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Breakfast in Cinci

Tuckers in Over the Rhine, 1637 Vine St. Greasy spoon, fabulous breakfast. Recommend the h'ouveos ranchero or shrimp & grits. Yum!

Jul 03, 2014
nojunk in Great Lakes

Back page no longer working

been happening to me for months. very frustrating, especially when searching.

May 24, 2014
nojunk in Site Talk

Toaster recommendation

LOL!! That's just it - the thing still works! I've just been looking at new ones just cuz...the cord does get hot when I use it, but it works just fine. I'm hanging on to it after reading these posts!

May 24, 2014
nojunk in Cookware

Toaster recommendation

I've been shopping for a toaster for years. I have an ancient toaster, don't even know the brand & I know I've had it since 1973. Probably paid $1.79 for it. I have to flip anything but standard sandwich bread around to toast it and bagels are out of the question. But reading all of these reports about toasters lasting 18 months, maybe I'll hang on to the antique for another couple decades!

May 23, 2014
nojunk in Cookware
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

I'm also a Lipton Onion Soup mix user (for my oven beef brisket) and Hidden Valley Ranch mix (dip, chicken cutlet or hamburger seasoning). They're both salt bombs, and I haven't even read the ingredients list lately, but the results they produce are very yummy.

Apr 12, 2014
nojunk in General Topics

What food or foods is your town known for ?

Cincinnati chilli ("greek" style, served over spaghetti with beans and/or onions and mounds of
orange shredded cheese) and Greaters ice cream.

Apr 06, 2014
nojunk in General Topics
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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

goodwill

Apr 06, 2014
nojunk in Great Lakes

What do you put on your fried chicken?

true confession time....i dip it in mayo that has been doused in tabasco. yum!

Mar 31, 2014
nojunk in General Topics

How long to reheat a roasting pan full of beef stew?

Mornin', hounds. i've previously posted about my make ahead St Paddy's day beef stew for a party. Now, i'm planning my oven time....so how long do I need to plan for warming an 8 qt roasting pan (same one I do the turkey in) full of beef stew? I'll take it out of the fridge at least an hour in advance, and plan to warm it covered with foil. Is there a web site or formula to figure out the time needed? I have other things that need oven time and want to figure out if i can get it all heated or need to borrow some neighbor oven time.

Mar 09, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking

Help with partially making beef stew in advance

here's an update....i browned the chuck earlier, softened onions & celery, deglazed with guiness draught & beef stock, tossed in some diced tomatos (didn't have tomato paste). the whole thing is in my (almost full) roasting pan in a 325 oven, probably for about 2 hours. right now it is smelling so good i might have to leave the house, but i have a major mess to clean up! i'm going to separate beef from braising liquid & freeze in small easily thawable batches (out on my deck in the short run LOL, then in my neighbor's borrowed freezer space). i think this might work! couple days before party thaw, add potatoes, carrots, etc. final bake & presto - let's party!

Mar 02, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking

Help with partially making beef stew in advance

thanks for all of the feedback everyone. I'm taking it all into consideration & still planning.....
to answer someone's question, I'm purchasing all the other - costco cooked, tail on shrimp (i'll make the cocktail sauce). also costco corned beef, cooked & sliced. desserts will be purchased or brought by guests. ok, maybe i'm a wimp, but i want to enjoy and participate in my own party, so i want do-ahead (resisting the urge to use all caps on do-ahead!!) ;~D

Feb 24, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking
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Help with partially making beef stew in advance

ok, y'all are making me nervous! 12 are kids. menu is...
Apps: Reuben sliders (on cocktail rye, made on panini maker downstairs where guys will prob be watching March Madness), upstairs putting out shrimp/cocktail sauce platter, smoked salmon/cream cheese/fixins/bagel slice platter, veggie/dip platter, chips/dips & stuff for kids, olive spread/crackers, misc. that people inevitably bring
Dinner: beef stew, salad (tbd), soda bread/butter, probably a tray of mac & cheese for kids
Dessert: birthday cake (we have 4 in March), decorated shamrock cookies, Bailey's cheesecake
My plan was to next weekend brown off the meat (12 lbs not enough - ? - how much do you think?), deglaze then freeze meat & liquid. Clean up big mess in kitchen. Following weekend shopping & clean house. Thursday before Saturday's party, braise, adding veggies (potatoes, carrots, onions - yes, lots of peeling!). Chill til Saturday & warm in oven as party gets started. Friday will be prepping & assembling apps. Saturday last minute pick ups (bread, bagels, balloons, etc), Yikes - lots of work, I need to do in advance & stay organized.
Advice??

Feb 23, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking

Help with partially making beef stew in advance

Good morning, hounds! I'm having a St Paddy's day blast, serving beef stew to 40-50. Since this is going to be a big undertaking for me (and I'll be doing it solo), I want to be organized and make as much as possible in advance so I'm not exhausted and can enjoy the party.

So...tell me what you think about this idea...probably next weekend, two weeks before the party, I want to get my stew beef (all 12 lbs of it) browned off. I'm planning to deglaze the pan(s), then freeze the browned beef and liquid until a day or two before the party. Then I'll thaw it, and proceed with my veggies, etc. and long oven braise. I'll then refrigerate the stew until time to warm it up for the party.

Do you think this will work? Any pitfalls I need to watch out for? Can I then freeze any leftovers?

Thanks, hounds!!

Feb 22, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking

How not to waste food, if living alone

one thing I haven't seen mentioned.....find a GOOD (probably independent) produce market. I'm lucky enough to have one & the fruits & veggies I buy there are so fresh and last so much longer than anything I might buy at the supermarket or Whole Foods/Fresh Market. There's nothing fancy or chi-chi about my place - it's a veggie stand that grew up, but the produce is fresh and it keeps.

Feb 16, 2014
nojunk in General Topics

St Patricks Day menu

thanks to everyone for all of the great suggestions. oh, and for the purists, I'm not a stickler for true Irish, but the debate was interesting.

I think I'm going with Guiness beef stew. I'd like to do a salad, but didn't see any suggestions for that, so I'll have to think about it. And lots of great soda bread & buttah.

For apps, I'm thinking the reubens (I know...) sound great and that's how I can work in the corned beef. The sausage rolls also would be a big hit with my crowd and I think I could do those in advance & freeze (?). And though not Irish, I'll do a veggie platter just to lighten things up.

Not sure about dessert yet, but it will be purchased or brought by guests.

Thanks everyone - luv the hounds!

Feb 14, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking
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St Patricks Day menu

I'm having a St Patrick's day celebration and am looking for menu ideas. Corned beef & cabbage - meh. Anyone have any other ideas? I'm having about 30 people and will serve buffet style. Doesn't necessarily have to be a meal, could also do heavy apps. Help!!

Feb 12, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

I don't think Carlos is particularly popular, but I think the main reason he wasn't chosen is that he's thought of as "just doing Mexican". (that might have be said elsewhere, I'm just now reading up...)

Feb 09, 2014
nojunk in Food Media & News

What's for Dinner #269 - It's Just Messy Outside Edition [through Jan. 24, 2014]

my single girl dinner for tonight....sloppy joe from the freezer piled into frito scoops with a forkful of kimchee on top. yummmmm!

Jan 20, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking
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Single people-- how do you shop for a variety foods for your dishes, and keep them tasty?

I've read most but not all of the replies, and haven't seen one of my best tips....I've got this most fabulous little fruit & veggie market and I keep my fridge & bins stocked. I can buy as much or as little of each item and it is so fresh it lasts much much longer than produce from the supermarket. I have Whole Foods and Fresh Market in my area, but I find their produce to just be not very fresh and totally over priced. With all of my fresh produce, I just piggy back on all of the other great suggestions, well stocked pantry, etc., etc.

Jan 12, 2014
nojunk in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #264 - 2014 Here We Come![through January 3, 2014]

tonight is a clean-out-the-fridge skillet. diced up leftover ham, diced veggies from the veggie tray, diced up leftover roasted potatoes, diced onion, sauteed in the cast iron skillet then left until crusty, leftover cheese cubes, couple eggs broken over the whole mess. served with the end of the
Christmas butter bit rolls. Yum!

Dec 30, 2013
nojunk in Home Cooking
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Food Charities volunteer opportunites?

not sure if this fits your need exactly...contact your local Ronald McDonald House if you have one. They have many needs in the kitchen, providing meals, snacks, processing food donations, organizing the pantry, etc. It wouldn't be a 24x7 kind of assignment, but maybe there's something there for you. It's a heart warming place and there's very little "McDonalds" there, at least at the one I volunteer at. Well, there is Ronald, but not the rest of the corporate stuff. (I guess I'm saying don't rule it out just because of micky-dee!)

Dec 20, 2013
nojunk in Not About Food
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Knorr vegetable recipe mix - what else do you do with this stuff?

you're probably going to hate this post....

just be sure you look at the ingredients list. 1st ingredient is potato starch, second is MSG. I quit reading there & pitched it.

Nov 27, 2013
nojunk in Home Cooking

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

Thanks for all the replies. I've looked for them several times at my local Costcos and they're gone, gone gone. I miss them! I buy sun dried tomatoes elsewhere now, but they're just not the same.

Nov 16, 2013
nojunk in Chains

What menu items you can't resist when you see them

I go for things with sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, roasted garlic, goat cheese, roasted red peppers. I try not to order something I can easily make at home, except salad, which I rarely resist. I order fried foods, which I seldom do at home. Love good fish, which is usually served with a sauce which I don't often do at home (sauce, not fish). For desert, love lemon or lime, key lime pie, lemon tart, etc.

Nov 10, 2013
nojunk in General Topics
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Delicata Squash Mishap

I have had both experiences with delicate....I've bought them when they were so hard to slice into I was afraid for my knife blade, and didn't even bother roasting them. I also have had some that roast up mmm-mmm sweet and tender. I have a couple sitting in my veggie bin right now and I'm hoping they're off the sweet/tender variety! I agree with what someone said above, it's probably a labeling issue - the ones I have now have little stickers on each squash that say "Delicata" so I'm hoping for the best.

Nov 02, 2013
nojunk in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving 2013 Menus

Same as Thanksgiving 2012, 2011, 2010....but you know, we like the traditional menu for this fabulous meal just once a year.

Roasted turkey (I spatchcocked it last year and will again), bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry salad, cole slaw, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls & butter. Pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream for dessert. Light apps, not sure what yet but always includes a big bunch of grapes.

I make my own stock for the stuffing & gravy, and last year bought bread at the bakery, had it sliced both directions, dried it for a few days and used that for stuffing. Worth the effort!

Starting to look forward!!! (Need to make some extra trips to the fitness center!!)

Oct 31, 2013
nojunk in Home Cooking

CHOW Product Reviews: The Best Turkey Roasting Pan

I bought my roaster at Costco, Kirkland brand, for $40. Saw them being closed out at the end of the season for $20 and I'm sorry I didn't pick up a second one. Love it, cooks fine, cleans up beautifully & great value.

Oct 29, 2013
nojunk in Cookware

Which brand pasta to buy now?

I'm no longer patronizing Barilla, which I've used for years and years. Which brand do I want to buy now? I seem to remember buying DeCecco once and it broke up when boiling, so I don't want that. I use a lot of large shells (not the stuffing kind), bowties, fettucine, linguine, spaghetti. Any recommendations? Thanks.

Oct 29, 2013
nojunk in General Topics

What Do You Eat for Dessert?

for the last couple weeks, two or three times a week dessert has been a diced up honeycrisp apple drizzled with caramel sauce then topped with chopped walnuts and some bittersweet chocolate chips and a sprinkle of course sea salt. mmmmm!

Sep 28, 2013
nojunk in General Topics
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favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

I've had a bottle of Wishbone Italian in my or my parents' fridge for over 50 years - ok, not the same bottle, haha. more recently discovered Ken's Honey Balsamic, and since then have been too lazy to make my own. usually also a jar of Ranch from the refrigerated section. otherwise I make my own, but reality often steps in & I'm just too lazy and reach for the bottles.

Sep 16, 2013
nojunk in General Topics