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"fixing" the dried apples in an apple cake recipe

I'd come across a recipe for a slow-cooker apple cake that uses unsweetened apple sauce and dried apple slices, chopped.
Overall, the cake was good, but the apple slices remained rubbery; surprisingly, they didn't rehydrate much at all despite being in the slow cooker for an hour and a quarter or so.
Assuming I make the cake again, what would be a good way to rehydrate the apples? I don't want to just use water--I think it would make more sense to just use a regular apple or cut into chunks. And I don't want to use anything sweet--I think the dried apple itself is plenty sweet.
In short, I was debating something alcoholic. Maybe. Apple brandy, perhaps? I don't want to use enough that people need to have a lie-down after, but enough to give it a nice flavor; presumably, I'd have to mix the alcohol with water to balance flavor and enough liquid to rehydrate.

Thoughts?

Aug 30, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

Chipotle coming to WP

Old topic but I just came across it and I was curious about the comparison.
From 5 Guy's site,
http://www.fiveguys.com/menu/nutritio...
a cheeseburger and regular fries adds up to 1,793 calories, 96 grams of fat, and 2,012mg of sodium. A bacon cheeseburger brings that up to 1,873 calories, 103 grams of fat, and 2,272mg sodium. Interestingly, the serving size difference between the cheeseburger and bacon cheeseburger is a mere 14 grams, or less than half an ounce.

The Chipotle comparison,
http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/nu...
requires a bit more work, as you have to build the burrito. I selected a soft flour tortilla, steak (closest analog to the burger meat), black beans, brown rice, tomatillo-green chili salsa, cheese (because of the cheeseburger), and guacamole. That totals 1,130 calories, 51 grams fat, and 2,205mg sodium.
If you go for the burrito bowl (i.e., sans tortilla) calories drop to 830, fat to 41, and sodium to 1515. Drop the guac (since there's no analog on the 5G burger) and we're down to 635 calories, 23g fat, and 1435mg sodium.

Not health food, but the Chipotle items are considerably better than 5 Guys.

Unsanitary behavior by restaurant employees

I don't see the logic there. You've to be a complete idiot to think it's sanitary to use the toilet while wearing gloves and still think you're hygienic after.

Aug 19, 2014
Scott_R in Not About Food
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Unsanitary behavior by restaurant employees

Except that studies by the FDA, the CDC, and others say the opposite.

Aug 19, 2014
Scott_R in Not About Food

Unsanitary behavior by restaurant employees

Has anyone who says "people who wear gloves are less sanitary because they don't change gloves" ever seen any actual STUDIES that say this is the case? Otherwise, it's just a guess; you can't say what people will do unless you actually study what they do.

Why is the presumption that Idiot A who doesn't change gloves after doing something unsanitary would otherwise go to the trouble of washing their ungloved hands after doing the same thing?

Aug 19, 2014
Scott_R in Not About Food
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Having breakfast on Long Island

Just to add: the parking at Phoenix was pretty bad, too.

Having breakfast on Long Island

The one time I had the jam flight, the blueberry (IIRC) was OK, nothing special, but the onion jam--and I've had onion jam before, elsewhere--tasted rotted.

Having breakfast on Long Island

I've been back there some months after my initial visits, and they've definitely improved. Haven't tried the jam flight again.

The Country Store Speonk

I meant, regarding Harry's post, which one he was referring to by "that place....": Peppercorns or the place on N. Phillips.

The Country Store Speonk

Is that Peppercorn's, or the Country Market on N. Phillips?

The Country Store Speonk

That would be Peppercorn's Country Market & Deli.
http://www.peppercornscatering.net/ho...

Nothing special at all. But I think the OP is referring to this:
http://tinyurl.com/kn2rwmc

Taleggio, White Plains

Detailed reviews of a bad experience can be helpful because they detail *why* the customer thought it bad. It's difficult to get into someone's head and know what will cause them to one-star a restaurant. And maybe a particular experience (a long wait? Food brought out of order? Poorly prepared fish at a steak place?) is the sort of thing another person wouldn't care about enough to downgrade a place.

Mastic recs

Grab some coffee at Tend Coffee:
http://www.tendcoffee.com/

They're a roaster, too. And maybe they'll have some of their handmade chocolates, too.

For food shopping I'd go to the farmers' markets in Westhampton Beach and Riverhead.

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

I sent them a polite message about my experience through their Facebook page two days ago; if they don't bother to respond within another day or two, I'll post their ID.

Jul 22, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

I don't know. The last time I had Taco Bell was in the spring of 1991, and I thought it pretty awful.

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

You're not the only one, Coll.

New gelato place in West Islip, Long Island

Finally made it there.
Everything's labeled (yay!); I bought two scoops (coconut, pistachio), and a take-home pack. Interesting way of doing the latter: instead of getting pints, you get insulated packs with 7 or 14 (or was it 15?) scoops. Best part of that: you can ask for ALL DIFFERENT FLAVORS. How's that for sampling?

So, the short: it was very good. Excellent. I didn't have any of the take-home pack yet, but if it's anything like the two flavors I had there, this is going among the top picks of my LI ice cream places.

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

I specified each time.
I don't use a thermometer either, but it's no big task to cook over easy *when asked to*. Again, it's not against the health code to cook runny yolks when the customer asks for them that way.
I wouldn't really think it's a big deal except
1) this place is known for their egg sandwiches
2) I emailed the place ahead of time and the owner said I could have them any way I wanted, including over easy

In this instance, my question was over why the yolks seemed so thin. There was this thin little sliver of yellow peeking out between the whites, like there was barely any yolk there at all. Maybe they're easy to overcook when they're so thin.

Jul 21, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

I totally agree about the hard eggs. A runny egg is a wonderful thing.

Jul 21, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

They're allowed to cook eggs runny, if requested. They're supposed to post the cooking temperature warnings, though.
"Shell eggs or foods containing shell eggs are to be heated to 145 degrees Fahrenheit (62.8 degrees Celsius) or greater unless an individual consumer requests preparation of a shell egg or food containing shell eggs in a style such as raw, poached or fried which must be prepared at a temperature less than 145 degrees Fahrenheit in order to comply with the request."

Jul 21, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

Part of the place's claim to quality--and I'm not saying they actually fulfill this claim--is that they use fresh eggs.

They're a farm stand, and they use a combination of eggs from another farm and their own (they don't produce enough of their own to use exclusively). I don't know which they use for the egg sandwiches, the eggs they bring in or their own (the latter they sell for 2x the price per dozen as the ones brought in).

The yolks aren't actually spread out--i.e., they're contained within the white. I guess they can break a yolk when flipping yet still have it not spread out--i.e., sort of just collapse?

Jul 21, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

They don't have breakfast platters.

Actually, a sandwich with a runny yolk can be a wonderful thing. Here's my favorite place for that:
http://gothamist.com/2012/12/05/brook...

Jul 20, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking
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"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

I've gone to this place that's supposedly known for good egg sandwiches--farm eggs on house-made cheddar biscuits.

Not only have they failed, three out of three times, to give me an over-easy egg (the closest might arguably have been over-medium), they cook the eggs in a way I've never done or had done.

Somehow, the yolk come out all... thin. That is, cut the sandwich in half, and the cross-section of the yolk part of the egg is like 2 or so millimeters thick.

I've cooked lots of eggs, and my yolks are never so flattened. What on earth are they DOING to those eggs?

Jul 20, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

Duck taco!

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

Just wanted to note my experience at Magic Taco:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982007

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

Goodale sells raw milk? I thought only Ty Llwyd Farm did?

Pies in Orient, Long Island

Weird. You'd think they could drive some over from Brooklyn, especially at that price point.

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

No worries; the truck wasn't there when I was out there last. I'll give it a check.

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

Actually, I think you're right; I had traditional ice cream places in mind.
Never had any luck getting Goodale's ice cream. Didn't see it out in Riverhead last time I was out at the farm (which was a while ago), and when I asked about it at their stand at the Babylon farmer's market, the kid there had no idea what I was talking about.

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

I keep forgetting about Baci Gelato; I went there once and enjoyed it. Not in my general traveling area, though.