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Sites to buy dried Mushrooms

I get spices from but I am looking for a variety of dried mushrooms (and if memory serves me right they only carry porcini), any one know any good sites to purchase them online?

Jan 10, 2009
Moots in General Topics

Need Sourdough starter recipe.

Hey everyone, I am a novice when it comes to baking bread, but recently have been on a sourdough kick and want to make it at home.

I just found out that you develop a starter and continue to use that same batch for many loaves, apparently some bakeries have a starter going for years.

I was just wondering if anyone had a fairly fail safe, beginners guide to making a starter or any tips/tricks. (Such as the best container to keep it in, would a large jar with cling wrap covering suffice?)

Thanks in advance.

Mar 21, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Table/Heavy Cream Help.

So tomorrow I will be making a knock off Toscana soup (Olive garden style) Kale, sausage, potato and it is one of the first times I have needed heavy cream in a recipe.

So I pulled a cream noob move and bought table cream as it was the highest percent fat cream the store had (18%) where as I now find out heavy is more like 30+

Will I be okay using the table cream? Will it just come out a little thinner?

Thanks for the input.

Mar 08, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Best Caesar Salad dressing (no anchovies)

I think anchovies give a dressing that extra little depth that you can't emulate with anyting else, and although most people I know don't like them, none have yet to complain about my dressings that include them.

Feb 28, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Too much shredded chicken, now what?

Man I say keep it simple. A little roasted garlic chicken salad.

Feb 04, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Fresh milk in St. Catharines

I am looking to start making my own cheeses, mostly soft, but I was wondering where or how to obtain non ultra pasturized milk in the St. Catharines area, local fresh would be awesome.

Jan 11, 2008
Moots in Ontario (inc. Toronto)


A co-worker brought in papusa(sp?) the other day and it was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, I was wondering if anyone here has a recipe and any experience making them.

He said they were huge back in El Salvador, and that they were very tough to make, the way he described it made making them seem intimidating.

Any help is much appreciated.

Jan 07, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Crock pots for something other than stew?

Lady I will definitely be trying this as I happen to have that all on hand and need an easy meal tommorow, (who cares if the cream of mushroom soup isn't gourmet, as long as it tastes good cause thats what its all about).

Jan 07, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Kitchenaid knives

I just wanted to post here because I recently picked up a small 5 pc block set of kitchenaid knives (6" chef's knife, 4" and 3" santoku knives and 5" serrated utility knife.) on sale for under 40 bucks canadian.

I must say after a few weeks of having them I am pleasantly suprised, cheap, but of very good quality, they get used regularly especially the santokus. I'd highly recommend these little guys to anyone, especially considering the price I got them at, (37 after taxes). I think regular price is 49.99 and thats still not bad.

Kudos to kitchenaid.

Jan 07, 2008
Moots in Cookware

How to freeze home-made gnocchi?

I freeze mine on a tray as previously suggested, I usually make a few meals worth, then vacuum seal portions and toss in the freezer.

Jan 07, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Teen Cooking

Now a 23 year old dad, I began cooking at 13-14. It all started when we finally got Food TV in my area. My parents who are staight out meat and potatoes people were more than happy to let me expiriment with new recipes.

I just started out with basics. Took over grilling duties on the weekends (Added grilled veggies and my parents were hooked) , made dinner once or twice a week again nothing over the top but just trying new foods/techniques. After a while I moved to more advanced things.

Most important as the parent though I think is to be supportive, my parents allowed me to cook, allowed me to do my own thing, often trying new foods that they otherwise would have never had, most times they enjoyed it, sometimes they didn't (My dad hates pineapple and pork sadly) but they were always supportive.

As you are posting here, I assume you have a more varied palette than my parent's meat and potatoes, so it should be fairly easy. Choose recipes and put her in charge of the side dish one night or the main dish another, if you enjoy similar foods teaching your child to cook should be a snap, not to mention take some dinner time stress off the parent :). Cooking together is a great parent/child activity and you get to teach her everything you know, the best place to learn the basics is at home.

I now cook with my little one (3 years old) he's usually in charge of salad (no knives) I just let him tear away at lettuce, make the dressing in a shaker, he also does alot of general mixing, he loves the mess, and almost has fresh pasta figured out (I have to do the rolling) So it is never to early to start, I say just have her jump in on dinner time to help out/

Jan 07, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

uses for pickle juice

My roomate makes potatoes with it, kind of a play on dill pickle chips. I didn't think I'd like it, and after the first bite you are kind of in a pickle, hah counldn't resist, its wierd and you think you shouldn't like it, but after a few bites you can't help but have some more.

Jan 07, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Crock pots for something other than stew?

Hah, oddly enough I have vowed to not use my slow cooker as much this year, which is only used for stews,soups, and chilies usually.

Some of my non soup favs in the crock pot have been throwing a small beef roast in there with a jar of salsa untill the meat falls apart and the salsa turns into a thick sauce, throw that on some fresh bread and its a super quick,cheap easy winner.

I'va also done potatoes in it just out of whimsy, I just threw a bunch of frsh peeled baby potatoes in there with onions and chicken stock. Got home from work strained them and tossed with a little butter and fresh parsely.

However I will now keep it on hand to make stocks, I can't believe I never thought of that.

Jan 07, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Udon Noodle Recipe?

HLing, what flour do you use? I was told to use a high gluton flour like bread flour or Zopfmehl because I could not find "Udonko" which is what I was told Udon noodles are made with, but I cannot find it, so I am looking for the best replacement.

Jan 02, 2008
Moots in Home Cooking

Udon Noodle Recipe?

I have been looking all over the internet for a recipe for making homemade Udon noodles.

The ones I have found so far (just 2) have said the noodle consists of just Udon Flour, Water and salt, is this accurate?

Also a side question on Udon, how long do they hold up in broth? Should they be added just before serving and eaten right away? Will they hold up in a stock for, say an hour?

Thanks in advance.

Dec 28, 2007
Moots in Home Cooking