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How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

Hope it's not used for more than 5 minutes a day for toast. That thing would be a complete nuisance at my house we use our toaster oven multiple times a day sometimes for an hour or more at a time.

about 17 hours ago
rasputina in Cookware

I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

Sounds like my MIL, who doesn't eat gluten but insists every time she see's bread in the house says " I can't eat that". I just say, " well, we like it".

1 day ago
rasputina in Not About Food

I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

Sure there is, the person on the receiving end has to actually have a spine though and not need validation on every choice they make. Now if it happens at every single meal or every time the specific topic is mentioned that's a whole other issue.

1 day ago
rasputina in Not About Food

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

Nope it's not hard at all. First off you have the thermal mass of the ceramic itself. Then you have a variety of ways, plate setter sold by BGE, refractory fire bricks, pizza stone ect to block direct flame. Temperature is controlled by the the air vents at the bottom and top.

1 day ago
rasputina in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Help with reheating rice - no microwave

Rice Cooker reheat function works incredibly well.

1 day ago
rasputina in Home Cooking
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How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

I think it depends on what product you buy and how you use it. I used to have a Delonghi for years and we only used it for reheating things and toast and it worked ok. When it died I bought a Breville Smart Oven the full sized one. It's so wonderful I actually bake pies and breads in it along with using it for toast. With the footed cutting board on top I also have a place to set the items I take out of it to cool so there is no need for open counter space next to it. Putting it into a cabinet or appliance garage wouldn't be an improvement and certainly won't save any space.

It heats up a lot faster than my full sized oven, has convection and cooks evenly and uses less power. Even with two full sizes I'd keep it.

2 days ago
rasputina in Cookware
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

I'd probably just roll them into a log like refrigerator cookies, chill them and slice. Less work.

Apr 14, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Yes, they're crunchy.

Here is the recipe

1 cup butter
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour ( usually use AP flour but I've also used home milled soft white wheat flour)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder

1. Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla and eggs. Mix dry ingredients together and add to the butter and sugar mixture. Put in cookie press with star disk. Press out long logs 3" on pan.
2. Bake 325 until light brown. Cool and then dip end in bittersweet chocolate and roll in walnuts.

Apr 13, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

I made mocha log cookies. I posted about them before in one of the Christmas cookie threads. They're a cookie press cookie using the star disk and about 3 inches long with one end dipped in bittersweet chocolate and rolled in chopped walnuts. The dough has instant coffee in it. I usually make them every Christmas but didn't this year. Oh and I made them with home milled soft wheat flour.

Plus I got to use the cookie press attachment for my Ankarsrum mixer for the first time. So much more convenient to be able to be hands free and have the dough come out on it's own.

I cooked another Apple Cider pie a few days ago and another loaf of home milled wheat bread today. I can't wait until summer fruits are here for some great fruit pies.

Apr 13, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Can i use unpeeled potatoes for latkes?

I do this all the time, although usually just with thin skinned potatoes like yukon golds

Apr 13, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Dual-Use Kitchen Stuff

That's a great idea for peeling the lemons. I just freeze mine cut in half once they have been juiced.

Apr 13, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

Plus a bunch of her recipes are available on her website from her cooking show.

Apr 12, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Date.... ordering seafood?

Of course not, I order what I feel like eating. You're so called friends have no right to make you leave the office because you ate fish.

Apr 12, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

Neat sandwiches?

I agree the right bread is 90% of the battle. I also wrap napkins or paper towel around sandwiches before eating which helps keep fillings contained and absorbed any drips.

Apr 12, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

My husband was unconvinced, until we bought ours and cooked on it.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Cookware Board denizens

I post on both home cooking and cookware forums pretty often. In fact they're my most frequented CH forums. I'm female, I love vintage bare cast iron and cook on it every day, I like enameled CI also. I have a selection of clad stainless and clay pots too. I don't have pictures of anyone in my garage, I'm not overly hairy. I'm not a fashion hound and have nothing at all in common with the women from Sex and the City, I cant stand the kitchen aid mixer.

I grind my own flour and pressure can my own stock and lacto ferment my own sauerkraut. My husband hunts and fishes and we grind our own meat. I'm also a pretty good baker. If I had my choice I'd have both a wood cookstove and Bluestar range. I like the right tool for the job and I like quality products that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in Site Talk
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

There is a desktop app so you can read your books on your computer.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

We did low and slow and on a Weber for years before we bought our Eggs. There really isn't a comparison. When we used to smoke our turkeys for Thanksgiving on the Weber we had to add coals numerous times. Food comes out moister on the Egg also ( we don't use a water pan either) and you do not get the temp fluctuations in windy and cold weather on the Egg like you do with metal cookers, they don't have the thermal mass.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

There have been many many pictures of Eggs smoking while covered in snow posted on the Green Eggers forum over the years. They work great in the snow. I've yet to read of one that cracked just from normal use in cold weather or snow.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

Absolutely 100% yes. I was a skeptic for years. Finally decided to buy one, now we have two larges.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Blendtec Wildside jars for Vitamix Bases

Weird, I don't have any leakage or problems cleaning the "classic" container for my 5200 with just water more than 1/2 full and a drop of detergent. I never have to wash it with a sponge. According to Vitamix the older containers are compatible with the new G series blenders like your 750.

Sorry I have no info on Blend tec.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Tomato Powder

If you have a dehydrator you can make it at home. just dehydrated tomato and then grind it up.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in Dallas - Fort Worth

Bread Bible

Which Bread Bible was it? I can think of 3 bread cookbooks titled Bread Bible off the top of my head. Probably the Rose Levy Beranbaum one. I have her pie and cake cookbooks and always end up choosing a recipe for another cookbook. Not much of a fan of her cookbooks layouts anyway. I do love that she includes weights but I don't like the spreadsheet with shades of grey.

Apr 11, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

How odd, salsa does not have to have peppers in it. Unlike hot sauce.

Apr 10, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

Cook on Sunday - eat all week?

I usually just do a main meat item that can be turned into various things. For example pork shoulder or chuck roast can be pulled pork or bbq beef sandwiches, burritos, tacos or just eaten on their own with veg sides. Roasted chicken the leftovers can be quickly made into enchiladas ( if I needed to I could can my homemade sauce so it was always ready to go)

I'll braise chicken thighs in the tagine and then my husband takes the leftovers over rice topped with the braising liquid for lunch the next day.

Obviously soup. I went through a period where I was making big batches of soup that we would eat for 3 days. Same with chili.

Most of my focus lately has been on leftovers for my husbands lunch and not so much dinner all week.

Apr 10, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Is the low carb, no gluten trend hurting pizza, pasta & bread sales?

Low carb has been around for many years. It's just gotten a little more media hype with the whole paleo thing. But before that it was South Beach and Atkins ect.

Apr 10, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

Crawfish Boil Tricks

That too!

Apr 10, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Cooking from: The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen

I made her cast iron carrots with curry that she showed about a week ago. They got rave reviews and requests to please make again.

Apr 09, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Crawfish Boil Tricks

Number 1 don't overcook

Apr 09, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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