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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

Trying Giada's Chicken Marsala Meatballs tonight. I don't know why but I really like the idea of them. We shall see. Will be served over rice with steamed spinach.

can I pasteurize my raw milk icecream that made me sick and rechurn?

Heat doesn't destroy the toxins that bacteria create. THROW IT OUT.

1 day ago
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

I'm really looking forward to it! There's just something about that combination of pasta and clams and wine and parsley and SHHHHHHHHHH grated Parmesan cheese! YUM!

1 day ago
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

Linguine with white clam sauce is WFD here tonight. I've been craving it for like a week now. Even eating like 20 grilled clams at the beach yesterday didn't do it for me.

3 dinners + Sunday brunch - critique my shortlist!

We loved the Border Grill brunch so much we did it twice during our week there.

Aug 28, 2014
Njchicaa in Las Vegas

Remember Katie Joel on Top Chef?

I cannot stand her on Food Network's The Kitchen. Her voice makes me want to stab out my eardrums.

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

Yes, Sandwich Guy is on The Kitchen with Sunny Anderson and Marcella Valladoilid (??) both of whose shows have also been cancelled. FN has really cleaned house. Even Aunt Sandy is without a show these days.

Aug 13, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

There was some show about losing 5 pounds or something that both Melissa and Aarti were supposedly on. I never watched it on CC so I don't know if it is still on or not.

Aug 13, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

It's been cancelled for a couple of years now though re-runs show up in the early afternoon lineup sometimes.

Aug 13, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

I think they've all been cancelled except Damaris at this point. I haven't seen or heard anything about a new season of Sandwich King in quite awhile.

Aug 12, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Cookbook recommendations as gift for amateur home chef?

The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook is excellent.

Aug 11, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

Lenny "Cowboy Up" McNab won. Makes sense as the network seems to be going in a Midwest direction. I think his show will be cringetastic.

Aug 11, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

Oh man. You just ruined it for me. I only cook with it but still.....

Aug 07, 2014
Njchicaa in Wine

Jeffrey Steingarten

I enjoyed reading his books, especially the chapter about how vegetables and salad are evil.

Aug 05, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Food Network Star - 8/4

I think Lenny is the shoo-in to win and has been for many weeks now. He's just a big personality like Guy Fieri or Jeff Mauro.

I like Luca a lot but his heavy accent would be quite a barrier to him having a successful show, especially since FN is all "midwestern" now.

Nicole doesn't excite me at all. I live at the Jersey Shore just like she does and nothing she makes is anything special. We are known for our fish (bluefish, striped bass, flounder) and blue crabs, not anything particularly fancy.

My money is on Lenny. In the end, it really doesn't matter. Maybe he will get 1 show like Justin or 2-3 seasons like Jeff Mauro, Aarti, and Melissa D'Arabian. None of them last for long and I expect the same for Damaris, last season's winner.

Aug 05, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Key Lime Pie - Toms River!!!

Could they have been talking about Water Street?

Jul 29, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

My Chowhound Wedding

WOW!!!!! What an amazing spread for such a special day. Congratulations!

Jul 28, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Roasted apple-juice brined turkey breast, squash casserole, and probably macaroni and cheese. I was going to smoke the turkey breast but there's a chance of severe weather in the area today and tonight so I decided to just roast it in the oven instead.

It's not the most "summery" of meals but I'm making pans of squash casserole and macaroni and cheese for my sister and her husband. They have a 2 week old baby so I've been on food delivery duty. She actually gave me the turkey breast because she had no room in her freezer for it. I will be bringing her some of the turkey tomorrow too.

I'm also planning to do some kind of Greek-inspired orzo salad with feta cheese, oregano, and a lemon-vinaigrette. I don't have a recipe so it may be delicious or it might be a total fail.

Help me expand my grilling repertoire

Smoked meatloaf is soooooo good!

Shop Rite

They are having their can-can sale this week.

Jul 26, 2014
Njchicaa in Southern New England

Help me expand my grilling repertoire

London broil, skirt steak, shrimp, scallops, clams, lobster, sausage, kebabs, boneless chicken thighs, and even whole or butterflied chicken.

Picky People Coming for Dinner, What to Make?

I agree with both of you guys. Make a lasagna without onions, a big green salad, and antipasto platter. I think that is an excellent lineup.

Jul 26, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

I'm not sure. My husband said yesterday he was in the mood for Mexican but I had a friend over so our dinner wound up being mango margaritas. That counts as Mexican, right?

I have ground beef in the fridge so I can make burritos if he still wants Mexican. If not, then I may just do burgers in the cast iron skillet and grab a bag of onion rings from the freezer. Oh and there will be some form of zucchini. . . again.

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

no I sauteed them first and then let them bake at low heat in the oven for awhile to try to dry them out a bit.

Jul 24, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Tonight we are having Carmine's Pasta Pomodoro and leftover lemony Zucchini Gratin. Yum.

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Tonight we are having Carmine's Chicken Saltimboca over rice with zucchini gratin straight from the garden. I've really been slacking off on cooking over the past couple of weeks so it will be nice to have a proper meal. I especially love this chicken saltimboca recipe so that will make it a nice treat.

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

"this will send it OVER THE TOP"

Jul 22, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

"Cooking Block" What Do You Do?

I start flipping through my cookbooks for a new recipe to try. If you don't have cookbooks, browse through some food blogs.

blue fish recipes??

I do pretty much the same thing. Bake with white wine, tomatoes, onion, fresh basil or smoke it.

My dad coats with mayo and then adds fresh herbs and bakes.

Jul 19, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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When should a restaurant NOT comp a meal?

We had very poor customer service from the start to the finish of our meal at a well-known Vegas restaurant. I mean, it wasn't just one or two little things. The food was good so there was no reason to complain about that. But by the end of the meal, after waiting 30 minutes just for the check, I tweeted that I couldn't believe how horrible our experience was.

The company responded to the tweet before we even left the restaurant. They emailed me the next day and asked for a run-down of what had happened. . . which I sent to them. I told them that we were just tourists who likely wouldn't be back to Vegas anytime soon and that I had no plans to post a negative review on Yelp or anywhere else.

The general manager emailed me and invited us to brunch on the house so his staff could provide us with a much better experience. We went and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a wonderful gesture of goodwill particularly to 2 people who clearly weren't going to become regular guests. If we return to Vegas, we would definitely visit that place again.

Jul 19, 2014
Njchicaa in Not About Food