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Rice Pudding Question

I have the revised edition; I wonder if that's the difference? The same recipe is also here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/18/din...

Aug 31, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Home Cooking

Rice Pudding Question

Thank you! I'll let you know how it comes out when I make it!

Aug 31, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Home Cooking

Food Ideas for Brooklyn Budget Wedding

I just feel the need to post a quick update. Our entire wedding budget totaled $10,000, but we adjusted our food budget. We decided to go with Cobblestone Foods and just for appetizers. That was the priciest element of our wedding-- around $4,500-- but they took care of everything: delicious appetizers, servers, a bartender, tables, chairs, set-up, take down. We did get our own plates and utensils at KMart, because they were charging a weirdly large amount for them.

We got beer on Court Street (Miller High Life in cans) and wine at Trader Joe's (three-buck-Chuck and their cheapest sparkling wine). We got a large sheet cake at an Italian bakery on Court Street for about $100 and then a small, beautiful, delicious tiered cake at One Girl Cookie in Park Slope/Carroll Gardens.

We managed to stick to our original overall budget, though we adjusted our expectations about food. We got our pictures and music very cheaply because we have a lot of fantastic creative friends; we bought our flowers (simple red roses and some greenery) wholesale in the flower district for a whopping $88 (my stepmother arranged them).

It is absolutely possible to have a budget wedding for like 150 people... it isn't, probably, possible to get really great food for under $4000.

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One Girl Cookies
68 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Aug 31, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Rice Pudding Question

I'd love your recipe!

Aug 31, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Home Cooking

Rice Pudding Question

When I said "meticulously," I meant that I stirred it at the 30 minute marks he indicated for the first three "check-ins." Then I checked it every ten minutes afterward. I used short-grain rice. I looked for the swollen rice, the mostly liquid-y mixture, I went on "faith" that maybe it would thicken... I kept it in the oven for two and a half hours. I'm frustrated, because I've had such good luck with Bittman's recipes.

Aug 31, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Home Cooking

Rice Pudding Question

So, I tried to make Mark Bittman's rice pudding recipe (from How to Cook Everything). I followed the recipe meticulously, but ended up with warm milk and undercooked rice. Should I have used cooked rice? Any suggestions? I can't figure out where I went wrong!

Thanks!

Aug 30, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Home Cooking

fall wedding for 120 downtown or in Brooklyn?

I don't know of any nice restaurants for a wedding, but I'm getting married at the Dumbo Arts Center in June, which is a fantastic gallery right by Brooklyn Bridge Park. It's being catered by Cobblestone Foods in Cobble Hill. Their food is delicious and, so far, they've been fantastic to work with and reasonably priced (they're really willing to work with your budget).

Mar 18, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Manhattan

Mutton

So, my fiance wants to try REAL mutton. He's not interested in the lamb-dressed-as-mutton at Keens, delicious though it may be...

Anyone have any suggestions?

Mar 18, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Manhattan

Best hot chocolate in the city?

Weird! Did you try the Wicked Hot Chocolate with chiles in it? I really enjoyed it last winter, though I'll confess that this year a couple of times it's been burnt.

Mar 18, 2010
lizisinflatbush in Manhattan

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS WITHIN TEN BLOCKS

So, I moved to Windsor Terrace recently. I really, really like the burgers at Rhythm and Booze. I also dig the pizza at Bene on PPSW. The vodka slice, while nothing to write home about, is super tasty. And have you been to the burrito place on PPW? It's pretty fine, too. The neighborhood's not going to win any food awards (for Pete's sake: I take the subway to Trader Joe's for groceries!), but there are a few good finds.

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Rhythm and Booze
1674 10th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Bene Pizzeria
157 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Nov 05, 2009
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Food Ideas for Brooklyn Budget Wedding

So, update: I just called them. WITH waiters and a bunch of buffet food options, it would come to about $1925. I'm very, very attracted to the ease of having a catering company and servers. We're going to price out our drinks and check into a few Indian restaurants. But thanks, giftergirl, for the info!

Sep 28, 2009
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Food Ideas for Brooklyn Budget Wedding

That looks amazing. The food was good?

Sep 28, 2009
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

HELP!! In Forest Hills

so much has been said about portofino, i feel the need to say i think it's kind of gross. i haven't been there in a couple years, but it was one of my parents' sunday brunch mainstays, and i always thought it had a strange odor. i got sick after eating there more than once (i was visiting from college and felt badly arguing against eating somewhere my parents were paying for)... i wouldn't recommend it.

in kew gardens, on i think austin and lefferts (right by the indie movie theater), there's a great indian place called mehak. it's pakistani, if i remember correctly, and was my introduction to good quality indian food. i'd recommend their korma. yum.

Aug 31, 2009
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Food Ideas for Brooklyn Budget Wedding

Well, dhs, that's my fiance's favorite suggestion... I'll look into it. Thanks!

Aug 31, 2009
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Food Ideas for Brooklyn Budget Wedding

Thanks for all the tips. We're definitely not doing cocktails (just cheap-o wine and beer... we'd thought of serving 3-buck Chuck in carafes) on our budget... and I'll keep y'all posted on what we figure out!

Aug 28, 2009
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Food Ideas for Brooklyn Budget Wedding

To clarify, the food doesn't need to be impressive, just good.

I love really simple food and some of my favorite restaurants are dives with good food. Non-Western is an option-- we love Indian-- though some of our family is less adventurous. Thanks for the indiebride recommendation.

Does anyone know of any restaurants that would do drop off/pick up? We' d probably need a server for a buffet?

Jul 27, 2009
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Food Ideas for Brooklyn Budget Wedding

Hi there,

I'm getting married (in Dumbo) next summer on a tight budget, but food is super important to me. Because I'm on a really tight budget (hoping, perhaps crazily, to spend $1000-1500 on food for 120-150 people), I'm considering throwing a simple cocktail party with hors d'ouerves and cupcakes or cake.

Does anyone have any experience with providing good food on a budget for a large group? Does anyone know of any affordable caterers or restaurants that cater? Any suggestions for specific items to serve? Our venue doesn't have a super workable kitchen, just a "catering nook," by the way.

Thank you!

Liz

Jul 26, 2009
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Best hot chocolate in the city?

Jacques Torres is definitely the best and most "gourmet," but I definitely enjoy Max Brenner. I met one of their chefs the last time I went in for a late night chocolate fix and they definitely don't use any kind of mix. It's definitely not bad, especially considering the price. Their desserts are usually too sweet/rich, though.

Dec 26, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Manhattan

Take-out in Forest Hills

I grew up in Forest Hills... and now I live in Brooklyn, so I understand your predicament.

Mehak is a great Indo-Pak place on right off Lefferts Boulevard on Austin Street (near the great independent movie theater). They do take-out and, I think, delivery. I hear mixed things about Dani's pizza on Lefferts: never tried it. Some people think it's fabulous, others hate it. These are sort of in Kew Gardens, but it's a nice spot (a little less strip mall than Austin Street in FH).

AJ's on Austin is solid. I'd also suggest Sgt. Garcia's for Mexican (haven't been there in a long time, though, so I can't guarantee it). I think they deliver through some overpriced service, but I'm sure they do takeout.

Habana on 70th Road, I think it is, has nice Cuban food. Not sure if they do take-out/delivery.

Dee's Pizza delivers through a service and they do a great gourmet, thin crust sort of pizza.

Forgive the long litany... When I lived in the area I made it my job to find decent food (cause it's not always easy). One more thing: if you're ever jonesing for a food outing (after the winter), take the Q23 from 71st/Continental down 108th Street to Empanadas del Parque and the Lemon Ice King of Corona. Awesome.

Dec 20, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Steak

I actually think we may try out the steak at my favorite restaurant, Prune (in Soho). Unless anyone knows better, everything I've ever had there is fantastic (particularly the sweetbreads and marrow...).

Dec 20, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Manhattan

Steak

Thanks for all the suggestions... I actually think we may just go to Prune, in Soho, my favorite restaurant. They actually have a steak for two for $46 (and the most amazing sweetbreads ever). I can't imagine anything there wouldn't be awesome...

(But if any of you know differently, please let me know!)

Dec 20, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive Place for a Bridal Shower Brunch

The Union/Smith cafe on the corner of Union and Smith in Carroll Gardens is reasonably priced, with an Italian-infused menu. They have something for everyone. And it's pretty. Good luck!

Dec 20, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Tea in Brooklyn?

I don't know about English-style, but Vox Pop on Cortelyou Road (right off the B/Q) has a really nice selection of organic loose teas.

I don't want to get blasted for mentioning places in Manhattan, but for really upscale English tea nothing beats Lady Mendel's in Gramercy Park.

Dec 16, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Best Pizza in Queens ??

Is New Hyde Park technically in Queens?

I'm so excited that someone mentioned Singha's-- they do great little personal pizzas (I actually enjoy their Hawaiian confection). Primadonna, on Queens Blvd. near 67th Avenue is fairly solid, if a bit greasy, too.

Has anyone been to AJ's on Austin Street? They were a favorite of mine growing up in the area. They make a nice grandma slice, the atmosphere is pleasant and their cannoli's are quite good...

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A&J Pizza
71-37 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375

Primadonna
100-18 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

Dec 16, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Good Italian Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens?

Maybe I can just tolerate Family because I grew up near there? I agree to stay AWAY from Portofino (the last time I was there the place really smelled like a bathroom...). Never been to La Tavernetta....

Also, Vesuvio on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, if you're willing to trek, does great soups and pizza...

Dec 16, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Breakfast in Brooklyn

How far is Bed Stuy from the Flatbush/Ditmas area?

There are a few good places here. One "off-the-beaten-path" kind of choice is Andrew's, on the corner of Church Avenue and Coney Island Avenue (right off the B35, a nice walk from the B/Q trains to Church Ave). It looks like a dive and there's only counter seating, but the home fries there are the best I've had. And? With coffee and juice, you'll leave having spent under $15 for two. I swear.

In Ditmas/Flatbush there's the Farm on Adderley on Cortelyou Road, a place with fabulous brunch and a seasonal menu, and Picket Fence, also on Cortelyou, with nice comfort foods. These are also near the B/Q.

Apt. 138 (is that the name?) on Smith Street has a nice breakfast menu (it's right off the F train) ... A lot of those little restaurants on Smith have great, inexpensive breakfast/brunches. (Boerum Hill Food Company is another I've tried.)

And, if you do want to trek to lower Manhattan, Zucco's on Orchard Street ("le French diner") makes incredible French breakfasts, including fabulous French toast and something called "Le Brique de Blyda" (I think that's the spelling), which is a phyllo and goat cheese confection atop ratatouille topped with a poached egg. Yum.

Hope that helps a little!

Dec 16, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Steak

Thanks! I'll have to check out Keen's: never heard of it.

We've also thought about doing lunch to save money: a friend recommended Dylan Prime and they're a little cheaper at lunchtime.

I'll have to check with the guy about how much he's willing to spend, since it's my gift. (He can barely boil water, so I don't think he's cooking it for me... though I do like that advice.)

Dec 16, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Manhattan

Steak

I love a great, rare, juicy, tender steak.

I've been super broke (I'm finishing up college), so my boyfriend has kindly offered to take me out for a fabulous steak dinner for Christmas. My first thought was Peter Luger's (I've never been), but I wonder if there are any better Manhattan or Brooklyn options that won't totally empty his wallet.

I suppose he'd pay between $25-50 for one. (I hope that's not totally unrealistic).

Dec 16, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Manhattan

Good Italian Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens?

The Family Restaurant on Queens Blvd. isn't bad (and it's sort of amusing in an old-school kinda way). I second the Dee's nomination-- it's really solid, pretty and pleasant. Nick's Pizza on Ascan is a lot of folks' favorite and it's pretty good.

Stay away from entrees at Piu Bello, but they have nice gelato and a super kid-friendly atmosphere.

Dec 16, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs

Steak

I love a great, rare, juicy, tender steak.

I've been super broke (I'm finishing up college), so my boyfriend has kindly offered to take me out for a fabulous steak dinner for Christmas. My first thought was Peter Luger's (I've never been), but I wonder if there are any better Manhattan or Brooklyn options that won't totally empty his wallet.

I suppose he'd pay between $25-50 for one. (I hope that's not totally unrealistic).

Dec 16, 2007
lizisinflatbush in Outer Boroughs