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  1. We'll be in Philly this weekend and I'm looking for restaurant/lounge that has speciality cocktails. Some place comparable to PX in Washington DC, PDT in New York, and the Drawing Room in Chicago. Thanks
  2. I'm helping plan a bridal shower for a good friend who lives in Philly. The shower will be on a Saturday afternoon in September, and there should only be 15-20 ladies at this bridal shower. I'm looking for a fun, modern space with good food and drinks. So far, I've contacted people at Swanky Bubbles, Bistro St. Tropez, and Rae Restaurant. Any other suggestions would be great as I'm trying to avoid going with the other option (preferred by the other bridesmaids) - a room at a hotel with hotel catering. I know there are a ton of cool places in Philly, but I'm at a loss as to where to find t
  3. I made cupcakes on Monday. I used the all-occasion yellow cake recipe from the Gourmet cookbook for the cupcakes.
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    Kraft Dinner

    That's I how eat it too. And if I have canned tuna, I'll add that into the mix. It's my favorite "I don't feel like cooking but need to eat" meal.
  5. I'm making a cashew coconut tart with a chocolate crust and my sister's making a pumpkin cheesecake and a caramel apple tart.
  6. txaggie

    Dinner! 2005

    Dinner on Sunday was seared hangar steak and roasted vegetables (parsnips, turnips, butternut squash, fennel, and brussel sprouts).
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    Dinner! 2005

    Dinner last night was a white bean soup and squid salad. Both recipes were quick, easy, tasty, and from Cooking Light. Dessert was sliced figs with a strawberry-basil puree and almond brittle. Awesome!
  8. A peanut butter and banana smoothie which hit the spot after this morning's run
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    Dinner! 2005

    I made a long overdue birthday dinner for my boyfriend on Saturday night. The first course was caramelized apples and gruyere on wild rice-walnut-orange bread. The recipe was from the Golden Door Cooks Light and Easy. The main course was pepita crusted salmon with a shrimp ragout from the Kinkead's cookbook. A cheese plate was next. A couple of cheddars, gruyere, and a blue cheese. And dessert was blueberry white chocolate cheesecakes from from Alice Medrich's A Year in Chocolate. Sorry, bad picture - too bright. We shared a bottle of Cotes du Rhone which went well with the salmon
  10. I like Il Pizzico in Rockville. The same family also owns Spezie in DC. Il Pizzico is casual, moderately priced, and offers a variety of dishes to please any palette. The prosciutto and mozzarella appetizer is one of my favorites.
  11. I posted the CI Blueberry Buckle recipe in the Recipe Gullet.
  12. CI Blueberry Buckle Serves 8. This blueberry buckle is a coffee cake with a streusel topping. Use fresh blueberries when making the buckle. Frozen blueberries are too moist. Makes one 9-inch cake Streusel 1/2 c AP flour 1/2 c packed light brown sugar 2 T granulated sugar 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon pinch table salt 4 T unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces, softened but still cool Cake 1-1/2 c AP flour 1-1/2 tsp baking powder 10 T unsalted butter, softened but still cool 2/3 c granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 large eggs, room tem
  13. CI Blueberry Buckle Serves 8. This blueberry buckle is a coffee cake with a streusel topping. Use fresh blueberries when making the buckle. Frozen blueberries are too moist. Makes one 9-inch cake Streusel 1/2 c AP flour 1/2 c packed light brown sugar 2 T granulated sugar 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon pinch table salt 4 T unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces, softened but still cool Cake 1-1/2 c AP flour 1-1/2 tsp baking powder 10 T unsalted butter, softened but still cool 2/3 c granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 large eggs, room tem
  14. Monday's breakfast was blueberry buckle (Cook's Illustrated recipe) using blueberries that we picked Sunday afternoon. Tuesday's breakfast was leftover buckle!
  15. Try Cook's Illustrated's recipes for blueberry muffins and blueberry buckle. Both are very good with the buckle recipe being the better of the two. We made the muffins on sunday morning with some store-bought blueberries. We picked blueberries on sunday afternoon and made the CI blueberry buckle recipe for breakfast on Monday. It's fabulous!
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