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Sugar Factorty - Anybody Been?

It's also closer to the other things we're doing that day. Decision made! Thx!

about 14 hours ago
jbsiegel in Manhattan

Sugar Factorty - Anybody Been?

Thanks for the advice. The boys will happily eat dessert 3 meals a day - perfect! Somewhat concerned about wait times - tried to reserve online but nothing available. Been to Brenner and that's fun too.

One of my sons is lobbying for Burger Joint, so might be some negotiations needed!

1 day ago
jbsiegel in Manhattan

Pipable chocolate ganache?

My TOTAL bad. I do 12 oz of chocolate (but usually add some extra now that I think of it) and **16** oz cream. Sorry for the confusion! You are right. It ends up close to 1:1.

If I out it in the fridge, I put plastic wrap tightly ON the chocolate. Seems to work. The last time I did it, I left if on the counter in a cool room overnight which worked well too. I avoid anything wet (water drops, etc.) like the plague. BTDT. Live and learn.

I have used chips, melting chocolate, and bars. All seem to work well enough when the weight is correct.

Mar 28, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Godiva has never been great, but do people agree it's gotten worse?

The individual truffles they sell in the boutiques are usually good, and I really do enjoy the chocolate covered strawberries.

Mar 28, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Pipable chocolate ganache?

When I make ganache, I normally use 2 cups cream, 2 cups chocolate chips - so that's 8 oz. cream, 12 oz. chocolate. Works pretty much perfectly for all applications - depending on how long I let it cool.

I have piped with it - left it in the fridge overnight and just warmed it up a bit in the microwave the next day.

As AlexRast mentioned above, your hands will relatively quickly melt it while piping.

Mar 28, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Sugar Factorty - Anybody Been?

Hi,

I'll be in the city next weekend with my two teenage boys. I'm debating Saturday lunch. Was thinking either staying midtown and doing pizza/burgers or something like that or else heading down to the Sugar Factory.

Has anybody been there? I've been to the one in Vegas, and think the kids would like it. Is the wait unbearable on weekends?

Thanks for any advice!

- J

Mar 28, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan

Peeps!!!!!!!

Mar 27, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics
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Your most cherished food memories...

My go-to birthday cake up until I was probably 25 was always angel food cake with chocolate frosting. The best part of it all was separating the frosting from the cake (to save for last) and then sort of "squishing" the cake with my fork before eating. Total yum!

Mar 25, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics
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Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I guess I'm saying that the powers-that-be need to decide whether getting the carts inside or running the store is more important for business.

Do they just figure that if there are no carts, the patrons will walk back outside and grab one, thus saving them the cost of paying employees to collect the carts. (To be honest, I think this is probably the truth. If I arrived at a store, planning to shop, and there were no carts, I wouldn't just leave - I'd either make do with a basket or go back out and find a cart.)

Mar 21, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

What 'Race Together' Means for Starbucks Partners and Customers | Starbucks Newsroom

That is truly odd!

Mar 21, 2015
jbsiegel in Chains

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

but they need the carts in order to be in business.

Mar 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

When I see stores that don't let the carts into the parking lots, I always assume it's because they don't want them stolen. Maybe I have to reconsider!

Mar 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Hah! I went to Target today, and in the entrance, there were absolutely no carts and no hand baskets. Incredible! A massive empty area.

Fortunately, I only needed a couple of things, so I was OK.

Yes, people are lazy, but I have to confess that if I use a cart, I tend to just leave it too, but ALWAYS make sure to leave it in such a way that it doesn't block a spot or run the risk of rolling/being blown into another car. In a way, I view the cart as a convenience of shopping and a cost of doing business to the store (so I can load a lot of merchandise). They can round up the carts and bring them back - they have people assigned to do that.

I also always make sure to put my hand basket back neatly in the pile by the register so the next person can fit theirs in. Nothing worse than a random pile of baskets.

And, I bag my own groceries!

Mar 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Swapping cake pans - risky or foolproof?

I swap 9x13 / 8" round / 9" round all the time. I use the same baking temperature as well since they are approximately the same depth. When I do a layer cake, I almost always do two 8" because I like it a little taller (even if it calls for 9").

The same volume of batter can easily (usually) be baked in a Bundt, but then you would probably want to lower the oven temp a little and bake for a lot longer.

What 'Race Together' Means for Starbucks Partners and Customers | Starbucks Newsroom

Same here - no message, no mention (at a couple of locations). I think it's a good discussion to have, but I'm not going to have it with a relative stranger who is only asking because somebody told them to and is supposed to be basically the same discussion with everyone in line. And...if the person in front of me in line has a long discussion, I'm not a happy camper.

I live in a town that the campaign is designed for (see DoobieWah's post below)...

How exactly is the barista/cashier supposed to start this discussion? "So...what do you think about race relations?"

Mar 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Chains

Need tried & true Chocolate Lava cake recipe...

Kind of what I thought. Problem is that all the recipes I can find for one larger cake are the type that involve making the cake batter, putting that in the pan, and then pouring some combination of water/milk/cocoa powder/sugar on top and baking. Either that or a flourless chocolate cake, but neither of those are exactly what I'm trying to make. Ina's cake is close, though.

Mar 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Need tried & true Chocolate Lava cake recipe...

This recipe seems very forgiving. Do you think I could somehow make one large cake instead of individual ones? What would be the best baking dish?

Mar 19, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Best BAKED chicken wings recipe?

Totally agree. I nearly always cook chicken pieces on a rack over a sheet pan. That way they don't sit in their juices while they cook.

Mar 15, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

GREAT yellow cake recipe...why so hard to find??

OK...I have to confess that my favorite yellow cake is the box mix, 4 eggs, 1 cup sour cream, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup oil, 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix. I know it's a total cheat, but I like my cake nice and moist and dense the way this comes out. Also, extra points for adding roughly chopped Oreos before baking. They get nice and soft and yummy in there.

Mar 15, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Question #1 - What to do with hotdogs other than in a bun?

Threaded Hotdog Bites LOL: http://veryculinary.com/2011/10/27/th...

(I actually did make these - totally amazed my kids. Rather tedious shoving the spaghetti through...

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Although, I assume you used up the hotdogs by now! ;-)

Mar 14, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Best Mail Order Meals ?

goldbely.com

Mar 11, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Fresh Direct - recent delivery a disaster. Others have bad experience?

I've ordered from them very sporadically, but have been VERY satisfied with their service.

One time, the driver was going to be late, and they proactively called me to tell me and issued me a credit without my asking (like I have to do with Peapod).

Another time, the frozen items were not completely frozen, and they redelivered all of them to me the next day. Fantastic!

Mar 08, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan

I started this day a mere boy.........but now I am a man!

And here I was going to suggest a Big Mac!

Mar 07, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics
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No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

Good. I have some oven-proof cereal bowls that I will try.

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

After reading this thread, I am planning to try the Lahey method. I've done the Artisan one in the past with mediocre results (early bread good, later on in the 5 days not as good). Is it critical that I bake the whole thing as one loaf, or can I divvy up the dough into several smaller?

Mar 06, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

32 Hungry Boys

How about chili with all the fixings? You could also make a couple big pans of corn bread to go with it. Some kind of salad or something and then a big chocolate sheet cake for dessert?

Mar 02, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

Scrambled eggs and grilled cheese.

Ice cream for dessert.

Other than that - not much - a work in progress!

Feb 28, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Developer says that Whole Foods will be anchor supermarket in Clark N.J.

I simply cannot image the traffic nightmare this is going to create!

Feb 27, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

This one's a regular on our shopping list.

Feb 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Chains

Which cereal does not get soggy?

Me too!

Feb 20, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics