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Picky eater

- almost anything can be baked in a muffin tin-or mini muffin tin- that is usually made as a larger entree, just bake a shorter period of time:
Mac and cheese
Meatloaf
Frittatas
Baked ziti
Strata
Etc...

English muffin or pita pizzas, cut in quarters or halves
Salad kebobs: skewar cherry tomatoes, cucumber chunks, romaine lettuce, ranch to dip it in

+1 for further exploring the shift in his behavior

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Black bean noodle ramen? cold noodle salad?

For a noodle salad i would add in lots of fresh cilantro, scallions, shredded carrot, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chopped red bell pepper, sliced radishes, edamame, some toasted sesame seeds or chopped walnuts....

about 8 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Cedric's Harlem

It's perfect for a date!
I've been a few times for happy hour (4-7pm 2for1 drinks that are quite good) and brunch a while back- i remember a well made generous omelette.

about 9 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Decent restaurants near Jacob Javitz?

Friedman's could work. You could call ahead to place an order for pickup so its (hopefully) ready by the time you get there to pick it up.

Ps
Note there is one crummy tiny starbucks kiosk with a two mile long line, so be sure to get morning coffee (and breakfast for that matter) beforehand.

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Lunch & dinner suggestions for one vegan & one sea food lover?

For you sat pm dinner alone Hangawi is walkable from Bryant park, assuming vegan restaurant is ok for this occasion:) ?
http://www.hangawirestaurant.com

For a casual lunch option there are several locations of dig inn, they always have vegan (and omni) options. Hudson st location is easily walkable from soho
https://www.diginn.com/locations/

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

Yeah I didn't see them either. We ended up going down to brookfield place for overpriced tartines at tartinery (fine, but wish we had just gone to nish nush!)

about 10 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Fish Burger/Sandwiches

A salt and battery does what might be the closest to a fancy fast food version-you can get any of their fried fish as a sandwich
http://www.asaltandbattery.com

about 11 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Who has the best french onion soup in nyc ?

Kind of the wrong time of year for this article...i just think it would be better received in nov-march. Its like reading about gazpacho in january...

about 11 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Making dates taste better

Look for "homemade larabar recipes", you basically take dates and then blend with a few other ingredients if your dates are very dry/hard pour boiling water over and let them sit a half hour or so, then drain and continue with recipe. You could do a version with sunflower seeds, or dried apricots, or oats and raisins... Just roll into little balls and keep in the fridge.

Consider adding chopped dates to a salad too.

Lunch & dinner suggestions for one vegan & one sea food lover?

With advance notice bouley, jean georges and most other high end restaurants will be happy to accommodate you.
The breslin and minetta tavern are really not vegan friendy- basically you would get salad. Babbo could be difficult since fresh pasta is made with eggs
Restaurants where both of you would be happy:
The marshal
Westville (multiple locations)
Nish nush
Gazala's place
Zoma
Blue ribbon izakaya
EN brasserie
Note that del posto actually has a vegan menu option.

Fyi: by default nyc bagels and pizza dough are vegan- many pizza places have no cheese options now too. Blythe ann's ice cream shop and babycakes bakery are both vegan and noteworthy

Baccarat or Monkey Bar for Happy Hour?

Best idea yet!

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

amusement park/camping weekend menu?

With your icepacks etc you're fine.

For the pasta salad does is need to be gf pasta? Sometimes it doesn't keep well and the texture is mooshy. Maybe do a rice salad instead as a gf cold salad option

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Lobster Roll Basics??

Most common is probably with mayo, connecticut style = with butter
For either they're served in split top rolls and the lobster is mixed with either the mayo or butter for the filling. Not both.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

What oil/fat do you use with filo dough?

Butter=not vegan
Did you mean earth balance?

More vegan toddler suggestions - peanut/nut butter

+1 for vegan ice cream- literally frozen banana chunks plus nut butter blended together, its like an amazing soft serve

I love this chickpea soup recipe (prob skip the garnishes for the kiddo), i'm sure it would be good with pb instead of tahini if you don't have that, and fine to serve warm
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

I've also loved this peanut buttery soup- you might want to puree it, and you could certainly add in lentils to boost the protein/fiber
http://mylittlecelebration.com/vegan-...

This pb sauce is amazing- maybe omit the siracha- i make a double batch and it keeps great in the fridge.
http://www.theppk.com/2013/08/zucchin...

Have you considered hemp seeds? The flavor is much less distinct than peanut butter, and they are super tiny soft seeds the size of sesame seeds. High in protein and same fat as pb plus additional nutrients. Easy to mix into oatmeal, a smoothie, sprinkle on whatever but doesn't contribute significant flavor like pb or tahini.

Jam

i've made freezer jam a few times- its much less involved than any canning procedure (and canning scares me!)
I never used pectin, just the fruit, sugar, and some lemon juice cooked down and then kept in the freezer- lasts about 3weeks in the fridge once opened. Be sure not to fill the container allll the way to the top though since the jam "expands " when frozen.

I can't find the exact recipe i used but a "no pectin freezer jam" search will give you lots of examples

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

The Clocktower

They also have an english "full breakfast" on the breakfast and brunch menus

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Moving to 388 Greenwich - any lunch recos?

PS
Never ever order from Juice Press for delivery, the counter lady at the tribeca location told me that they actually only do delivery from their midtown location- not tribeca for whatever reason- so even though they are just a few blocks away it could be an hour or more since the order is filled and sent from midtown...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Radish cooking?

First be sure to keep the greens!
Roasted they become more mild, uncovered (in a packet they will just steam). Olive oil, S&P. I pull them when the center is still quite firm. Sauté the greens or just add to pan of roasting radishes the last ten min or so

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Sriracha Spread

I've used and loved bob's red mill, but the 8oz size is a lot- you use just 1/2tsp or 1tsp at a time. I just keep in the freezer
http://m.vitacost.com/products/bobs-r...

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Can't stand the heat: your ideas for preparing meals without adding heat to the kitchen

Frozen grapes are wonderful! Either freeze for just an hour or so or freeze til hard and let sit ten min or so. The inside is like sorbet! Semi-frozen mango is another favorite of mine

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Freeze-Dried Camp Food Goes Gourmet

Perfect timing! I just sent this to my dad-at nearly 70 he is still an avid backpacker and heading to do 10 days in the Sierra mountains soon. He'll be thrilled to order some of these- that curry especially

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in Food Media & News

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

We have Pret everywhere here in nyc (i go with some frequency for lunch) but i swear it's significantly better in london

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

That one is good- i'm in love with their coconut milk ice cream lately

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in Chains

Evaporated Milk, Evaporated Filled Milk and Evaporated Creamer

I would just use fresh.
You can simmer 2 1/2c regular milk until it has reduced to 1cup in volume and cool then use that as your evaporated milk, or
"In many recipes, evaporated milk may also be replaced with a combination of whole milk and half-and-half. For 1 cup of evaporated milk, use 3/4 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup half-and-half. "

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in General Topics

How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

Are the trucks just weekdays? I'll be in tribeca tomorrow.... (And i always park my citibike right there)

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Baccarat or Monkey Bar for Happy Hour?

Neither.
Aldo sohm (wine)
Mad46 at roosevelt hotel roof (good enough cocktails, popular)

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Would you buy dessert sauces at a farmers market?

I think you have to can it. The keep cold and perishable in a week or two will likely discourage impulse buys, and when customers see items in jars they assume it lasts a long time/has been through the canning process.
If you decide to go with "fresh" not canned i would use something like those plastic hummus containers - something customers associate with refridgerated and perishable just from the container

Would you buy dessert sauces at a farmers market?

Maybe a framed sign on the table and/or take with fliers with suggested uses that are low/no effort (ie recipe for souffle with sauce or crepes might be intimidating, but "use as a pancake topping" is more approachable)
Ideas like "drizzle over fresh berries with yogurt or ice cream"
"The perfect hostess gift"
Etc...

V+V Diners Spring into Summer!

That sounds so good! Honestly i've tried near every vegan cheese out there (I can't digest most milk proteins aside from two brands of yogurt) and the new "chao" from field roast is probably the best- but its crazy expensive! And daiya shreds are good enough when melted...i just gave up though. A smoked cheese sounds fabulous!
What a nasty surprise with your car :/

Jun 27, 2015
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan