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Almond milk is even more of a scam than we thought

It is lower points on Weight Watchers than milk.

What to make out of spinach and broccoli?

Spinach soufflé, perfect with steak and hasbrowns.
For some reason broccoli is just wonderful in a frittata.

Jul 26, 2015
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Summer dinner for colleagues?

I love tossing some julienned jicama into cole slaw.

Jul 26, 2015
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the trivialities of pan seasoning!

I have no recollection how my CI skillet began its seasoning. It was just too long ago. However, in more recent years I have seasoned CS by pouring in a couple of mm of whatever oil was on hand, likely peanut, heating it just barely below smoke point and keep it there about fifteen minutes, draining, and wiping. I try to cook things like bacon or fatty ribeyes for the first few uses. No issues. My CS omelet pan has a sheen like nonstick and has for roughly forty years experienced only butter, eggs, and wiping.

Jul 26, 2015
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What is your perfect breakfast?

I agree with Will Owen that is what I like "then," but most days a taco of black beans, Mexican mashed potatoes, cheese, and Dona sauce from Tacodeli lights me up. I also love the low calorie eggs Benedict I started making when working as a fry cook: poached egg on lightly buttered Englush muffin with a squeeze of lemon and a little salt.

Goat cheese ice cream or milk

Thanks. I think I will give it a shot without the thickener. I am thinking blackberries. There's a place near my office that makes goat cheese gelato with cherries. It is really good.

Jul 25, 2015
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Goat cheese ice cream or milk

I don't find goat milk to have the strong tart taste I get from a Chèvre but I may try it.

Jul 25, 2015
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Summer dinner for colleagues?

Ribs are probably less last minute fussing than most options. I did Aaron Franklin's rib recipe and for the last two hours they were on autopilot. I just pulled them out, rested them, and ate. Total time from building the fire to eating was about six hours.

Goat cheese ice cream or milk

Anyone got a recipe they like for goat cheese vanilla ice cream or ice milk?

Jul 25, 2015
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More Surprisingly Useful Stuff

I use it to steam all manner of things from new potatoes to Brussel sprouts to broccoli, etc. It really is not tippy at all. I used a gift certificate to get it. I'd always admired them but was fine with steaming in other things. The PV, however, brings in the inspiration factor and instead of just steaming something I steam it and toss it in a bowl with a little butter and the herbs of choice.

I'd go broke shipping heavy copper or a duck press from Austin to Seattle! Too bad. I'd love to try some new to me toys.

Jul 25, 2015
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Eating Corn On The Cob--What's Your Style???

I like very quickly heated in boiling water for sweet white corn. For other corn I have a modified take on street corn. I take mayonnaise, sriracha, and lime mixed together and spread it all over the ears which are then tossed on a hot grill, turned to ensure charring on all sides. Fingers only. No holders. Rings gnawed, not rows. Mmmmm

Jul 24, 2015
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What is worth making from scratch to save money?

I think that for optimum bang for the buck this is really a two part issue: making it yourself AND using the ingredients fully. Saving bones and vegetable trimmings is an obvious one. Another not so obvious one to me is that a vast array of leftovers are great in a frittata, seriously. Also using pricy things like nuts, meats, and cheeses as accents rather than as features helps.

Jul 23, 2015
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More Surprisingly Useful Stuff

Using it right now, a pomme vapeur.

Jul 23, 2015
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Is a rectangular baker EVER better than an oval?

if you like crispy corner pieces, yes.

Jul 22, 2015
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What's the flavor difference between lemonade and pink lemonade?

I think I'm going to snag a can of frozen lemonade and make a pitcher of frozen pink lemonade...mmmmmm, may even make some grilled hot dogs!

Jul 22, 2015
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Weeknight workaround: combining Lasagna and Eggplant Parmesan

You get an A+, seriously.

Jul 22, 2015
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Need 28mm copper tin-lined lid with iron handle

Yep, that is why on my larger pans I use cookie sheets for lids!

Jul 22, 2015
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Need 28mm copper tin-lined lid with iron handle

Try French copper studio

Jul 22, 2015
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Do you prefer French Fries with Mayo instead of Ketchup?

Well, if you pick or make the right mayonnaise, sugar is not an issue.
Juice of one lemon, generous pinch of salt, rounded teaspoon of Maille Dijon, two egg yolks from a good local place, and a cup of peanut oil. If you want sugar in your mayonnaise, you don't want mayonnaise. Try Miracle Whip.

Jul 21, 2015
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What's the flavor difference between lemonade and pink lemonade?

In the mid 60s and earlier the most common approach I saw was a splash of maraschino cherry juice or grenadine.

Do you prefer French Fries with Mayo instead of Ketchup?

My preferences are:
Home made mayonnaise, nice and lemony
Brown gravy
Duke's mayonnaise
Mayonnaise based sauces
Malt vinegar
Cholula
Salt
Habanero ketchup
Regular ketchup

Jul 21, 2015
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$500 on the line with a friend in a steak cook off

This is all over my head, but when I think of the perfect steak it is a bone in ribeye done with salt, pepper, and butter medium rare, maybe a little minced shallot.

Weird stuff in your kitchen

Bundtlust, do you have in your rolling pin collection a tutove? I don't but have been on the lookout for one (at a reasonable price...you can google them and sometimes get a lead on one for a price over $200).

Jul 19, 2015
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Anchovies on your pizza?

I am guessing it ties back to the days when pizza was just making it into the USA. In 1960 in Naples when you got pizza on the street it was a square with sauce, cheese, and anchovy. Remember when they called it pizza pie?

Jul 18, 2015
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Different types of vinegar mothers

I have had some success at cross-motherization (cool made up word, huh?). I've used cider mother to start a white wine crock. If you just keep the crock going eventually the small amount of cider gets lost in it. If there is an immutable law I am violating, I'd love to understand it. I have never tried storing mother. It seems to eat all there is to eat, languish, and die; so I keep feeding it and share it.

Jul 17, 2015
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Stainless overrated for home cooking or just for me?

IMO the issue of reactivity with carbon steel pans (or aluminum) is overstated, a lot. Unless you are going to let acidic things just sit in them a long time, I am guessing you will not notice much if any reaction. If you are concerned a wine deglaze will strip your previous seasoning, again, it is not, in my experience, a concern. I find that carbon steel reseasons very quickly and easily. DeBuyer makes a country skillet with high sides that you might like. I have a few CS pans that get deglazed regularly and fry eggs the next day with no problem. I tend to agree with Kaleo that the benefit of SS is that it is a shiny surface one can scour and the benefits of clad cookware are much more present if you skip the cladding.

Jul 17, 2015
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Substitute for cilantro?

Dawn dish soap? Sorry, I couldn't resist. I actually like it. How about celery leaves?

Jul 17, 2015
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Looking for New Kitchen Faucet

Here is a photo of Kingston Brass. It is super heavy, even the sprayer.

Jul 17, 2015
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Looking for New Kitchen Faucet

I recently got a Kingston Brass I like s lot.

Jul 17, 2015
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Seriously awesome food /drink pairings

Bombay martinis and jalapeño potato chips.
Muscadet and oysters on the half shell.
Chocolate milk and a baloney sandwich.

Jul 15, 2015
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