• Location: NJ
  • Favorite foods: Anything Italian, but willing to try new foods.
  • Last bite on earth: Something provincial, yet satisfying...a Burger King Original Chicken Sandwich.

What are your favorite crackers with soup?

I like oyster crackers (doesn't matter the brand) or Trader Joe's veggie chip mix.

BraveTart: Make Your Own Magic Middles

I have tried Pepperidge Farm's Milano Melts and, to me, those cookies aren't the same as Keebler's Magic Middles. Magic Middles had a shortbread outside...a little bit buttery and greasy, which was great; and then a burst of chocolate - almost like frosting - in the middle. The Milano Melts have a harder, crisper outside and a heavier chocolate middle. I'll have to try this recipe. Thanks for posting it!

Famous people, famous food quotes

"You don't win friends with salad!" -- Homer Simpson
"My nose makes its own bubblegum!" -- Ralph Wiggum
"Mmmm... Sixty-four Slices of American Cheese." -- Homer Simpson
"Mmmm... Soylent Green." -- Homer Simpson

Homer: I'll have the smiley face breakfast special. Uhh, but could you add a bacon nose? Plus bacon hair, bacon mustache, five o'clock shadow made of bacon bits and a bacon body.
Waitress: How about I just shove a pig down your throat?
(Homer looks excited)
Waitress: I was kidding.
Homer: Fine, but the bacon man lives in a bacon house!
Waitress: No he doesn't!

Poll: Do You Like Crisp or Chewy Bacon?

It's bacon. I shouldn't have to make a choice.

Cooking skin-on chicken

I agree with LLucy. I've made a roasted lemon pepper chicken today and used more olive oil than necessary, cooked for 450F for about twenty and then 375F for the rest of the cooking time. Very crispy, melty skin.

BF's mom disses Sandra Lee's "lasagna" recipe

I watched Sandra make grilled cheese sandwiches on her Money Saving Meals show. Didn't look appetizing at all...and it was a simple grilled cheese sandwich.

What's the story behind your SE screen name?

I'm a fat, Italian, and a broad. No fuss, no muss.


I love Chick-Fil-A. The chicken has always been juicy, the waffle fries always crisp and salty. When I lived in NC, there was one right in the parking lot of the about tempting!

Boca chikn patties

Nothing, I repeat, nothing can replicate the BK original chicken sandwich. The processed chicken, dripping oil, wilted lettuce, and over-saturation of mayo make it so delectable and riddled with delicious guilt. I should know, I'm a fatass.

Taste Test: The Best Fast-Food Breakfast Sandwiches

I didn't see Burger King's heavenly greasy.

Nuts in Your Salad

One of my favorite salads has nuts in it: candied pecans, blue cheese crumbles, romaine lettuce, red delicious apples, and Mesibov salad dressing.

Poll: How Do You Like Your Ice Cream?

Straight from the pint, smallish spoon, and watching America's Next Top Model reruns.

Dialysis-friendly Thanksgiving dinner?

I'm sorry for posting the lentil soup recipe when they weren't acceptable.

I've attended the Rice Diet Program in NC and the diet is specifically for people with kidney disorders and heart problems. I have chronic kidney disease and have had personal success with the diet (sixty pounds lost). There is a forum where you can see recipes - you can then decide which ones would be appropriate.

Rice Diet Forum

Hope that helps a little.

Dialysis-friendly Thanksgiving dinner?

Turkish Lentil – Tomato Soup

2 large onions, medium diced
2 large carrots, medium diced
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground fenugreek
2 large tomatoes, cored and chopped
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 cup red lentils (soaked overnight)
5 cups salt free, vegetable stock
¼ cup fresh dill
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Heat oil in a medium sauté pan. Add onions and carrot and sauté until tender. Add garlic and the remaining seasonings except the dill. Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add lentils and vegetable stock. Cover and cook on low heat until lentils are soft, approximately 30 minutes. Remove from heat and place mixture into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Stir in ½ of the dill. Serve hot. Garnish with remaining dill.

Yield: 6 servings; serving size 1 cup. Each serving contains approximately: Calories: 197 (5% from fat); Protein: 11 gms; Fat: 3.1 gms; Carbohydrate: 23.3 gms; Cholesterol: 0; Sodium: 37.1 mg

Split Pea Soup
Yield: approx. 6 2/3 cup servings

4 cups dried split peas
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
2 tsp dried sweet basil
2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
4 cups water

- Saute vegetables in olive oil. Add water, dried peas, and spices.
- Bring to a boil, let simmer gently for 45 minutes.

Craving Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen's chocolate ice cream uses Michel Cluizel chocolate - to die for. For recipes, I have a book called The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce has tons of recipes. I haven't made the dark chocolate one, but I've made Bailey's - delicious.

Do you have any weird food combinations that others dont ?

Used to dip Doritos in blueberry yogurt; also drank chocolate milk with pizza.

Is there one thing you *must* order if you see it on a menu?

German chocolate cake and chicken parmigiana.

Craving Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

If you are near a Whole Foods in the tri-state area, you might like Van Leeuwen ice cream; the chocolate flavor uses Michel Cluizel chocolate - to die for.

I also have used the following book for ice cream recipes: The">">The Ultimate Ice Cream Book. I have made Bailey's ice cream - very delicious.

'Slice' Poll: Dessert Pizza - Way or No Way?

WWTSD? Fuhgeddaboudit!

This Week's Pizza Poll: Do You Order Sides with Your Pizza?

Sometimes, I'd order mozzarella sticks with a pie. And, promptly put my feet up from the accumulating swelling of the ankles from the delicious and salty cheese....from sticks and pizza.

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

Ina Garten's brownies.

Grilled Cheese ideas please!

I like Gruyere cheese and thinly sliced Boar's Head ham for a good grilled cheese sandwich. I also like the Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb blend and smoked paprika for extra flavor.

Your picks for the WORST diet / healthy food cookbooks?

Cook the Book: 'Coco'

Scott Conant because we have an aversion to raw onions.

What to do with limoncello?

Poll: Can you cook without salt?

I've read that salt is an integral part of help bring out the nuances of flavor in dishes. I've also heard that salt is addictive and makes you crave more food...leading to overeating.

Is it more important to season the food or to enjoy the dish as naturally as possible, with no enhancements?

I'm curious to know opinions, as there are a lot of experts and cooks on SE.

Thank you!

List of books

Is there a way to see/get a list of cookbooks that have been featured on I am looking to buy some books - baking books, specifically.

Thank you!

Cake Combination Question

I am taking a cake decorating class and my homework is to make a cake and icing. My dad would like a yellow cake and walnut cream icing. I was thinking of adding maple flavoring to the icing, but I wanted to get some advice regarding yellow cake and the icing - would that go together? Maybe a white cake would be better? Also, for the maple flavoring: would syrup be good or should I stick to using an extract?

Thank you!

Haagen Dazs Reserve Ice Cream

Has anyone tried this "gourmet" ice cream from HD?

I have tried Mayan Chocolate, which was chocolate ice cream with a cinnamon swirl; it was very rich and the cinnamon felt like a burst of spice. I believe it was limited edition because I don't see it on the website.

I picked up Fleur de Sel Caramel ice cream tonight - the description is: Fleur de Sel caramels covered in a chocolaty coating blended into caramel ice cream with caramel ribbons and French sea salt accents. Crisp, salty nuances harmonize with rich, creamy caramel for the ultimate combination of sweet and salty.

Wow - it really is a great tasting ice cream! The sweet caramel ice cream and swirl is cool and then the little bites of chocolate covered caramel complement the ice cream. The first couple of bites, I didn't taste the salt, but once I dug into the ice cream, the salted caramel was delicious. I think the salty-sweet combination is fascinating.

Food Commercials Past and Present: Likes/Dislikes?

I love the Planters commercial with the unattractive woman using cashews as "perfume" to attract men; the men go crazy for....Planters.

This may be silly, but I don't like the current commercials for Kool-Aid. The pitcher wears cargo shorts or skateboard shorts...CLOTHING! A pitcher usually doesn't have a gender, so why start covering it up now? I know it is referred to as "Kool-Aid Man," but's bizarre.