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Torani Syrups

I order online too. I can get the exact flavors I want. I find retail stores tend to stick to the basics. I **love** the Sugar Free Salted Caramel!

1 day ago
jbsiegel in General Topics

Stuffing/Dressing - Do you add egg?

I do use the egg. Very basic stuffing - bread, butter, onions, celery, potatoes and an egg/milk mix. I bake the stuffing separate from the bird, basting with turkey juices here and there.

1 day ago
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Buying a Steak in NJ (butcher shops)

Love the Snake River Farms products!

1 day ago
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Best Plastic Wrap?

LOVE Freeze-tite. It's the same company as the Stretch-tite, but bigger size and a little thicker. It comes the closets to anything I've found for handling everything I want out of a cling wrap. Definitely need to get the snazzy slicer thing to attach to the box. Otherwise, getting a piece out is a challenge!

Nov 21, 2014
jbsiegel in Cookware

How do I make a good coffee at 7-Eleven?

LOVE Quick Chek coffee. In my mind, it's way better than 7-11. Our Quick Chek has an alarm that goes off regularly when it's time to make more coffee. At that point, the drain the pots and rebrew. I think it's pretty fresh.

Our Quick Chek actually does the fancy Starbucks-type drinks.

Nov 15, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

Best potato chips ever...

UTZ - all the way! (Although Terra Chips are pretty good, but more in a niche kind of way.)

Nov 15, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Do you have to wait til food cools completely before refrigerating?

I just toss it in there - either fridge or freezer depending. Normally it's portioned out, so I figure it cools faster than if I were to put a massive quantity in there in one container. I've never had a problem - either with spoiling or with melting/warming other things. (I will admit that if I'm putting something hot into the freezer, I don't put it right next to the carton of ice cream.)

Nov 15, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Holiday Food Customs

Hard sauce for us goes on Christmas pudding.

Breakfast on Christmas is always fruit bread (basically Stollen) with what is virtually the same thing as hard sauce for the frosting.

Nov 10, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Holiday Food Customs

HAVE to have sauerkraut with a turkey. It's not right without it! Always have succotash as well. (My parents are from Baltimore.)

My husband always insists on the canned cranberry stuff - sliced. The first year we were married, I kind of chopped it up to make it more like what I thought cranberry sauce should be. Was told I did that massively wrong!!!

Nov 10, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Do You Enjoy Crisp Waffles, Pancakes and Crepes?

I'm a completely crispy girl, but for these, I like them soft and almost mushy (think underdone).

Nov 09, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Who Makes Mac & Cheese without Bechamel/Mornay?

Me!

Cook, rinse and drain pasta. I do the sauce in a blender - 6 eggs, 2 cans evaporated milk, about 5-6 cups shredded cheeses. Pour sauce over pasta and bake. I normally add some kind of crust to it (sprinkle with crushed crackers and drizzle with melted butter). You can control how creamy it is by adding additional liquid (milk) to the sauce. We like it pretty firm.

Stupid good...stupid easy!

Nov 09, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Browned/Burnt/Overcooked Eggs - yum?

TOTAL YUM!!!!!!!!

I love tons of things with crispy edges. My dad loves burnt toast - maybe it's hereditary? (For the record - burnt toast is not a hit in my book.)

Nov 08, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics
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NBC's Food Fighters?

Can somebody please explain to me how Kitchen Inferno (Food Network) is any different from this? I guess the KI judges are more informed, but the same concept....

Nov 08, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

Carry-on Packable Foods to Take to a Food-Challenged Thanksgiving...

Potato flakes, dried soup mix (some kind of bean?), muffin mix, bisquick

Nov 06, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics
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What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

Cupcakes

(BTW...I ordered the ramen burger kits from Goldbely when they had a flash sale on them a while back. Crazy good - even frozen and cooked here!)

Nov 05, 2014
jbsiegel in Manhattan

Repurposing Regular Potato Chips

How about as the binder in meatloaf?

Nov 03, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Food packaging that you love/hate?

I guess it's easier for the store than properly training an employee to scan a PLU chart. That would require being able to identify the produce without yelling to another cashier for help! ;-)

Nov 02, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Repurposing Regular Potato Chips

Grind/crush 'em up and use them in place of breadcrumbs in any recipe you have!

I had a bunch of leftover Doritos once and ground them up and subbed part of the cornmeal in cornbread with them. You could try something like that as well.

Nov 01, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Five Guys Cheese- Brand?

I **always** use mayo on the outside of my bread when I make paninis. Fantastic!

Oct 30, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

I was thinking a frozen Twinkie would be pretty good!

Oct 26, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

My son just (about an hour ago) asked to have the mint Oreos frozen. Said he had them that way at a friend's house. We'll see later! :-)

Oct 25, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

What on earth is a frozen graham cracker like? Just a cold graham cracker or different than that?

Oct 24, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

Right there with you on frozen grapes!

Oct 24, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

I don't know if they still make the grilled cheese ones, but those need heating.

The grape and strawberry ones - frozen is just fine!

Oct 24, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

Just reading the Guilty Pleasures thread, and somebody mentioned eating frozen muffins. Made me think...

1. What are things that you eat directly from the freezer (other than the normal things like ice cream, etc.)?

Here are mine:
Cookies
Reese's
Uncrustables (yes - I confess!)

2. What are things that you eat thawed directly from the freezer that others normally cook/heat up?

Here are mine:
Hot Pockets
Frozen Veggies - just thaw 'em out, and they're good to eat cold!
Soft Pretzels (sometimes)
Meatballs

Oct 24, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Buying a Steak in NJ (butcher shops)

I love Snake River Farms. They've just redone their website and have combined it with Double R Ranch. They offer $9.99 shipping or something like that.

I've ordered several times and always been very happy!

Oct 21, 2014
jbsiegel in New Jersey

(Relatively Inexpensive) Mail Order Steaks

I like snakeriverfarms.com, flannerybeef.com and fairwaypacking.com.

The fun thing with Flannery is that you can create a custom ground beef mix.

I've ordered from all and they've been excellent. Definitely pricier than Omaha, but good!

Oct 19, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Cereal and Saturday Morning Cartoons

Ralston - loved that too!

Oct 19, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Contaminated utensil

If I use the utensil to touch the raw food, I swap it out for a clean one. If I use it to flip, I keep using it. I definitely get a different plate to put it on when I take it off.

Oct 18, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Anyone remember those caramel-coated marsmallow candies from years ago?

Hammonds makes some that always looked pretty good to me too.

Oct 18, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics