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Wine in the fridge, wine out of the fridge....

So we had a big Passover Seder with lots of Kosher for Passover wine. We still have three in the fridge from April: 2 moscatos and a Chardonnay.

My question is, if I take them out of the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature, will they still be drinkable come next Passover?

(if we have to, we can just drink the Chardonnay...it wasn't bad. But I have no idea if the moscatos are any good...the vineyards are new to me).

Jun 17, 2012
dainish in Wine

Green non-stick cookware or something to use for eggs? Help!

I will try to season the heck out of it...my husband wont even eat eggs if i cook them in it because he thinks they taste funny.

I called cuisiniart and was told to season my green gourmet pans. I was surprised bc i didnt think o were supposed to, but i'll give it a shot later today.

Jul 27, 2011
dainish in Cookware

What were your FIRST three cookbooks?

Joy of cooking. Which my mother gave me, saying, i got this when i got married, but since you'll have your own apartment, i guess you'll need it now (i guess she didn't want me moving out, but there was no way i was moving back in after grad school!). Thanks mom...

Pick 2 of the barefoot contessa books....i think the cookbook and maybe barefoot in Paris?

Shocking how i gained 10 pounds my first year of working...between the Food Fridays my department threw and the contessa saying to start each recipe with a pound of butter, I got a little fatter....but damn her scones are delicious! Since i grew up with a mom who didn't put a sauce on anything unless it came in a pouch in a box with the food, joy of cooking was truly helpful. And it taught me how to buy veggies and how to cook pretty much anything. It's still what i grab when i don't know what to do with an ingredient.

Jul 08, 2011
dainish in Home Cooking

Energy enhancing foods to avoid afternoon lunch crash & fatigue?

More so than your lunch, this could be a result of your breakfast. I'm careful to eat a mix of protein, fat, and complex carbs at every meal. If you like eggs, they are excellent for breakfast and to keep you moving, I'll have egg whites with a side of oatmeal with almond butter or kashi go lean cereal with almonds and skim milk. If you don't like eggs, try cottage cheese or greek yogurt with fruit and nuts. The protein should keep you going for a few hours. I would try to make sure you're getting protein, fat, and carbs at every meal and eating whole wheat rather than white...

I've been eating Like this for quite awhile and sometimes forget how effective it is. One day this school year I had baked a cake for a class i was taking and there was a lot leftover. The next morning i thought, What the hell, it was delicious, and ate a big piece for breakfast with my coffee. About 3 hours later i could have put my head on the desk and gone right to sleep, despite having students in the room! I will never eat cake for breakfast again (well, at least not on a weekday!).

Jul 08, 2011
dainish in General Topics

Green non-stick cookware or something to use for eggs? Help!

This is true, but all it would take is to leave the burner on by mistake and have my husband put the empty pan there. I'd still rather keep the birds and my husband and buy a different pan. I have definitely seen him put items down on a hot burner both at my house and at relatives' houses. He doesn't cook except to make those Knorr pasta sides and every single time, it boils over and makes a disgusting mess on the cooktop which is usually left there and cooked on. He does not seem to understand that we have special cleaner for the cooktop that he should use when he makes a mess of it. He is a little absent-minded and clearly has not learned that the best way to cook those pasta things is not setting the heat to high and walking away.

So you can see my dilemma. We have also had oven mitts burn at least twice from being set on the hot cooktop. I hate electric ovens and will be looking for gas when we move (gas burners do not masquerade as extra counter space and I think are less likely to be seen as a good place to set the oven mitts or he newly washed pans).

As a side note, i have never put any of my non-stick pans in the dishwasher. I usually use my all clad pans whenever possible, so most of the nonstick set doesn't get enough use to a get crummy. It's just the small and medium skillets I'm hang trouble with because they get so much use. I eat eggs every day for breakfast.

I truly appreciate all the advice. I am working on seasoning a couple cast iron pans i got from my registry and will look into the suggestions everyone has offered. :-)

Feb 27, 2011
dainish in Cookware

Green non-stick cookware or something to use for eggs? Help!

I need some suggestions for pans to use with eggs. I have birds, so I can't use Teflon around them. I donated my old non-stick to my sister for her apartment and received a set of Cuisinart Green Gourmet for my shower back in April or May. I've been using the small pan every day since for eggs and it is no longer non-stick! I'm going to call Cuisinart because it should still be under warranty, but I'd like something else that will stay non-stick.

So any suggestions for another brand of no chemical non-stick pan would be great. Or would enameled cast iron be good? I have access to a Williams Sonoma and Le Creuset outlet... I do own a small Lodge cast iron pan but it's not seasoned enough yet to be good for eggs....

Thanks everyone!

Feb 26, 2011
dainish in Cookware

Shun Knives--Preference?

I know there are a lot of knife threads on here, but I'm still not finding an answer to my question, so here goes.

If one were to look only at Shun knives, which line would you pick and why?

Let me qualify this--I can't buy the classic because the handles are right-handed and my husband is a lefty. Right now I am making do with a Forschner which is great but perhaps a little too light. And my husband really doesn't like it.

I know the Ken Onion line seems to be getting phased out and you can get a great deal...but I feel like people have said the design of the handle makes you cock your wrist at a weird angle.

Has anyone tried the Shun Edo yet? They're at Williams-Sonoma but they're REALLY new.

Also, I pinch the knife when I hold it, so I like knives with a bolster that has a bit of an ergonomic space for the fingers, and a wide finger guard (like the Ken Onion). I don't have much of a technique with knives yet as I just learned how to properly hold a knife not all that long ago. Definitely have sliced myself less since learning this, but I still feel like I need to take a class!

I am not saying I HAVE to buy a Shun, but I won't buy something that I have to mail order without trying first. And I'm trying to figure out, aside from feel, if there is any reason to put one Shun line above another, so that I can compare it to other brands....Thanks!

Jul 25, 2010
dainish in Cookware

Need Recommendation for Steak Knives (Bridal Registry)

I have a set of these (got them from my wedding registry) and they're fabulous!!! I need to buy a second set. They are wonderful for steak and won't break the bank.

Jul 25, 2010
dainish in Cookware

Best Mixing Bowls?

Thanks, I figured they were a rip-off. I get that you might want All-Clad for cooking, but I couldn't see why you'd need it to mix in!

I'll add a couple plastic non-skid to my collection and then hunt down a restaurant supply store in the area for stainless ones.

Apr 25, 2010
dainish in Cookware

Best Mixing Bowls?

Suggestions for mixing bowls? I have 2 sets of crappy metal ones from BBB or something and a set of Pyrex glass ones. None of them have any sort of handle which makes them irritating to use with a hand mixer.

Working on wedding registry and was wondering if it makes a difference to use stainless steel mixing bowls. There's an All-Clad set that at least has a handle, but it's $99 for 3 ss bowls.

I did register for a stand mixer but haven't gotten it yet. Here's hoping, but I'm still thinking it would be good to get mixing bowls with handles. Any suggestions about other cheaper bowls that have handles that I can get at Amazon, BBB, or Macy's? Or anyone who knows these All-Clad bowls are worth the money?

Thanks!

Apr 25, 2010
dainish in Cookware

What Cooking Utensils to Use on Stainless Steel?

I am a very lucky bride who just received a 10-piece set of All-Clad stainless steel pots from my registry for my shower (hurrah!). I have a few questions as I have never really cooked with stainless steel before.

What kind of cooking utensils can I use on them? All of mine are plastic, since all my pots and pans were non-stick. Do I need to buy metal ones?

Can I use non-stick cooking spray on them? Will it be impossible to get the food off, or to get the spray off when I wash the pan?

Thanks for the help! I want to sort this out asap so I can get to using them! :-)

Apr 24, 2010
dainish in Cookware

Need rehearsal dinner restaurant near West Orange, NJ--Italian or American?

We actually tried Due Amici on the recommendation of a friend who grew up in West Orange, but my future father-in-law said he was looking for something "more upscale," which kind of pissed me off as I thought the food was very good. He wants people to be able to order off a menu, not just pick one chicken or one fish or one pasta. And he apparently wants them to be able to order steak. But they do not have time to actually pick the freakin place--that's become my job (not like I have anything else to do, like finishing planning the WEDDING or anything...or working...).

I did find Fascino online and recommended it to my in-laws. We'll see what they think....I'm living in Virginia and therefore do not intend to be involved in the decision beyond telling them some places to try.

Thanks for your help!

Feb 05, 2010
dainish in New Jersey

Need rehearsal dinner restaurant near West Orange, NJ--Italian or American?

Hi all. My fiance's parents are trying to select a restaurant to have a rehearsal dinner before our wedding for about 30 people. My mom is quite picky, so it needs to be Italian or American or just a place that can make a good steak or might be willing to make her chicken parmesan.

His parents are foodies...they would prefer a BYOB place and they would like it to be upscale; I don't think price is really an issue though I'm pretty certain something like the Manor would be too expensive.

Any suggestions in or near West Orange? As long as it was within maybe 15 or 20 minutes driving, that would be ok, but the closer to West Orange the better as that's where the guests will be staying.

Thanks! I appreciate any suggestions anyone has...the wedding is Memorial Day weekend so we really need to get this sorted soon. :)

Daina

Feb 02, 2010
dainish in New Jersey

Suggestions for Birthday Dinner in Dupont Circle?

I've eaten at Granville Moore's. There was sand in my mussels and that was the end of being able to eat that meal.

Anyway, we're going out first to Buffalo Billiard's for drinks and pool, so I'm just looking for something within walking distance.

I may check out Thai Basil in the future, but not for my fiance's bday--unfortunately, he doesn't really like Thai food. :(

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Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Nov 11, 2009
dainish in Washington DC & Baltimore

recommendations needed: good Chinese food in NOVA

I am looking for good Chinese, eat-in or takeout, in NOVA. So far the best I have found is Mama Wok in Reston. Thanks!

Nov 11, 2009
dainish in Washington DC & Baltimore

Suggestions for Birthday Dinner in Dupont Circle?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good place for a 30th bday dinner in or near Dupont Circle? It might be a group, so probably a moderately priced place will do nicely. Thanks!

Nov 11, 2009
dainish in Washington DC & Baltimore

what le creuset items do I really need?

I don't have pyrex stoneware--I have glass. Glass in every size and shape for the oven or for storage. Some with lids. Do I need stoneware for the oven?

Sigh. My mom is not what you'd call a cook, so I grew up with all non-stick cookware, chocolate chip cookies from the nestle roll of dough, and maybe some corningware. She has an electric skillet that she leaves the oil in and reuses. I have caught their dog licking the outside so I now refuse to eat anything she fries in oil. She never had a food processor or stand mixer or good pots and pans or knives. She used to use steak knives to cut everything, despite having a "knife drawer" in the kitchen.

I love to cook and bake and try new recipes all the time, so I'm just trying to sort out what I need for what kinds of cooking. It's becoming overwhelming.

Jan 29, 2009
dainish in Cookware

what le creuset items do I really need?

So what would you recommend to use to cook an egg or pancakes that's NOT non-stick and will allow me to use little or no butter? Thanks...

Jan 28, 2009
dainish in Cookware

what le creuset items do I really need?

I'm working on a wedding registry and I need to get rid of my non-stick pans (I have birds and it's super dangerous to use them at all). I was planning to get a set (or individual pieces) of stainless steel pans (probably All-Clad), but I really need something to make eggs in without leaving most of the eggs in the pan and without using a ton of oil/butter. Someone recommended le creuset for this purpose. I was wondering what Le Creuset pieces I might need beyond a small skillet...like a grill pan? What size Dutch oven? Do I need baking dishes if I have Pyrex ones that I can use? Thanks!

Jan 28, 2009
dainish in Cookware

Food Processor Recommendations

I am also looking for a food processor for my registry. I was wondering if anyone has any idea how a Cuisinart compares to KitchenAid. (Also, Cuisinart just redid their food processors, so it would be great if anyone knows how the newer ones work.) Thanks.

Jan 28, 2009
dainish in Cookware

stand mixer question/recommendations

I'm recently engaged and just got started on my registries. I love to cook and bake and definitely want an excellent stand mixer. However, I'm having trouble sorting out which one! I do like to make bread occasionally, and might want to double or triple recipes, so I don't want to get one that's too small. My fiance's mom bought a KitchenAid to replace her really old, broken mixer and hated it because it only had one beater. She swore it didn't mix all the cookie dough ingredients together and returned it for a mixer with two beaters--I don't know what brand. She insists I should get a stand mixer with 2 beaters, but I thought that was essentially a hand mixer in a stand.

Now, I have a Cuisinart hand mixer that I received as a random engagement gift. I was going to return it (who needs a $90 hand mixer) but gave it a try, and it has enough power to act as an engine for a motor boat, so I decided to keep it. This makes me want to try the Cuisinart stand mixer, which is pricier than the KitchenAid and perhaps uglier, but it does have higher wattage than the KitchenAid.

Anyone have any experience with either the KitchenAid or the Cuisinart and can recommend one (or talk me out of one)? Anyone agree with my future MIL that one beater is a problem, or was that perhaps just a lemon she purchased? Thanks!

Jan 28, 2009
dainish in Cookware