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Egg Salad at MoMA in NYC - help me recreate the recipe

Thanks for your comments. I have tried, but never managed to recreate the texture or taste of the egg salad. -mz

Dec 21, 2012
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Vegetarian, Southern-themed? dinner before Gillian Welch concert

the soup sounds great!

Nov 11, 2011
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Vegetarian, Southern-themed? dinner before Gillian Welch concert

ps- Klary, please check back in after the event and tell us what you served and how dinner turned out!

Nov 03, 2011
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Is there a one-dish meal that you can't live without?

Turkey pot pie sounds really good...

Nov 03, 2011
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Is there a one-dish meal that you can't live without?

Hi Cynsa - Unfortunately, there is no recipe! I do it differently each time.

Nov 03, 2011
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Does learning how to cook something "ruin" you for ordering it in a restaurant?

In the summer, I buy steamed Maryland crabs "out" and bring them home to eat on my own screened porch. The best of both worlds...

Nov 03, 2011
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Does learning how to cook something "ruin" you for ordering it in a restaurant?

Agreed. I still frequent noodle houses in Chinatown, pizza joints in New Haven, Crabhouses in MD/Del, etc., etc. I wouldn't think of trying to recreate that kind of food at home--and certainly couldn't replace those types of experiences. However, once a cook commits to high quality ingredients at home, that cook discovers that food "out there" often tastes bad and is poorly executed. I mean none of this in a snobby way.
Any food experience = quality of ingredients + care in preparation/execution...
To the extent that formula is followed, I'm a very happy eater...

Nov 03, 2011
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Does learning how to cook something "ruin" you for ordering it in a restaurant?

I do see what you mean, in a way. I find that, generally speaking, meals out tend to be a bit unsatisfying or even disappointing, except at really fine restaurants. For that reason, I don't eat out very often--much less often than I did five years ago. However, when eating at a fine restaurant I now delight in "studying" the dishes, especially if there is a commonality with something I make.

Nov 02, 2011
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Why does cooked chicken smell bad after being refrigerated?

Aversions are contagious--so I will have to stop reading these posts. But it is true about the smell.

Nov 02, 2011
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What does one do with overdone cookies?

yes, just right

Nov 02, 2011
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What does one do with overdone cookies?

that's too bad. i love an overdone cookie, a sucker for the crispiness..

Nov 02, 2011
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Vegetarian, Southern-themed? dinner before Gillian Welch concert

Enjoy! Gillian Welch concert will be great.

Nov 02, 2011
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deviled eggs without the M word

Well, the only ingredient I can think of that wasn't mentioned here is cream cheese... i have experimented with a combination of cream cheese and yogurt...

Nov 01, 2011
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Is there a one-dish meal that you can't live without?

i wish there was a "like" button, because I loke so many of the ideas suggested here...

Nov 01, 2011
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Discard Old Dried Legumes/Lentils/Pulse?

I agree. Recently, I cooked some ancient navy beans; they were okay in soup.

Nov 01, 2011
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Vegetarian, Southern-themed? dinner before Gillian Welch concert

An alternative to apple cobbler, a dessert I suggested in an earlier post, is Sweet Potato Pie. Here is the recipe for a very good one: http://www.wchstv.com/gmarecipes/dips...

Nov 01, 2011
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Vegetarian, Southern-themed? dinner before Gillian Welch concert

That's good to know -- about getting okra in an Indian market...

Nov 01, 2011
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Is there a one-dish meal that you can't live without?

LaLa, please share?!

Nov 01, 2011
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Vegetarian, Southern-themed? dinner before Gillian Welch concert

Love, love, love everything already mentioned. I live in New England, but grew up very southern in the South... My 2 cents: Because currently it's not summer, okra, summer squash, and good tomatoes may be difficult to find... If I were you, I would prepare a hoppin' john-style dish by combining lightly-cooked greens with black-eyed peas and brown rice, garlic and other seasonings. Other diced veggies can be folded into the mixture, as well: bell pepper and spring onion or red onion, for instance. It's not a cold salad, but not a hot dish either--somewhere in between. (By the way, I use dried beans and cook my own (very slowly), rather than using canned beans, because I prefer the texture...I use collards or swiss chard... I play around with seasonings...). The dish is quick-ish, easy to prepare, and a large quantity can be made. Serve with corn bread and/or biscuits. Also, serve various pickled vegetables on the side (e.g., pickled ocra, pickled tomatoes, bread and butter pickles, a spicy pickled relish, or anything you have on hand). If you bake biscuits, be sure to serve some nice jellies too--especially a jalepeno jelly. For dessert, make an apple cobbler and serve with ice cream. (Apples are in season right now.) The meal I described is plenty SOUTHERN. And, if you want finger food to serve prior to dinner, make deviled eggs...
-ps understand that ingredients, such as greens, beans, and rice are to be cooked separately and then combined in a large container/pot... I don't know how you'd handle the prep in a smallish Amsterdam kitchen...? How many people are you cooking for? What varieties of bean do you have available? Let me know, and I will suggest something other than black-eyed peas to play "the bean" in this version of what is essentially rice and beans with Southern attitude and flavor...

Nov 01, 2011
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Is there a one-dish meal that you can't live without?

I make an amazing soup (my spouse adores it above all else) with kale or sometimes swiss chard, cabbage, zucchini, carrots, green beans, turnips, chicken, and sometimes white beans. It is sooo nourishing and yet delicious. I call the dish "3-hour standing soup", because prep time is at least that long. On the lookout for other one-dish wonders. Do you have one?

Nov 01, 2011
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Drinks, Dinner and a Movie...Perfect Pairings.

I will never be able to think of chocolate pie, in the same way, again. As a dessert, it will probably go out of fashion for a decade or two...!

Aug 25, 2011
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Suggestions for my first brisket...?

Are there suggestions for preparing my first Brisket? I will us a large round Le Creuset. Share your preference--inside oven or stovetop?

Aug 25, 2011
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Do you have an amazing SAUCE for fish tacos? Please share!

Sauce is the making of a fish taco, and I've never been happy with my efforts. Can you recommend a sauce?

May 16, 2011
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Please comment on my ongoing toaster dilemma...

Those are some real beauties...

Apr 29, 2011
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My most recent cooking funk and how to escape...

Do you ever find yourself in a cooking funk? Uninterested, uninspired, bored with the process...
What do you do to get out of the funk?

Apr 27, 2011
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Please comment on my ongoing toaster dilemma...

Candy, you're the second person to recommend the "old" Sunbeam. I love the idea and so I'll be on the lookout for one... In the meantime, we decided on the 4-slice Breville. It is, of course, GORGEOUS. We love looking at it. I hope we'll love using it, as well! To everyone, who commented: Thanks for your thoughtful responses. Good information, all.

Apr 27, 2011
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Please comment on my ongoing toaster dilemma...

What to do about toasters?
One crappy cheap toaster after another. What's a cook to do? For a new approach, I'm considering the possibility of going commercial. My spouse wants a 4-slice version anyway... Is this one over-kill?
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/warin...
I wonder what your toaster experiences have been?

Apr 20, 2011
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Egg salad help, please...

thanks for suggestions. have you ever mixed lean chunks of pancetta in the egg salad itself?

Jan 20, 2011
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Egg salad help, please...

c oliver, I too wonder what "goo factor" is. Perhaps cream cheese contributes smoothness to the mixture?

Jan 20, 2011
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Egg salad help, please...

I like the idea of trying smoked paprika. Thanks.

Jan 20, 2011
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