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  1. I don't know the exact chemistry, but from what I understand of it, used oil has more "soaps" which allow better contact between the watery food and the oil. Shirley Corriher had a whole thing about it - and I believe it's in McGee as well. But on that topic, it turns out that you really don't need that much old oil... I've always heard it recommended that when you dispose of old oil that's been used a few times, to save a few tablespoons of it and add it to the new oil... evidently, that's really all the soap you need...
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    Best First Cookbook

    My first cookbook was used as the textbook in the professional cooking class for non-professionals that I took in college... I don't know if it is still in print, but at the time, it was a great book that not only had good recipes to illustrate the theory that was taught, but had chapters on knife skills, sanitation, etc... It was "On Cooking" by Labensky and Hause... I'd highly recommend it.
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    Dinner 2019

    Some recent dinners.... SV salmon with viet style ataulfo mango salad (similar to thai som tum but with more fresh herbs): Red curry chicken - Maesri red curry paste with added grachai, thai basil and chilis, using frozen coconut milk: Thai stir fry of what the H-mart called "bok choy tips"...
  4. I'm looking forward to meals on Singapore Airlines coming up at the end of June... And for the return trip, I can choose my meals in advance - there are like 10 choices! I chose the chicken-rice (when in Singapore and what not) and dim sum for breakfast...
  5. That would be a cracked pie...
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    4 Days in Guilin

    Thank you for taking the time to post this! I enjoyed it.
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    Lunch 2019

    I love those Sri Lankan crabs!!
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    At that quantity, it's almost worth looking into a vacuum or vibrating seeding machine!
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    I was curious, so I checked out their website... https://support.clickandgrow.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000947227-19-How-to-get-rid-of-mold-and-algae-
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    I would use a solution of pure H2O2 as I described in a post above, or use a solution of a product called UC roots, which is hypochlorous acid derived from calcium hypochlorite. But, I don't know if you really want to do that. One of the reasons growing in soil works is because of beneficial bacteria and fungi living in the soil. Sanitizing your soil will kill anything bad growing in it, but will also get rid of all the good, and will make it more difficult for future plants to use that soil, unless you add some compost (which is full of beneficial bacteria and fungi). It might be better to use a product called Hygrozyme (or one of a bunch of similar products) which is an enzyme that breaks down cellulose. So, a soak in that solution will do a good job of breaking down any remaining dead roots in the soil, and turn them into products that are good for future plants - plus the spaces left by the roots add aeration to the soil. Then let it dry out which will get rid of anything anaerobic that could still be hanging around.
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    LEDs have a series resistance, but it's usually pretty negligible compared with other resistances in the circuit. You can find the internal resistance of an LED on the spec sheet. You control how much current you drive through the LED by using an external resistor sized appropriately for the voltage applied across the series combination. A 1000Ah battery just says what the battery is capable of delivering - but it is the load that determines how much current is drawn at any given moment. If you put a 1 megaohm resistor across a 12V car battery, you will only draw .012 mA, but put a short across the terminals, you will draw so much current that it can weld the short to the terminals. That's why you can safely touch both the + and - terminals of a car battery safely - body resistance is about 300ohms, so the most you would draw is 40mA which is not perceptible. So, LED drivers are basically a constant current source varying voltage across a resistance in series with the LED. Varying the voltage across the series resistor varies the current that will flow through the LED. Yes, you can dim an LED using PWM - but you shouldn't really notice any flicker as long as the switching frequency is high enough. Most high quality LED drivers do much more than put a PWM voltage across the LED though, they are a constant current source.
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    Not necessarily. It depends on the driver. I can dim my Fluence light down to 10% or maybe lower (I haven't tried less than 10%). ETA: LEDs brightness is actually dependent on the current flowing through it, not the voltage across it. The voltage drop across the LED is pretty constant (and you're right, there is a minimum voltage below which it won't turn on), but the driver varies the brightness by shoving different amounts of current through it, not varying the voltage across it.
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    Are these cobs dimmable?
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    I love caneles... I had them 3 times a day, years ago, when in Bordeaux... Back then (and probably still do) they had packages of caneles at the airport to take home. After having so many, one thing I can say is that there is a huge difference between a great canele and a mediocre one... some can even be rather bad - soggy and rubbery.
  15. I found a package on instant Luosifen in one of my local groceries... in NYC... I haven't tried it since I always thought the instant noodles weren't very good... but seeing this thread is causing me to reconsider...
  16. I think about 95% of NYers are doomed as most of us are lucky to have a hood that just blows the air back in our face... Hoods that vent outdoors are practically nonexistent. Edit... NYers, not Myers!!!! damn autocorrect....
  17. KennethT

    Gardening: (2016– )

    OK - then bleach would be the way to do it most easily without procuring specialty stuff. Also, in addition to bleach or H2O2, there another option for sanitizing while plants are still there and growing - hypochlorous acid - yes it is basically bleach, but there are plant/food grade versions (made from calcium hypochlorite) without all the other additives that bleach has - and it doesn't have any sodium. Check out UC Roots - it's actually more effective than H2O2 since it won't degrade as quickly... just make sure your sanitizing solution has a pH of about 5.5.
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    If you want to sanitize while you have plants growing in there, I would use hydrogen peroxide - but I'd stay away from the stuff you get in the drugstore as it contains additives and stabilizers. Instead, you can get 17% or 35% H2O2 which don't require additives because it is stable at those percentages. Be very careful when you use that stuff because if you get it on your skin, it will burn. I've used 17% for years with my lime tree - about 8ml per gallon works fine to sanitize the system and won't hurt the plants. If you are not growing anything at the moment, then using a bleach solution will be fine. Just make sure it's rinsed thoroughly and allowed to air dry before putting plants back in. Also, don't add bleach to the soil since it will kill all the microorganisms in there, which will make it very hard for plants to uptake nutrients.
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    Dinner 2019

    Do you make the paratha from scratch? It looks very similar to the Malay/Singaporean prata (many times made by Indian men)... If you make it, can you provide the recipe?
  20. huh... I didn't realize it was that small... the one I have (from a Chinese rest. supply store) looks just like it, but the strainer portion is about the size of an eggplant.
  21. The hook on the side of the noodle strainer is for use in a professional situation. They don't boil noodles in a pot, but basically a deep fryer that continuously boils water. Noodles to be cooked are placed in the basket and lowered into the water, with the hook over the edge, keeping the basket submerged but the handle from falling in the water. When ready, the whole basket is removed and shaken to get the excess water out.
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    This is the problem with salting - once you salt an area, it will be a long time until anything will grow there again - unless you do a lot of flushing! ETA - I don't think it "kills the land" but it would certainly kill all the beneficial bacterial/fungi (like trichoderma, mycorrhizae, etc) which are essential to allow your plants to take up nutrients in soil.
  23. @liamsaunt Wow! Amazing shots - I can't imagine what it must have been like to be so close to a wild dolphin... When I was in high school, I had the chance to swim with some dolphins in a research facility - that was amazing, but my mind is blown with the wild dolphin being so close! Thanks so much for posting all this... loved it!
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    serving Iberico ham

    I was thinking about serving a little Iberico ham for a friend's birthday coming up in a few days... what's the best way to serve it? I know that Robuchon does it on grilled bread with a fine dice of tomato and microbasil... but I don't think that that's traditional... Is it more traditional to grill the bread slices, then rub a tomato over the surface? Any other ideas?
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    Dinner 2019

    huh... I had no idea... I always had heard that there was a large Thai concentration in LA, and just assumed it was concentrated in one area...