravy is wonderful- swap in AP flour unless you need it to be gf, and i use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos and like it better that way.
http://ohsheglows.com/2014/12/04/chic...

Or a carmelized shallot gravy could be fabulous...
http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe...

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

What's On the Menu for Christmas?

Did you already read this thread? Some great ideas there...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9932...

I'm a little disappointed because for the first time ever the powers that be have decided we will do a christmas brunch instead of dinner... And said decision maker will be making an omni strata and butter filled dairy heavy pan of cinnamon rolls "and whatever you want to eat".... So yeah. Lame. I've looked forward to and really enjoyed making xmas dinner for so long! My omni except me family would cook their protein and i would do everything else, which worked out great.

So yeah.... For brunch i will make some of the coconut quinoa granola everyone loves and likely have with chia pudding and berries (i'll be in CA where they have great berries from AZ all winter). And lots of mimosas with fresh squeezed blood orange juice.

Dinner will just be a few of us and i have been informed it should be something light and easy and no fuss. Probably a version of that wild rice and mushroom white bean soup i've made before with a starter salad of shaved fennel and baby greens from the yard. If i get lucky the decision maker will have baked the homemade gingerbread and that will be dessert with some glogg.

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best time to visit Katz's and Russ & Daughters

Or c) plan ahead so you're not hitting the jewish and christmas shoppers holiday crunch overlap... (Valium won't hurt though!)

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Christmas Eve or Christmas Dinner ideas

Most CHers recommend the oysters there and dinner elsewhere...
Kids- and adults- seem to love the bbq your own dinner at the table interactive meal idea of koreatown bbq places, and the waitstaff always helps if you're clueless.

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Where's a good place to meet in Chinatown?

If all else fails there's a starbucks on canal and centre st with limited seating- and lots of tourists- but its a warm indoor space and they could care less if you just sit and don't buy anything.
http://www.starbucks.com/store/11834/...

Dec 22, 2014
Ttrockwood in Manhattan