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Good/Bad idea?

Thanks for all the responses.
I took Nicoltette's advice and did not use the immersion blender(since I was lazy), and the roll-ups were fine. Next time, I might try the smoothing-out method, but the roll-ups were excellent without the extra step.
Thanks

Jan 12, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking
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Good/Bad idea?

Thanks!!
That makes it easier for me.

Jan 11, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Good/Bad idea?

I plan to use cottage cheese instead of ricotta in lasagna roll-ups. Should I smooth the cottage cheese chunks with my Immersion blender, or is that unnecessary?
Thanks

Jan 11, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Fish store in Greenwich Village

Thanks, all.
I totally forgot about Chelsea Market Lobster Place and the Greenmarket at Union Square. Never thought about Agata and Valentina.I often forget it's there.
Thanks for all the reminders/suggestions.

Dec 28, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan

Fish store in Greenwich Village

Is Citarella the best place to buy fresh fish in the Greenwich Village/ Union Square area?
I often just pick-up fish at Whole Foods, and sometimes buy it at Citarella, but is there an actual fish store that I am missing, or are those 2 my best, most reliable sources for fish?
Thanks

Dec 28, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan

Trader Joe's frozen pie crust - fail!

Oh my goodness... I had the same problem. I let it defrost on the counter, and it STILL broke apart at all the creases. I hand- rolled in into a ball, and then flattened it with a rolling pin. I must say, I was a bit annoyed, but the method did work,and I was able to put it into the pie plate with no problem.I really did like the taste.
So,I will be using it again.

Dec 24, 2014
bxgirl in Chains

Around Union Square?

We are meeting friends on Friday, and they will be taking the Q train to Union Square.
Where can we go for a low-key, reasonably-priced ($30-$40pp range) lunch? None of us drinks, so that won't be part of the equation.
Bonus points for somewhere on University Place, but not a deal breaker.
Nothing spicy as one of the party can't tolerate spice.
Thanks

Dec 23, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan

Costco returns?

Thank you,all. I will bring it back today.
Happy Holiday!!

Dec 23, 2014
bxgirl in Chains

Costco returns?

I know Costco has a very generous return policy, but I wonder if I can return huge bags of candy? I bought waaay too much for a school fund-raising project, and have two unopened bags of candy.
Will they take it back?
Thanks for any thoughts.

Dec 22, 2014
bxgirl in Chains

Another orange juice concentrate question

Thanks for some fabulous suggestions.They all sound great (even just freezing it for next time!) and I love the idea to use it in a vinaigrette or as a glaze for meatballs. The cream cheese idea sounds intersting, and I actually have some cream cheese,so I'll try it.
Thanks, again.

Dec 18, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Another orange juice concentrate question

Well, I just bought the orange juice concentrate that I need for my salmon recipe. Problem is both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods only had 12 ounce cans, and the recipe calls for 6 ounces. Other than dump it, which I'd rather not do, what do I do with the leftover OJ concentrate?

Dec 18, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Orange juice concentrate

Thanks, all. I guess I'll stick with the concentrate.

Dec 17, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Orange juice concentrate

I am planning to make a citric salmon dish which calls for "6 ounces of orange juice concentrate, thawed".
I wonder if I can use regular orange juice instead, and, if I can, do I need to alter the amount?
Thanks

Dec 17, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Help with restaurant name, PLEASE

Thank you, thank you!!
I am pretty certain it was Christine's. It was on First Avenue, and if I recall correctly, they opened a second restaurant on 2nd Avenue in the twenties (maybe 25 or 26 St.
The reason this all came up was that I was at Acme (in Greenpoint) geting lox on Friday, and it brought me back to the cheap, filling platters we used to get at Christine's.
thanks again to all of you!!

Dec 17, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan

Help with restaurant name, PLEASE

Thanks for the reply, but that's not the one we are thinking of.
I think it was just one word, but I could be wrong.

Dec 16, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan

Help with restaurant name, PLEASE

In the late '80s and into the 90's, there was a Polish restaurant on
First Avenue around 11 or 12 Street, east side of the street.
It was not Theresa's (which came later) and not Veselka (which is closer to 8th Street).
Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant? Hubby and I are having senior moments!!!
Thanks

Dec 16, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ttrockwood,
You always come through!! I guess pure pumpkin is pureed or at least smooth?
Thanks so much for responding!!

Dec 01, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

I looked at the recipe, and it calls for "1/2 cup of pure pumpkin".
What does that mean? Should it be pureed pumpkin?
The recipe does not indicate that you have to blend or otherwise emulsify the ingredients, and if it is pieces of pumpkin, I'd think you would need to smooth it out.
That's why I'm thinking it's pureed pumpkin.
Thanks for any clarification, since you already made this.
And by the way, your drink looks fabulous!!!

Nov 29, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

used cookbooks and Sichuan in chinatown

Just wanted to mention that Bonnie Slotnick has lost her lease, and she will be closing her shop.
I live near the shop, and it has been around for quite a few years.
Sorry she is being forced to leave our neighborhood.

Nov 25, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan

Silpat for spiced nuts?

Just wanted to update.. I made the almonds this morning and I did line the baking pan with parchment.Worked wonderfully!!
Thanks for all your help, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Nov 25, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Silpat for spiced nuts?

Thanks,all.
I guess the silpat was not a good idea!!
I will, however, put parchment paper on the baking sheet, as foxspirit suggested. Great idea, fox.

Nov 24, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Silpat for spiced nuts?

I am planning to make spiced almonds for Thanksgiving.
Would it work/make sense to put the almonds on a Silpat over the baking sheet? Would using the Silpat affect the result?
Thanks

Nov 24, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Mushroom Barley soup?

YUP!! That's what I have.

Oct 29, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Mushroom Barley soup?

Alkapal,
You have been so helpful. Thanks so much.
The second recipe you linked looks perfect. I actually have 2 bags of TJ's dried mushrooms, so I will use both. I will leave out the meat, as I want to try to keeep the soup vegetarian.
Also, I don't know where you live, but I picked-up the porcini boullion cubes at Fairway (NYC) a while ago. The brand is Star, and everything on the box is written in Italian.
Thanks again

Oct 29, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Mushroom Barley soup?

Thanks for all the good advice.
I will rinse them, reconstitute,chop, strain the water in which they soaked, and save it for the soup.
I still need to know how much liquid I should add if the bag contains just under 1 ounce of dried mushrooms.
And, Alkapal, no, I am not using cream in the soup. I actually have porcini mushroom boullion cubes (which I bought since daughter is a vegetarian) and they should be perfect for this soup.Yes?

Oct 29, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Mushroom Barley soup?

I just bought the dried mushroom medley at Trader Joe's. I plan to make mushroom barley soup. Do I need to first reconstitute the mushrooms?
Also, the bag contains almost 1 oz. of dried (0.88oz). Is that enough for 2 quarts of water? Do I need less water?
Any help/suggestions will be appreciated,
Thanks

Oct 28, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Quick!! Help Needed

WOW!! Thank you both for your instantaneous replies, and for giving me the hoped-for response!!
I'm good to go.
Will get back in a few hours with the result.

Oct 18, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Quick!! Help Needed

Can I substitute tomato sauce for canned tomatoes? I am making Joan Nathan's brisket, and just realized I don't have any canned tomatoes? If so, do I need to adjust anything else?
Thanks

Oct 18, 2014
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Ninth Avenue International Food Market

Thanks for the responses.
I think I will take a walk up there and check it out,
I didn't want to bother if I learned the place was dirty or the spices not fresh.
I will report back,after I go,
Thanks, again.

Oct 02, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan

Ninth Avenue International Food Market

I checked the past threads, and the last mention of this place was in 2012.
Has anyone been there recently?
I usually get my spices at Sahadi's or from Penzey's but was wondering if this place is any good.
Is the store clean? Are the spices/products fresh and reliable?
Any thoughts from recent visitors would be appreciated.
Thanks

Oct 01, 2014
bxgirl in Manhattan