Hey SE-ers -
My husband is working weekends for the next couple of months, so our "date night" (without our baby) is now going to be Friday lunch. Where have you been for lunch in NYC that you've absolutely loved? Doesn't have to be fancy (though it's ok if it is) -- we just love great food, and we're pretty adventurous eaters. We live in Brooklyn but would go just about anywhere (well, probably not Staten Island, sorry...). Thanks!
Just reading nightowl's post about liking peanuts and peanut butter, but then hating peanut butter cookies. Any similar afflictions?
For me, it's raisins. Love them on their own, in cookies, bread, oatmeal, etc. But I CAN'T STAND them in cold cereal. I couldn't eat a bowl of Raisin Bran if you held a gun to my head.
I know we were offering up ideas for sides a week or so ago, but now I'm just wondering about your favorite dish? What dish(es) to you look forward to the most? Is it grandma's stuffing, your Aunt Mabel's sweet potatoes, the turkey itself, a certain dessert, or just the cranberry sauce in a can?
And if you're up for sharing recipes, I'm sure we'd all love to see them and get some inspiration.
I'm thinking of taking the hubby there for his birthday -- he loves Japanese food, the more authentic the better. I've read some good reviews and some that were lukewarm -- any SE-ers been there? I'd love to hear your impressions. Thanks!
I just read this fascinating article in the NY Times about the secrets behind perfect chocolate chip cookies (rest the dough for 36 hours! Who knew??). It made me wonder -- what other tricks are there for amazing brownies, cookies, etc.?
What do you say, Serious Eaters -- any baking secrets you'd like to share? (I'm trying to think of one, will share when I come up with a good one...)
Just wondering how many Serious Eaters enjoy entertaining, and what you like to cook when you do? What's the last meal you made for guests?
We had 2 friends over for dinner last week, and we made steak in a Korean barbeque-style marinade, with a cellophane noodle and veggie salad tossed with a chili-lime dressing, and spicy stir-fried veggies. Dessert was chocolate-Nutella mousse.
Just read this really delightful piece in the NY Times about recipe deal-breakers (those techniques, ingredients or words that will cause you to put a recipe down and move on):
I'm sure we all have them! Personally, I won't use fondant. And it's not a deal breaker, but it takes a lot to get me to roll up a cake jelly-roll style.
So, friends, what are your recipe deal-breakers?
What's your favorite dinner when you're on your own? My sweetie is going to the Yankee game tonight, so I'll be dining solo. Normally I have eggs on toast when I'm home unsupervised, but I would love to get some of that signature SE inspiration.
While we're on the subject of food blogs, it's been a while since we had a blog roll call. Please tell us:
Do you have a signature dish, something friends and family are always asking you to make? What is it? And will you share the recipe? (No "lessipes" now!)
This weekend I made cheese souffle (success!) and green tea cheesecake (needs work), inspired by threads right here on Serious Eats. Check it out:
How about you -- have you made anything recently inspired by our favorite food community?
The sandwich question started me thinking about this -- there are a few foods that everyone seems to love that I can't stand (egg salad!!). What about you? Are there any foods that make everyone else go, "Mmmmmm," that make you say, "Ick!"
JEP's question about whipped cream got me thinking about strawberry shortcake (I know it's winter, but a girl can dream...). There are so many different versions -- sponge cake, angel food, biscuits. I like it best with pound cake, very lightly sweetened whipped cream and the juiciest strawberries I can find. What about you? What's your ideal strawberry shortcake?
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