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Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

Nice Matin at 79th and Amsterdam could work nicely.

Dec 16, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan
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make ahead meals

You can cook up a variety of grains (barley, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) in advance, and make grain bowls for breakfast with eggs or dinner with vegetables and protein.

Christmas Day Dinner

How about Beef Bourguignon? Easy to make ahead of time (and usually better after a day or two). Only needs a nice salad, some crusty bread, maybe some egg noodles.

If you're looking for dessert, keep it simple! Ice cream with all the fixings, buy cannoli or other pastries.

Dec 11, 2014
susan1353 in General Topics

UWS-ish local food?

If you're willing to go uptown a little, try The Grange in Hamilton Heights (Amsterdam and 141st, easy from the 1 train at 137, A/B/C/D at 145). Farm to table, funky atmosphere, delicious food that won't break the bank.

http://thegrangebarnyc.com/

Dec 01, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

UWS-ish local food?

If you're willing to go uptown a little, try The Grange in Hamilton Heights (Amsterdam and 141st, easy from the 1 train at 137, A/B/C/D at 145). Farm to table, funky atmosphere, delicious food that won't break the bank.

http://thegrangebarnyc.com/

Dec 01, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Turnips for Thanksgiving

I would roast the turnips along with the butternut squash.

Nov 25, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking
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Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

Hot fudge sauce.

Nov 24, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving sweet potato ideas?

I'm intrigued by this recipe for Rosemary Sweet Potato Stackers that are baked in a muffin tin. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks delicious.

http://www.kimshealthyeats.com/rosema...

Nov 20, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving--how many side dishes do you make for small groups?

Every year, I hear "make more sides!" So the answer is... too many.

This year: two different kinds of stuffing, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, roasted carrots, kale with lemon and garlic. And, maybe something with sweet potatoes.

Nov 18, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

9 year old girl's birthday party

My kids liked "make-your-own-anything." Maybe sandwich fixings and cute shape cutters so they can customize their own sandwiches.

Christmas dinner - Not Turkey...

How about paella? All you need is some crusty bread and a salad with it.

Nov 12, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking
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Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

This story, too, has more to do with family than the food (which was always plentiful and largely delicious). My in-laws had always hosted a large gathering of extended families so that no one had to choose where to spend Thanksgiving. My parents and siblings, my brother-in-laws family, etc. Then my husband's sister and her husband separated. My MIL kindly called my soon-to-be-ex-BIL to see if he'd be joining us. He hemmed and hawed, and ultimately said, "I don't know, let me check to see what my mother and brother want to do." To which, my dear MIL replied: "Well, I already called them and they're coming."

The tradition continued for many years. Once you were family, you were always family. I miss them.

ISO Quick & Dirty Dinner Ideas for Mom & Kid While Dad is Out of Town

Baked potatoes and all the fixins: chili, cheese, broccoli, bacon, etc.

And, roast a chicken one night and use the leftovers for quesadillas, salad, etc. I make baked enchiladas using leftover chicken, lots of cheese and (canned!) enchilada sauce with corn tortillas. Easy and delicious, and they reheat nicely.

Oct 27, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

West 59th st

I haven't worked there in a while, but love Kashkaval. My office was closer to 11th Avenue and I could spend half of my lunch hour just walking to and from 9th Avenue :)

Sep 23, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Speciality food related gourmet shops in manhattan?

She might enjoy Zabar's.

Sep 23, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

West 59th st

That area is a bit of a wasteland, but Greek Kitchen (58th and 10th) might work.

Sep 22, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

Beef Stew - what are your secrets or tips for making a really good meal?

I love this Moroccan Braised Beef Stew: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Sep 22, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

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.

Sep 15, 2014
susan1353 in Manhattan

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.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aa...

Sep 15, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

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).

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

Aug 29, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

Rolled Cookie Recipe for Favors

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

http://www.marthastewart.com/342402/b...

Aug 25, 2014
susan1353 in Home Cooking

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.

http://madaboutmaida.blogspot.com/201...

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
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