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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?

about 20 hours ago
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

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.

Jul 03, 2014
dave_c in Not About Food
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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

Pulled pork using whole boneless pork,loin

I tip of my hat to you for your work at the soup kitchen.

Jun 26, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking
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Pulled pork using whole boneless pork,loin

The OP mentioned that she's adding bbq sauce when she reheats at the soup kitchen. I was just working within the parameters that were set.

I believe roasting and cutting thin is just a time saving step so the OP doesn't have to spend 10 hours cooking the pork at home before taking the roast to the soup kitchen.

Jun 25, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Pulled pork using whole boneless pork,loin

I'm in the roasting camp. Roasting will save you time and reduce the risk of dry meat.

I would brine and roast.

Do you have access to a deli slicer at the soup kitchen? If so, I would thinly slice the roasted pork before adding to the bbq sauce.

Basically, instead of pulled pork, you're making chopped pork sandwiches.

Jun 25, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

What to eat in/south of Everett before noon on a Saturday?

Is there any particular cuisine?

Cafe Soleil (Japanese kind of fusiony) is quite popular amongst the Japanese workers at B.

There's always Ivar's near the Ferry.

Nick's Jr for Burgers and Gyros.

Jun 20, 2014
dave_c in Greater Seattle

do yu "drink" at work??

I actually don't like iced water. Room temp bottled water is fine with me.

Jun 17, 2014
dave_c in General Topics
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Is it safe to eat food in container that has been left overnight on counter?

Botulism would be a greater concern if it were fresh potatoes. Canned potatoes have been properly cooked to eliminate the concern for botulism.

Jun 12, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

Is it safe to eat food in container that has been left overnight on counter?

Canned veggies I think you should be fine. Just thoroughly heat before eating.

Jun 12, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

salted dried chinese duck (flat)?

This may be a wild goose chase since I may be mixing up my places, but if you end up at the Seattle Costco you may want to take a look there. However, I wouldn't make a special trip.

Jun 11, 2014
dave_c in Greater Seattle

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cost vs. Smooth

Actually I would think crunchy is more expensive.

Have you noticed the chunks are pretty uniform where the peanut chunks are the size of ice cream nut toppings?

I'm not sure of the steps, but I see all peanut butter as being made smooth. The added step is to add peanut "chunks" back into the smooth butter.

The reality is the time and electrical cost is minimal when amortized over the thousands of jars per batch especially with high powered machinery and automated lines.

Jun 11, 2014
dave_c in General Topics
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Home made yougurt

what kind of milk do you use? How long and what temps do you make your yogurt?

Some commercial yogurts use gelatin or pectin to "artificially" firm up the yogurt. One trick you can do at home is to add a little extra protein by using non fat dried milk powder.

I recommend looking at Dr. Fankhauser's cheesemaking website for tips.

Jun 10, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking

Are supermarket refrigerators colder than the average home fridge?

1 - 2 day guideline? What guideline is that? I thought the USDA recommends 3 to 5 days for uncooked meats. 1 to 3 days for cooked foods.

Supermarket fridges colder than the avg home fridge?
Depends upon how the home fridge is set, but the markets I go to seem to keep their fridge around 35 to 38F (based upon the little thermometers in the fridge). At home I adjusted my fridge to be around 38F.

Jun 09, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

Potato flour common in pizza dough?

I doubt potato flour is used in pizza dough in your average neighborhood pizza joint. Typical pizza dough would Flour, yeast, water and oil and maybe salt and sugar. Adding potato flour would just be an extra expense.

Jun 09, 2014
dave_c in General Topics

Compost

how big is your compost bin? How often do you turn?
With frequent turning you can make compost in about 4 to 6 months.

If your compost isn't broken down completely, the breakdown process in the soil might take nitrogen away from the plants.

Jun 09, 2014
dave_c in Gardening

Aliens and Food

Aliens would eat brains. Human Brains! Ahhhh!

Jun 06, 2014
dave_c in Not About Food
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Can you make cheese on accident?

yes, milk and acid will cause milk to form curds/cheese up.

There's a cheese making website by Dr. Fankhauzer (sp?) that's an interesting read.

Jun 05, 2014
dave_c in Home Cooking