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What are the uses for specialty salts? And what are the differences between common salts?

I don't agree that most recipes use Kosher salt. If they do, they say it. Otherwise I assume it's regular table salt and have rarely ended up with something too salty.

Dec 22, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

WHAT'S FOR DINNER PART LXIV / PART 64

Tonight it was pork chops with a mustard sauce. I had to improvise the cooking time because I'm at my mother's without my thermometer (also they were thinner than I usually get) but they came out nice and tender. Bread to mop up the sauce with. With that, salad with my favorite dressing: olive oil, a few drops of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Fruit for desert.

Dec 22, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Onions...

I'm pretty sensitive to cutting up onions and I don't tolerate contacts anymore. (Yes, cutting onions bothered me less with contacts in.) I find what helps me is to have a fan behind me, so the fumes are blown away from me. It's the only way I cut onions these days.

Dec 22, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Poll: How do you make chicken soup?

I use the chicken meat to make my husband's beloved chicken croquets.

Dec 12, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Why not buy the new lightweight Cast Iron cookware with steel/wood handles?

You can get iron toxicity from cast iron. Many people think iron excess is a very under-appreciated health problem. There is no such thing as completely safe. The best you can do is pick your risk.

Dec 02, 2010
silkenpaw in Cookware

Today's First Disaster

Sounds like what happened when my brother and I realized mom couldn't do Christmas any more. Cooking wasn't right and the kitchen wasn't clean. We do the Christmas dinner together now; the dishes are the same but the spirit isn't. It's sad.

Nov 26, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

Chinese vs Italian Pine Nuts (pignoli)..big price difference. Taste difference?

I just don't want to put anything that came from China in my mouth, considering the recent debacles. At least not knowingly.

Nov 24, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

Enormously, tremendously, stupendously huge turkey advice?

What terrifies me more is the prospect of daily cooking on that range. Couldn't get a stock pot on it to save your life.

Nov 22, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving: What do you make ahead?

Wonder how she knew what dried blood tastes like!

Nov 22, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

It has to be apple cider vinegar. A piece of fermenting fruit will also do it. The other day there were a couple of them sitting on my rising bread - they are attracted to products of fermentation.

Nov 19, 2010
silkenpaw in Not About Food

Any danger from checkout scanners?

Yeah, you have to touch someone to produce children.

Nov 10, 2010
silkenpaw in Not About Food

Crazy supermarket check-out experience

pretty soon patients will be taking their own vital signs, bringing themselves meals and giving themselves medications. Talk about taking personal responsibility for your health!

Nov 10, 2010
silkenpaw in Not About Food

Crazy supermarket check-out experience

I used to use the self-checkout thingies but they were always accusing me of stealing stuff (weight didn't jibe, I guess) and I always ended up waiting for en employee to help me. For that, I'd rather start with a live cashier. Providing jobs is the way I see it. I feel the same way about self-checkin at airports.

Nov 10, 2010
silkenpaw in Not About Food

Crazy supermarket check-out experience

<We chalk this up to the store being in an affluent suburd with spoiled prima donas>

I'm not the supermarket's employee to be doing their work for them. Besides, as I see it, I am providing job security for the cashier by having them do more work.

Nov 10, 2010
silkenpaw in Not About Food

Apparantly you can make asparagus soup with the woody ends?

You collect the woody ends (in the freezer) until you have enough for a reasonable amount of soup. Then cook the heck out of them and puree in blender or food mill. Use any asparagus soup recipe for seasoning and garnish.

Nov 02, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Cheese on Seafood?

I agree with everyone who says "never say never." My husband puts cheese on seafood, I don't. We are both happy. Just do what tastes good.

Oct 31, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

Around My French Table

I was visiting my mother last week and made this in her inadequate kitchen. Whiskey was the only hard alcohol on hand so I used that. The cake tasted great and is definitely a keeper but all the apples ended up on the bottom. Did that happen to yours?

Oct 30, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Any ideas for making beets more palatable?

Grate some cooked beets and apples together. Cook briefly. Thicken with a little roux. Enjoy. Yummmmmmm.

Oct 30, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Sweet v. Savory: What do Chowhounds prefer?

And generally too sweet. I like a nice dessert, not pure sugar. A good fruit tart is among my favorites.

Oct 29, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

what do you prefer that most foodies would scoff at?

I adore sweetbreads and liver. Yummy.

Oct 29, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

Etiquette for "adults only" invitation and host's child(ren)

I think it's incredibly rude to specify the guests' children are not invited and then have your own children present. It shows that you think you are somehow "more special" than your guests, something a host should avoid at all costs.

Oct 29, 2010
silkenpaw in Not About Food

Going less plastic at the grocery store (not bags)

I bring my own ziplocks to use instead of the flimsy supermarket plastic bags. I wash and re-use the ziplocks.

Oct 29, 2010
silkenpaw in Not About Food

What are you baking these days? Part IX [old]

Thanks, roxlet.

Oct 29, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

I love Wolfert's books. All the recipes have clearly been tested and they work and are delicious. I don't care what the title is.

Oct 28, 2010
silkenpaw in Home Cooking

Where & how do you keep your potatoes & onions

Obviously, you should make room in your wine cooler for these items ;)

Oct 28, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

when far from home, what foods do you miss/crave the most?

When I'm traveling and eating at marvelous restaurants I miss fresh fruit.

Oct 28, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

Sweet v. Savory: What do Chowhounds prefer?

The meal is just an excuse for desert :) I don't feel right if I don't get a good desert. Though I do find that desert portions are often ridiculously large.

Oct 28, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

Low waste kitchens

If aluminum foil was doesn't have a lot of baked-on food and is not torn, I wipe it clean and reuse. It helps if your foil is heavy-duty to begin with. I cover dishes with glass plates to microwave. I also wash and reuse ziplock bags.

Oct 27, 2010
silkenpaw in Not About Food

Why are baguettes in the US so bad?

The short answer is that bread in the US is terrible in general because people just don't know any better and don't demand better (or boycott the awful stuff on offer in most stores.)

When I was a kid, we lived in Ghana, a former British colony. Bread there was just awful. We lived near the eastern border and if you drove just a few miles to Togo, formerly a French colony, you could get good bread. Both products were presumably made from the same flour, it was the culture and the expectations that were different.

Oct 20, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics

I'm 49 and have NEVER tasted a Chef Boyardee product

I've never had most American convenience foods cos I'm a damn furrner and my mother never knew you were supposed to eat that stuff. The ones I HAVE tasted have all been repulsive (overcooked pasta and vegetables, rubbery textured cakes, dry meat patties). Yuck.

Oct 20, 2010
silkenpaw in General Topics