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Core de Roma - West Chester

And... we tried to go last night for Mother's Day again. Surprise, a special menu that wasn't announced on their website or mentioned to DH when he called. Surprise, bad service - the host (owner?) just pointed to our table and let us seat ourselves, and the waiter was rude and vanished after taking our drink orders. After 20 minutes we put some cash on the table to cover our drinks and dish washing, and left. Never again.

May 11, 2015
truman in Philadelphia

Supermarket music

This was in Marlton, NJ...

May 05, 2015
truman in Not About Food

Supermarket music

Several years ago, when I was a sleep-deprived new mom, I was at our local Shop-Rite around 6:30am on a Sunday and found myself singing along to the 80s mix they had playing. Fortunately the store was pretty empty and I could boogie on down the cereal aisle with nobody watching.

Haddonfield

We moved away almost 3 years ago, but our go-to nice restaurant was Tre Famiglia. http://trefamiglia.com/

May 01, 2015
truman in New Jersey

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Well, yes, but when the egg with its runny yolk is supposed to be an integral part of the dish, I'd expect that the egg-less version would be somewhat disappointing. So I just move on and order something else.

Apr 24, 2015
truman in General Topics
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The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

I'm tired of the trend because it keeps me from eating things that otherwise sound delicious. I get grossed out by eggs where the yolks are separate from the whites, which means no fried eggs, poached eggs, sunny-side-up eggs, over-easy or over-hard eggs, etc. - whether they're on their own (as breakfast) or part of another dish. My eggs must be scrambled! but I don't think that would work very well on top of a pizza or burger...

Apr 24, 2015
truman in General Topics

LIGHT sides with ribs

What about cucumbers vinaigrette? I like the recipe from the Moosewood Low-Fat cookbook, posted here: https://books.google.com/books?id=Xh7... (then go to page 256). I use 2 seedless cucumbers, 1/4 C apple cider vinegar or white vinegar, 1 T sugar, 1/2 t salt, 1 t dried dill, and a dash of pepper.

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Tried it this morning - good taste, and very smooth/creamy.

Apr 10, 2015
truman in Chains

"Great" Restaurant Names

There's a restaurant/bar in Malvern, PA called The Office. Excellent food! http://theofficebarandgrille.com/

Apr 08, 2015
truman in Not About Food

Need a great Falafel recipe

Surprisingly, waffled falafel (http://www.willitwaffle.com/blog/2010...) was pretty close to authentic in terms of lightness and crispiness without frying. The recipe calls for dried chickpeas to be soaked overnight and then ground - no bean cooking required.

We used the Cuisinart Griddler waffle plates, which aren't quite as deep as Belgian waffle plates.

Apr 07, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

polenta - home made

I've made this: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
... without the herbs, it's a good basic polenta-to-be-sliced recipe. It really does set in about 45 minutes. (The "fries" are also delicious!)

Apr 07, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

Tried and true Braised Brisket Recipe?

Grandma and Mom's version: red wine, ketchup, and seasoned salt. (About 1/3 C ketchup, then fill up the measuring cup to 1 1/2 C with wine and water; rub seasoned salt on both side of the brisket. Add a few sliced onions.)

Alternative version: beer, barbecue sauce, and barbecue seasoning - either purchased or something like what chicgail listed below - rubbed on the meat before liquid is added. (About 1/2 C bbq sauce and 1 bottle of beer - I don't like Guinness here, but most other drinkable beers have turned out well.)

Apr 07, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

Strong tongs with silicon grippy thingies

I am really happy with my $5 Ikea tongs... I've had them for about 10 years and have definitely gotten my money's worth! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

Apr 02, 2015
truman in Cookware

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Last weekend, the Concordville, PA store had Kirkland brand almond butter! Ingredients: roasted almonds. We are big fans of Wegmans' store brand (especially the chunky, though this says it's creamy) and have been disappointed by the brand-name varieties, as most have been sweetened. So we've got high hopes for this one - will break it open as soon as the current jar is finished...

Apr 02, 2015
truman in Chains

Site for small Outdoor Wedding and dinner at a restaurant for 25 people in/near Philadelphia?

Holly Hedge in New Hope (as suggested below) is beautiful, I haven't eaten there but went to a work holiday party there about 10 years ago.

We got married on the lawn at the Joseph Ambler Inn in North Wales, and had the reception (including dinner) there as well. The beautiful gardens were enough decoration for us. The food was delicious, and the staff worked with us to come up with a menu that fit our needs. Added bonus: guest rooms on-site!

Mar 30, 2015
truman in Philadelphia

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

If it's a bad service issue, I may give the place a second chance. If it's a sanitation issue, then heck no. There is a Dunkin Donuts near us that we avoid, and will go out of our way to go to another location, because we brought home a box of donuts once with two ants inside. To make matters worse, when I called the store immediately to let them know, the manager wouldn't want to speak to me.

Mar 27, 2015
truman in Not About Food

Barbecue in the (western) 'burbs?

Thanks for all the suggestions - keep 'em coming! We are former North Carolina residents (not natives) who will eat pretty much any kind of BBQ - NC, Texas, Memphis, Kansas City, etc. We've tried Jimmy's in Malvern but it was just okay.

Mar 27, 2015
truman in Philadelphia

Barbecue in the (western) 'burbs?

Hi - there's an old thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/703365) discussing BBQ/barbecue in the Philly area. Does anyone have updated recommendations? Extra credit for anything in the vicinity of West Chester or between WC and King of Prussia... GoogleMaps is showing me Bridgeport Rib House, but the reviews make it sound like a bar that happens to also serve BBQ.

Thanks!

Mar 27, 2015
truman in Philadelphia

So. Chester County -- Moving

The Costco in Concordville (on US 1 about a mile east of 202) is a newer store, and is really nice. They've got a good selection of prepared foods, like most Costcos, which could be a good alternative to take-out during your move and renovations if you'll have access to a fridge and microwave.

Mar 26, 2015
truman in Philadelphia
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Superlative food in Bergen County?

I know this is an old thread, but based on the suggestion above we ate at Sparta on our way through town last week, and it was great! Good gyros, good chicken souvlaki, and delicious falafel (appetizer). The complimentary pita and hummus to start was also a nice touch. We shared baklava and while it was tasty, it was a bit dry. I wish we lived closer so we could go back...
http://www.spartataverna.com/

Mar 25, 2015
truman in New Jersey

DC - Durham trip

I did that drive a lot (lived in Durham for 10 years while my brother was in DC and parents in PA)... I-95 exit 61, VA-10 in Chester, was my go-to stop. Almost every chain imaginable is within a few minutes of the exit, and the Cracker Barrel has particularly clean restrooms. :)

Mar 25, 2015
truman in Southeast
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Poll: Favorite everyday glassware?

We have the Rings glasses from Crate and Barrel: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/rings-g... - 16oz for most drinks, plus some juice glasses. They're quite durable, and feel good in our hands. And on the rare occasions one has tumbled to the floor, it's been easy to replace just the broken one. :)

Mar 24, 2015
truman in Cookware

Healthy, filling soups/stews for repeat lunches

We saved a recipe from the newspaper last year for "Monday Night Soup." It is very adaptable and full of veggies. I'll list the original ingredients list below with some of the changes we've made; you may need to make further changes to meet your parameters. (Note this is from memory, not the actual written recipe!)

Saute 1/2 lb of spicy sausage (eg chorizo); remove from pan. Chop 1 onion and saute in chorizo droppings and a bit of olive oil. Add 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, 1 C small pasta like ditalini, and 2 cartons (8 C total) broth of your choice. Bring to a boil and simmer until the squash is almost cooked. Add 1-2 bell peppers (I like red), diced and cook for another minute or two. Stir in 1 bag of fresh baby spinach and cooked chorizo. Top individual servings with Parmesan cheese.

My notes:
Chorizo is optional, but helps with the umami taste. I add more cheese without it. :)
I use a small package of already peeled squash for convenience.
I've added a can of white beans (eg cannelini, chickpeas) with the bell peppers.
OK to make with less or no pasta - I haven't tried with anything other than regular white flour pasta.
You could probably sub kale or other greens for the spinach; we're not fans so I haven't tried that.

Mar 19, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

Cooking Non-Rice foods in a Rice cooker?

Yes - also banana and almond butter!

More ideas: http://www.runnersworld.com/photos/6-... (though the recipes work with old-fashioned oats just fine...)

Mar 18, 2015
truman in Cookware

Cooking Non-Rice foods in a Rice cooker?

I have a fairly basic Cuisinart rice cooker (maybe 4C?) and I've used it to make other grains, as well as oatmeal. I just follow the standard stovetop directions.

Mar 17, 2015
truman in Cookware

Best BAKED chicken wings recipe?

I LOVE the baked Old Bay wings too - http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20... .

Mar 16, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

Weekend in Pittsburgh with 3 year old: suggestions?

I'm not a local, but we had brunch at Meat and Potatoes last spring (without our kid!) and we saw kids there. You may want to let them know when you make the reservation.

Mar 16, 2015
truman in Pennsylvania

Children-Table Manners And Etiquette Milestones

My son is a few months shy of 5, and here is what we expect him to do at mealtimes:
1. Wipe his face on a napkin, not sleeves
2. Use a fork or spoon to eat his food
3. Not talk with his mouth full
4. Stay in his seat

I'd say he does these things about 2/3 of the time. The rest - well, he's a little kid, and he forgets, especially as the meal goes on. He is a slow eater, and so we can get into a vicious cycle.

He does chew with his mouth closed (unless he is talking), and knows to spit things like gristle into a napkin, so I guess we're ahead of these 10-year-olds!

Mar 16, 2015
truman in Not About Food
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Peanut butter plus....

When I was a kid, my mom and I ate peanut butter and salami sandwiches. The garlic in the salami (the hard Italian kind, not kosher salami) works really well with the PB!

Mar 04, 2015
truman in General Topics

What Do You Do With Canned Soup?

I just made this last night - my grandma Katherine's recipe:

2 C elbow macaroni
2 T butter or margarine
1 can cream of tomato soup (low-sodium/light is okay)
1/2 soup can water
2 C shredded Cheddar cheese

Cook noodles al dente. Drain and stir in butter until it melts, then add the soup, water, and cheese. Pour into greased/sprayed casserole dish and bake 1 hour at 325.

Two notes:
1. You can shorten the baking time and increase the temperature - it's pretty forgiving - and/or run it under the broiler to crisp up the top...
2. ... which, IMHO, is the best part, so I tend to use a larger dish for maximum surface area.

Mar 03, 2015
truman in Home Cooking
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