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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

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.

about 9 hours ago
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

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

about 9 hours ago
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

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.

1 day ago
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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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.

Jul 22, 2014
Njchicaa in General Topics
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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

Shrimp Ceviche Help!

I agree with draining out most of the marinade. One of my favorite shrimp ceviches in Mexico actually adds a bit of orange juice to the mixture as well. That would probably help.

Jul 19, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

I really enjoyed reading that. Hysterical. "Life is a like a box of of mozzarella sticks. You never know what you're gonna get, but you can predict with 100 percent accuracy that it will be a mozzarella stick."

Jul 18, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

My summer place is right here where we live: the Jersey Shore. (and no, we don't hang out with people like Snooki and J-Woww) I'm so lucky to live here.

WFD is probably going to be leftover spaghetti and homemade meat sauce. If not that, then Fettuccini Alfredo. I don't go crazy with dinners on Friday night.

Jul 18, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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My First Chipotle

My coworkers and I go there sometimes for lunch. It is good on a day where I didn't bring anything to eat but is it something that I would go out of my way to have for dinner? No.

Jul 16, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains

Katie Lee (Joel) - LG Commercial

She is horrific on Food Network's The Kitchen. I cannot stand listening to her.

Jul 15, 2014
Njchicaa in Food Media & News
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Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

Lakewood is not a place I'd recommend for a vacation.

Jul 13, 2014
Njchicaa in Kosher

Monmouth/Ocean County baby shower venue

Firefly in Manasquan did an excellent job for my cousin's bridal shower but I don't think they are operating there any longer.

Serenity Cafe is definitely still worth considering. It is another 10 minutes down the GSP and a straight shot on Rt 37. You'll get delicious food instead of the usual nasty fare that you get from traditional shower/wedding places.

Jul 12, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

I thought I posted earlier but maybe not?

Tonight we are having smoked chicken breasts, homemade potato salad, and grilled corn. I will turn the leftover smoked chicken into smoked chicken salad.

Jul 12, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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HELP!! Extremely picky eaters, out of dinner options!!

I hear you, believe me. Let me just add this gentle tidbit of advice and I swear I don't mean to sound snarky. I truly do not like paying my mortgage each month or going to the girly doctor each year. . . but I do these things because I need to. There will never be a day in my life where I think "wow, I am really craving cauliflower" (or broccoli or zucchini) but I eat these things because I know I need to. Just something to keep in mind.

Jul 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Chinese delivery tonight. I'm in a super-foul mood and can't be bothered to cook.

Jul 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Tonight it is chicken marsala, jasmine rice, and cucumber salad. I had last-day thin chicken cutlets in the freezer and bought last day mushrooms for 99 cents a pack. I already have all of the other required ingredients so it is a cheap and yummy meal here tonight.

Jul 08, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Should a chain comp an item (or offer some other compensation) if an entree is prepared wrong?

As long as the item is re-made, I am happy with that. If the manager chooses to take it off the bill or buy us drinks, it is much appreciated. . . but not expected.

Jul 07, 2014
Njchicaa in Chains
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Ribeyes are my favorite!

Jul 06, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

We were at the beach from 8am until 1:30pm. We chilled, we grilled, but we definitely didn't swim because the ocean is cold!

Dinner tonight will probably be homemade fish and chips with a salad on the side. Something easy.

Jul 06, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Tonight's dinner will be low-key after last night's surf and turf extravaganza. Grilled chicken breasts, homemade macaroni and cheese (pulled from the freezer), and leftover green salad from yesterday. If I am feeling ambitious, I might make cheese-garlic buttermilk drop biscuits to go with everything.

Jul 05, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

It is raining here at the Jersey Shore. Luckily we didn't plan our usual huge BBQ bash because we wouldn't be able to fit everyone in the house.

Our very good friends from up the block are coming down with their baby. I have lobsters, shrimp, clams, london broil, corn, and a salad ready to go. I'm making shrimp cocktail and clams casino with half of the clams for appetizers. Everything else will be for dinner. No plans for dessert as I expect we will all be too stuffed to even think about it.

Jul 04, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Stone Fire Grille, Beachwood NJ

The old High Velocity has been renovated and reopened as Stone Fire Grille. I drove past there at 5pm on Tuesday night and the parking lot was full. We haven't gone there yet but friends of ours have and said that the food was very good. I imagine we will check it out soon.

Jul 03, 2014
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

How exciting! I can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Jul 02, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Tonight is a continuation of this week's "clear out the freezers" cooking. Grilled, marinated fish for me and grilled sausages for my husband. I'm bored with rice as a side. I'm thinking of maybe potatoes au gratin on the side to go with a bag of frozen steamed green beans. It's nothing to get excited about but it also didn't require shelling out any money at the grocery store over the weekend.

Jul 02, 2014
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Insanely Hot Jalapenos

I've found that freezing jalapeƱos only makes them hotter.

Jul 02, 2014
Njchicaa in General Topics

Salad Dressing: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for July 2014

Salad cream tastes like Miracle Whip.

Jul 02, 2014
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Butter versus Margarine

I grew up on butter and that's what I use today. Margarine tastes very different and is generally known to be unhealthy for you so I see no need to use it.

Interestingly, I don't mind it when I'm in Mexico. I notice that a lot of cooking that I've had in Cozumel uses margarine. But that's just 1 week out of the year...

Jul 01, 2014
Njchicaa in General Topics

Butter versus Margarine

My grandmother told me about having to add color to margarine back during WW2. They couldn't get butter so they had to use margarine.

Jul 01, 2014
Njchicaa in General Topics