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Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

I've only had in and out once. It was just regular fast food to me. nothing to write home about.

Five guys is good, but for the price, it's too greasy. You may as well just go to a gourmet burger place, which by the way there are plenty of, in the regions where Five Guys operates.

about 9 hours ago
paulpaul in Features

ball shaped cake topping?

these look pretty good. thanks!

about 9 hours ago
paulpaul in General Topics

ball shaped cake topping?

I'm thinking maybe sixlets

1 day ago
paulpaul in General Topics

ball shaped cake topping?

Are there any colored ball shape edible decorations that I could put on a cake to resemble a ball pit?

1 day ago
paulpaul in General Topics

magnetic knife holder. Yay or Nay?

thanks, above the stove is really my only option. I figure by the time I start cooking, most of the the knives will already be dirty and in the sink.

but I suppose the strip itself would get pretty gross after a while

Feb 20, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

Costly culinary tools that you own that don't get much use, or that have caused you buyers remorse.

I bought an aebleskiver pan from a small business online. It is an absolutely beautifully built pan ad can work on all stove tops... and it works great.

It's just that the mixture to make them take so long to make, and then you can only cook 7 at a time. so making a meal for two takes hours. I really regret it.

Feb 20, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

magnetic knife holder. Yay or Nay?

I've got a small kitchen that, for the most part, is very organized to my cooking style. I only have few good knives that just sit in a huge drawer that could be used for utensils, rolls of parchment, foil, etc...

Considering the layout of my kitchen, putting a knife strip above my stove really seems like the most practical spot for them. but I'm wondering if anyone here has one set up and can give some input.

Are they practical and functional? Do I have to worry about them slipping? Will the surface damage the knife edges? Will the knives accidentally nick the walls over time?

Feb 20, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs. Not the same?

Boiling them removes the flavor. That's how stock is made.

Feb 20, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking
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Beer low in Gluten/Gluten light?

Omission is a pretty good brand. Their Pale Ale is very good.

Brunehaut is gluten free and tastes amazing, but can be hard to find. Easier to find in belgium and netherlands. If there is a good distributor near you, they can probably order a case. expensive but very good.

Redbridge stinks. Don't ever get it.

There are some New World flavors are tolerable. most are not.

Dogfish head tweason ale(?) is alright but it's not that great after a few.

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Beer

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

didn't they recently buy a few smaller craft breweries? what a weird message to send

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Beer

Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs. Not the same?

haha this is true. and lots of people haven't really had properly smoked ribs. They think good ribs are boiled.

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking
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I hate my All-Clad - what am I doing wrong?

it's good to have a cast iron just to get a quick sear on something. it's so cheap and so good at what it does.

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

Recipes to use Dark Chocolate?

http://amazingribs.com/recipes/desser...

chocolate truffles. very easy to make. They are messy, but all you really need is a microwave.

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking

Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs. Not the same?

there are many ways to cook ribs... the important thing is to cook them slowly, and cook them until they are 190-195 degrees.

if the meat is falling off the bone, they are overcooked.

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking
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Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs. Not the same?

yeah, that is a great site. They really go into the science of cooking, and testing out different techniques.

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking

Baking French Macarons With Aluminum Foil?

I've been reading up on them a lot lately but haven't made them yet. I read in a comments section that someone said they lightly spray water on parchment paper before putting the mixture down. Apparently the water steams up just enough to keep them from sticking.

At the very least it seems worth trying.

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking

Stewpot/Stockpot shape and usage

That thing looks big, it could probably double as a cake holder

Feb 18, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

Probe thermometer not as foolproof as I thought. Huge temp variations.

weird, are you keeping it still in the thickest part for a few seconds?

I have thermapen which is spot on and fast and even that takes 4 or 5 seconds to settle in on a temp

Feb 10, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

Does anyone love their slow cooker?

I liked it when I didn't know how to cook.

It cooks food too quickly so I can't use it while I'm at work. But it cook too slow for a weekend when I just want to get on with my day

Feb 10, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

Cakes. Where to begin?

awesome this is exactlythe type of advice I needed to get started. thanks

Feb 05, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking

Cakes. Where to begin?

Thanks yeah, I've been using a coconut flour mix for pancakes and poffertjes. and I find I need almost 3 times the amount of milk that is called for in regular recipes.

Feb 04, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking

Cakes. Where to begin?

This year I'm going to dedicate some time to making cakes. The first two off the top of my head that I really want t get down are carrot cake, and tres leches.

What type of cake tins or pans should I add to my arsenal? Any other simple tools that will make life easier? Are there any websites that explain the basics really well and that have recipes that go by weight instead of volume?

Also of note, I can't have gluten. So that kind of limits me as far as cake textures go, but if anyone could point me in the right direction of making different types of icing/glazes that would be great too.

Thanks a ton.

Feb 04, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking

What are you lusting after?

A hasty-bake charcoal grill

Feb 04, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

What are you lusting after?

That steak locker looks nice. I'll be keeping an eye on reviews

Feb 04, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

chicken on a budget

start making homemade tortillas. They are crazy cheap and very easy to make. They are great vehicles for eating chopped up chicken. and maseca the ingredient for them is all corn so it's gluten free.

from there you can make tacos with salsas, sour cream, flavored mayos, cheese, cilantro, corn, sliced avocado, different homemade sauces...

Feb 02, 2015
paulpaul in Home Cooking

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

a tortilla press, everyone should own one you can make fresh tortillas in minutes with just maseca and water.

Watch a 2 minute video on youtube, then buy a bag of maseca and an imusa cast iron tortilla press for $20. I can't recommend it enough.

Feb 02, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

There are infra red thermometers that can get the temps of things by pointing a laser.

The issue is that they only read surface temp

Feb 02, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

2qt or 3qt sauciers with pouring spout?

yeah I have a french skillet(?) from all clad the inside of the pan cooks nicely, but the handle is horrible. I don't see my self spending the money on all clad in the future

Jan 30, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

2qt or 3qt sauciers with pouring spout?

thanks, though I'm looking for more of a round bottom pan.

that 2-qt sur la table one looks about right for my needs

Jan 29, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

eesh I still don't have a scale.

When I get into more baking I think I'll pick one up. I don't see to many recipes that go by weight though. Everything is always listed by volume.

Jan 29, 2015
paulpaul in Cookware