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PickleCat

  • Location: New York, NY

Holiday Cocktail Recipe?

Thanks for the suggestions!

Greens in pasta dough

Thank you for your responses, very helpful!

What are you eating on JULY 4TH?

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: http://www.donsbogam.com/

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 jalapeños 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.
link

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

New Year's Menus

A few years ago, my boyfriend and I were coming to the close of an awful year. We were having another couple over for New Year's Eve dinner, so I researched traditional luck-bringing recipes to make that night. I went the Southern route, and ended up with a bone-in pork loin roast (rubbed with a mixture of dijon mustard, rosemary & garlic), black-eyed peas cooked with collards & ham hocks, and corn bread. We also didn't have much money at that time, so it worked out very well budget-wise.

It was always unclear to me whether you were supposed to ear the lucky foods on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, so we have the meal itself New Year's Eve, and make a brunch hash from the leftovers New Year's Day. We've been making this meal ever since. Either we were at rock bottom then and things just couldn't get any worse, or the lucky dinner has been working!

What do you all make for New Year's Eve/New Year's Day?

Holiday Cocktail Recipe?

I'm having a Christmas party this weekend and would like to have a drink to serve. It should be easy to mix, few ingredients, and relatively strong. I'm not looking to break the bank, so champagne cocktails, while lovely, are ruled out.

I'd like it to look & taste festive, but I'm having trouble finding drinks that aren't warm (mulled wine or cider) or that contain some kind of cream/creme de something.

I have the idea that I want to make candy cane infused vodka, but am a loss as to what I'd mix it with. Candy cane cosmos come up in a google search, but I'm wondering if anyone has any other ideas?

Greens in pasta dough

I'm looking to experiment with fresh pasta. Obviously, spinach pasta is a thing. I've even seen recipes using kale in fresh pasta dough. What about collard greens? Does anyone know how collard greens would work in a pasta dough? I don't see anything at all when I google search it.

I'd like to get some opinions before I spend my whole day on something that could potentially be awful :) Also, if this is something I should try, sauce ideas?

Thanks!

Smoking indoors?

Hello all,

I'd love some feedback with regard to smoking food indoors.

I know there are ways to rig up a "smoker" in a regular home kitchen (I believe SE even did a post on it), and I'd love to be able to experiment on a small scale. I particularly want to attempt to smoke clams.

The big issue is that I live in an apartment with no outdoor space. My kitchen doesn't have a window, and isn't close to a window. So, I know that I can do it--but is it smart? Any suggestions, or should I just come to terms with the fact that this is a bad idea? Any opinions on stove-top versus oven methods?

Thanks!

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

Do you cook different types of meals when your significant other is out of town, or just not home for dinner?

My boyfriend is out of town, and I typically look forward to cooking things for myself that I would normally cook for the two of us. Usually this is due to price, or because he prefers to always have some kind of meat as a part of the meal, etc. Last time he was out of town I made myself a lovely seared tuna nicoise salad.

So, what are your "significant other is out of town" meals?

Garlic scape pizza recipes?

Hi all.

I received some garlic scapes in my CSA this week. Most of my google searches turn up recipes for pesto, but I can't get it out of my head that I should be making a pizza topped with them. Some recipes used garlic scape pesto on a pizza, but I'm looking for more of a white pizza recipe topped with garlic scapes.

Sounds easy enough, just use my favorite white pizza recipe, right? Well, I don't have one.

Anyone ever make a garlic scape topped pizza? If so, please share your recipes! Like I said, I keep envisioning a white pizza, but I'm open to all suggestions.

Half & Half in tomato sauce?

I'm planning on making Mark Bittman's Bolognese sauce today. Towards the end, the recipe calls for cream, half & half, or milk to be simmered in the sauce.

I rarely use heavy cream, usually I will just use half and half for sauces. I was planning on using half and half as the dairy element, when I remembered a month or so back when I added half & half to a tomato sauce it didn't really integrate well. It wasn't smooth and creamy, the half and half seemed like it was separated.

I know the easy solution would be to just use cream, but I have half and half on hand and would rather use that. Is there a way to use half and half without it separating like that, or should I just suck it up and buy heavy cream?

Thanks!

Valentine's Day cooking

Good evening all,

Now that all the Super Bowl cooking is complete, I figure it's about time to start thinking about Valentine's day cooking.

I would love to make duck breast, but I'm having a hard time finding a recipe that I like. This one sounds great: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/01/sweet-tart-duck-breasts-with-fresh-cherry-sauce-recipe.html

However, cherries aren't in season so they're pretty hard to find. What are your favorite duck recipes?

Also, what is everyone planning on making for Valentine's Day?

Lower Fat Cream Sauce

I want to make a Gorgonzola cream sauce to go over some steaks I have.

Anyone have any tips for making it low fat? I usually use half and half if I'm making a broth-based sauce and adding in cream at the end, but I'm not quite sure half and half would make a decent sauce for what I want. It'd be too runny, correct? Is there any other way to still make a decent cream sauce with less fat?

I know, it sounds silly to try and make a dish based on steak and cheese lower fat, but I'm not looking for criticisms, just advice :)

Thanks!

3 lbs of Ricotta???

I usually use Freshdirect to buy basic groceries. I guess I learned my lesson when it comes to online grocery shopping after a few glasses of wine, because I bought ricotta for a recipe that calls for 1/2 cup, and when my groceries came the next day, I realized I had accidentally purchased a 3 lb tub.
I'm not much of a baker, and I don't want to make a lasagna because it's similar to the dish I'm already making. I plan on making 2 of the dish I'm making and freezing one, but beyond that, anyone have any ideas for using the rest?
Thanks!

Cooking Segment Ideas

I work for an online magazine and I write a lot for the food section. Due to the success of my recipes, my boss had an idea to start doing a few cooking segments for a video feature we have on the front page.

I'm having trouble thinking about what the first thing I should make should be. It has to be something involved enough, but not super complicated; we will be editing, but none of us are really pro at it.

Anyone have any ideas? The only restriction is that we don't want to use any pork products, as the person helping us this time around is Muslim and doesn't eat pork.

Taco Inspiration!

I'm hosting a dinner party next week for a group of about 8-12, and I would love to have a taco bar. I was originally dreaming about making Kenji's recipe for carnitas as the meat filling, but I'm not quite sure how smart it would be to make pork at a dinner party where I don't really know most of the other people all too well. I'm also planning a veggie option. I'm looking for inspiration and recipes for beef tacos, preferably something slow cooked, since I will probably have to make the veggie option right before serving. I was thinking of short ribs or something. I would also love some advice for the veggie tacos as well. I pretty much have the toppings figured out (chipotle slaw, radishes, guacamole, pickles onions).

Thanks!

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