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Freezing pie dough

I freeze pie crust all the time (in a lump). The plastic wrap doesn't stick while it's frozen.

Jul 05, 2015
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

I had three children who were for the most part good eaters. Everybody doesn't like everything so the rule at our house was what's for dinner was what's for dinner. Everybody had the option of anything leftover or a PB&J. I don't eat foods I don't like so I never expected my kids to either.

They were funny though. They'd go through streaks of eating the same thing. I remember Kraft Mac & Cheese & Top Ramen. Cases of it & then one day - no more. My middle hated Chinese which the rest of us liked. So - we'd go to the Chinese restaurant & get her a sub from the sandwich shop next door. Nobody ever objected & then she made a new best friend who loved Chinese & Amanda loved it after that too.

Just my opinion, but I think it's pointless to fight with kids over eating. I noticed early on that even if they didn't eat something one night - over the course of a week they ate a pretty balanced diet.

Jul 05, 2015
JoeBabbitt in Not About Food

McDonald's Lobster Rolls - what gives? [Moved from Quebec board]

I stopped in the rest stop on I95 in Connecticut last night & saw the ad for lobster rolls there. They advertised 100% North Atlantic lobster.

Jul 04, 2015
JoeBabbitt in Chains

Eating stale food

I prefer Cheetos stale so they have that gummy texture.

Jun 19, 2015
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

Cast iron for sweet baking?

Just to add fuel to the fire - We wash the CI in warm soapy water after each use. I have a lot & it all works just fine. Some of it came from my grandmother. I'm pretty sure she never seasoned it with grapeseed oil & never scrubbed it with salt either.

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

24 pints of sauerkraut today. 6 weeks in the crock & now about two weeks in the jar & it should be ready. Pickled onions later this week.

Jun 18, 2015
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

hot pepper vinegar?

Funny - I've done tons of stuff in empty Lorina Bottles also. There's another brand also French - the name of which escapes me and I actually like their lemonade better.

Jun 17, 2015
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Giardineira

I made some last year from a recipe that called for sugar and it was so awful I threw the whole thing out. There is a type of giardinera which is like a relish almost & is generally called 'Chicago' style. I was looking to make the other kind which is just larger pieces of vegetables. So.... went back to my old standby brine which is the kosher dill pickle recipe in the Ball Blue Book & added some jalapenos to give it a bit of heat & it turned out very nicely. I like to drain about half the brine from a pint jar & then mix the rest with some olive oil & rotini (or other) pasta straight out of the pot for pasta salad.

Jun 17, 2015
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Ever considered writing a cookbook?

I've considered writing a cookbook titled "The Best Recipes I Ever Stole."

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

I meant to comment earlier.... I would recommend Battleview Orchard over Delicious or Wemrock. Especially if you want to pick your own. Sour cherries start next week sometime and they have the best peaches I've had in years. For strawberries (done now) Indykes in Manalapan is the best.

Jun 17, 2015
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

Spinach Pie

FWIW - nobody in Greece eats it hot. Usually you buy it from little storefront shops that sell Spinach Pie, Cheese Pie, Little pizzas & sausage rolls. Unless you get there at the crack of dawn it's cooled to ambient temperature which is pretty much how everybody eats it.

Jun 02, 2015
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking
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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
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

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
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Uncle Ralston's Homestyle Cooking Freehold, NJ

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

May 16, 2015
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

No water bath jam

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

May 10, 2015
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Percentage off sales vs actual sale price

NJ here. % off is never a good deal.

May 04, 2015
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

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
JoeBabbitt in Not About Food

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
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

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
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

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
JoeBabbitt in General Topics
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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
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

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
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

Favorite Bacon brand

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

Apr 18, 2015
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

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
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

First batch of coffee for my bialetti 3 cup moka advice

COSTCO has Lavazza at a reasonable price.

Apr 15, 2015
JoeBabbitt in General Topics