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Rice-a-Roni

Hi I love Rice-a-Roni. I looked at all over and can't find Rice-a-Roni on the menu or on any Web sites. Any ideas on good places that serve the San Francisco treat?

Dog meat in Manila

Hi, does anyone have any suggestions on restaurants where you can get good dog meat in Manila?

Purchasing food grade lye

Hi, I like to make bretzel buns but the Germans swear that lye is a better ingredient. I currently use baking soda instead. Any suggestions on where to find lye? I live in the city.

Oct 28, 2010
zieglerbrian in Chicago Area

Benefits of "cooking" the ice cream mix

I've been making ice cream for a while and really wonder why bother heating the ice cream mix on the stove (heating up the cream, eggs, even the fruit, etc.) I'm assuming (hoping!) the brown eggs I buy don't have salmonella,if eggs are included in the recipe.

Ice cream makers know that the sugar needs to be dissolved with the cream (I generally avoid milk). This raises my next question: why not use cane juice instead of sugar? The thinking behind this is that "cooking" any of the ingredients leads to a loss of flavor. It becomes all the more important if/when I can find a raw or low-pasteurized cream and do not want to dilute the quality of the dairy products.

Has anyone experimented with this? I might just "go for it" but wanted to see if anyone has made ice cream with cane juice.

I actually have done something similar with sorbet. (Just take water with sugar and make simple syrup, then add fruit. Some recipes actually call for boiling the fruit..yikes!!)

Thanks in advance!

Mar 09, 2010
zieglerbrian in Home Cooking

Where can I buy menthol?

I think I found the answer, thanks in part to Fuller. I did a search on menthol oil (instead of simply menthol) and found menthol-eucalyptus oil at AmericanSpice.com. Ideally, just eucalyptus, but I will order some and try a menthol sorbet. (For now I'll work on a brown sugar/carmel/ginger ice cream). Thanks again to everyone who replied.

In the meantime enjoy this commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCxff1...

Mar 09, 2010
zieglerbrian in Home Cooking

Where can I buy menthol?

Thanks for all the replies. Just to clarify, it's the stuff that you find in cough drops, cigarettes, and Vick's Vapo-Rub. I've cooked and made a lot of things with fresh mint, including peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, apple mint, etc. (Chocolate mint and apple mint are recent discoveries- plants that I can only find in summer at farmer's markets here in Chicago--moreover, chocolate mint leaves really seem to have that deep coolness with a bit of a chocolate tate ). Of course there's mint extract , creme de menthe, and peppermint oil, to which one person alluded. I can try peppermint oil--hopefully it will have that cool taste of a Halls Cough Drop, or (and I can only imagine) a puff of a Salem on top of an Alpine Mountain on a crisp winter morning, but for some reason was thinking maybe menthol has that deep coolness and would be really refreshing in making ice cream.

Mar 09, 2010
zieglerbrian in Home Cooking

Where can I buy menthol?

Hi I've been looking all over the place to buy menthol. (The closest thing I found were menthol crystals for saunas and it says "for external use only".) I would like to make menthol sorbet or menthol chocolate chip ice cream. To be clear, it's definitely pure menthol and it looks like it's not available on a retail basis.

Mar 09, 2010
zieglerbrian in Home Cooking