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All I Wanted Was a Kir. A Kir!

Apologies in advance but I'm posting a bit of a drink vent. We went to a French restaurant, Sips, this weekend. The restaurant is local--here in Phoenixville, and really, REALLY has wonderful food. The service is great and for the most part it's a very good restaurant that can be upgraded to fantastic as soon as a few glitches are ironed out.
One of the glitches being a certain drink that is popular and originated in France! A Kir. We didn't even ask for Kir Royales. We do the Kir Royales at home because we like a certain champagne. When we are out we'll go for the regular Kir.
Anyway, when we received the Kirs, they were more of a glass of rose. The amount of Cassis was minimal AND wasn't even stirred into the white wine. Am I asking too much? Am I being too snotty and fussy? I swear it was so hot that I didn't even return the drink. I was so thirsty I drank it anyway--but come on. Learn to make a proper drink, man!

Jul 21, 2015
jarona in Spirits

Just When You Thought the French Had Most Things Figured Out...

I better watch what I write about Hollande on my blog.

Jul 21, 2015
jarona in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Honest to god, I can't even watch the commercial for this season of "Next Food Network Star". The first two seasons were fine because it was "real" people--some of who really knew their stuff professionally and some who didn't but who had aspirations. Then it turned into a "head shot" stew. Actor/Actress wannabe's. I just can't.
Although I'm not a fan now, when Fieri won, he seemed pretty humble. I still wish that "larger" guy from the South with the cakes would have won and had a show--but who am I to say? When the winner gets a show, it'll be aired on a strange and unusual time anyway. I hardly watch FN anymore..........

Jul 21, 2015
jarona in Food Media & News
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Suggestions needed for Menton, Ste. Agnes, Gorbio, Nice et al...

Since you are going to have a car, I really need to recommend Restaurant l'Aiguille in Theoule-Sur-Mer.
http://www.laiguille.com/restaurant-d...
We stay in Theoule every summer and this past June was the first time we went to this restaurant. (I reviewed it on Trip Advisor) I cannot say enough about the meal we had there! Hands down, the Seiche (cuddlefish) was THE best meal I've ever had. EVER!
The restaurant is on l'Aiguille beach. It's a small beach and finding the exact location of the restaurant can be a challenge. But I'm telling you, this place is amazing. We cannot wait to get back next summer. The staff is incredibly pleasant, the setting is amazing--it's really great! Honestly, it won't take that long to get there from Nice. We have a car and drive all over--honestly!

Jul 21, 2015
jarona in France

What is the VERY BEST thing you've ever eaten?

I need to update this. We recently came back from our yearly trip to France. This year we tried a local restaurant--L'Aguille. It's a nonassuming beachfront restaurant, looks a bit rustic, but OH BOY. The food-- I ordered "Seiche", which I thought was squid, but found out it was actually Cuddlefish. Hands down, it was the best dish I ever had in my life. IN MY LIFE! I was thinking about it the rest of the week we were in Theoule. Anyway, when we came back, I went to our local seafood monger and asked if he could get cuddlefish. I was told in no uncertain terms that it isn't available here in the States as it is a Mediterranean fish. I don't know if I can wait another year. I swear. The fish was so tender and perfectly grilled, it came with an aoli that was incredible and I could have frosted a cake with it...and a pesto type sauce. I have to stop now because I'm becoming depressed that I cannot have this once a week!

Jul 21, 2015
jarona in General Topics

My Aplogies, but I Need to Vent About America's Test Kitchen

Johnbroke--your advice is great. I've been doing what you do for a while now and you are absolutely correct!

Feb 05, 2015
jarona in Food Media & News

Crack Pie recipe is a LIE

I get it at the Milk bar store when I'm in NYC or my kids usually pick some up when they visit. You can order it from milk bars website! I'm also obsessed with milk crumb.. Can't stop making it!

Feb 02, 2015
jarona in Home Cooking

Crack Pie recipe is a LIE

UPDATE! I forgot all about this post. Wow! I ended up receiving the Mmomofuku Milk Bar Cookbook as a gift. I stand corrected. I've made the Crack Pie many times, and it is fantastic! In addition, the Corn Cookies, Chocolate Chocolate cookies and Blueberries and Cream cookies have become staples in our home. Ii posted too soon before I got the book. I am now a true "Momofuker"!

Feb 02, 2015
jarona in Home Cooking

What do you make after Christmas when you're sick of everything?

I almost did go to the ER, but I would have felt worse being there. The worst part was the fact I purchased an old-school baretending book, bought one of those cool shakers for drinks..a ton of booze and I couldn't drink anything!

Dec 30, 2014
jarona in Home Cooking

A Great Baking-Loving Christmas Gift From the Kids!

Among the greatest Christmas gifts: A card--with reference to the book "If You Give a Mouse A Cookie". However, the kids reworded some to read "If you Give Mom a Cookie Recipe".....and it went on..and at the bottom of the card...next week. A Baking Class at Momofuku Milk Bar in Brooklyn. Oh my kids outdid themselves. They have also arranged for me and the Frechman to spend the night in the City and they will be taking us out to dinner later in the evening! I'm so excited. I can only hope that I meet Christina Tosi!

Dec 30, 2014
jarona in General Topics

What you do eat when your sick?

Ugh. I've had a killer stomach flu since Christmas Day. I'm just getting over it now. All I've had was a ton of flat ginger ale, Immodium and...Campbell's chicken noodle soup. That's it. Tonight, I will make an attempt at a tiny bowl of pasta. plain. just a bit of salt. that's it. Cannot even deal with tea right now.

Dec 30, 2014
jarona in General Topics

Ina Garten - Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

As usual, the recipes are GREAT!!!!! I've already made two of the recipes in the book to raves from the family! Regardless of how she looks on the cover (and I do think she lost weight and looks "fabulous"), the recipes are never-fail! I love this book!

Dec 30, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

Ina Garten - Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Wow! I thought I was the only person on the face of the earth who thought she looked a bit different! I think she lost quite a bit of weight. Her face looks a lot thinner. Didn't think she was photoshopped though--it's just that her makeup foundation is way too light.

Dec 30, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

What do you make after Christmas when you're sick of everything?

Well, I've had the stomach flu since Christmas Day. I have to say, this was the first Christmas when I literally WAS sick of everything. Christmas Eve's dinner of Gumbo and Shrimp and Oyster Etouffee went off perfectly. Christmas Day's dinner was a beautiful, beautifully beef tenderloin, Brussels Sprouts with cranberries and bacon, Mashed potatoes, Mac & Cheese..and a ton more stuff. As I sat down to eat dinner, I took a bite of the perfectly cooked beef, ran to the bathroom and the rest of the family enjoyed all the food. Today is the first day I'm going to make an attempt at eating food. All I've had since Christmas was Ginger ale, Immodium, and Campbell's chicken noodle soup. I think dinner tonight will just be a small serving of bland pasta. Stomach flu is so awful!!!

Dec 30, 2014
jarona in Home Cooking

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! [Old]

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