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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.

about 5 hours ago
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Periuvian chicken

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

2 days ago
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!

2 days ago
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.

2 days ago
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

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

2 days ago
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

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!

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I still have hope that we will get the Carmine's Cookbook as COTM one of these winter months! haha

Apr 12, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

Okay other recipes that I've tried include Mexican Chicken Broth, Ancho Chile Burgers with Lime Aoili, Picadillo Empanadas, Crazy Street Corn, and Simple Beans from the Pot.

Apr 12, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I'm not at home at the moment so I can't consult the book. I can say that we really enjoyed the Chicken Tinga, a pork that was braised in orange juice (can't remember the name but the picture shows it in flour tortillas with chopped avocado), the refried beans, and another type of beans (I want to say Cowboy but that could be the Pioneer Woman in my brain). The Aztec Casserole was okay but needed to be jazzed up IMO as did the Corn Torte.

I'll take a look at the cookbook when I get home from Cozumel.

Apr 09, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I'm in Mexican mode since, well, I'm in Mexico at the moment and am looking forward to the release of More Mexican Everyday. . . so I'll nominate

PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE

Apr 09, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Cozumel trip report 4/4--4/11

4/6 (Mon)-- Los Otates

Family members recommended this place to us. It is in the center of town but a street or two further away from the water than La Choza. There were no street lights and the sidewalk was crumbling so it was a bit of a challenge to walk there at 8 pm.

When we got there, we were immediately seated at a plastic table and doubled-up plastic chairs. (I think for height) The menu states that the waiters "hardly speak English" and that you should point to what you want when you order. This is a bare-bones place so don't go there expecting amazing ambiance. They also are very proud that they have a full bar open in the lot next door. They told us that they were now serving wine and mixed drinks thanks to the bar.

The menu has different types of tacos including beef, pork, chicken, and skirt steak as well as the more "exotic" tongue, brain, and eyeball. They also serve pozole, burritos, quesadillas, and tortas with pretty much the same fillings as the tacos. They don't serve seafood.

We ordered guacamole to start and then the beef tacos, chicken tacos, and skirt steak tacos. We all wanted cheese which was an extra charge per taco. The guac was okay. We would have preferred it with a bit more salt and lime. The tacos come as 3 and consist of small flour tortillas, the chopped meat filling, and the cheese (if you order it). That's it. They give you a small bowl of chopped onion and cilantro and 3 types of hot sauce to add to the tacos and that's it. We also had some leftover guacamole to use as a topping.

The tacos were delicious. We devoured them and then asked for the menus so we could order something more. I went with just one more single taco while my husband and friend each ordered a beef burrito. They inhaled those as well and said they were amazing.

Our bill for guacamole/chips, 10 tacos, 2 burritos, and 5 beers was about $40. That was by far the cheapest meal that we've ever had on the island.

After dinner we walked over to sit at their bar. The decor is an absolute trip. They used pallets to make a wall, you sit on empty plastic jugs, and there are empty spools hanging as decorations. The bartender Omar was very friendly and told us about how he wound up on the island. He gave us a recommendation for a fish place and made one of the best mojitos I've ever had. The drinks were about $5 each which was reasonable but felt more expensive than they were after our bargain dinner.

We will definitely go back to Los Otates. It now is a permanent fixture in our usual dinner rotation.

Apr 09, 2015
Njchicaa in Mexico

Cozumel trip report 4/4--4/11

4/5 (Easter Sunday)-- New Especias

We had been to the original Especias in all of its run-down and delicious glory but hadn't been to the "new" one with new owner and Italian menu. After walking all through the shopping/tourist part of San Miguel and finding like half of the places closed for the holiday, we jumped on the plan to go to New Especias when we saw that they were open for Easter.

The menu has a handful of appetizers, some pasta dishes, entrees, and a few desserts as well as about 10 specials. There is also a whole separate pizza menu.

We showed up at about 8:30 pm and the place was packed. We were seated quickly but there were only 2 servers and they were clearly overwhelmed. We didn't have our drink order taken for a good 20+ minutes and they weren't served for at least another 10.

We ordered the smoked provolone and proscuitto as an appetizer and it was delicious as was the complimentary tomato bruschetta that was served. For entrees, I ordered the chicken saltimbocca special while my husband and our friend ordered the lionfish special. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. . . and then we had to wait another extended period of time to get the check and get out of there.

We had absolutely no issue with the food and thought it was delicious but the service certainly needs to be planned better. Why have only 2 people on when it is a holiday during the high tourist season and many other places are closed? I hope that it is just growing pains for New Especias because I definitely want to visit them next year during my spring vacation.

Apr 07, 2015
Njchicaa in Mexico

Cozumel trip report 4/4--4/11

4/4 (Sat)--Buccanos at Night

After a very long day of travel, we had a 6:30 pm reservation at Buccanos. They only do dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and I had been told that you have to make reservations in order to get a spot there. We are/were staying right at the edge of the main town so we had to take a cab there.

When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly hostess who is from America. She sat us, gave us menus, explained how they do things (one of the chefs would be out to tell us about the specials), and described the two cocktail specials that they were offering.

Our waiter then came bearing some kind of smoking thing for under the table and a bottle of OFF bug spray to keep on the table. Bugs were an issue that night. He took our drink orders and left us to peruse the menu. http://www.buccanos.com/menu.htm We had the coconut mojito, the pineapple-ginger mojito, and the special chipotle raspberry martini. The mojitos were good but there was waaaaay too much mint in them. It was like trying to drink a salad.

The female chef came out to tell us about the specials and we then placed our order with the waiter. We had the shrimp/crab bomb bomb special and fried calamari appetizers. The calamari was wonderful but the shrimp/crab bombs were a total bomb and way overpriced at $15 for just 2 small ones.

For dinner, my husband ordered the coffee-adobo rubbed "catch of the day" (wahoo) which he loved. Our friend ordered a fish special with roasted vegetables over pasta and she ate every last bite of it. I had the Buccanos fish and chips and couldn't believe how wonderfully crispy the batter was while the fish was still so tender and moist.

The food is really great and different at this place. It is pricier than most places but we thought it was reasonable for a one-time splurge during our week-long vacation. Also, the setting right on the water with torches burning, under palm trees, next to the lit swimming pool is amazing. We've been to Cozumel several times but the three of us were half in shock at how beautiful the whole place was.

Unfortunately, there is some recent controversy about where some of the sand came from and that it could have been stolen from an important sea turtle nesting site. http://www.cozumelinsider.com/news (Club Cozumel Caribe is another name for Buccanos as far as I can tell. They had a huge sign there on the beach with that name) That would make me think twice about dining there again but that is just me any my crazy ecological mind.

Environmental issues aside, Buccanos at Night is definitely a change of pace from any of the restaurants that we've tried on Cozumel.

Apr 07, 2015
Njchicaa in Mexico

Eating cooked, unchilled turkey

Nope.

Apr 06, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

Happy PassEaster or EastOver, to all my NJ peeps!!

We are in Cozumel for the week. Had dinner at a great Italian place, believe it or not. I had chicken saltimboca which is like the last thing I'd ever expect to order in Mexico. It was great!

Apr 06, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

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

I really want the new More Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless. I also want to *see* Milk Bar Life because I'm pretty sure that it isn't going to be up my alley. (Spaghettio sausage sandwich anyone?)

Easter in Cozumel

Thanks! We are going to New Especias tonight for dinner.

Apr 05, 2015
Njchicaa in Mexico

Ceviche help! Please!

I agree with everything above. Additionally I'll add that I've never seen bell pepper in ceviche. . . that's a pretty strong flavor to add. I have, however, seen a splash of OJ added which helps to tame the tartness from the lime.

Good luck! I love ceviche!

Apr 05, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Top 20 Burgers at the Shore

I've been to the new one in Toms River a handful of times. The Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger has me hooked!

Apr 02, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Help me "round out" this menu for Easter.

I would do some kind of green salad to start and do steamed asparagus and green beans as veggie sides.

Mar 31, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking