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Ever considered writing a cookbook?

I've thought about writing a cookbook where my goals are similar to yours - passing down recipes to friends and family.

I've come to the the conclusion that for me, I'd rather create blog so the information is available. I'm not looking for readers or making money (via ads or book deals).

Only thing I need now is time to write a blog or write a book.

Jun 10, 2015
dave_c in Not About Food

What would you do if you dropped dinner on the floor?

For dishes that that have small bits, such as a stir fry or a saute, I usually toss it.

For large single items, such as a roast, I would rinse and bake a few extra mintues.

How can I use frangipane cream as cake filling?

For me frangipane is about the almond flavor... How about making an Italian frosting and incorporating the ground and some almond extract?

Jun 03, 2015
dave_c in Home Cooking

Rib Coward!!

Don't give up. We've all had our failures.

Look into smoking the ribs on the grill and finishing off in the oven, or vise versa, where you cook the ribs in the oven and finish off on the grill to sauce and glaze.

I like the flavor from the grill, but I don't have the patience to mind the grill for an hour or two.

I think cooks country has done rib recipes in a similar fashion.

Jun 03, 2015
dave_c in Home Cooking

Gift Card "etiquette" when dining out

I would think, but may not be the legal reality, if the restaurant has the same except for the owners, I would think the restaurant would have to honor those gift cards. The new owner would have assumed the "debt" of business.

With that said, I always play it on the safe side by letting the server know I have a gift card or some kind of comp. If they tell me no at the beginning, I can leave.

Jun 03, 2015
dave_c in Not About Food

What trends do you see in the preparation of foods and drinks in restaurants?

Upside... your bartender grabbed gin for your Martini instead of vodka.

I don't know if it's a nationwide trend or I'm just noticing it more locally, but it seems like more restaurants are doing raw dishes, such as, carpaccio with seafood or Ceviche style dishes.

Jun 01, 2015
dave_c in General Topics

The Beet - So Long Brussel Sprouts and Kale, The Beet Is The New Veg.

My theory why beets have become popular is they are easy to grow and end up in CSA boxes and in restaurants touting they "locally sourced" fresh products, where there's a high profit margin.

Personally, I've grown beets but given up. I just couldn't get past the "earthy" flavor (code for taste like dirt) of fresh beets. I just stick with canned.

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

Huy Fong Sriracha and Lousiana-style hot sauces are my favorite hot sauces. Both add flavor to a dish.

Yes... Companies are jumping on the Sriracha bandwagon, but I'll stay loyal to Huy Fong.

Jun 01, 2015
dave_c in General Topics

Eggs the way you like them

Over easy or scrambled soft.
I don't like whole egg yolks cooked hard or hard cooked eggs. Cooked yolks seem too powdery to me.

Also, for scrambled eggs, I don't want any browning. I don't like the bitterness.

Jun 01, 2015
dave_c in General Topics

Green Onion Rant

I find green onions to be a universal herb that can be used in many savory dishes. Also, copying local Mexican restaurants, you can fry or grill them whole as serve as a side/condiment.

The key to using them is to prep, cut off the roots and the bad leaves, so they're ready to be used. Also, keep them on a shelf where the green onions are visible.
Out of sight = rotting in the back of the veggie cripser.

May 27, 2015
dave_c in General Topics

Savory Snack - no wheat

Tortilla chips and salsa or queso dip.

S. Mpls Restaurant with Racist Sign?

Not racist. However, it may border on sexist since this sign mainly applies to males.

May 14, 2015
dave_c in Minneapolis-St. Paul

You're not a foodie if you............

I like "Candy Crush" and "Cookie Jam".
If I were a game app creator, I see a market for "Foodie Smash".

Caramel candy is making me nuts!! Help with crystallization after storing..

What recipe are you using?
I'm suprised that you're getting crystallization with the corn syrup, cream and butter in the mix.

It sounds like you're recipes ratios are off.

Here's a recipe I recommend
Note: The recipe calls for Golden Syrup, which I can find in my local supermarket.

Another website I would recommend is David Lebovitz's blog. His recipes have been very consistent. Note: I have not tried his caramel recipe..

May 11, 2015
dave_c in Home Cooking

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?


Himalayan Salt is the droppings of the Yeti. Hence, the magical powers of that salt.

Do you eat where you shop?

I'm with you about the Pepsi products. It's about 70% of the time I'll give the drink to the next person in line.

May 04, 2015
dave_c in General Topics

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

Crazy junk science non-sense! She needs to learn a lot more about chemistry instead of "know(ing) even a little bit about chemistry"

May 04, 2015
dave_c in General Topics

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

Sad news considering all the information and testing that's gone into home canning. http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/pub...

Also, the question is whether the potatoes were canned properly using a pressure canner or if there was some type of goof up in the processing. How can this be prevented in the future?

May 01, 2015
dave_c in Food Media & News

Tips to cut grocery bill

First I would itemize what you spend on groceries and include eating out/coffee/ice cream.

Second, you mentioned wilted vegs, are you throwing groceries out?

Finally comes the assessment and deciding what is a nice to have.
For example, if you have a CSA box but can't get through the box before tossing stuff, you may want to cut back or cut it out.

How much are you spending on booze? Can that be cut back on?

Can you and husband cut out eating out or getting coffee once or twice a week... etc

If you want to cut the bill in half, what's your family willing to cut?

I think itemizing will help show where the $$$ is going,

Apr 20, 2015
dave_c in General Topics

Can I Freeze Potato-Leek Soup (non-dairy)?

Yes you can. The soup you made is pureed so you don't have to worry about chunks of potato getting weird in the freezer.

Apr 17, 2015
dave_c in Home Cooking

Smoked country ham

Typically country hams are uncooked so if you have a meat themometer the internal temperature should be around 160 to 165F.

In regards to your ham, check the temperature now to see if it's around 160F. If so, I'd say you're done.

Apr 13, 2015
dave_c in Home Cooking

Should this party have been canceled?

Did he have a nice big screen TV?
Part of me thinks you need to cut him some slack.

My reasoning, as a guy, is the game was on, you have beer and food. Also, it was a chance to renew your friendship.

Apr 08, 2015
dave_c in Not About Food

Gendering of Food

Stereotype regarding vegetarians
Female vegetarians are vegetarians for attention, while males tend to be true vegetarian and not make a deal about it.

Also, female vegetarians will eat meat products - seafood, chicken, but not red meat. However, the last time I was in biology, seafood and chicken are part of the animal kingdom.

Apr 08, 2015
dave_c in General Topics

Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

No need to tip for something they didn't make.
I can see tipping... I mean maybe tipping for a complicated drink order, but in general I don't tip at places like Starbucks especially when my usual order is a black coffee.

Mar 31, 2015
dave_c in Not About Food

Ceviche'd my porkchops overmarinating- help fix!

I suggest braising with soy sauce and garlic... sort of like a Filipino Adobo.

Mar 19, 2015
dave_c in Home Cooking

Corned Beef Cooking Instructions

If you can vouch for the recipe, that should be good enough.
Not knowing your recipe, I don't really know what to say except that the "Official" recipes are just easy recipes on how to use the product, but there are many ways to skin that beef.

Mar 17, 2015
dave_c in Home Cooking

Does one RSVP to a Save the Date?

What is the action called for on the "Save the Date" notice?

No action specified then no action on your part, especially for a "save a date" notice.

Mar 16, 2015
dave_c in Not About Food

What's that smell and why is it permeating my food?

I agree with the offgas/outgas theory. You get a similar affect with cedar furniture.

It could be the type of wood used in your cabinet/drawers or particle board resins.

You can try leaving those cabinets slightly ajar so the odor doesn't build up and seal your goods in a ziploc.

Mar 16, 2015
dave_c in Not About Food

for a potluck: mac & cheese or scalloped potatoes?

I suggest scalloped potatoes.
Mainly to be different.
I've had my share of mac and cheese in restaurants, home and at potlucks.

Mar 09, 2015
dave_c in Home Cooking

Ate beef jerky that had been opened 2 weeks. Am I likely to get sick?

Traditionally beef jerky is dried so it is meant to be kept without refrigeration. However, some commercial products will not dry as much and spray/glaze the outer surface with "syrup", but the jerky is typically dry enough and treated enough to discourage bad bacteria from growing.

However, with a wetter product, the concern is with mold growing on the jerky.

Is mold bad? Can be but depends upon the mold.
Will you get sick? I would say unlikely. Assuming you're not immune compromised.

Mar 09, 2015
dave_c in General Topics