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VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

The boiling part is mostly to make sure the sugar is all dissolved.

about 1 hour ago
CindyJ in Home Cooking

VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

I've given the recipe away many times. Now I have it on Pepperplate so I can save it as a PDF file and send it to anyone who wants it.

about 1 hour ago
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

I've only been to our local dine-in theater once, and I can tell you that it cost me $10 for a bowl of popcorn, once the tip was figured in. If THAT doesn't make a case for BYO snacks, I don't know what does. Oh, the menu resembled one you'd see at TGI Fridays or Applebees. No thanks!

about 1 hour ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Dining in West Chester/Brandywine area of PA...

I used to work fairly close to the General Warren Inn, and we'd go on occasion for someone's birthday. It was kind of stodgy even back then. A few years ago I took my mom there for lunch on her birthday. We may have been the only people there at that time.

about 22 hours ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia

VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

Your oil/vinegar slaw recipe is EXACTLY the slaw my family has always called "health salad." Sometimes I also add cucumber which I've sliced and de-seeded. The only difference in the way I prepare it is that I let the dressing come to room temp before I add it to the veggies. I place all of the prepped veggies into a very large container with a tight-fitting lid. I sometimes can't fit it all in. But the salt draws the water out of the cabbage and onions, and the mixture condenses, and then I add the rest of the ingredients that wouldn't fit before. The tight fitting lid is good because it lets me rotate the container so the dressing gets to all of the ingredients.

about 22 hours ago
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

I don't really see the difference between bringing your own candy to a theater that sells candy and bringing your own sandwich to a theater that sells sandwiches. Or, for that matter, bringing your own water (regardless of the container it's in) to a theater that sells bottled water.

Wawa Looks To Sell Beer In Pa.

Here's another oversimplification -- maybe. The LCB lobby wields a huge amount of power in the state of PA.

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

Most theaters do offer head sets with volume controls for the hearing impaired. I wonder how those would work for people who just want more control of the volume and extraneous noises.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

Have you really never brought your own snacks into a movie theater?

Rightly or wrongly, the way I see it is, I'm going to see a movie. First and foremost it's a movie theater. I'm paying for the movie. I don't know that that morally obligates me to eat the theater's food, too, if I want to munch. It's not the same as sitting down in a restaurant and unwrapping a sandwich I bought at the deli next door.

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

One of our local movie theaters was recently refurbished and now, instead of the concession stand when you walk in, there are TGIF-type menus at every seat. "Servers" come around before the movie begins to take your order, and food and drinks (including wine and beer) are served just after the movie starts. Seats are outfitted with large trays, cloth napkins, utensils and condiments. There's a "call button" at every seat so you can order food and snacks after the movie begins. Popcorn is served in a real bowl and comes with unlimited refills. Checks are presented before the movie ends and by the time the credits roll you've paid the tab. So there's munching all around, and wafting aromas of food. It seems to fill a need especially for people who are paying babysitters, who can shorten their time away from home by having dinner out and seeing a movie all at the same time.

So in a setting such as this, a home-packed meal wouldn't stand out or offend at all.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Beer pairing suggestions for a Low Country boil

Thanks so much for your suggestions. Our wine was the beautifully dry Bele Casel Prosecco Colfondo, and the beer was Prima Pils from the nearby Victory Brewing Company. It all worked very nicely.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Beer

Wine Pairing for a Low Country Boil

Thanks so much for your suggestions. Our wine was the beautifully dry Bele Casel Prosecco Colfondo, and the beer was Prima Pils from the nearby Victory Brewing Company. It all worked very nicely.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Wine

Wawa Looks To Sell Beer In Pa.

I'm forever thankful I live close enough to Delaware to buy all of my wine there.

Wawa Looks To Sell Beer In Pa.

That particular Wawa that's designated to be the first to sell beer is so close to the DE state line, it hardly matters. But the changing laws will almost certainly put the beer distributors out of business eventually. The whole system needs an overhaul.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Wine Pairing for a Low Country Boil

Apologies in advance for posting this request three times -- once each on the Beer, Wine and Spirits boards.

I'll be preparing a Low Country boil for the Fourth, also called Frogmore Stew. It's a combination of small red potatoes, Andouille sausage, corn on the cob and shrimp all boiled with lemon and a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning. I'd like to have both beer and wine on hand, as well as one really special pre-dinner (and maybe with-dinner) cocktail. I'd really appreciate suggestions for the beverage pairings. Thanks!

Jul 02, 2015
CindyJ in Wine

Cocktail suggestions for a Low Country boil

Apologies in advance for posting this request three times -- once each on the Beer, Wine and Spirits boards.

I'll be preparing a Low Country boil for the Fourth, also called Frogmore Stew. It's a combination of small red potatoes, Andouille sausage, corn on the cob and shrimp all boiled with lemon and a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning. I'd like to have both beer and wine on hand, as well as one really special pre-dinner (and maybe with-dinner) cocktail. I'd really appreciate suggestions for the beverage pairings. Thanks!

Jul 02, 2015
CindyJ in Spirits

Beer pairing suggestions for a Low Country boil

Apologies in advance for posting this request three times -- once each on the Beer, Wine and Spirits boards.

I'll be preparing a Low Country boil for the Fourth, also called Frogmore Stew. It's a combination of small red potatoes, Andouille sausage, corn on the cob and shrimp all boiled with lemon and a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning. I'd like to have both beer and wine on hand, as well as one really special pre-dinner (and maybe with-dinner) cocktail. I'd really appreciate suggestions for the beverage pairings. Thanks!

Jul 02, 2015
CindyJ in Beer

Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook

They do provide sheepskin (?) bench covers for the picnic benches. I don't know how much comfort they add, but the benches are still backless.

Jul 02, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook

My husband and I decided to have dinner out last night, thinking it would be nice to dine outdoors, and Wyebrook Farm came to mind. Open Table showed availability, so we drove 40 minutes north to try this spot. In a word -- AMAZING!!!

Wyebrook Farm gives new meaning to "farm-to-table." We sat on their new outdoor balcony, overlooking the courtyard dining patio, with magnificent views farther afield to where their pigs were penned and chickens pecked happily. The cows, we were told, are moved from one pasture to another each day to graze. Wyebrook Farm's produce and dairy products are provided by nearby farms, but all of the beef, poultry and pork are raised right there.

For starters we decided to share a salad featuring house-cured Tuscan salami and also a local artisanal cheese plate with various accompaniments. Both plates were simply prepared and simply delicious. For entrees we both chose the slow-roasted pork belly and Tuscan sausage. They were served with a warm potato salad and herbed vegetables. We had to keep reminding ourselves to slow down and savor each delicious bite. The dessert menu was enticing, but those were somewhat heavy dishes we had ordered, leaving us satisfied and quite full.

Visitors are invited to walk around the farm's 300+ acres and visit with the animals. The herb garden is located just off the parking lot. This is casual dining at its finest. The courtyard and the indoor dining area both have picnic tables; the balcony where we sat has only high-tops for two. If there was one downside, it's that the seating is not as comfortable as it might be.

Wyebrook Farm is BYO (no corkage fees). The service was very good -- friendly, well-timed and not at all rushed. We will definitely go back -- their brunch menu looks awesome -- and hopefully the next time we do, we'll be able to shop in their market, which had closed by the time we arrived there.

Jul 02, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

ISO of any info on TARA in Upper Black Eddy, PA

It's strange that they don't have a website. There's a NY Times review -- from 1981!!!! I don't generally turn to Trip Advisor, but in this case, that's all there is. Granted, Upper Black Eddy is not exactly a high-traffic area, but I do get up that way occasionally (when the Tohickon is running) and I'd love to hear comments from anyone who has been there recently.

Jul 01, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Dining in West Chester/Brandywine area of PA...

Thanks for mentioning the French bakery, which I see is actually called LaBaguette Magique, on Market St. I see they're having their official grand opening on Bastille Day (July 14). I hadn't heard anything about this place and I must say, I'm intrigued.

Jul 01, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

That reminds me of a sign outside a restaurant in the Lancaster, PA area -- "Some of our food is good." Come to think of it, I don't think that restaurant is there any longer.

Jun 30, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

list your favorite kitchen gadgets

Let me answer from another angle -- here are the gadgets I'd give away to anyone who wanted them: rice cooker, mandoline (brand new - I'm afraid to use it), strawberry huller, cherry pitter, spiral slicer, ginger grater, butter bell... I'm sure there are more.

Jun 29, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

list your favorite kitchen gadgets

Really? I never thought of that. Can it really "squeeze" out enough of the liquid if you're making latkes?

Jun 29, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

I use a plastic chopstick to stir the coffee in my French press.

Jun 27, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

Would you buy dessert sauces at a farmers market?

More and more, farmers markets are featuring home made and limited production food items. At my local farmers market yesterday there were vendors selling hot sauce and relishes, breads, guacamole, pickled veggies, cookies and macarons and popcorn in several varieties. If your farmers markets feature similar items, I think your dessert sauces would be a wonderful addition.

Olive Garden’s Latest Cost-Cutting Plan: Clean Carpet Less Often

Makes me wonder what's next!

Jun 24, 2015
CindyJ in Chains

Dining in West Chester/Brandywine area of PA...

About 20 years ago or so, Duling Kurtz was one of my favorite restaurants, particularly for special occasions. It was always a lovely restaurant in a beautiful setting. Last time I was there was about 5 years ago for lunch; I haven't been there for dinner in at least 10 years. The impression I was left with is that it's "old and tired" -- kind of like the impression I have of Vickers Tavern, which is not too far from Duling Kurtz. Maybe DK has changed over recent years, but it's also interesting to note that it's rarely mentioned here on CH.

Jun 23, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Scrub Daddy on Le Creuset

I haven't used SD on my LC, but I did use it to clean my SS cooktop. It didn't scratch and it did a great job. I think I'd use it on my LC if the need arose.

Jun 21, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Dining in West Chester/Brandywine area of PA...

Very nice! You're practically walking distance from Laguna Miramare. I drove right by there about 30 minutes ago! :-)

Jun 20, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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