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Simple, Honest, Classic Recipes

It is not fear of Plagiarism but lack of good solid Technique, or the ability to coax complex, deep flavors out of basic Dishes.

about 3 hours ago
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Grey corned beef ?

It is Corned Beef that has no Potassium Nitrate(Salt Peter) or Sodium Nitrate.

about 4 hours ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

And how did it work?
Using the Flour that is.

about 4 hours ago
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Brining Chicken Wings - Need some help

1.For I use a 3/4C of Kosher Salt per Gallon of Water.
You can go 12 hours at this strength. I don't think 1 hour would do much of anything. 3 hours still sounds short to me.
2. You can keep them for Days. Though if you spread them out the Skin will dry in just one. This does not effect flavor only browning of the Skin and Quality of the Crispness.
Just spread them out on Rack or Kitchen Towels on a Sheet Pan

1 day ago
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Gajar Halwa meets Suji Halwa?

Interesting.
All the short Cuts I see for Reducing the Milk either use Dry Milk or Condensed.
Though around here you can just buy Khoya from the Local Sweet Shops.

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

You should not cook in things not made for it.
Paper Towels, Newspaper, Old Box Springs, Soda Cans Etc..
I do not know if those stores sell Cooking Paper.

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

Care to explain how the Cornmeal achieves this?

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

Not because of the Cormmeal.

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

Who said to use too much flour?

QUICK!!! Pizza question

Corn Meal That's the ticket.

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

The poster is out of Corn Meal. It does nothing for the crispness of the Crust.

1 day ago
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Gajar Halwa meets Suji Halwa?

I have never heard of using Ricotta? I am sure that is what messed up the Texture.
Here is a Simple Carrot Halwa Recipe using Condensed Milk from the Times of India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/li...
And One for Rava Ka Halwa
http://indianfood.about.com/od/sweets...

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

Yeah, that stuff is 80% recycled Materials and not intended for Cooking.
You can buy Brown Paper meant for Cooking.

1 day ago
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French Onion Soup -- best alcohol to use?

I was taught the Parisian style while and Apprentice to a Frenchman there was no alcohol used. Onions, Chicken Stock,Bay Leaf and Thyme Salad and Pepper. The Key was the Browning of the Onions. I can not begin to count how much Time I spent Cooking Onions for that F'n Soup.

1 day ago
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Corn Casserole

Here is the most common style I know
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fresh-co...

And a whole bunch more that also include canned things
http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0...

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

The OP does not have Corn Meal.
But the oiled Foil could work though no need for Avocado Oil.

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

Not a good idea
"The glue, ink, chemicals and other materials used in recycling grocery bags are unsanitary and some bags may even contain tiny metal shavings."

1 day ago
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Brining Chicken Wings - Need some help

1. That depends on the strength of the Brine If the the Brine is very salty the Chicken may also become more salty. Some say that Chicken gets flabby if soaked too long. I have never found this to be true with Wings.
2.It will actually help texture and life of the frying Oil because the Skin has time to dry a bit. See Zuni's Roasted Chicken Recipe as an example. They will last a good while(days).
3.I think that if you have dried the Skin in the Reefer the Double Fry is not as important but you could still do it.

1 day ago
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

You can get away with Flour but work fast!

1 day ago
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Replacing Pancetta with Corn Beef - French cooking

I would also fall into the Duck or Goose Fat Camp If available. If not just omit it and use Oil(since Butter in any form would not be Kosher either) for the Browning.
Corned Beef,Pastrami or Non-Pork "Bacon" IMO are not good Substitutes and add unwanted Smoke or Seasonings that are not typically found in the Classic Dish.

Oct 19, 2014
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Would Someone Please Explain Why Cream Costs SO Much More than Half-N-Half And Butter?

I think you are discounting the Demand side.
I would think that the popularity of Butter, Ice Cream, Sour Cream and the ilk would reduce the supply for Heavy Cream. Especially since they are mostly produced commercially.
Also it seems that since it is a "specialty" Item for most Home Cooks there is a big price mark up in the retail Market.
Wholesale Prices are considerably lower.

Oct 18, 2014
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Does anybody else miss chicken skin?

Actually cows are not eaten by Hindus in India.
Christians and Muslims do eat Beef
Here are a couple
http://saltandspice.org/2014/02/17/va...
This one is really good with Mash Potato or Tapioca
http://www.vazhayila.com/2010/11/kera...

Oct 17, 2014
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Would Someone Please Explain Why Cream Costs SO Much More than Half-N-Half And Butter?

Supply and Demand.
On average the Milk coming out of the Cow is only 4% Fat.

Oct 17, 2014
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favorite fish dish

No it bit the Dust not long after I left(not because of my departure).
It's Name was 67 Waterloo(not a lot of creativity in the Name)After some bad decisions by the Owner(inexperienced Chef among the biggest) It was absorbed by it's ugly Step Brother Napoleon's Cafe, that was next Door.

Oct 17, 2014
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Cooking ground poultry?

Raw Beef makes a great Larb.

Oct 17, 2014
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Sauerbraten screw up

It also calls for Horse Meat.

Oct 17, 2014
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Quince jelly?

If you are in the Bay Area you can get Quince fairly easily and making Quince Jelly is a breeze, I put some up every Fall.

Oct 16, 2014
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i forgot to boil the brine for sauerbraten, it's been in for 3 days im ready to cook

And one of the traditional Side Dishes for Sauerbraten along with Bread or Potato Dumplings.

Oct 16, 2014
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Cooking ground poultry?

When making Larb you should use freshly ground or chopped and it is typically only slightly cooked and not browned.
Same for Pad Kra Pao Gai (Chicken with Basil).
For other applications You need good Product(Air chilled no H2O added), high Heat and a spacious Pan.
As others have said Home Ground work the best and I stick to Dark Meat.

Oct 16, 2014
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Roasting Beef Tenderloin

Only if you have one with a Probe.

Oct 16, 2014
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