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Need new Drip Coffee Maker, under $75

The Braun coffee makers currently for sale on Amazon are "220-240 volt," and labeled "not for use in USA." As I stated upthread, so far as I know, Braun has completely discontinued sales of its small kitchen appliances for US markets.

about 22 hours ago
masha in Cookware

reliable drip coffee maker

I've been on a similar quest, as addressed in this thread from a few weeks ago, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/990652

What I've learned and concluded is:
1. Unless you want to spend really big bucks, the coffee maker is made in China and it's quality control is a roll of the dice. Read reviews on Amanzon.

2. Bed Bath & Beyond will take back any product that they sold that fails, basically no questions asked. As reported in the linked thread, I'd returned a Cuisinart burr coffee grinder to them a couple of years ago when it failed within 3 months and they gave me my money back. I stupidly threw out the Cuisinart 10-cup drip coffee maker that I'd bought there, which failed after about 20 months (i.e., the reason I am in the market for a new coffee maker). When I was in their store a few weeks ago, the salesman said they would have taken it back, had I brought it in.

3. I had decided to buy the Melitta product discussed in the linked thread from BBB. It was not in their store but the one with the glass carafe is available on line; the thermal carafe version is not available on line (or was not as of about 2 weeks ago). From Amazon reviews and discussions on the thread, it looked to be reasonably functional and in my price range.

In the meantime, we dusted off a 20-year old Black & Decker which we normally store away, but use when we have guests and need 2 coffee makers. It has basket, rather than cone, filter, which is supposed to make inferior tasting coffee. But we've thought it tastes pretty good so I am not in any hurry to get a new coffee maker.

1 day ago
masha in Cookware

Oak Park Recommendations for Office Holiday Party

Do you need a private room or would a place with somewhat divided space work? If the latter, I would recommend Cucina Paradiso. Good Italian food. http://www.cucinaoakpark.com

Oct 28, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

ISO Quick & Dirty Dinner Ideas for Mom & Kid While Dad is Out of Town

I flatten them with a small, heavy skillet pressed down on top.

Oct 28, 2014
masha in Home Cooking

how long have you had your......

Same happened about 10 years ago to the plastic chute for my Cuisinart, which had been a gift in about 1985. The cost of a replacement chute was so high that I bought an entire new Cuisinart of the same model on sale for only about $30 more than the replacement part would have been. I kept all the other working parts from my original. So if the motor or bowl on the "new" FP ever dies, I can always substitute from the original. .

Oct 28, 2014
masha in Cookware

how long have you had your......

Our new KA broke down in less than 3 years since we installed it and cost over $300 to repair. The old KA was working fine when we replaced it but I figured it was would not last much longer and found a good price on the new DW. Am really sorry I did not wait until the old one actually failed instead of preemptively replacing it.

Oct 28, 2014
masha in Cookware

how long have you had your......

KA double ovens, installed when we completely redid our kitchen shortly after we moved into the house in 1989
Viking 6 burner cooktop, installed in 2001 when we tweaked the kitchen remodel (replacing a KA cooktop that we'd installed in '89 and hated from day 1).
Kenmore Elite side-by- side refrigerator since about 2006, replacing the GE fridge we'd installed in the 1989 remodel
KA dishwasher, about 4 years ago, replacing a KA DW that we'd installed in ''89

Oct 27, 2014
masha in Cookware

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

See report she posted on tripadvisor:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

Oct 26, 2014
masha in Chicago Area

ISO Quick & Dirty Dinner Ideas for Mom & Kid While Dad is Out of Town

I've done this but use smoked turkey sausage

Oct 26, 2014
masha in Home Cooking
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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.

Oct 22, 2014
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