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fresh (rendered) lard?

I've gotten it at one of the butchers (sorry, forget which one) at the Strafford farmers market on Lancaster Avenue. Also from the occasional pork guy at the Phoenixville Farmers Market. Not Countrytime, the other guy that also sells honey & non-organic produce. Aha: Hoagland Farms.

http://www.phoenixvillefarmersmarket....

Oh, and yeah -- as others have mentioned about other sources, neither of these two consistently have lard. But they're happy to take requests and I've never had to wait long for it.

May 11, 2013
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Indian in the Burbs?

Thanks, Chinon. I'm not terribly good at Indian & wanted something close by, so this list was much appreciated!

May 11, 2013
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Morels within a few hours of Phila. area?

Really? I wasn't aware that Pete's cultivated or sold any mushrooms. They grow them onsite?

Apr 02, 2013
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Looking for Russian style Kielbasa

Czerw's is Polish, not Russian, and the mecca of kielbasa. They do an incredible business at Eastertime, of course -- lines around the block.

Apr 02, 2013
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Bulk food/hippie grocery stores in Philadelphia

I didn't either, for a good run... until I did. They wouldn't admit their mistake. Avoid.

Apr 02, 2013
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Bulk food/hippie grocery stores in Philadelphia

You might want to get yourself a membership to Frontier or UMFI. https://wholesale.frontiercoop.com
https://unfi.com

Mar 25, 2013
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Bulk food/hippie grocery stores in Philadelphia

Avoid the Head Nut unless you don't mind cumin in your cinnamon.

Mar 25, 2013
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Bulk food/hippie grocery stores in Philadelphia

+1!

Mar 25, 2013
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Gluten-free replacement for bread crumbs?

I recently used previously roasted eggplant as a sub for bread crumbs and it was delicious, invisible, excellent texture. Nothing leaped out as "eggplant" -- just tasted like a good meatball.

Mar 25, 2013
Mawrter in Home Cooking

Preferred grease to season a soapstone pot?

Wound up using lard. Very happy with results.

Mar 25, 2013
Mawrter in Cookware

Homemade Ice Cream - Thickeners and Stabilizers

Not a fan of uncooked, unsoaked rice flour -- I've never tried it in ice cream, and I wouldn't, either. Personally, I'd skip the rice milk version, too.

I never used any thickeners, but I recently started to like arrowroot. I just made a variation of this recipe and it was really successful (especially in texture, which IMO is the trickiest part of making ice cream): http://www.holistickid.com/homemade-i... For years I always made ice cream with just cream, egg yolk, honey and maybe: pureed fruit, raw cocoa powder, booze, milk, coconut milk.

Your mention of sugar alternatives: "agave, honey, brown rice syrup, or raw sugar (or a less refined version such as Florida sugar crystals)" -- all of these are fine. Stevia and other faux sweeteners (that won't raise your GI index at all) will not get you to the semi-solid ice creamy texture that we seek in a frozen dairy confection. You can use them, sure, but they send you down a road to more and more chemical trickery, and soon it's just an unappetizing science experiment. Harold McGee talks at length about the exact ratio of sugar (in whatever form) to other liquids to get the right degree of appealingly soft frozenness. Fat and booze also contribute to hitting the sweet spot w/r/t texture. The more of those you use, the less sugar you can use.

That's the problem with coconut milk, I think -- it's hard to get the right amount of fat. Go for full fat; if you want to make a non-dairy ice cream, I suggest getting a big tub of coconut oil so you can amp up your coconut fat content. Tropical Traditions and Wilderness Family Naturals both have lots of coconut products; it might be good to try their coconut butter and/or coconut cream products. HTH.

Aug 11, 2012
Mawrter in Home Cooking

Bialys in Philly suburbs?

+1 Bagels, bialys and salt sticks.

Aug 11, 2012
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Real Water Ice

Rita's success is more about supply that demand. Agree re: John's.

Aug 11, 2012
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Bourdain finally coming to Philly?

+1!

Aug 11, 2012
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Bourdain finally coming to Philly?

+1

Aug 11, 2012
Mawrter in Philadelphia

Are you able to smell asparagus metabolites in urine? [from General Topics]

Nice - I should try that! TYVM!

Aug 11, 2012
Mawrter in Not About Food

Brussel Sprouts.. My final frontier?

That sounds lovely. The older the sprout, the drier, so I can see situations where sprinkling water would help. And pancetta is always a welcome addition - nice!

Aug 11, 2012
Mawrter in Home Cooking

Please give your review of sources (online/bricks-n-mortar) for handmade steak knives?

Much appreciated, JB!

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Cookware

Chow Kids. Are you raising one?

That IS hilarious!

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Not About Food

Chow Kids. Are you raising one?

Aw, very cute, reading this update! Thank you for piping up. Sounds like you are having a blast with your little one! :)

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Not About Food

Chow Kids. Are you raising one?

+1 Big footprints.

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Not About Food

It Is Impossible to Find a Functional Stainless Steel Steamer Basket.

Much appreciated - thanks for the heads-up re: the chemicals. It astounds me that that's even legal to sell... truly an age of caveat emptor. :/

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Cookware

It Is Impossible to Find a Functional Stainless Steel Steamer Basket.

+1

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Cookware

It Is Impossible to Find a Functional Stainless Steel Steamer Basket.

... and even if it doesn't melt per se, who knows what it's leaching into your food/steaming water...

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Cookware

It Is Impossible to Find a Functional Stainless Steel Steamer Basket.

I must head over to Chinatown and get one of those. I keep trying to make friends with the set-up at Ikea, but I can't. It's perfectly nice, but we eat a lot of vegetables and the thing is just not big enough. The steamer is made expressly for the (smallish) pot with lid -- the Stabil items.

It's this one, and DON"T BE FOOLED by the photo of the asparagus -- it must be a GMO intended for dolls. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

I keep thinking maybe the Ikea fold-in circle type steamer (the kind like the original poster was complaining keeps on breaking -- same here, FTR) might be a little sturdier than most, but I'm so bitter about buying them and replacing them over and over and over, I keep using the ones I have that are broken. This is past the point of frugal, it's crazy -- but I.can't.let.it.go.

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Cookware

Brussel Sprouts.. My final frontier?

Slice in half, slowly fry in bacon grease cut side down. If they're big enough that they're not getting cooked all the way through, flip them. Salt. Pepper. Garlic optional (a plus, I think, if your previous experiences weren't good). They are crazy good.

I had good brussels sprouts growing up (steamed, with butter), but a few years ago in Florida visiting in-laws I had The Most Appalling Brussels Sprouts Ever. Like, gag-inducing. I now have a healthy appreciation for folks whose formative tries were vile.

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Home Cooking

"Cooking" with a toddler?

Loving all these suggestions about ways to help!

Also: At 2 1/2, Ditdah's nephew (and many of the the other kiddos in this thread) will still be using and enjoying their play kitchen for a long time. It's very fun if you haunt yard sales and thrift stores to pick up the smallest size of intriguing real cookware that you may see. Little kids love "serious" materials (i.e., not plastic) and it's all great pretend play, small motor practice, sensory input and of course, *fun!*.

Sometimes it can be fun to drag the pretend kitchen outside and give them small quantities of real ingredients to make messes with. They will mix dry rice with leaves from your bushes, sniff the cinnamon, and use up any old non-perishables you have laying around. Great fun. And remember, the more "I-do-it-myself" there is in the kitchen, the less picky-eating/food battles there will be (not that this is the sole factor, but all other things being equal, it helps). HAVE FUN!

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Home Cooking

"Cooking" with a toddler?

+1!

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Home Cooking

"Cooking" with a toddler?

Definitely! Remember, for kids this age (and quite a bit beyond), it should be all about "process," not "product."

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Home Cooking

Are you able to smell asparagus metabolites in urine? [from General Topics]

Everyone that I know of on both sides of my & my dh's family can smell it, as can our chowpup. Probably this means we are all savages, but we find it amusing. I mean, I'm even amused (not revolted) when I notice the distinctive asparagus pee smell in the women's room, to the extent that I'll think,"Gosh, maybe I should have ordered the asparagus!". It's nothing at all like the nasty smell of stale pee, it's more like a variation of the smell of steamed asparagus.

Jun 30, 2012
Mawrter in Not About Food