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Our loves we will not admit

Oh those oyster crackers. I grew up on the shores of Long Island. We saved those refined little crackers for the Campbell's Oyster stew and the Campbell's New England Clam Chowder. I'm actually having double noodle soup tonight sans saltines because I'm saving myself for Christmas Eve!

Dec 22, 2014
jarona in General Topics
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Our loves we will not admit

I digress! Campbell's Tomato soup is for dunking a processed American cheese product sandwich on white toast with mayo!

It is so nice to know that others love ANY Campbell's soup--it's good food!

Where Are All the "Holiday" Cooking Shows???

I don't think I will ever get over her Kwanza Cake. It was traumatizing!

Our loves we will not admit

Alright. With all the fancy cooking I do--especially during Christmas and Thanksgiving--sometimes I just want a can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup and I want to take a mess of salted saltines and break them up in said soup and let the crackers get all mushy and eat away till my heart's content!

Dec 22, 2014
jarona in General Topics
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Where Are All the "Holiday" Cooking Shows???

The Voltaggio Brothers special was from last year or the year before I believe. Cooking Channel also had a decent show about "Cocktails and Cookies" that was great..never saw it this year.

Dec 22, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

Where Are All the "Holiday" Cooking Shows???

emglow. I do have to agree with you on that. I like to watch the "Create" channel which is chock-full of cooking shows. However, it still amazes me of the lack of holiday shows!

Dec 22, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

What did you/would you eat the morning of your wedding?

Well, I ate a handful of allergy pills. Then drank. It wasn't a good mix.

Dec 21, 2014
jarona in General Topics

Tagine to Purchase?

You can go on Amazon to get the clay tagine. However, I would like to add--you don't need the conical trad clay tagine to make a great tagine. If you have a dutch oven, you can make one just as well. Honestly. My aunt has a housekeeper from Algeria and she makes tagine AND her own hand-made cous-cous all the time and said it isn't the most important item.

Dec 21, 2014
jarona in Manhattan

Where Are All the "Holiday" Cooking Shows???

Alright. I'll admit, with the craziness going on in preparation for Christmas and all the baking and cooking that's going on in my home, I do like to relax. In the past, I've always relaxed with those "Holiday" Cooking shows. Usually I get one decent recipe per year. But....there's been nothing this year. Zilch. Nada. Zed. I'm somewhat disappointed. The dopey competition shows are all over the place, but not one decent holiday cooking show. I caught Kelis' show--and it stunk--but in her defense, she's awesome and she should have her own cooking show--it's just that the show was boring. Give her a good scenario and she could actually be a favorite. Any thoughts?

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

Did you put Tums on the table?

Dec 18, 2014
jarona in Not About Food
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

I hope you are feeling better today! So far, I've baked a ton of cranberry pistachio biscotti, chocolate chip and almond biscotti, chocolate white snow mountain top crackle cookies, sugar cookies, oatmeal walnut chocolate chunk cookies, Momofuku Milk Bar Corn Cookies, MMB Chocolate Chocolate Cookies, MMB Blueberries and Cream Cookies. I've made the pistachio brittle for the Barefoot Contessa French Nougatine--I'm going to make them tomorrow, no bake, just freeze the loafs. Then I'll start to prepare for the Buche de Noel. I've got some risen dough in the fridge for a Boule loaf. I can throw it in the oven tomorrow after work--I'll tell ya, that "Artisinal Bread in 5 Minutes Book" is a bread bible for me!

Dec 18, 2014
jarona in Home Cooking

What's your go-to method for roasting a chicken?

I stuff the heck out of the cavity with halved lemon, salt, pepper. Separate the skin on the breast from the meat and stuff with herb butter. Salt, pepper roast at 425

Dec 10, 2014
jarona in Home Cooking

What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

Three words: Sweetened. Condensed. Milk.

Added to Stovetop Oatmeal = Heaven!

Dec 10, 2014
jarona in Home Cooking

Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

Taking Tiger Mountain by Surprise?

Dec 09, 2014
jarona in Not About Food

Not So Pioneer Woman?

I'm not a fan but she has a big fan base. I've never seen anything I would cook and I find her voice very annoying. However, my daughter is begging me to forgo our traditional Christmas breakfast of French Toast Casserole for PW stickey buns. I am on the fence.

Dec 09, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Martha Stewart Eggnog
Biscotti
Buche de Noel
Truffles
Deviled Eggs

New trads are:
Momofuku corn cookies, Momofuku blueberries and cream cookies
Old-School cocktails (but this is the first year)
Oh..and I forgot. Christmas breakfast is always French Toast Casserole!

Dec 09, 2014
jarona in General Topics

So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

I purchased a ton of liquor and bitters--cherries..all the fun stuff. Tonight, I am going to experiment by making Manhattans (because I'm a born NY'er) and Sidecars (because my better half is a born Parisan) Should be a fun evening!

Dec 05, 2014
jarona in Spirits

So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

Oh gawd Schnaps. I dunno if I could handle that piney stuff:)

Dec 05, 2014
jarona in Spirits

The Taste Discussion - continued from original

...and that is why these reality shows are a croc pot:)

The Taste Discussion - continued from original

I'm loving Walken in this.. It's not bad. Allison Williams is pretty good ! I want some Peter Pan Peanut Butter now !

Dec 04, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

The Taste Discussion - continued from original

I'm watching Peter Pan too! I love Christopher Walken and want to see how this production compares to the Mary Martin one!

Dec 04, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

Wow !! Thank you so much for all that info!!!

Dec 04, 2014
jarona in Spirits

So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

Hi! So funny you mention all that! My better half is a Frenchman and I think part of my wanting some boozy cocktails stems from the fact I have had my fill of Kir Royales! I will be drinking some serious French 75's though!

Dec 04, 2014
jarona in Spirits

So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

I've never heard of Zirbenz Pine liqueur. It's not like Jaqermeister is it? That stuff makes me sick!

Dec 03, 2014
jarona in Spirits

So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

cosmogrrl. ANY type of booze is going to work--especially bourbon! I am so thrilled that after dinner, I went into the cabinet, got my shaker thingy and started to show my Frenchman how I would shake the drinks. He is convinced I've lost my mind. But I'm thinking drinks in the genre of Manhattans, Rob Roy's, Martini's, Gimlets..all those fun ones that I don't know how to make.

Dec 03, 2014
jarona in Spirits

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

Milk Crumb. The best part of the cookie. I suggest you make a double batch because it's great for munching!

Dec 03, 2014
jarona in Home Cooking

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

One of my good friends is from "Balimore" and she says "hon" all the time! When I lived in NYC, one of my neighbors, a Bronx girl, used to call EVERYONE, "hon"--everyone. I think it was because she probably forgot half the names of everyone in the neighborhood so we all just became "hon"!

Dec 03, 2014
jarona in Not About Food

So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

I'm getting into the literal meaning of Christmas Spirits. Its a given for my Martha Stewart Eggnog, but this year, I want to have a good old-fashioned cocktail hour before dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My "repertoire" of drinks is really limited to Kir Royales..but I just purchased a cocktail shaker thingy and I'm obsessing now.

Anyone got a great old school cocktail recipe they want to share. My trust is in you fellow Chowhounds! Bottoms up and here's lookin' up your ancestors!

Dec 03, 2014
jarona in Spirits

DEVILED EGGS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2014)

Giovanni's Anchovy Paste. It comes in a yellow and blue box and the tube is the same colors. I keep it in the fridge after I open it. Hope this helps!

Dec 03, 2014
jarona in Home Cooking

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Aw..com'on Hon. Hon is just a term of endearment!

Dec 03, 2014
jarona in Not About Food
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