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Best salt grinder?

I think salt grinder's look nice on the table. Do I really need one, probably not.

2 days ago
roux42 in Cookware
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A culinary technique book for the essentials

The Larousse Gastronomique has a lot of information as does the Pro Chef from the Culinary Institute of America. Pro Chef has good pictures and explains the techiniques.

My all time favorite is still the Joy of Cooking! I have heard good things about mark Bittman's How to cook Everything, but I have only glanced at it.

2 days ago
roux42 in Home Cooking

Freezing mac and cheese

I would add the topping before you cook it, if frozen it might lose its crispiness.

Nov 23, 2014
roux42 in Home Cooking

Homemade Mozz...w/o rennet, et al?

I have made fresh mozzarella and I did not use rennet, it came out great!

Oct 19, 2014
roux42 in Cheese

What's your best yard sale or thrift store cookware find?

My growing collection of Griswold cast iron cookware!

Sep 24, 2014
roux42 in Cookware

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

We miss Snooky's!

Aug 27, 2014
roux42 in Outer Boroughs
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Which 4 cheeses do you recommend for a rich, creamy Mac & Cheese?

All of the above, for extra creaminess American cheese is a must! Sour cream is a nice addition as well.

Hellmans Deconstructed

Very interesting! Thank you!

Jul 13, 2014
roux42 in General Topics

Where to get merguez in NYC?

Flying Pigs at the Brooklyn and Manhattan green markets has great sausages!

Jul 01, 2014
roux42 in Manhattan

Best rosemary to grow for culinary use?

I am a member of a community garden in Brooklyn, NY and up until this past winter most of the rosemary plants have survived winters. I grew two different types in my cold frame that I started in November and both of them made it through the winter. One is a prostrate rosemary that grows close to the ground and the other one is a pretty basic rosemary plant, do not remember what kind. All my herbs made it through the harsh winter in the cold frame including lettuces and radishes!

Jul 01, 2014
roux42 in Gardening

Where to find good, cheap, wood cutting board?

I have bought a few from Etsy. I design my own, not really cheap but always beautiful!

Jun 09, 2014
roux42 in Cookware

Skate cheeks?

They are skate cheeks! Kind of round, oval shape and they are the size of large scallops, but a little pink.

May 09, 2014
roux42 in Home Cooking

Skate cheeks?

I just bought a pound of skate cheeks because they look interesting and they were inexpensive. And ideas? There are very few recipes online.

Maybe, flour, lemon capers....

Please help!

May 09, 2014
roux42 in Home Cooking

Hot Cross Buns in Brooklyn?

One of the vendors at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket sells them. The huge bread and muffin vendor...

Apr 17, 2014
roux42 in Outer Boroughs

Chefn Zipstrip

Ok! Is it worth it? I use tons of herbs in my food and I always wind up with woody bits. I usually do not buy stuff like this, but this is kinda clever! And the NYTimes....

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/din...

Apr 16, 2014
roux42 in Cookware

Best food to cook in a cast iron pan

Just about anything that needs a nice crispy brown sear. I also use it to roast things in the oven, whole chicken, vegetables etc...

Mar 02, 2014
roux42 in Cookware
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Fried Chicken in NO

We liked Fiorella's Cafe which was amazing. We tried to get into Mother's, but we got there too late. We to get into Coop's Place down the block that was crazy busy the first time we tried to go, when we went back for lunch I had the fried chicken and husband has the etouffe, both were great

Jan 19, 2014
roux42 in New Orleans

Marzipan pigs?

Economy Candy (LES) used to have them and I have seen them at Sahadi's in Brooklyn. I would call first before trekking to either one of these places.

Dec 30, 2013
roux42 in Manhattan

13 of the Most Extraordinarily Useless Food Inventions of 2013

The roll on olive oil gadget is pretty cool and would greatly limit the amount of olive my husband sops up with his bread. I cannot find it for sale online though.

TURKEY HELP!!!!

Put the turkey in a cooler. It will stay hot and then you can reheat or finish cooking it later. The more hot things in the cooler the better! Potatoes, stock etc....

Linen Napkins

Sur la Table has decent ones and when they are on sale they are even better!

Nov 18, 2013
roux42 in Not About Food

Bar Hopping

Franklin Ave, Washington Ave and Vanderbilt in the Crown Heights/Prospect Heights area.

Nov 04, 2013
roux42 in Outer Boroughs

Critique Itinerary for Florence? Trip quickly approaching.

Sostanza was amazing! Be sure to make reservations as they only have two seatings. We went to the late seating and it was very relaxing. The chicken poached in butter is incredible! Other worldly!

Nov 04, 2013
roux42 in Italy

Best salt grinder?

Thank you! I found a CrushGrind mill made in England that I just bought and it works great. Now I am thinking of have two custom ones made by Woodcastle as a holiday treat for myself.

Oct 13, 2013
roux42 in Cookware

Pork Butt (No pulled pork, BBQ or smoked recipes)

I make something similar to this but without the sage and bee pollen. I season it the night before, tie it up and wrap it. Cook it at a low temp in a covered cast pan on a rack of carrots, celery and onions and a couple inches of water. About 30-40 minutes before serving crank up the temp to 350 and crisp it up.

As an FYI, I remove the skin and trim the fat, I then use it to cover the meat. Remove the skin before crisping. My husband and I have extra poundage that we need to lose.

Sep 20, 2013
roux42 in Home Cooking

Best salt grinder?

I currently have a William Bounds salt grinder and the mechanism is fine, it is the top that two parts that corroded. We could not get the top piece off to fill it with salt. We soaked it in water and when the salt dissolved, I could see the corrosion.

Has anyone ever tried this one? -

http://www.amazon.com/Swissmar-Uma-15... I saw it online last night and it is all plastic with a ceramic mechanism. I have a similar spice grinder, but I do not think it is this brand.

As an FYI, I have the same style William Bounds pepper grinder that I bought in 1987 and besides being a bit grimy, it works great!

Sep 16, 2013
roux42 in Cookware

Best salt grinder?

Please recommend a good salt grinder that will last. Mine seem to last about 2 years and then they get corroded and 'gunked' up. I have learned to keep it refrigerated during humid months and that seems to add some life expectancy to them, but not much.

Please help!

Sep 15, 2013
roux42 in Cookware

Gowanus BBQ: Fletcher's or Dinosaur?

We like Fort Reno, a few blocks away from Dinosaur.

Jul 17, 2013
roux42 in Outer Boroughs

the salad spinner: kitchen essential or waste of space?

I could not live with out one! I eat salads for dinner most nights. I clean a salad spinner's worth of lettuce and store everything in the fridge. The letter stays fresh and the spinner is out of my way. I am on my second OXO. I had my first one for over 10 years, it was melted in a few spots and started to get very grimy.

Jun 12, 2013
roux42 in Cookware

Hop Kee or Wo Hop ????

Maybe Noodletown?

May 26, 2013
roux42 in Manhattan