What would you do with $50/week?

Hi all -- We are also trying to cut our grocery bills but $50/week seems very difficult to me. Just curious, for those of you who have said they spend about this much, does this amount include alcohol? Also, for how many meals a week do you typically eat out?

Fresh Artichoke Pasta

It's whole wheat pasta, so it's brown.

Napa Restaurants

Thank you all for the responses! I think I will go with ad hoc since they do take reservations.

Alt. for gelatin in marshmallows

You can use Xantham gum instead of gelatin. I made this recipe and they came out great:

SE'er Food Blogs

Hi! Mine is here:
Very new. Lots of desserts and some uncommon Indian recipes.

Buying Vanilla Beans

Thanks for the tips. I knew I'd get some helpful advice here!

Authentic Indian recipes

This site has very good authentic Indian recipes, but only vegetarian recipes:

New Orleans, when to go, what to eat

I lived in NOLA in the summer of 2007, and I must say that one of the best meals I had was at Dante's Kitchen. It is often overlooked, since it is not in a central location (it's located uptown), but the food is divine. Everything we had was unbelievably good.

As for when to go: I think June will still be comfortable, July and especially August can be extremely hot/humid/uncomfortable.
Have fun!

Napa Restaurants

Hi all. I am deciding between Bistro Jeanty or ad hoc for dinner this weekend. I like the flexibility of Jeanty's menu, but I have heard great things about ad hoc. Anyone been to both of these restaurants and have some suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Kitchen Aid mixer not mixing?

Hi -- I recently bought a Kitchen Aid stand mixer (the classic 250W) type, and I have been using it for some of the recipes I used to make with just a hand mixer. For some reason, I am finding that the recipes are not turning out the same. For example, last night I made (a half recipe) of Ina Garten's chocolate cake in the stand mixer and it came out awful! Completely dry and hard. That recipe has never failed me using a hand mixer. I think the problem was the KA was not able to mix all the ingredients well maybe since I halved the recipe? Seems like when there is not enough in the bowl, the KA is not able to mix everything well. Has anyone else had this kind of problem? Thanks!

Buying Vanilla Beans

Does anyone have any recommendations on where to buy vanilla beans online? I'm thinking amazon might be a good bet, but since I've never bought them online before, I was wondering if anyone has some advice? Thanks!

Ricotta vs. Paneer

Does anyone know what the difference is between ricotta and paneer? According to wikipedia, ricotta is supposed to be made from the whey produced from cooking milk and adding an acid, whereas paneer is made from the curds produced from this process. However, I've seen many recipes that claim to make ricotta using the curds. This seems wrong to me since ricotta literally means 'recooked' and I don't see where the 'recooking' occurs in this process.