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Where to find Sierra Nevada Flipside IPA

I am looking for either a take home or bar who carries Flipside IPA preferably in Orange County. Has anyone seen flipside IPA available in a bar or store recently?

All Grain Brew For Fall

Sounds tasty! I will take a look.

Aug 06, 2014
hamburger_helper in Beer

Brining

You should never rinse chicken as you will possibly contaminate your kitchen with salmonella and/or other nasty food borne illnesses. Just pat it dry with a paper towel and cook as normal.

Commercial string cheese left in my purse since the weekend: still safe to eat?

Why not just buy a new stick of string cheese? They are like $.30 each?

All Grain Brew For Fall

Ya, I thought about doing a porter. Unfortunately it never gets chilly where I live (orange county). A bitter sounds good too, I might look into that.

Aug 05, 2014
hamburger_helper in Beer

All Grain Brew For Fall

Nice, that looks thick. Sounds tasty! Thanks for the suggestion!

Aug 04, 2014
hamburger_helper in Beer
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Asia, hand to mouth

Very cool, I would love to experience this.

A Knife Made By A Chowhound (our own Eiron): an overdue review

Great looking knife! Thanks for sharing!

Aug 01, 2014
hamburger_helper in Cookware

Avocado on Sandwiches: Mash or Slice?

A perfectly ripe avocado has great texture along with taste. I think to mash it ruins a lot of that texture. Slices allow it to work with the sandwich to include that influence, which makes a big difference to me. Slices all the way!

Aug 01, 2014
hamburger_helper in Home Cooking

Do salmon fillets typically come descaled?

It's very easy to see if a fillet is descaled or not. Just scrape the fillet skin side with a knife that is perpendicular to the skin and if scales pop off it is not descaled. If that is the case just continue to scrape all the scales off the skin and walla, you have a descaled fillet. You might need to scrape in different directions to find the direction that actually pops the scales off, if I remember right it is from the back of the fish towards the front. It might be difficult to figure out what the orientation of the fillet is though so try a few to be sure. Salmon skin has a lot of fat on it and in my opinion is one of the best parts of a fillet. It almost tastes like bacon to me, crispy and rich.

Also of note if your fillet has pin bones in it you can pick those out with a pair of pliers too. To check just run your fingers lengthwise along the fillet, if you feel any sharp hard things those are pin bones. To remove just expose the end of each one with your fingernail and grab and pull with a pair of pliers.

Edit - re: tardigrade

If you run the fillet under water while doing it they mostly get washed down the sink. Then a quick wipe down with a wet rag and good as new. I have never had a problem having scales everywhere in my kitchen and have descaled many a fish/fish fillet in my sink. Just keep the water on the spot you are working on and keep it super low in the sink. :)

All Grain Brew For Fall

Ya, that's my problem. Just about everything I brew falls in the pale ale/IPA category, so I am looking to change it up somehow. ESB does sound pretty good though, maybe served on nitro. Got any suggestions for recipes?

Aug 01, 2014
hamburger_helper in Beer

All Grain Brew For Fall

Ya, both of those sound pretty good. A nut brown might be the way to go. Thanks for the suggestion!

Jul 31, 2014
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All Grain Brew For Fall

Any good bock or doppelbock recipes you know of? With a preference to all grain?

Jul 31, 2014
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All Grain Brew For Fall

Wow, that looks amazing! Only problem is it takes 6 months to a year or more to sour and develop (so it won't be ready in a month or so when autumn arrives). I might have to do 5 gallons in parallel on my next brew day though and just leave it in the cellar and ignore, my mouth is watering after reading that article.

Jul 31, 2014
hamburger_helper in Beer

All Grain Brew For Fall

I am trying to figure out a good style to brew for consumption this fall. I just finished a pale ale and an IPA so I don't want to go that route. I usually do 18 gallons per brew, so I have the option of casking 5 gallons and kegging the rest, which might influence my decision (if something that works very well in a cask pops up here). Anyone have any fall favorites? Any all grain recipes that you love to brew around this time?

Jul 31, 2014
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How to Make Perfect Fish Tacos

These look amazing. Nice job John and Chris. I will let my wife know you are the reason I am going out and buying a deep fryer.

Jul 22, 2014
hamburger_helper in Features

Absinthe Drip

This is actually a pretty tasty drink. Glad that they finally relaxed the ban on Absinthe in the US so I could try this.

Jul 01, 2014
hamburger_helper in Recipes

Testing Thread Part 7

testing again,testing

May 02, 2014
hamburger_helper in Site Talk

Testing Thread Part 7

test

May 02, 2014
hamburger_helper in Site Talk

Testing Thread Part 7

just testing also

May 02, 2014
hamburger_helper in Site Talk

Testing Thread Part 7

another reply, this time to root level reply

May 02, 2014
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Testing Thread Part 7

testing another reply

May 02, 2014
hamburger_helper in Site Talk

Testing Thread Part 7

testing reply on mavericks safari

May 02, 2014
hamburger_helper in Site Talk

We Tried Purple Donuts. How’s Your Day Going?

Engineer approved.

Mar 20, 2014
hamburger_helper in Features

We Tried Purple Donuts. How’s Your Day Going?

* yes
* hard
* doable

Mar 20, 2014
hamburger_helper in Features

Smoky Bloody Mary

This is amazing. The smoky tone of the chipotles perfectly compliments the classic bloody mary flavor. This is going in my book of gotos.

Mar 10, 2014
hamburger_helper in Recipes

The pizza shop (24th St., Mission) [San Francisco]

I went to the Pizza Shop tonight with tempered expectations. It exceeded them. When I walked in, I assume it was the owners hanging out and chatting (I was in pretty late on a Tuesday night, around 9pm). Immediately their attention was mine when I walked through the door. I didn't see cheese in their offering, but upon asking they had a whole cheese pie waiting in the wings. They were super friendly about getting my slices ready while I hit the head.

My slices looked about what I expected, twice baked thin new york slices. They were decent size, but perfectly heated. The sauce and cheese were perfect for each other, neither overwhelming the other, but both very contributing to the overall slice. The crust was pretty typical for a twice baked pizza, maybe a bit less charred than the slices I have bought at gioia as hyperbowler mentioned. The cheese/sauce balance made the slice though.

If the owners keep the attention to detail this is a pretty hard pizza slice to beat. Every other east coast style slice place I have been I feel that the attention to detail is lacking, either an underwarmed slice or an overdone one. The slices I got here were perfect. I would recommend it to anyone if the same attention to detail is paid for all slices. I would like to go back and try some of their other offerings, they all looked pretty tasty. I hope this place gains traction.

Beefy Macaroni Casserole

This is an amazing dish for a rainy night. Very creamy, nicely balanced herb and richness. Makes a lot though. I think I could feed a party of 8.

Oct 09, 2013
hamburger_helper in Recipes

Cousins Maine Lobster in Pasadena just opened today 9/21/12

Just went to a food truck fair last night to get a cousin's maine roll, and it definitely didn't disappoint! The lobster was very fresh and the roll was extremely balanced. It was a very good blend of flavors, and none of them took away from the focus, gobs of fresh maine lobster meat. I also got a cup of the bisque, which was also absolutely delicious. I would go again in a heartbeat.

Your Favorite McDonald item(s)

When I worked there as a 15 year old there was a caulking gun with mayo... Not sure if that is still the case, but you can custom order mayo on a burger if you want and they used to blot it with the mayo gun.

Aug 08, 2012
hamburger_helper in Chains
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