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Fermented Foods!

I've been away from Chowhound for a while, but glad to be back. I've been on a fermented food journey the last couple of years. I healed a 15 year ulcer by making sauerkraut. I've gotten myself off that damned purple pill that I took for 15 years!!! And my immune system has gotten strong again. I make kraut, kombucha, JUN, fermented veggies, kefir, and more. Even made a batch of barley tempeh! I will look forward to great discussions here.

I have an educational blog. My post from yesterday gets your dog eating kefir in the form of great frozen dog treats... Kind of fun. http://www.thefermentedevangelist.com...

dealing with eggplant for recipes

I've been away from Chowhound for a long time. But my heart is warmed to see my eggplant in a waffle maker concept living on! Honored

Jul 13, 2014
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Communion wafer crackers

I bought these great (overpriced)rosemary crackers from Whole Foods. 34 degree is the brand. They seem just like those super thin communion wafers but with some nice flavor. Super thin and crispy. Would love to make these for myself. Can you help???

Mar 30, 2012
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Refrigerate choux paste???

Just made some great cheddar sage puffs with choux paste. They turned out great! I'm wondering if the paste can be made and then saved in the fridge and baked the next day or two?

Help, if you know!

Thanks.

Nov 12, 2011
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Black Pepper–Manchego Cheese Puffs

Just made these. Used only water, not milk. Used only sharp cheddar, and added finely chopped fresh sage. Terrific! Oh, and about half TBS kosher salt. About right on the salt, I'd say.

Would love to know if I could keep this dough/batter in the fridge for a day or so. These are SO addictive.

Nov 12, 2011
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bun alternative for a superb burger?

I think it would be fun to try making a savory waffle and using that! Make a waffle batter, leave out the sugar, add onion, maybe coarsely grated cheese, your choice of herbs or seasonings. Waffle makers comes in many sizes and shapes. I know there are some out there that would be perfect!

Jun 06, 2010
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what do you prefer that most foodies would scoff at?

I love cheese and seafood...though some snob on here told me it's "strictly forbidden" which only makes me want to do it more!!! Parm with shimp and salmon??? Yes please!!!

May 31, 2010
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Do you feel guilty when dinner doesn't include a vegetable?

Nope! But sometimes dinner is just delicious plate of roasted broccoli!

May 31, 2010
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Recipes for dried porcini and shitake mushrooms

I had a ton of dried porcinis and I put a bunch in a powerful blender and turned them into dust. This was great! I added mushroom dust to everything! Mixed into scrambled eggs, coated nearly any meat before grilling or cooking otherwise, sprinkling on veggies...it seemed endless. I was sad when I ran out. I must do this again.

May 20, 2010
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Do Oily Breads Like Focaccia Have A Higher Browning Temperature?

I think so too, but just guessing. Sometimes if my bread is done, but not brown, I break out the blow torch!

I bake bread in my grill and sometimes it needs a little boost on the top browning, but with a little practice I can turn out perfect loaves from my gas grill with the help of some clay tiles.

May 11, 2010
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Artichokes in the crock pot?

Submerged, or an inch in the bottom do you think?

May 11, 2010
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Lamb roast

Thanks, I think it's a shoulder. Was thinking of starting when I left for work tomorrow.

May 11, 2010
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Artichokes in the crock pot?

I usually steam them in the microwave, which turns out great! But I have a lot to cook and was wondering if the crock pot might work.

May 11, 2010
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Lamb roast

I know it may be a crime, but I got a 3-4 lb. lamb roast on the cheap and want to cook it in the crock pot...any good ideas for me? I've only done a few lamp chops on the grill before...not cooked much lamb.

May 11, 2010
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Artichokes in the crock pot?

Can I cook artichokes in the crock pot? Have you done it? Any advice? Mine has high,low and warm. I just go the motherlode of big, cheap chokes at Vons today!

Thanks!

May 11, 2010
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Do Oily Breads Like Focaccia Have A Higher Browning Temperature?

I know that sugar makes bread that browns faster than dough without sugar. Therefore I always bake sweet breads at a lower temp...like 325. I'm pretty sure I don't notice a browning difference with oil baked in the bread...which I love to do!

May 10, 2010
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secret ingredient

What a great, fun idea!!! I'd pick bacon every year! But maybe cheese would be fun too!

May 08, 2010
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how can I make vegetarian meals seem more like a whole meal

I'm not vegetarian, but trying to move that way somewhat. Recently I've been roasting vegetables, and for some reason they are VERY satisfying to me!! Like toss broccoli with olive oil and seasoning (even lemon pepper) then roast on high heat until you get some good browning going on. I can eat a big bowl of this and feel like I don't need something else. Or sub cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc.

May 08, 2010
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Looking for ideas for an 80's theme party

Very funny!!! And true. Do it.

May 05, 2010
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Looking for ideas for an 80's theme party

Yes, I think sun dried tomatoes were all the rage. Wasn't fruit pizza 80s too? A sugar cookie crust, sweetened cream cheese, and topped with sliced fruit like kiwi, strawberries, star fruit, etc. arranged in a circular pattern.

When was California new wave cooking popular??? Maybe that was later...

May 04, 2010
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Add salt to bread dough???

Well thanks for all the replies. Last night I decided to roll the dough into a big flat sheet. I spread the salt evenly, rolled up, flattened, then kneaded. It did turn out just fine...baking it in the a.m. after a night in the fridge! But I think my saving grace may have been the cheddar cubes which eventually dissolved with the extra kneading.

BTW, I'd added about 1.5 cups of Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Mix...and it was a great bread. I also add olive oil, which seems to help a heavy grain dough rise a bit easier! Bob's Red Mill products rock. I love the coarse grained polenta a ton!!!

Chowhounders rock! Thanks again.

May 04, 2010
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Different Salts, Different Weights. A Call To Measure...

I did that too. I put a teaspoon of salt in my palm...and then a tablespoon, looked at it and remembered. It's surely accurate enough for me!

May 03, 2010
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Add salt to bread dough???

So I just made my dough and it's about to rise and I realize I left the salt out. Anyone added salt at this stage?

May 03, 2010
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Creme Brulee

Terrific!!! Awesome work.

May 02, 2010
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High Fiber Food =)

Artichokes are a fiber bomb!

May 02, 2010
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Favorite beef cut and why?

Ribeye.

May 02, 2010
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Creme Brulee

I would try carmelizing sugar on oiled foil sheets, then transfer.

Or possibly you could make a foil sencil/shield to hold over the boxes while torching?

Sounds like a fun experiment! Hope it turns out great.

May 02, 2010
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JERK CHICKEN CRAVING!!!!

I LOVE Walkerswood Jerk Paste! It's totally great. It's very hot, so use accordingly. I also add it to all kinds of other things. I think Boston is another good, reliable brand. Cost Plus World Market carries Walkerswood.

Apr 16, 2010
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Fish Tacos

I've been using cod cut into .75 x .75 x 3 inches (approx), dipping in beaten egg, then rolling in finely ground dry rice (blender, or spice grinder), then pan frying in as little oil as I can use. This gives a very nice, crisp and crunchy crust! I then use a romaine leaf and wrap it up with a nice slaw and avocado slice. Or you could use a tortilla, but I'm trying to do low carb. I really love this.

Apr 14, 2010
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Found a way to refresh stale tortilla chips

I agree, this works. So does a low oven for a bit. Wait for them to cool for the crisp to return.

Apr 14, 2010
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