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Paper in the Kitchen - do we really need all these?

I too have a bunch of cloth napkins & I place 2 at a time on the oven handles & use them for hand wipes instead of paper towels. Has sure helped to cut down on paper towel use.

I ask for paper sacks instead of plastic. They are making the plastic bags so flimsy that they break & I have a mess. Seems like I can always find a way to use a brown sack. I place several sacks into one sack for storage.

Aug 15, 2014
cstout in Cookware

The Perfect Biscuit - what are your secrets to make it happen?

I enjoyed the link to recipe secrets. Also, liked the idea of diamond shaped cutters to avoid extra scraps. The recipe sounds good too, hope to try it soon.

Don't know if it was on this thread or somewhere else, but someone mentioned using the insert from a metal ice cube tray to cut out several biscuits or rolls at one time (if you can find one of those retro things)

Aug 07, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Amazon has a "look inside" option for "Mansion at Turtle Creek", so why don't you go there & look in the index at all the recipes within the book? That should be a good indication whether or not you would enjoy the book.

Since I don't own the book, I cannot say yay or nay about ordering it.

Jul 30, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

I do not have either one of the Texas cookbooks you mentioned. There are a lot of gourmet recipes in both cookbooks & I do not do gourmet cooking, so I passed on both of them.

"The Mansion on Turtle Creek" has been a popular seller at the local kitchen gadget stores for years, so that might sway you to make a purchase. Good luck.

Jul 30, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Looked on Amazon for Guido's cookbook & there were several good reviews but none of them told me what kind of recipes are in the book. Is it all fish/seafood or what?

I collect Texas cookbooks & am curious about this one. No "look inside" option on Amazon.

Thanks for any tidbit you can provide.

Jul 28, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Kick-azz pickpled peppers?

I second the motion on that recipe. Thanks for sharing the link. Looks like a lot of other good recipes out there too.

Jul 28, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Evaporated Milk - how do you use it?

Where did you find the glass bottles to store milk in?

Jul 28, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

Yes, I hate the clove flavor too in gherkins.

Jul 19, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

As far as I am concerned, Heinz India Relish is the secret to a good tuna sandwich.

Only trouble is, grocers do not carry it any more. It is on Amazon, but the shipping cost is way out of line.

Jul 19, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Love my new immersion blender

What is your brand of blender?

Jul 08, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

I'm so over...

This thread is hilarious - I don't know whether I want to vomit or laugh. Or both.

By the way I saw something just recently that reminded me of Skittle Spittle. I think it came from a bad coon that barfed on my sidewalk.

Jul 06, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Can't wait to try your provencal recipe;. Thanks.

Jun 22, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Was your fish coated with something - the provencal mustard sounds wonderful - must get some.

Jun 21, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

There are several kinds of Aromat seasoning, one being an all purpose. Which one does your spouse use?

Jun 20, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Love it when you all post a picture of a product. Pictures can take the place of a thousand words when you walk into an Asian store or whatever & they don't speak much English & I sure don't know their language.

I just show them a print out of the product, they smile & then I smile & with any luck I am walking out the door with just what I wanted.

Thanks

Jun 20, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Here is a link that shows what states carry the mushroom sauce cubes, plus I think you can order on line, but do not know cost of shopping.

Just google porcini cubes & see what you get.

Jun 20, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Looks like you could learn some serious cake baking/decorating from his website.

Jun 20, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Are these products health related or what? Guess I need to google who Dr. Oetker is. I remember seeing some mixes in the cake mix section, but could not tell you what they were.

Jun 17, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

I will try to find the Totle brand on the internet, mushroom flavor is wonderful. Thanks.

Jun 17, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

I bet that is tasty, always love the bbq pork when I go for Dim Sum.

Jun 17, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Well, I must find theKnorr Chicken base real soon. Have always used Better Than Bouillon, but this will be good for a change.

Jun 16, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Knorr chicken broth & tomato broth in black eyed peas - that makes me hungry right now.,

Will have to try the Goya olive oil.

Thanks

Jun 16, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

To answer my own post, I just purchased a little jar of Truffle & Salt. Brand name is Sabatino Tartufi.

So far I have only used it on Rib Eye steaks & sprinkled on grape tomatoes. Both were absolutely delicious. I have learned the salt is to be used as a finishing salt more than cooking salt. Uses are endless.

Jun 16, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Would you use the Chicken base/bullion cubes just for chicken dishes or what?

I love Mexican dishes, so this is much appreciated. Thanks.

Jun 16, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

I had no idea there were so many items out there by Knorr. I just purchased the Salat Kronung salad dressings. One is Fruhlingskrauter & the other is Wurzige Gartenkrauter. Both dressings are so refreshing. I found out there are many more available, but I have to order online for any other items. Have you tried any of the other Salat dressings?

Has anyone tried the All Purpose Aromat Seasoning? Wonder if that is like Spike seasoning.

Also, I see many packets for adding to soups, stews, etc.

Which ones have you tried? Also, is there a site online that has reasonable shipping costs? So far, I think Amazon is the best, but have not really shopped around.

Perhaps you are using other products besides Knorr that are not normally found in local stores. Please tell us about them.

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Jun 16, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Making homemade porik tamales without the husks

I am going to try Rick Bayless's recipe when my order for some fresh masa comes in - only I will do pork instead of chicken.

Thanks for the link.

Jun 03, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Making homemade porik tamales without the husks

Hello everyone - I have not forgotten you all, my computer crashed & ended up buying another one after several agonizing days of no internet.

Anyway, here is my latest attempt. I used a pork tamale recipe, but before baking the pork, I washed several corn husks & soaked in warm water, then placed them in the bottom of a small roasting pan & then added the pork & spices. Cooked real slow. The pork had somewhat of an essence of corn flavor, which is key in the flavor of tamales.

Then I made some gorditas using the website below since a gordita recipe calls for masa harina. The end result was quite tasty, but I must admit making gorditas is not a quick thing.

I need to read more web sites to see if the gordita mix can frozen.

Your comments & suggestions are very welcome - am continuing on with my experiment - any further suggestions will be appreciated.

Anyone have any input about gorditas?

Here is the link -

http://amexicancook.ie/recipe/mexican...

Jun 02, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Making homemade porik tamales without the husks

I have never made homemade tamales & just don't think I can cope with spreading all that masa dough on those husks.

Was thinking of making the pork mixture & then making the masa & creating small "tamale pie" casseroles with the masa spread over the meat & then freezing. How do you think the end result would taste without those husks?

Are the husks essential for getting that real tamale flavor?

By the way, do you have a great pork tamale recipe you would like to share?

Would love to hear your opinions on my idea. Thank you.

May 26, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Evaporated Milk - how do you use it?

Heh, heh....sounds like something my dear 'ol dad would come up with. Old codgers & WWII vets had their own way of expressing things.

I can still see the cast iron skillet bubbling with bacon grease & flour & hearing the pop of a can of Pet milk. Pretty soon there was enough gravy to feed even the cats & dogs. Not a pretty sight once it cooled off & globbed up, but mighty tasty in the mean time.

Oh yes, some even got tossed out to the chickens - take a spoon of it & target an innocent chicken. Plop - right on the back. Everything ate gravy back in those days.

May 15, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

The Perfect Biscuit - what are your secrets to make it happen?

Well, since you woke us all up, as sandylc just said, have you mastered the perfect cathead?

As for me, a perfect biscuit is as elusive as a perfect piecrust. Don't tell anyone, but Grand's biscuits & Pillsbury pie crust sure work when you in a pinch.

May 15, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking