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7 Summer Slow Cooker Risottos

where's the recipe for the squash and saffron risotto pictured at the beginning of the article??? The cauliflower pea one looks amazing but I want squash and saffron too!

Jun 30, 2015
jujuthomas in Features

Saturday Night in Ambler (Gypsy Blu / Lucky Well)

I'm a fan of the Lucky Well, can't wait to try Gypsy Blu!

Jun 29, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

Gosh I remember my brother in law arguing with a Subway server to get his sandwich cut "normally" instead of the V cut. I think that was one of my first Subway experiences.

Jun 18, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains
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What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

Hey CP, work's been busy with new (good) responsibilities so I've been lurking when I could but not finding a lot of time.

Jun 17, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

while not as entertaining as all the critter stories, I have had an epic flood... woke up one morning to hear water running and found a COLD puddle on the kitchen floor. Opened the freezer door and it was like a cartoon wave of freezing water rushing out! the solenoid valve had broken in the ice maker and had been filling for goodness knows how many hours!
what.a.mess.

Wegman's Faux Pas [Moved from Boston]

so... is picking bunches of grapes that are not browning from several bags and putting them all in one bag gross? because at our market that's the only way I'm going to get a decent bag of grapes.

Jun 07, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

Nzingas Cafe... don't bother

thanks for the tip! I'm so used to posting in the Philadelphia board, it didn't occur to me!
we had a GREAT brunch today at Brigs in Durham, it's one of our favorites since they moved there.

May 25, 2015
jujuthomas in Southeast

Nzingas Cafe... don't bother

My best friend is new to Durham and my hubs and I are hoping to move down soon so we're exploring restaurants in the area... I flew in Friday morning and we were looking for brunch. We looked at Nzinga's cafe's website online and it looked pretty promising. lots of interesting pancake varieties and typical southern breakfast foods. Bad sign, we should have walked back out... 11:30 on Friday morning and the place was practically empty. I ordered a pretty basic brunch, eggs over easy, turkey sausage, grits and a biscuit. My friend ordered their white mushroom omelet. My meal was SO BAD... eggs over hard, microwaved biscuit, bland grits and I'm pretty sure brown and serve sausage. my friend said hers was "ok" but she didn't finish.
it was inexpensive, about 16 for both... but um... not going back for sure.

May 24, 2015
jujuthomas in Southeast

Recommendation for a Grill and Where to buy it?

my husband is a tried and true charcoal man... as a compromise between my desire for faster grilling and his desire for charcoal, we got a Weber with a gas starter. it's awesome.

Grates and Grills at 105 S Main St, Dublin, PA 18917 is a good place with friendly staff and a wide selection of all types of grills - gas, charcoal, smokers, etc.

May 21, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia
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Thai Aroma in Blue Bell gone

It is Mi Lah.

May 07, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia

Thai Aroma in Blue Bell gone

Not sure I'll be able to convince my hubs to try a vegetarian resto... he's very much a carnivore! I'll have to see what he thinks when the menu comes out.

May 07, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia

Thai Aroma in Blue Bell gone

It's either Mi Lah or Li Mah... for some reason the correct name will NOT stay in my head! I swear, I drove by yesterday and by the time I got home less than a mile away I couldn't remember.

sigh

May 07, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia

Thai Aroma in Blue Bell gone

Thai Orchid is still there, we also enjoy the Thai food at Vic Sushi in Springhouse.

May 07, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia
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Thai Aroma in Blue Bell gone

We tried calling Thai Aroma several times to pick up dinner the other night and no one answered. Later that evening DH drove by and there's a huge sign in the window that it's going to be a vegetarian restaurant... Li Mah (?) Something like that. I'll have to look as I drive by this evening. Seems like no one lasts very long in that particular space... it's been 4 restaurants I can think of since we've lived in Blue Bell.

May 06, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia

First sip of the day

mmmm... my first sip from my first cup of coffee... wonderful stuff

May 05, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

Deathride: Durham/Chapel Hill on Commencement Weekend

Backyard BBQ is great. Brigs is right along there as well. lots of family friend options, there is a wait for weekend brunch, not sure about at other times.

May 01, 2015
jujuthomas in Southeast

Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

haha, that's what my great grandmother always called it!

Apr 30, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

Yup! we love it but too much makes me sneeze worse than pepper does! lol

Apr 29, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

There a guy in Greenville SC roasting a Yak Whole.

I've never had Yak... but yeah lots of places do whole critters and if it is JB BANNISTER, that's kind of his deal.

Season"s 52 has anyone been there?

We had to go to the mall last night to pick up my hubby's new suit, went to Seasons 52 for dinner because we'd never been. it was very nice. The parking lot was JAMMED at 6pm, the dining room has a 1 hour wait... on a Tuesday no less... but we quickly found seats at the bar. We shared a chicken pesto flat bread for an appetizer, which was very tasty. DH had the cedar plank salmon, which he loved. I had the pork tenderloin with sweet potato mash. Everything was very good. AND they carry Woodchuck hard cider, which is one of my favorite adult beverages. I really liked that the servings were big enough to satisfy, but not huge.

We won't be planning our life around trips to S52, but certainly wouldn't mind going back.

Apr 22, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains
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Hilton Head Recommendations

We visited Hilton Head for vacation in October. We had a couple good but pricey (tourist trap) meals at the skull creek boathouse - the andouis sausage in the low country boil was fantastic. Best meal, hands down, was at Chef David's Roastfish & Cornbread. not a tourist trap, serving Gullah food he learned from his grandmother. We both ordered whole roast fish, which were wonderful. I remember I liked some of the sides, but not what they were... I do remember his sweet potato cornbread was so delicious. We went straight to barnes and noble after dinner to purchase his cookbook.

ETA: sad news, according to Yelp, the restaurant is closed. :(

Apr 21, 2015
jujuthomas in Southeast

Ants in kitchen--Four methods have not worked! Help!

mix borax laundry soap 50/50 with sugar and put it in a little dish or a plastic lid in their path. the ants pick them both up, the borax poisons them. my tried and true, grandfather's solution.

Please interpret this menu pricing....

i initially thought dinner and lunch prices but then saw the two skewers or one at the top.

Apr 20, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

Kroger's response to my letter re: plumping meat:

I mentioned this discussion last night to my husband... he attended a bbq seminar a few years ago and took a brining class with a butcher. The butcher pointed out that by injecting just a few cents worth of salt and water brine solution, you can increase the weight of the meat by x factor (a number DH mentioned and I promptly forgot). I think that's the REAL reason they brine supermarket meats... add the "flavor enhancing" solution, make the meat heavier, charge the consumer more $$$.

I've stopped buying some brands of pork because of the added brine, and when we're looking for meat for the bbq, DH is always making sure it doesn't have added brines. If we're cook brined meat, we'll do it ourselves.

Jakes Wayback Burgers [moved from New Jersey]

Just had my first burger at Jake's over the weekend. the flavor was good, but the guy doing the grilling chopped the burger as it was cooking so it fell off the bun as I was eating! Anyone know if this is their usual practice or if it was just a one-off? if this is standard I'm not going back because it was just a mess.

Apr 16, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains

My Aldi experience!

I've been in Aldi a couple times when visiting my family in upstate NY, and have had good experiences with what was purchased. My sister, who has 4 teen/pre-teen kids and runs a day care from home does about half her shopping at Aldi and has cut her grocery bill in half. We have an Aldi near our home, but it isn't convenient to where I usually shop so I haven't been in.

Apr 16, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains

Kroger's response to my letter re: plumping meat:

Well, apparently we aren't cooking with "science". ;)
IMHO, if you know how to cook it properly, meat doesn't need brining.

We've brined a turkey on occasion, when it's going on the smoker.

Apr 16, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains
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Triscuits flavors...any good?

I was never a fan of triscuits, but I am totally addicted to the Rosemary and Olive Oil ones!

Apr 14, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

At the end of the article it tells you how to make your own "city" lamb ham. I'm intrigued!! I'm hoping DH and I find a weekend where we can try this.

The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

fascinating! thanks for sharing!

Apr 04, 2015
jujuthomas in Food Media & News