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Lovely, tongue tickling Neapolitan style pizza at home. Tips?

Get a Breville pizza maker for about $150. It hits 650 degrees very quickly and does both sides of the pizza very nicely. Nothing can beat a real wood burning brick pizza oven but who wants to start a fire hours before you want one pizza!

It's a very good product from an excellent company.

Oct 04, 2014
cuvee31 in Home Cooking

Ina Garten Frozen Dinners?

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I just happened to get a run of negatives without running into a positive. Maybe I rushed to judgment when I thought that Ina was being unfairly slammed. I'll be more careful in future. Promise.

May 13, 2013
cuvee31 in Food Media & News

Ina Garten Frozen Dinners?

Everyone votes fail without trying them - is that fair? Ina's a business after all. I admit I was skeptical when I learned of the new frozen venture and decided to wait until they arrived at Safeway,

I was very surprised, up to this time the only frozen meals I've found "acceptable" were in France or Italy. They seem to know something we don't. Ina's have a very different approach to what you do with the food when you open and prepare it. Still keeping exactly to the time suggested on the package, the results are good. With a little help (salt, pepper, soy, chili) to suit your own taste - they're better than good. Wouldn't you add a little salt to something you cooked yourself?

Give her a break - they're less expensive than the crap P.F.Changs and way better.

May 12, 2013
cuvee31 in Food Media & News

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

Go to Eric Ripert's blog, this is the chicken tenders page but it'll get you in:

http://blog.aveceric.com/2008/06/29/h...

Jan 20, 2012
cuvee31 in Food Media & News

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

Williams-Sonoma has a version of the rectangular pan but with a bump in the middle that makes rolling an egg much easier

Jan 20, 2012
cuvee31 in Food Media & News

My Aplogies, but I Need to Vent About America's Test Kitchen

So great to find that I'm not alone. I've literally screamed at ATK for not only all the vile marketing practices they use, but twice I've responded to their offers to get stuff from their website, sent a check and STILL was unable to access what I paid for. No amount of WTF mail from me ever got a response - but I still really like Bridget and Julia,

Jan 20, 2012
cuvee31 in Food Media & News

Can I really bake dinner in a toaster oven?

When we remodeled our kitchen we lived for a year with a toaster oven and were duly amazed at its versatility. Now I've graduated to a Breville and that machine, though pricey, is a marvel. I'd suggest checking out the recipes from 4 star chef Eric Ripert on Youtube - they work and most are only 10 minutes start to finish. Just look for Eric Ripert: Getting Toasted. Better still go to Eric's blog at:
http://blog.aveceric.com/2008/06/29/h...

Jan 20, 2012
cuvee31 in Home Cooking

What Holiday Foods Can You Fly With?

"Don't try taking fruit to Hawaii" or Australia!

Dec 09, 2011
cuvee31 in Features

best or favourite market in the world?

Indoor:

Carrefours in Nice, France. The Costco of food markets - this is the only one in this chain that I've shopped at and it was an unforgettable experience. Food I'd never seen before, fresh everything, a sous vide section - I was stunned by the amount, the freshness, the displays, the variety and the staff. Not to mention the 69 checkout stands!

Jul 22, 2011
cuvee31 in General Topics

Sardine Ideas Packed like, erm ...

Here's a great sardine recipe:

Toast a good piece of rustic bread and put a thin spread of mayonnaise and a thin spread of dijon mustard on it. Cover with canned sardines - oil packed preferably and press the sardines into the bread, grind some black pepper and squeeze some lemon juice over everything. Very satisfying!

Oct 10, 2009
cuvee31 in Features