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Question from a sushi noob.

It is the fat layer on the belly side.

about 6 hours ago
josephlapusata in General Topics

Family reunion food ideas on a very tight budget.

Hi all, I went with a pasta salad. It was a big hit. I did it for around $13.00. Thank you all again. I will save this post for the future. So many good ideas.

Family reunion food ideas on a very tight budget.

Looking for ideas for food items for a family reunion that don't cost a ton to make. I usually bring things like Calzone, baked pasta, stuffed mushrooms and fruit trays. This year we have no money. What is a tasty dish that can be made for not a lot of money? Want to keep the cost under $20.00. There will be around 35 people there. Everyone will be bringing a dish. Thank you for any ideas.

Jul 16, 2015
josephlapusata in Home Cooking

Grillman's Franks. How are they?

Just started seeing them in our area. The price is very high around $ 6.00 a pound. How are they? Is $ 6.00 too much to pay?

Jul 03, 2015
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Grillman's Franks how are they?

Just started seeing them in our area. The price is very high around $ 6.00 a pound. How are they? Is $ 6.00 too much to pay?

Jul 03, 2015
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Starkist solid white tuna in water... Tastes and smells just like canned crab meat ???

If I had a blindfold on and you asked me to guess what it was, I would say canned crab meat. I would not say it had a bad smell.

Jun 12, 2015
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Starkist solid white tuna in water... Tastes and smells just like canned crab meat ???

Opened a can of Starkist solid white tuna in water. It looked fine but had the smell and taste of canned crab meat. There were no dents in the can and use by date is 2016. Has this ever happened to any of you?

Jun 08, 2015
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Stop and Shop Mayo. More like Hellmann's or Cains?

Can anyone tell me what Stop and Shop Store Brand Real Mayo tastes like? Is it like Hellmann's or Cains. Thank you in advance.

Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food?

Yes, don't toss it. There are many people who need the food that gets tossed away.

very fresh fish

Fish is always soft if it was not iced properly when caught. It probably sat for a while on the boat. It will firm up after it has been cleaned and put on ice or just in thr fridge. Just make sure you dont let it sit in liquid.

May 10, 2015
josephlapusata in Home Cooking

New Coke product?

If you are a Coke drinker, you most likely will not like it. I found it to be very flat with no bite at all. I honestly would rather drink that sat open for days in the fridge.

May 05, 2015
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VitaMix - Liquid diet ideas (smoothies, juices, protein powders, etc.)

Just a quick question? Healthier meaning just want good food? Healthier meaning drop pounds? Healthier adding pounds? I am asking because in December I was at 500 pounds ready to die. I have a loving wife and two fantastic children ages six and under. I needed to stop doing what I was doing. I am now under 300 pounds and my health is much better. I have some awesome VitaMix creations for all of the above.

Apr 30, 2015
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Highest Fat Ratio for Hamburger (and adding duck fat) Questions

One thing I do once in a while is to put a scoop of chilled rendered bacon fat or butter inside the burger. It keeps the meat very moist in the center and you still get the outside char. Don't mix it into the meat. Put it inside the center of the burger just like making a Juicy Lucy burger.

How to freeze spring rolls?

Make the rolls first. Freeze them after they are down to room temp. You will get a much better product that way. Reheated fried items never come out good.

Apr 23, 2015
josephlapusata in Home Cooking

LIGHT sides with ribs

Cold broccoli salad is always light and refreshing.

Why Must Pork Fat Be Rendered for Pie Dough?

Because, you will have the chunks of tissue and other items that don't melt. Depending on what you are making, that could be not so nice in the finished product.

Sauteed shrimp. Oil turned orange. Is this odd or not?

Iodine.

Apr 10, 2015
josephlapusata in Home Cooking

Chicken nuggets

Sorry for my ignorance but, can you use corn flour or crushed corn flakes? My kids love them coated in crushed corn flakes.I have used instant potato in the past but, it burns very quickly.

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Apr 06, 2015
josephlapusata in Home Cooking

Is there a "quick" bolognese sauce?

Hear me out. Cook it in the oven overnight. You can finish it the next day. Use low heat 170-190 max. You will cut 6-8 hours of tending time down to an hour or so.

Mar 19, 2015
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do they have any good wing sauces like this

You can order it on Amazon. Ken's Salad Dressings is the company that makes it. Best premade sauce we have used.

Mar 19, 2015
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Has anyone used fish tweezers?

+1.

Mar 15, 2015
josephlapusata in Cookware

Smoking Arctic char - before or after...

Cold smoke the fish and then add it just before you plate it. Let the heat from the pasta finish the cooking.

Feb 15, 2015
josephlapusata in Home Cooking

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Yes, really. We buy our canned goods and items like butter and milk on Sunday. We will also pick up the fresh food items we need for Sunday and Monday. We then go back on Tuesday and Thursday to get the other fresh items for the week, as well as things like milk or other items we are running low on. Much less food waste that way. Yes,I do understand that time is money but fresh food and no waste is money too.

Jan 27, 2015
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US East Coasters!!

Food will not be the issue. We have a gas gril with full tanks. We can make most items we usually eat. The fear I, have is no power for heat and hot water. That is not fun. Hunker down food is p.b.j. and tuna or cold cuts. If the power goes out. just put them in the snow to keep them fresh. If the power does not go out, a chowder or stew would be nice.

Jan 25, 2015
josephlapusata in Home Cooking

Saugus Wings?

They are on Route 1.

Jan 05, 2015
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Freezing individual lasagne or ziti portions

Put your portions in a freezer bag. Suck all air out with a straw and seal the bag. Wrap the bag in news paper and tape it. Then put it in a small brown lunch bag or grocery bag and tape it shut. Make sure it has no air pockets in it. I have had good luck keeping items like this for 6 months. Note: The Ricotta may be a bit dry.

Jan 02, 2015
josephlapusata in Home Cooking

Chinese chicken fingers that you get in Boston and areas near?

Does anyone have a tested recipe to make boneless Chinese chicken fingers like the ones from the Boston area? Puffy golden outside, snow white in the center. We could not order from our usual spot because, they force you to order from a limited menu for New Year's.

Thank you. Joe.

Stupid lasagna noodle question

The way my Nona did it was always good. If it was fresh, not frozen, just use it. If she froze them, after they thawed, she would put them in a large baking dish and cover them with hot lightly salted tap water. I don't know the amount of time she kept them there. I would say 2-3 minutes. Take them out and put on a white cloth to pat dry. She never used a ton of sauce inside. It was layers of meat sauce, a white sauce, ricotta mix and grated cheese going on each level. It was then baked for what seemed an endless amount of time. It then sat on the top of the stove for another amount of endless time with tin foil on it. When she thought it was ready, the foil came off and more grated cheese was added and back to the oven it went. I do not know how long this was. When it came out, she would slice it into 4x4 pieces, put more meat sauce on top. We would then sit down, eat that with bread, followed by a big bowl of large meat from the sauce and more bread. She would then put a salad and some soup out with cheese, oil, and yes bread. After that, she would put out some stuffed squid or other fish/shell fish and greens.The last thing was this lemon drink with shaved ice and, coffee and tea. With the coffee and tea, there were also some baked items. I never made it past the meat from the sauce.

Dec 25, 2014
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Improving "Supernatural Brownies" Recipe?

Add the same amount as you would to make a cup of coffee. Just a heads up, I would not use a low end brand of instant coffee. Make sure it is good quality. I usually use espresso powder made for baking. That is just me. To each his own.

Dec 23, 2014
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Forgot about chicken in brine for four days???

I cooked it and, it was actually fine. Not too salty. Thank you all for your input.