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In Search of Affordable Burr Coffee Grinders

I have found tons of burr grinders at secondhand shops that work just fine for around $15. Granted I do not use them daily or heavily but I have one for coffee and one for spices. At that price you can buy four or five used ones and hope for the best.

Apr 26, 2013
amitys in Features

What is the best dip you ever had and the recipe?

I've had this dip before, it's pretty good!

Feb 06, 2013
amitys in Home Cooking

What is the best dip you ever had and the recipe?

Sounds good! I love adding different things to my hummus. I'll have to try this sometime.

Feb 06, 2013
amitys in Home Cooking

What is the best dip you ever had and the recipe?

This is, without a doubt, one of the best hot dips I ever had. Got raves at the party I made it for, and I'm about to make it again tomorrow for the super bowl. Thanks!

Feb 02, 2013
amitys in Home Cooking

Favorite cold main and side dishes

I thought I was the only one who suffered from this. Every year the day after Easter my mother would whip up this concoction called "Ham and Cheese Fondue" which was NOTHING like a fondue. It basically consisted of giant hunks of wet soggy bread soaked in milk, a sprinkling of cheese (never enough cheese), and cubes of leftover ham baked in the oven. Makes me shudder to this day.

Dec 27, 2012
amitys in Home Cooking

Kitchen Tool you had an 'a ha' moment with ......

I feel the same way!

Oct 14, 2012
amitys in Cookware

Kitchen Tool you had an 'a ha' moment with ......

In the NY Times article MsMaryMc posted, at the end, it mentions that Microplane made a product specifically for grating callouses on the feet, I'm guessing it's probably the Ped-Egg. I have one too and they work great.

Oct 14, 2012
amitys in Cookware

Hamburgers not "beefy" enough

Gosh, I'm so glad you wrote this reply because I have been trying to find out for months why my home-ground burgers always fall apart. I've tried everything, had no idea about doing a second grind! Thanks a million. :)

Jul 03, 2012
amitys in Home Cooking

your best chicken stock recipe

Even though it's been a year since you posted this, I just came across it. I second the feet! They're full of glucosamine, very nutritious and healthy, and sets up so incredibly gelatinous, yeah. They are cheap in my Asian grocery as well ($1.99/lb), much cheaper than buying packages of chicken wings/necks/etc.

Jan 20, 2012
amitys in Home Cooking
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10 minute meals

Good idea on the pasta a la carbonara, fettucine alfredo is also pretty quick.

Jan 13, 2012
amitys in Home Cooking

Simple things you can't get right

Most of my family prefer beef medium well or well done. I'm one of those people who thinks it's pretty much a horrible sin to cook beef more than 30 seconds on each side (although some things I like medium rare instead of rare) so holiday dinners at my relatives' house are traumatizing for me. LOL!

Jan 13, 2012
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Simple things you can't get right

If you haven't already, try investing in an instant read thermometer (or even just a meat thermometer). They're pretty cheap and worthwhile to have to ensure you're cooking everything to the right temperature. Also taking things out of the oven 5-10 degrees before doneness to ensure that the food doesn't get overcooked, because they continue to cook for a while after you take them out.

Jan 13, 2012
amitys in Home Cooking

Simple things you can't get right

I too had this pie crust problem, Julia Child's recipe/explanation helped me sort it out. I actually cried when I finally got it right, lol. Good luck!

Jan 08, 2012
amitys in Home Cooking

Simple things you can't get right

I second this. I am only recently able to get rice perfect, even trying this technique at first yielded me a few failures first. However lately I've turned out some awesome rice with every single grain fluffy and discrete.

The method on this website is what I've pretty much duplicated with success: http://shiokfood.com/notes/archives/0...

I've turned out some really yummy jasmine rice using coconut milk instead of water, too.

Jan 08, 2012
amitys in Home Cooking

Traveling in car with rising bread dough

Oh, I'm so glad you took the time to let me know! Thank you so much! Have a great holiday season.

Dec 18, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Traveling in car with rising bread dough

I'm wondering if it would work to bring rising bread dough in the car for a 2.5 hour journey, mostly freeway driving. Keeping the temperature up in the car would be a necessity, of course, but would the jostling motion of the car affect the rise? I'd appreciate any thoughts on this. Thanks so much!

Dec 17, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Shun or Global knives? Which brand do you like?

I own both Global and Shun knives, and while the Globals are very nice I find myself reaching for the Shuns about 95% of the time. The handle is an issue when your hands are wet, I agree.

Sep 07, 2011
amitys in Cookware

Foods That Destroy the Roof of your Mouth

I've had this problem with them too!

Jul 16, 2011
amitys in General Topics

Foods That Destroy the Roof of your Mouth

I just read it like that too. Haha.

Jul 16, 2011
amitys in General Topics

Foods That Destroy the Roof of your Mouth

I have had thin pretzels do it too (Snyder's as well). I've had them stab the roof of my mouth and have had to pull it out, it was horrible.

Jul 16, 2011
amitys in General Topics

Slicing Tomatoes: Mandolin vs. Food Processor

At the country club and also a small deli I worked at, we used the deli meat slicers. I always thought it was a bit much.

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Cookware

what to do with a freezer full of wild blue berries

I work as a chef for a group home, and one time the school lunch program sent me three 40-lb giant cardboard boxes with garbage bags inside filled with frozen blueberries, completely unsolicited. I don't care for blueberries, but I've done blueberry syrup (easy peasy), plus the obvious muffin, pancakes, smoothies. I have also hidden small portions of them in other berry jams. I also thought of trying to incorporate it into a BBQ sauce, but I'm not sure how that would do. Good luck!

Jun 24, 2011
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Recipes that feature cream

Yeah, from what I hear it's pretty much the same health benefits as yogurt, in a much cheaper package. A few farmers that I've talked to about it have told me that they believe the USDA is being such a PITA about raw milk because of the probiotics industry, which just happens to be absolutely huge right now.

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Recipes that feature cream

Okay! Sounds like a plan, I'll try that way first. Thanks for the advice!

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Recipes that feature cream

Ooooh, do tell. I love the combo of seafood/cream!

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Recipes that feature cream

They were quite good! Wish I could have made one appear on your desk. :D

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Recipes that feature cream

In your opinion, are russets absolutely necessary? I tend to enjoy red potatoes with cream sauces and wondered what that would be like, substituted. I'm not really an expert on potatoes.

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Recipes that feature cream

Oh man, I'm waiting for that report too!

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Recipes that feature cream

Thank you, thank you! Looks delicious.

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking

Recipes that feature cream

I know, no kidding. What would we do without the good old USDA!

Jun 24, 2011
amitys in Home Cooking