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Food Delivery After Surgery

Can anyone recommend a meal delivery service for the UES? A family member will be recovering from cancer surgery and I would like to send a week's worth of meals. Thanks!

Jan 03, 2010
Mint Chip in Manhattan

Kondo Tempura

I'll be in Tokyo this coming week and I would like to try some good tempura - the catch - I'm vegetarian. From what I have read online, Kondo in Ginza offers nice, creative vegetable tempura (i.e. asparagus, lotus root, corn, ect). Has anyone been and could confirm? Also, is any English spoken? I am wondering how hard it will be to communicate that we would only want vegetables. Also, how expensive is this restaurant? Does anyone have a better rec for trying tempura vegetables? Thanks so much!

Jul 16, 2008
Mint Chip in Japan

Good Place to Eat Fu in Kyoto?

Does anyone know of a good place to try "Fu," (wheat gluten) in Kyoto? I found one restaurant that specializes in it but can't find a whole lot about it online: Hanbei Fu Restaurant. I'm curious if anyone has eaten here or knows of another good shop or restaurant. Thanks!

Jul 14, 2008
Mint Chip in Japan

Kyoto Soba Making Lessons

Does anyone know of a place to learn how to make soba noodles in kyoto? Thanks in advance!

Jul 08, 2008
Mint Chip in Japan

Carrot Ginger Tea Sandwiches

I had the most delicious tea sandwiches at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. It had some kind of mixture of cream cheese, ginger and grated carrots. But I am curious about amounts and if there are any other ingredients. Anyone have the recipe, have any suggestions or make anything similar?

Jan 14, 2008
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Butterscotch Pie Recipe?

There's this great pie place in Pasadena, CA called Pie n Burger and I just love their butterscotch pie. Would love the pie n burger recipe if anyone has it but if not would also be happy with any good recipe!

Dec 06, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Help! How best to defrost foods I froze ahead?

I made a lot of food ahead for Thanksgiving and froze it. But didn't think it though. Now, not sure the best way to defrost. I have a frozen baked corn pudding, a baked gooey pumpkin butter cake, a baked noodle pudding and an unbaked broccoli quiche. I'm thinking of defrosting all the baked items today in the fridge and then reheating in the oven tomorrow and baking the frozen quiche straight from the freezer (except the cake which I will just let defrost). Is this right? Any help will be appreciated - thanks!

Nov 21, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Best Vegas Buffet for Vegetarian?

There are so many and it's hard to guess the variety...would prefer mid-price range but willing to try more expensive if worth the cost...Thanks!

Oct 24, 2007
Mint Chip in Southwest

4 Days in Santa Fe - Best for Vegetarian?

What restaurants have some good quality, creative vegetarian options? I'm looking for a range of budgets. Any Mexican places that don't use lard and have veggie dishes? Best Breakfast? Best Cheese plate? Not to miss desserts? One day will be spent in Taos or Los Alamos. Thanks!

Oct 24, 2007
Mint Chip in Southwest

ISO Favorite Green Tomato Recipes

This book has two amazing recipes for pasta with green tomato sauce

Oct 24, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Zucchini Garlic Soup

I had a really good warm soup recently, zucchini garlic soup. The soup seemed liked pureed zucchini but it also had very soft pieces of zucchini in it as well with some garlic and potato dumplings. Anyone have any good recipes for zucchini soups? Thanks!

Aug 15, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Watermelon Aqua Fresca?

Here is a new recipe for Watermelon-Ginger Aqua Fresca from epicurious.I haven't tried this yet but looks good:

Aug 15, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

cardamom and fruit pairings

No so much a recipe but when I make Mango shakes or Lassi (mango blended with milk and ice cream or yogurt) I always add in some cardamom. It gives it a really nice flavor. I bet mango and cardamom would be lovey in your tart. Maybe a cardamom flavored cream toped with fresh mago?

May 12, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Summer Soups: Fruit

Last summer I ate at a restaurant that served a pineapple soup and a blueberry soup. Both were so delicious! Anyone have any good fruit soup recipes out there? Thanks!

May 11, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

cardamom and fruit pairings

I often pair mango and cardamom

May 11, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Budapest Specialities?

Going to Budapest and I have a few questions...I'm looking for vegetarian hungarian foods generally. All suggestions welcome, including other local vegetarian food to look for!

Does anyone know a good place to get cold fruit soup during July? Maybe cherry or plum?

And is there a place to get Lagos that is fried in oil (not lard)?

And where can I get dumplings - either cheese or fruit?

A good place to get lecsó ?

And last question - any place to get noodles and cottage cheese or noodles and cabbage?

I have a Box of grape nuts, now what?

I don't like eating grape nuts plain as cereal, any one have good recipes or suggestions on how to use them? Thanks!

Apr 22, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Tofu - something besides stir fries?

Tofu Parm, use extra firm tofu and make just as you would with chicken.

Apr 16, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

brown dried apricots - can I do anything with them?

I use them in this lentil soup:

Apr 13, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

fresh pineapple-dessert

I recently had pancakes topped with fresh pineapple, fresh whipped cream and mint - I imagine you could make this into a dessert by using the combo in crepes instead or as a topping for angel food cake.

Apr 10, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Sweetened Condensed Milk

I just found this recipe and hope to try it soon, possibly with dried cherries or apricots. It would be good to use up matzo for those trying to do so or those who want to try a different kind of bar cookie. If anyone ends of making it, please let me know how it comes out!

Mashugana Matzo morsels


1 cup raisins
3 Tablespoons Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine
1 stick butter
2 whole Manischewitz unsalted matzo, crumbled into 1 inch pieces
1 ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Soak raisins in Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine.

Melt butter in 7 ½" x 11 ¼" baking pan at 325 degrees.

Crumble matzo on top of melted butter. Layer chocolate chips over matzo. Layer raisins over chips. Spread chopped walnuts over raisins. Top with sweetened condensed milk. Mash down to saturate ingredients.

Bake 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees.

Cool and refrigerate an hour. Cut into squares and serve.

Apr 10, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Sichuan Spicy Cucumbers

I recently had Sichuan Spicy Cucumbers at A Single Pebble in Burlington, VT. It's so refreshing and tasty I would like to make it at home. The menu claims it includes sesame oil, garlic and rice wine vinegar but when I asked at the restaurant they mentioned chili oil and black bean sauce. Any good recipes out there for this type of dish?

Apr 09, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Interesting ways to use smoked mozzerela?

I like these sandwiches that use smoked mozzarella:

Apr 08, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Veggie Burger Recipe

These are my two standard veggie burger recipes. Chickpea Walnut Burger:
And Spinach Nut Burger:

Apr 04, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Passover Quinoa

Any good recipes out there for the seder involving quinoa - either as a side salad or in some form for a vegetarian main dish? Quinoa is so yummy yet seems under used during the holiday.

Mar 29, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

passover cauliflower leek kugel with herb almond crust

Can your family member with the allergy eat pine nuts? That might work instead of the almonds.

Mar 29, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Beets and Eggs for Passover?

This month on epicurious there is a Mark Bittman recipe for griddled eggs for the seder in place of passed eggs and salt water. Any other suggestions for how to serve hard boiled eggs - either traditional or creative? Also I would like to serve some sort of beet dish - any good recipes out there? Thanks!

Mar 26, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

What's your favorite Key Lime Pie recipe?

My favorite Key lime pie - black bottom. I had this at Caroline's Cafe in Key West. I think it had a short bread cookie crust of sorts and then a ayer of melted chocolate and then a traditional key lime pie filling - served frozen. So good! I wish I had the recipe. I've tried many variations but I can never get it quite right. Any good black bottom key lime pie recipes out there?

Mar 25, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

vegetarian main dish for passover

I've never tried these recipes but I hope to this year. I thought I would post all the various possibilities I am considering in case they are of interest to you

Ratner's Vegetable Cutlets (you might have to swap some of the veggies for passover)
Makes 12 to 15 cutlets

6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
(about 2 pounds)
1/4 cup butter
2 medium onions, chopped (about 2/3 pound)
6 mushrooms, chopped (1 small zucchini)
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced carrots, drained (see
Arthur's Two Cents)
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can cut green beans, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can peas, drained
3 eggs
2 cups matzoh meal (approximately)
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cook potatoes in boiling salted water for 20 minutes,
or until tender. Mash.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat butter and sauté onions
and mushrooms until tender.

Pour mushroom mixture into a bowl with mashed
potatoes. Stir in carrots, green beans, peas and 2
eggs. Blend thoroughly. Add enough matzoh meal so that
mixture can shaped into large patties. Season to taste
with salt and pepper.

Shape into 12 to 15 patties. Beat the remaining eggs
well. Brush patties on both sides, coating thoroughly.
Place on a well-greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until lightly golden browned.

Serve hot.

Yield: 4 servings

3 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1 Medium chopped onion, optional
1 1/2 Cups grated carrots
3 eggs
3/4 Cup matzoh meal
1/2 Cup chopped green pepper
1/2 Cup chopped celery
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
1/8 Teaspoon pepper
Cook spinach and drain. Saute pepper, onion, celery and carrots about 10 minutes in butter or margarine. Combine spinach with sauteed vegetables. Add eggs, salt, pepper, and matzoh meal. Bake in greased loaf pan pyrex at 350 degrees for one hour.


This tsimmes created by Chef Lenard Rubin of the Phoenician Club in Phoenix, Arizona, is so good that I sometimes serve it alone without stuffing it into the chilies.

3/4 pound pitted prunes (dried apricots)
6 medium peeled carrots, cut in chunks
3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and diced
6 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
12 green or red Anaheim chilies

1. Mix all the ingredients except the coriander and the chilies in a greased 3-quart baking dish.

2. Cover and bake in a preheated 250-degree oven, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, but not mushy, about 2 hours. Let cool.

3. Using a fork or a potato masher mash the mixture coarsely with the chopped coriander to facilitate stuffing into the chilies. This can be prepared a day ahead.

4. Place the chilies on a cookie sheet in a preheated 450-degree oven. Roast for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until the skin is black. Remove to a plastic or paper bag and leave until cool. Peel off the skin.

5. With a sharp knife, make a slit from the bottom of the stem to the point of each chili.

6. Gently scrape out the seeds and rinse the inside of the chili.

7. Pat each chili dry and stuff with chopped tsimmes so that each chili is slightly overstuffed, causing the slit in the chili to open, exposing the filling.

8. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Alternately, you can merely put the stuffing mixture in a greased flat casserole, approximately 9- by 13-inch, and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes or until it is warm.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings (P).

Jewish Cooking in America
Joan Nathan

Creole Farfel Kugel - Substitute vegetarian broth and oil to make vegetarian though!
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2000
Show: The Essence of Emeril Episode: Passover

Recipe Summary
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 10 servings

6 tablespoons chicken fat
2 bell peppers, chopped
5 green onions, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 16-ounce box farfel
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Pine nuts (optional)
22 ounces chicken broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence, recipe follows
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large skillet add chicken fat and saute bell peppers, green onions, celery, garlic, and parsley until softened, about 6 minutes. Add farfel and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs and cook 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bake in a greased 3-quart casserole for 30 to 45 minutes.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Mar 25, 2007
Mint Chip in Home Cooking

Vegetarian in Japan Report

Wow. Great detective work! Thanks so much.

Jan 08, 2007
Mint Chip in Japan