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Substituting ground beef for Italian sausage...

I merely mentioned that people don't like the seeds because I know people that have a hard time eating the seeds.

Dec 01, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

How Too Cook Everything.....Badly?

Hey Jim, I disagree on this point...

Doctors make minor mistakes that harm your health, and we forgive them.
*No I don't*

Mechanics can rebuild our engines incorrectly, and we patiently let them redo it.
*No I don't*

I disagree because the things doctors and mechanics do are not subjective. A heart is broken or it's not, a fuel pump is broken or it's not.

And this is where I completely agree with you, you do your best at every opportunity to provide good information. CH is an incredibly useful source for good eats.

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

How Too Cook Everything.....Badly?

Dairy Queen,

What is it about "minimalism" you like? The soup the OP talks about is minimal and bland. But look at food from India, it's minimal but full of flavor.

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

How Too Cook Everything.....Badly?

"The recipe was dismayingly hollow. Basically: slice some leeks, cube some potatoes, sauté briefly then boil in broth 20 minutes. Salt and pepper. That's it."

Based on that alone I'll agree with you. You have five mundane ingredients here and not much in the way of flavor.

I don't have the book...If this is what the recipes in the book are like I probably wouldn't buy it.

I'm not a formally trained chef but I can tell you that the recipe you described is going to be lacking, to say the least.

BUT...

It can be a base for much more delicious soups and stews.

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

Substituting ground beef for Italian sausage...

Lots of comments about fennel seed. I personally think fennel makes an excellent Italian sausage. It's the seed part that gets people.

Substitute ground fennel for fennel seed. I'll also extend that to any "seed" in sausage because some people can't eat them so just grind up all the spices.

Ground beef with the same seasoning mix but a dislike for pork indicates personal beliefs/preferences.

You can make sausage with beef just like pork. Sure, it'll be a little different but not a deal breaker.

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

Do you cook too much?

I bought a chest freezer for the pork and beef I buy from a farmer (the initial sticker price is a shock, but it's all works out to about $2/lb) and there is left over room for the corn, applesauce, and the likes.

I learned the art of preserving this year and need shelves for that stuff. I'm moving from the cooking too much to the being prepared to cook. Farmers markets and seasonal things are what I'm getting into so that when it IS time to cook, it's the best I can get

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in General Topics

Do you cook too much?

Chili, cornbread, and beer on a cold day, who'd say no to that? If you enjoy it and they keep showing up then all is good.

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in General Topics
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All-Clad Roaster Origins

Good advice MrsJonesey, I'll give that a shot and if they don't have a non-China made roaster I'll find the next best thing.

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Cookware

Stone Stew

Really? That's awesome...thanks for the idea!

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

Stone Stew

So I had some vegetables in the frig that were starting to wilt, and I hate to throw good stuff away. I had also made some onion soup earlier this week.

I thought to use the onion soup as a base and add the vegetables, regular carrots, white carrots, and radishes. I thought that is ho-hum so I added 2/3 cup of pearled barley. It became thick so I added some stout beer.

Then I drank some stout beer and thought "Hey, I have some frozen lentil soup" and in it went. Add a little more stout to the stew and me.

It looked a little thin and really lacked in the protein department, but that's ok, a little more stout and bbq pulled pork fixed that.

My only regret? I wish I wrote down what I did because the end result, believe it or not, was absolutely fantastic.

Morale of the story...go crazy with some of the ingredients you have rather than toss them, you may surprise yourself (I know I sure did!!!).

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking
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All-Clad Roaster Origins

My future wife wants an All-Clad roaster and she's adamant about buying US made (which I think is awesome). A lot of All-Clad stuff is made in the US and some in Italy, but I have yet to find a roaster not made in China.

Do these things simply not exist? Has anyone ever found a non-China made All-Clad roaster?

TIA

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Cookware

Do you cook too much?

I say this in the most respectful way possible...you need to get her some help. I mean seriously, your cooking too much is one thing but complaining about you cleaning after? Next thing you know she'll be griping about having too much money when you win the next $500 million powerball.

Dude...you're in trouble...

:-)

Do you cook too much?

Hi Carmen,

You could throw in a twist by making Italian Wedding Soup which is based on meat and green veggies. Meatballs and cabbage are common. If dry beans, lentils, rice, or pasta are donated they'd work in it also.

I know you have limited resources, just an idea for you.

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in General Topics

How far would you drive to Trader Joe's?

I live about 3.5 miles from TJ's and I went there once. I don't understand the fascination with it, I personally find TJ's lacking in products and quality yet overpriced for most of what they do have. My future wife (heh, she doesn't know this yet...) took me into one and asked me to get lasagna...the pasta section didn't even have a place labeled for lasagne.

Wegman's (in the north east) and Hy-Vee (mid-west) are the best.

Nov 30, 2013
HeBrew in Chains
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Substitute for fresh thyme or should I use dried?

Just go with dried thyme but adjust the amount, dried herbs are usually more potent than fresh.

Aug 31, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

Have you considered reusing your Pellegrino bottles with the SodaStream? I'm not trying to convince you one way or another, just another alternative.

Mar 31, 2013
HeBrew in General Topics

How do you like your garlic?

Like you chowhounders I too love garlic, but when making something like mojo di ajo, peeling four heads of garlic gets old.

I don't know if this method for peeling garlic (http://screen.yahoo.com/chowciao-peel...) is commonly known, but I just saw it and tried it and it really works. Happy peeling!

Mar 31, 2013
HeBrew in General Topics

Calling all low and slow roasted chickeners...method?

Puffin3,

I agree with your technique for the most part. The only part I would change is that the time under the hot broil is better done first, then finish cooking at lower temps. Just my .02.

Mar 31, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

What can I do with an "Indian" chicken (other than soup)?

You're welcome Roz. I had a pair of big birds like that and I threw them on the bbq. It took a couple of hours to cook them but when they were done we were in chicken heaven. Try that when you have the time.

Mar 31, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

What can I do with an "Indian" chicken (other than soup)?

I'm just going off of info from basic web search, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Game. They list the following weights:
Cock: 3.86 kg or 8.5 lbs
Hen: 2.57 kg or 5.7 lbs
Cockerel: >1 kg or >2.2 lbs
Pullet: >1 kg or >2.2 lbs

The U.S. version of a Cornish game hen is an immature bird that weighs less than 2 pounds. So if the OP picked up a pair of mature birds, yes, they would be rather large.

Mar 31, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

How long is too long to braise lamb shanks?

I typically braise for at least two and a half hours, but I've definitely gone longer. IMO as long as you keep the liquid levels up to keep the meat covered you should do alright.

Mar 31, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

What can I do with an "Indian" chicken (other than soup)?

Just a guess, but the Cornish Game chicken is also called an Indian Game chicken.

Mar 31, 2013
HeBrew in Home Cooking

The strangest beers in America - Bon Appetit

I've seen Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale. I've been toying with the idea of trying it but multiple inquiries have resulted with "don't waste your time/money".

Mar 31, 2013
HeBrew in Beer

Pancetta - do you have to cook it

I know, old discussion, but I've been looking for an answer and here's my $0.02.

I've been eating prosciutto as a treat for years, and salami, straight out of the deli case and I'm good.

Last year in London I enjoyed a salumi plate with cheese and wine for brunch, with a side of lardo. I lived. Same trip I had a full order of steak tartare in Paris...I lived.

The deli I buy prosciutto and salami from keep pancetta in the same fridge and slice them all with the same slicer (after a minimal wipe down between products) and I'm still here.

So I just tried pancetta straight from the shop with no cooking. I'm sure I'll wake up tomorrow. It wasn't bad, not as good as prosciutto, not as rich as lardo.

If I were to eat pancetta uncooked again, and now I'm really curious, I'd try it on a toasted crust of buttered bread with an IPA to cut the richness. With a small slice of room temp parmeggianno reggiano...yeah, that sounds good!

Mar 10, 2013
HeBrew in General Topics
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If you were to compete in an eating contest, what would your "weapon of choice" be?

I'll go with egg rolls.

Sep 16, 2012
HeBrew in General Topics

What kind of ham for a pot of beans?

+1 on the smoked hocks. I get mine from a Dutch market and they are always meaty and packed with flavor @ $2.89/lb they usually sell for around $4 - $4.50 each...way better than a super market.

Sep 16, 2012
HeBrew in Home Cooking

What foods do NOT live up to their reputation or hype, in your opinion?

Veal...I've tried it and just don't understand what's so "great" about it.

Sep 16, 2012
HeBrew in General Topics

Cullen Skink Anyone? Unappetizing and strange foreign food names!!

Igunaq...

Sep 16, 2012
HeBrew in Not About Food

tailgating for a Bruce concert - about 35-40 people!

Going along with the muffuletta sandwiches, a muffuletta style pasta salad would also go well for a large group. Replace the bread with pasta, change the cheese and meat from sliced to cubed, leave everything else for muffuletta the same and there you go.

Aug 26, 2012
HeBrew in Home Cooking

Photos of your Cook Book Shelves

Wow...I'm a cookbook amateur! But I do look up a lot of stuff online and my printed recipes could make another book. I also have (not pictured) a cookbook that my grandmother had, it was one of those types where a group of people got together and typed up a bunch of everyone's recipes. I'm not sure how old it is but it's from the days when phone numbers were short and still had letters.

Aug 18, 2012
HeBrew in Home Cooking