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Kitchen war injuries..

When we were first married I decided to treat my husband to lobster. Got a four pounder and a pot of boiling water. Thought, for some stupid reason, that I should take the bands off the claws. When it started waving its claws around I grabbed the first thing handy to stick between the pinchers so I could grab it.The wooden handle of my grandmother's carbon steel knife. I tried to dodge the blade and grab it but the knife slit the entire length of my finger. Word went out at the hospital er about the woman who was knifed by a giant lobster.

Mar 13, 2013
cook152 in Not About Food

Amsterdam/Johnstown/Gloversville/Fonda area

The Kool Dipper on Forest Avenue in Amsterdam is good for lunch. Homemade soups, fantastic Mexican Hots and hot crispy fries. You need to leave the area for fine dining. Pretty much a culinary wasteland.

Restaurants in Cooperstown, NY and Saranac Lake, NY

The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown is really good. The hotel looks like something out of a Stephen King novel. Sunday brunch is spectacular!

Selecting a new range

My sister has a Wolf with the griddle and absolutely loves it.

Jun 15, 2012
cook152 in Cookware

How Old Were You When You Began to Cook? What Was Your Starter Dish?

Chocolate layer cake at 10. The recipe called for 1/2 cup of coffee. I put in 1/2 cup of coffee grounds. I'll never forget that one!

Jun 06, 2012
cook152 in General Topics

August in Wellfleet MA ...breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream

Had dinner at Winslow last week. Service was a bit off (three of us were served our entrees ten min. before the fourth) but the food was excellent. Mussels were terrific and the cioppino was fantastic!
Struck out at the WO the last two times there and don't know if we'll try it a third time.

Jun 02, 2012
cook152 in Southern New England

Sunday night in Albany- What's open and specially delicious?

Have you been to Shogun on Madison Ave? There's one in Delmar and the one on Madison recently opened. We've been there three times since it opened and everything has been wonderful. Never had better sushi and the tempura rolls are great. Sauces very good, also. Quiet enough to carry on a conversation, waitstaff friendly and well informed on the menu and an on site parking lot.

Tater Salad: How Do You Take It?

Darn autocorrect - supposed to be Fav.

May 21, 2012
cook152 in Home Cooking

Tater Salad: How Do You Take It?

My latest fab is one made with the addition of eggs, bacon and celery and dressed with a combo of Mayo, sour cream, Dijon and chipotle. Excellent

May 21, 2012
cook152 in Home Cooking

lobster night!

1.5 lb. Lobster is supposed to yield 1 1/3 cup of meat. I usually buy a 1.5-2 pound per person.

Apr 28, 2012
cook152 in Home Cooking

Seeking take-out or eat-in eggplant parmigiana in Latham/Colonie area

I second Genoa Importing. Great food and friendly staff.

Traders Joe's Albany Wolf Road

A friend called me yesterday and said she heard on the radio they would open in two weeks with two more planned for the area. I've heard nothing.

Potato pancakes in Albany/Schenectady area

Never even thought of Gershon's though we've been there many times. Thanks!

Restaurants close to Albany/Rensslr. Amtrak Station

Glad you enjoyed it!

Potato pancakes in Albany/Schenectady area

My 92 year old aunt wants to go out to lunch for potato pancakes. I have no idea where in the area to find good ones. Can anyone suggest a place?

Restaurants close to Albany/Rensslr. Amtrak Station

If the mushroom bruschetta isn't on the menu- ask for it! They're also very good if you want to sub something.
Hope you enjoy it.

Restaurants close to Albany/Rensslr. Amtrak Station

Up 9 and 20 to East Greenbush. Hannaford shopping center has a great new restaurant Chez Mike. Excellent quality and great service. Open until 10 on Friday nights.

Do you ever dress a fruit salad?

We attended a party last week and the host dressed the fruit salad with a mixture of melted vanilla ice cream and grand marnier. It was delicious!

Jul 25, 2008
cook152 in Home Cooking

We're on our way to Albany

Specialty food shops go to Roma in Latham. Great pancetta, imported olive oils, cheese, pasta etc. Next door is a great butcher. A bit expensive but the sales are good and they also carry smoked bacon etc from Oscar's Smokehouse. Outstanding.

Per Se question

We spent four hours and had the tasting menu with wine.

Apr 13, 2008
cook152 in Manhattan

One week in New Mexico and looking for out of the way places to eat.

Thank you!

Mar 28, 2008
cook152 in Southwest

One week in New Mexico and looking for out of the way places to eat.

Great info- thanks!

Mar 28, 2008
cook152 in Southwest

One week in New Mexico and looking for out of the way places to eat.

Wow! Thanks so much for your help!

Mar 28, 2008
cook152 in Southwest

One week in New Mexico and looking for out of the way places to eat.

We're landing in Albuquerque and have no set schedule. Looking for places the locals eat, not famous touristy places.

Mar 27, 2008
cook152 in Southwest

Bacon Challenge - need help from bacon afficionados!

Best bacon around is the Applewood Smoked Bacon from Oscar's Smokehouse.
The smoked fish and turkey are also outstanding!

Jan 03, 2008
cook152 in General Topics

Trying to find recipes for muffalata Sandwich

Here's a recipe we've used since we first visited N.O. many years ago.

Dad’s Muffuletta

1 cup large brined green olives
1 cup Greek olives
½ cup olive oil
1 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
½ cup chopped roasted red peppers
1 tsp dried oregano
Juice of ½ lemon
Freshly ground black pepper t t

1 round Italian Bread approximately 8-10 inches
2 cups shredded greens (curly endive)
½ lb. Sweet Italian salami (mortadella) thinly sliced
½ lb. Spicy Italian hard salami (soppressatta0 thinly sliced
½ lb. Provolone
In a mixing bowl, combine olives, oil, parsley, red peppers, oregano, lemon juice and pepper. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Cut the bread in half horizontally and pull out some of the soft dough in the middle. Brush both sides of the bread generously with the marinade using it all. Place half of the salad in the hollow of one piece of bread. Add layers of the greens, then sweet salami, cheese, hard salami and remaining greens.

Finally, heap the remaining olive salad on the other half of the loaf. Press the two halves together and wrap in plastic wrap. Put the loaf in the refrigerator covered with a plate and weight it with a 5 lb. Bag of flour or several unopened cans. Let it rest for at least 30 min to 1 hour or until you are ready to serve.
Cut in wedges.

Oct 10, 2007
cook152 in Home Cooking

How old is the average supermarket egg?

I don't think they're quite that old. I buy them at my local "dairy"/ convenience store. Maximum time from chicken to shelf is 3 days.

Jul 29, 2007
cook152 in General Topics