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What are you making for 'thank you' gifts?

Depends on what you are thanking for but I always like to make cookies, especially if I'm sending things in the mail. I also make jam and muffins.

Apr 14, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Need casual Easter snack ideas

How about chicken bites (instead of strips) coated in a crushed corn flake and baked, served with honey mustard dip.

Grilled cheese sandwiches on white bread. You could cut out circles or use use a bunny cookie cutter for the bread and cheese to make them festive looking for the occasion.

If she can eat white pasta you could do a simple macaroni salad without any veggies in it.

I would bet she probably doesn't eat big meals so nibbling food would be best.

Apr 14, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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I overcooked my cherry jam

I've never cooked with added pectin. I've always made my jam with just fruit, sugar and lemon.

Apr 13, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Date.... ordering seafood?

I guess it depends on how you know he doesn't like sushi. Did he tell you or did someone else tell you something about him? If the former I would probably just say something like "I know you don't like sushi but would it bother you if I order fish?" If the latter I wouldn't say anything and just order fish.

I don't eat meat but do eat fish and there often is only one veggie item on a menu so not ordering fish because my date didn't like it wouldn't work for me!

Apr 12, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

I overcooked my cherry jam

So I tried another batch of jam today. This time I used a candy thermometer clipped to the pan AND confirmed with an instant read thermometer. The temp to gel jam without pectin is 220. I let mine go a bit higher to 222. It didn't set. Is there something about sour cherries that I don't know about?

I've made jam for years with no problems but this is now my second attempt with sour cherry and I think I'm done.

I've played with some of it, microwaving it until it's thicker then putting it in the fridge. That will work for me but I wanted to give some as gifts and it's basically only good as an ice cream topping, it's really loose. *sigh*

I don't have the energy to re cook and re sterilize etc. I'm going back to my tried and true strawberry, peach and rhubarb which never give me troubles!

Apr 12, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

I overcooked my cherry jam

Well, you can't really go by time because it depends on volume of ingredients, pan size, heat, etc. I just couldn't tell that this one was ready, the same tests I use for strawberry or peach just didn't work for me. Next batch I'm using the thermometer to get it right. This stuff won't work with cheese or anything, it's pure sugar and worse than taffy.

Apr 06, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

I overcooked my cherry jam

The stuff I thinned out is spreadable but cloyingly sweet so won't work as jam. It's like pure sugar. Not even good for a cheesecake topping.

I decided to try and rework it into something else. I opened one of the jars that set overnight. I could hardly get the stuff out of the jar and the knife I was using almost broke! Anyway, I managed to get most of it out of the jar and turned it into a cherry brownie. I melted butter, some bittersweet chocolate and the jam over low heat. Added sugar, eggs, salt, cocoa powder, flour and vanilla. It's actually pretty tasty but you still get a bit of stickiness carried over. Almost a cross between brownie and fudgy candy. At least it's edible. I'm sending it off to a friend in Vermont to try. I have three more jars of the goo so three more batches of brownies unless I come up with another recipe.

Apr 06, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

I overcooked my cherry jam

I opened one jar and scraped it out. Just like candy! Put it in a saucepan with a couple of tablespoons of water, warmed it up. Put it in a plastic container and it's in the fridge. If it doesn't crystallize or get gummy it may be useable. I'll just have to do the same to the other jars when I want to use them. Crossing fingers...

Need to try this again. Pisses me off when I mess something up. $12 worth of cherries for this mess!

Apr 05, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

I overcooked my cherry jam

It's so bad, like caramel. Check the picture, it's hanging off the knife in a blob, not going anywhere! And it's still slightly warm!

I make my jam without added pectin and cook until done. I'm great with strawberry and peach but this is the first time I did cherry and I couldn't tell that it was done already!

Luckily only a small batch, 5 jars. Is there anything I can do with this stuff without tossing it? Should I just dump it now so I can reuse the jars. I'm afraid it might be stuck to the jars like glue once it sets completely!

Apr 05, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Does anyone sell croissant dough?

I'm looking for croissant dough, frozen in sheets. Like how you buy puff pastry dough. Not sure if anyone makes/sells just the dough.

I know TJ's has frozen, raw croissants but I'm looking for just the dough to make/fill my own.

Apr 04, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Casual Dinner in Newton Lower Falls

I vote for Dunn-Gaherin's. Try the eggplant fries.

Apr 02, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Repurposing Brownies-Help!

Were you serving them for something special or just a snack for family?

For family you could throw brownie crumbs over ice cream or mix them into ice cream with other ingredients like chocolate chips and raspberries. Or take all the crumbs and smash them together, roll into a log and slice for brownie cookies!

For guests I would either make parfaits, layered sundaes or a trifle.

Apr 02, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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birthday lunch...

How about Solea in Waltham.

http://www.solearestaurant.com/

Mar 28, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Tip on chopping a large block of chocolate

I've been using a chipper for years. Perfect on those big blocks, you can do small pieces or chip off a larger hunk, whatever you need.

Mar 28, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

On the grand scale of things to worry about this is pretty damn close to the bottom.

Mar 25, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food
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Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

I really enjoy the original Pepe's. I tried the one at Mohegan Sun and I don't think it's as good. I think you need to go to New Haven to get the real deal.

Mar 22, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area
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Frozen Sour Cherries?

I bought frozen sour cherries today at Baza in Newton. They are in clear plastic containers in the freezer. 12.8 ounces, pitted for $3.99. I don't know if they have them all the time but I was tickled to finally find some as they are impossible to locate in this area.

They also had some bagged pitted cherries but I couldn't see the fruit so not sure if they were sweet or sour.

http://www.bazasupermarket.com

Mar 22, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Salad ideas for a crowd?

Carrot Coin salad. Can last for over a week and gets better with age. If you don't normally have celery seed don't buy it just for this recipe, not needed. There are many variations on the web, this is close to the one I make. Some recipes don't cook the sauce, just whisk it all together. I think you need to cook it for best flavor.

http://www.cooks.com/recipe/ge7qj98o/...

Mar 13, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

was this a social faux pas?

I agree with whoever said your guest was insane. What a ridiculous reaction. One guest is insulted with food provided for a large group. Was this a special party honoring this one guest with foods from his native country? No. He's an ass to think you should have catered just to him and his needs and feelings. I would have been thrilled that he left early!

Mar 09, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food
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Excess Sauce In Pasta Dishes

That's what bread is for, sopping up gravy. Mmmmm...

Feb 23, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Did anyone get any awesome chocolates for Valentines Day?

Checked online and they look yummy! Very expensive treat!

Feb 22, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Did anyone get any awesome chocolates for Valentines Day?

Interesting...how do they taste?

Feb 17, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Did anyone get any awesome chocolates for Valentines Day?

I got a box from L.A. Burdick.

They are good but not awesome. I like that they are small so you can eat 2 or 3 pieces and not feel guilty. They taste good too but the fillings are all chocolate. Like different flavored chocolate ganaches so the whole box is chocolate on chocolate. I prefer variety with some non-chocolate centers like raspberry cream or pistachio fondant just to mix it up a bit.

http://www.burdickchocolate.com

Feb 16, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Pancakes vs. French Toast: Who Reigns Supreme?

Pancakes. But they have to be really good buttermilk pancakes with real butter and real maple syrup. Fruit optional first choice blueberries, then raspberries then strawberries. No real syrup? Then I get eggs.

Feb 16, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

How to stretch pizza dough?

You can't stretch cold dough. Take it out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter to warm up. Should be room temp.

Jan 30, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Suggestions for a Early Brunch spot for Sunday.

Try Eastern Standard. I know they do breakfast and brunch, not sure when the brunch menu starts.

Jan 30, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Old Lunchbox Favorites

We almost always had sandwiches. PB&J, Fluffernutter, ham & cheese or whatever leftover meat from the night before like roast beef, roast chicken or meat loaf.

Always a sweet treat. Pudding, yes in the pop top can with sharp edges, we never died! Ring Dings wrapped in foil, the way they should be! Or mom often baked so homemade cookies. I don't think she ever bothered with healthy stuff because we wouldn't eat it.

Jan 30, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics
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Best in Watertown?

Yes, Ohlin's is for donuts and apple fritters only. Agree the raised donuts are amazing, I think the best around. Love the chocolate frosting with maple drizzle, obviously! ;-)

Jan 28, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area
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How many nights a week do you have dessert?

The non dessert eaters fascinate me. I feel like an alien. I eat "dessert" every day. My mom was a great cook and made a lot of desserts. She did not make a dessert for dinner every night but we always had sweet stuff in the house. Ice cream, cookies, candy. We always had a treat in the lunch bag either homemade or packaged like Ring Dings and Devil Dogs.

I've been baking since I was 7 and got my Easy Bake Oven. At my age I don't bake nearly what I used to as I live alone and would just eat everything. I live for the holidays which is when I go crazy baking and making candies for gifts and to eat myself. But I always have sweets in the house, mostly in the freezer.

I'm also doing Weight Watchers right now but I still have dessert every day, and chocolate. It might be a WW dessert but most often something of my own from the freezer like leftover birthday cake or spritz cookies. And I have chocolate every day. I lost 40 pounds eating chocolate every day. it's all about the moderation. I couldn't live without sweets in my life.

Jan 22, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics
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Etiquette for your birthday

I'm surprised she didn't invite herself to go with you. I wouldn't invite her, but that's me. And it sounds as if you could use a birthday without her so I wouldn't worry about it. She may be hurt but she'll get over it. As you said, plan another night to have dinner with her.

Jan 19, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food