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The Great Bay Leaf Hoax

It's like any 'spice'. They all help the outcome if used sparingly.
I also hate garlic but if used very very lightly it helps the overall taste.
I only use them to enhance the dish's flavors, not taste the spices.

about 9 hours ago
thegrindre in General Topics

Any Good Sites for Buying Herbal Tea?

Have you tried here? I haven't had any issues with them.
http://www.englishteastore.com/

I've used an infuser for years. You can control the amount of tea used per cup or pot. (Strength)

I much prefer a 'tea ball' over a bag, any day. I enjoy 'fooling' with the tea as I prepare it.
Mine looks like this;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silver-4-5cm-...

I don't buy any of the ones you've listed. I prefer the non commercial loose leave teas, myself.

Rick

about 10 hours ago
thegrindre in General Topics

The Great Bay Leaf Hoax

I buy the cheap Wall Mart brand and those dried up broken bay leaves have plenty of flavor.
I hate the flavor of bay leaves and have to use a very small portion because of it.
Usually one or two small leaves is way too much for my taste.

about 10 hours ago
thegrindre in General Topics

Bringing My Own Knife to Restaurants from now on. -_-

Because the hard square bent up prongs just don't feel comfortable sliding through my lips even after bending them back into shape.
:-)

1 day ago
thegrindre in Cookware

Let's talk about white bread

I wasn't raised on white bread. I've always eaten a BLT on a hamburger bun. I've had sandwiches while out and about on white bread but never cared for 'em. (Friends and parties.)
It's always been wheat bread in my life.
French toast on wheat.
Grilled ham & cheese on wheat.
Grilled cheese on wheat.
I like wheat bread probably because I was raised on it.
I don't like white bread. It sticks to the roof of my mouth. YUK!
There is one exception, San Fransisco Sourdough Bread warm with lotsa butter. Now, that's yummy.

2 days ago
thegrindre in General Topics

Bringing My Own Knife to Restaurants from now on. -_-

Not trying to be a poop butt in anyway, but I've been doing that for many years. I'm glad you are, too, now.
I've even considered my own fork as well.

Rick

Jul 20, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware
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Oh, It's so heavenly when I...

eat a well buttered piece of sourdough toast dipped into homemade hot chocolate on a cold morning... or even a hot afternoon. Just doesn't matter when, it's delish anytime.

Jul 19, 2014
thegrindre in General Topics

Oh, It's so heavenly when I...

eat a well buttered toasted English muffin with a pot of Jasmine tea.
(I like Original Thomas')

What's your heavenly delight?

Jul 19, 2014
thegrindre in General Topics

I never used a grater before

Ahh, I was thinking the same thing when I saw it.
NICE!

Jul 18, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

OK, got it.
Thanks.

Jul 18, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

LOLOLOL I know you're right. LOLOL

Jul 18, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

Yeah, I'm going to buy a ceramic ginger grater.
I like the plate idea best.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Kyocera-3...

Rick

Jul 18, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

Ebay is much cheaper. I have a $12 bid going on right now.
I don't know how to cancel my bid cuz I found one for less then $10.
Oh well. :-)

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

Boy, I like that. Looks perfect for ginger and garlic.

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

And, it's very prickly and sharp. :-(

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

Excellent! Never thought of that.
How about a good toothbrush cuz I want to eat the grated food.

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

Thank you very much. :-)
I see the error in my ways, now.

Rick

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

I see now that I've used the wrong tool for the job. I appreciate all your help and will buy a ginger/garlic grater.

Thank you,
Rick

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware
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I never used a grater before

Don't have a dishwasher. Banging it on the counter didn't dislodge anything and I don't have a power jet water thingy.
Had to use toothpicks and is the reason I posted my inquires of how to get the food out of one of these things in the first place.
I wanted to eat what I had grated.

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

This looks to be what I need. A ceramic ginger grater.
Thank you.
I'll toss that other thing away.

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

I was using a larger piece then I needed. It was all stuck in the grater and I couldn't get it out without a tooth pick.

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

I never used a grater before

OK, I'm 66, been cooking all my adult life and never used a small grater before. I've always diced and minced with a knife.
Well, I bought one last week http://www.walmart.com/ip/Oneida-Hand... and grated a small piece of ginger. (About the size of a large marble.) Nothing came out. The whole piece of ginger was stuck in the grater. I beat it on the counter but nothing fell out. It took me a half an hour with a tooth pick to remove it all. I'll never grate ginger again!
Questions are, How do you get the food freed from a small grater???
What am I doing wrong?

Thank you,
Rick

Jul 17, 2014
thegrindre in Cookware

Questions about sourdough starter and bread

Great web site! Thanks. :-)

Jul 16, 2014
thegrindre in Home Cooking

Questions about sourdough starter and bread

Ya know, I really don't understand.
Please listen to my logic.
To my understanding, it would seem more logical to use the starter while it's flat and not at its peak.
Reason being, you'd want it to come alive after a good feeding and that's what you'd be doing when incorporating into your recipe. Feeding it with all your recipe ingredients.
With my thinking, I really don't understand when and why you do it 'your' way... Well, I guess it's the 'right way'.

A bit puzzled,
Rick

Jul 15, 2014
thegrindre in Home Cooking

Questions about sourdough starter and bread

My culture is peaking within 2 hours after feeding. More like an hour and a half.
I got some really happy guys, here. :-)
OK, I think I understand.
Thanks,
Rick

Jul 15, 2014
thegrindre in Home Cooking

Questions about sourdough starter and bread

Got another question;
Watched many YouTube vids but never understood when to use it.
After feeding and on it's rise upward or when it's flat and needs feeding???

Thank you,
Rick

Jul 15, 2014
thegrindre in Home Cooking

Questions about sourdough starter and bread

Oh, forgot to say that it's only about 8 days old, now

Jul 15, 2014
thegrindre in Home Cooking

Questions about sourdough starter and bread

Would like to let you all know that I now have a very very happy starter. :-)
It's now been doubling itself in size within a couple hours of feeding for the past couple days.
Although, it doesn't smell sour, it smells sweet and a little bready.
I'm only feeding it once a day but I think I need to start feeding it about every 12 hours, I think. (Twice a day)
I need to keep it strong while it's young.
Waddaya think?

Rick

Jul 14, 2014
thegrindre in Home Cooking

TEA CHAT

It is in my book. :-) And, I've noticed that most others call it Ginger Tea as well. It's made the same way. I brew it in a small two cup tea pot when I want more.
It's just plain good.

Jul 12, 2014
thegrindre in General Topics

Help with real vanilla beans verses extracts

Excellent! I, too, am making extract from all those beans I bought but I've read that the real bean is much more flavorful and tastier then any extract.

I've just made some vanilla ice cream and used the real bean, and let me tell you, it is GOOD.
I guess you could call it, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. :-)

Thanks a bunch,
Rick

Jul 11, 2014
thegrindre in Home Cooking