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Xanthan gum: uses besides gluten free baking?

I have a recipe that calls for "clear gel" which I think is a product that's often used for making jams/jellies.

I don't feel like going out just to buy some "clear gel" and I have a large container of xanthan gum. Any thoughts on substituting the xantham gum for "clear gel"? Is this a good idea? Will it work? If so, how much xathan gum should I use in this recipe?

Here is the part of the recipe that specifies "clear gel" (it's an apple filling for a braided cinnamon-apple bread). BTW, I see that the recipe specifies that flour can be substituted for clear gel but I'm not looking to do that.

1/2 cup (3 3/4 ounces) sugar
3 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) Instant ClearJel® powder or unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup peeled, grated apple (1 to 2 large apples, 10 to 12 ounces whole)
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Here's a link to the whole recipe: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice.

Aug 23, 2014
MrsPatmore in Home Cooking

Amazon Prime Pantry: Anyone Using This?

And a Amazon Prime membership gives you instant access to all sorts of great videos, including the original Julia Child episodes! Also -- if you're into this type of thing -- the free Prime Music section has play lists that are great!

Back on topic -- Amazon has a great selection of Yogi Teas and the prices are approx. 50% less than at our local stores.

Aug 04, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

I've read, re-read and followed this thread for over 2 years now, as these hand-hammered woks look so enticing. I even had one of the e-woks in my shopping cart twice (before the web sales business closed). More recently, when WS had the 20% off sale a couple of weeks ago, I had the WS Artisan Wok in my shopping cart. The only thing holding me back is this weird feeling that I'm "cheating" on my trusty, old, cheap, spun carbon steel wok that's served me for so long and produced so many great meals and is perfectly seasoned at this point. Am I nuts? I don't feel so strongly about any other cookware in my kitchen. There's something about my old cheap wok that's preventing me from replacing it. Anyone else feel this way about a wok?

Aug 04, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

I've never frozen raw, shredded cabbage, but I always keep a whole head of cabbage in my freezer. When it thaws out, the leaves are nice and soft - perfect for making cabbage rolls. So much easier than boiling a whole cabbage to soften the leaves.

Aug 04, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

Wrapping Sandwiches in Wax or Parchment

I'd like to receive a sandwich wrapped in wax paper and tied (like a present) with thin bakery twine, preferably in a color, such as red or blue.

Aug 04, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

Is "calamari steak" available in SF?

Thank you, this is very helpful information.

Is "calamari steak" available in SF?

Thanks for this reply, Melanie. I've only had it 3 times in my life, always in Pacific Grove, and always "sauteed with butter and lemon to a sublime tenderness."

Robert, I did not know that it's "a common menu item at inferior seafood restaurants/tourist traps"! Gosh, what a description! Not to worry, we're also going to Zuni, Tartine, Jai Yun, Brenda's, etc.

Is "calamari steak" available in SF?

Wonderful! Thank you.

Is "calamari steak" available in SF?

Thank you for this response, Robert. However, I should have been more clear about my inquiry. I'm looking for a restaurant that serves it. I understand that it's just a piece of a large squid, but for reasons that I don't understand, it is not sold anywhere here in the South (either in seafood markets or restaurants).

Is "calamari steak" available in SF?

I'm going to be in SF next week and would like to find "calamari steak" which does not seem to be available here in the South. Usually I find this dish at Vivolo's restaurant in Pacific Grove, but I won't have time to get to PG this trip. At Vivolo's, it's most popularly served with a lemon caper sauce.

I'll be in the Russian Hill neighborhood but will travel if needed to find the elusive "calamari steak". Thanks in advance for suggestions.

Welcome Home Dinner

I grew up in New England and "American Chop Suey" was a regular on school lunch menus. In other parts of the country, it's known by different names such as Johnny Marzetti, Chili Mac, Beef-a-Roni, Hamburger Macaroni or Goulash. Maybe some other names that I'm not remembering at the moment. There are several threads on Chowhound about the regional variations of this dish.

Aug 03, 2014
MrsPatmore in Home Cooking

Trader Joes for diabetics?

IMO, TJ's low carb tortillas are far superior than any brand I can buy at Publix (which is the only grocery store near me in FL). I'm not a low carb person, but I happen to really like the TJ's low carb tortillas, so when I drive to TJ's (also an hour from me in FL), I buy all they have on the shelf and keep them in my freezer. The other item that I buy in large quantity at TJ's is cheese, because of the huge selection and the great prices compared to Publix. Hard cheeses will keep for months in your fridge.

Aug 01, 2014
MrsPatmore in Chains

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

I'm still craving Asian foods, so last night we had stir fried broccoli & snap peas, fried brown rice with edamame, and baked egg rolls filled with shredded cabbage, carrots, broccoli slaw and green onion.

Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

+1!!

Jul 30, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

<<And i realized no one knows how to make salad anymore!!>>

So true! More people would eat (and enjoy) salad if they took 45 seconds to make a good dressing instead of using bottled junk.

Jul 27, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

How long do you bake it & at what temperature, please?

Jul 26, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

I love hummus too much. I ate so much of it awhile back that I got sick of it. Took a break for a few months and now I love it again.

On topic, I'm snacking on a big bag of Lay's dill pickle flavor potato chips. And luckily someone just came home to stop me from eating the whole bag by myself. Glass of Celestial Seasonings peach iced tea to balance all that sodium!!

Jul 26, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

Looking for a few items for the college kids' apartments, found: 1. Brand new, never used (still in the box) Cuisinart Toaster Oven, $7.50 and 2. Brand new, never used (still in the box) 6 qt original Crock Pot, $7.50.

Both of these items came with the original owners' manuals and recipe booklets. In the case of the Crock Pot, that was a hoot as it was circa 1992 (publication date). The date on the toaster oven was 2001, but I've tested it extensively and happy to report it works perfectly.

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Do you like or dislike the new format ?

it's a deal-breaker, especially when there are better options like eGullet

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Gee whiz, Ttrockwood, you have the most amazing ideas. I find your posts inspirational. Thank you for sharing. And please let us know if you ever appear on "Chopped" -- I have NO DOUBT that you would win!

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

Mac and Cheese

Regarding your problem with the sauce, I've found the following tips to be helpful. #1 - Rinse the pasta in cool water before mixing with any sauce. #2 - Prepare the sauce a bit thinner than you think is needed. #3 - Add sauce to pasta, mix gently, dump into baking dish, shake to settle. Then, after the pasta and sauce mixture has settled into the dish, pour another 1-2 cups of sauce over the top (add crumbs now, or not, as is your preference). The last tip (adding more sauce over the top of the casserole) seems to be the one that really fixes it.

With respect to the lack of flavor: #1 - use 1/2 excellent quality aged cheddar and 1/2 gruyere. #2 - add 1/2 cup chopped shallots and 1 tsp. dried mustard to the sauce whilst preparing the roux.

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Home Cooking

Introducing New Conversation Types

I'd be willing to live with the heart button IF it also came with an "ignore" button! ♥♥♥♥

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

Pickled jalapeno rings dipped in hummus

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

I'd grill the eggplant & summer squash and use it on one of the pizzas, and I'd use the rest in a chopped salad with a very light dressing (rice wine vinegar?). This all sounds great and I have no dinner plans. What time should I come over? LOL :-)

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

Dutch Oven that fits in the Breville Smart Oven?

Wonderful! And no problem for me, as I no longer use any glass bakeware (having read too many posts about "exploding pyrex")!!

Jul 24, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Dutch Oven that fits in the Breville Smart Oven?

Thanks. I'm going to BB&B today & I might bring a few of my Dutch ovens to see if they'll fit.

Jul 24, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Dutch Oven that fits in the Breville Smart Oven?

Hi Duffy, when you say a pan of lasagna are you talking about a full size pan, 9 x13 (approximately) pan? If that is the case and this oven can even be used for that sort of thing, I think I need to go to Bed Bath and Beyond today and get one. I'm really being swayed by all of the online reviews. I technically have enough room for the large size oven, but I just don't like having a bunch of stuff on my counter tops. I'm weird about stuff like that. I think I might be able to keep it in the lower cabinet when not in use if I rearrange some stuff that needs rearranging anyhow.

Jul 24, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Info on how to fold wuntuns, Cantonese/Hong Kong Style

Hi Kris in Bejing now DC/NoVA, I would like one of each of those dumplings, thank you for posting that photo!! (I now have a quite severe craving for dumplings)

Jul 23, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

Dinner recommendation? - heading N. on 91 from Bradley International Airport

Hello, I'm responding to myself to mention that we decided to stop in Northampton, and we had a really great meal at a Moroccan place - http://www.amanouz.com/ One of my family members served in the Peace Corps and was stationed in Morocco and she had fun speaking a few words with the cooks. Overall, a very good meal and inexpensive, to boot.

The only bummer was that the on-ramp for I-91 Northbound from Northampton was closed!! And no detour signs to be found. I ended up getting on I-91 Southbound (boo) and driving all the way to Holyoke before I could get off and get back on I-91 North. That added quite a bit more driving to our already long travel day, but at least our stomachs were happy and full of delicious Moroccan food.

Responsibility

perhaps your PCP has too many patients suffering from "cyberchondria", sunshine842! Can you imagine the reaction if you stated that your source was "Chowhound" instead of JH & Mayo Clinic? LOL

Some interesting stuff here: http://mashable.com/2012/06/15/online...

Jul 23, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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