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I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

Am I really wrong for saying McDonald's here? Not sure I am looking forward to returning, but it certainly has that nostalgia value!

Cold Stone Creamery - a definite (although some will certainly disagree)

Crumbs - if they pull out of bankruptcy, I'm there!

TGIF - That nostalgia thing again!

about 7 hours ago
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I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

Famous Dave's and Lone Star would be my two in the never to return category!

about 12 hours ago
jbsiegel in Chains

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

Red Lobster, Taco Bell, Panda Express, Chipotle, White Castle, Joe's Crab Shack (although I kinda want to try this one, but the reviews just scare me!), Hooters

1 day ago
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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

I like Leslie too. And he certainly seems able to cook...

DIrty Family Secrets

Open can of tuna, top with a squirt of ketchup or some salsa. Eat.

(Actually...I do it too!)

Aug 19, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Help! Refrigerator FULL of shredded cheese! What now?

I was going to suggest some foudue-y kind of thing. Not the traditional cheese selection, but would still be good!

Aug 16, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Help! Refrigerator FULL of shredded cheese! What now?

Love the "cheese blobs" as we call them (the oven mounds). Use any combo of cheese and spices. Yum! I do mine on parchment. Made the mistake of doing them on foil once - never again. Could not get them off!

Aug 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

I like the butter one with scrambled eggs.

For the baking, I hate to spray at too far of a distance. Then I end up with a gummy mess all over my counter.

Oh...the challenges!

Aug 16, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

The PAM is always a disaster. Instead of coming out in a nice fine mist, it comes out in a globby stream. I would like it to nicely/evenly coat my pans and it never does.

I will say, though, that once I get it spread out evenly (either with the pastry brush or a paper towel), it works great.

I don't use regular PAM for baking because somehow it seems too "savory". I know I'm being completely ridiculous, but in my mind, regular PAM is for sautéing, scrambled eggs, grilled veggies, etc.

I also have the butter one. Amazing that I am such as sucker that I'll pony up for three different types!

Aug 16, 2014
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The Perfect Brownie?

I'm one of those ones like your bf. Bring on anything sweet and yummy!!

A good mod to the slutty brownies is to lay Reese's cups in the middle instead of Oreos!

Aug 16, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

The Perfect Brownie?

I love those Ghirardelli ones too! Peanut butter swirl, the "Slutty Brownie" variety, ... All good!

Aug 15, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

Is Cake Release noticeably better than PAM Baking? I absolutely detest the PAM Baking, so I guess it can't really be any worse, can it? Regular PAM sprays just fine. The baking one, though, comes out all "globby" and I have to get out my silicone brush and spread it around better.

Aug 15, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

We love all kind of oats cold. A lot of mornings, it's "overnight oats" (soak in milk in the fridge) without heating.

Aug 15, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

That parchment thing happens to me all the time. I just yank the cookie sheet out of the oven without thinking. If I would just slow down once in a while!!! :-)

Aug 13, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What I should I serve with the champagne for a wedding toast?

I second the potato chips. Another one that's really good is to make some pepperoni crisps: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cr...

Aug 11, 2014
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Favorite Bread(s)

You're right...definitely not a crumpet!

Aug 10, 2014
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Icebox cake and mystery ingredient

Another good one we do is graham crackers with a filling of vanilla pudding with "some" creamy peanut butter mixed in. Yum!

Aug 10, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Favorite Bread(s)

Funny... I was going to ask about a crumpet vs. scone. I used to buy these phenomenal crumpet-sconey things for breakfast from the bakery cart at work. I had forgotten about them for a long time, but remembered recently. I'd like to try to get some more.

They are kind of a buttermilk biscuit texture, shaped like a tall English muffin (without any corn meal on them), slightly sweet and had raisins and maybe other dried fruit in them. I think there was a very little bit of a sweet, shiny "coating" (for lack of a better word - it wasn't as thick as a glaze) on them. Is that a crumpet?

Aug 10, 2014
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Icebox cake and mystery ingredient

I go fridge.

It's also really good with graham crackers instead of the chocolate wafers.

Pretty sure you could do some kind of pudding/whipped cream mix instead of the plain whipped cream.

Aug 09, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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Starbucks "skinny": when did this happen? I'm poisoned!!

I don't think so. I'm pretty sure they have some kind of lower calorie mocha syrup which is pretty awful.

As far as the blanks on the nutrition...make sure you select the type of milk. Mine was blank too until I selected the milk.

I do like the skinny vanilla lattes.

Aug 09, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

Favorite Bread(s)

Soft pretzels!

Aug 09, 2014
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When is blind baking appropriate?

Exactly what I do. I haven't succumbed yet to buying one of those metal "shields" that they make!

Aug 09, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Oil Splatter when frying

I love my mesh cover. Kind of a pain to clean, but it does the job.

You don't need much (if any) additional oil in the pan. I make sure my meat is really dry (uncovered in fridge) and just put it into the pan. With most cuts of meat, there's enough fat in the meat so that you don't need the oil.

I also find that when mine does splatter (through the screen or when I'm flipping), I find that it just wipes up pretty easily.

Aug 08, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

When is blind baking appropriate?

I would blind bake in most cases. I probably wouldn't, though, in something like a chocolate chip cookie pie. But overall, if you want a nice, crispy bottom crust, the blind baking is the way to go. Just make sure that the edges don't get overdone when you bake the pie.

Aug 08, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

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

Well...so far my family's ranking is:
1. Bacon Mac
2. Cappuccino (surprisingly - we shared these with a bunch of people and most of them thought they tasted like cinnamon and sugar)
3. Wasabi

Haven't tried mango salsa since we think it sounds worse than the capp.

Aug 08, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Evaporated Milk - how do you use it?

I use it to dip chicken in before coating in some type of crumbs (usually a mix of Corn Flake and parm cheese) and then baking. Also really good in mac & cheese.

Aug 01, 2014
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

We went to one of those too!

Aug 01, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

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

Bacon Mac was better than Wasabi. I didn't try either, but the report was that the Bacon Mac tasted like BBQ chips.

Aug 01, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

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!

Jul 31, 2014
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!

Jul 31, 2014
jbsiegel in Cookware