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Gourmet Breakfast?

Le Parker Meridian's "Norma's" Brunch/Breakfast buffet on wknds is supposed to be good.

Dec 05, 2007
mands917 in Manhattan

Need to find chocolates for my Dad...

Kee Chocolatier in SoHo is definitely amazing. Their truffle flavors are both exotic and classic. Everything is made fresh.

Dec 05, 2007
mands917 in Manhattan

need ideas for amuse bouches

shrimp bloody Mary shooters
toasted and buttered brioche with apples foie gras
tuna tar tar with crushed fried won ton wrappers and pickled cucumber
pickled asparagus with fried calamari and Harissa sauce (Moroccan condiment)
shaved fennel with persimmon, mint and crumbled fried bresaola

Dec 04, 2007
mands917 in Home Cooking

Best storebought gingersnap cookie? (moved from Home Cooking board)

I like Archway Gingersnaps in the bag at the grocery store. But specialty stores like Williams-Sonoma have wonderful Moravian Ginger Spice cookies.

Dec 04, 2007
mands917 in General Topics

Making cassoulet, need ingredients

Williams-Sonoma sells Flageolet beans which are a classic ingredient.

Dec 04, 2007
mands917 in Pacific Northwest

"Healthy" cake for baby's first birthday

How about Angel Food Cake. It's super healthy and easy. You can top it with bittersweet chocolate sauce for the adults and a fruit puree for the kiddies. Instead of refined sugar, try brown sugar or Splenda for Baking.

1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 cups superfine sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups egg whites (from about 10 eggs)
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

Dec 04, 2007
mands917 in Home Cooking

Slow Cooked Rack of Lamb

Has anyone seasoned, seared and slow cooked rack of lamb so that it's tender enough to fall of the bone?

Dec 03, 2007
mands917 in Home Cooking

Chili Party - Help!

I'd suggest light appetizers such as crudites and chilled dips. For sweets, grab and go is probably the most crowd friendly. Try a pound or bundt cake that can hold up on it's own without the use of a fork. A great chili party idea would be to make the spicy tomato and bean base everyone loves, then set out shredded beef, chicken, and/or turkey, assortment of cooked vegetables, (zuccini, artichokes, mushrooms, etc.) so then people can "make their own bowl".

Nov 18, 2007
mands917 in Home Cooking

Your top three "must-have" stuffing ingred's

Sausage, artichokes and chestnuts are my favorite additions to a focaccia stuffing that I bake with and egg mixture to keep it moist and fluffy.

Nov 18, 2007
mands917 in Home Cooking