You've never let me down before so I come, hat in hand, begging for your aid once more. My gentleman caller and I are hosting a small, weeknight (i.e. lots of simple/make-ahead things) shindig and want to make sure that the two vegans coming will have things to eat. Do you think I've covered them well enough? I'd also love any suggestions for another dish or two, vegan or otherwise, or even just something easy I could grab at the store and throw on the table.
Baked fennel-garlic white bean dip w/ veggies and French bread
Beet and citrus salad
Pizza (a cheese-less one with olive oil and rosemary and a cheesy one with sausage)
Vegan stuffed mushrooms (the filling is basically garlicky breadcrumbs)
Spiced apple cider (with some rum for spiking as desired)
Some sort of wintry beer
Caramel apple bread pudding
Various nuts and fruit dipped dark chocolate
I've been invited to a Superbowl party (about a dozen people), and the lady of the house is a vegan -- we've all been asked to bring food, and while it doesn't *have* to be vegan, I'd like to do something she could eat, preferably a dessert (since everyone else I've spoken to is doing something savory). Ideas? Help!
Eaters, I know I haven't been around the message boards for a long time, but you've never steered me wrong. I'm going to Denmark with the boy for 8 days - we'll be in Aarhus and Copenhagen.
Give me restaurants! Street vendors! Bakeries! Even just dishes I should try (though after perusing SE, it seems the things to get are hot dogs and pork cracklings... which I am totally down with). Help me out!
Hi all, maybe this is old news, but I saw that they're opening a new Levain Bakery on 117th and 7th (or Frederick Douglass), not 2 blocks from my apartment.
Apparently the space will include their business office and a larger facility for their mail-order business, but there will also be a retail storefront. Which means I'm going to be so fat.
Anybody have more info on when it's going to open? All the sign on the door says is "Opening in Early 2011."
Hi Eaters, the boyfriend and I are taking a day trip up to Portland, Maine in the coming week and are looking for somewhere tasty we can have a pleasant lunch - nothing super fancy/expensive, but it doesn't need to be on the cheap, either.
I made a giant batch of Great Northern beans some time ago and am getting down to the last of them - I've done a sauteed greens and beans with pasta and a thick bean stew, each of which fed me for a week. Any suggestions to finish off the batch? I was thinking a gratin of some sort, or some or maybe a brothier, minestrone-esque soup... but something with a little more zest might be nice.
(FYI, I'm not a vegetarian, but I prefer not to cook/eat a lot of meat.)
I'm going to be back in Cambridge/Boston for the weekend, and the boyfriend and I are looking to go apple-picking: apples, cider, pretty trees, and (especially) cider doughnuts.
Anyone have recommendations? Thanks!
I think it's fair to say that anyone who spends more than a few seconds thinking about food is liable to overwhelmed - how do I feed myself without causing too much harm to the planet or to myself or underwriting poor labor practices? Oftentimes, labels aren't helpful because much of the terminology isn't regulated or doesn't mean what you'd necessarily think it does.
For me, the only rational thing to do was pick my battles to the best of my ability and then compromise on the rest (for example, I rarely eat meat but don't rule it out altogether, and I don't buy strawberries in the dead of winter, but I can't do all my shopping at farmers' markets - and I'm on a budget).
What are your guys' priorities when you buy food? Organic? Local? Humane? Sustainable? None of the above? How do you make sure food has been produced the way its label claims? Or do you? Where do you feel it's worth it to spend time making sure your food is sourced the way you want?
Sorry for the long post. I'm just curious.
I feel like every time I post it's to ask for restaurant recommendations, and this time is no different. The boy and I are going to the DeCordova sculpture garden/museum and Walden Pond on Saturday, and we were curious about any good lunch or brunch places in the area. Any recs? Or are we better off bringing a picnic?
It's in their book, Heirloom Baking... I can't find it on GoogleBooks or anywhere else on the interweb. It's out of print, apparently, and I can't bring myself to shell out $60 on Amazon for a cookbook (particularly one I really just covet for a single recipe). But, for reasons too complicated to divulge here, I MUST HAVE THIS RECIPE. Anybody have it? Please?
Hello, Eaters. Your suggestions have never let me down yet, and I come asking for advice yet again.
My parents are going to be in California in August and will be making a drive from San Francisco to Mendocino during their time there. On the map it looks like there's not much past Santa Rosa - does anyone have suggestions for a nice lunch place (or somewhere my dad can get his beloved iced mochas) they could investigate along the way?
I'm returning to my native Seattle in June a few weeks from now, and my parents want to take me out for a slightly belated birthday dinner. I'd like to try somewhere new, since I'm not around my hometown very often and I'll be visiting enough old favorites while I'm there anyway (hello, Top Pot Doughnuts - there are no good doughnuts in Boston!). It doesn't need to be super-fancy (although that would be just fine), just delicious. Seattle proper is preferred (I don't want to drag my parents out to Woodinville or Bellevue).
My list currently consists of: Tilth, Branzino, Serious Pie, brunch at Lola, Salumi
I'd love more suggestions from you guys, though - what am I missing? What should I try?
Weird topic, I know.
I'm going to be in New York Thursday afternoon/evening before an event at Columbia, and I will be able to consume only *one* meal (plus, of course, dessert). I spent a lot of time in the city last year and have been to most of the restaurants on my "must eat" list, but these two (among others) have yet to be visited. I'll be back in a month or so (I live in Cambridge), but if you had to pick just one for dinner, which would it be?
Additional information: After fish and chips at A Salt and Battery, I would likely be obtaining a toasted marshmallow shake at Stand. After hot dogs at Gray's Papaya (duh), I would procure a concrete at Shake Shack.
Help me out!
Hello lovely Eaters,
My neighbors' basements have stopped flooding and, as I look out the window, I see sunlight - spring is coming! I am curious about the feasibility of growing some herbs indoors, as I am an apartment-dweller without access to a yard, deck, or window boxes. Has anyone attempted this or does anyone have suggestions about how to go about it? I was thinking of parsley, basil, and mint or rosemary.
Some of you may or may not remember my plea for SF restaurant recommendations for my boyfriend, who wanted to take me out for my Christmas present - we got shut out of a few places for making reservations too late and ended up at Zuni Cafe last week.
The food was great: fried baby artichokes, a salad with shallot vinaigrette, almonds, and Manchego, perfect little clams in lemon, butter, and leeks, and the roast chicken for two with bread salad and greens. To finish, we had two wonderful cheeses and a chocolate-and-meringue dessert with cocoa nib brittle. The atmosphere was warm, comfortable, and welcoming. Service was friendly, without being intrusive, and totally unsnobby, even though we didn't order wine (I thought I was allergic for a long time and am still not a big wine drinker).
I would highly recommend it to any SE'ers in the area, and thanks for all the thoughtful and helpful suggestions from everyone! :)
My delightful boyfriend of two years is taking me out to a nice restaurant in San Francisco for my Christmas present, and he (very sweetly) says I can pick the place, regardless of price. However, I'm not from SF, so I don't know the restaurant scene too well, and I'd rather not bankrupt the guy with ridiculous tasting menus a la Michael Mina or Fleur de Lys. From my research, I was thinking maybe someplace like Delfina or Zuni Cafe, but I'd love suggestions. Help me out!
I tried making dinner for my parents tonight, as a thank-you for putting me up before my big move to Boston - everything (roasted squash, quinoa with caramelized onions and dried cranberries, chicken braised with sherry and mushrooms) was good in theory but kind of suffered in execution. I've been in a terrible mood all week, and I honestly think that's what killed dinner tonight.
While I was in Boston with my boyfriend, in contrast, I had fantastic cooking mojo the whole time I was there (over a month) - perfect roast chicken, baked heirloom tomatoes, butterscotch brownies, eggplant parm, baked chickpeas, and on and on. I was also deliriously happy while I was there.
Do you guys ever find that a case of the blues shows up in your cooking? What do you do about it?
I have a bag of beautiful dried chanterelles from the farmers' market, and I don't know what to do with them. I was thinking of making mushroom stock or rehydrating them for pasta with olive oil, herbs, and garlic... but I could use some more suggestions. Help!
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