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Help with "baby" themed dinner--NOT a baby shower

And each dish served following a pregnant pause.

Jul 16, 2015
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Humpty's Dumplings, Glenside

UPDATE: I just posted this review on Yelp.

I have been a fan of HD's for a while, but last night was the first time I've been in their new space on Keswick Ave. The space is nice, if still a bit raw, and does not have much seating. If there is something going on at the Keswick Theater, you will need to be prepared to hunt for parking. I was there early, so I parked in the lot behind the theater; as soon as I began walking back to my car, the parking space vultures were circling for my spot!

I did takeout. I got two orders (5 @)) of the cheese steak dumplings and one of the specials, spinach ricotta. Both were excellent, especially the spinach. I ordered 2 noodle bowls, buffalo chicken and roast pork. Excellent as well, but a little on the oily side. One noodle bowl and some dumplings would be a good meal to share; as a matter of fact, there was a cute couple doing just that while I waited for my order - one bowl, two sets of chopsticks, sigh. The buffalo chicken was spicy and topped with bleu cheese. The roast pork was even better, with nice chunks of meat, broccoli rabe, and sharp Parmesan on top. All it needed was some roasted peppers. AND, I decided to get some bao at the last minute: the traditional pork and a BBQ Chicken. Both were a good size and well-filled with a flavorful filling, I was disappointed in the BBQ chicken, however, because the wrapper/dumpling was undercooked and doughy; the pork was just fine.

The owners like to experiment, so the specials change often even though the core offerings remain the same. They are planning on expanding their offerings gradually, and I look forward to their Pho as the chillier weather approaches. I tried it at the Primex Garden Center market this past winter, and it was wonderful! I have not tried a sweet dumpling yet - that's on the list for next time. The owners and staff are great people, and are certainly excited to share their products. Please give them a try - just don't take my parking space!!

Jul 10, 2015
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A Gem in Jenkintown

Robert's Block is moving along ever so s-l-o-w-l-y. I park at Glenside train station and have been watching it creep along. The owners have spared no expense in rehabbing that building, and it needed MAJOR rehabbing. Jingletown is a bit problematic because of parking issues, but that has improved - you just need to know where to go.

Jul 07, 2015
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Matyson closed?!

Last day of service was July 3rd; employees were told yesterday (Monday, 7/6). The son says his dad, the owner, has wanted to retire for a while. hmmm. Replaced by a grilled cheese & milkshake shop? Oh the inhumanity!

Jul 07, 2015
PattiCakes in Philadelphia

Restaurants and credit card fraud

I agree. I would would make it clear that you are not looking for anything from them personally, but you just wanted them to know that it is likely that one of their employees was culpable. Let them take that for what it's worth and figure out what they want to do.

Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

THE best reply to date!

George Washington Cake?

Do you know if Weinrich's still has it?

Jun 30, 2015
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Hidden, but are they gems?

Me too. We have had our office holiday party there 2 years in a row. All fluff and no substance. The Art Institute's student restaurant, Petite Passion, right next door, is so much better.

Jun 10, 2015
PattiCakes in Philadelphia

The Beet - So Long Brussel Sprouts and Kale, The Beet Is The New Veg.

Google "spiralize" or "spiralizer". here's a whole new gadgety thing out there.

Jun 03, 2015
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zuchinni noodle maker

Paderno 4 blade. LOVE it!! Williams Sonoma has it, but I got mine from Amazon. Well engineered, compact storage, easy clean up. Tons of recipes out there as well - just hit up Pinterest.

http://www.amazon.com/Paderno-World-C...

Jun 02, 2015
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The Beet - So Long Brussel Sprouts and Kale, The Beet Is The New Veg.

Spiralized beets are what's REALLY happening! Just made a spiralized beet salad with kale, bleu cheese, walnuts and a honey balsamic dressing.

Jun 02, 2015
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What is proper if Im paying for drinks and invites are paying for their own dinner?

I am sorry, but this comes off as an attempt to get away with as little as possible financially while appearing to be doing something big. One does drinks only in a bar, not a restaurant with a bar. Everyone has a few drinks, then what? They are hungry and are kind of a captive audience for a dinner they will be paying for? You could say "please join us for drinks", but you are still putting your guests in the position of finding something else to do for diner. You also say nothing about providing some sort of apps for your guests. If I were a guest, I'd be annoyed.

May 26, 2015
PattiCakes in Not About Food
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Savory Snack - no wheat

I kind of winged it on the quantities because I used larger bags of frozen spinach instead of boxes. I did not squeeze it out as much as I should have, but the results were very good. This is a recipe I will play with because it's going to be a "regular". The one substitution I made that worked out well was Mrs. Dash's Lemon Pepper for the s & P. I don't use salt very much, so the lemon pepper is my go-to sub. The lemon in the background really brightened the taste.

May 21, 2015
PattiCakes in Home Cooking

Savory Snack - no wheat

Thanks all! I went with the "Jibin", and with cherry tomato, moz and basil leaf toothpick skewers. Made for a very pretty presentation and got rave reviews. Now I need to write up that Jibin recipe because everyone wants it! IO think I may actually try the Jibin in muffin tins then freeze. they would make a nice, quick breakfast!

May 21, 2015
PattiCakes in Home Cooking
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Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

I find it interesting that you felt entitled to use Starbucks as you would a library -- to sit for an extended period of time and study.

Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

There is a dinner cafe opening next to the Keswick. It will serve dinner, but also have entertainment. A local purveyor of interesting dumplings, Humptie's Dumplings, is opening an eat-in/take-out place a little further down that strip. Roberts Block is in a building that once housed a few stores and some apartments upstairs. It was in appalling condition. It has been gutted and re-done, with no expense spared. The original building was called Roberts Block because it was a block of stores at the foot of Roberts Ave.

May 15, 2015
PattiCakes in Philadelphia
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Weekday Lunch: Parking and Quiet Necessary

Take a look at Chima.

May 15, 2015
PattiCakes in Philadelphia

Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

This is an elderly thread, and there have been a number of changes in Glenside in the intervening years. A number of new places are set to open up soon. I think they are trying to give "Glenside Village" a vibe kind of like Main Street Ambler, and play to the crowds the Keswick Theater brings in.

Graduation Open House - How much to make?

Make more than you think you'll need, especially if teenagers are involved. Yes, make as much ahead as you can. Will this be an open house that is one of a number of open houses that guests might be going to? That could also factor in on how much they eat. For instance, when my kids graduated from HS, they were many parties on any given Saturday or Sunday, and it was SOP for the kids, at least, to go from one to the other, grazing as they went.

Consider serving in a crock pot and/or something like a Nesco roaster. How about a side, like an Asian cabbage slaw?

May 15, 2015
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Savory Snack - no wheat

Do you think I could make the jibin in a 9.5 x 11 pan, cool, then cut into squares? Sounds like a crustless quiche of sorts.

May 14, 2015
PattiCakes in Home Cooking

A delicious discovery in Horsham

Kinnaree has been in that sleepy little strip mall for quite a while. It is wonderful.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7075...

May 14, 2015
PattiCakes in Philadelphia
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Savory Snack - no wheat

I am scheduled to provide a "savory snack" for our evening quilt guild meeting on Tuesday. By way of explanation, we usually have a sweet snack, a savory snack, and a beverage, served up during a 10-15 minute break half way through our 7 PM meeting. Roughly 30 people attend. One of the members is highly wheat sensitive, so I would like to do something she can eat. Suggestions?

May 14, 2015
PattiCakes in Home Cooking

Working lunch in Center City?

I have to tell you, I was impressed by the new lunch option at Chima, at 20t & JFK. A fixed price for your choice of protein (chicken, steak, or salmon), and the huge salad bar. Generously sized tables, lots and lots of room, and seating pretty much wherever you would want. Very conducive to business.

May 06, 2015
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Glenside-Jack Frost-Oh No!

My kids grew up on "twirly ice cream" from Jack Frost. It might be time to introduce the grands to it!

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.

Apr 17, 2015
PattiCakes in Not About Food

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
PattiCakes in Not About Food

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
PattiCakes in Manhattan

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
PattiCakes in Not About Food