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Le Creuset Cast Iron Oval Baker (gratin) new sizes

I have their #24, #28, #36 and my 36 or 3qt is my most often used by far ( 99.9% of the time). I like the look of the original gratin pan much better than the new ones but I'm sure they will serve their purpose. Interesting that I found them grouped with the roasters on their website. They do have a wider variety of sizes in the ceramic line gratin pans but I never use the ceramic one I have that came free with something else I bought.

1 day ago
rasputina in Cookware

Which Le Creuset set do I have? Should I keep it?

It was a gift, it didn't cost the OP anything. Not sure what I was said that warranted the attitude though.

2 days ago
rasputina in Cookware

Ebook deals of the minute.

I wasn't implying that your comment wasn't on topic to the thread or that you shouldn't post your opinion. I was just sharing my own opinion about how kindle unlimited isn't a deal for me due to it not including the books I want to read most.

Aug 27, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Ebook deals of the minute.

I read on my kindle every day. My post was about kindle unlimited not ebooks in general.

Aug 27, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Ebook deals of the minute.

LOL did you copy that from Amazon? It reads like an Amazon ad. I read a ton but I can't even get around to reading my Kindle First free books. I'm not the type that can read something just because it's free or part of a subscription. I have to actually be interested.

Aug 27, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Ebook deals of the minute.

I've only found a couple and invariably you can buy them for less than 3 dollars. I've tried Kindle Unlimited a few times and every time I've canceled.

Aug 27, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Ebook deals of the minute.

I guess Salads that Inspire is still going on since I just bought it.

Fermented Dill P:ickles, can they be canned and processed?

You can but I don't know why you would, it defeats the whole purpose of making lactic acid fermented pickles.

old china and porcelain dishes..safe in microwave?

I would not put anything with metallic trim in the micro. Aplico, sure I'd put that in the micro, the stuff is cheap and readily available. I try and avoid putting my fine china in there though. One reason I have a set of corelle dinnerware, it's on microwave duty. But I have been known to put my fine china in the micro for very short periods of time. Say 30 seconds to soften butter and the like.

Aug 27, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Which Le Creuset set do I have? Should I keep it?

Considering that Williams Sonoma had the set on clearance 4-5 years ago for 70 bucks I wouldn't expect much for it. Personally I'd keep it but then I like speciality pots.

Aug 27, 2015
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Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I don't think PBS ever owned Sesame Street and the new HBO shows will be shown on PBS after they air on HBO.

Aug 27, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Dom is no Mario but you are right about Jay. I have no interest in watching Eddie. I think he's a little stuck on himself frankly.

Aug 27, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

You Can Eat Carbs

I completely agree, I'm so sick and tired of people who have a disease thinking that they need to get everyone else to eat the way they do. I have one friend who's diabetic and for awhile it got ridiculous. For 20 years we'd have enjoyable discussions about what we were cooking lately and then she started trying to inflict her dietary limits on me. I finally had to remind her I'm not diabetic.

Aug 27, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

Boooooo McDonald's

Burger King sucks so there is no benefit for McDonalds pairing up with them.

Cookbook Challenge

What olives? Weird. And yes I love olives but not in Caesar salad.

What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

There are recipes not on the blog but I can't remember what the percentage is.

Aug 26, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Staub or Le Creuset enameled cast iron with dairy type foods

Honestly I don't know why anyone would cook eggs in it. I tried it once years ago. Never again. I immediately went back to my bare cast iron for eggs which work fabulously every time.

Aug 26, 2015
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What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

Oh yes, a whole cookbook devoted to buttermilk. I love that.

Aug 26, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

Her Everyday Mac and Cheese recipe is so good. I'd have never thought to use onions in it.

Aug 26, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Making yogurt with immersion circulator...

Sous vide makes decent yogurt ( I've done it in my Anova also) but so does fermenting in my dehydrator. I ferment at 110 which is the same temp I use on my dehydrator. I've always stirred in the culture medium. I use whole milk from Jersey cows ( they have higher butterfat content in their milk) and get very thick yogurt without straining.

Aug 26, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Do you use garlic powder?

Garlic powder/granulated often tastes harsh if it doesn't dissolve well in the dish or you use too much. I use it in rubs but I only cook with it on occasions when I'm feeling really lazy.

Aug 26, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Which Le Creuset set do I have? Should I keep it?

It's a cassoulet pot with bowls. There is a clay version of this pot on the cover of Paula Wolfert's Cooking of Southwest France.

Staub or Le Creuset enameled cast iron with dairy type foods

It cooks great and it's easy to clean as always. I've never had any issues with sticking. Well I did burn a balsamic reduction in one of my pans because I made the mistake of walking away from the stove. That left a 1/2 inch of thick black stuck on mess. But after following a suggestion I read online it came off and the white enamel looked spotless just as it was before I burned it.

Aug 25, 2015
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Staub or Le Creuset enameled cast iron with dairy type foods

I cook eggs in bare cast iron. As far as dairy sure I cook mac and cheese and lasagna and gratins in enameled cast iron. I don't own any of the LC with the dark interior though, just the light ones.

Aug 25, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

That reminds me there is also a series called Louisiana Seafood Bible which has separate books on crawfish, crabs, shrimp, oysters and two volumes on fish.

Aug 25, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Odd Lasagna Question About Acidity

Speaking only for myself, I detect an off flavor from Cento San Marzano canned tomatoes. I've tried multiple times and I just can't eat them. But if it doesn't bother you straight from the can then that likely isn't it.

Aug 25, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

Is it time for one of your children or another family member to take over the roll? From my perspective finally being able to host my own Thanksgiving and Christmas was a wonderful rite of passage.

What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

My mom really liked Lee Bailey and Natalie Dupree when I was a kid but I can't remember which books they were.

Aug 25, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

Louisiana Real and Rustic - Emeril Lagasse
Pirates Pantry - Junior League of Lake Charles LA
Who's Your Mama, Are you Catholic and can you make a roux books 1&2 -Marcelle Bienvenue
Fred Thompson's Southern Sides
Pig: king of the Southern Table - James Villas
River Road Recipes- Junior League of Baton Rouge
John Besh My New Orleans
Deep South Dish by Mary Foreman
Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine John Folse ( his After the Hunt and Hooks Lies and Alibis also)

Aug 25, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Do you grill with aluminum foil (and no, it's not what you're thinking of)

LOL yes, it holds IN the smoke, now that's funny.