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Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

- Make your own tacos
- Baked potatoes with a varieties of toppings (including ground beef, etc.) - not sure this would constitute a full "meal", but it's a start.
- Fondue with a variety of things for dipping. You could do either some kind of very plain oil one like this: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em... or else a cheese-based one, but I'm not sure how well this would go over with the non-adventurous eaters in the group.
- Breakfast for dinner is definitely fun. Maybe a quiche or strata or something that incorporates veggies? Not sure you want to get into eggs to order - not very relaxing for you.

You sound like a great host!

May 24, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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Alaskan King Crab Legs

Gosh - I don't do anything to them other than thaw them and rinse them really well to remove the salt. Eat them cold.

Is there a reason to do more?

May 24, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

food tv show called the kitchen?

Right there with you about The Chew. Hated it initially and thought it had zero chance. But I really do enjoy it now and really DO NOT enjoy Michael Symon's laugh either! I like Clinton a lot and the interaction between the hosts.

May 23, 2015
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015) Nominations!

ICE CREAM is good too!

May 23, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015) Nominations!

ICEBOX DESSERTS
CRACKERS
BAGELS
COLD SOUPS

May 22, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Great idea! I like the more specific option - chocolate chip cookies vs. cookies, apple pie vs. pie. I wouldn't go crazy on specifications like the Tuesdays with Dorie thing (posting exact recipes). I think seeing everybody's recipe/photo and the variations and being able to compare recipes would be part of the appeal.

Question - how to pick each month without going through the whole voting thing which I agree is WAY too much work. My feeling is that somebody just picks and whoever wants to play does.

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

LOVE Brother's! The garlic knots at Val's are fantastic.

May 22, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

How To Cook Top Round?

It's very forgiving, but I would go about 1:1. If you want to add some brown sugar in there for sweetness, that works too. Definitely the garlic.

May 17, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

May 14, 2015
jbsiegel in Recipes

Birthday Party planning - help needed with the menu

I like a vinegar-based slaw with BBQ. A little lighter than a mayo based one.

Mine is just shredded cabbage, maybe onions and/or green pepper, vinegar, water, salt and sugar.

May 13, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Biggest Tip Ever?

I used to work (very part time - like weekends only) as a vendor in a baseball stadium. I once got a $50 tip from a guy for a beer.

To be completely honest, before I worked as a vendor (hauling food and drink through the stands), I never even considered the idea to tip them.

Whole Foods and "donations"

My Stop & Shop always seems to ask me. Umm...nope...I like to choose where my donations go and prefer to do it from home.

I'm not belligerent about it - I just say "no." Although, if somebody asked me if I wanted to "round it up", I would probably reply with something like "would you like to round it down?"

May 12, 2015
jbsiegel in Chains

Best frosting for a chocolate birthday cake?

I usually use the frosting recipe on the Hershey can. But, cream cheese is also REALLY good on a chocolate cake and holds up nicely overnight (in the fridge).

The one on the can doesn't need to be refrigerated, but depending where you take it in the heat might not hold up too well. Although, I can't think of many frostings that will hold up too well in heat.

Ganache is also pretty darned good on a cake!

May 12, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Biggest Tip Ever?

Ahhhh....Tab....memories!!!

And of course, you always order a Big Mac, fries and a Diet Coke.

May 12, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Biggest Tip Ever?

I loved those Reese's sundaes as a kid...ate more than a few! I'm sure I didn't tip enough back then, but would leave a big one now because they are just THAT good (or at least they are in my memory)!

May 12, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food
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Biggest Tip Ever?

Funny that your credit card company called you!

May 11, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Biggest Tip Ever?

So...this got me thinking (other than that I should have been a waitress!)...

What's the biggest tip you ever left? Any particular reason?

If you are or ever were a server/bartender/etc., what's the biggest tip you ever received?

I'm rather boring and just leave the 20% (rounding up for something truly great).

May 11, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Acme to phase out self checkout

Funny - I just read an article today about how to be really good at self-checkout. I usually use it if it's available and if I don't have a massive cartful of stuff. To be completely honest, it's just fun! (Am I pathetic or what?)

Here's the link: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/04/...

Apparently spending time looking for the barcode isn't necessary. I'll have to try that next time. I usually look for the barcode on each item.

May 10, 2015
jbsiegel in Chains

How do you take your hard boiled eggs (when you eat them as-is)?

I love 'em chopped up in egg cups as well (have to be hot out of the water). Add some salt and butter - fantastic!

The fun part is whacking them in the side with my spoon and then scooping out the insides to chop up.

May 10, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Grilled Cabbage

Grilled (or oven roasted) ANY veggie is really good in my world!

Grilled Cabbage

Iceberg wedges are really good grilled (very briefly) too!

May 09, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Famous Recipes

Thank you for the recipe links!! Haven't heard of them all either, but I'm going to take a look!!

May 08, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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Grilled Cabbage

I have a red cabbage sliced into four "steaks" and ready to go for tonight. I stick it in a 350-400 degree oven for about an hour (on a foiled cookie sheet). Time and temp vary a little based on steak thickness and how crispy you like the edges. Flip them halfway.

I roast mine naked (no oil/salt/etc.) and the use sea salt and red wine vinegar on it when it's done. It's fantastic and the leftovers (if there are any) are really good too - warmed or cold.

May 08, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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Famous Recipes

I confess - I'm one of the ones that asked a question about what you were looking for (hopefully not in a snarky way - more for clarification).

For me, this thread would be great if, along with the recipe name, a brief description is provided (if the name isn't famous enough for everybody to know what it is or google easily) and maybe a link to the recipe?

Seems that the responses so are falling into two categories - general dishes (Watergate salad, Sacher Torte, etc.) and more specific recipes (Nick's Supernatural Brownies, Zuni Chicken). For the general dishes, if the poster has a favorite version of the dish, a link would be great as well.

Have I overanalyzed this yet? (Really trying not to overcomplicate, but instead add my thoughts to what I would find most useful when searching for ideas!)

Famous Recipes

And the frosting that goes with that cake!!

Famous Recipes

Is Crack Pie the Momofuko one? If so are we looking for copycat recipes? If so, there are a ton out there!

Not sure we are going to get agreement as to what is "famous" without a few more parameters?

May 06, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

How do I keep chocolate desserts cold while traveling?

Make sure to transport them inside the air conditioned part of your vehicle rather than in a trunk!

Agree about gel ice packs/cooler/etc. That should work just fine.

May 06, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

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!

May 04, 2015
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