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Steakhouse recs in 73/70 area Marlton/Cherry Hill area?

Looking for decent steakhouse in the area for unexpected company--not looking to venture into Philly. Something other than Capital Grille in CH. Any opinions on Library II or Fleming's or other places that aren't so obvious? TIA

Apr 17, 2010
medford in New Jersey

Kosher Passover Bakery in Queens?

The ShopRite in Cherry Hill NJ had several different selections this year from Shicks that were very good including 7 layer cake and choc roll.

Apr 11, 2010
medford in Kosher

ISO Rehearsal Dinner Recs

I'm hosting a rehearsal dinner in the Smithtown-Hauppage area in July and am in need of recommendations. As I am not from LI, I don't have a clue as to what is in the area. Doesn't need to be too chow-ish. Most of those attending are not from LI, either, and are fine with good American or Italian fare. I've been searching the 'net and found there's a lot of choice out there. As I'm also paying for the reception, reasonable cost is a consideration. Hope I'm not asking too much. Any help very appreciated.

Good hamantaschen

Lipkin's Bakery in NE Philly on Castor Ave. just above Rhawn St. is not too far from Mont Co. They make several different fillings. They also make a 'no sugar added' version that is very good.

Feb 21, 2010
medford in Philadelphia

Ice cream spot in Cherry Hill or Moorestown areas?

On High St. in Burlington is a place called Ummms Ice Cream Parlor. Perhaps a bit farther than 'nearby' your requested locations but IMHO worth the drive. Homemade ice cream, waffle cones, milkshakes...you get the picture. Some unique flavors and I understand they've added real frozen custard. Just a couple of blocks from the river so you get some nice scenery, too.

http://www.ummmicp.com/

Jul 04, 2009
medford in New Jersey

Stand Mixer-Hamilton Beach 63220 or Kitchen Aid Artisan?

FWIW, In their most recent review of high-end stand mixers in 2008, ATK/Cook's Illustrated rated the Cuisinart 5.5 qt. top (Highly recommended) for the first time. The KA Artisan and HB (not sure model#) were down the list (recommended with reservations). The KA Professional was rated 'recommended'-apparently they have changed their dough hook design completely. I've had my KA Professional for years and love it.

May 30, 2009
medford in Cookware

good buy at Costco

These sound like great deals! Do any of the Costco's in NJ sell wine? I can't tell from the store profiles if they do or not. I know they'd have to purchase a liquor license. Our local Costco Moorestown/Mt. Laurel doesn't but BJ's does. Thanks.

May 25, 2009
medford in Wine

Costco in North Wales/Montgomeryville

Davids Cookies the Costco road show dates on their website. Next time for North Wales/Montgomeryville is May 26- 31. BTW Chocolate chip deep dish cookie pie rocks when warm..mmmm. Here's the site:

http://www.davidscookiescorp.com/

May 17, 2009
medford in Philadelphia

Kosher for Passover- Philadelphia

Two places you might try: Zahav in Society Hill section, I've heard they are serving a prix fixe menu through Pesach. Max and David's is another wonderful place, just outside the city in Elkins Park, but I'm not sure about Pesach.

Apr 10, 2009
medford in Kosher

kosher bakeries in new jersey

Just tried Yochie's Heimish Bakery on Main Avenue in Passaic. Old-fashioned bakery with all the usual cakes, cookies and pastries plus breads and rolls. The honey cake was still warm when we bought it and ohhh the chocolate babka....all very fresh. Although we stopped in Eruv Rosh Hashanna, friends tell me it's consistnely good there.

Oct 02, 2008
medford in Kosher

What manual can opener do you like?

I'm another in the swing-a-way camp--using the same one for years.

Recently I had an injury/surgery which prevented me from turning the handle. I found this one from Progressive which uses a ratcheting action--it's WONDERFUL.
http://www.progressiveintl.com/prodde...

Apr 13, 2008
medford in Cookware

Evergreen Dairy Bar - Rt 70

Don't despair...these places typically are closed in winter and re-open in April/May. I don't live too far from Southampton and I'll keep an eye out for you. Can't put too high a price on that childhood nostalgia!

Mar 24, 2008
medford in Mid-Atlantic

Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Syrup

In addition to retail locations you can order directly from the company in Brooklyn. I believe that the U-Bet syrups are kosher year-round. The label states 'sugar &/or corn syrup' The only time you can be certain of a cane sugar formula is if the label states "kosher for Passover" as corn syrup is prohibited during that time. Here's a link to their site:

http://foxsubet.amazonwebstore.com/Fo...

Feb 29, 2008
medford in Manhattan

white rice...cooking tips and tricks...PLEASE!!!

If you have a microwave oven, making rice is a snap. The best part is no watching or stirring. For long grain white rice I follow the box for rice/water proportions. Put in microwave-safe bowl with lid and cook at full power for about 7 minutes and then 50% power for about 22 minutes. Let sit about 5 minutes to finish steaming. You may need to adjust times depending on the wattage of your oven. I sometimes mix in a handful of wild rice into the white. Just add a bit extra water and it comes out great--adds just a nice slightly nutty taste.

I just got a new Sharp mwave oven and it has a programmed button for 'rice'. OMG jasmine rice comes out perfect!

Dec 05, 2007
medford in Home Cooking

Hamantaschen?

I don't know about a North Philly location. At one time they had 2 store on Castor Ave. The one closer to Oxford Circle closed after a fire in the bakery about 20 years ago. I've only visited the NE stores. They do make a great breads, Challah, rye, and those nearly flat onion rolls. I don't remember if they make salt sticks, though.

Dec 05, 2007
medford in Pennsylvania

A Fisherman's Breakfast in Cape May?

The Wawa on Texas Ave. is open 24 hours. If Dock Mikes isn't open early enough you might want to look for a 24 hour diner to stop in at on your way in. Believe it or not - www.njdiners.com.

Dec 05, 2007
medford in Mid-Atlantic

Hamantaschen?

Try Lipkin's Bakery on Castor Ave. just above Rhawn in the NE. Don't blink or you'll miss it--tiny store front but packed with good stuff inside. Old time and very traditional baked goods. They typically carry Hamantashen with poppy, prune, cherry, and blueberry filling. They even have some flavors that are 'no added sugar'. I've been buying from them for over 25 years and never disappointed.

While you're there, pick up a few knishes--they are known for them, too. Can you tell I like their stuff?

Dec 04, 2007
medford in Pennsylvania

Best single-cup coffee maker?

If you are still looking, in addition to the 12 cup coffee makers, Gevalia is offering this 2 cup brewer. Apparently you can brew into one or both of the included travel mugs.
http://www.gevalia.com/Gevalia/contin...

And some other options:
http://www.gevalia.com/Gevalia/catalo...

FWIW--I have an 8 cup carafe CM from Gevalia--they use cone filters. For the office it is decent coffee and an efficient CM.

Nov 19, 2007
medford in Cookware

Do I really need a Food Processor?

Thanks to all for your kind and honest input. I've decided that I do, indeed, need a Food Processor. You've confirmed that while my current gadgets do the job, a FP will probably help do better/easier. I've also looked at some recipes (old favorites and new ones I want to try) with a FP eye and I'm convinced.

Now for the next big decision--Cuisinart or Kitchen Aid? I did a little research when out shopping yesterday and I think I'm leaning toward the Cuisinart but hey, I've waited this long ... I'm off to review old chowhound threads on the subject. Thanks again!

Nov 18, 2007
medford in Cookware

Do I really need a Food Processor?

Rexreine, you are correct in 'sensing a kind of need from your post'. Most of what you've mentioned are things I currently do with other the appliances. I guess my curiousity is that a FP may allow me to do them better or easier. Recovery from recent arm surgery taught me that these joints are not getting any younger. Things requiring manual labor like the v slicer get more difficult to use.

In trying to justify it's real estate or, as pescetarian admits, not buying something I may not use too often I guess I'm talking myself into it. I guess it's one of those things that you don't NEED but you're sure glad you have it! Thanks for your comments.

Nov 13, 2007
medford in Cookware

Do I really need a Food Processor?

I'm not looking to have anyone make my mind up for me. It's just that since I've never owned a FP I'm looking for some insights into it's uses that I might be missing.

In terms of food processing-related appliances, currently I have a powerful KA stand mixer, multi-speed blender, 1.5 c. electric food chopper, and a Borner V-Slicer Plus. We don't cook for large crowds very often. Other than a good pastry dough, does a FP get me more or more efficient functionality than what I currently have? TIA for your thoughts.

Nov 13, 2007
medford in Cookware

Favorite potato masher?

Cook's Illustrated is running a T'giving survival guide. On the site, they have a review of potato mashers. It is one of the free reviews if you are not a member of CI. The Profi Plus was their favorite. I usually use my stand mixer.

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/micro...

Nov 12, 2007
medford in Cookware

Macoun apples?

Don't know if you are still searching but they have them at Shop Rite. I've never tasted this variety before. Very nice taste and texture.

Oct 30, 2007
medford in Mid-Atlantic

locatelli cheese [Moved from Home Cooking board]

This is, indeed, the good stuff. When I found it, the original store wrap was still intact. Some kind of slippery paper and wrapped in a heavier paper. I thought they said not to use plastic wrap. I didn't think about freezing it. I just put the original slippery paper back and replaced the outer paper.

Oct 30, 2007
medford in General Topics

locatelli cheese [Moved from Home Cooking board]

Sorry, yes, how long is it still good. (It's been a long day). It got pushed to the back of one the drawers in the fridge and forgotten. Thanks!

P.S. I grated some--it's great!

Oct 29, 2007
medford in General Topics

locatelli cheese [Moved from Home Cooking board]

please pardon my ignorance but...how long it a cut wedge of locatelli that has not been grated? I got a wedge from a reputable cheese shop, not the supermarket, so it is still in the paper they wrapped it in. Nothing growing on it -- hate to waste it. TIA!!

Oct 29, 2007
medford in General Topics

Macoun apples?

Russo's Farm has Macoun's. The have their own market in Tabernacle, NJ (near Medford) not far from the intersection of Rt 70 and 206. The also have a stand in the Trenton Farmer's Market.

http://www.russosfruitandveg.com/

Oct 22, 2007
medford in Mid-Atlantic

Dr. Frank?

We fell in love with both their Reisling and Gewurztraminer. For sure it's worth the trip as there are many other nice wineries in the area. We've done the wine trails on both Lake Keuka and Lake Seneca. This link can give you a sense of other places to visit, places to stay, etc. You won't be driving from MA for just one winery. (Sorry, is my enthusiasm showing?!)

http://www.fingerlakeswinetours.com/

what are the best farmers markets and roadside stands in NJ??

In South Jersey, you might try some of my Medford area favorites:
Dutch Wagon Amish Market on Rt 70 -only open on Friday and Saturday
Johnson's Corner Market - a bit further east on Rt 70, turn left at Hartford Rd. Have pick-your-own in season.
Russo's Farm Market - again, a bit further east on Rt 70 off of rt 206 in Tabernacle. Lots of their own farms 'Jerseys Own' fruits and veges and a bakery to boot. They also sell wines from the local Valenzano winery.

If you are headed down the shore via non-speedway roads like Rt. 30 through the southern counties, there are several large farmers markets. Some of them [Mary's, Angelo's] have been there for years. All of these have both summer and fall produce selections.

Happy eating! The corn and tomatoes are great this year!!

Aug 27, 2007
medford in New Jersey

Hanukkah Brunch in December

There is an events calendar on the London Grill website.. Right now there is a description of their Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur menus.

Aug 20, 2007
medford in Pennsylvania