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Metlted Cheese - Flavor?

Agreed!
However, I think melting cheese is a great use of bits of multiple leftover cheeses. Like into a cheese sauce, rarebit, fondue...
But you could also make a cheese ball I guess...

about 1 hour ago
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

"dump" recipes??

I have been known to do this even after learning the merit of browning the meat then sweating the aromatics separately.

But since I require the aid of my crockpot on work days, sometimes I do the "dump" thing. Usually frozen aromatics and frozen stock-cubes, with cut up sausage, dried beans and grains.
Maybe boneless skinless thighs, soy sauce, brown sugar, siracha.
Pork shoulder, spices, bottle of beer.

Other than that it's true I rarely measure, but I also don't "dump" much anymore. Took me years to realize cooking takes more than combining ingredients, it's the way each one is cooked and incorporated that matters. I can't go back now.

about 1 hour ago
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

Really overripe bananas

This doesn't top the momofuku recommendation but there's this thing all over the internet where you process frozen overripe bananas with peanut butter and it somehow resembles ice cream. I have been meaning to try it or hoping another 'hound has tried it, all the articles I've read about it are by random bloggers.

about 10 hours ago
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

When your family just has to have bread bowls...

Fair enough lol. The thought had occurred to me actually.

1 day ago
iheartcooking in San Francisco Bay Area

When your family just has to have bread bowls...

Thanks for the recommendations! Also, there is a Boudin bakery on site at Disneyland (actually California adventure) where they bake the bread on site. They have a whole "fake San Francisco" which I once thought was pretty lame when I was more of a cynic but now I appreciate the effort that went into creating it.
I had really no idea what to check out at the wharf so I'm so glad you gave me some ideas. Thanks again.

1 day ago
iheartcooking in San Francisco Bay Area

"Google it"

True and I think it's hard sometimes to tell if someone is being rude intentionally or not. You and others have boiled it down to perception here which makes sense to me, I was reading google search links as "don't waste our board space with questions to which there are answers out there, just type your questions into google."

1 day ago
iheartcooking in Site Talk

When your family just has to have bread bowls...

My family and I (husband, two pre teen boys) are on vacation in SF for one last evening. I've taken them to hole-in-the-wall dim sum, and other great eats, and now what they really want (in addition to ghiradeli fudge sundaes) is chowder in bread bowls.

From what I read, bread bowl chowder is not authentic here, nor particularly good, and I'm ok with that. In fact, my husband works at Disneyland and the kids and I enjoy Boudin bread bowls there quite a lot!

But I want to make them happy because they have been troopers while I take them all over the city to places I recall from my childhood. I'm just hoping there's somewhere near the wharf where my boys can have their bread bowl and I can have that or something else more seafoody?

My trip to SF won't be ruined if I have to eat bad chowder from a stale sourdough bowl. I was just hoping local hounds might know something in the wharf area that has that where it's not horrendous tourist fare.

1 day ago
iheartcooking in San Francisco Bay Area

"Google it"

Thanks for giving me another way to look at it!

1 day ago
iheartcooking in Site Talk

"Google it"

Actually I do sometimes do this. I don't think google is useless, I just think, "this poster came here for answers from people."
Google can be useful but it also links to a lot of blogs written by professional bloggers who are not necessarily food experts, and sometimes that means you get twenty versions of the exact same recipe, buried in a long blog post about how their morning went. SOME are experts, and some of those float to the top of the search.
But I do see it differently than before, and I don't see it as intentionally rude, but it's like someone asking me directions and I point to the map in their hand and say "use that. Bye."
Maybe he map was a piece of crap, or confusing, so they're asking me, a human with experience.

1 day ago
iheartcooking in Site Talk

"Google it"

I find it so completely rude and snarky when, below a post requesting some bit of info, the first reply is a link to a google search, or the suggestion to visit google.

This may have been a viable option a few years ago but now with search-engine-optimized, nearly identical blogs where they incorporate the phrase "authentic pasta recipe" three times per paragraph, followed by an untested (I assume) recipe written by a nobody, I'm glad to have a resource such as message boards where I can ask others about their experiences. I'm not asking anyone to do the footwork for me, if you don't know the answer, don't reply! If you don't want to contribute, don't reply! Linking to google is just snark, and I can't believe the mods let it happen. Every time I see it on a post, I want to reply pointing out how unnecessarily snarky it is, but it happens a lot, so I'm venting here.
Maybe people ask some really obvious (to YOU) questions. At that point you should just refrain from replying if you're annoyed by the dumb question.
A google search only gets you so far, and it's not good for everything. These boards help us find answers from people whose expertise we know on some level, and we pay it forward by contributing our knowledge to the pool as well.
Am I wrong?
Phew glad I got that off my chest.

Jul 23, 2014
iheartcooking in Site Talk
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Four Days in San Francisco-- Please Critique (apologies for the long intro)

Thanks, I will give it a try. Sounds worth the trek actually :)

Jul 22, 2014
iheartcooking in San Francisco Bay Area

smoothies

This is an odd suggestion but if you mAke your own yogurt, as we often do, and strain the whey out to thicken the yogurt, the liquid whey makes a great liquid protein for smoothies. I'm not sure how much sugar is in it but I think very little since the cultures in the yogurt have eaten much of the sugar in milk.
For my kids I pour liquid whey over a large plastic cup of cut up fruit or frozen fruit. In the morning when it's par-thawed I blend with my immersion. My kids say it's their favorite breakfast, so I can't complain.

Jul 21, 2014
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

Creative gelatin dessert flavors

Agar is so cheap at the Asian supermarket, I just saw it yesterday and wondered "what the heck can I do with this?"

Jul 19, 2014
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

Four Days in San Francisco-- Please Critique (apologies for the long intro)

I have heard this but I'm unlikely to ever go out that way.

Jul 18, 2014
iheartcooking in San Francisco Bay Area

Creative gelatin dessert flavors

Tried using clear sodas to make fizzy jell-o with no success. None with tonic or club soda either. Ginger ale tasted good but no fizz.
My family liked when I dropped maraschino cherries into lime jello. Looks Christmassy and the flavors work beautifully.

Can't wait to see what else people post. I've begun experimenting with this dessert too lately.

Jul 17, 2014
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

Clear Gel - instant or not?

I think instant you don't have to soak ahead, which the recipe may call for. If you get instant you can skip that step.

Jul 14, 2014
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

Butternut squash

I was gifted two lovely home-grown butternut squash. Because of the warm weather and my lack of AC I'd like to prepare them in a way that doesn't involve turning on the stove or oven. Basically this would be unforgivable in my husband's eyes. Anyway I have a propane grill and several slow cookers so I was thinking something along lines of wrapping in foil/roasting or cubing... I don't know what would be the best way to treat it.

In the end I'd like to make a dessert from it like a "pumpkin" pudding, or a side dish like a curry. I just don't have much experience with this vegetable.

Jul 11, 2014
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

Any Chuck Steak recipes that are not for the grill?

I like to do em in the crock pot with some onions, maggi, a little wine, dried herbs. When done it's pretty shredded and then I add sour cream, pot over noodles.
I'm tempted to call it my "crock pot stroganoff" but it might start an authenticity war.

Another braise that's good is chuck steaks, ginger, soy, garlic, brown sugar, maybe siracha. Serve the falling-apart-tender meat over steamed cabbage and rice.

Jul 11, 2014
iheartcooking in Home Cooking
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Where do you get your offal?

In that case sign me up!

Jul 07, 2014
iheartcooking in Los Angeles Area

Love my new immersion blender

I use it to make a quick salad dressing of mayo and/or buttermilk, fresh herbs, cider vinegar. My kids think this is what ranch is.

Morning smoothies: I fill large cups with frozen fruit and whatever liquid, leave in the fridge overnight and blend in the morning. This is everyone's favorite breakfast in the morning and that's fine with me cause it's so darn easy.

Jul 07, 2014
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

I am going to eat my way through your list one by one.

Jul 06, 2014
iheartcooking in Los Angeles Area
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Where do you get your offal?

Thanks, that sounds worth a day trip to SM :-)

Jul 06, 2014
iheartcooking in Los Angeles Area

Where do you get your offal?

I can't tell if you're joking, but if that's something you an actually eat and want to give me then I hope you have a recipe to go with it! Sounds dreadful but what do I know?

Jul 06, 2014
iheartcooking in Los Angeles Area

Where do you get your offal?

I think I just want to try it, to see if I like it. I have read there are health reasons to eat it regularly, but I really can't afford to so for now its more of a recon mission.

Jul 06, 2014
iheartcooking in Los Angeles Area

Where do you get your offal?

I think I would like to try incorporating more organ meat into my family's diet. They sell chicken livers at Ralph's and ranch mart has hearts I'm pretty sure... But I'd also like to find high-quality (grass fed maybe?) organs if possible. Does anyone have a source they love?

I used to be able to schmooze with butchers at the store and get hooked up with all sorts of goodies but lately they all seem irritated to be bothered, clueless, and overall unhelpful.

Would also love to hear what kind of organ meat you prefer. :)

Jul 06, 2014
iheartcooking in Los Angeles Area

Switching from side-by-side to french door fridge... help wanted!

I'm not a huge fan of the design overall, my freezer is a bit of a disorganized pit, but it does have an upper rack shelf which is nice. I can also tell you that mine, an LG, dumps ice out of the back of the ice machine every time we open the freezer which is annoying and it makes a mess as well, hard to explain unless you've experienced it.

One pro to the French doors are the doors! Lots of space for little things to stay organized. I guess it would be the same in a regular fridge though...

Jun 30, 2014
iheartcooking in Cookware

Has Target discontinued Giada's pasta sauces?

You beat me to the punch on this reply. I love Big Lots for non-perishables!

Jun 28, 2014
iheartcooking in Chains

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

I hear ya! I used to have this thing called "leftovers" that I could bring to work but not anymore...

Jun 28, 2014
iheartcooking in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Stuffing. It's my favorite holiday food and every year I try so hard to make a good stuffing but I vastly prefer doctored store bought over my own. i dry out the stale bread, cook all the aromatics in butter, use all the tasty herbs, but it's always blah. Others like it, though, so maybe I just like the artificial-ness of the cheap boxed stuffings. I like so few fake foods so one or two is ok I think.

Jun 28, 2014
iheartcooking in General Topics

"I Don't Cook"

Lots of people tell me they're too poor to "eat healthy" but they blow so much money on Starbucks and fast food that I could buy a car with that money and still eat cheap!
It may be my habit of only buying marked-down foods (maybe gross but I can judge whether something is spoiled and my kids eat truckloads of food!) but I can't imagine being able to afford eating out 90% of the time!

Jun 28, 2014
iheartcooking in General Topics