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How would you freeze A16 meatballs?

I made the recipe as written and froze the meatballs in the sauce. When I was ready to serve them, I defrosted & heated slowly in the oven. They were really wonderful!! Great flavor and really moist. And as others have mentioned, I think they were better after spending time in the freezer.

Nov 25, 2013
curlycue in Home Cooking

How would you freeze A16 meatballs?

Why did I think there would be a consensus? I suppose that means there are many different good ways to do it!

I re-read the recipe, which recommends cooling in the braising liquid, skimming off the fat and then reheating prior to serving. I also read somewhere that these guys get better after a day in the fridge. So taking all that into consideration, I decided to go ahead with the roasting and braising and plan to freeze them in their sauce. They are cooling as we speak. Thanks everyone!

Nov 20, 2013
curlycue in Home Cooking

How would you freeze A16 meatballs?

Hi, I'm a new poster here. I'm all set to make the A16 meatball recipe from this article: http://www.sfgate.com/recipes/article... which I read about here--thanks!

I have in-laws coming in next week so I need to make them in advance and freeze them. My question is: what would be the best way? The recipe calls for roasting the meatballs in the oven, then braising in a white wine tomato sauce. My first thought was to make the recipe as written then freeze the meatballs and sauce separately. But I supposed the other option would be to roast the meatballs, make the braising liquid, freeze separately then braise when I'm ready to serve. Any recommendations? Anyone tried to freeze them? Thanks so much!

Nov 19, 2013
curlycue in Home Cooking

Stillwater, MN dinner recs?

I just wanted to report back...and say thanks to all those who responded! We took off before I was able to read any of these suggestions. But based on some old threads we ended up having a glass of wine on the deck at Northern Vineyards and then had dinner at Savories.

The setting at Northern Vineyards was a little pieced together when we went, but I definitely see how that could be a wonderful place to share some wine on a beautiful day. On Saturday there were no chairs set up, so the first people to arrive dragged chairs to the edge of the deck and hogged the view. I didn't taste before I ordered and ended up with the Pinot Blanc, which was a little too sweet for me. Next time, we'll taste before we buy...

Dinner at Savories wasn't super-fantastic, but it definitely was good for our purposes. The in laws enjoyed it and it was the perfect atmosphere for them--cozy and inviting and they enjoyed the food. We had the Tenderloin Filet Bourguignon, Garlic Crisped Chicken Balsamico, Scallop & Lobster Spaghetti and Jumbo Shrimp Cappellini Pasta--all of which were recommended by our server. Generally I think the dishes were a bit overdone, particularly the lobster and the chicken. But like I said, it was great for entertaining the in laws.

Thanks again for the responses. Next time we'll have to try Phil's Tara Hideaway, that sounds like an interesting place.

Apr 17, 2007
curlycue in General Midwest Archive

Stillwater, MN dinner recs?

Oh, I see...I assumed they had 2 locations. Thanks for responding!

Apr 14, 2007
curlycue in General Midwest Archive

Stillwater, MN dinner recs?

This is sort of a last minute emergency post, so I'll be grateful for any recommendations! We're off to Stillwater in a few hours with the inlaws and I'm struggling to find the right place for dinner. I've searched through the archives and I didn't find many recent conversations. I guess the only requirement is really great food. So if there is a fabulous burger place that would work...but at the same time we'd also be open to a nicer place (say in the $20/entree range) as long as its relatively open and inviting. We're not looking for something really formal, so La Belle Vie is out. I also saw Bayport Cookery, which looks really lovely--but I don't think the inlaws would love the idea of a tasting menu. We're probably looking for American or New American...along the lines of 112 Eatery. Thanks in advance, any advice is appreciated!

Apr 14, 2007
curlycue in General Midwest Archive

Twin Cities--Dinner for Mom's Birthday?

Thanks--I appreciate the thoughtful responses and the warm welcome! I'll take these suggestions under advisement and let you know how it turned out.

Oct 31, 2006
curlycue in General Midwest Archive

Twin Cities--Dinner for Mom's Birthday?

Thanks! Erte definitely sounds interesting. What's the crowd like on any given night? My parents are in their 60s, so I just want to make sure they wouldn't be the oldest by 40+ years :-)

Oct 30, 2006
curlycue in General Midwest Archive

Twin Cities--Dinner for Mom's Birthday?

Thanks for adding to my description of Cherry Creek Grill, while I wouldn't have chosen the word diner (I suppose its all a matter of perception), I do think you've hit the food and atmosophere on the head. Its upscale American (steaks, fish, sandwiches, salads, etc.) focusing on the rotisserie, served in a cozy wood burning fireplace-type atmosphere. The quality of the food was always really outstanding, so that combined with the atmosphere made it a hit with almost everyone.

I've tried the "why don't we try something new" with the parents several times and it never quite works out. Plus its my Mom's birthday, so I suppose she should have what she likes :-) ...so upscale American is what I'm looking for here--thanks for asking.

I'll definitely check out your recommendations. I've driven by Trygs several times and was thinking that could be the place--but I'm a little concerned with Jordan's comments about the chef being fired. Lucia's also might work--I've been for a girl's lunch and for a glass of wine both on the patio, but I've never been for dinner. Walking by, it always strikes me as the type of place for a romantic dinner for 2...or am I reading it wrong? Thanks for your help!

Oct 30, 2006
curlycue in General Midwest Archive

Twin Cities--Dinner for Mom's Birthday?

Hi, I just moved to MSP (via San Francisco & Denver) and I've been lurking for the past several months. Thought I'd post to say "hi" and get some specific advice. Its so exciting to see such an active group of hounds!! I've had some great meals so far, thanks in part to many of the recommendations I've found here--I really appreciate it.

So, on to my question. My parents are coming into town for my Mom's birthday. I'm looking for the perfect place to take her to celebrate. When we were living in Denver, my Mom loved the filet at Cherry Creek Grill and I'm looking for something similar. Not necessarily to replicate the experience, but more so to find an equally memorable place that they will want to go time and again when they visit. Cherry Creek grill was a place you could go for a martini after work or for a really nice dinner--and you could spend a little or a lot, depending on what you were up for.

I guess I am looking for a similar atmosphere--a nice, warm, lively atmosphere...not white tablecloth and quiet. A place with really fantastic steak would be wonderful, but I'm definitely not looking for the big expense accout steakhouse kind of place. Local is important too, I don't want it to be restaurant that she could go to in any old city.

At the moment 112 Eatery is my backup, which I think they would enjoy, but I'd love to get some other suggestions. Thanks in advance, looking forward to hearing your suggestions!

Oct 30, 2006
curlycue in General Midwest Archive