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Update on Peter Luger Meal - Big Disappointment

We went a few years back as it was lauded as the best burger in the city. Meh…it was fine, but nothing to get excited about. Did not give me desire to return and try the steak.

Jan 26, 2014
palomalou in Outer Boroughs

Hole-in-wall finds

Oh, Pookipichu, thanks so much! we can hardly wait to try them!

Jan 08, 2014
palomalou in Outer Boroughs

Hole-in-wall finds

We're in upper Manhattan. No car--hate them. $25 for 2 before tax & tip, but I'm usually happy enough with an appetizer to squeeze the belt (ha-in both senses.

Jan 08, 2014
palomalou in Outer Boroughs

Hole-in-wall finds

I'm hunting for hole-in-the-wall finds for cheap eats in any borough (well, don't know how often we'll want to hit Staten island, but if it's great and cheap...). We know where to go to pay a lot, but cheap is good.
When I moved to NYC the first time, I had a book about everything on the cheap--restaurants, clothes, pans, whatever. It was great. There seems to be no such thing anymore, is there?

Jan 08, 2014
palomalou in Outer Boroughs

Low-end recommendations

Kathryn, $25 before tax and tip. I'm really looking for hole-in-the-wall!

Jan 08, 2014
palomalou in Manhattan

Low-end recommendations

My husband and I have moved back to NYC (Hudson Heights) after a long period living elsewhere. We are looking for hole-in-the-wall places with with good food cheap, places we could go often. High-end are easy to find for special occasions. I read a Washington Heights thread from about five years ago, but half the places recommended are closed. Washington Heights especially sought, but could be anywhere in the five boroughs, not only Manhattan.

Jan 05, 2014
palomalou in Manhattan

Making Popovers ahead...any tips?

Shirley Corriher, whose recipe in Bakewise I swear by, says you can freeze them and reheat them. However, we've never not devoured them all right away, so I'm not sure what the result is.

Dec 24, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

What I do NOT want in a Cookbook

I do not want a cookbook that doesn't include nutrition information. Have plenty of them. Of course I can figure it out, but why should I have to? It's not that I only cook "diet" recipes, but I'd like to have a really quick idea about what I'm getting myself into.

Phulka

I think I figured out what I did wrong when I made Julie Sahni's phulka tonight, but not the reason they did not puff. Our guests were running late, and I decided to go ahead and roll them out. There was then about an hour pause while we had drinks etc. Then I griddled them and one of the guests (who had done this before with us, on the same range) then did them over the flame sans pan. I had thought about it before I rolled them, but figured that without yeast, it should be okay. Why didn't it work? Thanks!

Dec 24, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

In praise of mujadara/mujadarra/mujadarah!

Can this be served at room temperature, like a lentil salad?

May 05, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

seeking less expensive party recipe recommendations

Hmm...these are some good ideas, but I'm in need of finger food, since its not dinner. Hors d'ouvre (sp) kinds of things.

Apr 26, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

seeking less expensive party recipe recommendations

Good questions! It's not dinner, it's indoor/outdoor, it's at 7 pm (praying for no RAIN). Deviled eggs are a great idea. I just served deviled eggs with crab at my last party, and they went fast. But can do it without the crab!
No theme--it's retirement party for our boss.
There will be wine and perhaps other alcohol-type drinks--that's what folks are bringing.
Blondies, brownies and bar cookies are also a great idea.
Meat and cheese are getting kind of into the price range I'd rather avoid. But you gave me a great idea--I can get cheap bulk sausage and make little biscuit sandwiches. My biscuits are good, and they are cheap. Cheese straws.
Thanks! You are a big help-- keep those ideas coming!

Apr 26, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

seeking less expensive party recipe recommendations

I am giving a party at which I expect about 100 people--could be 150 but I'll know a week ahead how many. I am looking for good ideas for less expensive foods to make. The expensive ones I can think of myself! ;)
Some make-aheads would also be good. I was already thinking creamed mushroom tarts (not cheap), baklava, hummus, and focaccia (not a make-ahead). These are kind of my hit parade. I'm planning on both savory and sweet. I don't like chick peas but it is an easy, cheap, healthy thing to include. People who tell me they love hummus come to my parties and the other stuff is vacuumed up, and the hummus is never all gone! I've made roasted garlic hummus, also roasted red pepper. That gets $$$.
Thanks!

Apr 26, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

fillet fish?

We went to nearby big town yesterday and bought a whole pomfret and a whole Spanish mackerel (cleaned!). I watched several videos about how to fillet the pomfret, assuming it was a "round" fish, rather than "flat." It looked easy enough on the video. Not! When I put my sharp knife along the ribs, which looked like the top of the pomfret and attempted to enter the fish, it did not give at all! Eventually I produced two fillets, but rather clumsy, and I suspect I wasted a good bit of the meat in the doing. What are the tricks?

Feb 24, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

Hamburger question

Oh--no, no water. I'll try that next time! I broiled them on a cast iron grill pan.

Feb 08, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

Hamburger question

Last weekend I bought some ground chuck at Publix and made hamburgers Tuesday for dinner and then again last night. They mostly stayed together on Tuesday, but fell totally apart last night --just would not hold together as I attempted to shape them. I wondered whether it was that the beff, though stored in a sealed container was drier on Thursday, or whether I should have put some sort of binder, like an egg yolk, in them?

Feb 08, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2013 edition!

I am trying to avoid any more. I have downsized a bit already, and find that I use them much less because I tend to go on the internet for recipes. Much more space-friendly, esp. for a NYC apartment.

Feb 03, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

I don't bake, but I want to make (good) hamburger buns.

Thanks, Emme!

Jan 28, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

I don't bake, but I want to make (good) hamburger buns.

Emme, this is an old thread, but I'd love to have your recipe.

Jan 27, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #186 - OLD

Nothing exciting: rigati with homemade pasta sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella and some leftover mixed greens.

Jan 27, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

aged balsamic vinegar

I've received two bottles of balsamic vinegar recently. I don't care for it over strawberries. What do I do with it besides dress a salad?

Jan 27, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

Are you addicted to kitchen equipment?

A bit, yes, but being mindful of a downsizing upcoming soon. But kselverd, I want to go shopping at Goodwill with you! Those are incredible finds.

Jan 24, 2013
palomalou in Cookware

Grill pans. Do you like them?

We don't grill, so take it from what it's worth: I recently bought a Lodge cast iron grill pan and adore it. Hamburgers, steaks, lamb chops, all under the broiler.

Jan 21, 2013
palomalou in Cookware

Do you partially precook your pizza crust?

I've not been happy with mine. The flavor is good but the crust is really hard to cut when the pizza is done.

Jan 20, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

Basic bread baking guide

Wow! I've had from good to great results with the Artisan in 5. I also have 2 Peter Reinhart's, BBA and another the name of which I can't remember (downstairs, and I'm lazy). I also have Bernard Clayton and the Bread Bible.

Jan 20, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

diet bread

I eat "Healthy Life" brand bread which has between 35-40 calories per normal-size slice (not miniature). I'd love to be able to make similar at home, but they must use some sort of expanding fiber or something. Anybody have ideas?

Jan 20, 2013
palomalou in Home Cooking

cleaver

I ended up buying this cleaver <http://www.amazon.com/Alpha-Stainless...> and am really happy with it. By buying whole chicken and cutting it myself plus making myself use recipes that call for some ingredients we already have I've brought my food expenses down 33% per week from last year's average. Yay!

Jan 20, 2013
palomalou in Cookware

cleaver

Yes, mainly I want it to dismember chicken. Not planning to use it to slice.
Anybody tried the Alpha in my first post?

Jan 05, 2013
palomalou in Cookware

cleaver

I've read and enjoyed all the cleaver posts, and still don't know what I want. I want a meat cleaver--should I go for the Victorinox, or go to Chinatown in NYC next summer and buy a cleaver there? If so, where should I go, and what should I get? I was all juiced for the Alpha, then found it was unavailable. :( There is an Alpha all steel http://www.amazon.com/Alpha-Stainless... but someone said handle is short.

Jan 05, 2013
palomalou in Cookware

What are you making for Christmas breakfast?

popovers!

Dec 24, 2012
palomalou in Home Cooking