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How do you buy corn?

For me, the most important factor is the source of the corn, so when I'm buying from my local produce farm, I know that quality and freshness is a given. The corn is identified by variety, so I'm able to choose my favorite -- yellow Mirai. I select ears that have moistest corn silk and seem heavy for their size. I don't peel them back, but I feel the tips of the ear for fullness and firmness. And that's it -- that's all that's necessary to choose perfect ears of corn every time.

about 21 hours ago
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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Barbecue in and around Phila

I'm also a fan of Hood's, especially their brisket.

2 days ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Coke, soda, pop,.....????

I also recall sitting at the fountain at the corner candy store and asking for a vanilla phosphate. I think that was a shot of vanilla syrup and a squirt of seltzer. Tasted very much like what I'd call cream soda today.

Aug 25, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

Want a dishwasher that not only washes,but dries the dishes thoroughly

Something you may not be aware of -- if you purchased your dishwasher with a credit card -- many credit cards come with an "extended warranty" benefit that will extend the original warranty by as much as a year. This isn't anything you pay for or purchase separately; it's just a part of the credit card deal. It's a great benefit to have, especially when so many expensive appliances seem to fail shortly after the original warranty expires. My AmEx and my CapitalOne Visa both offer this benefit.

Aug 22, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Want a dishwasher that not only washes,but dries the dishes thoroughly

It took me awhile to figure out that the dishes need to stay in my Bosch dishwasher for some long period of time, with the door closed, if I want the dishes to dry. But, with the cycle time as long as it is, now I'm inclined to run the dishwasher at night and empty it the next morning. As for most plastics -- they never dry.

Aug 22, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Laguna Miramare

I'm not sure who was cooking last night, but Carolyn was definitely hustling -- taking orders, serving and schmoozing. For all I know, she was also cooking. I've seen that older man a few times, but not last night.

Aug 22, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare

So we gave your regards to Carolyn last night, and of course she remembered sisters "Jam and Pepper." :-) We sat toward the back of the larger room, closer to the mural area, and the noise wasn't bad at all. I think the loudest area is the smaller, front room with the lower ceiling.

And as for Pete's -- another true gem of Chester County! I'll probably head over there later today.

Aug 22, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare

I know what you mean -- I've been there on weekend evenings and it can truly be a shouting match between tables. I'll just convince myself it's the high energy of people having a good time. There's such a stark contrast in ambience between weeknights and weekends. But one thing is for sure -- the food (and wine) will be wonderful!

Is Jam really your sister's name? Short for...??? :-)

Aug 21, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Laguna Miramare

Arepo -- you've given me inspiration for dinner out this weekend!

Aug 21, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare

That's a good way to look at it!

Aug 20, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare

Hey there, FCF! Have you been to Laguna Miramare yet?

Aug 19, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare

Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

I always have mixed feelings when we're the only customers at a restaurant. On the one hand, the extra attention can be nice; OTOH, it's sometimes it's TOO much attention. And I often wonder why no one else is there. But it sounds like your "private dining room" worked out well for you.

Wegmans going downhill

For the past several months, the Wegmans I shop at (Downingtown, PA) has been undergoing major renovations. My take on the changes so far -- everything I'd go to Wegmans for seems "less than" it was before. The bakery department certainly doesn't have the selection it once did; the produce department is smaller; the cheese department is smaller; and there seems to be more space allocated to canned, frozen and packaged goods -- which I do NOT shop for at Wegmans -- on the shelves. There's a new Wegmans scheduled to open nearby in November, within a stone's throw of Whole Foods and The Fresh Market. A few years ago, when I first heard Wegmans was opening this new store, I was sure they'd give these two competitors a run for their money; now I'm not so sure.

Aug 18, 2015
CindyJ in Chains

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

That's the way the cookie crumbles!

Aug 17, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

How can I tell if my microwave is working right?

I googled my question and there are several "tests" described that call for heating water and measuring the increase in temperature. My microwave failed all of the tests. Of course, the one-year warranty has expired, but it appears that the credit card I used for the purchase extends that warranty for one additional year. Maybe there's hope for a repair or replacement.

Aug 13, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

How can I tell if my microwave is working right?

I have a microwave oven that's a little over a year old. I don't use it much and It's never been great, but lately it seems to take forever to heat even a small bowl of soup. Is there any kind of test I can do to determine it's working right? Thanks!

Aug 13, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Le Creuset dutch oven upper handle on lid

From the LC website: "The black phenolic lid knobs on our Signature range of enameled cast iron are heat-resistant to 480°F / 250°C. The black phenolic lid knobs on our Classic range of enameled cast iron are heat-resistant to 375°F / 190°C. Products with integral cast iron handles or stainless steel knobs can be used at any oven temperature. Pans with wooden handles or knobs must not be placed in the oven."

I use a small LC dutch oven for baking no-knead bread. Since the bread is baked at 450º, I replaced the knob with a stainless steel knob I purchased inexpensively at Home Depot.

Aug 13, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

What was that restaurant...

Thanks, Jan!

Aug 13, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

What was that restaurant...

...I think it is (was?) in the New Hope area, run by a young teenage chef open only on weekends? Is it still there?

Aug 13, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Lancaster Co. NOW?

Glad you discovered Wyebrook Farms. We've enjoyed it several times over the past couple of months. It's on the northwestern fringe of Chester County, btw.

On your next trip into Lancaster, you'll do well to consider dinner at Ma(i)son. It's a small BYO right downtown with wonderful food, farm-to-table, creatively prepared. Make sure to reserve well in advance, though; it's been discovered by the Philly dining crowd.

Aug 11, 2015
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Where to buy basil in southern Chester County

I've got lots of herbs growing -- parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, chives -- only the basil has been destroyed. I never considered planting hydroponic basil, but I'm definitely going to try it. And because it's so readily available it can be planted throughout the growing season. Thanks for the great idea!

Aug 11, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Marai corn

No... they're Dr. Martin lima beans. Here's a link to a story about them that ran in the Daily Local News a few years back. http://www.dailylocal.com/article/DL/...

And FWIW, we've been having Pete's heirloom tomatoes a few times a week. Our new favorites are the Arkansas Travelers.

Aug 11, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Where to buy basil in southern Chester County

How interesting! That could well explain the problem.

Interestingly enough, I just learned that there's a greenhouse in Westtown called Herban Farms that grows aquaponic basil and supplies many of the Giant and Acme stores in the area.

Aug 10, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Where to buy basil in southern Chester County

Thanks, Sal. It seems like hydroponic (or is it aquaponic?) basil dominates the market these days. Maybe it's my imagination, but I don't think it's as flavorful as traditional soil-grown basil.

I've never been to the New Garden farmer's market. Is it worth a trip?

Aug 10, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

No, cashiers don't leave their registers to help customers to their cars, but many chains have employees available for exactly that. Wegmans, for example, offers "Helping Hands," and when I shop at The Fresh Market the cashier often asks I need assistance with my groceries.

Aug 09, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food
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Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

Let me present another perspective. There are some people who legitimately have difficulty returning a shopping cart because of physical disabilities. Until a few months ago my 92-year old mom did her own grocery shopping. Walking was an effort for her and she was happy to find a cart "waiting" for her right where we parked the car. The cart served as a makeshift walker for her. In the parking lot of the supermarket where I took her most often, I observed that the helpers who rounded up the stray carts often left one at the edge of the handicapped parking spaces, presumably for that very reason.

How to slice a bagel

What a waste of perfectly good bagels!

Aug 09, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Where to buy basil in southern Chester County

Here we are in peak tomato season and my home grown basil has succumbed to insects. Is there a good place to buy fresh basil in southern Chesco? I know Pete's (okay -- that's Delaware county) has hydroponic, but I'd love to find a source for freshly cut stems. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Aug 08, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Coke, soda, pop,.....????

So how would you order a soda (in MY vernacular) that was not cola-flavored? If you wanted, say, an orange soda, would you ask for an orange coke? Would a cherry soda be a cherry coke? Where I come from, cherry coke is a lot different from cherry soda.

Lunch Friday (tomorrow) near New Hope/Lambertville?

I was at Hamilton's Grill Room for dinner for the first time last week. It was just okay, which surprised and disappointed me, based on what I've read about this place here on CH. First disappointment -- although the restaurant sits along the canal, there is NO water view from the outside dining area. Second -- there was a water pipe coming up out of the ground, fountain-style, in the middle of the seating area, but it was actually kind of ugly, and the water just went down a black iron grating. I'm not sure why that was even there. And third, the NY strip steak I ordered was not cooked the way I ordered it -- it was medium-well instead of medium-rare. The server happily took it back and replaced it with one that was cooked better, but the meat was tough and chewy. NOT what I expected from a place that supposedly specializes in grilled meats.

Aug 07, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia