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last-minute Cornell chicken help - Ithaca or Route 20 area

If you make it back to the area, you may also want to try Bob's in Homer, NY. It's a seasonal operation, seating is outdoor on picnic benches, and my understanding is it can be hit-or-miss (I've only been once, and the chicken was really good that day! Sides were fine, nothing memorable.)

I suspect the secret ingredient was eating outdoors on a beautiful sunny day (typed wistfully as the rain howls outside and the temperature drops by the hour.....)

Apr 15, 2014
4Snisl in New York State (exc. NYC)

last-minute Cornell chicken help - Ithaca or Route 20 area

You're right that Cornell chicken is often found outside of restaurant settings. I've usually seen it at backyard barbeques or roadside/parking lot stands (seasonal businesses or fundraisers.)

Apr 14, 2014
4Snisl in New York State (exc. NYC)

last-minute Cornell chicken help - Ithaca or Route 20 area

You can try Phil's Chicken House in Endicott, about 1 hour outside Ithaca.

Apr 14, 2014
4Snisl in New York State (exc. NYC)

What are you making for 'thank you' gifts?

A lot depends on dietary needs. but a few I've made recently are:
an oatmeal prep basket (raw oats, local honey, a jug of local milk, toasted nuts, dried fruit, bowl and spoon, and directions for easy steel-cut oat prep)
loaf of bread, nice butter, cheese and jam
homemade vanilla etxtract
homemade granola
muffins (sweet and savory)
homemade pesto
spiced nuts
spice blends (garam masala, dukkah, etc.)

Apr 14, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking

Foolproof way to remove hazelnut skins

Adding thanks for sharing this wonderful tip! Using a deep pot was definintely a good idea. Incidentally, I'm making this very same cake for a friend's birthday tomorrow. :)

Apr 14, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking

Selling greek yogurt at farmer's market.. HELP CHOOSE TOPPINGS!

You may want to consider some prefab combinations on the menu (fun names optional).......it could help with expediting customer ordering.

Apr 14, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics

You bought your first Le Creuset pot...

Ratatouille or caponata. There are carbohydrates, but from vegetables. Bonus is that they are great leftover without heating!

Apr 11, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking
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Tough Beef in my Beef Noodle Soup

If the meat is really unpleasant in texture, you could just serve the broth with vegetables, noodles and a poached egg.

Apr 10, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking

Dips to serve with Steamed Artichokes??

I could eat romesco sauce off a spoon, but dipping artichoke leaves in it would also be quite nice. :)

Apr 10, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

With that structure the store is moving volume and getting a bigger chunk of change from the customer.

Apr 08, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics
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cutting avocados??

On Serious Eats I remember reading about putting the leftover half with the pit in it in a container of water, flesh side down.......prevents oxidation because there is no exposure to air. I tried it once and it worked pretty well. There is enough fat in avocado to keep it from getting water-logged.

Apr 08, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics

What to make and/or have on hand for out of town guests?

Thanks for the update- glad all went well! Hope you feel better soon.

Apr 02, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking
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They're good for your heart...

I LOVE International Grocery! :)

One of my favorite uses for lentils recently was as an ingredient in these beet burgers: http://www.theppk.com/2012/02/quarter...

They are really tasty, and uncooked ones freeze nicely (I freeze in a single layer on a sheet pan, and then pop the frozen pucks into a labeled freezer bag.) To cook from frozen, I simply saute over medium heat in a non-stick pan with a film of olive oil in the bottom, just like I do with the fresh patties, except I cover with a lid for the first few minutes of cooking and extend the cooking time just a wee bit.

Aslo worth a note: I actually made these patties before with cooked beets pulsed as needed to get the right consistency (I had them leftover), and they were still delicious and nicely textured!

Apr 02, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking

April Foods Day Pranks

Thanks for the laugh, and for reminding me how much I like the word "rapscallion". :)

I tend not to mess with people's food too much, or to have my food messed with if I can help i, but I get (and love) how it can show the closeness of a relationship....knowing how to tease enough, but not too much.

Personally, I'd love a meatloaf muffin instead of a bran muffin in the morning!

Apr 01, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics

It's nothing to be ashamed of but.......

When I'm traveling and not excited about my dining out options, I'm usually able to locate a grocery store. Smoked salmon, lemon and a little sack of greens is what I often pick up for supper.

Mar 30, 2014
4Snisl in Not About Food
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Black Cod/ Sablefish/ Butterfish - Your favorite preparation

The most recent preparation I made was to sear it in clarified butter, and then make a little pan sauce out of soy sauce, butter and a spritz of lime juice at the end. Finally, added sliced scallions as a tasty garnish.

Mar 27, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking

Photos in restaurants- what's the big deal?

Normally, I'm right in line with the OP, but I had an experience this weekend that showed me how distracting photos in restaurants can be.

Saturday night, busy Manhattan restaurant with attractive dim lighting, and the table across from our 2-top had flash photographs going at least a dozen times in the course of an hour. It disturbed our normal sense of sight for most of the meal (felt like I had been staring at the sun!)

My dining companion and I made the best of it, but walking out of the restaurant felt like more of a relief than we'd expect from a good dining experience.

In this case, there was no place for anyone to move - house was fully booked. It is a fairly intimate space, so even diners at the far side of the restaurant turned to look as the pictures were taken.

Is this a situation to say something to management, even if nothing can be done? The only thing I thought of after the fact was if having brighter lighting in the room might have made the shock of the flash less jarring......

Mar 26, 2014
4Snisl in Not About Food

returning food to supermarket?

To my knowledge, yes, unless there appears to be compromised quality to the item (e.g. the can is bulging, the jar is cracked, the item is past expiration/best by/use by date, etc.)

Near customer service, there may often be a shelf of returned items to restock, but YMMV depending on the store.

Mar 26, 2014
4Snisl in Not About Food
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Oven baked salmon help

The problem is that the recipe does not really specify the "shape" of the fillet. If my fillet is really skinny and long, then I'll check at the lower end of the timeframe, maybe even @ 10-12 minutes instead of 15 minutes. When my fillet is a bit thicker, then I'll check at the lower end of the timeframe just to see how things are progressing (@ 15 minutes) and keep it for longer if it still seems underdone. The longest any fillet has ever taken me is 25 minutes, and that was a thick salmon side.

When I check, all I do is run a paring knife as unotrusively as possible into the thickest part of the flesh and see if it is done to my liking (taking carryover cooking time of any resting time into account- it won't be much with such a low baking temperature.)

It sounds like the recipe is guiding the cook to a "just opaque" center, which is medium in my book......if that's your medium, then go for it! If your standards are different, then proceed with shortening/lengthening cooking times by a few minutes as needed.

Mar 26, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking

no hot bread with lunch at Bonefish Grill - Lawrenceville

Are you sure that the young couple did not ask for the bread, and were served it without requesting it?

"The policy is apparently hot bread only if they feel like it which my translation of "you have to ask". Right. Reading minds is one of my talents."

Do you expect the staff to read your mind and know how critical unrequested bread is for your dining exprience? I realize this may come off as snarky, but I don't mean it to be. All I mean to say that restaurants are not always aware of the customer's expectations, since they can be so variable.

I'm sorry you didn't realize that getting bread was possible until it was too late.....and even so, the effort of asking for the bread at the beginning of the meal is something that is not in your comfort zone. If getting bread without having to ask for it is important to you, then it sounds like this restaurant is going to continue to be a miss for you at lunch (unless you become a regular patron and staff can get a handle on/feel for your needs.....but I'm not here to question your decision to bid Bonefish Grill farewell.)

Mar 26, 2014
4Snisl in Chains

Does anyone know what to do with this?

Yes, they are pitted dates (and kosher for Passover!) Credit to my SO, who is fluent in Hebrew.

I love dates stuffed with a bit of blue cheese and a pistachio....

Mar 26, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking
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I am starting to really dislike chicken

Sounds like we're at least in the same chapter. :)

I agree with you, but sometimes, I have to make call depending on what resources are available to me (particularly time). I'm quite fortunate that I don't have to drive 50 miles for good pastured eggs- that's serious loyalty to that particular farmer!

Can you believe that at one point, about 5 years ago, I was able to get beautiful local eggs delivered to my office (well, a 5 minute walk from my office) for about $1.50/dozen large eggs? I think the farmer usually cut me a break because I ordered lots of other stuff from her and would round up payments or say to keep change.....but still! Sadly, the farmer was attacked by one of her dogs and her injuries caused her and her husband to change their business model so she could recover.....she is doing better, but it was a poignant reminder that farming can be brutal, and often underappreciated work.

Mar 25, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics
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I am starting to really dislike chicken

To me, the freshness and quality of the egg stands out a lot more when it is poached, scrambled, etc.

Having to go out of my way to get local eggs is pretty rare. However, if I'm hurriedly running errands and getting local eggs means having to go to another store, I'll probably get whatever organic, "free range" eggs are available......

Mar 25, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics

I am starting to really dislike chicken

I just did the same thing, Marlboro Man!!

Like many others on this thread, I am also starting to eat more responsibly-reared animals. Eggs, I'll get from a local source whenever I can, but if I need to chuck an egg or 2 into a batter, I won't go out of my way to get local eggs. (Fortunately, I have fairly convenient sources for local eggs.)

Mar 25, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics

Current obsessions?

Thanks! Been keeping an eye on that thread. Keep sipping that bourbon! ;)

Mar 25, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics

Current obsessions?

Any particular ways you enjoy those cacao nibs? I bought some recently and would love to hear your ideas!

Mar 24, 2014
4Snisl in General Topics

Oven baked salmon help

I love to bake it at a low temperature- the house doesn't smell very strong when it bakes like this and the texture is super tender. If I want crispy skin, I peel it off and roast it separately in the toaster oven! This recipe summarizes what I do pretty well (minus skin roasting) and leftovers are wonderful cold or gently reheated: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Mar 24, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking
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returning food to supermarket?

Yes! I don't live close to a Trader Joe's at all (closest ones are 2-3 hours away) so I feel confident that I can shop there and not get stuck paying for things that aren't up to par.

In fact, I think the only time I ever returned something there was when I found mold in the center of a cherry tomato package. Called the store, and they said to return with my receipt to ANY TJ for a return, even if it's months later. They were just glad to have the information so they could track back to a batch that may have been improperly processed/transported/stored. And sure enough, the manager at a different store, weeks later, barely even glanced at my receipt before asking if I wanted credit for my shopping trip or a cash refund.

Mar 13, 2014
4Snisl in Not About Food

returning food to supermarket?

Question- are you required to bring back the offending product in order to receive a refund or credit?

I once bought a package of meat that had gone off before the use-by date, but I found out right before leaving for travel. I called the store, explained my situation, and they said I could come back upon my return with my receipt. I saved the sticker from the meat (with the weight, price per pound, etc) and brought that in with my receipt the following week. The store 'made an exception' in refunding me, but said that their policy was that I needed to bring in the actual meat for return as well. Fortunately, the clerk at customer service said it was a new policy, and since I wasn't told about it on the phone, it wouldn't be a problem this time.

This fortunately isn't an issue often for me, but the idea of having to keep rotted meat around until I can make it back to the grocery store feels a bit unsavory. There's probably a reason that's better than 'needing to make sure the customer is telling the truth'.....?

Mar 13, 2014
4Snisl in Not About Food

Too many potatoes

Yes! I've been meaning to give this recipe for homemade frozen fries a try. http://mobile.seriouseats.com/recipes...

Gnocchi is allegedly supposed to freeze well too, I believe?

Mar 10, 2014
4Snisl in Home Cooking