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On 12/8/2020 at 5:59 PM, KenzSailing said:

We have the Philips air fryer, and love it.

 

The models can be a little confusing at first, but you really only have  two decisions to make:

 

Analog controls or digital

 

Size: they come in three; papa, mama, baby

 

I would recommend springing for the digital controls.  Size is a function of how many folks you cook for.  Since it's the two of us, I use the baby digital model, so can't vouch for anything larger.

 

Hope this helps.  Happy cooking!

 

Super helpful @KenzSailing.  I had narrowed my choice down to Philips Turbostar or Cuisinart Compact and now the decision is clear.  Excellent advice to take a peek at air fryer cookbooks.  I usually just google and land on some random food blog.  Many thanks!

Have you made yam fries in the Philips?  I've tried every hack to get them crispy in a conventional oven, with little success.  My DH loves yam fries and that will be my first test for our soon-to-be-purchased air fryer.

 

Thanks again!

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On 12/8/2020 at 8:59 PM, KenzSailing said:

 

MQ,

 

We have the Philips air fryer, and love it.

 

The models can be a little confusing at first, but you really only have  two decisions to make:

 

Analog controls or digital

 

Size: they come in three; papa, mama, baby

 

I would recommend springing for the digital controls.  Size is a function of how many folks you cook for.  Since it's the two of us, I use the baby digital model, so can't vouch for anything larger.

 

I make a lovely chicken parm, a spicy fried chicken sandwich,  very nice roast chicken breasts, roast asparagus (really any veggie) and, of course, french fries (or any sliced spud.)

 

Not that you asked, but here's how I go about deciding whether or not to acquire another appliance: I buy a cookbook specializing in using said appliance.  I figure if nothing appeals, I wasted less money on the book than on the appliance.  I really like the stuff the America's Test Kitchen folks turn out.  Their book "Air Fryer Perfection" sold me on purchasing the gizmo.  (Additional tip: get it thru one of the 3rd parties on Amazon that will charge you a few bucks more for a spiral bound edition.  Much easier in the kitchen if you're like me and can never remember is some ingredient was supposed to be a half or quarter teaspoon.)  

 

Hope this helps.  Happy cooking!

I bought the Air Fryer Perfection cookbook based on your recommendation and have just finished looking at every recipe in there. Everything looks amazing and I love that there is a photo to go along with each recipe. I know that I will be trying lots of them. I recently purchased the Ninja Foodie Smart Grill from Costco and it has an air fryer mode so it's nice to have so many simple sounding recipes to make in there.

 

Who knew that I'd find a great cookbook recommendation on Cruise Critic? Thanks again!

 

p.s. I didn't see an option to get a spiral bound copy in Canada but can understand why you recommend that.

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8 hours ago, MightyQuinn said:

 

Super helpful @KenzSailing.  I had narrowed my choice down to Philips Turbostar or Cuisinart Compact and now the decision is clear.  Excellent advice to take a peek at air fryer cookbooks.  I usually just google and land on some random food blog.  Many thanks!

Have you made yam fries in the Philips?  I've tried every hack to get them crispy in a conventional oven, with little success.  My DH loves yam fries and that will be my first test for our soon-to-be-purchased air fryer.

 

Thanks again!

 

You're welcome.

 

Nope, never tried yam fries, but I have made plain old french fries, and they're great. Let me lay out the basics, maybe it will translate.

 

Peel the fries and cut them thick (think steak fries, not match stick)

 

Rinse them thoroughly to remove starch from surface (not sure if this applies)

 

Soak in hot water for 10 minutes

 

Drain, and thoroughly pat dry w/ paper towels (I like to let them sit, covered in the paper towels, at this point)

 

Lightly toss in a bowl with 1 tbsp neutral oil

 

Fry at 350F for 8 minutes

 

Return to bowl, toss

 

Fry an additional 5-8 minutes

 

Return to bowl, toss with addl 1 tbsp oil

 

Fry at 400F for 15 to 20 minutes (pull them every 5 minutes, toss in bowl and test for doneness)

 

I know this is a little fussy, I'd like to just toss the spuds in and say "do your thing," but the results are worth the effort.

 

Happy cooking!

 

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4 hours ago, Junelovestocruise said:

I bought the Air Fryer Perfection cookbook based on your recommendation and have just finished looking at every recipe in there. Everything looks amazing and I love that there is a photo to go along with each recipe. I know that I will be trying lots of them. I recently purchased the Ninja Foodie Smart Grill from Costco and it has an air fryer mode so it's nice to have so many simple sounding recipes to make in there.

 

Who knew that I'd find a great cookbook recommendation on Cruise Critic? Thanks again!

 

p.s. I didn't see an option to get a spiral bound copy in Canada but can understand why you recommend that.

 

One tip from the book: an air fryer can't brown a bread (panko) crumb coating.  So, mix the panko with a little oil and microware it.  To me that tip alone is worth the price of admission.  

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6 minutes ago, BWIVince said:

@KenzSailing, Did I offend your sensibilities with the gas station sushi reference?  😀

 

Vince

 

Ha!

 

Not at all.  In fact, I have a couple hundred word draft doc in Word replying to it.  Then I stepped back, reread it, and realized I didn't even understand what I was saying.  So I'm waiting for my mental fog to lift, and then I'll be prepared to discuss gas and raw fish.  

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42 minutes ago, KenzSailing said:

 

Ha!

 

Not at all.  In fact, I have a couple hundred word draft doc in Word replying to it.  Then I stepped back, reread it, and realized I didn't even understand what I was saying.  So I'm waiting for my mental fog to lift, and then I'll be prepared to discuss gas and raw fish.  

 

Take your time -- I wasn't trying to rush you, just worried I offended the fellow foodies on the board.  🙂

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2 hours ago, KenzSailing said:

 So I'm waiting for my mental fog to lift....

 

Will that be an event we’ll all be able to recognize? 

 

Or is OLoPP the only soul who can spot that phenomenon....? 🤷‍♂️

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36 minutes ago, Roland4 said:

 

We love sushi!! Never bought it in a gas station though!!!! 😁

 


In my job, I’m not too ashamed to admit I’ve had it many times.  🤢 It’s usually some sort of pre-made roll made of cooked ingredients good for a couple of days...  Sometimes it’s not as bad as the other options in the case that you have to choose from, so it’s all relative.

 

Closer to home, out here in the sticks, I have to say our gas stations have actually elevated customizable fast food to an art form though.  😁 If it can be fried, griddled, blended, dressed or nuked, Sheetz has it available for order.

 

Vince

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On 12/10/2020 at 6:52 PM, KenzSailing said:

I know this is a little fussy, I'd like to just toss the spuds in and say "do your thing," but the results are worth the effort.

 

Happy cooking!

 

 

Thanks to you @KenzSailingwe bought the Philips Compact Airfryer today, digital of course!  Also ordered America's Test Kitchen "Air Fryer Perfection" but just like @JunelovestocruiseI couldn't find the spiral bound edition in Canada.  So excited to have this stuff and can't wait to get cooking. Yam fries up first!

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16 minutes ago, MightyQuinn said:

 

Thanks to you @KenzSailingwe bought the Philips Compact Airfryer today, digital of course!  Also ordered America's Test Kitchen "Air Fryer Perfection" but just like @JunelovestocruiseI couldn't find the spiral bound edition in Canada.  So excited to have this stuff and can't wait to get cooking. Yam fries up first!

 

Exciting!

 

Can't wait to hear how the yams turn out.

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1 hour ago, BEAV said:

 

Will that be an event we’ll all be able to recognize? 

 

Or is OLoPP the only soul who can spot that phenomenon....? 🤷‍♂️

 

Ooooh, feisty.

 

And just when I was putting together my chicken parm dinner invite list.

 

(I'm kidding of course.)

 

And OLoPP reads me like an x-ray.

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1 hour ago, BWIVince said:

Closer to home, out here in the sticks, I have to say our gas stations have actually elevated customizable fast food to an art form though.  😁 If it can be fried, griddled, blended, dressed or nuked, Sheetz has it available for order.

 

For a minute there I thought you were trying to camouflage a naughty four letter word. But after a second read, I googled Sheetz and read the very informative Wikipedia description. 

 

I well remember Stuckey’s on your coast, but have never heard of Sheetz. Sounds like a true slice of Americana! Can you comment on their Sheetz Pop or Sheetz Bros Coffeez? And are you a card carrying member of their Sheetz Freakz Club? 

 

I obviously need need to get out more. Post-Covid, of course. 

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12 hours ago, BEAV said:

 

For a minute there I thought you were trying to camouflage a naughty four letter word. But after a second read, I googled Sheetz and read the very informative Wikipedia description. 

 

I well remember Stuckey’s on your coast, but have never heard of Sheetz. Sounds like a true slice of Americana! Can you comment on their Sheetz Pop or Sheetz Bros Coffeez? And are you a card carrying member of their Sheetz Freakz Club? 

 

I obviously need need to get out more. Post-Covid, of course. 

 

When you finally make it out this way, I know where we're stopping.  😉

 

The Coffeez aren't bad...  Their regular brewed coffee setup is something like you'd see at 7-11, but the coffee is pretty high quality and everything is timed/refreshed frequently.  The barista creations I'd equate to Dunkin' if I had to pick something...  It's not the same caliber as Starbucks (and generally cheaper) but better than McCafe.  I think the value proposition is the accessibility and the fact that you can pair it with almost any fast food item under the sun in the ordering system.  Also, since they've had a touch-screen ordering system for almost 20 years, they were the leaders in customization long before their competitors had online ordering and apps, so you could always get whatever kind of crazy ingredients you wanted in your food or beverage.

 

Our convenience store chains in my county have all been invading from the north.  Sheetz (PA), Rutter's (PA) and Wawa (NJ) are now the dominant companies in my neighborhood, and all of them arrived in the past 25-30 years or so.


Now I definitely need some coffee!

 

Vince

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A subdued sunrise today from my 2013 Amazon cruise:

 

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I'm pretty basic in my coffee desires.  My first choice is usually half light roast and half decaf at Panera, but I probably buy more McDonalds than anything else; it suits me just fine.  On the ship it's the coffee first thing in the lido, and later the basic brewed at the Bistro.

Roy

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1 hour ago, rafinmd said:

I'm pretty basic in my coffee desires.  My first choice is usually half light roast and half decaf at Panera, but I probably buy more McDonalds than anything else; it suits me just fine.  On the ship it's the coffee first thing in the lido, and later the basic brewed at the Bistro.

Roy

 

I'm with you, Roy. The beauty of drinking coffee black is you can always get it the way you like it. Not a fan of Starbucks as I find it too bitter, and I dislike their ordering system. I went in one a few years back and asked for a plain, black coffee and the kid starts spewing a list of nonsense at me. I told him I didn't speak Starbuck's and could he give me a plain, black coffee?? Yes or no. 🙂

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1 hour ago, Roland4 said:

 

I'm with you, Roy. The beauty of drinking coffee black is you can always get it the way you like it. Not a fan of Starbucks as I find it too bitter, and I dislike their ordering system. I went in one a few years back and asked for a plain, black coffee and the kid starts spewing a list of nonsense at me. I told him I didn't speak Starbuck's and could he give me a plain, black coffee?? Yes or no. 🙂

 

Yeah, I don’t belong to the Starbucks cult, either. You know you’re in trouble when you want their smallest size pour, but it’s called a tall. 🙄 And I’m a freak in their view since I, too, just want black coffee without an added 50 ingredients. 

 

I find much more love at Peet’s, a local Bay Area company founded in Berkeley. 

 

4 hours ago, BWIVince said:

 Also, since they've had a touch-screen ordering system for almost 20 years, they were the leaders in customization long before their competitors had online ordering and apps, so you could always get whatever kind of crazy ingredients you wanted in your food or beverage.

 

I was impressed that they have their own kitchen and bakery pumping out their own brand of fast foods. I might be interested in trying their sushi, for the novelty alone. But my problem would be wanting to pair it with Nobu’s Chardonnay! 

 

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3 hours ago, rafinmd said:

A subdued sunrise today from my 2013 Amazon cruise:

 

dawn1213.jpg

 

 

I'm pretty basic in my coffee desires.  My first choice is usually half light roast and half decaf at Panera, but I probably buy more McDonalds than anything else; it suits me just fine.  On the ship it's the coffee first thing in the lido, and later the basic brewed at the Bistro.

Roy

Thanks to Roy I have been off cruising again!

Well, as near as you can get these days....

As many of you will know, Roy keeps a splendid log of every trip and as he has done so very many trips there is quite a back catalogue. Fortunately I had the foresight not to read every one when he first posted and I have quite a few unread ones to enjoy.

Roy, thank you - and as far as I am concerned you are about to board the MS Oosterdam in Vancouver. I am only just 'back' from your Blount cruise to Nantucket etc and with no re-packing or laundry necessary I'm all ready looking forward to this next trip! 

(with apologies if I have made you even more wistful for your next cruise..)

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2 hours ago, Noggins said:

I am only just 'back' from your Blount cruise to Nantucket etc and with no re-packing or laundry necessary I'm all ready looking forward to this next trip! 

(with apologies if I have made you even more wistful for your next cruise..)

I'm really wistful for Blount since they were one of the earlier casualties of the Pandemic.

 

Roy

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54 minutes ago, rafinmd said:

Today's sunrise is the last from my 2012 Monarch of the Seas Cruise.  We had just docked in Port Canaveral and that day I flew to San Juan for my nephew's wedding and cruise on the Celebrity Summit:

 

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Roy

I took my twin granddaughter on Monarch on the California LA/Mexico itinerary.  I have several stories about that sailing not suitable for the Crystal Board complete with BellyFlop contests and drunk college students.   We named it "Monster of the Seas" 120 CF cabin was all that was available and I was able to get adjoining cabins. The time with the twins was priceless but it reminds me why I am not ever going on that kind of ship again.

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34 minutes ago, ChatKat in Ca. said:

I took my twin granddaughter on Monarch on the California LA/Mexico itinerary.  I have several stories about that sailing not suitable for the Crystal Board complete with BellyFlop contests and drunk college students.   We named it "Monster of the Seas" 120 CF cabin was all that was available and I was able to get adjoining cabins. The time with the twins was priceless but it reminds me why I am not ever going on that kind of ship again.

That class of ship has it's real diehard fans, although I never understood it and Monarch and at least one of her sisters have made it to the scrap yard,  I think every cruise line has some activities that most of us will never attend, and the Bellyflop is a Royal Caribbean standard.  The best think I can say about it is it's usually a nice uncrowded time for an early or late lunch.  The best thing about Royal for me is they sail from Baltimore.

 

Roy

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