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  1. It's preference. I like the substantive feel that my pot has. The bottom stays flat over the years also. You know how these things are abused. Harried cooks tossing hot pans into the sink. This one is thick enough to withstand that abuse without warping. edit: Craig-- I perfectly understand how one gets attached to these things. Objectively there may be better pots or pans, but as you imply, some are like an old comfy pair of ripped jeans. Nice to read you again Jin. Nick
  2. Your spring risotto sounds lovely. i use a very heavy sided and bottomed restaurant aluminum pot. I stir it with a wooden spoon/paddle that I reserve for making risotto. The amounts I make are rarely less than 500g. Usually 1k of rice at a time. Nick
  3. This ones right outta Seinfeld. Visiting Mom and Dad in FLA when the kids were tykes. Eating a late lunch/early dinner as the seniors are wont to do. Mom orders the twofer early bird dinner specials for the table. I'm already a little embarrassed...but...okay, when in Rome etc... Waitress asks if we want drinks. Mom says no, "just water please". Now I'm really puzzled. The clock ticks down to 4 PM and Mom calls the waitress over. "We'll order drinks now." Happy Hour twofers had just started. Now I didn't know whether to crawl under the table or grab Mom and give her a good shake. What
  4. First Time this evening as a no problem 7:30 walk-in deuce. Smokin' duck summer rolls, VG spring rolls. Forget the name of the chicken dish. Big coconut flavor, tasty, but the chicken was overcooked. The spicy beef also tasted good but was tough. Could've used a little needling. A keeper. I'll go back. If only for the summer rolls. How the hell they do it with twenty seats is beyond me. Even with three turns. Figure an average check at 15-20 bucks. Power to them. anyone who makes food this tasty and works this hard deserves a place in culinary heaven. Nick
  5. The only approach that really works in a resto context (within my experience) is the FG/Seeber one. It isn't a secret. Marcella Hazan in her "Classic Italian Cooking" book offers the same technique. BTW, Hazan is a good intro for the novice IMO. I have worked in one resto where the risotto was cooked to order and the customer was informed of a twenty/twentfive minute wait for their appetizer. Unfortunatly there were few takers. However it is obvious to me by tasting it both ways, that the flavor is superior if the timing can be worked out so that the rissoto is served immediately. Nic
  6. Pata Negra, Oh God, what a memory flood! Sitting on the curb in Cueta waiting for the Algeceiras ferry, gnawing on a sammy. Thanks V. Nick
  7. ngatti


    Actually Jason and Rachel are a coupla good go-to people for this one. Holly Moore looks to have a pretty smokin' home setup also. Nick
  8. Yeah , That's me on david Burke's left
  9. Must be why I didn't get my cheese...I asked for it verbally.
  10. Whassit? Is it marketed as a "rissoto spoon," or is it just one of those things? I'm sorry, I wasn't clear. It is a largish wooden paddle. Not specifically a "risotto spoon". My point being that I always use this utensil for making risotto as if some otherworldy risotto magic resides within it. Nick
  11. In general I find olive oil just does not produce a soffrito with right richness and I much prefer butter for most risotti. Also I find stock (in the French sense) too strong for the risotto technique. It Italy they use a brodo or broth that is more delicately flavored than stock. While chicken broth is acceptable, beef broth makes a more complex dish. A mixture of both produces superb results. Finishing with a very good olive oil/rich butter/infused oil, the same. Though one must adjust the fat in the inital cooking process. How I make risotto is determined by it's final use/flavorings/g
  12. Lespinasse was for tourists Nick
  13. bringing this back up, as the dates are getting closer. Thanks Nick
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