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Restaurants in Bayswater

Sorry, never eaten there.

Jul 23, 2009
corgimom in U.K./Ireland

Restaurants in Bayswater

I've eaten there. It's tiny and cute. The server barely spoke enough English to get our order, but we managed. We had tagine, which was good. I'd say give it a try.

Jul 21, 2009
corgimom in U.K./Ireland

Restaurants in Bayswater

Thanks for the tip. Will give it a try when I'm there next month.

Jul 21, 2009
corgimom in U.K./Ireland

Restaurants in Bayswater

For Chinese try Four Seasons on Queensway
Singaporean, Malaysian, etc. try Kiasu also on Queensway
For pizza, Mediterranean try The Oak on Westbourne Park Road
Good, simple new British try Hereford Road on Hereford Road
Bodeans on Westbourne Grove does okay barbeque

Jul 20, 2009
corgimom in U.K./Ireland

Being relocated from SF bay area to Hoboken- help a fellow hound out?

As for farmers markets, Hoboken has the tiniest farmers market I've ever seen. 3-4 farmers, a natural bakery and a pickle man. Tuesdays from 3:30 - 7, from the end of June until some time in October on Washington Street and Neward, in front of the CVS. I understand this year there is another one uptown a bit. For a bit of Hoboken info you might want to check out

Okay worst casseroles have been discussed, how abour the best?

My family can't get enough of this chicken & rice casserole. I've simplified it a bit, using a large dutch oven and baking it in the same pot I cook all the individual stages in, I've used yogurt and milk instead of sour cream and cream, with no appreciable difference in taste. But here's the original recipe.

Jul 09, 2009
corgimom in Home Cooking

Boneless chicken thighs ?

Not slow cooker, but pretty easy to make ahead then pop in the oven. Try this "real" food version of the old standby usually made with gloppy soup.

Mar 15, 2009
corgimom in Home Cooking

non "mammal" andouille for gumbo?

I've gotten chicken andouille at Trader Joe's

Mar 13, 2009
corgimom in Home Cooking

Village Lanterne - Lindenhurst NY

Pretty good. The schnitzel is really good, but I've had better goulash. I don't eat saurbraten but I hear it's pretty good. Good, crispy potato pancakes. I find the live music a bit distracting. Service is friendly, portions are generous. The pretzel rolls are to die for. I'd go there just for those. If you're familiar with the Black Forest Bakery up the street, the owners are the same so you'll recognize the desserts.

Steak &/or Seafood on Long Island

Thanks for the suggestions. We really want to try Blackstones but the in-laws think it'll be too pricey so we will probably save that for another time.

Steak &/or Seafood on Long Island

Hi-- In lieu of exchanging Christmas gifts with my husband's siblings, we decided to go out for a group dinner (there will be six of us). The preferred cuisine seems to be steak and/or seafood. We've got a budget of $50 per person and would like to stay in the eastern Nassau/western Suffolk area, north or south shore. Any recommendations?

Need pumpkin pie recipe, not from the back of the can!

I like this one, from an old NY Times cookbook. The molasses gives it a really rich flavor and a darker color.

Pumpkin Pie

1 unbaked pie crust
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbs molasses
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves or allspice
2 cups cooked or canned pumpkin, strained
1 1/2 cups milk, light cream or evaporated milk

1. Prepare pie shell with a fluted standing rim. Brush lightly with egg
white or shortening

2. Preheat oven to 450°F; adjust oven rack to lowest position.

3. Beat the eggs with the sugar, molasses, salt and spices until well
blended. Add the pumpkin and milk and mix well. Adjust seasonings.

4. Turn the mixture into the prepared crust and bake for 10 minutes. Lower
oven temperature to 400° and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes
out clean, or about 30 minutes longer.

Nov 24, 2008
corgimom in Home Cooking

Oxford - dining alone

Thanks everyone for the recommendations. As it turned out I got there late on Monday so just ate at Quod as it's in the hotel I was staying at. The meal was good but I noticed over the days I stayed there that they seem to have a problem with ventilation from the kitchen. the diningroom always smelled like roasing meat, even at breakfast. Ended up having dinner one night with colleagues at an italian place called Cibo. It was OK, but nothing to write home about. Had drinks beforehand at a place called the Wine Bar (I think).

Nov 22, 2008
corgimom in U.K./Ireland

Oxford - dining alone

Hi-- I'll be in Oxford for a few nights this week and was hoping for some recommendations for good dining-alone places for dinner. I'm staying at the Old Bank, so can get to just about anywhere in the city. I've spent some time in Oxford and have been to a lot of the standbys: Gee's, The Old Parsonage, Chang Mai, Quod. Haven't tried Jamie's Italian yet, so will try to get to it this trip. Interested in all cuisines. Thanks!

Nov 16, 2008
corgimom in U.K./Ireland

Where to get a turkey in Montreal

Great to know. Thanks so much!

Where to get a turkey in Montreal

Thanks both! I'll make a few calls and see what I can get.

Where to get a turkey in Montreal

i did think about bringing one with me in a cooler (it's about 7 hour drive) but I guess I'd have to check customs rules. Wouldn't want to be stopped at the border for smuggling in poultry!

Where to get a turkey in Montreal

We're from NY and our son's in his first year at McGill, so we though we'd head up to Montreal and do American Thanksgiving dinner with him this year (on the Saturday, since he'll have classes Thurs & Fri). We've rented a house with fully equipped kitchen, right near the Atwater market, which is also close to his dorm. I can shop for the food when I get there but I'd like to make sure we have the turkey secured. I can send my son out scouting if I know where to send him. Would prefer fresh but could do frozen if we have to. I know there are several butchers in the market as well as a couple of large supermarkets in the neighborhood. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Watermelon Sorbet

Most of the recipes I've seen have a sugar syrup, so that might help. Lots of recipes also recommend a small amount of alcohol (vodka or liqueur). Alcohol doesn't freeze so that would keep the texture softer.

Aug 03, 2008
corgimom in Home Cooking

15-20 people after farmingdale cemetary

I second the Black Forest Brewhaus. It's large, close to the cemetaries and the food is good. Definitely call ahead so they can set up for your group.

Hoboken or Jersey City Help

I'd second Amanda's. We had a business dinner there last week for about 20 people. They created a private setting for us by closing the curtains across the doorway in the room we were in and the service was great, which you don't often get with a group that large. There was a set menu but they were very accommodating for some vegetarians in the group. Also might want to try The Brass Rail, lower down on Washington Street. They have a room upstairs (not sure if it's big enough for 50-60 people, though) that would make it private. I've found service there to be quite good for large groups too. Food is pretty good (Amanda's was better).

Searching for the PERFECT Muffin Recipe

I posted one here recently. I make 6 giant muffins:

Jan 28, 2008
corgimom in Home Cooking

Trader joes

Definitely check it out. The closest on to where I live is about 25 minutes drive, so I do a monthly pilgrimage and stock up on things my family likes that we can't get (or can't get at prices as good as TJ's) locally. Some faves:

-organic veggies at great prices. Not a huge selection, but onions, potatoes, apples
-horshradish hummus
-Dunkers (finger-shaped chocolate chip cookies with one side dipped in chocolate)
-valrhona dark chocolate bars; TJ's brands are pretty good too
-great selection of natural cereals (hot & cold)
-great selection of nut butters, most organic
-great selection of sparkling juices in flavors like cranberry and blueberry
-natural pet foods & treats
-whole grain pastas, selection of rices
-chocolate covered bananas (in the freezer section)
-frozen vegs-- edamame, organic corn, spinach,

Jan 20, 2008
corgimom in Chains

Your best muffin recipe

These are my family's favorite muffins:

Double-Chocolate Banana Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/3 mashed ripe bananas (2 or 3 medium)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup (6 oz.) regular or mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 Preheat oven to 350°
2 In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients.
3 In a small bowl, combine bananas, oil and egg.
4 Stir into dry ingredients, just until moistened.
5 Fold in chocolate chips.
6 Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full.
7 Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, or until muffins test done.

Jan 19, 2008
corgimom in Home Cooking

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Dec 30, 2007
corgimom in Home Cooking

Which of Your Cookies was Best Received?

Thanks for posting this! I made the JOC Snickerdoodles too and I thought they spread too much too. I'll try this one next year. They're my son's favorites.

Dec 29, 2007
corgimom in Home Cooking

Which of Your Cookies was Best Received?

Not exactly cookies, either, but I had to make three separate batches-- Peanut butter buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in melted chocolate). Ridiculously easy to make and so good they're evil.

Dec 27, 2007
corgimom in Home Cooking

Don't know Bay Shore & Need a Recommendation

Smokin Al's BBQ right on main street (walking distance from the Y, I think) is great but get there early. The don't take reservations and they fill up fast.

Tasty place between Albany, NY and Lake George? (B'fast, Lunch, Dinner)

If you like German food...