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sandwiches- Palo Alto?

thanks for the suggestions- was away for the weekend so just now checking back. I had forgotten about Jan's. Will look into the others. Drove by Tootsie's just today and noticed it, and here I see it mentioned- funny!

sandwiches- Palo Alto?

where to get a delish sandwich in Palo Alto? Maybe a turkey sandwich that has real roasted turkey... a banh mi... whatever, as long as it's really good!

Best way to reheat roasted potatoes so they don't get soggy?

Nonstick skillet, turn them as they heat. Should be perfect!

Cast iron skillet- bacon stuck- oh no

Sorry, Dixie, for not acknowledging your "recipe" sooner- thanks for that. No problem about the imprecise approach... My mom cooked like that too!

Jan 05, 2013
ochound in Cookware

Cast iron skillet- bacon stuck- oh no

would you mind posting the exact cornbread recipe? It sounds great. And by the way, the pan I originally mentioned is 8", probably too small for the recipe... maybe I'll just use my 11" skillet! Or just use some of the batter in the 8". thanks!

Jan 01, 2013
ochound in Cookware

Cast iron skillet- bacon stuck- oh no

thanks to all. I'll try again with crisco at a lower temp, with Mr. Panman's instructions. I didn't buy crisco before because I have all these other oils and don't use crisco- didn't want more stuff in the pantry. Pretty soon this really will cost more than a new pan : )

Funny about the lower temps- most instructions I read seemed to go for higher. thanks again.

Dec 26, 2012
ochound in Cookware

Cast iron skillet- bacon stuck- oh no

Merry Christmas everyone. So I found an old cast iron skillet at the back of my late dad's kitchen cabinet. Took it as a challenge to clean it up and reseason so I could enjoy it. Yes, ignoring the fact that I could buy a new one for 20 bucks!

Researched quite a bit, so many ways recommended. I did the oven cleaner in the plastic bag (twice) to be able to scrape off the gunk. Ok, now it's been cleaned up, final scrub with SOS pad, dried off. Here's the method I decided to do, after compiling advice:

dried the pan in a 200 degree oven for 10 min. Wiped on with cotton rag a thin coating of oil. (Used almond oil, I saw it on a list and it had a higher smoking point than others I had.) 350 oven for 1 1/2 hrs, crank up to 475 for another hour.

It kind of looked the same when done, was it supposed to? Didn't know, so repeated- used olive oil just for fun. (Hope this isn't getting too long, almost done.)

This morning making our holiday bacon and eggs and waffle breakfast, decide to try "new" skillet for the bacon. It totally stuck! How can bacon of all things stick! Also did some bacon in my older larger cast iron skillet- that was fine.

Question- do I reseason the pan? or what... I read that some people say you have to do the whole baking process many many times; other things I read said to bake it once for an hour... I'm confused! Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Dec 25, 2012
ochound in Cookware

What dish do you cook that people just rave about?

thanks for posting your recipe- I will give it a try! I usually use a pork shoulder roast, either bone-in or boneless. Instead of cooking it whole, I might try cutting it in chunks like you use...

Jul 12, 2012
ochound in Home Cooking

What dish do you cook that people just rave about?

I'd love to know how you do your crockpot pulled pork!

Jul 11, 2012
ochound in Home Cooking

bone-in skin-on chicken thighs -- ideas for tasty, cozy, affordable please

so no one has mentioned cutting off the extra globs of fat, or trimming the skin of the excess. Not done? Does everyone eat the skin, or leave it on for flavor and remove before eating?

Jul 10, 2012
ochound in Home Cooking

Apricot oatmeal bars...

...had these at SFMoma, they were so good. Anyone have the recipe, or something similar?

Oct 13, 2011
ochound in Home Cooking

Recipe calls for ground almonds...

Thanks for the responses- yes, the Haas recipe is the one I have in mind- glad so many of you like these. Was at the store and I checked out the fresh nut counter- I bought a container of already blanched almonds- so now I'm all set!

Dec 13, 2010
ochound in Home Cooking

Recipe calls for ground almonds...

Was looking through my pile of recipes (you know, the ones you tear out and toss in a pile to make someday) and I came across a cookie recipe I want to try- chocolate sparkle, sounds so good.

Anyway, it calls for 3/4 c of ground almonds. Can I use the dry roasted, 50% less salt almonds I get at Trader Joe's? Or do I get the raw ones- and if so, do you use them with skins on? I am sincerely hoping I don't have to take the skins off!

I assume you grind them in the food processor, stopping before it turns to almond butter!

Dec 11, 2010
ochound in Home Cooking

Dishwasher makes glasses cloudy.... help [Moved from Not About Food board]

Here's what I use... and it works! Hard water caused all the white crud that was on the glasses, and actually everything.

It's Lemishine- I get it at Vons/Pavilions/Safeway, have also seen it at Albertson's- it comes and goes.

Use 1 T in the main covered section where the detergent usually goes, and 1 T Cascade in the other, open section. It took a few times, but even the stainless interior of the dishwasher is clean!

Oct 11, 2010
ochound in Cookware

Put tart pan in dishwasher- aarrgh!

don't ask me why, but I did- now it's all rusty/cruddy. It has the removable bottom, both parts were affected. Imagine they were pretty cheap (part of a set of 3 sizes)- just toss it? Any way to get the rust off? I tried an SOS pad, but no luck-

Oct 10, 2010
ochound in Cookware

What kind of chuck roast?

I want to try a new pot roast recipe for my slow cooker- it calls for "4 pounds boneless chuck roast". When I looked for it at the store, there were 2 kinds- boneless blade chuck roast, and boneless cross rib chuck roast. Are either of these what I want? Maybe I need to wait until it's on sale sometime, and there will be more choices??

Aug 25, 2010
ochound in Home Cooking

Ground turkey vs ground beef?

I don't think I asked my question very clearly! I prefer the 7% turkey; the breast-only is too dry for me. If you're going to get meat with 7% fat, is there any benefit to getting turkey vs the beef?

(If not, I'd go with beef- even if it is the extra-lean kind- more flavor! Just thought turkey was "healthier".)

Jul 14, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Ground turkey vs ground beef?

So I was at the store reading the nutritional labels- say both the turkey and the beef have the same fat content (7%), and the calorie count is the same. Saturated fat- surprising to me- almost the same, a bit more for the beef. I would have guessed the turkey is better for you than the beef, but the numbers are about the same. Am I missing something?

Jul 13, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Frozen strawberries?

great ideas, thanks- I'll probably go with a sauce- and I like the idea of adding the crystallized ginger!

Apr 22, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Frozen strawberries?

So I got one of those 4 lb clamshells of fresh strawberries- then left for out of town a few days later. I tossed the ones left into a freezer bag- unhulled, unwashed. Just took a couple out to defrost on the counter to see how they'd be- ugh! All squishy. What can I do with frozen strawberries? (Besides tossing them frozen into a smoothie.)

Apr 22, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Question about vanilla extract

So I need to buy some- I notice the McCormick brand (the real stuff, not imitation, of course!) comes in the two sizes- the smaller was on sale- but then I saw a couple other brands- in large bottles, so costs more- but per ounce price is waaay less- does it go bad? False economy to buy 8 oz instead of 1 or 2? I usually just use it in cookies, so it lasts in my cupboard quite awhile...

Apr 09, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Bunco Party Hors D'Oeuvres

mpalmer,
thanks for the link to this article- so many good ideas!

Mar 22, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Carol's Cookies, how does she get them to stay tall, not flat?

What's the NY Times recipe that you all are referring to? I'm a cookie fiend, so have to try it...

Mar 22, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

TJ's Crystallized Candied Ginger- what to do?

Thanks for the great responses. I, too, rarely make cookies that don't include chocolate, but based on the raves of some of the ginger cookies mentioned, I'll give them a try!

Mar 03, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

TJ's Crystallized Candied Ginger- what to do?

hey, thanks, lots of info there- and I especially like the idea of dipping in dark chocolate! And I did try a search, lest you think I'm lazy = ] but I tried crystallized, not candied!

Mar 03, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

TJ's Crystallized Candied Ginger- what to do?

Picked up a package of this- looked so good! But what to do with it? Something with pork or chicken might be nice- any ideas?

Mar 03, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Kolaches

Saw this posting the other day- didn't answer until I looked through my recipe file(s) to find the card where I copied down my late mom's recipe- she was Czech! Please don't laugh at the lack of specifics...

Kolacky
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1 c butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 T milk
1T sugar
1 egg yolk

Roll out. Cut out circles. Fill with Solo filling (prune, almond, apricot- whatever)
400 degrees, 10 min.

Please let me know how they turn out for you!

Mar 01, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

looking for a recipe for chocolate earthquake cookies

Again, not exactly what you're looking for, but I like to try different cookie recipes (unfortunately!) and these remind me of the crinkle aspect of yours, since you roll them in powdered sugar- they were chewy, chocolatey, delicious- but not too sweet at all.

"Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies" look for it on the bonappetit or epicurious website. They really are a 10!

Feb 27, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Appetizer w/ pork tenderloin?

ok, combining those ideas, how about crostini, with a slice of the pork, the manchego cheese slice, and then a dribble of plum sauce (plum jam, I guess- or maybe cherry preserves, which I have!) on top? I also have a nice cranberry sauce I make. Then a bit of cilantro to top it off. thanks! And I'll keep the mushrooms in mind for another time-

Feb 27, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking

Appetizer w/ pork tenderloin?

Need to make an appetizer for tonight (simple, please!) and I have a pkg of pork tenderloin in the fridge- the plastic one that holds two. Any ideas?

Feb 27, 2009
ochound in Home Cooking