chefj's Profile

Title Last Reply

Bread- East Bay

The Loaves of Anna's I have had I would not describe as crumbly, Very dense and similar to Bavarian all Rye Breads made in Wiessenstadt DE and Imported by R&R Export Import NH 1.800.818-7729 I think it is sold under the Genuine Bavarian.

about 2 hours ago
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

The Lore claims it became a American Staple in the US right here in California at Trader Vic's

about 9 hours ago
chefj in General Topics

Ramen "buffet" for smallish group?

You can easily make a Vegetable based Miso Broth I do not think you need to do a Meat based Broth.
Blanched Spinach,Soft Cooked Egg Halves,Toasted Nori, Black Garlick Oil, Bamboo Shoots, Dried Pumpkin, Blanched Bean or Soy Sprouts, Scallions, Fried Tofu Puffs, Seitan Products, Shiitake(or other)Japanese Mushrooms,Shredded Inari Age(tofu Pouches)and most any Vegetable that is precooked.
Try to choose a nice array of Color and Texture.

about 9 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

What happens if you freeze raw kale?

I do it and it does not get black and slimy. It braises up in a fraction of the time since it is "pre-softend". Also fine for Soups or tossing into a Pot of Beans and Hocks.

about 10 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

Pulled pork without a smoker - suggestions?

This cooking method is close to what I do. As for the Rub I use both Spanish Pimentón and Ground Chipotle/Morita in the Mix to give the smoke Flavor

about 10 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

Bread- East Bay

Anna's Daughter Rye will fit the bill.
http://www.annasrye.com/

about 10 hours ago
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Okra - minimizing the slime

You can also season and dehydrate to make Okra Chips. They are good and no Slime at all.

about 22 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

Taste Differences in Italian and Swiss Meringue Buttercreams?

Also the Meringues can be used as Icings with out any added fats. They are easily altered and flavored.

about 22 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

We are going to dinner at a Jain believing household

Good point about graciousness.

about 22 hours ago
chefj in Not About Food

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

Here Here!
Huy Fong in a good quality produce and is domestic to boot(much more ecologically friendly for we in US and less risky health wise)

about 22 hours ago
chefj in General Topics

Long cooked, but disappointing soup stocks

As others have stated more or less, There is no flavor advantage to these overly long cooking times. You are breaking down the esters that are responsible for Flavor and Scent as well as degrading the structure of the Gelatin.
I was taught for:
30 Min- 1 Hour Fish Fumet
1-3 Hours Vege Stock
5-8 Hours Poultry Stock
12-24 Hours Veal/Beef Stock
At home I swear by my Pressure Cooker for great Stocks.

1 day ago
chefj in Home Cooking

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

I just wish I could stop myself from supporting this idiocy.

paella: fish sauce

A couple of Spanish sources on Chorizo in Paella.
I do not know how authoritative the Authors are but interesting
http://www.directoalpaladar.com/cultu...
http://wikipaella.org/blog/la-paella-...

1 day ago
chefj in Home Cooking
1

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

Which shows that people like it.

1 day ago
chefj in General Topics

Blue crabs - male or female - do you prefer your crabs to have a Y chromosome?

Roe

Sep 11, 2014
chefj in General Topics

Taste Differences in Italian and Swiss Meringue Buttercreams?

The Meringue is Nondairy. Nondairy Butter Cream is not Butter Cream. I am sure there are nondairy Frostings
https://www.google.com/search?q=nonda...

Sep 11, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking
1

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

We have some at right now that are Crazy Hot

Sep 11, 2014
chefj in General Topics

Use red or white wine for braising veal stew Osso bucco-style?

Why would you mix wines?

Sep 11, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Subbing vinegars

Assuming it is a strongly seasoned Dish(Korean Food is not shy)it should be fine. But without seeing the Recipe can not be sure.

Sep 10, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Opening Chinese Soy Sauce (etc) bottles

Hold the Bottle below low on the Neck.
Place the Paring Knife flush with the Top against the Nub facing away from you and push.
No Fingers anywhere near the Blade.

Sep 10, 2014
chefj in General Topics
1

Use red or white wine for braising veal stew Osso bucco-style?

To what end?

Sep 10, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Use red or white wine for braising veal stew Osso bucco-style?

White Wine is the tradition with Shank as well.
The Red Wine is a variation from the Tradition as is the Polenta as accompaniment and Tomato.
If you want to use Red Wine then do.

Sep 09, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

We are going to dinner at a Jain believing household

They do celebrate Diwali on the whole.
Cut Flowers are not a good bet.
Your other gifts sound fine as long as there is no Eggs or Dairy.
Diwali Candles or Sweets are common Gifts for Jains.

Sep 09, 2014
chefj in Not About Food

Use red or white wine for braising veal stew Osso bucco-style?

I am also in the White Wine Camp.

Sep 09, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Measure by Weight

I bake by weight. It is the standard in Restaurant/Commercial Kitchens.

Sep 09, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

What to do with beef heart?

Lots of threads with just the information your looking for
http://www.chow.com/search?q=beef+hea...

Sep 09, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Opening Chinese Soy Sauce (etc) bottles

I think I know what you are talking about.
If you cut that little Nub off flush with the rest of the top it will have a little hole to dispense your Shoyu from

Sep 09, 2014
chefj in General Topics
1

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Nope, that is what it tastes like.

Sep 09, 2014
chefj in General Topics

Authentic recipe for mapo tofu?

Why would they? They tend to be awful.

Sep 07, 2014
chefj in Home Cooking

Anywhere to buy Oatibix in the Bay Area?

As does Piedmont Grocery. Just had to go by there to get HP Sauce.

Sep 05, 2014
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area