bread and pasta.
IMHO waterworks is really about the ambiance and the view. The food is good, but not the best. All of the others listed have fantastic food. I would also add Marigold, Farmicia and Osteria to the list.
There are many obvious choices- le bec fin and the rest, but I tried to pick the slightly less obvious.
Sorry, how did I miss the post just below on induction pots? It was helpful. There was a suggestion for cuisinart. I found a bunch of stainless steel cuisinart sets on amazon. They don't mention that they are specifically for induction. Has anyone used them on induction? Would they be better or as good as the kinetic?
What is the couple like? Do they seem like the fine-dining, white tablecloth type? If so, then Waterworks would be my recommendation.
But if they would be more into a relaxed bar scene with food and beer, there are tons of those too. I like Resurrection Ale House. It's a little hidden, so they might not have been there yet and could try something new.
If they like seafood, there's Fish. Greek food- Dmitri's. For American, seasonal, farm to table there's Pumpkin.
These are my personal faves, but I hope they help!
It's funny just today I happened into a subway today and remembered why I don't eat there any more. It's a chemically smell that pervades their food also. Ever read the description of their cold cuts? Nothing there is real, and the bread tastes stale more often than not.
+1 for sexy. Especially said by a certain food network chef as she "massages" meat and makes weird grunting sounds.
Why not make a one-pot pasta dish instead of pasta and ratatouille? Pasta (rigatoni would work especially well) with a tomato/eggplant/pepper sauce and sausage if there are no vegetarians? Or soup and sandwiches? You could make an easy tomato or minestrone soup and bake or grill off a bunch of grilled cheese with stuff in them like meat, tomato, bacon, etc to order.
Me, I prefer my pimps raw.
I'm not sure how I would feel about making a sauce with them. Wouldn't they make the sauce really watery? And would you then cook the sauce?
I've also heard of freezer pickles. Or you could make tatziki. Or cucumber soup. I've made this recipe before- http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cold-cucumber-soup-with-yogurt-and-dill
Or just have a spa day- make some cucumber, lemon, and mint water and lay some cold slices over your eyes.
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You may have good intentions, but I don't think you'll get a ton of support here. I'm sure there are other means to promote your love of asparagus.
Make a huge batch of chili. Can be used as leftovers reincarnated in many forms. Serve with rice and cornbread. Other ideas- quiche, meatloaf, and any good, classic soup served with salad and crusty bread. Try to involve the kids in the cooking too! Maybe take them shopping and let them pick out ingredients.
Or for a stir fry you could make a pretty simple peanut sauce- soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, peanut butter and optional orange juice to make it sweet and sour. But definitely make sure you use low sodium soy sauce and peanut butter.
Pureed veggies are a great base for sauce and an easy way to get in nutrition. A tomato base (canned crushed or whole tomatoes are great) can be turned into all sorts of flavors from italian to mexican. Add onions, garlic, bell peppers, maybe some spinach and blend away. You can leave some stuff whole like corn kernals. I've added canned enchilada sauce for flavoring. Or salsa.
You could easily add basil and parm to make it italian. If you add some ricotta and ground beef, it's ready made lasagna.
Get creative with sandwiches and wraps. Pita or naan make good open faced sandwiches in the toaster oven. Eggs and egg casseroles can also be made in the toaster oven. Same with potatoes and sweet potatoes. Make batches of fresh salsa, maybe with fruit, to add some variety. If you have some way to make hot water (electric kettles are cheap) you can make cous cous and other grains pretty easily. And they can then be stored in the fridge and served cold. I think you have lots of options.
I'm thinking of cold, summer recipes. What about some sort of bean salad? Like chickpeas with feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs? Or just marinated cucumbers? A summery soup like gazpacho? Corn, tomato, avocado, black bean salsa?
It would also help to know what counts as carbs and/or why does he not eat them?
If I have a bunch of veggies that need to get eaten here's what I do- Blend them (raw, seriously trust me) in a blender with fresh or canned tomatoes, onions, garlic, parmesan cheese, a splash of olive oil and vinegar (your favorite kind) and salt and pepper. Should be smooth but can have chunks if desired. I've used every vegetable from spinach to cauliflower to eggplant. Taste and season. You can add herbs if you want. I've also occasionally added feta cheese or some sort of creamy dairy product. You can cook this down or leave it raw and toss with pasta. If you cook it low and slow until thick you can also use it as a pizza sauce. It usually freezes pretty well.
My other use as others said is to chop them finely and make meatballs, meatloaf, or burger like patties. The other benefit is that this stretches expensive meats. You can also chop them and make lentil or bean patties that he might eat if you pan fry them in oil until crispy and serve with a creamy dipping sauce. You could bake them and make the dipping sauce with greek yogurt, lemon, garlic and fresh herbs for something healthier.
I'm lucky enough to have a friend whose family raises goats for meat so I've gotten to sample some delicious goat lasagna. Ground is ideal for any recipe where you would use other ground meats. I made some morrocan goat balls. Just use your fave meatball base (breadcrumbs, eggs, etc) and add morrocan seasonings. It can handle quite a lot of seasoning. Serve on pita bread with gryo style fixings.
what's been making the rounds on pinterest- layer a sliced lemon, a stick of butter, and a packaged italian seasoning mix on a rimmed baking sheet with shrimp and bake in the oven.
off the top of my head, what about mashed chickpeas? or what about adding some cheese that has a nutty flavor, like asiago?
Thanks guys! We do have a grill and a smoker so I think the main dishes will be meat and fish. Maybe a quiche to go alongside? We're having cioppino the night before.
tater lollipops with different sweet dips.
We've done something light and simple. Soup, sandwiches, and a salad worked really well. Grilled vegetables and seafood. Vegetable lasagna.
I was there this summer. Did you try Gasolina? It's a "party in a pouch" what's not to like? I brought some back and my friends are horrified that people actually drink that stuff. I think I'll just use the rest as lighter fluid or to fill my car in a pinch.
Mama Palmas for something a bit more fancy. Lazaro's or Allegro's for super cheap. Be sure to try philly style tomato pie, most places in the italian market are good for that.
I've done it. They're a little fragile when you boil them, but delicious nonetheless.