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My kids report on NY State

Apple cider doughnuts are one of my favorite NY foods (I grew up in CT and never saw them).

The apple pie with cheddar cheese suggestion does cover two NY foods, although it doesn't appeal to me (I love them both, just not together!).

I currently live in Rochester, NY and "hots" are a big thing. Coming from Texas I thought "red hots" would be spicy, but they're just red sausage (most hot dog stands here also offer white hots and plain ole' hot dogs).

Something I've seen a lot around here at put lucks is Buffalo wing dip. It has all the flavors of Buffalo wings without the wing itself (and I think you could adjust the heat). I've never made it myself, but found some recipes online (,1-0...)

What's your favorite brand of chocolate chips?

Ghiradelli (we snack on the 60% ones, which are bigger than traditional chocolate chips, including the semi-sweet chip by Ghiradelli). You can often find them at Christmas Tree stores (we don't belong to Sam's Club).

Picky, allergic, downer friends for St. Patrick's Day. Help.

I don't expect menus to be planned around my allergies; if there are pecans or walnuts in a dish I just load up on other dishes.

Pickiness is another (annoying) issue. My opinion is that picky eaters are probably used to leaving an event hungry and going home to eat cereal. I try to offer some basic food items (I'm offering ham and dinner rolls as my picky-eater fare for Easter) for them, but I'm not going out of my way to accomodate their quirks.

Cake is bad for you

In the afternoon I typically have a salty/sweet craving, and this recipe from Giada De Laurentis keeps me happy (I use just almonds and cashews since I can't eat walnuts).

Spiced Cocktail Nuts

Vegetable cooking spray
2 egg whites
2 cups roasted and salted almonds
2 cups roasted and salted cashew nuts
2 cups walnut halves
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Madras curry powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet, liberally, with vegetable cooking spray. (I line it with parchment paper first.) Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the nuts and stir until coated. (I then drain the nuts in a colander in the sink, otherwise they end up somewhat gummy.)

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, curry powder, cumin, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the nuts and toss until coated. Arrange the nuts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes until golden and fragrant. Cool for 1 hour.

Using a metal spatula, remove the nuts from the baking sheet. Break the nuts into bite- sized pieces and place in serving bowls

Your answer to 'What can I bring?'

I am extremely uncomfortable showing up empty handed to someone's house. I want to thank them for the effort they put into the evening, but I don't want my gift to end up a burden. So when I saw that suggestion on one of these boards it really stood out... and now I can add your mimosa idea to it!

Your answer to 'What can I bring?'

If they don't have anything in mind for me, I make a few suggestions. If they say they have it covered I bake them something to have for breakfast the following morning (it is an idea I got here on CH, and it has gone over really well!).

Canned salmon: Bones & Skin

I'm with you. Additionally, I didn't know that canned salmon had the bones in it the first (and last) time I bought a can: once the lid came off I was staring at a fish spine, and I lost my taste for salmon burgers. I'm not sqeamish (I worked in organ procurement for seven years), but the shock of it turned me off canned salmon!

Thank You Gift Suggestions

Fairytale brownies are quite good.

Someone else on here recently recomended which I haven't tried... YET!

ISO: Lemon Cake or Lemony Dessert Recipe

Rainey, this cake is incredible! You recomended it to me last year when I was in search of an Easter dessert, and it was a huge hit (and made the 4.5 hour car trip without any issues, which is another selling point for me). I served it with Ina Garten's raspberry sauce, but my husband preferred the cake plain.

Last Restaurant Standing final episode (spoiler alert!)

Thanks for the referral. In the UK thread there is a link to a message board where someone who was a contstant wrote "As some have said, this does resemble more of a "Dragons Den" approach instead of cooking/foh idea that has been the case for series 1 & 2." I couldn't agree more.

Last Restaurant Standing final episode (spoiler alert!)

JJ and James must be good business people to have made their bar succesful, but I'm shocked that they won out over Chris and Nathan. Both teams had room for improvement, but from where I was sitting Chris and Nathan improved more than JJ & James (I can count on one hand the number of dishes JJ actually made, and a good number of those failed). I'm sure a lot of information ended up on the cutting room floor, but I figured Raymond would have some say in the message that is portrayed... and I think this decision ends up looking like it came out of left field.

Need a signature dessert! Can I steal yours?

These are crazy-good! I made these last night, had some last night, for breakfast this morning and about to have more with some hot cocoa. I hope there are some left by the time our guests get here for dinner!

My question: they didn't brown up much and the toothpick didn't come out clean, so I left them in the oven for another 8 minutes or so. Should I stick to the 22 minutes??

Rice Select Royal Blend Whole Grain varieties: Do you love 'em, too?

This is the brand I prefer for all rice, and I really like their blend with the barley in it.

ISO: Lemon Cake or Lemony Dessert Recipe

Glad to hear that it worked for you, too! I also made mine a day in advance and it was perfect (it even made the 5 hour car trip without a hitch!). I served it with Ina Garten's raspberry sauce, but my husband preferred it without. Now I'm craving lemon cake, even though there are delicious dark chocolate cupcakse on the counter.

ISO: Lemon Cake or Lemony Dessert Recipe

Last year I was searching for an Easter dessert and Rainey posted a Lemon Grove Cake in response... it was a HUGE hit. (

Need frosting advice for Valentines cupcakes

A little late now, but you can plan for next year. Add some powdered fruit to cream cheese or buttercream frosting.

What's for Dinner? Part XX

I'm healing much better now that I am home. Nothing like a little hospital food to make you appreciate even the most basic home cooking (or pizza!).

Reusable tote bag frustration

Our store (Wegmans) does a good job of using the bags we bring in, but I do think it slows the checkers down. Having moved here after living in Germany for three years, I'm used to bagging my own groceries and would honestly prefer to do it myself (but that seems to really throw the checkers off).

What's for Dinner? Part XX

I wish I was eating at your house tonight! I am recovering from pneumonia, so my husband is picking up pizza on the way home from work.

what is the thing(s) you always splurge on

Cheese, milk and chocolate.

Last Restaurant Standing-Jan 26 spoilers

I was really surprised at Badger's attitude. I might be wrong, but wasn't HE the one that initiated their entrance into the competition? I'm sure that after 22 years in the military he is now out of his comfort zone, but he should be quite good at carrying on the mission when he is uncomfortable.

Help with the in-laws

Thank you all for the suggestions, support, and constructive criticism.

They have been eating lasagna for Christmas for so many years that I don't expect to change that; my plan is to change my attitude and start being the salad lady (this way I'll have something to balance the lasagna, even if no one else eats it). And I'll keep it to a simple, green salad (nothing fancy!).

And when I do get to celebrate Christmas with my family, I'll be much more appreciative of the food.

Help with the in-laws

The other in-law is my husband's brother's wife, and her family lives in the same town so they eat all their meals at her parents' house and come to our celebration for dessert.

Searching for the chocolate chip holy grail!

I use the Tollhouse recipe and add butterscotch chips and heath or skor crunch. My husband raved about them so much when he was deployed that his friend thought he'd gone over the dge, until they got home and he tried them for himself!

Should Some Restaurants Be Child-Free?

"Start as you plan to go" is some of the best parenting advice we received. Our dear child is only 18 months old, and haven't tried "fine" dining with him yet. But even when we go to a not-so-fine place, if he is acting up we remove him from the situation and get our food to go (it only happened once, and it turned out he was at the beginning of a stomach bug).

What do you think is the best widely available prepared chicken noodle soup? (canned or packaged)

We just went through this last week. Kitchen Basics chicken stock with pastina (I think last week I did one cup stock to two tablespoons pastina). Oh, and I dump some dried herbs into the stock as it is coming to a boil. it hits the spot every time.

Help with the in-laws

We, too, are 1.5 hours away and always end up going there for holidays. And like you, I am finding it difficult to find my idea of holiday in their celebration. I understand that we can't always get what we want, but I hate that as the "outsider" I am the one who has to compromise. I also hate that in order to have "my" holiday my husband has to give up a holiday with his family.

I suppose I posted inititally hoping someone would have a magic wand they could loan me. If I ever find one, I'll be sure to pass it on to you when I am done!

Help with the in-laws

I wish we could have them over to our house. We live the farthest away, and there are family politics surrounding the location of gatherings (always at the same person's house) that I don't want to go near! So I continue to strive for the balance between getting what I want out of a holiday while not offending anyone's sensibilities.

They do prepare their own meatballs and lasagnas (there are always two lasganas made by two different people, and a not-too-subtle competition for title of most enjoyed!).

Help with the in-laws

I didn't mean to sound condescending. I am not trying to convert them to my way of eating, I am only trying to contribute to the celebration while at the same time bringing something I enjoy eating. I am not rude (I do not enjoy lasagna, but no one in his family knows this because I have eaten it for two Christmases and countless other family gatherings without complaint).

I posted this to get suggestions on how I could better handle the situation so I don't end up frustrated or disapointed.

Need a signature dessert! Can I steal yours?

It is crazy good! (I have to admit that I use the hard lady fingers and don't split them, and end up upping the liquid to make them softer).