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What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

Oreo, Nutter Butter, Milano

about 5 hours ago
jbsiegel in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Didn't Chunky always have peanuts? I remember peanuts and raisins. LOVED those!

Apr 14, 2014
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Kitchen Casino

I like Cutthroat Kitchen too!

Apr 09, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

Benefits of "cooking" the ice cream mix

I don't cook mine, and I don't use eggs. I make the base the day before and put it in the fridge until the next day for freezing. I think the sugar manages to dissolve pretty well over night, and the ice cream isn't at all crystalline.

I also use 1 cup 1/2 and 1/2 and 2 cups heavy cream. Totally decadent!

Apr 08, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Kitchen Casino

Anybody catch this one last night? Ugh! (Just about sums it up in one word.)

In general, I have to admit to enjoying some of the cooking shows with the ridiculous twists, but this one didn't do it for me. Plus, the host and judges seemed totally awkward.

Apr 08, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Oh lordy! No wonder it didn't taste right. It really is crazy good when made as written.

Next time I try the "non-brownie" version, though, I'm going with less brown sugar and maybe a little more flour.

Apr 06, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Roots in Morristown and the instructions from the waiter

No way are they going to make me cut into my steak before I'm ready.

Apr 04, 2014
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Brunch/lunch spots around Menlo Park or Edison NJ?

Skylark Diner, Harold's Deli (massive portions of everything - FUN!), Le Peep (assuming it's still there)

Apr 04, 2014
jbsiegel in New Jersey
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How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

Friday/Saturday/Sunday only. Either a couple of beers or some champagne. I'm boring!

Apr 04, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Love that brownie mix. It blows away the homemade brownies we always had as a family that I thought were awesome until I tried these!

I also use it in brownie batter ice cream.

Apr 04, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

I made one of the Brown Puddings last month and thought it was just about one of the best desserts I had ever had. I added 1/2 C of peanut butter to it and didn't find it too sweet at all (but not much is too sweet in my world). Maybe it was because the saltiness of the PB balanced out some of the sugar?

Anyway, I was wondering if it would be possible to make a yellow cake/pound cake/cookie dough version of it. So...I tried today, replacing the cocoa powder with flour. I also replaced 1/2 of the sugar with brown sugar to give it a little more cookie-like flavor and added some salt. I haven't tried it yet, though, but it seems a little underdone. I know it's supposed to be underdone, but this seems particularly underdone. Maybe the added moisture from the brown sugar? Anyway, fingers crossed for later!

Apr 04, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Me too!

Apr 04, 2014
jbsiegel in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Plus I just discovered that GR Steak serves a rib cap. Reason alone to go!

Apr 04, 2014
jbsiegel in Las Vegas

Easter Candy 2014 -- your new finds and tried and true faves?

Tried and true: Cadbury Crème Eggs, Reese's PB Eggs, Peeps

New: Giant bunny from Lake Champlain Chocolates (bust the budget on this one), big eggs from chocomize.com

Apr 03, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Easter Candy 2014 -- your new finds and tried and true faves?

I bought some of the candy corn at Walgreen's.

Apr 03, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Farfel Casserole recipe needed

How about Kasha Varnishkes: http://www.israelikitchen.com/just-hu...

My husband's family always has this with a brisket dinner.

Apr 03, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

the Best Canned Tuna?

Has anybody tried anything from Sea Fare Pacific? http://seafarepacific.com/

Looks like some interesting options...

Apr 02, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

I'll have to check that out. Cornbread/muffins/whatever is one of my sons' favorite breakfasts!

Apr 01, 2014
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Frozen supermarket fruits & veggies better than fresh supermarket?

For the shelled, I usually just get them out early to thaw. Then, if I'm using them in a cold dish (salad, etc.), I just use as is. If they need heating up, it's a quick zap in the microwave.

Mar 31, 2014
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Frozen supermarket fruits & veggies better than fresh supermarket?

They freeze GREAT in the shell. You can just microwave them (sometime in the original bag), salt them with sea salt and serve them in a bowl. Taste exactly like what you get in a Japanese restaurant. YUM!!!!

Mar 31, 2014
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Yet another Vegas Vacation...

I like Gordon Ramsey Steak too. Fun environment for good steak.

Mar 30, 2014
jbsiegel in Las Vegas

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

It was more on the dense side (which I prefer). Definitely on the sweeter side of cornbread, but we've been eating it for breakfast, and it's perfect.

Mar 30, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

I used to have cream cheese and jelly sandwiches.

Mar 29, 2014
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The 3 Must-Have Vinegars

My top three would be:
1. White
2. Rice Wine
3. Apple Cider

Honorable mention for red wine.

Mar 29, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Using up Cream Cheese

I agree with scrambling into eggs. It's really good.

Also, there are some ice cream recipes that use cream cheese. That'd work.

You could also make some dessert bars that have a cream cheese/sugar layer.

Mar 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Things to do with cucumbers?

I do this too and then pretend it's a sub/sandwich roll. I'll put rolled up roast beef in there, tuna salad, anything. I don't steam them, but instead just eat them like a sandwich.

Mar 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Things to do with cucumbers?

I make that too. We call it Cucs & Sour Cream. Awesomely good.

Mar 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What food have you lost a taste for?

Gum. I used to chain-chew and then finally went cold turkey. Can't go there any more!

I also find that some of the "junkier" foods aren't worth the splurge to me any more. (Then again, some DEFINITELY still are!)

Mar 29, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Or how about "Get over here." <wink>

Mar 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

I'm the OP, and I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that "who's next" is an appropriate object of the verb help. In my mind, it should be something like "he who is next." (Of course, imagine the looks a cashier would get if they said, "Can I help he who is next?"...and then we're back to the gender issue LOL!

Mar 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Not About Food