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Why does my bread turn out dense?

Yeah, that kneading time in a stand mixer is WAY too long. Try 7 minutes - that's usually what I do.

And your second rise is too short - try swapping them - 30 minutes for the first, an hour for the second. Should help lots.

Jul 24, 2014
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Why does my bread turn out dense?

You may be letting it rise too long on the first rise - try cutting that time and giving it a longer second rise. I've found that helps a lot.

Another factor might be too much/too little flour. Do you weigh your ingredients? I was a skeptic until I got a scale, and it made a huge difference. You could also try substituting a 1/2 cup of potato starch for your AP flour.

Jul 23, 2014
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Punch Pizza

I like the Highland Park one the best for both quality and service. Plus, the menu's bigger.

Jul 15, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

St. Paul's Grand Ave.

India House has pretty good Indian - not spectacular, but good. (Gandhi Mahal outshines it, but there you go.)

Pad Thai is pretty good Thai - again, not spectacular, but it's our go-to for the area.

I also second Italian Pie Shoppe (for Midwest-style pizza), Barbary Fig (although I also haven't been in a long time), and Punch.

I respectfully disagree on Carmello's, which I think is pretty mediocre (and technically isn't on Grand, though it's close) and Saji-ya, which has gone downhill quite a bit, and wasn't every that great to begin with.

My husband and I like La Cucaracha (again, technically not on Grand, but close), but I know others on this board don't agree. It's decent Mexican in my book, and some of the stuff is really good - particularly the tacos carnitas.

Jul 12, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

In desperate need of ideas on what to cook my Mother-in-law for dinner!

Another nice thing might be just to have cheese, crackers/bread, fruit, and charcuterie. In other words, just a robust cheese plate. That can be nice and really relaxing after a day of flying - especially good with wine, of course.

Jul 11, 2014
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

What's it like?

Jul 11, 2014
gildeddawn in Chains

Banana leaves?

Anyone know of a grocery or market that has them?

I work around LynLake and live in St. Paul, so getting to either Lake Street or Robert Street is pretty easy, but I don't know the mercados very well, so wanted to get some advice first.

Jul 09, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What to serve with White Peach Honey ice cream?

Something with raspberries will go perfectly with white peach and honey flavors - maybe this Raspberry Buttermilk Cake? http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/0...

Jul 03, 2014
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Oh man, I LOVE the candied pecans - maybe you got a bad batch, because they definitely don't usually taste like burned sugar.

Jul 03, 2014
gildeddawn in Chains
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Can't taste or smell anything

Can I also ask - when your sense of smell and taste came back, was it gradual or fast? In other words, how long, from some improvement, did it take to return to its current level?

Jun 28, 2014
gildeddawn in Not About Food

Can't taste or smell anything

I hope you're right, and that it comes back eventually. I'm glad yours did, and I'm sure it was a huge relief.

Jun 27, 2014
gildeddawn in Not About Food

Can't taste or smell anything

Thank you for the link - I appreciate both your kind words and your help.

Jun 27, 2014
gildeddawn in Not About Food

Can't taste or smell anything

In case anyone comes back to this thread, or finds it in search and wants an update:

I'm sorry to report that, two months and two ENT appointments later, the situation is virtually unchanged - except that last week I also started experiencing "phantom smells" - in my case, a strong smell of cigarette smoke all the time. (That's pretty much gone after a few days, thank goodness.)

The verdict from the ENT is that the bad cold I had has caused damage to my olfactory nerve. He said there's a possibility I may regain some or even most of the sensation, but there's also a good chance I won't. Apparently waiting six months before reevaluation is the usual procedure at this point. In other words, I've basically been told to wait and see, but not to get my hopes up.

To anyone who's looking for comfort on this thread, I'm afraid I can't offer it to you. The rest of you - appreciate what you've got, because losing it is pretty devastating.

Jun 27, 2014
gildeddawn in Not About Food

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

Maybe I've ordered incorrectly - I've been twice and I'm struggling, now, to remember what I even had. It was also some time ago, so they may have stepped up their game since I was last there.

Jun 25, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

Wilde Roast is pretty underwhelming, too - as Foureyes notes, the food on St. Anthony Main is just not that great. But nearby are Punch and Pizza Nea, Neapolitan pizzerias, that are both good. I know you said no Asian, also, but Masu Sushi and Robata is fun if you're in that neighborhood. None of these are really destinations, just handy spots for lunch in the area.

Jun 24, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

We tried Grand Szechuan when LS was closed, and thought that, while it was good, it wasn't as good as LS. The green beans and dan dan noodles were basically on par, but the "Crispy Spicy Chicken" we ordered was tough and overcooked. That's the only time we've been, though - do you find their quality varies?

Jun 21, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

Yeah, I'm on the same page - it sounds cool and we'll try it, but I don't want to go all the way to the other locations for the rest of the menu.

Jun 21, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

Agreed. This is really disappointing.

Jun 19, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Easygoing First Date Places?

I feel like Forepaugh's is a bit much for a casual first date - even if it's just happy hour, the whole Victorian mansion thing is pretty intense.

Jun 17, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Other than PEEPs, what food do you "intentionally stale" and THEN eat?

Salami - it's nice to let it dry out a little by exposing it to air for a few days. Depends on what kind, of course.

Jun 17, 2014
gildeddawn in General Topics

How to tell if potato is edible?

Yep, the rest of the potato is fine. It's just a rotten spot that came from exposure to too much moisture. As long as you cut out the whole discolored area, you're good to go.

Jun 13, 2014
gildeddawn in General Topics
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Nelson's ice cream opening on Snelling

Just an update - Star Trib says they serve Kemps: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

Can't say it's terribly appealing when Izzy's is a couple miles away.

Jun 09, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Have Co-op Produce Prices Risen Astronomically, or Am I Just Noticing?

You're not alone about Cub, Rainbow, and Aldi. I feel exactly the same way. Also, I shop at Lunds because it's the most convenient for me, but I'm annoyed about the meat quality, as well. It's as though the stuff they're cutting and packing themselves just isn't being handled and packaged properly, so it spoils quickly. It's very frustrating, but my only other convenient choice is the Grand Ave. Kowalski's, which has a limited selection due to its size. I wish we could just have some intermediate-level grocery stores in the Cities - not chaotic and bargain-oriented and not super high-end and overpriced - but I don't know of anything that fits that slot.

Sorry, grocery ranting. It's been bugging me for years.

Jun 06, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Best Male Food Bloggers

Kenji Lopez-Alt on Serious Eats.

May 30, 2014
gildeddawn in Food Media & News

I scream, You scream... What are you pet peeves about ice cream?

Wait until you take it out of the churn, then add some of whatever you're swirling in after every few spoonfuls you put into the container you're freezing it in. When it's all in there in layers, take a butter knife and stir it a couple of times. There you have it!

May 30, 2014
gildeddawn in General Topics
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Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

Tried to go to the University Ave. location on Saturday and was rewarded with a sign on the door saying they were closed for four weeks, beginning April 1st. Obviously it's been quite a bit longer than that. Their website says they were hoping to reopen Memorial Day weekend...which also doesn't seem to have worked out.

Mostly starting this thread so someone else doesn't end up with a disappointing trip. When it reopens, if anyone catches it, let us know.

May 26, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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French Fried Potatoes

The fries at the Convention Grill are top notch - usually pretty well done, julienne with skin on the ends, hand-cut and twice-fried. There's no beating them.

May 23, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kyoto on a budget

We also enjoyed Honke Owariya for soba and udon - it does close at 7:00 pm, though, so make sure to go early for dinner or hit it up for lunch. Walking in was no problem, and I loved the Nabe Yaki Udon. Everything's pretty cheap, all under 2000 yen. They do have an English menu available.

http://www.honke-owariya.co.jp/english/

May 19, 2014
gildeddawn in Japan

Strawberry Extract recommendations for a White Cake

Could be tricky. All the commercially available ones I've seen, like King Arthur Flour's, have red dye in them.

May 19, 2014
gildeddawn in General Topics

Travail/The Rookery

I haven't been, but it seems like the kind of experimental small bites they do might not be particularly well suited to small children?

May 18, 2014
gildeddawn in Minneapolis-St. Paul