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What is this thing? (Some kind of grilling accessory / attachment)

Thanks, I will check it out next time I am in Chinatown!

Aug 22, 2010
cynara in Cookware

Best coffee maker under $75?

Second the aeropress. Requires a bit of elbow grease, but once you get the hang of it, it's a cinch. I use it primarily to make concentrate for iced coffee, but I believe you can reheat the stuff too. It produces a really delicious brew.

Aug 21, 2010
cynara in Cookware

What is this thing? (Some kind of grilling accessory / attachment)

I saw this contraption on this blog -- http://oishiieats.blogspot.com/2006/0...

It was used in conjunction with a butane burner to grill pork for Vietnamese pork.

It looks like the function is to allow the meat to come in direct contact with the flame, so I guess it differs from the usual stovetop grill pan. But how is it different than a broiler?

Can anyone tell me what it is and where I can find one (either online or in NYC)? Can you use it over a regular burner? Are there any other uses for it apart from grilling thin slices of meat?

Aug 21, 2010
cynara in Cookware

restaurant supply store in the flatiron?

I've never heard of JB Prince, and I'm curious to check it out. Beats trekking down to the Bowery!

Jun 30, 2010
cynara in Manhattan

restaurant supply store in the flatiron?

Broadway Restaurant Supply -- I think that's it! Thank you thank you thank you.

Jun 30, 2010
cynara in Manhattan

restaurant supply store in the flatiron?

Wow, that was fast! No, it wasn't N.Y. Cake, it was a traditional restaurant supply store like the ones you find down on the Bowery. Very narrow, high ceilings, chock full of stainless steel pots and pans. I'm actually looking for a source in the city that carries the brown takeout containers you find at Whole Foods. I've tried several places on the Bowery to no avail... that place was my last hope!

Jun 30, 2010
cynara in Manhattan

restaurant supply store in the flatiron?

I'm trying to remember the name / location of a restaurant supply shop in the flatiron neighborhood. I don't know if it is still there or not. But I remember it was near all those art supply stores like Sam Flax and AI Friedman. Ring a bell?

Jun 30, 2010
cynara in Manhattan

Parboiling chicken bones for soup stock?

I've been researching recipes to make a rich, golden chicken stock. When I make a beef stock for Pho, I parboil the beef bones. From what I understand, this process gets rid of impurities like blood and fat that would otherwise cloud the stock. But I have not found any recipes that call for parboiling chicken bones for chicken stock. I did find one recipe by Bobby Flay that calls for pre-roasting the parts. And I've read that parboiling beef bones yields better results than roasting.

Does anyone have experience parboiling chicken bones for stock, or know why most recipes don't call for it?

Jun 15, 2010
cynara in Home Cooking

Pitch black chocolate cake and icing recipes?

Thanks for the suggestions! I think I will take bushwickgirl's advice and see if I can cobble something together using black cocoa and one of the recipes for a super dark cake.

Apr 27, 2010
cynara in Home Cooking

Pitch black chocolate cake and icing recipes?

I stumbled upon this image of a chocolate cake from M Café in L.A. and I want to try to reproduce it.

It looks like some sort of a super moist, pitch black chocolate cake (I imagine it involves dutch process cocoa), a light and dark mousse filling, and a chocolate glaze or perhaps thin coat of ganache icing that is also oreo cookie black.

Any ideas?

Apr 19, 2010
cynara in Home Cooking

Australian Crackthins, Water Wheels recipe?

I love Australian Crackerthin crackers. They're kind of a cross between a Carr's table water cracker and a rice cracker. Thin, light, crisp. I've seen them sold under the name "Water Wheels" and also sometimes referred to as "wafers" and "crispbreads."

I'd like to try making them at home, but have no idea where to begin, as most recipes for crackers are of the traditional, flatbread variety, which are too heavy. I've looked online using the above keywords, but have not had any luck.

Any suggestions?

Dec 05, 2009
cynara in Home Cooking

Stove top grate for flame grilling

Thanks, these are all great suggestions. I may try the barbecue fork method next time, and will also check out a restaurant supply shop for their tabletop burner accessories.

Nov 13, 2009
cynara in Cookware

Stove top grate for flame grilling

I'm attempting to char onions over a gas burner on a stove top with a standard grate. I've had no problems doing this in the past with peppers; I can just cut one up and grip it with a pair of tongs to hold over the open flame. However, the onions are too unwieldy to handle with tongs (either whole or halved) and they keep falling off the grate.

Is there a product that fits on a standard stove top and converts the burner into a flame grill? (Not a grill pan.) I'm looking for something that can either go over one or two burners. Kind of like this:
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wc...

Nov 07, 2009
cynara in Cookware

Where can I buy unusual artisanal honey?

Thank you all for the suggestions. I ended up stopping by Blue Ribbon and picked up a bottle of Golden Reserve honey. All this talk of honey has given me a craving for blue cheese and honeycomb. May have to swing by the farmer's market on Saturday to see if they have it.

Sep 02, 2009
cynara in Manhattan

Where can I buy unusual artisanal honey?

I'm looking to buy a gift for a friend who likes artisanal honey. I know you can buy certain varieties in gourmet stores, but I'm looking for something that's a bit more unusual. It could be local / regional, but it doesn't have to be. I'm also mailing this, so it would have to be packaged pretty well.

Any ideas?

Sep 02, 2009
cynara in Manhattan