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What is this utensil? Pics included.

about 22 hours ago
ferret in Cookware

Anyone thought about selling their homemade dishes or pastry? Does it need any license?

Surprisingly reasonable, here's one example:

http://kitchenchicago.com/kitchen/rates

Is it healthier to eat red meat in moneration or avoid it?

Thanks for the gibberish. You're missing the point. Calories are a small piece of the story, it's QUALITY of calories. You need a balanced diet. Fruit is a small part of that and it's no substitute for meat proteins, so it's silly to say "fruit is cheaper than meat, so eat fruit." You can get protein from lots of non-meat sources but you seem to have a very limited understanding of nutrition.

1 day ago
ferret in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Is it healthier to eat red meat in moneration or avoid it?

No sh!t.

Anyone thought about selling their homemade dishes or pastry? Does it need any license?

Once again - check with your locality. If I had to guess then, yes, you will need not only a license but you will have to prepare it in a certified/licensed kitchen. You will need insurance and I'd also suggest setting up a business to insulate yourself from personal liability.

When the other posters say every place is different they mean it.

2 days ago
ferret in Not About Food
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Paris with picky teenagers, help needed

Tell them there's no better time or place to reinvent themselves. They'll have better stories to tell as adventurous world eaters than about the time they stood in line at Subway in Paris (and I'm not referring to the Metro).

2 days ago
ferret in France

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

If only.

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in General Topics
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Fresh Mozzarella

This company sells a number of different ones and have a repackaging certification from Wisconsin-K (on the CRC's list). They also indicate the underlying certifications:

http://www.thecheesemaker.com/categor...

http://www.thecheesemaker.com/content...

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in Kosher

Fresh Mozzarella

Pretty much. It's a fun project, especially if you have little kids.

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in Kosher

Fresh Mozzarella

I don't have issues with buying the repackaged OU vegetable rennet (not expecting anyone to follow my lead). The "recipe" is easy and this website makes it easy to follow the steps.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in Kosher

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I'm all for the entrepreneurial spirit but there is a lot of the "let's use the Uber/AirBnB/etc to do xxxx" going around. Latching onto a working concept seems to work for many, but entering an entirely new space means encountering an entirely new regulatory environment, not to mention an untested business model. The OP's idea, while ambitious, doesn't really work around the logistics of the concept. Uber works because it simplifies the taxi model. AirBnb works because it provides an inexpensive alternative to hotel stays. Eating someone else's home cooking works if it's convenient, but it's such a small transaction that it doesn't lend itself to becoming a business. Would I pay $10 for a neighbor across the street? Maybe. Would I pay $10 to go 10-15 minutes out of my way to pick up a meal that I may or may not enjoy as much as the one from the 20-100 restaurants I'll pass along the way? Not likely.

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in Not About Food

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

There is no wrong way or wrong time to eat an egg. A runny yolk is a wonderful thing.

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in General Topics
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Fresh Mozzarella

Not the answer you want but it's very easy to make, and so much better.

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in Kosher

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

Church pot luck:casserole. Not as funny to say god hates home canning, nor is it likely accurate. I see home canning as a god-approved practice.

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in Food Media & News

Is it healthier to eat red meat in moneration or avoid it?

Is this supposed to be a complete thought? I'm missing something.

1. Calories are a measurement of heat.

2. Nutritional labels on food shouldn't be trusted.

Where is the connection and why?

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in Vegetarian & Vegan

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Why? Because it's delicious.

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in General Topics
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Reviews of 36" Thermadore all Gas range

I don't mean to suggest that this is a problem with all their appliances but I have a Thermador double-oven with self-clean and find that feature to be problematic. The first time I used self-clean on the top oven the entire unit failed (couldn't get either oven to work). After doing a lot of digging I learned that vaporized particles of whatever was in the oven can be deposited in the probe port causing a failure error. After many panicky hours of trying to dry out the port and digging in there with q-tips I managed to get it working. I certainly hope they've figured this out in the new models, but it's a huge issue with mine.

Apr 24, 2015
ferret in Cookware

Is it healthier to eat red meat in moneration or avoid it?

No idea if you're messing with us or just clueless, but there is a point to measuring nutritional content. Your body needs more than oranges or bananas to live on. You also need high quality protein. You will not get that from fruit alone and if you're comparing meat to fruit (which you clearly were in your rambling post above) then you need to compare their nutritional content. So, for example, if bananas have 1.3g protein/100g and meat has 14g/100g then you need more than 1000g bananas to compare "apples to apples" on protein.

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

One other thing. Even if it were true, so what? This moron adds some nonsense:

"f you know even a little bit about chemistry, you’ll probably remember that heat and pressure alter the chemical structure of molecules."

How do you then draw any conclusion from that statement? Salt is a mineral. It's inorganic. Even if you heat it to 1,200 degrees, it stays salt. There's no alteration of chemical structure.

It's stringing together words with specific meanings into statements that have no meaning. Like beat poetry in reverse.

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in General Topics

Is it healthier to eat red meat in moneration or avoid it?

As to your last point (the only one that sounds sensible, until you really think about it) your math is off:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in Vegetarian & Vegan

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

This is insanity masquerading as - I don't even know. Any moron can have a blog and this one is ahead of the bell curve on stupidity.

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in General Topics

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

I said it before and this proves it, god hates casseroles.

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Some other poster chimed in late in the discussion on this thread advertising his online site (same idea different location) but it was pulled because he was just trying to plug the site. His site was up briefly but has been dormant for a few months now, so I suspect he ran into the realities of legal complications.

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in Not About Food

Passover 2015 Hotel Reviews

I know you keep angling for an "affordable, no-frills" option but the reality is that these things take a lot of work and planning regardless of how fancy (or plain) the food and amenities (I have a good friend who runs a program and the planning for the next Pesach starts almost before the current Pesach ends). It's simply not worth anyone's while to develop a program that runs on narrow margins and low costs. You may be fine with corners being cut but the next person may have unrealistic expectations even at a reduced cost. There's no one-size-fits-all solution for a bare-bones program.

Your better bet would be to rent a large house and split the responsibilities among those attending so that no person is overburdened (and start planning NOW). We did this on a non-Pesach basis, meeting family from all over in a seven-bedroom house. No person was involved in more than one meal a day so there was time for lounging and socializing and with everyone sharing in cleanup we were done in no time.

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in Kosher

Anyone thought about selling their homemade dishes or pastry? Does it need any license?

It's not just that they won't cover you, they may drop your coverage entirely for violating the terms of your agreement.

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in Not About Food

"Simplest" Commercially Available Bread Roll or Muffin?

A ciabatta is made with olive oil.

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in General Topics

The Evolution of Pizza

"Pizza fritta" (fried pizza) is just a Neapolitan variant, it's not the "Lucy" of pizzas. There are numerous local variations on pizza in Italy (as in the rest of the world).

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in General Topics

Anyone thought about selling their homemade dishes or pastry? Does it need any license?

Laws vary from city to city, county to county and state to state. What's appropriate in one area may not be in another area. Sometimes (and this may shock some) people act in a manner inconsistent with the law - intentionally or unintentionally. So this is not a situation where you can assume you can do something just because you see someone else doing it. They may have the appropriate licenses and insurance or they may be "doing it until they get caught." You have no way of knowing.

If you cook something in your home and sell it for profit then you run the following risks:

-Violating the law if your area has laws restricting such activity.

-Putting yourself at risk of litigation if someone gets sick, or claims that they got sick, from your food.

-Risking your ability to get insurance if you're conducting activity that violates your policy.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

Apr 23, 2015
ferret in Not About Food

New Mariano's in Skokie

I haven't read anything that suggests they aren't prepared. Cut them a little slack, you have more choices today than you had a couple of days ago, where's the downside in that?

Apr 22, 2015
ferret in Kosher

New Mariano's in Skokie

Mariano's is still in "beta" mode; just about everything they do is new for them and they learn from it. This is their first test of their model applying a Kosher slant. They'll make adjustments as the market demands it. If you recall, the "Kosher"Jewel in it's first iteration wasn't nearly what it is today.

Apr 22, 2015
ferret in Kosher