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How to do dumplings for a large party?

Dumplings are really popular and don't do so well when cooked in advance... And for 50 people you're going to need a lot of dumplings!!
Boiled will be the easiest way to prepare a large volume (i would figure 3-5 dumplings per person), you will just have to make and serve in batches. Or you could do a dumpling soup with some and they will stay hot that way but that's potentially awkward to serve/eat.

Lion's head meatballs would work well for the party
http://food52.com/recipes/25504-shang...

If you can find the frozen chinese bao buns (they're sold with various fillings) those would work well to steam ahead of time and serve room temp.

Sauteed long beans, baby bok choy, and chinese greens would be a welcome side.

about 15 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

How to eat healthy as a picky adult

You're going to have to try more vegetables if your end goal is healthy.
Most people have to try something new to them a number of times before being able to figure out that they like it.

Start with raw vegetables- even most small kids like raw red or yellow bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, snap peas.... All great raw as is or with a dip or in a salad.

Roasting vegetables makes a huge difference in their flavor- a quick and cheap dinner could be as simple as roasted cauliflower and broccoli with scrambled eggs and toast.

about 16 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Over Vinegared Pickled Green Beans

Just rinse them in some cold water to rid them of the excess vinegar.

about 16 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Why Does Pineapple Come in a 20-Ounce Can?

I see those smaller 8oz size cans of pineapple all the time. Although they don't seem to be significantly cheaper than the 20oz size.

about 16 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics
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vegan uses for left over wine

This braised cabbage takes a while but its low effort. Great with pan fried tempeh and some crusty bread. Swap in olive oil for the butter to keep it vegan

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

about 17 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

vegan uses for left over wine

That recipe is one of my most favorites ever..!! I've made it for omnis often and its a big hit with everyone.

about 17 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

What do you serve for drinks at dinner parties?

when i have dinner parties i serve bubbly to start when people arrive, usually a prosecco or cava. If there are people invited who i know prefer beer to wine i'll have some on hand but generally my friends love wine as much as i do.
With dinner there's wine and bottles of both still and sparkling water on the table.
None of my friends or myself drink soda more than rarely , so unless i've decided to start with moscow mules instead of bubbly there's no soda. However, if i knew a guest didn't drink and only liked diet coke i would pick some up. Otherwise its wine and water, espresso or tea with dessert.

about 18 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Not About Food

Looking for fresh Japanese pudding and fresh tofu

Cocoron has both a homemade tofu as well as a tofu pudding dessert
http://cocoron-soba.com/new_menu.html

EN brasserie's is wonderful!

about 22 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Looking for yummy toaster oven recipes!

Toaster ovens are great! You can really use it for anything you would bake...
Baked eggs are an easy quick dinner idea and you can easily add any veggies you have on hand
http://food52.com/blog/6971-how-to-ma...

This tempeh recipe is great- it does have to marinate a few hours
http://www.theppk.com/2010/08/garlick...

Any kind of meatless loaf or patties would work great, as well as roast veggies of course

Sesame substitute

+1 for sunflower seed butter, i might like it even more than tahini for hummus
http://m.vitacost.com/products/sunbut...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Expiration date on protein powder

Unopened that stuff is good forever. I just opened some that had been in the back of my pantry (unopened) for 3yrs. Same as new.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Our week in NYC

Probably a professional combi oven- convection oven plus steam. Would still take 20-30min but that sounds about right

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

9th street espresso does a great job. I think Abraco is very similar and you would like theirs as well (get a slice of their olive oil cake while you're there too)

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Madagascar colossal shrimp

I haven't ordered those specifically but I've ordered from fresh direct plenty of times in the past and been very happy with the quality of their groceries.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Madagascar colossal shrimp

Whoahza. Those are big boys!

https://www.freshdirect.com/pdp.jsp?p...

I'm thinking split in half long ways and broil.... When done the meat will pop right out. Be sure to save the shells and heads for stock.

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Hosting curious visitors from Germany-- need special dinner ideas

Fried chicken. Nothing like their schnitzels yet familiar enough ingredients. Mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, green beans, salad.

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Sides for Jambalaya and other dinner guest advice...

Nothing to be scared of! The only way to get over it is to have people over more often... :))
The jambalaya is definitely a one pot meal (plus crusty bread would be great). I like the idea of starting with some greens, maybe a wintery slaw like this one
http://www.simplyscratch.com/2011/06/...

Dessert could be something as simple as poached pears with fresh whipped cream or blondies and coffee.
Don't fret! Your friends will be thrilled for the invite!

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Zucchini Fritters w/o Much Binder?

Looks like smitten kitchen's version is what you want-she even describes them as latke like

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/0...

The yogurt is another topic but greek yogurt flavors vary widely brand to brand and even regionally.
Goatsmilk yogurt seems to have a good bit of tang and "funk" to it if you want to try that.

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

how to bake acorn squash with cod?

I'm not a fan of the very popular sweet way of serving them...
Usually i'll roast the halves with some olive oil, salt and pepper, chopped rosemary and thyme.
For something more hearty stuffed acorn squash are delicious- and leftovers keep well a few days. This combo was great:
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Kid-friendly and nut-free Italian dish that tastes good at room temp?

Oh yes, its very good by itself- you could just sprinkle with some powdered sugar at the last minute to make it "pretty". The flavor is mild enough i think it would be very appealing to kids.

And just make a second one for yourself with the grand marnier :)

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

How do you like your tacos...crunchy or soft?

I grew up in CA with a large mexican community nearby- and didn't have a hard shell taco until that one drunken evening we stopped at taco bell in desperation. And that was that.
Always soft corn tortillas- little ones, two per taco. Usually from El Agulia bakery.

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in General Topics

How do you like your tacos...crunchy or soft?

Crumbled tempeh is a great non meat taco option too (way cheaper and tastier than morningstar IMO)
http://www.lightlife.com/Vegan-Food-V...

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Menu Planning Help - Baby Shower

Something like a creamy tomato soup (use canned tomatoes) with finger sandwich sized grilled cheese would be fun and nostalgic

These mushroom puff pastry triangles are easy to make and assemble ahead and freeze and then just bake from frozen right before serving- just add a bit longer to the baking time
http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/125528...

Deviled eggs are always crazy popular
Frittata "muffins" are another make ahead dish easy to make day before and add whatever you like to the filling

A platter of roasted veggies is great- use a large platter with a bed of greens under the roasted veggies- arrange by color. Carrots, parsnips, red potatoes, brussel sprouts, zucchini, radishes, etc

A hearty grain based salad with farro or bulgar or quinoa can be served in raw bell pepper halves

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

"Bugs" is a rather popular place in the east village in nyc.
They serve sushi and japanese food, but no bugs.

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in Not About Food

Final Bill from Wedding Caterer

Put
It
All
In
Writing

If/when it escalates you need a paper trail.

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

+1 for zibetto
The espresso at Fika is not especially complex but i'd say less acidic than third wave places. Joe the art of coffee might be closer to what you're looking for too.

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan
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Where is the best kosher food in Manhattan?

At 2nd ave if you order to go be sure to ask to have matzo ball packed seperate to prevent soggy issues.

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Where is the best kosher food in Manhattan?

For outer boroughs you've got to post on that board... (Although maybe post on kosher board too, large number of nyc area CHrs there)

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

BRGR Upper west side. Good food but delivery problems

Pay cash on delivery after checking your order is complete (so at least you don't pay for what you don't get) and /or make them go back get the fries and bring them- if its a regular delivery guy he might remember next time to avoid a second trip. Or just hate you.
Keep an "emergency" bag of those Alexia fries in the freezer.
And yeah, order from somewhere else- or call ahead and pick up your order there so they could fix it on the spot.

Jan 23, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Tortelloni con funghi porcini - sauce to go with?

Soy sauce, butter, thyme, splash of stock if needed.
Mushrooms need soy sauce IMO.

Jan 22, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking