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lasagne vs ziti

And in mine, as in the families of the folks we've done cooperative dinners with (HS & college sports teams, relatives, neighbors), they are not.

about 14 hours ago
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lasagne vs ziti

I think ziti vs lasagna has more to do with the ease of serving. Both contain the same ingredients, more or less, and both taste pretty much the same. I think it's a lot easier to serve ziti than it is to serve lasagna.

Apr 15, 2015
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NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

Any input on Prosperity Dumpling or Golden Steamer? Our trip is this Saturday, and both of these are listed as possibilities on the itinerary.

Apr 09, 2015
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LATECOMERS FOR DINNER

Chronic lateness to social functions really is a form of control. No one is going to ell THEM when to arrive.....

Acceptable Behavior ?

Rude. And somewhat passive-aggressive on their part, as though to reinforce the message that you were not there on time. On the other hand, they my not have eaten all day and were famished. I think it was really odd, and have never seen that happen other than when ordering apps "for the table". Is it possible that they HAD to order because they had been seated?

Mar 27, 2015
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Host gifts for challenging hosts

I'm a little confused as to why a sparkling non-alcoholic cider would offend or would not be able to be used. We have a dear friend who has been in recovery for many years, but still loves the taste of beer. When my husband visits, he will often take a six pack or two of a good NA beer. Since a bottle of wine is a typical hostess gift, I think it was nice that the giver when out of their way to find a wine substitute that someone in recovery would be able to drink.

Mar 27, 2015
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Peeps!!!!!!!

They toast better when aged, and make kick-ass s'mores. As far as survival goes, well-aged peeps not only provide energy when eaten, they can also be used with a sling shot as weapons. And, if lost on a desert island, they would make much more personable companions than Wilson.

Fed-up restaurant owners fight back at Yelp reviews

My experience with Yelp in Philly several years ago was similar. I am not a 20-30 something, and the things I look for in a restaurant are different than what that crowd seems to want. The whole elite status thing was a particular turn off. Folks would review a fire hydrant if counted towards gaining elite status.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

And, conversely, if I am going into the store from the parking lot, I do a quick scan to see if there is someone loading their car whose cart I can take. I usually say "May I take your cart? I'm looking for one that's already been warmed up." That usually gets a laugh, I get a cart, and the other shopper doesn't have to go park their cart.

BTW, most stores in my neck of the woods (Eastern Pennsylvania)do not have carry-out service. There are a few, however, that have a sheltered pull-through area where you can drive up and have the contents of your cart loaded into your car for you.

Mar 20, 2015
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Tiny meatballs for Italian Wedding Soup

No. They are so tiny, they "poach" in the broth. I don't think you could brown them anyway - they'd crumble.

Mar 11, 2015
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Tiny meatballs for Italian Wedding Soup

When I say "tiny", I mean really tiny. They are no bigger than my pinky fingernail.

Mar 10, 2015
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Tiny meatballs for Italian Wedding Soup

UPDATE: My son lives near Reading, and purchased an entire 5 lb bag of the mini meatballs from one of his favorite purveyors at the Fairgrounds Farmers' Market. They are all repackaged, vacuum sealed, and waiting in my freezer for the urge to make Wedding Soup to strike. I have to tell you, they smelled wonderful as I was repackaging them -- garlicy and Parmesan cheese-ish. http://www.fairgroundsfarmersmarket.com/

Mar 09, 2015
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Tamarindos is open for business!

You beat me to it!

Mar 04, 2015
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NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

Buddakan in Philly is not bad either - it's just not a place for dim sum. It never would have occurred to me that they offered it.

Feb 26, 2015
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NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

I would prefer cart to menu. Golden Unicorn was suggested by a Philly CHer. Buddakan is not a place I would go in Philly for dim sum. It's part of a large group of theme restaurants done by developer Stephen Starr, and located in a more touristy area of the city. Perhaps good for other food, but I would never associate it with dim sum. We have 4 cart dim sum places that I know of in Philly's Chinatown, and one menu dim sum. Thank you for your suggestions, and I really appreciate in inclusion of the links.

Feb 26, 2015
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5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

Or you can look them dead in the eye and say, "to tell you the truth, [turkey] always makes me unbelievable horny."

Feb 25, 2015
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5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

Are you sure that's Persian and not Minnesotan?

Feb 25, 2015
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NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

I am posting this question here because I am fairly familiar with the folks who might answer, and I am asking it from a Ph'ladelphian's point of view.

I love dim sum, and go roughly once a month to our Chinatown for lunch. I am going on a bus trip to NYC's Garment District in April; we are on our own for lunch. Some folks in the group are thinking it would be fun to do dim sum in NY's Chinatown. Of course any time the subject of Philly's version of dim sum comes up on this board, there is always the caveat that this place is good, and that place is OK, but it's not like the REAL dim sum you'd get in NY. So now is your chance to point me in the right direction and tell me where to find that uber NY dim sum.

Feb 25, 2015
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Dinner for Friends in Mourning

My apologies for posting on an old thread. Perhaps someone will find the Mealtrain reference useful and overlook the fact that I was so incredibly dense.

Feb 14, 2015
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Dinner for Friends in Mourning

I am sorry for your loss. ou are a good friend to want to comfort the family in this way.

Not addressing this specifically, but do you know that there is a free online service that helps groups organize a group effort to provide for someone in need? It's called Meal Train: www.mealtrain.com Check it out. It works very well, and with the minimum amount of effort on the part of the organizers.

Feb 13, 2015
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Grub Burger Bar, Willow Grove

I went back with a friend on Wednesday evening. MUCH less crowded, no long line. She had the ahi tuna salad, which she said was very good. I had the vudoo mushroom burger, which was meh - not nearly as impressive as my first burger. I probably won't go back for a while - my burger craving has been satisfied.

Feb 13, 2015
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Grub Burger Bar, Willow Grove

It's where the old Bally Fitness used to be. You can enter as though you are going into the train station parking lot, then wind around past the WaWa & gas station. The other big place, newly opened, is Zoe's. If you haven't been in that area in a year or so, you will be astounded.

Feb 13, 2015
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Tiny meatballs for Italian Wedding Soup

My daughter-in-law's mother lives in the Reading area. There is an Italian Market, much like Sam's in Willow Grove, that sells pre-made meatballs for wedding soups. What a great idea! Well, Sam's does not carry them, and now I am on the hunt for someone who does. Yes, I know that I could make them, and they are probably quite simple, but sometimes I just want easy.

Anyone have a source locally (I live in the Willow Grove area)? I guess my other option would be to wait until I visit my son & DIL, then buy a ton from there and freeze them.

Feb 13, 2015
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Grub Burger Bar, Willow Grove

We went to Grub, in Willow Grove, on a whim Saturday night. A most excellent burger, outstanding onion rings, and very nice sweet potato fries. We hated the format, however -- loooong line to wait to get to the cashier in order to place your order, then seating, then serving. The food came quite quickly once we were seated, but that line is off putting. Parents with kids would have a very difficult time.

Anyone else been?

Feb 10, 2015
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Freezer meals for a father-in-law in mourning

A new trend in crock pot cooking is making a bunch of pre-prepped meals to go into a crock pot, then freezing them. It's an excellent concept. Your father-in-law will need a small slow cooker, and you may need to adjust the recipes for a smaller cooker, but they are great. Virtually no work on his part, but the slow cooking meals will fill the house with good smells to temp him when his appetite flags. You can get him a supple of plastic storage containers so he can keep some left-overs for another meal, and freeze some. Just google "slow cooker freezer meals".

Another idea is to make packets of precooked meat top freeze -- just enough for him to make a nice meal with. After my daughter's baby was born, I cooked up about 10 lbs of ground beef, drained it well, then vacuum sealed it into 1 lb portions. I also cut up chicken breasts into small chunks, and sauteed those to vacuum seal. She could make her own meals, but a good part of the labor was done for her.

Feb 09, 2015
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"Two tops", four tops", tricerotops?

Sure do miss Sam.

How many stores do you try before you give up and Amazon?

Me too. For me, time is money, and if I can get what I need delivered in 2 days for free (with my Prime membership), that's a win. Example: I had been wanting to try Hatch Chiles for my white bean chicken chili recipe. I ordered a large can from Amazon, had it in 2 days. No waste of time running from store to store. The price was very fair. My husband loves Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. Makes a batch in the rice cooker every other day. I can't always find it in the store, so I buy 4 bags at a time from Amazon, and have it on auto delivery every other month. As for non-food items, I ALWAYS go to Amazon. A nephew recently had a wish list for his 1 year old son on Toys R Us. A red wagon was listed, but by the time they added in standard shipping (delivered end of next week) & tax, the cost was $96. Yikes. Found the same wagon on Amazon for $64, including S & T. It will be here tomorrow.

And as far as Prime goes, even at $100/year, it is well worth it for me just for the free shipping alone. And now I also get free streaming video for a ton of movies/TV shows. Christmas for hubby, two grown kids + spouses, 7 grand kids, and assorted other relatives was virtually all Amazon. I haven't been to the mall in years.

What's your regional fry sauce and what do you like?

A fave in western PA, where my kids went to school, was ranch dressing. They also liked to dunk their pizza crust in it.

I am from Philly, and it's ketchup all the way.

Jan 30, 2015
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Sahara Grill

1334 Walnut. Someone has told my non-Chowish sis that it is comparable to (or better than) Zahav. Huh?

Good theater/Academy/Kimmel destination?

Jan 23, 2015
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Herman & Germantown Ave.

Anything within walking distance for a bite to eat or for local delivery? Going to a workshop on Friday evening directly from work & looking to make sure my stomach doesn't growl obscenely.

Jan 21, 2015
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