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~ Is boiling water sufficient enough to kill anything harmful compared to water filters? ~

Boiling does not remove total dissolved solids which may or may not be harmful. It simply depends what is present in your water. Filters typically cannot remove them. A reverse osmosis system is the most efficient way to totally remove everything, including total dissolved solids, although it is difficult to process large volumes of water thru a reverse osmosis system.

Apr 04, 2015
Burghfeeder in General Topics

Favorite Topping for a Triscuit?

A good crab dip. My favorite for a Triscuit!

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (6 ounce) cans crabmeat
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
paprika, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar cheese, crabmeat, lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Transfer to a shallow 9x13 inch baking dish. Garnish with paprika.
Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. I like to cook it until the top starts to become dark brown in spots.

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Apr 04, 2015
Burghfeeder in General Topics

Canned Salmon Ideas Please

This is my favorite canned salmon recipe:

4 English muffins, split
Shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon Mayo
Canned skinless, boneless salmon
Green onions, sliced thinly

Toast English muffin half's.
While toasting, mix mustard, and mayo.
Stir salmon into mixture.
Top muffins with salmon mixture, sprinkle with cheese and top with a few green onion strips.
Put under broiler until cheese is melted.

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Apr 04, 2015
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking

Help! My Miele dishwasher has no side.

All kitchen cabinet company's make dishwasher panels to match the cabinets. You need to contact them.

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Mar 23, 2015
Burghfeeder in Cookware

MSG Cooking Tips

I use MSG as a replacement for salt. I really like the flavor and it has a lower sodium content. I've removed straight salt from my cooking (although I won't lecture you to do the same!).

My daughter, who is a college student and lives with three roommates has been lectured by them on its use. I suggested she buy some Accent (MSG by a different name) just to stop the food police lectures. They don't bother her now.

Mar 23, 2015
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking
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Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, PA

I'm glad you mentioned the Carlton. Traditional is the perfect description. Not trendy, but very good, and would be near or at the top of my list.

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Mar 20, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, PA

Meat and Potatoes really has good food, although I've never tried that steak. It's informal, but nice and also have a good bar if you like that. It's also right on Penn Ave, which is an area with several good choices. I would highly recommend it.

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Mar 13, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, PA

It's not easy to avoid the chains, but one of my favorites is Butcher and the Rye on 6th street downtown. It's a great restaurant and the food is fantastic, but may not fall into the traditional steakhouse that you are looking for. I've also had a very good steak at Cioppino in the Strip District.

Of course there always are Morton's, Ruth's Chris, Capital Grill, and Hyde Park (which is a chain that I like).

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Mar 12, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

How can I slice crusty bread without making such a mess?

I don't use a serrated knife. Just use a very sharp chef's knife and the mess is pretty much eliminated.

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Mar 08, 2015
Burghfeeder in General Topics

In Pittsburgh For a Few Days

You have a pretty good list. Dish Osteria is my favorite. Be aware that the South Side where Dish and Fat Head's are has about a hundred bars within a mile, and at later hours, is full of boisterous college kids. That doesn't stop me though... If you go to the Strip district weekend mornings are best and be sure to visit Wholey's and Pennsylvania Macaroni. Alla Famiglia is excellent, but pricy! I would recommend going up to Mt. Washington as the view is tremendous. The restaurants are good but not great although Altius is an exception.

If you find yourself downtown, one of my favorites is Meat and Potato's on Penn avenue. Also on Penn is Nine on Nine which is more formal, but really good.

Enjoy your stay, and please report back!!!

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Mar 02, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Weekend in Pittsburgh

I will second the suggestion for Altius. We had a fantastic meal and the view is second to none. Mt. Washington really needed a place with a menu this good!

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Mar 02, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Tips on marinating/tenderizing London Broil

This is my favorite London Broil recipe. It's simple, and always turns out great!

1 1/2 to 2 pound flank steak
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons dry red wine
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
Directions
Score the steak with shallow diagonal crisscross cuts on both sides so that the steak is scored in a diamond pattern. Combine the other ingredients in a zip lock bag and mix them well. Put the steak in the bag, seal and marinate for at least 4 hours. Grill or broil the steak with high heat. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes on each side. Slice thinly against the grain to serve.

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Feb 10, 2015
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Aldi's own Sriracha

I agree totally, so it's not just you! I like it so much that I buy the 136 oz. (8 1/2 lbs) bottle. I use this stuff on just about everything!

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Feb 07, 2015
Burghfeeder in General Topics

Drinking on valentines day

If you have to go out on Valentines Day (as I do) I would recommend drinking a lot.

Jan 28, 2015
Burghfeeder in Greater Seattle

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Because my wife told me we were going out that night...

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Jan 28, 2015
Burghfeeder in Not About Food

Salmon without breaking the bank

Assuming from your Giant Eagle reference, you are in the W. Pa area. We eat salmon at least once or twice a week and I'm able to find salmon very reasonably priced (less than $10/lb) almost every week. A one pound filet makes a nice serving for both of us.

I also agree that the local Costco sells an entire filet for around $20 to $25. One of these should cut into about 10 nice servings. I usually buy one, cut it and ziplock two portions at a time and freeze.

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Jan 28, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

Many years ago I was in the mood for a steak but wanted to try to find a new local place that I hadn't been to before. After a little research, I decided on one named The Franklin Inn. I'd passed it many times before and the sigh has a big picture of Benjamin Franklin. Sounds like a place that would at least have a steak!

To my surprise, the menu was entirely Mexican. Good Mexican though! I've been going back for years...And they have changed the sign.

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Jan 21, 2015
Burghfeeder in Not About Food

Servers who ask if you need change...

This irks me too. Last week I was sitting at a bar and we were paying cash. Had the change sitting between the two of us. When we had spent $18 the bartender put the $2 change on the bar. A minute later she came by and took it! It wasn't near the edge, but between us. We didn't mention that we were leaving, and she wasn't changing shifts.

It wasn't a big deal, as I would have tipped quite a bit more anyway. It just seemed odd.

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Jan 19, 2015
Burghfeeder in Not About Food

Macaroni and Cheese help!

The answer to creamy Mac and Cheese is adding about 2 teaspoons of sodium citrate. It acts as an emulsifier and prevents it from becoming a greasy mess. You can get it at Whole Foods, but I just order it online.

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Jan 17, 2015
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking

Is Thremapen the only option?

I agree with the Thermapop. Mine was under $30, and worked great (until I dropped it).

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Lost chili recipe from Bon Appetit

I decided to make this today, and it's really good! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of using half a ghost pepper instead of the jalapenos. I love the beef and red wine flavor.

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Jan 10, 2015
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking

Poultry done, but pink. Is it my gas oven?

Use an oven thermometer and then make adjustments in your oven setting. Also just as important is to have an accurate meat thermometer such as a Thermapen. If the $100 price tag for the Thermapen is too steep, I highly recommend one of their other products, the Thermopop. They work about as well for less than $30.

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Jan 06, 2015
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking

Heinous KFC commercial

I'm not offended at all. Some days, I myself choose to eat a less healthy option than is available.

I'm also not the least bit offended if someone else chooses not to eat what I see as best.

Jan 06, 2015
Burghfeeder in Food Media & News

Where to buy Buche de noel near Pottstown, PA?

That might be difficult now that Christmas has passed.

Jan 06, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

santa brought me at deep-fryer

I got one last year and have learned a lot! I prefer to stick to foods that are not battered. Batter and breading really dirty s the oil quickly. As bits of breading fall off, they drop to the bottom and burn which changes the taste of the oil.

I started with fries. I fry them twice to make them crispy. I fry them until they just start to develop small "bubbles" on their surface, but not until they brown. Then I drain and let them cool. Then do them again until they are golden brown and they turn out perfect! After the first fry, you can let them cool and freeze them in zip-lock bags. Just take them out of the freezer and fry till done. Use the same process for wings.

Also, make sure to keep your oil clean. I strain mine through a coffee filter each time. Just make sure you're not working with hot oil. I check it with a thermometer and strain it when it cools to about 120 degrees. The oil lasts much longer if you do this frequently.

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Dec 26, 2014
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking

Cranberry Twp PA dining recommendations

Cranberry is full of chains but there are a few other choices. Domenico's is a good one, but be aware it's more of a pizza restaurant, but it's nice and might be a good choice if you are with kids. The Chicago pizza is great!

BRGR is an upscale burger place, and if you want a little touristy, a Primanti's (fries and slaw on the sandwich) is close too.

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Dec 03, 2014
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Looking for new strong-flavored seasonings

My favorite is Sambal Oelek Ground Fresh Chili Paste. I put this stuff on everything! They have it at just about any Asian food market, and in some supermarkets.

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Lawrenceville part of Pgh - need place for large group for lunch day after Thanksgiving

I'd recommend Industry Public House for a casual/nice place for a group. I've only been there for drinks but we loved it. The food we saw all looked good too.

Of course right down the road is Church Brew Works, which is always fun with people from out of town, and they could easily accommodate your group.

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Nov 17, 2014
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Lunch on the road near Erie

Erie can be difficult, especially right off the highway. One of my favorites is the Lawrence Park Dinor which is a typical old style diner located just East of Erie in Lawrence Park Pa.

Most choices will be at Exit 24, but these are mostly chains. A Primantis Brothers just opened not far from that exit which is the famous Pittsburgh sandwich shop that puts coleslaw and fries on the sandwich. Although it's a small local chain, Primanti's is certainly unique.

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Nov 05, 2014
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

The Allegheny River or the Monangahela River from Pittsburgh?

I can't comment on which would be best for you, but I really love the towns and forest's along the Allegheny. One of my favorite stops is the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg. http://www.visitfoxburg.com/ Another nice stop is the Allegheny Mariner in Kittanning. Both have outdoor decks with beautiful views. Nice for a relaxing meal or a couple of drinks.

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Oct 20, 2014
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania