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Microwave popcorn fail

You can consider buying a microwave popcorn bowl. Instead of using the pre-packaged popcorn, you can use bulk popcorn instead, and make whatever quantity you'd like. From my experience bulk popocorn is cheaper, plus there are fewer synthetic ingredients.

Aug 13, 2012
Shirley in General Topics

fried eggs!

I love a soft fried egg atop a bowl of ramen noodles.

Aug 17, 2011
Shirley in General Topics

Paneer Cheese

If you are ambitious, it is very easy to make. You can probably do a google search to find an easy recipe.

Fresh (or frozen if I have to) Goose? Shoreline eastern Connecticut?

check out Ekonk Hill Turkey farm in Sterling, CT. Their website says they have goose.

Dec 22, 2010
Shirley in Southern New England

Does Polish sausage come home in your luggage? What foods do?

I love traveling with food! Cured meats seem the travel the best, as I've delived pastrami and hot dogs from NY, CT and Chicago all over the world. A bit trickier, but I've also had success traveling with frozen dumplings from NY and deep dish pizza from Chicago.

If you're not checking your luggage, it's nice to have a good arsenal of soft sided coolers.... depending on how vigilant TSA is, I have gotten ice packs through security. The back up plan is to carry empty zip loc bags and go to a food vendor past security and have them fill your zip loc bag with ice cubes to keep your food chilled.

Dec 13, 2010
Shirley in General Topics

Dim Sum - Early Morning take out in Manhattan

Hi all -

I've decided to contribute dim sum to my office holiday pot luck. I work in the financial district, so Chinatown would be an easy stop on the way to the office in the morning.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good place that opens a bit on the early side, before 8:00 AM, and can accomodate take out? I'll probably order 3 or 4 orders of 3 or 4 different types of dim sum.


Dec 13, 2010
Shirley in Manhattan

Where to find membrillo (quince paste) in Connecticut?

I've found it in Fromage in Old Saybrook and the Shop Rite in New London/Waterford (on 95).

Shop Rite
1990 W Main St, Stamford, CT 06902

Nov 02, 2010
Shirley in Southern New England

ISO Sumol Portuguese beverage in CT

While visiting New Bedford, MA last year, I discovered a wonderful Portuguese soft drink called Sumol, with passionfruit being my favorite flavor.

Beyond taking another trip to New Bedford, has anyone seen this soft drink in Connecticut or Rhode Island? Preferably along the 95 corridor?

Thanks for all responses!

Oct 24, 2010
Shirley in Southern New England

ISO Friday happy hour with free food, near Grand Central

When I've had after work drinks at Centro and Naples 45, they've both offered complimentary snacks. Naples 45 serves pizza, and Centro servies olives, cheese, salami and an occasional hot hors d'oevres.

Naples 45
200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166

Apr 22, 2010
Shirley in Manhattan

How long can I store duck fat in the fridge?

Wow, that sounds good! I made yorkshire pudding with duckfat over the holidays. It was amazing!

Jan 07, 2010
Shirley in General Topics

Bottled Water Delivery

Just wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts on bottled water delivery.

I live in the Northeast (NYC and CT shoreline) and have had 5-gallon bottles of water delivered to my door for several years now. The cost of the water is $8.00 per bottle ($1.60 per gallon), and there is a $10.00 bottle deposit. The water is spring water, and not filted water.

I noticed that 1-gallon bottles of spring water at the grocery store are just under $1.00.

I do realize I'm paying a surcharge for convenience, but in a time where every penny counts, should I revert to lugging gallons back from the grocery store to have a few dollars a month?

Do other Chowhounders face this issue?

Thanks in advance for your response!

Sep 14, 2009
Shirley in General Topics

Ceramic Grills

Thanks for all the feedback. I guess I'm leaning toward the BGE because of the large fanbase. Was hoping to get more feedback on the kamados.... they're prettier.

Jul 01, 2009
Shirley in Cookware

Ceramic Grills

I've been hearing more about ceramic grills lately. It seem the Big Green Egg has garnered some popularity, but can anyone share their thoughts on the BGE versus any of the other ceramic grills available? I've heard of kamado, primo and bayou. Before I shell out a big wad of cash for one of these, I'd like to hear what the 'Hounds think.


Jun 26, 2009
Shirley in Cookware

Muffin Top Pan

Check Martha Stewart's website. She has a recipe for whoopie pies that calls for the use of muffin top pans.

May 25, 2009
Shirley in Cookware

Braun multimix

I had always owned a Braun multi-mix 4-in-1 hand mixer. It's not as strong as other hand mixers, but I like it for it's versatility and it's priced well.

I was recently looking for one to gift a friend, but was dismayed to find it is no longer available on, my go-to source for kitchen stuff. I ended up going directly on the Braun website and found they have a newer model, with two additional attachments (now a 6-in-one), but can't seem to find it available anywhere.

So, my question is two-fold. 1) Does anyone know where I can find one of these in the U.S.? 2) Can anyone provide a first hand review of this new model?



Mar 04, 2009
Shirley in Cookware

Teen Party Menu Help Please

How about a mashed potato bar? I was at a wedding recently that had one and it was really fun. You can have all kinds of toppings the kids can add to plain mashed potatoes: cheese, bacon, fried onions, sour cream, etc.

Feb 02, 2009
Shirley in General Topics

mail order pork, chicken, etc?

My favorite mail order meat Berkshire pork. If you google it, you will find several sources. My favorite is

Jun 07, 2008
Shirley in General Topics

A New Orleans Root Beer Question

Could it be Zatarains? Believe it or not, this spice/prepared foods company had it roots in root beer. I have have some Zatarains root beer extract in my pantry.

Here's a link to their product:

May 23, 2008
Shirley in General Topics

Birthday dinner in Old Lyme CT

My husband and I had dinner at the Old Lyme Inn several months ago. While the atmosphere and the service were nice, the food was nothing to write home about. It was like a throwback to 1970's French food - a lot of puff pastry, and lot of burgundy sauce over everything.

Sources for crawfish

I order from every year, and have always been satisfied. You can get as little as 5 pounds, which is enough for 1.5 people. It comes with a good spicy crawfish boil mix.

May 07, 2008
Shirley in General Topics

Forgotten foods.

I havent had a good egg foo young in a long time. I still see it occasionally on some take out menus, but I don't think the newer generation of Chinese take out places still make to good old school Chinese American fare anymore.

May 06, 2008
Shirley in General Topics

Macaroni & Cheese Party...

How about a 'toppings' bar.. maybe some tomatoes, bacon, peas, onions, etc?

Jan 25, 2008
Shirley in General Topics

Where to buy suckling pig in NYC?

I've ordered them from Esposito's which is a butcher in the west 30's.

Jan 19, 2008
Shirley in Manhattan

Decent place to grab dinner and a beer near Grand Central.....

I love Sakagura on 43rd between 2nd/3rd. For lack of a better explanation, it's like a Japanese tapas bar. They have lots of sake, but also have a decent selection of beer as well. It's also kind of covert, you enter an office building and go down the basement stairs. The black cod is a must try!

Jan 16, 2008
Shirley in Manhattan

need recipe for duck wings

I've recently discovered that you can get duck wings in Asian markets for a very resonable price. I've been experimenting with different recipes, but have am having some difficulty keeping the skin crispy.

I've marinated the wings with ginger, soy, garlic, orange juice, honey, pepper. Since there's not a lot of meat on the wings, I thought I could roast the wings and they'd be done before the honey burns too much. Unfortunately, the wings are coming out chewy instead of crispy. Should I omit the honey in the marinade and just baste with if after the wings get crispy?

Any ideas?



Dec 10, 2007
Shirley in Home Cooking

Ginza of Japan - non-sushi Japanese in Murray Hill

This take-out place opened up a few weeks ago on 2nd Ave just below 39th. There is no sushi on their menu; the menu indicates they are "homestyle" Japanese food. The appetizers include some fresh tofu salads, edamame, yakitori, shumai, etc. The rest of the menu has several options of katsu, yerkiyaki, donburi, Japanese curry, udon, grilled or sauteed meets and some interesting specials.

I ordered the following, which was delivered in about 15 minutes:

Chuka-fu Hiya Yakko (fresh tofu and cucumber w. spicy sauce) - the sauce was nothing spectacular - soy based with some chili pepper for heat. The tofu had a wonferfully soft and smooth texture. Unfortunately, it didn't really leave me wanting more.

Kuro Buta (deep fried Berkshire pork belly in katsu sauce) - this was listed under the 'special' section of the menu. When I ordered, I asked twice if the dish was indeed Berkshire pork, and received an affirmative answer both times. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I got tonkatsu made with pork belly. The breading was nice and crispy, and delicately seasoned. The meat was good with a nice layer of fat, but I don't think it was Berkshire. When I think of pork belly, I expect to have some crackly skin, but there was none.

My husband had chicken katsu. Nicely prepared, crispy, delicately seasoned, but a bit too similar to the Kuro Buta for us to appreciate it more.

The two entrees came with rice, a cabbage salad and a small miso soup. The meats were competently fried, and did not arrive greasy.

Overall, I like the idea of having something different in the neigborhood. I would say it's better than average, but I'm missing the 'wow' factor.

I'd love to hear other opinions.


Oct 30, 2007
Shirley in Manhattan

doctoring ramen soup

I keep different kinds of roast meats (duck, bbq pork, beef tendon) from Chinatown in my freezer. When making ramen, I ususally add a few pieces of meat to the boiling water, then cut back on the seasoning packet. Finish with a raw egg (which poaches in the hot broth) and add some chopped green onion on top. Comfort food!

Oct 08, 2007
Shirley in General Topics

Review - Phoenix Garden (242 E. 40th St , 212 983 6666)

I have a love/hate relationship with this place. I live nearby and order delivery on occasion. While I do enjoy the food here, I find the service extremely un-accomodating on several levels: they won't take credit cards, they will not substitute (chicken for beef, pea pods for broccoli, etc), and service is far from friendly - more indifferent than anything. Just my opinion.


Aug 18, 2007
Shirley in Manhattan

Delicious Chinese Restaurant in CT?

Being a Chinese American, I found the Chinese place in Foxwoods is surpisingly good.

I've had roast duck noodle soup and a side of Chinese broccoli and found them to be very authentic. Asians tend to be big gamblers, and I've discovered many casinos have little noodle/congee stands that are very good.

Having said this, I've read some negative reviews of this place too. I think they try to be too many things to too many people by offering a broader array of pan-Asian items, that they don't prepare as well.


live king crab?

I recall seeing live king crab at Oriental Garden last year around this time (I think the season starts in August). They were displayed in tanks in the front window

My two questions: Has anyone seen them recently? And, has anyone had them. If so, please report.


Aug 16, 2007
Shirley in Manhattan