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Substitutions for sliced garlic and potato flour

Yes and yes. Just be careful you don't burn the crushed garlic, which may stick to the pan.

Jan 19, 2015
phofiend in Home Cooking

Signs that someone is a GOOD cook

I don't know what that label describes, but it ain't Spam!

Jan 19, 2015
phofiend in General Topics

Fresh horseradish roots

Czwikla, a Polish beet and horseradish salad/condiment.

1 lb roasted beets, shredded
1/4 lb finely grated horseradish
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

Serve with roasted or smoked meats.

Jan 18, 2015
phofiend in Home Cooking

I need a good recipe for either Chicken Cacciatore or Parmesan Chicken

My favorite chicken cacciatore recipe, by far:

Jan 17, 2015
phofiend in Home Cooking

Ultra-pasteurized milk is VILE!

Unless it's in the form of yogurt or cheese, I don't want too many things living in my milk.

Jan 11, 2015
phofiend in General Topics

Imagine Product

I like Pacific and Swanson organic broths much better than Imagine, and one or the other of those are usually available at Costco or BJsfor a lot less than at supermarkets.

Jan 10, 2015
phofiend in General Topics

Is "bone broth" the new marketing term for stock?

Well, the New York Times gave it a large writeup, but basically said it's no different than what cooks have been doing for centuries.

Recipe looks like most any other one for beef stock:

Everything old is new again. Kind of like when every new generation thinks it invented sex.

Jan 10, 2015
phofiend in General Topics

how long will up opened sealed sausage last in the freezer?

Was the sausage vacuum sealed? If not, it might be a bit freezer burned at the cut edge, but will be safe to eat. I'd just cut a little away, and use the part that was completely covered with plastic.

By the way, how do you "clean" meat? Do you wash it with water? If so, you may be doing more harm than good, as the retained water could form large ice crystals when frozen, increasing the chance of freezer burn.

Jan 10, 2015
phofiend in General Topics

Why is my oil burning?!

I use ghee when searing a steak or a burger. It has a very high smoke point and gives a lovely flavor to the meat. I also don't get the pan screaming hot. No more than 400*F, a few minutes per side. It gives me nice browning without burning or overcooking. If the steak is very thick, I finish in a 400* oven to 117* internal temp, then a 5 to 10 minute rest.

Jan 07, 2015
phofiend in Home Cooking

Worst. Macarons. Ever!

Why would I want cracks on top? I want smooth tops and "frilly" feet.

How Long Can I Store Seasoned, Vacuum Sealed Chicken

I do this often, but I freeze the individual portions. They keep several months that way with little loss in quality. Cook from frozen. Keep under 150*F until the final sear.

Jan 05, 2015
phofiend in Home Cooking

2015. Its gonna be a banner year. On Long Island.

Sadly, it's subscribers only.

burned prosciutto-wrapped roast

Could you have used a pork loin rather than a tenderloin? A tenderloin is much smaller, and should cook in less than 40 minutes. Neither prosciutto nor a tenderloin has much fat, so I don't know where the drippings would come from.

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

We just keep the reefer for emergencies. Makes any crap tasty.

Post Pictures Of Your Cookware

Lovely. Very elegant design. They look brand new.

Dec 28, 2014
phofiend in Cookware

Pickle Juice - How Do You Use It

Add to potato salad instead of vinegar

Mix in deviled eggs, or just pour over warm hard cooked eggs and top with a dollop of mayonnaise.

Thinly slice an onion and soak in the pickle juice. It takes the sharp bite out, and tastes great on burgers.

Make pickle soup:

1 Tbsp. butter
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 celery rib, diced
2 potatoes, diced
1/2 lb. Kielbasa (optional)
2 qt. chicken or vegetable broth
4 dill pickles, shredded
1 c. pickle juice
1 c. sour cream mixed with 1 Tbsp. flour and 1/2 c. milk
fresh dill for garnish

Saute vegetables and kielbasa (if using) in butter until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Add pickles and juice and simmer 10 minutes. Temper sour cream mixture with a ladleful of hot soup and add back to pot. Simmer 5 minutes until thickened.
Garnish with fresh dill, and serve with buttered dark bread.

Dec 27, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Best Chicken Pot Pie Nassau County ??

So glad to know Tulip bakery still makes that cheesecake. My mom had a dear friend in Floral Park, and whenever she visited, she would bring two boxes of that wonderful stuff: a large one for our family, and a small one for me alone, so that I was sure to get a big piece, even with two ravenous brothers around.

Thanks for the memories. I think I'll take a trip there this weekend.

Dish poaching

I don't see how this is a problem. She asks people what they are bringing, and they are free to tell her, or not. If she asked me, I'd just say I hadn't decided yet.

Dec 22, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food

Pete Wells Explores Korean Restaurants in Queens

I second Han Joo and Debasaki. Any other gems out there?

Dec 17, 2014
phofiend in Outer Boroughs

Rolling Spring Roll [Farmingdale, Long Island]

Well, it doesn't have too much competition. It scratches that desperate pho itch, but just barely. Bahn mi very good. Beef Pho is good, not great. Chicken pho not good at all. Dry, stringy flat strips of tasteless white meat. Spring rolls are not bad, but suffer from poor presentation: just a few anemic leaves of iceberg lettuce, not even big enough to wrap the roll.

I prefer Pho Maxia in Westbury, but if I have a little more time, I go to Pho Mekong in Flushing. I've never been disappointed there.

Beef Stock Disaster...

Sounds like you made a glace. Did you discard the bones and vegetables? As long as they weren't burned, I would have poured some water over the bones and brought it up to a simmer to dissolve the concentrated stock that was stuck to them.

Dec 12, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking

The Best Egg Sandwich... on Long Island - Southdown Coffee in Huntington

It's just down the road from me. I'll try the sandwich this weekend and report back. Maybe I'll pick up a cup of coffee tomorrow morning.

The Best Egg Sandwich... on Long Island - Southdown Coffee in Huntington

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

From??? or by? And do those bees have their birth certificates?

Nov 25, 2014
phofiend in Chains

Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

I'd recommend a wok and a grill pan.

The little oval cocotte is perfect for baking two apples, a small pot of baked beans, or braising a couple of chicken thighs. Nice size for two people. Congratulations.

Nov 24, 2014
phofiend in Cookware

Returning food too often customer banned

Hide! It's Hyacinth Bucket.

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

KS Master Carve boneless ham, applewood smoked. They were giving out samples, and it is wonderful. Bought one to back up the turkey. Oh, they had Diestal turkeys, but they are pre-brined, so I passed.

Nov 21, 2014
phofiend in Chains

Frosting without Butter?

How about ganache? Just semi-sweet chocolate melted with heavy cream. After it cools, you can whip it and it pipes well.

Very best sausage for cassolette?

Maybe not traditional, but I like to use fresh (unsmoked) Polish kielbasa.

Nov 17, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking


Thanks for clarifying. I couldn't understand why someone's religion would have any bearing on whether or not one supports GMOs unless it was somehow forbidden.

Nov 13, 2014
phofiend in General Topics