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Sourdough Starter Recommendation

The freezer starter i had was dried first. Not saying it cant work. It just didnt for me and i had just the one shot.

Didnt try this recipe or the unique method for starter but just ran across it. Cowboy cooking episode, looks good.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/recipe-al...

about 4 hours ago
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pesticide oked for oysters

about 4 hours ago
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Norwegian farmed salmon better than Atlantic farmed salmon?

I think all that applies to all farmed salmon.
All farmed salmon i believe is genetically atlantic, even those here on the west coast.

about 4 hours ago
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3-story Chick-Fil-A opening in Midtown

Even closed on sunday the average store sells more than a McDonald's. Granted i have never seen one and some mcdonalds are pretty small.
Tourists visit nyc and go to mcd or even chick fil e? No halal cart?
Though i do look forward to trying the new chick fil e stores just opened near Seattle.

about 5 hours ago
divadmas in Manhattan

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

Yeah but ocean caught is better than salmon from rivers or streams.

Apr 29, 2015
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Ordering a Side or 1/4 of Beef

An advan5age to going to a farm is the v@riety of breeds. Charolais are good grass fed beef.

Chinese Charcuterie in Seattle?

Viet wah in the ID has vietnamese pork roll wrapped in foil, kind of looks homemade.
Out there is a sweet viet jerky, d9nt know where to get it, sometimes on papaya s@lad. I make mine.
Seattle deli sometimes has their own pork floss.

Apr 28, 2015
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Should I downsize my bakeware? Things I should add?

For pizzas on a pan I give a good dusting of corn meal. It releases the crust and gives a crunch.

I don't go that hot with costco parchment paper anymore. Even at 450° I worry a bit but really have had no big trouble. It definitely is lighter weight though.

Apr 27, 2015
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What knives do I need!!!

My knife block won't hold a 12 inch chefs knife. Not that I use it much. But because of that it's my sharpest.

Apr 27, 2015
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Really good doughnuts...in a Walmart?

Fresh makes a difference.

But supermarkets can make good donuts if they really want to. My local store had pretty mediocre donuts but they brought in a consultant and for a while donuts were great. I don't know if it was technique or what but eventually they stopped being great and I haven't had their donuts in years now.

Apr 27, 2015
divadmas in New Jersey

Should I downsize my bakeware? Things I should add?

If you make cookies on your jelly roll pan you need at least two. Or if you bake pizzas on a pan.

Use parchment paper under roasting veggies for easy clean up.

Costco has a huge roll of parchment paper for cheap. It is lighter weight than Reynolds brand and browns and gets brittle under high heat. But it is way cheaper and works ok.

Apr 27, 2015
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Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

Recent report from cr on bacterial and antibiotic contamination in farmed shrimp mostly from Asia, very bad conditions.

Apr 27, 2015
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Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

I don't know if any farmed salmon comes from China. Practically all farmed salmon is genetically Atlantic salmon. I'm in the pnw and can get wild salmon easily and its much better than farmed. Wild salmon from China is caught and frozen from the Pacific then shipped to China to be processed. Never tried it.

Apr 27, 2015
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Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

I would not worry about the grade so much as choosing by amount of fat and history of taste. I have had fine select grade roasts from Freddie.
I wish I had a butcher close by. These guys are close to an hour away and their prices seem to have gone up. I thought beef was down though some cuts like brisket are way up.

http://www.delfoxmeats.com/retail.htm

Apr 27, 2015
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Do you have emergency food storage?

I am type2 but diabetic ketoacidosis is very serious. If y o u start showing symptoms you need help right away.

Apr 25, 2015
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Another Japan trip report - Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima

I'm surprised the airline wasn't selling duty free liquor with delivery at the end.

Apr 25, 2015
divadmas in Japan

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

If you had a bad experience and want your store to change you need to talk to them.
My safeway meat department is very helpful. When roasts are on sale I often have them grind or slice for free. Though they do have a managers special bin where prices are hiked to a premium level then discounted back to normal. Occasionally there is a good not great deal but you have to look.
I have got some good roasts and steaks at fred meyer but their meat is select grade not choice.
The US dollar has gone up something like 20% over the Canadian and Australian dollars. So we can buy much cheaper from there now.
For prime I suggest costco though it is on the low end of prime. Costco online even sells wagyu beef, they had a sale a few months ago but it still was over $100/ pound. So much marbleing it was kind of scary looking.

Apr 25, 2015
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Chiles Rellenos - Meh?

I had some pillsbury crescent dough I had to use up. One of their recipes has you wrap a stuffed jalapeno in a crescent roll and bake. Surprisingly good.

Apr 25, 2015
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Chiles Rellenos - Meh?

My dad used to grill like that, too, though back in 60s so cal only anaheims were available. Thinner flesh and skin I think.

Apr 25, 2015
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Chiles Rellenos - Meh?

Have you tried jalapeno poppers under the broiler? Very easy cheese and chilie dish and a little more heat.
Or maybe add a sauce?

Apr 25, 2015
divadmas in Home Cooking

what do YOU serve for dinner with beef/calve's liver (and onions)?

The only time my mom would make French fries was when we had liver, we always looked forward to it.

Apr 25, 2015
divadmas in Home Cooking

What knives do I need!!!

Knives can be kind of personal. Many niece took over a 6 inch chefs knife but it really was too small for me. I much prefer an 8 inch but only occasionally break out something longer for slicing. A long serrated edge knife is useful for bread. Paring knives in multiples are useful but 3 inch is kind of short for me to say cut an Apple. I prefer the lighter stamped knives vs forged blades. You have to take care of knives and keep them sharp. A block to hold them, so they don't bang around in a drawer, a steel to use often, boards to cut on. I hear bamboo is too hard as of course is glass. I also reAlly like flexible cutting boards mostly because it m makes transferring stuff easy and are easy to clean. I have wustof, not sure what model, but they have been good for me for over a decade, closer to two. Never professionally sharpened though I have a stone. The tip on the chefs knife is starting to get blunted. I got knives from eBay but you really should feel them, stores sometimes even have carrots to try them, don't just chop, julieene and dice to get a better feel. Santoku scallops are supposed to prevent sticking, they seem to work for some but I'm not crazy about them, try first. They also can have a very fine edge which I think requires extra care to keep sharp.

Apr 25, 2015
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Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

My bananas seem to go from green to overripe almost instantly sometimes. Freeze for future banana bread, smoothies, banana ice cream-nothing else needed.

Apr 23, 2015
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Crispy edge, chewy inside peanut butter cookies

Have you tried chilling the dough overnight?

Apr 23, 2015
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Japanese Candy

As kids we got these japanese jelly candies wrapped in a cellophane looking rice paper and you ate them paper and all. They came in a box the size of four chewing gum packets and the top section of the box held a toy, now downgraded to a sticker or some such.
We also got sweet seed or sour seed which I think is hawaiian. A pit with some kind of dried fruit around it you sucked on. This is more a taste you acquire thing.
Simbe (sp) crackers are soy sauce flavored small toasted crackers, more like a mix.
More to western tastes look for a donut case. There is a very good kind of chewy glazed donut.
And mochi, sweet rice cakes. Some you toast and soften in tea then serve with kinako, toasted soybean flour, and sugar. Or soy sauce and sugar. Premade mochi is stuffed with sweet bean paste. Factory made in a box is ok but fresh or frozen is better. It does go stale quickly. It can be a little spendy but the Korean kind is very similar and cheaper. It is very popular in Japan, many choke on the very sticky cooked kind when they eat too fast or when drunk at festivals, this is a new years thing. They even have home machines like bread machines to make it at home. Or you can make butter mochi from glutinous sweet rice flour. In Hawaii they make this for bake sales.

air travel with sushi

Discounting tsa rules
Sushi should not be put in the fridge because the rice gets hard and dried out. But I think it's ok in an insulated bag with a little ice especially for just a couple hours not during the summer. Or a sashimi plate of raw fish can be kept cold. Maybe with a vegetarian mixed bowl of chirashi rice. I would avoid raw fish eggs though most are preserved I suspect. Inari with the brown deep fried tofu cups is one of my favorites and keeps well.
A gift of a little plastic rice mold that shapes little rectangles of flavored or plain rice is only a couple bucks. Already seasoned rice vinegar comes by the bottle. The rice balls go well with pre cut, toasted, and seasoned nori seaweed strips in packets in a plastic jar. They need to stay in the jar as they get limp after being out several hours. Add a bottle of furakake shake on seasoning or some takuan pickled dikon or soft pickled ume plum.

Apr 23, 2015
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McDonald's back to deep frying their Apple pies!

Mcd is running numerous tests, the fried pie in so cal area is one.
I think for health reasons they stopped originally. I think they still fry pies overseas, too.

Apr 23, 2015
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lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

Frieda you're infamous! Hey fame does only last 15 minutes. See time stamps.

Apr 23, 2015
divadmas in Pacific Northwest

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

Frieda, you're famous! Thanks for input, never even heard of coa.

Apr 23, 2015
divadmas in Pacific Northwest

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

My sister just made a pumpkin pie. She used pie dough she made some time ago then froze. It was just a lump of dough. It turned out really excellent.
Been trying to clear out freezer and ran across some baked biscuits and rolls, I think I made the rolls from Pizza dough. Both good. But ancient concentrated juice mixes separated and got tossed.

Apr 23, 2015
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