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One more question about my tomatoes - last one- I promise!

What's that soil? it looks like "miracle gro" and newspaper...
just judging by how your plant is growing.

Jul 04, 2015
Chowrin in Gardening

What food or snacks do you have hidden ?

oh. when you said baking supplies, I figured you meant flour and butter. (and yes, I do know folks that have eaten that. and they weren't even teenagers).

Jul 03, 2015
Chowrin in Not About Food

Saffron . What should I make ?

Saffron Rice (find an indian recipe).

Jul 02, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Mint or peppermint for mint ice cream?

Bonk. Yeah, sorry, did mean wintergreen.
If you haven't tried Root-the liqueur, it's the original recipe, and I definitely recommend it.

Most of the time it's just wintergreen in the soda these days, with a dash of the rest for spice.

Jun 28, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Pie Fruit Isn't Sweet - Or Is It?

Adding sour is often used to prevent oxidization of apples.

Jun 28, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Mint or peppermint for mint ice cream?

Well, hot damn, if you don't like root beer, you gotta do peppermint!
(root beer's primary flavor is spearmint.)

Jun 28, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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Pie Fruit Isn't Sweet - Or Is It?

If you have sweet blueberries, you have bad blueberries. blueberries should be sour. and they shouldn't be soft to the touch either, and particuarly not squishy.

wildpicked are best.

Jun 27, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Mint or peppermint for mint ice cream?

Rootbeer.

Jun 27, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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What Unusual or Uncommon Vegetables Do You Eat - And how do you prepare them?

Here's a good ol' simple one you'll never seen in a store:
Pole beans, thick with beans but still green enough to eat the shells.

Green beans are but a pale, pale imitation.

Jun 26, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

What Unusual or Uncommon Vegetables Do You Eat - And how do you prepare them?

If you somehow managed to find real turnips in June (not salad turnips), they'll do mashed plain with a dash of butter. Nutty and good, and the sausage will just overwhelm.

Jun 26, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Declining quality at Costco?

Asparagus has a freshness measured in hours. try some fresh from the garden sometime. oh, my god, it is heaven on a plate!

Jun 25, 2015
Chowrin in Chains

Left food out overnight. Will I die?

I'm sorry, did you just call orgasms an illusion?
(le petit mort).

Jun 24, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics
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So Sue Me, I Used a Prepared Pie Crust

Pie fruit isnt' sweet. you're supposed to use SOUR cherries. Apples are supposed to be more sour than sweet, the sugar is there for contrast and to bring out the flavor.

Jun 24, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Cooking tips?

Tigers and Strawberries
Talented chef who knows how to write!

Jun 24, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Cooking tips?

Because most people don't know jack about analyzing a website.

There are websites out there that reek of love, and of "Oh, my god this is my favoritest recipe EVER! I love it, and I've made it so so many times, and it's always the BEST"

... those are the ones you want. Not the people who make it once and move on.

Jun 24, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Cooking tips?

Beef stew, chili, chicken soup.
Easy things but learn to taste and taste again. Season by what you want, not what the recipe says. Learn what you like.

Jun 24, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

How is Gita Nagari milk?

can't get it out here...
am curious though, might drive by port royal.

Jun 23, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Cooking tips?

Learn with easy wet cooking. Anything that says cook for more than 30 minutes in water.

Jun 23, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Declining quality at Costco?

Ogalalla is running dry. What did we expect, cheap prices?
Drought doesn't exactly help matters, either.

Jun 23, 2015
Chowrin in Chains

Why am I such a bad baker?

the hell's the cornstarch for?
Why switch butter to shortening? (I'm not saying it's bad, i really don't know...)

Jun 23, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Why am I such a bad baker?

If they taste good, you've got it at least 50% of the way there. Browned cookies are good, don't worry if it's a bit quicker than the recipe says (just pull 'em when they're brown).

Did you want them less flat?

Jun 23, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Why am I such a bad baker?

has, actually. look up.

Jun 22, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Strawberries have no flavor anymore. Agree or disagree?

African crossed strawberries are larger. Wild strawberries (actual american berries) are as tiny as your pinky nail, and super super flavorful.

Jun 22, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Best ice cream in manhattan

Anyone got a good philadelphia-style place?

Jun 22, 2015
Chowrin in Manhattan

Cooking and being friendly to planet earth

However do you get them clean of grease? mine still smell like grease three washes later.

Jun 21, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Visiting Pittsburgh: seeking bars, sandwiches, and more

It won't be considered sketchy if you do it during daytime hours (till 9pm at least, yay eastern time!).

And getting back there should be fairly easy.

Buses are also "okay" (not good) transportation, and they can get you out of a lot of jams.

Jun 21, 2015
Chowrin in Pennsylvania

Why am I such a bad baker?

pack the brown sugar, that's the way the recipe expects.
Substituting butter/oil or milk/water is asking for oddness.

Make the recipe straight first, then try changing it a "bit" (halfsies, rather than pure milk to water)

Jun 21, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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The Connoisseur’s Way to Pair Food With Beer

Those seem perfect for dessert, paired with some cheese.

Jun 21, 2015
Chowrin in Beer

Visiting Pittsburgh: seeking bars, sandwiches, and more

Usual caveats on UBER apply. I wouldn't try getting uber from the north side, unless I was at the casino-area. Don't try getting it from anyplace... sketchy. Basically, if you're at someplace easy to find, then you have a decent shot of finding a driver... outside of rush hour.

Jun 21, 2015
Chowrin in Pennsylvania

Cooking and being friendly to planet earth

Do your research. It's not all that hard to wangle something like that out of a company (for the "not you" parts of it) and for the parts you're in control of? yes, you can!

Jun 21, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics