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Crepes

I have a French recipe for a mound of crepes with a mushroom and spinach filling, which would be great for a dinner party for my vegetarian friends. However, I'm not talented enough to make crepes from scratch.

Does anyone know a place in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region that sells pre-made crepes? I could use any and all suggestions!

Jan 16, 2011
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Food Blogs in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area!

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for the best food blogs in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. Already, I read FooBooz, Ed Hitzel, John and Liza are Eating In South Jersey, and Meal Ticket. Are there any other great blogs that I'm missing out on?

Thanks for the help!

Jul 02, 2010
hughes227 in Food Media & News

Food Bloggers

Hi everyone,

I love food blogs and looking at recipes and food pics. Currently, I'm reading Ed Hitzel, Jersey Bites, and John and Lisa are Eating South Jersey. Are there any other great blogs in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area that I'm missing out on?

Jul 02, 2010
hughes227 in Food Media & News

Too much shredded chicken...ideas?

Rick Bayless has an awesome chicken pot pie with roasted tomatillo sauce recipe. It doesn't taste too spicy, and the addition of your pre-cooked and seasoned chicken would likely make it taste even more delicious.

Here's the link to the recipe: http://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/vie...

http://www.elleats.com

Jun 01, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

how can I make vegetarian meals seem more like a whole meal

My bf is a vegetarian, and very slowly, I have adapted from the meat and potatoes lifestyle to loving vegetarian cuisine. I see that you're making lots of imitation meat...chickpea cutlets and seitan bar BQ. As a meat eater, I haven't developed as much of a taste for those items and try to steer clear of imitation meat. It's just not the same as meat.

Some of my filling meals:
-three-bean chilis
-vegetable lasagna
-spinach ricotta roll ups
-hummus

You should pick up a copy of the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook and the Vegetarian Epicure at your library for more ideas.

http://www.elleats.com

May 24, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Veggie recipe help

This is such a nice gesture by the neighborhood to make meals for the family. Macaroni and cheese is a great crowd pleaser, and you can make it upscale by adding frozen butternut squash or making an Italian spin with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and fresh herbs, such as basil or rosemary.

You could also make some kind of casserole. That way, you'd only have to make one dish.

-http://www.elleats.com

May 24, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Two NYC foodies looking for a great meal next Saturday night

I have heard good things about Zahav, but I have never been there myself. I would also recommend visiting Bistro La Minette and Meme for French-inspired cuisine. The foie gras burger at Meme is supposed to be superb.

For lunch, it's also worth a stop at the Redding Market or Taqueria La Veracruzana, which has the best guacamole and homemade tortillas. Both are pretty casual and fast.

-http://www.elleats.com

May 24, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Homemade Filled Pasta/Ravioli?

I liked stuffed pastas with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, or butternut squash. You can also make a simple stuffed pasta with cheese and toss it with vegetables like zucchini, red peppers, and eggplant with a little lemon juice.

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May 21, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Holy smoking wax paper!

When I blind bake tarts or make sugar cookies, I use a sheet of wax paper on the pan. My roll says it's microwave safe, but in the oven, it smokes. Sometimes, I'm afraid my fire alarm will go off in my apartment!

Is there a way to prevent this or a different brand of wax paper that I should be using?

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May 21, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Surprising news from Barolo

That's odd they didn't have that name trademarked or copyrighted.

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May 20, 2010
hughes227 in Wine

Should I Be Hesitant to Bake Unlike Items in the Same Oven?

I cooked gingerbread and pumpkin pie in the same oven once. I kept opening the oven to take out the gingerbread (which only need 8 minutes or so), and the pie custard didn't set correctly. Make sure items have similar baking times to avoid such a conundrum!

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May 19, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Blood Sausages

The Irish eat blood sausage with beans, a slice of tomato, toast, and two eggs. It's enough protein for a lumberjack!

That's the only time that I've ever encountered blood sausage, but let me know how you make out with it!

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May 19, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Have you ever cooked your way through an entire cookbook? Which one?

That's exactly why you should start a blog! With all the things happening in your life, you'll have lots of things to write about and pictures to share.

-http://www.elleats.com

May 19, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

I want to make GREAT meatballs!

I love Alton Brown's Good Eats episode about meatballs, and that's what I use as a my guide when making meatballs. I'm sure you could find it online.

The blog Lucullian Delights also has a recipe for mixing pesto into the balls, which sounds delicious.

-http://www.elleats.com

May 19, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Special Night Out in Philly

A French meal at Meme might be a nice adventure. There's also Cafe Spice which is a trendy Indian restaurant, and the food is very good.

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May 19, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

i think I messed up my strawberry jam...PLEASE HELP!!!

Just use plastic wrap to seal the bowl. Or put it in a Tupperware container. As long as you're only keeping it for a week, it should be fine.

Don't throw it out! That would be so sad!

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May 18, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Nice additions to cookbook library

I'm impressed that you own both French Laundry and Mastering the Art. Those are both very important cookbooks for a culinary reader.

I would add to that list one of Rick Bayless' books (they're all pretty similar and showcase great Mexican cuisine) and Lidia Bastianchi has great Italian cooking books. They're definitely must haves!

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May 18, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Frying in Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

I'm okay with using EVOO for pan-frying, but I would use a lighter oil for deep frying. It's cheaper than using a large quantity of good quality extra virgin olive oil. And I don't think it adds much taste to something deep fried.

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May 18, 2010
hughes227 in Home Cooking

Restaurants/bars in Scranton

Scranton is not known for its culinary scene. However, I second the recommendation for Cooper's. The atmosphere is nice (there's a model train that runs above the bar), and I would recommend the lobster tails.

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May 18, 2010
hughes227 in Pennsylvania

BYOB w/o reservations

Porcini Restaurant on Sansom Street is excellent, and I don't believe that you need a reservation. I highly recommend the cannoli.

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May 18, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Adventures

There's an awesome Thai restaurant in Lancaster called Lemon Grass Thai. It's in a shopping center near Dutch Wonderland, and it is easy to miss but worth the stop.

Another worthwhile stop: a tour of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory in Lititz Pa.

If you see any Amish stores or bakeries along the way, definitely make a stop for a slice of shoo fly pie or a whoopie pie. Both baked goods are uniquely Pennsylvania Dutch.

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May 16, 2010
hughes227 in Pennsylvania

LOOKING FOR BURGER FANS TO MEET UP

You should also read the blog unbreaded.com. It has a lot of great burger reviews,news about burger joints that are opening soon in the Philly area, and some sandwich recipes.

Elaine at http://www.elleats.com

May 16, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Need PA-centric foods for my new book

I haven't seen Hershey's chocolate mentioned!

Amish shoo fly pie is definitely a Pennsylvania tradition. My friends in other states have no idea what it is. Same for whoopie pies. My favorites are the pumpkin whoopie pies.

Elaine from http://www.elleats.com

May 15, 2010
hughes227 in Pennsylvania

Birthday lunch -- but budget an issue

I second the recommendation for Vietnam, which is an excellent and low-priced restaurant. It's sit down and a BYOB.

There's also the Sansom Kebob House, which is very inexpensive, and has a wide range of Afghan food. It's fairly healthy and somewhat similar to Indian food. Very vegetarian friendly as well.

VIC Sushi on Sushi on Sansom also has a three roll special for about $10. My friend and I usually get the special plus a specialty roll, and the bill is always under $25.

Elaine from http://www.elleats.com

May 15, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Good restaurant/event to take out of town co-workers

You could go on a short walk of the city hall/broad street area, see the "Love" sculpture, and then take a picture in front of the Rocky Statue and run up the steps of the Art Museum. The Art Museum area has lots of unique restaurants...Figs is my favorite on Meredith Street, and it's a BYOB. I also noticed that Osteria is in that neighborhood, and Yelp said they have a wine list...but I've never been there so I can't vouch it. Just be certain to tell everyone to wear walking shoes beforehand!

They should sample a cheese steak as well, but perhaps, it would be better to order that for lunch and bring it to your event. Most steak places won't have a comfortable atmosphere for nine people.

Elaine from http://www.elleats.com

May 12, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Favorite selection for lunch at Reading Terminal Mkt?

You must try the cookies from the Fourth Street Cookie Company. They are so warm and chocolaty that they practically melt in your mouth. I also enjoy the falafel and the spinach pies from the Greek place.

Elaine from Elleats.com

May 12, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

I agree about Nodding Head.. The food is not normally very good, and if you go during the day, you'll see how ripped and ratty a lot of the cushions are. My friends like the beer, but I haven't tasted any yet.

May 11, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

I liked Audrey Claire a lot...the restaurant has a minimalist atmosphere with no tacky decorations and an open kitchen in the back....I found the entrees to be seasonal and delicious. Plus, I love dining with the windows open in the summer time.

Elaine from http://www.elleats.com

May 11, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia

Ramen Noodles in Philly?

I enjoy the hand-drawn noodles at Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House on Race Street. They are inexpensive, delicious, and the workers make the noodles right in the back of the eatery.

I hope that's helpful!

-Elaine from http://www.elleats.com.

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Noodle House
2313 US Highway 1 Ste 4, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Race Street Cafe
2 Race St, Frenchtown, NJ 08825

May 11, 2010
hughes227 in Philadelphia