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Any exceptional fried chicken in Monmouth County?

Well, thanks for all the recommendations. I have made my first trip to At The Table in Asbury. Here's my report: FABULOUS!!

I got there with just one other table of diners. I was warmly welcomed and given my choice of any table in the place. I opted to sit near the window, since I was dining solo and didn't bring a book. I started with the sweet tea, very nice. I haven't had much sweet tea, being a NJ native, but I'm enjoying my leftovers right now. (Sad to say, I made them give me a container to bring it home!)

I received a basket with two pieces of hot corn bread and butter. I had one piece because I was so hungry. To my northern taste buds, it was delicious! I could easily have eaten the other piece, but wanted to save room for my big dinner order.

I chose the fried chicken. I briefly entertained getting it smothered or barbequed, but I'll leave those choices for another time. I got four beautifully fried pieces: a breast, thigh, drumstick and wing. The coating was delicious, and the skin was really crisp. I would love to eat just a meal of the fried skin, it was just that good! The meat inside was juicy and tender.

I decided on a couple of sides. First I chose the candied yams. Too often the chefs really make these candied. These were not that candied. They had a hint of sweetness, and that really complemented the yam flavor. It was all about the yams, not the sugar. My second side was the collard greens. They were a dark green, and really tasty. I don't know what the other flavoring is with them, maybe some vinegar, but not in a sharp way. They were the secondi time I've had them, and I'll be eating them again. My final side were the black eyed peas with
rice. They came in their own separate little side dish, because they were a little moist, and had some kind of juice in the bottom. Hot and delicious!

There was no way that I could finish all of the great food. I asked for a box, and packed up my leftovers. But since the desserts were homemade, I had to ask what was available. I was hoping for the coconut cake, and they had it. So, along with my bill I got a slice of cake to go.

In case you are counting, I had one big take out box, 2 small boxes and a quart container for my sweet tea.

The meal service was good, the music enjoyable, and overall a terrific meal! Thanks for the great recommendation. My next trip will be to Jameson's in Neptune for another fried chicken dinner. I'll post after that visit as well!

Oct 19, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Daniel's Bistro, Point Pleasant Beach NJ

My DH and I just celebrated our ninth anniversary, and decided to go to Daniel's. Another exceptional meal, service very attentive and personal, and got happy anniversary greetings from Karen. We enjoyed it, yet again!

Oct 18, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Manasquan residents question

+1 for peapod. My boss uses them, and even loves the fresh vegetables they pick out. But I think you have to use a credit card when ordering. They even let you pick the delivery time, within a specific window!

Oct 15, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Manasquan residents question

I know that Manasquan Pizza delivers, they are on Main Street in town. Also, George Lu's Chinese, right across the street delivers with a $10 minimum charge. I've eaten the pizza, and it's ok. And the chinese is typical american style chinese food.

Also in Brielle, i see the Mileto Polish/American Gourmet place delivery vehicle driving around. The hair salon folks seem to love them. They get lunch from there frequently.

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Manasquan Pizza
179 Main St, Manasquan, NJ 08736

Oct 15, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Need travel food for road warriors w/kids: cooler yes, mini-fridge & microwave sometimes.

It sounds like you are already doing great things in the kitchen. One easy way to have great meals is to prepare a double batch of whatever is on the menu for the regular, not traveling night. Then freeze the extra portion in whatever cooler friendly container you want.

Continue to build up a repertoire of fresh, homemade meals. Then when travel time arrives, pull them out and stock your cooler! Not only will they keep everything else cold, but you'll have familiar, comfort food out on the road.

Oct 12, 2010
heidip732 in Home Cooking

Any exceptional fried chicken in Monmouth County?

That's going to be a little too far for me to convince my DH to go for dinner. But it'll be on the list for future dining when we're in the area!

Oct 11, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Any exceptional fried chicken in Monmouth County?

I don't think that popeye's will be on my list of first visits. But I'm going to be hitting Neptune and Asbury this week. Thanks for the recommendations. I'm salivating just thinking of that great chicken!

Oct 11, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Any exceptional fried chicken in Monmouth County?

I really hate to make fried chicken, with all the mess it entails. However, I've really been longing for a great plate of it, and I'm hoping to have some next week. Are there any local spots where I can get some real, homemade fried chicken? Not the frozen Sysco that everyone seems to sell!

Oct 08, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Does one have to serve dessert at a dinner party?

Count me in on the needing dessert after dinner. Actually, I'll plan what I'm eating if I know what's for dessert! After my dinner parties, we'll always leave the table and serve dessert and coffee in the living room, after taking a bit of a break from eating.

One of these days, I'm actually going to order and eat dessert out at a restaurant, before eating my meal!

Oct 04, 2010
heidip732 in General Topics

Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach

Sunday I actually passed four people SNORKELING along the rocks of the inlet. They didn't have a dive flag or anything. Very scary to suddenly see them in the water. Also, a bit unbelievable, but it was slack tide.

Sep 30, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach

I've been watching the construction of the building and wondering what it was going to be. It's too bad it's not a two story building, so that you could sit at the window and watch boat traffic go through the inlet. Sounds like a nice addition to the area, especially knowing who the owners are!

Sep 27, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Mixx - Manasquan

The ice cream place is The Main Scoop. I love the name, but haven't been there yet myself. I'm an ice cream fan, and now that I know they are making their own, I'll be stopping by, maybe tonight.

Haven't been to Remington's either. It doesn't seem like they are open every night.

Sep 22, 2010
heidip732 in New Jersey

Millions of eggs recalled in salmonella outbreak

I guess I'll have to check out who's at the next farmer's market in town. No real access here, as far as I know.

Aug 26, 2010
heidip732 in Food Media & News

The best ice cream in the US (reachable by JetBlue)

Roadfood is always somewhere nearby!!! Have fun! And make sure to report back to us fellow ice cream lovers!!

Aug 25, 2010
heidip732 in General Topics

Millions of eggs recalled in salmonella outbreak

That's great! There's just so much information, and it's just gotten so complicated! Who'd a thunk, I mean, it's an egg!! Jeesh!

Aug 25, 2010
heidip732 in Food Media & News

Millions of eggs recalled in salmonella outbreak

Thanks, I checked them out. They aren't distributed in NJ yet. I guess I'll just have to cook my custard for now to stay safe. Too bad for lazy me who wants easy ice cream, fast!

Aug 24, 2010
heidip732 in Food Media & News

Millions of eggs recalled in salmonella outbreak

From what I've heard, the salmonella is carried IN the chickens, it's not something that is on the outside of the egg. And our testing in this country isn't really all that sensitive for seeing which chckens carry salmonella. So, why would free range, organic eggs be assumed to be salmonella free? Even if I knew of someone who had a small egg farm nearby (and I don't), I think that their eggs would be suspect too.

I have made ice cream before, and used a cooked custard. I'm very pleased with those results. So much better than store bought! But I just bought the Ben & Jerry's recipe book, and thought I would give them a try. But none of their eggs are cooked. That's what prompted my question about pasturized, liquid, whole eggs.

Aug 24, 2010
heidip732 in Food Media & News

The best ice cream in the US (reachable by JetBlue)

What a great idea!! I love ice cream, and am always on the lookout for great homemade flavors. Here's a link to Jane & Michael Stern's Roadfood website. Last year a couple of intrepid reporters visited the northeast, and this list shows what they liked, ice cream and home made topping wise!

http://roadfood.com/TheBest/NewEnglan...

Aug 24, 2010
heidip732 in General Topics

Just got an immersion blender and mini food processor for my birthday - now I want to play with them!

Butternut squash is a favorite of mine in the fall. Here's my recipe, which my DH, who doesn't eat squash, loves!

4 lbs. butternut squash, cut in 1/2, seeds removed
olive oil
6 slices bacon, chopped fine (bacon makes everything better!)
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 apples, peeled, cored, roughly chopped
48 oz. chicken stock (that big can they have), plus a small can if it looks too thick)
heavy cream

Coat the cut side of the squash with vegetable oil. Season w/ salt & pepper. Place on baking sheet lined w/ aluminum foil for easy cleanup later. Roast at 350 degrees until a knife pierces the flesh easily, 45 mins to 1 hour. Remove and let cool. (Often I roast the squash the day before making the soup.)

Fry bacon in soup pot until almost crisp. Add the onion, and cook until softened. Add the squash and apples. Simmer slowly for 2 hours, breaking up the squash with the spoon. I simmer with the lid on.

Puree with your immersion blender. Squash can be stringy, so make sure to get it smooth. Season with more salt and pepper. If it's too thin, simmer for a while with the lid off. If serving right away, add heavy cream, all it to warm, and then serve.

If i'm freezing it, I'll add the heavy cream after re-heating it, just prior to serving. It freezes well, but it usually never makes it that far, now that DH loves it!

Love that immersion blender!

Aug 20, 2010
heidip732 in Home Cooking

Millions of eggs recalled in salmonella outbreak

Oh darn! This outbreak comes right before I was going to start making some ice cream using Ben & Jerry's recipes from their book this weekend. They don't cook their eggs. Now I'm nervous about it.

Is there such a thing as liquid pasturized whole egg that I can buy in the supermarket? Or get some of the pasturized whole eggs? I don't think I've ever seen either of these items for sale.

Do these products act the same in an ice cream recipe?

Aug 19, 2010
heidip732 in Food Media & News

Raspberry crumble bars?

I second grey's assessment of the CI raspberry bars. I make them all the time, and people rave about them. I'm all about raspberry, so I actually use 1 1/2 times the raspberry filling, just to satisfy my tastebuds. I tried it with double the raspberry, but that was too much. And the crumble topping and crust come from the same batch of dough. Nothing could be easier!

Aug 18, 2010
heidip732 in Home Cooking

Scotch tape and other handy essentials in the kitchen drawer..

I love the superglue idea, since I frequently nick myself. Gross question maybe, but do you stop the bleeding first, or just apply it, and then the bleeding stops?

Aug 09, 2010
heidip732 in General Topics

American snack foods you can't get in Canada?

What is Cookie Crisp, and why on earth would it be banned?? Is it THAT bad for you??

Aug 03, 2010
heidip732 in General Topics

How to eat fresh tomatoes?

I too, love NJ tomato season. I make a nice batch of blue cheese dressing, because fresh just tastes better. I let it meld for a couple of days, and then slather it on freshly sliced, unrefrigerated tomatos. Add a little salt and pepper, and your dinner veg is ready!

Also, if I have some bacon left over from making baked beans, I love my BLT with blue cheese dressing, instead of mayo. Ooh, maybe that will be tomorrow night's dinner!

Aug 02, 2010
heidip732 in General Topics

Sauteeing onions and garlic

I often had that problem. I finally figured out that the garlic was going to a: burn and b: taste very bitter if I started them both together. (This only took most of my adult life to resolve!)

So now, I always start the onions and get them to the stage they are supposed to be, translucent, brown, whatever. Only then do I add the garlic in. I stir it into the onions, and then start smelling my pan. Once I've smelled the garlic cooking for about 30 seconds, I move to the next phase of adding whatever ingredients come next.

The garlic is perfect and never burnt or bitter with this method. It's also cooked, so it doesn't have that "raw" taste.

Jul 27, 2010
heidip732 in Home Cooking

Picky Orderers: Are YOU One of Them?

I like the idea of the sugar free lemonade crystals idea. I'm going to have to try that one as well. More great ideas!!

Jul 13, 2010
heidip732 in Not About Food

Picky Orderers: Are YOU One of Them?

I like the Arnold Palmer idea! I'm going to try that drink next time. It sounds right up my alley!

Jul 12, 2010
heidip732 in Not About Food

Picky Orderers: Are YOU One of Them?

I am pointedly picky for a few things. I'm a lover of freshly brewed iced tea. In fact, when I make it at home I add a container of lemonade concentrate for that tartness/sweetness factor. So when I order iced tea out, I ask them to bring a tall glass of iced tea with extra lemon. Then I tell them that basically, I like a little tea with my lemon. They laugh, and always bring plenty of extra lemon.

Jul 12, 2010
heidip732 in Not About Food

5 guys Honolulu

If you want a step up from the chains like McD, BK, etc; 5 Guys will do it. But the local joints that do burgers well, especially not cooking them past med are still my first choice. They have a place in between those two.

And I love knowing where the fries originated from at 5 Guys! (It doesn't take too much to amuse me!)

Jul 07, 2010
heidip732 in Chains

Digging the Frappe at McD's

This is my happy hot summertime find! I'm sorry to say that they also handed me a loyalty card, which I'm looking forward to getting punched 10 times so I can get my free one. But it has to be frappe or lunch. I don't want to know the caloric content! But, delicious and a winner for me!!

Jul 07, 2010
heidip732 in Chains