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Fine dining near the Jorgensen Center, Storrs/ Mansfield CT

Altnaveigh Inn is a very nice place in Mansfield on Rt 195 just down the road from UCONN. Popular spot for people going to the Jorgensen too but good food, nice atmosphere. Just make sure you make reservations and also allow enough time to enjoy dinner before ou have to leave for the show.

Sep 14, 2012
awiley in Southern New England

Gluten free caterers in CT?

I forgot to mention that we are planning on about 130 people....Thanks!

Sep 14, 2012
awiley in Southern New England

Gluten free caterers in CT?

Hi all,
I am getting married in Wethersfield, CT in May 2013 and need a gluten free reception dinner. I know that many caterers can accommodate gluten free options but I have to worry about cross contamination, not just that they don't put croutons on the salad and serve plain (boring) chicken...I would love any recommendations for caterers that know GF and have delicious food too! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Sep 13, 2012
awiley in Southern New England

Brown Rice Pasta- I'm In Love!

I like the Tinkyada brand pasta - having to be gluten free out of necessity, I've found this brand to be the most like "real" pasta.

Aug 29, 2011
awiley in Home Cooking

Drinks for a Pregnant Lady

Crystal Light now makes "mocktails" - I've tried the mojito and margarita flavor. They aren't too bad (although the other suggestions here sound much better) especially for a quick fix with little prep.

Aug 29, 2011
awiley in Home Cooking

Confused about gluten free products...

The date ball cookies sound great but please be aware that Kellogg Rice Krispies are not gluten free: they contain malt flavoring, which is derived from barley. There are GF varieties of rice krispies available, so make sure to check to see that they are labeled as such.

Good luck.

Dec 12, 2010
awiley in Home Cooking

Duck on menu for tonight but just realized need help!!!

Hi all, Thanks again for the advice and suggestions! Duck came out great! I steamed it for about 40 minutes (but I think Sparkareno was right - I could have probably skipped this step), then butterflied it and spread the rub on. Rub was a combo of smoked sea salt, kosher salt and brown sugar. Then onto the grill, indirect heat for about 40 minutes. No flareups, but I was prepared just in case! It did require some maneuvering back and forth to make sure cooking was even. Served it with a port wine-plum sauce (grill plums, then simmer with port wine, shallot, sugar, smoked sea salt), and roasted garden veggies. It was delicious! The only change I would make is to use less rub - the duck skin was perfect but way too salty in some spots so that was disappointing. Thanks again!

Aug 01, 2010
awiley in Home Cooking

Duck on menu for tonight but just realized need help!!!

Thank you both, Sparkareno and Euonymous! I will butterfly, steam then grill!! Crisis averted ! (well, so far. We'll see how the actual cooking process goes!)

Jul 31, 2010
awiley in Home Cooking

Duck on menu for tonight but just realized need help!!!

thank you! Sounds good, and manageable!!! I was also thinking of using the beer can chicken thing, without the beer ....I've never used it before but we have one....any thoughts on that method?

Jul 31, 2010
awiley in Home Cooking

My 2 year old son was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease. How do you transform your cooking life?

I agree with the above, especially about processed food and cross contamination. Even when you get GF cheese at the store, you have to remember to ask them to wipe it down if they don't have a dedicated sicer. Stores are usually pretty good and many of them, including WF and Stop & Shop have GF lists .
Udi's bread is the best I've found so far. WF carries it. Pamela's mixes are good too.

Jul 31, 2010
awiley in Home Cooking

Duck on menu for tonight but just realized need help!!!

Help! I had a whole duck in the freezer and decided to use it tonight, found a yum sounding recipe: "grilled duck with port wine plum sauce"...it called for duck breasts and I figured I could just double the rub and do the whole bird (it's ok if it takes longer, we'll just sit by the fire with cocktails and snacks!). However, I've never cooked (much less grilled) duck before and didn't realize it can be so complicated until I started checking online cooking times, etc. Has anyone grilled a whole duck before? We have a charcoal kettle grill - any tips,etc are welcome, as well as how to prepare the duck (aside from the rub, etc. It seems there are two opposing camps out there - remove or not remove the skin, etc.....Pardon my ignorance, I'm usually quite capable in this department but Daffy threw me for a loop! Thanks in advance for your help!

Jul 31, 2010
awiley in Home Cooking

Pig Roast

Wow - great info here. I have nothing to add at the moment, am simply browsing because we are planning a pig roast at the end of May and I'm a little nervous about the undertaking! A friend has a pig box, we're anticipating doing a 100lb pig, as we'll have about 90 people (and other sides, etc as well). From the research I've done, it seems that will be enough - but if any experienced pig roasters have a different opinion on size of pig=amount of food for a crowd, let me know! In the meantime, I'm reading these posts and cruising for ideas!

Apr 14, 2010
awiley in Home Cooking

Oysters in Seattle?

Pigeage,
I don't know if you'll see this post, but I've been searching and searching for Elliott's Oyster granita recipe since our trip in July 2009. If you see this, and have the recipe, please post! Thanks so much...

Nov 14, 2009
awiley in Greater Seattle

Your favorite Ethiopian place??

We will be in DC for Columbus Day weekend and are looking forward to the great food. We've eaten at Zed's and loved it (it was our first and only Ethiopian restaurant experience) but realize that there seems to be a big debate among CHers between Dukum, Etete, and Zed's - although Zed's seems to be a little lower on this list.. I've looked at both menus online, both look great so how to choose??? And are there any others I'm missing? Give me your best argument for your favorite!

Sep 15, 2009
awiley in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fennel Advice Needed!!!!

Thanks to everyone for the advice!!! Now I know what to do with what I have....and what to plant next year!

Sep 07, 2009
awiley in Home Cooking

Fennel Advice Needed!!!!

OK, so I have a silly question....I am a complete fennel novice but thought I would try something new so I bought and planted fennel this past spring. Of course, I no longer have the little plant stake telling me the exact variety. And I've been waiting and waiting for it to produce those lovely fennel bulb things that one finds in the grocery store. No luck - beautiful feathery leaves and dill-type flowers but no bulb. I've pretty much determined that I have the herb fennel type vs. the vegetable fennel, so the question now is: how to use it? I've searched recipes online and while some call for fennel seed, and snipped fennel, others call for fennel stalks and bulb. Obviously, I don't have a bulb, but can I use the stalks? Any tried and true uses for this herb? It smells and tastes great, but since I was expecting a bulb, I'm at a loss. Usually I'm an adventurous cook and gardener but this one stumps me!! Any suggestions, recipes, etc would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Sep 05, 2009
awiley in Home Cooking

Gluten-Free Cheesecake Crust?

I was going to suggest gluten free gingersnaps (I've used Mi-Del brand for cheesecake crusts before) but then realized you said you weren't able to find any gluten free items near you - so I think the nut crusts sound great....just a note of caution: oats are not gluten free unless you buy specifically certified GF oats, and even then some people with gluten intolerances can't digest them well so you may want to check with your friend first if you are unsure.

Mar 08, 2009
awiley in Home Cooking

ISO gluten free pasta recipe

Thanks to both....I think I even have The Gluten Free Gourmet! Forgot about it....I'm going to check out both recipes. Wish me luck!

Jan 18, 2009
awiley in Home Cooking

ISO gluten free pasta recipe

I have always wanted to make my own pasta but never got around to trying it...and now that I have been diagnosed with celiac disease, I figured it's a good time to start! Does anyone have any tried and true recipes? I appreciate any suggestions!

Jan 17, 2009
awiley in Home Cooking

gluten free lunch ideas

Starting a gluten free diet is really challenging! Good luck! The lunch combos listed here are great ideas - I use many of those myself. I have a really hard time with the commercially prepared gluten free breads, etc - just don't like the taste - so I often skip the bread altogether! I find myself bringing lots of leftovers, and some days,when I'm in a hurry, I just throw together a bunch of "snacks" that will give me plenty to nibble on all day long - yogurt, baked potato, fruit, single serve frozen veggie micro-in-bag things...and lots of salads! turkey roll - ups with cheese or avocado, a little chive is really tasty. Rice cakes/apple/banana/celery with peanut butter. String cheese is good too. There are lots of things you can just grab and go if you have your fridge/cabinet stocked well, and plan your grocery shopping accordingly. Good luck!

Oct 24, 2008
awiley in Home Cooking