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French Onion Soup-How Do You Slice The Onions And What Booze Do You Use?

For 5 cups sliced onions. 1/2 c. butter .1/2 tsp. sugar (optional).

Melt butter over medium heat until stops bubbling. Add onions. Saute for 5 minutes while stirring. Then sprinkle in sugar lower heat and cook slowly until reduced to small (~1/2 c.) pile of brownish delight :)

about 22 hours ago
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

French Onion Soup-How Do You Slice The Onions And What Booze Do You Use?

Do smiley face, too :)

However, use a dry white vermouth and some cognac for the booze. (Closely read Julia Child...)

Agree with Gruyere for cheese. A toasted floating piece of baguette topped with cheese is my ideal. Digging through a roof of cheese? Ugh!

about 22 hours ago
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

New Year's Feast with older kids?

Off the top of my head sounds as if some hidden gems or older, less trendy spots may suit.

That said, I had a lovely and reasonably priced dinner last night for Christmas Eve at Bank & Bourbon in the Loew's hotel at 12th & Market. Hotel restaurants can be a great option for holiday dining.

Hidden gems:
Alyan's at 4th St below South
Sitar India at 38th St above Market

Older, less trendy:
Bistro Romano (Think they're doing a blow out event off site for NY Eve. Original location is fabulous.)
South St Souvlaki for lots of atmosphere and more Greek food than you'd expected

Dec 25, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

New Year's Feast with older kids?

Details, please. We have nearly a plethora of choices.

What area is convenient to you? What is your price point? Are there other considerations?

PS My daughter reared in Philadelphia has grown up to be self-described as <Gasp> The Epicurioua Oenophile.

Dec 25, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

What is your favorite one dish meal?

Lamb Stew

Need to use larger cuts or stew meat

If some of .your guests are vegetarian, lentil soup is surprisingly satisfying

Dec 25, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Help I accidentally pre stuffed my turkey!

Yes, I am awaiting the response with bated breath. Oh, the drama one can have at this season...most of which is one's imagination running wild...

Dec 25, 2014
Seeker19104 in General Topics
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Eating near the ICA?

The White Dog Cafe is nearby on Sansom St. It's fairly large, so getting a table seems doable.

If it's within your price range, works for omnivores and vegetarians. Emphasis on organic and locally-grown foods.

PS The Kennett Square Mushroom Soup is addictive.

Dec 24, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

A la carte New Year's Eve?

The Prime Rib

Dec 17, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Cider turned tangy

Depends on how much it's turned. I prefer it a little tangy rather than sweet. Going toward apple wine...

Dec 16, 2014
Seeker19104 in General Topics

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

+1

Dec 15, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

Ditto. I have my way of putting things in the dishwasher. And I don't want to be searching for misplaced serving pieces or pots later...

Dec 15, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Gennaro's Tomato Pie ?

Sad to hear this...

Your "gloppy, sloppy, and worst of all floppy" description adds to my distress about Philadelphia pizza.

We had good pizza in Brooklyn when I was growing up. Tacconelli's is the only place in town for me so far...

Dec 12, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Does a pecan tart need anything like whipped cream or ice cream?

My Southern family from NC always served it plain at holidays.

However, offering some whipped cream on the side sounds like it might please some people and cut the sweetness.

Nov 22, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

In town for one dinner: need one amazing tasting menu

Vernick keeps space available at the bar. Arriving on the early side will get a quick seat. Later and you may have to wait a bit, although with a libation.

Highly recommend for a solo diner as entire menu is available. If you like a classic Negroni, ask Vince for the Rick Nichols version and say Carol sent you.

Nov 21, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Philadelphia for "Best of 2014."

Vernick

http://vernickphilly.com/

Simple-but-sophisticated seasonal food. Professional staff. Varied clientele. Amazing mixologist, Vince.

The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

Anyone else interested in a farewell dinner?

Seems too important a passing not to be commemorated...

Nov 18, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

A really really difficult vegan thanksgiving challenge

We love an eggplant-artichoke terrine from a local caterer for a vegetarian option at Thanksgiving.

Perhaps you can do something similar by adjusting one of these recipes to omit cheese and eggs...

http://www.yummly.com/recipes/vegetab...

Nov 02, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

It's all about the egg .

Poached over arugula with balsamic vinaigrette. 'Nuff said :)

Nov 01, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

Had Thanksgiving at boyfriend's parents' home in Central Pennsylvania many years ago. His mother didn't want to do a whole turkey dinner for the four of us so she served over-cooked steak and boring vegetables. Yuck!

The only saving grace of the trip was on the flight back to Philadelphia I had a spectacular view of the city lit up at night.

Oct 28, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

restaurants for interesting (moderate priced) dinner near Reading Terminal Mkt

The Sahara Grill at 1334 Walnut Street serves a variety of Lebanese food at a reasonable price.

I am especially fond of the hummus with lamb appetizer and spinach with mushroom pie. Other folks I've been there with have enjoyed lamb dishes as well. (I do not care for their version of "moussaka.")

It's a BYOB.

Oct 28, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

First Date Food?

Indeed, I heartily concur about dating as a Senior being an adventure. People are fun(ny) :)

Oct 27, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Annenberg Zellerbach Theater

White Dog seems to be more on its game within the past four months or so.

I adore their mushroom soup. Salad I enjoyed last time no longer on their menu which was updated October 17th.

Yes, they take seasonal and organic seriously...

How to give beef stew more punch?

+1

Oct 16, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Dinner for my girlfriend

This is tasty and attractive:

http://www.food.com/recipe/tortellini...

Oct 14, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Junto

No one listens to you?? I definitely take your advice seriously...

PS I'm another Tacconelli's fan. ;)

Sep 28, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

Yes!

Sep 26, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

What time do you all eat dinner?

Start eating dinner 7:30P to 8:00P.

Bedtime 11:00P.

Gives time for stomach to empty before bed.

Sep 24, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Basa

Had success using this in Garlicky Mediterranean-Style Fish recipe:

Saute sliced onion in 1 Tbsp. olive oil until soft
Add 3-5 cloves of minced garlic
One can diced tomatoes
1/2 c. sliced black olives
Bring to a simmer
Place 4 fillets on top of tomato mixture
Top with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Cover and cook 7 minutes (or until fish is done) on low heat

Serve on rice, mashed potatoes, or faux-tatoes (mashed steamed cauliflower)

Sep 24, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

Not plated. However, perhaps Maida Heatter's Strawberry-Raspberry Bavarian would compliment your menu...

http://www.ochef.com/r192.htm

Sep 21, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking
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do you eat American style or European style?

European. Always seemed easier to me...

Sep 19, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food