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Fresh Corn Tortilla's on Staten Island?

Does anyone know where I can purchase some fresh corn tortilla's on Staten Island? Much obliged.

Sep 16, 2010
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

Denino's first time question

Plain or sausage. The mushrooms are canned, I would skip them.

Apr 17, 2009
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

New Thai coming to Stapleton, SI

What? no garlic knots? wtf? lol

Sep 07, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

Do you ever dress a fruit salad?

honey and lemon juice

Jul 19, 2008
desantmj in Home Cooking

Dampa Grill Staten Island

saw that. bummer

Jul 18, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

Chinese restaurant on Staten Island

King Chef pretty good. Empire East is better.

Jul 14, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

Dampa Grill Staten Island

Definitely right across the street from Phil-Am. Definitely interesting, very good, and cheap. I’ve eaten there a bunch since the initial post (thanks Flaco). There’s definitely a surplus of tasty-good pork, and the chicken adobo is killer.

Jun 11, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

taking the Staten Island Ferry

any recs for Lakruwana?

Apr 17, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

taking the Staten Island Ferry

I was told it was owned by the same guy as Bayou. Is this the Albanian in question, or was that bs?

Apr 15, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

All things St. George

Just moved to the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island. What’s good around here? I need the scoop: Restaurants? Take-out? Butchers? Bakeries? Fishmongers? Much obliged.

Feb 20, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island Pizza

Denino's is where it's at. The sausage pie is killer, as are the white pie, and the broccoli rabe. Get some fried calamari to start. If you have a small group, grab a table by the bar to avoid the wait. Like most of the better pizza places on the island: no slices.

Feb 20, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

Picky mom in Staten Island: she prefers Asian food, but often claims she can do better...any recs?

Sister's Korean BBQ 330 Bradley Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314. I'm a big Pho Mac fan. Talay thai is good, but the atmosphere is pretty dumpy. Forest Thai on Forest is also good.

Feb 17, 2008
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

Your Dish Is Unwelcome Here

I think the obvious answer is to serve the homemade ice cream and just tell your guests it's the ice cream that they brought.

Jan 29, 2008
desantmj in Features

Mum's the Velveeta

So basically, it's ok to deceive your friends as to what they are eating if you're too vain to admit you screwed up the "salsa verde." Wow. Super advice.

Jan 23, 2008
desantmj in Features

Curing my own cappicola?

I'd like to cure my own. Have any of you done this before? I have a recipe for coppa (from Ruhlman's "Charcuterie") which uses large chunks of pork shoulder. Is this the same thing? Is cappicola a type of coppa? I have cured my own prosciutto before, but would like to avoid some of the hassle. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Dec 27, 2007
desantmj in Home Cooking

Bacala Salad.

Does anyone have a good recipe for bacala salad? Thanks.

Dec 22, 2007
desantmj in Home Cooking

Food mill for mashed potatoes - what do you think?

Works great. Medium holes.

Nov 14, 2007
desantmj in Home Cooking

Tasty sauce that's really hot?


Nov 09, 2007
desantmj in General Topics

Are "they" dumbing down habanero peppers?

Don't you love it when you ask a straight forward question and "chowhounders" use it as an excuse to lecture?

The answer to you original question is yes.

Some Like It Hot, but a New Pepper Is Bred for the Rest

ESLACO, Tex., Nov. 18 - It's a burning issue for some hot-pepper lovers: Whatever possessed Kevin M. Crosby to create the mild habanero?

For Dr. Crosby, a plant geneticist at the Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station here near the Mexican border, the answer is simple: "I'm not going to take away the regular habanero. You can still grow and eat that, if you want to kill yourself."

But for those who prize the fieriest domesticated Capsicum for its taste and health-boosting qualities, Dr. Crosby and the research station in the Rio Grande Valley have developed and patented the TAM Mild Habanero, with less than half the bite of the familiar jalapeño (which A&M scientists also previously produced in a milder version).

With worldwide pepper consumption on the rise, according to industry experts, the new variety - a heart-shaped nugget bred in benign golden yellow to distinguish it from the alarming orange original, the common Yucatan habanero - is beginning to reach store shelves, to the delight of processors and the research station, which stands to earn unspecified royalties if the new pepper catches on.

"I love it," said Josh Ruiz, a local farmer whose pickers this week filled some 200 boxes of the peppers to be sold to grocers for about $35 a box. "It yields good and I'm able to eat it." As for the Yucatan habanero, he said, "My stomach just can't take it."

By comparison, if a regular jalapeño scores between 5,000 and 10,000 units on the Scoville scale of pepper hotness based on the amount of the chemical capsaicin (cap-SAY-sin), and a regular habanero averages around 300,000 to 400,000 units, A&M's mild version registers a tepid 2,300, or barely one-hundredth of its coolest formidable namesake. A bell pepper, by the way, scores zero.

Not everyone hails the breakthrough. Dr. Crosby, 33, a native Texan and a distant relative of the crooner Bing, said "chili pepper fanatics" have called with rude questions about what he was thinking and why he was wasting his time. A Mexican voiced complete bewilderment. Why, he asked Dr. Crosby, would you want a habanero that's not hot?

Nov 01, 2007
desantmj in General Topics

Fresh Ham?

Great. Thanks for the suggestions. Would it break apart like shoulder eventually or would it just dry out?

Oct 10, 2007
desantmj in Home Cooking

Fresh Ham?

I have one. I've never cooked one before. I'd like to keep the flavors fairly simple (garlic, olive oil , white wine, parsley, maybe sage, s&p). How do you guys like to cook 'em?

Oct 08, 2007
desantmj in Home Cooking

Good Bread on Staten Island?

Moretti's Bakery at 640 Forest Ave used to have some pretty serious Italian bread. Haven't been there in a while though.

Sep 05, 2007
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

What's the secret of slicing fresh mozzarella thin ?

It will most definitely change the texture. Fresh mozzarella shouldn't even be refrigerated. A boning knife or thin serrated blade should get the job done.

Aug 21, 2007
desantmj in Home Cooking

A trip to Nashville

I forgot about Fido. They do have good breakfast.

A trip to Nashville

For breakfast Pancake Pantry is always popular. However, it's a bit of a tourist trap, so don't even think about weekends. Loveless Cafe is great but it's a hike. I ate a lot of breakfast at the Hermitage Cafe but it's really a total dump. For lunch you can't beat Arnolds. Hog Heaven is really good bbq in the middle of centenial park. Baja Burrito is better than any Burrito place in TN has a right to be. For dinner, I like Mambu and Tin Angel which are noth pretty casual. I had a really good experience at Watermark, which is a little more upscale than the other recs, but I was only there once. Have fun.

Sushi Restaurant in Staten Island? [Moved from Tristate Region board]

Fushimi in Grant city is good. So is Sake One in Great Kills. Fushimi is definitely more upscale.

Jul 22, 2007
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

Pitting cherries...without a cherry pitter.

This method works well and causes little mess. However, you will have holes on both sides of the cherry.

You need an empty beer bottle and an ordinary pencil.

1) remove the eraser completely from the end of the pencil, leaving the metal part empty.

2)place the cherry on top of the beer bottle.

3) use the pencil, metal end first to push into the spot where the stem was and all the way through the cherry, and into the bottle.

You will end up with a bottle full of pits, and cherries with none.

May 31, 2007
desantmj in Home Cooking

BBQ Catering Suggestions?

I need someone to provide some BBQ grub for a bachelor party. Any suggestions? The party is on Staten Island and it would be prefereable if they'd deliver out there. However, I might be willing to pick somthing up if it's particulalry worthwile.


May 18, 2007
desantmj in Outer Boroughs

how many chowhounds also homebrew?

Just wine, hopin to start doing beer soon though.

Feb 07, 2007
desantmj in Beer

Best Canned Tomatoes

Wow, I grew up on red pack, and I didn't even know that product existed. I'm gonna have to find/try it.

Jan 31, 2007
desantmj in General Topics