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Amish Rice Pudding

Every week I go to the Dutch Country Farmers Market on Cottman Avenue. I always pick up 2 lbs of their Amish Baked Rice Pudding. My husband loves it and thinks it's the best he's ever had, next to Horn and Hardarts. I swear I've made rice pudding a million times and with a million variations, and I can never get it the way my husband likes it. I've tried making baked rice pudding and it is so much firmer than what I buy at the amish market. I can't seem to get it as creamy as theirs, either. Is there a trick to it that I don't know? Has anyone here tried the rice pudding there? It's also at the Reading Terminal market. Thanks for any input you may have!
Chrissy

Nov 05, 2013
ChrissyMc in Philadelphia

Help with Ribs in a Rotisserie Oven

Every year my husband gets me a gadget, cookbook or appliance for Christmas that I would otherwise never buy for myself. Usually it's because it's too expensive or just plain silly. It all started with Ginsu Knife commercials..and then when I was up late at night with my newborn, 24 years ago, I had no idea of the world of late night infomercials. I Had to have this new thing called an electric sandwich maker. I was both fascinated and repelled at the thought and sight of that lady making a spaghetti sandwich.
So this year, the Hubs gave me a Ronco Rotisserie. I've made whole chicken, chicken legs and breasts. So far everything has turned out very well. I have a rack of spare ribs in the freezer that I'd like to try, but I'm unsure as to how long they would take in the oven. Any recipe I've seen calls for baby back ribs. My husbands likes his ribs very tender and I'm worried they wouldn't have enough roasting time in the rotisserie oven. I put an oven thermometer in there and it heated up to 200 degrees. The oven has a timer, but no temperature setting. Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas on this? Has anyone ever made spareribs in a rotisserie oven? Thanks for your input!
Chrissy

Jan 02, 2013
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

ISO Vegan and Diabetic Cake Frosting

I've been searching for a vegan and diabetic frosting for a cake I am making. I can find vegan recipes and diabetic recipes, but none that combine the two. I'm interested in a frosting that has cocoa powder in it. I made a frosting that had tofutti and stevia in it. It was okay, but not great. Does anyone have a recipe they can share or advice about a sugar substitution? Thanks!
ChrissyMc

Aug 11, 2011
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Need Indoor Grill Recs. Please!

Thanks Ferret! I'm looking at it on Amazon now!

May 17, 2011
ChrissyMc in Cookware

Need Indoor Grill Recs. Please!

Hi,
I saw a late night commercial recently for an indoor grill with several removable plates. I fell in love with it, and absolutely have to have one! I looked on a few sites for reviews of the grill, and none were very good. It's the Big Boss Grill. It has plates for grilling, waffles, omelets, donuts, etc. Can anyone recommend a grill that has plates like this? And for under $100? Or am I being unrealistic? Thanks for any help or suggestions you may have!
ChrissyMc

May 13, 2011
ChrissyMc in Cookware

Pink Food

The little girl in the family I cook for loves the color pink. I use the juice from a can of red beets. A little bit goes along way,and doesn't have much of a taste. I use it on noodles, rice and eggs. Use it after the food is cooked, not in the cooking water. Hard boiled eggs (peeled) turn a nice shade of pink after soaking in beet juice for a while.Other than that, the only other pink food she likes is ham.
Chrissy

Dec 02, 2010
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

What is the last new recipe you tried, and how would you rate it?

The last two recipes I made this week were Barefoot Contessa recipes. I saw a post on the board about someone making BC's Roasted Vegetable Torte and wondering why it didn't come together well. I tried it, and it came out great! I admit, I held my breath while unmolding it, praying it wouldn't slide off the plate! I knew I was taking a chance unmolding it in front of my boss, but I did it anyway, lol. The only change I made to it, was I added several dabs of pesto in between layers. I would definitely make this again.
The other dish I made, on the following night, was BC"s Roasted Vegetables with Orzo. The family I cook for doesn't usually eat pasta or rice, so I rarely make it for them. However, they had 4 guests for dinner, and I thought maybe the others would want a pasta type dish.To be honest, the real reason I made it is because I wanted to try it, lol. I really liked it, and would make it again, but not for my boss. It had all the flavors and vegetables they like, but the dreaded pasta is like poison to them.

Jul 15, 2010
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Making a huge burger bar this weekend - what other toppings and accoutrements do we need?!

I've done a burger bar before, and I think you've pretty much thought of all the good stuff! I would add a veggie burger to the burger selection. Chicken or turkey burgers are great, but it may end up being more work than you planned on? I love a cheeseburger with swiss cheese and mushrooms and a little bit of chipotle mayo. Maybe you could offer chipotles in adobo sauce and mix a few teaspoons of the sauce into the mayo to make chipotle mayo.
When I had the burger bar, I had several options, an 'american' burger, a moroccan lamb burger, a greek chicken burger and a veggie burger from Guy Fieri's page on the food network. All the fixings were arranged around the burger they 'went' with. Of course, some guest will always come up with a request you haven't thought of! I think I will add a shrimp burger to my next gig!
You mentioned a broccoli salad...does it have raisins and red onions in it? I've tried that salad several times, and it is soooo hit or miss for me. I like the idea of a horseradish potato salad...i think i will try that this weekend.
Good luck with your party!
Chrissy

Jun 25, 2010
ChrissyMc in General Topics

Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #2 - 06/23/10 (Spoilers)

There were an awful lot of Really? moments for me. I still can't decide if 'sangwich' was intentional or not. My son and I always refer to sandwiches as 'sammichs' or 'sandlitches". but we always know we are joking,lol.
I cook for 4 kids every day,my kids who are older, and 2 little kids who belong to my boss. The young kids would never eat something braised in sherry. It's not appropriate on a school menu. Just because Amanda likes it, doesn't mean it should be on the menu. I'm finding a few of her facial expressions a little irritating. Her looks of surprise and 'oops' seem over acted.
I agree with the poster who mentioned Andrea not wanting to share their equipment. I had a Top Chef Masters moment too. If I win at something, I want it to be because I was good , not because so and so had an equipment failure..
I had to laugh at the way many of them had trouble sticking with a budget. I have a budget for my own family,but with the family I cook for ,I can buy anything I want, without regard to price.
I love this show...and my husband loves Hell's Kitchen. I can't share any TC whining with him at all,lol. Thanks for being here, hounds!
Chrissy

Jun 23, 2010
ChrissyMc in Food Media & News

Went to Chink's today for the 1st time!

I live a few blocks away from Chinks. In all the years I've lived here(15 yrs), I've only been there once! Maybe I'm not a true fan of cheese steaks, but I wasn't all that impressed. Maybe I should try them again, lol..My kids go there, and I can always tell...they come home smelling like onions, and I have to wash their clothes immediately!

Mar 28, 2010
ChrissyMc in Philadelphia

TurtleBurgers...Does this make me a bad mom?

I was kidding about the diet soda,lol. I remember working in fast food and being amazed what the customers would order, then asking for diet soda to "wash it down". As if it cancelled out some of what they were eating.

Mar 01, 2010
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

TurtleBurgers...Does this make me a bad mom?

http://klg2a.blogspot.com/2010/02/sup...

I think I already know the answer to my question, lol. But I have to try it anyway..My 19 yr old son asked me to make it for him. I'll be making it tonight, so I'll let you know how it turns out. I am justifying it by thinking about the ingredients separately. If you went to a barbeque or a picnic, it's not so bad to eat a burger with some bacon on it,and a few hotdogs, is it? I'll make sure he drinks diet soda with it,though =
)Chrissy

Mar 01, 2010
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Endangered and Extinct: Taco Flavored Doritos

I had to laugh when I saw that an old thread like this is still being commented on. That being said, I'm commenting too! My husband was a huge fan of the taco doritos from the 70's-80's. I'd never had them, since my mother would never buy such a thing. My husband was thrilled when Doritos came out with "Tacos at Midnight" He said they are close, but not the same recipe as the original. But he still likes them. I know it's not brand new, but Doritos is pushing their "Bacon Cheeseburger" flavor now. I'll only admit to the people on this board that they are my secret guilty pleasure.=).
Cheese filled Bugles? How gross. I need to go make some, lol.

Feb 21, 2010
ChrissyMc in General Topics

What cookware/dinnerware/silverware did Santa bring you?

Santa brought me a stovetop smoker. I'm so excited, I want to smoke something right now! Unfortunately, my refrigerator is so stuffed with food right now, I can't squeeze another thing in. Santa also gave me a new teapot, and a huge assortment of new coffees to try. Thank you Santa!

Dec 25, 2009
ChrissyMc in Cookware

Ricotta Cheesecake/Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe Rec.?

I didn't get a chance to make the ricotta cheesecake yet...I'll be making it today. I've never made or tasted a ricotta cheesecake before. What would you say the difference is between a cream cheese or a ricotta cheesecake ? Would you say it's the texture, or the taste? My recipe calls for fresh ricotta...is there a huge difference in fresh? Thanks?
Chrissy

Dec 15, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Ricotta Cheesecake/Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe Rec.?

thanks for the posted links...I'll try the sicilian ricotta this weekend, and the Martha Stewart chocolate cake tonight...thanks!

Dec 10, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Ricotta Cheesecake/Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe Rec.?

My boss requested both a ricotta cheesecake and a flourless chocolate cake as part of the dessert table at his Christmas party this year. I've made cheesecakes before, but never with ricotta. He asked that it be completely ricotta, no cream cheese involved. There a bazillion recipes out there, and I'm not sure which one to go with. Some have a traditional pie crust, some have a graham cracker crust, some have no crust... I would love some advice and direction on this. Do you have a recipe you can recommend?
He also asked for a flourless chocolate cake. I've made it before, but was never wowed by the results. Do you have a recipe to share for that?
Also, how far in advance do you think I can make these? I have a cocktail party for 50 people, and time and space is short.
Thanks in advance for your advice and help!
Chrissy

Dec 10, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Best Homemade Food Gift

I've decided to make my version of Moose Munch. It's a copyrighted name, so I suppose I should come up with a new name! It is so, so good. It really is hard to not eat it all before bagging it up to give away. If you're interested, I can share the recipe, but the main ingredients are popcorn, a brown sugar/butter glaze, chocolate chips, pretzels and nuts. So many good things can be added. I have college aged children, and it always appeals to the younger crowd.
They also make Moose Munch coffee, but I haven't been able to figure that one out yet!
ChrissyMc

Dec 03, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Need Pinot Noir and Merlot Recs...

Thanks Hunt, but there are no alternatives when it comes to my husband, lol. I can guess his food palate, but not his wine palate, so I don't even try anymore. If he wants something specific, I make him write down. Thank you for your advice, though =)

Nov 20, 2009
ChrissyMc in Wine

Need Pinot Noir and Merlot Recs...

Hi,
I'm the original poster. I followed some of the suggestions here, and bought 4 bottles of wine. I went to Total Wine in New Jersey. I can't recall what I bought, but I can tell you that my husband didn't buy any of those wines again, lol. I know I bought 2 wines that were considered very good by wine enthusiasts, one that was recommended on this board, and one that had, well a pretty label, lol. He liked what I bought, but didn't love them. So I gave up, and let him buy his own stuff, and gave him a gift card the following year!
ChrissyMc

Nov 15, 2009
ChrissyMc in Wine

Can This Rice Pudding Be Saved?

Steelydad, I finally gave up on the H&H recipe. I followed everyones suggestions and it worked out...I just thought it was too much work for an 'okay' result. I finally did find a great rice pudding recipe from Emeril. I don't like rice pudding, so it all tastes 'okay' to me, but everyone thats tasted the Emeril recipe really liked it.
Thank you everyone for all your advice and suggestions!

Nov 15, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Tofurkey

My daughter will be bringing her vegetarian boyfriend to thanksgiving dinner. I don't have a problem making some vegetarian dishes, but I need some advice on tofurkey.
My family is a big fan of "Everybody Loves Raymond", and the Thanksgiving episode where Marie makes the turkey shaped tofurkey is one of our favorites. I thought it was a joke; I had no idea there really was a turkey shaped piece of turkey flavored tofu out there, lol! I want to try this, and I know the vegan b/f will enjoy it and be amused by it. So, I need advice on tofurkey. Does anyone have a good recipe for it? I've seen some on the net, but I'm not sure which one to choose. Am I better off just buying it? I've heard Whole Foods carries them. How about the mold? Do I need one, or can I make ir free hand? I've never really worked with tofu, so I don't know which direction to go.
Thanks !
ChrissyMc

Nov 10, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Butcher Recommendations in NE Philly Area?

Thanks for posting that site..I'll try it this weekend. My husband loves anything smoked, so I'm sure I'll find something. Thanks!

Oct 15, 2009
ChrissyMc in Pennsylvania

Butcher Recommendations in NE Philly Area?

I'll try the Jenkintown WF this weekend. I used to work at the WF on Callowhill. I've never been to the H-Mart, but I've driven past it...always meant to go in. Thanks!

Oct 15, 2009
ChrissyMc in Pennsylvania

Butcher Recommendations in NE Philly Area?

Thanks for your reply, Chrissy. I've walked past it before, but never went in. I'll stop by there tomorrow Have you ever been to Butcher Boys on Frankford? I was wondering if they were any good.
Chrissy

Oct 12, 2009
ChrissyMc in Pennsylvania

Butcher Recommendations in NE Philly Area?

Hello,
I'm looking for a butcher in the northeast philly area. I know of the ones in south philly, and the RTM, but I was hoping for something in my area. I've been to Reikers, but the people I cook for are not into german meats. Any suggestions? Also, a good fish place? Thanks!
ChrissyMc

Oct 11, 2009
ChrissyMc in Pennsylvania

Suggestions needed about cooking for others,,,

I made fishsticks for the kids that way too. They both know it's fish, but they call it Chicken Nugget Fish..Makes me wonder what else I can get them to eat, if I just roll it in chips, lol

Aug 31, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Inspired by the movie Julia & Julie

After reading your reply, I decided to order The Silver Palate Cookbook. I loved your story! My newest cookbook addition should be delivered anyday. Yay!
Chrissy

Aug 31, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

Suggestions needed about cooking for others,,,

Hi Cheesecake . Yes, I do make my own nuggets. They had been eating the frozen nuggets, before I came to cook for them. I felt guilty serving them, so I've tried a variety of recipes. So far, the favorite chicken nugget/finger recipe they like is the one I coat in potato chips. They like panko ones too, but the potato chips always get a smile from the kids.
Chrissy

Aug 31, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking

ISO an eggplant parmesan recipe...

Hi,
I'm looking for a good recipe for eggplant parmesan, that doesn't have breadcrumbs.I just don't like breadcrumbs, or any kind of breading, really. I've tried using my favorite eggplant recipe and just omitted the breadcrumbs, but I didn't really love it. Does anyone have one they could share? Thanks!
Chrissy

Aug 31, 2009
ChrissyMc in Home Cooking