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Date Nut Bread and Cream Cheese

This thread is older than my youngest child (11)!

I just had some Neumann's (sp?) date nut bread. They sell both a sliced loaf (little slices, like appetizer-sized rye bread about 3" x 2") that is 8 oz. and a 2" wide cylindrical piece (like a quarter of a coffee can) that is not sliced. I am near NYC and don't have trouble finding it in the Shop-Rite or other stores.

It's an addiction for me, with Temptee cream cheese on it after toasting it is perfect. I was shocked to see that recipes include coffee because I hate coffee, but I can see how maybe it is part of the whole mix.

Anyway, it is my one major weakness in life, date nut bread toasted with Temptee cream cheese...

PS - I find it near the cream cheese, in the refrigerated section of the store and keep it refrigerated which pretty much requires toasting. I have silicone tongs to get out the small pieces from my regular toaster.

Jun 08, 2014
rakh in General Topics
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Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

We used to go to On the Border as we aren't too familiar with the West Paterson area and wanted something easy. By far the best stuff there is when they have the Hatch Chili specials. Wonderful queso fundido with tons of Hatch Chilis in it, also soup and enchiladas with them.

Jul 14, 2011
rakh in New Jersey

Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

We just went there, and were pleased with everything but the price. Not usual to be charged 60 bucks for a few drinks, two adult meals and two kids meals, especially at a Mexican place (and we've been to several listed here as authentic/good that are not as pricey). You certainly don't pay for ambiance as there are a few tables and you can't sit that far from the register (it's a storefront).

Salad was excellent, carne asada and mole sauce were very good, and their signature homemade picante sauce was very good. Usually we like very hot, habanero hot, so the picante sauce was actually a little mild for us (I understand that Oaxacan food isn't usually too hot though). I was disappointed that there were not more cactus dishes, but I'll try the cactus salad next time.

Flan was very good, reminds me of some my friend's mother used to make when I was young. Heavy consistency, dark caramel, not too sweet.

We'll be back, but probably will bring our own drinks or maybe take out.

Jul 14, 2011
rakh in New Jersey

Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

LV_Foodie, I see your post is a while after theirs. We use to frequent Don Jose (I'm debating going there tonight), but found the quality has gone WAY downhill. Many things seem reheated and mushy, and the spiciness has decreased.

But perhaps five years ago and going back before that, it was very very good.

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Don Jose Restaurant
929 Main Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055

Jul 14, 2011
rakh in New Jersey

New Jersey Drive

Maybe late for you, but the Chatterbox in Augusta NJ is very good, and is a drive-in restaurant.

Aug 28, 2010
rakh in New Jersey

Best Spanish or Portuguese-style garlic shrimp in Newark area?

If you include Elizabeth (really almost Roselle Park), there is Europa on Westfield Avenue. Very good garlic shrimp and chicken.

Aug 28, 2010
rakh in New Jersey

Lebanese in Union County?

Think Grill on Morris Avenue has Greek food, but their falafel is pretty good.

Aug 28, 2010
rakh in New Jersey

Diabetic Eats

We have been trying to go to the Jose Tejas in Woodbridge for weeks with no luck. No reservations, no waiting area, waits were 60 to 90 minutes NOT during prime time. Parking was also very tight for the size of the place.

It is right next to the mall, so I don't know what day/time would be best to go (assuming one works during the weekdays).

Mar 25, 2007
rakh in Mid-Atlantic

Cervantes of Spain, Cranford

We went there, enjoyed it. Surprisingly, they made chicken fingers for the kids! Garlic soup was very good. Probably will get take out next time, with a huge order of garlic soup, I agree that I really didn't remember much about my entree.

I am looking for tapas further west, towards Hunterdon County.

Mar 20, 2007
rakh in Mid-Atlantic

Looking 4 Lo carb & sugar free breads,cakes & cookies-Boca to Ft. Laud

Amazing that low carb is still with us. Good luck finding such a place. In this area (near NYC/Philly), the best bet to get low carb stuff is to get a sugar free pie from a diner or bakery (still has a lot of carbs from the crust but no sugar). There are some products from Dixie Diner that are easy to make at home and good (but a few are nasty). The almond cream cake in particular would be a good base for a strawberry shortcake.

Of course one of the luxuries of low carb is that you can cheat for one meal and not suffer because of it, since it you're doing it right you can't process carbs temporarily.

Mar 14, 2007
rakh in Florida

boost! where?

Cola syrup is known to be a "tonic", so I'm not surprised that Boost! might be considered such.

Feb 18, 2007
rakh in New Jersey

What to do with lots of baked potatoes...

Hot or cold potato salad was my first thought. I like cold with a sour cream and chive flavor, and hot with a bit mustardy flavor.

Feb 14, 2007
rakh in Home Cooking

Are there any chefs particulary know for their use of herbs...

The Ryland Inn (NJ) is known for their herb etc. garden: http://www.rylandinn.com
Bring lots of your own lettuce.

Feb 14, 2007
rakh in General Topics

The Melting Pot: bad expensive food

We loved our visit to the Melting Pot, except for the price. We have our own fondue pot, and make fondue twice per week (easy to make low carb, use cooked meat dipped in cheese fondue). Some of the comments people mention are the bane of chains; with those prices they should keep an eye on their franchisees. The one we went to outside of Atlanta was very good, but again, mine are better (you do learn the techniques and the cheeses to make a "perfect" fondue every time)!

Feb 14, 2007
rakh in Chains

Subsitute for whipping cream?

Use the milk and reduce it. Wouldn't use the sour cream, maybe some cream cheese if too thin. Most of the cream sauces I've ever made had milk of one fat level or another, not cream, and they are just fine. It just depends on how much roux.

Feb 14, 2007
rakh in Home Cooking

Any good substitutes for alcohol (wine) in cooking?

If the water in the recipe starts to boil, the ethanol is long gone (100 degrees C boiling point versus 80 degrees C boiling point). If you are concerned about the taste, you have to get away from the taste of wine anyway. Chicken or beef broth is what we use. Flaming a dish cannot guarantee alcohol to be removed, as there is no way of knowing if all of the alcohol was "burned".

I was wondering, how do you "know" all the alcohol being gone is "not really true"?

If you want the taste of wine, best bet is to buy wine, put it in a different bottle, and use it anyway without telling your spouse. We have A LOT of alcoholism in our family, and if wine in our food would set us off the wagon, I'd have been in Skid Row a long time ago. What if he goes out to eat and they serve a dish with wine in it? Just don't make dishes with wine every week, and keep the wine at a neighbor's if you are worried about him sneaking some. He WILL sneak some on his own if he is still addicted that badly that wine in his food will be an issue.

Feb 13, 2007
rakh in Home Cooking

Eating Low Carb

It works because (if you stick to the diet) your body switches metabolism and appetite decreases; less food is eaten once this happens. People can even gain weight in the first few days before their body changes to low appetite mode. When I am on a low carb diet, it is the only time since I was a child that I felt true "hunger" instead of just craving the taste of foods. Besides, some of us have metabolic reasons to be on such a diet, so indulge us this discussion.

Feb 13, 2007
rakh in Not About Food

Dreamfield Low Carb Pasta

Is shirataki the same as konjac? I've had konjac pasta, and also have a box of Dreamfields in the cupboard.

Feb 13, 2007
rakh in General Topics

Store for Low Carb Products

I get stuff like that online from Netrition.com. Am near NYC in NJ, and am not aware of a store that sells that kind of stuff.

Feb 13, 2007
rakh in Manhattan

Eating Low Carb

Saw this older thread. Am starting back on low carb; went off and kept most weight off, but then got ill and taking various medications led to a big lapse (still 5 lbs. below my max. when I started back on the diet, I am happy about that).

Has anyone tried konjac? I tried that last time around, but it is pretty weird stuff (got different "pasta" forms). Recommendations for the best way to cook konjac pasta would be great!

We've also found that we can "be bad" for one meal per week, go into induction for the next day or two, and not screw everything up. The bad meal does tend to cause some immediate sleepiness, but a full week plus of induction does not seem necessary.

String beans and peppers are big in our house. Red peppers are only 6 net carbs per cup, and great with sour cream or cream cheese.

Feb 13, 2007
rakh in Not About Food

Churros!!???

I've found frozen churros, which shockingly microwave (! with special paper wrapping included) to a tasty treat. Not the real thing, but better than Wonder bread toast with butter and cinnamon sugar.

Feb 13, 2007
rakh in Manhattan

Snuffy's, Scotch Plains

> BTW, Bonnie Burn Road is a lot of fun to drive on, especially in a
> convertible with the top down on a summer day :-), lots of twists and
> turns, that hasn't changed.

My son still speaks of the "elephant" we met on Bonnie Burn Road, seems Mommy couldn't negotiate the wet road and lost some mils of brake crossing to the other side and returning of one of said curves. Very happy traffic was light that day. And yes, the road still is horrible but the best way to get to 78 in the area.

Feb 12, 2007
rakh in Mid-Atlantic

Korean restaurants near Union Co, NJ?

Ditto, there are several in Edison, Woo Jeon on Route 1 comes to mind. Great food, even better service. They mixed up plates for two people, and gave our party (8 people) a free deep fried whole fish to make up for it! Lots of nice free appetizers, worth a half hour ride easy.

Feb 12, 2007
rakh in Mid-Atlantic

Macaroni Grill

The few we've been to have been good. Meatballs are pretty crazy though, huge and mushroom even in them (cut very small). The make your own pasta was pretty good, but again, huge.

BTW, Macaroni Grill is owned by the same people as Chili's so you can also use it there, as well as On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, and Maggiano’s Little Italy. You might want to call to confirm, but we've been very happy with our visits to On The Border.

Feb 12, 2007
rakh in Chains

Most palatable diet sodas?

Day's supply of sodium, according to US RDA, is 2,400 mg:

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/flg-7a....

At any rate, I was overjoyed to find Pennsylvania Dutch Diet Birch Beer. Tastes like the real thing to me, although you have to have a taste for birch beer in the first place. This is around NYC and Philly. I am on an Atkins diet; both me and my spouse went from multiple "sugared" sodas per day to 1 or less diet sodas, cold turkey. Actually, we went to all water first, then brought diet sodas back in. They taste less foul if you haven't had the real thing lately.

Feb 12, 2007
rakh in General Topics

Barbecue...Lexington v.s. N. or . S Carolina

Try this site: http://www.hollyeats.com/NorthCarolli...
There are a few places that I would make day trips out of if I lived in NC. Allen's, Lexington, Sweatman's, Stamey's, Wilber's. Check out the pics!

Feb 12, 2007
rakh in General South Archive

Waiter Performs Nose Plant - Manager Saves the Night

Yes, kudos for the manager are in order. Although, who is training the wait staff?

Feb 12, 2007
rakh in Not About Food

Scallops - what am I doing wrong?

If you've ever seen abalone in the store, each one sits by itself, like a filet mignon. That's how good scallops should look, individual and like meat (as opposed to ?? mayonnaise? squid for bait?). But not orange like abalone :)

Feb 12, 2007
rakh in Home Cooking

Looking for Something Different in Union County NJ

If that's your opinion, I would say quality restaurants in Union County are far and few between. Try Somerset County.

Feb 09, 2007
rakh in Mid-Atlantic

Bring Buffalo to Union County!

Spanish restaurant (Cervantes?) seems pretty good. Don't know if they have Buffalo wings ;) The Buffalo wings we get at Famous Dave's (one in Mountainside?) are pretty good.

Feb 09, 2007
rakh in New Jersey