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Remove a Cucumber’s Bitterness by Chopping and Rubbing the Ends

Food myth.

The stem end is typically the bitter portion of the cuke so that end should be cut.

However, for pickling, you typically cut off the blossom end to keep the pickle crisp.

Best way to cook large sausages if it is raining on the grill !?

Thinking outside of the box, but inside the house. If you have a wok, you can fishing off in a hot wok to get that "breath of the wok" action going.

I haven't tried this just an idea.

Sep 05, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Best way to cook large sausages if it is raining on the grill !?

Charcoal grill or gas grill?

I think grilling adds to the flavor, especially charcoal.
I would precook the sausages (with onions and other flavor ingredients) and finish off with a few minutes of charring on the grill. I'm assuming your grill has a lid you can use.

If you have a gas grill, you might save yourself from the environment and finish under the broiler.

Sep 05, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Of course a hot dog is a sandwich.

Sep 04, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

Easy home cooking?

Quick spaghetti sauce (Salsa di pompodoro) is just fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil.

Another option is to make a lasagna where you control the cheese and meat content, if you're worried about fat content. Recently a neighbor gave us zucchinis, we used sliced zucs in place of the lasagna noodles. You can use potatoes too.

How long can I keep defrosted chicken breasts in the fridge?

The questionable part of your method is the defrosting in the sink.
Do you marinade all the breast at the same time?

Depending upon your marinade, I can see the chicken breast lasting 4 to 5 days.

Another approach is to defrost in the fridge where you defrost what you need for a two days. However, if your plan is to marinade the breast all at the same time then stick with what you're doing.

Sep 04, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

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
dave_c in General Topics

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
dave_c in General Topics

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
dave_c in General Topics

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.