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  1. Hi MizDucky, did you ever try those chicken skins cooked Filipino style? If you have, we'd love to read what you to have say about it. Lasang Pinoy 15 just launched with the theme "Recycled, Reloaded" -- it's about the creative ways Filipinos use up leftovers. But the blogging event isn't limited to Filipinos only -- all lovers of Filipino food, or those just trying out our wonderful dishes, are welcome. Thought I might as well extend the invitation here. The Lasang Pinoy 15 announcement can be found here: Lasang Pinoy 15: Recycled, Reloaded Come join us! And as an FYI to everyone, in case there are still some of you looking, Filipino pork rinds are found in Asian stores, of course, but in case you don't have one near you, try the chips section of your local grocery. There are some great varieties, usually made in the South (US). Also ones made in Mexico. A Nicaraguan friend once prepared a salad for us, topped with the same chicharrones as he called them.
  2. doesn't seem to be a lot of people interested in this topic, huh. my hubby ate "normal" all his life. now that he's in his early 40s he has to stay completely away from wheat, eggs and dairy. it's one thing to discover allergies when you're little, it's entirely another when you're an adult and have to stop eating foods you've loved. not that my kids aren't "suffering" either. they have their sensitivities and allergies too, so now everybody's missing bread -- they haven't had any in 2 weeks.
  3. i had the KA stuffer until my KA broke, then i got a DLX assistent -- works wonderfully especially on large batches... except sometimes it chokes on gristle and fat. want a "free" sausage stuffer? take a 2-liter bottle of soda, cut out the lower 2/3 of the bottle, put your sausage casings -- like a sock -- onto the mouth of the bottle. put your sausage mix into the used-to-be-upper-third of the bottle. push down with knife or spoon or whatever works for you. crude, but works in a pinch, or when you don't want to spend $$$ on a stuffer, or when like me, you're too lazy to take out the parts of your machine and put them together. especially for small batches this is what i usually end up doing -- either this or make skinless sausages instead.
  4. I have the OXO Good Grips as well and am very happy with it! I looked at the Bron and was drooling over it for a long time, but to be honest I was intimidated by it. Decided to get the OXO because of the great reviews, and because I've been a long-time OXO user. So far I haven't regretted it yet. The price of course is a bonus!
  5. i just found a brazilian dish called canjica, also made from hominy and grated coconut. flavored with sugar *and* salt, like our binato. the difference is they also add milk and peanuts.
  6. here's a recipe for tostones: http://www.dominicancooking.com/recipes/si...es/tostones.htm jufran/mafran is addictive, but yikes! all that food coloring. however, i've tried making it from scratch and can't quite match the flavor... yet. the hot version is awesome with fried mini spring rolls/Filipino lumpiang shanghai.
  7. We've had to stop buying ramen completely. My kids love it, and I always tried to make it a bit healthier by adding some chopped veggies -- cooked it in the broth before adding the noodles -- until the last time we got some, and my 4-yo's face swelled up after having a bowlful, and her eyes started itching like crazy. Yikes! Benadryl to the rescue. Never again. All my kids have some form of food allergy, but that was the worst reaction (and very quick too) I had ever seen on any of them.
  8. stef_foodie

    Tamarind

    I was telling PPPans that there's no green tamarind available here as I've only ever seen the blocks, pastes, and liquids -- but recently I found frozen green tamarind (from the Philippines) at Asian Food Center in New Jersey (Rte. 22). I also found some green tamarind (in paste form) at my local Wegman's (Northeast PA), in the Indian food aisle. Was in a hurry and didn't check to see where it came from though.
  9. Thanks for the link! I found another one last night that had shocking stories, too including a different theory about his death. LOL. I think you're right. I'll stick with the dessert plate. I also found an interesting book at Amazon that I'll be looking for today. Nutcracker Sweet
  10. Would anyone happen to know what Tchaikovsky's favorite dishes were, if any? If not, any suggestions for a Tchaikovsky-themed tea party or dinner? Thanks!
  11. You're right, Tony. Take Viking for instance -- for every person who loves their Viking, there's a person who would say they hated it or decided against it. I think it all comes down to what tasks are most important to you in the kitchen and how much you're willing to spend to do that task more efficiently, more authentically, or whathaveyou. Right now I'm vacillating between getting the Blue Star (for the high BTUs) and a lower-end range + a $50 wok burner for outside use. The difference in price is considerable, but at the same time I do stir-fries several times a week, so I certainly will put any appliance I get, low- or high-end, to good use. Same thing with the oven -- we do a lot of baking; deciding right now between the full-featured Miele and a less expensive one (but without a rotisserie and other features). Been wrestling with these decisions for over two years, and I still haven't decided The thing with appliances with more/better features is that more things can go wrong as well, that's just a given. Bottom line, you have to decide if the extra headaches that are bound to come with the bells and whistles are worth it for you. We all have our personal thresholds of what's acceptable in terms of performance and price. And we all have our own priorities that ultimately will determine what percentage of our hard-earned dollars will go into equipping a kitchen.
  12. piping in to say i'm another DLX user/lover. i'm also a CI fan and have been for a while, though like many say, I've gotten tired of the "yankee" recipes. thank goodness i didn't see the DLX review before i bought mine, because at the time i still ranked them highly on my list of credible sources of information, and if i had seen that i might have thought twice about my purchase.
  13. Consumer Reports isn't without bias either. It's not just the people at Gardenweb that say or know this. And I certainly don't make my decisions either based on ONE forum, but rather do a lot of research on my own, ask people I know that have them, test appliances, etc., before I buy them. I meant the post to be a "take it or leave it" suggestion. Sorry! PS As I mentioned, my friends (real people, not online) have had horrendous GE customer service experience. Glad to hear your experience was the opposite.
  14. oh no! i hope you haven't bought your GE appliances yet. LOTS of horror stories over the past several years at ths.gardenweb.com/forums/appl. I basically did my research there when we thought we were building two years ago. Then again last month we thought we were going to build so I started researching appliances. Ended up buying a house but we're remodeling, so I'm not done -- sorthing through ovens and ranges right now. I have *not* read convincing stories about GE or Viking to make me want to buy any of their appliances. GE's customer service is appalling too, as some of my friends will attest. We also lived in Cincinnati for a bit and will be moving back soon, so we have some friends who worked at GE -- no good stories there either.
  15. i'd keep both if i were you. i killed two of them, so a spare one is always nice *just in case*. vintage hobarts are precious compared to the new ones, so if in a year or two you still haven't used it you could always sell it on ebay, where people like me are waiting to pounce if i had found a regular-sized one on ebay i would have purchased it -- but since i didn't i got an electrolux dlx instead -- and been a very happy baker for the past year.
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