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Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I was only answering the question, "Why would you need a middleman?" Not sure why you and ferret felt the need to mention, once again, the many legal issues that have already been addressed that make this idea, at this time, all but impossible.

jb

Mar 25, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

To get access to customers beyond your circle of friends or near by neighbors.

jb

Mar 24, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Braised beef short ribs, what can be done the day ahead?

Rolled with the punches and it was delicious once again. Melt in your mouth tender and the sauce? That is the killer in this style of cooking for me.

I ran across this recipe somewhere on the web and can't recall now so not able to properly attribute. The only differences in this than other recipes is using shallots, leaving them cut in 1 inch pieces, and after sautéing them for a while you add some butter and a bit of flour. After cooking down the flour you add the wine, cook it till it thickens then add the ribs, Add enough chicken stock to almost cover. Bring the heat up and pop it in the oven.

The original recipe called for mushrooms, but since I'm not a mushroom fan I've found that red cabbage makes a good substitute.

It is always full bodied and delicious. I have to say that since this meal is so satisfying I have a hard time believing it would be that much better the next day. One of these days I'll get it together and cook it the day ahead and find out for myself. :o)

jb

Mar 15, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Home Cooking
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Braised beef short ribs, what can be done the day ahead?

Well I had decided to do it all the day before, but had just finished browning the ribs when I realized I didn't have any chicken stock. I could have just done it with water, but I've made it with this particular recipe and really like the way it comes out and I didn't have time to go back to the store. I wrapped the browned ribs in foil and put them in the fridge along with the pan with the brown bits on the bottom. I'll be finishing the dish in a few hours for tonight's dinner. Oh well, best laid plans. Thanks for all the suggestions.

jb

Mar 14, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Home Cooking
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Braised beef short ribs, what can be done the day ahead?

I'm sure it is a good idea. Everyone loves food the next day.

jb

Mar 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Home Cooking

Braised beef short ribs, what can be done the day ahead?

I don't usually defat braises unless they are particularly fatty and it's very noticeable. I will sometimes scoop some out with a large spoon. What am I missing?

Thanks,
jb

Mar 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Home Cooking

Braised beef short ribs, what can be done the day ahead?

On second thought I think I won't cook it all the day ahead. I love the smell of the braise cooking. I think it adds to the anticipation of dinner.

Thanks,
jb

Mar 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Home Cooking

Braised beef short ribs, what can be done the day ahead?

Fully cook the day ahead? I can see that. What reheat method? In the oven? At what temp and for approximately how long?

Thanks,
jb

Mar 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Home Cooking

Braised beef short ribs, what can be done the day ahead?

I think I can do the browning, though I wonder what to do with the pan? Put it in the fridge? I don't want to lose those tasty brown bits on the bottom.

Thanks,
jb

Mar 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Home Cooking

The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

That is a great link. I have several family members that have thrown away their microwaves because it destroys the nutrient value of the food. Sigh.

jb

Local source for Duroc/Berkshire cross pigs

I recently ordered some Duroc/Berkshire cross spare ribs and it was the best pork I've ever eaten. They came from Paradise Locker meats in Missouri. The list price was $3.99 per/lb, but with shipping it bumps up to $8.30. Would love to find a local source to bring that price down.

Thanks,
jb

Paradise Locker Meats

Throw it away? Do you think I'm crazy because I paid $830 a pound? :o) Cooked it all. I just prefer them separated for cooking and eating. If you do comps they are also easier to fit in the box.

All of it was delicious.

jv

Paradise Locker Meats

Cooked one of the slabs last night and they were fantastic. Fattier and more tender and tasty than anything I've bought locally. These are Duroc/Berkshire crosses. Once I got it out of the package and trimmed to a St Louis style rib they had plenty of ribs and were very meaty. If I do another BBQ competition I would definitely order these again. At $8.30 cents a pound (the cost after adding shipping) they are a bit expensive for everyday use, but boy were they good.

jb

Paradise Locker Meats

Yes. They arrived yesterday. They look good, though not as may bones as I would have liked. I'll cook one up soon and see how they taste.

jb

Paradise Locker Meats

I just ordered 5 spare ribs from them. They get good reviews around the web. Anyone here try their meats?

jb

Why are sticks of butter long and skinny in the East, but short and fat in the West?

I see both all the time.

West Coaster here.
jb

The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

Article says that beaver butt juice has been used for 2000 years. I'd like to know who first thought of putting it in their mouths. To be clear, not grossed out by this, just curious. :)

jb

On Being a Chef, Nobody Gets Out Alive

Bourdain offers the same warning. As a young man I wanted to be an actor, not famous, just a working actor. Post college I pursued it for 6 more years. At that point I realized that to become a working actor I would need to travel around the country and I am not built for that kind of life. On top of that my last working role was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life. It just wasn't worth it to make $150 a week. Getting Zackly's advice at the beginning would not have dissuaded me from trying. I was in love with the theater. I still am, but made the choice to do something that paid better and was more 9-5. I have more cash and leisure time, but my job can be pretty boring. There are definitely trade offs both ways.

jb

We've all hit the Pyrex ceiling

Truly wasn't asking to question the validity of the statement. I'm a home cook and don't often get to experiment too much as there are only two mouths to feed in our house. I can understand all of those points. I always use unsalted table butter and do the equal parts ratio, but can easily see that the solids and water could mess with the ratio of fat to flour. Butter is not cheap and clarified butter whether made or bought is even more expensive. I'm not saying Auguste's ratio isn't better, but it would need to be much better to warrant the extra expense for the average home cook. Maybe some day I'll have to bite the bullet and try both in a side by side.

Thanks,
jb

Feb 19, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics
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Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

If my guess is correct it's not about establishing a middleman for neighbors you know and trust and would invite to your backyard bbq, it's about establishing that kind of trust with local cooks that you don't know. Otherwise I agree that bluesky1212 is nto offering anything.

jb

Feb 19, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

We've all hit the Pyrex ceiling

What is the difference between a roux that is 6 parts flour and 5 parts clarified butter and one using table butter with equal parts?

jb

Feb 18, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I think maybe English is not bluesky1212's first language. My apologies if I'm wrong, but that is some odd phrasing about friends. I think they may be trying to say that before people would be willing to buy from a neighbor they need to trust them like a friend, not actually be friends.

jb

Feb 18, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I haven't, and honestly it doesn't sound like a fun experiment.

jb

Feb 18, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Fun facts about Ketchup, Mustard and Mayo

Same here. I prefer the ones with fewer ingredients generally.

jb

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I'm sure there isn't a single cuisine that I completely hate, but if the food contains a combination Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom it will make me ill. Literally. half an hour after eating, for example Chicken Tikka Masala, I get nauseous. Have tried a on a few occasions and it happens every time. I get the same thing with some Thai food, though I'm not sure of their names or exactly what was in them. I have always guessed it was Ginger that may be at the root of these symptoms.

I made a Morrocan Tagine that had all of the three ingredients from above and the same thing.

So not a whole cuisine, but I am averse to certain spice combinations.

jb

Feb 18, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Yeah, I wondered about that, but hey it's free and if taken with the proper amount of salt it might be of some value.

jb

Feb 13, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

I like this idea. I remember the Thanksgiving challenge pitting Emeril against Colicchio.

I wouldn't want too much input or control from the mentors as the contestants have to be able to fly on their own as well.

jb

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Certainly not due diligence on legal issues, but not a terrible place to do some market research.

jb

Feb 13, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

With all of us. We are cooks, consumers, some professionals and others just have plain good sense. Bluesky1212 has already received enough information to make a decision on whether this is worth spending money on and they haven't spent a dime. How is that not worthwhile?

I truly fail to understand how you see this as a waste of time.

jb

Feb 13, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

They would have to offer greater variety or better food and not compete on price. Though in this scenario the home cook would be setting the price and paying a fee to the website.

jb

Feb 12, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food