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If you could have only 1 knife...?

I love my Dexter Chinese cleaver. i gave one to my older brother 25+ years ago and it is still his go-to blade.

I also use and like Dexter's chef's knives. The one witht eh big white sani-safe handle has always done right by me.

Apr 17, 2014
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Commercial Spice Rubs

I have had pretty good success with Penzey's overall, and some with Paul Prudhomme (except his BBQ rub).

A very good rub for beef is Stubbs' coffee/molasses.

From Texas, I like The Ironworks rub (despite its having liquid smoke as an ingredient).

Peace, love, and BBQ has a few good recipes.

Apr 16, 2014
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Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

we use them for what we call "chemiocals" (detergents, window cleaners, etc), some processed items (yogurt is AWLAYS on sale).

We also pay close attention to local supermarlets, like Fresh Market, when they run specials on meat. Bought a freezer so we can buy in bulk.

Apr 16, 2014
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Commercial Spice Rubs

I second PP's spices. Always good stuff.

Apr 15, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

What are the recipes that pique your interest?

Apr 09, 2014
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Mama Nora's Peruvian chicken opening in Cary. Anybody been?

That si what i get for not reading the sign carefully. Thanks.

Apr 08, 2014
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Mama Nora's Peruvian chicken opening in Cary. Anybody been?

Just saw it the other day. According to their website, this would be the third location.

Apr 08, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

let me know how you like Treme. Very curious.

Apr 08, 2014
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Favorite Seasoning/Spice Blends

I love his Steak Blackening Spice.Salmon Magic is wonderful as well.

Apr 04, 2014
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Favorite Seasoning/Spice Blends

Thanks for the lesson in pronunciation! I always wondered about that.

I add it to chicken noodle soup. It is also a very good rub for ribs.

Apr 04, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

I have a couple of beef books. I like John Torode's, and I also have Lobel's. I think I like the Lobel's one just a bit more.
If you are itnerestd in butchery type boooks, I think River Cottage has a GREAT meat book.

Apr 03, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

It is a GREAT book. I enjoy my copy very much. I bet you will, too.

Apr 02, 2014
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Chinese cookbooks beyond Every Grain of Rice

Shun lee is good.
Bear and Fish Family. Very good. Very different. Nice pictures, too.
Blue Eyed Dragon (australian).

Apr 02, 2014
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Can I love this knife?

I think Dexter still makes that design (scimitar). I used to work in a butcher shop and we had one there. it definitely has its uses (I I liked it for shallow, long, wide cuts -think taking fat of primal cuts of beef). I have seen tohrs use it for slicing cooked roast beef. It DOES look cool.

Which Sabatier is it? I think thye made a numebr of lines (or had licensees).

Mar 27, 2014
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Betel in Morrisville. Anybody been?

Looks to have opened recently. In the same complex as Starbucks off Davis.

Mar 21, 2014
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"off the beaten track" chefs and restaurants cookbooks

The Mist Grill. Out of print cookbook for a place in VT. GREAT maple roasted chicken
Soul Cafe. From NZ. Unusual in that it has a section dedicated to foreign guest chefs.
Rockpool by Neill Perry. Innovative Asian/fusion from Down Under.
I hear only good things about Matt moran's books (also Australian).

Mar 21, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Yep. Those are the best ones. Lots of sour cream, as I recall.

Mar 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

I had great success with her earlier book. Much less with China Moon.
I keep plugging Bear and Fish Family asa cool modern take on Chinese, but it gets no traction.
If you lied Chinese food in Taiwan, try Blue Eyed Dragon (http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Eye-Dragon...) (Australian cookbook). Close as I have ever had to great Taiwanese cooking.

Mar 17, 2014
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If I could only keep the cookbooks of one author/chef/cook that author would be:

Interesting choices. Jeff likely introduced a generation to cooking. Katzen's Sundays at moosewood is great. The other Moosewood books seem less great.

Mar 11, 2014
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If I could only keep the cookbooks of one author/chef/cook that author would be:

Nice call. CI gets slammed all the time here, but...his Yellow Farmhouse is a GREAT book.

Mar 11, 2014
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If I could only keep the cookbooks of one author/chef/cook that author would be:

I second Nigel. Great mix of recipes. All makeable. Also might be the best writer going in the cooking world.

Maybe Michael Romano.

Mar 11, 2014
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City BBQ in Cary?

IMHO, brisket is so hard to get right. A few places in TX can do it (all in Lockhart area). I don't know quite why it is so difficult. it just is.
Locally, I love smokey's over in morrisville, but event ehre, the brisket is not quite as tender as it might be. Their pork however...awesome.

Mar 04, 2014
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City BBQ in Cary?

Anyone else seent he BBQ place fgoing in over by Trader Joe's? Any idea who it is?

Matt

Mar 03, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Some other good Chinese books:

1. Barbara Tropp's first book (skip the China Moon Cafe one unless you LOVE making infusions...and infusions...followed by...more infusions)
2. Steamy Kitchen. More pan-Asian than anything else, but a good intro
3. Shun Lee: A classic.
4. Blue Ginger - a cool book out of Australia. Very good. And tot he delight of my HsinCh-born wife "really Taiwanese"
5. Occidental Yourist. Not authentic exactly, but completely genius. Besty if you already have some cooking chops.
6. I have tried and failed to like either of Patrricia Yeo's book
7. Bill's Asian. Not very Chinese, but great flavours
8. bear and Fish Family. One of the most....eclectic books ever. Written by two Chinese engineers. Very cool, interesting take on cooking. Everything int ehre simply works great. Might be the most imaginative book I own.

Feb 26, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Thee is NOTHING wrong with the Claiborne/lee book. I have made some fine dinners from some of it. Has it aged as well as it might? Maybe...no. BUT the techniques are still valid, and with authentic ingredients getting easier to find, it is still a great book. You have (in my estimation) a real treasure.

Feb 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Have the Italian cookbook and love it. The minestrone is wonderful.

Grew up in central Mass. and it remidns me of going over to my Italian friends' house for dinner.

It has a lot of great weeknight or "We'll put soemthing together afterr Saturday shopping' recipes in it

Feb 24, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I got it for Christmas and like it very much.

I also have his other two Union Square books.

Feb 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Why do you find Balaboosta a dud?

Feb 19, 2014
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Lou Reda in Rocky Mount: Any experiences?

I got a discount coupon and was wondering if it was worth the trip.

Feb 11, 2014
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Charlotte's Cowfish coming to Raleigh

Thanks. That was very...vivid :)

Feb 10, 2014
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