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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I was very lucky to find some NY state Macintosh apples from Chazy, NY the other day. In Indiana that is not easy to do. I have 2 apple pies in the works and will go into the oven soon.DH is helping while I supervise. I'm nursing a broken leg so he will be having some firsts today. 1 pie is for us and another for neighbors who have been generous with treats for us. The kitchen is going to smell wonderful in a little bit.

Oct 26, 2014
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Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

I learned about mise years ago when I was learning Asian cooking. It is a must.

A tip I learned from Chef Hugh Carpenter is to blanch nuts before using them. All of the grocer store nuts have been sitting around for awhile. The oils in the nuts (walnuts, pecans etc)rise to the surace of the nut and get rancid. Bring water to a boil. Tip in your nuts and give then about 45 seconds in the boiling water. The oils will be released and form a sticky mass on the surface of the water. Drain and rinse the nuts and then toast at 350 for abut 10 mins. They will be lovely with a fresh taste. No more bitterness.

Cooking from wheelchair

I sympathize with you. I'm using a walker and I just have turned over cooking to my DH. Luckily he is a great cook. I had to spend 2 weeks in a convalescent center. I think on my 2nd night there I called my DH in tears because of the food being so ghastly. I'm not blaming the chef. He has to take orders and keep his budget in line. I just had DH bring me food. Good luck.

Oct 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I just pulled the last pan of Chocolate-Heath Bar Crunchies out of the oven

Oct 19, 2014
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Retire where?

I'm not quite sure of what board this should be posted or if it should be at all on a cooking board. But, that said, we are moving to Savannah, GA. Great food and entertainment to be had, it is not Florida, beaches, less expensive to live there than here (Bloomington, IN)and our retirement $$$$ will go further. I need a climate that is warm. I know the city from having lived there as a kid. Now we just have to get neglected maintenance and get this house on the market.

Oct 17, 2014
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Contaminated utensil

That is way too OCD to me. What is the spoon etc. contaminated with? Food you are going to eat? So that food you are preparing to eat is contaminated too? It just does not make any sense. Not prudent, just obsessively paranoid.

Oct 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Duck sausages, freshly made chunky applesauce and maybe some home fries and something green.

chili beans

Unfortunately they may not. One factor is how old the beans are. The longer they sit in a store or your pantry will have a factor on how dried the beans have become. Test one by biting into it and if it has some resistance they will need to cook longer. You can add more liquid to the pot and cook a while longer.

My mother and her mother and now I cook the beans separately. I most often cook my beans in a pressure cooker. When I was a child my mom would make the chili to rest over night and then serve the beans with it if one wanted beans in their chili. Most often we'd have beans, corn bread, cheese for supper and the chili the next night. Hmmm weather is cooling. Maybe I need to get some beans cooking.

Oct 17, 2014
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Pressure Oven

Forgive me if this has been discussed. I'm curious about the pressure oven, marketed as Wolfgang Puck's Pressure oven. I've got a birthday coming up in a week and that is a possible acquisition for the occasion. I also saw a bit of an infomercial with him selling it. Who has had some really hands on experience with it? Pros and Cons?

Oct 15, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

You are so very very right about "fat free" and healthy. Every diet should have fats in it. It is good for your skin, hair etc. Make sure your fats are natural and soft (not melted) at room temperature.

Oct 11, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I always use Baker's Joy when baking in those Nordic Ware pans. I've had sticking issues with some of them with the small details. With Baker's Joy it never sticks.

Oct 11, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month November 2014

A must have if one is going to get into Chinese cuisine. I just checked Amazon and the have some copies. It looks like there was another printing in 2009. I also noticed a couple of books with the same title so be careful when ordering.

Oct 11, 2014
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Marmalade has become crystallized?

Just heat and stir. The crystals of sugar will dissolve and blend back in to the marmalade. The suggestion of adding a shot of whisky is not a bad one, Frank Cooper's ( maker of the very best marmalade) used to offer marmalade with whisky in it.

Oct 11, 2014
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Accidentally left uncooked roast out overnight...toss?

Roast it. It will be fine.

Oct 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

The trouble is that so much looks so very good that I am just going to get in there and start cooking.

Oct 09, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

I just got Charles Pham's awaited book, The Slanted Door. I may have to just cook my way through it. I had time to leaf through it yesterday and can't wait to get started.

I'm anticipating Baking Chez Moi and cannot wait to get in to it.

Oct 09, 2014
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Please, share your delicious huckleberry or wild blueberry recipes.

The recipe in Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours for Citrus Berry is fabulous muffins. It is the first recipe in the book. It is buttery and the muffins just about melt in your mouth. I make regular and mini muffins with the recipe just watch your timing. There is never one left over. I've only had one person turn them down. He claimed not to like blueberries. I use the frozen wild blueberries that are tiny but bursting with flavor.

Oct 09, 2014
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New food mill vs. vintage

I've used Foleys all of mt life. I really like them for many jobs, mashed potatoes, seeding sour cherries, same with Concord grapes etc etc. My only caveat is that they do wear out. It may take many years but the grating bottoms wear down and aren't sharp. Something to look at in thrift shops etc. I may not use mine daily or even weekly but don't take it away from me.

Oct 03, 2014
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Slow Cooker books

Now that the DH and I have retired and that I have more time I am interested in digging out the slow cooker and using it. I think my new cookbook French Comfort Food that has a number of recipes I would like to make, my interested in using mine. As most of you know about me I'm a scratch cook and do not use mixes and cans. There are just two of us and I'm not crazy about leftovers. Plan-overs IE making something and having enough left to use in another recipe.

What are your favorites? Which books would you cook forever?

THX,
Candy

Oct 02, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

No chocolate or grapes/raisins for dogs. It can make them very ill.

Sep 23, 2014
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How do you clean a filthy microwave oven

Get Crud Cutter from a hardware store. It is great stuff.

Sep 11, 2014
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Pressure Oven -- How is this possible

I may have to buy one but as Pikawicca and I said to each other I'd like to see a demo before purchasing.

Sep 11, 2014
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What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

A couple of weeks ago I found some very good pancetta at my butcher store. I made carbonera. I was starved for it and ate more of it than ay other food this late summer.

Tackling the dreaded Beef wellington. What's your preference on cut?

You have a lot of good advice. I wanted to suggest you make individual BW's. That does help keep the cost down. If it will be just the two of you there is no point in buying a whole tenderloin.
I use Dufour puff pastry. Season each steak and brown lightly. Place each steak on a square of puff pastry, add the mushroom duxelles etc. Then pull the pastry up and seal. Then bake. It is [pretty simple.

Sep 10, 2014
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What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Hellman's/Best Foods has sugar in it. Totally unnecessary. I buy Duke's or Kraft Home style(Brown lid on the jar) no sugar in either.

Sep 09, 2014
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What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Baba Ganouj.

Sep 09, 2014
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Okay to use induction skillet on gas stove?

Absolutely.That is a bonus. You can use it on any cooktop.

Sep 04, 2014
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Any cheap ideas for knife storage with little to no counter space & no wall space?

You mentioned that you have under cabinet lighting that you plan to get rid of some day. How about now? There are under cabinet knife trays and they can swivel out of the way when not in use.

http://www.amazon.com/Wusthof-8001-Un...

Sep 04, 2014
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Designing my kitchen - Stove help

I have a full sized electric wall oven. I am kicking myself for not installing two. My DH and I cook and bake. It always seems like we both want the oven at the same time. The cupboards are custom and installing another would be a problem. We are planning on moving to Savannah in the near future.My new kitchen will have an induction cooktop and the the double ovens will be from Kitchen Aid. They have steam injection which is desirable when baking bread and we bake a lot of bread.

Sep 04, 2014
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handheld mixer

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-HM-90...

It is this one. Also the suggested price at $145 is a fairy tale.

Sep 03, 2014
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