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Uses for fish stock?

Seafood Gumbo; etoufee;

Dec 07, 2014
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Request for duck and prime rib but one oven

You could buy or borrow a roaster oven or.. cook the duck in a weber kettle.. I always cook my Turkey in one and use the oven for Ham.

Nov 21, 2014
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Need ideas for cooking meals without a kitchen

You need an electric skillet, a crock pot and an induction cooktop and a microwave.

Oct 16, 2014
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Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Cook 1 of the easiest of his favorites and then cook something else for you. I know that is a hassle but then you don't have to live with his constraints. Make a couple of batches of something you like braised and keep it around. Then you heat your self up something... and let him lead his repetitive life. he'll get over it.

Oct 01, 2014
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Home made Ice Cream has too much icy crystals

And put all the mixing tools in the freezer for a while before using.

Sep 12, 2014
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How should I cook 2-inch thick pork chops

With the extra, I recommend cutting it in strips and putting it in a stir fry. Wouldn't do well in a slow cooker.

How should I cook 2-inch thick pork chops

I agree with monavano. Sear it then finish it in the oven at 300 - 350 degrees F. U might want to use a temperature probe.

I would brine them with a 1/4 cup kosher salt and 2 tablespoons of suger per quart of water. Let them soak in the brine for 1 hour then rinse them off and dry them very well with paper towels. Don't put anymore salt on them. Use pepper.. maybe some garlic powder if you like.

You can bread them or not.

If you want them to be the barest of pink, cook them to 150 degrees F.
If you want them full on medium, cook them to about 140 degrees F.

Sep 08, 2014
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I usually think about how to modify a recipe after the meal. Next time maybe I could d this or that. I, almost always think about alternate ways of approaching the dish. Different starch... different protein...

I have been known to change something on the fly but it is way riskier.

Sep 06, 2014
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What is the best way to freeze mushrooms?

Drying or dehydrating them would be best but if you don't want to do that, you could put them in the microwave for 4 -5 minutes to get them to render most of the moistre then freeze them.

Sep 05, 2014
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Freezing cabbage instead of blanching to make stuffed cabbage?

I really like cabbage rolls but dislike rolling and stuffing. I, also, think that the cabbage leaf is too much cabbage for the little bit of stuffing. So I started using this recipe. I add some smoked paprika and some chopped carrots so that this is a little closer to my cabbage rolls but it is very good.

Sep 04, 2014
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Home made Ice Cream has too much icy crystals

My understanding is the secret to smooth Ice Cream is how fast you can get it to freeze. The longer it takes the more and larger the ice crystals will be.

Refrigerate your base over night. Freeze about 20% of it in an ice tray and add it to the base just before putting it into the ice cream machine.

It is also my understanding that you will probably never get it as smooth as commercial makers because they have access to a lot of emulsifiers that you don't ( You know.. a better life through chemistry).

Aug 28, 2014
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Books for beginning a cookbook collection

Which ever classic cookbooks you choose. May I recommend not buying the most modern edition of them. a brand new cookbook will set you back $25 - $40. A used one that is one edition older will be less than $8. You get a lot more book for your dollar.

Your Best Main Dishes

I found a new recipe that was very popular with my family.

It is Unstuffed cabbage Rolls ... The flavor of cabbage rolls without the hassle of stuffing the cabbage.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls - HH

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
2 cups water or mixture of red wine, beef broth & water
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon Worchestershire
1 cup dry rice
¾ cup chopped carrots
1/3 lb chopped mushrooms


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sweat the onions, carrots and mushrooms. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.
Add the ground beef and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and veggies are tender.

Add the dry rice, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Mix well then add cabbage. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
Add more liquid if necessary and taste for spice adjustment.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Jul 13, 2014
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Post shoulder surgery meals

I would pre-cook a lot of stuff... Maybe look into the freezer meals where they suggest cooking and freezing weeks of meals in 1 day. Get yourself a Foodsaver, that will help.

Oh as a former rotator cuff surgery patient, you might be surprised how much you can do with your arm in a sling. That being said, I have met others that had a real hard time.

Jun 18, 2014
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heating food directly on stove top

Peppers.. absolutely. In fact most chefs do it the same way then they put the peppers in a sealed plastic bag to steam for 15 minutes and then remove the skin.

Jun 18, 2014
Hank Hanover in Home Cooking

Chicken soup - adding more chicken

If you are going to make soup out of it, why do you care whether it is cloudy or not?

The other peoples suggestions will solve the problem.

In my chicken soup, I want all the flavor I can get. In fact, most of the time when I make stock with just bones, it taste like chicken fat ... not chicken.

I would poach chicken meat in your stock. I might even take a suggestion from America's Test Kitchen and grind up some of the chicken which would add more flavor, more chicken particles and almost certainly become cloudy.

What basic cooking skills should a beginner know?

Speaking of time management, I question your use of time to post such a universal statement. No doubt about it, time management is very useful in everything. You could make this same post on every forum in the world no matter what they are discussing. Good luck on that.

You could also post that a very important aspect in learning to cook is breathing.

I think you can learn to cook even if you are as scatter brained as Archie Bunkers wife, Edith.

Granted it will take longer for Edith and she would make more mistakes and even repeat a lot of mistakes.

I'm sorry to be combative but I don't see the usefulness in your post.

Jun 12, 2014
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Half and Half Substitute: Just Mix Milk and Cream?

I agree with ACGold... about a 2 to 1 mix should get you pretty close.

Jun 12, 2014
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Learned from experience?

I let my 8 year old grand daughter slice mushrooms with my $100 ultra-sharp chef knife this weekend for the first time.

Please note she had a stainless steel finger guard.

A trip to the hospital isn't happening on my watch!

Jun 08, 2014
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Learned from experience?

I don't how intrepid my soul is.

Ben Franklin is quoted as saying "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other."

This quote describes me better. In fact it seems I always learn more from my failures than my successes. If only I could learn more from others mistakes.

Jun 08, 2014
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Cheap Foods that Become Popular

Pork Baby Back ribs used to be cheap because they were small and didn't have much meat.

As rudeboy has already noted. Beef short ribs are ridiculously priced.

Chicken feet

Poor man's slow cooker?

If I were camping, I would use a cast iron dutch oven with a really good lid and dig a hole for the fire. Let it burn down to coals. Put the dutch oven in the pit on top of the coals and bury it in dirt. Dirt is a excellent insulator. 2 - 4 hours later, just dig it out. Dinner is served.

This would work. It is made to have coals layed on top. The lid will seal and not move.

May 23, 2014
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Poor man's slow cooker?

You could try a wonderbag,

A wonderbag is basically a super insulated pot designed to help poor people in places like Africa. The idea is to heat up a pot to boiling for 1/2 hour then take off the heat and wrap in insulation. Let it set for 2 -3 hours and everything is cooked. saves lots of wood in the 3rd world.

You could do it with a cast iron dutch oven. Heat it to boiling for 1/2 hour then put it in a box lined several inches of styrofoam then more styrofoam on top. Then seal the box and leave it alone for 3 hours....a poor mans slow cooker, literally! As a bonus, you can claim you are bonding with your poor sisters in Africa.

For a real show stopper, you could heat the dutch oven with a solar oven.

Now, it would probably be easier and cheaper just to pay $15 for a crockpot at a garage sale.

May 22, 2014
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How can I intensify the lemon flavor in a dish without added so much lemon juice that the dish seems watered down?

Zest has already been suggested. The only other way I can think of is to concentrate the lemon juice by boiling until it is half the volume you started with. That would work, too.

Apr 13, 2014
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The big stock debate

it's not going to hurt anything but if it was cooked for several hours, (to quote Emeril) "all the love has been sucked out of it".

I wouldn't think it would contribute much. It's taking up space that fresh bone could take.

Feb 26, 2014
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How many people really use shallots? I generally don't.

yeah... We beat this thread to death 3-1/2 years ago. Hopefully it won't happen again.

Feb 26, 2014
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what to do with leftover bbq pulled pork?

A restaurant I know sells what they call gutbusters.

It is a hollowed out baked potato filled with pulled pork. Grated cheese is sprinkled over it. It is served with bbq sauce, sour cream, sliced jalapenos and guacamole on the side.

You didn't say you wanted it to be light did you?

My pulled pork doesn't last too long. There are always hamburger buns available so foragers make short work of it.

Feb 26, 2014
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Do you always brown the meat?

I always sear because it makes a difference. If you don't sear it will be good but searing will make it better.

I have tried both with dishes that I was perfectly happy with without searing but when i seared, I liked it better.

However, if you just feel lazy that day, I won't tell.

Feb 26, 2014
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How to cook 4 year old hens - and maybe a rooster

Yep old chickens is exactly what Coq au vin was made for. No need to use expensive burgundy. Whatever you can get. lot's of folks here advocate "2 buck Chuck" aka Trader Joe's "Charles Shaw" burgundy. I understand it is a little more than 2 bucks now. You get the idea.

Chuck roast help

These people have already told you. I will pipe in, too.

I use an enameled cast iron dutch oven. You can get one at walmart for $40 or so. You can usea 8 quart pot with a lid or if you have to, you can seal it with foil.

Season the pot roast with salt & pepper.

Sear the roast on all sides and put aside for a couple of minutes. Lower the temperature on the burner and add some coarse chopped onions and maybe a little broth, wine or water and some salt to sweat the onions. Scrape the fond off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. When the onions are transluscent, put the roast back in.
Add a couple cups of beef broth and a bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and put into a 300 ° Fahrenheit oven. Roast for 3 hours. Turn roast at least once, twice is best during this time so every hour to hour & a half.

Remove roast to platter and cover with foil. Defat the braising liquid and make a gravy from it.

I usually roast some veggies the last hour but you could mash some potatoes...whatever you like.

The roast will pull apart at this point. I hope that is what you are looking for. Again.. sear it well. turn the heat up high with a little oil and let each side sear for 3 minutes or so. That will give you that crust.

Feb 25, 2014
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