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oh no, pork jowls

Not at all. I knew that was a danger, so I didn't use very much of any of them, and I didn't add any salt at all. No doubt the sweetness of the rice wine and hoisin also balanced out some of the saltiness.

May 07, 2014
Maud in Home Cooking

oh no, pork jowls

I forgot, I also added some fish sauce to the above. Left the cooker on low overnight and am now eating some on top of this cornbread, which I highly recommend: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/jalapeno...
Thanks for the thread, and the excellent advice, all.

May 07, 2014
Maud in Home Cooking

oh no, pork jowls

I bought those same jowls from the same place you did (I can tell from the sticker labels). I froze mine until a few days ago, then when I wanted to cook it, Googled, and found this thread. Because I was in the exact same situation, for the same reason. Mine's in the slow cooker now, with soy sauce, rice wine, mellow barley miso, hoisin sauce, Bragg's amino whatever stuff that I wanted to use up, black and Szechuan peppercorns, cloves, star anise, garlic and ginger.

May 06, 2014
Maud in Home Cooking
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TOHUM Sesame Tahini

Just happened to come across this year-old conversation after Googling this stuff because I'd just seen and bought some for the first time... at the Park Slope Food Coop.

Feb 28, 2014
Maud in Manhattan

Taste Good - authentic Malaysian in Elmhurst

I ate there 3-4 wks ago and talked to a guy who said he was the new owner - and the brother or cousin or something of the male half of the original owner-couple. My brother and I begged him not to change a thing. He was very friendly and cheery.

Nov 18, 2010
Maud in Outer Boroughs

Maraschino liqueur?

There's also a Croatian brand, Maraska.

May 27, 2007
Maud in Greater Boston Area

Brooklyn Egg Creams

A friend had a good-looking vanilla egg cream today at Peter Pan Bakery on Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, justly famous for its fresh-baked doughnuts. I'm not an egg cream aficionado though so I can't vouch for them. Anyone tried them there?

May 19, 2007
Maud in Outer Boroughs

Looking for hidden gems in Williamsburg/Greenpoint

Oh! How could I have forgotten Matamoros Pueblo, the Mexican grocery hidden in plain sight on Junior Trendster Central aka Bedford Ave., btw N 6th & 7th on the east side of the street. It's sort of like a glorified taco truck in the back. Wonderful, cheap, completely authentic, swig down a Jarritos while you eat, and nab some nopales on the way out.

May 19, 2007
Maud in Outer Boroughs

Looking for hidden gems in Williamsburg/Greenpoint

Valdiano's, on Manhattan Ave. a few doors north of Nassau/Bedford. A crappy pizza place in the front but pretty good (not haute, but good) cheap pasta, vegetables (broccoli di rape and even escarole sauteed in lots of garlic) and soup (pasta i fagioli) in the back, and the owners are very sweet.

Old Poland Bakery on N. 8th btw Bedford and Berry in a horridly apple-green building. Mostly takeout, and the selection varies somewhat from day to day, but it has ruined me for the Polish food at my former standbys. Their bigos in particular is delicious, at least to my tastebuds, and they serve several different fresh vegetables, which is amazing for a takeout place. It's also incredibly cheap. Waitresses are mostly cold if you're not Polish, but that just adds to the flava.

It's not really hidden, but the Italian wine bar at N. 7th & Wythe is a wonderful little place for panini, salad and, of course, wine, and lacks the junior trendster scene that ruins many places in the 'hood.

El Bahia on Grand Ave. is a nice change of pace if you're a gringo - Salvadorean food.

I've only been to Moto once or twice but I'd second that rec. based on my small experience.

May 19, 2007
Maud in Outer Boroughs

Where to find southeast asian ingredients?

Don't forget the wonderful little Thai grocery on Mosco St in Manhattan Chinatown. It's totally Thai, nothing else, and the owner imports some special things nobody else has, at least that's my impression. The woman who runs it is really nice, like helping gaijin learn about Thai food, and has built a website for the place:
http://www.thai-grocery.com/

Feb 14, 2007
Maud in Outer Boroughs

Peruvian in Queens

Just to clarify for those who don't know those areas, the above has got to be Queens, not Greenpoint. But it is on Greenpoint *Avenue*.

Feb 14, 2007
Maud in Outer Boroughs

Green papaya in Jackson Heights?

It's hard for me to keep straight in my mind what unAmerican-style produce I can buy at East Asian stores like in Elmhurst, and what I can buy at South Asian stores like in Jackson Heights, partly because there's crossover.

So. My question is, I want to buy green papaya to make salad with it, and am going to Jackson Heights for dinner tonight. Should I make a stop in Elmhurst first for my papaya, or will I be able to find it at one of the Indo-Pak grocery stores on and near 74th?

Jan 26, 2007
Maud in Outer Boroughs

Stocking a Bar - What should I have on hand?

Oh, and to build my bar stock gradually, I learn just a cocktail or two at a time. When I'd have people over, I ask them what their choice was of the few I can make with what I had on hand. They're usually thrilled to have a homemade cocktail made with good, fresh ingredients in a chilled glass. If not, they can have wine. Works fine.

Btw I noticed last time I was at Whole Foods that they have "real" maraschino cherries for cocktails. They're, of course, not bright red like the embalmed ones are. I haven't tried them - has anyone?

Jan 22, 2007
Maud in Spirits

Stocking a Bar - What should I have on hand?

Vermouth oxidizes?! Uh-oh.....

Jan 22, 2007
Maud in Spirits

ISO Best darn Meatloaf EVER...PERIOD!

I like Martha Stewart's 101 as well, though I haven't tried the other favorites mentioned here so can't compare. I did try several "more interesting" versions of meatloaf at the same time, though, including a tasty mushroom meatloaf, but Martha's All-American was the one I ended up wanting to eat a lot more often. The rosemary is a nice contrast with the sweet ketchupy coating.

And no, adding oatmeal is not freaky; it's a well-known variant on breadcrumbs.

Jan 22, 2007
Maud in Home Cooking

Good Cupcakes in NYC

I always see people mention Out of the Kitchen in the Village (I forget where - Hudson maybe?) in these discussions, but have never tried theirs. Anyone?

Williamsburg has its own Magnolia diaspora (like Buttercup, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, Billy's, etc.) place, on Metropoitan and Havemayer. I've liked their cupcakes.

Jan 20, 2007
Maud in Manhattan

Dinner Party-E.Village, W. Village, Soho, Nolita, etc...

Va Tutto, at 23 Cleveland Pl. between Kenmare and Spring, (212) 941-0286. The food is lovely, the place is cozy, the waitstaff is warm, and they really know how to handle a group, at least in my experience. And it's not terribly expensive.

Jan 20, 2007
Maud in Manhattan

Ideas for Jazzing Up Plain Fat Free Yogurt

If you make yogurt at home with fat-free milk and add some powdered fat-free milk, and incubate it just until it's curdled (usually 4-6 hours - the longer it incubates the more tart it gets), it is so infinitely creamy, sweet and delicious that you will eat the entire batch immediately, without anything added at all. At least, I do.

Jan 20, 2007
Maud in Home Cooking

Your own 30-minute meals?

What Pei said about stir-fries, only I use leftover brown rice, which I keep around expressly for that purpose. Or else I boil some water in my electric kettle and pour it over rice/mung bean/whatever noodles and some dried shiitake. And instead of the dry pantry staples Pei mentioned, I use Chinese white wine, mirin, fermented bean paste or miso, lime or lemon juice or Chinese vinegar, oyster/hoisin/chili/whatever sauce, shrimp paste, or whatever seems like it'd go with the ingredients I have on hand. I may shred a carrot into it. Scallions are always good.
And I often throw in an egg.

Jan 18, 2007
Maud in Home Cooking

Where to find fresh masa? (preferably in Brooklyn) [moved from Home Cooking board]

I'm coming to this late, but I keep wanting to find fresh masa too. I wonder if the cart vendors at the Red Hook soccer field make their own?

Oct 27, 2006
Maud in Outer Boroughs

masa (not fresh)

Maseca is not "respected;" it was forced on the Mexican populace by a corrupt government. Check this out:

How Mexico's iconic flatbread went industrial and lost its flavor | By Tom Philpott | Grist | Victual Reality | 13 Sep 2006
http://grist.org/comments/food/2006/0...

Oct 27, 2006
Maud in Home Cooking

cafeterias or southern buffet food

It's not all you can eat, but it's a real, craving-fulfilling Southern buffet: Soul Spot, at the edge of downtown Brooklyn and Boerum Hill,
302 Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Smith. Sts. Flourescent lights, friendliness and frugal prices; I love the place. Their website:
http://thesoulspot.com/

Oct 17, 2006
Maud in Manhattan