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Ideal set of Cookware, Ala Carte?

Hi Angelus,

Calphalon Commercial has been back in production for several years.

about 18 hours ago
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

<Don't like curry, jerk, adobo, sazon, and the like.>

I get that. We've all got flavor profiles that don't work for us. Curry tastes very dusty to me, not something I want in my mouth. Chipotle peppers don't work for me, either. In every dish I've eaten, and there are many, with chipotle peppers, smoke has dominated in an unpleasant way. Smoky ribs or pork, hells yeah. Chipotle, not so much.*shrug*

about 22 hours ago
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Dripless Bottles for Pouring Oil..?

Thanks for linking that cruet, cleobeach. I used the popular pour spout bottle for years, but they always leaked. Then I switched to squeeze bottles, which leak, too. A paper towel and rubber band take care of it, but the towel is quickly oil-soaked.

I just ordered the Chef's Planet bottle and have high hopes this might be the one. At least I can be sure it won't drip!

about 23 hours ago
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

So many of the older big chains have gone that route, all to chase customers and hopefully give us what we want.

I laugh to see the newer places like Moe's, Chipotle, and new burger chains that have gone the simple menu route. Maybe TB will wake up and smell the salsa? In the words of the immortal Steve Martin "Nah".

1 day ago
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Help Picking New Cookware

You have ceramic bowls of some kind? And drinking glasses? Ok, try it with a saucepan, a bowl and a glass with a diameter smaller than the bowl. Do it twice; once fast, once slow.

The bowl (if it isn't beaded or rolled at all) should be a disaster at slow.

I won't get into the mechanics of drinking liquids. But it is true that cups and glasses lacking beaded rims are quite prone to drips. You'll see why when you do the slow test.

1 day ago
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4 pieces of kitchen gear

I did indeed. Excellent memory, btc! It was an old West Bend model, the Stir Crazy without the stirring arm. I think it might have been called "Pop Crazy" but can't be sure.

1 day ago
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

You won't get booted, but you will need to turn in your secret decoder ring. I lost mine over a box of Hamburger Helper. <sigh>

Help Picking New Cookware

< I don't actually know if that makes pouring things more difficult since I've never used something with that edge>

Bet you have. Check your coffee cups. Most likely they have straight rims. Pour from one of those and compare it to pouring from your cookware.

Rolled edges make pouring much easier, especially when trying to pour thin liquids into a cup. One of the reasons for beaded rims on drinking glasses is to stop drips. When you drink from one of these, the liquid cooperatively flows back into the glass instead of down the outside of it when you're done. Usually, the bead is so small you don't even notice it until you look closely. Oddly, most cups don't have a bead. Even a flared rim will help.

2 days ago
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4 pieces of kitchen gear

Make the move, you know you want to. ;-)

2 days ago
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4 pieces of kitchen gear

Why make things unnecessarily complicated? Do we really need the crockpot? 3 take out menus and a toaster oven for reheating the leftovers works nicely.

2 days ago
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Hi Hungry,

I just read some history today which suggests that it wasn't really cowboys who invented Tex-Mex, but the Mexican women who were part of the big migration of Mexicans into Texas/New Mexico around 1850.

This was the first I'd read of an immigrant flood, thinking that the population was more of less stable, only the flag and boundaries changed. This info came via Serious Eats, in their examination of the history of Queso dip. Who knew Queso came with a history lesson?

You don't like Jerk chicken? Say it isn't so. :-(
I think Jerk burgers are heavenly, as are fries with Pickapeppa sauce.

Duffy

2 days ago
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Lefty needs a knife!

Thanks for the clarification, Cowboy.

<I wouldn't recommend Cutco's non-serrated offerings for leftys or rightys.>

I agree and would go a little farther and say that the *only* Cutco kitchen knife I would recommend to anyone is their open cheese knife, which has a singularly comfortable handle for this type of knife.

It's material is similar to the grippy pebbled Sani-Safe handles used by Forschner and others. But it's a little softer. The shape is classic Cutco. The blade is nothing special, with micro-serrations. I've had other knives in this style, serrated and non-, all performed about the same, but this one is more comfy for cutting semi-hard/hard cheeses like sharp cheddar.

2 days ago
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Lefty needs a knife!

Hi Paynegame,

First, I don't think Cutco is a scam so much as they're very expensive for what they are. The lifetime warranty isn't all it's cracked up to be, either. My serrated spreader knife that I bought in the late 70's no longer has any edge to speak of. The serrations are all but smooth. Cutco won't replace it, saying I must have used a sharpener on it (not true).

As to their handles making them well-suited for lefties & righties both, this is true of most knives. Most mass-market knives have the same angle on both sides of the blade and the handles are symmetrical along the spine's axis.

Duffy

Mar 02, 2015
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What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

Hey drongo,

When my I screwed up the timing and melted my Progressive microwave rice cooker, I decided to go with an electric one (8 cups) and have only two regrets; it's not big enough or smart enough. Don't get me wrong, it handles white and brown rice really well for the 2 of us. Love it for that, it's perfect. What it won't do is steel cut oats and some of the other things people routinely cook in their rice cookers. It's just too small to deal with the vigorous bubbling that happens when those foods first come to the boil. It boils right over the lid and onto the counter, with gelatinous, gluey, starchy gunk. Larger versions of the same design I have work just fine.

It also isn't smart enough to handle wild rice and other grains that require longer cook times than ordinary white or brown rice.

I wanted something inexpensive (who knew if I'd like it?) that wouldn't take up a ton of room on the counter, and I got it. It's pretty small, about the size of a 2-qt slow cooker or 2-slice toaster. It easily handles 1-2 cups uncooked white/brown rice (2-4 cups cooked). I haven't tried it with more because with the 2 of us, that's plenty for the week. I haven't considered upgrading yet because I don't cook oats or wild rice enough to justify the extra size and expense. Not yet. But if it dies, absolutely I'll get another, I'm that impressed with the consistency of the rice.

But it's something to think about. If your thinking is that giving up that much real estate requires something that will give versatility, go for a fuzzy logic cooker that does several things, and make sure it's big enough.

Also, beware the Breville Risotto cooker unless you like crunchy rice. Rice cooked in it for dinner needs to be removed as soon as it's done. The warming plate gets much too hot and continues cooking the rice.

This is the one I have, and like I said, for white/brown rice for 2-4, it's lovely. For more people or versatility, go bigger or look at other models: http://smile.amazon.com/Aroma-Cooked-...

Mar 02, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

We got a lemon tree (3' gangly bush) from Mom, but although it's bloomed every year of the 3 we've had it, it's only produced 1 lemon. Someone nabbed it, right out of our yard! >:-(

Feb 28, 2015
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What are you lusting after?

hi Susangria,

If you can live with a 10" pan, you can use either the LC Grill Pan or Skinny Grill. Plop a lid on it and you're set.

Feb 28, 2015
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What tools do you take when you travel?

I buy a cheap knife when I get there, often a serrated one, if it's not too toothy. wavy-edge ones are great finds. Then I leave it behind. I don't sweat the pans, figuring I can make it work.

Feb 27, 2015
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What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

Yeah, I like my KA fine, too. It doesn't get used much anymore since I got a handheld, but I won't be letting it go anytime soon.

I only wanted to remind you that scratch cooking doesn't have anything to do with our appliances. :-)

Feb 27, 2015
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4 pieces of kitchen gear

That. My pasta pot would be a 6 quart one, with DO dimensions for max versatility.

I could get by with only 3 bits of gear if I had to, swapping out the pot/pan for a nice sauté pan. Maybe 4-5 quarts.

Feb 27, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

Bonus: Built-in crumb catcher!

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

Google "slipper socks". Or search it on Amazon. They're easily found this time of year.

Feb 27, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

I used to get the same socks at Gap. They were called "cozy socks".

I'm currently wearing 2 leg warmers (doubled) on my left leg, because that shin aches unbearably when it's cold. My feet? Perfectly comfy, maybe slightly chilly toes (wearing thong slippers). Thighs? Just fine. Right shin? Right as rain. Left one? Got any more leg warmers?

Feb 27, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

<I have gone back to the original ccc recipe on the bag of Nestle's chocolate chips because I am married to a purist...>

Yeah, it's the one I still use, too. I think I realized how beloved those cookies were at a Navy cookout one year. Plenty of cookies were there, but the 200 that I made were devoured, every one. I was able to get vanilla from Mexico back then, it elevates the cookies to something amazing, no question. No other vanilla can duplicate that secret ingredient.

Still, I've promised myself that the next batch I bake will be the SK crispy, chewy ones.

Feb 27, 2015
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What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

<the KA lift bowl makes me really good bread on demand.>

What? It shapes and bakes, too? Hells bells, and I just got me a Zo bread machine.

<I'm a scratch cook.>

Um, you do realize that if "scratch" means you don't use a blender, FP, slow cooker or bread machine, that you only use your knives and cookware....well, what's with the KA mixer? Why aren't you mixing and kneading by hand?

Me, I always thought cooking from scratch meant using fresh ingredients, as opposed to pre-processed stuff. You know, like a cake from scratch (flour, sugar, eggs, etc...) instead of a box?

Feb 27, 2015
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Does anybody LIKE their ceramic cooktop?

Hi hateglasstop,

You may have read this before. Induction ranges are much, much easier to clean than radiant glass tops, because food doesn't burn on. No razor blades needed, I promise. Just glass cleaner.

The scratching issue can be addressed a number of ways, by placing something under the pan. You can use newspaper, paper towels, parchment or silicone.

Feb 27, 2015
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What is the best set of budget clad cookware? Tramontina? Better Homes & Gardens? Kenmore? Other?

An easier (and cheaper!) fix for the blue color change is a splash of vinegar, even dilute vinegar. I keep a bottle of 50% water/vinegar under my sink for that and for salt deposits from boiling water for pasta/potatoes and such. It's magical on both.

A little splash swirled around the bottom and rinsed out will do it. For tough mineral deposits, it might take up to 30 seconds to dissolve all the salts.

I save BKF for stubborn food.

Feb 27, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

You're the second person I've known with Reynaud's. My bud chose her bowling ball's color to match her hands.

Feb 27, 2015
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What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

<i hope i didn't so too jerky.>

Well, let's look at the evidence:

KA Mixer - lots of Hounds have one, some have multiples
immersion blender - who doesn't?
pressure cooker - see above
jura capresso - uncommon item, but you're not alone
high btu stove - what's in between common and uncommon?
second oven - yawn
high cfm hood - I'm sorry, were you speaking?

So you have one unusual item. Someone should wake me up when you get to sounding all jerky so I can join in the fun of calling you out on it.

Or, we can put a different spin on it, and wonder, since you call your fancy range a "gadget", what it takes to be classed as an expensive appliance. Maybe that's what gemini saw?

Wait, my range is fancy. Yours is just really gassy. ;-p

Feb 27, 2015
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Pepper Mill Recommendation Please

<I guess if you screwed a ruler into the top of any standard pepper mill and used it as a turning arm you might get similar results.>

I suppose that would do the trick, but it's not quite the kind of hack you want to display. ;-)

I like many things about your mill; the chamber size, ease of churning out copious amounts of spice and that it's a dual mill. That's a pretty killer combo.

My Magnum may be fast, but I have no doubt that it's harder to use than yours. I needed ¼ cup of pepper last week and had to draft the dude when my wrist gave out halfway through the job. I'd buy one like yours in a heartbeat.

Feb 26, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

I'm sorry the cold affects you so. That can't be any fun at all. The purple looks good with your ink, so there's that.

I'm glad you included your hand in the pic; those are some big-ass cookies.

Feb 26, 2015
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