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George Washington Cake?

Do you know if Weinrich's still has it?

1 day ago
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Weekday Lunch: Parking and Quiet Necessary

Take a look at Chima.

May 15, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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