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aem8770

I love to cook and like to try my hand at baking. I just bought a pizza stone and so far I've had some good luck.

  • Location: Nashua, NH
  • Favorite foods: Sushi, lobster, hard and softshell crabs, king crab legs, a great aged steak, oysters on the half-shell, a great roasted chicken, roasted vegtables and anything my mom makes
  • Last bite on earth: Grilled steak - the more rare the better, fresh NJ corn on the cob, fresh NJ tomato/mozz/basil salad, broccolli salad and a great cold beer.

Boxed Convenience foods I have never used.

Rice-A-Roni's spanish rice version is amazing especially if you add some Rol Tel diced tomatoes into it. Kraft mac and cheese with the cheese sauce - NOT the powdered stuff is great especially if you dress it up with some grated cheddar cheese. I don't mind convience foods but there are some I will NOT do - Any "helper," instant mashed potatoes, anything that contains meat that doesn't have to be refrigerated (that's just too weird for me). However frozen pizza (Newman's thin crust or Mystic) canned veggies (beets especially), jarred spaghetti sauce are a-ok by me.

Do you midnight snack?

I had a friend who used to "sleep-eat." She was trying this super crash diet to lose some pounds and she would sleep walk into the kitchen and eat. It was freaky. She would wake up with a half-full bag of dry egg noodles in her bed (she ate the other half DRY during sleep) Thankfully in her sleep she didn't remember how to turn on the stove or else she and my other friend would be dead. Eating while sleepwalking is your body taking over when your mind is off.

Wedding Food-What would YOU want to eat?

Honestly, if you're looking for wedding food, check out the show on TLC "Four Weddings." They show you four weddings and receptions and it really gives you an idea how ideas like "signature only cocktails", buffets, no seating charts, huge times between ceremony and reception, 5 course meals etc work out in real life. It's a real eye opener and very different than what the caterers and reception organizers will tell you.

'Never Said About Restaurant Websites,' A Blog About What's Wrong with Restaurant Websites

Crappy restaurant websites are the reason I use MenuPix. It's pretty extensive here in Nashua, NH (even the higher end places) but it's hit and miss where my parents are (Princeton area NJ)

holiday party recipes?

I made this as an appetizer for Thanksgiving and it fed and army!
Hot Crab Dip
Ingredients
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (6 ounce) cans crabmeat
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons hot sauce - I upped this to give it more kick
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
paprika, for garnish
Directions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar cheese, crabmeat, lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Transfer to a shallow 9x13 inch baking dish. Garnish with paprika.
3.Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

Poll: What's Your Favorite Gummy Candy?

Manyards Winegums! They are amazing! Not too sweet and no, they don't taste like wine. Wish they were more affordable here though.

Calling All Soup Nuts.....Gimme Ur Fav Recipe,PLEASE!

it has sour cream and dill

Do you ever eat things out of nostalgia and nothing else?

Kraft blue box, grilled cheese with the American cheese that comes wrapped in plastic and my dad's "special lunch." Anytime we would have leftover steak he would slice it really thin and then saute it in a pan with TONS of butter, salt and pepper and parsley. You then pour the whole thing over toast. It's the one dish I make and feel like "home."

Calling All Soup Nuts.....Gimme Ur Fav Recipe,PLEASE!

Does anyone have a tried and true recipe for Hungarian Mushroom Soup? There is a takeout place near me that makes it and it's amazing. I think from tasting it that the "Hungarian" comes from the paprika but not sure after that.

We Need Tasters!

Signed up, thanks!

Finding the Freshest Products: LOBSTER

great, I didn't see the second post and got swindled into posting to a spammer - ugh!

Finding the Freshest Products: LOBSTER

I live in New Hampshire so we get our lobsters fresh and cheap. I think chickens are $5.99 a pound right now but earlier this summer I saw them for $3.99 a pound.
Lobster is amazing and should not be reserved for just "special occasion nights." Mix it into mac and cheese, make lobster ravioli. The possibilities are endless.

Serious Beer: The Best Pumpkin Ales

There is a local brewery bar here that makes their own and they rim the glass with a cinnamon sugar mixture - delicious!

Condiment Confessions

For all you mayo haters - what the heck to you put on your BLT's and tomato sandwiches? Mayo has a place.
love ketchup, sweet and dill pickle relish, mustard (all kinds except honey mustard) salsa, rooster sauce, taco sauce, ranch dressing, vinegar (on fries and fried fish) A1, worchester (spelling?), barbecue - the list goes on and on. Long live condiments!!! Honestly there are more things in the door of my fridge (where the condiment bottles go) than in my actual fridge.

When good food gives you bad...gas

Personally as long as I'm not in public it doesn't really bother me. I am lactose intolerant so maybe I'm a bit more used to having to deal with it...

Menu Ideas?

TravelingDomestic: I appologize for assuming things about your friend. I was honestly thinking about this post this morning and thinking I was out of line for what I said - thus the reason this is the first thing I'm doing on the computer this morning.
It just seems that lately we see more and more tv shows etc about people who can't live within their means and it was wrong for me to assume that was your friend's situation.
Again, I appologize and hope I won't be kicked out of the forum for one left field comment.

Menu Ideas?

I understand that this is supposed to be a joke but why would you make these things which you appear to be turning your nose at? Is this supposed to be some "look how cool and rich I am now that I will stoop to eat "trailer trash (your phrase not mine) just to show I'm better than that"? Most likely it was your friend's out of control spending that got her in that debt in the first place and her holier than now attitude can put her right back there.

Culinary Ambassadors: Street Food in England, Fish and Chips

I visited Scotland years ago and lived on fish and chips for lunch and salmon for dinner. I loved the mushy peas, most places added a bit of mint to the peas which was divine. I'm never tried to make it at home though. I need to put my big girl pants on and give it a go soon. Great post.

Chain Gang -- Do you secretly love a chain restaurant??

I'm not ashamed to admit that I love Steak and Shake for their chili five ways, their awesome skinny fries and vanilla Coke. Sadly I no longer live in Ohio so no more Steak and Shake for me.
Up here in New England I love Dunkin Donuts and Chipotle. I used to like Wendys but it's not as good as it used to be.

good food websites?

King Authur has a catalog and I believe a website for baking needs. For herbs and spices I usually just type the name of the herb I'm looking for in a search engine and usually can find a site that sells it.

Unique Hometown Foods

As a native of Central NJ I miss Pork Roll (also known as Taylor Ham), egg and cheese sandwhiches on a Kaiser roll, REAL cappicola ham and hoagies. I went to college in SE Ohio and there was a bakery there that would make Pepperoni Rolls - they were basically a roll with two sticks of pepperoni baked in them. Room temperature they weren't anything great, but hot they were awesome - especially if you went there after hitting the bar.

Favourite Frozen Treats for Summer

Rita's Italian ice if I'm on the East Coast but otherwise I supplement my frozen icy treats with Marino's Italian Ice in the frozen section of the grocery store. All the other Italian Ice brands stink in my opinion.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Sushi?

70% - best score on a quiz to date - woo hoo!

Summer cocktails

CJ McD, from your spelling it looks like you've had a few of those. I'll grab some Malibu on the way home from work tonight. Thanks for the heads up!

Mystery Kitchen Gadget!

concave shell and convext shell? It could be a turnover or empanada maker?

Holiday Apps

My family has a tradition that on Christmas eve we don't have "dinner" but rather just tons of appetizers. We do scallops wrapped in bacon, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, chicken satay, crab dip, etc. I want to come up with a dish that is new and different. Any imput would be awesome. We eat everything so nothing is out of the question. I really want something that will wow people. Thanks in advance!

Cherries in season, how to keep them?

I found the most amazing cherries in the grocery store this week for $2.99 a pound.
I know the cherry season is pretty short and would like to keep them for use later in the year.
Would it be best to just pit them and freeze them? I've been using them in everything from smoothies to pancakes lately.
How do you stock up on this awesome fruit for the rest of the year?
Also would you do anything different with Rainer cherries? Those are fantastic too.

Salad Question

Hi I'm making dinner for 9 people this weekend and I have everything down but the salad...
For appetizers I'm doing a trio of tempura - shrimp, calamari and veg, cheese and crackers.
Then salad: Nothing right now - need suggestions
Dinner is Salmon on a plank with mango chutney with a minted fava bean salad with feta.
Desert will be make your own ice cream sandwiches.
I have no idea about a good salad to move from Japanese to middle eastern-esque.
Thanks in advance.

Summer cocktails

I'm looking for something fruity and fun to sip on over the holiday weekend. I made up a test batch of Bay Breezes (vodka, cranberry and pineapple) tonight and tweaked it with a splash of orange juice. What are you planning to kick back with over the holiday?

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