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  1. I'd always used an old crock and thought the idea of spending money on a dedicated utensil holder was silly but I picked up an Oxo utensil holder at a discount store for about 5 bucks and I like it a lot. The dividers prevent most things from getting tangled up.
  2. When I ordered my back-up, that's what I did - unpack to make sure everything was there, I ran a toast cycle and a steam cycle to make sure it was working, drained the tank, let it all dry out and put it back in the box. Only took a few minutes of hands-on time. That made me feel better but if the whole thing is too stressful, just follow the sound advice you got from @Okanagancook and @Shelby to put it away and don't worry about it.
  3. I agree. I edited my above post to include a link to that episode of the podcast. The segment on the book starts a little past the 47 minute mark.
  4. On a recent episode of Cooking Issues, Dave Arnold described this book as the On Food and Cooking" of its time so it's not strictly a cookbook but I've been enjoying dipping into it. The Market Assistant: Containing a Brief Description of Every Article of Human Food Sold in the Public Markets of the Cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn; Including the Various Domestic and Wild Animals, Poultry, Game, Fish, Vegetables, Fruits &c., &c. with Many Curious Incidents and Anecdotes. It's by Thomas Farrington De Voe, originally published in 1867 and is available in various places including Google books: https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Market_Assistant.html?id=2z4EAAAAYAAJ Edited to add: If you want to listen to Dave's ramblings on The Market Assistant, it begins a little over 47 minutes in to this episode (titled There's Still DNA in that Glove, air date 2July2019) of the Cooking Issues podcast
  5. To my eye, it looks like you have enough clearance for non-steam applications. I have granite countertops and have never put anything under the unit. I move it to clean underneath and there's no evidence of any damage that I can see or feel. I was able to put mine at the end of a countertop so the steam vents aren't directly under the upper cabinets but that doesn't look possible in your location. Edited to add photo:
  6. My first one is about 4 years old and still going strong. It is my most used kitchen appliance and I use it multiple times every day.
  7. Not that anyone can actually replace Jonathan Gold, but some months after his passing, the LA Times added restaurant critics Bill Addison, formerly roving national critic at Eater and Patricia Escárcega, a native Southern Californian most recently working as a dining critic in Phoenix. In April, after years of staff purges under previous ownership resulted in it being reduced to a page on Saturday, the LA Times re-established a standalone print edition Food section under the direction of Peter Meehan, former editor of Lucky Peach. Cookbook author Genevieve Ko and Ben Mims, formerly test kitchen director at Lucky Peach were added to the staff that also includes Lucas Kwan Peterson, Andrea Chang, Jenn Harris and Amy Scattergood. That's a long winded intro to sharing a link to this week's Food section which is devoted entirely to memories of Jonathan Gold. One of the articles is a full page of Gold quotes plucked from many reviews and the online version, A collection of Gold-isms, trumps the print edition as it contains links to the original reviews.
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    Upthread, there are mentions of Stella Park's DIY Fudgsicle recipe that appeared over on Serious Eats a few years ago but I don't recall if anyone actually made them. I used the Cacao Barry Extra Brute cocoa and skim milk that's recommend and I strained the mixture before pouring it into the molds because I was worried particles of cocoa or gelatin would adversely affect the texture but I didn't catch much in the strainer and the texture is very smooth and creamy. I subbed Grand Marnier for the 1T crème de cacao. It's barely detectable so if I really want an orange flavor, I'll need to add some orange extract or orange oil or add orange zest to the cooked mixture and strain it out.
  9. My old CSO still makes good steam so when I started using my new, back-up unit, the main difference I noticed (aside from the cleaning button, that I knew about) was the pre-heat on the convection-bake function. The old CSO starts counting down the time right away while the new one preheats then beeps before starting the time. I burnt a couple of things before I figured that out 🙃
  10. Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sister Pie. The recipe can be found online in a blog post at this link. Not that it makes any difference to me, but this recipe uses all buckwheat flour so they are gluten free. I bought my whole grain buckwheat flour from a local mill and it is fairly light in color as are my cookies when compared to some I've see that were baked with Bob's Red Mill buckwheat flour. See the photos in the link above for the difference. The recipe calls for using a 1/4 cup scoop, mine are probably about half that size.
  11. Adding my thanks and a question - are there any exotic 🙃 foods or cooking related items that you'll be bringing home from your travels?
  12. No Amazon food/cooking purchases in line for me today but I might spend a few bucks anyway. I've been reading books on my iPad and am considering trying a dedicated e-reader so today's Kindle paperwhite price looks appealing. And I might order another Dot for the garage where my laundry is located. I've got a Sonos speaker out there already and the addition of voice commands would be handy. Whole Foods had organic, free-range, air-cooled chickens for $2.19/lb so I went over and got one to qualify for the WF $10 off Prime Day deal. Spend $10 at Whole Foods from July 3-16 and get $10 off on Amazon today and tomorrow. Not sure if I got a free chicken or $10 off a kindle or neither 🙃 Eat Your Books has added print cookbooks that are Prime Day deals today to their usual list of Kindle bargain books. The ones I looked at don't seem overly amazing deals. About five bucks off on Six Seasons, for example. Worth taking advantage of if you were already considering it but they're not giving stuff away. EYB also mentions the promo code PRIMEBOOK19 to save $5.00 when you spend $15.00 or more on Books offered by Amazon.com. Not sure if that works in other countries but it's listed under the US section so perhaps not. I noticed that a cookbook I'd had in my cart for about a week suddenly went up $5 in price yesterday. I'm curious if it will drop back down again after Prime Day.
  13. I always gotta look things up. From Amazon's Wedding registry FAQ:
  14. I've had quite a few toasters over the years. There was one that might have made better toast than the CSO but most of the rest were on par or less desirable. I got rid of my toaster when I got the CSO. It was a space, not functional decision but I have no regrets. I often toast slices of baguette, ciabatta or other non-standard breads that can be awkward in a regular toaster so the CSO is a win there and I love being able to pop the toast back into the warm oven to melt butter or cheese or broil any of the "stuff-on-toast" items that I often make. There is a bit of a learning curve to get it to suit your liking. I'm currently using my new "back-up" CSO and it runs a bit hotter than my older one but I've adjusted to it. If I remember correctly, my newer one was a "used" Amazon warehouse purchase. Not refurb. The box had been opened, the baking "tray" was replaced with one that is not the standard type but quite functional. Aside from the fact that everything was rattling around inside the oven instead of being securely packed it seemed to be pristine and unused.
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