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Making a sauce that call for 1T cream. What can I use instead?

Buy some cream. Freeze the unused portion in an ice cube tray. After freezing, pop out and store in an airtight container in the freezer. Use as needed in the future.

Apr 17, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking
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Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

I prefer to consider my sarcasm as flowing gently, rather than dripping. Dripping is so inelegant, don't you think?

Apr 11, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics
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Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

Gosharooney! They set a price that lets them make a profit!

So, when the local superdupermarket had buy one get two free on laundry detergent, I used a fist full of doubled coupons and got them all for almost nothing.

All's fair in love, war, and marketing.

Apr 10, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

Tomatoes 2014

I'm trying Burpee's Brandy Boy this year. I love the superb flavor of Brandywine, but I'm tired of the minuscule yield and its disease sensitivity.

Apr 06, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Gardening
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Microwaves Are Essential for Things We Don't Need Them For

Nah . . . It's the best way to heat up leftovers, heat a mug of soup, steam potatoes, and thaw frozen meat without cooking it. And the new ones are not the big heavy monsters of old. I know, because when the zapper that came with the house died, I almost got a hernia when I removed it from its nook, but the new one was as light as 10 pounds of feathers. It also killed that furry monster that kept reproducing in the dark basement.

Apr 03, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Features

Foodie Choices Near Glen Cove

Kyma in Roslyn has great Greek food, less pricey but noisier than Limani, which also has excellent food. Neither are in the ordinary Mediterranean menu mold. I second Heirloom Tavern at the Glen head LIRR stop.

Travel a bit farther and check out La Piccola Liguria in Port Washington, the best resto in the area, IMHO.

Apr 01, 2014
therealdoctorlew in New York State (exc. NYC)

To wash (or not) dishes after being packed and moved?

I pack in new plastic food storage bags. They're clean inside, they seal, and they protect. If you can store food in them, the dishes and glasses must be good, too. Problem solved.

Apr 01, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Cookware

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Tacos

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Mar 30, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Site Talk

no more recipes?

The list of new recipes on the bottom of the page hasn't changed in months. Also the product reviews. Supertaster is gone. I suspect the site is doing less of the things that I like, but I'm not paranoid. I'm not. No, I'm not.

Mar 30, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Site Talk

Did I make a faux pas?

You know the answer: There is one in every crowd.

Mar 30, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Kosher
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Bad Experience at La Regalade Conservatoire

In what universe is a can of sardines the equivalent of pate?

Mar 15, 2014
therealdoctorlew in France

Pulsating, Gyrating Flashing Ads?

Ads give clicks, clicks give money, site survives. Bad ads give problems, users ad block, no clicks.

If anyone who runs this site has a reasonable degree of foresight, that person will ban all those flash and shockwave ads before no ads are actually seen.

Mar 12, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Site Talk
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Worst commercials?

Hah! The point is to make you remember the brand. And you do! So these are good commercials. The bad commercial is the one you don't remember what it was for.

Mar 11, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Chains

Cleaning gas range grates

We've always had good luck and good cleaning by putting the gas cooktop grates in the oven when doing a self cleaning cycle. The residual ashes rinse off in the sink.

Mar 09, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Cookware

Would you use butter in place of schmaltz in matzo balls?

Matzo balls are used in chicken soup. Kosher rules forbid mixing dairy with meat. No butter in the balls!

Mar 02, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking
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Do you call hazelnuts filberts?

Don't you mean: Ah, nuts ...

Feb 28, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics
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Weird food secrets

Sardines with cottage cheese

Feb 08, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

Update from the CHOW Team

The last product review was over a month ago.

Feb 05, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Site Talk

Why is this Noma book selling for $1500 on eBay?

Very interesting!

Feb 04, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Not About Food

Why is this Noma book selling for $1500 on eBay?

The book is used, and has an absurd minimum opening price of $1500. There is a bidder at the price. I suspect there is some sort of money laundering or similar scam going on, with the seller and bidder in cahoots, unless the bidder and seller are the same person. On the other hand, this seller has other very high priced books for sale and they haven't sold over multiple tries (checked other items completed listings). It is all very curious.

Feb 03, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Not About Food

Weights of packaged meat at the grocery store

Was there some of that absorbent paper product in the package under the meat? As the precut meat loses juices in the nice foam and plastic container, the juice soaks into the paper and the remaining meat weighs less. The original weight of the meat included the juices, but weighing the meat after it had "aged" in the case gives a lower weight.

What was the weight of the meat plus packaging? If it weighed a touch over the labeling, the juice thing is what happened. If not, you were cheated, and should report the place to your local equivalent to the department of consumer affairs or weights and measures.

Jan 13, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

Can someone explain these measures?

And for our next trick, we will express the speed of light in furlongs per fortnight.

Jan 12, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Cookware

Can someone explain these measures?

Unless you are using Imperial ounces.

Jan 12, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Cookware

Easy Roast Chicken on America's Test Kitchen

Just use Jacques Pepin's method. It's never fail. I use a cast iron skillet. Here's a link to one of the presentations, although I got it originally from one of his books.

http://www.menshealth.com/guy-gourmet...

Jan 12, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

Seafood display case lighting trickery?

The same thing as the green enhanced lighting over the fresh vegetables.

Jan 11, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

Where do you buy ground coffee in Manhattan to brew at home?

You can also make your own blend from any of their beans.

Jan 11, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Manhattan
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Homemade Pizza at super-hi heat: it works

I suspect the apartment oven had never been to 500 before, so there would be an accumulation of stuff that doesn't volatilize until you hit that temp. Running the oven at max for a long enough time with an exhaust fan running in the kitchen may burn off the old residue.

Dec 07, 2013
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

BROWN tomatoes??

I love growing the so-called black tomatoes, which range in color from dark brown to purple. Great flavor is the reason. The color comes from their trait where they fail to lose the green color as the red color appears during ripening.

Nov 24, 2013
therealdoctorlew in General Topics
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Your best thanksgiving greens

Even better: Braise baby Bok Choi, and add some chopped scallions and ginger to the enoki and tofu.

Nov 24, 2013
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

CHOW Reviews: Staub 5-1/2-Quart Round Cocotte

The way I learned it was: "A pint's a pound the world around except in Imperial Britain where a pint of water is a pound and a quarter."

This review shows both incorrect method and incorrect calculation. Time for a rewind!

Nov 21, 2013
therealdoctorlew in Cookware