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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
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

freeze parm regg

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

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

It may have to do with the fact that there is a whole other market for heavy cream. Butter, milk & half & half are big consumer products as well as industrial products. Cream not so much. I'd bet the demand for cream is much higher in the industrial market (cheesemakers & such) than in the consumer market. Some years ago, I was doing a project @ a cheese factory in Lancaster Co., PA. There were trucks full of cream coming all the way from Tennessee because they were paying a nickel more per gallon.

Oct 17, 2014
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Kickstarter backlash?

'A bank will be in your corner' - that's funny.

Marmalade has become crystallized?

Or a shot of Cointreau.... Or some brandy....

Oct 12, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking
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Anemos in Manalapan

I've had it that way Seal & in Greece it usually comes in a little clay pot. This was a whole lamb shank and it was really good. We drove past today & I felt like stopping in for another one.

Oct 12, 2014
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

Anemos in Manalapan

Since the movie was sold out till 11:00 we decided to go out to dinner instead. We went to Anemos on Rte. 9. Its open about 6 weeks or so I guess. When we got there I was about half full but the hostess said it would be a half hour till they had a table for us. Looking at the empty tables I thought she was just being snooty but she found us a table quickly so we sat down. We each had an appetizer - zucchini fritters w/ tzatziki (very good) & grilled octopus (good but not great). Jul had baked grouper which came in a clay pot w/ veggies & was very good. I had Youvetsi which is a braised lamb shank w/ orzo in tomato sauce. The Youvetsi was excellent. I haven't had it in 20 years & it was perfect. We shared a chocolate soufflé for dessert which was also very good. Most of the comments we heard from other diners were favorable. The atmosphere was fine & the staff was good. They don't take reservations for two though wich I suppose could be a problem. Our bill including tip was just under $100. It's BYOB. I'd go back....

Oct 11, 2014
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

Great prime rib in Monmouth County?

Heh - I should start doing a Prime Rib dinner at my house.

Oct 04, 2014
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

Can you reheat apple crisp?

It's fine after re-heating but not so crispy...

Oct 04, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking
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Suggestions of what to make with 3 pounds of shredded cabbage

Holumpky or golumpki are stuffed cabbage or cabbage rolls. Haluski is the remains of the cabbage chopped up, sautéed w/ butter & mixed with cooked bowties.

Oct 04, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Little Saigon in Marlboro only has online menu

I've been meaning to try that place. You like it?

Oct 04, 2014
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

I shop there too but I only see those rarely. They're pretty good. I usually buy a bunch when I get out to PA.

Sep 30, 2014
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

Anchovy Paste: advise, please

I use it in Pasta Puttanesca

Sep 30, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

4th Annual Marlboro Blues & BBQ Festival this Saturday Sept. 20

Another comment about the food vendors; there was nobody there cooking what they were selling. So - it was just some employees who got sent out with the truck & a load of food prepared elsewhere. I can get that at Applebees or McDonalds. What makes a food truck, vendor or even restaurant good is somebody in there who REALLY cares about what he's cooking & serving.

Sep 23, 2014
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I can't pick. There are so many outstanding candidates.

Sep 22, 2014
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

"There's no Winky's in Wimerding!!" Ayup - Chilly Bill Cardilly used to plug for Winky's.

Sep 22, 2014
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4th Annual Marlboro Blues & BBQ Festival this Saturday Sept. 20

Jimmy's, Zinna's & another truck had BBQ. Nobody had a smoker on site so I assume it was all made elsewhere & served there. We tried Zinnas & Jimmys. I wouldn't eat from either again.

Sep 22, 2014
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What is the best diet root beer?

I say Cott diet root beer which is found around Pittsburgh or A-Treat in eastern PA.

Sep 21, 2014
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

4th Annual Marlboro Blues & BBQ Festival this Saturday Sept. 20

Well, the music was pretty good & the food was pretty bad.

Sep 21, 2014
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

4th Annual Marlboro Blues & BBQ Festival this Saturday Sept. 20

That looks kind of fun. We might have to drop in.

Sep 19, 2014
JoeBabbitt in New Jersey

Is there any traditional Kishka or Stuffed Derma in the US?

Harold's in Raritan, NJ has a Derma that a friend of mine is very fond of. I'm not really a fan so I couldn't tell you if it's good or not. He raves about it though.

Sep 14, 2014
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

Iron Rich Recipes

I always add wheat germ when I make granola. One of my kids was iron-deficient & that was an easy way to get her to eat iron. Also broccoli & pate sandwiches were regulars on her menu. I learned to make pate for her.

Sep 12, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Soup pots

Tramontina triple-ply bottom pots are pretty reasonable @ WalMart. They go from 8 qt to 22 qt.

Sep 12, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Cookware

Challah tips

I always use the Challah recipe from the Silver Palate Gourmet. It's been my standard for years,

Sep 11, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

Fluffy Bechamel

I make a very thick white sauce & beat in egg yolks & parmesan after it's thickened. I prefer parmesan to nutmeg although the nutmeg is traditional. I mix the egg whites in with the bottom layer of macaroni so they don't go to waste.

Sep 09, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking

want to start a home made preserves business

We make a variety of food products including jams & preserves & sell them. Regulatory requirements vary from state to state and here in NJ, from county to county & township to township. We don't sell anything directly to consumers but rather through farm stands & similar venues. To do this in NJ we are required to have a Wholesale Food Producer license. That covers anything we sell in the whole state. If we sold directly to consumers we would have to have a Retail Food Seller license for each county and/or township we sell in. That adds up pretty quickly although some local municipalities waive the fees for veterans.

Find out who licenses food retailers in your area and call them. It's usually the county or township Dept Of Health. They will tell you everything you need to know. Most places in NJ regs are on the local government website.

In NJ, failure to comply with these regulations can result in confiscation of the product and/or a fine.

It may also be possible that in your state there is an exception to a lot of the regs for a 'Farm Kitchen'.

& FWIW - find a good source for jars. They're the biggest expense.

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Henry Ford.

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Costco is even a union shop & pretty much performs as well or better than say..... Sam's Club.

Sep 06, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Not About Food

pickling peppers query - Why is my garlic blue?

The iodine in iodized salt can make the garlic turn blue.

Aug 27, 2014
JoeBabbitt in General Topics

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I forgot to mention that 25# of plum tomatoes are making their way through the dehydrator also.

Aug 24, 2014
JoeBabbitt in Home Cooking