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Philly style German butter cake?

We were St. Benedict's. The bakery might have been at E. Chelten and Lambert or Woodstock.

about 14 hours ago
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Philly style German butter cake?

Do you remember the name of the church?

1 day ago
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Philly style German butter cake?

I am 68 years old. I remember living in the Germantown/West Oak Lane section of the city as a child and being sent to the German bakery early every Friday morning to purchase a butter cake. It was always wrapped in white paper, like a package, and tied with twine. On the walk back, I would try to open that package up just enough to pick some of the crispy butter/sugar crust off the top. The closest I have come to that childhood butter cake is the one from Fritz's Bakery. They have two locations: Langhorn & Bensalem. Killer sticky buns, too.

Apr 11, 2014
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What is your oldest cookbook?

I have my grandmother's "receipt" book from @ 1900. It's her hand-written book of household advice and recipes. I have never cooked anything from it, but it is amusing. The oldest cookbook that I use regularly is my mother's original Joy of Cooking (1940's). I've got a newer version as well, but she has random recipes written by hand on the previously blank pages that I like to reference.

Then there is my grandfather's little notebooks from @ 1900. He was an apothecary in upstate PA, and has recipes in there for various concoctions including remedies for heaves (a cow/horse ailment), a recipe for gonorrhea paste (???), and one for ice cream. Priceless.

Apr 11, 2014
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Easter - Grape Jelly and Ham?

We always have that pineapple casserole thing with ham -- kind of a pineapple riff on bread pudding. I cut way back on the sugar in the recipe, but it's still plenty sweet.

Apr 11, 2014
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What's in your slow cooker today

6 or 7 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
a bunch of sliced onions
a large container of fresh salsa from the supermarket produce department
2 cans of black beans
a small amount of chicken stock
1 "bag" taco mix

I took the chicken out after 8 hours, added a bag or frozen corn, then shredded the chicken & put it back in the pot. It needed something else, so I added a couple of cans of fire-roasted canned tomatoes.

GREAT over brown rice, ans even better the next day as taco/burrito meat. BTW, all canned/packaged stuff was low sodium.

Apr 11, 2014
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Surprising sodium content foods?

When I make my own bread, I cut way back on the salt in the recipe. Doesn't seem to hurt it.

Apr 08, 2014
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Surprising sodium content foods?

My husband periodically makes "refrigerator cheese". Using cream cheese as a base, he uses the food processor to incorporate all of the left over odds and ends of his cheese habit. Beer is a crucial ingredient as well. maybe garlic, maybe onion, a little Worcester, some sriracha - whatever. And I am sure it's loaded with sodium, but it uses up that stuff, and boy is it good.

Apr 08, 2014
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Aldi Food Stores-Meat quality? [moved from Chicago board]

I hope everyone realizes that this is a very old post. It started almost 8 years ago, and the enthusiastic post by randeis was posted 4.5 years ago. I will have to check out our local Aldi's to see what they are like. In 2014.

Apr 07, 2014
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Deli Cole Slaw Surprise

Since coleslaw often has raw onion, and sometimes raw peppers, the artificial sweetener would have been only one of your problems.

Apr 07, 2014
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Lancaster Doouble Tree -- fast, inexpensive

As it turns out, I was too busy sewing to get myself ramped up for anything other than the hotel eatery, which wasn't bad. People brought plenty of not-good-for-you snacks, which fit the bill for an instant sugar rush. I drove across the road to get coffee at McD's in the morning, and did manage a visit to Darrencamp's. The market was quite lovely, with a large variety of even more not-so-good-for-you baked goods, some of which were hauled back to the common snack table so I would not be traveling the road to calorie hell all by my lonesome.

Apr 07, 2014
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Cooking When You are Poor

The pressure cooker also allows you to cook those inexpensive items, like beans, very quickly. Sometime the thought of the long cooking times makes people shy away.

Apr 02, 2014
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Lancaster Doouble Tree -- fast, inexpensive

I am not necessarily looking for "good" in the Chowhound sense. I'm looking for "OK", edible, fast and inexpensive. I did see that there is a supermarket across the way, and there are mini fridges in the rooms -- maybe some cold cuts, mayo and bread are doable. I know that there is a ton of stuff up the road a bit, on the other side of Dutch Wonderland, but I don't know if I want to fight the traffic.

Apr 02, 2014
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Cooking When You are Poor

If you do not already have them, and still have discretionary income, I might purchase a few appliances that will help you stretch your food dollar when times are tough: a good pressure cooker (or two); a good rice cooker; a vacuum sealer; and perhaps a food dehydrator.

Apr 02, 2014
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Lancaster Doouble Tree -- fast, inexpensive

I'm going to a 4 day quilting retreat at the Lancaster Double Tree (Willow Road) this weekend. Since I want to spend as much time as I can sewing, and save as much money as I can for fabric purchases, I'm looking for fast, inexpensive eats that are very close to the hotel. Whatcha got?

Apr 02, 2014
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Best Bagged Tea Brands?

Why not visit a tea store and get a small selection of loose teas and a box of make-your-own tea bags? Someone gave me that as a gift at Christmas, and it has been an epiphany! You can usually get 2 oz bags of tea for $5-$8. I am currently enjoying an Earl Grey Rose in the morning and a variety of caffeine-free herbals and fruit teas in the afternoon. I have not gone back to bagged tea. I get mine here, but there are any number of other sources: http://premiumsteap.com/

Apr 01, 2014
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A veggie side to go with meatloaf cupcakes for April Fools?

Dessert = ice cream run though a ricer to look like spaghetti, then topped with strawberry sauce.

Mar 31, 2014
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Coffee in Hotel Rooms

My BIL, who travels abroad quite a bit, is never without his French press. I am a tea drinker, and recently purchased an electric kettle for travel. I have one at home and one in my office. Love it!

When my son was in college, and on the swim team, we traveled to his meets quite a bit. One of the on-line coffee site (Gevalia?) offered a free 4 cup coffee pot as a premium. That pot traveled more places!

Mar 31, 2014
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Help fill in the blanks....Lancaster

People think pot pie is what Marie Callender makes, with actual pie crust. In the Pennsylvania German culture, it's actually a creamy chicken and vegetable concoction topped with those big fat square noodles, or "bot boi".

Mar 28, 2014
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Help fill in the blanks....Lancaster

Fat, as in big and chunky.
Shady Maple (known ito many locals as "Sh***y Meatball) is worth a trip if you have time. Not so much for the food as for the experience. They can seat over 1,000 (yep!) people at any given time. They even have one wing to accommodate bus loads of visitors. Church ladies, older folk with walkers, men with huge pot bellies & suspenders, young Mennonite girls in their caps, little kids -- gluttony on display. Certainly not gourmet, but palatable. And the desserts? Oh my! AND the tables are covered with oilcloth, so it's the perfect place to take toddlers or messy eaters.

Mar 28, 2014
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Help fill in the blanks....Lancaster

Do not, I repeat, do not succumb to the temptation to buy food at the RR. Way over-priced and not very good. The suggestion for Isaacs is a great one. Right across the road, very kid friendly and good choices on the menu. Won't break the bank either.

Mar 27, 2014
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Packing food at house parties

Do people curtsey or bow when she walks in?

Mar 27, 2014
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No salt on the restaurant table, again.

I have a friend who carries her own tiny shakers with her. I do a lot of sewing, so she had me make her a nice little faux suede bag to carry them in.

Mar 25, 2014
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

In Philly, "youz guys" covers all bases.

Mar 25, 2014
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Produce in Ambler ???

You don't need to go as far as Chestnut Hill, Flourtown Farmer's market is closer. Take Bethlehem Pike from Ambler into Flourtown.

http://flourtownfarmersmarket.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/flourtown-far...

Mar 21, 2014
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Vinegar(s)

My daughter discovered a local store that has wonderful olive oils and balsamics. She gave me a very nice little sampler for my birthday. I had a pineapple balsamic over pina colada sorbet & that was to die for.

I always keep a gallon of cheap white vinegar on hand, BTW, not so much for cooking but for cleaning! Lots of uses in that regard.

Mar 18, 2014
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"Sundays are the Worst"

I am sure one of those pastors would not be lecturing my SIL. He works on Sundays quite a bit as a cardiac ICU nurse.

Mar 14, 2014
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Restaurant cancelling a reservation

I read a number of the replies that seemed to assume you were looking for some kind of perk or consideration because the reservation was cancelled suddenly. I did not read that into your OP at all. It sounds to me like you were just looking for someone from the establishment to call you back, apologize for the inconvenience and perhaps set up a reservation for another time.

I live in Philly, and we have had a particularly nasty winter. Snows, record cold, power outages, and a number of instances where the mayor of the city has called "snow emergencies", asking that all non-essential traffic stay off the streets. Many here in the city depend on public transportation to get to work. I can see a restaurant closing if there is such an emergency or if their staff could not get there. It happens. I can appreciate your disappointment, but I have also learned that the world does not revolve around one individual. As Forrest Gump said: "S@*t happens". Get over it.

Mar 14, 2014
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Easter brunch recommendations?

We have done brunch at Azalea at the Omni. Very good, but is is a hotel.

Mar 13, 2014
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Would you like some fresh ground pepper?

I am a fairly good cook. My husband has taken to putting pepper on everything I make before he even tastes it. I finally called him on it and told him that I found it borderline insulting that he would dump a bunch of pepper on food that I carefully seasoned. That stopped him for several days, but then he went right back to peppering away. I am sorely tempted to make something with a ton of pepper in it and let him have at it with his pepper grinder just to see what happens. Sorry to vent, but it's a sore point.

Mar 12, 2014
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