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How Can I Tell if My Corn Meal is Rancid?

The Gorgojos are most likely some variety of Weevil.
They do not "form in it" They infest it.
Unless your Corn Meal had Eggs in it when you bought it.

about 7 hours ago
chefj in General Topics

Tortilla Espanola for a Crowd

Oven or Broiler work fine.
I combine all the ingredients while the Onions and Potatoes are still hot. They cook very evenly that way and do not take long.
You do need to make sure that they do not over cook. Just under a full set is enough. The residual heat will take care of the rest.

about 7 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

Servings ice pops at a bbq

For Jobs we use Dry Ice

about 23 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking
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Bitter enchilada sauce from scratch

Do try adding a bit of Sugar. The flavor is almost completely neutral and a small amount really cuts the bitter.
Here is an Example from Rick Bayless
http://www.food.com/recipe/guajillo-c...

about 23 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking
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Tortilla Espanola for a Crowd

We use Skillets.

about 23 hours ago
chefj in Home Cooking

Best type of pan for caramelizing mushrooms?

Nothing beats good Copper Pans for great caramelizing without burning the fond.

May 21, 2015
chefj in Cookware

Recommended spices for lamb shank vindaloo

Tamarind is not an ingredient in Vindaloo.
Vinegar is what is used as the souring Agent.
Other than the Mustard Seed the Spices are correct (It varies somewhat from House to House) My Recipe has no Cumin. Garam Masala, Cardamom etc.. are not part of this Dishes flavor profile. Some recipes call for Coriander Seed.
With Pork Ginger is not typical. Nor are any other Vegetables(inc. Tomato) used.
Vindaloo is usually a very Chili hot Dish. The Color and most of the heat comes from Kashmiri Chilis. The Paprika and Cayenne is an attempt to recreate them. If you want it Hot add plenty of Cayenne to the mix.

May 21, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Eating uncooked plantain

Or just eat it green and raw. (-:

May 19, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Good food and beer for a visitor and new residents?

Glad to hear it.

May 19, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Macaroni & Cheese for a crowd recipe help

Hot Boxes/Cambros

May 19, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

What to serve with wild boar ragu?

Seared Asparagus, Sauteed Cavolo Nero, Roasted Baby Artichokes or Dandelion Greens

May 07, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking
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Curry Powders And Heat

Adding more Turmeric is not going to "punch up" the flavor or your "Curry Powder".
As PhilD stated the most basic way to to add more Flavor with out adding more heat is to cut your Blend with a 1:2 mix of Cumin Seed and Coriander dry Roasted and Powdered. Other Spices can also be added in smaller quantities i.e. Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon, Fennel etc...
Garam Masala often contains a good bit of Black Pepper(more heat), which since you are buying it you have no control over.

Apr 30, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Curry Powders And Heat

Or might not.

Apr 30, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Curry Powders And Heat

I have never seen Sumac used in Indian Cooking from the South or Central parts of India. For Sour, Lemon, Amachoor or Tamarind is typically used.
It seems to be Middle Eastern exclusively.

Apr 29, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Looking for dolmades/dolma, NOT grape leaf-wrapped type

Dolmas are really any Stuffed Vegetable. The Meat filled ones from Greece are often served with Avgolemono Sauce(αβγολέμονο) made of Lemon Juice Eggs and Broth.
I have never heard of or seen Dough used for wrapping Dolmas. Perhaps this was the Chef's own Creation?

Apr 29, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Corn Fungus (Huitlacoche)

Here are a couple from Ricardo Zurita that I have used. They are in Spanish so I linked the translated Page
http://translate.google.com/translate...
http://translate.google.com/translate...

Apr 28, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking
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Good food and beer for a visitor and new residents?

I liked their Salt Cod Cakes and Sausages quite a lot.
Everything I have tasted there is good, not amazing but...

Apr 28, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Corn Fungus (Huitlacoche)

Tons of recipes out there.
They are very versatile can be used just like Mushrooms.
Stuffings, Soups, Stews, Sauces or as and addition to Eggs, Vegetables or Sautes.

Apr 28, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Variety in veg

Go to the Market and see for yourself.
It is by far the best way to know what is available to you in your area.

Apr 28, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Alamo Texas Bar-B-Que and Tequila Bar will be located in Brookline, N.H.

There is a decent BBQ in NH (at least it was a while back)
Portsmouth
http://www.adbbq.com/
West Ossipe NH
http://yankeesmokehouse.com/

Apr 28, 2015
chefj in Northern New England

Good food and beer for a visitor and new residents?

Mikkeller Bar would be my my choice though Monk's Kettle has a more "restauranty" Menu

Apr 28, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

Cochinita Pibil

For me; Too Hot!

Apr 25, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking

Cochinita Pibil

Do not forget the Xnipec(Dog's Nose)
http://www.recipesource.com/side-dish...

Apr 25, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking
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Point Reyes area restaurants

I think those Cookies are from Costco, but still...
We did not have the over topped problem but that could vary from Cook to Cook.
I think the Owner got the guy from Picco to teach him the Pizza making. He has been there every time I have eaten Dinner there.

Apr 25, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

I bought this vegetable (???) at the grocery, but I cannot identify it

It is neither. It has already been Identified up Thread

Apr 23, 2015
chefj in General Topics

browning meat with ground spices on it?

There are a number of Indian Dishes that use this technique that I have made. The Spices do not burn and the Flavor seems to really penetrate the Meat.

Apr 20, 2015
chefj in Home Cooking
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Black Miso?

Black Miso/Hatcho Miso is fermented for 3 Winters
I am not familiar with the uses.
Here is a Site that has some Recipes
http://www.mitoku.com/recipes/index/c...

Apr 20, 2015
chefj in General Topics

Point Reyes area restaurants

Very good Pizza and Salads at Cafe Reyes

Apr 18, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

the ethiopian on telegraph debate...

I too have watched the progression. Sounds like I should actually go in!

Apr 18, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area

the ethiopian on telegraph debate...

I think it is not Parallel with the Street
6430 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Apr 17, 2015
chefj in San Francisco Bay Area