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  1. That looks great! There was a local bakery that made something that looks like this. They called it "Peasant White" and I've been trying to recreate it for ages. I'm going to give this a try.
  2. I searched for an appropriate thread to post this but didn’t see one. Moderators feel free to move it. I’ve been using Diamond Crystal kosher salt forever. I was down to the end of a box so I bought another one. After cursing them for downsizing the box from 5lbs to 4lbs, I bought it went home. Today I had to refill my salt pot and when I went to use it was so fine I had trouble distinguishing it from table salt. I am so disappointed.
  3. I was tempted to buy a toaster oven to augment the microwave we already have. In the end, I thought a TO would be too small and limiting. I did find that a combination microwave/convection oven fit my needs better so that the way I went. Been very happy with it.
  4. I usually make Potatoes Au Gratin for family events but Cook's Country had a recipe for Lighthouse Inn Potatoes that looked interesting and easier to make. I've made it several times not but found them a little bland. I'd like to add a little more flavor to them. I was thinking about adding shallots, or maybe thyme. Have you made them? What did you think? Do you have any suggestions for adding flavor to them? TIA
  5. I hope I am reading you correctly on this. I have watched him on TV a lot and I always thought he was a very down-to-earth person. I enjoyed his shows and travels - and I loved that he rides a Harley
  6. Being cynical here but with a smaller size box that is all they could fit on it
  7. dans

    French Onion Soup

    Restaurants charge a few dollars more by using whatever alliums you have a lot of and call it N-onion soup. Yellow, sweet, scallion, scallion, etc. are all fair game. I use a combination of whatever I have on hand.
  8. dans

    Cooking for the sick

    I’ve had a lot of experience with cooking for and taking care of cancer patients. I will write something up when I get to a real keyboard.
  9. It's just what a friend called them when she served them.
  10. I have quite a collection of copper cookware. Mostly Dehillerin and Mauviel (maker of the former). The only pans I have in 1.5mm are the ones that can be used for serving. The 2.5mm are great all-purpose cooking vessels. I love using them. If you have the choice get bronze handles unless cast iron it the only option. I have no experience with the D5.
  11. WOW! I haven't run into anything that bad and I hope I never do.
  12. I finally got a russet without the brown at Idylwildr in Acton. I made a "double stuff" (Twice baked potato for those not in on the joke.)
  13. I can’t remember the last time I bought a russet potato to bake and actually ate it. I allays end up cutting it open and finding it brown in the middle. I’ve tried different stores and they are all the same. I’m at the point where I am going to swear off baked potato and twice baked. here is a picture of what I’m experiencing. I don’t recall setting this much of an issuer until recently.
  14. I have packages of both and the perciatelli has a larger hole.
  15. dans

    US Thanksgiving 2021

    This year will be a relatively quiet Thanksgiving. Instead of 25 to 30 people, it is just six (plus me). I'll be doing the usual, Turkey, Mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing. I have to make a sweet potato casserole and Brussels Sprouts by popular demand. Pies and rolls will be from the local bakery. For wine, I've got a Cru Beaujolais, an Alsatian Gerwurtz, and backups of Zinfandel and white burgundy.
  16. The Wok Shop in San Francisco has a video on youtube about seasoning woks.
  17. It's a more appropriate posting than the the ones listing the contents of the RG monthly subscription contents. This is after all, in the cookbooks section.
  18. The bacon pasta looks delicious. Can you describe the dish a little more? The pasta looks like gemelli but I can't tell what the sauce(s) are. The cod looks perfectly cooked. If I only liked olives, I might be tempted.
  19. I kept in touch with the first boss I worked for in high school but lost touch when he retired. That was in 1974. Many years later, I saw mention of him on a website and sent him a message. Long story short, my wife and I went to meet him and his wife in Las Vegas where they had moved. When I asked if I could bring anything from New England, he said "Bring me a Baldwin apple. My father used to grow them and we had a barrel full of them in the basement when I was growing up." I did some research and found that there was only one orchard near me that had any baldwin apples and they only had a portion of a single tree. He was very happy when I showed up with a couple. My wife and I stayed in touch, visiting, emailing, calling, etc. until he passed away at the age of 96.
  20. My favorite Champagne. I like it better than a lot of the Tete de Cuvee
  21. I do my grocery shopping on Saturdays. I made a special trip to one of the green grocers in the area since I have my brother and his wife coming for dinner. Corned Beef was still at $8.99/lb. I would have picked up a couple for the freezer but skipping it for now.
  22. In my Irish-American family, most of my siblings don't like corned beef and cabbage. I know this is really an American thing more than Irish. I keep telling them that what our mother cooked doesn't hold a candle to what the dish should be. I corn my own beef and don't overcook the vegetables - especially the cabbage.
  23. This looks interesting. I'll have to try it.
  24. OK, that makes sense. However, my problem isn't storing the leftover dough. That's the easy part. Baking off the first part is what I'd like to solve.
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