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Peeling shallots...there must be an easier way

My market sells them already peeled!

May 02, 2014
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #293 - the "little, leafing, and growing green" Edition! [through Apr 26, 2014]

oops...I should amend this to say that I made Harters above referenced Lamb recipe.

Apr 25, 2014
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #293 - the "little, leafing, and growing green" Edition! [through Apr 26, 2014]

Ok. I made this Lamb dish last night with my leftover Easter lamb. This was awesome! Really the only change I made was I added a few tsp of Garam masala. Served it with cauliflower couscous. http://leitesculinaria.com/7276/recip...
This will be repeated again and agin in our house. Thank you for the idea Harters.

Apr 25, 2014
ctfoodie in Home Cooking
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Help - looking for perfect BBQ sauce recipe!

this recipe is really delicious. Truly the best I have ever had! (and I do not say that lightly). Even though the recipe was just published this December I have been making it for years. I am asked to bring these to almost every event we are invited to. The name says it is spicy but my children eat it and love it and they are somewhat sensitive to spice. Hope you try it and like it as much as we do.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Jan 31, 2014
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

Searching for a cranberry cake recipe

Bar Harbor cranberry pie is delicious and a misnomer. It is not a pie at all. I am not sure it is what you are looking for but it is yummy

http://cdn2.pepperplate.com/recipes/4...

Dec 27, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

Sushi in the meatpacking district.

thank you both. I really appreciate the suggestions. I guess as long as it is not too cold I can walk 15 min or so.

Dec 10, 2013
ctfoodie in Manhattan

Sushi in the meatpacking district.

I have to go to a holiday party at the Boom Boom room at the Standard. I am planning on meeting a friend afterward for a sushi dinner. I searched the boards and really nothing comes up on the topic since 2009. Price is not an issue. I would like really good sushi. I would prefer some atmosphere but does not have to be trendy. Thank you so much for any suggestions.

Dec 10, 2013
ctfoodie in Manhattan

Ideas for kid friendly, easy to make thanksgiving desert

+1. Really easy and surprisingly good.

Nov 21, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

Thai fresh vegetables, ISO

You know I have noticed it but never been. I rarely go to that part of town. I will have to make a point of stopping by. Thanks for the tip.

Sep 20, 2013
ctfoodie in Southern New England

Thai fresh vegetables, ISO

Oh I forgot. I also shop at Fuji mart right off of exit 5. Really a Japanese market. Much smaller than the one in WP. They have some fresh vegetables but it is limited. They do have very good fresh fish as well.

Sep 20, 2013
ctfoodie in Southern New England

Thai fresh vegetables, ISO

I am afraid I do not. I get my "Asian" goods. the two places I mentioned. I have been to Daido Japanese market in White Plaines. I really went for sashimi grade fish, so I was not paying attention to the fresh produce but I know I saw some. It might be worth the trip.

Sep 20, 2013
ctfoodie in Southern New England

Thai fresh vegetables, ISO

There is a great Chinese market in Norwalk off of 123. it is in a strip mall just up from Wendys (or maybe it is a burger king, I cannot remember). They have fresh frozen lime leaves and frozen galangal and lots of different vinegars, soys and noodles . Whole foods in Darien usually has fresh Lemongrass and has Chinese eggplant ( again most of the time). Good luck.

Sep 20, 2013
ctfoodie in Southern New England

What do you cook last night?

Blackened swordfish over a bed of arugula with shaved red onion avocado and heirloom tomato's all dressed with a light lemon vinaigrette.

Sep 12, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

OMG! I made the best pound cake last night.

I love the idea of putting the coconut in the FP. I am going to try that next time. Glad you liked the recipe.

Aug 13, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

OMG! I made the best pound cake last night.

Thank you so much for the recommendation. I think I will try this tonight with grilled swordfish.

Aug 13, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

OMG! I made the best pound cake last night.

probably not...it is more important IMHO that it is unsweetened. I also think it is important that it is the more finely grated variety vs. the larger shards (if that makes sense).

Aug 08, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

OMG! I made the best pound cake last night.

oh please do share any of your favorites....!

Aug 08, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

OMG! I made the best pound cake last night.

I do not gush about a lot of things but the coconut pound cake from Food 52 is to die for (and I do not even like coconut). My children do not like coconut and did not even realize that it was in the cake. Run, do not walk to your nearest store for organic unsweetened coconut. This recipe is a keeper and will replace all my other pound cake recipes. here is a link.

http://food52.com/recipes/22096-omg-c...

Aug 08, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

Most annoying/useless appliance you own

Avocado slicer. Stupidest thing ever...

Jul 17, 2013
ctfoodie in Cookware

Hostess Gift For Chef/ Restauranteurs

I actually got them at Gracious Home in NYC but i am sure you could get some on line. Glad you liked the idea.

May 10, 2013
ctfoodie in General Topics

Hostess Gift For Chef/ Restauranteurs

Do not laugh but I too had to go to a renowned female chef's house for dinner. I found a set of really "high end" (that is an oxymoron) semi permenant tatoo's. I wrapped them beautifully. The next time I saw her at an event she had on a beautiful low cut (in the back) dress with one of the tatoo's at the base of her back. She had no idea I was going to be at the event. She later told me it was the best hostess gift she had ever gotten. Who knew?

May 09, 2013
ctfoodie in General Topics
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New England Cookbooks

I love Sarah Leah Chase cookbooks. There are some classic recipes. She was based in nantucket when these books were written. Every recipe I have made has been a winner.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

Apr 10, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking
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Delicious Asian noodle recipe anyone??

Have you ever tried Momofuku ginger scallion noodles? The sum is greater than the parts. Like others have said top with any veggies or protien you desire.
2 1⁄2 cups thinly sliced scallions (greens and whites; from 1 to 2 large bunches)
1⁄2 cup finely minced peeled fresh ginger
1⁄4 cup grapeseed or other neutral oil
11⁄2 teaspoons usukuchi (light soy sauce)
3⁄4 teaspoon sherry vinegar
3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

Mix together the scallions, ginger, oil, soy, vinegar, and salt in a bowl. Taste and check for salt, adding more if needed. Though it's best after 15 or 20 minutes of sitting, ginger scallion sauce is good from the minute it's stirred together up to a day or two in the fridge. Use as directed, or apply as needed.

Apr 09, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

Variations of Eggs Benedict

I do a traditional english muffin topped with roasted pork belly, topped with a poached egg. Instead of hollandaise i do a miso butter a la Momofuku. it is delish and a twist on the ordinary. Oh and adding asparagus is also yummy.

Feb 15, 2013
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

The Office Pot Luck - What Would You Bring?

i did the same and came up with nothing as well. I had the recipe saved in my recipe book. That is how i found it.

Dec 18, 2012
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

The Office Pot Luck - What Would You Bring?

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo.... Here is the epicurious orzo with everything recipe.

Dec 17, 2012
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

Your best recipe for Avgolemono (greek lemon chicken soup)

here is my all time favorite recipe. I have doctored the original recipe but I make a double batch every week and have for almost 2 years. here is my version.

ingredients

1 roasted chicken (meat shredded)

2 carrots, finely chopped

8 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped

3 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 Spanish or sweet onion, finely chopped

2 fresh bay leaves or 3 dried leaves

3 large sprigs thyme

olive oil

2 32 oz chicken broth (or homemade if you have it)

white wine to taste

extra better than bullion to taste (optional and i only use if i do not have homemade broth)

1/2 cup orzo

4 large eggs room temp

1/3 cup lemon juice (or more)

fresh dill

salt and pepper

preparation

In a large, heavy pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add all the vegetables and cook until softened but not browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the bay leaves and thyme, then deglaze the pot with the white wine and cook until it completely evaporates. add broth and bring to a boil. Add orzo and cook until al dente (10 min).Turn off heat and remove one cup of broth from the pot (without any orzo in it.) Let it cool for 5 minutes. Put eggs and lemon juice in blender and process until smooth and frothy. With blender on, slowly pour the one cup of cooled broth that you removed from the pot into the blender and process until smooth. This is to thin out the eggs a little more so they will blend in to the soup obediently later on.

Add chicken to the broth.

Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes or until orzo is tender. Reduce heat to low.

Slowly pour in egg mixture, stirring constantly, until soup is heated through, about 1-2 minutes.

This is even better after having sit for 24 hours.

Dec 17, 2012
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

NEEDED: Brunch cake recipe

Google Bar Harbor Cranberry Pie. Do not let the name mislead you. There is no crist and it is much more of a cake-like structure. The sugar balances the cranberries so it would be a nice contrast to a more sweet coffe cake. Besides it is very festive looking. Do not let the simplicity of the recipe fool you either. It is addictive. I add a little vanilla to the recipe but otherwise leave it unchanged.

Dec 17, 2012
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

Ideas needed for cocktail apps/munchies/canapes

Shrimp Cocktail, ceviche, pea pods with Boursin cheese piped inside, asparags spears wrapped with herbed goat cheese and prosciutto, olive tempenade with crostini, bruscetta with tomato/garlic/onion. Just a few to start.

Dec 07, 2012
ctfoodie in Home Cooking

meat based Mexican appy

I just made Queso Fundito last weekend and i used my electric wok to keep it warm. You could also use a smaller crockpot if you have one of those.

Nov 06, 2012
ctfoodie in Home Cooking