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Dacor discovery 48" range or Miele

As I usually respond to questions about new ranges, I'm suggesting that you look into a range with induction heating. It is faster and more energy efficient than regular electric or gas and cleaner too.

You will need pans that are magnetic. Most cookware makers are now making induction compatible. If a magnet will not stick to your pan you can use an interface disc. I have a variety of pots and pans so I use the interface disc when necessary as with my Swiss Diamond pots SD is now producing pots and pans for induction as does all-clad and many others. My most used cookware is from Chantal, made in Germany. Enameled inside and out for easy care and a carbon steel and copper core.

I think me are moving towards induction as the ranges of the future. They have been around for a good bit of time but customers were not getting on board. In case of power outages something like a Max Burton dual burner coooker. They use cylinders of butane.

2 days ago
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Corn Flour / Masa harina

Corn Flour = Corn Starch

Masa Harina is made from corn that has been treated with lye, Just as hominy is, then dried and ground into masa.Use masa to make corn tortillas and tamales. White AP flour is used to make flout tortillas

Jun 28, 2015
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Mint or peppermint for mint ice cream?

I use spearmint from my garden. About 2 weeks ago I made mint ice cream from Jeni's ice cream cookbook. I decided to make it taste like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie. The fresh mint infused the milk and cream. Then after churn freezing as I was packing into the freezer container I layered in random amounts of broken vanilla wafers and then put it into the freezer to firm up. I made a very dark chocolate sauce to go on top. The vanilla wafers stayed firm and crunchy, the clean taste of mint came through nicely and the chocolate sauce completed it nicely. I'm thinking about using Jeni's recipe for chocolate mint ice cream. It uses a very dark chocolate ice cream recipe. Both of her books, Jeni's Splended Ice Cream and Jeni's Splendid ice Cream Desserts are worth having if you like ice cream making.

Jun 26, 2015
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Odd Copper ID -- what is this pot?

I would like to see a different picture, one from the outside. It looks to me as if it is slightly flared. If that is so it is a jam pot for making jams and jellies. The flare as in windsor pans is to help with reduction of liquids. There was a brand of copper that Calphalon was under the direction of Kasperzak, the founder. It was Castle Copper imported from Ireland and they mad jam pots. After K died the company discontinued importing it. I've tried Googling for Castle Copper with no luck. It is too bad, it was a superior pan.

Check out these pix. https://www.google.com/search?q=coppe...

Jun 25, 2015
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big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

I'm in the same boat. I open the door and stuff falls out. I am trying to avoid buying any thing that might end up in the freezer, except for ice cream. I did a fridge purge and reorganization last week and I'll get to the freezer next. I plan to be ruthless about what goes and also what can be used in our dog's dishes. My DH is a dab hoarder and a leftover user. I'm not and the stuff multiplies it seems over night.

Jun 25, 2015
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What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

Are you saying that the enamel on Le Creuset is dangerous? That is sooo very not true. It is ceramic and inert. It is expensive and rarely goes on sale unless the color is being discontinues. Le Creuset prices are controlled by the company. If a store discounts it they simple won't sell to that store anymore.

Le Creuset has 2nds shops in a number of outlet malls. I've seen pots in TJ Maxx and Homegoods so if you aren't fussy about the color go for it. Those 2 stores also sell other better brands as second's too. The only way I can see LC being dangerous is to drop it on your foot.

Jun 23, 2015
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What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

That old wives tale about Teflon needs to go away. You cannot get your pan hot enough for it to outgas. Our ranges cannot get that heat high enough.

Don't buy a set. You will end up with some pieces you don't use and don't want. If you find a set where you are sure you will use all of the pieces then go for it.

I buy pots and pans by how I will use them. No matchy matchy. In my kitchen you will find some Swill Diamond, Le Creuset, Chantal, old original Calphalon, cast iron and others. Just buy what you are going to use.

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Either deviled crab or crab cakes.

Why am I such a bad baker?

A great book for beginners is Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours. Follow the directions exactly. Everything the book works and they are all good recipes.I gave my niece a copy after she flatly announced that she does not bake. She's in her 40's a mother of 4. She called me so excited. She made her first batch of cookies from scratch and the family loved them.

Jun 22, 2015
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July 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

A GRACIOUS PLENTY

Jun 22, 2015
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Cookbook Challenge

We are trying to do this. First book up is Edward Lee's Pickles and Smoke. We've had 3 recipes from the book, my favorite was Piggy Burgers with homemade sun dried tomato catsup. It makes a lot of catsup. Even serving 4-8 people a half recipe will be plenty. His restaurant is in Louisville, not too far away. We'll have to get down there anyway, it is a good day trip. Next book up is Sean Brock's Heritage. I have made the fried chicken skins, took them to a party last year and the vanished almost instantly. This 4th I'm making the chicken skins and his lettuce wrap with fried pork ear strips. I've had it in one of his restaurants. I think the next up should be Grammercy Tavern.

Jun 22, 2015
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Orange/brown stain on Le Creuset cast iron skillet

Buy some Krud Kutter. Spray it on and let it sit for a few moments and then wash it off. It is the best general cleaner on the market and can tackle almost any job. My husband has been baking no need bread in one of my LC pots. It went from white to deep cream in color. KK and almost like new. It is non-toxic and biodegradable.

Jun 21, 2015
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Seems like I am always buying ______________ when I grocery shop

Ice cream but I make my own too. Eggs. I seem to go through a lot of them. Fruit fresh and frozen.

Jun 21, 2015
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Anyone remember those creamy orange creamsicles?

They were Dreamsicles. I may to make some ice cream with those flavors. It should not be hard to do.

Jun 21, 2015
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Why am I such a bad baker?

I will also chime in on the side of exact measurement. Baking is chemistry. Follow the formula. Don't for example use a medium or an extra large egg instead of a large unless those sizes are called for. Ina Garten calls for X-L eggs in her baking and I think it is a way to protect her recipes. Anyway, deviating in ingredient measures will throw the ratios off. This does not mean that you cannot change add-ins, chocolate chips, nuts etc. Keep practicing, measure, measure and weigh.

Jun 21, 2015
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Pondering silverware...

If it were me I'd say use it, maybe use it at dinner every night it gets better looking with use and age, but I am a silver junkie. Don't just save it for special occasions or guests. You can wash it in the dishwasher, except for knives, as long as there is no stainless steel in the washer. The knife blades are stainless while the handle is silver and they are cemented together. Knocking around in the dishwasher can loosen the blades. Stainless steel in the washer can leave a very difficult to remove yellow-ish stain on the silver.

That said, yes Replacements Ltd. and Classic Replacements, or Silver Queen do buy silver for resale as suggested above but you will not get the retail price, probably 1/3 of the list price, if you are lucky. Do you know your pattern's name? If so you can look it up at those sites and get an idea of what it sells for. The re-seller will try to get as low a price as possible. Another idea, after you find the value, is consignment. The consignment shop will get as much as they can and then give you a portion of the sale price. Me I use it and enjoy it.

Jun 20, 2015
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Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

I'm waiting for really fresh green beans to make my Dilly Beans, quite spicy and often requested. I make them for Christmas gifts.

Jun 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Something with shrimp, I'm just not sure yet what it will be. I'm thinking about a Rick Bayless recipe I've not made in quite awhile. It is very garlicky and spicy. They can go in tacos or stand alone.

Percolator, auto-drip, or press? Or...?

Well if you are not fussy about coffee you could buy a percolator. They do make the worst coffee. It essentially boils the coffee making it bitter. I had to do a paper on coffee makers in College ( I was a Home Ec Ed major). Drip is good but a coffee press will provide the best coffee. Most presses are made of glass. I've also seen a double walled, insulating press that is stainless. The glass can break but replacements are easy to get and there are some Lexan pots available too.

Jun 19, 2015
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Cake Baking cookware and tips

Teflon has been proven to be safe. The old wives tales about the stuff needs to go away. I really prefer the silicone pans anyway.

Jun 19, 2015
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I'm blocking for the name of a dessert

Pat, You can also make a savory clafoutis as a side dish. When the tomatoes are ripe and ready I make it with some fresh thyme. The recipe is from Patricia Well's book At Home in Provence,

Jun 19, 2015
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Copper River Salmon

I was in Kroger a couple of days ago and found that they had Copper River Salmon fillets at $9.99/lb. Since it is our Salmon of choice and the local butcher shop had it at $37.00/lb. I bought it. What a waste. There was no flavor at all. When I bought it at the butcher shop last summer it had no flavor. I'm really wondering why. It has been something I waited for to come on the market every year,and was the only salmon we like. Anyone have any clues?

Jun 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

We've had green chili cheeseburgers a couple of times lately. Last night we made piggy burgers from Edward Lee's Smoke and Pickles. The catchup to go with it made a lot more than we needed but it will keep. The burgers are something to make again and again.

Sorbet, ice cream, and other frosty treats

That mint IC was a hit. The recipe is definitely a keeper. I made buttermilk ice cream a few weeks ago. I added some natural butter flavoring to it and the ic tasted like ic made from creme fraiche (SP). If you are expecting something sweet this won't be it. It is lovely with some fresh fruit. Next up will be some sort of cherry ice cream.

Jun 19, 2015
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Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste

I use it. Not exclusively but when I don't have any beans on hand and I want those little specks of vanilla bean it what I am making. Some people like it because there is no alcohol in it. It is good stuff.

Jun 19, 2015
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Chicken help!

Get Andrea Nguyen's book Asian Dumplings. It is very thorough and you'll be amazed at what you, a newbie, can do. She'll having you making your own wrappers too. I tested a lot of the recipes for the book and it is excellent.

Jun 19, 2015
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Planning a Birthday Lunch - Do I pay for Birthday Girl?

You pay,you're the host and issued the invitation. That is it, period.

Jun 18, 2015
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July 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

SMOKE AND PICKLES by Edward Lee It is a Southern and Asian cross book. Lee is located in Louisville and we are planning to get down there this summer for dinner some weekend.

Jun 16, 2015
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Cookbook Challenge

Just yesterday I was thinking I should take a cookbook each week and make 2 recipes that week from each book

Jun 16, 2015
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Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

I found this in an "antiques" mall. I had to have it.