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Healthy boba?

Feb 06, 2014
rockfish42 in Los Angeles Area

Should I have a wok for stir frying ?

There is a difference, get a wok. Here's a great tutorial series on the subject
Also, I've found Grace Young's books very helpful for home wok cooking.

Feb 03, 2014
rockfish42 in Home Cooking

Fissler Pressure Cooker

At the suggestion of Fissler USA's phone support I tried just 3 cups of water and still couldn't get the indicator to rise or the euromatic valve to shut.

I've been following the manual's directions of an appropriately sized burner, having the handle in the pressure position and using the highest heat setting that keeps the flame under the pot until pressure has been reached. My higher BTU burner gets steam coming out rapidly in ~3 minutes or so but the valve never closes to retain the pressure. Hopefully they'll be able to send me a replacement part.

Dec 12, 2012
rockfish42 in Cookware

Fissler Pressure Cooker

I just bought a Fissler pressure cooker and attempted to test it according to the manual directions. I filled it half full of water and brought that to a boil, attached the lid and then waited for the automatic valve to close.....and waited...and waited. Just to see if I was crazy I ran a timer and after 10 minutes it still hadn't reached the first pressure level. I checked the valves for adequate movement, removed and reset the gasket etc. Am I not waiting long enough or does this sound like one of the valves is defective?

Dec 11, 2012
rockfish42 in Cookware

Great places near San Jose Convention Center?

Henry's Hi-Life, well priced steak and salad sort of place. I second Trial's pub, if you're into beer they've got great stuff on cask and decent pub grub. Teske's Germania on North 1st is fun if you enjoy German food/beer. There are some decent Japanese and Indian places thrown around, not really downtown though. House of Siam is good for affordable Thai. Sadly my favorite place in the area closed their SJ localtion.

Does a Smoke Ring Always Equal Good BBQ?

They misquoted him Champ.

Nov 04, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Knife Fight: Carbon Steel vs. Stainless

If you're going for the clad route, try a knife first as for some people it feels jarring to cut with.

Oct 07, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Esther's Pretzel Buns Rule

I used to work nearby, their pastries are great. The breads are somewhat mediocre and have a tendency to be stale if you come later in the day. I suspect they're not using a preferment or retarding the dough. Awesome German food and they have decent coffee as well.

Sep 26, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Behind the Recipe: The Spread of Speculoos

It's great on Liège waffles if you're feeling particularly gluttonous.

Jun 19, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

pesto bliss (per the nyt)

Saveur had an excellent article on pesto last summer, until I followed their growing directions I could never get close to the same taste as what I had eaten in Genoa.

Jun 08, 2012
rockfish42 in Home Cooking

The End of "Ethnic"

This is a blatant attempt to spur controversy and thus generate pageviews, move along, nothing to see here.

Jun 05, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

3-Ingredient Patio Cocktails

The julep needs to have some form of sugar in it

May 29, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

Anybody else want to play logical fallacy bingo with this article?

May 10, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Will Gruit Enhance Your Sex Life?

No, and no
Then again style guidelines have very little to do with a great many beers.

May 06, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Will This Vegan Book Kill Your Kids?

Only if you throw it really hard *rimshot*

Apr 21, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Brewpub Bracket: Deadhead vs. Duuuuude

Magnolia isn't quite as deadhead as it used to be, the menu was reworked and prices doubled. They painted over their awesome mural, I love most of their beer unless any particular batch had a diacetyl problem. Also service can be spotty. I'd much rather go to the Toronado and bring some food in from Memphis Minnie's or Rosamunde's.

Apr 20, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Denny's Stealth Ad Campaign Rolls On

Now if they only served something I would recognize as food.

Apr 12, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Date Night - Classic California Cuisine?

Seconding Zuni Cafe.

Terrior and beer

We had a bar/pub/tavern culture here, prohibition sort of murdered it.

Mar 16, 2012
rockfish42 in Beer

Terrior and beer

That's a good comparison since craft beer in the US was 4.3% by volume and 6.9% by dollars in 2010 according to these guys

Mar 14, 2012
rockfish42 in Beer

Obstler / fruit brandy / schnaps in the United States???

St. George Spirits out of Alameda, CA makes some exceptional eau-de-vie

Mar 09, 2012
rockfish42 in Spirits

Are Manners Getting Worse?

"I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on
frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond
words... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and
respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise
[disrespectful] and impatient of restraint"

Hesiod, 8th century BC
"What is happening to our young
people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They
ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions.
Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"

Plato, 5th-4th century BC

Mar 08, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Do Food Freaks Have Pickier Kids?

A)Liver and oily fish are extremely nutritious.
B)Where is the salt coming from? Not that salt is actually bad for 99% of the population with functioning kidneys, at the level you'd use it at home.
C)Kids will eat what's given to them, do you think children in India or China are turning down their noses at curries or organ meats?

Mar 06, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Do Food Freaks Have Pickier Kids?

@Pagan I realize that large swathes of the country don't have adventuresome palates. I'm just poking fun at the idea that something like sardines are "Adult" food according to the post. I grew up in a family that would look at you like you were a space alien if you disdained almost any food. I was scarfing entire artichokes and blue cheese as a 2 year old, so I'm mostly just confused about pickiness in children. I've managed to get my wife to branch out into eating everything but some of the weirder offal, liver is ok, tendon or tripe is not.

Mar 02, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Do Food Freaks Have Pickier Kids?

Yeah those damn French and British people with their weird livers and fish and stuff....

Mar 01, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Beer Pints Are Just Too Big

Most bar "pint" glasses are actually 12 oz.
The idea of the tongue having different areas for different tastes is debunked.
If the standard pint glass is too large, then the standard wine glass and cocktail are both too large as well...

Feb 29, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Apple Brown Betty, a Race-Based Dessert

Oh my god! People were racist in 1901 in the South?

Feb 23, 2012
rockfish42 in Features

Terrior and beer

That had more to do with the fact that the UK was drinking more beer than their output of raw materials could support. I've seen recipes with Czech hops and American Malt for producing what could only be called an English beer.
There's a great blog on historical brewing called Shut Up About Barclay Perkins.

Feb 16, 2012
rockfish42 in Beer

Terrior and beer

Sadly Rogue's hopyard and barley growing operation were severely flooded this year.

Feb 16, 2012
rockfish42 in Beer

Terrior and beer

Historically you had to use what water was available. the reason Ireland is famous for stouts is that Dublin has hard water. The reason Burton on Trent was famous for IPA is that the sulfate content was quite high. Munich is suited to amber beers because of a moderate carbonate content, hence marzen, Pilsen has very soft water which allows for a very pale beer.
Beers were made to match the water characteristics of the area, the Trappist breweries have dramatically differing water profiles and it shows up in the variety of different interpretations of say dubbels that they produce.

Feb 15, 2012
rockfish42 in Beer