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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

Gorgeous plate, GHG!

Jul 31, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Newbie here: Collective wisdom re ceramic cooktops

Hi K,

I'm ready to be done with this subject. Other sources mention the bit about no flat bottom not being good on electric. UGA says this "Even if boiling water canning is approved by the manufacturer, it may be necessary to fashion your own canner out of a flat-bottomed stockpot with a bottom rack inserted. Many canners do not have flat enough bottoms to work well on a smooth cooktop to be able to maintain a full boil over the tops of the jars. "
At the end of the day, do what you want with your cooktop :)

Aloha,
G.

Jul 31, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

bottled roasted red peppers

They are great in a spinach quiche.

Jul 31, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

Newbie here: Collective wisdom re ceramic cooktops

if the canner does not have a flat bottom it is not recommended for smooth top electric.
Here is info from UGA. http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/nch...

Jul 31, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

David Sunflower Kernels

Indeed! But, being ConAgra, I'm not sure I believe them ;)

Jul 31, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

An Inconvenient Truth and environmentally friendly food choices

Try The Washington Post. Not hard to find if you look. It's also pretty common knowledge.

Jul 31, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

5 star Cleveland restaurant for bday

You won't be far from Blue Point Grille which does outstanding seafood. A little further is Luca which, being on the Superior Viaduct has outstanding views over the river.
Happy birthday!

Jul 30, 2015
gourmanda in Great Lakes

bottled roasted red peppers

Coll, I freeze roasted red peppers the same way. We find Cubanelles okay but if you ever get your hands on Chervena Chuska plants, I highly recommend!

Jul 30, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

An Inconvenient Truth and environmentally friendly food choices

Bob is a smart guy!

Jul 30, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

An Inconvenient Truth and environmentally friendly food choices

Meat and dairy industry is subsidized by our tax dollars making them seem less expensive relative to fruits and vegetables. We're all paying for them whether or not we choose to consume animal products.

An inconvenient tooth sounds painful.

Newbie here: Collective wisdom re ceramic cooktops

My two cents...I thought you weren't supposed to can on an electric burner because it cycles on and off, unlike a gas burner.

To the OP: there is a bit of a learning curve with electric but after a few uses you should get the hang of it. Pots take a bit longer to heat, you need to turn the heat down farther in advance than what you would for gas, etc. There is a Soft Scrub-like product made specifically for glass cooktops--it will polish it up easily.

Jul 30, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Would you have asked...? Food to be thrown out

Perhaps they were astonished that you had the nerve to bring your own containers. Or perhaps taking food home is frowned upon in Australia. Your hashtag makes no sense as Melbourne is not some backwoods town; it positively dwarfs Vancouver.

David Sunflower Kernels

Surprisingly, I heard back from ConAgra which packages David sunflower products. Here is their answer: "Thank you for your email regarding our DAVID Sunflower Kernels. About 90% of our sunflower crop comes from the "Sunflower Triangle". North Dakota, North-Western Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and the Northern plains of Texas. About 10% come from Canada (just over the border from North Dakota)."

Thanks everyone for your input.

Jul 30, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics
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Canning Question: Is There Any Reason Not To Chill After The Water Bath?

As I understand it, the concern is with the jars sealing tightly. If you were to throw them hot into the refrigerator or water bath the rubber/silicon/whatever on the lid would not cool down properly and would not seal tightly and fully to the jar.

Jul 29, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

David Sunflower Kernels

Does anyone know where they are grown? I find no information on the bag.

TIA

Jul 29, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

Canning Question: Is There Any Reason Not To Chill After The Water Bath?

The directions from Fresh Preserving say to let the jars sit undisturbed at room temperature for 12-24 hours in order for them to fully seal.
"PROCESS jars in the boiling water for the processing time indicated in tested preserving recipe, adjusting for altitude (see altitude chart). When processing time is complete, turn off the heat and remove the canner lid. Allow jars to stand in canner for 5 minutes to get acclimated to the outside temperature.
REMOVE jars from canner and set upright on a towel to prevent jar breakage that can occur from temperature differences. Leave jars undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours. Bands should not be retightened as this may interfere with the sealing process."

Jul 29, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar

Nothing that tastes that bad can be good for you.

Your food world and computers

Sorry, but that error is on you by the very act of assuming. The agent has responsibility to book as directed, *if* your instructions were clear. You also have a responsibility to review subsequent confirmations and report errors immediately.

The Art of Eating Snack Foods

The uncracked ones go to the dog.

Jul 27, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

The Art of Eating Snack Foods

You're the sort to bite the ears off of chocolate rabbits ;)

Jul 27, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

Your food world and computers

Did you not get a confirmation/itinerary?

Jul 27, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

Clevelanders: Where do you buy your meat?

Try one of the North Union Farmers Markets for Tea Hills Farm and Bluebird Meadows. TJs Butcher Block is great but it's in Lakewood so not too convenient for you.

Jul 27, 2015
gourmanda in Great Lakes

What to make out of spinach and broccoli?

Quiche
Broccoli stuffed baked potatoes
Pasta salad
Toasted pita topped with olive oil, fresh spinach, red onion, fresh mozzarella

Jul 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Your photo illustrates, at best, what -one- such operation looks like. It is not indicative of the majority of such operations.

Jul 25, 2015
gourmanda in Food Media & News

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Yes, I know. A lot of people don't and assume that cage-free means the chickens have a lot of freedom and access to the outdoors. I'm merely pointing out it does not. Back off.

Jul 24, 2015
gourmanda in Food Media & News

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Yes, of course they aren't in cages. Some people think cage-free means they are allowed to freely run around outdoors and are treated well. It doesn't mean they have access to outside, or that they have oodles of room to walk around or that beak cutting isn't done.

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

I just pickled 20 pounds of kirby cukes. Sheesh! That was a lot of work but now I have pickles to give as gifts :) BTW Duffy, that Breville machine made it sooo much easier as I could slice about 5-6 at a time.

Jul 24, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Just so no one is mistaken, cage-free is meaningless when it comes to describing how hens are raised on corporate farms.

Eating Corn On The Cob--What's Your Style???

Steamed...husked if on the stovetop or microwaved in the husk, just til warm. End broken off if necessary to fit in the stockpot or mw. It's become so sweet that butter is no longer necessary, just salt. Left to right, down the cob with a little left on the tip.
Leftover corn? As elusive as leftover wine and unicorns.

Jul 24, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Stocks (meat and vegetable) are easy, largely hands off cooking, you can make large quantities at once and then freeze in portions (2-4 cups). They can be made from meat or vegetable scraps (save trimmings as you go) to save money. You then have the base for a quick, easy homemade soup or stew. Cooked dried beans are less expensive, healthier and freeze well. If local tomatoes are in season freeze now: whole and in sauces. We have a local food stand that offers weekly produce specials if you buy in bulk. When I see a deal I buy, blanch and freeze- it's worth investigating to see if you have one nearby. You have a lot of good suggestions in this thread, good luck!
ETA: skip the fast food and instead of going out once a week, order in from a nice place and save the cost of drinks/wine and tip.