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  1. It's a matter of approach. I think that's the benefit of forums. Not everyone is "me." There's also "you." Inevitably, we are going to differ. Quite frankly, I think that is for the best.
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    Bastard condiments?

    Hello @Jaymes!
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    Bastard condiments?

    When I was in college my roommate's boyfriend made this salad dressing that was absolutely delicious. He said it was Russian dressing, and I asked him how he made it. He said, it's ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together. And I said, oh c'mon Mike, what is it? And he said, no really, it's ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together. I refused to believe it, but he kept insisting! That was in the early seventies. It's still delicious. (And it's still ketchup and mayonnaise.)
  4. The fact is, people can like Food Network and still post on eGullet. We don't have exclusive membership criteria. As I mentioned upthread, if people don't want to participate in a topic, they don't have to click on it. I wasn't aware that you were an old member like weinoo! In any case, it's irrelevant. If someone joined yesterday, he's a member.
  5. Now that's not something I hear every day!! You're welcome.
  6. Do you think a thread on hunting is "inclusive"? You think threads on pork products are "inclusive"? Do you really think that every thread has to be thought to death so that it "includes" everyone? This entire place would die overnight, if not sooner. There are more threads than I can count that do not "include" me. Many of them I enjoy reading anyway - because not everything has to be about me. As for the threads I don't want anything to do with, I have a simple solution: I don't click on them. There are also more threads than I can count that simply don't get any traction, so they die their own death. If that happens, it happens. It doesn't need anyone's assistance.
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    $5 Meal Challenge

    Okay, okay. So why don't y'all put your money where your mouth is? The man proposed a challenge! Let's see what you got!
  8. Thank you! (I agree, more cranberries!)
  9. Is this the recipe? http://rusakraut.com/sauerkraut-recipe-with-cranberries/ When I see cranberries, I get very interested. I hope to try the above recipe soon, I still have bags of cranberries in the freezer. If you used a different recipe, can you please share? Thanks!
  10. One of the most difficult things for me when using weights instead of volume is being able to visualize what a particular weight of an item looks like. If a recipe uses one cup of sugar, I can visualize that. If a recipe uses 200 grams of sugar, I now know that that's one cup, so I can visualize that, too. Same with many other ingredients, although certainly not all. But it did take a long time to get there, and I don't like using weights if I cannot visualize how much I'll be using. The weights for flour still drive me up a wall, since there doesn't seem to be one standard. I've seen recipes use as little as 110 grams and as much as 160 grams for a cup of flour. I use 140 grams. If a recipe was originally written with a weight amount, I'll assume it was tested with whatever weight they listed. But if it's a recipe with volume and weight, and the weights seem "off," I'll just skip the recipe.
  11. This is so important. I have quite a few cookbooks that give both volume and weight, and they do not match. It drives me nuts. (One cup of sugar is not 280 grams!) I used to make a particular loaf cake quite a bit because it was simple and very good. I had always followed the volume measurements, but then I started preferring weights so I decided to follow those. Needless to say I did not have the same simple and good loaf cake at the end of that baking session. I've found the same thing in other books, but now I have a better idea of what the weights should be so I know if it's off.
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    Oreo Cookies

    Interesting. I am not generally a big fan of Oreos altogether, but I love the Oreo Thins. If I buy a pack I am doomed, so I just stay away. I love thin crisp cookies, and the Oreo Thins have a great texture. You are right, of course, that it's less Oreos for the same price. But it's better Oreos!!
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Call it "deconstructed stuffed cabbage" and you're in vogue!
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    Favorite Homemade Sauces for Pasta

    Do you all make your own pasta? I never have (don't have the equipment), and I usually see pasta as being a "quick dinner." So if I want a quick dinner, I'm not going to spend a lot of time on the sauce. If I made my own pasta, I'd be much more particular. That said, I usually do one of two things: quickly saute some garlic in a bit of olive oil, add a can of crushed tomatoes and some capers. I love capers with tomato sauce. Black olives are nice too, but not a must. Or, if I'm being really particularly lazy, I will just drizzle some sesame oil over the hot pasta, maybe with a splash of some sort of vinegar, maybe not. Toasted sesame oil makes up for so much.
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    Mario Batali

    "He told a colleague that he is simply trying to learn to be the wallpaper in the room and not the room itself." He needs some experience in being the carpet.
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    Passover 2006–

    It is the holiday of freedom, after all!! I went out for both Seders, so didn't have much to do. I usually make desserts, and there's a standard request: Maida Heatter's Saturday Night Meringues. They're very good, and I've even found a decent kosher for Passover pareve chocolate to use for it. I also made a lemon sponge cake (with potato flour and almond flour, no matzoh meal). And I bought some chocolate covered matzah, which is always fun.
  17. I think if someone invited me specifically for wine and cheese, I would not bring wine and/or cheese. That's what they're giving me - they said so! I think the pecans are a great idea. Perhaps some nice dried fruit, or chocolates. Anything other than their main focus.
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    Passover 2006–

    Oh, I can't let that one go by. There's a whole range of matzah balls, from sinkers to floaters. I happen to be partial to the sinkers myself, but they're not heavy like lead. They're dense and solid, for sure, but if they're made well they're delicious. Here's a good read: https://www.seriouseats.com/2015/04/how-to-make-the-best-matzo-balls.html
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    Passover 2006–

    I was wondering the same thing, but there seem to be quite a few recipes for gluten-free matazh balls. Here's one: https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/gluten-free-potato-knaidelach/ It uses potatoes, potato starch, and almond flour. I've seen recipes that use rice flour or chickpea flour, which would work for people who eat kitniyot (legumes); Ashkenazis traditionally do not. I can't imagine what the texture would be like. You can get gluten-free matzah meal: https://www.amazon.com/Yehuda-Gluten-Free-Matzo-Ounce/dp/B00IRRGK1Q?th=1 I'm glad I didn't have to think about this stuff, we just had regular old matzah balls, which were very very good.
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    Breakfast! 2018

    Matzah brei! (Blurry but good.)
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    The Bread Topic (2016-)

    I'm no scientist, but I agree high hydration and also minimal kneading will get you where you want to go. Folding instead of kneading helps.
  22. The guy's quite full of himself, and doesn't seem to understand why others don't share that opinion! I lived overseas for many years in a country with so many different nationalities it can make your head spin. There's a lot of complaint, but if you live somewhere that is not your birth country then you're the one who has to adapt, not them. You can sit with your compatriots and moan and groan over a beer or two about how "they" are so wrong about everything, but when you're out in public it's their call, not yours. The guy's a real piece of work.
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    Spice Storage Ideas

    Gets my vote!
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    Spice Storage Ideas

    No great ideas here. A wire grid on the wall that holds various baskets. I needed something outside my cabinet space, since that is so limited. It's all quite a mess, and I'd say close to half of it needs to be thrown out. I just never get around to it.