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  1. I just purchased a Soehnle Hippo Digital Food Scale. Very thin (can be hung on the wall). Has a tare function, can weigh up to 11 lbs in .1 ounce increments. It is plastic and is very light but it gets the job done. I was disappointed that it does not display 2 positions after the decimal. It also easily converts to metric (botton on front of scale). It was around $40.00.
  2. A few years ago I read this book, Why We Buy: The Science Of Shopping by Paco Underhill, it was very interesting and had some of the same information as the CNN article. I usually only frequent low to mid priced casual dining establishments when I'm with my kids, any waiter/waitress who spends the extra time, in speaking with my children or making their visit more enjoyable (sitting next to us, asking them how they are, or bringing them a balloon, bringing their food right away) makes my visit more enjoyable = bigger tip. I like when a waitress draws a happy face or signs their name (in tha
  3. I know it's frustrating. When we were looking for a building we got the same thing. We would call the number on the sign and not receive calls back (why bother posting a for rent sign if you are not going to call people back)? Regarding contruction, get an architect and contractor that have worked in the town before and know the buiding dept, fire dept people, it will make your life easier.
  4. Pan, we are in NJ, it's also against the law to sell anything below cost, although my husband told me they are trying to pass a law to be able to permit tastings (I don't know all the provisions around this.. like how much, alcohol content, payment for sample). Lisa
  5. My husband and I frequent two restaurants where we know the chef/owner. I feel appreciated when the chef takes time to acknowledge us (every once in a while if the chef is out of the kitchen he will come over and talk with us, but I don’t expect that all the time because they are busy), it makes us feel special. Restaurant #1 (liquor license) we will be offered from time to time a complimentary after dinner drink, sometimes we accept sometimes we don’t (we are just too full). Restaurant #2 (BYOB) sometimes comps the desserts but I feel funny accepting because I know how hard they work, and ho
  6. Depends on how fancy you want to get, here are some things I have serverd. Shrimp cocktail (bag of frozen shrimp and made cocktail sauce and cut up lemons). Guacamole, salsa and chips (purchased form Costco, I used the mango salsa). Spinach Dip w/veggies and crackers (you can premake the dip and cut up the veggies ahead of time). Cheese and crackers w/pepperoni. Stuffed mushrooms (do all the prep work, and toss them in the oven for about 15 min.) Shrimp or chicken skewers (piece of chicken/shrimp, pineapple and pepper, marinade in teryaki sauce, either broil or grill). Bruschetta with crostini
  7. The King Arthur website has a bunch of cake recipes, which include yellow and pinapple upsidedown cakes. http://ww2.kingarthurflour.com/cgibin/html...000375512274014
  8. I just received the wine tasting menu, my husband and I will be attending (if we can get a babysitter) THE PETITE CAFE AND CATERING 503 Franklin Ave., Nutley 973-667-7778 Fax 973-667-7767 WINE TASTING July 28th 7:00 PM APPETIZER BAKED CLAMS BOURSIN WINE OYSTER BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC (NEW ZEALAND) ******************** APPETIZER GRILLED CHICKEN YAKATORI WINE JEAN-LUC COLOMBO CÔTE BLEUE ROSE (FRANCE) ****************** ENTRÉE SAUTÉED SHRIMP LYCHEE WINE EXP VIOGNIER ******************** DESSERT FRESH BERRY FEUILLETÉ WITH SABBAYON CREAM WINE LES RACINES ALSACE $50.00 Per Person, Tax and
  9. They are having a wine tasting July 28th if anyone is interested.
  10. soft pasta (none of this al dente stuff for me).
  11. Wow that's pretty harsh. I always give my kids a cookie or small bagel. My Shop Rite gave me a kids club card that entitles the kids to 1 cookie while shopping. I find it really helps when we are waiting in the checkout line. (PS if my daughter wants a bagel instead of a cookie, I pay for it).
  12. Here is what we have in our bar at the moment: Depending on the event, guests or us trying new “stuff” and liking it better than the old “stuff” everything is subject to change. Roses Lime Juice Giroux Grenadine Syrup Hiram Walker Triple Sec M&R Sweet & Dry Vermouth Jameson Irish Whiskey JD Gin: Bombay Sapphire Sambuca Romana Bourbon – Bookers, Basel Hayden, Makers Mark, Old Rip Van Winkle Tequila – Silver Patron, Jose Cuervo Especial Vodka – Grey Goose, Ketel One, Monopolawa Amaretto Desaronno Rum: Appleton Estate Jamaica, Malibu coconut, Bacardi Silver 80 Felipe II Brandy JW Black &
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    Some Lasagna Questions

    It looks like Mario Batali has a recipe that fits the bill Lasagne Bolognese al Forno from the "Lasagne: The Real Thing" episode. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_mb/ep...0_19101,00.html I know what I'm making this weekend (except I'll cheat and use store bought pasta).
  14. They should call it the Sandra Lee cook-off contest, because you are just basically manipulating a list of predefined convenience products.
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    Dualit Toaster

    Jaz, I recieved a Black and Decker Toaster for a shower gift and it's still going strong after 15 years (of course saying that now it will break, but then I could get a really cool one).
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    Dad on Atkins,

    FoodTV has a show called Low Carb and Lovin' It. There seems to be some pretty good recipes (ones even a carb lover would like). Have a great day with your Dad. Low Carb Show & Recipes
  17. You could call a local Elks or VFW hall, sometimes they rent out rooms and have catering (you may have to help setup or decorate, but this will save you some money).
  18. I enjoy your show and especially liked the recent special about salt (who knew salt could be so interesting). Coincidentally Preservation magazine had run an article regarding the Zunis who worship Salt Woman. Now my question, we are renovating our kitchen and am torn between electric or gas ovens (they would both have a convection feature). In your experience, is their much difference between the two; is one significantly better than the other, is one better for some things than the other? Thanks
  19. I would say the school lunches in my district are about the same as what I send my kids with (we have to pay for the lunches, unless there is financial hardship, so I make the lunches). A typical lunch that I send them to school with consists of a sandwich (ham or turkey or raost beef) w/ lettuce and/or cheese (depending which child it's for) on whole wheat or ital. bread from the bakery, a piece of fruit, bottled water and some sort of snack (granola bar, rice crispie treat, fruit rollup...). The pre-school I sent my kids to had lunch guidelines, which were enforced, basically consisted of a
  20. We go there everytime we are in Avon NC. I had to laugh at my 4 year old nephew, running up and down the beach, yelling as loud as he could, "I love Dirty Dick's" (he had just eaten lunch there and got a free frisbee).
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    Baked Brie

    I have had brie en croute drizzled with honey, topped with toasted almond slivers and served with apple slices, it was delicious. I usually serve brie en croute with a Jezabel sauce on the side (sort of like a jalapeno jelly), it's so easy and always a crowd pleaser. I have also had it topped with chutley and enjoyed that also, I mean what's not to like melted brie and pastry....yum
  22. Thanks for the information. Now that it's going to be nice this weekend (NJ), I think I'll try my hand at making my own salsa (I usually pick up a jar at the supermarket). Yep maybe grill a few steaks have some salsa, guacamole, chips and some margaritas.
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    Easter

    I'm making a lemon tart (Once Upon a Tart cookbook) and will serve with Blueberry sauce. My sister-in-law will be making some cream puffs and also a cheese cake. When I was little my Grandmother would always make a yellow layer cake w/coconut icing.
  24. When I was small we would go to my grandparents house for Sunday dinner right after church, it would always be the same thing, salad (with onions and radishes) roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravey, white bread and string beans-french cut (every once in a while asparagus), there was always a bowl of olives (black pitted) on the table. Desert was a yellow layer cake with coconut icing. After dinner my Gandfather would retire to the sofa and have a beer (usually Pabst) and a cigarette, Lucky Strikes. After a time we started going to my other Grandmother's house for Sunday dinner after church, tota
  25. I used to like watching the show. I was in high school, so I was just begining to cook, I liked the way he gave a history lesson with the show. I never even saw a lemon remer or garlic press before I started watching his show, not that I use them now, but it opened culinary doors for me, I guess a stepping stone to where I am now, to be open to try/cook new things. I met him at a book signing and was very dissappointed, it was about 10:00 am and he was drunk, stunk of vodka, I never watched the show after that. BTW Craig was there and he was cute, I wonder what he is doing now?
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