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Keurig coffee machines - which is best?

I bought the Platinum maker from Costco last April for my husband. I had to take it back 2 months later because the pump failed. They gave me a new one which died the other day, so we're debating whether to exchange it for a third or just get our money back and buy something else. I did read reviews before I purchased the original and the pump failing was one of the complaints that kept coming up.

Apr 13, 2011
cjc519 in Cookware

Cheese Shop near Saco?

That's the same one I found when I googled cheese shops. It looks amazing! Thanks for the help!

Aug 04, 2010
cjc519 in Northern New England

Cheese Shop near Saco?

We'll be in Camp Ellis next week and I'd like to know if there are any specialty cheese shops within about 30 minutes. Thanks!

Aug 04, 2010
cjc519 in Northern New England

King Arthur Flour Baguette recipe... questions

Thank you for all of the tips. I'm going to give it a try and see what happens!

May 20, 2010
cjc519 in Home Cooking

King Arthur Flour Baguette recipe... questions

I have never baked before, but I get the King Arthur catalog. While looking through it today I came across a recipe for "guaranteed" baguettes which I'd love to try. Problem is I already don't understand the recipe. It calls for making a starter which is 1/2 cool water, 1/16 tsp active yeast or instant yeast, and 1 cup bread flour. In the first step of the directions it says to "make starter by mixing the yeast with the water (no need to do if you're using instant yeast." Here's where I'm confused... do I still need to make the starter? Or does mean that if I'm using instant yeast to skip mixing with water and simply mix with flour? What exactly is the difference between active dry yeast and instant yeast? I believe I have both of these... one is powder in a paper envelope and the other is in a wrapper. Which should I use for the best results? Also, how can you tell if instant yeast has gone bad? If you have a tried and true baguette recipe would you please share? Thank you for taking the time to read this long post and any advice you can give!

May 19, 2010
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Changes in Narberth: Margot now Gemelli

I called at 6:30 on Saturday night to get a reservation for 8:00... didn't expect to get one. Lucky for us they had just had a cancellation! We actually ran into friends who couldn't believe we were so lucky to have gotten a reservation. What a great evening! From start to finish a really enjoyable evening. Our server, Deirdre, couldn't have been nicer. She was very knowledgable about the menu and answered all of our questions honestly. Before we even ordered Deirdre asked us if we'd like to try some cheese. We said yes and were treated to a trio of cheeses (and a very nice size portion, at that). On our cheese plate were a sheep's milk that I can't remember the name of, Piave, and Humboldt Fog. For starters... my husband had the vitello tonnato which was a braised veal cheek with tuna tartare on top. I had the pork belly served with carmelized brussel sprouts. I can say that both were amazing! Entrees were pappardelle with lamb shank and scallops served atop butternut squash risotto with a balsamic reduction. The pappardelle was perfectly al dente and the scallops and risotto were delicious! There is a 5 course chef's tasting menu for $45 per person. I saw it go out to 2 patrons and it was more than generous. We'll definitely try it next time. After dinner we were treated to homemade limoncello and Chef Gilbert's amazing bread pudding. Truly one of the best meals we've had. From the service to the food, we really loved it all. We especially enjoyed the pace of our meal. We were able to enjoy our meal at a leisurely pace without feeling at all rushed. We will definitely be making Gemelli a regular visit! Definitely recommend reservations!

Jan 17, 2010
cjc519 in Pennsylvania

stuffed mushrooms

I make a very similar recipe to coll's for my Italian in laws for their Christmas Eve dinner and they are always the first things to go. I add some prosciutto to the sausage and cream cheese. You could probably substitute mascarpone cheese for the cream cheese. I'm baking 3 batches this year... one for a cookie exchange I'm hosting, one for Christmas Eve, and one for Christmas dinner at my house. People love them!

Dec 20, 2009
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Ideas for 40th bday dinner?

Thank you for all of the feedback. The vote is for Twenty Manning... it seemed the one that was the best choice given the "contrasting wallet sizes". Everyone seemed to be pleased with the menu offerings as well. Will report back. Thanks again!

Sep 29, 2009
cjc519 in Pennsylvania

Breakfast near Pennsy Hospital

Thank you! With all the rain, I had to stay at the hospital most of the day. I'll have to keep those places in mind for better weather!

Sep 11, 2009
cjc519 in Pennsylvania

Breakfast near Pennsy Hospital

Hubby is having surgery tomorrow morning... have to be there at 5:30am! Any suggestions for a breakfast, possibly lunch, place? By that point I'll be starving, so anything good will do.
As always, thanks for the help!

Sep 10, 2009
cjc519 in Pennsylvania

Ideas for 40th bday dinner?

A group of about 6 of us will be taking a very good friend out to dinner for her 40th birthday in October. She is flying in from out of town so we want to take her somewhere special as well as fun. Somebody suggested Buddakan, but I've been there a few times and wanted to try somewhere we haven't been before. I thought Waterworks, but it may be a tad too expensive. Does anyone have any thoughts on Twenty Manning? The menu looks interesting. Amada? I know they're two very different places, so which one is more suited to a party of 6 women who will likely be talking and enjoying the evening? We will have a driver so can go almost anywhere... I'm sure most of the ladies will prefer to stay in CC. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Oh, most of the ladies voted for a resto with a bar. Thanks for any ideas!

Sep 10, 2009
cjc519 in Pennsylvania

Sea Salt in Stone Harbor, R.I.P.

Jay's on Third is one of my favorite places. The food is excellent. I went to Blackfish about 3 weeks ago... you won't be disappointed! Excellent food and service. The wine list is also very good. Have a wonderful time! Try their spin on surf and turf... wonderful! I'll be down all summer and am really looking forward to trying Sora since it's only a few blocks from my house.

Jun 11, 2009
cjc519 in New Jersey

Sea Salt in Stone Harbor, R.I.P.

Drove past this weekend and it will now be Sora... didn't stop to get a menu. I called their other resto, Quahog's, to see about using a gift certificate that I purchased for Sea Salt last summer. They said they would honor the gift certificate at Quahog's.

Jun 07, 2009
cjc519 in New Jersey

Easter brunch and/or dinner in Fort Myers

We will spending Easter is Fort Myers with our two small children. Any ideas for places that have an Easter brunch or a good dinner place to go with kids? We'd like to stay away from chains. I did a search and The Ritz in Naples came up. While it sounds fabulous, it's much too expensive for a 7 year old and a 5 year old. We'd be willing to drive about 30 minutes if need be. Thanks for any recs!

Mar 30, 2009
cjc519 in Florida

Seven Daughters white wine

I tried to search it on Total Wine's site, but it wasn't there. I'm sure that's where I got it, though. If you call the store, I'm sure they can check their in-store computer which seems much more accurate. According to the website, www.7daughters.com, they have a red blend as well. The white blend was one of those wines I picked up b/c I thought the label was kind of cool and IIRC it was around $10. Figured if it was awful I hadn't spent much on it. I like to go to DE and pick up some low cost bottles I've never had before in addition to my usuals. They have such a great selection so I always find new stuff. I'm pretty sure I saw "Conundrum" at the Bryn Mawr wine store and it was about $14 or $15... as a promo I think.

Mar 02, 2009
cjc519 in Wine

Seven Daughters white wine

I think I may have had it. Does it have a white label with lots of different colored circles on it? If it's the same bottle, I believe I got it in DE... I'm with you about the PA stores! I remember it being pretty decent for the price. Something I'd buy again.

Mar 02, 2009
cjc519 in Wine

Help getting started with a visit to Napa

Thank you! I just returned from the library with lots of books. Based on the advice given here, I'll be doing lots of research on Sonoma. I'm really excited to start reading!

Jan 08, 2009
cjc519 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help getting started with a visit to Napa

Terrific! Thank you! I just visited the Sonoma Valley website suggested above and ordered a visitors guide. I will certainly search the boards now that I have some names of place to search. Appreciate the help.

Jan 08, 2009
cjc519 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help getting started with a visit to Napa

Thank you for all of the great information. As for Per Se... we actually wound up at Gramercy Tavern and loved it. We did the tasting menu and it was wonderful. I even got past some of my "freaky food quirks":) The first thing I think I'll do is what you suggest about grabbing a couple of books and checking out some websites. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions, so I'm sure you'll hear from me again! I'm also going to ask friends who have been and get some recommendations. Thanks again!

Jan 08, 2009
cjc519 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help getting started with a visit to Napa

Hope this is the correct board... my husband and I are contemplating a visit to Napa for my 40th birthday in the spring. Trouble is, I have no idea where to begin! Is there a comprehensive website that we can look at? Are there any companies that offer packages that are worth looking into? We are completely in the dark so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Depending on a number of factors we will have anywhere from 3 to 5 days to spend in CA. Thanks!!

Jan 07, 2009
cjc519 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best cheesesteak on the Main Line- still looking!

I also wondered where Vic and Dean's is b/c we got a menu in our mailbox. It's actually on W. Wayne Ave. down the street from the IAC and the old Wayne Beef and Ale... close to the Radnor Trail. Is it good? I've been thinking of giving it a try. Do they deliver?

Jan 06, 2009
cjc519 in Pennsylvania

How to reheat frozen molten chocolate cakes

I made some individual molten chocolate cakes (in 4 or 6 oz ramekins... can't remember) and froze the uneaten portions. I'd like to reheat the frozen ones tonight for dessert, but can't find the recipe I used. What is the best way to reheat them? Do I need to defrost them first? Thanks!

Dec 31, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Leftover rib roast... what to do??

Great! No, I will definitely be working it into my rotation with as much frequency as possible!

Dec 30, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Leftover rib roast... what to do??

I got my hands on a vacuum sealer and plan on doing that today or tomorrow. How long do you think it will keep in the freezer? Thanks!!

Dec 30, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Leftover rib roast... what to do??

I think my MIL may have a vacuum sealer. Would I still want to thinly slice and then pack in the sealer bags? Thank you all for the great suggestions!

Dec 29, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Leftover rib roast... what to do??

Thank you all! It is cooked, so I will slice it and freeze the individual slices. Seems like the trick is to be very careful when reheating. The roast beef recipe sounds really good and easy!

Dec 26, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Leftover rib roast... what to do??

Yum! In addition to the 5 lb roast we had a 7 lb roast, salmon smoked on the grill, homemade manicotti, meatballs, and a bunch of sides... all this for 15 adults, two of whom are vegetarian! Guess my eyes were bigger than my stomach when I made all of that food! Now I just have to lay off the chocolate and start on that French Dip...

Dec 26, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Leftover rib roast... what to do??

I have a fully cooked 5 lb boneless rib roast that I cooked up for Christmas dinner left over. There was a ton of food! It's just my husband, myself, and two small kids... we can't possibly eat that much in the next couple of days. Is there any way to freeze the roast? Or will it change the texture of the meat? How would it be recooked? Or would that ruin it? Any other suggestions? I'd hate to waste so much food. Thanks!!!

Dec 26, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Can I partially cook rib roast then reheat on Christmas??

Thanks for the help! I was actually able to roast them both in the same roasting pan... it fit, but barely. It turned out great! Now, what to do with the 5 lb roast that no one even ate???

Dec 26, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking

Can I partially cook rib roast then reheat on Christmas??

I have two boneless rib roasts that are approx. 5 lbs. each and a very small oven (it's about 40 years old) that will definitely not accomodate both at the same time. I'm going to be making some additional dishes that will need to go into the oven as well. Could I partially cook the roasts and finish cooking them or reheat them to temp (I suspect this method would overcook them) on Christmas Day? If so, what would you recommend I cook them to? Any thoughts on which method is better... high temp? Low temp? I've never cooked rib roasts before and would hate to mess up $100 worth of meat!! Thank you any thoughts! Also, any favorite rubs, sauces, etc? Thank you and happy holidays!

Dec 22, 2008
cjc519 in Home Cooking