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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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handheld mixer

Actually Greygarious, I have a Cuisinart hand mixer that is very powerful and it comes with dough hooks(a pair). I do have a stand mixer so I've not used the hooks but it is nice to have them as an option if the stand mixer is out of commission. I've taken it with me on a couple of trips where I was the principal cook and I knew that the kitchen there did not have a mixer of any sort.

It is the HM-90SWS 9 speed model. It was about $50.00

Sep 03, 2014
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Salmon loaf!

My mother made salmon loaf when I was a kid and served it up with a thin sauce with chopped hard cooked eggs in it. I think that is one of the reasons that I really dislike salmon.

Sep 03, 2014
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Recipes for canned tuna other than salad or pasta - lower carb options

I make chicken tonnato. Usually made with veal scallops. I poach a chicken breast (plenty for 2) thinly sliced and napped with the tonnato sauce and sprinkled with capers.It is a lovely cool dish for a hot summer night.

Sep 02, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I used Deborah Madison's recipe from her Seasonal Fruits book. There are a number of recipes on line. They are all pretty similar. For the thickener I used King Arthur's Pie Enhancer which I really like. It is a super fine blend of tapioca, ultra fine sugar and corn starch. I bought it on a whim last winter and have found it very good. I does not substitute for sugar in a recipe.

Sep 01, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

I received my copy of French Home Cooking today, I have Dorie Greenspan's new book pre-ordered. I'm going to pre-order Plenty More.

Sep 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Yes and very tasty.

Sep 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Grape pie. It is a terrific late summer treat.

Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

I have used a pressure cooker for over 10 years. I have 2 of them. Mine are Fagor Duos and I am very happy with them. They are stove top models. They are easy to clean, no more jiggly thing on the top. They are safe and efficient and of course your energy usage is much better.

Aug 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

My husband got more Concord grapes at the market this AM. The farmer said that they'll be around for another 2-3 weeks. I just put the pie dough together and it is chilling. I'll put the filling together after awhile.

Aug 30, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I just ordered French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis. I borrowed it from our library and after leafing through it I found at least 10 recipes I would like to make. The recipes are simple and there are even a few slow cooker recipes that I may get around to making.

Aug 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Our Red Havens were wiped out by a late freeze. Not many to be had this summer.

Aug 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

There are several recipes on line. You slip the skins off and reserve and then cook the grapes and pass them through a food mill to extract the seeds.

Aug 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

My cousin's husband grows Concord grapes for Welch's. They live in the Erie Pa. area.

Aug 30, 2014
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Cookbooks or recipes for jaded, time-constrained mom

I would suggest Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table. Her recipes are quite doable. Not to go on in the French vein but I did take out from my library yesterday French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis. After sitting down and paging through it I found at least 10 dishes I would make so I ordered it immediately. Long Nights and Log Fires is another good book to have. It is a compendium of winter recipes collected from many chefs.

I would also suggest that you look into getting a pressure cooker and any of Lorna Sass' books on the subject. PCs are safe and also cuts down of a lot of time. Pea Soup takes about 15 minutes without soaking the split peas. I bought my niece, a mother of 4, one a few years ago and now she would not be with out one. Getting a pot roast done in 25 mins is a treasure for her. I have a slow cooker but have not used it in years. When I was working it took too much time in the AMs when I needed every minute to get out the door and too work. Maybe now with retirement I may get it out. In The French Comfort Food there are a number or recipes for a slow cooker.

Aug 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

In Indiana the grocery stores do not stock Concord Grapes,and I wonder why. Last Sat. at the local farmer's market my husband found locally grown Concords. I'm hoping there will be more tomorrow AM so I can buy some more. If I can I'll be making grape pie. I've got my fingers crossed.

Aug 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

I'm making a peach cobbler tomorrow. I got some gorgeous S. Carolina peaches on Friday at our local Co-Op. Then grape pie. My husband found Concord grapes at our farmer's mkt on Sat. I don't know why the grocery stores around here don't stock them. It is frustrating and you cannot freeze grapes to use later. Grape Pie is a once a year treat when I can get them.

Aug 24, 2014
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London dining help sought, please.

The Brindisi in Borough Market sells an amazing sandwich in their stall. It is a crusty roll with grilled chorizo, poquillo peppers and arugula. I can make the sandwiches here but it seems like that is a must in the first day.

Also, Neal's Yard Dairy is very close to Brindisi. It has an amazing array of cheeses and some other tasty items too.

Aug 23, 2014
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London dining help sought, please.

I love Geales

Aug 23, 2014
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London dining help sought, please.

If you have not purchased your flight tickets I heartily recommend flying out of Chicago. AA flight 90 leaves about 8:00 AM and is a direct flight. It gets you in to Heathrow at around 10:00 PM London time. Get a bite to eat and a drink. Go to sleep and wake up with no jet lag.

I know that was not about food. It has been about 4-5 years since our last trip to London but I have relied on Harden's restaurant guide. It has not let us down once. It also has maps in the back of the book that show where the restaurants are in each neighborhood. You can check them out on line too and order a guide in advance.

Aug 23, 2014
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What does your cookbook collection look like?

We had a very fortunate house fire a number of years ago and I was able to double the size of my kitchen.

Aug 21, 2014
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