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Lady fingers and tiramisu

I just made a tiramisu for the first time, and it tastes great! But I have an issue with the lady fingers. The store I went to only had gluten-free ladyfingers. I got them anyway. I tasted one before I started making the tiramisu; tasted the same but had a different texture than real lady fingers. Anyway, when I dipped them in the espresso mixture, I didn't want them to get soggy so I just dipped them quickly on each side. Well, they turned out hard still since they didn't soak up nearly as much liquid as I thought they would from the mascarpone mixture. I want to try the recipe again with real lady fingers, but I'm wondering if I should soak the real ones longer than I did the gluten-free ones. Thoughts? When you make tiramisu, do you soak your lady fingers for a few minutes or quickly dip?

Apr 24, 2014
julienned in Home Cooking

Copper pans and tinning

Hi! I just bought a Ruffoni copper risotto pan, and learned how to care for it. I understand the pan needs to be retinned when the tin lining starts wearing off. I'm wondering what it will look like when it needs to be retinned; how do I know when to retin it? Thank you!

Jan 15, 2014
julienned in Cookware

Ruffoni Hand Hampered Risotto Pan

Don't know if you'll even see this, but I can attest to this pans effectiveness! I'm getting one for Christmas after someone made me a mushroom risotto with it. It was the best risotto I've ever had!!

Dec 20, 2013
julienned in Cookware

Adding egg after flour in cookies?

Just tasted them! Yummm they are delicious. I made a cookie cake instead of individual cookies. They turned out like chocolate chip blondies. I'm not sure how they would have tasted if I were to put the egg before the dry ingredients, but I shall see next time!

Oct 18, 2013
julienned in Home Cooking

Adding egg after flour in cookies?

I forgot to add my egg to the sugar and butter mixture, so I added it to the batter after I had already added the dry ingredients. I'm making cakey chocolate chip cookies. What will happen to the dough? Will it be that much of a difference?

Oct 18, 2013
julienned in Home Cooking

Do vinegar marinades ever go bad?

I have a bottle of Wicker's marinade in my pantry. I don't know how long it's been there, but it's been at least a year... maybe two. The ingredient list has just vinegar, salt and spices. It's been opened before. I opened the cap to look inside and there were some sediments floating on top (I assume from the spices). A couple spots look like calcified sediment, but not mold. Is this still good? Since it's just vinegar and spices I assume you treat it like a regular vinegar, which lasts indefinitely. But the sediments are making me wonder. I attached a photo, hopefully you can see it clearly.

Sep 30, 2013
julienned in Home Cooking

How long does doughnut jelly last?

I always buy a tub of house-made jelly from a local bakery/restaurant. They use it for both their jelly for the toast as well as the filling for their bismarck doughnuts. About how long does it last in the fridge? I've had it since the beginning of June.

Jul 31, 2013
julienned in General Topics

Chunks in organic milk?

I started drinking Horizon organic fat free milk and really like it but the last two cartons I've used, I found chunks leftover in the cartons after rinsing them out in the sink. They are white soft chunks, like slime balls. The milk still had a week before expiration and it smelled and tasted fine (I had already ate my bowl of cereal before rinsing the carton.) There were no chunks in my cereal, they were just in the carton. Anyone know what this is? I just contacted Horizon and haven't heard from them yet.

Feb 15, 2013
julienned in General Topics

Crockpot holiday cider recipes?

I'm looking for a recipe someone told me about that involves making cider in a crockpot. I know she said the ingredients included apple cranberry juice and a whole orange with cloves in it. Anyone have a recipe with these things? I don't want alcohol in this either.

Nov 30, 2011
julienned in Home Cooking

Coffee and cappuccino maker

What do you guys think of those Keurig one-cup coffee machine with those small packets?

Nov 20, 2011
julienned in Cookware

Coffee and cappuccino maker

Interesting. I had already bought him a coffee grinder last year which he uses all the time. And he's always talking about how he wishes he could make his own cappuccino without having to go to the cafe all the time. I'll look into it.

Nov 16, 2011
julienned in Cookware

Coffee and cappuccino maker

Around $100, but it looks like from the other posts I should get him something else.

Nov 16, 2011
julienned in Cookware

Buying a professional chef knife

I agree with the lady, Wusthof is the way to go. My boyfriend bought himself I think it was a 10 inch Chef's knife and I'm not sure how much it was. Definitely under $200 and I highly recommend it!

Nov 15, 2011
julienned in Cookware

Coffee and cappuccino maker

Does it exist? I want to buy my boyfriend a single machine that can make both regular coffee and cappuccino. Are there any models in particular that you'd recommend? And is an espresso and coffee combo machine the same thing as a cappuccino combo? Im not a coffee person so im unfamiliar with it all. Also, I'm a college kid so my budget is limited. Thanks!

Nov 15, 2011
julienned in Cookware