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Affordable lunch in Princeton for Saturday.

Bluepoint Grill on Nassau Street has wonderful seafood. Triumph Brew Pub is also great; beers even better.

Mar 02, 2011
foodISlove in New Jersey

Is Store-Bought Ice More Germy than Homemade Ice?

I think a good topic would be the shelf life of common staple ingredients. For example, how long before my olive oil goes bad, and how will I know? How long will meat/chix keep in the freezer? Do dried beans go bad? Does rice become rancid? These are the nagging questions I deal with as go to cook...Oh, and how long can I keep my spices?

Apr 24, 2009
foodISlove in Features

Make Your Own Yogurt

Question: Can I use buttermilk, or perhaps a mixture of buttermilk and whole milk, to make yogurt at home? Happen to have a quart of real buttermilk and thought it might make for more interesting/tangy yogurt. Anyone know?

Apr 18, 2009
foodISlove in Features

Anyone here that doesn't like a food processor

I use mine for baking: mixing European sourdoughs and pie crusts....and pesto, on occasion. But that's it.

Feb 28, 2009
foodISlove in Cookware

huge dutch oven? what do you cook in for a crowd?

Beef short ribs...you can make a ton and they come out perfect every time. Ina Garten has a great recipe that's easy to throw together.

Feb 20, 2009
foodISlove in Cookware

Where Can I Go to Learn Knife Sharpening Skills?

It's Jersey Cutlery in Hillsborough, NJ. About 45 min. north of Trenton. But they do mobile service to schools/restaurants...been around forever. You should call them, bet they can recommend someone near you: 908-782-8282.

Feb 07, 2009
foodISlove in Philadelphia

Where Can I Go to Learn Knife Sharpening Skills?

It's hard. I would just find a knife-sharpening biz near you. I found one in NJ. $3 per knife/once a year. In between use I use the ceramic-thingy to take off the rough edges...no angst and no worries about ruining expensive knives.

Feb 07, 2009
foodISlove in Philadelphia

Problems w/ Ina Garten's chocolate cake recipe?

FYI, I used Penzey's Cocoa Powder, but not their Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder...gave it a wonderful flavor.

Jan 13, 2009
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Barefoot Contessa: If It Ain't Broke...

I love Ina. Her food is like her: warm, friendly, unpretentious. Just bought the new Back to Basics and have made the Chicken Bouilliabaisse, Coq au Vin, the Pomegranate Cosmopolitans, the roasted fennel/asparagus/green beans, all phenomenal. Certainly nothing I could/would have dreamed up myself. Next: roasted pears w/ blue cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries to put atop dressed arugula. What's not to love? Hers are the only cookbooks that I return to routinely; and I have dozens of cookbooks.

Jan 10, 2009
foodISlove in Food Media & News

What should I use to clean my pots?

I love a mixture of dish soap and baking soda. I keep the baking soda in a restaurant-style sugar shaker next to my sink. Works on calphalon, all clad, the sink and for tea stains on mugs and coffee cups...and it's inexpensive and non-toxic. I even use it on cast iron -- sans the dish soap.

Jan 10, 2009
foodISlove in Cookware

Problems w/ Ina Garten's chocolate cake recipe?

Ina Garten's recipe for chocolate cake -- Beatty's Chocolate Cake -- driving me nuts. First time, cake batter bubbled out of the pans and all over the bottom of the oven. My fault, used milk w/ vinegar instead of buttermilk. But the second time still found that one of the pans ran over a bit, and then as they finished cooking they both went concave on me! I doublechecked the expiration date on my baking powder, and it's fine. Also, I found that the icing recipe barely made enough to cover the cake -- which wouldn't have been a problem but fort the concavity issue. Am assuming my troubles are of my own making/baking, but thought I'd check...BTW, the cake was delicious.

Jan 10, 2009
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Apple Brandy Hot Toddy

just tried it, although I put in about 8 ounces of boiling water. delicious. tried it a while back solely w/ honey, and it's much better w/ the Barenjager.

Jan 10, 2009
foodISlove in Recipes

How old is too old, if you're a spice?

I've heard so many conflicting things about how long spices last. Recently received a wonderful box of Penzey spices for Xmas, but am not sure if/when I should purge the contents of my vast spice cabinet. Some are undoubtedly over a year old. Thoughts?

Jan 02, 2009
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Good eats in Woodstock, Vt. area?

We are planning a trip to the area in mid-Jan. Anyone have any good recommendations? Nothing too fancy, but anything authentic.

Dec 28, 2008
foodISlove in All New England Archive

Are Crockpots Lame?

Slow cooker = GREAT COLLARD GREENS. Fill cooker w/ freshly-washed greens, add 1 T apple cider vinegar, a half cup of chicken broth, one quarter cup chopped onions, one smoked turkey drumstick, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook on low for 5 hours. When done pull turkey meat off bone, shred and mix into greens. An exceptional recipe from a friend's grandma.

Dec 26, 2008
foodISlove in Cookware

Good restaurant in South Orange

Need a recommendation for a good restaurant in South Orange. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

Nov 11, 2007
foodISlove in General Tristate Archive

Fried Chicken for a Big BBQ

I want to fry enough chicken to feed about 15 to 20 people for a summer BBQ. Anyone have suggestions how to pull it off? Am told it can be served at room temperature, but am trying to figure out how to fry it. Have access to a turkey fryer, but can't find any info. on how much chicken to put in at one time and how long it would have to cook. Am envisioning pieces of chicken, not whole birds. Anyone have any suggestions??? Thanks.

May 15, 2007
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Good boxed wine is an oxymoron, right?

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. Am having a party and am wondering if I should try. The claim that it keeps for weeks because of the vacuum
intrigues me.

Mar 02, 2007
foodISlove in Wine

How to Clean Hard Anodized Cookware's Exterior

I absolutely agree about the oven cleaner. I tried on a really messy roaster pan a few years ago and destroyed it! The Comet cleanser works really well, but not on everything. But I do love those pans. I look at the blemishes as battle scars, proof that I really cook.

Mar 02, 2007
foodISlove in Cookware

Charlie Van Over

Me too. I just found a copy online and gave it to my parents for Christmas. Now they're making bread every weekend. Have you ever tried to make the babka? I can't seem to get it right.

Feb 11, 2007
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Hunts Point Market

Anyone familiar with the Hunts Point Market. I'd like to go, but need to know if civilians can get in and buy. Advice?

Jan 24, 2007
foodISlove in Outer Boroughs

Korean cooking class in NJ?

Anyone know where I can find Korean cooking classes in the Central New Jersey area?

Oct 22, 2006
foodISlove in General Tristate Archive

Favorite Barefoot Contessa Recipes?

I've made her Outrageous Brownies a number of times, and everyone loves them. Just made the roast chicken w/ veggies, but found the veggies from the bottom of the pan pretty greasy. Her chicken potpie is fabulous.

Oct 06, 2006
foodISlove in Home Cooking

spaghetti squash?

I bake or steam mine in the microwave, scrape out the pulp into a deep baking dish, cover w/ homemade vegetarian chili, and top with a layer of Jiffy cornbread mix, and bake. If you want to get fancy, add some shredded cheese and/or chopped jalapeno to the cornbread mix.

Sep 15, 2006
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Solve my lentil problem

This is true. It happened to me. You're supposed to add the salt at the end. JJO, could that have been the issue? I've never heard of old beans not softening, I've just heard that old beans take on a wrinkled appearance.

Sep 15, 2006
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Pumpkin Recipes?

Would you mind posting the penne recipe? I had a similar pasta dish in a restaurant, but I think there was pancetta in it, too.

Sep 15, 2006
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Charlie Van Over

Anyone here use his "Best Bread Ever" book?

Sep 14, 2006
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Searching for Fairbanks, AK Recommendations?

I used to live there, but it's been a while. Lot's of good Thai and Mexican places though. Hardly any Italian. Dress warmly, September can be cold.

Sep 09, 2006
foodISlove in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Bacon recipes?

no, it' both pigs and beef. just outside Princeton,NJ.

Sep 09, 2006
foodISlove in Home Cooking

Cocoa Powder

I need opinions on the best kind of cocoa powder for baking.

Sep 07, 2006
foodISlove in Home Cooking