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Anchovies -- place w/ best prices for jars of them?

The Fairway in Nanuet sells them for a good price; perhaps the one in NYC does as well.

Mar 18, 2015
DGresh in Manhattan

Best New Restaurant = Worst new show

I have a pretty high tolerance for these sorts of shows, but I quit watching after a couple of episodes. Boring.

Mar 16, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

Tried sous vide for the first time - not blown away

I've made this a couple of times and been very happy; of course it's a nice cut of beef to begin with, but this makes it easy not to "screw up"

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/se...

Mar 13, 2015
DGresh in Home Cooking

Non-Cook: Where to Start?

That's a great suggestion. Whenever I'm searching for a particular recipe online, and one of hers pops up, that's my first choice. They turn out well and are generally straightforward.

Mar 13, 2015
DGresh in Home Cooking

Non-Cook: Where to Start?

Roast chicken and salad would be my starting point as well. And if you get tired of salad, steamed broccoli, roasted brussel sprouts or asparagus, sauteed carrots, cabbage slaw.... tons of easy vegetable sides. Steamed rice or pasta or couscous or quinoa are ridiculously easy to make. Roasted red potatoes. You can put together a simple homemade meal with no effort at all; then you can start to branch out as you get comfortable.

To the OP, what do you usually eat when you go out? I imagine you eat that because you like it? If so, maybe try to reproduce one of your favorites. If you give us more details, we'll try to steer you.

Mar 13, 2015
DGresh in Home Cooking

Fair amount of tip at a restaurant

If those things are happening, they are illegal. That's a whole different bucket of worms, and not particularly relevant to the discussion.

Mar 12, 2015
DGresh in Not About Food

Fair amount of tip at a restaurant

"She gets less than what the dishwasher gets."

You are incorrect. Her minimum is exactly the same. (Of course she may well be making more) You're the one who isn't "getting it".

Mar 12, 2015
DGresh in Not About Food

Fair amount of tip at a restaurant

What that first video left out is that if the tips do not end up equaling (when combined with the tipped minimum wage) the FEDERAL minimum wage (which is what that clerk at Walmart gets) then the employer is required to make up the difference. The minimum is THE SAME. The only difference is potentially where the money is coming from.

Mar 12, 2015
DGresh in Not About Food

Uses for bonito and kelp after making dashi?

What is your favorite use for your extra special dashi?

Mar 11, 2015
DGresh in Home Cooking

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

She *was* incredibly charming. I have kids just a bit older than her, and I just wanted to pinch her cheeks. She was very natural.

Mar 08, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

was that the pancake thing? That just did not seem like a fabulous idea to me.

In the Times today they mentioned a recipe getting stolen from a bake shop. The item that they are famous for looked sort of like those Breton laminated pastries they did (Kouign-amann): http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/07/us/...

Mar 07, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

I am making Luis' apple cake from earlier in the season today as my son is home from college and I have an excuse to make dessert :). Reading the recipe I can just hear the show, with all the talk about a "proooving drawer" !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/app...

Mar 07, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

westchester bagels is their a good one out there?

Brings back memories. I worked the record department at korvettes (in jersey) as a teenager. I loved it because it was BUSY and the time flew.

Slow-Cured Corned Beef

Agree on the comment about the weight of salt. I have Diamond crystal kosher, so instead of saying "measuring by volume can be tricky" how 'bout saying "use this weight of salt"? I did some googling to find a conversion factor for my salt.

Mar 05, 2015
DGresh in Recipes

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

Making something that is already completely off the table is a bit passive-aggressive, no? I guess I am very lucky. Early in our marriage we were very egalitarian. We alternated cooking each day. About three weeks later I realized that DH had only two items in his repertoire, so I said, "how 'bout if I take over dinner?" That was 25 years ago and it has worked well for us. But he knows better than to ever complain about what's for dinner! Of course if he particularly says "this is great" it comes back, but more or less, I'm in charge. I'm lucky he's not at all picky.

Mar 03, 2015
DGresh in Not About Food

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

My PBS did the same, though I've been watching them all online anyway, as they are always a week "behind" on the air. But I'm always happy to watch at least some of "last week's episode" at 4 pm on Sunday.

I was disappointed with the outcome, but I could find no fault with the judging, at least as shown. Those three final showstoppers were amazing. And I think the winner earned it.

Mar 03, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

While I was the type of mom who made dinner at home more or less every night of the week, for lunches my daughter got PB&J, frozen tortellini or pasta with sauce, Campbell's tomato soup sometimes, and the occasional hot dog. For a third grade school project on "my family" she wrote: "My mom is a good cook. The best things she makes are tomato soup and hot dogs".

Mar 02, 2015
DGresh in Not About Food

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

yes, I think that's right. And if he says "I don't want what you're cooking, I'll cook my own" what are you going to do? I guess if I was fair minded, the OP is more or less saying the same thing. If both were amenable, maybe alternating days, with no complaints allowed :) would lead to a long term benefit (at least in terms of work!)

Mar 02, 2015
DGresh in Not About Food

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

When I was pregnant, a Virgin Mary (extra spicy) was my cocktail of choice. You hardly notice the lack of alcohol.

Mar 02, 2015
DGresh in General Topics

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

If the OP's husband is willing to cook his own food I'm not sure what you can do about it. This is a case of there not being the single "designated household chef". But my kids were eating the same food as us starting at about 11 months. For lunch sure they had simple things like PB & J or tomato soup, but dinner was a single family meal.

Mar 02, 2015
DGresh in Not About Food

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Fancy non-alcohol cocktails are becoming very popular; I'd just try googling for some unusual things; this set looked interesting: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/sli...

Feb 28, 2015
DGresh in General Topics
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My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

Yes, as others have said, that processed food is VERY appealing, and generally doesn't become LESS appealing with more exposure to it! Fortunately I didn't have the husband problem to deal with, so one-single-family-meal was all we ever had. And it was 99% home cooked and 50% "somewhat exotic". And I double agree with not letting your DH poison the air with his thoughts about your food.

Feb 26, 2015
DGresh in Not About Food
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My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

Not much you can do about your husband, but I'd encourage you not to give the kids a pass. Have them eat what *you* eat and don't let your DH tell them your stuff isn't good. As long as your DH is cooking his own food, not that much you can do about him. And if hot dogs and chicken nuggets aren't in the house, your kids will likely learn to love the good stuff.

Preserved Lemons Westchester or Lower Hudson Valley?

Got them at TJs in Hartsdale- thanks! They were even on special this week!

Yet another person looking for a good coffee solution

I don't remember other than it "died"

Feb 23, 2015
DGresh in Cookware

Yet another person looking for a good coffee solution

So I decided to get a Baratza Encore grinder, and a thermal french press carafe (32 ounces). I also got one of those little European stovetop "espresso" makers (I know it's not really espresso); I've used them in Europe and like the result.

So we'll see how this goes! Thanks for the help.

Feb 22, 2015
DGresh in Cookware
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Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

Yes, they did have beer. The menu was pretty small; perhaps 4-5 in each of the three "course" categories. One special first course and one special 3rd course in addition.

zeytinia trouble? [Croton]

Driving past the shopping center there is now a sign at the spot that Zeytinia used to be! It was snowing so I'm not sure I read it correctly but I think it said "Green State Food Market". So things are happening!

Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

My husband and I went last night. We arrived at 5:30 after a matinee opera performance in NYC, a half hour before our reservation. We weren't the first to arrive on this snowy evening. By 7:30 when we left, the place was nearly full.

We loved it. The staff was so pleasant and warm, and the food was great. It's not inexpensive, but this is food that ranks with or above our usual "treats" like Xavier's in Piermont, Valley in Garrison, or Zephs (this is much better than Zephs or Valley). We each had the special crudo appetizer which was served with a couple of unusual preparations of apple (iced, compressed, and tiny cubes). Then my husband had the pork chops which came with kidney(how often do you see that on a menu?) and I had short ribs with plums and peanuts which was amazing. We then got both desserts on the menu sent to us gratis :). The goat cheese cheesecake with lemon and toasted almonds was out of this world, and I'm not a dessert person. We each had a pre-dinner drink and we ordered a bottle of wine, so maybe that's part of the special treatment, or more likely it's because we mentioned that we live in the nearby area so they would like us to return. Which we will!

Yet another person looking for a good coffee solution

I have had a Breville YouBrew for a couple of years, and it's flaking out on me. Before that I had a Capresso for several years, before it failed. As you can guess, I do like the all-in-one grind and brew, and am happy enough with the taste of the coffee. So now I need to replace the Breville, and it seems that there is really no love anywhere for these all-in-one machines.

One reason I haven't wanted a separate grinder is that I'm only familiar with the little ones (I have one that I use for spices) and it's a pain in the butt and is rather messy. I don't want to deal with this every morning. But I imagine if I pay more (I'm willing to) I can get a grinder that I can walk away from and that will put enough grinds into a container for 4 or 5 cups of coffee that I can easily pour into a drip coffee maker (or french press, if someone wants to convince me of that). Normally I'm the only one drinking coffee, and I have two big mugs per morning (that 4 or 5 mentioned above is that fictional size of a coffee cup that most machines label). I'm willing to spend money on this solution, but am not a super coffee-geek, so I don't need to impress anyone if you know what I mean.

Feb 21, 2015
DGresh in Cookware