22 November 2016

Turkey Brining Time

Category: Cooking/Food — Posted by Michael at 1645

How are you preparing your turkey for Thanksgiving this year? If you’re not brining it, I suggest you rethink that. Yes, this post is my annual reposting of my turkey brining tutorial. It’s nothing fancy because brining your bird is not a complicated process even though

Check out my instructions and recipe here. I even made a few minor updates this year. After all, refining your technique is what cooking is about.

Enjoy and feel free to let me know how it turns out.

18 June 2009

Happy International Sushi Day

Category: Cooking/Food,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 1056

SushiApparently today is International Sushi Day. It sounds like a made-up holiday to me but do you really need an excuse to eat sushi? So go out and get yourself some tuna maki or something. Just watch the wasabe.

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27 November 2008

Why do we eat turkey and all the fixings?

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1031

TurkeyWe all know what Thanksgiving dinner means. It means cooking a turkey, some stuffing, a variety of vegetables, probably some sweet potatoes and biscuits. Oh and don’t forget the cranberry sauce. Dessert brings pumpkin pie and maybe some egg nog to start off the holiday season.

You’ve eaten this combination every year of your life but do you know why? Check out this article on CNN to learn more about this holiday tradition.

Happy Thanksgiving!

27 March 2008

A Great Amish Buffet

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links,Life — Posted by Michael at 1942

Amish BuggyA few posts ago I promised a brief review of the restaurant that I went to in Lancaster last weekend. The restaurant was an Amish buffet called The Family Cupboard. You can also order meals, but we went for the buffet. Most buffets are basically a smorgasbord of mediocre food. We were leery that this would be the same. We had picked it out randomly from the Internet.

When we walked in and saw that there was a fair number of Amish/Mennonite folks eating there, we became more confident that the food would be good. As it turns out, it was really good. I went back for three plates plus dessert. There was a delicious meatloaf, buttered noodles that were clearly homemade and definately from a PA Dutch/German recipe. These sat alongside glazed ham, stuffing and seafood, pasta lima beans and on and on. The salad bar was your usual salad bar. I was glad to see it was all fresh and crispy, but what really made it special was a delicious house dressing.

For dessert, there was Turkey Hill ice cream as well as an assortment of desserts, but but what really caught my attention was the pies. I had a piece of pecan pie (my favorite) which wasn’t so great, but I went back for another piece and selected shoo-fly pie. It was delicious!

You can view their menu and get directions at FamilyCupboard.com.

The father of the Egg McMuffin dies

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 0539

Here in New Jersey when we think of a delicious breakfast, the mind immediately conjures images of a diner. I’m particular partial to a bacon and cheese omelet, with hash browns, some toast and a bottomless cup of diner coffee. However, sometimes you don’t have time to spend in a diner. That’s where my second favorite breakfast place comes into play. I like just about anything from McDonald’s breakfast menu, but the item that most people associate with McDonald’s breakfast is the Egg McMuffin. It was created by Herb Peterson in 1972. After 36 years and more sandwiches sold than he ever imagined, I’m sure, Herb passed away at the age or 89.

Some people’s legacy is on a headstone, Herb’s will live on on the McDonald’s menu board. 🙂

Read his obituary on CNN.

01 February 2008

Cheeseburger in a can

Category: Cooking/Food — Posted by Michael at 2318

Cheeseburger in a CanI think the post title really says it all. What else can I say, really?

Check it out at the Emeril Blog.

30 April 2007

Hang from a crane and eat dinner

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1202

I enjoy trying new restaurants. Just last night I had a delicious dinner place that appeared pretty rough from the outside but had delicious food. However, I’m not sure I’d make it past the “front door” of the restaurant in this article from the Daily Mail. You are surved dinner while sitting at a table which is suspended 150 off the ground. It hangs off the boom of a crane. You and 21 other folks site with nothing but air under your feet as you eat a gourment meal.

The reporter who wrote the article couldn’t even bring herself to eat because of the height issue. There’s a good chance I’d have the same problem!

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06 December 2006

Doritos from the sea

Category: Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1703

This is not fair. In New Jersey we have stuff like medical waste, oily blobs and dead animals wash up on our beaches. On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, they have tons of Doritios!

Apparently a shipping container fell off a ship at sea and washed up on the beach in NC. Oh well, guess it’s too late to go grab some. 🙂

Check out some photos and an article courtesy of the Virginia Pilot.


25 November 2006

Know your eggnog

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1409

Just in time for the start of the holiday season, here’s an article about the history of one of my favorite drinks eggnog.

As usual, I saw this one on the place for random food facts, Emerils.com.

22 November 2006

Which side of the foil?

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 2005

As we all get ready to create massive amounts of leftover turkey this week, most of us will be wrapping it in aluminum foil. Ever wonder which side of aluminum foil is the inside and which is the outside. Well, the truth is, it doesn’t matter. They’re both the same. Just another nugget of wisdom from the Emeril blog.

Read the details at Chow.com.


18 November 2006

Colonel Sanders gets BIG

Category: Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1801

As Google Maps makes satellite imagery ubiquitous companies are apparently realizing that the have an opportunity for some free viral marketing campaigns. KFC has cashed on this by creating a huge Colonel Sanders logo in the Nevada desert.

Head over to AmberMac.com and take a look.

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02 November 2006

Cranberries in Manhattan

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1748

The beginning of the holiday season at Rockefeller Plaza in NYC conjures up images of the Christmas tree lighting, skaters at the rink and, of course, cranberry bogs. Wait, maybe not cranberry bogs. But this year there is a cranberry bog at Rockefeller center. Ocean Spray built an artificial cranberry bog for Chef Ming Tsai at 30 Rock.

Check it out in NY Magazine.

I heard about this in the Emeril blog.

30 October 2006

Microsoft – From monopoly to purveyer of baked goods

Category: Interesting Links,Technology — Posted by Michael at 2105

I’ve long been a proponent of Mozilla Firefox. If you use the Internet, Firefox is the browser you should be using. (Check out Michael’s Guide to Spyware and Virus Prevention & Removal for more details).

Last week the new Firefox v2.0 was released. I haven’t had to much time to play with it, but it looks great. In celebration of this event, the Internet Explorer Team at Microsoft sent Mozilla a congratulatory cake. I don’t know what to make of this one. Was it a nice gesture, or does the black and white theme imply something else.

Well, either way, Firefox 2 seems to be kicking IE 7’s ass.

14 October 2006

Fried Coke

Category: Cooking/Food — Posted by Michael at 2039

OK, fried Oreos sound good. Fried Twinkies… maybe. But now something new has been born at the Texas Sate Fair. A guy created a new snack called Fried Coca-Cola. Now, it’s not really fried Coke, but it’s a Coke flavored batter that’s fried then drizzled with Coca-Cola syrup.

I think I’ll hold out for fried Moutain Dew, but you can learn more at WDSU in New Orleans.

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22 September 2006

Gnocchi are big in Argentina

Category: Cooking/Food — Posted by Michael at 2316

And now the first new entry in the new category…

Gnocchi are one of the favorite Italian foods. They’re delicious in either a red sauce or my pesto sauce. I generally always request them as my birthday dinner.

After reading this blog entry on Emeril’s site, I learned something new. They are apparently very popular in Argentina.

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