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Lancaster BYOB suggestions

Considerably more downscale from those already mentioned, but certainly more affordable, Saigon Cafe and Rice & Noodles are both very good for pho and other Vietnamese dishes. Both are BYO.

about 15 hours ago
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Bucket List

Birchrunville is consistently wonderful and never disappoints. It may well be the best that Chester County has to offer for fine dining.

about 15 hours ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

I recently saw an episode of ATK where they steamed mussels for a crowd in a roasting pan in the oven. Makes sense for a large quantity. http://www.americastestkitchen.com/ep...

1 day ago
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Wegmans going downhill

I've never considered Wegmans to be a store where I'd shop for staples like paper goods, laundry products or canned goods. I shop in the Downingtown, PA store and early on it became obvious to me that the selection of such products was far smaller than in my local Giant or SuperFresh.

I shop Wegmans more for specialty items -- cheeses (and accompaniments) definitely; prepared foods; some meat and seafood products. Also bread and Asian/Indian ingredients. And I like their Mediterranean bar and hot/cold food bars.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Chains

Brevard, NC restaurant suggestions

Probably too late to help you, but my friends and I enjoyed a GREAT meal at the Square Root in downtown Brevard a few days ago. http://www.squarerootrestaurant.com

Jul 20, 2014
CindyJ in Southeast

Vacation Spot in October

I just returned from a few days in the Asheville area and it was wonderful. GREAT restaurants, beautiful mountains, unlimited opportunities for outdoor adventures, and some of the nicest people you'll meet anywhere. Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains would be spectacular.

Jul 20, 2014
CindyJ in Southeast

Where to Get Thai Ingrediants In Delaware? Kaffir & Galangal

If the previous suggestions don't solve your shopping needs, and you don't mind traveling a bit, you might want to try shopping in the area around Exton in Chester County. There are many (MANY) Indian and Asian grocers in that area. There's a good size store called Bhavani on Rt. 30 between Exton and Downingtown that has a nice selection of produce.

Bhavani Food Market
402 W Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341
Phone:(610) 363-9030)

There are also a few Asian/Indian grocers on Rt. 100 -- one in the Marchwood Shopping Center.

Also in PA (Sorry -- I'm close to DE, and do lots of shopping there, but for these types of ingredients I shop in PA) -- I'm pretty sure I've seen Kaffir lime leaves in Wegmans in Downingtown. You migt also try Whole Foods on Rt. 202 in Glen Mills.

Jul 20, 2014
CindyJ in Mid-Atlantic

Any C'Hound Baby Boomers?

In our neighborhood, everything old is new again. We have a relatively new service that offers home delivery of dairy products, produce, eggs, honey, meats, mushrooms, baked goods and more, all from very local producers/growers. http://logical-living.com/freshexpres...

Jul 20, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food

Any C'Hound Baby Boomers?

In Brooklyn, our seltzer man also delivered our Hoffman's sodas.

Jul 20, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food

Any C'Hound Baby Boomers?

I absolutely remember those cupcakes -- AND that frosting. The cake part was merely the delivery system for the frosting. Ahhhh... the Dugan's man... Was Dugan's sold exclusively through home delivery, or was it available in stores, too?

Jul 20, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food

Walking/tasting tour of Kennett Square

I think I read that the cheesesteak place had closed, or would be closing soon. The prices at the fish and produce places seemed really high to me.

Jul 15, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Walking/tasting tour of Kennett Square

Hi FCF! I read about the tours in the Kennett Paper. Sounds like a good idea, especially for visitors to the area. I've tried all the spots on the tour with the exception of the ones in the new-ish Marketplace. For some reason, that place just doesn't draw me in. I've been inside and I left without making even a small purchase.

Jul 15, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Celiacs, Sacraments, and High Holy Days?

No one who participates in a seder eats bread. Matzah, yes -- in fact, it's obligatory to eat matzah on the first night of Passover. But bread, no. We've had gluten-free matzah at our recent seders, in addition to the more traditional kind.

Jul 15, 2014
CindyJ in General Topics

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Philly -- where hewgies are served up wid atteetude.

Jul 14, 2014
CindyJ in General Topics
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Restaurant Pet Peeves

I recently heard a podcast interview with Ruth Reichl, former food critic for the NY Times (among other things) who spoke about her restaurant experiences when she visited upscale Le Cirque in NYC disguised as an older woman and another visit to the same restaurant when she went as herself. Her experiences were markedly different and her conclusion was that Le Cirque is two "different restaurants" offering two vastly different dining experiences -- one to celebs/VIPs and the other to "everyday folk." The worst treated restaurant guests, across the board,are older women, which Reichl considered reprehensible.

Jul 14, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food
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Pork tenderloin on the grill

I wanted to mention that I used this same marinade on turkey tenderloins last night and they were wonderful. It wasn't easy finding unmarinated turkey tenderloins, but I did find them for $5.99/lb. at the local Giant.

I grilled them over direct medium-high heat (~425) for about 6 minutes on a side. Then I moved them to the non-charcoal side for about 3 more minutes/side. I pulled them off when the internal temp was 165 and let them rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. Unbelievably delicious and tender!!!

I'm excited about having this dish in my grilling repertoire because it gives me another option when cooking for my non-red meat-eating friends and family.

Jul 14, 2014
CindyJ in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Don't overlook mushrooms -- many different varieties -- fresh from the mushroom houses in the Kennett Square area.

Jul 13, 2014
CindyJ in General Topics
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Blue pear....Dilworthtown......the Maine Event (??)

Dilworthtown Inn used to be our go-to spot for a special meal out. I'll bet it's been at least a couple of years since we were there; out last couple of meals there were pretty unremarkable. My impression is that it's gone the way of the Mendenhall Inn -- okay, maybe not as far downhill, but still, it's slipped since their Glory Days. Then again, those glory days didn't see much competition in that part of Chesco, and, I think my expectations of fine dining have shifted as well.

Jul 13, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Chow-worthy places in Wiimington Riverfront?

That's what I'm seeing, too.

Jul 12, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Another basil question

There's nothing scientific about the way I check the soil. It's a combination of how it feels, how hot it's been and how recently we've had substantial rain. We've had one or two BIG rainstorms every week for the past few weeks. And if the planter box is too wet because of rainfall -- oh, well... not much I can do about that.

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in Gardening

Another basil question

I really like this planter box. I'm not much into gardening, but I do appreciate having fresh herbs, so this small setup works well for me. The Miracle Gro potting soil seems to retain moisture pretty well. I water when the soil feels dry. How much mix -- I think I used two large bags to fill the bed. It's 2' x 4' x 10" deep, so if I fill it to a depth of 6" that would be about 4 cu. ft. of soil. It's made by a company called Gronomics and they're available in a few different sizes. I really like the 30" height -- for planting AND harvesting. And weeds are non-existent.

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in Gardening

Pork tenderloin on the grill

I totally agree with you about hoisin sauce, FCF. I did ribs on the grill a week or so ago and hoisin sauce was the featured ingredient in the sauce I brushed on for the last few minutes of cooking. I think I'll head to the new meat market on Rt. 202 for a turkey tenderloin this weekend. Last time I was there they were grilling some (and handing out samples) on a Kamakaze (or something like that -- a Big Green Egg wannabe) outside the store and it was quite good.

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Pork tenderloin on the grill

Just to follow up, here's what I did (and did not do):

I didn't brine the pork tenderloin. I modified a CI recipe for an "Asian Barbecue Wet Rub", but instead of brushing it onto the meat just before grilling, I used it as a marinade for about an hour. I took c oliver's advice and grilled it 4 minutes on a side and I did that over high direct heat on a charcoal grill. It hadn't reached 145, so I moved it to the cooler side of the grill and left it for another 2 minutes. At 145 I removed it from the grill onto a platter, tented it with foil and let it rest for about 5 minutes. It was delicious! I intend to try the same recipe on a turkey tenderloin in the near future.

Here's the recipe I used for the marinade/wet rub:

4 large cloves garlic, finely minced
2 inch piece fresh ginger, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon Asian chile paste or Sambal Oleek
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Another basil question

I've never had much luck starting basil from seed, and there was one year when I even bought a couple of varieties of basil seed from Italy.

That's interesting how you clip off the lower leaves. They're not usually good for eating anyway, and giving the primary stems more air flow makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the tip.

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in Gardening

Another basil question

The bottom of the bed is wooden slats with small spaces between them. The bottom and sides are lined with some kind of cloth that came with the bed to prevent the soil from running out. No, it's not self-watering; I water it as needed, which hasn't been too often, given the rain we've had over the past several weeks.

You have 10 of these beds on your deck?

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in Gardening

Another basil question

It's a raised bed, although the dirt is not connected with the earth. The photos show the yellow splotches on the basil and the raised bed that is my herb garden.

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in Gardening

Another basil question

Now I've got a bad case of basil envy!

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in Gardening

Chow-worthy places in Wiimington Riverfront?

On the Philly board, Wilmington, DE is the only Wilmington that belongs.

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Potential Move to PHI Area

Driving to NY (assuming it's NYC) is never really easy, and very costly. But driving to the Park-and-Ride and hopping onto a bus for a 12-minute ride into midtown is inexpensive and convenient. Not as convenient as taking Amtrak into the city, but far better than driving all the way in.

Jul 11, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Chowhounds Wanted: articles, surveys, casting, contests, etc

You might want to try posting this on the Food Media board. Good luck!

Jul 10, 2014
CindyJ in General Topics