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4 pieces of kitchen gear

Microwave would be #1
Induction hot plate
Non stick pan with high sides so you could sauté or boil.
Knife

about 21 hours ago
zackly in Cookware

Arsenic in chicken feed

The FDA says most chicken in the US tests positive for arsenic. They add it to the feed to speed up growth......Lovely!
http://livingtraditionally.com/fda-fi...

1 day ago
zackly in General Topics

What difference does a covered pot make?

Pots are generally covered to retard evaporation, save energy and increase cooking efficiency. Cooking a stew without a lid will not affect it adversely, just the opposite, it will concentrate the flavors be removing water through evaporation.

Storage Containers For Freezing Food That Are NOT Plastic

I had never heard that about stainless steel but apparently those two chemicals leach into the food during cooking. I don't know about if it also occurs during freezing. I'm surprised there isn't more hoopla about this as most people, myself included, think of stainless cookware as among the safest. I've emailed the NSF to see if there is peer reviewed scientific evidence. There's also a lot of opinion than even BPA free plastic is unsafe, but you know what they say about opinions.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art...

Feb 26, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

I agree with you Duffy. I've never had much success cleaning stainless steel pots that I've made béchamel or any dairy sauce etc. The residue does not come off in my dishwasher. I usually have to pre-soak & scrub beforehand. That's why I use Teflon pans for these type of preparations, they are much easier to clean.

Feb 26, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Where to get the cheapest red meat?

How about the other red meat........pork? I bought a whole pork butt on sale for .99 cents last week. I know some claim pork isn't good for dogs but from what I've read, this is an old wives' tale without any real scientific evidence published by people with an agenda. There are several well regarded brands (such as Acana & Fromm)that feature pork in their composition.

Feb 26, 2015
zackly in General Topics

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

Do you all put heavily soiled cookware in your dishwasher without pre-soaking like they do on TV commercials? They show macaroni & cheese or lasagna baked on a Pyrex dish. I've always had to soak with some dish soap beforehand.

Feb 25, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

Thanks, I did my first load with Quantum this morning. I also used the "Auto" dirt sensing mode instead of the "Regular' mode. The results were excellent. Probably had a little to do with both changes.

Feb 25, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

Before he opened Bar Sugo the owner/chef had a great takeout pizza place Pizzeria Rosso in Norwalk. It never found an audience but my wife and I loved it.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Southern New England

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

Many years ago (10-15 or more) Consumer Reports stressed buying dishwasher detergents that contains "enzymes". Two inexpensive ones they recommended were Trader Joe's and Wal-Mart's house brands. They did indeed work well. Are enzymes still in detergents or have they been removed too? I can't read the small print in the store:)

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

I was 12 at the time, two years before I discovered beer!

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Southern New England

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

I've been going there since the early 1960's. My friend's father owned it back then and my friend & I would fold pizza boxes on a Friday night. Our pay? All the pizza & soda we could consume. Seemed like a great deal back then.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Southern New England

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

Stamford Pizza=Colony Grill

Frequently listed as a top pizza in USA.
# 27 on this list
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/lo...

No Sicilian however.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Southern New England

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

Finish All in 1 Powerballs do contain Jet Dry. I also add liquid Jet Dry in the reservoir. Maybe it's overkill? The glassware does come out sparkling though.My problem is crusted food residue. Did you try the Finish All in 1 Powerballs with the Jet Dry and still need to add additional drying agent?

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Pancetta in larger quantities?

Thanks, I know Fusaro's. Little corner store near Rippowam HS. I'm also looking to get some volume discount so this might not be the place. I'll give them a call.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in General Topics

Pancetta in larger quantities?

Seems all but one Business Centers are on the West Coast. Too bad, I love Costco.
We have something similar called Restaurant Depot around here but that's a hike for me just for an item or two.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in General Topics

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

They may be there already. This was about a month ago.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Southern New England

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

I have a good friend who lives in Old Greenwich and raves about Renapoli. We ordered several pies from the new Amores (both styles) for a gathering of friends including a few Bronx born, Arthur Avenue regulars, right after they opened. Honestly, the pies weren't cooked well. They were very soggy. I chalked that up to a new crew not being familiar with the new ovens. The ingredients were first class though. And it is expensive for the size you get.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Southern New England

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

I just picked up some Quantum Powerballs. I'll give them a try. My only problem is I have 3 X 100 of the other ones that I bought on sale @ Costco.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

I read yesterday that the detergent manufacturers removed the phosphates from all their detergents in 2010 because they didn't want to make two varieties of everything. You were probably able to buy them in states where they weren't originally banned while they still had inventory of the "good" stuff.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

The key to good Sicilian pizza is to proof & bake the dough before you add toppings. That prevents the layer of raw dough just below the sauce.
Belltown Pizza is very good. Amore on Hope Street just re-opened by the people who own Renapoli.
The better pizza shops in the tri-state area use Grande brand Mozzarella. It is more flavorful and more expensive. I know Belltown uses this brand and probably Stamford Restaurant & Pizzeria on US 1, off exit 9 I-95. They are the same family.
http://www.grandecheese.com/products/...

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Southern New England

Uneven baking

Does your oven have a convection feature? If so use it. This fan moves the air around to eliminate hot and cold spots. Remember to bake @ a slightly lower temperature because things brown quicker.

Feb 24, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Best knife sharpener??

I spoke to the people @ Work Sharp today and expressed my concerns about heat buildup using their machine. They claim it won't be an issue and that you'd have to try to damage a knife using their system. I like the idea of not having to hold a 15 or 20 degree angle, that this machine does that for you.

Feb 23, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Best knife sharpener??

Could you please post a link to the one you like? Thanks!

Feb 23, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Pancetta in larger quantities?

Is a Costco Business Center different from a Costco Warehouse?

Feb 23, 2015
zackly in General Topics

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

No I haven't but I do see it has a sensor "auto" setting which is probably similar to what Bob B mentioned that he has(Pro-Wash)on his machine. I think I've used it before but can't say for sure. I don't think it's the machine though. I think it's the weaker detergents that are now lacking phosphates.

Feb 23, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

I'll pick up some Quantum and give them a try, thanks!

Feb 23, 2015
zackly in Cookware
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On Being a Chef, Nobody Gets Out Alive

Thank you Jules, my intentions are altruistic. I wish I had listened to people in the industry before I went to chef's school who said "why do you want to get into this business, you speak good English"? This was a time, early 1970's, when chefs in America got little respect, even less so American born chefs. It was for guys "who didn't speak proper English". I strongly feel that you need a balance in life of work & leisure time. Most cook/chefs jobs do not afford that. I resented not being available in the evenings to play team sports with my friends, fish, hang around at bars, date, have a normal social life & do all the fun things twenty- somethings do.

Feb 23, 2015
zackly in Not About Food

Best knife sharpener??

I've been looking for a sharpener that's easy to use and can sharpen both European & Japanese kitchen knives. I'd be interested in hearing your experience with the machine and what other knife guys here think of it. Thanks!
The reviews are great on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Work-Sharp-WSKT...

Feb 23, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Pancetta in larger quantities?

I would like to buy a bigger piece of pancetta than my supermarket carries. They have those 12-15oz vacuum pack round pieces the size of a section of Genoa salami. I could even use ends or diced because I mostly use it in soups or sauces. Where should I look for this?

Feb 23, 2015
zackly in General Topics