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Steamers in Monmouth County or Ocean

They are usually on the menu at Barnacle's in Rumson.

Feb 13, 2015
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

Best FISH & CHIPS in Monmouth / Ocean County?

It's called the Gaslight Pub I was there Tuesday and had the Fish and Chips...It was OK but not the best I've had. I think The Inlet Cafe in Highlands is better.

Jan 23, 2015
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

Best Fish and Chips, Monmouth County?

Don't know if they are open for the year yet but I had some good fish and chips at The Inlet Cafe in Highlands

Apr 16, 2014
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

counter depth fridge

We were fortunate, when we redid our kitchen I had the contractor move the wall behind our fridge in about 6 to 8 inches so now it looks cabinet depth but is a full size. This was cheaper to do than the difference in prices on the fridge.

Apr 10, 2014
Eric in NJ in Cookware

Yelps top Monmouth County Restaurants.

I go to Barnacle Bills regularly (went last night) but to be honest the only thing I order is a burger. Most other items on the menu I can get better quality elsewhere.
But the Burgers Ummm!

Apr 09, 2014
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

6lb. Pork Roll..where can I buy?

I think I saw them at Walmart

Apr 07, 2014
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

Splitting milk in tomatoes in bolognese

The only time I had the milk break is when I mixed it into the same measuring cup as the wine. since then I add the milk first then the wine and I never had it break

Feb 25, 2014
Eric in NJ in Home Cooking

Pine Nuts (Pignoli) in Bergen County?

Don't know if you have a Whole Foods in your area but they have a bulk section where you can buy as much or as little as you need.

Dec 12, 2013
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

cast iron skillet chicken breasts and pork chops - what am I doing wrong?

Are you using any oil in the pan? Even though you oiled the meat you still need to put some in the pan or the dry spices are going to char.

Oct 09, 2013
Eric in NJ in Home Cooking

Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

Ukrainian Rose Petal from a shop on the Ocean City NJ Boardwalk in the early 70's Doubt they are still there. It was interesting but wold not get again.

Aug 09, 2013
Eric in NJ in Los Angeles Area

Kitchenaid attachment: cheese grater

I have it (bought for $5 at a yard sale). It works but it does not grate as fine as fine box grater or even a micro plane. Even hard Parm is more of a stringy grate like a Zylis grater does. I like though when I have to do quanity, it cleans fairly easy either by hand or dish washer.

Jul 18, 2013
Eric in NJ in Cookware

best ribeye in monmouth county?

Mihms is now run by the chef so I would think there wouldn't be much change.

May 10, 2013
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

Travel Corkscrew Recommendations

I just buy one of those dollar specials in a wine store and leave it behind.

May 02, 2013
Eric in NJ in Wine

Survery: Do you like Mayonnaise?

A but I don't know about the pizza. I do like mayo and banana sandwiches though.

Apr 18, 2013
Eric in NJ in General Topics

Chinese chili oil

Have you tried the Asian market on Route 35 in Middletown? They have a large supply of all things Asian.

Apr 17, 2013
Eric in NJ in Home Cooking

Tough news (though tentative)

Thank you.

Mar 29, 2013
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

Tough news (though tentative)

I give up what is the BAT?

Mar 28, 2013
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

Marie's Chipolti Ranch has been a favorite for a bit. But the make yourself Good Season's Italian has always been my go to.

Mar 12, 2013
Eric in NJ in General Topics

every bought a food or food-related item... just cuz ya could??

3 of my best yardsale buys were:

a full set of Kitchen aide mixer attachments including pasta rollers (never used) for $5

An Allclad Stock pot for $1 came without a lid which I bought at a supply house for $25

and I also found a nice wustorf sandwich knife for $1

Jun 20, 2012
Eric in NJ in General Topics

Middletown Shop-Rite Butcher

This is to commend the butcher there. I don't know if in the past few months they hired a new one, but the quality of their meats has gotten allot better. The staeks are thicker cut and eveything there looks great. I needed a mess of beef shortribs for a braise and he cut me some that had to be 3 inches thick and some of the nicest looking ribs I've ever seen. Kudos to you!!

Feb 18, 2012
Eric in NJ in New Jersey

Why does my ice do this?

Most likely air in the water.

Jul 10, 2011
Eric in NJ in General Topics

Butcher Block mineral oil application

I buy the cheap less than a buck paint brushes at the hardware store then just brush the oil on. Let it soak then wipe off with paper towels.

May 25, 2011
Eric in NJ in Cookware

dont use turmeric in your steamer! oops!

You can try citric acid. That's what they use in the dishwasher cleaners for the white interior units.

May 06, 2011
Eric in NJ in Home Cooking

What Bad Things Happen To Your Wines When They Are Stored at Temps in the '70's?

Exactly! I had my thermostat set to raise and lower the temp in our house for when we go to work and then come home. I lost about 10 bottles from the change in temp. A constant temp in the low to mid 70's should not be an issue if you drink it up within a reasonable time.

Apr 24, 2011
Eric in NJ in Wine

website menus in pdf format...

I think the advantage of the pdf is they can change the menu easier than if it is part of the website.

Apr 14, 2011
Eric in NJ in Not About Food

Favorite Bittman recipes

I'm hooked on his Flank steak marinade from "How to Cook Everything" It has lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce ,and ginger among other things in it. Can't wait to fire up the charcoal for one soon.

Apr 06, 2011
Eric in NJ in Home Cooking

What do you like in a state other than its "proper" one? Frozen rather than chilled? Stale rather than fresh? etc.

My grandmother used to make a thick saurekraut soup with roux and ham hocks. When cold it was very gelatinous. I used to love putting it cold on a hotdogs. It drove her crazy. I used to eat her lemon merangue pie in layers too, the merangue, the lemon filling then the crust. I'm amazed she continued to cook for me I tortured her so.

Mar 18, 2011
Eric in NJ in General Topics

Sesame oil / sesame paste

Tahini and Sesame oil are very different but it may work. Sesame oil has a wonderful nutty taste and aroma Tahini is more like peanut butter.

Feb 17, 2011
Eric in NJ in Home Cooking

what do you set your hot cast iron cookware on?

That's what i do too. I bought felt discs I stuck on the bottom so they don't scratch the table.

Dec 29, 2010
Eric in NJ in Cookware

Regal Crown Cherry Sours

Those look like dried cherries not the hard candies.

Dec 20, 2010
Eric in NJ in Chicago Area