lawyer by day, aspiring chef by night.

  • Location: NYC
  • Favorite foods: cheese. avocado. tomato sauce. ketchup. fahitas. spicy tuna avocado rolls. zucchini. roast chicken. coffee.

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The Best Slow-Cooked Tomato Sauce

Kenji, I don't know if you are still looking at the comments on this but maybe someone else can weigh in. If making this in the slow cooker, would I need to do anything to compensate for the extra liquid that would be in there, since you usually reduce the liquid for slow cooker recipes? How long would you recommend I cook it? I was thinking 4 hours on high and 6 on low?

Also, if I wanted to make this sauce parve (no meat or dairy) so that I can freeze it and use it in either application down the road, can I just finish the reheated sauce with a bit of butter, or would it not be worth it?

Poll: Hot Coffee Weather or Iced Coffee Weather?

Hot tea today, but if I was having coffee it would be iced. I'm lowering my caffeine intake this week so that when I can't have any coffee on Saturday morning (Yom Kippur) I won't get the dreaded headache from lack of caffeine.

One arm - This could get tricky

Invest in a cheap electric can opener, so you can open cans of beans etc.

Get a whole bunch of little freezer containers, and make sauces - marinara and stir-fry sauce. This way you have it ready the way you like it and can just heat it and pour.

If you have a food processor, use it - it can shred things as well as chop them up. Also maybe one of those tap choppers could be useful (which I know some people malign but I love for things like jalapenos).

Honestly, this might just be a situation where you need to rely on some pre-prepped food - containers of onions chopped up, jarred tomato sauce (unless you have some in your freezer), pre-shredded cheese, etc. Use frozen veggies - those are already cut up.

Consider cooking meat and freezing it. Make it neutral - just season with salt and pepper, and slice it before you freeze it (so you have chicken breasts ready to go, or roast beef). Even if the quality deteriorates a bit from the freezer, if you mix it with other stuff it should be fine. Or, prepare things like hamburgers and freeze them in patty form. Then you just need to throw them on the pan.

Good luck and I hope the surgery goes well!

Recap: The Next Food Network Star Season 6, Episode 7

The "home cook" challenge was an excuse to get sponsorship and $$.

It would have been much better, and much more realistic, if they just gave them the common pantry ingredients and said that they had to limit themselves to that.

Solo Celebratory Dinner?

HA sorry - just saw that you said you didn't want a place where you needed reservations. Nevermind then! But good luck anyway :) (and to you too, shoneyjoe!)

Solo Celebratory Dinner?

Ok, so - first of all, good luck!!! Bring snacks and wear layers.

I don't have any specific suggestion, but don't make reservations anywhere where they might charge you if you cancel last minute - after I finished the bar exam 2 years ago, I basically went to my boyfriend's apartment and crashed. I don't even know if I ate dinner that night. I just don't want you to be out money in case you are just. too. tired.

Brunch In Manhattan

norma's, if you can get a reservation. get the waz za waffle. it is made from happiness and fairy dust.

What to do with 7 Mangos ???

make guacamole with roasted poblanos and mangos in it.

make a salad with black beans, roasted corn kernels, jicama, and mango, with plenty of lime and sea salt.

(Fast) Lunch Options at/near the Javits Center?

I was there 2 years ago - I can empathize with the misery!

Don't go out for lunch - there isn't much of anything around there, and the last thing you want to do is risk eating something that will upset your stomach. In fact, I don't know anyone who didn't bring their lunch.

I brought the same lunch both days, it fit fine into the bag we were allowed to bring - a challah roll with a piece of grilled chicken, with baby spinach, sliced tomato, mustard, and mayo, and a baggie of grapes. You want to eat something that won't drag you down but will fill you up. I also brought a baggie of gummy bears/sour patch kids and another of peanut butter m&ms.

A couple non-food related tips - wear layers - it was FREEZING in there when I took it so you want to make sure you have a sweatshirt but something underneath it in case it isn't as cold there and for during lunch. I brought 2 watches - my regular one, and an old one that I don't wear anymore for which I can stop and reset the time easily - before each section started, I set the watch at twelve, so that I could easily tell how much time has passed.

Gadgets: The Zoku Quick-Pop Maker

Larikatz, they sell them at WilliamsSonoma

I got one of these as a present - I haven't used it yet (no freezer space right now) but I can't wait to!

Family reunion ideas

Maybe something that is very related to the culture/ethnicity/country of original (or whatever) of your family? ie... swedish meatballs, arancini, borscht, etc

(maybe not borscht. imagine the stains if that sucker broke open in the car!)

I don't like green peppers, but I'd like to.

Green peppers can have a bitter taste which can be off-putting to many people. I'd suggest using them with red peppers for a sausage and peppers dish - I make mine with tomato, too, so the bitterness can work with the acidic sweetness of the tomatoes.

Also, try marinating them in balsamic, olive oil, s&p and grilling them.

Cooking confession...

I love ketchup. mmm mmm ketchup.

I also use dried herbs almost exclusively, unless I am making something in which the herb is a main component (my roasted grape tomato, mozz, and basil pasta for instance).

I always have a bottle of lemon juice AND another of lime juice!

Canned beans. Boxed stock. Boxed mac n cheese at times.

I don't mix hot dogs into mac n cheese but I will saute an onion, add a can of baked beans, and add in some sliced hot dogs along with a TON of ketchup and mustard. mmm mmm ketchup :)

@sherri - I like the trader joes roasted garlic marinara, and barilla makes some pretty good varieties as does newman's own. I had a jar of the emeril sauce and it was really good

Fridge/ Freezer keeps turning on and off

Sounds like there is a short in it somewhere. Assuming you rent, you should tell your landlord - they should send a repairperson to fix it.

How to Make Pitcher Drinks Tastier, Less Diluted

Use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes, or use fruit juice cubes!

Or, the other option is just to make the drink in the pitcher and put the ice on the side.

Meals to freeze?

When I was studying for the bar, I have to admit I ate a lot of takeout!

I would make pasta sauce in bulk and freeze it (since pasta only takes a few minutes to boil up). Also, maybe buy chicken breasts, put them in a baggie with marinade, and freeze them - then you can take them out in the morning and as it defrosts it will marinate itself, and then you can cook it quickly to top salads, or put in sandwiches, or add to stir fry (I did this for both chicken and skirt steak). TJs frozen veggie mixes are good for the stir fry option.

I would also figure out a couple take out/delivery places nearby that have options that are lighter and won't weigh you down and make you want to take a nap, because there will be some days when you are too tired/frantic to even think about cooking. By my apartment there is a shnitzel place where you can get a salad with shnitzel on top, I ate that a couple times a week.

Also, keep healthy snack foods on hand - carrots/celery and hummus, etc.

Ultimately, if eating popcorn makes you happy, go with it. Studying for the bar is miserable enough. Popcorn for a dinner a few times a week isn't going to make or break you. Good luck!

How to Deep-Fry at Home Without a Deep-Fryer

@dm - if I deep fried something every time I had an urge (especially for mozzarella sticks....) I'd be the size of a house! I admire your restraint.

Here's looking at you kid--Dinner 4/29/10 ?

Ok - decided on a baked sweet potato topped with caramelized leaks and gorgonzola, and a spinach salad with apple and dried cranberries.

Teaching Fractions and Cooking - No stove

Maybe some no-bake cookies? Haystacks?

Maybe make guacamole and salsa and bring cheese and chips and make nachos?

Here's looking at you kid--Dinner 4/29/10 ?

No idea what's for dinner yet... but a couple weeks after I had surgery in January (gall bladder removal) I made ice cream for a dinner party - but because I couldn't lift my ice cream maker (man, those things are heavy), I pushed it out of the closet (where it lives on the floor) down the hallway to an outlet, and made the ice cream while sitting on the floor.

And I just looked up that meatball tagine recipe.... it looks delicious! Maybe you can just make some for me too, and I'll have it for dinner. :)

A Sandwich a Day: BZ Grill's Gyro, Astoria

@jerkfaceirl - I've seen haloumi at Garden of Eden on 14th Street, though I haven't seen it recently (and I've been looking!). Maybe one of the other G of Es in the city will have it?

Or, I can't remember if Sahadi's in Brooklyn has cheese, but if they do they might have haloumi.

One special-slash-romantic lunch in Manhattan

How about Convivio? Or Morimoto - I don't know how it is at lunch, but they have this kind of set off area that might be romantic.

Work Snacks

I buy different dried fruit and nuts from trader joes, and then I make my own snack mix.

Maybe yogurt or string cheese?

What would you do with Pesto?

Swirled into minestrone soup (which is also a great clean out the fridge meal)

Dolloped on top of pasta with marinara sauce, or mixed into ricotta and fresh tomatoes to eat with pasta

Mix with vinegar of your choice (and more oil, if needed) and use as salad dressing

Mix into yogurt for dip?

Sandwich spread

Roast some veggies (since you said it's too cold to grill) and toss with pesto

Freeze it in ice cube trays to make individual servings whenever you want it!