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Frozen seafood mix – need help

Thaw the seafood mix in the refrigerator overnight, then cook quickly at high heat separately with a little salt and pepper and oil. Add to the already cooked pasta and sauce just before combining and serving.
(Leftovers will not reheat well so just make what you need for one meal)

26 minutes ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Calling a (not young) woman "Young Lady"

Do it!!

about 2 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Not About Food

What do you pack for your children's lunch?

My nephew is now 10yrs old (tall for his age, slim, and very active) and as of this year is responsible for packing his own lunches as one of his chores. (They must be approved by mom)

I was visiting and helped him pack his lunch for several days (there is no option to buy one) as well as saw what he came home with that was uneaten. His mom only lets him have water with lunch and sends a reusable water bottle filled with ice water

Day 1:
He packed a baggie of cherry tomatoes and baby carrots, string cheese, salami (he likes as is better than sandwiches), a banana, and packet of trader joes kettle corn

The banana came back home with him

Day 2:
Leftover cheese ravioli with tomato sauce, baggie with mixed nuts and dried apple pcs, baggie of sugar snap peas and carrots.

Most of the nuts came back home but he ate those as a snack before soccer

Day 3:
Two hard boiled eggs with a packet of salt, a small tupperware of plain yogurt with blueberries, two mandarin oranges, a baggie of pretzel sticks.

Pretzel sticks and one mandarin orange came back ("I wasn't that hungry")

about 2 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

What do you pack for your children's lunch?

Instead of chips (which are not a good source of nutrition) consider packing a small tupperware of plain greek yogurt , 5-6oz (the flavored ones have a ton of added sugar) with frozen berries ontop. The berries will defrost and add sweetness to the yogurt. Approx 125 cal and 15g protein.
In addition to her regular lunch that should be much more filling and nutritious than chips of any kind would be.

about 2 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

Did online reviews of the first BnB neglect to mention the bad breakfast part...?

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics
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Unique NYC bakeries

You will need to also post on the outer boroughs board for recommendations there.
Lee lee's for rugelach
http://www.leeleesrugelach.com
City bakery for their pretzel croissant
FPB (francois payard bakery locations) for the summer only macaron ice cream sandwich
Poseidon bakery for baklava and the various greek cookies
William Greenberg for black and white cookies
Abaraco (coffee shop) for the slice of olive oil loaf
Two little red hens for the brooklyn blackout chocolate cupcakes
Buttercup bakery for banana pudding and a slice of the hummingbird cake
Fat witch for brownies (i like their blondie best actually
)Levain for the choco chunk cookie if you have never had it
Maison kayser for the mini financiers (sold in a bag by the register)
Takahachi bakery for the superlight japanese cheesecake
Milkbar for the corn cookie (note many of their sweets are really really very sweet)

I'll let someone else advise re: chinese bakeries- i always go to Lucky King on grand st
Also i *think* Viniero's is still the front runner for canoli but not sure.

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Sweet 16 in NYC

Look through the previous threads here, lots of good ideas.
http://www.chow.com/search?q=Sweet+16...

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Best Paella in NYC

I really enjoyed the "arroz de verduras" at Salinas the last time i was there- but it is not a traditional paella (which they do offer, must order for two people)

The version at Gato is also very good but agreed with not really paella and overpriced.

I would go to either Txikito or Tertulia for great tapas and wine and skip the paella situation here

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Sessanta

Thanks for the report!
Looks like it would be a great option for those on their way to lincoln center too

about 4 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

I have a different take...
Start with cocktails at the mandarin oriental at sunset (or your favorite rooftop bar), and then go to dinner at a restaurant that has been meaningful to you both here - maybe where you celebrated birthdays or anniversaries or just went for dinner every tuesday night, somewhere that reminds you of your favorite memories here. Even better if you are "known" there.
Bring along a fabulous splurge worthy bottle of wine and use the leftover cash (if there is any :) for a celebratory first dinner out once you move.

about 4 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Leftover/reuse chicken nuggets/strips recipe ideas

if you google "chicken nugget casserole" there are an astonishing number of results- many of the cream of ....... soup plus rice or pasta variety.

Or add cooked and chopped as a filling for burritos with refried beans and veggies, or bake in sweet and sour sauce and serve with stir fried veggies and rice, or cook and chop and add to ceasar salad

about 7 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What to cook in rented beach house Labor Day weekend?

Strategize to make your life easier and keep the budget under control.
For example: buy fresh salad greens to go with dinner the first night, veggies that grill well for the second, and plan tacos for the last night to use any leftover veggies
First night make a double batch of quinoa or wild rice pilaf or bulgar- set aside half of it. Also prep twice the veggies needed for dinner and set aside.
Chop the extra veggies (cooked or raw, whatever), add a drained can of chickpeas, the extra quinoa or grain, some sunflower seeds or chopped nuts, and a vinegrette dressing.
Aka perfect for lunch the next day to bring to the beach if needed since its fine a few hrs out of the fridge.

For dinners +1 to focus on grilling with fresh seafood.
Change it up with different flavors and side sauces- i.e. one night is a chimmichuri sauce with grilled shrimp kebobs, the next grouper with a greek style dill/yogurt/lemon sauce, the next guacamole and salsa for fish tacos
Recipe links:
(Bring dried oregano with you)
http://www.chow.com/recipes/28393-arg...
(Buy plain greek yogurt for breakfasts, you'll need lemon for seafood anyhow
)http://www.foodrepublic.com/recipes/e...
Easy vinegrette for salad greens and grain salad
http://www.food.com/recipe/basic-vina...

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

If you're flexible try the italian "meatless" sausage- it has a garlic-y italian spices flavor and very firm texture (and as much protein as their omni sausages), also cheaper!

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Those "teeny tiny potatoes" are a huge YAY for me too every time! They have such great "potato-y" flavor. I often use them for pioneer woman's hot crash potatoes and have a hard time not eating all of them in one sitting!

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

That sucks. They are likely made on or in the same machinery as gluten containing items...
Those have always been a YAY for me! (And they are still vegan :)

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

I saw those...
How many mac and cheese products does TJs need?! Between the various boxed and frozen versions there must be a dozen ...!

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

They have wheat flour... :/
http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/...

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

I'm a fan of a red wine TJs wine shop has called "sweet red"- it is slightly sweet and fruit forward, great chilled in the summer. Maybe $7-8? It's over by the resling selection (aka my favorite section:))

Oh, and i always always get their lambrusco! It's like $6 or so! The red one is better than the white- another slightly sweet one. I haven't been in a while but i always get several- it's my go to for bringing to parties because somehow not many people ever buy lambrusco and the fruity fizz is a great pre dinner drink

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

I'm painfully jealous! Limoncello is my weakness.....

about 9 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

How Fast-Food Chains Cook Up New Menu Items

Copy the exact title of the article into google, it will be the first hit. Click on that to read for free

about 9 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Food allergies + reflex = help?!?

This african peanut soup would work and is hearty- skip the siracha and add fresh cilantro to each serving just before eating
http://cookieandkate.com/2013/west-af...

This coconut milk lentil soup is delicious, use a very mild curry powder
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

- ramen bowls or pho with shredded veggies, fresh herbs, whatever protein you want
- entree salad like a salad nicoise (skip the egg) with a creamy dressing
- quick stir fry of veggies and protein of choice over rice
- fish tacos with grilled fish or shrimp, avocado, black beans, shredded cabbage, cilantro
- pizza topped with pesto and veggies
- savory oatmeal
You may want to look at vegan recipes since they will not have eggs or dairy and then modify as needed (you can always add in an animal protein if you want
)http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/908392

about 23 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Special Diets

Rustic garden party ideas needed

Random ideas:
-Savory mini muffins like cornbread and green onion
- quick pickled veggies from the garden
- spiced edamame in the pod (toss with a bit of toasted sesame oil, salt, red pepper flakes or just furikake)
- baked kale chips/beet chips/zucchini chips from garden veggies, be generous with the EVOO and salt

A little sweet something could be put out at towards the end- like the blondies from smitten kitchen cut into small squares, small size choco chip cookies, a platter of fruit...

about 23 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Rustic garden party ideas needed

Savory flavored popcorn is a fun snacky app too-and budget friendly

about 23 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

Last night was my last night visiting family in CA, they are leaving town too so dinner was random bits; gazpacho i made from the garden tomatoes, massaged kale salad with quinoa, walnuts, dried cranberries, and a lemony dressing, leftover bbq'd bell peppers and baby squash.
A glass of reisling a la carte.

Earlier in the week i found this guy- always always stop for strawberry trucks!- i bought that whole flat and went thru a basket or more a day :))

FREEZING BANANAS FOR BANANA BREAD

Yes that will be fine.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Your best lentil, split pea or bean loaf, please

That amy's loaf is good stuff! I really liked this mushroom lentil version- just bake in a loaf tin (or muffin tin for individual servings) instead of making balls.
http://cookieandkate.com/2013/lentil-...

The ppk mushroom gravy is delicious and makes quite a bit- you can freeze extras. Add a splash of unsweetened soy or dairy as reheating for a creamy version. The better than bullion chickenless base is what i like to use for broth for gravy
http://www.theppk.com/2010/10/savory-...

Your best lentil, split pea or bean loaf, please

Love that one too!

3 day weekend: Atera, Empellón Cocina (kitchen table), and ?

Why not do estela for brunch either sat or sunday and then keep sat pm for o ya or another option...?

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Favorite gnocchi?

Spotted Pig is not a batali restaurant.
It's april bloomfield's- same chef as breslin

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Smoked fish and bagels in SoHo

Russ and daughters.
Your hotel is about...20min walk or so away. Or a quick cab.
If it's too insane busy (weekends can be!) head to essex st market for this:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/968847

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan
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