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Food scientist input Re: No knead bread with eggs

The texture of the no knead bread is the type I like. Just like grandma's. Rusin/Czech heritage. I've made her recipe forever but requires extensive kneading. With my current physical disabilities I'd like to add eggs, if safe, to dupicate the flavor of her recipe with the very successful no knead recipe/technique. The no knead stuff allows me to bake great tasting bread again, even with my current disability. Basic recipe, with cheddar cheese and rye/whole wheat/molasses have been satisfactory. The Rye is not the expected texture of a normal rye but I was just going for the taste. Quite nice.

Dec 02, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Home Cooking

Food scientist input Re: No knead bread with eggs

Concerned with the safety of bread dough using long rise and addition of eggs as a modification to the basic recipe.

Any science types with an opinion?

Anecdotal comments, while interesting may not provide necessary answer.

Thanks.

Dec 02, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Home Cooking

McRib: will it ever return, now that McD's is revamping its 'healthy image?

Mc Rib sandwich is back in Lino Lakes MN. Just bought on a half hour ago. Yay team!

Oct 27, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Chains

Downtown Mpls Warehouse district .Can't remember name of restaurant. Help?

Only went there once a year ago and can't remember the location or name.

It was open for business till 4 or 5 in the morning. Kind of an eclectic and very friendly atmosphere. Not expensive. Any ideas? Google not helping.

Stove Top Stuffing Challenge

With apologies to Mzaggie, above. Expounding on her posting. A few years ago I got a recipe from a magazine or off a cable cooking show for meatloaf using stuffing mix. I just do it by guess now. A six ounce bag of stuffing. 2 eggs, a chopped onion, sometimes celery chopped quite fine, 2 lb lean ground beef, spices, a cup of broth or water. Sometimes stuff it (or rather enclosed layer) cheese and/or chopped spinach. Catsup or bbq sauce on top. 375 for an hour or so. Thermometer @160 is done. I probably can't find the original recipe.

Tastes very good.

Oct 04, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Home Cooking

Do you tip when "picking-up" food?

I tip a buck, two or three for take out, at the three Asian restaurants that I am considered a "regular". They always treat me like family without regard to sit down or take out purchases. Often they will comp something at the table, offer tea while waiting for my take out or slip a little something into the take out bag. I'm usually dealing with the owner, son/daughter or long time manager. These restaurants have a community sharing of tips rather than "each to his own".

If I'm a stranger at a restaurant or it is a traditional take out joint, I do not usually tip.

Oct 04, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Not About Food

Mason jar sealer?

That's a pretty nifty idea. Maybe they will go back into production.

Oct 01, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

Minneapolis--without kids

Seemed like kind of a strong reaction on your part. Your paradigm and mine are obviously different. I did nothing more that offer a rec to someone that indicated they were willing to travel to get a good meal and were flexible concerning casual vs. formal. I'd think to some people, especially visitors, might enjoy a little sightseeing. A 20 minute drive from downtown is not an inordinately long drive. Blaine is not downtown but it is a nice suburb, substantially less crowded than downtown. A drive up here , in the sticks, might show 15-30 deer visible almost every evening, from the highway adjacent to Aveda's property(Aveda is a rather chowish lunch venue in its own right.)Might see a hawk or an eagle, might go shopping, might see a pretty girl, maybe go to a movie. We suburbanites aren't without some pros on the scorecard. We now have paved roads and running water just like the city. The OP did not specify the price range they were looking for. I was up front with them and suggested two restaurants in two price ranges. I provided links to the menus so they could make an intelligent decision to consider the venue, or not. Both of the recommended restaurants are considered by many to supply quality product in the respective price range. I'm curious. Would you also react so negatively to a rec for Bella, also in Blaine, or to Kozlac's, about the same distance away but in another city? Is it the distance, the suburb or the restaurants themselves that set you off? I ,for one, enjoy visiting most all parts of the metro area for a diversity in dining. I'd get pretty bored sticking to a particular area. A forty five minute drive to Fat Lorenzo's for a slice, when the craving hits, is fine with me. There are probably a thousand restaurants in the metro area. I picked only two to suggest to the poster, because they provided a different venue from those posted by others and I, personally, enjoy both of them, for different reasons.

Sorry for incurring your displeasure. I've noticed that you normally post well, intelligently and in a friendly manner. This post of yours was kind of a surprise.

Sincerely, have a good day. No sarcasm.

MSP--- Pizza by the Slice? ?

When I worked near the airport, I used to go to Fat Lorenzo's (56th and Cedar) twice a month. Now only twice a year. Pizza by the slice and great salads. Parking at 12 noon is iffy.

Minneapolis--without kids

Without kids? You mean no kids in your party or a restaurant where you won't find kids? Twenty minutes north of Downtown Minneapois is Blaine . Easy freeway drive. A favorite,non gourmet, kid friendly 10-20.00 spot is Axel's Bonfire. Very tasty, prices are appropriate. Extremely busy Fri and Sat nites. If you want to avoid crowds, midweek or lunch is better.

Link for menu.http://www.axelsbonfire.com/bonfire/i...

A little fancier and less kid friendly is a steak and wine place called Red Oak. It's one exit farther up the freeway (3 miles

)

http://www.redoaksteaksandwine.com/

Nutritional Information for Recipes

I'm diabetic so nutritional information is necessary for everything I cook, as it relates to carb, sugar, fat, sat fat and chol.

I use a software called cook'n for all my recipes.

Type it in, determine the number of servings...out pops recipe with nutritional info. If it's not good for my parameters, I tweek the recipe until it's right for me.

Would this help you?

Sep 27, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Site Talk

Need a food grinder?

I was out shopping, today, needing a replacement for my smoker that has gone to heaven.

In checking out items at the local Gander Mountain store I spotted a display for food grinders. Regular price 59.95, on sale for 19.95.

Asian manufacture but looks like pretty good quality, 1/4 hp.

I didn't buy one because I have the grinder attachment for my KA mixer.

If I didn't have that, this would have been in my cart.

Sep 27, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

McRib: will it ever return, now that McD's is revamping its 'healthy image?

That video is darned cute.

Sep 27, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Chains

Mason jar sealer?

OK... ordered my Pump-n-Seal on Friday just before midnight or just after midnight Saturday AM. They confirmed my order at about 0930 AM Saturday and stated they would ship in 2 to 3 days. Quite prompt, I'd say.

Surprise... Arrived Monday. Granted, it wasn't too far away. I'm in Minnesota and the package was shipped from Wisconsin but this was almost as fast as running down to the local Wal Mart. (I'm sure Wal Mart doesn't sell this item)

I ordered the Pump-n-Seal, two bowl lids, , 115 seals, hole punch, bag attachment, foam block and instruction video. Some of the items are sent free of charge. The whole thing came to 46.85, delivered.

After testing:

Very happy with the basic sealing device.

I may use the Bowl seal devices for maranating but they are kind of clunky and probably more work than they are worth for everyday use.

The video is very precise but, obviously, "the lowest common denominator" comes to mind.

It does let you seal in ziplock bags but it is also a little clunky and I probably won't use that feature very much. My Tilia sealer works better, but using more expensive bags.

It does what I wanted. It easily seals Mason jars and commercial screw top jars very well.

If I did it again, I probably wouldn't order the bowl seal lids, bringing the delivered price to less than 30.00. It's definately worth that.

I'm satisfied with the purchase, delivery and the product. It does what it is advertised to do.

Sep 27, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

Xylitol

Sugar browns (carmalizes). Yeast needs sugar (no yeast this recipe, tho) Xylitol and sugar tastes better than xylitol alone.

Sep 25, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Home Cooking

Xylitol

Banana bread recipe. I didn't invent it. Got it off the internet, somewhere. Cut back on the sugar or xylitol a little if you have giant bananas. Tastes pretty good.

3 very ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup xylitol
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted walnuts or pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place bananas, eggs, butter, sour cream, lemon juice, and xylitol in a blender container or food processor bowl and mix until smooth.
In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Pour banana mixture over flour mixture.
Stir just until flour is moistened.
Stir in the nuts.
Turn into a greased 9" by 4" loaf pan or into two 3" by 7" bread pans.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Allow to cool 5 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and complete cooling.

Sep 23, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Home Cooking

McRib: will it ever return, now that McD's is revamping its 'healthy image?

I just called the McD's 1-800 number and the East Indian accented operator stated that the McRib was discontinued nationwide except that certain independant McD's stores still carry it. Asked if I was interested in having it return tho...I answered with a definate positive response.

Sep 22, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Chains

Trouble with KitchenAid mixer?

Out of curiosity, how old was the machine?

Also, thanks to all the posters that have supplied so much information. I really appreciate it.

Sep 22, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

Best Bets in Rochester, MN

That must be south of the canning factory? Never have seen it. Sounds like a manditory stop on my next trip south of the TC. Is this a relatively new restaurant because it sure doesn't ring a bell?

Is China Dynasty still the same good quality as it was... considering it's nitch as an Americanized Chinese food restaurant? Or, has it gone down in quality? Your comment suggests you weren't completely happy with it. Or is it just that Phnom Penh is overwhelmingly better in it's multi ethnicity menu?

Thanks for the heads up.

Best Bets in Rochester, MN

Nope. Not Wongs. Had to call a friend... China Dynasty. 701 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904 ยท 507-289-2333

Been there? Unless it's changed, it was quite good. Used to got to the Mayo quite frequently but luckily I don't have to anymore. I live 90 miles north or Rochester.

Canning Equipment: What brand should I buy?

The kettle and rack is priced at over $35 at the Our Own Hdwe store in my neighborhood. A 14 mile drive to Fleet Farm got me same item, same brand for $13 and change. Have a FF in your area?

BTW...love the magnet idea, rainey.

Sep 19, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

Mason jar sealer?

Thank you. The pump-n-seal was the item I was looking for. Unless somebody comes up with a superior idea, this is going to get ordered this week.

Sep 19, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

Why does some restaurant food come out/stay hotter than my home cooking? Technique? Pans?

NO NO NO not the black icky thing with the yellow spots!

Sep 18, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

Trouble with KitchenAid mixer?

Was canning piccallili, last week, using grinder attachment on my 6 month old KA mixer. This was the classsic, 250 watt machine. Retail about $270. Motor gave out after grinding 1/2 dozen peppers. Tried to get by with hand grinder and decided that I had to have horsepower. Packed up the mixer. Went to store to return. Store very gracious but out of that model. Had to buy the 450 watt machine for an extra $110. Isolated incident or common problem? Noticed a ton of ads on ebay for refurbished machines which makes me suspicious that there may be a design flaw or quality problem.

BTW, finished 15 pints of my Grandmother's 100 year old recipe. Now I have a year's supply.

Sep 17, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

Mason jar sealer?

I have a seal a meal. Never use their plastic jars or their mason jar sealer lids. Too bulky. Too much trouble to lug out the machine unless bagging bulk product. First 15 pages of Google doesn't help.
I remember seeing a cable ad, years ago, for a little device with a tape seal for sealing jars and, I think, bags like chips. Can't find anything similar. Either not popular or maybe didn't really work.

Sep 17, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

Why does some restaurant food come out/stay hotter than my home cooking? Technique? Pans?

Heated plates. I usually put a tsp of water on my plates and stick 'em in the microwave for 60 seconds before plating dinner or, especially scrambed eggs for breakfast. 1 second with a paper towel drys them.

Sep 17, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Cookware

[MSP] Near U of M

tyvm. appreciate the info.

[MSP] Near U of M

What happened to the post for the U of M in the Ann Arbor area? Did it get moved? I didn't jot down the rec and now can't remember it.

Maine Seacoast Restaurants Needed

My favorite lobster pound in the York Kittery area is the Cape Neddick pound. Full bar, on the water, usually don't need reservations. Make a meal out of the mussels appetizer. Chicken, steaks, burgers available.

Nice medium-higher priced restaurant is Fore Street in Portland. Reservations sometimes hard to get but last time there saw a posting for a certain number of walk ins accomodated. Hangar steak and whole mackeral are tops. Menu changes daily. Fresh greens and chefs cooking area visible to diners. Building is an old WW1 military tank facory, I believe.

Taylor falls,MN-eats?

Chisago House used to be pretty good full service restaurant. Haven't been there for a few years.

Sep 17, 2006
stevieBcanyon in Great Lakes