javaandjazz's Profile

Title Last Reply

Walmart Kills another Local Business

Thanks Bagelman and SteveSCT. I'll keep those places in mind and try Lao again and Hong Kong.

May 22, 2014
javaandjazz in Southern New England

Walmart Kills another Local Business

I recently tried Hunan Pan in Shelton and it was mostly awful. Their fried rice is not sauteed in a wok at all in my opinion. It's gummy and dry and has no flavor whatsoever! The beef with broccoli was not bad but "where's the beef"? There was hardly any. The dipping sauce they give you with the steamed dumplings is very plain. I will not being going back here. Has anyone found out if the owners of Fortune Pavilion are reopening somewhere else? Where else can I go for takeout. One of my friends used to frequent Lao Szechuan in Milford but he ever said that's not as good anymore. Id I do order beef with broccoli elsewhere can I ask for more beef and say I am willing to pay more? I live in Ansonia and keep wondering where I am going to find decent chinese takeaway or dine in anymore?

May 22, 2014
javaandjazz in Southern New England

Chocolatey Chocolate Cake Tips/Recipe Suggestions

The Hershey's cake is excellent and I have baked it and froze it ahead like you want too. That cake is my go to chocolate cake and I have had many requests over the years from family and friends and coworkers for it.

May 08, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Alternative to 10" All-Clad skillet?

Apr 18, 2014
javaandjazz in Cookware

Alternative to 10" All-Clad skillet?

Why not buy a second from cookware and more. All of my all clad are seconds and are fine.

Apr 18, 2014
javaandjazz in Cookware

Which one of these ricotta cheesecakes looks better

Thanks but now I am thinking about doing half cream cheese and half ricotta because ricotta can be grainy. From what I am reading, I should drain the ricotta overnight in cheesecloth.

Apr 16, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Which one of these ricotta cheesecakes looks better

Thanks,
I like the one with cream too.

Apr 15, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Which one of these ricotta cheesecakes looks better

I've never made a ricotta cheesecake before so this Easter I'm going to give it a try. These recipes have come across my facebook page and I'd like to try one. I'm not concerned about the crust so much, just the fillings. One has more eggs and no cream and the other has less eggs and cream. Thanks for your opinions!

Recipe 1
Crust
1 1/2 cups (325 mL) graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (60 mL) butter, melted

Filling
3 tubs (475 g/each) Tre Stelle® Extra Smooth Ricotta Cheese
1 1/2 cups (325 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) all purpose flour
1 tbsp (15 mL) vanilla extract
2 tsp (10 mL) freshly grated orange peel
7 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup (75 mL) miniature chocolate chips
candied orange slices or shelled pistachios for garnish if desired
Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC).

Wrap all sides and bottom of a 9” spring form pan securely with a double layer thickness of aluminum foil. Combine all of the crust ingredients together and press evenly across the bottom and 1/2” up the sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes; allow to cool before filling.

In a large bowl beat Ricotta Cheese and granulated sugar until smooth. Beat in flour, vanilla and orange peel. Add beaten eggs one at a time and blend on low speed only until incorporated (do not over mix). Carefully pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place in a large baking pan and add 1” of hot water to the pan.

Bake for 75 minutes or until centre is almost set. Carefully remove pan from oven and lift out spring form pan and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove aluminum foil; run a sharp knife around edge of pan to loosen; allow to cool an additional hour and remove side of pan. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with candied oranges or pistachios if desired.

Recipe 2
Ingredients

7 oz pkg cannoli shells
3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
2 tablespoons sugar
4 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
5 large eggs
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Confectionery sugar for sprinkling

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment. Crush canolli shells in a food processor, add butter and 2 tablespoons sugar and continue to pulse until med-fine crumbs. Press crumbs firmly onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool.
Beat ricotta cheese, remaining sugar and flour in bowl of electric mixer on medium until well blended. Add whipping cream, vanilla and zest; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing just until blended after each addition. Pour over crust.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, then sprinkle top with the chocolate chips delicately, pressing chips in lightly. Continue to bake 10 more minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake. Cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or more. Before serving sprinkle with confectionery sugar. Top with whipped cream if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator, serves 10.

Apr 15, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Chicken and broccoli stir fry question, rice wine

Thanks

Apr 13, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Dinner and live jazz in Jersey City?

We ended up going into Manhattan and seeing Jane Monheit at Birdland. Thanks.

Apr 13, 2014
javaandjazz in New Jersey

Dinner and live jazz in Jersey City?

thank you

Apr 10, 2014
javaandjazz in New Jersey

Dinner and live jazz in Jersey City?

Heading into Jersey City friday night to stay with friends. Is there any place where we can have dinner and listen to live jazz? Thanks!

Apr 10, 2014
javaandjazz in New Jersey

Chicken and broccoli stir fry question, rice wine

The rice wine in the grocery store?

Apr 06, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Chicken and broccoli stir fry question, rice wine

It's funny you say that because the wine shop owner only told me a few months. I guess he wants me to buy more bottles. Where do you store open sherry?

Apr 06, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Chicken and broccoli stir fry question, rice wine

Thanks!

Apr 04, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Chicken and broccoli stir fry question, rice wine

I'm making a recipe of Chinese style chicken and broccoli and it's been years since I made it. It calls for rice wine. I don't feel like going out and buy a bottle, last time I got it was at an Asian market. Can I use a dry amercian wine? Other recipes I looked up called for sherry but my local liquor store only sells big bottles of sherry and I'll never use it all before it goes bad. Should I go out and get the rice wine? Thanks!

Apr 04, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

New Haven: Bakeries and/or lobster rolls?

Marjolaine on State St in New Haven isn't a huge bakery but their stuff is very good and also at the end of Wooster St is Libby's Italian bakery.

Mar 05, 2014
javaandjazz in Southern New England

Has anyone made a pork loin roast this way?

http://www.bigdaddyskitchen.com/cookb...

Thought it kinda odd that you roast the pork for a certain amount of time and then take it out and let it rest and then put in back in the oven. Thanks!

Mar 05, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Help with an expedition to Yale, please?

Claire's food is good but her desserts always seemed very dry to me and I'm always disappointed. It's too bad because they always look good. The pizza places are both excellent but they would be a good walk from downtown, not horrible.

Feb 25, 2014
javaandjazz in Southern New England

Has anyone seen Nutkao 2 color spread in CT

Thanks! So much for my taste if it's sold at Job Lot and Big lots..LOL.

Feb 17, 2014
javaandjazz in Southern New England

Has anyone seen Nutkao 2 color spread in CT

I last picked it up in Canada and just about gone. Has anyone seen it in CT anywhere? Thanks!

http://www.nutkao.com/en/categorie-pr...

http://www.italydepot.com/nutkao-crem...

Feb 16, 2014
javaandjazz in Southern New England

Has anyone from CT compared wine prices to NH

Just wondering how much cheaper the wine is in New Hampshire compared to Connecticut. I've bought wine in NH while on vacation up there but always forgot to compare to prices at home. Thanks!

Feb 14, 2014
javaandjazz in Wine

Walmart Kills another Local Business

I just heard about this today from one of my friends. What an awful mess for that family. Please keep me informed if and when they find a new location.

Feb 10, 2014
javaandjazz in Southern New England

Can I make buttermilk biscuit batter now.......

The biscuits came out fine. They sat in the fridge for about 4 hours before I baked them.

Jan 26, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Can I make buttermilk biscuit batter now.......

They are in the fridge for just a few hours only. I just don't want a mess when my friends come over. Thanks everyone.

Jan 25, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Can I make buttermilk biscuit batter now.......

form them and put them in the fridge until dinner time and then bake them? Thanks!

Jan 25, 2014
javaandjazz in Home Cooking

Fruit for fruitcake, does better quality exist?

I used your recommendation and have been happy with them. Thanks!

Jan 03, 2014
javaandjazz in General Topics

Fruit for fruitcake, does better quality exist?

I've been buying the candied fruit from nuts.com and have been happy with the quality since this discussion started.

Jan 03, 2014
javaandjazz in General Topics

Black Walnuts

I just tried black walnuts for the first time and did not like them at all. I was disappointed because I have heard about them for years too. They were too strong flavored for me. Do they mellow out with baking, like if I put them in a cookie batter? Thanks!

Jan 03, 2014
javaandjazz in General Topics

Where to buy bulk chocolate in CT

I thought about taking a ride up there too. Thanks

Dec 01, 2013
javaandjazz in Southern New England