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  1. The wifey recently was gifted a big bag o nuts, pistachios to be exact. I was wondering if anyone had any tricks to getting the shells off of those ones that are nearly close, but have a little crack, or even no crack at all. I hate wasting and it would be a shame to throw them out - as the old saying goes, waste not want not! TooTrue!
  2. sadistick

    Raw kale salads

    I thought that kale, like spinach and chard, contains oxalic acid in amounts that interfere with the absorption of calcium and iron, so that it's actually better for you if cooked. I don't eat Kale for its Calcium or Iron, but more so for its extreme amounts of Vitamin A, C, and K, and all of the Carotenoids and flavonoids. Kale does have oxalates which would prevent the absorption of calcium if eating other dairy products, but not from the kale itself. It can cause bloating if eaten raw (as most other veggies in the family) but with the massaging method and the breakdown of the fibers that doesnt seem to be an issue.
  3. sadistick

    Raw kale salads

    It is important to eat kale raw to get all its health benefits. We usually make a big batch of this salad a few times a month and it will last for up to 5-6 days in the fridge. Chop kale Grate fresh garlic Salt Pepper Good EVOO Good Red Wine (or your preferred type) vinegar Massage all into kale - When you consume, toss with grated cheese of choice, we prefer Parm or Romano, and add either dried cranberries/cherries/raisins and some toasted nut (we like pumpkin seeds or almonds).
  4. Squared sinks look better, but rounded is easier to clean. I have this sink, I think its made by Moen, that is the best of both worlds, it LOOKS squared, but is not, and has a slight round edge to it which is easy to get to for cleaning.
  5. Those are HUGE hearts of palm! How long is the drive up there say, from the GTA area? Love this thread every year, still want more outdoor pics though
  6. If you are executing well, your veg should provide sufficient 'crunch'. I would suggest some Cilantro or Vietnamese Coriander.
  7. It's pretty pathetic that one ignorant woman's use of inappropriate language gets so much attention/publicity. Are there no greater newsworthy topics in this world, perhaps of some worth? She needs to take her $50+/- Million and enjoy life, buy an island somewhere and start her own TV network for the intellectually inept.
  8. sadistick

    Potato Salad

    Dill is a great addition and main flavour profile to a potato salad. As are roasted leeks.
  9. Is there any special process to making iced tea, besides the cooling part? I want to play around with it this summer (dont always have to enjoy a cocktail on a hot day!) and want to get a good ground basics first.
  10. Preferably I fill the sink with hot water and submerge - I find you get a more consistent overall plate warm - the only down side, is drying. I hate the microwave and try to use it as little as possible! Evil spawn!
  11. sadistick

    Dinner! 2012

    mm8 - how many hours did those dishes take to prepare? needless to say, it looks great; sweetbreads make me happy.
  12. sadistick

    Dinner! 2012

    Thanks. I've never worked in the restaurant business. I'm currently unemployed, but I guess "self-empoyed" sounds nicer. I cook for private parties on occasion, but I don't really do any advertising. Following recipes helps me get better, so instead of going to school, or staging somewhere, I do this. Well, you have done an admirable job in your self education. Where in the world are you located? While I am fairly competent in the kitchen, my time limitations prevent me from spending the time that one must invest on those intricate meals (not by lack of desire) and thus I would employ your services in a heartbeat, however; based on the produce you are showing, I have a feeling the local will not make that feasible... Edit - Scotty, how do you know he/she is learning early, and not late?
  13. sadistick

    Dinner! 2012

    mm8 - Clearly you have some serious skills. Are you currently employed (how do you find the time for all those involved dishes otherwise?!) in the restaurant biz?
  14. Just did a Thai/Indian fusion chicken coconut soup served with a side of rice for 'dipping'
  15. sadistick

    Dinner! 2012

    RE: peeling eggs If you add a bit of baking soda to the water when boiling, and then just peel the top and bottom of the egg, you can actually BLOW it out of the shell - super easy, just need some lung power!
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