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Bringing food to parties/dinners

"...Look to the cookie." It looks like we're on the brink of recreating one of my all time favorite CH threads http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/356277

about 23 hours ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Bringing food to parties/dinners

...or a chocolate babka! :)

Bringing food to parties/dinners

Your point is well taken. When I said, "...it's a weird notion" what I meant was that in MY particular situation, given my personal experiences with hosting/attending dinners, it would be a strange/unusual/confusing/puzzling thing if a guest showed up with a casserole in hand, without having arranged to bring it ahead of time. That's just me and the way these things generally work in my case. What I did NOT mean to imply is that it's weird in general. People have different traditions, customs, approaches to dinner invitations. Whatever works for you is fine.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

That just isn't something I'd ever do.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

As a matter of fact, I have seen people text with others who are sitting right at the same table. That IS ill-mannered. I rest my case.

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Talk about being defensive... Sounds like I've touched a nerve. I'm sorry if you've been hurt along the way. The subtext, BTW, is yours, not mine.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Where in the world did you hear me say anything like that??? It would be a request, or a suggestion, NOT a demand. No brutal force. No confiscation. No subjugation of human rights. To paraphrase the bard, Monavano doth protest too much, methinks. (I'm also beginning to think that I must live in a much more civilized society than you do.)

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

No, no, no... the point I'm making is that in so many social situations, cell phone usage is, IMHO, rude and obnoxious. AND not nearly as necessary as most people make it out to be. Look, if someone is expecting an important call, fine, keep your phone handy. But it's really okay to put the phone aside for a short amount of time and simply enjoy the company of the people you're with.

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

First of all, it would be a suggestion, not a demand. Secondly, it's no different than a woman leaving her purse somewhere in the house -- I can't imagine a guest of mine rifling through another guest's purse, or coat pockets or cell phone information. Lastly, the REAL child-like behavior shows up in people who are preoccupied with their cell phones at the dinner table.

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

So be it! If people are so obsessed with and addicted to their electronic devices that they can't function for a short while without them, they can keep them.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

I'd go one step further and have everyone drop their phones into a basket at the front door on their way in, and retrieve them on their way out.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Nominate Your Best Food App for "Best of 2014."

www.Pepperplate.com

I use Pepperplate for following my selected recipes on my tablet while I cook, and on my iPhone while shopping for inspiration and an ingredients list.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Food Media & News

Bringing food to parties/dinners

HUH? That's really a moot question and I'm not really clear what you're trying to get at.

In my experience, there's always a brief conversation with my invited guests about what, if anything, I'd like them to bring, and it's a conversation that begins with the guest's inquiry. IF, however, that conversation had not taken place, and IF a guest brought something that did not fit into my dinner plan, no, I wouldn't serve it. But I have to say, I can't imagine that EVER happening. In fact, it's a weird notion to even consider. If *I* were the invited guest, and didn't have a conversation with the host(ess) about what I could bring, in a gazillion years I couldn't imagine myself showing up on their doorstep with something like a vegetable casserole to add to the dinner.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Dining at 1906 in Longwood Gardens

If you're planning on being at Longwood to see the Christmas display, make your dinner reservations NOW!

Nov 24, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Dining at 1906 in Longwood Gardens

Reservations can be difficult to get at 1906, particuarly last-minute reservations. And of course, dining at 1906 requires admission to the gardens or an annual pass.

Nov 24, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Curry'esque recipes?

This is my recipe for chicken curry and I'd definitely put this in the category of "curry'ish." It's easy, made in one pot, can be prepared in under an hour and it's versatile -- feel free to add (or delete) veggies/grains as you please.

INGREDIENTS
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large sweet onion, peeled, sliced vertically (pole-to-pole)
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 Serrano peppers, stems removed, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-1 1/2” square pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 14-oz can petite diced tomatoes
2 to 4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves
2 zucchini, sliced 1” thick
4 small or 2 large artichokes, halved, trimmed, choke removed (or use 1 pkg frozen artichoke hearts or 2 cans of artichoke hearts)
8 chicken breast halves, boned and skinned, each half cut into 4-6 pieces.
8 oz. Israeli couscous (or 8 oz. pearl pasta or orzo)
1 large can chick peas, drained

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat the oil in a large pot.

2. Sauté the onion, garlic and Serrano peppers in the oil until onions are soft, about 4 minutes. Add sliced bell peppers and sauté 1-2 minutes. Add curry powder and sauté 1 minute.

3. Add crushed and diced tomatoes and broth. Stir until blended. Add cilantro, zucchini, fresh artichokes and chicken pieces. (If using frozen or canned artichoke hearts, add them during the last 10 minutes of cooking.) Bring to a simmer. Cover pot and simmer 30 minutes.

4. Add Israeli couscous and chick peas. Simmer 10 minutes or until couscous is al dente. Serve.

Nov 24, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Le Crueset - Lifetime Guarantee

I don't recall, but I really don't think it matters. I can't recall anyone asking me for information that would appear on a warranty registration when they replaced my French oven. I should mention that in my initial communication with LC I didn't ask for a replacement; I only asked if they could recommend a product that would eliminate the darkened discoloration inside the pot, and I sent a photo of the pot. To my surprise, they offered to replace it.

Nov 24, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Bringing food to parties/dinners

Usually, invited guests asks what they can bring. If I ask them to bring something -- a dessert, an appetizer, etc. -- it's always with the intention of serving it at dinner. If I say something like "just bring yourselves" and they show up with something that's clearly intended to be a main course or a side dish, then I would not feel obligated to serve it.

When *I* am the guest, and I bring a bottle of wine, or a food item as a hostess gift, it's never with the expectation that it will be served that night. Case in point -- a few nights ago we were invited to dinner with friends. I baked a pumpkin bread to bring along. When I gave it to my friend I said, "Feel free to serve it, save it or freeze it."

Nov 24, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food

Dining at 1906 in Longwood Gardens

We've had dinner at 1906 on several occasions and always thought it was excellent. I'm surprised you saw only "mediocre comments in this forum." I, myself, have posted positive comments here about 1906, and I know others have, as well. Glad you enjoyed it!

Nov 24, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Anyone know how approx. old this Le Creuset is?

I've got several pieces of vintage 1970 LC that came with wooden handles. A few years ago I wrote to LC asking about replacement handles. They sent me new oven-safe replacements, gratis.

Nov 22, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Bringing food to parties/dinners

Regarding Point #2: If I were hosting a dinner and one of my guests brought an actual food dish, I would feel ZERO obligation to serve it at that time. If it was a small appetizer or a small dessert I might consider serving it. But if it was an entree-type dish, or even a side dish, I'd thank them, tell them it looks delicious and ask if it freezes well so I can enjoy it at another time. NO apologies for not serving it that night, no embarrassment, no confusion, no guilt. It's really no different than a guest bringing a bottle of wine when I've already paired wines with dinner. Thank them for the gift and put it away to uncork another day.

Nov 22, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food

Can anyone help me with the name of this Theater District restaurant?

Someone asked me for a recommendation for an anniversary dinner in the Theater District. I don't live in NYC and I'm not an expert on NYC dining. Are there any places you'd care to recommend?

Nov 20, 2014
CindyJ in Manhattan

Can anyone help me with the name of this Theater District restaurant?

That's IT!!!!!! Thanks so much! Is it worth a visit?

Nov 20, 2014
CindyJ in Manhattan

Can anyone help me with the name of this Theater District restaurant?

It's been many years since I was there, so it might not even be there any longer. But... it was in the Theater District, very pretty on the inside. I think there was an outdoor seating area. I thought it was called something like The Garden, but I could be totally wrong. I believe it was west of B'way and on the north side of the street. Maybe even very near a parking lot that had "stacked" parking.

Is this sounding at all familiar to anyone? And if so, is it worth revisiting?

Thanks!!!!

Nov 20, 2014
CindyJ in Manhattan

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

You might find some inspiration in the Food section of today's NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...

Nov 19, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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Food grade lye in Philly or western burbs?

Just yesterday I was listening to a podcast of The Splendid Table in which David Leite interviewed Andrea Slonecker, author of "Pretzel Making at Home." She recommends using baking soda that has been baked in the oven in place of lye. Baking it "changes the chemical properties in the baking soda to make it behave more similarly to lye."

Here's a link to the podcast: http://www.splendidtable.org/story/he...

Nov 19, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Veal Bones -- A Tip Worth Repeating

There's a lot of good stuff packed into that little store. While I was there I picked up a few other things -- a couple of tubes of (well-priced) concentrated tomato paste, a large tin of EVOO, San Marzano tomatoes, imported tagliatelle, a nice chunk of Parmigiano Reggiano. Papa's is a short detour from Moore Brothers, so I do get down that way fairly often. My next shopping trip there will definitely include rib veal chops.

Nov 19, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

I've been using a raw, unpasteurized egg yolk in my caesar salads for a loooong time. No mishaps yet.

Nov 18, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Maria's pizza and pasta in hockessin

Is their menu available anywhere online? I can't seem to find it in any of the "usual" places.

Nov 18, 2014
CindyJ in Mid-Atlantic

Dinner for 14...dinner on table or self serve?

If you have enough room on your dining table, pass the bowls and platters as suggested above; two bowls/platters of each dish, as greygarious suggests, would be even more efficient. What I typically do with a crowd that large is to plate, serve and clear the first course, usually soup. From that point on, everyone serves themselves from a buffet table set up nearby (although not necessarily in the kitchen -- the kitchen counters are generally too cluttered with pots, pans, bowls, dirty dishes, etc.). That frees up lots of space on the table for wine, water pitchers, flowers, candles, etc.

Nov 17, 2014
CindyJ in General Topics