njmarshall55's Profile

Title Last Reply

Buying chopsticks

I prefer the lacquered ones. The lacquer does last, and the sets I've seen in the Chinese grocery store gives you several pair. Also, they're not very expensive. If all else fails, a good Asian buffet usually has a bucket of them near the sushi bar and you can help yourself to the wooden ones.

Dec 10, 2014
njmarshall55 in Cookware

What goes with cabbage?

Amen to pork. Of course, pork goes with anything in myriad of forms.

sides with meatloaf

Mashed/smashed potatoes, sauteed broccoli de rape (broccole rabe), small/peeled/roasted potatoes, caprese salad (tomatoes, mozz, fresh basil, black olives, oil/balsamic), breaded and fried cauliflower (my fave fer sure), creamed spinach with heavy on the garlic, sauteed onions and Italian frying peppers (cubanelle...btw, they go great with eggs the next morning, too)...my fingers hurt from typing...I think I'll stop here...good luck!

Dec 04, 2014
njmarshall55 in Home Cooking

Tomato Paste: What is it good for?

Agreed there is a difference in taste, but just two days ago I was using a can of each for a pot of gravy and noticed that the tomato puree can listed tomato paste and water as the sum total of ingredients. That said, why use puree to begin with?

Nov 25, 2014
njmarshall55 in General Topics

Bogg's Cranberry Liquor?

Heaven!

Favourite type of rice?

Aroborio. I make ALOT of risotto and use leftover for arancini.

Nov 13, 2014
njmarshall55 in General Topics

If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

Huy Fong Chili Garlic Paste.

Nov 13, 2014
njmarshall55 in General Topics

How do we feel about microwaving cheese to bring it to room temperature?

None of the above. I just take it out of the fridge and let it set. Never thought of nuking it. I imagine any down side would be related to what kind/hardness of the cheese you're dealing with. Obviously Brie and Camembert can be served hot, en crout. (sp?). But chedder? Swiss? I'd be afraid to try.

Nov 10, 2014
njmarshall55 in Cheese
1

Stovetop/Oven Frittata in Tri-Ply Stainless Steel

Another consideration is what oil is being used. I've had disastrous results in non-stick using EVOO. Still got a hot spot and sticking. Canola or veg oil seems to minimize that. Another consideration is your ingredients. I start with potatoes and onions and mushrooms as a base. The eggs come later when they're almost done.
I used to finish under the broiler but now I just slide it onto the pan cover, invert and ensure the top is done just before serving.

Nov 10, 2014
njmarshall55 in Home Cooking

Fish & Chips - What kind of fish do you like?

Traditionally, Cod, but I'll do Swai in a pinch at home. Some places around here (CT) do pollock, but nothing beats Cod for the texture and thickness of the filet.

Diners in New Jersey near the Garden State Parkway, preferably near Montclair

Sounds like you've been in FL a while...remember the small ice cream stand on rt 4 in that general area? A bit OT, i know, but I enjoy reminiscing.

Nov 10, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Diners in New Jersey near the Garden State Parkway, preferably near Montclair

Land and Sea is on FL Ave...next to the tracks. Guess I'm just remembering things from my childhood...DD on the Rt. 4 spot I used to walk to from Brookside Ave.

Nov 09, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Diners in New Jersey near the Garden State Parkway, preferably near Montclair

Hard to tell from the map, but is that where the old Dunkin Donuts used to be?

Nov 09, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Good Jersey Bakery?

An early sign of things to come for Carlo's!

Nov 08, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Sriracha Chili Sauce Condiment or Crack?!

Not being able to improve the product, it was only a matter of time before the packaging was upgraded....
http://www.eater.com/2014/11/7/717373...

Nov 07, 2014
njmarshall55 in General Topics

Diners in New Jersey near the Garden State Parkway, preferably near Montclair

Ideally, any diner will give you what you're looking for. It's what they're known for. Some more than others, obviously. A good place to start would be http://njdiners.com/cgi-bin/listing.cgi.

Nov 07, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Is there a decent Cheesesteak in Northern NJ?

JOOC...grew up in FL...where is it in town?

Nov 06, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Hartford area music with dinner

I gather from your post that you would not necessarily be interested in a strolling violin at Cugino's in Farmington, but it's worth a shout.

Food and wine magazine and the like [Moved from New Jersey]

For the ones I have had over the years, I take a good hard look at which ones I want to save, tear recipes out of the rest and dump the remains. I've started to scan recipes into my own categories and collections. Obviously those that I will never make don't make the cut, especially ones with ingredients I'd use once in a lifetime. Interestingly enough, the more expensive the "feel" of the periodical, the less likely I'll throw it out...like the ones from ATK/CC from the supermarket shelf. Cardboard magazine holders are also good to have to keep them organized rather than just dumped in a box.

uses for pickle juice

I use it in my recipe for home made tartar sauce for fish.

Nov 04, 2014
njmarshall55 in Home Cooking

Pinto's in Hackensack

Fond memories of Jahn's on Rt. 4W, just before the River Road turnoff and 208. Their "Kitchen Sink" was a favorite of groups of kids. No matter how many we showed up with, we barely dented it.
Right around the corner on River Road was Kind's Dairy...another ice cream favorite of the locals.

Oct 31, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey
1

Best diners in NJ

Agreed. The service has been pretty good from my perspective, the salad bar is always a mess, but I do enjoy it. They do some meals better than others. Music tends to be too loud for my taste. Specials are well priced, but overall the place just seems "tired." The hardest thing about the Coach House is giving people directions so they don't miss the parking lot entrance without having to circle back down Rte. 17.

Oct 26, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Best diners in NJ

Thanks for the response, but what renovation do you mean? The facilities, the food, or both?

Oct 26, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Best diners in NJ

Any feedback on the Chit Chat? Used to go there when it was ... (I forgot the old name.)

Oct 26, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

Has anyone tried 8'O Clock coffee and how is it?

I amend my previous post....I thought I remembered seeing Bokar on the shelf. I was wrong. I went to five local grocery stores and no Bokar. I DO remember it being in a black or brown bag...but then I think my memory is NOT what it once was. I apologize. I even looked it up on Amazon...no deal.

Oct 26, 2014
njmarshall55 in General Topics

cooking for your dog

You nailed what I do for the dogs...boiled chicken, brown rice and veggies. They get their vitamin pills and yeast/garlic powder, too. No appetite problems, altho the CKCS breed may have problems with protein and their ears, according to the vet.

Oct 25, 2014
njmarshall55 in Not About Food

Extraordinary bar snacks

I was in VP-19 until the early 80's. Misawa was a great place to deploy.

Oct 22, 2014
njmarshall55 in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Agreed. However, one point I would like to make is that, as many things in life, it's a tradeoff...mass produced pizza, yes, but the convenience of DELIVERED mass produced pizza will prove to be a factor. Just as the convenience of drive-through burgers will be a trade-off to an actual sit down meal in a diner or chain restaurant.

Oct 20, 2014
njmarshall55 in General Topics

German Restaurants in NJ

The girl I was going out with in HS was in the german club. Their end-of-year lunch was at the Blue Swan. Entertainment was a group German lesson with songs at the restaurant.
I also remember the Swiss Chalet up on 17...Ramsey was it?

Oct 18, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey

German Restaurants in NJ

It was a family favorite back in the day. It was close, too...we lived in Fair Lawn. But I DO remember back in the early 70's, one night my father dared me to eat an entire pizza by myself and I finished it off with a baked Alaska. I don't remember it being particularly good food, but it was a very family-friendly environment.

Oct 17, 2014
njmarshall55 in New Jersey