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Hard boiled Eggs in Gravy

I grew up in the south, middle Ga. and Atlanta. Never saw eggs in gravy. Giblets, yes. Mom would buy extra chicken livers to make chicken gravy sometimes. If not, then she would cook the neck and heart, liver, and gizzard to make stock, then cut up the meat for gravy, or dressing. The gizzard was fed to the dog. :)

1 day ago
barbaract in Home Cooking

Driving from MA - GA

Oh, if you do stop there, it is pronounced like Stanton.

Also, if you take a little detour either coming or going, go to the Dillard House in Dillard, Ga. It is on route 23 a little south of the South Carolina border. You can look it up on the Internet. It has been around forever, and the food is very good. They bring you food until you say "uncle". Great fried chicken, and try the country ham.

Nov 21, 2014
barbaract in Mid-Atlantic

Driving from MA - GA

In our twenties we drove straight through from Ct. to Atlanta. We vowed never to do it again. And...we never have. Please make a stop. We then stopped in Staunton, Va. Exit 222 on route 81, many times. When we did the straight through, the last 200 miles were a blur.

Staunton has many motels right off the exit, and several places to eat. Not fine dining, but okay to good.

Nov 21, 2014
barbaract in Mid-Atlantic

Solo Thanksgiving

Many years ago when I had to spend Thanksgiving alone, with my dog, I made a turkey and most of the fixings. Since it was just me, I just threw the dressing together. Well...it was the best I have ever made! I enjoyed watching the parade, and chopping vegetables like I always did, and it really felt like Thanksgiving.

What ever you do, I hope you have a happy one.

Nov 15, 2014
barbaract in Greater Boston Area

Current (11/14) gas range recommendations?

I have the new Samsung chefs collection, all gas. $2799.00, but you can get the at 10% off sometimes at Home Depot, Sears, etc. it has a 19,000 btu right front burner with a wok thing if you want to use it, and it goes down to a low simmer. The right back burner is only for simmering. Middle griddle burner, left front is a normal high burner, and left rear is normal low.

HUGE oven. With one shelf with ball bearings. I like it very much. It just hit the market here last month. I think Samsung did well in the last Consumer reports, too.

Nov 14, 2014
barbaract in Cookware

Samsung Range: Induction stove and Flex-Duo Oven - Your Pros/Cons Please!

I have the gas model from the Samsung chef collection. Just installed. Love it so far. The oven is huge. Lower drawer is small, but a warming drawer. 19,000 btu front right burner. Takes getting used to. Middle grill. Plus it has a plug in thermometer for the oven. 30"

Oct 28, 2014
barbaract in Cookware

i need help with southern caramel cake icing!

I am from the south, and what you made is exactly the way my mom always made it. It would puddle around the bottom. Boy was it good! Mom put it on a spice cake. Of course, the recipe is gone, now.

Oct 23, 2014
barbaract in Home Cooking

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I think each Golden Corral must be run differently. We go to one in Virginia that is very good. Their fried chicken, stuffing and gravy are wonderful. I know it is busy, and a pain to get up and serve yourself, but that one is worth it. They have a huge fresh salad bar, with fresh dressings made in house. Their mint chocolate chip ice cream is good, too.

Sep 10, 2014
barbaract in Features
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Do you grill with aluminum foil (and no, it's not what you're thinking of)

I like the non-stick foil. It is good for either baking chicken wings in the oven, or, after grilling them, putting them on the foil to finish. That way you are able to remove them from the grill.

I line a half sheet pan with this to bake the wings. Spoon off the grease a few times, and am able to sauce them and still remove them intact. Yum. :)

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

I lurk too, more than post. I just recently had to replace my range, and I did use thus site to help me make my decision.
I live in the same town as bagleman and tend to agree with him.

There are few places around here to eat, but I don't give up hope. :)

Post shoulder surgery meals

Hope your robe has pockets. They are like an extra hand. They hold the can of soda, fork, napkin, etc.

Best of luck. I don't know you, but my thoughts are with you.

Jun 09, 2014
barbaract in Home Cooking

My wedding

The Artisan Restaurant at the Delmar Hotel. I went to a party there and the food was great. They are right off I-95 in Fairfield. Good parking, too.

What to order on the menu?

Please reply re Anthony's. I always get clam chowder that is all potatoes. Never a good meal. It must be me.

About the Brick Alley, go for lunch on Tuesday. The soup at the salad bar on that day is great, and sold separately for $$. I love their salad bar. At the bar, order your drink "up" and you get a huge one. Yes, it may be more, but it is huge. :)

Bos'ns Landing overhaul

You sound very knowledgeable. A great thing for ice cream lovers! Try this one this summer, and give me your impression.

I will try some of yours. Oh! What we do for science!

Bos'ns Landing overhaul

Drove by there this week. Couldn't count all the trucks there. Between 20 and 30. No kidding! Talked to a local who said Johnson's Dairy Bar is going in there.

We have been to their place in Northwood, N.H. Their Death by Chocolate ice cream is very good. They are re-doing the building, and putting on a new roof. With all the workers there, it should be done by the beginning of summer.

She's Baaaacccckkkkkkk Paula Deen's comeback..........

That's what I thought. An expert on South Georgia accent, but never lived there. You can proclaim her accent overdone, with nothing to compare it to. Like her, hate her, but her accent IS spot on. I lived 8 years in Macon. 4 years in Athens, (Univ. of Ga.) and 12 in Atlanta. I know a Georgia accent. You are talking out of your hat. Find something else to complain about.

She's Baaaacccckkkkkkk Paula Deen's comeback..........

How much time have you spent around southerners her age?

I am originally from Atlanta, born and raised. Our next door neighbor, a dear, sweet lady, sounded just like her.

It is something you can try to fake, and southerners can always tell, but Paula's is the real thing. You may not like it, and that is fine, but it doesn't make it fake.

Feb 14, 2014
barbaract in Food Media & News

I have a pound of ganache - any suggestions?

Make an Oreo pie crust, cool, put coffee ice cream in it, freeze. When ready to serve, warm up the ganache, drizzle over each slice. To cut the frozen pie, a knife doesn't work well. Use a fork to stab through the ice cream and crust.

This is really good.

24-25 Oreos, in food processor, then 1/2stick melted butter.

Feb 14, 2014
barbaract in Home Cooking
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #1 (Through July 18, 2013)

I bet she would like Buffalo chicken wings. The butter and hot sauce are carb free. Just bake the wings in the oven using a cling free foil. I use " release" , but i think they discontinued it. You may need to broil them at the end. I pour off the fat about half way through. Blue cheese dressing is carb free, too. A little celery won't hurt much.

Left overs make a good lunch or snack.

Jun 05, 2013
barbaract in Special Diets
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Fairfield County Neighborhood Italian Restaurants-Solid Food with reasonable prices

Maybe I am in the "Thanksgiving" mode, but isn't it nice that we all have a "go to" restaurant. We can afford a dinner out when we don't want to cook? I am very grateful. :)

Fairfield County Neighborhood Italian Restaurants-Solid Food with reasonable prices

Franco Gianni's has the air conditioning that doesn't quite make it. They know it, but don't own the building.

We used to go to the old Jennie's, too. We still like the pizza. Have you tried the Italian place across the street? McGowans? We like to go there for a change of pace.

Chips? I wish there were a Shop Rite going in there. We used to love Stop and Shop, but not so much, now. But that is off topic. :).

Fairfield County Neighborhood Italian Restaurants-Solid Food with reasonable prices

We stopped going there summer of 2011. They have poor air conditioning. We were hot and asked them to turn on the overhead fans. Two 16 year old girls said they were cold, (what the heck?) They turned off the fans. We decided that if they valued the two 16 year olds business more than our twice a week check with big tip, we would take our business elsewhere.. We now enjoy Jennie's in Monroe. Also, when we feel like spending $$, we go to La Scogliere in Shelton. It is REALLY good, and they make a mean drink, too. But, Jennie's is BYOB, and their food is very good, so we go there more often. Too bad, we miss the calamari at Franco Gianni's.

I wish there were more places in Trumbull to eat.

Is there something going in across from Home Depot?

Windmill in Stratford...closed?

The ad says hot dogs, hamburgers, German knock wurst, potato pancakes, pastrami, corned beef, and turkey club sandwiches, French dip roast beef, hand cut fries, soups, salads, chili, and daily early bird specials 5-7 pm. So I guess they are trying to keep up the old ways. I don't see onion rings. I could speculate, but didn't their cook retire? And the loss of French's bakery ( but that's another story).... At least Rudy can retire.

Windmill in Stratford...closed?

Vazzy's has "coming soon" in their ad today. Still called the Windmill Tavern. WindmillTavernRestaurant.com. " Our latest addition to the Vazzaro Family".

A gallon of Manhattans!

I just remembered where I had the lemon twist. It was at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

Jul 01, 2011
barbaract in Spirits

A gallon of Manhattans!

I stand corrected. One drink for each person. Never tried having just one...........:) Don't knock the syrup until you have tried it, Or...........have you ever tried one with a lemon twist, no cherry? Very good.

Jun 30, 2011
barbaract in Spirits

A gallon of Manhattans!

I like the neon cherries, and to sweeten it a little, I put some of the cherry juice in the drink. I am more of a 4 to 1 person, but they are a drink that people like THEIR way. :) I am a seagram's 7 fan, myself. Looking at your shopping list, is 2 liters of rye enough for 30 people?

Jun 29, 2011
barbaract in Spirits

Fairfield County Neighborhood Italian Restaurants-Solid Food with reasonable prices

You just gave away our "secret". We eat there twice a week. The only thing I would change are the hours. They close the kitchen at 8:30 weekdays. There pizza is the best around, as well as their fried calamari. Their staff is friendy, and service is great.

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Franco Gianni's Pizza
8 Broadway, Trumbull, CT 06611