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quiet dinner for 14 on the UWS?

Thanks all! I'll investigate further and see what I come up with!

Jul 26, 2010
smartstart in Manhattan

quiet dinner for 14 on the UWS?

Hi all! I'm looking for a quiet restaurant for a large (~14) group on a Saturday night. Several members of the group are elderly, so quiet is important, as are not too many steps; we're also looking for a place with entrees between $15-$25. (I'd thought of Shun Lee, but after reading the reviews on this board am reconsidering.) Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Jul 25, 2010
smartstart in Manhattan

Panna Cotta emergency

wow. thank you so much for the tip!

Panna Cotta emergency

We are friends of two long-time chowhounders, SarahKC and AndyK - who are getting married tomorrow. Making a long story short, it is imperative that we bring them panna cotta (it has a special significance for them). Does anyone know where we can pick some up in SF or Berkeley sometime before 1pm tomorrow (sunday)???

Your help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

avocado pudding?

That could be. But is it safe to incorporate beaten egg whites into something uncooked?

May 24, 2008
smartstart in Home Cooking

$10 meal for four

going vegetarian can make things a little easier. two ideas: tofu stir-fry over brown rice (you can buy tofu for four for under $2, and bok choy and scallions are pretty cheap, as is rice in bulk); anything involving chickpeas, the wonder food! Marcella Hazan has a wonderful recipe for a rosemary-chickpea-tomato soup; throw it over quinoa and you're proteined, fibered, and ready to go!

May 24, 2008
smartstart in Home Cooking

avocado pudding?

Hello chowhounds! Looking for some help here. Yesterday I came across the most delicious avocado dessert dish (for Bay Area hounds, this was in Delica, in the Ferry Building). It was an avocado pudding, or perhaps a mousse, with a lovely mango salsa on top. I'm quite sure the avocado part involved both sugar and lime juice, but I have no idea what else gave it that lovely, light texture. The recipes I've found so far use gelatin (which I'm pretty sure wasn't involved) or condensed sweetened milk, which seems like something that would make it even richer. Any ideas on what to do with an avocado that would lighten it up, give it a chocolate-mousse-y texture? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

May 24, 2008
smartstart in Home Cooking

what to do with dough that didn't rise?

I had no idea you could do this! Thanks for the tip!

Apr 04, 2008
smartstart in Home Cooking

what to do with dough that didn't rise?

Do I really need to trash the dough? I hate to waste food, but I have two unbaked loaves of bread that I clearly made with dud yeast (I didn't proof it beforehand; lesson learned.); they're cold little lumps. Anybody have any ideas of what to do with it? either before baking or afterwards? (Will it be utterly inedible?)

Apr 04, 2008
smartstart in Home Cooking

Ideas for exotic hamantaschen fillings?

Okay, macerated lemons turned out lovely (just drained them before using). Also made a balsamic fig filling and a mango filling, both using dried fruit and the standard lekvar technique. Yum!

Mar 21, 2008
smartstart in Home Cooking

Ideas for exotic hamantaschen fillings?

Well, apricot lekvar is not especially exotic, but it's delicious, and not leaky: I made this blogger's dough and apricot filling last night, and it's excellent.

http://piequeen.blogspot.com/2005/03/...

I make the same sort of filling with dried sour cherries, and that's also lovely, especially with a lemon-tinged dough.

This year I'm trying to make a filling with lemons macerated overnight; so far, they're too runny, and arrowroot's not helping. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Mar 20, 2008
smartstart in Home Cooking

Lotus Garden Cuisine -- Yum, yum Vietnamese

Also agreeing: Lotus Garden rocks. The chicken rolls are delicious, and the lemongrass chicken was in this wonderful marinade. What I noticed particularly was how fresh the ingredients seemed-- the do-it-yourself rolls came with a big plate of crisp lettuce, fragrant mint, and carrot slivers. It made for a light, lovely, fresh meal. The service was also highly attentive, and the price exactly right, by which I mean $8-$11 entrees. Mmm...

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

28, and very happy to be on the young end of things!

I'm getting a Ph.D. in English, or will if I manage to write the dissertation between Chowhound visits. Very little money to spend on fancy meals, which is fine; my favorites are cheap ethnic finds, which is wonderful since I'm in SF. (Yesterday a guy in the Mission was selling hot fresh sweet corn slathered in butter, dipped in parmesan, and powdered with red chili powder. $2. Mmm...)

Jun 20, 2007
smartstart in Not About Food

Poppy seed hamentashen recipes?

I'm curious about this cream cheese dough-- is it rich and soft and crumbly, or does it wind up as a cripier, sugar-cookier dough?

Mar 01, 2007
smartstart in Home Cooking

sour cherry hamantaschen? peanut-butter? chocolate?

I do! Share, please!

Mar 01, 2007
smartstart in Home Cooking

sour cherry hamantaschen? peanut-butter? chocolate?

Lora, you're a godsend. That's exactly what I was looking for-- thank you! I did a trial run this am with apricot lekvar, which I made essentially that way, adding in the rind and juice of an orange. Mmm. I'm going to try a chocolate filling tomorrow... Thank you!

Mar 01, 2007
smartstart in Home Cooking

sour cherry hamantaschen? peanut-butter? chocolate?

hi all! I'm making hamantaschen; I'm doing apricot lekvar for one filling, but looking for others. I have some dried sour cherries, but am not quite sure if/how to spice them. and: what happens to things like peanut butter and nutella in hamantaschen? and does anybody have a good recipe for a chocolate filling?

Feb 28, 2007
smartstart in Home Cooking

ny style bagels/pizza

Izzy's bagels are the best I've had on the west coast. There's one shop in Palo Alto, one in San Francisco, and the bagels are dense and chewy and crusty and wonderful. I think he gives H&H a run for their money.

vegetable desserts?

this is all SO helpful. thank you!

Nov 15, 2006
smartstart in Home Cooking

vegetable desserts?

I have a friend on the candida diet-- no fruit, no grains, no sugar. She's coming for dinner, and I'd love to make some sort of dessert for her. Anybody know any recipes that use vegetables? (I'm sure there are recipes out there that use carrots or sweet potatoes, but can't seem to find any within these restrictions...)

Long shot, I know, but any help would be appreciated.

Nov 14, 2006
smartstart in Home Cooking

Unusual pies?

bangordin, will you share the shaker lemon pie recipe? sounds *wonderful*.

Nov 14, 2006
smartstart in Home Cooking