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Amy's Bread

That area is a wasteland for really good bread, but Fairway is Harlem is reliable. If you're willing to go into Morningside Heights, you can find some at Westside Market at 110 and Broadway, and at Milano Market on Broadway between 112 and 113.

2 days ago
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Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

I've made these Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Slaw for several parties recently and they're always a hit. You can easily make them several hours in advance.


2 days ago
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While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

For Monday, since you're flying out of Newark and probably need to check out of your hotel in the morning, you might want to check out either Chelsea Market or Gotham West Market. Variety of foods, good last-minute shopping, and positions you on the far west side for the train or a cab to Newark Airport.

Sep 12, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Mini Cheesecakes

I've used this recipe with great success. While it calls for a chocolate crumb crust and orange zest, you can easily exchange the crust and omit the orange if you want. Never had a problem (including baking 200 of them for my daughter's wedding).


Aug 29, 2014
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Rolled Cookie Recipe for Favors

This is a great shortbread recipe; the cookies are pretty sturdy.


Aug 25, 2014
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coconut macaroons

You can definitely do them with chocolate chips inside; this Maida Heatter recipe is my go-to. More recently, though, I do tend to make them without the chips inside and coat the bottom with chocolate instead.


Aug 15, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Wasted food due to guest taking too much -- any solutions?

My husband had a sleeve gastrectomy three years ago and has lost (and kept off) more than 125 pounds. The decision to have the procedure was long in the making and good food choices continues to be a daily struggle.

Please be kind and don't say anything to her. Over the next few months, if she's successful, she'll be shedding large amounts of weight. Perhaps then, you might approach the issue with "Susie, you look fantastic. Is there anything I can do differently at our dinners to accommodate your needs?" Anything else seems petty and besides-the-point.

What's the best way to introduce Lamb to someone who's never had it?

I make lamb meatballs, and often use about 1/3 ground pork to 2/3 ground lamb, mix with bread crumbs, eggs, garam masala, oregano, garlic, onions, salt, and pepper. They come out lighter than straight-up lamb, and might cut down enough on that "lamb taste" to ease your virgin friends into the fold.

I like to serve them with orzo, tsatsiki, and a chopped salad.

Aug 11, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

If you were trying to impress, what would your dinner party menu look like?

I love making paella for a crowd. It always looks beautiful, tastes great, and really doesn't need much accompaniment beyond a crusty bread and perhaps a salad.

HELP! What Goes With Grilled Veggies?

Could it be a grain salad or an orzo salad? Either of these would marry nicely with grilled vegetables.

Inexpensive, good restaurant in the midtown area?

Marseille or Pigalle might fit the bill.

Jul 24, 2014
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Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Another idea is to make shortbread base, then use it for a variety of bars; here's an idea:


Jul 16, 2014
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Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

I love this Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Walnut Cookie recipe. The last time I made it for a crowd, I divided the dough before I added the chocolate chips and nuts and made oatmeal-raisin cookies with that half. Worked perfectly.

1 c. butter
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. oatmeal
1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Cream together the butter and sugars. Add the vanilla, milk, and eggs. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the batter, mixing thoroughly. Blend in the oatmeal, chocolate chips, and nuts. Chill dough, then roll into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Jul 16, 2014
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Sauce for grilled veggies on grill pan (not balsamic)


Jul 07, 2014
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Any CHers up for Midtown weekday lunch?

I work at 60th and Lex and would love to join you. I'll send you an e-mail.

Jun 23, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Simple Syrup Questions - Freezing/Using?

Freeze it in ice cube trays so that you can use it a bit at a time.

Jun 06, 2014
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Ideas for a cold lunch basket

How about a composed Nicoise salad with a crusty roll on the side? Something for everyone.

This one looks gorgeous: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

Jun 03, 2014
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first time in NY

Post on the Outer Boroughs board for DUMBO recommendations.

Jun 02, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Pasta Salad recipes

Orzo with Everything is my go-to. Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pignolis, etc.


May 30, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Viennese Table?

Another idea (and one that I used when I got married 30+ years ago when Viennese tables were quite popular): I had the cake on a table for display, which was then cut and served as usual, but also put a small sampling of pastries at each table. I didn't want people to have to get up to get dessert after a served dinner, and it's nice to have little bites available. Best of luck to you!

May 30, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Relaxing Mid-Price French/Italian Lunch this Friday near E75th/York Ave

Felidia is on 58th between Second and Third and has a prix-fixe $29 lunch that looks lovely.

May 20, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Using Tin Foil and Plastic Wrap

Just learned about this last year myself. I've also started keeping plastic wrap in the freezer, which makes it roll much more easily (and don't remember where I picked up that tip).

May 20, 2014
susan1353 in Cookware

How to make crispy buffalo wings in the oven?

That's what I do, but after I toss the cooked wings in the sauce, I usually pop them back under the broiler for a few minutes.

May 20, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Home Cooking and Marital Discord

With young children at home, there's a difference between cooking and making dinner. I'd adjust your schedule and have just a few nights a week where you're "cooking" and the other nights where you're taking advantage of leftovers or doing more "assembly" than anything else. The time you spend eating dinner together, even if it's only 20 minutes, is precious and fleeting. (And nothing wrong with the shiny boxes if they're an occasional treat rather than a dinner staple.)

So, a batch of meatballs and sauce one night that can be repurposed into meatball heroes another night. Roast a chicken one night, and fajitas or quesadillas another. You get the idea.

Don't give up on long dinners with cooking and wine. Just adjust your expectations.

Help with pureeing food...

You can also get a food mill designed for baby food that should work.

May 07, 2014
susan1353 in Cookware

Tavern on the Green accepting reservations

It opened last night--did anyone go? I have reservations on May 13 and would love to get your thoughts.

Apr 25, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Tough Lamb?

I don't have suggestions on what to do differently, but for rescue, I'd chop it up, simmer for a bit more and use it to make a lamb-potato hash.

Apr 24, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Creative pay-your-own-way wedding eve drinks/dinner venue for 25

What about a beer garden? You could stake out a communal table, get pitchers of beer, and people could just order their own snacks? Here's a list:


Apr 23, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Hot Pepper Jelly

Trader Joe's makes a good one.

Repurposing Brownies-Help!

They'd make an amazing crust for a no-bake pie. Also, you could cut them into small pieces, freeze, and use as add-ins for ice cream.

Apr 02, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking