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Posted November 28, 2015on:
Okay, I’m a little late posting this. It’s been an interesting couple of days.
The Roomie and I had decided that this year we just didn’t have the spoons to do our usual Thanksgiving feast where anyone who knows us is welcome. She’s contemplating knee replacement surgery, and my sciatica prevents me standing long enough to do serious cooking. So we had pretty much decided to just feed ourselves and the Ex. Then I found out that a close friend had been ditched for the holiday by her significant other, so we invited her to join us. Somehow, we ended up with a feast anyway, and the fridge is now stuffed with leftovers (we did send a plate home to the Ex’s wife).
What we had was a 6 lb. turkey breast, roasted to perfection by the Roomie, and the dressing to go with it. She also made some broccoli, because we know the Ex likes it. My contributions were cheesy garlic/onion mashed potatoes, two kinds of cranberry relish (one from a recipe that Christine Lavin posted on Facebook that sounded interesting, and a dark cherry/cranberry relish that took longer to set than it should have, but was delicious), and some acorn squash stuffed with butter, cranberries, walnuts, and marmalade (see first picture), as well as mini Oreo cheesecakes for dessert. Friend made her fabulous spaghetti squash (nice and plain just seasoned with a little salt and fresh pepper), and the winner dessert of the night – a banana key lime pie that had the Roomie (our resident banana-averse person) going for seconds (see second picture)! The Ex helped with the Moving of the Furniture and the Setting Up of the Table, as well as the Reaching for Things from the High Shelves (he’s 6′ tall; I’m 5’4.5″ tall), both of which were essential. I even had homemade apple butter for hostess gifts for the Ex and the Friend!
The company was, of course, excellent! We started dinner around 4 pm, and were having our dessert and a bit of conversation by 7 pm.
Given that the Roomie and I didn’t do a huge feast, and didn’t do a lot of planning for this meal, it turned out wildly beyond our expectations.
Marc, Sue, Cindy and I were in the mood for something Polish last night. In fact, Marc had a yen for some white borscht and some bigos (hunter’s stew). Normally this would not be a problem, but our favorite Polish place in Greenpoint had closed a couple of months ago. So we looked on Yelp! and found a couple of places that sounded promising. We ended up at Krolewskie Jadlo, 694 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Phone: 718.383.8993).
(What Yelp! didn’t mention, btw, is that the Owner/Chef used to be the Chef at Nobu.)
We got parking right out front, which is a Good Thing. Te restaurant was not crowded, either. This was unusual, because when Marc and I had passed it on other occasions the lines were out the door and down the block. We got a booth right away and settled in and looked at the menu, which was varied, but not so much so as to give people menu paralysis. Looking up, we easily ascertained that the lighting was old school incandescent. Another plus was the sound level. We could hear each other with no difficulty.
The food was wonderful. Marc and I had white borscht, which came with a small side dish of mashed potatoes topped with diced kielbasa. His main dish was the bigos, which he found satisfying. I had a few appetizers, rather than a whole meal. I opted for the beef tartar (which came with an egg, capers, diced onion, diced mushrooms, and diced pickles; the stuffed mushrooms; and the bacon stuffed with plums. All were superb. Cindy had the stuffed cabbage, and a side order of pierogies, and Sue ordered the King’s potato pancakes and a crepe. Marc added a take out order of kielbasa and pierogies to bring to his wife. Prices are good and portions are generous.
In fact, the only downside to this place is that public transit to Greenpoint is not the greatest. Still, if you have a car or can go earlyish, it’s a great meal.
They apparently have a second location at 66-21 Fresh Pond Road, over in Ridgewood (Brooklyn/Queens border), but we have not tried it yet, although I won’t rule the possibility out at all, at all.
Marc, Sue, Cindy and I were in the mood for something Polish last night. In fact, Marc had a yen for some white borscht…