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Tim, beyond the inspiration factor, are there cooking/techical advantages to using the PV over a standard SS steamer? Thanks!

Jul 26, 2015
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

(posted in error)

May 24, 2015
iyc_nyc in Home Cooking

Is the Breville 800xl the small oven to get?

I just checked my 800. The upper and lower elements both come on (on mine anyway), on both the toast and the bagel settings. But as with Duffy, even on the toast setting, my toast comes out perfectly browned on top but not browned at all on the underside (though it's warmed through and also slightly crispy, just not browned).

Feb 22, 2015
iyc_nyc in Cookware
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Secrets to cleaning granite Raclette cooktop?

Just FYI, the product description for the Boska linked above does mention the use of the grill for meat and other food (excerpted below and found at this link under the Usage tab: http://www.boska.com/usa/milano-chees...). Of course, this doesn't mean that this is an 'authentic use' of the grill.

"...The Mini Raclette can also be used as a grill...Food that needs to be prepared at a higher temperature (such as meat) can be fried directly on top of the grill plate."

Jan 04, 2015
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Secrets to cleaning granite Raclette cooktop?

Many thanks for this! I've grilled veggies and meat on the Swissmar non-stick grill top, which is much larger than the Boska, but it warps easily with heat.

Jan 04, 2015
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Secrets to cleaning granite Raclette cooktop?

Josephnl, is the grill on the Boska enameled as well? Many thanks!

Jan 04, 2015
iyc_nyc in Cookware

De Buyer Affinity S/S cookware: first impressions

Swissaire, do you where your Rosle Bräters were manufactured - and do you know if they're still available for sale? Many thanks.

Dec 28, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Stackable, broiler-safe ramekins

I have Apilco and Pillivuyt ramekins of various sizes and they don't stack solidly -- they just 'kind of' stack/sit on each other. You might want to visit a Williams Sonoma or another retailer that carries them, to see them in person.

FYI, I got mine several years ago, so my ramekins might not reflect the current models. I remember searching for ones that stack, and deciding to let the Apilco and Pillivuyt quality trump the ability to stack (in other brands).

Nov 28, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Did I just ruin my new copper/tin pan?

Great, thanks. Just edited my post with an additional question.

Nov 18, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Did I just ruin my new copper/tin pan?

Kaleo (or others), when the tin bubbles like this, does it get into the food?

Also, do you have suggestions to minimize overheating, for those trying tin-lined cooking for the first time? I know we should keep the heat fairly low and avoid even part-empty pans. Am wondering if there are ways to learn how to use these pans and figure out right temp, signs, etc., without ruining the tin in the process.

Thanks!

Nov 18, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

Century, how would you explain the large performance delta between pans with similar conductive-layer material and thicknesses (e.g., the Berndes Ceramic Pearl skillet at >6mm vs. the Silga Teknika casserole at 6.5mm), if I'm reading the table correctly? Love the analysis - thanks!

Nov 13, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Ugh --- I'm lactose intolerant!

If you make your yogurt, if you strain it enough (thicker than the consistency of Greek yogurt), it can subsitute for cream cheese.

Oct 18, 2014
iyc_nyc in Special Diets

Lo Mein using spaghetti?

Agreed. This is very common and the sauce can make the dish more than the noodles, in my experience.

Sep 26, 2014
iyc_nyc in Home Cooking
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Stand mixer - worth having?

MacGuffin, do you know anything about the Bosch compact's icecream or meat grinder attachments?

Sep 09, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Do I really need a Vitamix or Blendtec?

Very belated thanks for this! This is very helpful.

Sep 07, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Do I really need a Vitamix or Blendtec?

MacGuffin or anyone else: do you know if stainless steel containers are available with Vitamix; and if not, why not? I have a SS container with my Waring and it works well (but minimal insulation).

Sep 01, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Color of Apilco and Pullivuyt similar?

Love mine - no regrets.

Jun 28, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Color of Apilco and Pullivuyt similar?

Soccermom, I have place settings and serveware in both, and often mix and match them. I just held up an Apilco bowl to a Pillivuyt cup, and they match perfectly (same hue of bluish/gray white).

That said, there is a slight variation even within each brand (e.g., some of the serveware I got in Apilco was a tad grayer than my Apilco plates). I doubt anyone will notice, though!

Jun 28, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Where can I buy a tin-lined copper saucepan?

Thanks Kaleo! will email you tonight or in the next few days.

May 05, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Where can I buy a tin-lined copper saucepan?

Kaleo, I purchased one of RMR's copper-pan sets (thanks for your rec!) and have some questions about it. Could I pm you with some pics and my qs, and if so, do you know how to pm on CH? I couldn't find any guidance on the website.

If the answers end up being relevant to the broader CH community, I'll post my questions/your answers here. Thanks!

May 05, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

How can I intensify the lemon flavor in a dish without added so much lemon juice that the dish seems watered down?

In addition to lemon zest, you can try adding preserved lemons, minced/chopped.

Apr 13, 2014
iyc_nyc in Home Cooking
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How do you eat your grapefruit?

I love grapefruit. My favorite new prep is scooped out with a grapefruit knife, then mixed with banana slices and whole raw almonds (and oranges or tangerines when I have). Any leftover juice gets squeezed on top. I've been meaning to try it with mint leaves.

Apr 13, 2014
iyc_nyc in General Topics

Adding Flavour To Rice - Simple Sauces/Seasonings

Preserved lemons (chopped finely). Really good!

Apr 13, 2014
iyc_nyc in Home Cooking

Sauces to serve over rice, meat, and veggies.

Standard Asian sauce: soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, white wine (if you have) to taste. Can add sesame oil, scallions, chopped chile peppers, and/or peanut butter or sesame paste. This is my fast go-to for rice/veggie/protein dishes.

Apr 13, 2014
iyc_nyc in Home Cooking

Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

Super helpful - thanks so much! I've used them in the microwave every once in a while (to defrost food stored inside) and will stop doing that because that might lead to a higher temperature delta (freezer >> microwave).

Apr 13, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

Okay, thanks. I've dropped a few jars and they've remained intact - now worried about micro-fissures naked to the human eye.

Apr 13, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

I just realized that standard mason jars (Bell, etc.) are also made of soda lime glass. Does anyone know if mason jars are susceptible to this explosion/shattering?

Apr 13, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware

Good Bar Food / Pub Grub?

Not traditional bar food but great for beer, pickles, and comfort food on the Upper West Side: http://jacobspickles.com/. Nice atmosphere too!

Apr 11, 2014
iyc_nyc in Manhattan

Rice Crispy Treats without butter?

Echoing parts of what others have suggested below, I've made oat bars (i.e., oats being the main event, as opposed to rice crispies) with a combo of natural PB, honey, and coconut oil - no butter. You need to chill them in the fridge -works perfectly. Try pouring some chocolate sauce on top (cocoa melted in coconut oil and some honey).

Apr 07, 2014
iyc_nyc in Home Cooking

Wedgwood or Apilco?

That's great - thanks so much. Glad to see we can still get Wedgwood made in England.. And I love your place setting!

Apr 07, 2014
iyc_nyc in Cookware