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Cuisinart oven central info

Amazon reviews like it.

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Best Induction Wok Hob Drop In

Hi wattacetti,

<I wasn't permitted to toss food during my go with the wok Combi-Set (the Miele person was standing right next to me) but stirring was an adventure.>

That would be fun to try, just for the experience of using a SS wok. Do they have a "no tossing" rule with the Miele?

Duffy

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

The Perils of Coffee Snobbery

John Birdsall on the Chow side slapped Ozersky down nicely:
http://www.chow.com/food-news/126714/... ,so, that's good.

But two things -

They made a video trailer for a book. Books have trailers now? WTF? When did this lunacy happen?

What are the first and second waves of coffee? Is there a fourth wave?

about 5 hours ago
DuffyH in Food Media & News

Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists

Trolls are easy to spot- they carry a club. And they're really, really big. Also, look for spelling and grammar errors; they're not notable for their keen intellect.

about 5 hours ago
DuffyH in Food Media & News

"New Revereware"

Hi K,

Like this? They're asking pretty prices for them on eBay. Don't know if they're getting those prices, but they're asking.

I hope you and your Wahine use them; they're so cheerful and bright.

about 5 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Easy Pasta Three Ways

I believe that Sophia Loren's recipe includes *gasp* cream. So if even the Romans can't agree...

about 5 hours ago
DuffyH in Features

Fingerprints on stainless steel appliances

That's so true, mikie. Thanks for pointing that out. It got me thinking -

Fuffy, if you're only concerned with fingerprints from clean hands, any SS dishwasher with a brushed finish will do. My Bosch lacks an anti-smudge coating, but it sure doesn't show fingerprints from clean hands like a polished finish will.

Dirty hands, sure. But as mikie noted, that's a problem for a white DW, too.

Duffy

about 5 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Best Induction Wok Hob Drop In

Hi Peter,

That's a legitimate question, as induction cookers vary in this regard. Some turn off the moment cookware is removed, others have a delay. If there's a delay, you're golden. If not, you'll become best buds with your spatula.

I think a letter to the makers of each wok burner should get the answers you need. It may also appear on the FAQ sheet, if they've got one.

Duffy

about 6 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Best Induction Wok Hob Drop In

Hi Peter,

<In theory if the shape fits the bowl and make good contact then it should work fine right?>

I think that's right. The idea that using a different wok can cause overheating/burning of fat or food is silly, IMO. It should be pretty easy to burn fat and food using the included wok.

The only way overcooking/burning could be guaranteed to not occur is if the included wok has technology similar to Demeyere's ControlInduc layer that acts as a heat limiter on induction hobs. This could be, but I can't see that it provides much benefit in a wok, where high heat is a good thing. In that case I would do as you plan to, and use a different wok.

This is probably the appropriate time to confess that I routinely break rules and do all kinds of things I'm not supposed to do and that may void my warranties, like using oven cleaner to clean partially polymerized oil from my stainless steel skillets. You know, the stuff you get from burning fat in them. I'm a rebel.

Duffy

about 6 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Can I use my Le Creuset enamel stock pot in the oven?

<oh great, suckered by another old thread.>

Happens to me almost weekly. :-D

about 11 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Easy Pasta Three Ways

And everyone in Rome, Abruzzo and every other place this dish was rumored to have originated makes it exactly the same way, with no personal deviations?

IMO, food should be like everything else natural - dynamic, ever-changing. Otherwise, it would be damn boring.

Also, spaghetti alla carbonara is, to me anyway, the essence of peasant food. And in peasant food, one uses what one has on hand. I imagine some long-dead Italians, finding themselves out of pork cheek, would substitute another piece of pig. Why not? It's not a trademarked formula that needs to be done just so every time.

about 12 hours ago
DuffyH in Features

Toaster ovens

Well, with mine still going strong, let's hope your current one lasts a good long time.

about 12 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

We use mostly the plastic coated ones. We have a bunch from the ABC Store in Hawaii that they give away with every $25 or so spent. And some classic plastic coated TJ bags, too. Pretty sturdy stuff, both kinds.

about 12 hours ago
DuffyH in Not About Food

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

We had a really good Sweetbay, shiny, clean, pleasant staff. As you know, W-D took over all the SB stores this spring. That was the first time I'd had cause to visit one. Initially, it looked like only the name and colors would change, as all the staff was kept. But lately there are more new faces, and the two that shorted me on service fall into this group.

about 12 hours ago
DuffyH in Not About Food
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Toaster ovens

I realize you haven't started looking for alternatives yet, but have you heard of any reliable models in your travels around the 'net? We see so many complaints about this very issue with so many appliances. I've begun to think I've been incredibly lucky with not just my toaster oven, but all my appliances both large and small. It's for sure I don't treat them differently than anyone else. And it's sure not my own clean living that's earned me a pass.

I somehow am convinced that something will fail soon.

about 14 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

<I won't blink when the inevitable plastic-bag ban comes>

It's going to be a long time coming, sunshine. Up here in the north, bringing our own bags is a rare thing. 3.5 yrs ago, when I arrived, no one knew what to do with my TJ and other bags. Baggers just put them back in my cart, empty. I swear. They did!

It's only been this year that most know what they're for.

about 15 hours ago
DuffyH in Not About Food

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

I almost had a cow last week at Winn-Dixie because, after finishing up my order, but BEFORE putting the bags into my cart, the cashier turned to the next customer and began ringing up her order. I had to look to see if I was in the Express lane (not). A bagger wandered over as I was reaching around the little customer counter to pick up my bags. HE began to bag the next customer's groceries. While my bags were sitting right there, with my cart right next to him. I had to ask him to help me get my bags into the cart.

I'll chalk it up to careless inattention one time. Next time I meet with management.

Extra Rant - This kind of "service" is a natural off-shoot of the current norm which consists of the cashier shoving our coins, bills and receipt into our hands, all together, and without even telling us how much change we're getting. It's all about speeding the line, with the idea that a faster line is by definition a better line. I'd rather have an efficient line, one that works for everyone.

about 15 hours ago
DuffyH in Not About Food
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Best Induction Wok Hob Drop In

Hi Peter,

I can't recommend any one over the others, but can tell you that power will be sufficient no matter which you choose. I use my mid-weight carbon steel wok set into an upside down wok ring on a 2500W hob on my GE range. This set-up allows the wok to rest on the hob while the ring keeps it stable.

At setting 8, which is 3 steps below the highest heat, the wok smokes in under a minute. It burned the seasoning off the exterior in a 4" circle. The one time I measured the heat inside (2" from bottom center), it was at 650ºF while frying some veggies.

I think you'll have plenty of power.

For comparison with your own woks, mine is the W-S Artisan wok, a fully hand-hammed wok. It's thicker/heavier than your average spun steel wok. Here's mine, showing the variation from hammer marks. The W-S website shows the thickness very well.
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Duffy

about 15 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Toaster ovens

I've had the large Breville for about 3.5 years and use it daily. I flip my bread for toast, but even if you don't, it's'll still get crisp on both sides, but won't be as dark on the bottom. As foodieX2 suggested, tweak it to your preferred setting.

I use it whenever I don't need the space of my full size oven. Preheating mine for 5 extra minutes brings it up to the stated temp, and I'm good to go. Most things won't take as long as in a full size oven. This is generally true for toaster ovens. I've never noticed a difference using convection, but I don't bake much.

I'm completely happy with my Breville.

about 15 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

are you a kitchen collector??

When my dude was in the Navy we moved every few years and accumulated so much shit (it used to be stuff) that we instituted a "3-sticker" rule. When the 3rd moving sticker went on the sealed box, the entire box got donated. Clearly, if we didn't need anything in it after 2 previous moves, we didn't really need it at all.

We've never regretted that policy.

about 20 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

are you a kitchen collector??

<Most of what I am finding in Bed & Bath, Macy's etc.. are quarts, too big for my cupboard and for my needs.>

Check Williams-Sonoma. They've got a number of colanders that come in several sizes, including 3-qt. Others are in sets - keep one and gift the others. I won't tell. :-)

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/search...

1 day ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Is clad overkill for stockpot or sauce pan?

Just so. We all have those things in life, and our kitchens, where we're perfectly willing to compromise a little. And others... well, not so much.

1 day ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Fingerprints on stainless steel appliances

<Plus, even the most fastidious of us while cooking are apt to get fingerprints on our SS appliances.>

Yup, if nothing else, the handles on my fridge need cleaning almost daily. I do try, but oftentimes forget something from the fridge until my hands are deep into cooking.

1 day ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Is clad overkill for stockpot or sauce pan?

<Clad is fine and nice anf had some advantages if you want to fork out for it, but don't let the posts here convince you that it's a necessity.>

Agree. Although I'm a strong advocate for clad pans for sauciers and saucepans, they're not absolutely necessary. As with all cooking, there's always a cheaper way that will work as well, or almost as well.

1 day ago
DuffyH in Cookware

What's your best yard sale or thrift store cookware find?

Add breading mix to container
Place rack in container
Dip food in liquid
Lay food (multiple pieces) on rack
Click lid in place
Invert container
Shake
Turn container right side up

It takes less time to dip and bread several pieces of chicken or fish than it took me to type the steps.

Food can rest right on the rack before baking or frying. The rack and container clean easily. Nothing special, just less mess for me. And for a couple of bucks, it was worth trying. It doesn't suck. YMMV.

1 day ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Fingerprints on stainless steel appliances

As sunshine noted, a lot of new appliances have smudge-proof coatings that really help.

Sadly, mine aren't. After cleaning it, I spray my cooktop with homemade glass cleaner every night. Before hanging up the towel, I take a glance at my DW and fridge. It's easy to use the damp towel for a quick swipe, if needed.

2 days ago
DuffyH in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

<So we are now unload mistakes to strangers as opposed to friends?>

Why on earth would I want my friends to know just how wrong-headed I can be?

2 days ago
DuffyH in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

Hi cstout,

<Geeze, it's amazing what friends will unload on you. Somehow they don't feel as guilty if they can pass their mistakes on to someone else.>

Indeed. It's especially fun when they shove the item into your hands while telling you how much you'll love it, etc...

Experiences like that (I'm guilty, too) have finally taught me to tell them it's going to the thrift store with an "I'm not using it, is it something you'd like?" It lets them off the hook. It also helps if I'm not displaying it like Vanna in the Bonus Round.

Duffy

2 days ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Easy Pasta Three Ways

For my "healthy" carbonara (the one without the cream, like yours) I temper the eggs with some of the pasta water to make it truly idiot-proof.

I've never made puttanesca before, but now I feel oddly compelled to give it a spin.

Thanks for sharing. Pretty pictures, too. :-)

2 days ago
DuffyH in Features

What's your best yard sale or thrift store cookware find?

<Those "BUT WAIT!?!" items usually show up, either never or barely used, and I'm willing to give them a shot for a buck or 2.>

We took a chance on one of these recently, NIB at Goodwill:
http://smile.amazon.com/COOKS-CHOICE-...

It works very well, and is less hassle than multiple plates/bowls or plastic bags. A happy surprise.

2 days ago
DuffyH in Cookware