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The Perfect Brownie?

The recipe in the video uses small eggs, so I am not sure about quantity for large eggs, which I always buy. The recipe in the video also uses, I assume, which chocolate cut up and added at last minute. I do not why it is not mentioned. Finally, although I have always thought that James Beard's recipes was the best (an 8x8 cake), I am planning to try David Leibovitz's recipe, which has picked up some buzz. I did not love the Supernatural Brownies, although I loved the uncooked batter.

Aug 25, 2014
mike1213 in Home Cooking

Pizza in South Slope for Saturday lunch

Toby's is only one block south from Giuseppina. It is a bit different with smaller more varied pizzas but the pizzas are all very good and it does open at noon on Friday - Sunday. It has a very good selection of beer on tap.

May 15, 2014
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

The Family Store Bay Ridge

With respect to the Fornino Park Slope location, all I can say is that the Family Store menu is in the window of the meatball shop location, without any further explanation.

Mar 06, 2013
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Recipes from Smitten Kitchen blog.....what are your favorites??

Her stuffed cabbage recipe is very good. It brought back alot of memories for a bunch of people who really loved it. I have made several other recipes that were good, but did not blow me away.
I like the blog although I am stunned by the endless stream of comments saying how great the recipe sounds and looks, without knowing if anyone ever made the dish. Less repetitive worthless praise and more experience would be appreciated.

Sep 21, 2011
mike1213 in Home Cooking

Went to Bonnie's Grill tonight...are people kidding?

I live right by the placce so I have been to Bonnie's well over 50 times (or done takeout) over the years. The regime change was over four years ago so the transition has been made. I never had the chicken/bacon/avocado salad. The pulled pork has always been tasty, but impossible to eat because the bun falls apart. I also believe that pulled pork needs cole slaw as a foil, and it is not served that way. The wings are good, the fries are good, the burger is good, but has never, never been juicy enough to be a great burger (my touchstone). I usually have the catfish burger ( a concession ot my cardiologist), and it is good. The last time I had the catfish burger the outside was not crispy enough and my wife thought it was like cat food. I still enjoyed the catfish burger but the comment momentarily tempered my enthusiasm. The beers are good and I have never had a dessert there - the wings and burger and beer kill any enthusiam for that part of the meal.

Bonnie's Grill
278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sep 13, 2011
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Rotisserie Chicken Use

I use rotisserie chicken for two things - Nancy Silverton's chicken salad with garlic and tarragon mayonaise; and for pita (or flour tortilla) pizzas with barbecue sauce and monterey jack cheese and cilantro. Both dishes are always well received - the pizzas are always a hit with kids - the chicken salad (whi

Jul 26, 2011
mike1213 in Home Cooking

Bino - DIB

We had a very nice dinner at Bino on Saturday night with the DIB menu. The meal started with a very nice amuse of white bean bruschetta. The dinner choices were good and the food was very good - four choices for appetizer - the farro salad with sardines and the arugala salad with pickled onions were both good. The four entres were all good - guinea hen with mashed potatoes, salmon, mushroom rissoto, and cavatelli. The desserts were good - again four choices - sorbetto, lime cheesecake, panna cotto and chocolate budno. I came away impressed and will definitely try the restaurant again. The service was good and efficient. The only problem was a big birthday party of 12 very loud people in a small restaruant.

276 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Mar 28, 2011
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Butcher in Brooklyn

Both Staubitz and Los Paisanos are very good and in Cobble Hill. I would recommend both, but Los Paisanos has the bigger space and more choices on display. In Park Slope there is is the M&S Pork Store on 5th Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets, as well as Union Market on Union & 6th Avenue and on 7th Avenue between 12th & 13th Streeets. With any and every butcher, if you really want something, you should call ahead to see if they have it. If they don't, they can probably have it the next day.

Paisanos Meat Market
162 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Union Market
754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Jan 03, 2011
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Good eats in/near Dyker Heights Holiday lights

I have had a friend tell me very nice things about the Greek place Mezze at 13th Avenue and 66th Street.

Dec 08, 2010
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Non-Ronzoni bucatini/perciatelli in Park Slope?

Eagle Provisions on 5th Avenue and 18th Street sell De Cecco brand. Long before there was Union Market and the smaller specialty stores (but other Italian places that were pretty special), I shopped at Eagle to get things that you would not get anywhere else. The store is still pretty special, but not as unique as it once was.

Eagle Provisions
628 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Union Market
754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Nov 14, 2010
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Apple Cake recipes

Go to the website -- by Dorie Greenspan. There is a recipe for a French apple cake with apple chunks. I have not made it yet, but it does look very good and I just went apple picking last weekend so I have a variey of apples.

Oct 12, 2010
mike1213 in Home Cooking

cooking classes

You .can try Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I have not been there but they appear to be low key classes for not exhorbitant cost. You can check for classes on their website.

Feb 15, 2010
mike1213 in Manhattan

Magnolia Bakery Midtown - what was there before

What was the name of the restaurant/bar that occupied this space forever at 6th Avenue?

Magnolia Bakery
1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Dec 24, 2009
mike1213 in Manhattan

Cacio e Pepe

It was excellent and I too had a disappointing experience my first time there (at lunch time). When I kept hearing good things I went back and I have had very experiences since then.

Sep 29, 2009
mike1213 in Manhattan

Cacio e Pepe

I think Frankie's 457 Spuntino, both in Brooklyn and New York, have cacio e pepe on the menu, at least they did back in December 2008 when I had it in Brooklyn.

Sep 28, 2009
mike1213 in Manhattan

Fresh Breakfast Sausage

Esposito Pork store on 9th Avenue around 40th Street (I have not been in a long time) has very good fresh breakfast sausage.

Aug 07, 2009
mike1213 in Manhattan

Brooklyn Bridge

My friends with young kids suggest buying a pizza to go from Grimaldi's (to avoid a long line) and then eating it in the park right by Bubby's. The park is very nice with great water views. The walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is always a highlight for everyone who does it. I think Bubby's is okay and would fit the bill.

Jun 30, 2009
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Great Farro ideas?

There are two good recipes in the Zuni Cookbook for farro - one a salad (with a variation) and the other a farrotto. Another dish I make is to cook the farro first (and it only takes about 10 minutes according to the Zuni Cookbook). While the farro is cooking, I make a tomato sauce with some garlic browned a bit first, a large can of tomatoes, salt, pepper and add a little honey (to cut acidity of tomatoes). I then add in farro, a can of good tuna fish and capers, all to taste. The dish is a big favorite in my household.

The price for farro from Italy is in the $6-$7 range. Most recipes call for one cup of farro so you get two meals (or side dishes) out of the 1Lb bag.

Jun 01, 2009
mike1213 in Home Cooking


Went to Moim in Park Slope and we (all 4) had a very good experience. The selection of appetizers and entrees was good with one dessert. I had the osso buco that was very good. Overall, the portions were good and I enjoyed the dinner alot. I had not been there in over one year and it was a good choice - not fantastic but very good.

Mar 29, 2009
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

lunch rec's in brooklyn needed

Al Di La on 5th Avenue and Carroll Street in Park Slope serves lunch on Wed - Sunday. It is a good deal with great food.

Mar 23, 2009
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Mozzarella Class at M&S on 5th Ave

I had some neighbors do it last year and they loved it. Unless it changed, M&S (then AS) served appetizers, along with BYOB, and everyone had a great time. In any case, it sounds like a good thing to do with a group of people.

Jan 29, 2009
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

What are your go-to frosting recipes?

My favorite simple chocolate frosting is from The James Beard Cookbook, Helen Evans Brown chocolate frosting. It is semisweet chocolate (5 oz.) melted, 1/2 cup of sour cream and a little salt. It is impossible to mess up and tastes great. It is a real "go to" chocolate frosting.

Dec 16, 2008
mike1213 in Home Cooking

Need a great meatloaf recipe

The "Market Street Meatloaf" from the Silver Palate's New Basics Cookbook is a truly great meatloaf. It is made with 2 pounds of ground beef and 3/4 pound of sausage (with casing removed). It is far and away my favorite meatloaf

Sep 08, 2008
mike1213 in Home Cooking

Waterfront dining

You can eat from the takeout cafe from Fairway in Red Hook and sit looking at the New York City harbor. I think it is pretty cool and certainly casual. In fact, between 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (when they stop serving) , the prepared sandwiches (as opposed to something then prepared like the lobster roll) are 2 for 1 specials. You can pretty much buy anything in the store and sit outside.

Aug 26, 2008
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Should I get rid of these knives?

You can try, a company in Connecticut highly recommended by Lynn Rosetto Kasper on The Splendid Table Public radion show. You can see if their sharpening does the trick.

Aug 06, 2008
mike1213 in Cookware

Need recipe for apple cake

My mom from her grandmother made a great straightforward apple cake - crust and apples. I do not have that recipe. My great recipe is from a 1970's Cuisinart booklet that came with my machine and the recipe is called "Sue Weinstein's German Apple Cake." You do need a food processor to make it. I have made it many, many times and have had friends make it many times.

Cake: 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp butter in 4 pieces
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
4 large Pippin or Granny Smith apples

3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 large egg

With metal blade in place, place all cake ingredients (except apples) in machine and process until mixture resembles cornmeal. Spread mixture in bottom of a well-buttered 9-inch springform pan.

Peel and seed apples. Using slicing disk of food processor, slice apples.

Arrange apples in layers on top of crumb mixture. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven
for 45 minutes.

While cake is cooking, make topping in food processor with metal blade, by adding sugar, butter, cinnamon and egg. Process until smooth.

Spoon mixture over apples when cake comes out of oven and bake for 25-30 more minutes until top is firm.

Makes one 9-inch cake. I never found cake to need any topping.

Jul 31, 2008
mike1213 in Home Cooking

Del Re Knife Truck

I have used Del Re's red truck for years and have always been happy. I recently paid $35 for 4 knives (10" chefs, 8" boning, 4 inch pairing and 4 inch Santouku). It is the green truck that people should stay away from (although I have not seen that truck in the last few years). I have also seen Del Re's truck up on the Upper East Side.

Jun 11, 2008
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Pork BBQed Rib Favorites.

The Mark Bittman rib rub on his "Great Chefs" episode with Chris Schlesinger is a terrific rub.

Jun 03, 2008
mike1213 in Home Cooking


I was there two weeks ago with a party of 14 on a Saturday night celebrating my wife's brother's father-in-law's 90th birthday. The back room is big and spacious, although a bit noisy in that there is a high ceiling. The service was good, friendly and unhurried. The food was good in that everyone seemed happy with their dishes. I do not think that anyone raved over their dishes but the menu is straight forward and not particularly ambitious. I had the short ribs which were good, but I have yet to have any that I would rave over (other than Korean short ribs which are "cured" with sugar). I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

Apr 23, 2008
mike1213 in Outer Boroughs

Other Whole Grains to Experiment With?!

On the topic of Farro, Lidia Bastianich did a recipe a few weeks ago using a simple tomato sauce of garlic, one can of peeled tomatoes and 1 tbsp capers, then adding cooked farro and italian tuna (the olive oil based stuff). I have made it several times and it is really simple and very good.

Apr 01, 2008
mike1213 in Home Cooking