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Lots of shiitakes

Love this idea! Thank you.

I don't have a dehydrator. Maybe I can dehydrate in a low oven?

Jun 15, 2014
garriga in Home Cooking

Lots of shiitakes

I have a surplus of shiitakes. I usually use them in an asian inspired stir fry with shrimp and lots of veggies. But would love any other ideas.

Jun 15, 2014
garriga in Home Cooking

Meatballs - to precook or not?

Thanks! My meatballs are about a 1 inch diameter and looked good to go after about 20 mins. Happy to have a stocked freezer now. =)

Feb 16, 2014
garriga in Home Cooking

Meatballs - to precook or not?

I'm making a batch of meatballs to stock the freezer. I usually just freeze them raw and defrost before cooking completely.

I've always found the ones I cook frozen raw to be as tender and tasty as a freshly made meatball. I'm wondering if it might be better to par cook before freezing. Might save me a tiny bit of time later. But will it affect the flavor? Any opinions on this?

Feb 15, 2014
garriga in Home Cooking

Bar for after work drink in Flatiron/Chelsea

The Tippler and Bathtub Gin are both great speakeasy style places in Chelsea, The Tippler is better for a group that size.

Jan 27, 2014
garriga in Manhattan

Seeking a recipe to bake on this cold night

Thanks for all the ideas!

I decided to go savory with a chicken pot pie and roasted brussels sprouts.

I've got spiced almonds in the oven now for dessert. =)

Dec 14, 2013
garriga in Home Cooking

Seeking a recipe to bake on this cold night

It's so cold out tonight, I'm looking for a reason to turn my oven on. So I'm going to bake!

I have 2 lbs of flour, sugar, six eggs, oil, butter, milk and spices. Some raw almonds too. I have no baking powder or soda though. Any ideas on something yummy to put in the oven?

Dec 14, 2013
garriga in Home Cooking

Round Table Downtown

We ended up at a large round table at Maialino. Great food, great service. Highly recommended!

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Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Jan 29, 2012
garriga in Manhattan

Round Table Downtown

Hi all - I'm planning a group dinner for 8. I really prefer round tables for dinners like this so that everyone can interact. Can anyone recommend a place with great food that has at least one large, round table for our group. We'd like to keep it between 23rd and Christopher if possible. As far as cuisine, it's pretty flexible, though Indian was nixed from the list. A fun atmosphere would be great and cost is not an issue.

Thanks very much in advance!

Jan 12, 2012
garriga in Manhattan

Crabs for a Group Close to Inner Harbor

Hi all - I'm planning a dinner for 10 in Baltimore. We'd like to do it at a crabhouse close to the Inner Harbor. Bonus points for a private room. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

May 05, 2011
garriga in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for a restaurant like the Savoy with more veggie friendly options

I think you might enjoy Commerce. It's one of my favorite in the neighborhood. You can have a delicious & satisfying veg meal there.

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Commerce
50 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014

Dec 22, 2010
garriga in Manhattan

Need garbanzo bean ideas

These sound fantastic! They're not dry?

Jan 30, 2009
garriga in Home Cooking

Washing Grape Tomatoes

Jeez, after reading all this, I'm embarrassed to say that I was on the no wash side. I'm converted! =)

Jan 28, 2009
garriga in Home Cooking

Washing Grape Tomatoes

Chowhounders, help me settle a bet. Do you wash small, organic tomatoes that come in a plastic container?

Jan 26, 2009
garriga in Home Cooking

Pho for delivery

Anybody know of a decent Vietnamese place that will deliver pho to Hell's Kitchen? TIA

Dec 14, 2008
garriga in Manhattan

good bbq?

For my money, Dinosaur is the best bbq in the city. But the wait can be killer.

Jun 03, 2008
garriga in Manhattan

Oysters on the Bar?

Blue Ribbon...though the bar is quite tiny.

Feb 19, 2008
garriga in Manhattan

What do you like at Spotted Pig

The gnudi are fantatic. Very rich and yummy, but not a big portion. I usually have one of the salads too. I'm partial to the lentil and arugula.

Feb 08, 2008
garriga in Manhattan

Best Tuna Tartare

Thanks for all the great recommendations. I guess I'll have to try and recreate the foie gras version at home. But in the meantime, I'm planning to try as many of these suggestions as possible.

Jan 22, 2008
garriga in Manhattan

Nice, Reasonably Priced Whiskey for a Gift

Thanks to all for this wealth of information! It was incredibly helpful and I feel much more knowledgeable on the subject. I ended up going with a bottle of Black Bush. I had a drink with him and, though I can't say I loved it being a whiskey novice, he was really pleased.

Jan 22, 2008
garriga in Spirits

Best Tuna Tartare

I went to a food festival at Mohegan Sun last night where one of the chefs presented a tuna tartare with tiny cubes of foie gras mixed in. It was mind blowing, just incredible. I can't stop thinking about how good this combination was. Is there any comparable dish back home in good old NYC?

Jan 20, 2008
garriga in Manhattan

Nice, Reasonably Priced Whiskey for a Gift

That list is a great resource. Thanks!

I'll bring the list with me and ask for a nice, single malt Irish whiskey. I think that should do it.

Jan 17, 2008
garriga in Spirits

Nice, Reasonably Priced Whiskey for a Gift

Wow, this is more complicated than I thought. I'm not sure what he prefers. I haven't paid that much attention to his ordering. That being said, it would be fun to introduce him to a great new whiskey.

Did a quick run to the liquor store last night, but they didn't have Black Bush or Red Breast. So I guess something that is pretty widely available would be good too.

Jan 17, 2008
garriga in Spirits

Nice, Reasonably Priced Whiskey for a Gift

I don’t know anything about whiskey, but a good friend is a whiskey drinker. I’d like to get him a bottle to celebrate a bit of good news he recently got. It’s not a super special occasion, so I don’t want to spend a ton of money. I do know that he regularly orders Jameson as an after work drink. But he steps it up to other labels on special days and will spend $30-$40 on a pour. Any suggestions for a good, mid-range bottle for gifting?

Jan 16, 2008
garriga in Spirits

Your First Ah! Moment -- What bottle turned you into a wine fan?

My moment was not associated with a single bottle, but was more along the lines of a realization of the potential of a great wine. I always considered myself a lover of great food, but the beverage accompaniment was incidental. I was perfectly content to drink mediocre wine, until I did a wine pairing during a dinner at a Danny Meyer restaurant in New York City--Tabla. It was really an eye opener. I was also a grad student at the time and this dinner was during restaurant week in New York, all I could afford at the time--which is a testament to the effectiveness of restaurant week as a marketing tool. It was a revelatory moment to experience how a well matched wine can change the taste of food and vice versa. Now I love to experiment with food and wine pairings, have taken many tasting classes and have begun to create my own cellar. It really adds to the enjoyment of life!

Sep 25, 2007
garriga in Wine

Big Night in Palo Alto

I'm planning a work meeting in Palo Alto and my reputation as a food lover will be killed if I take my workmates to a crap restaurant in this bastion of California cuisine and wine country. My problem is that I've never been there (San Francisco--yes. Palo Alto--no.) and my group is large.

So can any kind soul recommend a restaurant (close to the Sheraton Palo Alto would be nice) that can take a group of 75 for dinner. My budget is decent. I can do up to $150/pp (lower would be better), but I need some privacy for the group. So we'd have to take over the restaurant or at least have a private room. There are timid eaters on the team, so anything ethnic is out. But great, fresh flavors typical of the area and nice wine would be in order.

Many thanks for any guidance.

Sep 25, 2007
garriga in San Francisco Bay Area