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Will I find a better deal on Staub?

I happened to be in HomeGoods the other day. They had lots of LC, some Staub.

1 day ago
JoeBabbitt in Cookware

Ok, sure, you don't *need* fancy equipment...

You can drive and get around in anything but driving & getting around in a '69 E-type Roadster is way more fun.

Your results may vary....

Dec 16, 2014
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Foodie Movies

'Eating Raoul'.

Dec 15, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Food Media & News

Foodie Movies

'Chef' was fun.

Dec 15, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Food Media & News

Please help identify Cast Iron Dutch Oven

I don't know who made it but they were some skilled molders. The finish on that piece is exceptionally nice.

Dec 14, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Cookware

What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

We always re-enact the final scene from 'Moonstruck' when we have oatmeal. "I'm sure it's going to be just delicious...."

Dec 12, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Favorite cooking task(s)?

You know - I've read through this a couple times and I like everything. There's really no part of cooking I don't enjoy. But the thing I like the best is when I cook something & serve it to a few people & the conversation just stops. There's that moment of silence & you know you just hit a homerun.

I'd like to, but I've never tried homemade . . .

So, do you think Mindy's sells more strudel or cheesecake....

Dec 09, 2014
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

I'd like to, but I've never tried homemade . . .

This recipe is pretty simple. I learned it from a friend's nanny when I lived in Greece. Her name was Kiri Elena (Mrs. Helen).

From a friend’s nanny’s recipe:

Ingredients:
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
1 large eggplant – peeled & sliced thin
2 small potatoes – sliced thinly
1 lb ground meat – beef or lamb
1 chopped onion
6 cloves chopped garlic
Bechamel Sauce (recipe follows)

Brown the ground meat & add the onions & cook until the onions are tender. Add the chopped garlic & cook for another 2 minutes. Coat the bottom of an 8x11” baking dish with olive oil. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with sliced potatoes. Then cover the potatoes with a layer of sliced eggplant & sprinkle with salt & pepper. Spread the cooked meat/onion/garlic mixture over the eggplant and follow with another layer of eggplant & sprinkle with salt & pepper again. Cover the top layer of eggplant with the Bechamel Sauce & bake @ 350 degrees for an hour.

Bechamel Sauce:

Ingredients:
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks
Salt
¼ cup grated parmesan or romano OR a dash of nutmeg

Heat the olive oil in a large measuring cup on high in the microwave for 30 seconds; add the flour, stir & heat again on high for 1 minute. Wisk the oil/flour mixture & add the milk. Wisk it again & microwave on high for 4 minutes (microwave time varies but you want the mixture to boil & thicken), wisking a couple times during the cooking. Add two egg yolks, a pinch of salt & wisk thoroughly again. Microwave for one more minute. Stir & add EITHER the nutmeg (traditionally Greek) OR the grated cheese (I like it better with cheese).

Notes:

The size of the pan may vary depending on the size of the eggplant

You can put remaining eggplant in the middle of the pan – it will collapse as it cooks

ONLY use an eggplant with a BRIGHT GREEN STEM. Any eggplant with a brown stem is old & will be bitter.

Dec 09, 2014
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

Am I a super taster or just super picky?

When your blood sugar is high it definitely alters the taste of foods. I'm diabetic and I can always tell when my blood sugar gets high - stuff starts tasting nasty.

Dec 09, 2014
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For your well-to-do inner caveman:

Progress happens for a reason. However that knife is perfect for breaking down a Mammoth. If you happen to be breaking down a Mammoth.....

Dec 09, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Cookware

Catering a few dishes for a dinner party at my Old Bridge home?

Tuscany is good. They have three locations - Manalapan, Marlboro & I think Old Bridge.

Dec 09, 2014
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Basic Burger bun

I make these for burgers & sandwiches:

http://www.breadworld.com/recipes/Kai...

Pretty simple & it's never failed me.

Dec 08, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking
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Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Yup - lots cheaper on Amazon or e-bay.

Dec 08, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Chains
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Is this a really old copper pot?

The bail is the handle. Copper for cooking is lined with tin to make it safe for cooking.

Dec 08, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Cookware

Is this a really old copper pot?

There is a lot of copper like that made in Turkey for export. Most of it isn't really functional. I don't think it's particularly old.

Dec 07, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Cookware

Christmas - Influenced by Thanksgiving or not

Wow - I thought I was the only one that still made a steamed pudding with hard sauce. I always do a steamed blueberry pudding.

Dec 06, 2014
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

What makes a Diner special?

Wasn't there a diner in Star Wars Han?

Dec 06, 2014
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

Need Some Advice Getting Back to Bare Iron.....Debuyer

A wire wheel will remove everything down to the bare iron & then you can start again. I've done that with lots of old CI pots that had layers of various sorts of crud baked on. Think old campfire pots that were never cleaned.

They come out just fine.

Dec 06, 2014
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Now That's A Shame...

DeRobertis in Manhattan is closing....

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles...

Dec 04, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Manhattan

What is your favorite stovetop meal?

Gumbo, Chili, Minestrone.

Dec 04, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Au gratin potatoes again - what cheese?

I like them with spinach & Gruyere. When my kids were young anything 'au gratin' was translated into 'old rotten'. Old Rotten Potatoes were a popular dish.

Aubergine Salad was known as 'Old Bluejean Salad'

Dec 04, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking
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Holiday Gift Baskets

We do baskets of the things we make. Typically at the holidays it's jams, challah bread & cookie. When my kids were little home made jams were the holiday gifts for teachers, sunday school teachers & etc. They were always appreciated.

Dec 03, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Not About Food
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I too need help on uninvited guests.

Decorate your house like a Gingerbread House & when the children arrive smile sweetly & pop them right into the oven.

What makes a Diner special?

Grease.

Dec 02, 2014
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

My New Pizza Steel--Best Way to Season?

Actually, the length of time required to properly heat a 1" plate might be a bit inefficient. Although once you get it hot it's going to stay hot for a while.

Dec 02, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Cookware

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

Half a year in Greece & the other half in Paris or London.

Dec 01, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Not About Food

Discussions about taking food home during Thanksgiving dinner

I try to send as much leftover food home with guests as possible. If it stays at my house... I eat it.

Dec 01, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Not About Food

My New Pizza Steel--Best Way to Season?

Well, I never seasoned a pizza stone but I've cleaned lots of steel. I'd wipe it down with either mineral spirits or acetone & then wash it in hot soapy water. That should remove everything. If you don't have those, any good de-greaser or oven cleaner should remove the machine oil.... followed by a good wash in hot soapy water. Then dry it. Iron & steel will both rust just with exposure to the moisture in air (flash rusting) so you'll want to wipe it down with your favorite oil for seasoning.

Good luck - 1/2" is a heavy plate.

Nov 30, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Cookware

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
JoeBabbitt in General Topics