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Soba vs. Buckwheat noodles

Thanks all, it's a moot point now as I've thrown away the rest of the package and I won't be trying them again. I'll use the dried soba from now on.

Oct 26, 2014
jnk in General Topics

OMG, Williams Sonoma

I had NO idea! Thanks so much for the heads up.

Oct 25, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Soba vs. Buckwheat noodles

Fresh, cold, Korea,wheat flour, buckwheat flour, corn starch, refined salt, ethyl alcohol oleoresin paprika.

The "off" smell and flavor was somewhat alcoholy, a bit of a burn if you know what I mean. Not a lot but enough to turn me off.

Oct 25, 2014
jnk in General Topics

Soba vs. Buckwheat noodles

Thank you both. No, this was a very unpleasant odor so I'll just have to repurchase and try again.

Oct 24, 2014
jnk in General Topics

Buying a Steak in NJ (butcher shops)

I'm sure this is just a typo, but Barth's is in New Providence.

Oct 23, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Buying a Steak in NJ (butcher shops)

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Oct 23, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Buying a Steak in NJ (butcher shops)

I'm sure this is just a typo, but Barth's is in New Providence.

Oct 23, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Soba vs. Buckwheat noodles

1st: Is there a difference?

I bought a pkg. of buckwheat noodles from an Asian market yesterday and when I opened the pkg. there was a discernible odor to it. I cooked them for 3 minutes and "tasted the smell". I then threw the pkg. out.

Should they have smelled and should I have been able to taste that same smell?

Thanks.

Oct 23, 2014
jnk in General Topics

Give me your Best Baked Pasta Recipes (Please)

We really enjoy Ina Garten's turkey sausage lasagna. I usually double the recipe and freeze/vacuum seal in portions for future good eating. You've got a great list here to work through.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Oct 22, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

Vent-a-hood, zephyr, Bosch, or best for range hood

+1 - Same hood, 30" BS range.

Oct 21, 2014
jnk in Cookware

OMG, Williams Sonoma

We've bought the WS croissants for the past 6 years for Christmas morning breakfast with the Mispucha. There just are none better to be had this side of the Atlantic.

Oct 21, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Jersey barbecue freaks prepare yourselves - Mighty Quinn's to open in Clifton

Sorry I had missed your review when I responded to the other post. I was at Finks this past weekend and as I said earlier their ribs might be the best I've ever had with a tremendous rub and nicely smoked . Their beef (brisket and some other cut that they mix with it) is also very good but I had a problem with the way they serve it, tiny chunks. Again, the flavor is good, not very smokey and in their favor again, they serve little sauce on it. As we all know, BBQ is extremely subjective so while I never say something is bad as there will be a group that loves it(another reason that I'm not a critic), I'll just go somewhere else.

Oct 17, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Jersey barbecue freaks prepare yourselves - Mighty Quinn's to open in Clifton

Hi ELA, I'm interested in your critique of MQ's as I've been to their outpost in the East Village in NY and thoroughly enjoyed it. Have you been there yet and if so was there a discernible difference? In NY, their brisket was most and not overly smoked, their pulled pork was smokier and had a great texture and their baked beans which I normally don't like were full of brisket and pork bits. I would love to be able to go to the Caldwell location so I wouldn't have to deal with the tunnel traffic/tolls.

Oct 16, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Jersey barbecue freaks prepare yourselves - Mighty Quinn's to open in Clifton

We drove close to an hour to try Finks this weekend and it was well worth it. quite possibly the best ribs I've eaten. The pulled pork wasn't chunky enough nor smokey enough and the beef which is a combination of chunks (squares) of brisket and some other cut of beef. There is very little sauce on any of their meats and I like it that way. Well worth the trip.

Oct 13, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Something between Closter and Ridgewood

Funny, we drove close to an hour to try Finks this weekend and it was well worth it. quite possibly the best ribs I've eaten. The pulled pork wasn't chunky enough nor smokey enough and the beef which is a combination of chunks (squares) of brisket and some other cut of beef. There is very little sauce on any of their meats and I like it that way. Well worth the trip.

Oct 13, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Vacuum Seal Food Storage Ideas

Anything liquid I freeze in a plastic quart container first and then remove from container and seal. Moist baked goods I also freeze firs and then seal. it's worked great for the past 8 years.

Oct 13, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

When do you stop using nonstick pans?

I've come to the conclusion that the only things I need a nonstick pan for is cooking eggs or making cheese chips (melting cheese too a crisp), so we have one that gets little use. I've also found that food tasted better in non-nonstick pans as it allows for more caramelization.

Oct 09, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

I've never made the, just ate them sitting at the bar at USC.

Oct 08, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

I'm nuts for those nuts

Oct 06, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

Okay, just realized that I'm a little late to the party but, the Barefoot Contessa Lemon Pound cake is the most lemony cake I've had and it freezes exceptionally well.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Oct 06, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking
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Need new Drip Coffee Maker, under $75

With a BB&B 20% coupon, it brings the Zojirushi down to about $75.

Oct 03, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Roosterspin Korean Fried Chicken in Westfield

I've been watching the space for the past few months since they put a sign on the building. That space seems to have some pretty poor karma working for it so I wish them well.

Sep 30, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Need new Drip Coffee Maker, under $75

http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-EC-BD...

We've had a Zojirushi carafe coffee maker for the past 4 years and absolutely love it. We've never had a problem with it and when I had a technical question for them they answered it immediately. The quality of the coffee that it makes is right up there. It might be $10 more than you want to pay but it's worth it and it definitely goes on sale periodically.

Sep 30, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Smuckers strawberry jam missing from Costco and BJ's

It's been 5 years since I originally posted my dismay that Costco had stopped selling Smuckers strawberry jam and in fact they started carrying it again. It now appears that they've stopped again! They haven't carried it in my local (Plainfield NJ) store for at least a month. When I checked with the service desk today they toldme that they weren't carrying it anymore. The good thing is that we get 90 day free membership offers from BJ's 2x/year so at least I'll be able to stock up. Such problems.

Sep 29, 2014
jnk in Chains

New range - Blue Star or Viking or Capital - or something else?

Sure CB, The grates and are very heavy duty and I have yet to have an issue with the burners. I cook 5 days/week, 1 meal/day on average so that while it's not "heavily" used, it's regularly used. There are some sharp parts "inside " the stove, under the grates but unless you're doing a thorough cleaning at the time you won't come across them. We had the opportunity of buying a dual fuel range but my wife who is the baker chose not to though we did get the convection feature. Good luck with your decision.

Sep 23, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Woot-Off KitchenAid Artisan mixer

http://home.woot.com/offers/kitchenai...

Can't guarantee it'll still be there and truthfully don't know how good a price it is.

Sorry, it's sold out.

Sep 22, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Using new BlueStar for first time

Not sure who you bought it from, but the installer from an appliance store in Newark did all that when he installed the range. We have a 30" RNB and love it. Yes, indeed run your burners to make sure you get any air out of the line, but only for a minute or two, and hit the oven and let it burn of the oil that PSRaT mentioned, then enjoy your range.

Sep 22, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Does anyone own a vacuum sealer?

Glad you like it. My last FS lasted me 6 years and for the price it's well worth it.

Sep 17, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Chengdu in Green Brook?

Congrats Eric, that's a great idea. The poor guy (the larger of the 2 men running the front of the house when I was there) was completely overwhelmed and gave me a big hug when I told him to try to stay calm.
As I stated in my last post, as much as we want to go back, we were going to wait a month or two for things to settle. Looking forward to meeting you there.

jon

Sep 17, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Organizing My BBQ Supplies and Cooking Area

We've got plastic Shelving unites from H.D. in the gaeage that I keep my bags of charcoal stacked and boxes of wood chunks stored. The Grills and smoker are next to the house so I can get out there all winter. Tools are all gathered in a corner kitchen cabinet.

Sep 11, 2014
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling