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Had a potato au gratin failure...need some pointers to fix it!

grey, I know you're a regular, knowledgeable, poster, and I respect your contributions, but I simply can't not reply.

"roux", "evaporated", "velveta" and "processed" are words that should never appear on the same page as the "potato au gratin" that the OP is aiming for.

You say that you never make this unless you have to, which is fine, but please try it as per my upthread reference. They've got loads more Michelin stars than I'll ever have!

Best,
Robin.

about 9 hours ago
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Dualit New Gen Toaster vs Other Dualits

Be aware that "used to be better made" may refer to a very long time ago. We had them at school in the mid 1970s and, yes, they were much more beefy and solid than the Classic line available nowadays (I have a recent one, and they're still good). Also FWIW the timer ran at a much slower tick rate. I guess it would be tricky to find a reasonable one from 40 years ago.

about 16 hours ago
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Had a potato au gratin failure...need some pointers to fix it!

I'm not sure what went wrong for you, but this thread may help:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5821...

The OP's reply to my post was pretty positive.

about 17 hours ago
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Home made salad dressing that lasts

Some ingredients, agreed. But ones normally used for dressings?

Jul 17, 2014
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Home made salad dressing that lasts

Easy peasy answer to this is to pop a few garlic cloves (a good use for the annoying little ones from the middle of the bulb) into a bottle of vinegar and leave it for a couple of weeks. No need to peel. Then just use the flavoured vinegar to make dressing.

Jul 17, 2014
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Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

If you prefer one big pour then one big ka-splash is what you are going to get.

Just dip in a jug to transfer manageable quantities of liquid to the strainer. Jug clean up is much easier than ka-splash clean up!

Jul 15, 2014
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Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

It's also (or was until recently) the name of a prison on the Isle if Wight. Famous for its porridge. And something called "stir"

Jul 06, 2014
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DESPERATE FOR SET OF 5 FRENCH LIDS WITH CAST IRON HANDLES

They look like the lids here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Set-of...

Jun 30, 2014
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Can anyone suggest a great garlic press?

My old Zyliss Susi broke recently, so I replaced it with the Susi 3:

http://www.amazon.com/Zyliss-Susi-3-G...

Something of a disappointment I'm afraid. I'm getting significantly less pulp per bulb than from the earlier model.

Jun 30, 2014
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Henckels Dishwasher Safe??

I didn't read it that way originally, but you may well be right, in which case I apologise unreservedly to EFGM. We obviously think alike!

Jun 19, 2014
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Henckels Dishwasher Safe??

Am I the only one who thinks that it's simply wrong to willfully (EatFoodGetMoney sounds positively gleeful about it) mistreat manufactured goods in the knowledge that someone else will pick up the tab if anything breaks?

Would any Hound encourage such an attitude in their children, for instance?

Damage from normal use or faulty manufacturing etc. is of course a different matter.

Jun 18, 2014
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do yu "drink" at work??

So you don't like room temp water?

Really worth a SHOUT on CH?

Jun 17, 2014
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Anti-aging recipes and ingredients?

There is only one defence against aging, and you can't eat it. Money.

Jun 10, 2014
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wedge salad a rant

Thank you.

That sounds great, although I'd probably try Cos/Romaine hearts, or Little Gem, as IMO Iceberg's appeal is limited.

Jun 08, 2014
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wedge salad a rant

I'm a Brit, in the UK. What's a wedge salad please?

Jun 08, 2014
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Indian, Chinese, middle eastern food near Knightsbridge/belgravia

Maroush more casual. Ishbilia more for grown-ups, but not intimidating, just a little less colourful for youngsters.

Amaya is upmarket, noisy, and expensive. I know I suggested it, but Phil's recc opposite Harrods sounds a better idea.

Wine will not be a problem in any of these places, but it does get marked up quite a bit. Last time I was in Ishbilia the fantastic Chateau Musar was
priced at three times the £25 shop price I pay.

Edit: Just checked Ishbilia's site and to be fair to them their current wine list actually looks quite reasonably priced. No Musar though!

Jun 03, 2014
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Crispy rice powder-London

This place is very good. Call them perhaps?

http://www.tawana.co.uk/openingtimesa...

Jun 03, 2014
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Indian, Chinese, middle eastern food near Knightsbridge/belgravia

You have very many options from there.

At its western end Pont St becomes Beauchamp Place which has plenty of good places. Try Maroush for Lebanese.

Motcomb St, 5 mins walk away has Motcombs for Modern European, Pantechnicon which is a bit gastro-pub, Amaya for snazzy Indian and a Waitrose supermarket.

When my children were 11 they loved the conveyor belt at YoSushi on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols department store, half a mile away.

The Cadogan Hotel on Sloane St has an excellent trad dining room.

So many more choices nearby, near Sth Kensington or Sloane Sq tube stations. None that I would advise against.

Jun 03, 2014
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Cheap Groceries in London?

As zuriga1 says, Lidl is cheap, and the closest is in Camden which is a 20 minute walk or $5 return by bus. There'll be a Tesco much closer (they're everywhere!). Prices will be higher than Lidl by about 20%, and the small central stores do charge more than large branches, but not really very much more.

Berwick St. Market in colorful Soho is worth a visit for cheap fruit & veg. About 1 mile southwest of King'sX.

http://www.berwickstreetlondon.co.uk/...

May 30, 2014
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So annoyed with dinner guest

Why is it that questions like this get such a high number of responses? I hope it's because good manners are more important than, say, how to roast a chicken!

May 27, 2014
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So annoyed with dinner guest

Just a kindness to nudge the wife into action. That's all.

I think your example about who pays is totally the correct approach, but maybe not for the OP's problem.

May 27, 2014
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So annoyed with dinner guest

I think the best way forward, with least hurt feelings, is next time you call your friend with an invite is to say "Please ask hubby what he would like". When she questions why you are asking you can say that you "wouldn't want to serve something that doesn't suit him er (short pause), again", at which point she will realise that there have been issues and that she needs to tell him to behave himself.

May 27, 2014
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Toaster recommendation

Are Tefal (Tfal in the US?) Avanti models available in the US? We have a four slice version in our office where it receives way more use and way less care than it would at home. It has worked perfectly for over 7 years.

Easy to find on the web, and not expensive.

May 26, 2014
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Paella Pan: Seasoned or just crusty?

It sounds like several months in the oven has just gunked up your pan. Was this suggested as a seasoning method? It's plain steel I'm assuming?

I'd suggest you strip off as much as you can (not entirely sure how though, BKF?), and re-season by wiping with a very little oil, heating to low/medium on the cooktop, and then allowing to cool. Wipe out any excess oil. Repeat about six times. Allowing too much oil to build up can result in the thicker sticky finish you refer to.

May 19, 2014
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Chicken liver mousse help

Unless I've missed something, every reply so far is about chicken liver pate. They all sound lovely, but they're not mousses. A mousse involves whizzing up raw chicken livers and eggs, plus a few other things, and cooking in a water bath in the oven. Here's a simple one:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

Here's a harder one:

http://www.redonline.co.uk/food/recip...

And here's a stark raving mad one:

http://www.redonline.co.uk/food/recip...

May 17, 2014
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Can I use food processor to slice bagel chips??

Why don't you just try it?

May 16, 2014
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EXCEPTIONAL 'NONSTICK' COOKWARE

Circulon is pretty hard to beat. Search this board for plenty of discussions.

May 14, 2014
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Staying in Hostels, Eating Inexpensively-Florence and Rome

Will his pals have that (hugely) generous budget?

May there be an element of "Do we really have to be dragged along to somewhere smart when we'd rather just have more beer and another pizza with these girls we've just met"?

May 08, 2014
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carbon steel fry pan - alternatives to DeBuyer Mineral B?

Thank you.

May 03, 2014
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carbon steel fry pan - alternatives to DeBuyer Mineral B?

It's the other way round. I have a CI skillet which has smelled faintly of salmon for 5 years. I'll get round to stripping and reseasoning someday.

Or I might do it fully clothed.

May 03, 2014
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