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How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

Scrambled eggs and grilled cheese.

Ice cream for dessert.

Other than that - not much - a work in progress!

1 day ago
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Developer says that Whole Foods will be anchor supermarket in Clark N.J.

I simply cannot image the traffic nightmare this is going to create!

Feb 27, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

This one's a regular on our shopping list.

Feb 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Chains

Which cereal does not get soggy?

Me too!

Feb 20, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Quick quickbread question

I like a slightly gooey center!!

What color is your pan? If dark/non-stick, perhaps a slightly lower oven temp?

Feb 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs. Not the same?

No problem. I actually read your comment wrong too - I took it to mean you didn't sauce them until you sat down to eat which I found strange! I didn't reply because I didn't want to start a rib war! :-)

Guess we both need to read better! All good...

Feb 19, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs. Not the same?

I would suggest to brush them with BBQ sauce and then grill them after they are done cooking in the slow cooker. Either that or (second choice) brush them and then broil them....

dense heavy gummy layer cakes

I doctor up my cake mixes too. I haven't had a problem with the change in content in the box mixes (but it TOTALLY annoys me that they have made them smaller....but I guess everybody else has, so why not cake mixes???). Were you using the downsized mixes in NYC?

Feb 17, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What's your favorite cake?

Definitely..... Keep. The. Fruit. Away!!!

Gotta love those Carvel cakes too!

Feb 14, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics
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What's your favorite cake?

Buckeye Cake: https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipe...

Or else a really good, moist, chocolate layer cake with a great deep chocolate frosting.

Cheesecakes are pretty good too as long as they don't involve any kind of fruit.

Feb 13, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

I want one of those - she's lucky!

Feb 13, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

I cut it like a wedding cake - cutting down through layers two and three and leaving the middle intact like a cylinder the size of the top layer. Worked pretty well. I have since deconstructed it a bit - took the top layer off and can more easily cut slices through the bottom two.

Feb 13, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

Those are Kit Kats. It's basically all of his "favorites" in one cake - Kit Kats, Oreos, Sno Ball, cake and frosting.

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

Finished this up for my son's birthday. We have this birthday tradition that the kids can either choose their own cake or leave it up to me. They've come to realize that leaving it up to me results in a much more over-the-top cake. It's getting really hard to be more and more creative (in a kid cake kind of way!).

Anyway - a layer of yellow cake with crushed Oreos in it, a layer of devil's food cake with crushed Kit Kats, and another layer of yellow with crushed Oreos. Frosted with chocolate ganache (TONS of that left over - yum!). And yes...that IS a Hostess Sno Ball on top - don't ask!).

Breadcrumb topping for mac & cheese

Ground up pretzels work nicely. I sprinkle them on and then pour butter over the top of that. Yum!

If it's not brown and crunchy on the top when the mac is done cooking, you could broil it a bit.

Feb 12, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What is your favorite frozen chicken pot pie?

My grocery store just started carrying these: http://griggstownfarm.com/about/our-f...

No idea if they are any good or not, but I'm very tempted to get one and give it a try!

Feb 08, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Breakfasts so good you had them again for dinner

Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat for dinner. Any kind of dinner dessert for breakfast!

Feb 07, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Large side dish help

Some sort of bean salad? I do one similar to this: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/four-bea...

You can vary the veggies and beans to your liking. I don't do the celery or pimentos or lima beans. I like chick peas in it.

Feb 07, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

too many Lindt chocolates - need uses (other than eating them)!

Funny...I have a similar problem! I am going to make some cupcakes (or maybe call them muffins and eat them for breakfast?) with a Lindt ball pushed in the center.

I'm also thinking about freezing some and then grinding them up as ice cream topping or something like that. We like ground up leftover Halloween candy on top of overnight oatmeal as well. That would work.

The fondue is a good idea. You could also melt them down and use them to make some kind of bark - maybe pretzel or nuts? You could also make chocolate-coated pretzels or chips?

Heat up some milk and make a hot chocolate.

...and here's a whole bunch on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/recipes/lin...

Feb 07, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

Rubber bands are my answer for the jars. They also work well on champagne corks.

Feb 07, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware
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Not liking small plates, tapas trend.

I love them. It's actually gotten to the point that when we go to a "regular" restaurant, we order several apps/entrees to be enjoyed as a table. Lets everybody try everything!

I eat it my way

Cereal - as soggy as can be. Fill bowl with cereal and milk, let sit for a while, mash up with spoon, eat.

Any bread product (roll/bagel/soft pretzel/etc.) - peel off the crust and eat first, smush the innards and savor that yummy, gooey dough ball!

Burgers - eat carefully around the edge of the burger first (in a circle), finish with the middle

Corn on the cob - slice each row horizontally in the middle of the kernel then eat horizontally 3 rows at a time

And clearly the frosting is the best part of any dessert - save that for last.

Feb 06, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

I eat it my way

I like my onions grilled to a burnt crisp. Basically rings of charcoal!

And yes...give me that rose!

Feb 06, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics
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Cupcake secrets

I love 'em moist. My quest is to find a bakery that actually makes a moist cupcake. Most of the ones that I buy are way too dry.

Second the recommendation to avoid refrigerating them. Several people have told me that the air in the fridge will dry out baked goods (applies to breads too).

I confess to using a doctored-up cake mix recipe when I want them to be guaranteed to be moist (one box mix, one box instant pudding mix, 1 cup sour cream, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup oil). Not exactly high-brow, but very moist and keeps well.

Feb 06, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Local bar/restaurant favorite in Vail?

Garfinkels in Lions Head is good. Problem with that is that if you are in Vail Village for the medal ceremony, it's not an easy walk to Lions Head. You could either drive over or take the bus. Bonus of going somewhere in Lions Head is that all the medal craziness will be in Vail Village and you won't be!

Second BlueOx's suggestions of Red Lion and Vendetta's in Vail Village. There's also Los Amigo's which is pretty dive-y.

Feb 06, 2015
jbsiegel in Mountain States

Roosterspin Korean Fried Chicken in Westfield

The service was abysmal the one time we went and ate there - same as you...basically empty (lunch) and took FOREVER.

But...we recently did takeout, and that was a very pleasant experience. Placed the order ahead of time and it was ready right on time.

Other friends have all reported the same thing about the service. Food is really good, though!

(Their menu carefully says that each order of chicken is cooked freshly, so be prepared for a 25 minute wait. I think that's a bit of an underexaggeration!)

Feb 06, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Mini Desserts - Need Ideas!

I just discovered this recipe for Brigadeiros (Brazilian chocolate truffles): http://allrecipes.com/recipe/brigadeiro/ They look really good and really easy!

What about fondue? That seems like a pretty traditional Valentine's Day dessert.

You could also make any variety of brownies in advance, cut into mini bites and freeze. They thaw well.

One of those "candy bar" things they do at weddings? (on a much smaller scale)

Feb 03, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

I agree with the motor thing - noticed that myself. It caught my attention because of it's more traditional design with the tilt head.

Feb 02, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

OK...based on our common love of Sunbeam and hatred of KA, I looked into your Bosch recommendation. I stumbled across the Styline on the website - any thoughts on that one? Looks nice!

Feb 01, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

It's all yours!!!! It would be happy to be loved!!!

(I liked my old, crappy Sunbeam.... Why oh why did I ever ditch it?)

Feb 01, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware