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What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

So do pretzel crumbs!

Jan 30, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

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

Love my tongs too...particularly the mini ones I have: http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

Also love these blue high heat spoons. I use them for everything: http://www.amazon.com/MIU-France-Mixi...

Parchment paper

Freeze-Tite plastic wrap

Jan 29, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware

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

Funny...I DETEST mine. It only sees the light of day when absolutely necessary!

Jan 29, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware

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

I do it too! Used it tonight to check the oven temp on "warm" to be sure I wasn't going to burn the cardboard box.

Jan 29, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware

Hi, my name is _______ and I'm addicted to ________ .(food only please!)

Coffee
Fage Plain 2%
Soft Pretzel Braids
Roast Cabbage "Steaks"
Roast Cauliflower
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Onions
Chocolate
Peanut Butter (preferably with the chocolate)

Jan 29, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Hi, my name is _______ and I'm addicted to ________ .(food only please!)

They make a whole milk one. I want to try that!

Jan 29, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Sturdy post office-ready cake or tart idea

I would think that the flourless chocolate cake would hold up just fine if wrapped and packed carefully. Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap. Cut a piece of cardboard the size of the base of the cake. Set the cake (and the polka dotted pan if you are using that?) on top of the cardboard and wrap the whole thing again in plastic. Find a box that's not much bigger than the cake, get some bubble wrap (or else inflate some ziplock bags as cushions or crumple up some newspaper or paper towels). Pack it relatively tightly in the box, tape securely, and I would think it'd be fine.

Jan 27, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Food Bar Overlooking Kitchen?

That's a good idea. Wonder if the one in the Short Hills mall has the same thing. I'll have to do some googling...

Thanks!

Jan 26, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Do you wash Brussels sprouts?

I wash absolutely (or nearly) nothing! Bad. Bad. Me. Still alive, though!

Jan 25, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Food Bar Overlooking Kitchen?

That's classic!

I also discovered (completely by chance) that there's one table in the Au Bon Pain in the Short Hills mall that's by a window that opens up into the prep kitchen.

Jan 25, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

mini sandwiches for SuperBowl

For this year - how about smoked salmon/cream cheese/scallions and maybe tomatoes (Seattle) and some kind of lobster roll (New England)?

Not exactly highbrow, but I just saw a recipe where you cook ground beef (with as many or as few add-ins as you want - onions/bread crumbs/etc.) in a 9x13 pan, top with slices of American cheese at the very end to melt, cut into squares and put on slider buns.

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

- Frozen chopped onions (mainly used in slow cooker recipes)
- Bisquick drop biscuits (because that whole cold butter/food processor that I have to clean/roll out and cut thing is more work than necessary when the biscuits aren't the star of the meal)
- Kraft/store brand shredded cheese in bags
- Jar of minced garlic in the fridge - WAY too lazy to mince my own.
- Pouch of Hormel bacon crumbles in the fridge - perfect in a pinch

Jan 24, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

Sometimes sending something the next day is a nice gesture.

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

That's what I would do in bad weather. Wear boots, but bring a dry pair of shoes to change into. I'm in NJ, so not necessarily an ongoing issue, but sometimes it is.

Jan 18, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

DQ that serves burgers?

I think the one in Plainfield, NJ serves burgers. I feel like I remember seeing that the last time I was there.

Jan 18, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Roosterspin Korean Fried Chicken in Westfield

We liked it. Went one day for lunch. Décor was awesome! Our waiter...not so awesome. Got the order wrong, disappeared forever, clueless, etc. After waiting 25 minutes TWICE (they cook the chicken to order and the first order was wrong), the chicken was REALLY good. Very crispy, yummy.

They do takeout and I want to try that. Hoping the chicken stays crispy when packed.

They have another location in NY that does serve alcohol.

Interesting that the Westfield one will soon be serving beer/wine. Westfield did just pass some sort of legislation relaxing the liquor license restrictions a little bit.

Jan 18, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey
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Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

And I'm completely opposite as the host. PLEASE don't feel the need to bring something. I invited you over because I would like to have your company at my dinner party. It's fine if you ask if there is anything you can bring, but if I say "no" (which I'm likely to do because I'm hosting the party just for fun), just accept it as "no" and move on. Don't bring some food I wasn't expecting or some kind of hostess gift. If you absolutely HAVE to bring something, alcohol is probably best.

As you can see, I simply don't get the concept of guests always having to bring something. A simple "thank you for the lovely evening/fun party" is good enough for me!

Need suggestion for a ladies club dessert

You could also do some kind of bark in a 9x13. Super easy. Line the pan with a parchment paper "sling." Melt some chocolate (or two different kinds), put in pan, top with nuts/candy/craisins?/etc., swirl. Then let it set, lift the sling out, break into pieces and plate.

Jan 11, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Need suggestion for a ladies club dessert

Pumpkin bread can also work nicely in a 9x13. Frost with cream cheese or else just dust with powdered sugar right before you serve it.

You could make a cheesecake in a 9x13, but I'm guessing you might have done that before?

Gooey cake? http://www.pauladeen.com/original-goo...

Jan 10, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Mad hunt for vintage candy

I just bought some from See's that are probably not exactly the same as what you are looking for, but pretty darned good! They're "airy" when you eat them (rather than completely hard and crunchy).

Jan 04, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Question about freezer meals with dairy. Help please!

I freeze casseroles with dairy all the time and they are just fine. It's cream-based soups that don't always fare so well. They can separate, but if reheated carefully, you can fix that as well. Definitely no problem with safety...just a food quality issue. I think the casserole you linked would be fine.

Jan 04, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Getting uncooked prime rib shipped?

Snake River Farms (snakeriverfarms.com)
Flannery Beef (flannerybeef.com)

I've ordered from both and recommend them highly.

Jan 03, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Foods you don't like … redux?

mushrooms
pate
brie
feta
swiss cheese
pecan pie
caramel corn (childhood incident involving eating too much!)
caramel sauce on ice cream (childhood incident involving bad ground beef before caramel sundaes!)
oysters
baby corn
soft shell crab (just can't eat it with all those legs sticking out and stuff!)
white russians

Jan 03, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Food Bar Overlooking Kitchen?

Thanks for the suggestions. I never thought of Carrabba's. I'm actually looking for a place to take the kids (teenagers), so this might fit the bill perfectly!

Jan 03, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Food Bar Overlooking Kitchen?

Anybody know of NJ restaurants with a food bar (like a sushi bar) where you can sit and eat and watch the chefs in action? I went to Table 10 in Las Vegas (an Emeril restaurant) a couple of years ago, and it was fun to sit at the food bar, watch the kitchen and talk to the chefs (and ask a zillion questions - probably drove them nuts!).

Thanks!

- J

Jan 02, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Catering a wedding for 200--How much to make?

I think 3 oz dry pasta is too much as a side. When we do a pound of mac and cheese, we normally get at least 9 dinner-size servings out of it. We do put a lot of cheese and usually some other things in there. Now you have me worried that I'm not serving enough!

Are you doing hors d'oeuvres too? If so, you need to factor that in as well. What do you plan to serve for those? What about dessert? Clearly there's the cake, but most weddings have something else as well.

I'm guessing this is a buffet?

I agree with the others suggesting ziti or mac. Is the ziti vegetarian? If so, you should probably go with that to make sure to satisfy everyone. Sounds like there is ham in the mac? (Or maybe not depending on if there is a comma missing...)

Is the grilled chicken the only entree (If there's a comma missing, then there is a second entree - the ham)? If so, I suggest a second entree and one less side. With 200 people, not everybody is going to be thrilled with grilled chicken as an entree. Are you doing breasts with bones?

From what you list as the menu, I'm guessing this is kind of casual?

I think we all need more info to be of any useful help!

Dec 30, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Vail (w/ Kid)

My kids love Blue Moose - particularly the table cloths that you can color on. We have eaten at Pazzo's as well, but prefer Blue Moose and Vendetta's.

Total bar food, but the kids also love Garfinkel's.

We were on the mountain today and it was pretty cold. We normally eat lunch at MidVail (either that or the Terrace Level) just because it's easy, but today we bought food at Larkspur Market at the base. It was good! The Larkburger was $9.95 compared to $19.95 or something ridiculous like that at Larkspur during happy hour. Well worth it!

The other place we used to stop in for a quick lunch was Old Forge Pizza, but discovered that they moved to West Vail.

I've never been to Elway's, but it's on the to-do list. Love Matsuhisa.

In general, if you go early, any restaurant works just fine for a family.

Dec 30, 2014
jbsiegel in Mountain States

What discontinued products do you miss?

The recipe I found had stout in it. What does that do to the taste? I can't quite imagine stout in a dessert, but I guess it's probably yummy??

Dec 29, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Favorite brand of sauerkraut?

Gosh - I must be totally pathetic, but I love the basic Green Giant in the can. My MIL makes it out of the bagged kind and it's completely missing that yummy metal flavor! ;-)

Dec 28, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

naked condiments

Salsa
Sauerkraut
Cream Cheese
PB (Is this really a condiment?)

Personally don't eat it straight, but I could easily do so:
Mayo
Honey
Sour Cream

Dec 28, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics