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New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

I would definitely recommend Battleview Orchards over Delicious Orchard. http://www.battlevieworchards.com/ They are off the tourist map mostly. They have the best peaches I've had since Hulse's on Long Island when I was a kid.

May 24, 2015
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Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

I got a deal on a case of mushrooms at Restaurant Depot the other day. They turned into 12 pints of pickled mushrooms. Waiting a week or two for the flavor to mature - we'll see how they are. First time I've pickled mushrooms.

May 17, 2015
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Uncle Ralston's Homestyle Cooking Freehold, NJ

I liked the 'Eggs, Pies..." sign. Never ate there though.

May 16, 2015
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No water bath jam

Some 'plink' when they seal, some don't.

May 10, 2015
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Percentage off sales vs actual sale price

NJ here. % off is never a good deal.

May 04, 2015
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Supermarket music

Ok - so browsing along in ShopRite one day the music catches my attention. They're playing 'Sweet Jane". I didn't know they sold that in ShopRite.....

Jeopardy Winner

Depends on where. Most places yes, NYC - probably not.

May 04, 2015
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bologna..?

Hatfield, Kunzler and Berks all make an acceptable ring baloney. They are all from around Lancaster, PA - Pa Dutch Country. I have no idea if they sell online.

Apr 28, 2015
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Eggplant parm and.....

Sauteed Escarole - just like Broccoli-Rabe but add a splash of Balsamic vinegar at the end.

Palate Memory...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm............

Apr 25, 2015
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When was the last time you had a REAL hot dog?

Well - the other day I was in The Sheetz & they had hot dogs 2/$1.00. They were low-end dogs but all 4 of them were delicious....

Apr 24, 2015
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bologna..?

I get a craving for regular old pink baloney every now & then. If it's the kind from the supermarket (Shickhaus or Wunderbar) I like plastic cheese on it. I had some Lebanon (properly pronounced 'Lebnun') baloney the other day sort of inadvertently & it was tasty.

Now Ring Baloney - that's a whole 'nother world. ESPECIALLY if you get the garlic kind.

Apr 24, 2015
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Palate Memory...

The other day when I had Youvetsi at the Greek restaurant. I haven't had it since I left Greece in '93. What a rush - took me right back....

Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

At our house what was for dinner was what's for dinner. Options were any leftovers or PB&J. I had 3 kids & sometimes it's hard to find something everyone likes and sometimes there's something some people REALLY like. That seemed to work out ok. Everybody ate & there wasn't much complaining.

Anyone thought about selling their homemade dishes or pastry? Does it need any license?

No flea market will let you sell food without a license. They don't want that kind of liability.

How can a roast pig be tasteless?

Haha. Unhelpful but funny.

Apr 21, 2015
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Favorite Bacon brand

Kunzler is good but I prefer Leidy's. PA brands.

Apr 18, 2015
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stabilizers in homemade ice cream

We acquired an ice cream maker a couple years ago & since then have made all of our own ice cream. I usually make a custard style with eggs, cream, 1/2 & 1/2 & sugar plus other flavorings. No other stabilizers added. It's really good & we like it a lot.

Ok - so a couple weeks ago I got in a time jam & bought some Kirkland Vanilla ice cream to go with pie at Easter. The flavor was very good but to me the mouth feel was gummy. Very different from what I make.

Apr 17, 2015
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First batch of coffee for my bialetti 3 cup moka advice

COSTCO has Lavazza at a reasonable price.

Apr 15, 2015
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Cabbage Rolls anyone?

Vinegar gets slightly sweet when it's baked. I don't know if lemon juice or citric acid will do that.

Apr 14, 2015
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Cabbage Rolls anyone?

You have to put vinegar in the sauce when you bake them. Otherwise they don't taste right.

Apr 13, 2015
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Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

For the sauce - Basil, Oregano, Salt & pepper & a slug of red wine. I use 2 #10 cans which take 1/4C Basil, 1T Oregano, 2T salt & 50 grinds of pepper
For the onions - Pickling spice from the seasonings aisle

Apr 12, 2015
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Cabbage Rolls anyone?

I do it the same way. Core - blanch - peel - blanch - peel etc etc. I usually peel 5-6 leaves & roll them while the head is back in blanching. Magiesmom is right - it just takes a little time.

Apr 12, 2015
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Help with braised lamb ideas

Youvetsi. Very Greek & usually done with a shank but you can use any lamb for it.

Apr 11, 2015
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Made a pork pot roast (I think)! Exciting. But puzzled.

Well there are a lot of ways to do things & some prefer one way and some prefer another. In this case I think either way would work. When I do a pot roast like that I usually brown the meat & then dump the onions in for a couple minutes before I add the liquids & the rest of the ingredients. I like the flavor that little bit of char on the onions adds.

Apr 11, 2015
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Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

Well it's a little early for canning anything fresh around here. I did do a batch of spaghetti sauce on Thursday. A month or so ago Restaurant Depot had a gallon container of peeled pearl onions in the clearance rack for half price so I pickled them. They are delicious.

Apr 11, 2015
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How Do I Thicken Buffalo Wing Sauce?

I make that sauce all the time. Let your melted butter cool a bit & make sure the hot sauce is REALLY cold when you mix them. Just mix them in a bowl with a wisk, the coolness of the hot sauce makes the butter thicken & it becomes like an emulsion. Simple.

Apr 10, 2015
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Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

Eating scrambled eggs without ketchup would be like eating..... macaroni & cheese without hot sauce. I don't care for ketchup on my spam though.

Apr 08, 2015
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No heavy cream at Costco?

They have it at my Costco but it's half the price at Restaurant Depot.

Apr 06, 2015
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Milk spoilage question

I've noticed that the flavor of milk changes over time once it's opened. It's not spoiled but the flavor becomes less...sweet (?) over 4 or 5 days.

Apr 06, 2015
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