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Slow cooking pasta? On stove top NOT in slow cooker!

Sorry I did not respond sooner to the recipe from small h.

This sounds FABULOUS! Thank you so much for posting. Yum!

Mar 13, 2010
BratleFoodie in Home Cooking

Slow cooking pasta? On stove top NOT in slow cooker!

I once had a marvelous meal when wide noodles and a bunch of other stuff were cooked by slowly adding small amounts of water/broth at a time, for much longer than the normal boiling water pasta time. Constant stirring, like risotto.

What might this kind of method be called? I want to google and get recipes, because that was so good I sometimes remember it out of the blue...

Feb 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in Home Cooking

Asaphoetida resin?

Weird that compounded stuff would be so hard. Usually it comes in powdered form, only 30% of asaphoetida in it. Give a micro-grater a try. The tool also is great for grating cheese!

p.s. Is your last name Hewat? Or are you "The Wat" as a handle. I ask because my last name is only one letter off!

Feb 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in Home Cooking

Asaphoetida resin?

Thanks for the tip!

Apparently, you whack the stuff with a hammer, or use a micro-grater, which sounds more sensible to me. It melts into the hot oil you are cooking with. And tastes better supposedly. I am dying to see if this is true or not!

Feb 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in Home Cooking

The Best Dried Pasta.

I love DeCecco! Their small shells and penette are total favorite shapes for me. I also like their whole wheat penne.

But, for lasagne, I use Brailla no-boil noodles, or Hanafords no-boil (New England company) but I have heard that you can actually use regular lasagne noodles in a no-boil method too, so then It would be looking at Bionaturae, DeCecco.

I am so boring, I should experiment more and start finding those bronze-cut items. A great thread here!

Feb 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in General Topics

Asaphoetida resin?

Hi all,

Not sure if this is the right Chowhound forum to post in - apologies if it isn't!

Anyway, I am going nuts trying to find asaphoetida resin NOT powder. Every time I do a web search I end up at an Indian wholesale place in India, and then there was the place somewhere that was using the stuff for "Magicks" and selling black candles and well I want to avoid getting on their emailing list! It's been compounded powder the whole time.

Is there a store in Manhattan that actually sells the resin? I've checked out Kalustyans without luck. I keep hearing that the resin really is so much better in food, and I love the powder enough to make me want the resin!

Many thanks for your help in advance.

Feb 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in Home Cooking

Gender Bending in Restaurant Restrooms

Totally acceptable if we are talking about single rooms. Unisex. Learn to KNOCK ON THE DOOR. Oh, and lock the door after you enter.

I seriously don't see why this simple solution is a problem?

Feb 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in Features

Mango Pudding

Puppimus,

I am certainly no expert, but thick canned coconut milk is going to be similar to mango puree I would think. And the gelatin (or veggie alternative to gelatin) is all that is needed to bind the mixture.

Quill, I am not a huge fan generally of condensed skim milk. Not really close to cream. What about half and half? Maybe a little extra gelatin or some other tasteless thickener would help? Sounds like you are going to have fun experimenting.

Happy cooking!

Feb 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in Recipes

The Four Worst Restaurant Etiquette Gaffes

Hey Iowastate, no worries here. Yes it is a huge tip, and maybe you should tell the waiter that you had hard days in the past. it might make it easier for the next person who just tips normally.

I once waited a table where the guy was clearly trying to impress the group. Bill was somewhere around $300 for them all. He paid in almost all ones and fives (a few tens). The size of the wad was humongous, and I wondered where the heck he had been hiding it. But he paid, low tip though.

Feb 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in Features

Mayan food?

I did a search for Mayan food here and got nothing. I know about Maya restaurant, but I was wondering about real Mayan without the real millions of dollars needed there.

I am willing to travel, but only via subway and not into truly sketchy areas -- woman alone.

Any info much appreciated!

Jan 28, 2010
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

Sushi for dinner, UES or UWS, not too pricey

Oh very unhappy noises coming from me! Now where can I get truly tasty (I've been looking) veggie gyoza and crispy light tempura within delivery radius of Hunter College?!?

Despite the bad news, thank you for sharing the info -- you are a very generous poster here.

Dec 15, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

Sushi for dinner, UES or UWS, not too pricey

As I am a vegetarian, I should probably not be responding here... :-)

But, up on Madison in the 90s is Sachi. I adore their veggie tempura (not soggy the last time I had it) and their veggie gyoza, and they are convenient to some of the uptown museums.

They have a sushi bar, and if anyone posting here can say if it is a decent one, I have a feeling that the price-point is right for the OP. My sushi loving dad has been perfectly happy here in the past, but hey, none of my family have ever been sushi hounds so what can I say?

No matter what, Happy New Year OP!

Dec 15, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

Winter CSA in Western Mass

No idea if this is of help, but if you come to the Brattleboro farmer's market on Saturday, you can ask the various organic farmers there. Even if they don't do a winter CSA, I bet you they will know who might! And the market is fab -- some excellent Thai (not Anon's) and fun African foods, plus more. Come hungry!

Ideas for birthday dinner with several seafood, healthy options? Midtown pref.

I just recommended Alcala above. Spanish, lovely, excellent at 342 East 46th St.

Oct 16, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

Midtown East Recommendations

I had a marvelous birthday party at Alcala, 342 East 46th St. It is Spanish, lots of tapas, lovely atmosphere! Very nice people there.

Enjoy!

Oct 16, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

We Ate New York and LOVE IT!

Dang. I'm veggie and you make me want to chow big beefy! LOL! Seriously, it is enthusiasm like this that makes me come back to this site. Thank you for sharing the joy. That is what great food, no matter what you eat, is all about. Happy smiles and appreciation.

Indeed, come back to the city soon. Your reviews will be very welcome. As will you.

Oct 15, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

vegetarian friendly restaurant needed in Midtown East (high 40s/50s)-not too $$$, not salad bar

Also on 58th is Chola, with a lovely buffet ($14?) that includes southern Indian items, which is not as usual as the normal Indian restaurant. Very fresh, and delicious! I love this place.

The whole 58th st. block is India Uptown, so you can browse. But yes, my vaves are Chola and Dawat. I think Chola is more Veggie friendly, and with less common dishes than the norm.

In the 70s are the two Candle places, but that is out of your stated area.

Oct 15, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

Camden to Brat Vt: Veg friendly but Special Food that does lunch? (money no object)

Hi all,

I spent some time searching the site but must not use the right search terms,, because I am still at a loss.

I am going this Tuesday the 13th from Camden, ME to Brattleboro, VT. It is a 5 1/2 to 6 hour trip and I would love to stop along the way for a sustaining meal and a leg stretch.

I am a vegetarian (not vegan) and have no problem if a steak house has this side of paradise's spinach souffle. I am happy to do a bit of a scenic route, in fact avoiding zoom-roads is fine.

Any thoughts? This is a one-shot for the time being, so I want to go to the best spot for just plain fabulous lunch. Dinner is not an option, as I have some issues with night driving.

Any suggestions more than welcome!

Favorite Vermont Cheese

I used to love a proper fresh Buffalo mozzarella that I could get at the Brattleboro Food Coop. Turns out the price suddenly doubled, the item got unstocked, and I can't find it anywhere now. Do any of you know the scoop here? Is it still made? Where sold? Any advice welcome. It was made in Vermont, that much I know.

Real fresh 'Buffo Mozz' with heirloom tomatoes and basil in the summer is something I will pay twice and travel for. Gummy Mozz is the norm and it makes me mad.

Searching for a great Thanksgiving Dinner in Western Mass or Southern Vermont

Good point Dedicated Fresser regarding locale. Putney Inn is right off the Interstate, so even though you don't notice while eating, it is a bummer to walk out after a nice meal and not see typical New England buildings and all that stuff.

I bet there is something nestled up in the Hill Country. I just don't know what.

Throwing a party! Need to stock up on wine. What should we get?

If you were picnicing, I would plump for the unbreakable one liter box wine "Bandit."

I know, I know. But this is a wine under ten bucks that offers a safe package and a really quite decent Pinot Grigio (I am not a huge fan of their Chardonnay, on the other hand). Right now it is one of my cheap house wines of choice.

Of course, I am impressed that no one on this board asked if they could come to the party! It sounds like a good time, considering how much care the host is giving to preparations. Lucky guests!

Help! Stockbridge Lunch, 11 yr boy, + a Veggie

Thank you all so much for the help! I am looking forward to a lovely day, and will surely eat well with your advice.

Help! Stockbridge Lunch, 11 yr boy, + a Veggie

Hi all,

I'm meeting a friend for lunch June 25th in Stockbridge, and need a place where an 11 year old boy and a vegetarian (me) could manage to find food. The boy spends summers in France, so is perhaps able to go beyond PB&J.

When I searched the Board, these are names that stood out to me, but I don't know if all of them do lunch. Perhaps I needed to ask the search engine in a different manner.

If these do not do lunch, do you have any suggestions? Any ethnicity is fine. Many thanks!

Viva
Rouge
Once Upon a Table
Elm Street Market
Red Lion Inn

date #2, UES near 2nd Ave/88th

There is Per Ella (sp?) on Lex bet 89/90 which is Turkish and very tasty. Has good stuff for veggie types. Also, further uptown is Cambodian Cuisine on 3rd or 2nd (I can't remember specific address, but it is close enough I think). I assume it is still open. Also very nice.

Have fun no matter where you end up!

May 12, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

SF hound needs grocery help

I'd schlepp out to the Union Square farmer's market. You can grab the bus back west on 14th street after stocking up on all manner of foods!

Apr 18, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

Looking for Sunday Lunch/Brunch near or South of Jewish Museum

I like Sachi on Madison bet 94/95th. I know it is two block north, but I have had wonderful veggie tempura there, and I love their veggie gyoza!

Vico has worked for my older folks -- on Madison bet 91/92. Family friendly. Cash or cheque ONLY. Great fish specials.

Also Pain Quotidien south of 86th on east side of Madison. Communal table, family friendly.

Apr 13, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

suggestion for good road food on Rt 91 in Vermont from the Mass. border to White River Junction, Vt.?

If one is getting off at Brattleboro, I think the deli at the food Co-op is better (and cheaper) that Vermont Country deli. It is always fascinating to see that almost every single car at the country deli is from out of state -- seems like the locals avoid it... But yes, it is easy on/off and they do have some nice items.

Another fun option in season is the farmer's market on Saturdays starting in May. Just a little farther down the road from the Country Deli and with a myriad of options, from African to Thai (go to the small Thai place, not Anon's). A really fun time!

Restaurants for elderly NYC visitors

Ah, perhaps this is why my folks go for dinner at Vico's so rarely, and stick to lunch! It's cheaper! ;-)

Square Meal now has a liquor license. The one time I went there was before that event, and found that while the food was fine, the food took forever to arrive despite the place really not being full. We were starving without a glass of wine after tromping through a museum, which can make for crankiness. And the OP mentioned stairs, of which they have four or something. I should chek the place out again.

Sounds especially like it is time to check out Paola's -- thanks for the tip!

Apr 09, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

Great Cheap Eats for Weekend in Manhattan

I guess my taste buds (intestines) are different -- I am not in search of blowing the top of my head off with spice. For some reason, I am less able to eat spice than I was. And I guess I haven't found it too salty. But I really do like Pukk, and getting the cheap lunch deal is indeed a cheap eat. Great eats, well, one has to make one's own choice.

Apr 09, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan

Nice problem, but still

Aieee! My bad! I meant Thai -- Sripraphai in Woodside. Sorry about that -- I'm having to move out of my house due to storm damage repairs and am clearly not focusing on my foodie duties properly.

Apr 09, 2009
BratleFoodie in Manhattan