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Best milkshakes in NYC?

I agree that shopsin's is the best. they have the most flavors, and although they do not advertise this fact, they make their own ice cream.

Jul 30, 2007
ghbrooklyn in Manhattan

Anyone know where OKO is?

5th and Sackett, I think.

Jun 07, 2007
ghbrooklyn in Outer Boroughs

Real Roti Canai

I second this. and overseas were very good the last time I went, but it has been a while...

May 06, 2007
ghbrooklyn in Manhattan

I Miss the College Bakery!

I agree sincerely. My favorite former pre-matinee snack source.

Jan 16, 2007
ghbrooklyn in Outer Boroughs

ISO your favorite freezable food recipes (and ideas)

dumplings freeze exceptionally well.

Jan 06, 2007
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

What 's the wierdest recipe you have found and would you attempt it?

Strangest I have seen is a hedgehog, covered in clay and baked in a fire. When the hedgehog is done, you crack the baked clay open and rmove it, which removes the spines. My sister had pet hedgehogs, so I can never bring it up around her.

Jan 01, 2007
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

Mom's Mayer Lemons/What do I do with them ALL!!!

candy the peel and make lemon curd, lemon cake, lemon granita, etc from the juice. The candied peel is fantastic. I made some last week and laid strips of it on some poached seabass with fennel pollen.

Dec 28, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

Ba Xuyen

The bahn mi dac biet and bahn mi ga at the place on Mott(saigon bakery, in the back of the jewelry store) are fantastic. They have the best barbecued pork in the city. But Ba Xuyen is my local favorite. And the people there are incredibly nice.

Dec 28, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Outer Boroughs

How did your Christmas feast(s) go??

Christmas eve was the challenging meal this year, as my brother and sister-in-law were with her family for Christmas night.
Christmas Eve:
sesame-cornmeal-crusted fried squid with mizuna, beets, candied pistachios and sherry-urfa biber-vinegarette

celeriac soup with greek yogurt, vietnamese cilantro, sea salt and white balsamic

forest honey-glazed quail with roasted turnips with nutmeg, roasted cipoline onions and microgreens

pan-cooked sea bass with leek puree, candied meyer lemon peel, and fennel pollen

West County hard cider

Las Rocas Garnacha 2004

Christmas was much simpler:

cut-up chicken roasted over red potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions and prunes with white wine, thyme and shallots

new zealand spinach and green bean salad

no-knead bread with nigella seeds

Guest brought amazing cranberry-apple-nut relish

Chateau Ste Michelle Reisling 2005

Dec 26, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

Okay to roast red potatoes?

Cooking Vidalia onions this much turns them flavorless. Use a regular onion, which will turn sweet from roasting.
Sweet onions do not retain their sweetness if cooked more than a few minutes.

Dec 26, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

real vs. fake foods

yes, but mayonnaise tastes good and miracle whip does not. And can you make miracle whip at home(without having a collection of chemistry lab equipment)?

Dec 24, 2006
ghbrooklyn in General Topics

real vs. fake foods

Try Grade B maple if you've never had it. Has a depth and intensity that is lacking in A and premium syrups, which to me just taste sweet.

Dec 24, 2006
ghbrooklyn in General Topics

What's the best fat for frying chicken?

Lard, followed by rice bran oil.

Dec 24, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

What to put in bread pudding besides/instead of raisins - currants? Something else?

I second crystallized ginger, and add dates. good ricotta is also a good addition. sliced almonds and hazelnuts are also pretty nice.
Cooked down apple cider is a good sweetener.

Dec 24, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

Brooklyn Egg Creams

I get it with no whipped cream and less syrup. But I'd still rather make it at home.

Dec 24, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Outer Boroughs

Bacon Brittle

this is the best method. Also known as billionaire's bacon(when made without nuts). was a bar snack at the four seasons at one point.

Dec 20, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

Assigned brunch potluck item, have tons of eggs, bored with quiche -- any ideas?

I third the strata. made a really good one with caramelized leeks and sausage for a post-wedding brunch recently, which was delicious and disappeared quickly.

Dec 20, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

chestnuts, any ideas?

chocolate chestnut cream. Also, I have thought about whole roasted chestnuts in the bottom of a chocolate custard, or in a chocolate terrine.
chestnuts and pumpkin are good together too. chestnut and pumpkin custard?

Dec 20, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

Brooklyn Egg Creams

Tom's Restaurant on Washington Ave in Prospect Heights also makes an excellent egg cream(I have had Hinsch's as well). I am an egg cream snob, and find their's to be my favorite around, though gem spa is still pretty good. But I still make better ones at home, just like grandma did.

Dec 19, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Outer Boroughs

any good places to get a quick meal by brooklyn law school?

second justin's. doubles and ginger beer for me, please.

Dec 15, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Outer Boroughs

Good or Great Butcher Shops, hartford or new haven areas

Looking for a quality butcher who carries gamebirds(squab, quail). Would rather not go to WholeFoods or the like, as I prefer to support independents. Any help is much appreciated.

What's Your Favorite Domestic Beer and Why?

Cherry Wheat tastes like soda - it's more like an emulation of the style than the true style, like most of Sam Adam's beers.

Dec 12, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Beer

What's Your Favorite Domestic Beer and Why?

Get over to Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic in Brooklyn Heights right now for Dale's from a cask! Holy crap it's good!

Dec 12, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Beer

What's Your Favorite Domestic Beer and Why?

old thumper is good, just had it for the first time recently.

Dec 12, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Beer

Dinner Tonight - Pork Tenderloin - inspire me

roast whole with tamarind glaze.

Dec 07, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

Spicey Pumpkin Enchilada recipe--opinions?

sounds delicious to me. I've made pumpkin filled enchiladas before. I am a huge pumpkin fan, though, so it may be skewing my opinion. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds on top.

Dec 07, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

Blue Corn Meal

Pancakes are great, especially with bananas or blueberries in them.

Nov 26, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

OK, it's turkey/chicken leftover time! What's your favorite recipé?

turkey molé poblano.

Nov 25, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

call for Thanksgiving debriefing: the good, the bad & the ugly. Please share your greatest successes and also any duds to learn by

no complaints.
smoked turkey with a thyme and maple syrup brine.
intense smoked gravy with applejack and reduced apple cider.
my mom's squash rolls.
cornbread stuffing with mushrooms, fried sage and dried cranberries.
roasted brussels sprouts with carmelized shallots, anar dana, mace, white balsamic and maple syrup.
sweet potato souffle with parmesan, hazelnuts and ancho chili.
my sister-in-law's potato gratin.
great organic teenage greens(mustards, some fall lettuces) with pomegranate anils, frizzled leeks, and apple cider-mustard vinegarette.
three cranberry sauces(homemade gelled, raw, and a cooked with mustard seeds).
chestnut puree.
2 of Dorie Greenspan's Twofer pies(pumpkin-pecan)
and a guest brought an amazing cranberry-key lime pie. almost painfully tart but so delicious.

Nov 24, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking

NEED SWANKY CHRISTMAS EVE MENU SUGGESTIONS

definitely a game bird of some kind - duck, quail, grouse, pheasant
a fish course, maybe cod or stuffed squid

Nov 24, 2006
ghbrooklyn in Home Cooking