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Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

I tend to cook hot but hash crisps up better if you cook it longer on medium.

1 day ago
divadmas in General Topics

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

I like canned corned beef, though the price is now pretty high, maybe because of the economic troubles in Argentina?
But the so called canned beef corned is some really awful stuff.

Aug 17, 2015
divadmas in General Topics

Uses for non-iodized salt?

Didn't realise lack of iodine was still a problem, but I live on the coast and its easy to get seafood.
I'm not sure oxidized salt is the best way to get iodine. Apparently salt can lose the iodine significantly after being open 3-6 months especially with high humidity. I don't know if paper boxes do any good at all.
http://chem-eng.utoronto.ca/~diosady/...
See conclusions at the end.

Didn't need it but I bought it

My sister must have over a half dozen zesters and graters but they are all very dull, even the microplane. I bought but have not received a new one, hopefully shell toss the rest.

Aug 15, 2015
divadmas in Cookware

Earthquake Kit Seattle

Aug 09, 2015
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Jalapenos in Vietnamese food--just an American thing?

Peppers originated in the Americas, their use in Asia goes back what, maybe 400-500 years?

Aug 07, 2015
divadmas in General Topics

Your Waffle Iron--Use It!

Cleaning the maker is my concern. Much to cleaning after your favs? Do you use a lot of oil or just t spray?

Aug 07, 2015
divadmas in Cookware

My frying pan does not have a flat bottom

Sounds like a real salesman to me.

Aug 03, 2015
divadmas in Cookware

Earthquake Kit Seattle

Thanks I'll look into that USGS app. I just signed up with the Seattle alert.

http://alert.seattle.gov/alertseattle...

She is just a writer but she did get this in the public eye. The information has been out there for many years but now even people in a food site are thinking.

Aug 03, 2015
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Earthquake Kit Seattle

There is a follow up article to the infamous new Yorker article.

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/element...

Expects less tsunami damage, at least in Seattle, and more shake damage. Not sure I buy that. But this is not something I worry about everyday, either.

Aug 03, 2015
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Hot dog fast food chains

My favorite now is a sonoran dog the bacon or mayo don't make it, it's the creamy pinto beans.

I wonder if we have reached the limit for the number of natural cased hotdogs. Because I never see them here.

Jul 31, 2015
divadmas in Chains

Hot dog fast food chains

Their old polish brand was my favorite, now I get the beef.

At Tommy's in LA I used to get the chili dog and a tamale. And free peppers.

Weinersnitzel is now horrifyingly bad.

Jul 31, 2015
divadmas in Chains

Earthquake Kit Seattle

I wish I knew more about how Puget sound would be affected. But Google Lituya Bay. It was the site of a mega tsunami that affected things over 1700 feet high because of its geography. Puget sound is very complicated because its varying depths and islands can channel and even amplify waves. Lituya bay was very unusual but I wouldn't say we're safe in the sound. The distance of the fault does give us warning time.
Also Google Puget sound tsunami.

Questions About Authentic Mexican Tacos

I always thought the two corn tortillas were to stretch the meal. Though I now prefer it doubled.

While flour tortillas now come in a wide size and thickness range, corn tortillas all seem about six inches or less. I have had hand patted out and cooked on a comal homemade but the best were from southern California from tortillarias in strip malls.

Costco has uncooked tortilla disks but you need to eat them pretty quick before the dough dries out. They are very good but I don't know how authentic. For that I like geurrero (sp?) Brand.

Wow I have never seen tacos loaded that heavy before.

Do you ever see blue corn tortillas in Mexico?

Jul 29, 2015
divadmas in Mexico

bottled roasted red peppers

These are great on a sandwich. But once you open the bottle they don't keep well, they go moldy. Why is that, other peppers in bottles seem to keep just fine.

And do you use the red peppers for anything else than sandwiches?

Jul 29, 2015
divadmas in General Topics

Earthquake Kit Seattle

It is good to consider where you are if there is a tsunami warning. The ny article said you should drop everything and go for high ground, no stopping for anything. But there is some time for the wave to get here from off the coast. Don't know how far or fast the wave but recollect something like fifteen minutes. And multiple waves so don't just head back.
Don't know how high. The Japanese built berms and towers for protection but the quake and wave were much bigger than expected and they were overwhelmed. There are documentaries on fukashima and that would be similar to here.

Jul 29, 2015
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Need Breakfast Ideas...

At an Asian market like ranch 99 you can get packs of chau shu baos, just microwave. Not sure how long they keep in the fridge, at least a week. Some Chinese bakeries have rolls topped with ham and egg or hotdog or something. You best eat those then though.

I like poached eggs but soft boiling then scooping out seems easier. Or you can prick yolk and microwave in a mug for a muffin but when I used to do that it was hard cooked, better for traveling.

Jul 29, 2015
divadmas in Home Cooking

Need Breakfast Ideas...

HFCS May not be from sugar cane or beets but it is a form of sugar, it is not sugar free.

Jul 28, 2015
divadmas in Home Cooking

Need Breakfast Ideas...

Crepes, all kinds. I like with just lemon and powdered sugar.

You need time but you can microwave a peeled potato or two, cut into small dice and fry crispy, maybe with onion, pepper, parsley.

Here's a Japanese breakfast from tampopo. I think the egg mixture is natto.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1LQ_N9s...

Jul 28, 2015
divadmas in Home Cooking

Dungeness crab recipes

What are your favorites? Generally I just have it boiled, chilled with mayo.

Jul 28, 2015
divadmas in Home Cooking

Earthquake Kit Seattle

The excitement about earthquake kits started with an article in the new York Times? On an expected tsunami. And the Washington shake out earthquake drill is soon.

I wouldn't have it shipped, hopefully they could use it and I would want fresh supplies anyway. Some first aid supplies are a good idea, maybe take a class. And try not to get hurt, will be a lot of broken glass, rubble, dust. So eye protection(and have some eyeglasses not contacts), dust masks, gloves. Baby wipes.

Gas goes bad so I'm not crazy about storing it. You have to add a stabilizer or rotate it every so often, guessing maybe every three months? Stored in an out building, shed or something. For the expense and danger seems hardly worth the effort. Unless you have a generator or something. We have four refineries in Washington, right on the water so if there is a tsunami they are gone.

Jul 28, 2015
divadmas in Greater Seattle

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

Thanks for the picture.

Crab sandwich I would want to eat right away rather than have for later. Crab is always better now than later.

Jul 28, 2015
divadmas in Pacific Northwest

Earthquake Kit Seattle

And strap your water heater down with plumbers tape.

I'm kind of Leary storing a bunch of fuel in your garage next to the water heater and all your tasty supplies.

In Northridge quake stores were open but no power so you needed cash in small bills so you could buy and get change.

I've been thinking about getting one of those Asian gas stoves, not necessarily for emergencies but would serve dual purpose. Some under $20 but I like the itawani for $35, another model is closer to $80. These used canned fuel. But propane is cheap now. I saw some for $1.29.

And you need peanut butter with your chocolate.

Jul 27, 2015
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Norwegian farmed salmon better than Atlantic farmed salmon?

I have had Atlantic salmon pulled from a pen by someone who works there so very fresh. But not that good. I think it has to do with the Purina fish chow they eat.
Something I just learned and on another thread here is I don't like absolutely fresh fresh fish, despite live fish tanks and killing just before cooking. Meat has to go through rigor mortis to firm up. I had some fresh caught rockfish and the texture was too soft.

Jul 27, 2015
divadmas in General Topics

What do you keep stocked at home?

You can culture cream with buttermilk and make creme fraiche.

Jul 27, 2015
divadmas in General Topics

Looking for Foods that you can just stick in your mouth and Eat!

Tillamook ice cream bars. The coconut with sorbet filling is best so far.

Watermelon really good this year.

Grape tomatoes. Sweet though skin is a little tough.

Jul 27, 2015
divadmas in General Topics
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Anacortes WA - Good Eats Before Ferry ?

Happy donuts is gone now, too bad they also had Chinese rolls with ham and egg or hotdog.

The donut house has been around a long time, changed hands at least once but still very good. I like the almond bear claws or Apple or blueberry fritters. About $3 but huge.

Jul 27, 2015
divadmas in Pacific Northwest

Rice & Beans in Burritos in the US vs. Mexico - Why?

Most burritos I have seen were without veg. But the ones in Mexico were much hotter spicier than the American version.
In Mexico I recommend finding a carniceria. All they do is fry up big vats of carnitas. They have tables but you even have to supply your own tortillas.

Jul 26, 2015
divadmas in General Topics

Rice & Beans in Burritos in the US vs. Mexico - Why?

I was in NYC in the 70s and supermarkets not only did not have tortillas they didn't know what they were.

Jul 26, 2015
divadmas in General Topics

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Are you sure about that temperature? I have seen numbers from 105* to 110*. 105* is hot tub temperature so pretty hot. I don't measure water temperature but have never had trouble. Unless you are using cakes of fresh yeast which I haven't seen since I was a kid.

Jul 17, 2015
divadmas in Home Cooking