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3 ingredients, 3 restrictions

I also have 5 lbs of fingerlings.

May 29, 2011
sbethp in Home Cooking

3 ingredients, 3 restrictions

Dinner with friends just got moved from their house to ours due to some unexpected plumbing issues, so we have to come up with a menu for 6 adults and 4 kids for tonight, and it can't be too time-consuming because we also have to clean the house. I have spinach and spring/green garlic from the farmer's market and a pound of black beans soaking. We need something that is ideally vegetarian/pescetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Any ideas?

May 29, 2011
sbethp in Home Cooking

Kid Friendly/Veg Friendly in Cincy

Thanks all. At Emm's suggestion, I did go back and read past discussions of Montgomery Inn and visited their website. Definitely not the place I'd choose, but since it's my husband's family (Cincinnati locals) whom we're meeting (and I've only met them once before), I'm certainly not going to put up a fight. Thankfully I do eat fish, so there are a few options for me there.

Jun 13, 2009
sbethp in General Midwest Archive

Kid Friendly/Veg Friendly in Cincy

Thanks for the suggestions. Will definitely try Melt.

I think we're meeting family for dinner one night at Montgomery Inn Boathouse--any opinions?

Jun 11, 2009
sbethp in General Midwest Archive

Kid Friendly/Veg Friendly in Cincy

My husband & I will be visiting Cincinnati from Chicago for 3 days later this month with our 5 year-old and 2-1/2 year-old. We'll be staying downtown but will have a car. I am mostly vegetarian but will eat fish. Any recommendations (preferably in the cheap/moderate range)?

Thanks.

Jun 07, 2009
sbethp in General Midwest Archive

King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour

With the exception of things like cakes, I use this almost exclusively whenever all purpose flour is called for. It works very well in pancakes, muffins, quick breads, and even, IMO, chocolate chip cookies. Not so good for popovers, though.

Apr 12, 2009
sbethp in Home Cooking

Mushy Millet

I am having a millet problem. I cannot seem to get it to cook up fluffy; it always ends up a mushy mess. I have been cooking according to recommendations found on www.whfoods.org:

"After rinsing, add one part millet to two and a half parts boiling water or broth. After the liquid has returned to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer for about 25 minutes. The texture of millet cooked this way will be fluffy like rice."

Any suggestions?

Jan 21, 2009
sbethp in Home Cooking

Best Tortillas in Chicago?

I agree with those who've recommended El Milagro for corn. But even better, if you have the time, is making your own. You don't say what neighborhood you're in, but I know that Tony's Finer Foods on Fullerton and Central Park (Logan Square) carries fresh masa para tortillas. I'm sure there must be markets in other neighborhoods that carry it as well. Certainly more time consuming, but soooo much better!

Aug 27, 2007
sbethp in Chicago Area

fish tacos in Chicago

I'm a big fan of the fish tacos at El Cid (and try their tacos de papa while you're at it).

Jul 04, 2007
sbethp in Chicago Area

Farmers markets opening soon

I don't know about this year, but for the last couple of years Grazers has been at the Lincoln Square Farmer's Market on Tuesdays--with coffee, granola, unbelievable granola bars that must weigh a pound each, shortbread, and other goodies.

Jun 18, 2007
sbethp in Chicago Area

Pinstripes in Northbrook

Has anyone been to Pinstripes, the recently opened bowling/bocce/bistro place on Willow in Northbrook? Love the concept, wondering about the food. Their website says "exceptional Italian/American bistro and wine cellar," but no menu posted yet.

Jun 08, 2007
sbethp in Chicago Area

24 Hour Layover in Chicago

Another great option is Lula Cafe in Logan Square, about a block from the Logan Square stop on the Blue Line. Their focus is on seasonal/organic/locally sourced food. Menu available on their website: http://www.lulacafe.com/. If you search this board, you will find several threads where it has been discussed.

Jun 01, 2007
sbethp in Chicago Area

Recs Between Skokie & Palatine

Yes, dairy is okay and I think fish is too. I am curious about Flight, but as you mentioned, their menu is not posted on their website. Does anyone have any brief reviews? What is their price range?

May 29, 2007
sbethp in Chicago Area

Recs Between Skokie & Palatine

I am having dinner with a friend next Friday night; we'd like to find someplace mid-way between Skokie & Palatine and vegetarian-friendly. Any suggestions?

May 28, 2007
sbethp in Chicago Area

Wednesday night North side/Evanston

I am looking for suggestions for dinner this Wednesday night. My preferences are:

*Far north side or Evanston
*Vegetarian friendly (but fish okay too)
*Outdoor seating
*Entrees under $15 average

Any place with Wednesday-night specials (i.e. half-price bottles of wine; prix fixe menu, etc.) welcome too.

Thanks.

May 19, 2007
sbethp in Chicago Area

Help - Desserts next Saturday

I have been to Hot Chocolate once but not to the cupcake buffet or the dessert tasting at Tru. It has been a while since I went to Hot Chocolate and the details now are somewhat fuzzy. From what I remember, I think I thought it was good but not as great as I was anticipating. We went early on a Monday night and they would not seat us until our whole party was there, so my guess is they might not make you feel terribly comfortable lingering for hours relaxing and catching up, but maybe someone with more recent experience can speak better to this. I would recommend the Chocolate Bar at the Peninsula Hotel downtown (Friday and Saturday nights only in the Lobby).

Oct 15, 2006
sbethp in Chicago Area

Trattoria D.O.C. (pizza and Italian) in Evanston

Dined there this weekend and was not impressed. Unfortunately, did not read the previous post beforehand and ordered the porcini risotto, which I agree was good but not great. My husband ordered a pizza (mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, olives). Crust may have arrived at the table crisp, but by the time I tried it not long after he cut into it, it was downright soggy.

Our biggest disappointment though was with the service. We waited probably 20 minutes for our salad. During our wait, I couldn't help but notice (the tables are very close together) that the people at the table next to us were finished with their entrees for at least 10 minutes before their plates were bussed. The diners 2 tables over from us (same wait person) ordered at least 5 minutes after we did and received their appetizers and entrees before we did. When our entrees did come, my risotto was brought out a couple of minutes before my husband's pizza--not a big deal, but just sort of sloppy; no reason they couldn't have waited 2 more minutes and brought them out at the same time. And because the room is so crowded, the wait staff kept bumping into each other--and into my husband a few times as well. Overall, a disappointing experience.

Oct 10, 2006
sbethp in Chicago Area

vegetarian friendly restaurants?

Chicago has several good Ethiopian options, all of which are very veggie friendly: Ethiopian Diamond (6120 N. Broadway), Ras Dashen (5846 N. Broadway), and Addis Abeba (1322 Chicago Ave., Evanston). Victory's Banner in Roscoe Village is a good choice for breakfast or lunch (2100 W. Roscoe); Lula in Logan Square (2537 N. Kedzie) is great for breakfast, lunch & dinner. There are also many excellent Thai restaurants (discussed extensively on this board) and Indian restaurants (most on Devon Ave.) that offer lots of vegetarian options. Enjoy.

Aug 31, 2006
sbethp in Chicago Area