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Glass kettle vs. Zojirushi for tea?

I'm posting late because I often read old, old threads. I have the UtiliTea, which is a variable temp kettle, also sold by Amazon. I got it a year ago from the company directly --Adagio Teas.

I needed a second kettle for work, and I didn't want to spring for the Z. Like one reviewer @Amazon, I wish there were actual numbers on the (many) different water temp settings. But it's not that hard to figure it out, and if I really cared I'd mark the kettle myself. It's quick to heat, sturdier than many, and I thought a tea vendor would not risk selling a bad kettle and/or have bad customer service if a return was necessary. That has been true. An excellent investment.

Nov 29, 2009
TrinityMadai in Cookware

Chocolate Mint Gelato?

This is late, but for future inquiries-- my fav mint gelato recipe.

Fresh Mint Gelato
Danilo Zecchin of Ciao Bella - New York, NY
Adapted by StarChefs
Yield: 1 pint

* 2 cups of milk
* 3 egg yolks
* ½ cup sugar
* Vanilla extract, to taste
* 1 bunch fresh mint

Remove the mint leaves from the stems. In a bowl of cold water, gently clean the leaves. Spin or pat dry the mint.

In a bowl, combine the mint leaves and the milk. Cover and let steep in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The next day strain out the mint leaves.

In a stainless steel bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar. Heat this mixture slowly, by setting the bowl atop a large pot filled with simmering water. (Note: The bowl should rest on the rim of the pot and make sure that the bottom of the pot is suspended above the simmering water.) Whisk the mixture steadily, until it becomes thick.

In a small saucepan, scald the mint milk and then add the vanilla extract. Pour the hot milk over the egg mixture. Mix well. Continue to slowly stir the combined mixture for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and chill.

Freeze (churn) cooled mixture in an ice cream machine, according to the manufacturer’s directions. Garnish with mint leaves.


I use extra fresh mint, because I love mint. And I add just tiny bits of shaved chocolate, more to contrast with the mint than to get a serious chocolate flavor. But for parties I set out a bowl of good chocolate bits and curls to mix in.

May 13, 2008
TrinityMadai in Home Cooking

Classic Tomato Soup

Just what I was looking for. I increased quantities so I could use up a large can of tomatoes, and the rest of a box of chicken broth. And used unsweetened soy milk in place of the cream. Excellent, simple, easy to extrapolate...and fast. Thanks.

Nov 12, 2007
TrinityMadai in Recipes

Any good pizza in/near Washington Heights?

Haven't had anything great but Pizza Nova is what I get. Occasionally it's exceptional, like the time they had real roasted garlic. Always order it well done. They have specials which also make it cheaper, if you like plainer pies.

Sep 08, 2007
TrinityMadai in Manhattan

Jean Georges' Dunes

I worked with a chef who was at Dune and Cafe Martinique. I'd go for Dune over Mesa Grill, but I skew toward fresh, interesting, and seafood. (I'm assuming you ruled out Cafe Matisse.) Preparation on the Out Islands will vary wildly, of course. Supplies are always a problem (more so on the Out Islands), but Nobu and JG's places are relatively consistent, and fierce about maintaining standards by hook or crook.

Um, except, don't depend on anything labeled "organic" actually being organic--anywhere. It often will be, but. JG has been the leader in local and organic sourcing, but given the way the Bahamian economy is structured, many things we take for granted aren't remotely possible...

On that topic: if coffee matters to you, you know to bring it with you? Outside of the very best places, you'll get Sanka, if you're lucky. You can also pick up a half pound at a Starbucks before you leave Nassau.

Best prices on pink grapefruit

Thanks for the tips. I know nothing will match one fresh off the tree, but "pretty good" is fine.

I may end up having them shipped, but it's good to know 3 places to look.

Jun 23, 2007
TrinityMadai in Manhattan

Grapefruit Pie report

Thanks for this, love pink grapefruit.

Jun 23, 2007
TrinityMadai in Home Cooking

Best prices on pink grapefruit

Just got back from months in the Bahamas, where I lived near a pink grapefruit farm. I have a serious addiction to them--2-3/day.

Half of what I buy here are not very good. I can improve my percentages by sticking with certain Korean markets.


They were $1.29 a few months they're $1.79, and Fresh Direct wants $2.29 each (5 for $10).

I never had time for greenmarkets before, but I've started learning the ropes, for produce in general. Any ideas for sources of pink grapefruit?

Jun 23, 2007
TrinityMadai in Manhattan

Where can I buy a country ham? In Man. or Bklyn

A whole one? That you soak and cook yourself in your large oven? I order from North Carolina. They also have pre-cooked and sliced; I vacuum-pack if I order too much.

When in a hurry, I sub an Italian or French dry ham.

Jun 23, 2007
TrinityMadai in Manhattan

Pink Grapefruit and Green Tea Drink

I never drink the juice (love them too much, must be savored), but for this I would. Thanks.

Jun 23, 2007
TrinityMadai in Recipes