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Having trouble getting right texture with homemade pasta

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Cheap Dutch Oven Recommendations Sought

I've never used one, but my next door neighbor has the french oven from Costco and she loves it.

Aug 11, 2015
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Thermapen: Where to get the best price?

Thanks for posting this! I've been eyeing those and needed assistance pulling the trigger!

Aug 11, 2015
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Spaghetti with ketchup - does anyone else eat this?

My grandmother made spaghetti with ketchup and bacon. She and my mom are the only people I know who make it that way.

Aug 10, 2015
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Round 3: 2015 Cookware deals!

That's a decent deal. I love my Cuisinart French classic. I bought a 13 piece set for about the $250 mark a few years ago when Bloomingdale's put them on clearance.

Aug 10, 2015
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Post and discuss your knew nife...

Thank you, CK! I appreciate the time, effort and passion that you and several others put into your kitchen arsenals. While I only have sporadic bursts of posting here, I do read a lot and have cultivated 'favorite' posters, you being one of them. I learn a lot, even if I am not able to replicate the lengths to which you will go to educate yourselves on all things culinary. You are my heroes.

Cooking is my hobby. It relaxes me and is a way to express my creativity without visiting a craft store... plus I get to eat really tasty things for the most part!

Aug 04, 2015
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Post and discuss your knew nife...

Thank you, Rhonely! I'll look at those!

Aug 03, 2015
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Post and discuss your knew nife...

I just ordered a Shun Classic Nakiri from W-S on sale for $99. Even as a lefty, I hold my knives so close to the blade the D shape (ostensibly for right-handers) isn't an issue. I do enjoy a good knife, but I am no expert, nor do I have time to become one. I really do love reading the opinions of people with vast experience and expertise, even if they differ... which nearly all experts in nearly every discipline of every professional field ever, do. Which is only right. Thank you for sharing yours. I learn a lot from your posts.

Aug 03, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

Modernist Cuisine at Home.

Jul 26, 2015
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Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

I engaged in lots of retail therapy today! At my last stop at Bed Beth and Beyond I found the Kitchenaid Sodastream machines on sale for $104, regularly $199. Only on the in-store colors (black, red and contour silver) even though they had to order it for me. I got the contour silver and used my 20% off coupon bringing it to $83 and change before tax.

Jul 25, 2015
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Instant Pot - Worth it?

I hate when a good deal goes awry, so I can sympathize! I've let things sit in my Amazon Cart for months while I watch their prices fluctuate. My patience has grown and I've been rewarded for it but I've also let amazing deals fly out the window, too. Glad your tears dried up!

Jul 24, 2015
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Instant Pot - Worth it?

I know it's not necessary but it's surprisingly nice to have. I also like using it once the dish is cooked and on 'warm'. I ordered it from Amazon and it was never delivered. When I called Amazon to report it MIA they told me to reorder and they would give me free one day shipping. I told them I had already reordered it and that it was on backorder by a couple of days, so no big deal. The CSR extended my Prime membership by a year for my trouble. So I kinda made out on that order... :)

Jul 23, 2015
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Instant Pot - Worth it?

Don't you dare send it back! In fact, you should order the glass lid that turns it into a non-pressure slow cooker. I love my instant-pot. I have a stovetop Fagor 10 qt duo I use for making stock and large batches of ribs, but I find myself using the Instant-pot MUCH more often. Yogurt is great in it. I've made large batches in the stainless inner pot and pre-jarred containers. Both work well.

Jul 23, 2015
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More Surprisingly Useful Stuff

A fine mesh strainer that fits perfectly into a large stainless funnel. Seriously simple and seriously useful.

Jul 23, 2015
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Food Storage/Dry goods in Mason Jars?

I use quart and half gallon size mason jars with their metal lids and rings for dry goods storage. With those things I want to keep extra fresh, I use the vacuum sealer attachment on the mason jar lids with the jar adapter.

What are you lusting after?

You may have an idea there. Sounds like I may have to do some recon this next week. If my Cuisinart stainless lid fits on the round LC skinny grill, that may work!

Mar 01, 2015
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What are you lusting after?

I always seem to have a list... and then I will go out and buy something immediately that was never on my list. I finally found a decent dicing food processor.. so after investing in a Magimix and a lot of accessories (thankfully at a big discount) last year, I bought a Kitchenaid dicing processor. I was skeptical but it works fabulously. So now I have 2. So the current lust list is:

12" Staub Steam Grill (even though I prefer LC to Staub and I am not a fan of glass lids - I WANT ONE!)
Wusthof poultry shears, classic cleaver and bread knife
Nespresso Gran Maestria
Kitchenaid Sodastream

I know my list is longer but I can't recall at the moment. I'm sure I'll awaken in the middle of the night with more!

Feb 28, 2015
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What are you lusting after?

The Williams-Sonoma outlet stores have huge stockpiles of Apilco and Pillivuyt - all at a minimum of 30% off the regular price - and often for more.

Feb 28, 2015
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Did you inherit any funky kitchen gadgets and appliances?

Wow! I had no idea! I love it as a fry strainer!

Feb 11, 2015
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Did you inherit any funky kitchen gadgets and appliances?

Lots of odds and ends from my grandmothers' (both of em) kitchens: a couple of jadeite mixing bowls, aluminum freezer containers (just for junk drawer organization now), some depression glass. One of my favorite things is a hand-woven strainer of sorts. It looks like a snow shoe with a handle and I use it to pull things from the fryer because the weave is so open.
My great grandparents owned a number of businesses, one of which was a drugstore (complete with soda fountain) and hotel/restaurant. I have a couple of candy jars, some iroquois coffee mugs, a canister for Borden's malted milk, a couple of malt mixers (one HB, one Myers Bullet), all from the 1930s.

Feb 11, 2015
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Best cookware for Shakshuka?

I've made it a few times in a Le Creuset 3.5 qt braiser.

Jan 30, 2015
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Staub and Le Creuset Ceramics

Apilco is another I like that is made in France.

Jan 25, 2015
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How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

I would say Staub might be the slightly more modern version... but Le Creuset ECI and the majority of its designs pre-date the Kobenstyle, all multigenerational pieces if treated properly.

Where do you put all the ingredients for your meals and where do you prepare and process them before putting them into one of your pots?

Jan 24, 2015
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How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

Ray - does your cookware stay displayed when not in use? I suppose I might care more about color if mine remained displayed. Other than the Nespresso machine and two crocks of tools on the side of the stovetop my counters are clear.

Your pieces are lovely. I have a lot of ECI pieces (oval gratins, braiser, casseroles) that go from oven to table but they see constant use and it shows. They still make it to the table. My kids often tell me their childhood memories are fully entwined with them.

Jan 24, 2015
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How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

Pretty much what Duffy says. I consider design and form only as they apply to function. Color only if there are choices within the items I am already purchasing. For example - the color of enamel on the Le Creuset gratin I know I want because of its design and form and its functionality.

I hope that clarifies my answer.

Jan 23, 2015
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How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

I have to agree, as well. For me, there is nothing more beautiful than a piece of cookware or kitchen tool that does exactly what I want or need it to do. I consider function, durability, cost, material, source, and finally color or form. I don't happen to be a fan of Kobenstyle colors or designs, but there are cookware lines that serve the same function (to include passing it on to the next generation) that appeal to me so those are what I choose.

Investing in kitchen knife...which to buy??

I started with a Wusthof Classic Chef knife. I believe they are selling it as an anniversary edition right now for $89 or so. I also purchased a 3 1/2 inch paring knife, also in the Wusthof Classic line. I bought a sharpening steel at the same time and invested in a few Epicurean cutting boards. Wood (and other things) but washable. I got along for years with the Pure Komachi knives but, like you, I wanted to upgrade. There are lots of choices and I was confused about many of them... still am to a small degree! Good luck!

Jan 23, 2015
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Kitchenaid Mixer Attachments: Are they good substitutes for real thing?

I tried the FP attachment and returned it almost immediately. Great idea, horrible execution. So get yourself a real food processor with a good selection of blades or disks. A good FP can almost replace a mandoline. You likely won't need a hand mixer but an immersion blender is never a bad idea.

Jan 20, 2015
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Single serving coffee maker

I find it odd you gave away the HB single serve which makes it easier to use good old supermarket ground coffee, especially the cleaning part.

Edited to add: I apologize - I thought the link you referred to in your post was the single serve Scoop brew. I didn't realize it was a dual pot machine.

Jan 20, 2015
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curry cheddar

Shred, mix with green onions, chopped olives, a bit of chopped parsley and blend with a little mayo to bind. Refrigerate for an hour. Spread onto square cocktail bread slices and put under the broiler until bubbly, melted and the corners of the cocktail bread are dark and crunchy. Fantastic appetizers with pre-dinner cocktails or to serve watching a game on TV.