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Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

Sure....here you go...don't judge me!!! ;-)

1 (16 oz) frozen pound cake, thawed
8 Tbsp peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (3 oz each) pkgs. chocolate pudding mix (not the instant)
3 cups chocolate milk
2 Tbsp chocolate syrup (I use hot fudge as opposed to the stuff you use to make chocolate milk.)

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 1.5 baking dish.

Slice the pound cake in half horizontally and spread each half with PB. Then cut into chunks (however big you want them). I normally put the pound cake back together and then slice - less messy that way!

In a bowl, whisk chocolate pudding mix and chocolate milk. Pour over cake. Sprinkle with some chocolate chips. Sometimes I add PB chips here too. Cover with foil.

Bake 50 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with the rest of the chocolate chips. Bake 2-3 minutes. Top with some peanut butter and hot fudge. Cool.

It's stupidly good!

Sep 14, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Stand mixer - worth having?

Anybody with any opinions on the Breville Scraper Mixer?

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Sep 11, 2014
jbsiegel in Cookware

Heartbreaker List

A few thoughts:

1. I miss the A&W Diet Cream Soda.
2. Had no idea they ever made chewy Atomic Fireballs. Love the hard ones!
3. No grape Bubble Yum? Didn't know about that one.
4. I miss that old Campbell's Chicken & Dumpling soup. Was a favorite when I was a kid. I know they make a new one now, but I don't think it's anywhere nearly the same.
5. Betty Crocker & Duncan Hines sure have a lot of discontinued mixes.
6. I think I would have liked to try that Jell-O Chocolate Tapioca pudding.
7. Planter's Cheese Balls - little sob!
8. I think Reese's still sells the Dark Chocolate PB Cups in the mini bite size.
9. I can't imagine anybody would ever Ritz Cracker Crumbs. They are ridiculously easy to crush up.
10. What about all the discontinued Ben & Jerry's flavors?

I was amazed the number of things I had never heard of!

Sep 09, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Favorite clean out fridge meals

Mine usually end up as some part of a pasta salad.

Other ideas: omelets/quiches, put into mac & cheese, put on a bed of lettuce or make a layered salad

Sometimes we do what my mom used to call a "this and that" dinner - just all the little bits and pieces on a plate.

Sep 09, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Starbucks + La Boulange [moved from San Francisco board]

I like Sweet Street products. I had no idea Starbucks purchased from them. I know that our local Barnes & Noble cafe (which features Starbucks coffee) has Sweet Street, but the food there is definitely different than that at my local Starbucks.

Sep 07, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

When is a Split Charge Appropriate?

I don't think it was appropriate given the amount of food you ordered. Splitting two dishes between two people seems reasonable. I'm wondering what would have happened if you ordered the pizza to come first and then each of you chose one of the other two dishes as "yours" and then just split at the table. I'm guessing no additional charges.

I don't really think it's ever appropriate, but if two people order one dish and expect the kitchen to dish it up on two separate plates, I guess maybe. If two people order one dish and eat it together off of one plate, I see absolutely no reason to charge.

Sep 07, 2014
jbsiegel in Not About Food

Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

I was just asking my family about this earlier. I think I'm a decent cook, but no way could I just whip up some of these things at the drop of a hat. I thought they'd be given the recipe but not more. I guess they do get more.

Here's a question - Is this considered a "game show"? If so, aren't there a ton of laws regulating it all?

Sep 06, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

Mac 'n cheese help

I seriously make a ridiculously easy one that's evaporated milk, cheese, eggs in a blender. Cook pasta, pour blended stuff over, top with either grated parm or else some kind of breadcrumbs or crushed crackers and butter, bake. YUM!

Sep 06, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Stand mixer - worth having?

I just looked at the Compact online. It looks great! Do you find that the bowl is big enough? Also, I read that it doesn't have the cookie paddles. Making cakes and cookies works out OK?

Sep 05, 2014
jbsiegel in Cookware

The Chew---a few years later.

Totally agree! I **hated** it when it first came on. Now I find that I actually enjoy it. It's informative, funny, fun...although I still can't stand Michael Symon's laugh...

Defrost frozen fish in original plastic packaging. Safe?

Gosh...who knew?? I always thawed in the package. Guess I have to change my ways.

Frozen shrimp, I assume, is fine to thaw in the bag since it's not vacuum packed. As mentioned above, though, watch out for leaking. It's happened to me too - yuck. (Also happened to me with frozen veggies too...)

Sep 05, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

USA Yogurt Recommendations

I tend to add something to it to sweeten it a bit - granola, fruit, honey.

Heck, sometimes I throw a couple packets of Equal in there...

I love the thick texture. I also like the Fage plain Greek (sweetened a lot with something) that comes in a 7 oz. container. Those darned 5.3 oz. containers aren't always satisfying!

Sep 05, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Stand mixer - worth having?

I'm pretty much in the same boat. It's stored under the counter and such a pain to get out, set up, clean up, put away, etc. that it's quicker and easier to mix by hand or else use my trusty hand mixer!

I do use it if I'm making dough. No way am I kneading by hand. I guess I'm a lazy cook?

I actually find I look for muffin/quick bread/etc. recipes that have melted butter so I can skip the creaming step LOL!

Sep 05, 2014
jbsiegel in Cookware

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Totally agree about Larkburger. We've been going to Vail for years and always loved the burgers at Larkspur - the original restaurant that spawned the chain. Yum!

Sep 03, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

USA Yogurt Recommendations

I've been enjoying Siggi's and Sophie. Siggi's is rather thick, but Sophie is thinner - similar to the Stonyfield consistency.

I get them both from FreshDirect.

Sep 02, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Completely cheated and made Slutty Brownies. I had some frozen cookie dough left over from some kid fundraiser, a box of Ghirardelli brownie mix and a package of Cookie Dough Oreos. Perfect!

I'll have to make something "realer" next!

Sep 01, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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What do you serve people when you invite them over after dinner?

Heck...you have the new home. Shouldn't they be bringing the food?

But...if it's after dinner, I'd have some kind of dessert-type foods. Cookies/brownies/etc. freeze well and thaw relatively quickly. You could also have cookie dough frozen in individual "balls" ready to bake (just add a minute or two to the cooking time).

Non-sweet, I like the assorted nuts idea. Cheese would also be OK and keeps well in the fridge.

Aug 31, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Thought of a couple more:

Cosi
Chick-Fil-A (after reading others' responses) - Funny thing is that my husband and I used to call it "Chick Fill Uh" without realizing that was completely not the right pronunciation. Took years to get it right in my head!!
DQ
Cold Stone Creamery
Crumbs (if they manage to re-emerge from bankruptcy and reopen the store near me!)

Aug 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Is El Pollo Loco any good? There's one relatively close to me, but I always just assumed it wasn't worth a visit...

Aug 29, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

DIrty Family Secrets

Of course we do know that any good white bread/roll/soft pretzel/bagel innards DO need to be squished into that ball. Heck...still do it sometimes today, although MUCH more surreptitiously!

Aug 27, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Grimaldi's - good one. Forgot about it.

Aug 26, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

Worst thing you ate before working-out.

Soup - yuck!

Aug 24, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

Saving under cooked brownies

If they end up overcooked, you could also use them in a trifle or something.

Aug 24, 2014
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Starbucks
Cold Stone Creamery
Panera Bread

Aug 24, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

LOVE DQ Blizzards!

Aug 24, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

Top Chef Duels 8/20, spoilers, Antonia vs Mike - a profane and foggy recap

I love it "too much flavor."

Aug 23, 2014
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

DIrty Family Secrets

Can we just consider this a variation on the sweet/salty combination? ;-)

Aug 23, 2014
jbsiegel in General Topics

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!

Aug 22, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains

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!

Aug 22, 2014
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

Aug 21, 2014
jbsiegel in Chains