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Boyfriends birthday/moving in dinner

I say first do some reconnaissance next time you can catch a minute with his mom- ask if there was a special birthday meal he loved as a kid, or maybe his grandmother always made him lemon squares, or he loved ribs- whatever.
Then use what you learn and go from there, spending the most time and effort on said special dish from his childhood. Often those memories are very special and something as simple as a version of lemon squares could make his day even more important since you found out and made them.

about 7 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

Nice!! Sounds like it was an awesome meal!

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Haha, go figure you're the one person who doesn't like sesame peanut sauce! Maybe a hoisin or terikayi kind of thing would be better...
That couscous dish sounds really good! I miss good mozz....

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Looks like its only sold in Mass and they only ship the lacto fermented veggies not the tempeh.... Hopefully they will be super successful and i'll be able to buy in nyc at some point soon....!

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Soy Shreds, etc

I haven't tried this product specifically but it was something similar where it had to be rehydrated.
Honestly I never figured it out, there was always a weird chewy wet sponge texture (and flavor!) so i cut my losses and chucked the rest of it..... It does sound like you have tried every which way to make something but at some point its more expensive to keep them since you keep using other ingredients that are wasted in the end.

Their website is semi-useless but try their "contact us" tab and email the company about preparation and recipe suggestions. But it might be the product itself is the dealbreaker...

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

What to do with soy flour (powder)?

Hmmm. Looks like soy powder = soy flour.
You could use for creating crispy coatings, take veg like zucchini, and do an egg wash and light coating in soy powder with seasonings and bake high for a crispy outer coating.
Or use half regular flour and half soy powder for a basic biscuit recipe.
Use it with oil or butter to create a roux for thickening soups or stew

about 9 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Late Dinner Suggestions

+1
If txikito is booked nearby is el comedor and el quinto pino as well

about 9 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

I've done my homework, but would love your advice on my anniversary dinner picks...

+1

They could even just do GT tavern room for desserts and wine that evening...

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Chocolate truffle wars

Haven't had kee's, but last week i did split one of those payard macaron ice cream sandwiches with a friend, the raspberry pistachio....good stuff!!

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Sushi Yasaka: Satisfying Pre-Theater/UWS Option

Thanks for the review! That tempura fig sounds kind of amazing.... And the salt assortment gets points for creativity, i love that idea even if it didn't quite work.

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

I've done my homework, but would love your advice on my anniversary dinner picks...

Babbo over lupa for rwasons already mentioned- did you look at felidia? Its pricey but they offer a pre and post theater menu, so if you can eat earlier or later that would allow a nice bottle of wine as well. Not nearly as busy or energetic as babbo though.

Pass on GT, its too similar to many SF restaurants. Minetta wouldn't be ideal as "the anniversary dinner" IMO but wed-fri they do lunch so you could avoid the busiest time and go then

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Must I boil split peas/lintels/beans/rice?

Yes. Buy canned for this purpose.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Gazpacho question

Don't cook anything. I do something similar to what chefj posted but with less olive oil and i seed the cucumber. However, even using super fresh tomatoes i'll usually add an 8oz can of original V8. My so called secret ingredient- just adds a touch of acid and salt ( sometimes the super fresh tomatoes are quite sweet).

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Looking for a recipe

I'm thinking if the OP searches the local newspaper or regional cookbooks that would work too, sounds like a novelty specific to that area...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Leftover Tomato sauce/soup/

Call a friend and make a deal, dinner at your place tonight and at their place tomorrow. Use burger buns and call it sloppy joes, have salad on the side and enjoy a night off the following day.
As other said add your beans and some veggies, or freeze.

-Serve over a baked potato with cheese
- use as sauce for a version of lasagna or another baked pasta veggie dish
- bake in a small dish with a couple eggs for baked eggs, have with toast

(And next time check the cupboards before starting your recipe!)

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

Tacos are kinda perfect.... Corn tortillas for gf, lettuce wraps for low carb, and an assortment of fillings. Don't forget fresh cilantro. Tofutti makes a decent vegan sour cream if you want to offer that, just skip dairy free cheese its not great for tacos and most are kinda horrible.

Tomatillo based green salsa and pico de gallo with chips and raw veggies for nibbles.
This black bean corn salad would be a nice side
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recip...
Mango and lime sorbet with chopped fresh mint for dessert, and/or fresh wedges of cold watermelon

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Avocado on Sandwiches: Mash or Slice?

Since you also have tomato and mayo in there slices will likely always slide out.... Try slicing and the avocado and Just lightly mash onto the bread so it sticks before adding the other ingredients

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

As a small child i always helped my mom in the kitchen, but when i decided to become a vegetarian at age 11 that's when i started really cooking. My parents thought it was a "phase" (nope, still veg now!) and i could either eat side dishes for dinner or make my own meal. For some reason i remember an eggplant phase- i would layer eggplant and tofu in a casserole dish and bake it with tomato sauce. Also lots of baked eggs, lentil salad (which my whole family liked too), and veg/bean soups. We always had salad at dinner so i would make salad for everyone as well

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

To Peel or Not to Peel...

Never heard of this before- sounds like potential for disaster to me peeling the skin off afterwards.... I've always just eaten the skin!

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Store brand vs name brand dry rice and beans, etc?

For years i only bought canned beans. Then I made beans from the bulk bins and was so impressed i rarely buy cans anymore.
And then I recieved a package of several different bags of beans from Rancho Gordo.
HUGE improvement in texture and flavor.
For rice, which i just don't buy or eat often, I like lundberg or alter eco for their unique varieties. I buy basmati and bown rice at trader joes.

I think if its for guests then go with the camilla brand like "everyone" says and use whatever brand for a meal alone in the future to compare

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Well the minute i hear soba noodles i think of those sesame peanut buttery ones....! I usually fake it by whisking smooth pb, some sesame oil, soy sauce, and lime juice together.... But this version is close, def add a TB of sesame oil
http://cookingwithamy.blogspot.com/20...

So i'm thinking use cabbage leaves (blached quickly if they're really crunchy) and make soba noodle veggie tacos with the peanut sauce for dipping... Just slice up the snow peas, matchstick or shredded carrot, chopped green onion, and 2-3" long cucumber pcs. Just roll up the veggies and noddles together! The tomatoes might be a little too wet to add in.... Just snack on them while chopping ;)

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

It worked!! I've been following that thread too, lots of great ideas there
(http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9810...

)

But yes, there should be a salad thread! I've got nothing against the bagged stuff but it does need some TLC....

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

The pickles are key! Don't think i've ever had pb and sprouts.....i'll check if the bagel shop has sprouts next time i go, sounds like an interesting combo!

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

LOCAL tempeh?!? Omfg you're killing me...... I think regular trader joe's tempeh is great so i can't imagine how fabulous that must be! I've found that although most omnis don't know what tempeh is once they try it they like it since there's no weird fake meat texture or association.
I'll definately try the tamari in the marinade. PPK is one of my go to sources- i actually "met" isa at a book signing a while back! She's adorable.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Need New Pizza Topping Combos

Auugh! My initial reply wasn't supposed to be a "clarifying question"! Whoops.
Anyways, hopefully this is the right spot for my reply:
What a whacky pizza place! A few ideas....
- italian tomato/ mozz/all of the veggies except pineapple and green peppers

- pesto/goat cheese/ roasted garlic/red onion/ green olives/baby spinach (do not order while on a date!)

- jalapeno white/formaggio blend/red onions/banana peppers/ jalapenos/ hot banana peppers

- italian tomato/mozz/no toppings. Add your own fresh basil (why doesn't the pizza place have fresh basil???)

-italian tomato/ feta/ carmelized onions/sauteed mushrooms/ baby spinach/ roasted garlic

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics
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Your favorite chocolate desserts in Manhattan

Not a plated dessert, but i had the chocolate ice cream with coconyt whipped cream at Lula's (or whatever they call themselves, FKA lula's sweet apothecary). The cashew based ice cream is really rich with a gelato texture and the coconut whipped cream took it over the top....

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

chinese roast pork sandwich-new york deli style. help my dad please.

Diners on the les?? Or little cafes and bakery shops in chinatown...?
Serious eats has a chinese roast pork recipe that could be a good starting point
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Possibilities in NY (Lunch, Dinner and/or Show)

What time is your res at babbo? Its a solid choice and at this point a res somewhere else for fri pm could be difficult....
I think you have to sort out theater tix first- if you see a show then do lunch at bouley and borrow a jacket, or another pre fixe lunch and maybe you can push babbo out to after the theater so you don't feel rushed....
It all depends on the timing of your show

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Restaurant for my NYC mom's 70th birthday.

Not downtown, but if mom likes fish Oceana has a pre theater menu (5-6:30) that is 3 courses for $49, with wine pairing for $76. Refined but not overly formal, and easy to converse.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

National Night Out: Easy for a crowd with universal appeal?

I'd say cookies- good homemade cookies are getting harder to come by!- and its easy to freeze any leftovers. And wedges of cold watermelon, the most perfect summer food ever.
A pitcher of lemonade/iced tea and milk for cookie people.

Gah!!
I did it wrong- obvs this is not a "clarifying question"..... This new format is testing my patience!!

Jul 27, 2014
Ttrockwood in General Topics