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Do You Know the 5 French Mother Sauces?

"French Mother Sauces" Salsa is not a French Sauce much less one of the Foundations of the Cuisine

about 23 hours ago
chefj in Features

Cocktail suggestions for a Low Country boil

How about a "Lowcountry Cocktail"
http://imbibemagazine.com/lowcountry-...

Also any thing Lemonade or Tea based would seem appropriate.

Jul 03, 2015
chefj in Spirits

Black bean noodle ramen? cold noodle salad?

In that case Japchae 잡채 would probably be a good Application as would Bibim-Naengmyeon 비빔냉면

Jun 29, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Dosa batter for the masses!

Yes you can make Dosa Batter using Urad Dal Flour and Rice Flour
There are literally thousands of Recipes out there for doing just that.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Dosa+...
I have used this one
http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/easy...

Jun 29, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Black bean noodle ramen? cold noodle salad?

Really for Ramen you need Ramen Noodles with out them it is not Ramen.
I imagine they would work for a cold Noodle Salad or in Stir Frys They would also work well in a Khao Soi like Soup
Their Site list lots of Ideas
http://www.explore-asian.com/recipes/

Jun 29, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Baking coconut macaroon batter from May 3rd - is it OK?

Oh yeah it is June, Duh!

Jun 29, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Onions in Indian Cooking

We often get locally grown Torpedo Onions here. I really like them for South Western Indian Dishes.

Jun 29, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Onions in Indian Cooking

luckyfatima covered the Onions typically used in India. They are much smaller than the typical Onion in the West I say half to a third.
There is no one way they are cooked. It changes Dish to Dish. A tip though if they say to cook the Onions dark they mean DARK. When teaching it is one of the hardest things to get westerners to do.
If Manjula's Recipes are Jain then you should find another site that is not if you want to use Onions and Garlic. Jain Recipes have added Hing and changed the balance of spice to adjust for the lack of Allums.

Jun 28, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking
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Baking coconut macaroon batter from May 3rd - is it OK?

25 day old Batter with Dairy, Raw Eggs and Sugar. There is no way for Anyone on Chowhound to know that.
I would not use it or serve it but it is your Call and Health.
You can not smell or see most Food Borne Pathogens

Jun 28, 2015
chefj in General Topics
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Mint or peppermint for mint ice cream?

No, I have never had Root.
I am not sure of what you mean by "it's the original recipe" but I know that it contains Birch Bark, Wintergreen, Tea, Citrus Peel, Clove, Cinnamon and Sassafras.
There were many Recipes for all sorts of Herbal Concoctions taught to the Colonists by Native Americans that seem to be the Roots of Modern Root Beer. They also brought knowledge of the many European Herbal/Root Digestives with them.

Jun 28, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Mint or peppermint for mint ice cream?

I seen recipes containing:
Wintergreen
Birch Bark
Sassafras Root
Sarsaparilla Root
Ginger Root
Yellow Dock Root
Liquorice Root
Vanilla
Dandelion Root
Juniper Berry
Tea Berry
Box Berry
Cinnamon
Star Anise
Nutmeg
to name a few, but never seen Spearmint in a Root Beer Recipe.

Jun 28, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking
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"eggs over easy" what does it mean?

My first Job was as a Breakfast Cook. My understanding was:
Over Easy, barely set White(usually a little runny round the Yolk) runny Yolk
Over Medium fully set White, Yolk not set
Over Hard set White and Yolk AKA Overdone(-:

Help Cooking Chorizo

You need to make your own or find a brand with a lot less fat.
http://www.rickbayless.com/ingredient...
http://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/2009...

Jun 27, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking
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Radish cooking?

They also Grill well

Jun 27, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Jason's Greenbrae--a service breakdown

Doubt it "and they will never know why"

Jun 26, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Corn Flour / Masa harina

" I just wanted to know if what I bought was another name for masa harina"
More than likely it is not unless it was labeled as such.
I would also doubt that with its lack of Gluten it would be a substitute for Wheat Flour in a Flour Tortilla Recipe.

Jun 24, 2015
chefj in General Topics

How to cook Pork Chops for 180

If you have a Alto-Shaam you can hold the Cooked Pork Loin Steaks in it quite well. If it is a Cook and Hold you can do just that with it.

Jun 24, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Bua Luang Thai on Solano [Albany]

Have not been there since the first time and that was about the same time as this review.
There are couple of other options in the area that are pretty good though
Sabuy Sabuy II 1233 San Pablo Ave
White Lotus Thai Cuisine 843 San Pablo Ave

Jun 24, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Jason's Greenbrae--a service breakdown

So why did you post this?

Jun 24, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Pork Shoulder cooking questions

I use a Weber and Smoke Boneless Butt for 5 Hours then switch to a 200F Oven covered in Parchment for 12-16 Hours (overnight). Never had a Problem with this Method.

Tito's Tacos Red Salsa

Jun 22, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Does anyone else not like chocolate chips?

No problem. I have been using them for the last few years. I do not know if the are available retail.

Jun 22, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Mint or peppermint for mint ice cream?

Spearmint

Jun 22, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking
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Does anyone have a good macaroni and cheese recipe?

There are many, many Recipes and Threads on the Site already that could help
http://www.chow.com/search?q=macaroni...

Jun 22, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Does anyone else not like chocolate chips?

There are all Dark and Light Chocolate Pearls with out anything else in them.

Jun 22, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Does anyone else not like chocolate chips?

While not quite Chips Valrhona make Pearls which I use instead of Chips but chopped Chocolate works fine (and is of a much higher quality assuming you buy good Chocolate).

Jun 21, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Porters & Stouts - Their Place in the Craft Beer Pantheon

It seems to me that most of the Craft Brewers that I know of have at least one Stout or Porter in the Product line.
It may not sell as well as the over hopped darlings but they are an option.

Jun 21, 2015
chefj in Beer
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Boxed cake mix?

Red Velvet Cake is not a Brownie. If you want a Brownie than make a Brownie.
The two are texturally as well as Flavor wise very different.
Or use the Mix mentioned below.

Jun 21, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Copper Mugs: solid copper vs steel lined

Jun 21, 2015
chefj in Spirits

Ribs left on counter too long?

They may be fine or not. It really depends on what was there to start with and if it had sufficient time to grow.
The "Smell Test" is Bull unless you only want to know if it is rotted.
You can't taste, see or even smell the bacteria that causes food poisoning.
Just search "can you smell food borne pathogens" and see what you find.

Jun 20, 2015
chefj in General Topics
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