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How many different types of fish have you tried?

flounder, fluke, striped bass, bluefish, bonita, mahi mahi, wahoo, red snapper, Patagonian toothfish (Chilean Sea Bass), grouper, catfish, cod, Arctic char, tilapia, Dover sole, tile fish, swordfish, sockeye salmon, King salmon, tuna, and I'm sure a bunch of others that I'm forgetting!

Jan 27, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

Too much hassle to bother with foods

Artichokes

Jan 27, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

I'm in the Blizzard Warning area so work closed early. After a little nap under the electric blanket, I'm going to make a big pot of meatballs and sauce in my new Le Creuset 7 Quart Dutch Oven. That's WFD with spaghetti and some warmed up ciabatta.

Superbowl 2015

Carmine's Salad and Carmine's Lasagna with the Ultimate Ridiculous Fluffy Coconut Cake. Guests bring the appetizers.

Jan 25, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

There's a thread about somewhere on the NJ board. It is on Rt 9 in Beachwood where High Velocity was.

Jan 24, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

Glad to hear that you enjoyed it! We have been very pleasantly surprised by it.

Jan 24, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

I try to participate as much as I can but my experience is pretty much limited to the Toms River area which we can all agree is not a hotbed of great places.

I've been trying to generate some interest in a restaurant that was recently revamped in the area and I think only one person has responded after 4 or 5 visit reports.

Jan 23, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Stone Fire Grille, Beachwood NJ

Went there yesterday for lunch. They've changed the menu somewhat. The poutine fries are gone which is a disappointment but we enjoyed the mozzarella "pops" and the truffled mushroom provolone dip as appetizers. After that I was too full to have what I had planned (grilled salmon sandwich) but my husband went ahead and ordered the sausage and broccoli rabe burger. He LOVED it!

If I remember correctly, the menu has a lot of vegetarian options. Here, I found the new menu online: http://stonefiregrille.com/menu.html

This place is a great addition to the area.

Jan 19, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Anyone been to XINA Oyster Bar, Sushi, Chinese Bistro in TR lately...?

I've never been but many of my family members and friends have gone there and have been very happy with their meals.

Jan 19, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Nuts with drinks

I stick with the Union Square Cafe's recipe for Bar Nuts. It is fast and easy to make and everyone LOVES them! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

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

Went by today and saw a sign up for Smashburger. It looks like it is in a smallish location between Panera Bread and the future Social 37. 4 restaurants/fast-casual places lined up in a row across from Office Lounge and Atlanta Bread? (and ShopRite with their huge hot and cold food bars and prepared food department)

It will be interesting to see who survives and who doesn't. I'm already hearing complaints about BWW regarding the sound of the TVs and price of drinks. We were at OL on Sunday for football and it was packed. We are regulars there so I trust the bartender when she said that they haven't lost any weekend "game" business to BWW. I've had 2 sandwiches from Panera Bread for lunch so far that that was 2 too many IMO.

I guess we shall see.

Jan 05, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Foods you don't like … redux?

I have no food allergies at all. That being said, I never want fruit and/or nuts to be part of my meal. They are fine by themselves as appetizers but not on a dish.

I also don't want to have to deal with roasted red peppers, eggplant, offal, scallops, tripe, and any strange pork by-products.

Maybe that makes me super-picky but I don't care. Keep you fruit out of my food and keep your nasty by-products off of my plate.

Jan 04, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Had a gorgeous and light slice of lemon-poppy seed cake served to me at a B&B on New Year's morning. Must recreate it!

Jan 03, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Foods you don't like … redux?

I'm really bad. There are a lot of things that I don't like but I really hate fruit/nuts in or on my food. I don't want strawberries in my salad or a maple syrup glaze on my salmon. Fruit stays by itself or in fruit salad and nuts stay in a nut mix. I don't mix fruit/nuts with my meals. (I'm sure I sound insane)

Jan 03, 2015
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Has anyone seen the frozen French Onion soup? I didn't see it today and didn't want to bother anyone after asking about the Tuna for Cats. (Temporarily out of stock)

Dec 30, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains

Stone Fire Grille, Beachwood NJ

We were there again on Friday for lunch. We love the Office Lounge but we are so bored with the menu that we decided to go to Stone Fire instead.

We both had burgers. I ordered a Cheeseburger with Buffalo Fries and my husband ordered the 50/50 Burger (half ground beef, half ground bacon) with Buffalo Fries. I ordered a mojito and my husband had some kind of beer that I just can't remember.

The burgers were very good but once again we were served plain fries instead of "buffalo" fries. Either we got the plain ones or we couldn't detect anything "buffalo" about their Buffalo fries. In any case, my husband loves them because they are freshly cut and not coated in batter like we see at OL or the local diners.

Once again, when we got the bill, we saw that a couple of the drinks we ordered were left off. None of the bartenders said they were buying us one so we weren't quite sure what happened. One of them laughed when he took our credit card and heard me tell my husband "well, it's still cheaper than The Office".

Dec 28, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Lasagna withour ricotta

I've made Gabriele Corcos' Pesto Lasagna recipe from the Extra Virgin cookbook and it uses bechamel instead of ricotta. http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip... I like it a lot but I've started adding a layer of ricotta to it because, personally, I love the stuff. (also heads up, I wound up needing twice as much bechamel as they said to make/use in the recipe

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I plan to try their Lasagna Bolognese recipe this week and it also omits ricotta: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip...

Dec 28, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Did Santa bring you any new cooking devices, gadgets, etc?

Good to use on a whim if you have room in your freezer to keep the bowl in there all the time. Otherwise it takes like 24 hours to freeze before you can use it.

Dec 26, 2014
Njchicaa in Cookware

Did Santa bring you any new cooking devices, gadgets, etc?

My husband finally caught the clue and bought me the 7 quart round Le Creuset French Oven. I am SOOOO excited about this!

My sister bought my husband a new digital probe thermometer with remote temperature readout and a Cuisinart Electric Carving Knife.

All good things in my book!

Dec 25, 2014
Njchicaa in Cookware

Has this Turkey spoiled?

I would NOT eat that bird.

Dec 25, 2014
Njchicaa in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

I don't know if it is a new item or not but I seriously just ate half a chunk of the Italian Truffle Cheese that I received in my Secret Santa gift today. Sooooo good!

Dec 22, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains

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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