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First food thought this morning

Mmmmmmm... I thought about a DELICIOUS breakfast sandwich from WaWa. I had an install today so I was on the road @ 5:30....

Yum, yum, yum....

Nov 23, 2014
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Sharpening Ceramic Knives

So a steel isn't going to cut it? So to speak....

Nov 22, 2014
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Sharpening Ceramic Knives

By accident I have acquired an 8" ceramic chef's knife. Any tips on sharpening? It's quite dull.

Nov 21, 2014
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Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

A new restaurant opened near us with an unconscionable name. They call it 'Five Persons Burgers & Fries". Just appalling.....

Also FWIW in Western PA 'Youse' is 'Youns'.

Rule #1...always...

& don't put them in the silverware basket in the dishwasher 'point up' either

Chuck roast for pulled beef sandwiches

I don't see much chuck in the grocery stores these days. Chuck is anything from the shoulder so I've used 'shoulder cut London broil'. It's awful for London Broil but not bad for BBQ Beef.

Nov 18, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Pumpkin Pie-first time making/too many recipe options!

I find most pumpkin pies are too bland & sweet. So - I use my mom's recipe. It's the one from the back of the Libbys can BUT she doubled all the spices & used half white sugar & half brown sugar.

She didn't like pie crust so she buttered the pie plates & dusted them with cornmeal. When you baked the pies that formed a sort of crust so the slices came out of the pan.

In my opinion (only) you can't eat pumpkin pie without homemade whipped cream.

Is King Arthur Flour worth the price?

My local grocery store has King Arthur at an insane price - like $6 per pound. So - I buy 50# bags at the bakery supply place for $20.

Nov 18, 2014
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OH NO - Thanksgiving Panic has set in

Wegman's, Whole Foods & ShopRite all have fresh turkeys

Nov 18, 2014
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Which roast veg to pair with braised lamb ragu+pappardelle?

When I do braised or roasted lamb I often braise small onions (white, red & cippolini) in some oil & pomegranate juice. It's a recipe I got from "The Philosopher's Kitchen".

Nov 18, 2014
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Pumpkin Schmumpkin: What About Cranberries?

+1 on the biscotti although I don't dip mine in chocolate

Nov 18, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Greek Fries Are the Best Fries

Finally. I lived in Greece for a couple years in the early '90s. I never had a Gyro there with lettuce (lettuce isn't grown in Greece) & every one had 'chips' (French fries).

Nov 15, 2014
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What's Cooking While It's Freezing?

Gumbo. That'll warm ya...

Nov 15, 2014
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Meat Grinder - What hp should I be looking at?

Yup - it's heavy. I got it for $10 at a garage sale. It'll grind up a whole cow with no effort. The coffee grinder cost me $40.

Nov 12, 2014
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Meat Grinder - What hp should I be looking at?

I think mine is 1 HP. It's the one on the left in the pic....

Nov 11, 2014
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More GMO food headed to OUR supermarkets!

I'm actually less concerned about the genetic manipulation than the patenting & trademarking of GMO foods. These foods are becoming proprietary & so subject to a lot of price manipulation.

ISO of better Pizza Stone or tiles.

ANy steel supplier can sell you a piece of steel plate. The best thing is to ask if you can see their 'drops'. Drops are leftover bits & pieces. They usually have some leftover pieces of plate - often round. It's all random though so they might have 1/4" or 3/8" or 1/2". You can usually get a drop pretty cheaply - much cheaper than if you go in & order a particular size. Any steel you buy there is going to have sharp edges- really sharp. You'll have to take off the sharp edges.

Nov 09, 2014
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Illicit indulgences

Hershey bar & a Diet Coke.

Nov 08, 2014
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Over seasoned cast iron skillet. What now?

Put it in the oven @250 for an hour to continue seasoning it. Remove & wipe out the excess.

Nov 06, 2014
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Curent best vacuum sealer?

I had been thinking about a vacuum sealer for a while. I was going to buy one @ Cabelas because they kept showing me a sale price on one of the better ones. So, of course, when I finally went to buy it - no sale price.

I went with my #2 choice which was on sale. I bought a VacMaster 260 Pro. Shown here: http://www.webstaurantstore.com/ary-v...

I wanted a model with the wide heat bar & a piston air pump which this model has.

So far - so good. It's easy to use, easy to clean, seems to seal everything up nice & tight. So far I've used it for ground beef, dog cakes, Granola & blocks of American Cheese. Hafta buy more bags.....

Nov 06, 2014
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Is it disappointing for you not to eat turkey or ham on Thanksgiving?

I like tradition but I wouldn't cry if I never ate another Turkey. I definitely like stuffing, green bean casserole & pumpkin pie. Those I would miss.

Back in the early '90's my wife, 3 kids & I lived on a Greek island for a couple years. Small island, small stores. So, a month before Thanksgiving I went to the 'big' grocery store & spoke with the manager - Stelios. I told him I wanted a big turkey for Thanksgiving. He didn't know much about Thanksgiving but he'd heard of it. "How big?" he asks. "10 kilos" I told him. 'Oh po po" he says, "I'll have to order it." So... a week before Thanksgiving a 22# frozen Butterball turned up.

Nov 03, 2014
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Tough london broil what to do with it

Slice it super thin on the bias & serve on a crusty roll w/ horseradish.

Nov 02, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

It's all about the egg .

I bet you're buying Pugliese's eggs. I buy them all the time too. Last Sunday I had two double yolks in a row.

Nov 02, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Holiday Food Customs

Hard sauce is a true New England thing although we always had it on Steamed Blueberry pudding at Xmas. You could get a DUI from my grandmother's hard sauce.

I'm (mostly) Italian but ever since we started making our own sauerkraut we follow the German tradition of pork & sauerkraut on New Year's Day.

Nov 02, 2014
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Key Foods Manalapan

They had a couple good specials when they opened but everything else was priced high. They didn't have anything better or different from Wegmans or Shoprite so no real reason to shop there. Definitely poor market research.

Oct 30, 2014
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How much should $1000 worth of groceries last a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teens that eat like adults? Please help!

Feeding teenagers is a bit like having a plague of locusts in your fridge. I remember those days at my house. I often felt like we had a corner of the grocery store tipped into our kitchen. & of course they had friends & everybody came to our house. One evening 3# of grapes disappeared at the rate of just under a pound per minute.

Oct 27, 2014
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Hot fudge sundae, what flavor ice cream?

Coffee
Peppermint Stick
Chocolate
Vanilla

Oct 26, 2014
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Pizza Sauce versus Pasta Sauce

I make my own red sauce for pasta. The spices are basil & oregano (plus garlic & onions). When I use it for pizza sauce I use about 1 cup per pizza & add 1 tsp of sugar & 1/2 tsp of Rosemary.

Oct 23, 2014
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Would Someone Please Explain Why Cream Costs SO Much More than Half-N-Half And Butter?

They don't even call it 'Whole Milk' anymore. Around here & everywhere else I've looked they call it 'Vitamin D' Milk.

Oct 21, 2014
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freeze parm regg

I grate & freeze it all the time. Tastes fine to me.