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Chocolate Oat Bar

Hi. Does anybody have a good recipe for chocolate oat bars? I searched epicurious and the Home Cooking board and couldn't find any.

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Jul 01, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

The Palm Chocolate Cake

Hi. Does anybody have a recipe for the chocolate cake served at The Palm Restaurant? I found an online recipe for the carrot cake, but I haven't been able to find one for the chocolate cake.

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Jun 24, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

Whole Wheat Flour

Thanks for all the help. I made the carrot cake cookies and they were delicious. I did as recommended and just made a simple cream cheese frosting (with butter).

May 03, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

Whole Wheat Flour

Just for clarification, do I need to add butter to the frosting? Or will it work with just cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract?

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Apr 30, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

Whole Wheat Flour

So do I put the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beat in the sugar with an electronic beater? I'm very new to this. I've never made icing...

Apr 29, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

Tre Amici [Dallas]

I'm just curious if anybody has gone and what they think. How's the NY strip? Is the restaurant worthy of being in the company of Dallas' many other steakhouses?

Apr 29, 2009
rep123max in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whole Wheat Flour

Is there anyway you could tell me how to make your cream cheese icing with the right specifications for this recipe? And when it says 13 cookies, does that mean 13 singles or 13 cookie sandwiches? Thanks

Apr 29, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

Whole Wheat Flour

Actually, has anybody ever made these carrot cake cookies? http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... If you haven't, do you think it's doable? Lastly, do people ever mix chocolate with carrot cake or is that not a good combination? I've had the two cakes together and love it, but I'm wondering if anybody ever puts chocolate chips or something in carrot cake? That may be a stupid question and it may be a horrible combination; I'm just trying to learn.

Apr 28, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

Whole Wheat Flour

Thanks for the great responses. I'm kind of a fan of all desserts, so I'm not set on what I want to make yet. If somebody has an amazing carrot cake recipe that's not too difficult, that would be great. And I'm not beholden to using that flour. It's just that my aunt said she had that and I figured that I might as well use that first. But it seems like at the very least I would need to mix it with regular flour, so I'll just go with regular flour this first time. And if I don't do carrot cake, I'll probably do something with chocolate.

Apr 28, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

Whole Wheat Flour

Hi. I'm completely new to the baking game. I'm going to try to make some dessert this weekend, and I already have King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour. First, is it best to use whole wheat flour only when the recipe calls for it, or is it interchangeable? And second, anybody have favorite desserts that are made with whole wheat flour?

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Apr 28, 2009
rep123max in Home Cooking

Carrot Cake

Any favorites on where to get a great piece of carrot cake? I'm not into cupcakes, so that rules out the thousands of carrot cake cupcakes I find everywhere. I've never tried the one at Modern Pastry because I've been turned off by the iced carrot and from looks, I prefer I higher cake to frosting ratio. My favorite carrot cake is from The Palm, but I'd like to try other ones. I've had the one at Mike's and was not impressed.

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Apr 27, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

A decent piece of pie...

Any comments about Petsi versus Flour Bakery? Are Petsi's non-pie bakery items good?

Apr 15, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

Steakhouse

My dad is coming in town in a couple of weeks and we are going to a steakhouse. We've been to Grill 23, Abe and Louies, KO Prime, and have been to many Morton's. I think we want to try a local place and avoid chains. Specifically, does anybody have recommendations between Mooo and the Oak Room. We like big NY strips, preferably 20 ounces but I understand that most local places don't serve that big of a steak. Next to the steaks, the most important factor is the bread. After that, a good wedge salad and some good potatoes/vegetables (especially creamed spinach). Deserts may not be too important because we might go to the North End at some point during the day. But if one of those restaurants has amazing deserts please tell. And if I'm missing a steakhouse please recommend it.

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Mar 31, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

The Palm Steakhouse

While the steaks and sides are average for a prime steakhouse, the desserts at the Palm are the best. I've had many desserts and gone to many bakeries, but I always find myself craving the Palm's chocolate cake and carrot cake. I think the carrot cake is the best dessert I've ever had. And if you're very ambitious, get the chocolate, carrot, and cheesecake. There will be plenty of leftovers because the desserts are huge.

Mar 30, 2009
rep123max in Chains

Modern Pastry

I completely agree about the lack of description. The pastry case is terribly positioned. While waiting in line, you can't see what they have. Once you can finally see what they have, you can't tell what it is. So you have to wait until your turn to figure out what everything is and then decide.

Mar 15, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

A decent piece of pie...

Petsi's looks very good. Anybody know how the walk is from Harvard Yard? Google Maps says its about a mile away, but I'm curious if anybody has actually walked there (and if there are sidewalks all the way).

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Mar 15, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

Modern Pastry

So I ended up going and here's my report. I went into Maria's first, just to see what she had: I got some M&M cookies because those are my favorite cookies (though Mikes' win), and I got something called totos (I think). It was a chocolate spice cookie: very good.

Then I went to Modern. Some people have mentioned the wait: it was way too long. There were only four people ahead of me (or maybe three, one might have been a couple) and it took 15-20 minutes. I think the people behind the counter are the biggest reason for the long wait. They move so slow. When it was finally my turn, they kept me waiting for about 3 minutes doing who knows what. Anyway, on to the pastries. I got the ricotta pie and chocolate mousse. The chocolate mousse was pretty good, though I wasn't a fan of the thing on the bottom. I think it was fried or something: I'm not sure why it was there. I thought the ricotta pie was very good. I'm a big fan of it. So I think I'll keep trying stuff from Modern, but not if the line is more than 5 people.

I have one question about their tiramisu. I got the tiramisu from Mike's once and it was so sweet that I almost got sick. I don't think I had ever had something that sweet. Is Modern's overwhelmingly sweet? I want to try it, but if authentic tiramisu is that sweet, I don't want anything to do with it.

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Mar 15, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

Modern Pastry

I have a couple questions about Modern versus Mike's (I've done some board sleuthing and haven't found any answers). Is Modern the place to go even if I don't like cannolis? I'm more of a fan of cake, brownies, and cookies (usually with some amount of chocolate). Does Modern have more stuff than their pastry case displays? I've gone in a couple times to get a glimpse of what they have, and it doesn't seem like much. So any recommendations? Every time I go to the North End, I tell myself to get something from Modern, but I instinctively go to Mike's (especially for the huge M&M cookies). But this week I'm determined to go to Modern. Is the strawberry cheesecake too rich or is it really good?

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Mar 11, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

Hamantashen

Clear Flour looks great. Too bad they're only serving them on the 10th and 11th. It's midterm season at school and Brookline is a bit of a journey. But I may have to skip studying and load up on some chocolate hamantashens.

Mar 05, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

Hamantashen

With Purim coming up, I have the taste for some good Hamantashens. Anybody know of any good ones in the Boston area? It would be best if the place is T-accessible. Anybody have Whole Foods? I know they aren't authentic, but that might be the only way I can satisfy my Hamantashen craving.

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Mar 05, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

Summer Job [Dallas]

Hi. So I'm a college freshman who will most likely return to Dallas this summer. I'm kind of interested in working in a kitchen. I'm sure this will probably be dishwashing. Does anybody familiar with the business have any suggestions? Any restaurants in particular that might be more suitable than others? I just want to experience something different, and food has long been a passion of mine.

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Feb 10, 2009
rep123max in Dallas - Fort Worth

College Eats

I'm a freshman foodie who tries to go out at least once a week as refuge from dining hall food. Many times, I like to get takeout for lunch and dinner and bring it back to the dorm. I've gone to the North End a lot and gotten great sandwiches from Artu's and pastries from Mike's. Except for the pastries, my food philosophy is knowing what I'm eating. Any suggestions on some places to hit up? Price matters at times, and doesn't at other times. By that I mean that I'd like a mix of approximately $10 meals as well as more expensive places. Also, I'm willing to go just about anywhere, as long as its relatively close to a T stop. I'm not really into hamburgers or stuff like that. I like good roast beef sandwiches, salmon, sushi, and steak (though I don't need steakhouse recommendations). Any advice? Thanks

Jan 31, 2009
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

North End Help

Hello. I'm looking for North End recommendations, specifically for takeout. I know about Giacomo's, have been to Mike's many times, as well as Arturo's. I like Arturo's take out sandwiches a lot. Any other good take out places? And what are your favorite sit down places?

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Dec 15, 2008
rep123max in Greater Boston Area

Steakhouses (Birmingham, AL)

My dad has a business meeting next week in Birmingham. He wants to take his client to the best steakhouse. Any suggestions? Any preferences between Flemings and Plaza III?

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Nov 10, 2008
rep123max in General South Archive

Sparks Desserts

My family and I will be at Sparks Steakhouse this Thursday. We're big fans of desserts. We usually take them to go. Does Sparks have big, good desserts? Or should we get desserts from some other place?

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Sep 01, 2008
rep123max in Manhattan

[DFW] Perry's

I'm pretty sure that I am going to Perry's with my mom before heading off to school. A couple questions. I notice on the menu that it's served with Perry's butter. I am not a fan of buttery steak. Should I ask for it without the butter or just let them cook it how they always do? Is the butter like Ruth's Cris (for me, that's a bad thing)? Second, is it USDA prime or some other prime? It says the steaks are "exclusively certified prime." I think there had been some discussion a while ago about Perry's steaks, but I couldn't figure out who was right. Thanks

Aug 17, 2008
rep123max in Dallas - Fort Worth

Steak Question

I'm confused about the difference between a strip steak and a sirloin steak. I associate sirloin with the top sirloin I see at the grocery store that is thin and wide. But lots of steakhouses (especially New York ones) serve sirloins that look a lot like strips. Capital Grille says that it serves a sirloin and then classifies that sirloin as a NY strip. So is a sirloin steak a strip and a top sirloin some completely unrelated cut?

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Aug 10, 2008
rep123max in General Topics

Graduation Dessert

So my brother lives in New York, and owes me a graduation present. I decided to let him get me some NY desserts instead of buying some fancy electronic thing. My dad's meeting my brother in NYC and then flying back to Dallas, hopefully with desserts in hand. He has one of those freezer packs because he'll also be bringing back some Zabar's. All of this preface leads me to my question. What desserts should I ask my brother to get me? I want to keep it simple for him. He's going to be at Zabar's, so I don't want him to have to wander too far. I already told him to get me some Zabar's brownies because I love those. Does Zabar's sell slices of cakes or just whole cakes? If they do slices, are they good? I'd like to be able to tell him that he can get everything at Zabar's, I just forget what types of desserts they have besides brownies. If I were to get some slices of cake, I like carrot and cheesecake (also chocolate, but I think the brownies will suffice). I appreciate any suggestions.

Aug 07, 2008
rep123max in Manhattan

San Antonio Desserts

And has anybody heard about Nadler's? Also, if you have heard about these places, can you tell me if you think the desserts tasted fresh and homemade? Those two qualities are important to me: I'm not a fan of high fructose desserts made in some factory.

Jul 29, 2008
rep123max in Texas

San Antonio Desserts

Has anybody tried the Ultimate Cheesecake Bakery? Is it any good and does it live up to its name?

Jul 29, 2008
rep123max in Texas