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What are you baking these days? August 2015 [OLD]

I'm still working on my White Bread with Poolish from Flour Water Salt Yeast. My sister enjoyed it last week. I enjoyed it more after a few days on the counter, not sure why. Will start the poolish again tomorrow!

Aug 25, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Enzymes

You can buy them as supplements just like you would buy fish oil or Vitamin C. I buy Pineapple & Papaya Enzymes at Trader Joe's.

Aug 25, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

Rustlers Burgers Left Out for 7Hrs Ok?

Ew. No. Toss them.

Aug 24, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Making Ina Garten's Lobster Corn Chowder this evening. Tired of corn grilled, steamed, and sauteed, so Eat Your Books inspired me to make a chowder. I'm about halfway through making it and it already smells amazing. I will serve it with toasted homemade bread from Flour Water Salt Yeast. (White Bread with Poolish)

Advice on my first Le Creuset

I have a 7 quart and I feel that it is pretty big. . . but I'm used to cooking for just 2 people most of the time. A friend looked at the 9 quart for me at the outlet store and said that if it was full of food it would probably be too heavy to lift and move around easily.

Aug 21, 2015
Njchicaa in Cookware

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Tonight we are having roasted chicken leg quarters with herb butter under the skin, jasmine rice, and fresh corn from the garden sauteed with roasted poblano peppers. I thought I took chicken breasts out of the freezer but apparently not.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Damaris actually came between Justin and Lenny. She's had 2 or 3 seasons of shows which seems to be about as far as the "winners" get before being cancelled.

Aug 17, 2015
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network?

When they started Cooking Channel, it was supposed to be like the "old" FN and be mostly stand and stir instructional shows. That format lasted for like a year or two and then they started with the travel and other format shows as well.

Aug 17, 2015
Njchicaa in Food Media & News
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Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Me too! That was who I was rooting for all along. I really hope they don't have him do a "travel" show though.

Aug 17, 2015
Njchicaa in Food Media & News

Favorite discontinued food items

Ken's Creamy Tomato Bacon salad dressing.

Aug 15, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

I am halfway through reading Endless Summer by Katie Lee. It was auto-shipped to me by TGC when I forgot about to decline.

Anyway, I can't stand listening to her speak so I haven't watched The Kitchen in months. Consequently, I didn't know if she had any cooking chops.

I'm really impressed with what I've seen so far. There are a ton of things I want to try.

Aug 12, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

Roasted chicken sounded reasonable when it was 73, gray, and raining. Now it is 85, sunny, and humid. Ugh. Anyway, that's WFD as well as leftover corn-risotto, leftover spinach/garlic, and probably a baked potato for my risotto-hating husband.

What's for Dinner? #380 - Insert weather-related title here [through August 11, 2015]

Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and steamed green beans. Because why not make the kitchen hotter on an August evening?

September 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

BARBECUE ADDICTION by Bobby Flay. As noted above, September is a perfect month for grilling. Many of the recipes are online at Food Network's web site because he made them on the first season (and maybe second) of the show.

This book is not just about grilling/smoking meat. It has cocktails, starters/salads/sides (a lot of fruits and veggies included), poultry, pork, beef/lamb, and fish/shellfish.

I've been happy with everything I've made from this book and would love a reason to dig more deeply into it.

Aug 10, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

cooking for a crowd over a weekend

You could also do marinated London broils instead of individual steaks to cut down on expense. Baked potatoes and corn on the cob can be cooked on the grill too.

Aug 07, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

The Shrimp Box?

Agree 100%

Aug 07, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Your favorite spaghetti recipe

I really like this tomato sauce with whole garlic cloves. It is simple but delicious. It is supposed to be made with pici but I use spaghetti or linguine with no problems. http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip...

Aug 07, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Velo Eatery, Toms River

I am hearing great things about Velo Eatery in Toms River. It is located on Rt. 9 by Church Road in the same space that Brooklyn Bistro and Afghan Kebab were in.

The web site seems to only list a brunch menu but their FB updates each day with the daily menu. http://veloeaterynj.com/ https://www.facebook.com/veloeaterynj

Has anyone been there yet?

Aug 07, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

I am heating up leftover ham, making homemade macaroni and cheese, and doing steamed green beans and baby carrots for our dinner tonight. I'm trying to be good about using up leftovers this week. My plan for tomorrow is to turn leftover pomodoro sauce from Sunday's Eggplant Parm into vodka sauce for penne. Stay tuned!

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

I am determined not to buy anything this month. I have a few newer books that I haven't cooked much from yet. I also just joined Eat Your Books so I'm looking forward to using the ones I already have more often.

What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

I've been hiding in the air conditioning so my cooking hasn't been very "summery". Last night I baked a ham and we had fresh corn off the cob and mashed potatoes to go with. Tonight I plan to roast a chicken and serve leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, and steamed spinach. Then we'll go back to ham tomorrow.

Monmouth/Ocean: Regular weekly specials at casual restaurants

The Office Lounge in Toms River is privately-owned and not part of a chain. It is like 10 seconds off of Exit 82.

Aug 03, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Puff Pastry Appetizer in advance

I like this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... You can make them a day in advance and then just slice and bake before everyone arrives. I've also done a version with mozzarella, proscuitto, and fresh sage. Yum!

Aug 03, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

“A Cookbook a Week” Challenge (CAWC) – Thread #4 - Will you join me?

so glad to hear you like the book so far!

Aug 01, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Cookbook Challenge

I finally signed up for Eat Your Books after reading about you guys using it for years. I am hoping that it will help me to get into the less-used books in my collection.

Monmouth/Ocean: Regular weekly specials at casual restaurants

Office Lounge has $15 prime rib every Tuesday.

Jul 30, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What are the treasured items in your kitchen?

My great-grandmother's crepe pan.

Jul 28, 2015
Njchicaa in Cookware

Looking for cookbook suggestions

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

Jul 27, 2015
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