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Do you substitue sour cream for plain yogurt?

Don't all your supermarkets carry light sour cream? It's midway between the two in flavor. I haven't paid attention to the fat percentages. I usually buy LSC because it works as either SC or Y.

about 3 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

White vs. natural brown coffee filters?

Yes, whole bean. It's $5.99 for the canister, which lasts me 2 weeks, using two heaping scoops of beans per day.

about 7 hours ago
greygarious in General Topics
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White vs. natural brown coffee filters?

I tried Melitta brown filters more than once. To my surprise, I detected an off-flavor and smell akin to brown paper grocery bags. I'd have expected a chemical taste to the white ones, but they were fine.

about 7 hours ago
greygarious in General Topics

White vs. natural brown coffee filters?

I adore the medium roast decaf TJ introduced a couple of years ago (orange lid, canister). I had been using Eight-o-clock decaf, which is a lighter roast, but I brewed it strongly. So I thought the medium roast might not be right for me, but it tastes better than the E-o-C.

about 8 hours ago
greygarious in General Topics
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Will adding a little water while making chicken stock dilute it?

You need to keep the solids submerged in order to get the flavor out of them. You can add meat/bone any time. If you want more of a vegetable presence, add additional carrot, celery, herbs, etc., during the last 30 minutes of simmering. Once the solids are spent, you strain, and taste the stock. If it is weak, return it to the heat and cook uncovered to reduce the volume, which intensifies the flavor. You can reduce it way down to thickly syrupy, or even pasty, so as to save freezer space. You then dilute it as needed when you're using it. Having a container of this around allows you to add a dollop to sauces that need some oomph. But you have to reduce the heat once the stock gets down to syrupy, lest it scorch.

Freezing eggplant for future use

You are correct, coll, and of course Smiley referred to raw while I had specifically referenced pre-roasted eggplant pulp.

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Freezing eggplant for future use

I love Stir-fried Roasted Eggplant (Deborah Madison). When eggplant is on sale, sometimes I roast it, scoop out the flesh, and freeze that in a baggie. Later on, thawed, it gets used in the rest of the recipe. Because it loses so much volume during roasting, it doesn't take much freezer space.

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Absolute Tomatoey-est Tasting Tomato Sauce You Will EVER Eat

I've heard it called "snot" --- VERY clear!

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Tonic Water & Migraines?

Quinine, which gives tonic water its flavor, is actually used to TREAT migraine, and of course malaria, though in higher doses than would be found even in an entire liter of tonic water. But for people who are sensitive to quinine, a glass of tonic water can cause ringing in the ears, visual disturbances, abnormal heart rhythm, and other problems. There's a genetic predisposition to this in certain people.

2 days ago
greygarious in Spirits

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

You see HO, I see IC, which works as both "I see" and "ick",

2 days ago
greygarious in Site Talk
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The nectar of the Gods, tuna noodle casserole....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzyI_...

Jean Redpath duetting with Garrison Keillor on his "Tuna, the food of my soul", sung to the melody of "Whispering Hope".

Her glorious, lilting Scottish voice is no more. Jean Redpath was 77. In the 80's and 90's, she was a semi-regular on Prairie Home Companion, where her quick wit and sly humor danced through the airwaves. I am happy to have seen her perform live back then.

2 days ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

On my computer, they read, appropriately: IC IC IC

2 days ago
greygarious in Site Talk

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

I flagged it too, mid-afternoon.

2 days ago
greygarious in Site Talk

2 chicken thighs

Poach, cool, make Asian chicken salad and save the poaching liquid for the next time you make soup or gravy.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

"fixing" the dried apples in an apple cake recipe

Bring apple juice or cider to a boil, pour over a bowl of dried apples, let sit until room temp. Then drain and add apples to your batter.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Absolute Tomatoey-est Tasting Tomato Sauce You Will EVER Eat

My understanding is that it's the "gel" containing the seeds that is being sieved. There's a lot of flavor in that gel; OP is using that but straining away the seeds. He's chopping the actual flesh separately.

Substitutes for fresh coconut in Indian fish curry

Bagged shredded/flaked coconut, preferably unsweetened. If only sweetened is available, soak it in water for a half hour or so, drain, pat out most of the moisture.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Must put on the TJ shopping list.

Food that can be packed & eaten 10 hours later?

Juice boxes freeze well and double as ice for the other cooler contents. Or just freeze water bottles. She can drink the contents with her dinner. If you freeze soup or stew in a microwavable container, so much the better. Sometimes my lunch cooler held a plastic fork and a small container with liverwurst and mustard, and a baggie of sliced sweet onion. I'd buy a freshly-baked bagel at lunchtime, and assemble my sandwich. The bread component of a take-along lunch will never remain crusty until mealtime.

A handful of nuts in a snack baggie is guaranteed to quell hunger pangs FAST. Good nutrition, too.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in General Topics

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Read that particular post.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Site Talk

Differences in terminology

That would be "capisce" in Italian or correct American spelling, pronounced "capeesh" and sometimes spelled that way, but subject to a variety of misspellings.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Anybody got a good suggestion for Red Velvet Sheet Cake?

Upon a recommendation on this site, from someone who uses it in their wedding cakes business, I use Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake mix. The label has instructions for 9x13 and other pan sizes.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

To the Mods who deleted these references: search "crochet salmon". QED, Case closed.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Site Talk

Need Some Advice?

Intentionally, since I was agreeing with and expanding on your idea of a part-time career.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Not About Food

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Three words for TPTB: Market Basket, boycott.

Aug 30, 2014
greygarious in Site Talk
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Cutting board and cross-contamination - Is it a real issue?

Absurd.

Instant mashed sweet potato flakes?

Thanks - I'll check MB. There are 3 of them in my town and another 7 within a 10-mile radius!

Instant mashed sweet potato flakes?

I had started reading through them, but gave up because so many of them were reviews of a different potato produce, not the sweet potatoes. I don't know who screwed up, but sliced potatoes and bubbling cheese? That review is for au gratin, surely. Then there was mention of Yukon Golds.... it was like a Yelp nightmare! For the time being (we'll see how the free advertising posts go), I find CH opinions more reliable.

Instant mashed sweet potato flakes?

I noticed that cases of Betty Crocker instant mashed sweet potato are sold on Amazon. They are in 3oz. packets. I'd like to try them but don't want a case. Has anyone ever noticed this or another brand at Boston area supermarkets and if you've tried them, how were they?

What do you mean by - 2 cups half-and-half?

@BeccaPorter I have lived in NY and MA all my 65 years and every supermarket here has always sold light cream AND half&half.

Aug 29, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking