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Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

We dodged it too in southeastern PA -- not a flake fell here in one of Philly's "western 'burbs."

about 10 hours ago
CindyJ in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

That is a question we entertain every year around this time. We have a geothermal heat pump which requires both water and electricity to function. Maybe this is the year we actually do something about it.

about 10 hours ago
CindyJ in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Sidewalk??? What's that?

1 day ago
CindyJ in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

My daughter, who lives in the LES, decided to leave for Mexico this morning, three days earlier than originally planned. As long as she has a phone and WiFi she can still be "at work."

1 day ago
CindyJ in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

That's always my biggest concern. Our heat and water supply are electric and when the power goes out (which is often in this kind of weather), we generally check out of the house and into a nearby hotel.

1 day ago
CindyJ in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Can I come over? I'll load my trunk with firewood.

1 day ago
CindyJ in General Topics

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

I know. The post I lifted that quote from was about that interview, including a link to it.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

I just lifted this quote by Ina Garten from another post: "One of the great gifts that you can give people is to cook for them." (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1003142) I'd love that on a sign for my kitchen.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Not About Food

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

I see they have "charred octopus" on the appetizer menu. That doesn't sound like the octopus you had. I love grilled octopus but I haven't had any I really liked around here.

Do they get a pretty good size dinner crowd?

Jan 23, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

Blame it on their location (maybe), but even though I pass by fairly often, I never think of this spot when I'm contemplating a nice dinner out. Someone at Moore Brothers recommended Laguna Miramare today, saying he's been there several times and has never had anything that wasn't outstanding. Note to self: gotta try this place -- SOON!!!

Now to find a couple of good bottles of wine from the Trieste region to bring along. Finding good Prosecco is easy; finding other wines from F-V-G is much more of a challenge.

Jan 23, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

What do you do with your scraps if you don't have a garbage disposal?

We don't have a disposal. We thought about getting one when we renovated our kitchen last year, but opted out because we have a septic system and chose to not fill it with kitchen waste.

I keep a large plastic container under the sink and I stash my plastic produce bags in the container. When I'm cooking, I line the container with a bag, dump my kitchen waste into the bag, and when the bag gets full I tie it up and it all goes into the trash. I know much of it is compostable, but I don't go that extra step.

Jan 23, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

Thomas's English Muffins

Giant supermarkets also carry them.

Jan 23, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Where do you keep your kitchen garbage can?

I don't have a disposal, and I don't compost, so when I peel potatoes, carrots, etc. I spread newspaper into my sink and peel away. Clean-up is nothing more than folding up the paper and placing it in the trash. For chopping and food prep waste (egg shells, lemon rinds, onion/garlic peels, etc.) I use those plastic veggie bags to line a large plastic container. I call it my "schmutz bucket." I tie the bag up when it's full and into the trash it goes.

Jan 22, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

Where do you keep your kitchen garbage can?

A little off-topic, but can you share your mom's stuffed cabbage recipe with us? I've been trying to replicate what I recall of my bubbie's stuffed cabbage, without success, forever.

Jan 22, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

Where do you keep your kitchen garbage can?

That describes my set-up, too.

Jan 21, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

Gluten free tea party ideas

GREAT suggestions!!! Thanks so much. There's such great variety here. I really love the idea of using endive leaves as the "holder" of various fillings.

Jan 21, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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Gluten free tea party ideas

I'm helping to organize a tea party bridal shower for my niece, who is on a gluten free diet. Although not every dish will be gluten free, I'd really appreciate some suggestions for finger foods that are. Thanks!

Jan 20, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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All You Can Eat Lionfish, an over population solution

I recently watched a (rerun) episode of "Shark Tank" where the entrepreneurs were trying to get the sharks to invest in a business designed to eliminate lionfish by catching and cooking them. http://on.aol.com/video/a-real-fish-e...

Jan 19, 2015
CindyJ in Food Media & News

What's was this Tupperware designed for?

I own one of those as well. Mine is aqua and white and probably dates to the 80's, when my kids were young and I used a ton of Tupperware. I've gotten rid of all the other Tupperware, but held on to this piece.

Jan 19, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

All I want is a good cup of coffee at home. [moved from General Topics]

I have a Technivorm and a French press. I think the French press makes a "richer" cup of coffee. The only thing I don't like about the French press is cleaning it.

Jan 18, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Granola

I use Mark Bittman's recipe as a starting point, then modify with other ingredients I want to include. http://markbittman.com/recipe/granola/

Jan 17, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Tell me what you use your oval oven for

I use my oval LC for braising duck breasts and boneless short ribs.

Jan 17, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Fresh horseradish roots

BobB -- do you grind only as much as you'll be using, or do you grind it in larger quantities and store it? I'm asking because in my experience, the intensity begins to fade almost immediately; I haven't yet found a way to store it so that the "punch" is sustained.

Jan 16, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Best Recipes For Pork Tenderloin?

This recipe for pork tenderloin with balsamic cranberry sauce is delicious and easy, and is a family favorite. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Jan 15, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month January 2015

I'm wondering if you've made any of the recipes in "A Kitchen in France." I borrowed the book from the library. It's really a beautiful book, with wonderful looking recipes. But my first attempt from the book left me wondering if the author really knows how to write a recipe -- or maybe that's the job of the editor -- because although it was an easy recipe to make, the instructions were lacking in detail.

I made the garlic soup. It was delicious, but I improvised a bit to compensate for unclear directions.

Jan 12, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Is "bone broth" the new marketing term for stock?

I saw that article earlier this week and my take on "bone broth" was that the trend is nothing more than a rebranding of stock. So now New Yorkers in the know are sipping broth instead of coffee -- and everything old is new again.

Jan 11, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics
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What do you buy your spice jars?

They certainly are well-priced.

Jan 10, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Birchrunville NYE

And sometimes even a good GPS doesn't get you there. Best to double-check the driving directions on their website.

Jan 09, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

What do you buy your spice jars?

I use canning jars in various sizes and I buy plastic lids -- wide mouth and regular mouth sizes -- to use in place of the ring-and-disc covers the jars come with. Canning jars are inexpensive, versatile and store nicely.

Jan 09, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

White Bean soup ideas? (no ham, bacon)

How about Ribollita? It's made without meat and it's a VERY satisfying meal. The way I make it, I puree half of the white beans, which thickens the soup. Here's the list of ingredients I use in my recipe:

3 cups dried cannellini beans
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
1 TB tomato paste
1 pound of kale, washed, stems removed, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips (about 8 cups)
4 cups savoy cabbage, cored, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1/2 pound Swiss chard leaves, washed, stems removed, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips (about 4 cups)
2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced (about 2 cups)
2 medium celery stalks, sliced (about 1 cup)
1 large can chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained
Parmesan rinds (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 cups diced pieces day-old bread, crusts removed
1 medium red onion, chopped (for garnish)

Jan 02, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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