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Easy Lentil Soup

Rediculous. Must use French lentils if you don't want mush. Forget the broth. Forget the tomaoes. Forget the bay leaf.
Add a diced potatoe. Cook lentiis separately after soaking for some hours or over nite. Add at end ot cooking other ingredients. Flavor with some ginger while cooking the begetables in water. Bind with corn starch in a few teaspoons of water after all ingrediets are combined. . salt and pepper to taste. No need to saute any of the vegetables.

Apr 07, 2015
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Hamburger Buns

special equipment.....one mixer, with a dough hook, plus mixer bowl. Forgot to add that.

Feb 27, 2015
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Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Feb 19, 2015
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Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Feb 19, 2015
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Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Feb 19, 2015
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Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Why cook canned beans and tomato sauce for 8 hours? The stuff is already cooked. Sounds like a recipe for meat sauce for pasta (minus the chile powder). Can thicken with flower while browning the meat, if needed. This frankly reads like a recipe for tomato-meat bean glop.

Feb 19, 2015
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Nashville area for 3 days - what are the absolute best restaurants for a 1st time visitor?

Whaa? Best.. by who?? Some years ago I drove around going to various places, none of which were worth returning.

Best Clam Chowder

imposstible to ruin any dish with lots of cream and bacon. I would cook the russets separately and wash them to get rid ot the starch rather than going to reds (personal preference).

Feb 18, 2015
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I've finally perfected making popcorn on the stove

of course there are usually instructions on the bag of popcorn. only other thing to do is use heavy bottom pot, not cover but use a paper towel and a spatterguard over that, high heat til begins to pop then med high. no need to shake except at end of popping to loosen any kernals/popcorn stuck to pot. can flip popcorn using wrists to rotate to prevent burning. add melted butter. ta-dahhhhhh! PS Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fat. Use at your own risk.

Feb 07, 2015
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Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

MdD's have franchised restaurants, with owners hiring managers, on which can depend the quality of food, service, etc. They have double friled ff's which can taste crispy and hot when freshly cooked. They are frozen however. Five G's are not, and are also double fried. McD's are all over, and almost always reliable, especiallly in rural areas and small towns. As a kid I enjoyed flame broiled 49 cent whoppers lunchtime in high school. At a good burger king whoppers are still good. Originally 15 cent McD burgers were worthwhile. Less so now but the Big Mac and crispy fries are always enjoyable. The frosties at Wendy's are best disluted with some milk and are great with a burger. Subway has fresh buns and good ingredients. Depends who makes the sandwich. 5 Guys are rowing against the tide, as are most of the other burger joints. Newcomers Panera Bread and Popeyes are always worth a visit. Also like Halo Burger. There are 2 in Michigan. That's all.

Jan 15, 2015
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How to Make Rice with Vegetables

what about the carrot??

Jan 04, 2015
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How long to season carbon steel?

use flaxseed oil and put it in the oven. repeat 4 to 5 times. peanut oil with a higher degree smoke point otherwise might be useful. forget the others which burn and smoke.

Dec 24, 2014
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HELP: how to make popcorn on the stovetop

tastes best, all pops. nutty flavor. not bland, crispy if popped right.

Dec 11, 2014
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HELP: how to make popcorn on the stovetop

best popcorn is Black Jewel, red or black. To pop on the stove, use heavy bottomed pot. (about 3 quarts size at least.) Put peanut oil in bottom of pan, about enough to cover botom, and about 1 popcorn kernal thick. Turn heat to high. When oil is hot, dump in popcorn, enough to cover bottom of pot. Cover top of pot with a paper tower with a splatter-guard on top of the paper towel. When the popcorn starts to pop, turn stove to med high. When popping slows, remove paper towel and spatter-guard, as level of popcorn should be at least 1/2 way up the pot , and any further popping won't fly out. Shake the pot to move kernals around and permit any unpopped kernals to get to the bottom, and to prevent burning. Shake then about every 15 seconds, by flipping kernals into the air. When popping stops (no popping for about 30 seconds) turn heat to low and add melted butter if desired. Stir or shake. Pour into bowl and sprinkle with salt. Jiggle bowl a few tiimes to distribute salt.

Dec 10, 2014
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Chow?

Is there a difference between Chow and Chowhound sites?

Nov 21, 2014
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print recipe?

why can't I print a recipe from your thanksgiving site?

Nov 21, 2014
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9 Must-See Food Films

Some older movies, and perhaps more famous ones: Le Grande Bouffe, Eat Drink Man Woman, Babette's Feast. Also, the HBO documentary on pig farm animal cruelty (hard to watch, hard to believe), Hamberger America, HBO doc on Le Cirque (?), and the movie with the scrambled egg scene at the end, Big Night.

Nov 19, 2014
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Basic Turkey Gravy

kind of silly. You're making a turkey and then you use chicken stock? Make your own stock by using the neck, wing tips, and giblets, first browning, the simmering in a few cups of water while the turkey cooks. Whu use butter when the turkey fat is available in which to brown the flour? The darker the roux, the less thickening power. Good for color however.

Nov 19, 2014
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Basic Turkey Gravy

Nov 18, 2014
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Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs

Oh by the way, in the good old days before everybody had out door griills, ribs were made by Mom in the oven. (Unless you lived in hill-billy land). Sauce was dumped on the ribs when they were finished cooking, and used to glaze the meat, at medium low heat to avoid inevitable burned sauce.

Oct 29, 2014
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Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs

Kosher pork comes, I'm told, from a circumcised pig, so a pinch of kosher salt shouldn't hurt.

Oct 29, 2014
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Absolute Tomatoey-est Tasting Tomato Sauce You Will EVER Eat

by the way, is it clear when the oven tomatoes are added to the "sauce"? Before the mashing?? with the gel? does "add tomatoes" in step 4 mean gel + oven tomatoes?

Oct 11, 2014
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

why roast? why not cut in half and microwave?? or do both?? cuts down the time.

Oct 08, 2014
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Absolute Tomatoey-est Tasting Tomato Sauce You Will EVER Eat

I like the idea of draining the tomatoes. Used to always use fresh tomatoes but found always sauce too loose, and needed thickening. I don't use onion, but always lots of garlic. Carrots ruin the sauce and the color as well. Never sugar. Sometimes I add a can or anchovies. A food mill rather than a masher?? A hand blender?? Nice recipe, but 2 hours in the oven is dedication. When I get a basket of tomatoes (end of summer when they're abundent and cheap) vines are not usually included.

Oct 08, 2014
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Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo

lots of good looking potato salad sides. not like the stuff you can eat a ton of and which goes with about anything: russet potatoes (with or without skin); Vidalia onion, celery, chopped fine with liquid removed, hard boiled eggs, Hellman's, & dill or cilantro. salt and pepper to taste of course (lots of it!!)

Sep 13, 2014
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Favorite Paris Cafes?

I do not wander about stumbling into cutesy places. I did go by guide books, which were useless and out of date. Hound recommendations may be the way to go, or local food sites if can find them. 40 years ago in Belgium or Paris it was impossible to eat bad food. Frites and crepes on the street were wonderful. Now it's impossible to get good food without research, and luck.

Jul 24, 2014
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Favorite Paris Cafes?

Good idea. I had the worst food when I last visited Paris some years ago, and in other French cities as well. Of course, I went to cafe type places, not Tour L'Argent. Does one have to be a trillionaire to eat well?

Jul 22, 2014
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Stella Trattoria Traverse City MI

Sooooooo,,,where else to eat in TC?? besides Cook's ?? tarantilla

Mar 08, 2014
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Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

this is true what you say. Boneless ribs can be dry, and little or no fat (don't know what I was thinking). But the kielbasa is already cooked, so no need to add til the end, and potatoes can be separately cooked. juniper berries can be bought in the grocery store, or on line.

Feb 23, 2014
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Easy Brined Roasted Turkey with Creamed Gravy

might want to cook the flower in a little of the turkey fat before adding back the drippings. Also, hard to flip a large turkey. You can roast it with a thick stick thru it. Use the stick to lift the turkey and have someone else rotate it.

Oct 26, 2013
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