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What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

Add a few slices of american cheese. some lettuce, salt/pepper and now you really have something.

Jun 28, 2013
thefamilychef in General Topics

New York's 10 Best Places for Pastrami

Hey Pickkeyeater,
Wrap the pastrami in a foil pouch then steam it. This will let the pastrami get hot, melt most fat and give lots of flavor, and, most importantly, NOT dry it out. I've tried many other methods, this one works best. Enjoy!

Apr 16, 2013
thefamilychef in Features

New York's 10 Best Places for Pastrami

We love Katz's but spend far more time on Long Island than in Manhattan. We've found Pastrami King on Merrick Road (in Merrick) has the best pastrami we've had in quite a long time. The flavor's great, the bread's fresh, the staff is friendly, .and the restaurant itself lacks nothing except the freneticism that pervades Katz's

Apr 16, 2013
thefamilychef in Features

Can These Funky-Smelling Wooden Spoons Be Saved?

Microwave on high for 1 minute. That will kill any bacteria.
Works on sour smelling sponges too.
Test the method on a non-antique wooden utensil first.

Apr 12, 2013
thefamilychef in Features

Costco Kitchen-Aid mixers

Kitchen-Aid 5.5 qt, lift bowl mixer from Costco.
I'd been looking to replace the KA mixer that was my father's. He had it as far back as 1980 as I remember, and being as frugal as he was, bought it used. It served him well and has served me well for the past 10 years. Last year it started to sound like it was going to give up the ghost any minute, though it never did. I've tried, unsuccessfully so far, finding a place to refurbish it.
Anyway, this past week I started looking for a new one and figured the 6qt professional model ($449.00) was in my future. Started pricing them and with sales and coupons could get one for about $100.00 less. The we went into Costco and saw the KV5MEX model (5.5 quart, lift bowl, all metal gears, soft start ) for $289.00 with an instant mfg's rebate and another $30 mail in rebate it actually came to $259.00.
Does anyone have experience with this model? It certainly looks good but we haven't used it yet.
I'm reluctant to give up the "antique" but if this one's a keeper, well then my daughter can have her grandfather's machine.
Any information will be most appreciated.
TFC

Jan 10, 2013
thefamilychef in Cookware

Survey: How do you wash your leafy vegetables?

It depends; if I'm cleaning escarole, which can be quite "dirty", I fill the sink about halfway (7 inches of water) and, holding the core in my hand, repeated plunge the head into the water. This takes out most of the dirt at one time. Most times I'll drain the sink and repeat the process. Depending on how many heads I'm making (up to 4) I might do this 4 times with all 4 heads being cleaned each time. It is by far the fastest method I've found.
Other veggies get rinsed, rubbed or, in the case of broccoli di rape, repeatedly bathed.
TFC

Jan 10, 2013
thefamilychef in General Topics