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DIY Takoyaki, American appliance-style

I would very much like to try this. If octopuse is hard to come by YouTube runnyrunny999 suggests kimchi or hot dog though he doesn't seem fond of cheese variant, not enough cheese? Videos show them oiling up the iron pretty good so deep frying not necessary?

I also want to try Danish aebleskivers.

Jul 28, 2014
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July 23 is National Hot Dog Day

I wonder if a limit to the number of natural casing dogs has been reached. My local Safeway has no natural casing dogs, even the Hebrew national and Nathan's are snapless.
Raining in western Washington, hopefully it will put out the fire on the dry side and end the burn bans.

Jul 23, 2014
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Bread Baking

my no knead free form loaves did turn out with not much rise and spread out. nice texture though. confined to a pan they did much better.

Jul 21, 2014
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Bread Baking

No need, the pizza dough is a no knead recipe. Just incorporate water and oil into dry ingredients then leave alone at least overnite.

Jul 19, 2014
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Bread Baking

i like a thicker crust but i guess you could make it thinner. though you would have to make it very thin.

5c flour (i use 2c whole wheat + 3c ap)
1t dried yeast
1t salt
1T sugar
2T olive oil
2c water.
mix to a wet dough with wooden spoon or danish whisk. if you use whole wheat you will need extra water, maybe 1/2 a cup with 2c of whole wheat. this is very forgiving when adding ingredients. just adjust water at the end to get a wet shaggy dough. put dough in a plastic bag and keep in fridge at least overnite. take out 3 hours before needed. later on floured surface form into a smooth dough ball, adding flour as needed. cut ball for pizzas, i make 2 very large pizzas, for thin you might make 4 smaller balls. let rest about 1/2 an hour after forming balls then roll. mine bake at 500 for a little over 15 minutes. I put down a little cornmeal because it will stick when baking.

Jul 18, 2014
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Bread Baking

I make a no knead refrigerated pizza dough that keeps about six days. After that it gets too strong a sourdough taste. I try and use it by day three or freeze it.

Jul 18, 2014
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Hellmans Deconstructed

Odd because I thought the olive oil version was too sweet.

Ads now say 50% more olive oil. Still not very much.

I often use the canola version, I like that oil over soybean oil. Texture is a little DIFFERENT.

Jul 13, 2014
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Reverse osmosis, Ionized or... tap water ?

i dont think the berkey filter is sold in california anymore.

if arsenic is a problem i think there is a specific filter for it.

have you considered a water delivery service? in los angeles where water tastes really bad they are almost universally used. sparklets tastes best to me.

Jul 11, 2014
divadmas in San Francisco Bay Area

Substitution for vegetable oil?

Sure it's a common substitution to add melted butter. The most common sub is buttermilk for the water.

Jul 09, 2014
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Wash post: picking up food stamps in a Mercedes

ever hear of medical bills that would bankrupt most americans, savings or not?

Jul 09, 2014
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Using oblong enameled cast iron on smoothtop range

Manufactures say not to use, too heavy I think. I have used that size on the largest burner and while you don't get the whole pan equally hot it kind of works.
Besides weight restrictions ci is not recommended because of fear of scratching and shaking your pan is not a good technique here. Boiling large pots seems to take a little longer (check btu rating) and if you have a built in surface exhaust fan it doesn't seem to work as well as a hood. It is much easier to clean but you have to keep it clean to maintain the surface. There is considerable carry over heat after turning off. I can bring rice to a boil, turn off and it will finish cooking.

Jul 09, 2014
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Visiting Japanese Artisan Makers

In Tokyo you might consider the tskigi fish market. Though it is a busy working market, definitely non English speaking, lots to see. There is a small commercial cutlery store nearby I wish I looked at but language is a problem. Japanese markups are pretty high, you may do better just buying online in us.
Getting around is pretty language friendly. Signage is also in English and train announcements are in English, too. Many Japanese took English in school but while their speaking may be poor they can often read English. Or at your hotel have an English speaker write destinations, including where you are staying, in Japanese. Show those notes to your taxi driver and he will get you there.
I'm not sure but I think many festivals this time of year and many Japanese traveling so more crowded than usual. I hope you have your travel reservations. Trains can be sro even for long trips.

Jul 06, 2014
divadmas in Japan

Questions about sourdough starter and bread

I don t know if you can call it proven if you make a major change like adding sourdough. There are plenty of sourdough recipes out there.
A key seems to be to use your sourdough every week or two.
Pancakes are very easy though like all sourdough you start the nite before.

Jul 06, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

i got a danish whisk from amazon that i really like. i used to use a wooden spoon but this is faster and easier to clean.

Jul 02, 2014
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need a recipe for odd meats

I don't think it is legal to sell hunted meat. deer and elk are farmed.

Jul 02, 2014
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need a recipe for odd meats

you can use tomatoes instead of canned. but if they are good local tomatoes they are special and you only get them a short part of the year. if you have too many i would roast some to extend their life. even supermarket tomatoes will improve with roasting

these meats are very lean.

Jul 02, 2014
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Super simple recipes/ideas to involve kids in cooking

Fondue

Jul 02, 2014
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Cheap Foods that Become Popular

That's about seattle prices, actually pho a little higher. I expected NYC prices to be higher.

Jul 02, 2014
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Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

I have not been that way in a long time but that area used to be kind of dangerous. You know people there that can ease you around the rough spots? And times? NYC is a 24 hour place but it can change after dark.

Jul 01, 2014
divadmas in Outer Boroughs

Super simple recipes/ideas to involve kids in cooking

Egg in a hole.
Crepes. Fill with sour cream and jam or just sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar.
Waffles if you have an iron.
Grilled cheese sandwiches. Cream cheese or peanut butter spread in celery sticks. Cut up apples, have with cheese and crusty bread and butter.
Grill hot dogs.
Have berries, make shortcake.
Corn on the cob.
Cut up fruit, make fruit salad.
Make chocolate milk.

Jul 01, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking
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need a recipe for odd meats

I wouldn't worry about panko, any crumbs or none are ok especially none since it is so lean. Personally I would just make plain patties, maybe fancy the gravy up with mushrooms, eggs done easy for that runny yolk.
Never heard of problems with duck eggs. I think the problem lies in big factory farms. People used to eat raw eggs all the time.
I haven't had elk roast in a long time. It is very lean and that is a small roast. Maybe do it like a large steak, sear then finish in oven rareish. Top with some butter. Wild elk is very filling, much more than beef is.

Jul 01, 2014
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need a recipe for odd meats

Put the mushrooms in a paper bag. They go bad faster in plastic. Or fry them up and use as needed.
I've been wanting some loco moco. Maybe use the burger and duck eggs? Eggs will keep awhile. You could use mushrooms here, too.
I would freeze the stew meat and roast. There really is not a great amount here, just a great variety.

Jul 01, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

Crisco has gone to a trans fat "free" formulation. Saturated fat is used instead.

I don't know that trans fats have been banned as unsafe. They just have to be labeled and because many avoid trans fat manufacturers reformulated recipes. Even though McDonald's quit using trans fat for fries you can still buy big boxes of solid fry oil at Costco.

Jul 01, 2014
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I'm so over...

This reminds me of when g. Gordon Liddey was in prison and making up the menu. He was writing things like garden fresh peas but was told just write regular peas, that's good enough for them.

Jul 01, 2014
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Tako poke, or ceviche de pulpo?

Would the acid in ceviche tenderize the octopus? It is pretty chewy.

Jul 01, 2014
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plastic knife for kids

I think you are right. The plastic knife is sharp enough to cut you with a little pressure and you need more pressure to cut than with a regular knife. I was hoping there was some technique I was missing. But right now I think they are only good for very soft things like lettuce or avocado. So don't bother getting.

Jul 01, 2014
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plastic knife for kids

My nephew is 5, will be 6 in December.

Maybe soft things like avocado with a butter knife would be best.

Thanks, I'll look for that other thread.

Jul 01, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

While palm oil is from plants it is a saturated fat. It can make margarine hard and Skippy natural peanut butter not runny. How good or bad it is I don't know. Long ago it was much more common but it was replaced by supposedly healthy trans fat.
I think saturated fat refers to it being saturated with hydrogen atoms.

Jul 01, 2014
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plastic knife for kids

I got some plastic knives, nylon actually, with big scallops on edge designed for kid use. I ran my finger along the edge and they could cut you. I cut an apple ok but couldn't peel it. I am starting to think this is not a good idea for teaching knife work. what do you think and how did you teach a kid?

Jul 01, 2014
divadmas in Cookware

5 Gallon emergency water supply

Modern American wood framed houses are very earthquake resistant. Building codes require the house to be specially tied together and bolted to the foundation. Unless you have brick or stone or are on landfill your house is unlikely to collapse. Maybe burn though with leaking gas and loose wires. So you need to know how to shut off utilities.
Maybe have some rain barrels under the roof eaves? You can fill with tap water and change every year.

Jun 30, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food