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Should I use pie dough or puff pastry for the crust on pot pie?

Me four for biscuit crust. The cheat version my mom used to use: 3 parts Bisquik to 1 part sour cream. It's pretty sticky, so she just put dollops all over the top of the pot pie.

about 22 hours ago
truman in Home Cooking

Dinner near Voorhees please

We haven't made it to the children's museum in Wilmington yet. This is a relatively new place but we haven't been there yet either: http://www.diggerlandusa.com/

I should have also mentioned that Redstone does not have a kids' menu, but will make kid-sized portions of some adult entrees (including the rotisserie chicken). Hooray for something other than buttered noodles and grilled cheese!!

Dec 16, 2014
truman in New Jersey

Dinner near Voorhees please

We moved away 2+ years ago, so current residents may have some other suggestions, but here's what I would have suggested before we moved:

Dubb Linh Square and Short Hills Deli off Evesham Rd at Short Hills
Shangri-La, Evesham at Kresson Rd
Pasta Pomodoro in Eagle Plaza
Iron Hill Brewery in Voorhees Town Center (local chain - good kids' menu)

A bit further away (but not far) are Redstone American Grill in Marlton and El Azteca for hole-in-the-wall Mexican in Mt Laurel

And - off the topic of food for a second - the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill is a small kids' museum, good to kill an afternoon indoors if necessary.

Dec 15, 2014
truman in New Jersey

best pancakes

If you feel like heading to the western suburbs, we really like the pancakes at Nudy's (several locations) and the Bacon Press Cafe (Malvern/Frazer). Both have chocolate chip pancakes.

Dec 11, 2014
truman in Philadelphia

What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

I'm on an oatmeal kick right now. I prefer Quaker Quick-Cooking (boil 1 min, then let sit for 5 min) over steel-cut oats. My usual stir-ins are about 2-3 T crunchy almond butter and a dash or two of maple syrup, and some milk to loosen it up. It's not too sweet and the nut butter gives a dash of protein. I want to try with sliced almonds instead of almond butter but keep forgetting to buy them!

Dec 11, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Anyone else crazy enough to bake with a preschooler?

My 4yo helps me bake and cook quite a bit. He loves measuring dry ingredients like flour and sugar, especially when he gets to level them. He has made some valiant attempts to peel potatoes but prefers to scrub them instead. He is in charge of the "pulse" button on the Cuisinart, the whisk, and the pastry brush. He prefers baking to cooking, though. I'm hoping that this pays off in both math skills and an open-minded palate - so far we're good on the former but behind on the latter...

Dec 09, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Next up Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, etc.

Look for the Simply Potatoes brand - in a green bag. http://www.simplypotatoes.com/product...

Dec 09, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Next up Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, etc.

Yum, thanks!

On a related note, I've made baked Mexican hashbrowns before:
1 bag fresh (not frozen) shredded hashbrowns
1 big onion, chopped
1 jar salsa
2 C shredded cheddar cheese
Spray a casserole dish - layer ingredients in the order above (two layers total), then bake for about 30 min at 350. Top with sour cream and hot sauce.

Dec 04, 2014
truman in Home Cooking
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Next up Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, etc.

We celebrate both Hanukkah (me) and Christmas (DH). No traveling and no extended family visiting, which helps with the sanity.

Last year I found latkes at Costco, in the refrigerated section. They were surprisingly good, albeit a bit pricey, but it was worth it to avoid the labor and hassle of homemade. I hope they're there on our next trip...

Christmas eve dinner is often Chinese food. On Christmas, we always have cinnamon rolls right when we get up; this year I will convince the 4yo to help me make homemade ones the night before (recipe TBD). Late morning will involve some sort of strata or breakfast casserole. Dinner will be Alton Brown's ham with the gingersnap/mustard crust - I think it's officially called "City Ham" although we call it Crack Ham - along with some cheesy potato dish and a simple green vegetable. If we make cookies during the day, they'll be dessert.

Dec 04, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Next up Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, etc.

Can you please share the recipe (or instructions/general guidance) for the huevos rancheros breakfast casserole? Thanks!

Dec 04, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Per person Thanksgiving cost

In past years, we've spent $300-400 between grocery store and warehouse club trips to feed 3 of us + 3 out-of-town guests for the weekend, + 2-4 dinner-only guests. I'm guessing that is about $200-250 for T'giving dinner alone (including leftovers), which works out to about $25 per person. Our dinner-only guests are not allowed to bring food because they don't cook and it just gets ugly.

This year, we were on vacation :) and went out for dinner. Two adults, one child, three courses: about $125 with tax and tip. Definitely not economical, but soooo relaxing!

Dec 02, 2014
truman in Not About Food

Marco Island and Naples - where to eat around Thanksgiving

Reporting back for future travelers:

Marco Island: we loved Capri Fish House (early bird dinner) and Lee Be Fish (lunch), and had two good lunches at Doreen's Cup of Joe - though the service was definitely better when they weren't as busy (nice beach weather day). Philly Grill was okay, and Stonewalls was so-so (my deli sandwich was fine, but hubby's meatball sub and the kid's pizza suffered from "weird red sauce"). We were underwhelmed by Kretch's: friendly service, but our meals were overpriced for what we got. And breakfast at the Hilton was included in our room rate, but 4 days of the same buffet selections was mind-numbing.

Naples: Thanksgiving dinner at Chez Boet was perfect!! We ordered the turkey dinner special, and everything was delicious. The kid chose fish instead, and was happy enough with his meal. I was impressed with the service as well - we didn't feel rushed, and a few special requests were accommodated with smiles and patience. We had breakfast this morning at First Watch, and were very happy with our various pancake choices.

Nov 28, 2014
truman in Florida

My Macaroni and Cheese Always Comes Out Grainy-What to do?

Thanks kassideek and greygarious - I'll definitely try this!

Nov 21, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

My Macaroni and Cheese Always Comes Out Grainy-What to do?

How long did you cook the roux? Did it brown or did you keep the heat low to avoid browning?

Also, does anyone have experience with using evaporated skim milk instead of "regular" milk for a stovetop (not baked) m&c? One of my usual baked m&c recipes uses a custard base with evap milk and a couple eggs, and I'm curious if this ingredient swap would work on the stovetop. We're skim milk people, and I can't eat cream without getting ill.

Nov 21, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving--how many side dishes do you make for small groups?

in my family, the cranberries from the can with the marks are called CAN-BERRIES. They are a must - my brother slices between the lines...

Nov 21, 2014
truman in Home Cooking
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Marco Island and Naples - where to eat around Thanksgiving

I did a little digging elsewhere and it turns out that our Thanksgiving choices were going to be limited to expensive hotel turkey dinners or non-turkey meals, as not many restaurants had availability this late in the game. We've opted for Chez Boet - they seem to have a turkey dinner but I really like their regular menu. Fingers crossed!

Nov 18, 2014
truman in Florida

Marco Island and Naples - where to eat around Thanksgiving

Thanks for the suggestions! We'll be at the Hilton Naples on Thanksgiving and the hotel restaurant will be open, so we won't starve, but I'm not excited about their menu or the $60pp price tag...

Nov 13, 2014
truman in Florida

Honey from Pete's Produce in Westtown

Their website says:

"There are few wild bees in Pennsylvania due to Bee mite infestations. We rely on our own bees for pollination on our farm. The honey is available in our store seasonally. We also always have a supply of local honey."

So... I'd still call and ask.

Also, FDA has regulations for what can be labeled "honey". These are described in a draft guidance document, http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregul...:
4. If a food consists of honey and a sweetener, such as sugar or corn syrup, can I label the food as only “honey”?
No, a product consisting of honey and a sweetener cannot be labeled with the common or usual name “honey.” The food is a blend or a mixture of honey and another sweetener. You must sufficiently describe the name of the food on the label to distinguish it from simply “honey”.

(I work in pharma, so I'm used to finding/reading this stuff for drugs... :) )

Nov 07, 2014
truman in Philadelphia

Nightshade-free freezer meal recipes?

I like parsnips in my stew (eg Guinness beef stew) instead of potatoes.

Nov 07, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Crab Cakes- What do you serve with them?

This is a good way to echo the Old Bay flavor of the crab cakes (if you go that route): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... - but cut the oil in half, and definitely make this ahead to let the flavors meld.

Nov 06, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Dining Mentors

+1 million. And not just in San Diego... some of us East Coasters would appreciate it too!

Nov 06, 2014
truman in General Topics

Help with packed salad lunches+

You may get more responses if you post on the Home Cooking board...

Have you tried keeping everything separate (not just lettuce vs. non-lettuce) and combining just before you eat? Something like this: http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pa... - I have one and really like it. Wet veggies tend to make the lettuce soggy if they hang out together for too long, in my experience.

Baby spinach and arugula tend to be sturdier than leaf lettuce and spring mix, so maybe give that a shot?

Nov 06, 2014
truman in General Topics

Meals for Family Struggling with Illness

How about Cajun Chicken Pasta? I use this basic recipe: http://community.cookinglight.com/sho... ... minus the mushrooms, with extra peppers. It is not spicy, so you can send along a shaker/container of extra cajun seasoning for those who want it.

Nov 06, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Sounds like my husband's family's "pink stuff": Whip-and-Chill, red food coloring, canned fruit cocktail, mini marshmallows. Fortunately he loves it enough to eat the entire batch.

Nov 06, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Marco Island and Naples - where to eat around Thanksgiving

We'll be in Marco Island and Naples in late November, and would appreciate some restaurant suggestions. No haute cuisine (the 4yo doesn't have much patience for that) but anything else is fine, and we will have a car. In particular, we'd like some ideas of where to eat on Thanksgiving...

Thanks!

Nov 05, 2014
truman in Florida

What method do you use to drain cooked and crumbled ground meat?

This is what I do, minus the tongs (one less thing to wash).

Nov 04, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

Actually, that might be a good idea in addition to somehow sending food - send some menu plans with grocery lists! Sometimes all I have the energy to do is execute a plan somebody else has made... but alas, the Menu Fairy doesn't visit us very often. I know AllRecipes and other sites have subscription services for menus, but their recipes aren't always for things we would eat.

Nov 04, 2014
truman in Home Cooking
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Brooklyn - where to go for brunch near Bedford Ave station

Thanks - the kid picked Crif Dogs, so we didn't make reservations anywhere... When we walked in, though, he freaked out at the leftover Halloween decorations and insisted we leave. So we ended up getting slices of pizza at the place on Bedford at 7th, right near the subway entrance. It was actually really good and a good spot to watch the race!

Nov 03, 2014
truman in Outer Boroughs

4 days in Manhattan, running NYC Marathon!

Yes, we had planned to go to the one on 21st, but I called Rubirosa shortly after I posted on Weds (instead of relying on the OpenTable robots) and they were able to fit us in. Dinner was awesome, as expected!

Nov 03, 2014
truman in Manhattan
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Looking for technical / academic cookbook recommendations

Also consider Alton Brown's books, such as "I'm Just Here for the Food." Like his show Good Eats, they do a great job of explaining the "why" behind the "what/how."

Oct 30, 2014
truman in Home Cooking