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NY Times pickle recipe - looks moldy

I just opened the jar. It looks more like scum than mold and smells pickle-y so I'll give it a shot!

Aug 21, 2013
edwinasam in Home Cooking

NY Times pickle recipe - looks moldy

I am making the countertop pickle recipe recently published in the NY Times. I haven't opened the jar but it is looking moldy on top. It has one more day to go on the counter. Is this okay??

Here is the recipe:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/din...

Aug 20, 2013
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Need advice on cannoli filling for layer cake

Ricotta. Like a traditional cannoli, maybe with some mini chocolate chips.

Jun 05, 2012
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Need advice on cannoli filling for layer cake

I am planning to make a layer cake with cannoli filling. I've found many recipes for cannoli filling but wonder how they would work for a layer cake -- would the filling be firm enough or should I do something different to it? Any thoughts/experience?

Jun 05, 2012
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Cake Bible "All Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake" question..how is it?

The recipe mentioned in the original post: all occasion downy yellow butter cake from the Cake Bible book.

May 25, 2012
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Cake Bible "All Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake" question..how is it?

This is my "go to" cake recipe. I've made in many, many times, in various sizes and shapes, carved it, etc. Whereas I tried the Smitten Kitchen Recipe and it was a disaster.

May 24, 2012
edwinasam in Home Cooking

What would you do with 1 lb. of ground pork?

Hi, would you post your homemade chorizo recipe?

Thanks.

Apr 19, 2012
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Has anyone tried this whoopie pie recipe from Cook's Country?

I want to try this recipe and make them a bit smaller, to serve more people. Does anyone have any experience doing this?

Oct 28, 2010
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Gina Marie's Timeless Sweets in Rosendale

Any opinions on Gina Marie's Timeless Sweets in Rosendale? Specifically, how is the ice cream?

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Gina Marie's Timeless Sweets
1128 Route 32, Rosendale, NY 12472

Sep 15, 2010
edwinasam in New York State (exc. NYC)

ISO Mexican chorizo - Poughkeepsie area

Any suggestions on where to buy Mexican chorizo in the Poughkeepsie/New Paltz area?

Aug 17, 2010
edwinasam in New York State (exc. NYC)

Can I make 7-minute frosting in a stand mixer?

I don't have a hand mixer. I want to make 7-minute frosting, specifically this recipe http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... in my stand mixer.

My idea was to take off on the Cook's Illustrated method for buttercream: whisk the ingredients in the mixer bowl over a double boiler until the temperature comes up to 160, then whisk it on the mixer. It seems like it will work.

Any thoughts?

Mar 18, 2010
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Cabbage Cabbage, I love cabbage! Need new recipes

Spaghetti with sausage and cabbage from Everyday Food Magazine:
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/s...

I love this recipe because it's something I never would have thought of and is so simple and so good.

Jan 27, 2010
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Maple Buttercream

Can this be made with maple flavoring instead of syrup? I'm sure maple syrup is better but it has gotten SO expensive. If using extract should amount of sugar be increased?

Nov 24, 2009
edwinasam in Recipes

BeaterBlade OR SideSwipe??

Any opinions on which one is better? The SideSwipe looks like it would be harder to scrape off. I have a basic Kitchenaid tilt-head model. Thanks.

Nov 10, 2009
edwinasam in Cookware

It's not Mediterranean--it's GREEK!

As a fellow proud Greek I am also disappointed that the only Greek food you can get anywhere are gyros and moussaka at the diner. I could never figure out why Greek restaurants aren't as prevalent as Italian-American ones.

Jun 09, 2009
edwinasam in General Topics

Help: Ladies tea party for my Mom's 51st birthday

We did a tea for my sister's baby shower. We went a little overboard, but here is our menu:

Tea Sandwiches
Herbed Cheese and Cucumber
Chicken Salad with Smoked Almonds
Turkey with Arugula Mayonnaise

Ham and Swiss Puff Pastry Quiche

Traditional Scones
Oat and Apricot Scones

Orange-Poppy Seed Bread
Lemon-Pecan Tea Bread

Yellow Layer Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

English Afternoon Tea
White Tea with Tangerine
Iced Green Tea with Ginger
Lemonade

Also, clotted cream, butter and jam for the scones.

I made the scones ahead and froze them unbaked and then baked them that morning and that worked well.

Good luck!

Jun 09, 2009
edwinasam in Home Cooking

ISO quick bite in Atlantic City

I'll be at the Atlantic City Convention Center this Saturday evening, then heading back to North Jersey. Can anyone recommend a good place to get a quick bite? Not sure of our timing so may be stuck eating at the Convention Center. Thanks.

Jun 04, 2009
edwinasam in General Tristate Archive

ISO quick bite in Atlantic City

I'll be at the Atlantic City Convention Center this Saturday evening, then heading back to North Jersey. Can anyone recommend a good place to get a quick bite? Not sure of our timing so may be stuck eating at the Convention Center. Thanks.

Jun 04, 2009
edwinasam in General Tristate Archive

Fudgy chocolate frosting?

from Cook's Illustrated:
Foolproof Chocolate Frosting
Makes about 3 cups, enough to frost one 9-inch 2-layer cake

This frosting may be made with milk, semisweet or bittersweet chocolate. Cool the chocolate to between 85 and 100 degrees before adding it to the butter mixture. The frosting can be made 3 hours in advance. For longer storage, refrigerate the frosting, covered, and let it stand at room temperature for 1 hour before using.

20 tablespoons (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened (60 to 65 degrees)
1 cup (4 ounces) confectioner’s sugar
3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
Pinch table salt
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces chocolate, melted and cooled slightly (see note)

In food processor, process butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add corn syrup and vanilla and process until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl, then add chocolate and pulse until smooth and creamy, 10 to 15 seconds. Frosting can be used immediately or held (see note)

Apr 22, 2009
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Regional favorite that you just didn't get once you finally had a chance to try it

Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Apr 16, 2009
edwinasam in General Topics

ISO Casual Lunch in Madison NJ

I'm looking for a casual, inexpensive place for lunch (on a Saturday) with my sister and 11-year-old nephew. Thanks.

Apr 07, 2009
edwinasam in General Tristate Archive

What to do with ground pork?

Pork meatballs with bacon, fresh mint and chipotle tomato sauce from Rick Bayless "Mexican Everyday."

Apr 06, 2009
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

I would suggest two magazines to take a look at: Everyday Food and Cooking LIght. The recipes are generally pretty easy and in a wide variety of cuisines. I often use the recipes as an inspiration and adapt to our tastes and ingredients on hand. As others have said, don't be afraid to throw things together.

A "favorites'" list is a good idea. I have a couple of go-to pantry recipes (mostly from Cooking Light) that always work when I run out of ideas.

And DEFINITELY teach him to cook :)

Mar 31, 2009
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Which Cocoa Powder Would You Have Used?

Thanks for the very thorough answer. I'll give it a try.

Mar 26, 2009
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Which Cocoa Powder Would You Have Used?

Is the Hershey's "Special Dark" cocoa the same as Dutch-processed? It is labeled "a blend of natural and Dutch-processed" so I'm not sure if it will work the same in recipes that specify Dutch-processed. Hershey's used to sell Dutch but now only have this. My email to Hershey's did not satisfactorily answer my question (they explained to me what Dutch-processed cocoa is. Thanks, I know). To me a "blend" is not the same as 100%.

Mar 26, 2009
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Buttercream Frosting -Swiss, Italian & American

I like Rose Levy's Berenbaum's Neoclassic buttercream but easier and just as good is the method from Cook's Illustrated (several years ago) where you heat the sugar and eggs together over hot water (right in your mixer bowl) then whip them until cool and add the butter.. Much easier than pouring hot syrup.

Mar 26, 2009
edwinasam in Home Cooking

Amish Market-Hyde Park

Unfortunately, the Amish Market in Hyde Park closed last week.

Aug 06, 2008
edwinasam in General Tristate Archive

Recently Moved from NYC to Hackensack NJ

I haven't lived down there for almost 20 years, but my favorite Thai restaurant ever was on Main Street in Hackensack. I believe it was called Bangkok Garden. It may still be there....

I also endorse Brooklyn Pizza.

Jul 17, 2008
edwinasam in New Jersey

Detour for Dinner on the Way to Vermont

Any recommendations for a good, casual dinner, reasonably-priced (kid-friendly place) not too far off the highway on the way from New Paltz to Burlington VT? Thinking of the Saratoga/Glens Falls area but further south or north would be ok too. Thanks.

Jul 17, 2008
edwinasam in General Tristate Archive

Best bagels in Tristate area?

Yes! "Saddle River Road Bagels" are the best! There also used to be a good place on Cedar Lane in Teaneck but I haven't been there in about 15+ years.

I live near Poughkeepsie now (New Paltz). I have my doubts but I'll try the Price Chopper... The Bakery in New Paltz isn't too bad although they're more "artisanal" than real bagels.

Jan 18, 2007
edwinasam in General Tristate Archive