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Recipes from NY Times

I'm dating myself but Craig Claiborne's NYT Cook Book and 60 Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey were among the earliest cookbooks that I owned. Beyond that, I've been reading and clipping recipes from the NYT paper and Sunday mag forever, although I make only a small fraction of the ones that I save.

Among those that I've pulled from the NYT in the last 10 years that I make regularly are:
Bittman's version of Lahey's no-knead bread
Bittman's basic pizza dough
Bittman's steamed dumplings (shu mai)
Dorie Greenspan's French Yoghurt cake

Also, last year for Thanksgiving I made this Melissa Clark recipe for pumpkin pie, http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10..., and it was terrific. I've always been intimidated about making pie crust from scratch but found this recipe easy to follow and the result was great. (I did use the short-cut of canned pumpkin puree but otherwise followed the recipe exactly.) Will be making it again this Thanksgiving.

Other recipes from earlier years from the NYT that I make include a Caesar salad recipe and a recipe called "Lazy Chicken" that involves roasting chicken pieces with root vegetables (the recipe is from the 80s long before the roasted root vegie craze). Still use Claiborne's recipe for buttermilk pancakes from his NYT Cook Book.

about 19 hours ago
masha in Home Cooking

When are best deals?

Bricks and mortar stores with websites, like Macy's,BBB, etc.

Oct 19, 2014
masha in Cookware
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Dining by MSI / Best Japanese in city?

For additional ramen choices (especially on a Sunday evening), see this article that was just published in the Chi. Tribune,
http://www.chicagotribune.com/enterta...

Oct 17, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

Dining by MSI / Best Japanese in city?

Love the ramen at Slurping Turtle but it's not really the place to go for sushi (they offer it but the menu is small and not really what they feature).

Oct 17, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

Food itinerary for Chicago

Welcome to CH and the Chicago Board. Chicago is a great town, both in terms of food and things to do (with or without children).
In addition to Nsxtasy's suggestions in response to your post, I would urge you to read other recent threads on this Board, including some recent trip reports by other visitors. They will give you a sense of your options and then perhaps you could return with more focused questions. Here are links to a few recent threads that may be particularly apropos:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992193
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992165
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986925
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986635

Oct 16, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

Tasting Menus- Chicago

They will refund your payment up to 7 days in advance (or, at least, that was their policy as of last spring, when I last visited), so there is very little downside in booking now.

Oct 15, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

site forgetting "read" posts

Still happening. Someone today revived a thread from July 2012 that I'd read at the time and on which I'd posted. All of the previously-read comments were expanded with the exception of my own.

Oct 13, 2014
masha in Site Talk

Substitute for mushrooms...

Fair enough. But for the OP's inquiry, making Coq au Vin, omitting the 'shrooms makes more sense than trying to substitute some other ingredient.

Oct 13, 2014
masha in Home Cooking

Substitute for mushrooms...

Mushrooms don't have much of a distinct flavor; rather they tend to amplify the flavor of other ingredients in a dish. So omitting them is probably the way to go.

Oct 13, 2014
masha in Home Cooking

Iconic Lunch spot on drive down from Manchester to NYC on 87?

You should post this on the NY State Board given that 87 runs through upstate NY, not VT.

Oct 13, 2014
masha in Northern New England

Kid-friendly good eats?

There are lots of threads on the Chi Board on dining with "kids," and "children." Plugging either term into the search function should pull them up. Here is one that may intersect with you interests, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8872...

Oct 12, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

greek salad dressing

I pretty much do the same dressing as Lingua but I use equal parts red wine vinegar and lemon juice, and the astringent component of mine is more than a "dash" -- rather, the typical 1:3 ratio that I use for all vinaigrettes.

Oct 11, 2014
masha in Home Cooking

Anyone familiar with the fall food truck festival?

Ironically, I had to go through Daley Plaza today and there was indeed a "Food Truck Rally" taking place in the Plaza, with about 6-10 trucks assembled as of 11 am. Although the link to the City of Chicago's website that I'd inserted in my post above states that it was to occur on "October 11, 2014" -- i.e., tomorrow -- the signage in the Plaza today stated that the rally was occurring on 10/10/14 from noon until 7pm. So, to the OP, you would not have arrived in time anyway (unless the signage is incorrect and it will also be taking place tomorrow).

Oct 10, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

Ads That Play Automatically

Happened to me twice today after a hiatus of about 1 week in which I'd not encountered them at all.

Oct 08, 2014
masha in Site Talk

Ads That Play Automatically

Happened twice today. Second time I went to this post to register the complaint; first time I exited CH entirely.

Oct 08, 2014
masha in Site Talk

Lunch Recommendations - to be delivered for group

I am a fan of Sopraffina. They have very good sandwiches and salads. There is also a Pastoral near the Aon building (although that may entail a larger budget).

Oct 08, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

late night Baltimore

Sorry but I don't see that on the link you provided. When I click on the webpage labeled "contact us" on that link, it lists the hours and does not refer to being open on Saturday night at all. If they are open then, I stand corrected but there is some sort of disconnect on what you and I are seeing. (I grew up in the area and still get back often, including visits to Goldbergs -- most recently last week-- but have never had occasion to go on a Sat. night.)

late night Baltimore

According to Goldberg's website, they close at 3 pm most days (4 pm on Sunday's, 2 pm on Fridays) and are closed all day Saturday (they are Orthodox Jews who keep the Sabbath, which would not literally preclude their being open at midnight on Saturday, but ...) http://goldbergsnybagels.touchmenuusa...

Recipes with Tomato Soup as an ingredient?

Condensed Campbell's tomato soup was the key ingredient in my mother's basic meatloaf recipe -- it's pretty bland but we liked it growing up and I still make it.

The basic recipe is to combine 1 lb ground chuck, 1 can (undiluted) of condensed tomato soup, 1 egg, and enough seasoned Italian bread crumbs to bind it all. I've jazzed it up a bit by also adding a few tablespoons of salsa. Cook in a loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 1 hour, until it is fully "set" and browned on top.

Oct 06, 2014
masha in Home Cooking

Need new Drip Coffee Maker, under $75

Your Braun must be several years old at least (or you do live in the States). Braun no longer sells small appliances in the US. We had a Braun before the Cuisinart and my mother has the same Braun. Agree they are fine, basic coffee makers but unfortunately not available.

Oct 03, 2014
masha in Cookware

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

Yup, which is why 2-buck Chuck is our house wine for cooking unless we happen to have a partial bottle of drinkable quality wine in our fridge that was not polished off.

Oct 02, 2014
masha in Wine

Who eats using sterling silver flatware at home each and every day?

And, if it's old silver, you may want to wash the knives by hand even if you put the other silver pieces in the dishwasher as the higher temperature of the DW water will eventually cause the glue to degrade that holds the blade and handle together. My understanding is that more modern silver knives are manufactured in a manner that avoids this issue.

Oct 02, 2014
masha in Not About Food
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Need new Drip Coffee Maker, under $75

We own a French press but for every day use I prefer an electric drip -- just easier to use. (Since the Cuisinart died earlier in the week, we are using a Black & Decker basket-filter machine that we picked up cheap about 20 years ago, and that we normally use only when we have so many guests that we need 2 coffee makers. I may end up just using it without replacing the Cuisinart.)

Oct 02, 2014
masha in Cookware

Need new Drip Coffee Maker, under $75

Juju, when did you buy yours? Recent Amazon reviews suggest quality issues with Zojirushi not unlike my personal experience with Cuisinart and those observed in the reviews of Krups, etc., as I reported below. E.g.,

This review from 9/29/14: "I spent almost one hundred dollars on this coffeemaker less than six months ago. Last week, it simply stopped working, as has been reported by many other purchasers. I'm sure you are able to draw your own conclusions."

And, this one from 9/22/14: "As a satisfied previous owner of this model, when I returned from abroad I decided to order a new one. On arrival, opened it up, inspected it then put it back in the box and returned it to Amazon. Problem: The carafe is stainless steel and is a two part constuction. The upper part was not centered on the base so the carafe had a permanent LEAN. Because of this the carafe could not be aligned properly with the coffee maker housing which it must be in order to allow the coffee to flow out of the filter reservoir. This was a laughable manufacturing screw-up and perhaps sheds some light on the quality control on this Chinese manufactured model. (My old one was made in Japan). This is not a cheap coffee maker. I expected more and am so disappointed. Evidently Just another example of this sometimes out of control rush to lower costs. I assume ordering one of these is the proverbial crap-shoot. Maybe you get one that works maybe you don't. But you have to wonder what other corners might have been cut that will bite you later on."

I realize that online Amazon reviews are not a random sample of purchasers but they are relevant data

Oct 02, 2014
masha in Cookware

Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US

If you live near a military base, in lieu of volunteering at a shelter, you might offer to host a few enlisted men/ women who are far from home to share Thanksgiving in your home.

Oct 02, 2014
masha in General Topics
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Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US

Lbs, I am pretty sure you are not my son, but the XRT playing of Alice's Restaurant at 11 am is absolutely part of our annual tradition too!

Oct 02, 2014
masha in General Topics
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Any chowhounders attending the windy bbq classic?

JB, I defer to your greater knowledge of 'cue. And no doubt the musical acts are local. My reaction (from a really quick glance at the website) was that it did not look to be a particularly indigenous event.

Oct 01, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

Foodie Trip to Portland, ME

It's my understanding that Eventide does not take reservations and has lengthy waits during normal dinner hours. (disclaimer: I don't live in Portland but this was the information that I gleaned when I was planning a trip to Portland earlier in the year. Because we abhor lengthy waits for tables we skipped Eventide. The best meal we had while we were there was at Back Bay Grille, but it is probably a more formal restaurant -- literally "white table cloth" -- than may be of interest to you.)

Oct 01, 2014
masha in Northern New England

Any chowhounders attending the windy bbq classic?

Never heard of it until you posted. Looks like an entirely packaged, non-local event. The traditional annual Chicago 'cue event is called Ribfest, has local competitors, and is held in Grant Park in the summer, although I don't believe there is any significant opportunity to sample the competitor's fare.

Oct 01, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

Any Peeler Experts?

Y style is much easier to use. It's what I started my son on when he was about 5 - requires much less manual dexterity. I too have an OXO Y style. My only complaint about it is that the handle, which is made out of some sort of cushioned material (so easy on the hands) has gotten a bit "tacky," probably because I often put it in the utensil container on the lower rack of my dishwasher. But it functions very well both in terms of ease of use and comfort -- your typical OXO product.

Oct 01, 2014
masha in Cookware