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  1. Hello! We are taking a 10 day trip to Seattle to visit friends this summer. We have a three-year-old, as do our friends, but we would love to eat some great food while we are out and about. Obviously, we don't want to disrupt other diners, so kid friendly places that are also tasty for adults would be great! We love all sorts of cuisine - pretty much any ethnicity, greasy dives, fresh and local, and fine dining (although we'll probably save our fine dining for our one child-free night out - open for suggestions on that, as well!). Can you point us to some ideas? We would also just love some fun and unique ideas, in general. Ice cream, donuts, little goodies like that. Cocktail places and something really special for our night out. Anything you enjoy that you would want to show your friends! In fact, our friends have just moved there, so being able to show them some awesome local options would really be wonderful. We've been to Seattle in the past and done Lark and Licorous - both wonderful! We had Top Pot donuts (which I insist we get again) and pho at a few places as well, as well as Lunchbox Laboratory, which was fun. We wanted to go to Matt's in the Market last time, but they were full, and Salumi, but they were closed. Are they still around, and would you still recommend them?
  2. ok, one more....what do you think of a spherical ice cube mold?
  3. Sorry - he also enjoys Bloody Marys for breakfast, and variations of that. I make a version with sriracha and seasoned rice vinegar that he enjoys, and a local restaurant makes one with soju that he likes as well.
  4. Hmm....he has all of the basic bar tools, and he has a Mr. Boston book, but other book ideas would be welcome! He is really into rye right now - cocktails with rye whiskey, even rye beer. Hmm...years ago we had a cocktail at Trio with Vya vermouth and a white port and some toasted thai long peppercorns, and I tracked down the ingredients for that and he loved it, but we haven't had anything like that in awhile. Maybe some quality vermouth? One cocktail he loves has rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, maybe grand marnier and lime... Does this help at all?
  5. Hello! I was hoping you could help me with some anniversary gift ideas for my husband. I have a budget of about $100 and I live in a state that is difficult to mail order alcohol to. I did manage to get some bitters: http://the-bitter-truth.com/bitter/bitters-travel-pack/ And I was thinking of getting a spherical ice cube mold... Any other ideas? Maybe some specialty glasses? In the past I have gotten port glasses and whiskey glasses, subscriptions to wine or beer of the month clubs from a local shop...once I managed to get some Vya vermouth shipped from a friend. Thanks!
  6. amccomb

    Coca-Cola Ham

    Alton Brown has a recipe using Dr. Pepper that I am planning to try this year...if I can sneak it past my husband who will scoff at the idea.
  7. SO! We are in Seattle for the weekend and have a babysitter Saturday night. We plan to go out with four friends (six altogether), but we have to walk, so the place needs to be in the Capitol Hill area. We are looking for a great slow food place or sushi place or something along those lines - money isn't really an issue. The big issue is that we need to eat early - at 5 or 6pm. We planned to go to Poppy, but they have nothing until 9pm. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!
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    Braising Catastrophe

    I am not an expert at all! But, I think 350 may have been too high for a braise. Also, what temp did you smoke at? Maybe the heat was too high while smoking...
  9. Why not, you know, a pie plate? Brush the bottom crust with egg white to seal it so it won't get soggy, maybe? I do this when I am in a hurry and only plan to tear off the meat for other dishes and then make stock... I second the puff pastry and the sherry! I really prefer the pie crust, but I never have time anymore. I have a new pie crust technique, though, so I may make a few batches and freeze it.
  10. Pear and Fig Strudel!! I must find a recipe and try this. MUST.
  11. Hello! My husband is heading to a conference in Cambridge this week and he was hoping to get some recommendations for great places to eat. He likes anything - cheap, fancy, ethnic, traditional - and any price range. Any recommendations near this area? University of Cambridge Downing Site, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EH St Catharine's College St Catharine's College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. CB2 1RL I'm sure bar or cocktail recommendations would also be appreciated! Thanks so much! Amanda
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    Dinner! 2010

    How do you make this?? It's one of my husband's favorite dishes.
  13. amccomb

    Dinner! 2010

    I really really need this recipe!
  14. Hello! My husband is going to spend a week at a conference in Boston, and was hoping for some decent restaurant recommendations. He was thinking breakfast, lunch, and bar locations somewhat close to the convention center, but they would be willing to venture further for good dinner options. Generally, they like to go to one really nice dinner - money no object - and the rest can vary. They love all kinds of food, so anything goes. Any suggestions?? Here is that address of the convention center. John B. Hynes Memorial Convention Center 900 Boylston Street Boston, Massachusetts, USA Thanks!! Amanda
  15. I had a friend that recently tried to make homemade pasta without a pasta maker and couldn't get it thin enough. I wish you luck, though! I've had this book on my wish list for awhile.
  16. Hello! Heading to a conference this weekend in San Diego and the hotel is in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Looking for yummy eats! Any suggestions? Nothing super fancy... Thanks!!
  17. I have to second stock. I just finished two gallons and it took no effort at all and it is world's above anything store bought.
  18. amccomb

    Sauce for Pork?

    I like a kind of chunky accompaniment with pork - a chutney with apples or apricots, an onion marmelade, etc. I really like this sauce. I made it for Christmas several years ago and people still talk about it.
  19. I like to add a tiny pinch of salt and a bit of vanilla. My husband likes it when I stir in a big spoonful of peanut butter.
  20. amccomb

    Brown butter

    So, you don't use the solids? Or they have other applications? If so, what do you use them for?
  21. I have a list of desserts and jams I would like to make containing red currants, but I have been unable to find fresh red currants locally. Does anyone know where I could order fresh or frozen red currants? I've Googled, but found nothing.
  22. These are actually the ones I buy - but I just ordered a jar from the other site to compare!
  23. I have no idea how to make them, but I love them, too! I've added them to ice cream, brownies, clafouti...and I have another jar ready to use. I would love to decipher the recipe as well!
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