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help with selection of new appliances needed

Remodeling the kitchen, and looking at some upper-end appliances. I think I'm set on the 48" Wolf range (thanks to other postings, I went and looked and like it), but now I'm looking at 42" or 48" built-in side-by side refrigerators (Sub-Zero or Jenn-Air or something else?? Please help!!), dishwashers (standard size, does anyone have a recommendation of one they love that's quiet and cleans well????) and built-in microwaves (anyone have a recommendation?).

All suggestions appreciated....

Mar 07, 2012
lidi b in Cookware

48" gas (dual-fuel) range: Wolf vs FiveStar vs Thermador vs Viking vs Dacor

thanks, twinma! Seems that Viking is OUT (lots of complaints from lots of sources), and I'll probably go with Wolf too.....good luck with your replacement!!!

Mar 01, 2012
lidi b in Cookware

48" gas (dual-fuel) range: Wolf vs FiveStar vs Thermador vs Viking vs Dacor

I'm hoping someone will help with this one too--remodeling and the remodeler is recommending (pushing?) the Dacor 48" dual-fuel, but I'm wondering which of the top brands--Viking, Wolf, 5-Star, DCS, BlueStar--is the best for me. I need a 6 burner, great at both simmer and quick-boil, easy-to-clean cooktop, a reliable electric oven/gas broiler with self-clean feature, and good reliability. Please help!!!

Feb 28, 2012
lidi b in Cookware

Lefthanders, how do you eat?

Guess I really am strange! Lefty here--while eating, fork in left, knife in right--no switching. When prepping in kichen--holding steady with left, cutting with right; Scissors in left; Tongs, fork, spook in left.

Feb 15, 2012
lidi b in Not About Food

need make-ahead main for picky company-please help

We've got friends coming over Saturday night--2 adults, 2 kids. I'd rather make something that I can prep ahead and put in the oven while they are there. Nothing too exotic--I think they're rather plain eaters (and before you say I need new friends, I've known the husband for 25 years--it's the wife and kids who like plain stuff). I was thinking maybe baked "greek" chicken with lemon, oregano, parsley, olives and shallots with herbed orzo and green beans, since the chicken can be put together in advance and baked later, but I'm not feeling it. I'd love to do beef burgundy in the crock pot, but my morning is filled with kid sports.

Anybody have a thought?

Jan 19, 2012
lidi b in Home Cooking

help with "cooking chemistry" project

Thanks, all! Some great "food" for thought. I've got another week to plan, so I may try a few of these!!!!!!

Jan 11, 2012
lidi b in Home Cooking

help with "cooking chemistry" project

My 6 year old was given an assignment to come up with a science project where you choose a recipe (with exact measurements, which I took to mean baking, but I'm happy to be dissuaded), make the recipe exactly, then make it again, changing something (adding more of an ingredient, using less or removing an ingredient, adding a different ingredient entirely), guessing what would happen b/c of the change, and seeing if they're right. I want the project to produce an obvious result, and was thinking muffins--some right, some with no baking powder. Anybody have a fun (and easy--remember, he's SIX) idea for a project???

Jan 10, 2012
lidi b in Home Cooking

restaurant for client dinner near Silverado Resort in Napa

upscale, please....BBQ won't do (much as I like it!!)

Aug 16, 2010
lidi b in San Francisco Bay Area

restaurant for client dinner near Silverado Resort in Napa

I need some help, please. I need to find a restaurant to host a client dinner for about 25 people near the Silverado Resort in Napa. I really don't want to have to eat in the hotel restaurant again, but want to be relatively close by, since we'll have to caravan so many people. Any thoughts???

Aug 05, 2010
lidi b in San Francisco Bay Area

Business Dinner in Berkeley?

These are great suggestions (and I especially appreciate the ones that tell me where not to bother trying). Keep em coming, if there are more!!

Aug 19, 2009
lidi b in San Francisco Bay Area

Business Dinner in Berkeley?

Staying in the Claremont Resort and Spa in late September, and will be taking 20-25 clients out to dinner for two different nights. Recommendations needed--close to resort, good food and wine are pretty much our requirements.

Happy to help if any of you are coming to my 'hood (DC and VA suburbs) and need assistance!

Lisa

Aug 18, 2009
lidi b in San Francisco Bay Area

I Ricci

Is there anything good to eat there? I'm headed to a client dinner, and don't have a choice. I've been before, but not for a good year or so, and have had very mediocre stuff (for very high prices relative to the quality of the food...). Can you help a girl out?

Rancho Mirage--Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

Going to a conference next month at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, and have been tasked with finding restaurants for client dinners (approx 20 people) for two different nights. Needs to be relatively close to resort (5-7 minute drive okay). I'm assuming I'll do Roys one night, but need suggestions for the other. Thanks in advance for your advice--happy to provide same when any of you come to the Washington DC area!!

Feb 10, 2009
lidi b in California

Fogo (DC) vs. Chima (Tysons)

I happen to live in the Tysons area and just got a 2 for 1 coupon in the mail for Chima--so that'd be my vote (at half price!!) We got the same coupon about 6-8 months ago and the server was very gracious when we used it, even though it was a Saturday night (the coupon had no restrictions)

Inner Harbor Baltimore lunch with little kids

Jon Parker--Thanks. Unfortunately, that's what I thought (that there just wasn't much). Cheesecake Factory (ugh) might be our best option. I think the family wanted more than a deli...

Inner Harbor Baltimore lunch with little kids

I'm hoping that "pay it forward" works here...I've responded to many a request, and am hoping that what goes around...

Family from DC and Phili and NJ are meeting in Baltimore, Inner Harbor, to go to the aquarium and lunch. 6 adults, 3 kids under 5. Restaurant needs to be walking distance to aquarium and kid-friendly. Thoughts????

Going to Olives for lunch - suggestions?

I happen to LOVE their beef carpaccio appetizer---but it's HUGE. Loads of beef, onions in aged balsamic, salad greens and underneath it all, a surprise....a fried square of cheezy polenta. Yum.

If you like sweet, their butternut squash raviolis are really good.

The specials are usually a good bet, too.

Northern VA w/toddler

I'm so depressed...I used to be a regular on this board, but 2 and a half years ago that all changed--I had a kid. Don't get me wrong, he's terrific, but it certainly changed our dining habits. Went from Obelisk to Olive Garden, you know?

Anyway, I'd love to hear some thoughts on where we might go, with the toddler, where we would be welcomed and would have a nice meal. We'd go early, of course (like 5:30 or, at the latest, 6) for both the toddler and the other diners, and would not try to have a lengthy dinner. We'd just like some good food for a change. Toddler eats pretty well, so a regular menu would be fine, but a highchair would be necessary.

Thanks!

ISO side dish for pork tenderloin

My family is getting together at my house this Saturday (some from Florida, some from California, we're in DC area). I'm planning on making grilled pork tenderloin with a red wine/ginger/soy reduction sauce with sliced (frozen) peaches that I've made before (from Bon Appetit or Gourmet, I think). I'm making vegetable skewers for a vegi.

I need help with a starch. I need it to be really, really simple, cause I have a 21 month old running around and I'll have to play "hostess." The reduction sauce gets made the night before and the pork gets marinated in most of it. It gets grilled day of, with the remainder of the reduction sauce on top. The vegis I can prep the night before, and they get grilled off.

Thoughts? Maybe couscous with some herbs?

Thanks,

Lisa

May 21, 2007
lidi b in Home Cooking

Cafe 15

I'm headed to Cafe 15 in the Sofitel Hotel in DC for lunch to check it out for a potential holiday party for my mid-size law firm. Has anyone been to a party there? If so, how was the food? The service?

Has anyone been recently for lunch? What should I have? What should I avoid?

hostess gift suggestions

I certainly didn't mean to cause a ruckus. My interpretation was no birthday gifts. I honestly don't know if the birthday girl is throwing the party herself, or if her husband is throwing it for her (which I'm guessing is the case). All I know is that the party is at the birthday girl's home.

I don't want to call and ask if I can bring anything, because the birthday girl and I have had that conversation before (in the context of a book club) and she made her views known on that subject (she would prefer wine, flowers, whatever to a dish that she's expected to put with whatever she's prepared). Moreover, as the invitation was a pre-printed "fancy" invitation, I take that to mean that it's a well-planned dinner, and if it were my party, I would not want dishes coming from outside.

That said, I was always taught that when invited to a meal at someone's home, you bring a hostess gift as a token of your appreciation for being invited. I gave it some thought, and am thinking about either (1) fancy mustards, jellies, or the like; or (2) some fancy champagne vinegar and olive oil and vinegarette-related spices. The birthday girl and I always bring wine to each other's homes when we're invited over, and since it's a fancier party, I wanted to give it a "little" more thought.

Jan 31, 2007
lidi b in Not About Food

Anti-inflammatory foods - what to make?

I understand that omega-3 fatty acids (yes, the stuff in salmon) has anti-inflammatory properties, as does flaxseed and flaxseed oils.

Jan 30, 2007
lidi b in Home Cooking

hostess gift suggestions

My hubby and I were invited to a friend's 40th birthday party dinner at the birthday girl's house. The invitation specifically states "no gifts please" but I'm going to take that as no birthday presents for my friend. I'd feel really awkward not going with at least a hostess gift--after all, they are taking the time to have the dinner in their home.

Please, thoughts for a gift to bring with me that doesn't violate the spirit of the "no gifts, please"???

Jan 30, 2007
lidi b in Not About Food

leftover polenta

Oh my do the frites sound good. Any thoughts for seasoning, or what to do to make them get crispy? More parmesean on top? A spritz of Olive Oil? Some spices on top?

Jan 29, 2007
lidi b in Home Cooking

ISO veal chops recipe

I bought some gorgeous veal chops at the supermarket yesterday; they are about 1/2 lb each. Does anyone have a good recipe that would involve the oven (baked/broiled) rather than pan-seared?

Thanks muchly.

Jan 29, 2007
lidi b in Home Cooking

leftover polenta

I made a really yummy, cheesy (parmesean), creamy polenta last night to go with balsamic-glazed chicken. I have quite a bit leftover. Anybody have a good recipe for polenta cakes for later in the week? I'd prefer baked to sauteed, but, if I must.....

No deep frying, please.

Thanks!!

Jan 29, 2007
lidi b in Home Cooking

Dante's - Great Falls

I'd been to its prior incantation (the name escapes me, but it was owned by a couple. The husband, who was to be head chef, was sent to the Middle East with the military about a week after the place opened and it never did well.) but not to Mediteranee. I'd read a review by the Washington Post and wrote it off....maybe I'll have to give it a go.

Do you have a favorite dish there? Or is it the kind of place where you should go with the specials?

Dante's - Great Falls

I wouldn't bother with Dante's--way overpriced for what you get. Stuffy old-fashioned atmosphere, which is fine if that's what you like. I live in Great Falls, and I'd do Chez Francois in a heartbeat if I needed a special occasion place in Great Falls.

slow cooker recipes

I got a slow cooker (crock pot) last fall (6 qt, I think) and I've only made the beef burgundy recipe that I complained about in this forum (too dry). Do any of the 'hounds have slow cooker recipes that they love and would like to share???

Jan 10, 2007
lidi b in Home Cooking

vegetarian in Alexandria and/or DC??

My collegue needs to get a holiday gift for his assistant, and wanted to get her a restaurant gift certificate. She is vegetarian, her husband, we think, is not. They live nearest to Alexandria. Any thoughts in Alexandria, or DC?