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Storing butter outside of fridge

Really cheapandlazygourmet! Who knew???

My grandmother kept her butter in a butter dish on the kitchen table. My mother keeps her butter in a dish on the counter. I keep mine in a butter dish on the counter.

I had no idea that generations of reckless butter storage was such a potential health hazard (according to some).

But in spite of it's high moisture content, low butterfat, salted self, I am going to continue to keep my butter in a butter dish on the counter. God help us.
;)

May 11, 2013
GrammyM in General Topics
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Stuffed chicken breasts without spinach- alternatives to Cordon Bleu?

Oooops! That's right. Those chickens weren't fed growth hormones because that would be illegal. Instead they were fed beef by-products from cattle who HAD been fed growth hormones.

And that's how the poultry industry gets around those annoying anti-hormone laws. And the consumer ends up with Frankenchickens.

Mar 31, 2013
GrammyM in Home Cooking

Stuffed chicken breasts without spinach- alternatives to Cordon Bleu?

Macca, try organic chickens. They're normal size because they didn't have a diet of growth hormones.

Mar 31, 2013
GrammyM in Home Cooking

Your Favorite EASY Recipes

Marcella Hazan included this traditional recipe in her 1992 book, but before that in a 1969 issue of Gourmet magazine, James Beard published the recipe (switch in garlic for the onion) in an article on quick pasta sauces. And for decades before that, Italians from the region had been making this gravy with just tomatoes, garlic or onion, and butter or olive oil. Basic ingredients, and the same in that there were only three.

The final comment from Mr. Beard in the article was "The delicacy of the fresh tomato flavor will astound you."

Sep 19, 2012
GrammyM in Home Cooking
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Best pasta sauce in a jar?

I just read two separate jarred sauce taste tests and Giada De Laurentiis came in first in both. Her Tomato Basil Sauce was Consumer Reports top pick, and her Vegetable Marinara was number one for the Huffington Post.

Consumer Reports also named it a 'Best Buy'. I haven't tried it, but I'm going to!

Aug 27, 2012
GrammyM in General Topics

Your Favorite Manufacturers' Recipes...

Coincidentally, today's Cooking.com email recipe of the day is Coffee And Cream Icebox Cake, what they call a variation on Nabisco's Famous Wafer Roll recipe;

Get Cooking: http://www.cooking.com/recipes-and-mo...

It's the same recipe as your's ski-gpsy. I'm going to try it this weekend.

Aug 25, 2012
GrammyM in Home Cooking

Steam, don't boil those hard cooked eggs.

1tsp baking soda

Aug 13, 2012
GrammyM in Home Cooking

Steam, don't boil those hard cooked eggs.

I love what I learn from Chowhounds!

Someone here mentioned adding baking soda to the steaming water, which I do, and then 'blowing' the cooked eggs out of their shells. Works like a charm! No more peeling.
But my daughter in law, who doesn't believe the 'blowing' method, probably because she'll never try it, does say that the baking soda makes a huge difference in peeling, even fresh eggs.

Aug 12, 2012
GrammyM in Home Cooking

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

david t. says "GrammyM, No, they aren't being treated inhumanely."

david t, that’s your response after watching the video, that these birds AREN’T being treated inhumanely?!?!??!
http://www.chow.com/action/rd2/2d3f9c...

You state; “Nor is it a common practice for artisanal farms to keep ducks in cramped little cages.”
No it isn’t common practice for artisanal farms to keep ducks in cramped little cages, but the little artisanal farms aren’t the reason for the ban. The ban is in response to the big industrial foie gras producers who’s practices are horrific and brutal. The same foie gras producers who refused to alter their production practices toward more humane treatment (and those consumers who patronize them) that resulted in increasing numbers of countries around the world banning foie gras.

david t.; “That's a lie and it's an anecdotal example that you're disingenuously using to broad stroke the industry.”

You mean like the “broad stroke” you use paint the foie gras industry as happy birds running free on bucolic little artisanal farms? The BROAD aspect of the industry is not the little artisinal farms because those farms supply less than 30% of foie gras. Its the big brutal industrial factory producers that are the major providers of foie gras consummed, and the problem.

“I'm not talking about ducks torturing the fish. Or other animals torturing other animals.”

Yes, you were. Quote; “...praying mantis cannibalise (sp) their partners after mating. Dolphins regularly beat and mutilate baby porpoises for sport...”

“Gavage, when done correctly, is a most a moment of discomfort if at that.”

As I’m sure you know, gavage is not the only practice of foie gras farming under protestation. The bigger picture of industrial foie gras production includes filthy conditions, overcrowding, torturous confinement cages that don’t allow the birds to stand or turn, and the brutal methods of crushing and suffocating the chicks that are culled as undesirable.

And I have to ask you AGAIN david t; Are the livers of birds that have been subject to those deplorable conditions so much tastier to you that you would prevent them from being raised humanely?

Jul 03, 2012
GrammyM in Features

Best Corn Side Dish!

I just made cooking.com's Mac & Cheese With Corn last nite and it was great. And EASY!
It even uses dry pasta. Pour everything in a casserole dish and bake it. Easy and de-lish! (But NOT non-rich, although some cooks halved the butter and subbed in lowfat milk.)

http://www.cooking.com/recipes-and-mo...

Jun 17, 2012
GrammyM in Home Cooking

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

Yes david t, there are violent deaths in nature. But the bird that is gulping the live fish down it's throat is not taking that fish and imprisoning it for the rest of it's miserable life in a tiny cage where it can't move or turn around, and then regularly shoving a tube down it's throat, terrifying it and yes, "torturing" it every day of it's pitiful life of fear and misery. Only a human can conceive of and inflict that kind of horror on another living thing. And only a human would demand the arrogant entitlement to do so!
My question to you david t is; Are the livers of birds that have been abused and tortured that much tastier to you, so much so that you will fight against them being treated humanely?

Jun 17, 2012
GrammyM in Features

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

@nrcvinon said; "...there are only about three producers in the US, there are not huge scary industrial producers here. It is very much a niche industry."

That's correct nrcvinon, but those few American producers supply less than 30% of North America's foie gras. The rest comes from those "huge scary industrial producers".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RtWaV...

What I don't understand is could the people who are irate and sniveling about their foie gras NOT eat humanely raised livers? Are the livers of birds that are abused and tortured that much tastier to you? So much so that you would fight to prevent them from being treated humanely?

Jun 08, 2012
GrammyM in Features

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

I just watched Anthony Bourdain's video of the Hudson Valley Farm & either Anthony didn't do his homework or the private Business Interests he represents want people to believe that the Hudson Valley Farm is representative of all foie gras production. Its not. Hudson Valley Farm is one of the more humane producers and should serve as a model for the re-tooling of the industry, but unfortunately HV Farms is only a small percentage of the foie gras business and Bourdain showing his video with HV Farms as representative of all foie gras production is like saying Gone With The Wind was representative of slavery.

If Anthony Bourdain is going to present himself as an authority on foie gras farming then he should do his homework and also show the horrors of the big industrial farms and not just one small boutique farm, deliberately misleading people into thinking its all happy little cage free birds living their days on a bucolic farm in the Hudson Valley. That's deceiving people.

But that's probably what Bourdain's getting paid to do...

May 23, 2012
GrammyM in Features

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

I love French Onion soup and ATK's delicious recipe for slow-cooker FO soup has made it easier to have it more often.

May 22, 2012
GrammyM in Home Cooking

Curry powder ingredients comparison

I used to buy Tone's from a website that sold spices, I forget which one. Then I found it at my Costco and of course it comes in the extra large bottle, so I haven't had to look for it elsewhere.

May 16, 2012
GrammyM in General Topics

Curry powder ingredients comparison

For years I bought bottles of curry powder one after another because I was disappointed every time. Finally I heard or read somewhere that Tone's Curry Powder was chosen best in some taste test (maybe Americas Test Kitchen?) and I've been using it ever since.

May 16, 2012
GrammyM in General Topics

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

OMG! I just watched the video and I defy anyone to watch that and ever eat Foie Gras again!

I will never eat it again and I am looking for an organization to donate money to get it banned in every state until there are strict regulations for humane production.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RtWaV...

This is as heartbreaking to watch as Oprah's expose on puppy mills.

May 16, 2012
GrammyM in Features

Do you serve pasta in bowls or on plates?

I typically use a shallow bowl. It makes it easier to chase those little pastas around!

Feb 11, 2012
GrammyM in General Topics

Best brownie mixes? Duncan HInes?

After years of baking brownies from scratch, I ha ve to admit that after discovering Ghiradelli's (thanks to Chowhounds!) I just grab a box and make my life easier. I also add the instant coffee, and walnuts.

Dec 09, 2011
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Best Corn Side Dish!

I agree DiningDiva! Alton's recipe is delicious, and special occasion recommended.

Dec 13, 2010
GrammyM in Home Cooking

Free Range Birds - very disappointed

ski-gpsy, Two years ago my oncologist told me the same thing, hormone free chicken and beef only (we love Slanker's Grass Fed Beef). When I called my daughter in law in Arizona to tell her that we'd bring the turkey for Thanksgiving because I have to eat it organic she said their new pediatrician says hormone free meat and chicken only for growing children.

I know this thread is off track but I've learned much from this discussion. I'm going to call my daughter in law and ask her if she knows about growth hormone in dairy cow's milk! Obviously there's a lot of conflicting information on this issue but I'm going with the doctors, no chicken mc nuggets for the grandkids! Anyone got a good recipe for baked nuggets?

Dec 07, 2010
GrammyM in General Topics