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Jim Leff | Feb 18, 2005 01:24 PM

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ChowNews New York Tristate #163
February 18, 2005


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IN THIS ISSUE:

Manhattan

*Last Call at First; and Other News
*New Indian Vegetarian at Sukhadia's
*Tebaya: Chicken Wings Nagoya-Style
*Caribbean with Soul at Orchid
*The Best Fried Oysters in Town
*Winning Sandwiches at Crosby Connection
*Omen Revisited: Kyoto by Way of Soho
*Teodora Revisited: Italian Comforts

Outer Boroughs and Beyond

*Fonda Coyoacan to Close; and Other News
*N'awlins Style at Stan's Place
*New Latin American Chow from Angie's Kitchen
*JJ's Fusion Kitchen: East-West in Astoria
*Mexican and More in New Rochelle
*Pub Plus Grub Around Westchester
*Punjabi Tandoor Revisited: Long Island Indian Update

And, in General Topics ChowNews...

*C2 Coke
*Wine and Chocolate
*Salty and Steamy
*Korean Banchan
*Salty Sipping
*Shucking Made Easy
*Fresh Ham
*Adding Moisture to Baked Goods
*Risotto Rice
*Mamenori
*Freezing Yogurt

Comments/corrections to nyceditor@chowhound.com

HOT TIP: Long Island's Fonda Coyoacan, which is serving some of the best Mexican food around, will close in the next month or so. They say they'll reopen in larger digs, but you never know - so for lovers of Mexican food, a trip to Huntington may be in order. See FONDA COYOACAN TO CLOSE; AND OTHER NEWS, below.


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MANHATTAN


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LAST CALL AT FIRST; AND OTHER NEWS

First [East Village]
87 1st Ave, between 5th and 6th Sts
Manhattan, NY
212-674-3823
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Le Madri [Chelsea]
168 W 18th St
Manhattan, NY
212-727-8022
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...
Amazon Locater:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/yp/B00035BQTQ

First (see also ChowNews #109), which won fans with inventive appetizers and a lively bar scene, has shut its doors. Chef-owner Sam DeMarco reportedly wanted to concentrate on his new West Village place, Movido.

Le Madri, the 16-year-old Chelsea trattoria owned by Pino Luongo (Centolire, Coco Pazzo, Tuscan Square), has also closed, having lost its lease.

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NEW INDIAN VEGETARIAN AT SUKHADIA'S

Sukhadia's [Rockefeller Center]
17 W 45th St, between 5th and 6th Aves
Manhattan, NY
212-395-7300
http://www.sukhadia.com
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Sukhadia's [Middlesex County]
1507 Oak Tree Road
Iselin, NJ 08830
732-548-1888
http://www.sukhadia.com
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Sukhadia's [Middlesex County]
1677 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820
732-205-0015
http://www.sukhadia.com
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Sukhadia's, open since fall on 45th Street, makes top-notch Indian veg, says *david sprague*, who places its by-the-pound buffet among the best deals in the neighborhood. The buffet is pan-Indian, but Sukhadia's also makes specialties from Gujarat (where the company was founded more than a century ago) such as undhiu (a vegetable-dal stew) and dhokla (steamed ground-dal cakes).

A chat station serves up snackish dishes such as kachori chat, a hollow fried-dal patty heaped with chickpeas, yogurt, sev, cilantro, chutneys, and sauces. "It looks out of control as the guy piles on all this stuff," says *squid-kun*, "but the result is an amazing variety of bright flavors." The front counter offers halwas, burfis, ladoos and other sweets.

Consistency seems a problem, however. *David Feldman* reports a disappointing Sunday afternoon lunch of tasteless vegetable dishes and overly sweet bhel puri and samosa chat.

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TEBAYA: CHICKEN WINGS NAGOYA-STYLE

Tebaya [Chelsea]
144 W 19th St, between 6th and 7th Aves
Manhattan, NY
212-924-3335
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Nagoya is the Buffalo of Japan, being nationally famous for its fried chicken wings. Now a fellow from Nagoya has opened a little wing shop in Chelsea called Tebaya. Don't expect Buffalo-level spicing - Nagoya wings are relatively mild, seasoned with soy sauce and black pepper, and garnished with sesame seeds. But they're delicious, reports *squid-kun*, who faults only tough, flavorless potemochi (fried potato balls) and the store's sterile fast-food vibe. Also on the menu: chicken kushikatsu (fried skewers), chicken cutlet sandwiches, teriyaki chicken burgers, a daily soup, and pre-made tofu or soba salads.

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CARIBBEAN WITH SOUL AT ORCHID

Orchid [Clinton]
675 9th Ave, between 46th and 47th Sts
Manhattan, NY
212-582-9742
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Home-style Caribbean and soul food are cooking at Orchid, which opened this month in Hell's Kitchen. Early favorites include curry chicken roti (known here as "wraps"), sweet house-made lemonade, and stew chicken with vegetable rice and green split pea sauce, made by co-owner Anesha, an Indian from Trinidad, reports *Ora*. Her husband cooks the soul food; no word yet on those dishes.

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THE BEST FRIED OYSTERS IN TOWN

Pearl Oyster Bar [Greenwich Village]
18 Cornelia St
Manhattan, NY
212-691-8211
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...
Amazon Locater:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/yp/B00033TK4G

Blue Ribbon Brasserie [Soho]
97 Sullivan St, between Prince and Spring
Manhattan, NY
212-274-0404
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...
Amazon Locater:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/yp/B00035H4K6

Jacques-Imo's Cafe [Upper West Side]
366 Columbus Ave, at 77th St
Manhattan, NY
212-799-0150
http://www.jacquesimoscafe.com
Locater:
http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile...

Craftbar [Gramercy]
47 E 19th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
Manhattan, NY
212-780-0880
Locater:
http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile...

Pearl Oyster Bar (see also ChowNews #109, #114-115, #161) has pretty much perfected the fried oyster. It's "impossibly light, impeccably fresh, toothsome, large, crunchy yet juicy inside," rhapsodizes *bigjeff*, and comes with superior house-made tartar sauce - a light creamy mayonnaise enlivened with capers and chopped pickle. "I'd hate to even call it tartar sauce for fear of lumping it in with the typical mayonnaise/relish goop," he adds.

Blue Ribbon (see also ChowNews #141) also knows how to fry oysters. *big o* admires their size and flavor as well as their presentation, served in the shells with creamed spinach.

Also recommended for fried oysters: Jacques-Imo's (see also ChowNews #113) and Craftbar (see also ChowNews #105, #118, #139, #147, #154).

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WINNING SANDWICHES AT CROSBY CONNECTION

Crosby Connection [Noho]
172 Crosby St, at Bleecker
Manhattan, NY
212-677-8444
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...
Amazon Locater:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/yp/B0003654FW

The Crosby Connection, small as a closet, has won a big following for huge, cheap sandwiches and a neighborly vibe. "Hands-down the most spectacular, fresh, delicious sandwiches in Manhattan," raves *Lg*. Typical offerings: the Crosby Special (meatballs, ricotta, and mozzarella with tomato sauce), the Italian Stallion (cappicola, salami, provolone, roasted peppers), the Mozzie (mozzarella, roasted peppers, tomatoes).

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OMEN REVISITED: KYOTO BY WAY OF SOHO

Omen Restaurant [Soho]
113 Thompson St, between Prince and Spring
Manhattan, NY
212-925-8923
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...
Amazon Locater:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/yp/B00034Q76O

Omen (see also ChowNews #119) serves refined, authentic Japanese food in a dark, serene room in Soho. It's the two-decade-old New York outpost of a Kyoto noodle house, and the signature dish is omen noodles: udon and vegetables in broth, cooked in an iron pot. Sashimi, tempura, and grilled chicken with sansho pepper are other good bets, as is the seasonal dinner, a multi-course meal for around $50.

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TEODORA REVISITED: ITALIAN COMFORTS

Teodora [Midtown East]
141 E 57th St, between Lexington and 3rd Aves
Manhattan, NY
212-826-7101
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...
Amazon Locater:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/yp/B000359Z9O

The rich, comforting foods of Emilia-Romagna are the specialty at Teodora, opened in 1997 by Giancarlo Quadalti (who has since launched Bianca and Celeste). Lasagna, tagliatelle alla bolognese, and lobster, crab, and shrimp ragout over tagliolini are standouts. Other highlights: dumplings (of breadcrumbs and Parmesan) in chicken broth, roast veal with mushrooms, and piadina romagnola (griddled flat bread topped with meats or broccoli rabe)

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OUTER BOROUGHS AND BEYOND


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FONDA COYOACAN TO CLOSE; AND OTHER NEWS

Fonda Coyoacan [Suffolk County]
1026 New York Ave
Huntington Station, NY
631-547-7259
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

A Table [Fort Greene]
171 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-935-9121
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Sam's [Cobble Hill]
a.k.a. Sammy's Brooklyn
391 Henry St, between Congress and Warren
Brooklyn, NY
718-625-8150
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Bad news for lovers of homey, authentic Mexican food: Huntington's Fonda Coyoacan (see also ChowNews #123, #141, #143, #158) will close in the next month or so. The owners are hunting for a larger location, but there's no guarantee they'll retain their cooks through the transition, so you might want to drop in soon to sample what *Jim Leff* says may be the best Mexican food in the tristate region (opt for the very interesting daily specials).

In other news, A Table, the Fort Greene bistro, has closed. So, apparently, has Sam's (see also ChowNews #101), whose Cobble Hill building is being sold.

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N'AWLINS STYLE AT STAN'S PLACE

Stan's Place [•]
411 Atlantic Ave, at Bond St
Brooklyn, NY
718-596-3110
Locater:
http://brooklyn.citysearch.com/profil...

Stan's Place, which opened last month in Boerum Hill, serves a crowd-pleasing New Orleans-inspired breakfast and brunch. Po' boy sandwiches, light and flavorful shrimp frittata, and coffee and chicory au lait are early favorites. "Food is fresh and well prepared - not culinary genius, but good comfort food," reports *lata*.

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NEW LATIN AMERICAN CHOW FROM ANGIE'S KITCHEN

Angie's Kitchen [Woodside]
41-46 54th St, between 41st and Roosevelt Aves
Woodside, Queens, NY 11377
718-779-8626
http://www.angieskitchen.com
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Newly opened Angie's Kitchen serves contemporary American food with Latin accents, but so far hounds have been most excited by brunch. Hits include berry French toast and blueberry pancakes. Chef-owner Angel Hernandez (who cooked at Town, among other places) has also been making friends by passing out free samples of treats like Belgian waffle with warm banana sauce, reports *Hungry Kitchen*.

Just scant word about dinner so far - *BobB* reports an enjoyable meal and says the kitchen has a deft hand with herbs. The menu includes pastas, seafood, steaks, and salads, four kinds of ceviche, chicken in mole poblano, and garlic shrimp with fried plantains and coconut rice.

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JJ'S FUSION KITCHEN: EAST-WEST IN ASTORIA

JJ's Fusion Kitchen and Sushi Bar [Astoria]
37-05 31st Ave
Astoria, Queens, NY
718-626-8888
http://www.myjjs.com
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

JJ's (see also ChowNews #148) has won a following with tasty, inventive East-West dishes in a neighborhood short on good Asian options. "The dishes are creative, the atmosphere is warm - it's fusion that's not taken too far," says *kellyc96*, who enjoys hoisin chicken, potato spring roll, and spicy mussels with noodles in tomato-basil sauce.

Crispy duck salad, pork gyoza, and sushi rolls like the Volcano (shrimp tempura, mango, spicy salmon) are also recommended.

Others complain of too many fried dishes [sic] and unexpected, unwelcome flavors. "Definitely above average for the neighborhood. I always get the feeling, though, that everything has something wrong with it," says *babar ganesh*.

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MEXICAN AND MORE IN NEW ROCHELLE

El Michoacano [Westchester County]
formerly Taco Loco II
485 Main St
New Rochelle, NY
914-654-9315
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Little Mexican Cafe [Westchester County]
581 Main St
New Rochelle, NY
914-636-3926
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Coromandel Cuisine of India [Westchester County]
30 Division St
New Rochelle, NY
914-235-8390
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

McMenamin's Grill [Westchester County]
115 Cedar St
New Rochelle, NY
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Mamma Francesca Trattoria [Westchester County]
414 Pelham Rd
New Rochelle, NY
914-636-1229
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Bastone's Italian Grill [Westchester County]
1 North Ave, at Pelham Rd
New Rochelle, NY
914-636-6611
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

New Rochelle's growing Mexican community has had a welcome influence on the downtown restaurant scene, where El Michoacano (see also ChowNews #118) is an outstanding choice for tacos, soups, and main courses. "I absolutely love this little place," sighs *Pat Hammond*.

Little Mexican Cafe (see also ChowNews #118) is another good bet. Guacamole made to order is especially good.

There's decent Indian food nearby, too, at Coromandel, says *newro food*.

Others recommend McMenamin's Grill, Mamma Francesca, and Bastone's.

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PUB PLUS GRUB AROUND WESTCHESTER

Blazer Pub [Westchester County]
Route 22 N
Purdys, NY
914-277-4424
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Lazy Boy Saloon [Westchester County]
154 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY
914-761-0272
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Rory Dolan's Restaurant and Bar [Westchester County]
890 McLean Ave
Yonkers, NY
914-776-2946
http://www.rorydolans.com
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

The James Caird Bar and Restaurant [Westchester County]
25 Cedar St
Dobbs Ferry, NY
914-674-0706
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Piper's Kilt [Westchester County]
433 White Plains Rd
Eastchester, NY
914-961-9815
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Piper's Kilt [Inwood]
4944 Broadway, near 207th St
Manhattan, NY
212-569-7071
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Piper's Kilt [Bronx]
170 W 231st St
Bronx, NY 10463
718-548-9539
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Candlelight Inn [Westchester County]
519 Central Park Ave
Scarsdale, NY
914-472-9706
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Finn McCool's [Westchester County]
106 Westchester Ave
White Plains, NY
914-428-0109
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Horsefeathers [Westchester County]
94 N Broadway
Tarrytown, NY
914-631-6606
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

Blazer Pub (see also ChowNews #156-157) in Purdys ranks high for Westchester pub grub. Hamburgers are exceptional, and chicken wings and steak fries are quite good, too, says *jon*.

White Plains' Lazy Boy Saloon also has its fans, for burgers, wings, salads, and a wide choice of beers (though some complain that the less popular brews are often over the hill).

At Rory Dolan's in Yonkers, mussels, fresh fish, shepherd's pie, and chicken pot pie are good bets, says *marge*.

And the James Caird in Dobbs Ferry shows signs of evolving from an Irish pub with decent bar chow into a worthy restaurant where you can also get a great pint of Guinness, reports *zoey*.

Also good: Piper's Kilt (see also ChowNews #156-157), especially for burgers, Candlelight Inn (see also ChowNews #156-157), Finn McCool's, and Horsefeathers.

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PUNJABI TANDOOR REVISITED: LONG ISLAND INDIAN UPDATE

Punjabi Tandoor [Nassau County]
470 S Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801
516-935-2550
http://www.punjabitandoorinc.com
Map:
http://www.punjabitandoorinc.com/4056...

Indian Taj [Suffolk County]
127 E Montauk Hwy
Lindenhurst, NY
631-225-2600
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Indian Taj [Greenwich Village]
181 Bleecker St, between MacDougal and Sullivan
Manhattan, NY
212-982-0810
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Indian Taj [Jackson Heights]
37-25 74th St
Jackson Heights, Queens, NY
718-651-4187
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Jewel of India Restaurant [Nassau County]
347 Jericho Tpke
Syosset, NY
516-677-9898
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Curry Club [Suffolk County]
766 Route 25A
East Setauket, NY 11733
631-751-4845
Locater:
http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

Punjabi Tandoor in Hicksville, already celebrated for its northern Indian dishes, is on a roll. Chicken tikka masala, a standout in the past, is now off the charts, reports *Paul Trapani*. Chickpeas with potato, an off-menu item, is also outstanding, as are garlic nan and lacha paratha. Just remember to order everything spicy or very spicy.

And those who think they don't like Indian desserts may be in for a surprise. Gulab jamun, too often heavy-handed and cloyingly sweet at other restaurants, is light and nuanced here, with notes of cardamom and other spices. "This version will make you rethink the whole genre of Indian desserts," says Paul, who says their ras malai is also worth a try.

Quick takes on Indian food elsewhere on Long Island: newcomer Indian Taj in Lindenhurst (which has sister restaurants in Jackson Heights and Manhattan) serves decent kebabs and a promising, if inconsistent, lunch buffet - but it's pricier than Punjabi Tandoor and a step below in deliciousness. Jewel of India in Syosset lays out a nice buffet, but you need to arrive early to get fresh stuff. And out in East Setauket, Curry Club (see also ChowNews #131) makes tasty chicken tikka and meat samosas but (go figure!) mediocre curries.

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GENERAL TOPICS CHOWNEWS!

(comments/corrections to generaleditor@chowhound.com)


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C2 COKE

Coca Cola's newest beverage is called C2. It's billed as having "1/2 the Carbs. 1/2 the Cals. All the great Taste."

*Devon*, a Coke lover, concedes that it tastes more like Coke than like Diet Coke, but there's a certain spiciness missing.

C2 is not a "diet" soda. It does have sugar...just less than the regular Coke. Still, it's probably not the best choice for diabetics or those few still on strict low-carb diets.

More on C2 at: http://www.cokec2.com/pages/index.jsp

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WINE AND CHOCOLATE

The San Francisco Chocolate Factory makes a line of "Chocolate for Wine Lovers" meant to be paired with specific varieties of wine. *Jamie* tried them all, and reports that the chocolate, while not spectacular, went well with the intended wines.

Order the collection (for about $40) at:
http://www.sfchocolate.com/Product.as...

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SALTY AND STEAMY

*MSPD* has discovered that salting the water beneath a vegetable steamer will infuse the vegetables with just enough salty seasoning. You can add other herbs and spices to the water with the same result.

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KOREAN BANCHAN

Banchan are small side dishes served with Korean meals containing bite-sized servings of things like kimchi, vegetables, and dried fish. It's customary to eat the highly spiced and salted ones with rice. Restaurants typically bring the banchan first, and you can start eating from them directly, or if sharing, take a portion for your plate. It's fine to eat banchan throughout the meal - just ask for more if you run out.

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SALTY SIPPING

To salt the rim of a margarita glass, moisten the rim by rubbing it with a wedge of lime, and then dip in kosher salt. Gently shake off any excess salt. Important: you must let it dry before filling.

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SHUCKING MADE EASY

*coll* has discovered that a 10-second zap in the microwave for one or two clams, will relax them so they can be easily opened. Oysters will take a bit longer, depending on size. Nuke really big ones one at a time, checking after 15 seconds to see if they've opened enough to insert a oyster knife. If not, zap for another 15 seconds. You can microwave smaller oysters two at a time, and they should relax after 15 seconds. Do them in batches, opening up the zapped ones while others are zapping.

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FRESH HAM

Fresh ham is like a huge pork roast, only better due to the skin and lots of fat. It's uncured, and comes from the hind leg. The full leg can weigh 15-20 pounds and is usually sold in two halves: the sirloin/rump (the upper part) and a shank (the lower part).

*Rudeboy*'s cooking technique uses a rub of coarse black pepper, kosher salt, and rosemary. You score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern, and rub the mixture into it well. Bake a 10-lb. ham for 5 hours at 325 degrees on a bed of celery and carrots (whiz them later in a food processor with some of the defatted drippings to use as a base for horseradish sauce). The cracklings from the crisp skin are delicious.

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ADDING MOISTURE TO BAKED GOODS

Applesauce or chopped dried apricots stirred into cookie or cake batter add moistness to the finished product.

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RISOTTO RICE

Rice is classified by size: long, medium, and short grain - and the shorter the grain, the starchier the rice. Shorter-grained rice is used for creamy Italian risotto, and varieties available in the US include Arborio, Carnaroli, and Vialone Nano. Arborio will yield a somewhat stiffer risotto.

*Carb Lover* considers Vialone Nano rice well worth the premium price if you want perfect creamy and nutty, risotto. *Jen Kalb* agrees, and quotes Faith Willinger, from her book "Red, White and Greens": "Arborio from the supermarket will never yield the spectacular results of superior Carnaroli or Vialone Nano rice."

Vialone Nano can be ordered at:
http://www.levillage.com/Detail.bok?s...

Order "Red, White and Greens" by Faith Willinger, at:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/...

Risotto for one:
http://www.recipelink.com/ch/2001/nov...

Read more about risotto rices at:
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...

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MAMENORI

For wrapping sushi rolls, try mamenori, instead of nori. It's made from soybeans, and comes in various colors.

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FREEZING YOGURT

Freezing yogurt will do it no harm; just stir after it's thawed. Whole milk (full fat) yogurt seems to freeze best.

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