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do you get crabby when hungry?

Your hubby and I should start a support group. We could call ourselves "Supporting Our Underfed Partners (SOUP)." :)

Jun 11, 2008
platypus in Not About Food

Looking for a low(er) fat scone - is the search worth it?

rtms, I'm also a big fan of Jean Pare. I have the muffins and more book and I've made at least 20 of the recipes in it. I love them because they're so simple (no long lists of ingredients or fussy techniques), turn out well and are easy to tinker. I've been meaning to start a thread about the book but I'm lazy. :)

Jun 10, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

do you get crabby when hungry?

"Oh man can I get crabby especially if I feel hunger coming on and I'm indecisive about what to eat."

This is my dh to a T. The worst part is that he doesn't usually see it coming. So the first visible stage is indecisiveness. Then he gets increasingly cranky and finally he'll decide he doesn't want to eat at all, all within a 10- 20 minute window. Drives me crazy, especially when we travel.

I've learned that I just have to drag him (sometimes a bit forcefully) into one restaurant or another and order an appetizer pronto. At that point I don't even care if the place is good. After a few bites he transforms back into the sweet guy I married. :)

Jun 09, 2008
platypus in Not About Food

Uses for extra eggs yolks...

Make lemon curd. Actually you can make curd with any citrus fruit, but you'll have to adjust the sugar for sweeter versions. So, so delicious.

This Alton Brown recipe looks similar to the one I make:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

He also has suggestions for how to use it, but it's so delicious on toast that I rarely use it any other way.

Jun 04, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Guests Sitting at the Hors d'ouevre Table

I've had the reverse happen, and it's just as annoying. When I was a newlywed and my brother came to town for a rare visit, I invited him and his wife for Sunday brunch at 10:30 am.

It was one of the first times I had entertained after being married, and I wanted everything to be perfect. I baked scones, made refridgerator jam and squeezed oranges for juice, in addition to making hashbrowns and having sausages ready to heat.

They showed up an hour late and then picked at their food. I asked if everything was okay, and they said that everything was great but they weren't hungry because they'd had a late breakfast at their hotel. Apparently they couldn't resist because it was free.

Jun 04, 2008
platypus in Not About Food

What are your food sharing rules?

That's so funny. My husband always saves the best for last, but I'm almost exactly the opposite (eat the best first-- I grew up in a big family). I'm also a faster eater than he is, so I'm always finished first, and once I'm done, his food starts to look mighty tempting. :)

May 01, 2008
platypus in Not About Food

Healthy processed foods?

About Amy's pizza, I've tried and disliked various varieties of the cheese pizza, but I like the cheeseless pizza quite a bit. It uses super soft carmelized onions as a "sauce" and is topped with artichoke hearts and bits of red pepper. It's not going to satisfy a pizza craving (no cheese, no sauce), and I tend of think of it more as a bruchetta kind of thing. As a mid-week meal with some bagged salad on the side it's pretty tasty, pretty healthy and so easy.

Apr 14, 2008
platypus in General Topics

Fruit and spice combos

That's just what I was searching for. Thanks.

lgss, coincidentially I made apricot muffins (which some orange flavors as well) this weekend, and cardamom is the spice I used. They turned out pretty well, though next time I would increase the cardamom (I used 1/2 Tbsp for 12 muffins and it's too subtle).

Thanks again!

Apr 14, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Fruit and spice combos

Does anyone know where on the web I could find a list of fruit and the spices they pair well with? I've been experimenting with various fuit add-ins to a stardard muffin recipe, and I'd love to have a handy chart that would cover the usual combinations (like apple and cinnamon and pear and ginger) but also give me some new ideas. Thanks!

Apr 11, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Best Slices of Pizza - Westchester

vvv, have you been to Gino's lately? I haven't lived in the area in at least years, but that used to be good pizza. Their eggplant and pepper whole pies were once a Friday night staple.

Apr 11, 2008
platypus in General Tristate Archive

fav ballpark food....

At Shea, have you had sandwiches from Leo's Latticini (aka Mama's)? The concession is on the third base side (or at least was last year). Good stuff.

Apr 03, 2008
platypus in General Topics

Third Date with a Vegetarian

Gobo is another option for tasty veggie food within walking distance of Blue Note. Asian-inspired small plates. If you go, you might want to ask for advice about how much to order because the portion sizes vary a bit.

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Gobo
401 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Mar 28, 2008
platypus in Manhattan

Everything is Better Topped with an Egg

Don't forget about huevos rancheros. I like to heat some refried beans (or TJ's bean dip), spread it on corn tortillas heated in a cast iron pan, then top with eggs poached in salsa (just at the end of poaching, add cheese to the top and cover til it melts).

Mar 25, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Per Se wine pairing

If you're going with someone, you might ask about splitting the wine pairing with one of your companions (so each person would get a pour of 2.5 to 3 oz with each course). I'm a real lightweight and I've done this at a few upscale restaurants. They've been fine with it once they understood what we wanted.

We always tip as though there were been 2 pairings.

Mar 25, 2008
platypus in Manhattan

Best Service You Ever Had

Mine was several years ago at Aquavit in NYC. Our party was two couples who hadn't seen each other in years and wanted to catch up. Apart from taking our order (and dessert/coffee order) and bringing the check, I don't think we interacted with the servers much because we were so intent on our conversation. Every once in a while I would look down and realize a plate had come or gone. My water and wine glasses were never empty, but I literally never noticed anyone coming or going. It was completely and utterly seamless.

On other occasions at the same restaurant, when I was less focused on my dining companions, service had been very friendly, even chatty, explaining dishes in detail, talking about different wines, etc.

To me, that's the mark of really good service-- servers who can read tables and adjust to the needs of individual diners.

Mar 19, 2008
platypus in Not About Food

Restaurant Girl Howler of the Week

Does anyone else watch Posh Nosh? Maybe RG has seen it and somehow missed the satire? http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/poshnosh/

Mar 12, 2008
platypus in Food Media & News

Weird or Secret Ingredients?

Potato chip cookies would work.

Feb 22, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Anything good in Washington Heights?

Malecon should deliver to you. Their delivery radius is 15 blocks. I know because I'm at the extreme southern end. :)

The place with the most annoying delivery area is El Presidente (165th and Bway). They won't deliver to me at 160th. What's up with that?

Real Thai would be amazing, but I suspect we'll be waiting a while longer for that.

Feb 12, 2008
platypus in Manhattan

Yummy additions to banana bread?

This is a seriously delicious recipe (link: http://panepanenuedi.blogspot.com/200... ). But I will say that the banana ends as part of an ensemble cast rather than the sole star.

Feb 12, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Yummy additions to banana bread?

Agreed. Last weekend I made banana date muffins that were really good.

Feb 12, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Michael Pollan's Twelve Commandments for Serious Eaters

My first thought about #3 was that honey is an obvious exception, which doesn't invalidate the rule.

Feb 08, 2008
platypus in Food Media & News

Anything good in Washington Heights?

I wouldn't put Kismat in the same category as El Malecon. I would recommend El Malecon to people outside of the Heights who were looking for Dominican food, but I can't say the same for Kismat. That being said, I'm grateful it's there.

As you say, Plum Pomidor is merely okay, which is too bad because the first time I went it was surprisingly good. I was excited about having a somewhat upscale restaurant within walking distance, and it's really too bad that the quality slipped.

Feb 08, 2008
platypus in Manhattan

Restaurant and supermarket situation in Washington Heights?

I've been in the area almost eight years, and you aren't kidding about the markets being better. The first time I went to Associated they didn't have fresh garlic (only pre-chopped in oil). I might have broken my lease the first year if it weren't for Fairway.

I like Ollie's and China Place better than Empire Szechuan. Both deliver to me (160th). What do you like at ESG? I had truly disgusting food from there more than once and totally gave up on them a few years back. Gross seems a bit strong to apply to Swish, though it's true that they aren't even remotely Thai. I like a few of their dishes enough to keep them in the rotation (mango shrimp salad and chicken scallion pancake sandwich come to mind). On the other hand, Saga-- the psuedo-Vietnamese place that I'm pretty sure is owned by the same folks-- has truly mediocre food and they can't get an order right to save their lives. Another place to avoid is Ming's Wok.

Totally agree about Vinegar Hill, though I find their toppings limited and if you try to customize your pizza, they tend to get confused. And Flaco on Broadway isn't bad for pizza (ask them to leave it in the oven a bit longer). Plus the owner is a nice guy.

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China Place
3141 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Ollie's
2957 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Vinegar Hill Bread Market and Gourmet
3385 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Flaco's Pizza
3876 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Feb 04, 2008
platypus in Manhattan

uses for pickle juice

There may have been a small amount of vinegar in the brine, but if so it wasn't much (based on taste-- I don't remember the exact ingredients). I live in NYC and got my half-sours at Fairway.

Feb 04, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Help me get started cooking fish!

I was going to suggest shark, but both of you beat me to it. Throw a couple of shark steaks in a baggie with flavorings of choice (anything goes-- I like some smashed garlic and ginger, s&p, a shot of soy, good glug or two of olive oil and whatever fresh herbs are lying about), marinate for a bit, then grill, broil, bake or pan sear. It's done when the inside is just opaque.

Whatever kind of fish you make, ignore the directions in older recipes that tell you it's done when it flakes. By that time, it's overcooked.

Feb 01, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Restaurant and supermarket situation in Washington Heights?

There's not much discussion of supermarkets in either of those threads, so I'll add that there's a Gristede's on Broadway at 170th. And if you have a car, there's a parking lot at the uptown Fairway.

Feb 01, 2008
platypus in Manhattan

uses for pickle juice

I made this soup and it was, in fact, delicious. I simplified the directions considerably, though. I have a pet peeve about too many pots.

Jan 31, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

White Grapefruit Recipes, Please!

Starter course for indulgent brunch:

Cut grapefruits in half, use paring knife to separate the sections from the membranes, put halves cut side up on baking sheet, dot with sweet butter, sprinkle with brown sugar, then broil just until they're bubbly. Serve in bowls with grapefruit spoons (if you have them).

Caloric but utterly delicious.

Jan 10, 2008
platypus in Home Cooking

Restaurants with good Cocktail Programs

I totally second this. Their house cocktail list is inventive, seasonal and delicious, and they do a good job with standards.

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The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Dec 10, 2007
platypus in Manhattan

International Dumplings - need info urgently

You might also consider empanadas, for a little new world action. I like Caracas.

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Caracas Arepa Bar
93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Nov 06, 2007
platypus in Manhattan