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Greens in pasta dough

Thank you for your responses, very helpful!

Smoking indoors?

Thank you all! This is all very helpful.

What to do with fresh mint?

My go to sauce for steak or roasted chicken is a kind of salsa verde. I usually use parsley & mint, or cilantro & mint, capers, garlic, salt, pepper, & olive oil. I mash it up in my mortar & pestle but you could definitely use a food processor or chop by hand.

I also like mint in smoothies.

Your opinion on a food business idea targeted at foodies

I think it's a nice idea, but I would have people pick up their own produce. I could foresee problems with delivering produce to people--there are a lot of picky people out there! It may be a better idea to provide a service where one can post what they have available in what location, and someone can respond with their offer. They set up a way to meet up. Kind of like a craigslist for produce. Seems like there may be less overhead that way too.

Is there an app for that? Recipes on a smartphone

The Epicurious app is a good one for browsing recipes on your phone. For $1.99 or something like that, you can sync the recipes you favorite on your phone with your online account and vice versa. Though I will mostly save links on my computer then e-mail recipes to myself and open the links on my phone to use while I cook.

Dinner near Empire State Building with a kid. Help!

By the way, it may not sound super kid friendly, but the marinated meat platter (at the bbq tables) seems to me like it'd be a good choice for kids (fun, too) and adults.

Dinner near Empire State Building with a kid. Help!

Korean BBQ! This place is my favorite, and it's a relatively short walk for you:

BBQ in Louisville, KY?

Also, Doc Crow's has this crazy sundae as a dessert--it involves bacon & cinnamon pork rinds.

BBQ in Louisville, KY?

Doc Crow's down by the Yum Center has great BBQ. Get the lima beans as a side. It's nicer than your average BBQ joint, but not very expensive. You may need reservations.

Bootleg BBQ is pretty far from downtown Louisville & the Highlands, but it has great BBQ as well. It's more of a shack though. While you wait for your food, go next door to the liquor store and pick up a few beers.

What do you eat when you're sick?

My mom always made me pastina when I was a little girl--teeny tiny pasta shaped stars. Either just with butter, or in a broth as soup. It is still my go-to food when I'm sick.

Another time when I was sick as a child, it was right after thanksgiving. My mother made turkey stock with the leftover bones, and added tortellini into it for me. I swear, it cured me. I was better the next day.

What are your "Significant Other is out of town" meals?

Thanks for all of the great responses! I ended up going for grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup. That's actually something my boyfriend would enjoy as well, though I guess the luxury was in taking my sweet time while cooking.

Garlic scape pizza recipes?

That sounds pretty much like what I'm looking for. Thanks!

Not just Cinco de Mayo, but Derby, too!!!

a little late, but I did a mexi-tucky menu for derby day/cinco de mayo. benedictine sandwiches with jalapeƱos mixed in, 7 layer dip with beer cheese as one of the layers, and pulled pork tacos with blue cheese cole slaw. Classic mint juleps to drink.

Half & Half in tomato sauce?

I figured that if I'm spending the afternoon on such a lovely sauce, I should probably do it right. I picked up some heavy cream and will heat it up before adding it in.

I appreciate all the tips!

Half & Half in tomato sauce?

Thanks, Mr. Nick! That's exactly the type of answer I was hoping for.

Half & Half in tomato sauce?

True. I was hoping that maybe I did something wrong the first time, and there was a way to make it work. Maybe when it comes time to add it I'll test it with a small amount of each to see what happens. If it still doesn't look right I'll run to the store. Thanks for the replies.

Lunch Pail Envy

I make awesome soup and pasta dishes. Whenever I bring leftovers for lunch and my bosses smell it, they typically say something about how I need to bring some for them next time.

I'm in NYC, and my job involves amazing restaurants, so I'm usually to shy to actually bring my cooking in to them. In my mind, they have eaten in the best restaurants in New York, how great could my tortilla soup be? Though I should probably give myself more credit!

Any better or healthier $1 menus?

I actually think that by using Sandra Lee's shortcuts, you are actually spending more than you would spend on making it yourself. I'm sure I'm not alone in this thought.

Though I do think it's a very interesting idea to start a food truck based on dishes that are made with a strict budget in mind. Being on a strict budget myself, I'm always looking for new ideas aside from the typical rice and beans, that are super cheap.

Wanted: New Idea: Chicken Thighs

I love this recipe : link

I usually make this with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, because they are cheaper than chicken breasts. I will also use dried herbs de provence in place of the fresh herbs, and kalamata olives in place on the oil cured olives the recipe calls for. If you love lemon, as I do, this recipe is great. I know you are asking for bone in, but I'm sure with a little longer cooking time, this would work great.

Looking for a good vegan curry!

my boyfriend makes a great tofu curry. A rough recipe would involve marinating some tofu for a few minutes in a mix of soy, ginger, and garlic, then cooking the tofu until crispy. Saute some veggies, like red bell peppers and broccoli, add some curry powder and a can of coconut milk, then add in the tofu at the end. Serve over rice. If you are interested, I can get a more specific recipe when the boyfriend gets home!

Adventerous food birthday ideas for six in NYC?

I believe Resto does a whole pig.

Hurricane Club does one as well, and it's definitely a lot of fun for a birthday.

Maybe not as adventurous as you'd like, but Korean BBQ is always fun.

Valentine's Day cooking

Sorry for the duplicate post. I'm not sure how to delete it.

To Kenji and Dumpling...

I don't even post/comment on here a lot, but I've been following silently for years. After reading that post this morning, my boyfriend saw me looking all upset and asked me what was wrong. I burst into tears and sobbed, "Dumpling died!"

Of course, he had no idea who Dumpling was until I explained afterward, but it just goes to show how much of an impact a little dog that you follow on the internet can have.

I loved the series of photos of him in the costumes. What a sweet dog.


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