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  1. Baking in Turbochef oven

    I don't think this is very doable.
  2. Just hearing of a few places that might be of interest. Apparently Corning has some cash only spot upstairs somewhere that is really awesome Japanese I think ? The spot where the Willows was in Fall Creek in Ithaca has a new place that sounds great. I don't recall the name off hand.
  3. As for my suggestions, it appears I was cursing everything I mentioned. The East Shore Cafe closed just recently and the Corn Moon Dinner had to cancel due to lack of support!
  4. Carmelo's in Lewiston, NY isn't too far from Niagara Falls, USA. I second Schwabl's, also around these parts we just call them wings, maybe "hot" wings. The New York Wine and Culinary Center is always getting press, especially for the foodie camps the CIA runs. I would check that out for sure. I like Dano's but could understand how it wouldn't blow anyone's socks off. It's a lower key that what he was doing before in Ithaca, or so I have heard, but it's fresh and good eats. I lived out in the Corning area 10 years ago, and I don't know anyplace that's a must, but I'm sure there must be now. The Central in Painted Post used to do a good business though, and Sit n' Bull across the way as well, but that's a bar. The best meals I had were at the now defunct veggie place on Market St., Melissa's or something like that. Lots of traps, I would avoid it all if given the chance. I'm not sure about Ithaca excepting, of course, the farmer's market and all it's vendors. I know the East Shore Cafe in Lansing is solid though, and, on the other side of the lake, Trumansburg looks like it was coming along nicely a couple years ago. I liked that place Rosalie's in Skaneateles, and the Mirabeau Spa next door is supposedly decent. If you are going to be anywhere near the southwestern part of the state on the 13th of August, check this out, plus they could use the support Corn Moon Dinner.
  5. Great show. I liked the format you use, and was happy that you gave us two shows. Keep them coming. Planet Green rocks!
  6. I have always tried to do this when making kappa maki. It's probably harder to do with my chef's knife, someday I will get it though! Not being Japanese, I really find the usefulness of these two knives sort of limited, and I'm not convinced I need to have this knife to do this.
  7. Rochester, NY

    Man, good choice, btw looks like plenty of food for me even thought it's partially eaten.
  8. Top Chef Season 5

    On the Casey subject, it's too bad Stefan chose the wolf boy, I think they're too much alike, if he was smarter he would have chosen Casey. I was listening to this author talk about neuroscientist's research which boiled down states: when making decisions there is only so much the brain takes into consideration because it's mostly done in a small area of the brain with limited processing power, that's why I would have chosen her for Stefan not because she's a better cook than Marcel, she's would have provided him with some perspective. It also hurt him being all agitated at Hosea, Carla should have ridden that tidal wave to a sure victory.
  9. Ok, so hopefully this will be me replying to someone else next year.
  10. I still have my sights set on the 30" Bluestar drop in cooktop, which is really the only thing I could do without losing serious amounts of storage. I thought about induction for a minute, but am afraid I'll beat it up and it won't look good someday. I'll keep my electric while I scheme a way to get my hands on a couple G's in this economy, reality TV, anybody, porn?
  11. Valentine's Day Dinner

    I swear I posted again earlier, somehow it got lost in the merge. Some hits and misses, the fresh ham hock had the wife a little upset, I wasn't thrilled with it (as was expecting something better to happen to the skin after braising then roasting), I should have done some more research on batatas, though it was a passable mash, and next time I'll remember to make a chocolate dessert! I made a good soup with lobster, tomatoes, water chestnuts, carrots, that was the star, the octopus turned out pretty well too. I also made a decent creme from the budda's hand, some lime juice and a basic creme recipe minus the vanilla.
  12. Valentine's Day Dinner

    Went to the grocery store and spent $120 last night. I live in a really backwards place, but our store has moved on past our collective consciousness and is stocking some neat stuff, most of which sits and gets moldy/expired, I managed to rescue a couple of things on the verge of going bad: a budda hand, fresh ham hocks, fresh water chestnuts, lemongrass (yeah, I know, where is this, you say), batatas, mirin, octopus. I am making dinner with the results, a plan is on the verge of forming, I have the hocks in the griswold stuffed inside some chipotle and garlic, on some onions and shallots. A tart dough. Some lobster/shrimp butter. Anybody interested in sharing their plans for cooking with/for their honeys?
  13. Rochester, NY

    Thanks for the prompt reply, unfortunately today was the day, and fortunately we decided to go to Chen Garden because of all the great food porn on this thread. We were very pleased with them, 10 min wait, great service even though they looked very busy with both bar, sit down, and take out. Good solid Chinese. Passed by a couple other primo spots on this tread, logged them in the mind for future forays. Thanks again.
  14. Rochester, NY

    We're going to a show at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre and looking for a place to go for dinner, any suggestions besides DinoBBQ, ethnic especially, not looking to spend a lot, just some really great food.
  15. If anyone is interested in trying someplace new, I would like to suggest East Shore Cafe on East Shore Dr. in Lansing, NY. I know these folks, and I am confident they will be successful with the Lansing clientele. No pretension, just good homemade food.