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SOHO date night?

I like Balaboosta.

214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Mar 04, 2012
mmf23 in Manhattan

Favorite cold soups, please

You're correct. :) Perfect time for it--*meggy* (sour cherries) just came into season. Here's my recipe for it:


1 1/2 lbs. sour cherries, washed and pitted

2 1/2 cups water

2 1/2 cups wine

1/3 cup of sugar

2/3 tsp. of grated cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling

2/3 tsp. grated lemon zest

2/3 cup of sour cream

2 tablespoons of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

An ice bath

Stir together the cherries, water, wine, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon zest in a medium pot. Cover and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, mix together the sour cream, flour, and salt in a medium, heat-proof bowl. Set aside.

Set up an ice bath in the sink.

After 20 minutes, taste the broth. If it’s too sour, stir in a little more sugar. (I like this soup tart.) With the burner still on low, add about 4 tablespoons of broth to the sour cream mixture to temper it.

Then add the sour cream mixture to the pot and stir. Leave the pot on low heat for about 5 minutes. Then, set the pot in the ice bath and allow the soup to cool to room temperature. Put the soup in the fridge until it gets cold. Serve with some grated cinnamon on top.

New York Times and the LA Times both just published cold cherry soup recipes on Tuesday, too.

Jul 14, 2011
mmf23 in Home Cooking

French Foie Gras or Hungarian? Whole lobes...

You can get Hungarian foie gras (and loads of other Hungarian goodies) at Otto's in Burbank

Nov 24, 2010
mmf23 in Los Angeles Area

Homemade Amaretto

@piggie1230 So you're saying almond extract is a good sub for the apricot kernels? I'd love to make this but I really don't want to spend 12.95 plus shipping on apricot pits... anyone got suggestions on what to sub in for those?

Nov 11, 2010
mmf23 in Recipes

Alone, lunch, do you need a reservation?


I will be in Paris for a few days next month, and will be alone for two lunches. I *think* I want to spend those at Frenchie and Chez L'ami Jean. I'm not totally decided. But I was wondering, do I need a lunch reservation for 1 at these places? I'm hoping not-- my French is terrible (or pas terrible yuk yuk) so I'm nervous to call and stumble through making one. Plus, I'd like to have flexibility during the day and not be tied down to a reservation.

Sep 21, 2010
mmf23 in France

Trip report: La Regalade,Chez Denise, etc...

Thank you for the pain au chocolat rec! Can't wait to try.

Sep 21, 2010
mmf23 in France

Hungarian Palacsinta

It most certainly is not thicker. It's thinner! Also, no one has mentioned using szodaviz (club soda) to get the batter to the right consistency?

Apr 22, 2010
mmf23 in Home Cooking

What can you make in the rice cooker besides rice?

Apr 10, 2009
mmf23 in Home Cooking

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Cream Sauce

Has anyone tried this recipe? The cooking time is much shorter than the cooking times I'm seeing on other corned beef and cabbage recipes, so I'm wondering how this one comes out.

Mar 15, 2009
mmf23 in Recipes

tried the hungarian menu at Cafe des Artistes?


Did anyone try the special Hungarian menu at Cafe des Artistes this weekend? I would really like to try it this week, but it's a little pricey and I'm wondering if it's worth it.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Mar 01, 2009
mmf23 in Manhattan