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André Soltner on Mother Sauces

Not a good chef or cook, or not a good French chef or cook?

47 Kitchen and Food Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Most of these have been on Buzzfeed lists for years.

May 26, 2015
NonnieMuss in Features

Brining rant...

I only buy chicken from a small local butcher shop now. It's a pricier and not in a convenient location, but the grocery store stuff is garbage now. And it's still not as pricy as Whole Paycheck. Where I live I have a choice of Kroger, Meijer, or Walmart. Unless I pay 2X the price for their "organic" or "natural" brands, all the chicken (and turkey) is at least 12% injected and tastes like salty bicycle tires. I've tried the "natural" stuff, and it's not great either. The US poultry industry makes over a billion dollars a year selling salt water. Kroger does the same thing to its pork, which is completely inedible. I can walk to Kroger - the butcher is miles away on the busiest road in town.

May 26, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Brining rant...

Check the labels on your chicken. Most of it is already injected with a sodium solution. It will say something like "enhanced with up to 12% broth" or the like. Ruins the texture too. It's almost impossible to buy decent chicken at a regular old grocery now. Major pet peeve of mine. I agree with your sprinkly plan.

What is Important in Food Photography?

Serious Eats did a great article about it - http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/03/be...

May 23, 2015
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

I want to sell my homemade tortellini and ravioli

There is a professional local pasta company in my city that sells at the farmer's market - they sell fresh bundles of noodles in twist-tie bags. These sorts of laws vary wildly from state-to-state, or even city-by-city. Your best bet would be to research the laws in your area, then contact the health department and find out about their codes. There will be a lot more paperwork than cooking at first.

May 18, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

funny cooking video skits

My Drunk Kitchen? Just saw an ad for it during Mad Men. There were hats.

May 17, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

Isnt that " documentary" just an infomercial for that quack guy's blog? He's a homeopath, which has been completely debunked by modern science and medicine, and he promotes "detoxes", which is also rejected by science. I'll give that a pass.

Real Chefs Cook Dumb Recipes,

Love Hugh. He's twisted. His blogs are the main reason to watch Top Chef now.

You're not a foodie if you............

I prefer to be called "food nerd" anyway.

Flagging dilemma -- it's just a recipe.

I'm bumping this thread since these continue to pop up - usually with a link to a blog or video and a "let me know what you think", which I suppose is their way of encouraging discussion. Can we report these or request they be moved to the recipe board?

May 14, 2015
NonnieMuss in Site Talk

Good copycat recipes for famous dishes

Avoid the mix - I tried it out of curiosity. They were fine, but not great.

May 14, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

Damned Drive-Thrus and Dives

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

Hungry and Hellbound

May 13, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News
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Jeopardy Winner

I saw that episode - I said Audubon also - Mr. Muss said PETA.

May 13, 2015
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

meals to share

And don't forget snacks! With that many kids, it might be really nice to hit Sam's or Costco and make sure they have a good supply of carrot sticks, granola bars, yogurt, pretzels and on and on and on.

meals to share

Even if it's not perfect for this situation, I'm glad you brought up MealTrain - we used it when a family member was recovering from an accident and it was such an easy way to handle things.

To the OP, I agree with asking what would be the most helpful. Your idea is good, but it might not be just what they need right now.

May 11, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Ever tried HelloFresh?

I received a card for $40 off an order (minimum order $69). I might give it a try just out of curiosity, but wondered if anyone ever used them before?

(I am well aware this type of question is exactly how the Nude Wine thread-that-ate-Chowhound got started. I am really hoping that doesn't happen here. I do not work for this company, nor am I affiliated in any way. I have no intention of signing up for any sort of automatic withdrawal service and will read the fine print with a lawyer on my lap if I have to.) All that being said, I've seen some decent reviews online, but am hoping for first-hand advice. Thanks!

May 11, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

how to measure raw meat? (salt pork)

.84 lb. is 13.44 ounces. Half of that = 6.22 ounces. I'd add just slightly less than half. It's going to add flavor to the beans, so I don't think the thickness is going to matter. Southern cooked-to-death green beans are wonderful - enjoy!

May 09, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Yay!! New Sandra Lee TV show coming to ABC

Oh, how I miss TVWoP!

Pillsbury/Duncan Hines Canned Frosting

Or possibly they just really like the taste or texture and want to make it healthier or try to improve it somehow. I've been trying to track down a chain restaurant copycat recipe for awhile now because it tastes good and I'd like to make it at home. Nuthin' wrong with that.

Supermarket music

One morning in Kroger (quite early - very few customers), I found myself humming along without thinking to the theme song from The Brady Bunch. Then The Addams family came on. Then The Amazing Spiderman. It went on and was a delight. When I got to the check out, all the cashiers were giggling - I asked "What's with the music?" and they didn't know but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

Time to post about my imaginary Kickstarter for Celebrity Sweat Salt (tm). The Pacquiao fight alone could have gotten a couple shakers-full.

May 04, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics
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Add a can of condensed mushroom soup and Pillsbury crescent rolls...

Well I'm not a fan, but certainly can't find fault there. Good for her.

Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

I once overheard someone at a liquor store asking for "Mer-lot", pronounced phonetically. The employee did not correct them, helped them politely, and sent them on their way - where they would probably embarrass themselves. I don't know what the right thing to do is. I guess it's all about attitude and context. The coo-min guy seemed to want to correct, but I think someone could have helped Merlot guy without being too douchey.

Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

I've always heard and pronounced it "cue-min", but according to a couple dictionaries, both are accepted. I had a boss once who insisted it was "coo-meen" with the accent on the second syllable, but he was wrong about a lot of stuff. (And no, I don't say "cue-linary". Do you call baby animals "coot"?)

Apr 27, 2015
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

This is getting off topic, but my cousin (a doctor) posted this excellent/heartbreaking article on the same topic:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisf...

Making Ramen at Home?

I did a series on ramen three ways once - first from the packet, then using the noodles with my own broth and seasoning, then completely from scratch with an all-day pork broth and Hakubaku Ramen noodles (found at Kroger). My advice would be to start simple, and develop a broth you enjoy. The noodles are easy, and any add-ins (meat and veggies) are up to you. Read up on David Chang's recipes for inspiration, and enjoy!

Apr 25, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Copycat Carraba's Pomodoro recipe?

Umm. That was probably me!

Apr 23, 2015
NonnieMuss in Chains
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Kraft Mac & Cheese's Neon Orange Color Will Soon Come From Natural Ingredients

Eeep. I didn't read it closely enough I guess. I can't stand her.

Apr 23, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News