Top 5 Most Viewed Videos of 2011

Happy New Year! Hot From The Kettle® has shot a lot of videos over the past year.  So which was the most popular? Here's HFTK's Top 5 Most Viewed Videos! 

The first video Hot From The Kettle shot in January 2011, titled, "How To Eat Ethiopian" at Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant in Montclair, is the #1 most viewed video of 2011, with a total of 12,281 views. 

At #2 and #3 are two segments from the ever popular pork curing series with Lou Palma,   "How To Make Proscuitto, Part 3," followed by "How to Make Proscuitto, Part 4."

Coming in at #4 is "Phaal: The World's Hottest Curry at Brick Lane," which was shot in August at Brick Lane Curry House in Montclair with the gas mask wearing chef himself, Karthik Kumar. And at #5 is our most recent - and my personal favorite - video shot on Thanksgiving Day at Casa Kettle, titled "Cuban Style La Caja China Pig Roast."

Note: Hot From The Kettle's most popular video of all time is  "How to Make Proscuitto: Part 1" with over 14,581 views, that video is not included on the list because was shot at the end of 2010.  View were compiled from the original Montclaircentric YouTube Channel and the current Hot From The Kettle YouTube Channel.







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Halcyon Hosts Kunde Wine Dinner

Last night many of Montclair’s true blues, (or authentic locals) attended the Kunde Family Estate Wine Dinner at Halcyon Seafood Brasserie, located at 112 Walnut Street., Montclair. 

This was a very special event that also brought together two Montclair families with long histories as local business owners.  For this event, Sharon Walsh Egan, host and co-owner of Halcyon, as well as Egan & Sons in Montclair and West Orange, collaborated with fellow Montclair family, the Powers, specifically, the Egans’ butcher, Martin Powers and his sister, Jacki Powers. 

Before Halcyon Seafood Brasserie occupied the space at 112 Walnut Street, it was Oppenheimer’s Wholesale Meat Distribution Company, which was owned by Jerry Kroll.  It was also the former site of Wayne Meat Corporation, which Martin Powers operates today.

Watch the video for more with Sharon Egan, Jeff Kunde, and Jacki Martin.

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Pal's Cabin Celebrates 79th Anniversary!

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Meatballs in Sunday Gravy with Johnny Meatballs

Last week the Meatball King of New Jersey, Johnny "Meatballs" vistied the Kettle Kitchen to teach us the secret to his famous Meatballs.  

Between you, me and the blogosphere, the secret is: carmelized onions. 

I didn't grow up with  caramelized onions in my meatballs, but after enjoying a couple, it's a pretty good idea.

If you're in the mood for some meatballs,  you could pick up a six pack of Johnny's Meatballs in Sunday Gravy at Corrado's.  Or, if you'd like to make them yourself, watch the video to see how Johnny does it and follow the recipe below.  Salute!

Enjoy the video:


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MA Kettle Makes Cultured Butter

Last month Hot From The Kettle visited Allin Tallmadge at Tallmadge Cheese Market in Montclair, where Allin taught me and my brood how to make homemade butter. 

I fell in love with the simplicity of the process and the quality of the product.  If you want to do it yourself, it's as easy as purchasing Heavy Cream,  I recommend Organic Valley, Pasteurized, not Homogenized, available at Whole Foods, and adding to it a tablespoon or two of culture, I use Fage Greek Yogurt.  Then you simply leave the cream and yogurt on the counter overnight and whip it up the next day.  

Watch the video to see how I make my own butter at home: