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  1. That would imply that you're somehow dissolving the aluminum in the oil, which would be difficult.
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    2018 Holiday Cooking and Baking

    That sounds awfully warm. If the butter overheats, it will lose its ability to hold air pockets. Even in a chilly room, the friction from the mixing process will generate heat. BraveTart says that butter for creaming should only be about 60 °F; how cold do you think your kitchen is likely to be?
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    Crazy Good e-Book Bargains

    For those who are sugar-conscious, the Kindle book of Joanne Chang's Baking with Less Sugar is currently $1.99. (I'm a US Prime member; YMMV.) The introduction talks exactly about this subject, and when you can cut back on sugar without ill effects. The first chapter in the book is baked goods with less sugar added to the mix. Other chapters focus on other ways of sweetening your baked goods, including fruits, maple syrup, honey, and even just using the sugar present in chocolate. I've enjoyed the whole book, and for me the recipes have worked beautifully.
  4. MelissaH

    2018 Holiday Cooking and Baking

    Those of you who are interested in the subject, keep your eyes open for when the Kindle book of Joanne Chang's Baking with Less Sugar goes on sale. (It's currently $1.99. I'm a US Prime member; YMMV.) The introduction talks exactly about this subject, and when you can cut back on sugar without ill effects. The first chapter in the book is baked goods with less sugar added to the mix. Other chapters focus on other ways of sweetening your baked goods, including fruits, maple syrup, honey, and even just using the sugar present in chocolate. I've enjoyed the whole book.
  5. Depending on how geeky you want to get, and what you want to do with the data, you might look at what Vernier has to offer. You'd need to connect it to a computer, tablet, or other hardware interface that has the software to work with it, but if you need to gather data for extended periods of time, they may be the way to go.
  6. I don't remember seeing them in France, but they still exist in Gent, Belgium. And in Amsterdam, we saw a few port-a-john pissoirs set up on weekends around the squares in January. I guess those of us who are equipped with internal plumbing need to meter our liquid intake more closely?
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    How Restaurants Got So Loud

    Sheesh, and you probably also want enough light to read the menu. I'll get off your lawn now.
  8. You and I will need to commiserate. The Monday after the workshop, I should be flying to...Edinburgh!
  9. Well, it won the 1998 Newbery medal, which is by definition given to a children's book. But hoo boy, it isn't light reading.
  10. MelissaH

    Breakfast Cereal

    We occasionally had sweetened cereals in our house, when I was a kid, although never the ones with marshmallows or the ones with fake fruit flavors. A bowl of one of them, with milk, was considered to be as acceptable for dessert as a serving of ice cream. (Breakfast cereals were along the lines of Cheerios, corn flakes, Wheat/Corn/Rice Chex, Kix, and the like.)
  11. It may be written like poetry, but it's definitely not light reading. I wouldn't want to turn a kid loose with it without some solid historical background.
  12. @Shelby, do you know the book Out of the Dust? It's nominally a kids' book, set in the Dust Bowl, but a windmill plays a prominent role.
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    Camping, Princess Style

    I love community cookbooks. In particular, it's amusing to see which ones list women as Mrs. Husband's Name, whether the women get their own names, and if time and place have anything to do with it. We don't currently have a topic about them, do we?
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    Cheese I can’t do without

    Agreed that Cougar Gold is terrific. It travels well in its can.
  15. MelissaH

    Romaine Recall

    This was exactly the thought I had: reduce the food waste. Lettuce soup, aren't there also recipes for stir-fried lettuce? How hard would it be to wash the lettuce (maybe with a little bleach added?) to make it safe to eat?
  16. If the ink will print on the coating that most take-out boxes have, and if the same thing needs to get printed on all the boxes....
  17. Was this egg intended to be eaten raw, or was the rest of the dish hot enough to cook the egg?
  18. I just tried the WSJ article, and even though they usually have a paywall, I was able to get in without a problem. Happy Thanksgiving?
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    Oreo Cookies

    And I stumbled into them at Wegmans on Saturday. They're yummy! I think what I like most is the crunch in the creme.
  20. MelissaH

    Oreo Cookies

    I wondered that as well. Overall, I think I prefer the cookie on the Oreo to the Joe Joe cookie, but the Joe Joe creme flavors are usually marvelous.
  21. I've been enjoying this travelogue immensely. Thank you.
  22. Sometimes the BB&B coupons explicitly exclude Breville brand stuff.
  23. MelissaH

    Oreo Cookies

    Are these generally available wherever Oreos are sold, or are they specific to one store?
  24. MelissaH

    Food Waste @ Home

    I've been working on this. So today, I dug down to the bottom bin of our freezer to rescue the beets I'd cooked and frozen when we hadn't gotten to eating them in a reasonable amount of time, and am making them into a quick pickle. And the apples from the fridge that were teetering on the edge of usability have become applesauce, which is currently simmering to reduce and thicken a little bit. I'm hoping these will both go nicely with the Montreal smoked meat (also from the freezer) and half-sour pickles for dinner. The only things I had to buy fresh to make tonight's dinner were the rye bread and cherry soda. I'm hoping there will be enough of the bread and meat left over to make a bang-up omelette tomorrow morning with toast.
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