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  1. This is one of the guiltiest pleasures of parenting. Show them something they won’t be able to afford for years. About ten years ago my family got a 4 person upgrade to business class on our flight back to the US. I actually posted a picture saying this may be the worst thing that ever happened to me as a parent. Well - several upgrades later (BA is liberal with these when you’ve got Gold status) we took a train trip to Venice for Carnival. My 4 year old lost his s!^t in his seat. Once we calmed him down he explained that his seat was broken because it wouldn’t turn into a bed so he could slee
    5 points
  2. What are you complaining about Eric? That's a mere 240% increase from earlier in this thread! I'm beginning to think some of these places are pushing the envelop to absurd levels because there are enough suckers and fools out there to support this insanity, present company excluded of course! I mean, I have no problem dropping stupid money on a great meal, but lately things have gotten ridiculous. I was looking at the menu for Jont (sister restaurant to Bresca) the other day and the cheapest wine by the glass is $20! (You can get the entire bottle of that Pinot Noir retail, for
    5 points
  3. YAY! More shots in more arms! I will be fully vaccinated as of Friday (had the second pfizer shot 3/26). The boy had his second last Saturday. I am so excited. My parents are both fully vaccinated. My mother in law is about to be. We might get to see our parents soon!
    4 points
  4. Went to eat outside with friends. We got the three course menu. I started with the cauliflower, which was really good with beet, tahini, zatar, but just ahuge portion and I ate too much. I had bouillabaisse which was a really great dish, but I couldn't finish it because I had eaten too much cauliflower and dipped too much good bread in the broth. For dessert I had a chocolate hazelnut layer cake. It was too much food, so I took it home and enjoyed it the next day, it was still really good. The patio was really nice, our waiter was funny and nice, wine was good, we had a really nice mea
    4 points
  5. I grew up in a small town in South Carolina in the 1940s. Almost the only thing I saw people drink were beer and bourbon. When I started sneaking my first drinks in my late teens, those were the only things I would have. As I grew older and lived in many different places I tried a lot of wines and liquors, but nothing really became a favorite or constant drink. Then about 15 years ago I tried a bottle of Cointreau. I liked it. Now Cointreau is my favorite drink. When my wife and I are relaxing with a drink in the late afternoon or evening, she has a glass of wine, and I a glass of Coi
    4 points
  6. Continuing our love affair with Detroit-style pizza, @MichaelBDCtried Motown Square Pizza (delivery by DoorDash). The chef is from Detroit with roots in Ethiopia, so we were intrigued by and planned to order the special tibs pizza. However, in an incredible brain fart I ordered the Motor City pizza instead. No matter, because it allowed us to do a more apples to apples comparison with our favorite, Della Barba. The Motor City (available only on Fridays and Saturdays) comes with sausage, ricotta, hot honey, mozzarella, and parsley in addition to the standard crushed tomatoes and Wisconsin
    4 points
  7. I read through the entirety of this thread the other day and it's quite interesting to see how Maketto has changed since it's opening and settled into its current iteration as it is one of our favorite places in the city right now. The Maketto of the first few posts is almost unrecognizable to the Maketto today, especially during COVID times. Reading about people packed together trying to order from the bar made do a double take. The puppy's groomer is a few blocks away so @MichaelBDCand I have made it a routine to drop the pup off and head to Maketto for a cup of coffee or tea and lunch
    4 points
  8. Lewes, DE We did a change of scenery escape half week in Lewes, DE, renting a super cute Airbnb situated along the main drag of Lewes. It had its own entrance with a key pad entry, second floor walk up, with a large bedroom on the third floor. One of the owners of the apartment also owns the store on the ground floor. Basically, zero contact. Lewes has a mandatory mask wearing policy throughout the historic district and the vast majority of people were in compliance. It was also March midweek, so there weren't that many people around....quiet. Most businesses were open with varying
    4 points
  9. This is embarrassing, but MrB and I are currently drinking wine out of coffee mugs while watching recordings of Bridgerton because of previously mentioned cat — I’m not going to risk my crystal wine glasses!
    3 points
  10. I was the last one to write here- but for a pandemic update.. I was fortunate enough to receive my covid vaccines at the cvs next to wheaton plaza (as I will always call it.) Hollywood East has an IMPRESSIVE contact free system. I almost don't want to share because it is so great. but you will not be near people. There are video screens and electronics involved. In any case, I realized when I looked (while waiting after my shot) that you can get dumplings any time... not just lunch hours. I drove mine 40 min home, so they were not as good as right out of the steamer, but that is my i
    3 points
  11. Tonight was beef bourguignon and buttered parsley noodles, with a side of steamed asparagus dressed with hot pepper sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds. I did a curbside pickup of a bottle of Burgundy from Schneider's to make the dish and we drank most of what didn't go into the pot.
    3 points
  12. Saturday - grilling in the back yard. SOOOOO nice to see people in person! 4 people. (Our usual local takeout coordination group) Didn't zoom anyone else in. So broccoli salad (brought by a friend, and so tasty), potato salad (My standard recipe - potatoes, minced onion, chopped hardboiled eggs, salt, pepper, mayo, touch of sour cream, Nance's mustard. Topped with boiled egg sliced and laid out to look like a flower), lettuce salad (lettuce, sunflower seeds, parm, golden raisins, grated carrots.) And the main event, grilled sausages. Still working on the freezer, so there were some Meat Crafte
    3 points
  13. Small Seder this year but beats the zoom Seder last year! We usually have 25-30 guests. having a bit of trouble scaling down. Have made chicken soup, mixed matzo ball batter, made gefilte fish from WF cod and salmon..hate the extortionate price of the traditional lake fish which have questionable amounts of chemicals anyway- and it tastes if not the same better. I have used halibut or rockfish in the past . Marinating chicken for Marbella- kids favorite matzo farfel to be made- mushrooms onions horseradish grated asparagus to be steamed and marinated NYT toffee
    3 points
  14. Fiola Mare can be great. Went yesterday- we do not eat out weekends just in case of crowds. Two tables of Insta type people near us. Awful! Lots of pictures (okay if done quietly- but these were bad), over ordering and demanding a ton of help from the people trying to work. I am happy Fiola had customers- but these ones were awful. My waitress is from Ecuador- name not recalled. I have always had the nicest help there. So with no travel for long we ordered on the high end. I had a cold crab dish with salmon caviar on an avocado. Me and hubs shared a Colors of the Garden salad- ne
    3 points
  15. Oh, I love chicken livers. Haven't had them in a long time for dietary reasons. That recipe sounds wonderful. I wanted comfort food tonight so went for grilled cheese and tomato soup. There are Kraft singles in the fridge due to an impulse ordering purchase. I know they don't taste the way they did when I was a kid, but I have to try it out sometimes anyway. My husband doesn't like them so, after tonight, I'll be eating the rest of the package myself. I dug around for a Michael Symon recipe I remembered for the soup and found this at Food Network. I knew the recipe I was remembering
    3 points
  16. So I managed to get an avocado, so we were able to have the honey chipotle chicken tacos yesterday. They were quite good. (Also, there was a LOT left over. Stuffed it in the freezer.) I will do them again. Also, salad. And of course, cherry cake and buttermilk cherry ice cream. Tonight was salad with bits of avocado added on top. And chicken liver pasta. Oh man, that was delicious. No morels, we had oyster mushrooms. Later, more cake and ice cream.
    3 points
  17. The roasted vegetables with tomato sauce got repurposed into a base for a chicken cacciatore-style meal tonight, using leftover Costco rotisserie chicken. There was one good hunk of thigh left but otherwise it was thickly sliced breast. I also added plenty of fresh basil from a SMC produce box, some earlier on in the sauce-building and the rest near the end after it had marinated in evoo with half a dozen quartered Campari tomatoes, s+p. It all went into the sauce. After the chicken pieces simmered in the enhanced sauce for a little while and everything was heated through, I topped the stew wi
    3 points
  18. Roasted salmon with S&P with lemon wedge on the side and fish sticks for the kids Buttered, salted pasta (added roasted garlic and italian seasoning to mine) Cauliflower 2 ways - kids ate plain steamed, adults had roasted with montreal steak seasoning and tumeric, which turned out great). I relish the days when I can cook ONE flavorful meal for the whole family. This was not one of those nights. 😉
    3 points
  19. Dinner Menu 3.19.21.pdf (!) (!!) One order each of ! and !! would make a perfect carryout dinner for an adult couple with medium-sized appetites.
    3 points
  20. Tonight was supposed to be taco night, but I forgot to get avocados. So it became potato pancake night. So, salad, and potato pancakes, and sausage, and applesauce, and sour cream. Quite good. Last night was meatballs, basil and peach. At the beginning of the pandemic, some of my favorite farmers at the market were only doing boxes. Still working my way through some of the oddities. (Anyone need 4 ears of popcorn?) One of the things that we don't often use was a can of peaches. So a few weeks back I made a peach blueberry cake when blueberries came in a South Mountain delivery. But that
    3 points
  21. Playing with my gifted instantpot and made pulled chicken with kitchen made Carolina gold barbecue sauce. Will make cilantro lime slaw and black beans and serve on slider rolls.
    3 points
  22. Tonight I made a chicken recipe I hadn't made in years but a classic. It's real quick and easy. Here's one place it is online. Then there were leftovers: mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe, and stewed zucchini, tomato, etc. We also had salad (iceberg, cucumber, radishes, orange bell pepper, bacon; soy-honey vinaigrette).
    3 points
  23. Today I made salmon chowder with some of the leftover fish from last night, incorporating the last of the fish stock from District Fishwife. (The vegetables: large Yukon Gold potato, celery, carrot, sliced garlic, and yellow onion.) I started early enough to get a consistent small dice on the vegetables. Finished the chowder with some South Mountain Creamery cream. To accompany, I made cheese toasts with the split ciabatta-esque rolls from Costco. I made a little honey mustard to spread on the bread and added several layers of very thinly sliced Jasper Hill Farm Eligo cheese (we still hav
    3 points
  24. Tonight will be sheet pan dinner. I am a big fan of these dinners. A big fan of serious eats I have many sheet pans and find these always work well. Roasted red cabbage and red onions with pork loin. All marinated beforehand with maple syrup, cider vinegar, EVOO and grain mustard.
    3 points
  25. Oh, I love artichokes. I eat them several times a year. Would eat them more often, but the boy does not like them steamed, only marinated. So when I eat them, he makes a shrimp orzo thing. (I don't do seafood. It balances well.) Actually, they are on the menu for this week. I may have to try that dipping sauce. I have all the ingredients (except my yogurt is regular, but I can strain it.) Mom would make artichokes for dinner a few times a year. She loves them, and views them as a treat. So we all, except my vegetable-hating brother, love them. So when we brought home boys she liked, she w
    3 points
  26. If you're living in Arlington Country, and are getting a vaccine, you're going to be amazed at how well-organized the process is. I had my first (Moderna) a couple days ago, and there must have been 100 people working at the community center - it's as well-organized as any guided tour I've ever taken. Thank you to all the workers, paid and volunteer - they could not have been any better. I mean that literally: There wasn't one thing I can think of that could have make the process any easier unless they sent a limousine to my doorstep.
    3 points
  27. I’m a little behind on reporting. Last week I brought down different kinds of sausages to grill with the neighbors and so this past week I used the leftovers. Leftover grilled bratwurst went into a pot of lentils with lots of onion, garlic, smoked paprika, thyme and Rosemary. Leftover grilled Italian sausage became a pasta sauce with the addition of leftover grilled peppers and onions. I put raw onion, garlic, and anchovy into the food processor to make a paste, and then cooked down the resulting paste a little bit before adding the leftover peppers and onions. The tomato component w
    2 points
  28. Nice weather, and it's Sunday. So, grill night! He started a little early today, in case of storms. But we have finished eating, and the storms are just arriving, so it wasn't as close as he was afraid of. Pork chops, rubbed with a spice mix. Ramps! Mushrooms. Brussels sprouts. (Note: DO NOT blanch these before grilling no matter what the recipe says. They were inedible.) And corn pudding (I made a MUCH smaller batch than the recipe expects.) Later, apple pie and creme fraiche ice cream. (Bi-Rite creamery recipe.)
    2 points
  29. Carrot muffin (from Souk) Chicken Yassa (NYT recipe) Punjabi turnips Leftover brown rice, peas, and squash
    2 points
  30. The first time I was on an airplane was 1972. Dad was working for Xerox, and they were transferring him to CA. So we all got on a plane. I was 7, and I was the oldest of 4. And it was paid for by Xerox. And they sent us first class. I have been spoiled ever since. The handouts were not peanuts. They were macadamias. First time I ever had those. (And the last for quite a while too. Expensive!) We all got little wing pins. And big seats. (That was also the first time I remember staying in a hotel. They put us up for a week until our furniture arrived. That was so cool. Except for having to share
    2 points
  31. Salad (romaine, cucumber, radishes, smoked chicken breast, bacon, blue or swiss cheese; ranch) Whole wheat pita and Cava hummus Leftover cream of root vegetable soup Leftover lamb Brown rice with sautéed yellow squash, scallions, and cremini mushrooms and leftover green peas with dill I cooked the rice in the InstantPot, toasting it on saute first, then adding chicken broth and turning on the pressure cooker. I mixed in all of the precooked vegetables after the pressure had released and let it sit on warm for a few minutes before serving.
    2 points
  32. Zorba takeout tonight. I had a masthia cocktail to start, and he had a gin and tonic. Sadly, there was no retsina tonight. So, from Zorba's - chickpea salad (hummus), eggplant salad (baba ganoush), mixed kebabs, sausage platter, and mini baklava. And it was good.
    2 points
  33. Re: the baseball: I was in the last group that had access to get tickets and my assigned time window coincided with my second vaccine shot. That was a logistical challenge😑. It was an embarrassment of riches to be sure, but I was amazed I was able to get any tickets at all. Tonight was also mostly leftovers but a couple new items from a Trader Joe's run today. First time I've set foot in a grocery store since my last TJ's trip in late October. Time is moving so quickly and so slowly at the same time it's dizzying. Whole wheat pita and Cava hummus Salad (romaine, cucumber, radishes,
    2 points
  34. We have cats. While we can generally keep them away from glasses while we are around, we had one cat who enjoyed getting into our bedside water. We have sport-style water bottles for the bedroom now. We had a dog-guest for fire pit night last week. He had broken into his person's grocery bag when she turned her back, and ate half a bar of dark chocolate before she could stop him. The vet said it was little enough that he didn't have to come in right away, and gave her instructions on what to watch for. So he had to be watched all night. He was pretty jittery. Also, didn't like fire. He se
    2 points
  35. The whole dinner sounds good, but every time I read something like this, I wonder if we should have an air fryer. Tonight was freezer enchiladas (Yep, still using down the freezer food). Pork, with beans, cheese, and tomatillo sauce. I need a new technique - lately the enchiladas have taken to cracking badly in the freezer. Also, salad. And chocoflan!
    2 points
  36. So sorry LauraB. I am sure Labs can get into just about anything. You did nothing wrong. We try our best with our fur babies. My kids do not get it that I go ballistic over small bottle tops left where the dogs can get them. You never know what our doggies will do. Hugs over doggie passed.
    2 points
  37. Salad (green leaf lettuce, Campari tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, marcona almonds; ranch) Air Fryer buttermilk fried chicken (leg quarters) Za’atar roasted cauliflower Leftover pilaf I marinated the chicken in buttermilk for several hours/all afternoon and then drained it and rolled in seasoned bread crumbs before putting the pieces into the air fryer. Came out great.
    2 points
  38. Due to some scheduling/logistics issues, the lamb that was supposed to be for last night was tonight. Last night was instead: Salad (romaine, shaved watermelon radish and cucumber, crumbled bacon; ranch) Sourdough bread and butter Turkey meatloaf topped with bacon and tomato glaze Asparagus with lemon aioli Leftover mashed potato casserole Tonight: Salad (romaine, Campari tomatoes, cucumber, cashews or blue cheese; ranch) Sourdough bread and butter Roasted cumin lamb sirloin Leftover green beans with French’s fried onions Leftover asparagus with lemon aioli
    2 points
  39. Woodlands Indian restaurant review: A vegetarian menu that deserves to be close to your heart - The Washington Post Oh no! this is tragic, this one really hurts. I love, love the buffet, the vibe was great -- people who didn't know each other saying hi, giving newbies tips on how to eat things, i I don't know why but it always felt a bit like a community center to me, and the food was so good. I think the ultimate compliment to the quality of the food is that one time we went to brunch the people sitting at the next table were relatives of mine from new jersey who had been returning back
    2 points
  40. Tonight we had turkey black bean chili, mushroom toasts, and leftover rice pilaf. It all went together very well. I used Bay's English muffins for the toasts, just put them in the toaster to crisp and then spread the creme fraiche on, no butter. For the mushrooms, I used about 18 oz. mixed white mushrooms, shiitakes, and one of those gourmet wild mushroom blends from the supermarket. I had my chili over the rice. My husband, the purist, ate them separately. He had three helpings of rice . I had two, albeit smaller, ones. We still have a fair amount left.
    2 points
  41. Off season, Rosenfeld's in OC doesn't open until 11am. I came by in the afternoon and mentioned we'd be eating the bagels I was ordering the next day for breakfast. The wonderful person behind the counter asked if I wanted the bagels "unbaked," which I guess meant they were parboiled but not finished in the oven. We popped four in the oven this morning at 350 for 10 minutes and were duly rewarded--just incredible. Excellent smoked salmon too.
    2 points
  42. Cold salad of leftover asparagus with caper sauce, egg, and sesame seeds; white balsamic Lemongrass and chicken dumplings on a bed of baby arugula with watermelon radish slices; soy dipping sauce Meatballs and bucatini with grated Parmesan Steamed broccoli We finally finished that one batch of asparagus. It was not that much but took forever to finish. I added a few splashes of white balsamic to rev it back up a little and accentuate it as a cold salad in this incarnation. The dumpling platter with the slices of enormous watermelon radish on top of the arugula looked very pretty. I
    2 points
  43. Tonight was tamale pie. We also had the last of the homemade cream of tomato soup; baby arugula topped with salmon patties, cherry tomatoes, toasted almonds, and dressed with white balsamic vinaigrette; and, leftover asparagus with lemon caper sauce, grated egg, and toasted sesame seed. Last night was a mishmash: Chicken nachos with jalapenos, guacamole, and salsa Leftover chicken wings Leftover salmon patties Leftover curried cauliflower and farro Spicy pesto potato brioche (souk) And for a rare dessert: S’mores croissant (Souk) The potato brioche was indeed spicy,
    2 points
  44. Last night: Leftover tomato soup Salmon and mashed potato patties on onion bagels*; lemon-caper sauce, red onion, pickles, lettuce, and tomato Sautéed rainbow chard with balsamic Steamed broccoli Tonight is almost all leftovers: Leftover salmon patties Leftover curried cauliflower and farro Simmered asparagus topped with grated hard-boiled eggs + leftover caper sauce Leftover au gratin potatoes with leftover Swiss chard *Onion bagels from Buffalo and Bergen. I prefer the ones at Bullfrog, but their pickup options complicate my life more than going to Call Your Mother,
    2 points
  45. My dog Skippy is always very interested in what I'm eating. I tried to explain to him that clam chowder is not dog food. He still begs with his eyes. He really likes the fried noodles that come with Chinese take-out soup. He's very good at cleaning his dog food bowl. He gets a handful of high quality kibble and 3.5 ounce serving of meat with each meal.
    2 points
  46. My Passover seder menu is coming together: So far already made herbed gefilte fish from the Gefilte Manifesto cookbook but with 2 TBs of added matzo meal (they say they leave it out of this one for a lighter texture, but when I made it that way in the past, it kind of fell apart) and 1 quart each of golden beet horseradish and carrot citrus horseradish relish from same cookbook. We also plan to make: -matzo ball chicken soup - hardboiled eggs, which in my wife's family tradition, you chop up some and serve with salt water in kind of a quasi-soup which get topped with crunch
    2 points
  47. Last night. Veal Saltimbocca from Serious Eats, Roasted Maitake Mushrooms, Sautéed Broccoli w/garlic. Very easy and tasty.
    2 points
  48. Tonight was salad (iceberg, radishes, Campari tomatoes, orange bell pepper, feta or blue); roasted salmon (s+p, lemon, evoo, mustard, sweet paprika) with mashed potatoes (sour cream, whole milk, butter, s+p); and, leftover roasted vegetables with tonnato. Satisfying meal, eaten to the accompaniment of Charlie and Dave calling the Nats game, which deteriorated as time went on.
    2 points
  49. Going to save this ^^^ meringue recipe. Thanks. I just got a Taste newsletter in my inbox that's all about meringues. This is the web link.
    2 points
  50. This is a pandemic recipe I've had my eye on at several different points. It went up on the Post site last May. Finally made it today for lunch: Spiced Bread Egg in a Hole. It would have come out better if I'd acquired the bread I was planning to use for it instead of using challah, which is what I had. How pandemicky🙃. It needs a sturdier bread, but it came out well enough I'll be making it again with a more appropriate backdrop. It was served with an InstantPot beef vegetable soup I put together from the last of some chuck I defrosted yesterday, excess broth and vegetables from last ni
    2 points


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