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Need a book recommendation for a young baker ASAP!

The version sold in the US uses US standard measures (not that learning metric conversions would be a bad thing for an 11 year old).

1 day ago
ferret in Not About Food

Regarding career choice

I know NOTHING about this site, just using it as an example of what's out there, but it has numerous listings for either work/stay programs or programs at a minimal cost where you can spend a few days or weeks or longer on farms or ranches and get a first-hand look at the lifestyle and possibly get some valuable information in the process. This is geared toward English-speakers but there are likely better sites out there:

http://www.helpx.net/hostlist.asp?pag...

2 days ago
ferret in Not About Food

Regarding career choice

Find a farmer who shares your passion and spend a summer interning. Where do you live in Mexico?

2 days ago
ferret in Not About Food

Fancy Bloody Marys

Pretty much to taste. I love blue cheese so I'm not happy until there are lots of visible bits suspended in the liquid. I've never actually measured how much is added.

2 days ago
ferret in Spirits
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Fancy Bloody Marys

It says "powdered horseradish" right on the label. They add mustard and coloring but it's horseradish - which does taste different depending on how it's prepared. Even the heat intensity varies by preparation.

2 days ago
ferret in Spirits

Fancy Bloody Marys

Blue cheese blended into the bloody mary itself is surprisingly good.

2 days ago
ferret in Spirits

Need a book recommendation for a young baker ASAP!

And as a general FYI, you can throw a dart at any of Phaidon's cookbook selections and hit a home run. They have an awesome catalog.

http://www.phaidon.com/store/food-cook/

2 days ago
ferret in Not About Food

Need a book recommendation for a young baker ASAP!

Easy, this one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0714...

Look at the sample pages. Very easy to learn from. Photos are step-by-step.

She also has a cookbook in the same format.

2 days ago
ferret in Not About Food

What to serve for a Bar Mitzvah Kiddush Lunch? My son is GF so I need some things he can eat. On the Cheap,please.

You won't find a lower price on parchment paper than at Costco.

2 days ago
ferret in Kosher

cheese making

What kind of cheese are you trying to make?

2 days ago
ferret in Home Cooking

What to serve for a Bar Mitzvah Kiddush Lunch? My son is GF so I need some things he can eat. On the Cheap,please.

It is. It's not fine dining but it's chain-store quality ingredients in bulk packaging at very good prices. The box-o-hardboiled-eggs has about 100 eggs for ~$24 versus $3 or so for 6 from the chains.

Dec 19, 2014
ferret in Kosher

What to serve for a Bar Mitzvah Kiddush Lunch? My son is GF so I need some things he can eat. On the Cheap,please.

If you have a GFS nearby (food service supply with no membership) they sell 10-lb boxes of boiled/peeled eggs at a very good price. They also sell other items in bulk and they have "Kosher" tags prominently displayed on all the shelf tags for their many OU items (at least the one near me does it).
In my area it's a kiddish supply store (bulk plastic shot glasses, serving pieces, paper goods, etc. at unbeatable prices).

Dec 19, 2014
ferret in Kosher

What to serve for a Bar Mitzvah Kiddush Lunch? My son is GF so I need some things he can eat. On the Cheap,please.

Not a bad idea. You could also do it in a baking dish with a ratatouille on top. Or even something with a little Moroccan flair (cumin/ginger/coriander/cinnamon)?

Dec 18, 2014
ferret in Kosher

Sous vide steak safety?

Polyscience recommends a 60-second dip in boiling water to kill surface bacteria.

Dec 18, 2014
ferret in Home Cooking

Pasta to cooking water ratio

As there is no standard measurement called "one stock pot" but assuming it's at least 10-12 quarts (for the 2 lbs of dry) it should not be a problem.

Dec 18, 2014
ferret in Home Cooking

What to serve for a Bar Mitzvah Kiddush Lunch? My son is GF so I need some things he can eat. On the Cheap,please.

I'm not sure this is the right crowd, and it's probably not a dish on its own, but firm polenta squares or rounds make a nice GF substitute for kishke with cholent.

Dec 18, 2014
ferret in Kosher

Starbucks crumb topped coffee cake - what happened???

Back when Starbucks sourced baked goods locally there were some real treats to be found, but they fell victim to their own success and got too big to deal with so many small local establishments.

Dec 18, 2014
ferret in Chains

McDonald's Burgers Ranked Worst in the U.S. - Cutting Menu Items

Perhaps it's the iconic nature of McDonald's that doesn't offend me in France, but I weep inside when I see people lined up at Subway there. Something about the yin/yang of the best and worst examples of bread that really throws me.

Dec 18, 2014
ferret in Chains

Homemade Hummus

Not an enormous difference. Pretty safe bet that only you will notice.

Dec 17, 2014
ferret in Vegetarian & Vegan

Ok, sure, you don't *need* fancy equipment...

While not directly addressing the OP, I sold/designed custom kitchens many years ago and witnessed this in other ways. We would give people a rough guideline to what they should expect to spend (and these were expensive kitchens in higher-end homes). As the most expensive room in any home (filled with appliances, cabinetry and custom finishes) they should expect to price it in a range appropriate to the house. Spend less and a prospective buyer may see it as devaluing the home; spend more and don't expect a buyer to appreciate the extra expenditure, but it may give you pleasure in the long run. So there's value to people in "overspending" even if it doesn't show up on the plate.

Dec 17, 2014
ferret in Cookware

non traditional latkes

I have yet to try this latke idea, but it's going to happen before Hanukkah is over.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/0...

Dec 16, 2014
ferret in Kosher

non traditional latkes

My mother - not typically an experimenter - did zucchini/carrot in addition to potato (sometimes all three combined). Rule #1 of latkes is "there are no rules".

Potatoes were cheap and plentiful and easily stored throughout the winter. If our shtetl-dwelling ancestors had a mega-mart nearby, odds are we would have had more varied choices.

Dec 16, 2014
ferret in Kosher
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A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

HP is a staple in the UK, commonly found in the British foods section in larger US grocery stores (usually near the spotted dick).

credit and debit charges

I have a relative who owned a small candy store. She had no leverage with Amex and they charged her a fee per transaction plus a percentage. Her average transaction was low so she got a fairly big hit every time someone used Amex, so she had to introduce minimum transaction requirements for Amex - which pissed off customers.

Dec 15, 2014
ferret in Not About Food

Under Cabinet Range Hood Recommendations

Costco has some good options:

http://www.costco.com/Ancona-Chef-Und...

Dec 15, 2014
ferret in Cookware

Do you really like the look of stainless steel appliances?

It's also considered "modern." No sense getting flustered by a first time poster who felt a need to chime in on a thread that's been dormant for 4 years.

Stainless is an element in a kitchen, the overall look of which is dictated by the house. It either works, or it doesn't. If it works, it does so because it's well conceived with the overall appearance of the kitchen.

Dec 15, 2014
ferret in Cookware

Shortage of dairy Chanukah coins?

It's pretty good Belgian chocolate (the Costco tin). I believe it's a kilo (2.2lbs).

Dec 15, 2014
ferret in Kosher

Keurig Coffee Maker

As an obvious supporter of Keurig I do hesitate when it comes to cocoa. Coffee brewing makes sense in the machine in that you're forcing the water through the grounds to get a brewed product. With cocoa, you're dissolving a powdered mix. Why not just get a good brand of cocoa and use the Keurig for hot water?

Dec 12, 2014
ferret in Cookware

Please (oh please) review/comment on our hurriedly cobbled list....

There are no vegetarians on vacation (or at least there shouldn't be).

Dec 11, 2014
ferret in France

Please (oh please) review/comment on our hurriedly cobbled list....

I'm with you on the "no-lists" front. I enjoy finding little spots that end up having more meaning to me than someplace that gives me high expectations which are rarely fulfilled. Paris is a town for meandering and discovery.

Dec 11, 2014
ferret in France