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Fresh Olive Oil 2013-14

Haha! I was just there. I waited 15 minutes to pay. They started letting people cut the line and that's when I walked out in a huff... without my olive oil.

Mar 24, 2014
chowchau in Manhattan

Fresh Olive Oil 2013-14

Where are you getting your recent harvest olive oil from?

Mar 13, 2014
chowchau in Manhattan

Junket Rennet Custard

That is very nice of you!

Jan 14, 2014
chowchau in Manhattan

Junket Rennet Custard

What neighborhood did you go to Met Foods in?

Jan 13, 2014
chowchau in Manhattan

Junket Rennet Custard

Has anyone seen Junket in the store? The pink flavor is so good!

Jan 10, 2014
chowchau in Manhattan

Tortilla Soup - Dry Beans

Thanks for all the tips! I didn't know beans were non-traditional. I like adding them because I try to eat veggies with every meal. I love the idea of adding hominy. What about giant white corn kernels? I'm fascinated by that ingredient but could never figure out how to use it.

Nov 01, 2013
chowchau in Home Cooking

Tortilla Soup - Dry Beans

I always cook my chicken tortilla soup with black beans. It's getting a little boring. What do you think would be a nice alternative? Pigeon peas? Small red beans? I like to use dried beans because I'm cheap.

Thanks.

Oct 31, 2013
chowchau in Home Cooking

Intelligentsia Coffee by the pound

New shop? How exciting. It's a little out of my way but I'm sure it's well worth a trip every now and again.

Jun 19, 2013
chowchau in Manhattan

Intelligentsia Coffee by the pound

I am a cost conscious Intelligentsia drinker. The only way I can afford this lifestyle is by buying the beans by the pound and brewing myself. Does anyone have any other sources for beans from the pound?
Below is what I know.
1. Commodities Natural Market - $14 or so /lb. They carry several Intelligentsia beans but at the moment House Blend, my favorite, is out of stock.
2. myWay cup Coffee - Sells their store blend but is more expensive than above.
3. Intelligentsia.com - Priced on their website but I have to pay shipping.
4. Van Leeuwen - No longer sells Intelligentsia. Sells Toby Estate now.

Jun 19, 2013
chowchau in Manhattan

Looking for Zatarain's liquid crab boil in NYC area

Aquabest on Grand Street in the Lower East Side/Chinatown has dry boil. I never checked to see if they have liquid.

Apr 25, 2013
chowchau in Manhattan

Ennju's Salmon Crisp Skin Don

I love Ennju's Salmon Skin Don also. It's a solid meal that is under $10 and isn't bad for you. That is a tall order in this neighborhood these days.
I don't use the lime wedge that they include with the dish. I think it ruins the dish. But that's not a complaint because I'm sure there are those out there who couldn't live without the lime wedge!

Apr 10, 2013
chowchau in Manhattan

NYC Wedding 60-75 guests... Help!!!

Agreed,
Your budget is quite low. You will need to think outside the box to come in under budget. I did it at a beer garden in Brooklyn and saved thousands. The food was chicken, chili & sides and everyone loved it.

Dec 20, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

40th birthday party; 18 ppl; below 14th street - any suggestions?

Congee Village has private rooms with Karaoke. Party on!

Dec 20, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

L.A. Burdick Gifts

Wow! You really know your stuff. I think I will end up going for some Nunu chocolates at Union Square since that is the easiest location to get to.

Dec 20, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

L.A. Burdick Gifts

For a couple years I have been buying 1/2 lb. boxes of Burdick chocolates as gifts. But I'll be travelling to Michigan this year and I'm not sure the $30 spent on the chocolate is translating to $30 dollars worth of enjoyment for the recipients.
Are there other fancy chocolates that are a better value?

Dec 19, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

Where to buy corn on the cob in May?

The WFs corn was fantastic. I was impressed. I boiled it with crab boil and everyone loved it.

May 29, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

Where to buy corn on the cob in May?

Thanks RGR - Whole Foods is looking like the winner - 5 ears for $2 from Georgia. Bicolor. Looks decent.
Garden of Eden - 2 ears for $2 from California. Yellow, large kernels. Looks decent.
Morton Williams - 4 ears for $2. Yellow large kernels don't look tender. Packaged in plastic.

May 23, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

Where to buy corn on the cob in May?

I'm having a crawfish boil this weekend and I need some decent corn on the cob. Where's a good spot? Preferably inexpensive.... Or maybe frozen is better this time of year.

May 23, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

Birthday Diner - Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Port Chester

I thought it would be fun to do a Saturday evening birthday dinner at a diner. I haven't been to any of my old haunts in about 10 years though. I remember the Port Chester Diner, Rye Diner & Nautilus Diners having fun atmosphere and decent food on a Saturday evening. Is this still true? Do these places even exist still?

May 10, 2012
chowchau in New York State (exc. NYC)

Scandinavian Cinnamon Buns [moved from Manhattan board]

Would love a recipe. Just found this one http://velsmagende.wordpress.com/2011...
Does your recipe vary from this? Do you use Flieschman's yeast?

Mar 15, 2012
chowchau in Home Cooking

Scandinavian Cinnamon Bread - Kanelbrød, Kanelbulle, Snegl

Had a great lunch at the Seamen's Church! What a cool tip. I really enjoyed trying the Swedish version with large sugar crystals.
Looking forward to trying Vandaag. More for their Smorbrod than anything.

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Swedish Seamen's Church
5 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017

Mar 15, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

Where has all the Fresh Fish Gone?

Chinatown is so much larger these days. Have you tried the places on corridor of Grand Street between Allen and Bowery? That's where the hardcore food shopping is these days. I usually buy shellfish however.

Feb 23, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

Cheap lunch near flatiron/union square?

Zen Palate is back on 18th between Park and Irving. Last time I went I ordered a seaweed salad and it was huge.

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Zen Palate
115 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Feb 23, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

My Leaf Lard Pie Crust Has Sinew in it.

Thanks for all the help everybody. Growing up with crisco did not prepare me for this.
My confusion with the recipes was that they did not specify that the lard must be rendered. So naturally I just cut a hunk off of it (while fresh, frozen and still pink) and used it like I would use frozen butter. Now that I'm seeing these posts and googling it further, it turns out that rendering is absolutely required. I thought it seemed strange to be putting raw meat product in my crust. What a rookie!

I think I will look for fresh rendered lard at the store. I want to stay away from the super processed products. And last night's unrendered pie crust left a porky aroma in my apartment that lasted into the wee hours.

Feb 20, 2012
chowchau in Home Cooking

My Leaf Lard Pie Crust Has Sinew in it.

I just decided to hop on the lardwagon after hearing so much about it on Planet Money.
I bought frozen leaf lard from Heritage Meats here in NYC. What a thrill having them cut off a piece with the bandsaw!
I cut up tiny pieces of the frozen lard and made my pie crust in the food processor. The berry tart I made was good, but had unmistakeable bits of porky sinew in the crust. They were unchewable so not really acceptable in a flaky crust.
What should I do? First thaw my lard and then run my fingers through it looking for the sinew to pull out? Rendering the lard is out of the question. I don't have that kind of time.
Any help would be appreciated!

Feb 19, 2012
chowchau in Home Cooking

Scandinavian Cinnamon Bread - Kanelbrød, Kanelbulle, Snegl

Thanks LNG212! Looks like a great find.

Jan 25, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

Scandinavian Cinnamon Bread - Kanelbrød, Kanelbulle, Snegl

One of my favorite memories when studying in Copenhagen, was riding my bike to the bakery and sharing a loaf of Kanelbrod with my friend. For just a few bucks we'd have breakfast and lunch covered! If we got there too late they would be sold out and we'd be heartbroken.

I was at the new Swedish coffee shop, Konditori, on Bedford Avenue this morning. They had a pastry called Kanelbulle which looked pretty similar to a Danish Snail and made me really miss my days eating Kanebrod. It was not fresh enough or cinnamony enough for me. But it got me wondering if there are any places in New York to get fresh Danish baked goods or something close to it.
Do any of the Scandinavians out there have any great bakeries to try? And feel free to educate me on the differences and similarities between the baked goods of these countries.

Jan 25, 2012
chowchau in Manhattan

food processor vs. immersion blender

Agreed! But based on your leaning towards baking, the food processor is sounding better.
I use my immersion blender for soups and sauces. Aside from being able to blend hot foods in their own cooking vessel, I'd say a regular blender can do 95% of the things an immersion blender can do (And I'm assuming you have a regular blender already). Being able to puree something on the fly, while still on the stove is great. Butternut squash soup and dressings are what I use it for most.
I get less use out of my food processor because of the hassle factor. I just don't have time or counter space for it. I have always kept it high up above the cabinets and used it only for special cooking projects. But if you have a nice one with good attachments I think it could be indispensable just the same. Especially when doing pie crusts and cookie doughs if you're a baker.

Dec 28, 2011
chowchau in Cookware