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What's the best recipe for fixing Scrapple?

Oh, I know it will stick. I just though Olive oil is an odd Choice though it may be your default. I always have some Bacon fat or Neutral Oil around.
The Scrapple you mention is about 12% Fat.

about 19 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Lavender-Rosemary Short Breads
Ginger Cookies with Crystallized Ginger and Black Pepper
Crème Caramel with Spices and Black Tea
Cardamom Cookies
Gâteau des Rois with Saffron and Pistachio Paste
Pecan-Cheddar Crackers

about 20 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

That is awesome!

about 20 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

30-35 guests expected for my son's 1st birthday lunch celebration. What alcohol should I serve?

1 year old are really partial to sweet cocktails and Milk.
Perhaps Tom and Jerrys, Babycakes or Brandy Milk Punch?

about 20 hours ago
chefj in Spirits
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What's the best recipe for fixing Scrapple?

With all that Pork Fat why bother with Olive Oil? (-;

about 20 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

At what point does a recipe become "yours"?

That is an Ethics Question and they are Personal. Only you can decide when it feels OK to you.

2 days ago
chefj in General Topics

Gumbo - no flour roux

I use Sweet Rice Flour to make Gluten Free Roux. Works a treat.

2 days ago
chefj in Home Cooking
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Raw peanuts. Roasted and they taste weird.

Sounds like they were Over-Roasted.

2 days ago
chefj in Home Cooking
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Orange juice concentrate

OJ concentrate is usually 4-6 times stronger than OJ. So you would need to reduce it as said already.

2 days ago
chefj in Home Cooking

Uses for fish stock?

Catalan Fideuà Pretty easy and very delicious. There are a few styles but the "Risotto" type is what I mean.
Toasted Angel Hair broken into small pieces, Spanish Sofrito and Fish Stock. Cook just like Risotto. Stir in some Allioli at the Table.

Dec 16, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Lots of Parsley

Salsa Verdi
Chimichurri
Mojo Verde
Cream of Parsley Soup
Turkish Pogaca
Lebanese Meat and Parsley Stuffed Dumplings

Dec 16, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking
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Help with homemade pizza

Is your Pizza Stone on the bottom Of the Oven? Cause it should be.

Dec 16, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

Keep on showing it!

Dec 16, 2014
chefj in Beer

How long can a thawed turkey sit in the fridge?

Dec 15, 2014
chefj in General Topics

Are Brown Rice's (and other wild rice's) Suppose To Be Creamy/Sticky?

Just for Clarification.
Only Wild Rice is actually Wild and it is not Rice.
The Brown Black and Other varieties of Rice are all Domesticated and most are Hybrids.

Dec 14, 2014
chefj in General Topics
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Mole - Substitution Chiles?

Glad that it worked out for you.
With the Proper Chilies and Frying you will end up with a very different sauce. Deeper, richer and with more complexity.
If you buy Chilies in larger quantities than you need store them tightly wrapped in the Freezer. It will keep them Pliable and Moth free

Dec 14, 2014
chefj in General Topics

Pork Braised In Milk?

Here are a bunch of threads that discuss this method and results
http://www.chow.com/search?q=Pork+Bra...

Dec 13, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Mole - Substitution Chiles?

What Mole are trying to make? Sounds like Poblano or Negro.
I would think the hardest thing to substitute for will be the flovor of Anchos a mild heat and a very Raisin/Prune Flavor and the Mulato's Color.
Those dried Fruits may well be a good addition to make up for the Anchos. You would fry them till they soften and swell and then grind with your Paste.

Dec 13, 2014
chefj in General Topics

ISO Tips re: Creating a Ginger Frosting

I would also go with Crystallized Ginger.
I have also found that a pinch of Cayenne, Ground Black or White Pepper really adds a lot to Ginger Desserts.

Dec 13, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Making pies in bulk

Yes.
The more you put in an oven the more it drops the Temp. How quickly it recovers depends on the BTUs your Oven puts out and how well insulated it is. I would think in an average Home Oven that would be an extra 10-20 Min.

Dec 13, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking
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What is your favorite Indian restaurant and why? How much are you usually willing to pay?

Aachi Aappakadai Is also very good for Chettinadi Food
lovely Appams and richly spiced Curries.
Sunnyvale has a nicer interior than the Santa Clara location.
Both are worth the Drive from San Jose

Dec 13, 2014
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area
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Kitchen Appliances Made in USA?

You are guessing. Do not put words in my mouth.

Dec 11, 2014
chefj in Cookware

Marmalade Fiasco

I did not know that but this is not what happened in this OP's situation so is pretty mush irrelevant to this Post.

Dec 11, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Venison Question

What is all the cooking directions for? I know how to Stew/Braise
I do not own a Crockpot
Sunshine is right on, 130 will not break down any of the Connective Tissues which is Key. You need at least 190 but slow is good.

Dec 11, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Kitchen Appliances Made in USA?

When did I make this Admission?

Dec 11, 2014
chefj in Cookware

Kitchen Appliances Made in USA?

I say nuts to spending a large amount of Money on an Appliance that is crap Quality, does not last, does a sub-par job of toasting and baking and paying out the Ass for it. But that's just me.

Dec 10, 2014
chefj in Cookware

Venison Question

"No connective tissue"
How's that? With out knowing the Cut you can not know that.
Venison is very Lean but has plenty of Connective Tissues. Lack of Fat is usually the Problem not Sinews. Shoulder, Chuck etc.. are all great for Stewing and Braising.

Dec 10, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Marmalade Fiasco

There is something wrong with your Thermometer.
Sugar Caramelizes at 320F so if your Sugar is Caramelizing it is above 320.

Dec 09, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

What to serve with panes con pavo (El Salvadorian turkey sandwich)

I would think that El Salvadoran Cabbage Salad (Curtido)would would work a treat.
Fried Plantains or Plantain Chips
Ensalada Russa

Homemade caramel question

You can melt it and add more ____ and it will set up softer.
Just confirming what LauretQ said

Dec 09, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking