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Caviar by Internet? -- suggestions please

I found Seattle Caviar Company www.caviar.com and ordered what appears to be a great product at a good value - their customer service followed up very quickly up to clarify my shipping request and answered questions immediately. So far, without having yet received the goods, I recommend. Thanks, everyone for the recommendations!

Dec 17, 2012
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Caviar by Internet? -- suggestions please

Hi, all. Planning a romantic dinner for 2 for NYE this year instead of the usual big loud party thing. I want caviar (!!) and have heard that there are some highly reputable sources of purchasing on line (shipped overnight on ice). Any suggestions? thank you. :)

Dec 10, 2012
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Persipan - where to find?

I hesitated to go w/ fondant b/c i need so very little of it. If I make it (PITA if you ask me..) or buy it, I will end up with so much. Thinking I will go the fake marzipan recipe route... Meanwhile, this kid would be just as happy with a mound of gumdrops!

Jul 12, 2012
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Persipan - where to find?

Thanks so much for this -- I did see some recipes akin to this and will likely end up using.

Jul 12, 2012
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Persipan - where to find?

I am looking for persipan, the poor man's (nut-free) marzipan (often a substitute for marzipan) made from apricot or peach kernals instead of almonds. Does anyone have any clue where I might locate it in the states? It's all over Germany, but I am looking for mail order and am surprised to find none on the internet.

For the curious - i need it to make little sheep heads on cupcakes for a tree-nut allergic kid.

I could make my own substitute for marzipan, but the recipe I found on line involved corn syrup, shortening and instant custard powder. Uh, no thanks.

Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

Jul 11, 2012
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Dry aging beef tenderloin - did I ruin Christmas dinner?

rainey is right on. take a sharp knife and shave the thinnest layer of dry beef possible. proceed.

Dec 24, 2011
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Stuffing made in a muffin pan?

Got it. Thanks, John E! My hubby will my stuffing guinea pig.

Nov 09, 2011
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Stuffing made in a muffin pan?

do you add any extra liquid or just your usual recipe in a muffin tin? i suppose the cooking time will drastically be reduced - but i can eyeball it.

Nov 09, 2011
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Best Italian Restaurant in Little Italy or Fells Point

lawhound! i completely forgot about cinghiale. it is wonderful, i agree. BUT if someone is going for a more "little italy" type of experience -- you know, smaller, more neighborhoody kind of place, this is definitely not it. no question the food and service is excellent, but it's also a "beautiful people" type of place.

Nov 09, 2011
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Stuffing made in a muffin pan?

i'd love to say it was my idea, but it ain't. i really think we need a "like" button...

Nov 09, 2011
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Your most requested recipe from Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners

jen kalb - i pinch off the stems and leave them intact. simple.

Nov 09, 2011
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Cappuccino after dinner? A-ok or a no-no for "authentic" Italian dining?

gembellina - so funny. i had the same exact thought. when have i ever had a wonderful meal after which i thought, "gee, wiz, i'd like nothing more than a belly full of milk right about now." ???

Nov 09, 2011
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Cappuccino after dinner? A-ok or a no-no for "authentic" Italian dining?

no - northern jersey

Nov 09, 2011
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Best Italian Restaurant in Little Italy or Fells Point

Sotto Sopra is good, I agree, but Aldo's (on HIgh Street in the heart of Little Italy) is a very elegant and superb dining experience. I prefer it.

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Sotto Sopra Restaurant
405 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Nov 09, 2011
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STUFFING MUFFINS - anyone tried something like this?

Hi, Tom P - I posted a similar question at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/816478 Someone kindly posted a NYT recipe. I am thinking of doing it this year too.

Nov 08, 2011
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One night in Princeton

Nursemegg - i have been there and agree it's lovely! I had the chilled seafood salad for lunch and it was really quite good.

Nov 08, 2011
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Cappuccino after dinner? A-ok or a no-no for "authentic" Italian dining?

Yes, but not since i was too young to notice or give a hoot. :)

Nov 08, 2011
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Cappuccino after dinner? A-ok or a no-no for "authentic" Italian dining?

I'm sure that's true to some extent, but last night I was offered a cap by the waiter. Just wondering what is "real" - as far as whether that's typical in Italy or whether it's considered a breakfast drink.

Nov 08, 2011
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Cappuccino after dinner? A-ok or a no-no for "authentic" Italian dining?

I was always taught that cappuccino is a breakfast drink,but I keep finding that Italian restaurants, even high end white tablecloth establishments, serve cappuccino after dinner. Do folks in Rome cap off a meal of bolognese and broccoli rabe with cappuccino? Or is this an instance of Americanization of foreign foods?

Nov 08, 2011
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Stuffing made in a muffin pan?

Awesome, thanks! Looks like I can easily convert my usual recipe to make it work - plus I'm sure my hubby wouldn't mind being a guinea pig this weekend!

Nov 07, 2011
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Stuffing made in a muffin pan?

Anybody ever done this for Tday? Does it work or come out too dry? Do you add more liquid to compensate? I like the idea of more crunchy per serving and it might be a cute and easy presentation for the family (including kids).

Nov 07, 2011
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Down with the mashed. Up with the galette. Heresy or a welcome revolution?

Really and they don't get gluey?

Nov 07, 2011
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One night in Princeton

Thank you so much, everyone - and thanks so much, BigGeorge, for the train station clarification!

Nov 07, 2011
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What Are Your Irrefutable Food Rules? [moved from Not About Food]

Me too!

Nov 07, 2011
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One night in Princeton

I'm in New Brunswick for two nights for work. I will be able to get to Princeton for one of them. I love all food. I'm looking for dinner ideas. Suggestions welcome! Also, anyone know whether I would be able to walk or taxi from the train station?

Nov 07, 2011
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Your most requested recipe from Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners

Wow! Thanks so much!

Nov 07, 2011
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Your most requested recipe from Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners

I've been looking for a make ahead mash recipe. Will you pls share?

Nov 07, 2011
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Your most requested recipe from Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners

I never thought of using frozen pearl onions. Genius.

Nov 07, 2011
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What goes with Pistachio Gelato

My spoon.

Nov 07, 2011
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Your most requested recipe from Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners

Here is the original recipe. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ca...

I used dried black mission figs in place of the prunes. I buy chestnuts and roast and peel them. The recipe also requires tinkering for the caramelization. I let the onions caramelize for considerably longer than the 30 minutes suggested in the recipe, adding more butter and cognac as my instinct tells me to add. A pat here, a splash there. I also make this the day before Tday and reheat gently in the oven. Take care not to heat (or reheat) on too high a stove or oven temp - the sauce will break. One year, I could not find cipollines, so used a combo of shallots and pearl onions with success. Enjoy!

Nov 03, 2011
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