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Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

Well, that was certainly exciting! I decided to keep the wok so what to do next....season it! Heated it up... moved it around....wok changed color....put a little vegetable oil in (no peanut oil in the house)...and whoosh! Flames inside the wok....Wow! I changed the seasoning oil to Crisco and it was fine. Should have gone out for peanut oil.

8 minutes ago
jnk in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

Hi Tim, I guess my question is, what's more important to my cooking, the fact that it's carbon steel and is hand hammered or that it's made of carbon steel and has a handle?
As I'm playing with it here, it might be easier having one with a handle.

about 3 hours ago
jnk in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

Well, here it is. Very little oil on the wok (if any).
Now I just have to decide whether or not to keep this or to get one with a handle. As you can see from the shot on the stove
our range comes with a removable round grate that wok fits into nicely. The burner is 25,000 btu.

about 3 hours ago
jnk in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

Good morning all. Well I don't think that I'm having buyers remorse because I can always return my new wok but I'm a bit concerned that it doesn't have a handle but instead the two loops (the WS artisan hammered wok). Do you that use this type of wok hold on to one of the loops as you stir fry? Thanks. Jon

about 10 hours ago
jnk in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

Hi Duffy-
I too got my shipping notification from WS this morning.

Jul 27, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Help me expand my grilling repertoire

I'm not sure what kind of grill you're using (charcoal or gas)but I make a smoked meatloaf on either type. If you're using a gas grill you can add an aluminum foil packet of wood chips (hickory, cherry, peach, apple etc., just not mesquite). If you're using a charcoal grill you can add chips or a chunk of any of these woods. Make the meatloaf the way you normally like it and mix in some of your favorite bbq sauce, put it in a loaf pan away from the coals or on a burner that's not lit and cook it.

There's also char siu pork. You can use a recipe like the following or buy a bottle of the sauce to marinate your pork in.

http://norecipes.com/chinese-barbecue...

Jul 26, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

Thank you all, and i do mean ALL for your advice and comments regarding woks, large and small and all of the different materials. I just (finally) pulled the trigger on the artisan wok from WS based on the mounds of information that's been discussed on this posting and many others. I'm tire of trying to stir fry using my All-Clad wok shaped pot. I know it's not the same and now I'll be able to at least come closer to "wok hay" as we have a stove with a 25,000 btu burner. Thank you all again.

Jul 25, 2014
jnk in Cookware

RIP Crumbs

Hate to say it, but no great loss. Baked goods by mom and pop bakeries will always win out in quality.

Jul 08, 2014
jnk in Chains
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Pulled pork using whole boneless pork,loin

You're a good soul.

Jul 08, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking
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Does the Trader Joe's in Westfield Sell Spirits Now?

They most certain;y DO.

Jul 08, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

COFFEE MAKERS

I'm not a proponent of single cup coffee makers but a friend of mine who is loves his Tassimo much more than his old Keurig as it makes a better cup of coffee according to him. He also feels however that the Tassimo will be the "Betamax" of the coffee maker world. While it may be a better system (betamax) it doesn't have the market share of Keurig (VHS).

Jul 08, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Smoking Pork Butt BBQ and Time Management

These aren't my photos but the white chunks should be your choice of wood. Actually, I didn't put my wood chunks that far around since I only smoke for 2 hours (arguably, that's as long as the meat will acquire smoke flavor) and the rest of the charcoal is for the low and slow cook.

Jul 08, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Smoking Pork Butt BBQ and Time Management

here are a couple of photos of the "snake method" of setting up coals in a kettle for a low and slow smoke. I used this method for a couple of tears before I bought my WSM. It really does work very well, and as you burd down coals, you can replace them for a longer cook.

Jul 07, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

THanks for all of your suggestions. Unfortunately we'll have to try them all1

Jul 06, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

Sorry, I should have realized.

This one: cake is a little to light in testure and the crumb is a little too soft

http://suziesweettooth.com/2014/03/11...

This is too much like Entemanns:
http://www.ambrosiabaking.com/2013/04...

Jul 02, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

While technically I'm not doing the baking, my wife is baking as many different recipes for "N.Y. Crumb Cake" as we can find. The ratio gas to be 2-3:1, crumb to cake. In the old days (a couple of years ago) I used to stop at Carlo's in Hoboken for their crumb cake which WAS the best, but they've since opened one of their bakeries in our town and it really isn't as good as it was. If anyone has a good recipe......

Jul 02, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The Tip Toe Inn

Every coffee shop (as opposed to coffee bar) that used to have blue and white coffee cups with the Acropolis on it and 99cent egg/potato/toast/coffee breakfasts.

Jun 29, 2014
jnk in Manhattan

accessories for the outdoor cook

Wood chunks http://www.fruitawoodchunks.com/

Thermapen (haven't dried out a piece of chicken since I've owned it) http://www.thermoworks.com/products/t...

Insulated gloves http://www.amazon.com/Showa-Best-Sani...

A table to put next to the grill/smoker for prep

a GREAT grill brush http://toolwizard.com/store/index.cfm...

I know I'd be happy with any of these (actually I told my wife what I wanted and she got me all of these at different times!

Jun 27, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Post shoulder surgery meals

I feel for you. I had an impinged rotator cuff and a torn biceps. Because the surgeon had to reattach the biceps, the only reason I was allowed outdoors was to go the p.t.. The toughest part was sleeping. I ended up sleeping sitting in a chair for 6 weeks. Also as far as clothing, I wore 3x dress shirts and tee shirts so that I could keep my arm underneath.

No as for the food, I really wasn't hungry for the first month but you will need to have prepared foods ready to stick into the microwave. Good luck.

Jun 26, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Kramer's bakery on 2nd ave.- great black and whites

The Cherry on Columbus avenue - a diner that served oyako don

Teachers/Teachers Too on Broadway

There were so many.

Jun 25, 2014
jnk in Manhattan

Pulled pork using whole boneless pork,loin

However you decide to cook your loin, brine it for 12-24 hours first in salted water with bay leaves, peppercorns, brown sugar. This will keep the pork loin moist while you cook it in the oven. If you want to make pulled pork out of it, you mat want to opt for chopped pork as it may be difficult to pull this cut. Good luck with your roasts.

Jun 24, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking
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Need recommendations on "real" farm to table places in Northern NJ

Ursino Restaurant on the grounds of Kean University.

http://www.ursinorestaurant.com/

Jun 19, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

can someone recommend bbq gloves, i got a bad burn...

I and many other use "Black Knight Best" gloves for bbq. They're made to handle petroleum products but they protect you from the heat very well. I lift pork butts and briskets directly off the grate of my smoker with just these gloves on. I'll attach an Amazon link and you can read the reviews from others that use them for bbq.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-7712R-Knig...

Jun 17, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Best Kitchen Appliance Store in NYC

Difficult website to navigate because they carry almost every brand but Pauls in Newark N.J. is excellent. We bought our Blue Star range there at a great price.

http://www.paulshomeappliances.com/

Jun 17, 2014
jnk in Cookware

New to smoking - advice please?

+1 for Woodburner
+1 for TVWBB.COM
and there's a lot of great info here on this board.

Good luck

Jun 12, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Capital, Blue Star, American, etc.. OR just go with residential - Help!!!

We have the 30 inch Blue Star RNB and we love it. We've had it for 6 months now and have had no issues with popping. While we researched ranges we found that there are complaints about every company, we just found that there were fewer for Blue Star. Good luck with your decision. Jon

May 30, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Amuse in Westfield

Had dinner there for the first time last night and enjoyed it. I was somewhat disappointed with the amount of noise as we chose this restaurant over A Teute Heure for that reason. Our reservation were for 8:00 p.m. and we didn't have to wait thought the place was packed and people continues coming in over the 2 hours of our meal.

It was a rare occasion that my wife and I ordered the same meal (the scallops) but I had read so many good things about them that we both had to order them. They did not disappoint!

For apps, my wife had the yellow beet salad and I had the steak tartare which were both fabulous.

For dessert, my wife had the banana pudding and I had the apple crumble. Wife wife raved about hers, mine was okay but nothing special.

Not the cheapest restaurant around but next time we will be very happy sharing an app/salad and 2 entrees. Less for the cost than not wanting o be a glutton all the time.

Our waiter was very good thought he never mentioned the dessert special that had to be ordered when your meal was ordered (we heard someone else mention it at another table) but other than that he really was very cordial and efficient. As I said, we'll be back.

May 25, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Best Cakes in Central NJ

Bovellas in Westfield, ordered a napolean cake there with a thin icing on top. Delicious.

https://www.bovellas.com/

May 24, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Brisket: to foil or not to foil

+1

May 23, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

What is so great about grilling?? (... help!?)

I don't agree with everything Steven Raichlen does but he really does make the experience of grilling quite simple.

1. heat up the grill

2. take a brush or crumpled aluminum foil with tongs and brush off the old stuck on remains from your previous cook (yes you leave it ion)

3. take a bowl and fold a piece of paper towel into a square and pour veg. oil over it.

4. with your tongs, take the oiled paper towel and brush the grates.

5. cook your food

6. if the protein is sticking to the grate, it's not ready to flip. Wait for it, it will release.

Here's a link to his instructions for cleaning the grill:
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

May 23, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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