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fool proof company dessert in ramekins?

So everything changed when we received a gift of pears in the mail yesterday -- poached them, my first time, they're cooling overnight and we'll serve them with hot chocolate sauce tomorrow, no ramekins involved at all... wish me luck!

Dec 18, 2010
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

fool proof company dessert in ramekins?

I was considering some ramekin-size upside-down pineapple cakes today, since we had scrumptious upside-down pineapple cake at Paris Commune on Thanksgiving Day this year, what do you all think about that?

Dec 15, 2010
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

fool proof company dessert in ramekins?

I did a trial run of the Butterscotch pots de creme today and it's delicious, plus I learned why straining through a sieve is important for presentation -- air bubbles on each one even though I used a sieve, but one with large holes. I might try the Meyer Lemon recipe before our dinner party and then pick from the 2 recipes. Thanks so much everyone!!!

Dec 14, 2010
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

fool proof company dessert in ramekins?

THANKS!

Dec 13, 2010
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

fool proof company dessert in ramekins?

I would like to serve a room temperature or cold dessert in 7 oz ramekins, preferably something that can be prepared the day before our dinner party. I was going to make lime syrup puddings that I love and they're the reason I bought the ramekins, but they must be served hot from the oven (which I might go ahead and do if I can't come up with other ideas). Thanks for suggestions!

Dec 13, 2010
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

lunch near MoMA on New Year's Day?

La Bonne Soupe is closed on New Year's Day and some of the 5 of us will have paid the MoMA entrance fee, but some of us will only be joining for lunch, so the MoMA restaurants aren't the best idea. Does anyone know of a place that serves lunch on New Year's Day that is similar in price, atmosphere and food quality to La Bonne Soupe? Thanks!

Dec 28, 2009
mess hall mama in Manhattan

lunch near or on Flatbush between Myrtle and Tillary

Thanks chorosch and jen kalb! I didn't see your great suggestions until we had already eaten lunch at Veselka after traveling out to Brooklyn, but I appreciate your responses!

Dec 02, 2009
mess hall mama in Outer Boroughs

lunch near or on Flatbush between Myrtle and Tillary

We'll be out there Wednesday picking up a Fire Dept. report from 9 Metro Tech Center - should we have lunch there or travel back to Manhattan for lunch? Most interested in tasty, cheap, one-of-a-kind places that we can't find in Manhattan, thanks much!

Dec 01, 2009
mess hall mama in Outer Boroughs

Pick-A-Rib barbecue restaurant circa 1968?

When we lived in Clarksville, Tennessee before and after my father went to Vietnam from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, we had family meals at a place called Pick-A-Rib. Does anyone know if it's still there or does anyone remember it? Thanks!

Sep 24, 2009
mess hall mama in Kentucky & Tennessee

intimate 50th birthday in Montauk

Thanks to everyone for helping me pick a 50th birthday place for my sweetheart's birthday dinner! We had a wonderful Saturday night dinner at The Inlet, table right by the window, too foggy for a spectacular sunset, but the service and food made the evening very special and comfortable -- not too precious, but also not too casual, just perfect. We had clams and mussels to start, sweetheart had a Long Trail beer and I had a Pinot Blanc that the waiter recommended. Then I had broiled fluke and sweetheart had scallops on a long bed of pureed butternut squash and collard greens, which was the evening's highlight, now I want to try to make that at home. So when we report on a trip after people have helped us, is it best to start a new post or add to the old post? I chose to add to this one so each of you that helped could follow along, but please do tell. Oh, I have to mention that when we finally stopped for a late lunch on the way to Montauk we happened upon Hampton Bays Diner and wondered how long it had been there, since it seemed newly renovated. Thanks again everyone!

May 17, 2009
mess hall mama in General Tristate Archive

intimate 50th birthday in Montauk

The Inlet it is! Thanks for all of your help coll!

Apr 26, 2009
mess hall mama in General Tristate Archive

intimate 50th birthday in Montauk

Thanks coll! Now it's between Inlet and Dave's Grill for the Saturday night birthday dinner. Maybe lunch on Saturday at The Dock or Gosmans? I've eliminated Gurneys, Surf Lodge and the Yacht Club completely. Anyone mind one last comparison of Inlet and Dave's Grill? Is this accurate: Dave's Grill homier / Inlet hipper, but both have good food?

Apr 25, 2009
mess hall mama in General Tristate Archive

intimate 50th birthday in Montauk

Thanks all you Montauk experts, much appreciated! Is this an accurate list(?): Gosmans & Gurneys: touristy, might be closed, good views; Inlet great view & fresh sushi; Dave's Grill and The Dock both "authentic" with good food; Yacht Club good food and lastly what about Surf Lodge, that's on my list for some reason? THANKS again for helping me whittle down the list!

Apr 24, 2009
mess hall mama in General Tristate Archive

intimate 50th birthday in Montauk

We'll be there mid-May.

Apr 21, 2009
mess hall mama in General Tristate Archive

intimate 50th birthday in Montauk

Thanks for 3 places to look into, much appreciated, and good point about the view being important.

Apr 21, 2009
mess hall mama in General Tristate Archive

intimate 50th birthday in Montauk

Our first time in Montauk to celebrate my sweetheart's 50th birthday, looking for fresh seafood in a special atmosphere that leans more toward bohemian than toward touristy and/or "luxurious". A view of the water would be great, but not necessary, since atmosphere and freshness are our two biggest priorities, thanks so much!

Apr 21, 2009
mess hall mama in General Tristate Archive

ok to use PAMA in sangria?

Thanks! I'll be using the pomegranate liqueur and adding it slowly to taste. Will probably make the day before just for convenience, but both fresh and "developed" sound good to me.

Jul 17, 2008
mess hall mama in Wine

ok to use PAMA in sangria?

I'll be making my first sangria to serve on 7/21: some recipes call for Triple Sec and/or Cointreau, but I won't get those if my bottle of PAMA (pomegranate liqueur) would be ok. And whatever booze I add to the bottle of cheap Spanish red wine and fruit, how much should I add? Any strong feelings about club soda, ginger ale, etc? Lastly, can I make it on Sunday night and chill until Monday night, or does that do something weird to the alcohol kick? I've already read about how authentic it is or isn't in Spain on these boards, you can skip that, just trying to make something delicious and refreshing for our very nice cat sitter who likes sangria, to put things in perspective. Thanks for your help!

Jul 16, 2008
mess hall mama in Wine

Lost recipe need help

You reminded me of this recipe from Pioneer Woman.com which includes coffee and is called Pots de Creme:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/pa...

not sure that's exactly what you were looking for, but hope it helps

May 26, 2008
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

Post-Funeral Lunch in W. Village

It's perfect and now I recognize it as the place I took the same friend (who is trying to plan the funeral) for her birthday during restaurant week a few years ago! Problem solved, thanks rrems and thegreekone!!

Apr 26, 2008
mess hall mama in Manhattan

Post-Funeral Lunch in W. Village

thanks rrems, can you give me an address or phone number? mostly I'm so appreciative that you responded, so I can figure it out from here, of course, but just asking, thanks much

Apr 25, 2008
mess hall mama in Manhattan

Post-Funeral Lunch in W. Village

Helping a friend choose a West Village restaurant for a Friday or Saturday lunch after a funeral and the main issues are: (1) short notice is necessary because the deceased is being transported to NYC from Europe and flight plans are not set yet, (2) accessibility is necessary because some people can't climb stairs, (3) privacy would be a plus because the family and friends involved rarely get to see each other, (4) number of people could fluctuate greatly, but it's probably going to be about 20 people, and (5) most likely May 2nd or 3rd, but everything is on hold. Google search offered up Villa Mosconi on MacDougal where I filled out a preliminary form, but I'd like to have some other options. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks hounds.

Apr 25, 2008
mess hall mama in Manhattan

tips on this dinner party menu for 8?

To all helpful responders: the birthday dinner party was last night and everyone had a great time! I'm mostly pleased, but the steaks were too rare and the salmon steaks were also undercooked, so I have a lot to learn about not feeling rushed close to the "planned" time for dinner, not to mention what I learned from all of you about trying to choose entrees in the future that EVERYONE can eat instead of trying to accomodate picky eaters. That said, I set up my mise en place upon arrival, thanks, and the beet/goat cheese salad, the roasted potatoes with rosemary and the red velvet cake were my three shining offerings, I was very proud and very grateful for all of your encouragement, wisdom and tips! Pfew!!!

Oct 29, 2006
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

Help with a Southern Menu

stuffed eggs, or deviled eggs, for appetizers?

Oct 25, 2006
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

tips on this dinner party menu for 8?

THANKS everyone! I learned so much and I really appreciate all the great tips! Cross your fingers!

Oct 23, 2006
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

tips on this dinner party menu for 8?

You're right, half the guests will eat red meat, half won't. Should I just make a decision that we all eat fish and that's that? After all, it's the timing difference between the two that has me the most worried.

Oct 23, 2006
mess hall mama in Home Cooking

tips on this dinner party menu for 8?

I'm looking for suggestions, warnings and tips about timing (very nervous about timing) for this menu I've planned for a small birthday dinner that I'll be making at the birthday girl's home. I have recipes already, but I would appreciate tips from experienced cooks:
Manhattans (cocktail)
beet and goat cheese salad
4 steaks (filet mignon or what?)
4 salmon steaks (arctic char or what?)
small yellow and red potatoes with rosemary
green beans
red velvet cake
Any help you can offer this enthusiastic, non-expert, cook would be very appreciated! Thanks!

Oct 23, 2006
mess hall mama in Home Cooking