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What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

Although there was sunshine my weather app said "feels like 31" when i was getting dressed this morning. There was a lot of hot coffee.

I got lucky and found a ripe haas avocado at the grocery store! Decided to make an almost spring-ish salad with roasted citrus from bon app (i skipped the mint and used half arugala half spinach, less oil) and did a quick sear on some cubed tempeh to make it more of a meal. Saved half without the dressing for mon or tues. Loved the charred citrus avocado combo. Reisling a la carte

about 2 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

Works with either, the vit C definitely helps.
Note that iron and calcium supps should not be taken together (lowers absorption) and iron pills on an empty stomach make make you toss your cookies so always have with a small snack of some sort.

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

That sound fabulous to me! Would love details of how it worked out

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

I hope your surgery is a fabulous success and you break records for a speedy recovery!

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What to cook with a jar of Trader Joe's Red Palm Oil ?

Thecongocookbook site has a ton of african recipes many using red palm oil like this one for black eye peas and plantains
http://www.congocookbook.com/vegetabl...

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

DIY coco lopez

Trader joes sells coconut cream which is very thick and rich, this pic from google gives you a good idea
http://thinkandgrowchick.com/wp-conte...

There are other brands who also make an unsweetend coconut cream, you could just use that and add your own sugar as needed- its very thick as is.

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Can you suggest easy dinners for a stressful month?

Looks like a great plan although ambitious one...

+1 to add in breakfast for dinner meals, or just something simple and eggy-thick toast with avocado and an egg ontop, side salad. Ten minutes or so.

Also agree with cooking larger volume less frequently. I.e. Huge batch of roasted veggies, a quinoa pilaf, a casserole, a stew, prep raw veggies for salads. During the week mix and match with simple seared proteins or components from the freezer.

End goal: nutritious meals during stressful period
If that means a can of sardines with crackers and carrot sticks then do that. (Stock pantry with peanut butter, tinned fish, canned beans, oatmeal....)

about 3 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Candy Question

Does the inside look more like this...?
http://www.notmartha.org/images/other...

Its often called honeycomb candy-lighter and not as "hard" as a brittle

about 4 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Dried Fig Shortage?

If you want to buy online ohnuts.com has great prices 5.99/lb for turkish or 8.99/lb for CA figs. Their products are really great- would be easy to order a few lbs since they keep for so long.
http://www.ohnuts.com/searchResults.c...

about 4 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Nigella/charnushka seeds.

No, not similar to caraway. Like chefj said more similar to an onion flavor.

Now lithuanian bread at the local pizza shop sounds amazing....!

about 4 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

This article makes it sound like meat, dairy and eggs are using a much more significant amount of water than the agricultural crops.
So maybe the question should be will you eat more vegan meals in an effort to conserve (for CA residents at least, not sure how much CA meat/dairy/eggs leaves the state)
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/ca...

about 5 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Disappointed to see the honeycrisps were missing on my most recent trip. They were pricey at about $15 but always huge and crisp and sweet.

Big boxes of strawberries have appeared- glad there was a tasty station with them,, confirmed my suspicion that they were flavorless and only red on the outside. (Properly ripe strawberries should be red/pink inside, not all bright white)
On the upside baby cucumbers are $2 off making them $5/bag, great just cut in half long ways for snacking/dipping/sandwiches.

Not sure if the seapoint farms dry roasted edamame trail mix is new but i'm a fan- great mix with almonds and dried cranberries etc. like this one on amazon but its about $9 at costco
http://www.amazon.com/Seapoint-Farms-...

about 5 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Saw them yesterday at harlem, nyc location. And now i wish i had bought some!

about 5 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

V+V dinners, boreal winter, austral summer

Finally got back into the kitchen this weekend after a week of half cooked half assemble meals last week that were uninspired.
I made the walnut based meatless balls from the meatless ball thread and i love them! Really came together quickly and are dense and filling. I froze a bunch for future meals and last night had a few with a pile of roasted veggies and some vegan pesto.

I finally made these crackers again- they're just like Dr krackers or mary's gone crackers only better. I had a few with mashed avocado and salt for a hearty snack
http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2014/0...

Tonight i did a version of this bon app salad-i left out the mint since I don't like it in savory meals, used a blood orange, less oil, and half arugala half spinach. I sauteed some cubed tempeh for the top. Delicious combo!

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/roas...

about 6 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

sushi rec

about 6 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Revised NYC list for April

That's a really great list!!
Levain- if you like cc cookies with a crisp edge and thick soft interior then yes, worth it. In good weather its a nice walk from lincoln center, otherwise really easy from the 1/2/3 train

Love terrior in tribeca, great bar snacks too

Yes to doughnut plant, especially since you'll be nearby. I love their cake doughnuts but YMMV.

Spice market can come off the list.

I'm a fan of Maialino for brunch, they take reservations too. Great "cacio and pepe" soft scrambled eggs and the toffee glazed brioche bun is destination worthy.

Juliana's for pizza on the other side of the bridge.
Although maybe do russ and daughters etc and walk manhattan to brooklyn to work up a bit of an appetite... They have small pies but no by the slice option

about 6 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Best pizza in Manhattan similar to Lillian Pizza in Forest Hills?

Have you tried Marta? Thin yet not cracker-like. This photo gives you a good idea
http://m.yelp.com/biz_photos/marta-ne...

about 7 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Lunch recommendation for Chelsea Market?

I'd come!

about 7 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Need Italian Rec's

"Couples date" = 4 people? If so then bar pitti (no res for less than 4)

Maialino? Not sure if its as "romantic" as the cozy little places in the w village...

about 7 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Cashew Cream

It won't really make a ganache type frosting...for a non dairy ganache coconut oil is the way to go. Something like this one
http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2...

But cashews are a great base for a more fluffy frosting like a buttercream. Depends what the other flavors are the cashews are so mild they don't contribute a lot of flavor to the frosting
http://yummybeet.com/hummingbird-cupc...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

That works! I adore beets....maybe a drizzle of basalmic over them. Beets and avocado are a great pairing actually.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Nigella/charnushka seeds.

Oh i'm sure the delicata squash or even sweet potatoes would work in the first recipe. Hope you enjoy them! Its funny how that one little seed can add so much flavor...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

What does 'organic' mean with regards to humanely raised animals?

Organic refers only to what they are fed. There are zero guarantees about the density of chickens per square foot as any different than factory farmed, or that living conditions are at all different.
They are just fed an organic diet. As already stated "free range" is another vague reference to outdoor access.

Certified humane eggs are the best way to know that supermarket eggs came from humanely treated chickens.
http://certifiedhumane.org

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Lunch recommendation for Chelsea Market?

Start at los tacos for a taco (be sure to get the corn tortilla), then split a sandwich from num pang. Finish with a stop at ronnybrook farm for ice cream.

Be sure to stop in at Fat Witch bakery and get a treat for your theater intermission or late night. Their blondies are actually my favorite.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Sugar Factorty - Anybody Been?

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1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Snake oil . Or are supplements necessary in your diet ?

I take (and have for several years) a probiotics supplement because from what i have been reading healthy gut flora can be linked to a number of overall health issues they are still researching.

Via regular blood tests and working with a nutritionist i take magnesium, a Bmulti, and calcium. I eat a mostly vegan (and all vegetarian) diet that includes and obscene amount of produce.
in the past needed vitamin D on and off depending on the season.
I managed to increase and stabalize my iron levels to normal levels with diet alone.

Until this year which was rather unusual i would get a cold about once a year for a week and that was it.

Snake oil . Or are supplements necessary in your diet ?

They are less potent. Read the side of the jar carefully and see many versions say to take up to four gummies as one serving (most people dont realize the proper serving size) and the total is nowhere near what a non gummy multi contains for quantity of vitamins within.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Not About Food

Snake oil . Or are supplements necessary in your diet ?

My Dr said that vitamin d deficiency is much more common now that sunscreen use is the norm in such things as daily moisturizers etc

LATECOMERS FOR DINNER

"They try to pick the menu" based on their picky teenager's likes????!
Ummm. No.

These people are obviously taking advantage of your generosity if they are not only late but also implying you should adapt your menu for their picky kid.

If socializing with them is not optional i would take a different approach-

plan to meet at a coffeeshop or bakery- and at 30minutes late leave. If/when they call to ask where you are - do not call them- say you had waited and assumed they weren't coming and left.
Its possible you will have to do that several times to re-train these people so they begin to understand you won't sit around waiting for them.
I suspect they are capable of showing up on time for things like a job or school classes, it's disrespectful and beyond rude to intentionally consistantly be so late.

Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

Starbz doesn't care if you linger or not, I don't think that would change my don't tip ontop of overpaying for the banana stance.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Not About Food