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COOKING CLASS IDEAS - help?!?

Mexican?
How experienced are the guests as cooks...? You could teach them enchilada sauce and then make enchiladas-easy to do one pan meatless for any veg guests.

Do you know how to make corn tortillas? Everyone could learn those as well as a salsa and then make and eat tacos or tostadas...

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Salmon banana

I think the easiest way to go would be tacos- grill/cook the whole fillet and remove the skin, then gently break up and mix with fresh cilantro, green onions, lime juice and jalapeno or chipotle. For the tacos finely shredded cabbage, chopped tomato, black bean and corn salsa....whatever they like.
Side of green salad, maybe also refried beans and rice - if they hate the tacos beans and rice always work for dinner!

And i'm not snickering at all! I live alone and have knowingly bought foods I don't love just because they were a good deal...(there are still green olives i cant bring myself to eat or throw out)

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Wedding reception food/questions. Professional input welcome....

It sounds like a fun menu! I'm impressed you have it figured out already.
I would not serve sushi to a group of japanese guests even in an ideal situation... the rice cracker snack mix is a good idea for having on the tables for nibbling.
Are you just serving beer or other alchoholic drinks as well? A festive punch/drink concoction is always fun, maybe have shandys? and arnold palmers are an easy refreshing picnic drink- you already have the ingredients!
The ice cream guy sounds great! And perfect to have a non dairy option.

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Wedding reception food/questions. Professional input welcome....

Late sandwiches are perfect!

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

"Simplest" Commercially Available Bread Roll or Muffin?

Where do you live? A generic nyc "hard roll" aka kaiser roll sounds like what you want, most groceries sell them individually. They don't keep well unless frozen

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Mucho Manchego!

Grilled cheese of course.
A cauliflower gratin with almonds
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ca...

This chow recipe for gougeres
http://www.chow.com/recipes/14278-bla...

Also a great addition to any egg dish, or as a snack with green apple slices

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Cheese

Substitute for cheese?

I agree with others you just need a different recipe. Staying away from cheese-centric recipes when cooking for mom is the best idea.
For smaller amounts you can swap something like parmesan used as a garnish for nutritional yeast, but that's not something that would work for a dish like potato gratin.
Store bought faux cheeses are generally not delicious, and don't work in recipes the way regular cheese does. Daiya is the best of them out there but only good in small amounts melted- and its possible mom won't like any kind of cheese substitute either...

There are just too many cheese-free options for what to cook that i would just avoid cheesey dishes for meals with mom.

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Cheese

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

TJs baked tofu is very good, same texture as nasoya or soy boy. The teriyaki is my favorite, the "savory" is seasoned well but not as flavorful as the others- which makes it good to add in soups or stir fry or whatever.
Their "high protein" tofu is perfect if you want to flavor and bake yourself, no pressing needed!

about 11 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Cinnamon??! Uh, no. Well not in my beets. Too bad about the added sugar too-beets alone are sweet enough for me

about 11 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Thanks for the suggestion! Sounds like they're not quite the same though...

about 11 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains
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Gluten Free idea for a meal you can take to work!

Its a soup..? Or does adding the hot water at the end just make it saucey??
I kinda wish you said how many servings it makes and how far in advance it can be made...
Dunno about the miso paste and stock cube at the end, sounds super salty but maybe you add enough water its diluted?
Its a cute video, you're very articulate and easy to follow, the fast forward chopping and cooking is amusing.

about 11 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Special Diets

I need a recommendation for a nice bottle of wine $25-35...

Bernardus wines are some of my favorites! The marinus is one of my go-to reds for bringing as a host gift too. $30 is a great deal for it!

about 12 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Wine

Takeout pasta dishes - how to avoid overcooked pasta?

Takeout/delivery pasta is just not an ideal way to eat it...
You could certainly ask for it al dente and see if they really do that for you. Definitely open the container asap to prevent further steaming of the pasta. Leftovers would be best probably eaten cold or room temp, it will get increasingly mooshy. Worst case scenario add the mooshy leftover pasta to a frittata

Maybe you could order a smaller one dinner portion with the pasta and order just the sauce for future meals and boil your own batch of pasta for that....

about 17 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

Exactly. Also the molasses flavor would limit savory uses of the pb- it would be weird in my favorite pb sesame lime sauce!

about 17 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Last minute challenge/the downside to spontaneity

Wait time at blue ribbon i would guess half hour give or take, that's still "early" for nyc dinner.
After the theater get a bag of street vendor nuts to nibble and prevent cranky hungry kid issues, would be easy to grab a drink at their bar (nice cocktails) and get a festive soda and cranberry for the little one.
Fyi benoit has brunch too

about 17 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Menu ideas for a Julia Child Dinner Party

for a more seasonal dish her scallops would be lighter and still impressive
"Scallops gratinéed with wine, garlic, and herbs (Coquilles St. Jacques à la Provençale)"
Her salmon mousse could be a nice app to start, then the Vichyssoise recipe as a first course. With the scallops could be her tomatoes provencale.

Another option for the main could be her bouillabaisse

about 17 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy.

This afternoon turned into a gorgeous warm one!
I was in an odd neighborhood to run an errand on my way home and was distracted by an ethnic market with lots of produce. Among the goodies was a huge bouquet of collard greens. I quickly blanched a few and removed the stem, then filled with a schmear of hummus, shredded carrots, crumbled tempeh, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, cucumber, avocado, and sunflower seed sprinkle. Salt and pepper, then rolled like a skinny burrito. Reisling a la carte, fancy medjool dates from that produce market will be dunked in almond butter for late night snack.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy.

When i was growing up that's what mom would call a fake it night- everyone had bits of this and that from various leftovers. Go figure that was always my favorite night of the week!

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy.

Ahh! Your garden sounds so delightful!
You could do a quick pickle on the zucc to serve with the apps, or if you have enough for a side they would be great grilled with some lemon juice and fresh dill once done to tie into the greek flavors...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Cook Your Vegetables to Death - Bon Appétit

I love zucchini butter! But would not want a whole side dish of it...great as a condiment

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What is considered unsweetened peanut butter.

Read the ingredients list carefully-on everything- unsweetened peanut butter should have two or maybe three ingredients (peanuts, salt, maybe oil) but no sugar/cane syrup/etc.

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

In my wine bottle..???
:))

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

Its their cold brew that you can dilute with water/milk/whatever - or not- for iced coffee.
I was not a fan and thought for "concentrate" it was weak- but i like very strong coffee. Also its $8, says it makes 12 servings. Cheaper to make yourself but most things are

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Best Raw Blogs

I've read the raw on $10/day blog for a long time, the recipes are rather simplistic usually -although the author obviously has access to better priced grocery stores than i do!
http://www.rawon10.com/?m=1

Rawmazing is good
http://www.rawmazing.com/recipe-archive/

And i've read choosing raw for years and made many of her recipes
http://www.choosingraw.com

Raw "cooking" definitely needs a very good blender, a food processor, a dehydrator is helpful, and there can be some obscure ingredients in an effort to keep everything raw (irish moss..??

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Starting with easier no fail recipes like chocolate avocado pudding, chia pudding, and homemade larabars would be a good start

NYC trip with teenage daughter

15 might be too old to be amused by ellen's stardust.. I've heard the food is between ok not great and terrible. Maybe stop in just for dessert if you go.
Korean bbq is a great idea and lots of fun-also near macy's.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992442
Other delis would be 2nd ave deli (33rd st b/w 3rd ave and lexington), and sarge's on 3rd ave not far from 2nd ave deli.
Similar yet not russ and daughters cafe or their store for sandwiches to eat in the nearby park. ***weekends are insane, either go very early or save for a weekday

Shake shack has locations all over the city now, be sure to save room for one of their "concrete" custards.
Balthazar for brunch /lunch in soho will probably feel "cool" , also in soho visit dominique ansel (unless you preorder cronuts online don't waste time waiting for one) instead be sure to get a DKA.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Burger question

Non issue.
Professional kitchens have seen and heard it all, no ones cares as long as you're happy

Last minute challenge/the downside to spontaneity

Blue ribbon sushi bar and grill at columbus circle isn't far from your hotel and i would say is more casual than ma peche. No res for less than 5ppl but its a large space
http://blueribbonrestaurants.com/rest...

Yakitori totto is another option- and its fun to order lots of the little skewars. They're not on OT so you have to call about a res

Or maybe Benoit for french bistro-y food, and a nice wine selection

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

where can I buy pizza dough in manhattan?

The best? Dunno.
The slice shop on the corner near my apt would sell me a ball for $2. I once asked very nicely and paid the regular price for their unbaked garlic knots that i have never properly imitated - amazing yet my apt smelled like garlic forever!

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Thoughts for my birthday dinner?

GT isn't stuffy or formal really- if you don't go for bday stop in the tavern room for a drink and snack soon (they serve continuously lunch thru dinner)
+1 for Piora
L'artusi- rather casual
Barchetta- also casual
EN japanese bistro- really great housemade tofu, kinda dark and intimate
Kyo Ya- more casual than EN

Contra is a good pick though.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Hot Crab Dip

Tacos always work for a crowd- the tortillas (corn and flour) can rewarm wrapped in foil in the oven, refried beans, rice, prep toppings ahead-shredded cabbage, salsa, chopped jalapenos, fresh cilantro. Make guacamole as close to serving as possible.

Side of quick pickled carrots and radishes with onion and jalapenos, make at least a day before

A big salad with shredded carrot, sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, red onion, toasted pumpkin seeds, lime vinegrette. Chop and assemble ahead of time, toss with dressing at last minute.

If you go tacos consider serving crab dip with sturdy tortilla chips

Apr 16, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking