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jeromesmom

  • Favorite foods: Chinese and Italian : noodles, pasta, rice, Chinese soup dumplings, ma pao tofu, osso bucco, fegato alla venezia, tripe, sushi, chicken soup, hot cross buns, roast beef, suckling pig, Peking duck, char jian mien, dim sum in all its forms.

Win a Copy of 'Plenty More'

I don't know if this qualifies as unusual but for me chickpeas, onions, garlic and greens hits the spot.

Win a Copy of 'Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food'

Fried rice with bacon, egg and frozen peas - the rice being already cooked.

Win a Copy of 'A Boat, a Whale, & a Walrus'

My favorite festive meal was Easter lamb with asparagus and potatoes, lemon merengue pie for dessert. Maybe a salad, maybe not, depending on how the space swtacked up. Potatoes roasted at the end with the lamb.

Win a Copy of 'Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food'

Chicken noodle soup if only I could get the wonderful soup I had whenever I was sick in Singapore and my father would drive down to the open air market to get it for me, intense chicken flavor with little noodles and seasoned with ginger, scallions and a dab of sesame seed oil!

British Bites: A Guide to Quintessential London Eats

Isn't it axiomatic that only in the North do you find decent fish and chips and no southerner knows how to do it? You can keep your steak and kidney pudding, pie for me, the suet crust brings back memories of boarding school. Institutional food was so awful that we took to Indian restaurants as a refuge in Cambridge, but there weren't any decent Chinese ones when I was up, those you could only find in London. And the Brit version of curry with the addition of raisons was just plain awful to me too. (And I am not referring the the "mince" a semi-spicy dish of mystery meat that appeared every so often on the lunch table and caused deep distress to some sensitive types. We then got "proper curry" a far cry from what I knew fron Singapore, but that is another culinary variation.)

Balsamic Glazed Acorn Squash with Shallots and Rosemary

This was a large acorn squash right? I tend to buy smaller ones. There is no indication of size in the recipe, I am going by the number of servings.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Phantom of the Fridge Secret Stash

Saltines, butter with cheddar cheese on top, or sometimes peanut butter instead, always unsalted butter. Yeah I know it isn't heart healthy, but that's my snack.

Equipment: The Best Chef's Knives

I have three chef's knives, a six inch, 8 inch and 10 inch. All Wusthof - my first good knife was actually a Henckle's but I think they are not quite as good as they used to be. I use all three of the knives for different things. I just like the feel of the Wusthof in my hand. But I agree with you - knives are very personal things.

Cook the Book: 'The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home'

This would vary with the season, but it is a dank and miserable day today so my favorite deli lunch would have to be chicken soup with matzoh balls with some rye toast on the side.

Scenes From Meatopia 2013, San Antonio, TX

It looked wonderful and I wish I could have been there in the beautiful city of San Antonio.

Bake the Book: The Complete Nose to Tail

My favorite dessert is chocolate mousse and I made one once long ago in college, it is only clever because of the kitchen limitations under which I worked. On the other hand the cleverest dessert is I think Baked Alaska because of its intricacies.

Marcella Hazan: Rest in Pizza and Pasta and Everything We Love About Real Italian Food

Well not having grown up in America, my first Italian cooking bible was not Marcella Hazan but Elizabeth David, specifically her "Italian Food". While Hazan's cookbooks were much better organized with well written recipes, David's book was my personal inspiration with her evocation of Italy. You never desert your first love and the memories of trying to recreate the food on a limited budget with takings from a Cambridge food scene before the food revolution in the '60's.

Cook the Book: 'The Catch'

Going back to atavistic roots: shrimp with lobster sauce.

Open Thread: What's Your Most Memorable College Dining Experience?

I went to Girton College, Cambridge where the food was dismal. My most memorable night was fish that definitely had seen better days. It was liquid on the plate. Went to Washington University in St. Louis for law school. The food there was rather better, but I didn't live in the dorms so experienced mainly lunches which actually were not too bad at all.

My range died and I need recipes

Nuked a sweet potato tonight which did turn out all right. The new range has been delivered and looks so nice but they couldn't remove the old one. Waiting with bated breath for a kit and then someone to connect the new stove and put the old one on the porch to await removal!

My range died and I need recipes

I will try to cook the pasta in the microwave - butter and cheese was one of my favorites and I may actually have a container of homemade sausage and pepper sauce in the freezer. I am now having issues with installation as I have propane and not mainline gas (no gas mains in my town) and am probably going to be rangeless until Monday! Tonight I did fish in the microwave with string beans and reheated brown rice. At least it wasn't rotisserie chicken. Thanks again people. The saga continues.

My range died and I need recipes

@Bob from Pittsburgh and finsbigfan: No money for restaurants with the added unexpected expenditure alas. Not even take-out Chinese or pizza.

My range died and I need recipes

Yes I have a crockpot and that thought struck me too! No Vesuvius here nothing quite so fancy. I have ordered a range and the good news is that the delivery date is Thursday and not Friday which makes the likelihood of getting the propane people back to unlock the flow that much better. Another meal of rotisserie chicken tonight accompanied by reheated brown rice, some spinach brownies my friend made (delicious!) and a tomato salad.

Stove and oven broken

I feel for you - mine just did the same! It's a gas one and I have no choice but to get a new one as there are serious leaks with the old guy! As I have been out of propane since Thursday I have done microwave reheat and actually tried cooking a meal in it - the little red potatoes did not do well! Got a rotisserie chicken for Sunday dinner and did a salad and couscous. But I too have just posted for recipes. After all Jerome and Ozzie would like to have a nice hot dinner too! Their food of course can be prepared with water heated in the microwave! No electric skillet or grill here! (The gas grill outside is dead too!)

Remembering Big Nick's Burger & Pizza Joint, Another Departed UWS Institution

Not being an Upper Westsider (my days in NYC were strictly downtown and Chelsea) I never knew Big Nick's. But over the years I have noticed that section of the Upper West Side becoming more and more a settlement of chichi fashion boutiques and upscale stores with absolutely no connection to real live people. The closing of Big Nick's is another manisfestation of the disease!

Someone Made an Umami Cronut Burger

Sounds like something to be avoided!

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite No-Cook Meal?

I look forward to the huge Jersey beefsteak tomatoes to make tomatoe sandwiches with either mayo and a slice of onion or olive oil with fresh basil. Also bread salad. Salad Nicoise. I also love love love cold noodles with sesame sauce, but you do have to cook the noodles,

Sauced: Extra-Smooth Hummus

I am not a fan of baking soda which leaches vitamins as well as skins, would rather just deal with the skins.

Celebrate Ham Independence, Win La Quercia Pork!

Haven't decided yet - maybe winning the artisanial package will inspire me!

24 Almost-No-Cook Meals to Beat the Heat

Where is the cold noodles with sesame sauce? My standby for hot days. Fortunately I saved the recipe from Saveur.

Coconut Oil

Just got an e-mail from Amazon with a list and pictures of food "must-haves"! I think there were at least 10 different brands and sizes of coconut oil included. Please, somebody enlighten me on this new and trendy product.

My range died and I need recipes

This has been an awful August: it started with a serious leak. Then I ran out of propane and found out today that my stove has serious leaks! I am looking at an Amana gas range in stainless steel with self-cleaning oven. The problem: I won't get it until Friday at the earliest!
So please suggest what I can make with a microwave and a rice steamer. Tonight I made chicken with beans, scallions, ginger in chicken stock and sesame oil over brown rice in the rice cooker.
Help me guys!

Ultra-Expensive Beef from Catalogues

Well the Christmas Gift catalogues are hitting my mailbox daily, and I keep getting the expensive meat ones - you know where your order of 6 strip steaks comes to something more than three figures and that does not include shipping-handling. Has anyone ever received or tried these items which just seem so ridiculously overpriced to me?

Two weeks in Berlin in January

Friends of mine are going to be in Berlin for two weeks in January. She is doing a museum thing as part of her masters course at Johns Hopkins. Any recommendations for Berlin specialities and restaurants and streetfood would be welcome and will be forwarded on to her.
Thanks.

Farewell Adriana's Caravan

Today's mail contained a large white envelope from Adriana's Caravan a wonderful spice and condiments mail order store in Brooklyn. Sadly along with the catalogue it contained a letter stating that Adriana's Caravan is folding up its tent and everything must go. How sad! I loved the store. I never ordered all that much, but for the past two years I have managed to put together with their help a nice Christmas care package for a friend in Michigan. Unpacking my mail order delivery from them was a little adventure! So so sad.
Ciao arriverderci Adriana - you were a good source.

How much broccoli for about 10 people as a side dish?

I volunteered to make stir-fried broccoli as a covered dish as part of a dinner at church. They are figuring on about 50 people but as there will be all kinds of other dishes (trust me I checked that sign-up sheet) I should figure on 10.
I plan on using broccoli crowns - two pounds or four pounds?
Thanks.

Vegetarian Restaurants in Vienna

My nephew is going to be in Vienna for two months this summer. He is a vegetarian - not a vegan - he eats yoghurt, cheese and eggs and probably butter if he gets the chance.
Are there any vegetarian restaurants in the home of the Wiener Schnitzel and are they any good at all? Any dishes to recommend? Thank you in advance.

How do you pronounce "vegan"? And why?

A couple of nights ago I was watching a rerun of Top Chef Masters (from Season 1) and heard this word that sounded like "weegan" . It took me a while before I realized that they were talking about or considered themselves "vegans" a word I have always pronounced "vaygens" sort of from "vegetables", I don't understand why the long "e" - could somebody please enlighten me?

Dog Biscuits Recipes - Simple please!

I have just received my set of seven dog biscuit cutters and the three recipes that came with them. I know I could go on-line and find thousands but I trust you fellow foodies to come up with some that you have actually tried and tested.
I don't trust myself as a baker so please, please keep them very simple - sort of for small challenged children!
Many thanks.

Somewhere to go near E. 57th St.

I shall be in town Friday night with a friend, and we are going to be around the East 54th/57th area and may need somewhere to eat at about 8:00p.m.
Looking for somewhere that won't break the bank and where two women of "a certain age" may be seated and treated with respect . Cannot make reservations as I don't know for sure what plans are, but, would like to be prepared as the Boy Scouts say. Thank you all very much.