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I Hate My Gas Grill, and Use It All the Time

OK, I have a total of 4 pieces of outdor cooking equipment,(2 gas grills, a charcoal grill and a big, side firebox BBQ smoker) and a big yard. A good quality gas grill like a Weber will get up into the 550°- 650°F range. And if you are wondering about if it's hot enough to cook your salmon, get a thermometer. Or buy a better gas grill. You can't beat gas for speed cooking, coal or wood for flavor. Everything in life is a trade-off.

It sounds like you think its all too much work, so maybe you should just stick to take-out.

Jun 16, 2012
Zenpup in Features

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

Talk about a one-sided article. CHOW, I expected so much more from you. This reads more like something from PETA than CHOW. And "political opportunism, or grandstanding, or taking an easy position against a luxury food with a small constituency" completely describes this article. Mr Birdsall, please go read Kenji Lopez-Alt over at Serious Eats on this topic. You may learn something useful.

May 11, 2012
Zenpup in Features

History of microwave-cooking?

I've had some fun reading here and some funny memories similar to the ones posted here, but the big reminder is to go look on my shelves for Barbara Kafka's "Microwave Gourmet" . I need to find the brownie recipe, and try it again to see if it is still as good as we thought it was in the early '80's. Dark, rich and fudgy.

Jul 08, 2011
Zenpup in General Topics

Le Creuset 5qt Oval ???

Oval is great. You can make anything you would make in a round pot, but in the oval you can fit in a whole chicken or a boned, rolled roast. I have several, both rounds and ovals, and the ovals get used far more often. Nice price, too!

However, if you can get the 6.5 qt. oval for a good price instead of the 5.5, I'd do that if storage ( or weight) isn't a problem. You can always make less in a larger pot, but not more in a small one, and most things you'd use a french oven to make lend themselves to leftovers and freezing.

Jan 22, 2010
Zenpup in Cookware

What's the Difference Between Catsup and Ketchup?

If it was just plain old corn syrup, that wouldn't be bad, but now it's the evil High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Nov 20, 2009
Zenpup in Features

Walmart Presents: Feasting on the Cheap

Am in agreement with Shanagain and Samalicious. Terrifying? Go volunteer in a soup kitchen and you'll understand that all of us are simply a heartbeat away from being in that terrifying position ourselves. Remember this holiday is about gratitude.

Nov 18, 2009
Zenpup in Features

Propane vs Induction one more time

Thank you. But the manufacturer of the pacemaker has, in the printed materials provided with the post surgery pack, suggested NOT using induction.

And of course, I am sure if we did choose induction, if something happened to my husband or his pacemaker, The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health would be right there to take care of him and the rest of the family. He's not even supposed to use pull-cord starters on equipment like snowblowers or mowers.

If there's a chance of a problem, and it concerns my husband's heart, we're not going there.

Nov 15, 2009
Zenpup in Cookware

Propane vs Induction one more time

My original plan was to do the gas range, and add two induction burners in the island. I love both; but since my DH has a pacemaker, opted for just gas. Plus I can't roast peppers over an induction burner, or flame brandy in a pan without a match. Depending on how you cook, perhaps both might be an option?

Because of the magnet in an induction burner, folks with pacemakers need to stay away from them, and my DH is a good cook, too.

Nov 14, 2009
Zenpup in Cookware

Brownies from a mix using applesauce instead of oil?

Pureed cooked prunes or baby food jarred prune puree works much better than applesauce. Not gummy, and gives a deep, dark sweet flavor; you can't taste the prunes at all.

Nov 14, 2009
Zenpup in Home Cooking

Classic Tomato Soup

Please let us know who is the manufacturer of the soup mug, or where they can be purchased. Thanks!

Nov 04, 2009
Zenpup in Recipes