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What are your favorite kitchen device for making dinner?

You can buy one for $70, but I urge you not to. Buy the most powerful unit that you can afford (voice of experience here).

about 22 hours ago
pikawicca in Cookware
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What are your favorite kitchen device for making dinner?

I live in the midwest, and everyone I know has a GD; same when I lived in Virginia and NC. The only exceptions being folks with septic systems. I think they might not be permitted in San Francisco.

1 day ago
pikawicca in Cookware
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What are your favorite kitchen device for making dinner?

I take it that you are not in North America, where most of us have garbage disposals and don't consider them "electronic appliances;) they are intrinsic fixtures.

2 days ago
pikawicca in Cookware

Hounds, help us decide

This is a food website and politics of any stripe should be excluded. I might deplore the Israeli attacks on Gaza, or I might deplore the Hamas attacks on Israel. Neither of these has any place on CH, same for 9/11 or the Paris attacks. I would draw a clear line on this.

induction vs electric stove top

Went from gas to induction 3 years ago, and would never go back.

2 days ago
pikawicca in Cookware

"Crumbling" Gorgonzola dolce

Works for me.

2 days ago
pikawicca in Cheese

Canning questions (am I going to give my friends a jar of botulism)

Yes.

What are your favorite kitchen device for making dinner?

Sous Vide Supreme
Microwave Rice Cooker
Pressure Cooker

Jan 27, 2015
pikawicca in Cookware
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"Crumbling" Gorgonzola dolce

Use a fork to break pieces off.

Jan 26, 2015
pikawicca in Cheese

Canning questions (am I going to give my friends a jar of botulism)

You cannot safely process low-acid vegetables in a water bath; you need to use a pressure canner to kill things like botulism, the growth of which could be what's going on in your salsa.

Jan 26, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Hosting curious visitors from Germany-- need special dinner ideas

Country ham with red-eye gravy, biscuits, green beans slow-cooked with bits of bacon, mashed sweet potatoes (no extra sweeteners added), coconut cream pie.

How to deal with Queen of the Boards?

This sort of post is (rightly) forbidden on CH.

Jan 23, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk
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What Is Chowhound Now

But your salmon pattie recipe is a classic that continues to be shared by newbies and oldies alike. Plus, we all love it when one of your jfood/Sam absurd posts resurfaces. Don't give up the ship just yet, j.

Announcement Thread: February 2015 COTM "Mighty Spice"

I agree, especially since I think that the recipes in MSE are not the equal of those in MS.

Jan 22, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (February 2015) Nominations!

So, the "rules" change with every coordinator? BTW, I've never seen a COTM or DOTM coordinator take much flak. Most of us appreciate their contributions.

Jan 22, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (February 2015) Nominations!

Sandwich Sister claimed that,"if a dish has been done before it is not up for nomination." Sounds like a rule to me, and it's patently false. Hounds might not choose to do a repeat right now, but 5 years down the road, reading that statement, they might assume that it's gospel. It's not.

Jan 22, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (February 2015) Nominations!

Who made that "rule?" We've frequently repeated COTM, so why not DOTM? If you don't want to repeat, fine, but don't pretend that it's forbidden by some CH policy.

Jan 22, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

I just knew that you were linking to Joe's post. One of my favorite CH threads.

Jan 22, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk
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Etiquette question (re: BYO and food) when hosting a birthday party?

Slightly OT here, but my husband and I hosted one of these many years ago, and the first time was the last time. People got incredibly wound up in their characters, a husband and wife almost came to blows, and the entire thing was incredibly fraught. Don't know if we were just unlucky, but I resolved never to do another murder mystery party again.

Jan 21, 2015
pikawicca in Not About Food

Is Yotam Ottolenghi's "Plenty" a Failure?

This is the stupidest thing I've read on Chow, and that's saying something. This is a great cookbook.

Jan 21, 2015
pikawicca in Features

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (February 2015) Nominations!

VEGETABLE GRATINS

Jan 21, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

You stickler, you! :)

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Had some friends over for a sous vide 72-hour chuck roast. Lovely rare and tender, underseasoned (mea culpa). Think I'd let it go another 24 hours to render more fat. One of my guests pronounced it "amazeballs," however.

What's the most overpriced menu item you've seen?

Chateau d'Yquem + Roquefort = a match made in heaven, much better than either on its own.

Jan 19, 2015
pikawicca in Not About Food

What do you serve for drinks at dinner parties?

A comma after "Coke" would clear this up

Jan 18, 2015
pikawicca in Not About Food

What would be a complimentary side dish to fried rabbit?

Collards would be perfect.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Times like these as your child grows closer to forever leaving the nest are priceless. Enjoy!

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

It was 54 degrees here in central Indiana! Left all the household chores and shopping behind and went for a long, solitary hike. It was great, but left no time to cook, so I opted for one of my favorite "brainless, but not-healthy" dinners: Beans on toast. Used Branston beans on good buttered sourdough. I'm content.

Washing Chicken Correctly Very Important

The OP was addressing the problem of spreading bacteria around your kitchen. No matter how thoroughly you cook your chicken, it will not sanitize your countertops, faucet, etc.

Jan 17, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Safe to eat ???

Unless it was under 40 degrees in your house, no.

Jan 17, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics
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