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Interesting new list of America's best food cities.

No Charleston SC? That just doesnt seem right.

Mar 22, 2015
Diane in Bexley in San Diego

Potatoes for Passover

Saw an olive oil potato gratin on Cooks Illustrated TV show which had no dairy. Looked yummy. Planning to find recipe and serve it with brisket.

Mar 22, 2015
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Freeze meringue shells?

Trying to get a jump on Passover as I have to work Fri 4-3 till midafternoon. Can I make individual meringue shells ahead and freeze them? Planning ti fill with berries and too with lemon curd. If not, any other make ahead Passover dessert ideas? Thanks!

Mar 22, 2015
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Calling Columbus, Ohio Food Trucks

Would like to arrange corporate lunch/food truck celebration for Friday March 27 from 11 - 1:30 p.m. for 200 people in Arena District. Looking to pick up the tab in connection with project culmination/celebration.

Not sure how to go about arranging this - if you are food truck vendor, or know of one who might be interested, please post your interest here and how to contact you. Thanks! Diane in Bexley

Mar 16, 2015
Diane in Bexley in Great Lakes

Gaslight560 - anyone been here? Review/comments?

Wow, lots to think about here. We will be a party of 12. The noise issue is very disconcerting as we would like to hear one another. And we will have a 3 year old with us (early dinner) who might be frightened if its really noisy.

Not adventerous eaters, but the menu seemed to have fish/seafood, chicken and beef options for everyone to find something they would eat. The parking would be a plus, as some are coming in from 'burbs and some will cab it from Copley Square area.

We wanted to stay under $30/entree for this evening as we are dining together several nights in a row and going to other places (Davio comes to mind). Would love resto in North End, but worried about size of party (12) and one is gluten-free eater. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

Gaslight560 - anyone been here? Review/comments?


We have received a suggestion to host a dinner (we are from out of town) at this place. Anyone been here? We are looking for good food, good atmosphere, not too high a price (we will have other $$$$ dinners) during midweek in May. Any information would be helpful, thanks!

What is your favourite thing to do with a chuck steak?

Great for Hungarian beef rice stew.

Season 3-4 lbs. chuck steak meat with salt, pepper, garlic and lots of paprika (Szeged - Hungarian paprika). Cut into 1-2 in chunks. Brown in one layer in a couple T of canola or olive oil until good and brown (not burnt) on all sides. Brown 2-3 large onions cut into half moons until carmelized, add a little s&p.

In stew pot, place beef, onion, 1-2 bay leaves, 1 cup red wine and 1 cup beef stock. Simmer gently for 1 1/2 hours. Add 1 cup white rice and stir well. Simmer covered another 20-25 min until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Just before serving, add 1/2 to 1 cup sour cream, stir well. DO NOT boil after sour cream is added, just cook long enough to heat sour cream.

Optional, you can add 1 diced red & 1 diced pepper sauteed first, 1 cup mushrooms, sliced and browned.

Freezes great.

Jan 13, 2015
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Graduation dinner/May 2015

Will need restaurant dinner rec for about 12-15 people for Thurs May 28. Graduation is in Cambridge (Harvard) and we are staying at the Boston Park Plaza. Looking for wide variety, one member is gluten-free, one wants steak/prime rib, could be Italian, French, American. Tablecloth dining and reservation required. We are out of town. Want a memorable experience. Graduate doesn't know from $$$ restaurants. Thanks!

Cranberry Orange Walnut Scone or Muffin recipe wanted

Have tried Joy of Cooking recipe, not working out, too dry, not enough fruit or nuts. Want to use real cranberries, not dried. Have tried OJ, buttermilk and milk for liquid. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Dec 06, 2014
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Baking/Cake substitution question please?

I want to make this cake in a couple weeks for Passover. It calls for walnuts, but I have a big bag of whole shelled almonds in the freezer. Do you think I can just grind up the almonds and substitute them for the walnuts? Thanks!

Passover Chocolate Walnut Cake

For the cake:
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
1/2 cup matzo cake meal, plus extra, for flouring the pan
8 ounces semisweet chocolate
5 eggs
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
7 ounces (about 2 1/3 cups) finely ground walnuts
For the frosting:
1/2 cup egg whites (from about 4 eggs)
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 teaspoons cold brewed coffee
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a 10-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with waxed or parchment paper. Flour the sides of the pan with matzo cake meal.

In the top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate together, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), whip the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar until very light and fluffy. Fold in the hot chocolate mixture.

In a small bowl, mix the matzo meal and ground walnuts. Fold into the chocolate-egg mixture. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until firm and dry on the top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean (a few crumbs are OK), about 35 to 40 minutes.

Let cool 20 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a rack and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a serving plate and refrigerate 1 hour.

Meanwhile, make the frosting: In the top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, whisk the egg whites and sugar together until the mixture is very hot and the sugar has dissolved somewhat. Remove from the heat and whip the mixture in a mixer (or using a hand mixer) until cooled, smooth, and fluffy. Add the butter and whip until smooth; the mixture might look broken at this point, but keep whipping and it will smooth out.

Drizzle in the melted chocolate and coffee, and whip until smooth and fluffy. Using a flexible spatula, frost the chilled cake on the top and sides.

Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 24 hours. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before serving.

Apr 02, 2014
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Need new set of pots & pans - suggestions?

My set of Circulon pots and pans is probably about 15-18 years old. They need to be replaced, there are marks on the bottom from scraping with metallic tools and just good old wear & tear. Back in the day when I cooked for 4 people every night, I had a huge assortment, but now there's just me. Looking for 10 or 12 piece set that will work with ceramic cooktop range. Need not be too heavy, I have arthritis. I do love to cook and make lots of soup, stews, etc. Gave away all my Le Creuset, can't lift it (LOL). Often have people over, so range to table serving would be nice. Suggestions for brand names please? Thanks!

Feb 15, 2014
Diane in Bexley in Cookware

Candy recipes wanted using sweetened, condensed milk?

In cleaning out the pantry, found 2 -14 oz cans of sweetened, condensed milk. Have lots of chocolate (milk and semi-sweet), nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts), candied cherries, assortment of liquers. Looking for recipe for young adults to make candy with during holiday for dessert. Thanks in advance, happy holidays!

Dec 21, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Abbreviated Feast of the Seven Fishes Menu

Give in to the wife, it could be a lot worse. She could be asking for Chicken of the Sea a la Jessica Simpson!

Dec 19, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Help with party menu (heavy hors d'oeuvres) - need make ahead items!

What about a side of salmon made into gravlax? You won't believe how easy it is - takes about 5 min to prep. Basically, you sprinkle the salmon with vodka, make a combo of coarse salt, sugar (white or brown). some coarsely ground pepper and put that on top. Spread lots of fresh dill. Cut the salmon in half and place flesh side out, wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place flat in your fridge on container, weighted. Turn once a day for 3-5 days in advance. Slice thinly on bias with good crackers, some mustard sauce and capers. Very elegant, people will think you fussed and it's a no-brainer. Costco is the best price on whole sides of salmon by me. Good luck!

Suggestions for wild rice and brown rice side dish

We are having a capon for the holiday. DD wants brown rice and I want to put some wild rice in it to make it festive. Any suggestions for side dish recipe? Was thinking of adding some kind of nuts (pecans? almonds?) and perhaps some currants or clementine segments?

In addition to capon, we will be having roasted butternut squash soup roasted Brussels sprouts, and vanilla poached pears with chocolate sauce (need gluten free dessert). Thanks in advance for your rice receipes!

Dec 18, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Do I really need to brine the turkey?

Do you have access to a kosher turkey? A kosher turkey is soaked in salt water (is the light bulb going on?), so in essence it is already brined when you buy it.

Oct 22, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Beef Stew

Find a 7-bone chuck roast, cut the meat off the bones, cut into cubes of the size you desire. Keep the bones and brown them with the meat. Personally, I find chuck meat just perfect for stew.

As mentioned, if you are concerned with fat, prepare the stew in advance, let it cool in fridge, and skim off the fat before re-heating and serving.

Your best dinner recipe involving limes, please

Citrus Marinated Chicken

1 whole fryer, cut into 8 pieces
1 med onion, diced
1 lime, rind grated and juiced
1 lemon, rind grated, and juiced
1 orange, rind grated, and juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 T freshly grated ginger

Season chicken with s & p, garlic if desired. Combine remaining ingredients in 9X13 casserole dish, Add chicken, coat well. Dover and marinate in fridge for minimum 3 hours, or overnight.

Preheat broiler or grill slowly drizzling marinade over chicken as needed to keep it moist. Boil any remaining marinade for 5 minutes, serve in sauce boat. Serve with rice and salad. You can garnish with supremes of orange, if desired.

Oct 22, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

North Shore recommendations needed, please

Thanks but Barrington is about 45 min from HP and Deerfield, if we are going to travel that far, we might as well go into the city.

Oct 16, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Chicago Area

Tips on how to roast a Large Chicken (8 lbs)

I agree. Take out the backbone and wing tips and save them in a plastic bag, until you have enough for soup. I roast the bird skin side down for 50% of estimated time, then turn over. If you have a convection oven, turn it to convection roast (upper oven burner is on) (as opposed to convection bake - lower oven burner is hot)when you turn bird skin side up so skin will get crispy.

Oct 14, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

What to make when you have a newborn...

Well, that opens up a lot of possibilities. I would suggest a big vat of chicken broth made with chicken meat & bones, onion, celery, parsnip, parsley and any other veggies. My ratio is 1 lb. chicken meat to 1 quart water. Very easy - throw it all in large soup pot, Make sure you start with cold water, some kosher salt and whole peppercorns. Bring to boil, skim off scum, and let simmer partially covered for 3-4 hours. Discard solids, skim off chicken fat and store in quart size containers, in fridge for about a week, in freezer for ever.

You can use chicken broth as starter for SO many things - base for bechamel sauce for chicken tettrazini. So forget the cheese and top with panko crumbs for crunchiness.

You can make variety of soups, matzo ball, noodle, won ton, corn chowder, butternut squash, acorn squash. Let me know if you need recipes.

You can make chicken crepes, chicken enchiladas, chicken hash. These all freeze well.

For meat, you can make a ton of different kinds of stews, paprikas, stuffed cabbage rolls, all freeze really well. As another poster says, the steps can all be done slowly with rest (baby) breaks in between.

For cheese - vegetable lasagna, manicotti, blintzes,

Again, let me know if you need recipes. Good Luck!

Oct 01, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

North Shore recommendations needed, please

We will be visiting on the North Shore (Deerfield/Highland Park/Northbrook) around Thanksgiving time. Looking for nice restaurants to connect with former friends and neighbors. Haven't been back to this area in about 7 years. Used to eat at Walker Bros Pancake House, Country Kitchen, Stash's, Max's, Max & Benny's, nicer places for dinner. Looking for places to suggest for lunch and dinner. Thanks!

Oct 01, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Chicago Area

What to make when you have a newborn...

Guessing that you keep kosher or are vegetarian? Which is it because I have casserole recipes that have meat that will freeze well but they contain meat OR cheese, not necessarily both. Please advise if you DO eat meat or cheese, understand you don't eat them together.

Soups work really well, can be made in big vats, frozen in quart size containers, re-heat really well and with good bread can be a meal.

Oct 01, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Strip Loin Roast cooking suggestions?

So, the meat market I frequent has strip loin on sale for $4.25/lb. I am having 10 people for dinner on Sunday and was planning to do a roast. How many pounds should I allow for the roast? Suggestions for a dry rub to marinate overnight? I am thinking to cook it low and slow (around 250), similar to prime rib - is that a good strategy? If not, other suggestions for cooking?

I am thinking to serve this with a big salad, homemade au gratin potatoes, creamed spinach and hot yeast rolls. Sound good? I don't have a lot of time to fuss on Sunday so I thought I could make the creamed spinach and au gratin casserole on Saturday. Any other thoughts?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Sep 13, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

need (real) pimento cheese recipe

I like to add a little chipotle pepper in adobo sauce to crank up the spice.

Sep 09, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Need dessert recipe for tonight, please help

This sounds good too! I only have light corn syrup, think that would work?

Aug 09, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Need dessert recipe for tonight, please help

Well, this came up at the last minute this morning, so I am pulling stuff from the fridge/freezer:

Cold artichokes with sour cream/may dill sauce (luckily I have 4 brought at Costco - steamed them up last night!)
Baked sirloin steak (sauce with tomato, lemon juice, Lea & Perrins, some butter over steak and lots of sauteed onions)
hash brown casserole with sour cream, onion, peppers and cheese
Roasted brussels sprouts with EVOO and lemon juice

Aug 09, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Need dessert recipe for tonight, please help

Yum, that sounds divine. No vanilla ice cream, but got some mocha chip, think that would be great as well. Got a recipe?

Aug 09, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Need dessert recipe for tonight, please help

Thanks, but I wanted something a little fancier than choc chip cookies. Do you think I could do this in a 9X13 pan and cut into bars?

Aug 09, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Home Cooking

Tulipan Bakery - Wooster, Ohio - anyone been?

Heard about this Hungarian bakery in Wooster. Thinking about take a day trip to Amish country and stopping in. Anyone been there? If so, what pastries do you recommend? Thanks!

Aug 09, 2013
Diane in Bexley in Great Lakes