another vote for Le Tub! I was even trying to get my parents to visit when they were down in FL this week.
nice creamy butter
I find that the non-drinking, just got a salad crew are always more than happy to grab some of my appetizers, take a sip of my drink and a bite of my dessert...oh and are you going to finish that side cause mac & cheese is my FAV!
while there are certain exceptions I would say that 99.9% of the time people "put in what they owe" I end up having to stick and extra $20+ in there not to mention that in reality while they only ordered a salad they ate half of the appetizers and desserts too but since the words didn't leave their lips apparently it doesn't count on their bill? kinda of like when I eat cake in front of the fridge in the dark... if your not sitting and no one sees you it didn't really happen!
also the non-drinking crowd sometimes forgets non-alcoholic beverages at $3 each (or $5+ for an espresso etc) can really add up too.... I might sip one glass of $9 wine but your 5 cokes in the glass bottle are actually more expensive
I used this recipe for my annual chrisma-anukah party and they came out amazing.... the cheesecloth helped make it so much drier so they got nice and crispy
once we got the oil up the right temp (we used a giant brazier instead of the dutch oven I usually use to fry bc the brisket was occupying it) they were fast and easy to fry... we could fit up to 9 at a time!
I got a 6" henkel chef knife last year and so far its my favorite... but I hope to have many more in my life!
filet is my absolute fav.... been trying to get full tenderloins and cut them down myself lately
lately I can't seem to stop with the butter toffee.....covered in chocolate and nuts of course
i just did a tasting of 8 hoboken sandwiches
my favorites were the Piccolo's Cheese Steak and Park & Sixth namesake
short rib & cheddar covered fries from iron chef jose garces' village whiskey at DMB caravan in Atlantic City... definitely not diet food but absolutely delicious (if a bit messy for someplace where I haven't washed my hands in 12 hrs)
if you aren't up for making your own recipes there are some pre-made glass bottles that have recipes already on them
its hard to say which cut isn't my favorite! though steak isn't exactly like pizza there are a few in my life that I wish I hadn't
the le tub burger was amazing but I think replicating the scene would be more important than the burger
wilma is right on..... beer bread is amazing! and don't be shy about adding scallions or cheese or bacon or anything else to it
at my normal store - like many I make my list based on whats in the circular for the week -- so its rare that I find something on sale that I wasn't expecting. I plan my meals around what is going to be on sale that week so usually there aren't many surprisese but if I see something very interesting or the broccoli etc looks bad I might sub something else for it
I don't buy cookies/crackers/cheeses and that type of stuff unless its on sale and then I stock up for parties/unexpected guests
if i go to some gourmet market however all bets are off -- I will come home with 3 types of cheese, cured meats, olives, pickles etc - basically the making of a lovely chartucherie plate which is my foodie weakness
requested for the 3rd year in a row from the "in-laws" in fact I was told don't worry about bringing anything else just bring lots and lots of this!
after going to frankies the other night I would have to recommend their dishes
pasta dishes are always great for vegetarians as well as good for the wallet
if you have a bunch of big latte type mugs (MUST BE OVEN SAFE!) you can even make individual pasta bakes which means that meat-eater can get a splash of pancetta or bacon while veggies stick to the basics here is http://carlastastytreats.blogspot.com/2011/03/video-post-flexitarian-pasta-bakes.html to my blog w some ideas for that
also you can check out some other things I have done - stuffed portobella mushroom caps (some w/ and some w/o chicken sausage in the stuffing), pot pies (again some w chicken and others just vegetables)
risotto isn't really no-work but if you had it ready just about when they were coming you could stick it in the oven to stay warm for a bit... maybe have some nice seasonal asparagus or peas in it
we live close by friends and often have people over for after dinner drinks (cans of PBR) and tv/sports/conversation ... in general I don't mind having a full house but I do hate when the list of likes/don't likes/don't eat/diets/vegetarian/lactose intolerant/gluten free etc comes out as I am taking something out of the oven and 2 minutes away from sitting at the table
if you want to come hang out that's great, and I almost always have leftovers so if your hungry make a plate but this isn't a diner.... I don't take requests! I feel like my mother saying that but seriously if you don't like it you don't have to eat it...just don't expect me to make you something else
I love it - it helps me make better choices even when I do want to splurge (hmmm... cookie, chocolate croissant or a giant coffee drink?) seeing those numbers makes it very real as to what I am about to eat. I don't see how this is so difficult to calculate and its not like its going to require teams and teams of food scientist - you do on a website put in all your ingredients and then divide by the number of servings.
not to mention at this time the rule only applies to stores with more than 20 locations... lets not pretend these are small mom and pop shops operating on a "shoe-string" budget
I use to do a lot of uncased sausage with white beans and greens (spinach, kale whatever) or uncased sausage with pasta and tomato sauce..... add in some zucchini, peppers and onions if you want more veggies
the pasta isn't super healthy but its not terrible either if you use whole wheat
chicken thighs seared then baked w a bunch of peppers, onions, mushrooms, chipotle, cilantro chili powder etc and left over dips from a party.... bean dip as the base and cilantro sour cream as the "sauce"
hmmm just got my annual email - up to $600 this year! yikes
i think the other commenters have it pretty much covered:
the good - awesome veggies, different veggies, forced healthy meals (or they go bad), fresh from the farm, help support local farmers
the bad - not always a lot of variety, can have bad yield bc of weather/pests/animals, no picking what you like, not much cheaper than the normal farmers market
another issue I have with my CSA is its based on Stay at home Mother hours...which means that when I get home at 6 pm from working all day all that is left is the nasty smushed share that has been sitting in the sun for 8 hrs
i can't wait for my CSA share to start up --- tons of veggies that I have to eat each week makes for a very different meal plan