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Why aren't we eating more geese?

Same reason we don't eat many Hamsters. They're all dark meat.

about 17 hours ago
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Ideas for 1 cup of leftover grated orange zest?

marmalade

about 17 hours ago
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Confused about new-wave coffee

Lavazza is good & Costco has it for a very good price right now.

Feb 27, 2015
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Do you use your stove for storage ?

Since I don't store stuff in the oven I never think to look in the oven before I turn it on. Every now & then I open the oven to put whatever in it to bake & there's some pot preheated to 350 degrees.

Feb 27, 2015
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Where's the local bounty?

I'm in Monmouth Co. We have a small wholesale business supplying hand made jams, pickles, spaghetti sauce & etc to some local farm stands. I see the prices on produce at all the stands. I think it's pricey. These are not huge places like Delicious Orchards but small mom & pop farm kind of places. Undeniably the produce is better quality than what you see in the grocery store but you're paying a price for that.

Having said that, I try to buy as much as possible from these guys because I'd rather support local small business.

Feb 27, 2015
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Dinner Tonight: Gourmet Hotdogs!

One time I mistook leftover spaghetti squash for the sauerkraut & put it on my hotdogs. With a little mustard. Wasn't bad although I've never eaten hot dogs that way since.

Feb 26, 2015
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Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker

A friend of mine has one & likes it. His jam is good. My batches are too big for it.

Feb 26, 2015
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Use the oven or slow cooker for brisket ?

I use the oven. 325 till it's done which is 3-4 hours. I usually roast a whole flat or a whole point & neither of them will fit in my slow cookers.

Feb 23, 2015
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Friday Night in Lent ideas...

Pasta Puttnesca

Feb 21, 2015
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Frosting for beer cake?

I'd recommend 'Boiler Maker Frosting' but I can't seem to find that recipe......

Feb 21, 2015
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What is your go-to pie crust?

4 1/2 C flour
1 3/4 C Shortening or lard
1 egg
2 T vinegar
Cold water

Cut shortening into flour, beat egg w/ vinegar, add & mix, add enough cold water to pull the dough together. Chill for an hour & roll. Makes 2 2-crust pies & freezes well wrapped in plastic wrap if you aren't making two pies that day.

Really not for savory pies because the vinegar adds a bit of sweetness when you bake it.

Feb 21, 2015
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What to serve with hot wings?

ChapStick & Napkins.

Feb 20, 2015
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What's up with eggplant?

When you buy eggplant make sure the stem is bright green. The older the eggplant the browner the stem. The older the eggplant the more bitter it will be.

Feb 20, 2015
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Recipes to use Dark Chocolate?

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Coconut

10 oz plus 6 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped
10Tablespoons unsalted butter
6 extra-large eggs, separated
2/3 cup sugar
½ Cup whipping cream
¼ cup sweetened flaked coconut toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 10-inch-diameter cake pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper. Stir 10oz chocolate and butter in double boiler until melted and smooth. Remove bowl cool slightly.

Whisk egg yolks and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Beat egg white in another bowl until they form peaks. Fold yolk mixture, then chocolate mixture into egg whites until just blended. Transfer to cake pan. Gently tap cake pan on work surface to eliminate bubbles in batter.

Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 min. Transfer cake to rack and cool completely (center will sink). Press outer edges of cake down to level top. Run thin knife around pan sides to release cake. Turn cake out onto rack and peel off parchment paper. Invert cake onto platter. Place remaining 6 oz chocolate in medium bowl. Bring whipping cream to boil in small saucepan. Pour cream over chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Pour chocolate mixture onto cake, spreading to edges. Sprinkle with toasted coconut. Refrigerate until chocolate topping is set (about 2 hours).

Feb 16, 2015
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Homemade chicken soup question

I usually brown the chicken pieces before I add the water. That enhances the flavor of the soup.

Feb 15, 2015
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Basic baking questionn

However, a little research might find you a quick bread (like bananna bread) with similar ingredient ratios that you could use the mis-mixed ingredients for.

Feb 14, 2015
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What's your regional fry sauce and what do you like?

Addendum: I notice on TV here in Central NJ that Dairy Queen is advertising a chicken strip thing that comes with FF & gravy.

Feb 14, 2015
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Need Recommendations for Something to Buff Cast Iron Seasoning Layer

The finish of the seasoning layer depends in part on the finish of the bare metal. The smoother the metal, the smoother the seasoning. I've seen some CI cookware that was pretty rough to start with.

Feb 14, 2015
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smoked corn beef

Corned beef & Pastrami are always timely topics at my house Matt.

Feb 12, 2015
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Converting Pie Recipe

Pi R Square. No - Pie are round.

Sorry - couldn't help myself.

Feb 12, 2015
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Raw Sausage

I usually split it & grill it & have it in a bun or put it in the slow cooker with sauerkraut. My SO puts it in gumbo. Or you can slice it, saute it till it gets a little brown & then add cabbage & potatoes & a cup of chicken broth & cook till the veggies are tender. You can also substitute cooked & drained bowties for the potatoes.

Feb 12, 2015
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Looking for Perfect Au-gratin Potatoes

I usually make these in a 8x11 baking dish so you can adjust upwards if you need to.

Slice enough potatoes to fill the dish. Cook potatoes in a pan on the stove with a little oil, butter Salt & pepper till they are just tender.

Layer half the potatoes in a buttered baking dish & sprinkle with salt & pepper & a half cup of grated cheese. I've used Swiss, Gruyere, cheddar, American.... Put the rest of the potatoes on top & sprinkle with salt & pepper. Pour 2 1/2 cups of white sauce over the whole works & sprinkle on the rest of the cheese.

Bake @ 350 till the top is brown. Usually about 45 minutes.

This recipe is pretty adjustable for type of cheese & quantity & it's pretty mistake proof.

Feb 12, 2015
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Storing and cooking dry aged porter house help please!

Cooking Channel is re-broadcasting a Good Eats episode specifically about Porterhouse. Maybe you can catch it.

Feb 11, 2015
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ISO, Boneless Pork Loin Recipes

Season with salt, pepper, & a pinch of Thyme, add sauerkraut, roast @325 till done (2 1/2-3 hours)

Slice it into boneless pork chops - lots of ways to marinate & cook them

Pound the slices to 1/4 inch, season, dip into flour, egg, flour & fry in a deep fryer or in a little oil on the stove. "schnitzel" sort of...

Feb 10, 2015
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Does anyone know what a "gill" is in French Cooking?

It may not make a 'dram' bit of difference.....

For years my mother had a set of measuring cups (although they were tapered towards the top) which included drams, gills & I forget what else.

Feb 09, 2015
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Leftover Week

If anyone has a left over week please send it to me. 52 are just not enough....

Feb 08, 2015
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The Selfie Toaster - Either a New High or a New Low in Kitchen Gadgets

Finally, a reason to trade in the Toastolater.

Feb 08, 2015
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Canning Marinara sauce

I can a lot of marinara. I use the guidelines from the Ball Blue Book (available anywhere). Put the hot sauce in boiled, sterilized, hot jars. Wipe jar mouths. Cap with sterilized (boiled) lids & rings. Process 10 minutes for pints, 20 mins for quarts in a boiling waterbath deep enough that the lids are submerged.

I do not use a pressure canner or any preservatives.

Feb 07, 2015
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What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

It can come live at my house. It'll be loved.

Feb 01, 2015
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Chinese Take Out - Rt 9, Manalapan

Grand China & Panda House I say are 'fair' but the quality varies a lot.. Bamboo Garden 2 has sent us some really bad stuff. Greasy, ugly & on the last occasion I'd say inedible.

Jan 31, 2015
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