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Braunschweiger, how do you like tov eat it?

I like buying it by the chunk and slicing off pieces to eat just out of my hand. Plain and simple.

Mar 23, 2015
jnk in General Topics

Jewish meal

What memories this conjures up. We lived in an apartment house and my mother would buy her fish and cook it 3 days before the seder. The entire 6 floor building would smell. It was fantastic.

Mar 10, 2015
jnk in General Topics
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Jewish meal

Go out for, or better still have some Chinese food delivered. That's what we've done for decades.

Enjoy your new found "family".

Mar 09, 2015
jnk in General Topics

for a potluck: mac & cheese or scalloped potatoes?

I just so happens that I'm making my answer tonight! It's mac n' cheese but I add Cosctco/BJ's roast chicken and caramelized onions to the mixture before I bake it.

Mar 09, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking
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Looking for a good restaurant before Broadway show

Mar 03, 2015
jnk in Manhattan

Looking for a good restaurant before Broadway show

Can you be more specific as to types of food you like or don't like, how much you'd like to spend, in he theater district or are you willing to walk or cab further away?

Mar 03, 2015
jnk in Manhattan

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

In fact we did order mixed cakes and got what we ordered. Being the person that ordered them, I made sure to speak to someone when I placed my order.

Mar 03, 2015
jnk in Chains
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Costco or BJ's membership?

Are you talking about the little chicken and cilantro ones?

Mar 02, 2015
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.

Mar 02, 2015
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.

Mar 02, 2015
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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