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Can I prepare this in advance?

I am going to make cranberry chicken
Do you think I can prepare the dressing mixture (whole berry cranberries, Catalina dressing, and homemade onion soup mix) in advance, and refrigerate for 3 days, or so?
Thanks

Mar 30, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Supermarket in Brooklyn for Passover items

I cannot stomach paying Manhattan prices (which is where I live) for Passover goods.
Can someone recommend a supermarket in Brooklyn (ShopRite? Stop and Shop?) which would have a good selection of Passover products at
more reasonable prices?
We have a car and are willing to travel.
Thanks

Mar 20, 2015
bxgirl in Outer Boroughs

Lunch in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Downtown Brooklyn

We need a place for 2 couples for lunch next Tuesday.
It seems that many of the places we were considering, (Battersby, Buttermilk Channel)don't serve lunch.
Price point should be around $25/pp. None of us drinks, so that's not an issue.
Thanks

Mar 12, 2015
bxgirl in Outer Boroughs

Pears for salad?

Considering we all hang out in Chowhound-land, how far we have come!! (Although I would not trade my Bronx days for anything)

Mar 06, 2015
bxgirl in General Topics

Using sour cream instead of yogurt

Thanks,all!!!
I guess they can be used interchangeably. Just what I needed to hear.

Mar 05, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Pears for salad?

Actually, I am a former Bronx girl, too, but, ya know, you can't take the Bronx out of the girl!!
I'm from the Concourse and 170 St area

Mar 05, 2015
bxgirl in General Topics

Using sour cream instead of yogurt

I was just reading the thread on easy things to bake, and saw a recipe for French Yogurt Cake that I'd like to try today.
But, it is snowing(AGAIN) in these parts, and I do not have plain yogurt. I do have sour cream, though.
Can I substitute the sour cream for yogurt?
I know the question is usually posed as subbing yogurt for sour cream, but I wonder how it works in reverse.
Thanks

Mar 05, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Pears for salad?

Thanks,all!!
Ttrockwood, yes, I am in Manhattan, and based on your suggestion and that of Cheese Boy and several others, Asian pears is what I'll use.
I think I tasted an Asian pear years ago and don't recall that it was sweet, so I never tried it again. Now I will.

Mar 04, 2015
bxgirl in General Topics

Pears for salad?

I plan to make a pear/gorgonzola salad, and am confused as to which are the sweetest pears to use in a salad. Bosc, Anjou?
HELP
Thanks

Mar 03, 2015
bxgirl in General Topics

Potato Flakes?

I was reading on the Home Cooking board, about using potato flakes as a soup thickener, chicken/fish coater.
I was in Fairway and only saw potato granules. Apparently,they are not interchangeable.
So, where in Manhattan can I buy potato flakes?
I am near Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
Also, what brand should I be looking for, and do they come in a box, oatmeal-like container or something else?
Thanks

Feb 27, 2015
bxgirl in Manhattan

potato flakes

Don't want to hijack your original post, but I was intrigues by the idea of using potato flakes to coat fish/chicken, and to thicken soups.
I was at Fairway yesterday, and all I saw was potato granules.
Are potato flakes and potato granules interchangeable for breading and thickening? Also, what brand of potato flakes should I be looking for?
Thanks

Feb 27, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Eataly?

Thanks, all for the great ideas.
I will definitely check-out the fresh fish and the cheeses.
I also had been thinking of a good bottle of olive oil and some fresh pasta.
I am so looking forward to wandering around there.
Also,I find it very interesting that prices at Eataly compare favorably with those at Fairway (6th Avenue). Never would have thought that.

Feb 24, 2015
bxgirl in Manhattan

Eataly?

I got a gift certificate to Eataly. What should I buy?
I don't want to use it as a "restaurant" gift certificate. I want to buy special foods, which I would not normally buy.
Thanks

Feb 23, 2015
bxgirl in Manhattan

Almond milk for buttermilk?

Thanks!!! Glad to know I can do this, and that it works!!

Feb 10, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

Almond milk for buttermilk?

For a dairy-free substitute, can I add vinegar(or lemon juice) to almond milk to use as a substitute for cow's milk buttermilk?
Thanks

Feb 10, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

How to shred brussel sprouts?

WOW!! I cannot believe this got so many responses.
Thanks, all, and I think I'll use the slicing disc of the processor, or a knife.
I also love all the recs for how to prepare the sprouts, and I'd love to try some.
That's why I love CH'ers... always helpful and wise!!

Feb 02, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking
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How to shred brussel sprouts?

What is the best way to shred brussel sprouts?
I have a food processor, four-sided grater, sharp knives.
I do not have a mandolin.
I guess I am afraid of scraping my fingers/knuckles if I use the grater, and am not sure whether to use the metal blade or slicing disc if I use the processor.
Thanks in advance.

Feb 01, 2015
bxgirl in Home Cooking

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