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Pipérade

This is alo very good with eggs cooked on top of it, put it in a skillet, and drop the raw eggs onto the piperade and cook until desired doneness. (Cover a bit if you want the whites all solid) You can easily vary the heat to the desired level by changing the proportions of paprika and cayenne.

Sep 21, 2009
VillyCarl in Recipes

Why Is It Bad to Run Cold Water over a Hot Pan?

One exception to the cold wate in a hot pan is Cast Iron Pans. I have clean my Cast iron pans for years by running cold water into a very hot cast iron pan. Never a warp of any kind, never a problem. I do not use soap in my well seasoned cast iron as it will wash away the seasoning, Just cold water in the hot pan

Aug 29, 2009
VillyCarl in Features

Are Whole-Wheat and All-Purpose Flour Interchangeable?

When it comes to wheat flours, there are three catagories which have not been addressed here.There is Pastry flour, which comes from "Soft" (summer) wheat, and has a lower gluten content. Then there is "all purpose flour, which is a mix of the two, and then there is Bread Flour which is made with "Hard" (or Winter) wheat. whole grain pastry flour is more finely milled than the other varieties, and make very good pie crusts, muffins and cakes, albeit with a bit more "wheat" flavor. I have been using it for decades and always get tender flaky pie crusts. The problem arises because almost all the whole wheat flour you get in grocery stores is all purpose, not pastry or bread flours. Thy type of flour (pastry, all purpose, bread) can make a very big difference. Try making white flour pie crust with bread flower! Pure cardboard.

Aug 29, 2009
VillyCarl in Features

Do Bulk Bins Ever Get Cleaned?

Anyone who is worried about the "bacteria" getting into the bins of bulk food have obviusly never seen the way Grains, beans. seeds and other foods of this nature are harvested, stored and handled! The very growing of the food take place in a septic environment. The harvesting process is very dusty, and the bins that the grains etc go into on the harvesters are left out in the weather, likely as not all year around. Any farmer I know of would laugh if you told him he should clean his combine hopper before doing the harvest. the grains are then transfered to open bed trucks and hauled to the silos, or somtimes even stored on the ground for a while. Rats mice and insect get ito the product while in storage. That is why the USDA has a limit (Not zero) for rat and mice feces, and insect parts. Wether you buy bulk, plactic bagged, of processed flours etc, those are going to be there. Harping about the small contribution of open bins is making a mountain out of a mole hill considering the overall picture/

Aug 29, 2009
VillyCarl in Features

Is a Bell Pepper a Chile Pepper?

If you raise Bell Peppers in the same area as hot pepers, they will produce Capsaicin and become mildly hot.

Aug 29, 2009
VillyCarl in Features

Does Refrigerating Tomatoes Ruin Their Flavor?

The other thing that happens to tomatoes under 55 degrees is that they convert the sugars to starches, giving them a mealy texture and reduced flavor

Aug 29, 2009
VillyCarl in Features