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What is the best way to freeze mushrooms?

It's only 3 days in the fridge - Wednesday to Saturday.

I would put the mushrooms in a paper bag and place in the fridge.

Aug 27, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Am I missing something? The title says 'recipe for a crowd', but the actual recipe serving instructions are for one glass. Do I really have to do the math??

Recipe makes 12 servings.

The one glass instructions is how you would use the mix (proportions) to make someone a glass.

What math? I'm sure you can eyeball the amount without doing the math.

Aug 26, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Goofed on making vanilla extract?

Personally, I think it will turn out. You just need to steep a little longer than your formula calls for.

Aug 26, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

New recipe, trying tonight, doesn't sound correct?

The easiest thing to do is cook a couple at 5 minutes and see how they turn out.

Aug 26, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

Mediocre food and and rude service. I would never go back.

If the waitstaff was inattentive or inept, I would put that on the "one more chance" list hoping that OJT will help work out the kinks, but only if I'm really craving the food.

Aug 21, 2014
dave_c in Not About Food

DIrty Family Secrets

A couple roommates in college. One liked pan frying canned tuna another liked using canned chicken meat. My comment to both of them was fresh split chicken breast was under $1 per pound and whole chicken even less. Save your money stop buying the canned stuff. No luck. They didn't really want to cook.

Aug 19, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

Trying to hack toum...

I agree with your thought about blanching the garlic to knockdown the harshness. Roasting or a quick pan roasting may add color to the dish you may not be wanting, but it's an alternative to blanching.

I've not made toum, but it's on my list of to-do's.

Aug 19, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

This couple appears to be working the system.
Both have the same medical disability?
I didn't know being a sociopath was a disability.

Roast Duck

I used to roast duck using a vertical roaster (back in the day when those roasters were the fad). The duck turned out very nicely and the roasting pad caught the duck fat.

Duck fat and potatoes. Another taste to remember.

If you can find a vertical roaster, probably at an outlet store, I would recommend one for roasting a duck.

Aug 18, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

Cheap Beef Meals

Ground chuck is $5?

May I suggest a chuck roast and use your food processor to "grind" as needed. Also, you can make pot roast which is a delicious meal and relatively inexpensive.

Aug 18, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking
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Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

Another woman using a child to validate her bad behavior.

Aug 12, 2014
dave_c in Food Media & News

Carnitas help

What I've seen done in some places is the carnitas is cooked and the crisping is done on the flat top.

That's what I would recommend is to take the meat out and crisp in the skillet or as mentioned above under the broiler. You're wanting to get a little browning going.

However, the browning step is optional, if the carnitas has good flavor the browning is just a little added bonus.

Aug 07, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

You've Been Slicing Watermelon Wrong All These Years...A New and Easier Way to Eat.....

There are many variations of the video, but you don't have to slice as many times as shown.

I guess I'm more surprised that the Yahoo food editor finds this to be new, but I guess mcsheridan really sums it up accurately about every generation. (Wow! My old man attitude is showing!)

Aug 04, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

You've Been Slicing Watermelon Wrong All These Years...A New and Easier Way to Eat.....

She (the Yahoo writer) seems to think this is something new. Amazing what impresses poser foodies with a title. What happened to experience?

Aug 04, 2014
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How to use eggs out of shell to make egg salad?

Egg pouching cups essentially produce hard boiled eggs, or eggs that are mashable to make egg salad.

I would take a heat proof pyrex dish to hold the contents of cracked eggs (no shells). Water bath or steam until thoroughly cooked.

Another option is to use a freezer ziploc to hold the eggs and cook in a water bath.

Jul 28, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking
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Why does my bread turn out dense?

How long of a rise time are you allowing in the bread pan before baking? For example, some recipes call for doubling before baking.

Are you comparing to store bought sandwich bread, like Wonder?

Jul 23, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Is this tacky?

Just curious. How would you feel?

I would not care. You took the effort to provide the meal. I'll be gracious to accept what I'm given and have fun with everyone too. :-)

Jul 21, 2014
dave_c in General Topics
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Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

So she sat in a restaurant for 14 hours and only ate 7 plates of Mozzerella sticks? On top of that only tipped out less than $100?

Sounds like the restaurant got screwed on revenues and the waitresses got screwed out of tips.

On the upside, the Gawker writer got paid days off.

They could have tested this offer with a group of people in under two hours, but there's no hook and no paid vacation for the writer who seems to have the "what's in it for me and screw the rest of you" attitude.

Jul 19, 2014
dave_c in Food Media & News

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

Looks like a raised glazed.. so honey is part of the glaze?

Jul 14, 2014
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Simple is better than exotic for some foods

Generally simpler is better, but variety and having options is good too.

Honey dipped donut? Never seen that. That's too fancy and exoctic for me. :-)

Jul 11, 2014
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Overcooked Chicken Breasts - Help

I agree. Sloppy Joes have to be severed on cheap white burger buns. lol

Jul 11, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Overcooked Chicken Breasts - Help

I'm assuming the breast did not turn out like jerky.
I would mince and sauce... your sloppy joe idea sounds good.

Chicken salad is another sandwich option.

Jul 10, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Somehow a hot dog topped cream cheese has become known a "Seattle Dog".

Jul 09, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

No!

I've seen people put food in their mouth, lick their finger and next touch serving utensils. Gross! Gross! Gross!

People just can't be that hungry where they can't wait a few minutes to get back to their tables.

Best condiment to throw on a hot dog?

Yellow mustard and saurkraut. I prefer tart over sweet toppings

Jul 03, 2014
dave_c in General Topics
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Rock Candy

You want to use a sugar to water ratio of 2:1 or 3:1.
Heat just enough to dissolve all of the sugar.

Instead of a paper clip you can use a skewer or string.
One trick is to dip the skewer (or string) in the syrup, take out and let dry. This will create little sugar crystals on the string or the skewer. (This is usually the cause for grainy fudge - a stray sugar crystal)

When the syrup is cooled, dip the string or skewer into the solution and wait a few days.

Humidity shouldn't matter since the rock candy is recrystallizing in the syrup.

I think the flour in the larger bowl stabilizes the smaller bowl. You don't want the bowls sliding about and clinking together. The agitations may slow down the process.

Jul 01, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

A rant: At the meat counter: fools or liars?

The chickens are not frozen per the USDA.

In regards to the second supermarket, the MCE was just telling you what you wanted to hear, or the MCE didn't know what he was talking about.

Jun 30, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

Duck Skin in Hamburger?

Raw or rendered duck skin?

My only thought is that the raw duck skin ground into hamburger may turn out stringy. Also, do you need to cook the duck skin to 160F?

However, give it a shot, you may have the new sensation. :-)

Also, if you have rendered duck fat, if you toast the bun using duck fat you may get the extra flavor that way.

Jun 27, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Baking is going downhill.

Do you adjust the formulas for the added dry ingredients?

Jun 27, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Salting melon to increase sweetness

Salting was an old thing people used to do with watermelon. It didn't seem to make a difference to me.

Jun 26, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking