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Costco or BJ's membership?

Are you talking about the little chicken and cilantro ones?

about 10 hours ago
jnk in Chains

A Pound of Lovely Dover Sole - No Parsley. How Would you Cook it for Dinner??

If you have miso paste in the house, a miso soup with noodles, vegetables, green onion and then steam the sole on top for 5 minutes. You could also use a chicken or vegetable base broth if that's what you have.
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mayo, parmesian, dijon paste on top of sole and into the broiler for a few minutes.

about 14 hours ago
jnk in Home Cooking
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

We used to order their sheet cakes once a year for the marching band and both the kids and their parents enjoyed them.

about 15 hours ago
jnk in Chains

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

There are a couple of things that some would consider gadgets that have changed my cooking. The main thing is my BlueStar range. I consider it a gadget because in reality it's not really necessary for cooking, but what I feel it helps with is refining what you cook. To be able to use as much heat or as little heat as you want makes all the difference.

Feb 27, 2015
jnk in Cookware

Did anybody grill post blizzard?

2-2inch pork chops on my Weber gasser earlier this week in 12 degree weather. Not snow bu good and cold. Anything for the wife's b'day!

Feb 20, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

Thanks Brian, I shop at AFC on Rt.22 every couple of weeks and have bought pork belly there along with vegetables and Asian needs.

Yes I will try Franks, most likely tomorrow.

Again, thanks for the info.

Feb 18, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

I've never been to Frank's and from your post I feel that I should try it

" I don't go to John's often enough to be a regular and am eyed with some suspicion on my visits."

My feeling is that when you shop at someone's store, eat at someones restaurant, go to a doctor, visit a tailor, go to a framing store....I could go on, but you should never leave feeling this way. This is why I'll try Frank's this weekd for my needs.

Feb 18, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

I don't want to be argumentative but the 1st stone was cast by a business that puts this meat into a showcase for $4.99/lb.. I did give him a backhanded compliment by mentioning their reputation as the reason I was there to start with. So, my disappointment was more a matter that they are willing to sell a standard product and at premium prices. The "butcher's" response was secondary seeing that he knows what he's doing just like the butcher at Barth's knows what he's doing and went to the walk-in to cut off two thick well marbled chops.

Feb 18, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

They are a "short" ride down the parkway from me (approx 20 minutes) and I never think of going there unless we happen to be in the area. Great idea for next time. Thanks Joonjoon.

Feb 17, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

Thanks all. For a place whose reputation precedes them, it was a terribly disappointing experience in Scotch Plains.

Feb 17, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

Today's my wife's birthday and she wanted me to make her pork chops. No problem, I'll just go to a "well known" butcher in Scotch Plains and get some great pork chops instead of going to a supermarket. In I go and there are no customers but 3 butchers so I tell on of them my wife's birthday wish and he shows me 8-3/4 inch thick pre-cut chops in the display. I ask him if he has anything thicker with at least some marbling, he says "no, there are no special pork chops, they're all the same, this is western bred." I say that they look like the pork chops that I can buy at ShopRite and that I came to him because of their reputation. He said, "so, do you want them?"

I traveled an extra 15 minutes to Barth's Meats in New Providence where I received 2 1-1/2 thick chops cut to order and was treated nicely. I really do want to support local business people but I guess sometimes you have to support someone else's.

Feb 16, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Costco or BJ's membership?

We've had BJ's trial memberships 2x/year for the past 4 years and have never paid a penny more for anything we've bought.

Feb 13, 2015
jnk in Chains

Costco or BJ's membership?

We just bought gas yesterday and paid $1.85 in N.J. for regular/credit card. It was $2.05 got premium/credit card.

There are gas taxes in N.J. just much lower.

Feb 09, 2015
jnk in Chains

Costco or BJ's membership?

It doesn't appear that they've changed anything. We're just finishing a 90 day trial and we've been getting them 2x/year.

Feb 09, 2015
jnk in Chains

Costco or BJ's membership?

We belong to Costco because they can fulfill most of our needs and because they have very inexpensive gasoline but B.J.'s offersa 90 day trial membership at least 2x year which we take advantage of because they carry Smuckers strawberry jam and Skippy reduced fat peanut butter while Costco does not.

Jan 28, 2015
jnk in Chains

No Longer The Institiution or BBQ It Once Was

I am not an old Time Miami person and in fact, this is my first trip to the state but I do like and partake in smoking my own meats and the pulled pork we had at The Pit today was oustanding. What a surprise when the meat arrived without being sauced. That's a sign of a pitmaster that is sure of his ability. Great smoke flavor, some nice bark and a descent moist meat filled the kaiser roll. The 2 sauced that were offered we good too. The standard bbq sauce was pretty basic but the "brown" sauce that the o.p. mentioned is a pretty good mustard bbq sauce. All in all I was very satisfied with the food.

Jan 24, 2015
jnk in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Freezing and reheating soup, which containers are best?

We freeze our soups in the quart takeout plastic containers and after they're frozen empy it into a foodsaver bag and vacuum seal it. Freat for heating up at a later date.

Jan 19, 2015
jnk in Cookware

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

I had noticed that and just bought another bag yesterday (No. Plainfield N.J.) which were much larger and looked cleaner as the previous bag seemed to have dirt on them.

Jan 16, 2015
jnk in Chains

Mazur's Bakery, Lyndhurst

I've never been to SFB but have had things sold by rhem and it's good. Not great but good.

Dec 22, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

PB & J dilemma - Please weigh in!

1. peanut butter and jelly - one knife or spoon
2. mustard and mayo - one knife
3. Toilet seat and cover - both down so everyone has to move "something"

Dec 08, 2014
jnk in General Topics

Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

This:

http://shop.angiespopcorn.com/Angies-...

I'm not proud, just addicted!
They were sampling it at Costco. Sampling works!

Dec 04, 2014
jnk in General Topics

Good/favorite coffee?

I'm not sure if you're looking for a cup of coffee to buy or roasted beans to brew at home, but if it's the latter I highly recommend Kobricks in Jersey city. Kobricks is a wholesale/roaster that also sells retail. They have some of the most delicious coffees that I've tasted and can recommend different style to try.

http://www.kobricks.com/wholesalecoff...

Dec 03, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Empanada wrappers in Union County area

Try Seabra foods in Union N.J.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-and-j-seabr...

Nov 28, 2014
jnk in New Jersey
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good food in strange places

Since we're probably neighbors, here's a "recipe" for consistently perfect hard boiled eggs. Enjoy!

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

Nov 24, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

What to freeze homemade broth in?

I freeze my stock on pinto plastic (Chinese takeout) containers and then use my Foodsaver to vacuum seal them. It would save room if I were to freeze them flat first and then vacuum them it would save a ton of space.

Nov 24, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Jewish corn bread

The Orwasher's corn bread isn't the same as those sold in the old Jewish bakeries from the 1950's -70's and truthfully, the "corn-rye that I'mm seeing/tasting isn't the same either. Corn bread was very dense with a crisp crust, no caraway seeds and wasn't called "corn-rye" back then.

Nov 21, 2014
jnk in Manhattan

Jewish corn bread

Gee, your reply was ONLY 7 years ago,hahaha, J D was where we used to get our corn bread too and I'm still looking for it though it just may be one of those recipes that's gone extinct. Yes, I remember the place turning into a dump too.

Nov 20, 2014
jnk in Manhattan

Current (11/14) gas range recommendations?

We've had our BlueStar for about 6 months and we really like it. It is a beast in regards to the btu's of the burners and the broiler and it takes a little getting used to but what I really like about is that there's very little o go wrong with it. We bought the model that has a gas convection oven so there are 2 bits of electronic on the range, a switch for the convection oven and a switch for the light...that's it, no clock, no timer (i kind of miss that). Good luck in your decision.

Nov 14, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Few Bourbon has hit $60/btl. in NYC......

thanks sku

Nov 12, 2014
jnk in Spirits

looking for refrigerator needle in a haystack

I can only say that when we were looking to replace the Whirlpool with french door fridge we decided on the Samsung. Ir had a good reputation, it seemed solid, the doors closed well, loved the flexibility of the interior and the interior lighting. No we never bought it because I've got this thing about not replacing an appliance before it has a major failure. Hence the 12 year old Whirlpool. Best of luck with your decision

Nov 11, 2014
jnk in Cookware