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Your best big gadget\tool?

Oh yes...I've looked at those while trying to figure out what the "ultimate" mixer would be. To be honest, my KA hand mixer gets the most use right now in my house!

about 14 hours ago
jbsiegel in Cookware

Your best big gadget\tool?

Please tell me what you bought to replace it. Do you like it better? I swear...just bring my Sunbeam back and I'll be a happy girl!

about 18 hours ago
jbsiegel in Cookware

Your best big gadget\tool?

I wouldn't mind if the cookie batter (my fav) got caught COMPLETELY MIXED in the paddle, but I am grossed out by the unmixed softened butter that gets caught in there. I have to carefully scrape all that out to be sure the whole batch gets mixed well.

I have one of the flexible scraper paddles that came out before KA started making their own. Why they didn't anticipate the need for one from day one is beyond me. But..the flexible scraper paddle has even MORE nooks and crannies for things to get caught in.

about 18 hours ago
jbsiegel in Cookware

Your best big gadget\tool?

Sure do. It's just the pitcher part and the lid. Right in they go.

about 18 hours ago
jbsiegel in Cookware

Your best big gadget\tool?

And funnily...I DETEST my KA stand mixer. I hate the way all the ingredients get caught in the paddle, hate the way I can't reach in with my spatula to easily scrape (or clean off the paddle), hate the fact that the head doesn't tilt (on my model), just basically hate the thing. Makes me long for my old cheapo Sunbeam! (Although I do like the way it makes yeasted dough...)

about 19 hours ago
jbsiegel in Cookware
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Your best big gadget\tool?

My blender is just about the easiest thing to clean ever. I just put the canister and the top in the dishwasher. Easy peasy!

about 20 hours ago
jbsiegel in Cookware

Your best big gadget\tool?

I am REALLY lazy when it comes to ice cream. I don't do the whole cooking/egg thing. I mix up the base (usually in the blender), let it sit in the fridge overnight so the sugar, etc. can dissolve, and then churn in the morning.

I keep the ice cream canister in the freezer so that it's always frozen solid. I also make sure the base and any add-ins are cold. Works great for me.

As far as low fat...no such luck - sorry! I make my base with 1 cup of 1/2 and 1/2 and 2 cups of heavy cream. My go-to recipe is a brownie batter:
1.25 cups brownie mix
.25 cup cocoa powder
.5 cup sugar (I use slightly less)
2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup 1/2 and 1/2
2 cups heavy cream

I blend the brownie mix, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, salt and 1/2 and 1/2 until mixed. Then add the heavy cream and blend until just mixed (don't want to over-whip). Let it sit overnight in the fridge. Give it one last jolt on the blender before pouring into the canister to churn. I churn about 20-25 minutes and then add any add-ins.

You can easily adapt the above recipe, but that's the basic that I use.

about 20 hours ago
jbsiegel in Cookware

Your best big gadget\tool?

I love my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker - not super fancy, but I use it ALL the time.

Second is my KitchenAid blender. SO many uses beyond drinks. I basically never haul out the food processor because the blender will do the job...and I HATE cleaning the fp.

1 day ago
jbsiegel in Cookware
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Lay's Potato Chips' New Flavors -- Seen or Tried Them?

Bought Bacon Mac and Wasabi today. We'll see how they are. My one son told me I definitely should have bought the Cappuccino ones too (but then again, he loves anything coffee-flavored). I suppose I might cave and get him a bag (even though it's just WRONG to have coffee flavored chips!)

1 day ago
jbsiegel in General Topics

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

I cannot WAIT to hear your report!!!

Jul 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Las Vegas

NBC's Food Fighters?

Nothing else on tonight, so I figure I'll give it another shot (or at least another couple minutes of a shot). I think it's interesting that they didn't edit out the part where Adam Richmond refers to himself as "host of Man vs. Food."

Jul 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

Lay's Potato Chips' New Flavors -- Seen or Tried Them?

Cappuccino seems just wrong! I'd start with either the bacon mac or the wasabi.

Jul 29, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Need New Pizza Topping Combos

Don't judge me...I just ordered a cookie dough pizza from our local pizzeria (for delivery later). They have some interesting combos, and I've always wondered about this one. It's a regular pizza crust with cookie dough and M&M's (and maybe other things - can't remember) on top.

We'll see!

Jul 29, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics
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What to eat with cottage cheese?

I like it in any kind of eggs. It's also good mixed in with the eggs and cheese in any kind of breakfast/brunch bread casserole.

Good on baked potatoes (with some salsa too - yum!).

I used to eat it mixed with jelly (as a kid). That now sounds pretty revolting. I lean toward mixing it with something more savory now. I do like it plain as well.

Pretzels dipped in it are good.

Jul 28, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

NBC's Food Fighters?

And the right $$$!

Jul 28, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News
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Deep frying mars bars

I would definitely freeze. I did some deep fried mini Snickers a while back (those little square ones) and didn't freeze them. Freezing would have been better.

Jul 26, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Popcorn and soda pairings

If you're doing the Cracker Jack thing, you could have cola sodas and also some kind of "ballpark-type" beer available.

Jul 26, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Popcorn and soda pairings

Dunno if you're doing "adult" drinks as well, but champagne with some kind of decadent popcorn (truffle oil/parm) is really good!

Jul 26, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Introducing New Conversation Types

Here's my issue with the photo story... It is REALLY long to have to scroll through that every time I want to see new replies. I would like to see it done somehow like it's done in TripAdvisor...post a brief comment in the initial post (something like "Photo story coming in posts below") and then put the longer photos and all that in sub-posts. That way, readers who have already read the initial post don't have to scroll through the whole thing every time.

Not sure I explained that well, but I tried!

Jul 25, 2014
jbsiegel in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

+1000

Jul 25, 2014
jbsiegel in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

OK...glass half full here...at least it's not a red heart so we're saying we LOVE it!! ;-)

Jul 25, 2014
jbsiegel in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

+1

Jul 25, 2014
jbsiegel in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

I would go with "Like" over "Recommend." There are times when I want to "Like" something that's funny when recommend sounds kind of odd. Recommend is great, though, if I want to "ditto what she said."

Jul 25, 2014
jbsiegel in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

I figure most posts will just end up being discussions. I definitely don't see myself figuring out the correct type of post before I type it.

Jul 25, 2014
jbsiegel in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

My problem with the heart is that my cursor didn't change when I hovered over it. I wasn't sure if it was clickable or not until I tried.

I wanted to "Like" a couple of posts but couldn't figure out how until I just tried clicking randomly on the heart.

Jul 25, 2014
jbsiegel in Site Talk
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NBC's Food Fighters?

Jul 23, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

What basic cooking skills should a beginner know?

I use the timer on my microwave as my main kitchen timer.

Jul 23, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

NBC's Food Fighters?

Anybody watch this last night?

I was expecting something different - a bunch of professional chefs vs. a bunch of home cooks. Thought there would be some kind of weekly elimination thing and then end up with a champion at the end.

From what I saw, I couldn't tell if the home cook ever returns. I have to admit that it didn't exactly grab and hold my attention too well (to say the least), so I could easily have missed something!

Jul 23, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

Are 9 Classic Candy Bars Better Frozen?

I like Milky Way and 3 Musketeers from the fridge. Cold, but not frozen.

Charleston Chews HAVE to be frozen!

Jul 22, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

When I make a fried egg, I always break the yolk. I like it much better that way, although that's probably because I like my yolk well-cooked. If I break the yolk, it cooks faster.

But...that's probably what they're doing.

Jul 20, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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