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Japanese Mochi Bowls

I wish I could persuade you to make some mochi bowls from that mold. It seems they are getting pretty rare. I know that I haven't been able to source one in North America.

Feb 13, 2012
fini in Not About Food

Need new toaster/convection oven - Breville? Cuisinart? Something else

+1 Breville

I've had mine for about 8 months, and it's been solid. Breville appears to be building higher quality appliances than many of the other popular manufacturers right now. Stay away from the others.

Jan 06, 2012
fini in Cookware

Coffee, Coffee Pots, Tea & Tea Pots - What are Your Favorites?

+1 on the Technivorm.

I've had mine for about ten years and it's never given me anything but great drip. Now I still prefer espresso and or vacuum pot coffee, but for everyday simple, the Technivorm is the way to go.

Just think of it as an investment..like All Clad.

Dec 20, 2011
fini in Cookware

Russell Range Info Please -- any info?

I found it! I apologize for the delay, but I hadn't gotten to the pile with the old documentation in it until today. The pictures are bad, but if you can wait a little longer, I will scan the entire document at work in a couple weeks.

Cheers.

Dec 20, 2011
fini in Cookware

What was the one knife or knifes you regret buying?

I have a few Henkels that I bought or received as gifts during the 80's. I'd like to send them back there.

Japanese steel all the way!

Dec 07, 2011
fini in Cookware

Batter Dispenser - any advice?

Look for one with a 4 tablespoon scoop. The Norpro 56mm scoop is a good example.
http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Stainles...

Dec 07, 2011
fini in Cookware

Russell Range Info Please -- any info?

I may actually have the drawings. I'll have to go through my old appliance paperwork, but I think we saved it all. Give me a day or two to look.

Dec 02, 2011
fini in Cookware

Russell Range Info Please -- any info?

We have a 6-burner Russell that we installed in 1992. It's been great and without issue and we use the hell out of it. My grates are looking shabby now, as the porcelain has cracked and worn to a point where it looks bad. I figured I would just go to a metal fabrication shop and get some new ones made eventually.

I love the fact that the grates are continuous across the top. It makes it very nice for moving pots and such around. My only complaint is that I wish the burners had a few more BTU's.

Mar 06, 2009
fini in Cookware

Cuisinart Supreme ice cream maker

For the price it's a great deal. Having said that, it's not an industrial strength unit, but it's not priced like one either. The next comparable unit would be the Musso 4080 Lussino, but it's $700 these days! If you purchase the Cuisinart unit don't expect to make lots of back to back batches without mechanical failure at some point.

A nice alternative would be an older Simac unit. If you do a search on eBay, there are generally several listed. Get the cleanest one you can find and enjoy it. These are well made Italian units that were top of the line ten years ago. The downside being parts availability.

Apr 10, 2008
fini in Cookware

Is a rice cooker worth it?

I lived on stove-top rice for years. It wasn't bad, but I never thought it was as good as the first batch with my rice cooker. I get very consistent results and it's a complete no-brainer.

Personally I own one of the fancier Zojirushi rice makers and it's been fabulous. Very easy to clean and well made. When you do get one, look to see if it's made in Japan. I've heard of people having trouble with some of the electronics from the Chinese versions.

Jun 07, 2007
fini in Cookware

Kitchenaid vs Cuisinart food processor?

I just did this purchase too and ended up getting the KitchenAid 11-cup. I love it. It's beats the hell out of my old Cuisinart and the second small bowl is great to have.

Get the Kitchen Aid and check prices on eBay, I did and saved a bunch.

Jun 06, 2007
fini in Cookware

Favorite Cup of Coffee Brewed Yourself

I've read a couple of critical early reviews of the Beehmor and it sounds like it's a little early yet to be calling it "smokeless". From what I understand if you do any darkish roasts you will be creating smoke. The other thing I'm curious about is the cooling cycle; a shortcoming in most roasters.

I think it's time for a 1 pound roaster, the market is ready.

Jun 06, 2007
fini in General Topics

mexican restaurants in Sacramento...Carmelita's

I've only eaten at Ernesto's once, and if I recall it wasn't bad, but I do like Tres Hermanas and Vallejo's, even if Vallejo's might be a health code violation.

For having a ton of Mexican fare in Sacto, very little of it is worth eating. Has anyone ever tried Luis's on Alhambra (puke!).

Jun 01, 2007
fini in California

Best Seafood Online

I like SeaBear too. Pure Food in Seattle is supposed to be great too.

May 30, 2007
fini in General Topics

Favorite recipes from Saveur magazine?

They did a border food issue about ten years ago that was a favorite. It had a great recipe for steak picada and chile rellenos that was amazingly simple and delish. I should find that.

May 30, 2007
fini in Home Cooking

blender vs. small food processor?

I'll second the Blend-Tec recommendation. If you can afford it, it's the beast! It does some cool stuff during it's mixing process like speeding and slowing in fast alternation to make sure all the stuff has had a chance to get hacked to bits.

If you want a demo, head over to an older Jamba Juice or $tarbux.

May 22, 2007
fini in Cookware

Storing home made ice cream

I'm just using stainless steel prep bowls for storage. You just need to make sure you cover with plastic wrap very well. Try to make sure there is as little air as possible between the plastic wrap and the ice cream. Go so far as to hand smoothing the wrap over the ice cream.

Air is the enemy of ice cream.

May 22, 2007
fini in Cookware

blender vs. small food processor?

I'm not sure I would toss the blender. While the food processor will make short work of soft fruits and such for your smoothie, it will have a harder time with ice. I'm not sure what ice will do to blades, but it can't be good.

The other thing to consider is how well the food processor will deal with a lot of liquid. I have an 11-cup KitchenAid and once you get it half full of liquidy stuff, it wants to make a big mess. You don't get that grief with a blender.

I'm for tossing the blender you don't like, and picking up one that you do. I recently purchased a Bosch MMB1000 Blender for about $50 on Amazon, or was is eBay. Don't recall exactly. At any rate it's got lots of power and a big glass mixing container.

May 22, 2007
fini in Cookware

Tagine or Tajine

I got an EH tagine a couple months back. It's beautiful and works marvelously. One concern you might consider is shipping it. The first one I ordered wasn't packed very well and arrived in many pieces. It was rather sad. The second one I got was actually drop shipped from EH directly. They had poured foam all over the pieces so they wouldn't break during the shipping process.

I'd highly recommend it.

May 15, 2007
fini in Cookware

Tibetan Momo's?

I'm looking for a good recipe for these delicious little dumplings that are common in Tibet. They are kind of like a cross between dim sum, Indian samosas and pot stickers. They generally have meat in them and are served with a chili sauce.

May 14, 2007
fini in Home Cooking

Gelato Question

I struggled with the ice cream makers with the frozen bowls with most gelato recipes. I ended up getting a Simac Ice Cream Maker with the built-in refrigeration and the same recipes results improved greatly.

You should be able to pull it off with that machine.

May 09, 2007
fini in Home Cooking

Couscousier

Sur la Table has one: http://www.surlatable.com/product/8-q...

But if you want to go very authentic, Berber Trading Company has this one:
http://www.berbertrading.com/pd_coppe...

Apr 25, 2007
fini in Cookware

Quizno's - no more meatball?

A recent trip into Quizno's for lunch nearly set off a panic attack in my wife when she didn't see the meatballs listed anymore. In this case they had it behind the counter, but not on the menu. Just make sure to ask.

Apr 24, 2007
fini in Chains

Culinary School

True. A great read and perspective, though Bourdain might scare some from actually working a kitchen ;-)

Apr 17, 2007
fini in Not About Food

Culinary School

Good suggestion PeterL! Also take a long look at "Becoming a Chef" by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page.

Apr 17, 2007
fini in Not About Food

AeroPress

That's a very good question. It's like a very smooth, full-body cup of coffee. Some people liken it to espresso. I myself am not so generous to compare the two methods, and believe it tastes more like coffee brewed from a moka pot or a little like a Caffe Americano (espresso topped off with hot water).

Apr 17, 2007
fini in Cookware

AeroPress

I'm really not a fan of grocery store coffee; if you have a local coffee house that roasts, that would be my first bet. If you don't mind mail ordering coffee, there are some excellent choices.

Here are a couple links to some outstanding coffee.
http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/
http://intelligentsiacoffee.com/

If you don't have one already, you might consider buying yourself a decent burr grinder so you can prepare your beans right before making the coffee. It makes a world of difference.

Apr 17, 2007
fini in Cookware

AeroPress

Here is another video, this one might be a little more telling.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pHqYV...

Apr 17, 2007
fini in Cookware

AeroPress

Here's a video, hopefully this gets it going for you.
http://tealco.net/Aeropress.wmv

Apr 17, 2007
fini in Cookware

AeroPress

It's actually a great device. See if this doesn't help you:
http://www.sweetmarias.com/aeropress_...

Apr 17, 2007
fini in Cookware