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Smoked Trout Appetizer

That looks fantastic FN. It seems to be a much fancier version of what my mother used to make in the 50's and 60's which was a can of sardines mashed up in a block of cream cheese. It was fantastic. I now have made it fancier by using a can of smoked trout from TJ's and a block of cream cheese. Yours my friend looks much better.

about 18 hours ago
jnk in Home Cooking

Need help with non self cleaning Blue Star Oven

I just made rice pudding and the pot boiled over in the oven, now I've got burned on soy mil/rice residue on the oven floor. Any advice on the best product to use? I've been told Krud Kutter. Any feedback? Thanks in advance.

about 18 hours ago
jnk in Cookware

Specifics for buying a wok in NYC

Thanks CK, and do you have another store to recommend?

Mar 22, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Critique my NYC food itinerary, please!

+1 for GCOB
Also nice place for cocktails on the UWS. If you're a
bourbon drinker they have a great one called "FEW",
out of Illinois and not available many places:

http://barley-grain-nyc.com/

Sounds like you'll be having a great trip. Enjoy.

Mar 22, 2014
jnk in Manhattan

Specifics for buying a wok in NYC

Thanks

Mar 22, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Specifics for buying a wok in NYC

OK as it turns out, we're heading into Manhattan this afternoon and we'll be coming in through lower Manhattan so we can stop in Chinatown. I was going to order a wok from the Wok Shop online but can I get the same quality wok from a store in the city? If so, what store and do you have an address for it. Yes, I'm into instant gratification rather than waiting for an online order. Thanks all and I won't be hurt if you tell me to order it online instead.

Mar 22, 2014
jnk in Cookware

All-Clad wok shaped pan vs. A decent wok

Thanks dcrb-
I would really like to find a store that sells them without the parking hassles of Chinatown in N.Y.. If I can't find a store in the next week or so, I'll order one online. Thanks again.

Mar 21, 2014
jnk in Cookware

All-Clad wok shaped pan vs. A decent wok

SA-
Thanks for your reply. I'm going to be sticking (sorry for the pun) with buying a hammered wok. We don't have an induction cook top, only gas and I think that will be the best way to go. Thanks again.

Mar 21, 2014
jnk in Cookware

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

Amy, you can get my email address from my profile page. I work on the West Side in the 50's and we're 25 miles miles door to door if you're interested in seeing the range in action. There's also a great store in Newark where we bought ours from. I got the lowest prices from a couple of internet/phone order stores and they matched the price and gave me free delivery and set-up along with taking the old one away. Couldn't recommend them more highly.

Mar 19, 2014
jnk in Cookware

All-Clad wok shaped pan vs. A decent wok

I mentioned the oil because with my All clad everything was sticking. As JT mentioned, it had more to do with the pan. Got it!

Mar 18, 2014
jnk in Cookware

All-Clad wok shaped pan vs. A decent wok

Thanks JT. Yes, I've tried stir-frying in it in the past and thought I just wasn't using enough oil since EVERYTHING was sticking. I've been to my Asian market a number of times and they never have woks. I may have to order one online. Thanks for the quick response.

Mar 18, 2014
jnk in Cookware

All-Clad wok shaped pan vs. A decent wok

I don't really want to get into the merits of cast iron vs. carbon steel in woks here as I've read most of whats been written on these boards. I suppose my question is, is there much of a difference between the outcome between a good wok and the All-Clad wok shaped pan that I already own. Thanks in advance for your input.

Mar 18, 2014
jnk in Cookware

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

Our son is 19 and is away at college most of the year (though he just went back after spring break and will be done by May 8,ugh!). To be honest, I haven't touched the door while the oven is on, no did I with our old GE Profile so I can't make any sort of comparison. I can tell you that the stainless lip at the front of the range gets hot when cooking.

Mar 17, 2014
jnk in Cookware

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

Yes, it has open burners and yes, cleanup is a breeze. Everything comes apart so all the parts are easy to get to for cleanup, and then there's the stainless drawer under the burners that has 2 stainless trays, again for easy cleanup. If you live in N.J. feel free to get in touch with me and you can see the range in action.
By the way, here's a link with more info:
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/...

Mar 17, 2014
jnk in Cookware

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

Our "uber" burners are only 22,ooo btu/each and work really well with a wok, I can only imagine what 30,000 btu would be like.

Mar 17, 2014
jnk in Cookware

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

We bought the 30 inch BlueStar gas convection oven about a month ago and have been very happy with it. I looked at all the different websites and bulletin boards to get peoples reviews of all of the stoves that fit our needs and it came down to Blue Star and Capitol and in the end it was Blue Star because their manufacturing pant is about 2.5 hours from here and I know I could get it serviced easily.

When i comes to a vent, we have a 36 inch Venezia Zephyr which works very well. I got the larger size on purpose because I thought a 3 inch overhang on each side would draw just about anything and in fact it does.

Good luck with your decisions

Mar 17, 2014
jnk in Cookware

When to add the spinach

Enjoy!

Mar 04, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking
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When to add the spinach

Thank you and thank everyone else. Indeed, I put the spinach in the bottom of the bowl and poured the soup over it. Yes, the soup was delicious. Thanks again everyone.

Mar 04, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking
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When to add the spinach

Good thing I read the responses again before putting the spinach in the pot!. Thanks all!

Mar 04, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

When to add the spinach

Thanks all for the info. Yes it's baby spinach so it will be thrown in at the last minute with the canned beans. Thanks for the heads up.

Mar 04, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

When to add the spinach

Thanks westsidegal, will do.

Mar 04, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

When to add the spinach

Thanks LW.

Mar 04, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

When to add the spinach

I'm making a hearty soup with chicken broth carrots, black beans, pinto beans, Italian turkey sausage, TJ's Harvest Grain Blend (Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa). There's supposed to be escarole in the soup but I couldn't find it. I'm adding spinach as I really don't appreciate kale. Should I add the spinach for the last 10 minutes or so, or can I throw it in earlier. Thanks in advance.

Mar 04, 2014
jnk in Home Cooking

How do you eat your smoked salmon?

As with most people, on a bagel with cream cheese and in my case some tomato and onion. When there's no one looking, just with my fingers!

Mar 03, 2014
jnk in General Topics

Where and/or how do you store your knives?

No words neccesary!

Mar 01, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Online appliance stores

Can I ask who you used for your faucets.

Feb 27, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Online appliance stores

I spoke with the one in St. Louis and one on Long Island in N.Y.. Their prices were both less that my local appliance store, but when I went to the store with their prices they were willing to match it. I much prefer dealing with someone face to face in case there's an issue down the line. Good luck with your purchase.

Feb 27, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Ok, sure, you don't *need* fancy equipment...

Yes, there's definitely a "zen" aspect to cooking. When I first started getting interested in the "art" of bbq, I smoked all my meats on a Weber kettle. It worked fine but when I got my smoker it became less the finished product and more the "process".

We just got rid of a 17 yr old GE Profile range. Up until the end it worked fine and was fine. We now have a range that is more professional looking with extremely high btu burners and a broiler that goes up to 1800°. Yes, my cooking has become better and truthfully, I really like looking at this basic looking range with the only visible electronics on it being two little blue lights. I also like the whooosh of the gas (ommmmmm).

Feb 27, 2014
jnk in Cookware

Burgers in Central NJ

We were just at "Above" in South Orange the other day and the bacon cheese burger was delicious!
http://www.aboverestaurantbar.com/

Feb 25, 2014
jnk in New Jersey

Recommendations for Columbus in early March

If you like Indian food, one of out favorite restaurants in Columbus is Mughal Darbar on High st.. We have good Indian food here in NY and we still make it a point to have dinner there whenever we're in town. Delicious food, great service, family owned and operated. They've also got a funky little bar there too.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mughal-darbar...

Feb 24, 2014
jnk in Great Lakes