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Cooking for One

There are more than just hi and defrost settings on a microwave.
most people when reheating something will just toss it in the mic and hit 1 min.. the edges will get hot the middle might get lightly warm and they do another minute. then the edges are over done and middle is finally hot.

for single sized portions, try using the 50% setting with 3 or 4 minutes . works wonders to heat everything fairly evenly. if it isn't warm enough, the entire dish is at least similarly warmed that 20-60 seconds more on high will make it plenty hot enough.

Jul 08, 2011
calikoala in Home Cooking

Easy dinner ideas for beginner?

I make mac n cheese with smoky Gouda and smoky sharp cheddar as well as american..

Apr 15, 2011
calikoala in Home Cooking

Korean Soybean Sprout Salad

I use roasted sesame seeds instead of oil, roasted sea salt instead of kosher salt and also add chopped garlic, sliced green onions, korean dashita spice and a little pepper.

Apr 11, 2011
calikoala in Recipes

Should I Cut My Steak Like a Brit?

@Kaimuki, please read and comphrehend.. it was said it was easier not more difficult

Oct 07, 2010
calikoala in Features

'fess up, "i'm a hog when it comes to eating ____ ."

King crab legs with lots of hot butter and french fries.. Yummy!!

Aug 20, 2010
calikoala in General Topics

Where to buy 3-4 feet long campfire Roasting Forks in L.A.?

i have found them in military surplus stores.

Aug 04, 2010
calikoala in Los Angeles Area

Apricot Pancake Syrup

the information regarding freezing was given for those who might get apricots at a time when they don't plan to make the syrup since it has a short refrigerator life.

Aug 02, 2010
calikoala in Recipes

Apricot Pancake Syrup

recipe says 1 pound FRESH apricots or 40 frozen 1-inch apricot pieces

Aug 02, 2010
calikoala in Recipes

Little Worms in Cod?

one thing you have to remember is that the whole situation of the worms being something that might disgust you now is that before you saw them or heard about them, you ate the fish with no negative apprehensiveness. and for the group talking about tilapia, the same thing. It is called fear and is a learned thing as you get older. When you are a little kid you are bold and dangerous but as you get older you learn that some things are dangerous and you lose the fearless mindset more and more and succumb to doing less and less. If you did it before, no reason to change you habits unless it is life threatening..
live life now because it is so short and you cant live it after you are dead! lol

Mar 19, 2010
calikoala in General Topics

Frizzle-Fried Onions

wth?? min internal temperature? who measures the internal temperature of a 1/16th inch sliced onion? that is a rediculous thing to have in this article!!!

Dec 16, 2009
calikoala in Recipes

Moong Dal with Tomatoes and Onion

would be nice to know what moong dal is..

Dec 16, 2009
calikoala in Recipes

Side dish to serve w/ Chili

sounds like this is to be an event where others are contributing.. There will be enough food already. Your contribution of the chili, cornbread and condiments should be more than enough this time.

Oct 21, 2009
calikoala in Home Cooking

Creole Cream Cheese

what makes this creole?

Oct 21, 2009
calikoala in Recipes

Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe

you seem to be missing a few ingredients in the list compared to the instructions.

Oct 09, 2009
calikoala in Recipes

Skirt Steak! what to do? what to do?

hangar and skirt steaks are cuts from the stomach area. you don't see many hangar steaks because this is usually ground up into hamburger. the reason skirt steak has gotten so expensive is because it has become a very popular cut with the increase in use for fajitas and tacos. If you can not find skirt and hangar steaks when you go to the store. ask your butcher to cut them the next time the butcher a side of beef. if no one is asking for these cuts, they just grind em with all the other less savory cuts for burger or stew meat.

Aug 20, 2009
calikoala in Home Cooking

canning question - why do my jars tip over?

you are not filling the jars full enough. they have too much air and the buoyancy is lifting them out of the holder and allowing them to fall over.

Aug 20, 2009
calikoala in Home Cooking

So good that you make it over and over again (or at least 3 times!)

how about a link?

Jul 24, 2009
calikoala in Home Cooking

Wood Chips For Smoking

if you have a bass pro shop around, go try the Jack Daniels wood chips. If you like Jack, you will surely like the flavor these chips impart upon whatever you smoke... WARNING!!! don't stick your nose into the bag and smell unless you want to pass out from the extremely good smell.

Italian Meatballs


Italians don't eat turkey?
What makes you an expert on what is or what is not considered Italian fare?

instead of knocking the recipe, submit your own. This recipe is how she makes her meatballs. Nothing says you 'ABSOLUTELY' have to use stale bread. If you notice, she used a 'sweet' onion not just any ole onion. but that is what is nice about cooking, you can substitute what you have on hand in most cases.
I also see where Aida talks about not having to use a combo of three meats if you choose not to do so.

browning in a pan separate from the one you will eventually cook in probably reduces the amount of fat that will be in the end result.

Mar 24, 2009
calikoala in Recipes

Ribs! Hubba Hubba and 12 Bones(a'ville/flatrock)


Hear hear girl!

rude service is one thing but to then continue on and give a positive rating despite the hard time is top notch...

I applaud your spunk!

Mar 23, 2009
calikoala in Southeast

Cheese Enchiladas

if you don't do something to cause the tortillas to bind, ie.. fry them, the tortillas will be more fragile and likely crack and break up while trying to roll them. Makes more of a mess while assembling but can be done as I forgot to fry them before I made some about a month ago.

Jan 27, 2009
calikoala in Recipes

Cheese Enchiladas


why toss the recipe after one try. Now that you have tried it and found what you dislike, adjust it to your liking and post the changes and results.

would be better than the it works or it don't approach...

Jan 27, 2009
calikoala in Recipes

I wanna be a jerk

Thasalotta chicken!

Jan 14, 2009
calikoala in Home Cooking

This Is Your Beet on Drugs

is veganic the same as organic?

Jan 06, 2009
calikoala in Features

Crackly Sugar Cookies

because snickerdoodles have pieces of snickers in them?

Dec 29, 2008
calikoala in Recipes

Grill Owner Stings Bees

It's obvious from the story, the person did not know it was a hive until he had begun trying to use the grill.

I am sure a bee keeper would have loved to get some more bees, but I am sure it would have been several days or more before they would come to get them.

Nov 13, 2008
calikoala in Features

Extra-Spicy Bloody Maria

The best bloody mary I've ever had was at a Fox and Hound restaurant... ooo boy it was delicious!

Sep 05, 2008
calikoala in Recipes

Slow Food Nation's Victory Garden

I am looking for something that shows how to make the rolls they used for those round spots. Anyone able to locate links or information on how to make them?

Aug 22, 2008
calikoala in Features

Fried Tomatoes

I absolutely love fried green tomatoes. I just last night plucked two off the vine and was eating them within 20 mins. I had to call my mom and brag about it. It is a shame that regular grocery stores don't sell green tomatoes.
I'm going to have to try the gravy from the fried tomato scraps. Never heard of it but it sounds delicious!

Aug 07, 2008
calikoala in General Topics

"Don't Open That Bag!!!".....because I'll eat the whole thing.

well, now that you have all gotten me started, I will admit that a Sara Lee cheesecake has a hard time making it through the night.

Jul 24, 2008
calikoala in General Topics