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Regal Lunch at L'Espalier

I feel as if I was one of the ladies who lunched---I could almost taste every morsel! The elegance that this Boston institution is so well known for was perfectly matched by the elegance of this reviewer's prose. I'll look forward to reading about this group's next get-together!

Jul 05, 2007
Robbie711 in Greater Boston Area

Mid-February Wine Pairing Dinner Success

This sounds like a perfect marriage between food & wines, and company. I can almost taste the delectable offerings! I applaud your careful and imaginitive efforts, and can't wait to hear about your next party. Please keep us posted!

Feb 22, 2007
Robbie711 in Wine

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

I completely forgot about the grape jelly & ketchup or Heinz chilli sauce marinated meatballs my mother loved to serve. I actually loved them, and may consider--dare I say--making them!! Most likely this will just remain a threat not a promise. Thanks to all have supplied such memorable ideas for the party. I've had to postpone the actual date for this soiree--but it's even fun just remembering that era...it seems now like such an innocent/uncomplicated time of life!!

Feb 22, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Sel de la Terre, Boston, Wonderful Evening

It's good to know that Sel de la Terre is as pleasing a dining experience now as it was when I was there last--over three years ago. I'm thankful to be reminded to return, if not only for their amazing breads they serve so generously!

Feb 11, 2007
Robbie711 in Greater Boston Area

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

This is a great menu to work with--appriciate your considered input! The stuffed mushroom caps and cherrys, and sweedish meatballs &/or the scallops really bring me back--perfect ideas (and,chocolate mousse is a must!) Thanks very much! Robbie

Jan 30, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

My mom's cheese balls were just like redchairs, but her "elegant touch" --of course, in name only-- was her use of RITZ crackers!

Jan 29, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

LOL--exactly! And, of course, spiced pecans! This list would be great fun to compile!

Jan 29, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

New Year's Eve tapas party

WOW!!!! These pictures are amazing---the food looks better than I even imagined. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing them with us. Robbie

Jan 28, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

Hi Tom P! I'm going to try these--they're different enough, and definitely retro. Thanks!!

Jan 28, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

I'm going to include pigs in a blanket and stuffed muchroom caps, and sweedish meatballs for appetizers, and think about the other items. BTW, what do you stuff your mushrooms with? TIA

Jan 28, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

How could I forget Fondue??? Great idea, but now I have too many germ-phobes in my life to pull it off. I will think about it, though. Thanks!

Jan 28, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

Candy, this menu really brings me (way)back! I love the idea of Vichyssoise to start, pan roasted potatoes, Brown & Serve rolls (I S0 remember my mother serving these), Ceasar Salad, and maybe Baked Alaska. I have to find a recipe for Meat Loaf Wellington to decide to make it. Thanks so much for these great suggestions! Robbie 7ll

Jan 28, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

I'm looking for a few really good--not just overly obvious--courses to serve for a 60/70's slightly upscale Retro dinner (comfort food) party. I was thinking very upscale mac n'cheese; lamb chops; interesting squash or pea side dish. 1st course could include: clam chowder; or split pea soap; and mixed garden salad or cantelope. Desserta; Tapioca pudding; or bread pudding; or make your own sundaes (something like that). I thought I'd serve Gin & Tonics (or vodka tonics), and slow gin fizzes. The apps. could include: sardines on crackers, interesting dips, and maybe shrimp cocktail, or oysters. Oh yea and POPOVERS! Remeber those? Any takers? I'd love your ideasl

Jan 27, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Crepes at midnight

Hi chef chicklet! I did end up ordering the crepe cake from Lady M's Mille Crepes in NYC which they Fed Exed to Boston the next day (very pricey) but totally worth it!! I lost steam when it came to pulling off crepes at midnight---so many other things to prepare---and this was a very elegant & delicious dessert. Maybe next time I could try actually making my own variety of crepes, but not for NYE--way too much going on at midnight to focus!! Thanks for all your input & for the idea of the Lady M cake. Happy New Year! Robbie711

Jan 11, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

New Year's Eve tapas party

Hi julietg, thanks so much for asking! The nye party went extremely well--great food (thanks to your and others' help!), good company, and live music (my husband was a musician in a former life). I tried to utilize some of your organizational techniques, but wasn't able to even get into your league. Thanks for the recipes and the advice. Happy New Year to you all!
Robbie711

Jan 10, 2007
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Crepes at midnight

Oh that sound really wonderful. Thanks for the advice. Would you mind sharing your pastry cream recipe w/Kirsch if it's not too much trouble? Also, what flavored preserves do you use. TIA!

Dec 22, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

New Year's Eve tapas party

Hi Kobetobikok! WOW these are great! I'm going to use the recipe for the Avacado & Shrimp salad with Masago(I never knew that's what the Roes were called). It sounds very tasty, easy to prepare, and very cool in the Martini glasses--love it!! I think I'll also do the mini blinis...also sound easy & delicious
Not sure about the chilled noodles for the New Year's Eve party, but I will try them at some point. These recipes are a huge help--very easy to follow & low-stress!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I'll let you know if I'm stuck for desserts/drinks. Enjoy the Holidays! Take care, Robbie711

Dec 22, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

New Year's Eve tapas party

You are amazingly impressive! SO well organized, down to the tiniest details! I'm going to try a few of these ideas (about staying organized) and recipes. They sound delicious. Thanks so very much for all your time and effort--I greatly appreciate it. I doubt I can be as stress free as you are, but this really helped me get a jump on things. Happy New Year!

Dec 22, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Middle Eastern Restaurants?

You're probably right--they must do a bang-up lunch business, because when I've gone there, as well, it's dead. Although, it's a bit strange b/c so many better restaurants can't make a go of it--hard to know why Sabra survives.

Dec 22, 2006
Robbie711 in Greater Boston Area

Middle Eastern Restaurants?

Yes, one too many times. It's gone from bad to worse. Really quite undistinguished in any way except for it's blandness.

Dec 21, 2006
Robbie711 in Greater Boston Area

What's the Best Frozen Pizza?

I love Stouffers French Bread Pizza with Pepperoni (& also hate the long baking--but it's worth it)! Glad to know that there's other so-called pizza connoisseurs that share my appreciation for it!

Dec 21, 2006
Robbie711 in General Topics

New Year's Eve tapas party

Dear Kobetobiko, I think I'd rather "mix and match" and not stick to one type of cuisine. I love these menu ideas and will definitely use at least some of these!! They're particularly useful to me b/c they require less cooking and can be prepared in advanced(as you mentioned). I honestly can't thank you enough for your thoughtful reply. I'm actually feeling like my menu will be delicious AND not run-of-mill. I hate to ask you for even more...but, if you wouldn't mind a recipe or two (any of the top 4 listed above, &/or the blinis would be greatly appreciated. I'm finally getting in the mood for this party! Thanks again. Robbie in Boston

Dec 21, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

New Year's Eve tapas party

Hi mrsricho, As with the Spanish tapas, these Itallian tapas sound fabulous!!I think I might try the Parmesan-stuffed dates, Pizzette w/Gorgonzola, etc., the white bean dip, and the fig sandwiches. Do you care to share any of the recipes for these? TIA--this menu is really great!

Dec 21, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

New Year's Eve tapas party

Hi Julietg, I haven't had time to reply until now--but, thank you for this menu--I'm not sure about all of these items, but they sound delicious. Do any involve making them a day or so ahead of time & just reheating or bring to room temperature? I try to avoid a last minute flurry of activity. TIA for any recipe or advice.

Dec 21, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Crepes at midnight

WOW--gorgeous dessert!!! It's a bit intimidating to try this, but I'll see. Thanks for the link!

Dec 21, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Crepes at midnight

Thank you all for sharing your expertise--all your suggestions have been extremely helpful!

Robbie in Boston

Dec 21, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Crepes at midnight

Thanks so much for this recipe and for the filling ideas! I'm going to use this recipe & I'll let you know how it turns out. This is a huge help.

Dec 21, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Crepes at midnight

I'd love it--TIA!

Dec 19, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Crepes at midnight

Thanks so much for all your helpful suggestions. These ideas are perfect (and another crepe cake one, also!!). The sweet ones seem the best to me and I'll look into Wolfgang Puck's cookbook.

Dec 19, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking

Crepes at midnight

This idea is very intriguing--anyone else try something like a "crepe cake"?

Dec 19, 2006
Robbie711 in Home Cooking