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Anyone else have trouble creaming butter and sugar in a kitchenaid?

Detest my Kitchenaid for creaming butter sugar. I have the beater blade, and even that doesn't do a good job. The butter ends up melting too much against the side of the bowl before the whole thing gets pale and fluffy. Also, I know everybody says they don't scrape the beater blade, but it really bothers me the way the butter/sugar mixture gets all gummed up in the crevices of the blade. I end up obsessively scraping it to get it all back in the bowl and completely incorporated into whatever I was making.

I wish I could find the "perfect" mixer, but I just can't!

1 day ago
jbsiegel in Cookware

Sfoglini pasta

I've never bought it, but I've seen it for sale online several times. Always thought it looked great, though. Loved the shapes! Maybe I'll have to try it now.

Apr 30, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan

how to lose weight of my son

For kids, the usual advice is to increase activity level rather than limiting calorie intake.

A couple food tips, though:
1. Remove all junk food from the house. Don't completely ban it when out, though. That can backfire. Just don't let it in the house.
2. Be a role model of healthy eating yourself.
3. Try not to overrotate on it or else it will become an issue.

Agree about making sure there are no medical issues as well.

Apr 29, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

no-bake dessert challenge

Any kind if bark is easy and good.

Oreo or any kind of other cookie truffles are good.

My sister makes great candied orange peel and grapefuit peel.

Apr 29, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What add-ins (if any) would your ideal cookie contain? Soft and chewy or crispy-crunchy?

I need to try these from Smitten Kitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/0...

They sound amazing!!!!

Apr 24, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

NYC trip with teenage daughter

When are you going to be in NYC? Definitely let us know what you ended up doing! Have fun!!

Apr 23, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan

What new flavor of M&Ms would you like to see?

I've seen those at Easter time. Not sure about this year, but definitely in the past.

Apr 23, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Oohhh...reminds me...Life Cereal - crushed up and allowed to get really soggy in the milk.

Apr 21, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Rolled Gold Honey Wheat Twists dipped in cream cheese.

Anything chocolate/PB

Salt & Vinegar roasted cashews

Costco mixed salted nuts

Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Half Baked

Those little square "ice cube" wrapped candies

(Those are all the current ones - I've probably hit most everything at one time or other in my past!)

Apr 21, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics
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What add-ins (if any) would your ideal cookie contain? Soft and chewy or crispy-crunchy?

Thick, dense, chewy. Chocolate chip batter as a base, but go ahead and add any of the following: plain M&M's, peanut butter chips, chopped up Reese's cups. Absolutely NO nuts!

Bonus points for ever so slightly undercooked.

Apr 21, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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Please interpret this menu pricing....

I completely ignored the background and didn't realize it was a photo. Now that you pointed it out, it's laughable! I would just either use an abstract design or even just a plain orangy-red color...maybe with a black border.

Please interpret this menu pricing....

Agreed. I can't imagine buying two 8 oz skewers!

Apr 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Please interpret this menu pricing....

Is the weight per skewer?

Apr 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Please interpret this menu pricing....

I'm with everybody else - two skewer price on left, one on right. Personally, though, I'd probably reverse the prices to have the one skewer price on the left.

Not quite sure why some of them are about double the price and others aren't unless you are particularly trying to sell some of the two skewer varieties instead of the one skewer.

Also seems a little odd that the chicken and hen are the same price at two skewers but different at one skewer.

Same question in reverse for the two varieties of lamb.

Apr 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

NYC trip with teenage daughter

Have you done any of the food halls? Plaza Food Hall/Eataly/etc.? Those are fun.

For sweets, we were at Dylan's Candy Bar recently, and the café has reopened. It was closed for a while, but going again now. Max Brenner also has a good "chocolate-themed" menu, and then there's Sugar Factory.

A Korean BBQ might be fun. I don't live in the city, but have read lots of good recs in other threads. Check those out.

Apr 16, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan

Shrimp w/ shell-on recipes

I've had this recipe saved for a while but haven't gotten around to making it: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sa...

It's salt crusted shrimp - sounds really good!

Apr 15, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Best seafood in Baltimore Harbour?

Hah - agree about Phillips. It's funny - my husband and I had our first date there when we were in college. Guess I didn't know any better back then!

Best seafood in Baltimore Harbour?

Well yikes! I had no idea...guess I haven't been down there in a while.

Another recommendation is Bo Brooks - not fancy, but good.

Best seafood in Baltimore Harbour?

We like Obrycki's for crabs: https://www.obryckis.com/

Meatloaf for the freezer

I made bacon wrapped individual meatloaves (think hamburger shape with a piece of bacon around the edge) and froze them raw. Then cooked as needed so they were nice and crispy. Worked out great!

Apr 11, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

Ketchup not at home, but yes when out - only on scrambled or omelets.

I really like mustard and/or mayo scrambled into my eggs - gives them a great flavor.

Spam - only ever bought once in my 40+ years - didn't try any, but the kids LOVED the slices I made on the grill last summer. I bought it because the only "spam" they knew of was the email kind!

Apr 10, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics
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Pan for Crown Roast of Pork?

Thx! I do that often for things like game hens and other mid-size things. I make a couple "logs" of foil, lay them lengthwise in the pan, and then lay whatever I am roasting across the logs. Saves washing the baking rack....and I'm all about avoiding washing!

Apr 09, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Round cake pan - help please!

WS has 20% off bakeware right now and often has an offer on like that. Definitely take advantage of that.

Apr 09, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware

Pan for Crown Roast of Pork?

Thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to do #3 pan with #1 rack.

Funny - my "full on" pan is for my turkey! I can't remember what else I have ever used it for. Guess I need to roast more!

Apr 09, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Pan for Crown Roast of Pork?

I'm making a 7-lb. crown roast tomorrow using the Serious Eats recipe (unstuffed, very basic - salt and pepper, roast 2 hours at 250 then blast it at 500 at the very end). The recipe calls for a rack set inside of a pan.

I have the following choices:
1. 9x13 with a rack - roast barely (if at all) fits in this one
2. Rimmed jelly roll type pan with a cooling rack inside
3. Full on All Clad roasting pan, with v-shaped insert

I was planning the jelly roll pan, but am suddenly panicking that the juices will overflow. Any idea how much liquid to expect?

I guess another idea would be the #3 pan with my smaller 9x13 rack inside. It won't fill the whole pan, but should do the truck of keeping the roast elevated.

Any advice?

Thanks!

Apr 09, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Round cake pan - help please!

Personally, I use my 8-inch most often. Generally, cakes for 9-inch pans can be made in 8-inch pans - making a taller cake (which I prefer). I also find that my 8-inch cakes fit better on plates for serving and cutting.

Definitely go with two. I like the WS gold touch ones.

Apr 09, 2015
jbsiegel in Cookware

Revised NYC list for April

I was there on Saturday, and the line moved along fine. The ones we bought and ate while warm right out of the shop were fantastic. The ones that we saved for later were less fantastic. Got rather hard and crispy and loft that really moist, gooey interior.

Apr 08, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan

Ghirardelli vs cheaper cocoa powder

Just checked out the website - it's fantastic! I usually use chocosphere.com.

Apr 07, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Turning cookie dough into cake batter?

I've also done CCC dough in mini muffin cups, but this ends up being a short round cookie. Not sure that's what the OP wants.

Apr 06, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Sugar Factorty - Anybody Been?

Reporting back... Here is what we did:

Friday night dinner - Calvin Klein Club buffet and arena food at Barclays Center

Saturday breakfast - brunch at Tryp hotel
Saturday lunch - The Burger Joint (excellent, short wait), Dylan's Candy Bar for snacks (insanely crowded) while we walked to Levain for cookies (line out the door, warm cookies fantastic, cooled cookies eaten later not as good, wished they had CCC without nuts - don't like nuts in my cookies)
Saturday dinner - MSG arena food

Sunday breakfast - Krispy Kreme on the train home.

Good times!

Apr 06, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan