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I only have salted butter. is that a problem?

No. I always use salted butter in addition to the salt in baking recipes, and it's delicious. People always wonder what my secret is.

Sep 20, 2014
gildeddawn in Home Cooking
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Ice cream maker: KA atttachment vs. ICE-21 vs. ICE-30

I haven't had trouble with it falling off while the machine's running, but the little plastic part you push onto the head of the mixer to set up the attachment does tend to fall off when you're done churning (usually landing in the ice cream). That being said, I wouldn't really call it a problem, just a slight annoyance.

Also, re: the ice cream book conversation below, I LOVE Jeni's base recipe, and use it all the time.

Sep 11, 2014
gildeddawn in Cookware

Ice cream maker: KA atttachment vs. ICE-21 vs. ICE-30

When I make ice cream in the attachment, it only takes 10 minutes to harden to the consistency needed to then put in the freezer to finish. The manual says 20, but it's always been about half the time for me. Also, it doesn't seem to be working all that hard during that time. Certainly not as hard as when I knead bread dough in it.

I definitely bought it to save space, and because I always keep the freezer bowl in the freezer, it does. I stick other freezer items in the bowl (wrapped, of course), while it's in there, and find I don't miss the freezer space much. (But I'm not the type to keep the freezer crammed full, either.)

Sep 10, 2014
gildeddawn in Cookware

Ice cream maker: KA atttachment vs. ICE-21 vs. ICE-30

I've had great luck with with my KA ice cream maker attachment, for what it's worth.

Sep 09, 2014
gildeddawn in Cookware

2014 State Fair Food -- report the hits and misses!

Izzy's has the mini donut ice cream flavor on offer in the St. Paul store right now, according to the their website. Could be they're just using up fair leftovers, but it looks like it's possible it'll become a shop flavor.

Going to Origami - what non-sushi item is best?

Looks like it's only on the lunch menu - sorry about that! But they might make it for you at dinner if you asked politely.

Best Indian/South Asian in the Twin Cities: Please Nominate

Copper Pot in downtown Minneapolis is one to add. They have strong, fresh spices and a very distinct difference between spice blends in their curries (and other dishes). It's also the only place I've been where I've had whole fresh curry leaves in a dish.

I like Gandhi Mahal, as well.

Update to Italian restaurants in Twin Cities

I have to say that, while the vibe at Carmelo's might fit (in that it's quiet and old-school), the food is definitely adequate at best, and the service can leave a lot to be desired. Also, I don't know that I'd call it romantic.

To the OP - I think you can do better with some of the other suggestions on this list. I'd tell you to go to Broder's, as someone else did, but I'm guessing you don't want to wait an hour for a table, and it's almost always something along those lines there (they have a no reservations policy). Incredible food, though.

Going to Origami - what non-sushi item is best?

I love their donburi - I usually get oyako-don, and have always really enjoyed it. Perfect comfort food.

Carrot Cake: Who has a good one to buy?

It may be too late, but I thought Cafe Latte's was only ok - also, they don't always have it. (In fact, they rarely do.)

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Yeah, agreed - the taste of stevia is just...terrible. I bought the powdered stuff from TJ's once, actually, a million years ago, and returned it because it was just so gross. So, that's a retroactive nay, too.

Aug 04, 2014
gildeddawn in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Oh, sorry, you're right - I was classing stevia as an artificial sweetener, because it tastes like one. My mistake, though.

Aug 02, 2014
gildeddawn in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

I agree with mcel - definitely a nay. I tried it once when they were sampling it and it tastes overpoweringly of artificial sweetener. (And I'm a regular diet soda drinker, so I've got quite a tolerance - but this stuff is just gross tasting.)

Aug 01, 2014
gildeddawn in Chains

Banana ice cream analysis and suggestions, please!

You could also try replacing some of the sugar in the recipe with a liquid sugar substitute (corn syrup or honey). That generally helps give it a smoother, less icy texture. 2 tablespoons or so should be enough for a quart recipe.

Jul 31, 2014
gildeddawn in Home Cooking

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.

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.

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 [OLD]

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.

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 [OLD]

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.

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.

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?