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Share your favorite YouTube cooking videos

Justin Wilson.... OOOONNNNNIOOOON....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK4um...

about 11 hours ago
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Share your favorite YouTube cooking videos

She was on Jimmy Kimmel... this one is funny too..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsi14...

about 11 hours ago
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chicken on a budget

My favorite I love Arroyos con Pollo (chicken and rice)... daisy Marteniz's is the one I like best.... but every latin kitchen has there version... fun to play with and one of those that which is simple is not easy type of dishes (see bobby flay throw down),

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/da...

coq au vin I love Anne burrel's
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/an...!

Jerk chicken.... really great over rice or in a slider.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/27788-pul...!

also love chicken adobe... soo many recipes.... google it.

Feb 03, 2015
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Got a new pizza stone. What else can I use it for?

I remember Alton brown saying pizza stones or bricks helped the oven retain a constant temp.... so you got that going for ya...

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

You can really make a cup o noodles taste great with a small squirt of fish sauce, soy sauce, cilantro, an bit of veggies... and just a hint of sugar (I find that fish sauce needs sugar)

Jan 24, 2015
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Superbowl 2015

I am a broken record on this one... my friends will not let me into the sb party unless I bring them.... see my hacks below the recipe (this is my fav chow recipe of all time) I add additional red and yellow peppers and red onion to reduce in the sauce while I am pulling the chicken.

I serve as slider with small dinner rolls and a cilantro citrus slaw to go on top... it's a winner (the leftovers are great over rice... not usually any leftovers but if there are....)

http://www.chow.com/recipes/27788-pul...

http://www.chow.com/recipes/27788-pul...

Jan 23, 2015
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Bolognese sauce

I think he mentioned that it could of been anchovies (and you could still use those).

As the end of the day, a dash of fish sauce goes into nearly everything I make these days.

It's a wonder ingredient!! If you haven't played with it you should it adds a ton of flavor.

Jan 19, 2015
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Your most elegant chicken recipe?

I made Anne Burrell coq au vin a while back.. I think it's a great dish for a special occasion (although it's country French food so not sure it's as sophisticated as what you're hoping for..

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/an...

Jan 19, 2015
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I need your best recipes featuring avocado!

Alton Brown's avocado frosting.... on the show he made a bunch of pancakes and used the avocado frosting to make a cake.... pretty creative

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

Or Avocado Eggs (bake an egg in the avocado)..

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/avocado-...

Jan 17, 2015
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Marinating Chicken Adobo

When I make (on the stove) I normally marinate overnight if I can.

I look around for other recipes (I'm no expert) I add a lot more garlic (at least double).

Also, I use the palm vinegar which is super strong (its easy for me to get). Most of the Filipinos I have spoken too would use white vinegar if palm wasn't available.

It's a fun recipe to play with.... there are as many variation of chicken adobe as their are Filipino moms:-0

Jan 13, 2015
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dry beans

The quick soak I find also really helps with "de-gassing" the beans...

Just rinse and start with fresh water... almost no f&rting - for me anyway's

Jan 10, 2015
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What is your favourite thing to do with a chuck steak?

I love in on the BBQ... I know, it's not BBQ season... but.. I still do it.

I beat the heck out it with a meat hammer coffee rub, hickory chips...

Yum,..,

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9141...

Or see my profile for photos

Jan 10, 2015
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What do you put in your chicken stock to make the most flavorful soup?

I normally reserve bones backs, wings etc for stock.

Carrot, celery, spanish onion (I heard that leaving the skin on a yellow onion helps with the color).

A few peppercorns, Parsley stems, a whole head of garlic (cut off the top).

When I strain my stock I always squeeze the carrots celery ry and onion to get any absorbed stock from them. I also add a touch of vinegar to extact minerals from the bones.

Jan 06, 2015
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Giada De Laurentiis and Husband to Divorce

I hope the rebranding includes Giatta pronouncing spaghetti like a normal person....

Giada De Laurentiis and Husband to Divorce

Not dancing on the Neely's grave.... but I disliked their shows even more than I disliked Giatta's

Jan 04, 2015
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You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?

I know there is the money grubbing promises of detoxification and elixirs but I don't think that's completely the point of "detoxifying" .

Through out my life I have binged on exercise nearly as much as I have on food and drink (I was an athlete in college and often rode my bike 150 miles per week while spending 4x a week in the gym - hard training days where I could barely get off the couch after).

Recently I quit smoking (thank you Chantix... please recommend to your friends) and for a month and half this fall, prior to my schedule getting crazy, I was in the gym and on my bikes at least 6x a week- often twice a day.

When I first started, the mile and half walk to the gym would leave me washed with sweat (literally I could nearly ring out my shirts from just walking to the gym I live in SF so it was rarely about 50 degrees F) I also had tinnitus (persistent ringing in the ears).

Bottom line, there was a lot of garbage, booze etc. in my system that my organs couldn't keep up with (note: no fad juicing, tinctures etc...just a healthy low carbohydrates with lots of exercise)

My tintitus (ringing in the ears) has went away, I don't sweat excessively , I have lost 20 pounds etc and can now ride my bike 40 miles (and do) regularly and feel much better. I feel strongly that over time I had overwhelmed my organs ability to rid my body of toxins... having a good sweat, often a couple times a day and eating far healthier allowed my body to catch up. (I still have a ways to go).

Point being you can (and I did) overwhelm my organs ability to cleanse my body. So cleansing might be a myth but your bodies abilities to detoxify itself during the holidays (etc) is not a myth... to me this is the point of "Detoxifying" - give your organs a chance to clean house... There are some foods etc that do get rid of free radicals and do help. But good health doesn't come in a pill, Jar, etc..

Okay.. enough of that.... I am off for a pint:-)

Healthy, wealthy and wise in 2015

Jan 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

I will be having Hopping' John... not from the south but I love the tradition and an excuse to cook a pot of beans.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

One more thing that I tried over the holidays... Vodka in the pie crust.... it's heaven.

Because vodka evaporates faster than water and also doesn't activate gluten (I believe)

Anyway, I recommend

https://food52.com/recipes/24966-cook...

Dec 30, 2014
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Chicken Ballotine - roasting recommendations

Just looked at the thread above... nice work and great photos I am looking forward to trying this

Dec 20, 2014
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Mjadra - recipe advice needed

I make this one and it's also good.. as you can see it's like meatloaf... everyone has a different version (and everyone's mom makes the best)

Artie Sequeira

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aa...

Dec 20, 2014
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Another orange juice concentrate question

Mixed with brown sugar and Dijon it makes a great glaze for ham

Dec 18, 2014
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2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Can you share your mustard recipe and knowledge? That's on my list for 2015

Dec 16, 2014
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2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

I did mine for 4 hours - no hint of over doing it. I would go a bit longer next time (not sure If I would do overnight).

You can see my comments on the thread (I think it's the last one).

Dec 15, 2014
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2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Anticuchos - Peruvian beef heart really good not gamey at all (did,nt taste like offal). Make sure the grill is NASA hot.

http://www.food.com/recipe/peruvian-a...

Okonomiyaki - definitely comes under the topic (for me at least) that which is simple is not always easy... but I am coming close

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986701

Green Onion Oil....(momofuku) I like this version the best

http://momofukufor2.com/2010/01/green...

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http://www.pinterest.com/sparky403/

Dec 14, 2014
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Rosemary roasted potatoes from Ina Garten's Barefoot in London episode

Cool simple way to do spuds... you could check also recipes for Hasselback potatoes.

Dec 14, 2014
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Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

Wow.... how many folks did you have for that meal? A Heroic efforts..

Dec 13, 2014
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chimichurri....when to use?

I would just use as a condiment personally.

If you marinate I would not go more than 1 hour. (I used as a marinade once and really screwed the steak up... so I am biased). It's very easy to over marinate with chime, due to all the vinegar

Dec 13, 2014
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Critique my cocktail party menu!

One other option just cause I love the name... slightly different but it sounds yummy...

Devils on Horseback

http://www.chow.com/recipes/29172-dev...

Dec 07, 2014
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Critique my cocktail party menu!

If you can find the lime leaves (tricky even in SF) you're golden.

Cut way down on the chicken powder tho' I have used this marinade on pork (country style ribs) too and it works really well there too.

Let us know how it turns out... sounds really excellent..I wish I was your neighbor:-)

Dec 07, 2014
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Critique my cocktail party menu!

I was going to suggest melon and Prosciutto.

I also like something Asian, perhaps some pot stickers, spring rolls - I also really like these wings (there great done in the oven too).

Overall your menu looks and sounds great..

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...