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boston style pork fried rice recipe

Indeed that is so.

about 14 hours ago
Karl S in Home Cooking

Do you pray before a meal?

Yep. The Latinate syntax of subordinated clauses is odd for Americans, but less so for English speakers in other parts of the world. It's definitely not Strunk & White.

1 day ago
Karl S in Not About Food

Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

If the ante is upped, you should reply in contrary motion: go more down home. Corn on the cob and lobster: food that people get messy with.

Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

Is "must impress" intended to mean "like a high-end restaurant" or "very reliable yet interesting for entertaining"?

The Silver Palate Cookbook, for example, is a classic of the latter school. It underwrote many dinner parties in the 1980s and thereafter.

Jul 30, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking
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Do you pray before a meal?

THere's also a less well-known Catholic grace recited *after* the completion of a meal, especially the main daily meal - the part in brackets can vary more:

We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, who livest and reignest world without end. Amen. [May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.]

Jul 29, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food

Do you pray before a meal?

Yes. If I am in mixed company, as it were, I would pray it mentally, which is what I also do when I eat alone.

Jul 28, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food
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london broil cut of beef

Suggestions for what?

Jul 26, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

What's the best thing to make with a sous vide machine?

129F is not a safety number. 131F is the minimum threshhold to start dissolving gelatin, so it's a common number for cuts that with lots of gelatin.

Jul 25, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

Eating Corn On The Cob--What's Your Style???

don't forget spoonbread (which to me is different from corn pudding, which typically has whole sweet corn in it):

http://tinyurl.com/p4p5ybq

Jul 25, 2015
Karl S in General Topics
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Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

or the, well, you know. drive-by posts...

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food

What's the best thing to make with a sous vide machine?

That's also good to know.

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

Eating Corn On The Cob--What's Your Style???

Oh, btw, for cooking several or a lot of (non-grilled/roasted) cobs, steaming is so much faster than boiling.

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Any other Country Crock users hate the new one? Any recs for an alternative?

Please accept my sympathies on your loss, and my admiration for your style.

What's the best thing to make with a sous vide machine?

Any cut of flesh that is easy to overcook. You can carefully cook it and then finish it off quickly (in pan, under broiler, on grill, et cet.) Bonus points if it's a half-tough cut(example: beef sirloin tips/flap meat) or tough cut (though tough cuts can take a long time, though you can often cut hours off - for example, eye round of beef for 18 hours rather than 30 hours).

The other thing is that, if your kitchen is not air-conditioned, it doesn't add heat to your kitchen (particularly if the temperature is moderate - for example, 131F, a common recommended sous vide temperature for medium rare red meat) and you can leave the house while it's on. It's a superior instrument to a slow cooker, because you can use much lower temperatures.

And it's the *perfect* device for rewarming cooked flesh that you don't want to re-cook. (Set to 125F.)

http://www.citizensousvide.com/

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

Eating Corn On The Cob--What's Your Style???

Flossing should be a communal activity, with bibs.

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

The operative phrase should be: "I need to put you out of my misery."

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

The operative phrase should be: "I need to put you out of my misery."

This you can accomplish by offering unseasoned oatmeal porridge as the only option for lunch.

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in General Topics
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Eating Corn On The Cob--What's Your Style???

Messy

Eating corn on the cob, like eating crab or lobster in the shell, is something to be done with social intimates.

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

Run for your lives, children, we're all going to die!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOu9Y...

Jul 24, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

$500 on the line with a friend in a steak cook off

Tenderloin desperately needs flair or bling....

Jul 22, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

Beloved picky guests

This. I am not a caterer. Pickiness (not bona fide allergies/medical conditions) is anti-social.

Best way to cook frozen, dry aged prime beef?

I would defrost the steak in the fridge (might take over a day, depending on the thickness of the steak - the slower (colder fridge), the better) and proceed as you usually do, making sure to dry it thoroughly before doing step 1.

Native corn

Are their own tomatoes in yet?

Jul 20, 2015
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Cornbread with cream added during cooking.

Jul 20, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

$500 on the line with a friend in a steak cook off

I would never consider tenderloin competition-worthy. (It's a cut of beef I eat with reluctance. I think of it as beef for people who don't like beef.) Worse, it's the one cut of beef that doesn't really benefit from sous vide. YMMV.

$500 on the line with a friend in a steak cook off

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Jul 20, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

Native corn

Indeed. It should be noted that, once really local corn comes in, Market Basket tends to procure very well locally. I've gotten corn in the second half of summer at Market Basket that competes well with local farmstands. Can vary from store to store: as with anything perishable, it helps to go to a store with high volume and therefore turnover rate (for example, the Chelsea store, one of their very best in this regard). The competitive problem for Whole Foods is precisely their lower turnover rate. For fish and produce, it's better for customers to patronize places that sell for volume and a quality that invites a high turnover rate.

Jul 20, 2015
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Grilled dinner

If you were to grill the romaine, I would definitely serve it as a separate course (and then the blue cheese would also work better). Three grilled things together diminishes things. It's like having a field of flowers of different intensities of one color.

Jul 18, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

Grilled dinner

I would nix the blue cheese with the fish (they would mutually reinforce flavors that should not be reinforced that way, to my palate; YMMV). I would also not grill the romaine - while I love grilled romaine, having everything grilled is a bad idea - you lose the benefits of counterpoint and therefore balance.

Might offer some creme fraiche on the side (perhaps with a pinch of salt and sugar, a touch of almond extract) for the grilled fruits, too.

Jul 17, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking
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Hypothesis: A high fiber diet will always lead to good health, disprove please

Also helps to choose the right parents, the right DNA, the right place to be born and raised, and the right year (e.g., being born a male in France, Germany, the UK, Russia et cet in the late 1890s was not a great time to be born, and for girls only marginally better in terms of quality of life).

Jul 17, 2015
Karl S in Special Diets
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