After bouncing from Princeton to Chicago for college and graduate school, I'm living in lovely, freezing Cambridge, MA. Hello, apartment kitchen... and Toscanini's.
Oh, good call on the sugar, Littauer. For dessert, I have a reputable source for vegan confections, so I'm just going to buy yummy chocolate-dipped things and rest easy about it.
lemonfair, I suspect you're right, and for a different crowd I'd probably just try to do the whole thing vegan -- I followed and loved both rounds of Kenji's Vegan Experience and have made a few of those recipes. I just have some people coming who will *also* be upset if there isn't some sort of animal protein on the table... it's a balancing act!
Thanks so much, everybody -- and yes, whenever I'm cooking for vegans I always get paranoid about forgetting things like honey or gelatin, so much appreciated on those tips :) As an ex-ovo/lacto-vegetarian who still doesn't eat much meat, I try to be really sensitive to this stuff. But at the same time, I'm also used to being able to use eggs and dairy! I'll let everyone know how it turns out!
Thanks, CJ! Between Littauer's chili and your soups, maybe I *will* have to do one of those, after all.
Thanks so much, you guys! All this stuff sounds great. I might go with the endive option since it would be easy to bang out right as people are showing up...
I guess I should say my concern is that it's too starch-heavy right now. The bread pudding is a non-negotiable because it is Boyfriend's favorite.
Funny you should ask, since I *just* ate a pile of buffalo wings and fries. The take-out menu said the order was "good for 2-3 people." But I had a kale salad for lunch, so it's ok, right?
You guys rule!
Oooh, thanks everyone! I'm definitely intrigued by the pudding, but there probably isn't time to ripen the avocado -- I'll probably go with one of the tasty-looking cookies.
No Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle? Le sigh. Not that the ones you've got up there don't look tasty...
I am sad about the lack of Le Panier, but I couldn't agree more about Daily Dozen and Piroshky Piroshky. My dad always stops at Chicken Valley Fried Chicken for gizzards -- not really my thing, but a good rendition if you're into it.
Way harsh, dudes. I love Aero (especially mint ones!) and Flakes. I also love me some Violet Crumbles (like Crunchies, as skyeyes says above). On the other hand, my mom started me on the stuff pretty young because we happened to live near a British import shop, so maybe I'm just used to it?
I agree with KarmaFree - I would do a vegetarian show for FN.
Most endearing contestant on Top Chef Masters, hands down. And I always wanted to eat her food!
Ooooh... these look delicious!
I dunno... I think if I were in the Star Trek universe I'd be too busy mackin' on Jean-Luc Picard to cook. Just saying.
"Make it so!"
@Sudenveri, but the castration! The castration!
Also, this post is adorable.
Sign on the door posted today says "Opening Tuesday, February 22"!
If only Dunkin Donuts were edible in the first place... * sigh *
That *is* an unfortunate name. And I'm curious to try some pizza that's not from a Kennedy :)
Come on, Levain, open!
Oops, sorry, Frederick Douglass is 8th. I only just moved here - I still get mixed up sometimes!
Happy birthday! Most of those 3 pounds are water weight and will go away after a day or two free of restaurant food, but I know what you mean - I just finished knocking off the last of my minor, "seasonal" (i.e. Thanksgiving-through-New-Year's) weight gain and it's always a little demoralizing. Just don't give up! It's ok to have a day off as long as they're few and far between and you snap right back into your usual habits the next day.
I'm so going to make this next week. Yum!
I love ATK, but they have a few quirky biases, one of which is that they don't seem big on "eggy" flavor in baked goods and sweets. I happen to like it, so I usually tweak the recipes a little bit, reducing a bit of liquid and adding an egg - at least for less-fussy items like pancakes. If it's a more delicate recipe, I don't change their proportions.
I agree that for what Dick's is, it's great - cheap, greasy burgers, very respectable milkshakes, and salty salty fries. I don't understand the fries hate, I have to say - sometimes they're a little soggy, but I've found them to be consistently satisfying and potato-y tasting as long as you eat them right away.
Chocolate cream pie!
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