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Park Slope Food Coop Members -ever have trouble with their meat?

We've been members of the Coop for about 8 years. We buy most of our meat there not because the prices are so great, but because I felt comfortable that it was "happy meat". Over the past year or so, on at least 4 occasions, the meat I have purchased smelled so foul I had to throw it away. I usually don't do anything about it as I have no intention of schlepping back raw rancid meat and didn't think they would take me for my word later. But tonight really ticked me off. This afternoon I bought ground pork and when I opened it, it was spoiled. I checked the date, which was not listed, instead it said "Special Sale" on it. I didn't notice that when I bought it since it was right where the ground pork always is with no special sign. My bad, I guess, but "Special Sale" or no, I would never pay $6 for a pound of rotten meat. I called them this time and after a longish hold was told to bring my receipt for a refund, which I will. But my bigger issue is -- what the heck is wrong with their meat? Is it a date issue (with the exception of my Special Sale pork, none of my rotten meat was beyond the expiration date) or a storage issue? I sometime wonder if it's the vacuum packed nature of the meat. It's gross to think about, but it can't be good to sit in that blood like that. Shudder. It's enough to make one a vegetarian. But before I do that, I have two questions -- has anyone else had this problem? And where else can I buy non factory farm meat (grass fed, humanely raised) besides Fleisher's, which I *think* is more $$ than the coop (though I could be wrong?)

Jan 22, 2015
vvv03 in Outer Boroughs

How many people really use shallots? I generally don't.

I used them a lot. I started using them more often when I read Kitchen Confidential. Anthony Bourdain lists them as one of the secret ingredients that makes restaurant food tastier than home cooked meals might.

Jan 16, 2015
vvv03 in Home Cooking

Vacuum packed La Quercia Pancetta is a bit old -- can I use it?

Thank you!!

Dec 27, 2014
vvv03 in General Topics

Vacuum packed La Quercia Pancetta is a bit old -- can I use it?

I've had a vacuum sealed package of La Quercia pancetta in my deli drawer for a while. Honestly, not even sure how long -- 6 + months..? I can't find an expiration on it. It looks fine. Do you think it's okay? Will I know if it's bad when I open it? I suspect that since Pancetta is cured and it's sealed, it may be okay. I don't want to get anyone sick, though. I plan on using it with a roast, so it will be cooked. Thoughts..?

Dec 27, 2014
vvv03 in General Topics

Where can I buy live cockles near Park Slope?

We usually get our cockles for spaghetti and clams from Bensonhurst, but I am working on Christmas Day and don't have time to get there. Is there any nearby seafood shop that sells them?

Dec 22, 2014
vvv03 in Outer Boroughs

What can I make with ground beef?

That is NOT: chili, picadillo, meatloaf or shepherd's pie? It's such an easy, quick ingredient, but I'm out of ideas. Thanks!

Nov 30, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking

Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

Oh yeah, I also made the cranberry sauce with port and figs everyone loves on the board. I didn't like it. I have to admit, I like my cranberry sauce a little sweeter and less complex.

Nov 28, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking

Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

Mine wasn't a disaster, but a disappointment. I am generally a good cook and I'm pretty good at following recipes, but none of my recipes really hit it out of the park. I did the Food52 dry brine turkey.http://food52.com/recipes/15069-russ-... It was a bit dry. I did Sunday Supper at Lucques stuffing http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ch..., quite a bit of work and seriously lackluster results (once again confirming the fact that I am simply not good at fussy recipes) and I did this bean casserole, which was recommended here http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20... and it was typical overwrought Americana cuisine (I am Italian American and it was my first stab at a bean casserole. I never understood the concept but given the good review I figured I would try it.) My mom did the mashed and sweet potatoes and they were fine. My pumpkin pie was okay. Overall, just a general disappointment for quite a bit of work and money. I guess I should be grateful it wasn't a disaster, though!

Nov 28, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking

ISO advice from seasoned cookie bakers and/or crafty types

My 11 year old daughter is having a birthday party mid-December in our relatively small apartment and we will likely have around 10 girls over to bake a few different cookie recipes. I am looking for tasty/relatively easy/foolproof recipes and any advice on how you would organize "the line". Meaning, would you have stations where groups of kids do different things, etc.? I am probably crazy to be doing this. I'd love a good cookie cutter or otherwise decorate-able cookie, but I find that many of them taste like drywall. Let me know if you have one that doesn't. Any and all advice/recipes/encouragement very much appreciated!!

Nov 28, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking

The Most Fabulous Candy Bar Ever

You are wrong (though I will try one out of morbid curiosity.) But seriously, try this and then rewrite the article. Yummy and beyond fun! http://chuaochocolatier.com/chocolate...

Nov 10, 2014
vvv03 in Features

What am I doing wrong with my new stove?

Thanks for the replies. To clarify, I get the smoke even when I am using the normal bake setting. I know the Broiler is always on top, but in my past experience there was a lower drawer that you put things in to broil. This has that flame at the top of the oven, so that even when I'm simply baking, it's easy to cause smoke.

I will try the wipe down the oil method and see if that improves things.

Thank you.

Nov 10, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking

What's great for dining with an old friend -- West-ish Side btwn Soho and Flatiron?

I'm meeting an old friend for drinks and dinner tomorrow night. I rarely get to do this, so I don't want to blow it with a mediocre meal. what's a nice place that you like for meeting a friend? I'm thinking good cocktails, good food, not too noisy so you can chat. Just a general positive ambiance. Mid price range. She's on the UWS, I'm in Park Slope, so I figure we'll meet somewhere in the middle. Open to different cuisines. TIA!

Nov 10, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

What am I doing wrong with my new stove?

We are renters in a smallish apartment in Brooklyn. I recently decided to buy myself a new gas range because the one in our unit was awful so I went for a middle of the road GE gas range/convection with a self-cleaning feature. Overall, it's been an improvement from the last oven. But I'm having a few problems I can't find answers to in the owner's manual and I'm wondering if it has something to do with technique. Most importantly, the broiler flame is on the top of the range, not the bottom. This means that whenever I am roasting something that has been marinated in oil, the whole apartment fills with smoke. I don't just mean sets the smoke alarm off, which of course it does, but fills with smoke so the rooms look cloudy, even with the fan going and windows open. I can't figure out if I'm doing something wrong or if there's a problem with the oven itself but THanksgiving is steadily approaching and I'm having a bunch of guests and would prefer if we wouldn't spend the pre-meal time dabbing the tears from our eyes from the smoke. Any suggestions on how to remedy this problem?

Nov 09, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking

If anyone is awake question about letting bread dough rise -- I'm tired!!

I started make a pan de muertos this evening to bring to my daughter's class tomorrow afternoon. It's basically a sweet Mexican bread to celebrate the Day of the Dead. I started too late and just finished mixing it about 15 minutes ago. It said to let it rise 2-3 hours, punch it down, put in the fridge, then the next morning take it out to proof. No way I am lasting 2-3 hours. Am I better of putting it in the fridge overnight or letting it rise over night outside? Thanks!

Oct 30, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking

Pan de Muerto in Brooklyn?

Hi, where can I get a loaf of Pan de Muerto in Brooklyn? Closest to Park Slope preferable. Thanks!

Oct 29, 2014
vvv03 in Outer Boroughs

Suggestions for authentic Mexican dish to please 3rd grade class

My daughter's class is having a celebrate Mexico day on Friday. They asked if anyone wants to bring in a Mexican dish. Any good suggestions or recipes would be appreciated. It has to please most 3rd grade palates and not be too complicated (I am a good cook, but work fulltime so this will be made at night after I've made our family dinner.) Thanks!

Oct 29, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking

Any quick suggestions on where to lunch in Tribeca today?

My friend and I are going to lunch, we work in Battery Park. We thought we'd go somewhere nearby in Tribeca (but not too far north or east). Any suggestions? Nice sit down lunch, good ambiance, good food, not insanely expensive but not cheap either? Thanks!

Oct 10, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

Question on crowds at Au Cheval and South Loop suggestions?

I am coming to Chicago this week on business. I am staying at the Hyatt McCormick Place, which I understand is near the South Loop neighborhood. I had wanted to go to Au Cheval on Tuesday evening, maybe around 9pm, to have dinner at the bar (assuming they have one), but I read on Yelp and it looks like the wait times are nuts. Do you think that would be the case on a Tuesday night, too? If so, can you recommend a nice restaurant in the South Loop where you can sit at the bar, have a nice cocktail and a decent meal? Thanks!

Sep 15, 2014
vvv03 in Chicago Area

ISO great empanadas for takeout -- Brooklyn or Queens

Thanks, everyone, great suggestions! And I like them baked, Aubwah!

Sep 09, 2014
vvv03 in Outer Boroughs

ISO great empanadas for takeout -- Brooklyn or Queens

I thought it would be fun to get empanadas for my daughter's birthday party instead of the usual pizza. Neat, delicious, user friendly food. We live in Park Slope, an empanada wasteland. Looking for recs for delicious empanadas in Brooklyn or Queens. And I say Queens because it will be worth the schlep to me if the place also sells empanada dough, so I can make my own later on. Any suggestions?

Sep 07, 2014
vvv03 in Outer Boroughs

ISO good Marmaon/Marmahon

I just met a woman from Columbia who moved to NY and was asking her about Columbian food here. She said that her favorite dish is actually a middle eastern dish that she hasn't yet been able to find here. I said I know some people, let me see what I can find for you. The dish is called Marmaon or Marmahon, she said it's like couscous but with chicken. Anyone know where they serve it well?

Chowhound police, I posted on Manhattan board, too, just so you know.

Sep 05, 2014
vvv03 in Outer Boroughs

Where to get a nicely done Marmahon/Marmaon?

I just met a woman from Columbia who moved to NY and was asking her about Columbian food here. She said that her favorite dish is actually a middle eastern dish that she hasn't yet been able to find here. I said I know some people, let me see what I can find for you. The dish is called Marmaon or Marmahon, she said it's like couscous but with chicken. Anyone know where they serve it well?

Chowhound police, I'm going to post this on Outer Boroughs, too, just so you know.

Sep 05, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

Rare date tonight -- need recs for dinner LES

Thanks everyone! I *am* going to Rockwood! I'm impressed that you both knew it. I'm such a nerd...

Aug 11, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

Rare date tonight -- need recs for dinner LES

My husband and I rarely go out for dinner without our kids, but tonight we're going to see a concert on the LES (it's way beyond our realm of cool to be doing such a thing on a school night, but it happened by accident.) I'm always wistfully reading about great little restaurants and then I totally forget which ones I'd like to visit if every I had the chance. Well, here I am with a chance. Any and all suggestions welcome. Lower East Side preferable (the show is on Allen Street if that makes a difference, but doesn't have to be that close). We're open to all cuisines, probably mid price range but flexible. I like a good cocktail. Thanks in advance!

Aug 11, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

Mid priced/casual/good - Chelsea or Meatpacking?

My husband is meeting a friend for dinner tonight, probably Chelsea or Meatpacking or somewhere in the vicinity as the friend is driving in from NJ. What's good and not crazy expensive on the mid/lower West Side? Thanks!

Jul 08, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

In Soho tonight, good takeout recs?

I'm going to find myself in Soho tonight around dinnertime. I don't want to sit and eat somewhere, but I feel like there are so many great places to pick up something to bring home. I was looking for recommendations .I've never eaten at Hampton Chutney. Is that good? If so, what to order? Any and all suggestions welcome! (I will be around Spring and Broadway but I'm open to walking a bit, too.)

Jul 07, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

Anywhere to get good salumi closer to downtown than Eataly?

I'd like to pick up some nice salumi tomorrow for the Italy/England World Cup match on Saturday. I work at World Financial Center and Eataly is a good half hour in the wrong direction for me. I assume that there is nothing good in the Financial District, but how about Tribeca? Soho? Anywhere below 14th on the West side..? I want some really good stuff -- fatty sopressata, very good aged parm cheese, nice olives, etc. Any ideas? Forza Azzurri!!

Jun 12, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

Stockholm, Gothenborg, Oslo- any decent food recs appreciated

A friend is leaving tonight for a week in Sweden -- Stockholm, Gothenborg, and Oslo. I was horrified when she told me she'd done zero research on where to eat. (Not really, but seriously, though, food is so important on a vacation, right?) I've never been to Sweden -- does anyone have any recs of where they might get a great meal? It's two friends, one from NY and one from London. I imagine we'd be talking street food, casual eateries and maybe one or two upscale (but not totally high end) places. Thank you!

Jun 05, 2014
vvv03 in Europe

What's nice for casual friend dinner Grand Central area?

It's been a long time since I've posted such a general question, but we're meeting another couple for dinner, preferably walking distance from Grand Central since they will be traveling back to Westchester afterwards. Doesn't have to be super close. Any cuisine, nice cocktails a plus. Just good ambience, good food. A nice place to hang out. Any suggestions? I really don't hang out there much except to have a drink now and then.

May 28, 2014
vvv03 in Manhattan

Anyone have a great Pancit recipe to share?

I work with a young Filipino American woman who brought me some pancit today to celebrate my birthday. I knew nothing about Filipino cuisine, but I loved this dish! Her father had made it and his version was two different kinds of noodles, shredded chicken, snow peas and carrots.I asked her if he would share the recipe, even in very casual terms, so hopefully she'll provide it, but in the meantime, does anyone have a great pancit recipe to share? I googled it and it seems that there are tons of variations. I'm looking for something chicken based if possible (because I fell in love with his version.) Thanks in advance!

Apr 30, 2014
vvv03 in Home Cooking