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October 2014 Openings and Closings

was actually replying to smt. you and i agree.

about 5 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

"mise en place" translates to "put in place", so it's active, as opposed to "set-up" which can be a noun. but yeah, either way, no need for "mini", lol.

about 6 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

BUTTERMILK BAKED CHICKEN

yup. i use them to cook almost all meats and in addition to spraying the rack, i line the sheet pan with foil for easy cleaning.

1 day ago
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

BUTTERMILK BAKED CHICKEN

yes, i use cake cooling racks.

Oct 28, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

What frying oil to use

you can buy refined coconut oil that is neutral-flavored. you can also use ghee which has a higher smoke point than butter.

Oct 28, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

BUTTERMILK BAKED CHICKEN

i just use racks on top of a sheet pan. am not a kitchen-gadget-girl, lol.

Oct 28, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

my ss fridge door had a much different surface than commercial kitchen ss and i had to use a special cleanser for it. HATED it.

Oct 28, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

agree about organizing/tossing the rubbermaid, but the deli containers do not last forever. they are designed to be disposable. they are convenient if giving food away though.

Oct 28, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

BUTTERMILK BAKED CHICKEN

i don't know what this pyramid thing is? but i would use panko instead of cornflakes, since the former is a pantry staple for me. otherwise, sounds pretty straightforward and am sure it's good!

Oct 28, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

which is another reason why it's egregious to charge servers: double-dipping.

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

"Cook at moderate temperatures"

having gone to culinary school and worked in restaurants over 20 years i will say this is frequently not the case. professional stoves have a much hotter capacity and chefs USE IT.

Oct 27, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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Proper wine service - Opening bottle away from the table?

"Cork taint, however, turns out to be something of a misnomer. TCA can be created by almost any combination of chlorophenols, airborne fungi and materials containing cellulose. That's a pretty good working definition of a winery, at least until recently: widespread use of chlorine-based cleaning products; lots of ambient microbes; row upon row of barrels, cardboard boxes and wooden pallets; and wine just waiting to be infected. It can be just as voracious as Brettanomyces or volatile acidity, and proper use of SO2 won't take care of it. Winery TCA--sometimes called ambient or systemic--doesn't just affect a bottle here and a bottle there--it can affect entire lots of wine or even entire wineries."

Read more at: http://www.winesandvines.com/template...

Oct 27, 2014
hotoynoodle in Not About Food

October 2014 Openings and Closings

a hole in the wall on salem st plus a new shiny space make a chain now?

Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

i agree if a place accepts cc's than it should accept gratuities on cc payments. as i said above i have never experienced this exclusion except at hair salons and i eat and drink out A LOT.

servers are employees so they should not have to share the burden of, or be penalized for, the cost of doing business. that is on the owner. it's illegal to charge servers for breakage or if somebody sends back an overcooked steak. having servers pay the cc transaction fee isn't much different than charging them for adp to process their paycheck.

Oct 26, 2014
hotoynoodle in Not About Food

Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

the owner pays the transaction fee regardless of whether or not a gratuity is involved. in most states servers are already paid substantially less than minimum wage yet some scrooge owners want to make them bear costs for doing business? you see nothing exploitative in that?

What to do with a ton of leftover mashed white beans (cannellini)?

yes, you can freeze them, but re: number 3: are they really worth saving?

Oct 25, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

i always volunteered for those shifts so co-workers with kids could be with them on holidays.

Boston-ey Restaurants

me neither and have dined through many generations of servers and bartenders there.

Lobster Disturbance!

you "can" have whatever. :)

Oct 25, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Lobster Disturbance!

dumpling to me implied "not italian"...

Oct 25, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Chicken Broth - when to add aromatics?

lots of dead, old bay leaves in shops so your mexican grocer likely has a faster turn-over for them. frying in a bit of oil really helps release the aromatics too.

i don't use celery anymore, but do put the onions and carrots in right away. since i usually make BIG batches and reduce for more compact storage i never use salt until reheating for other purposes.

Oct 25, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

and the menu was more likely waterfowl, venison and shellfish rather than turkey.

for many years i worked in restaurants on holidays and some families had a good time while others were miserable. i suspect they would have behaved similarly, in both directions, at home.

last year i moved right before thanksgiving so my place was a shambles -- no way i could have cooked and hosted. we went out for dim sum and had a GREAT time.

it's a day where we give thanks. there is more than one way to do so.

Boston-ey Restaurants

atlantic fish is now part of an even BIGGER chain group and the quality has declined. they are sourcing cheaper food and the menu remains as stodgy as ever.

Lobster Disturbance!

finely minced shallot or scallion + ginger. i would not use raw garlic in dumplings but would add finely chopped water chestnuts for texture. agree that a dab of sesame oil would be nice.

please steam them as the flavor is pretty delicate. :)

Oct 25, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

the restaurant is paying the whatever % on the transaction NOT the tip. if a place accepts cc this is simply a cost of doing business. (i already mentioned this upthread.) further, there are states where it is legal to deduct the fee from a server's tips and there are companies who do so. it's profoundly miserly.

Oct 25, 2014
hotoynoodle in Not About Food

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

"Cooking some foods a day or days before really doesn't same you any time...it takes just as much time to reheat food properly, as it does to cook it only once."

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this really depends. stews, soups and braises all take many hours but very little relative time to reheat. now that cold awful weather is bearing down i will be making much more of that sort of thing.

Oct 23, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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October 2014 Openings and Closings

oops. totally misunderstood the question. duh.

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

do you use those special bags?

Oct 23, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Menu suggestion for macaroni and cheese main dish

somebody is pulling the food out of the oven and serving it --presumably a waiter or cook who is not jewish.

Oct 23, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Menu suggestion for macaroni and cheese main dish

perhaps experiment with a small batch before the event? i only suggested turning up the oven in case the cakes are still cold in the middle when you are ready to eat. fish cakes are far more budget-friendly than whole pieces and if you make them smallish, people will know they are not the main course, but a side.

Oct 23, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking