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Chicken Broth - when to add aromatics?

Yeah, exactly. I make my stocks with nothing but the animal. No salt, no pepper. If I want chicken noodle soup, I chop a bunch of carrots celery onion, throw it in the soup and eat it. I've not once thought to myself "Gee this soup would be better if I had originally made the stock with more carrot celery onion." I love the versatility you get from plain stock.

You seem very nice for a rudeboy. LOL.

about 4 hours ago
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Braised pork shoulder instead of loin

There are plenty of pork shoulder recipes that call for it to be sliced. Pernil is a popular sliced pork roast that commonly uses shoulder: https://www.google.com/search?q=perni...

There can be pockets of fat but I personally enjoy that. It's not really any more fatty than, say a good piece of ribeye. Most of the fat on a shoulder roast is on the top anyway. http://reluctanthousedad.com/wp-conte...

If your shoulder roast has the skin on it probably wouldn't work for your recipe though. Even if it's skinless if it has a big layer of fat like in the picture above i might trim some of the fat off the top and broil before or after braising.

about 23 hours ago
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Chicken Broth - when to add aromatics?

I personally like to add my aromatics when it's ready to consume as a soup.

about 23 hours ago
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Braised pork shoulder instead of loin

Yeah except shoulder is a better cut for braising anyway. There's no reason you couldn't follow this recipe with shoulder. It would be better than with loin IMO. You don't have to turn shoulder into pulled pork and you can absolutely slice and server. You just need to keep it under 170-180 or so and not cook for too long.

about 23 hours ago
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Which way to cook many steaks in a same cast iron in a same time?

There's no way to cook that many steaks in a pan alone.

Sear all of the steaks in your cast iron skillet, throw them on a rack in a sheet pan and finish them in the oven. They will be ready at the same time.

La tapatiare Asbury Park?

IMO they are not any better or worse than any of the other Mexican joints around here. I don't find myself going there often because it's less casual than the Mexican hole-in-the-wall places which are my preference.

1 day ago
joonjoon in New Jersey

Chicken & Curried Rice

I grew up on this and still make it from time to time. It's good with chicken also and I find myself going the chicken route more and more often due to the price difference. I might even try it with goat one of these days.

I know a part of the draw of Japanese/Korean curry roux is the ease of assembly, but if you have some extra time, make some caramelized onions and throw it in there. Makes it so much tastier.

1 day ago
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

I got the ceviche on the special menu which is shrimp, scallops and artichokes. It was supposed to be award winning. The ceviche wasn't spicy by itself but they have a pretty serious hot sauce if you ask for it.

As for the other comments about chicken...I haven't tried those places but the benchmark for me is Super Pollo in Brick. A must try if you haven't.

2 days ago
joonjoon in New Jersey

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

Not everyone does this sort of thing. Acme and A&P are the only supermarkets that do "buy x get x free" on meat and it's ridiculous. I hate most of all that when they advertise this on their circulars it's hard to tell what the actual price is going to be.

Plus, your price analysis shows exactly why they do this kind of thing. If the chicken is normally 6$/lb, and they do a buy 1 get 2 free, because of the fact that no two packs of chicken are equal in weight they get to make a few extra pennies back. So instead of selling at 2$/lb (which is the most common chicken breast sale price in our area) they sell it for 6$ B1G2 which gives them some extra $.

Oct 23, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Food Expiration

I try my hardest to not throw food out. In the past two days I've lived mostly off of 10-14 day old leftovers. To reduce the chances of food related illness I threw everything into stock and let it bubble for a while. So far so good.

Oct 23, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

BOUDIN BALLS - HELP!!!

I would guess it's because of the rice. The freeze and thaw probably changed the consistency of the rice so that it was no longer properly holding the rest of the sausage together as well.

Oct 23, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

So I went to Runa with some friends yesterday. I tried the following:

Beef empanadas
Ceviche
Rotisserie Chicken

Everything was pretty good but I wasn't blown away. It's nice to have something other than Italian or Japanese though. Sorry I don't have much to say about it, but I guess that's how I felt about the food. It feels like portions are kind of small for the price. A half chicken with potatoes for 14$ seems like a lot but I guess they are an "upscale-ish" joint. The chicken was tiny. Their aji is creamy and I prefer the non-creamy spicy versions like the one they have at Super Pollo.

Oct 22, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Crock Pot Chicken?

That does sound pretty great. If you want a comparable substitution without the spice, I would go with a little chicken stock and lemon or vinegar. (Basically the hot sauce minus spice and more chicken flavor)

Oct 21, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Crock Pot Chicken?

Can you share the recipe?

Oct 21, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Another example of presentation/framing affecting our perception of food. (Turn on CC) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qa6Q...

Oct 21, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Contaminated utensil

The heat of the grill should be enough to kill off any bugs...if you're that worried sticks your tongs in the grill grates for a few seconds...

Oct 21, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

Whole chicken or bust!

Oct 21, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

I have no Krogers around me but I find the produce I buy at local markets to be plenty tasty..

Oct 20, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

If you mean farmers market, I am not an avid market goer.

>I can be objective and not imbue qualities that simply aren't there.

There is no human dead or alive who has ever been capable of this.

Oct 20, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

That's sort of the point I'm making...the products aren't inherently different. You can get great tasting produce at both markets. But simply the act of buying said product at a farmers market *will* skew your perception towards it. It's like eating seafood by the water. It just *feels* better.

Did you watch the part with the banana?

Oct 19, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics
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Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

To those doubting what I said - please refer to the numerous studies that show the differences in perception that happens based on framing. You can literally split a banana in half and when you tell people one half came from a different source they will perceive it differently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zqe4...

Also see /http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/08/wh...

I'm not saying there is no difference between the products. What I'm saying is you cannot trust your own taste buds without a double blind taste test.

Oct 19, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Adventures at Route 9 and Ernston Rd, Sayreville

Rajpoot is right around the corner from where you ended up. I love that place!

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Not to be a party pooper but without a blind taste test you will never know if you're actually preferring the taste of FM produce or if it's just in your head.

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Has anyone been to Birravino in Red Bank?

Aw man, I still have a 25$ gift card for Basil T's. Is it under the same ownership? I hope they still accept it.

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

German Restaurants in NJ

We should do a Chow meetup here.

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

I'm going with a few peeps on Tuesday. Will report back.

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Slow roasted pork shoulder- not pulled. Am I giving up gravy?

At 160 you should have some drippings, even cooking at 225.

Oct 16, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Good Reuben in Central NJ?

You're not a reuben.

Oct 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

I hope we don't see more of this

More of what?

Oct 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Pho 99 - Eatontown

Any word on this place? I don't wanna drive to Red Bank for my pho phix!

Oct 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey