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best store-bought lox/smoked salmon?

Belly lox is the lox of my Brooklyn childhood. I recently discovered Acme's Belly Lox at Wegmans. Now I no longer have to have my daughter bring me a special order from Russ & Daughters when she comes to PA to visit. (Although, truth be told, there's still something quite special about hand-sliced lox.)

1 day ago
CindyJ in General Topics

Whole Foods bulk coffee beans -- how fresh are they?

" I would stay away from any beans roasted more than a week ago"

That's virtually impossible unless you're buying directly from the roaster. And even if you are, the beans can be more than a week out from roasting. At a supermarket, I think you'd have a hard time finding beans that freshly roasted. In fact, at a supermarket, it's often hard to even find a roast date on packages of coffee. At least, that's been MY experience.

Apr 15, 2015
CindyJ in Chains

Wine for Salmon With Anchovy-Garlic Butter??

I had the same exact experience as you did with the anchovy butter (and garlic) nearly burning, and posted a note saying as much on the NYTimes website.

Apr 15, 2015
CindyJ in Wine

Where to eat near Longwood Gardens?

Right at Longwood, 1906 is wonderful, but it's a white-tablecloth, grownup kind of restaurant so maybe that's a place for another visit. The cafe at Longwood is really casual -- self-service. If the weather is nice you can sit outdoors. But after walking around for the day, you might be more in the mood for a place with table service.

Sovana Bistro, as others have already mentioned, is always a good choice. One word of advice -- make reservations ASAP, especially if you're going to be there on a Saturday. In fact, make reservations ahead for any of the places mentioned here.

There are also a few restaurants worth mentioning right in Kennett Square (about 5 minutes from Longwood). I really enjoy Portabellos. The food is very good, the service is great and the chef/owners are very welcoming and accommodating. Also in Kennett, Byrsa Bistro offers a unique Mediterranean menu. Their food is quite good and the owner usually visits each table. And if you're in the mood for Sushi or other Asian food, Lily Asian in Kennett is quite good. All three of these places are BYO.

A little bit of a drive (maybe 15 minutes from Longwood) through beautiful "horsey country" will take you to The Whip, a British-style pub which is a favorite of locals. Also about 10-15 minutes away (in the opposite direction) is the Four Dogs Tavern in Marshallton. Very good pub food. In fact, I'm going there for dinner tonight.

Bottom line -- there are LOTS of great choices in the area. Let us know where you end up.

I had to come back to add this -- I don't know why it's not top-of-mind because it's REALLY good. It's the Garden Cafe at Terrain in Glen Mills, probably along your homeward-bound route. http://www.shopterrain.com/glen-mills... It's casual with truly delicious -- locally-sourced food and very pretty inside. And it's fun to browse (and buy) in the beautiful shop you walk through to get to the cafe. FWIW, Terrain is owned by the same man (Dick Hayne) who owns Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters (and who lives up near The Whip, where he raises goats that are used to make the goat cheese served at Terrain).

How do you pronounce "OYSTER"?

...and similarly in Brooklyn, where it's often pronounced "OY-stuh."

Apr 15, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

Whole Foods bulk coffee beans -- how fresh are they?

The barrels of coffee beans at my local WF (Glen Mills, PA) have signs indicating when the barrels were filled, but that's no indication of how recently the beans were roasted. I've been enjoying the La Colombe Nizza, a light/medium roast, and since La Colombe is fairly local (Philadelphia) I'd like to think the beans are fairly fresh, but I'm not a coffee maven and I really don't know. What's your take on the freshness of WF bulk coffee beans?

Apr 14, 2015
CindyJ in Chains

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

I've used my large LC Dutch oven for a half brisket, but it could never hold a whole one.

Apr 12, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

"...WTF is that ; they reply ." My reaction to a similar response is that that person is simply uninformed.

Apr 12, 2015
CindyJ in Site Talk

Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

I installed AdBlock Plus specifically to block ads here on CH. But I found it was slowing my computer down significantly and I had to disable it. For me it was a no-win situation.

Apr 12, 2015
CindyJ in Site Talk

So. Chester County -- Moving

Hope you're settled in and enjoying the area, Ismutko.

I know you didn't specifically ask for restaurants, but I wanted to say a few words about the Fellini Cafe, which I mentioned in an earlier post. It's probably pretty close to where you are -- on Rt. 1 at Rt. 100, next to the Chadds Ford post office. I was there for dinner last night. It was my second time there for dinner, my first time on a weekend. The place was totally full at 7:30 (we had a reservation). While I wouldn't call the food raveworthy, it's pretty darned good for what it is -- a nice, neighborhood Italian place, BYO, decent menu, house-made pastas, good service, reasonable prices. There seemed to be quite a few family groups with kids there, too. I'd put it right on par with Antica, just across Rt. 1. (Thanks for the rec, FCF!)

Apr 12, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

So. Chester County -- Moving

Oh. Okay. So it'll take me to the Pocopson side of the construction. That's helpful. Thanks, FCF!

Apr 12, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

...or when I shop at Wegmans for fresh mushrooms. I'll often have 5 or 6 separate produce bags, each with a different variety. It's kind of like a quiz for the check-out person (AND for me!).

Apr 11, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

That's a REALLY interesting suggestion, Duffy. I have an electric griddle I use for pancakes and French toast, and a CI one I sometimes use for steaks. The drawback is that I'd probably lose the fond.

Apr 11, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Wine for Salmon With Anchovy-Garlic Butter??

I made this salmon the other night and it was delicious. Accompanying the article and recipe, Eric Asimov offered a few wine pairing suggestions:

"And to Drink ...

Salmon suits many different wines. I often choose a red; pinot noirs go beautifully with wild salmon. But the salty anchovy butter in this recipe tips the balance toward a white, or a good dry Bandol rosé, which should be substantial enough to stand up to the assertive fish. Similarly, among whites, I want something dry but with enough body not to knuckle under, like a St.-Aubin, to name one excellent value among white Burgundies, or a chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast or Oregon. An Oregon pinot gris would be terrific, as long as it’s from a top producer like Eyrie or Chehalem. You could also try a richer Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé, or even a Savennières from the Loire. I wouldn’t rule out reds, either, like a very lightly chilled cru Beaujolais. ERIC ASIMOV"

Apr 10, 2015
CindyJ in Wine
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Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

I believe the reason CH is so helpful is because it is NOT mainstream, and that its value would be significantly diminished if it were. Here, we have a community of people who appreciate good food and are happy to share their finds with others. It's not diluted by those who choose Applebees or Olive Garden for a special celebration -- not that there's anything wrong with that. People are entitled to enjoy whatever they please. But it's my impression that on the whole, folks who visit CH, whether to read or write, are somewhat more discriminating. CH is my #1 go-to resource for finding restaurants when I'm away from home, and I'm always happy to offer my restaurant suggestions to anyone visiting my area.

Apr 10, 2015
CindyJ in Site Talk
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salmon croquettes ahead of time

My mom made them the same way -- with matzoh meal, onions and eggs. I made them just the same way one night last week, with a side of elbow macaroni topped with butter and ketchup. Sometimes I just get a hankering for the tastes of my childhood. :-)

Apr 09, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

No, it's not. My large Dutch oven is also about that size. It's fine for a half brisket, but not a whole one.

Apr 08, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

That is the most convoluted logic I've heard in a LONG time. A reply like that would leave me speechless (maybe).

Apr 07, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

So you're saying that even if it's a tenderloin roast, it shouldn't be seared in All-Clad? I thought the aluminum layer was really good for even heat distribution.

Apr 07, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Spaghetti with ketchup - does anyone else eat this?

One night last week I cooked up a meal straight from my childhood -- salmon croquettes with a side of elbow macaroni. My macaroni was mixed with butter and then topped with ketchup. I think you had to grow up liking it because I can't imagine anyone eating it just because they tried it and liked it.

Apr 07, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Tried and true Braised Brisket Recipe?

Beer, Heinz chili sauce and water (1:1:1) for the braising liquid. Carrots, celery, smashed garlic and LOTS of onions in the pan. After the meat is cooked (~4 hours @325º), remove it from the pan, spoon off excess fat, and use an immersion blender to make a gravy of the veggies and braising liquid.

Apr 07, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

That would be an issue regardless of the pan used.

Apr 07, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

That's the pan I have. I always thought it was non-stick. So you think that anodized aluminum surface is good for stovetop pan searing?

Apr 07, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

B'day dinner in Mendenhall/ Kennett Square area?

Oh... I misunderstood. In that case, let me pare down the list. Still recommended: Portabellos, Sovana Bistro and Byrsa Bistro, all in/near Kennett Square. And even if the place is "high energy" (a little loud), conversation at your table won't be a problem. If you're looking for something a bit fancier, you might enjoy the Dilworthtown Inn, just south of West Chester. This is definitely the quietest and also the priciest restaurant in this group, with small dining rooms and attentive service http://dilworthtowninn.com Adjacent to the Dilworthtown Inn, is the Blue Pear Bistro -- small/medium plates, nicely done. http://www.bluepearbistro.com/

Another recommendation -- if you do choose a restaurant that's BYO, and you're shopping for wine, it will be well worth a 15-minute (or maybe less) drive south from the Mendenhall Inn to shop at Moore Brothers in Wilmington. http://moorebrothers.com Their wines are well-priced and come from small winegrowers, and the knowledgeable and extremely helpful folks who work there will make sure you leave with wonderful selections. In fact, if you show them the menu from the restaurant you're going to, they'll be happy to help you with wine pairings.

Apr 07, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Host gifts for challenging hosts

Or send the flowers or plant as a Thank You the day after.

Apr 06, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food
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B'day dinner in Mendenhall/ Kennett Square area?

What about the Four Dogs Tavern? There's an upstairs room that can probably be reserved for the group.http://thefourdogstavern.com/

If you'd like good Mexican food, Taqueria Moroleone is the place to go. http://www.taqueriamoroleonpa.com/

There are a few places in the Kennett area I'd normally recommend, but they do get loud when they're busy. These include Portabellos (BYO - one of my favorites), http://www.portabellosofkennettsquare... Sovana Bistro (a bit pricier than the others; BYO permitted with a $7/bottle corkage fee.) http://www.sovanabistro.com and Antica in Chadds Ford (BYO) http://www.anticapa.com/dinner.html . Another very good choice is Byrsa Bistro in Kennett Square -- BYO, very good Mediterranean food, a bit quieter than some of the others. http://www.byrsabistro.com/

And in case you're wondering about the restaurant at the Mendenhall Inn -- IMHO, you'd be best off skipping it altogether.

Apr 06, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

"...The idea being to end up with juices without boiling the meat. "

Isn't that why roasting racks were invented?

Apr 06, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

That first link -- the Calphalon Classic Hard Anodized 16-Inch Roaster, is exactly the one I've been using for years. But I didn't want to put it over high heat on the cooktop because of the non-stick surface.

The challenge wasn't getting the (SS) pan hot enough; the problem was that the inside surface of the pan was not flat.

Apr 06, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

A question for anyone who pan sears their brisket...

No, I didn't check to see the volume of drippings the depression would hold. I wasn't concerned about drippings for this application. And, I was able to return it to BB&B thanks to their very forgiving return policy.

Apr 06, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Leftover loin lamb chops -- suggestions?

I LOVE that idea!!! But it'll have to wait until after Passover. Sounds good even without the pita.

Apr 06, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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