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A Mad Libs Game for Every Food Blog Commenter

How about:

"That recipe for Roast [Beef/Chicken/etc] looks great... how do I make it in a crock pot?"

Serious Eats re-design

I see Serious Eats has rolled out the re-design promised when the site was sold. My first take: easier and more appealing for casual visitors, but less easy for daily visitors (such as myself) to see what's new. http://www.seriouseats.com/

about 11 hours ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Hot dog fast food chains

Lol at "Lonely Guy Dog"... is that because he's going to be lonely after his breath smells of all that mustard and onions??

Jul 31, 2015
drongo in Chains

How much Vanilla Extract equals one Vanilla Bean?

Noelle Carter at LA Times says 1 bean = 1 tsp, which may be more realistic http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

(Nevertheless, foodsubs.com is usually my first stop when substituting ingredients -- so I may have made an error in this case!)

Jul 31, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

How much Vanilla Extract equals one Vanilla Bean?

I know this is a 9 year old Zombie thread, but... my "go to" site for substitutions is http://www.foodsubs.com (or for the specific page that has vanilla bean http://www.foodsubs.com/SpiceUniv.html )

Jul 31, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

I think the problem is not so much what we call these restaurants ("ethnic" or "immigrant" or whatever) but that many people think they have to be inexpensive and can't be compared with top-notch restaurants that are more traditional (to Americans). In this light, it's interesting to consider Pete Wells's review of Kao Soy (link below), which he loved and gave 1 star. Many of the commenters were outraged that such a positive review earned only 1 star -- e.g. "... How did such a great review result in only one star for Kao Soy? I think Mr. Wells or someone with the Times food editorial staff should provide further explanation, considering the responses to this article. I was left salivating at my work desk, and hope to plan a visit soon...a reaction I wouldn't usually anticipate if considering a shortlist of restaurants with only one star..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/din...

Jul 25, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Remingtons in Holmdel (Rt 34)

... of tranquility because all our opinions are unanimous!

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in New Jersey
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MJ's pizza bar and grill.

I honestly once used to think that Gertrude had passed the restaurant on to her son Charlie. LOL.

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Remingtons in Holmdel (Rt 34)

Replying to my own post: I didn't find the minutes, but they should be linked on this page when available: http://www.co.monmouth.nj.us/page.asp...

Holmdel Township Environmental Commission agenda from March mentions "Polo Club Restaurant (formerly Remington’s; aka Fox and the Peach)" so I am sure the OP is correct.
http://www.holmdeltownship-nj.com/Age...

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Remingtons in Holmdel (Rt 34)

His liquor license renewal was denied last year, and the building was declared unsafe. http://patch.com/new-jersey/holmdel-h...

The last time I drove by it looked like some kind of construction (or maybe demolition?) going on.

EDIT: It looks like it was discussed at the Monmouth County Development Review Committee on July 15 http://visitmonmouth.com/Documents/24...
Says: "Proposed – renovations at existing restaurant". I will look to see if minutes have been posted.

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Pork ribs sous vide - quicker

Doug Baldwin has suggested 176F for 8 hours -- see link below
http://www.douglasbaldwin.com/sous-vi...

I have not tried it this way myself.

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

I have that book! I also have a much older one (from 1979) called "Better Than Store-Bought". They are both good books. I also have the America's Test Kitchen "D.I.Y. Cookbook" but I have not found it useful.

Things that I regularly make at home (trying to avoid listing things already mentioned many times):
Chicken, turkey (and other) stock
Beer
Prepared horseradish
Kimchi (or "krautchi")

Jul 23, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking
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Montvale-based A&P files for bankruptcy protection; Stop & Shop to take over some stores

There's a list of the NJ stores Acme is considering buying at link below. http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/20...
Allendale A&P
Fort Lee A&P
Mahwah A&P
Midland Park A&P
Park Ridge A&P
Saddle Brook A&P
Woodcliff Lake A&P
Bergenfield Pathmark
Edgewater Pathmark
Elmwood Park Pathmark
Blairstown A&P
Clark A&P
Denville A&P
Hoboken A&P
Jefferson Township A&P
Jersey City A&P
Kenilworth A&P
Little Silver A&P
New Providence A&P
Montclair A&P
Old Bridge A&P
Plainfield A&P
Seaside Heights/Ortley Beach A&P
Sussex A&P
Tinton Falls A&P
Vernon A&P
Wall Township A&P
Warrenville A&P
West New York A&P
Jersey City Pathmark
Newark Pathmark
Ventor City Pathmark
Weehawken Pathmark
Manahawkin Superfresh
Ocean City Superfresh

Jul 21, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

A warning to patrons of Manny's Diner in Montclair

There was a similar story a couple of weeks ago http://www.eater.com/2015/7/12/893725...
Perhaps a copycat crime.

Jul 21, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Apella in Eatontown - - OPA!

Former site of Cobblestone Diner and then Stone & Sea Grill on Route 35 in Eatontown

Jul 18, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

QUIZ: Which of These Cookbooks Are Actually Real?

Cooking wearing only underwear (which thankfully the bear seems to be wearing, even if nothing else) seems like a fairly painful proposition if there's any splattering from sautéing or frying!

Jul 17, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

woodbridge route 1 new diner

Hah. My prediction record is a perfect 0%. But my record for remembering past businesses is not -- the Joe Canal's location was indeed another furniture store: Seaman's Furniture.

Jul 15, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

woodbridge route 1 new diner

I think the Joe Canal's liquor store next door used to be a furniture store (though my track record in this thread of correctly remembering past businesses is 0%)... so I predict the American Signature Furniture site is going to become another discount liquor store!

EDIT: Actually it looks like it's going to be a Hobby Lobby! A wholesome store to counteract the sinners next door???? http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/...

Jul 14, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Asked to leave the building after ordering take out

Yes, there are some places where the restaurant will need to pay sales tax if you eat in the restaurant. e.g. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/eatin-...

Jul 13, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

woodbridge route 1 new diner

Yes, they re-engineered the merge between 9 and 1 so drastically that I think the Luna Diner address no longer exists. I used to work in Rahway and commute from Lincroft area for more than 20 years (but no longer) so should remember these changes!

Jul 13, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

woodbridge route 1 new diner

Yes, you are right -- I had the wrong diner in mind.

Jul 13, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

woodbridge route 1 new diner

The Luna Bell Diner location is now a Wawa. I think the location that the OP is referencing is what was formerly King's Chef and Sake Bomb... further south than the erstwhile Luna Bell.

Jul 12, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

QUIZ: Which of These Cookbooks Are Actually Real?

I scored only 11/26.

I was particularly surprised that "Cooking With The Bears" is real. I am going to propose that as our next "Cookbook of the Month" in the Home Cooking forum.

Jul 11, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News
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What are some ingredients you don't like to use?

Cinnamon. I don't hate cinnamon, but I don't like it in large amounts. I recently did a recipe that called for 1 Tbsp ground + 4 sticks cinnamon -- I reduced to 1 tsp + 2 sticks.

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

The Google News backdoor doesn't always work. http://searchengineland.com/wsj-pulls...
(Maybe never works these days... I have not tested very extensively.)

Jul 04, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Fake restaurant gets top ranking

Yes, there was a similar story a few years back: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...

Jul 04, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Asian in Monmouth County

Ouch, ouch -- on your having to switch to a different restaurant to accommodate plain tastes. I empathize because my wife sometimes looks at a menu and declares "There's nothing for me here!"... and we have to walk out and go somewhere else.

Jun 30, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Please help me find a replacement for this

Wooden spoons with a hole are readily available (e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Naturally-Med-O... ). What is special about your beloved?

Jun 27, 2015
drongo in Cookware

♪To all the bowls I've loved before♪ -- dishes you've lost along the way?

A few days after I arrived in the USA in 1982 as an almost-penniless graduate student, I bought the cheapest plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon that I could find. The bowl, knife, and fork have been broken or lost over the years, but I still have the plate, cup, and spoon after 33 years. I keep them only because of nostalgia.

Jun 27, 2015
drongo in Cookware
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Can someone explain vinegars?

Well, just don't cook using the same vinegar that you used to soak the wounded foot! (Or even to soak an unwounded foot.)

Cook's Country has a page in their "Getting To Know" series on vinegars:
http://www.cookscountry.com/how_tos/8... It's a good starting point.

Jun 18, 2015
drongo in General Topics