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My "alternate" method of working with dried chiles: good or bad?

I use separate grinders, but fyi a little chile powder and cinnamon with coffee is actually pretty good--if you're addicted to chiles, that is! :)

Dec 16, 2011
elcoyotelocoatx in Home Cooking

My "alternate" method of working with dried chiles: good or bad?

I just wanted to thank everyone for the input. :)

I'm going to try toasting/grinding to powder vs toasting/rehydrating/pureeing to see which I like best.

Dec 15, 2011
elcoyotelocoatx in Home Cooking

My "alternate" method of working with dried chiles: good or bad?

That's exactly what I'm going to do next time.

Dec 15, 2011
elcoyotelocoatx in Home Cooking

My "alternate" method of working with dried chiles: good or bad?

Typically when I use dried chiles in a recipe, I dispense with the toasting/rehydrating and instead I will deseed them and then grind them into powder in a coffee grinder, adding the seeds if I want them to have more heat.

Because they are now in powder form, they incorporate quite easily into whatever I'm cooking: chili, enchilada sauce, etc.

Does anyone here have some thoughts on the advantages/disadvantages of this method? All opinions welcome, I'm not married to the technique!

Thanks!

Dec 10, 2011
elcoyotelocoatx in Home Cooking

When Restaurants Refuse Substitutions

On the one hand, I generally hate trendy restaurants. But I hate Ramsey and Beckham even more, so...good for you, Gjelina!

Dec 09, 2011
elcoyotelocoatx in Features

No Special Treatment for Vegetarians at Barbecues

Even as a devout meat eater, I'm still very proud of my hummus-stuffed portabello mushroom burgers. Serve those and your vegan friends will worship you as a god.

People with made-up food sensitivities, on the other hand, will be served a big bowl of scorn.

Dec 09, 2011
elcoyotelocoatx in Features

How to Deal with Backseat Grillers

Would saying something like "If you touch my grill again, I will fucking cut you!" be too harsh?

But seriously, your friend basically needs a verbal version of a hand slap, the actual harshness of which depends on how well you know him. He might pout a bit, but he'll get over it once he realizes nobody cares he got his feelings hurt. It might also help him to be less of an ass at parties.

Dec 09, 2011
elcoyotelocoatx in Features