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Help me build my kitchen.

Definitely a 12 inch cast iron skillet. (I have a 10 inch Lodge and it is a bit too small) I also strongly recommend an enameled cast iron Dutch Oven. I had a 5 quart Lodge one that was great until I started making bread in it. Now I have a 7 quart Le Creuset which was crazy expensive. I also adore my 6 quart Professional KitchenAid Stand Mixer. A 5 quart is probably more than enough capacity for most households though.

2 days ago
Njchicaa in Cookware

What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime!

Carne Asada soft tacos from More Mexican Everyday. Refried beans (same book). Maybe some type of rice pilaf to go with.

What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime!

Tonight's dinner was Linguine Carbonara. Velvety and silky and delicious with lots of black pepper!

Take off that Fitbit. Exercise alone won’t make you lose weight.

I love my FitBit and it helps me to track both exercise AND calories.

May 17, 2015
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad [Through May 23, 2015]

I'm baking a ham and making mashed potatoes, homemade creamed corn, and baby spinach sauteed with garlic and olive oil for dinner tonight. The ham will get the 2 of us through the whole week.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Carne Asada recipe was outstanding as was the Charred Cucumber with Red Chile and Lime. I would definitely recommend both!

Thomas Keller's Coconut Cake - which one?

If you want a freaking amazing coconut cake recipe and have all of the time in the world, I'd suggest googling "The Ultimate Moist Fluffy Ridiculous Coconut Cake" by Willow Bird Baking.

I follow it faithfully except for 2 exceptions: no coconut in the pastry cream (unpleasant texture) and toasted coconut instead of plain white coconut on top of the cake.

People will rave about it for years.

May 12, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

June 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

sounds great in theory but A girl and her greens was only just released and probably isn't available in most library systems.

May 12, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

I first got into Rick Bayless when Mexican Everyday was the COTM a couple of years ago. It's just a great cookbook.

So far, I think More Mexican Everyday will please fans of the original book. I plan to do the Carne Asada, the Red Mole Chicken, and the Greens/something else cakes this week. Next week I want to try the Red Pozole, Roasted Garlic Mojo, and a few other recipes TBD.

May 10, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Pork carnitas with homemade guacamole, salsa, and refried beans with warm store-bought flour tortillas. Used the recipe in More Mexican Everyday. Delish but 2 roasted fresh jalapenos with seeds was just too much for me divided into the salsa and guac. Next time I will just use 1.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

I haven't bought anything but I wanted to check in and report back on a book I bought last month: More Mexican Everyday. I made the Green Chile Adobo (fridge staple) yesterday which is supposed to keep for months. Today I did the weekend Pork Carnitas recipe which included the pork as well as homemade guacamole, salsa, and refried beans.

The salsa and guacamole were too hot for me with 2 whole roasted fresh jalapenos and I'm not a total heat sissy. Next time I will just use 1. That being said, everything was delicious (if a bit hot) and definitely worth the extra time and effort to make everything.

Next up is the Carne Asada!

Engineering, we have a problem....

I only just tonight was able to get back on the site after a few days. I kept getting the "maintenance" message. I had to clear cookies and everything else TWICE in order to finally get back in.

May 10, 2015
Njchicaa in Site Talk

Stone Fire Grille, Beachwood NJ

Took the family to Stone Fire today for Mother's Day brunch. They were a bit overwhelmed with the volume (it was packed!) but the food was outstanding. I had the Signature "Benny" which was eggs benedict with bacon and pork roll on a croissant with a dill-havarti sauce. My husband had the Chicken and Waffles. Brother-in-law had the breakfast pizza while my father had the regular eggs benedict. I didn't pay much attention to what the other family members had but all of the plates went back to the kitchen cleared so it was obvious that everyone enjoyed their meals.

They've only been doing brunch for a few weeks. We will definitely be back for another special treat.

May 10, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What type(s) of cuisine are you just not interested in cooking?

I have to say that Asian and Indian cuisines just don't interest me. I've been out of COTM for years now b/c many of the months are Asian cookbooks (though not always).

I'll happily try any European meal including things from Scandinavia, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and of course Italy. I also am great with Mexican cuisine.

Which types of food just don't do it for you?

May 03, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I ordered it before the release date and it arrived in my mailbox on April 27.

May 03, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Periuvian chicken

I like this Cook's Illustrated recipe: http://www.mrsregueiro.com/2011/03/pe...

May 01, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Can't wait to hear what you make out of it!

May 01, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

He did mention in one of the beginning sections that he does use a pressure cooker sometimes. He said it isn't a "must-have" item but he still considers it useful.

May 01, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I've been working my way through More Mexican Everyday. I've marked a handful of recipes to make this week. I saw a mention of slow cooker beans and also carnitas (I think) but I'm not finished reading it yet.

This week I'm planning to try the Crispy Potato and Greens Cakes, Carne Asada, Red Chile Roast Chicken, and Pork Carnitas. We were just in Mexico a couple of weeks ago so this cookbook couldn't have arrived at a more perfect time.

What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

It really is an outstanding recipe. Everyone at work wanted to know what I was having for lunch because it smelled so good.

May 01, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What would you do to fix the Food Network

They had Mexican (Mexican Made Easy) and "Indian-inspired" (Aarti Party) and they were cancelled pretty quickly.

Apr 30, 2015
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

Tonight is Carmine's Chicken Saltimboca with rice and steamed green beans. I have all of the ingredients on hand and haven't had it in quite awhile.

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition [through April, 29, 2015]

I'm slumming it tonight with Paula Deen's Creamy Macaroni and Cheese. I'm home alone and am looking for something easy but comforting.

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition [through April, 29, 2015]

Chili and I'm breaking the rules because it is made with ground turkey AND it contains 2 kinds of beans! Will be served over jasmine rice with shredded cheddar, chopped scallions, sour cream, and chopped cilantro as optional toppings.

New season: Heartland Table

Pretty sure it has been canceled.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I was bad today. I ordered A Girl and Her Greens, The Franklin Barbecue Cookbook, and More Mexican Everyday. I held off on Milk Bar Life b/c it had some bad customer reviews which backed up my gut feeling about it.

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

A coworker invited people to her house one night and said that it was $15 a head for food b/c she was having it catered. I didn't attend.

Apr 22, 2015
Njchicaa in Not About Food

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Beef enchiladas and refried beans are WFD here. I'm winging the enchilada filling, using an Emeril recipe for enchilada sauce, and using the recipe from Pati's Mexican Table for the refried beans.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Leftover homemade meatballs and sauce as well as pasta that my husband made the other night. I also pulled out a couple of chicken parm cutlets from the freezer. Simple dinner.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Homemade meatballs and sauce tonight served over linguine. Total comfort food for me!