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What are the treasured items in your kitchen?

My great-grandmother's crepe pan.

about 8 hours ago
Njchicaa in Cookware

Looking for cookbook suggestions

I really like the Cook's Illustrated cookbook. It has a little of everything.

1 day ago
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Best store bought mozzarella for caprese

I've tried it. Only 1 step above the square chunks in the dairy aisle. I much prefer BelGioso but I get the whole log and slice it myself.

Jul 25, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Thank you! I will definitely try making it your way.

Jul 24, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Yes. That is a big savings. I'd love to see your recipe. The one I used was Ina Garten's.

Jul 24, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

I wish we could do a $200/month budget here! There just 2 of us and it is more like $150 per week.

Jul 23, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

As others have said, bread, salad dressing, and marinades. Also pasta sauces and hummus. You can do pizza dough and pizza at home as long as you are prepared for pizza that isn't going to replicate the local pizzeria's.

Jul 23, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What is worth making from scratch to save money?

The recipe that I used for ricotta used 8 cups of whole milk and 4 cups of heavy cream (when I doubled it) and I definitely didn't get enough ricotta to even make a lasagna. As delicious as it was, it seemed to be way more expensive than buying it at the store.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition!

Tonight will be leftovers as we are headed to Asheville on Saturday and need to clear the fridge out. So it will be baked chicken breasts, stuffing, white rice, and sauteed zucchini/poblano/onion/corn. I will freshen up the veggies with a bit of lime butter.

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

After a day that was gorgeous outside but gray in my head, I need some comfort food. I'm making Carmine's Penne Al Vodka. I also still have some of my homemade bread (Flour Water Salt Yeast Saturday White Bread recipe) to warm up and serve on the side.

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

That's why I voted for it. I've never tried making one before and it looks like a real show stopper for parties.

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes... no gelatin in this one or in Emeril's which shows up right above this recipe in a search

Jul 22, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

I'm on board! VEGETABLE TERRINES

Jul 22, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

I still have half of the bread dough from my Flour Water Salt Yeast bread-making adventure the other day. I think I might make some grilled pizzas as it will be a lovely cool evening. My husband will get a plain one and I think I'll use up some of the veg I have in the fridge (zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peppers) on mine. Why not?

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

I don't know. The enamel on a Lodge 5 quart DO cracked and chipped. I didn't want to chance it with my 7 quart Le Creuset, so I bought the plain cast iron one for making bread. (and other stuff)

Jul 17, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Top 20 BYOBs in Ocean County

http://www.jerseyshoreinmotion.com/Ne...

Anything I would recommend is included so I have no complaints.

Jul 16, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Non-ketchup meatloaf recipes needed

I am intrigued by the idea of using cocktail sauce on meatloaf.

Jul 16, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

How do you discover cookbooks?

For the most part, I discover them by reading the monthly cookbook discussions here. Others I get because I like a particular chef. (Mario Batali, Pati Jinich, etc.)

Jul 16, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Family reunion food ideas on a very tight budget.

I would do pasta salad or macaroni and cheese.

Jul 16, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

I bought a Lodge cast iron dutch oven--no enamel.

Jul 16, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

My bread worked! It finally worked! It was like my 4th or 5th attempt of making it. I just bought a cast iron dutch oven to bake the bread in (since previous attempts ruined my Lodge enameled one) and that seems to have done the trick! Yum.

side dish for stuffed chicken

I would say just buy some frozen vegetables in the steamable bags. I am partial to the green bean, yellow bean, and baby carrot mix that I get on sale for like 99 cents a bag. The only side that I know freezes well is macaroni and cheese and that is not something I'd put with your meal.

Jul 15, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

My foul mind went straight to the other.

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

Grilled steaks, risotto with porcini mushrooms (from Verdura), baked potato for my husband (who hates risotto), cucumbers and onions marinated in balsamic, and freshly baked bread (from Flour Water Salt Yeast).

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

The faux chicken parm was actually good. Probably the only thing I've ever made with ground chicken that I would make again.

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

I bought some decent-sized ears from the grocery store last weekend but I highly doubt it was local. We usually get the good stuff in August here in NJ.

Jul 14, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

I'm in the mood for red sauce so I'm going to do linguine with homemade sauce. I have some ground chicken to deal with as well. I'm thinking of making patties and breading/frying them to serve like faux chicken parmesan. I never seem to like what I make with ground chicken so this is total desperation here.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I'd like to see Eddie win. Arnold is my second choice if he can get it together. But honestly. . . what's the point? These winners get like 2 or 3 seasons of a show and then it is cancelled to make room for fake "gotcha" shows or travel shows or yet another stupid baking competition.

Yeah, I'm pretty jaded about FN these days.

Jul 14, 2015
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Is there a national chain that has happy face ice cream sundae cones?

Friendly's

Jul 12, 2015
Njchicaa in Chains

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

We love our smoker! We smoke pork shoulders, pork ribs, whole chickens, chicken breasts, chicken wings, shrimp, bluefish, stuffed peppers, meatloaf, brisket, turkey breasts, hot peppers for salsa, potatoes for potato salad, and even macaroni and cheese. I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff.