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Retail source for cola syrup?

Check Williams Sonoma. They make soda syrups under their own name (NOT sodastream, although they carry the carbonator machines by that company). I think the Sonoma Syrup company makes them. Flavors seem to go in and out of rotation, but cola is a staple. I have seen them online and in store and they are made with sugar. Of course, you could also check with Sonoma Syrups directly (I like their grenadine for cocktails). http://www.sonomasyrup.com/

Jun 09, 2012
Pomander in Greater Boston Area

TENDER BEEF stroganoff

I've done this a few times before and it worked out just fine. I agree it is more of a stroganoff stew, but I saved a fair amount of money using this less expensive meat.

Dec 31, 2011
Pomander in Home Cooking

Do I double the yeast?

No. I made this mistake with a pizza dough that I doubled and it rose wayyyyy too much. I later spoke with someone at King Arthur Flour (you can try their hotline) and they confirmed that I didn't need all the extra yeast.

Dec 31, 2011
Pomander in Home Cooking

My Aplogies, but I Need to Vent About America's Test Kitchen

I am over them, too. I had a mail subscription and the constant "offers" I would get - most from the ATK family - was way too much. I also didn't like that the cover of my magazine always had the postcard subscriptions all over it. For that matter, the covers could use a serious upgrade as well. They are not shy about promoting themselves to death. I agree on the frustration with the website, too. Constant teasers. I had a friend with a website subscription that was set to expire a few months ago. She let them know about 14 days ahead of time that she would not renew. They immediately cut her access to the site, even though she had paid for those last two weeks with her year's subscription. She didn't mind as she wasn't using the site, but still...it leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Are they really that greedy? Apparently, yes.

Dec 29, 2011
Pomander in Food Media & News

Going insane re: scratched stainless steel

I have the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless as well and understand about the scratches. I use a nylon pad to get anything that is stuck on (of course, soaking helps, too) and then Bar Keeper's friend to maintain the shine. At first, I was a little bummed about the scratches but got over it. If my cookware is so loved & used that it has scratches, then I'm OK with it. I much prefer that to beautiful pots & pans that never leave the cupboard. Use the pans and then, at some point down the road, you can replace/upgrade them. Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless is excellent stuff for the money and I have no regrets with getting this over the All Clad.

Dec 29, 2011
Pomander in Cookware

Need new toaster/convection oven - Breville? Cuisinart? Something else

Ditto everything Rasputina said. Totally worth it and I would buy it again in a heartbeat. I also use it more than my regular oven. I am single as well and this is great for baking/roasting both smaller and larger portions. For example, i can make a decent size pizza and a standard size pie but also just a few cookies if I want to. I tend to freeze dough or smaller portions of food. If I buy prepared foods it's nice to heat them up quickly without firing up the big oven. I haven't used the broiler, however. The bake and reheat options are my favs - love the convection feature. I bought mine at WS and am so glad I did; their CS is great and the price was on par with what Amazon offered. I find that WS appreciates customer loyalty quite a bit; if I have problems I get real help that Amazon just cannot offer (because it is such a huge operation). There is a less expensive toaster oven version, but I would really recommend the convection, even if you have to wait a bit to save up for it. I also sprang for the cutting board that goes atop of the oven, and it makes a nice shelf for other items...sort of a spacesaver, I guess. I bought mine at Zappos but I think most stores that have the oven offer this as well. I didn't need the pizza stone. The dark colored metal pan that comes with the oven can give you a nice crisp crust...preheat it in the oven first and then add your pizza. Good luck!

Dec 29, 2011
Pomander in Cookware

Need a cookie recipe to knock new hubbie's (and in-law's) socks off

Got it! Many thanks! My mother used to make kolaczki and I never got the recipe for the pastry. Will definitely give this a try; this sounds right - I remember cream cheese for sure. Merry Christmas, Mojave. I hope all of your dishes turn out great!

Dec 23, 2011
Pomander in Home Cooking

Need a cookie recipe to knock new hubbie's (and in-law's) socks off

Thanks - I so appreciate it :-)

Dec 15, 2011
Pomander in Home Cooking

Need a cookie recipe to knock new hubbie's (and in-law's) socks off

By any chance do you have her kolaczki recipe? Would love it if you would share!

Dec 15, 2011
Pomander in Home Cooking

Food processors....Kitchenaid KFP1333 vs. Cuisinart FP-12/FP-14

Didn't buy another yet...looking at the Magimix but it is pricey. I can wait a bit. My bowls were BPA free as well, which is nice that they thought of that. I doubt KA is going to the trouble to make different materials for the bowls (you never know, though...), but even if the bowls were thicker that would make a difference.

Dec 15, 2011
Pomander in Cookware

Food processors....Kitchenaid KFP1333 vs. Cuisinart FP-12/FP-14

It was this one: http://reviews.macys.com/7129/393620/...

Not the exact same, but if the bowls are made of similar material, one might have trouble. The other point is the lack of real help from CS. I won't buy from KA again. I had my processor for several months before I noticed the problem; I don't think it happened overnight. The KA processor has a good motor, the bowl couldn't keep up with it. I really liked the look and performance of this and was bummed to return it. Hope you have better luck, whatever you decide :-)

Dec 14, 2011
Pomander in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

In case it helps, Williams Sonoma has 25% off all cookware + free ship right now. The discount applies to LC, but only in-store purchases. Might be worth checking out.

Dec 14, 2011
Pomander in Cookware

Food processors....Kitchenaid KFP1333 vs. Cuisinart FP-12/FP-14

I just returned my KA Architect FP to Macys after issues with KA CS. Long story short, the plastic bowl could not withstand the powerful motor, and small chips of plastic were being dumped into my food. This happened over the course of several months. I was still under the manufacturer's one year warranty and KA said they would gladly send me a new bowl as a one-tome courtesy (the motor and other accessories were in fabulous condition and I LOVE the color of the Architect series). My concern was that a new bowl would do the same thing, but there was no other bowl available (glass would be great). They had no answer for me when I asked what my options were if this happened again. I think I would either have to buy bowls on my own or pay for an extended warranty which *might* cover that, but probably not ....this would kick in if I needed a new machine entirely. I later saw at Amazon that a few other people reported problems with the bowls, too.

Extra details: The KA CS guy asked me if I was grinding nuts in the processor - that might have caused the dents. I hadn't, actually, but nicely reminded him that if I did need to do that the proper machine WOULD be a food processor. I didn't tax my machine and hand washed everything; I mostly made pastry dough in it (and yes, flour does spill out if you do a double batch of anything). The markings on the bowl were random and it had nothing to do with the blade.

I had my receipt and Macys took it back. I am bummed but will have to find another brand. Personally, I think KA is coasting on a good reputation from years gone by.

Dec 14, 2011
Pomander in Cookware

Christmas Eve appetizers - suggestions on menu?

If you haven't already, do a test run on the crab cakes with waffles. In theory, it should work, but GF stuff is so iffy and I'd hate to see you waste a whole batch of cakes AND not have the for your family on Christmas. Some GF bread also smells sour when toasted, esp if soy is involved. If the waffles do not work out, my suggestion would be to get a package of rice crackers - usually in the Asian foods section, but WF has them in their cracker aisle under the 365 brand - and pulverize in a food processor. Good luck to you!

Dec 14, 2011
Pomander in Home Cooking