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Why I hate Christmas

What does this have to do with Christmas?

Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

I don't understand why you would be assigned the main proteins when you have to travel so far to get to your destination. You are far braver than I. The mashed potatoes I could do no problem as I always make them a day ahead and reheat in the oven in a covered casserole dish. A cooked ham and turkey, though? No way. I'd have to tap out on that one.

Dec 17, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

New Buffalo Wild Wings to Open in Toms River Next to Shoprite Rt 37

I thought the 3rd restaurant was going to be SmashBurger but APP is reporting that it is going to be an independently-owned eatery called "Social 37" and run by the same group that owns The Spot and The Sawmill. (which I thought also owned Villa Amalfi)

http://www.app.com/story/money/busine...

Dec 17, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Do I really need a dutch oven?

My Lodge 5 quart Dutch Oven started showing cracks or whatever you want to call them in the enamel on the bottom of the pot. After 2 attempts to make Saturday White Bread from Flour Water Salt Yeast, the enamel totally chipped and attached itself to the loaf of bread when I lifted it from the Dutch Oven.

Dec 11, 2014
Njchicaa in Cookware

New Buffalo Wild Wings to Open in Toms River Next to Shoprite Rt 37

Both Buffalo Wild Wings and Panera Bread are open now.

Dec 11, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What would you do to fix the Food Network

There were 2 seasons of Heartland Table and that was it. Nancy Fuller's Farmhouse Rules seems to have replaced it.

Dec 07, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network

They need to give Anne Burrell, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Geoffrey Zakarian instructional shows. Hey, I'd even watch one by Claire Robinson, Tyler Florence, or Marcella Valladoilid at this point. What happened to Amy Theilen? She needs to be brought back!I'd *love* to see Mario Batali and Emeril brought back but I don't think that will ever happen.

They need to cancel Trisha, Damaris, and I'd even say Nancy Fuller. Get rid of Mystery Diners and Restaurant Stakeout as they are so obviously fake. No more Cupcake Wars or Baking Wars or whatever else.

There are too many competition shows. Guy's Grocery Games, Kitchen Inferno, Cutthroat Kitchen, Great Food Truck Race, Worst Cooks in America, Beat Bobby Flay, and of course Chopped. . . as well as some other new competition show they are producing.

The pendulum needs to swing the other way and bring actual food instruction back to Food Network. No more reality/competition stuff, or at least, not nearly as much!

Dec 06, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

Tonight is Carmine's Pasta Pomodoro. It is interesting because it contains proscuitto and WHITE wine in the tomato-based sauce. Sooooooo good!

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I don't think it is bad at all but it isn't a must-have for me. I'll certainly use it during the week to refresh leftover chicken, mashed potatoes, etc. but I see no need to hoard it.

Nov 29, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

I got the hardcover for 99 cents used through Amazon. The Chicken Alla Diavolo recipe is wonderful. There are several other recipes that I have marked to try eventually.

Do you give out your recipes at thanksgiving?

I always always always share the recipes. My father's 95+ year old aunt would never give us her recipe for Pasta Fagioli. Well, she died a few months ago and the recipe died with her which is a damned shame.

Butterball Frozen Turkey

If it's frozen, it likely will take that long in the fridge to thaw.

Nov 27, 2014
Njchicaa in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II) [OLD]

YAY: The Hollandaise sauce. OMG I want to put it on everything. I am both sad and glad that I only bought one container of it.

Nov 22, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains
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Maruca's post-fire update!

I never got into Sawmill pizza.

Nov 21, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

It is currently 28 degrees here at the Jersey Shore. I object.

Just cleaned out the freezer in my bottom-freezer fridge in the kitchen. Tossed a lot of stuff but I also found a container of homemade chili. I'm going to defrost that, serve it over basmati rice, and make some kind of steamed green veggie to go with.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

No problem. I wish I had the ability to "borrow" more cookbooks from the local e-library system. So far it has saved me from buying My Paris Kitchen, Own Your Kitchen, and Roberta's.

Carmine's actually has a new cookbook out called "Carmine's Celebrates" (or Celebrations). I'll need to see it first, though. Their first cookbook is as perfect an Italian-American one can be, IMO. Not sure how they filled a second one.

Nov 16, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I borrowed the Roberta's cookbook from the library on my Kindle. I flipped through it and then immediately returned it. I don't know what I was expecting but it totally didn't do it for me.

Nov 15, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Anyone have a good recipe for apple cider sangria?

This is the recipe I wound up making last year. It is wonderful!

http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/2011/11/s...

Nov 14, 2014
Njchicaa in Spirits

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

YAY: Frozen Cheese Sticks. They bake up well in the toaster oven with a crispy coating. Probably the best "home" version I've ever tried.

Frozen French Onion Soup. It isn't going to compare to what you'd get at a good restaurant but it is a great fast lunch when you don't have anything else in the freezer to bring to work.

Battered Frozen Halibut: I can't remember if it is in a beer batter but I don't think so. This isn't the gluten-free version. Delicious fish, crispy coating, super-yum.

MEH: Tea Tree Soap. I've long been a fan of the Tea Tree Tingle shampoo, conditioner, and body wash but this soap doesn't really do much for me. It isn't awful but it also doesn't produce a tingly sensation on my skin nor does it produce much lather. I don't think I'd buy it again unless I happened to be in the store and needed bar soap.

Nov 12, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains
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Serious Eats rates Trader Joes spiced nuts- aka your easy holiday appetizer

I just make the Union Square Cafe cookbook's Bar Nuts. Super easy, loved by everyone, and great for people who don't live near a TJ store.

Nov 12, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains

Trader Joe's coconut pancake mix: no, just no.

I was so excited to try it as I love anything coconut but the Princeton store didn't have any of it on Saturday.

Nov 12, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month December 2014

I would definitely be into SMITTEN KITCHEN. I also will throw the CARMINE'S COOKBOOK in the ring again. Italian-American is total comfort food for me in the winter.

Nov 10, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

My mother said she's been looking for it for months but hasn't seen it. She said an employee said it is a seasonal product which makes no sense to me.

Nov 09, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

I was at TJ's today for the first time in months and was disappointed that they didn't have the unripened Brie. Has it been discontinued?

Nov 08, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains

Maruca's post-fire update!

I'd never pay $5 for a cup of coffee, I don't smoke, and for $12 I'd expect a full sized sub with the works.

I agree that boardwalk rent isn't cheap and my family has known the Maruca family for decades upon decades. I didn't begrudge Domenic and Joe the $8 that I was charged today. I was just surprised at how expensive slices of pizza on the boards have become.

My family was also once very well known on the boards just like the Marucas, Kohrs, Whalens, Donofrios, etc. I grew up on the boardwalk.

Nov 07, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Maruca's post-fire update!

I stopped by JR's today to get a couple of slices of Marucas pizza for lunch. I hadn't had it since before the fire.

I ordered 2 slices because they have always been small. (They cut 8 slices out of a pie instead of 6. . . or at least they used to)

I was served 2 rather large slices. One would have been enough for my lunch but I did have half of the second one because it was so good.

When the bill came I was a bit shocked to see that they are now charging $4 per slice. Granted they are larger than they used to be but $8 for 2 pieces of pizza seems a bit much.

Still, it is Marucas and their pizza is as good as ever.

Nov 07, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Stone Fire Grille, Beachwood NJ

We took my husband's parents to dinner at Stone Fire Grille tonight and we all really enjoyed our meals. I had the candied bacon wrapped salmon with creamy parmesan kale and roasted fingerling potatoes. My husband had the NY Strip and my father-in-law had the skirt steak, both of which came with roasted fingerlings and some kind of tomato and onion salad. My mother-in-law had the buttermilk-brined fried chicken with brown gravy and macaroni and cheese.

Everyone was happy with their meals. My MIL wasn't expecting the macaroni and cheese to be served in a puddle of brown gravy and would have preferred to have had it and the chicken separately on the side but she still ate it and enjoyed it. Both of the men raved about the steaks. I didn't get any sense of candied bacon on the salmon or included in the panko topping but that was fine.

We also had the crispy artichoke hearts and a special sharp provolone and truffled mushroom dip for appetizers. We polished them off in no time.

While there, I saw 2 sets of neighbors in the dining room as well. It looks like the word has gotten out to the locals: Stone Fire Grille serves some delicious food.

Nov 06, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Stone Fire Grille, Beachwood NJ

My husband decided that he wanted to check out the place today instead of our usual OL lunch. We got there at 12:30pm and got the last 2 seats at the bar. The rest of the high-top tables and regular tables filled up by 1pm and the place was PACKED by 2.

We started with the "poutine" ($5) which is pulled pork and brown gravy over hand-cut french fries. It was delicious and we ate it all. 2 girls next to us said they were thinking about ordering it and we said they definitely should. (They wound up eating every last bit as well)

I was pretty full after the fries so I just had a bowl of French Onion Soup. ($4) The broth was outstanding but there were too many actual onions in it. Even one of the owners admitted that. I'll definitely order it again with instructions to give me fewer onion pieces and more of the delicious broth.

My husband had the Ghost Burger ($11) which is a hamburger topped with pickled onion, green chile salsa, and a slice of ghost pepper cheddar. He ate it all but made it clear that it was very hot and that most people wouldn't be able to handle it.

We were served by a few different bartenders so our bill for 4 beers, 3 mojitos, the poutine, the burger, and the soup was. . . $36. Because I've known the owner (very casually from living in the area and going to local bars) for a long time, we called her over to let her know that she needed to add more drinks to the bill. We were only charged for 1 of each. I think we still got out of there for under $60.

My husband was very impressed with the place. He said it was nice not only to see different things on a menu but also to have them be even better quality than what he was used to. I am sure that he will want to return there for lunch very soon.

Nov 02, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Announcement Thread: November 2014 COTM "THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE: A DISCOVERY OF THE FOODS AND FLAVORS OF AFRICA"

I haven't participated in a year and a half. None of the books have interested me. I miss COTM!

Oct 25, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Vegas with boring old farts...

Rude. We were in Vegas a year and half ago and visited Carnevino. Our most expensive meal of the week. The waiter looked down on us bc we didn't order appetizers or a pasta course. We were already blowing the budget on the mains/sides/drinks. We are just lowly public employees.

Oct 15, 2014
Njchicaa in Las Vegas