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Inexpensive, good restaurant in the midtown area?

Marseille or Pigalle might fit the bill.

Jul 24, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

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:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Jul 16, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

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.

CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL WALNUT COOKIES
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
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Sauce for grilled veggies on grill pan (not balsamic)

Pesto?

Jul 07, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

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
susan1353 in Home Cooking
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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
susan1353 in Home Cooking

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.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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
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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.

May 13, 2014
susan1353 in Not About Food
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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:

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/bars/2...

Apr 23, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Hot Pepper Jelly

Trader Joe's makes a good one.

Apr 17, 2014
susan1353 in General Topics
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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

Italian Restaurant Garfield/Lodi Area?

I Gemelli in South Hackensack, too.

http://igemelliristorante.com/

Mar 31, 2014
susan1353 in New Jersey

A veggie side to go with meatloaf cupcakes for April Fools?

How about a green vegetable puree in a crust that looks like a Key Lime Pie?

Mar 31, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Four couples, reuniting, Need comfy dinner venue.

Mas Farmhouse in the West Village has a $78 prix fixe. Lovely room, quiet, good food. http://www.masfarmhouse.com/

Mar 28, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Bars/Squares Ideas

They're great. I usually add one-to-two more bananas to up the flavor.

Mar 19, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Bars/Squares Ideas

These banana blondies are great. Delicious and they cut into really nice pieces.

http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101467...

Mar 18, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Grinding poppy seeds?

A piece of bread will also clean the coffee grinder.

Mar 17, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking
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Remember my Leg of Lamb??

How about hash?

Mar 17, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Salad ideas for a crowd?

I love Orzo with Everything. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Mar 13, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking
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UES 60s/70s market and breakfast recs, please

There's a Whole Foods now on 57th between 2nd and 3rd.

Mar 11, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Hell's Kitchen burger

Hudson Eatery on 57th between 11th and 12th has a good burger. http://hudsoneatery.com/

Mar 07, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan