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  1. Hummus

    i've tried multiple different chickpeas (canned and dry). MOST flavorful, in my opinion, canned Goya chickpeas i've tried multiple different tahini's Most flavorful, in my opinion, Krinos Tahini the balance of salt, acid (lemon juice) and garlic is crucial to elevate the dish. Most folks dont add enough lemon juice. finally, hummus tastes infinitely better on day two. just my opinion. hope it helps you make a tastier dish!
  2. Mark Bittman and the politics of food

    As I have previously stated, Bittman is a culinary Chuck Shumer.
  3. We've all made a quintuple reduction duck stock, ending up with an elixir "too precious to use" kinda like that rare bottle of wine you keep, waiting for a real special moment that never comes....
  4. Drowning in Figs!

    fig ice cream.
  5. Long cooked eggs

    part way down the page, pictures of hamine eggs a la pressure cooker hamine eggs in pressure cooker
  6. Long cooked eggs

    I have made hamine eggs in the pressure cooker, probably the most efficient way to do this. they have a custard iike texture, and in my opinion, a hammy flavor (nothing to do with the name). 60 minutes in the pressure cooker at 15psi. let the cooker cool/decompress by itself off heat.
  7. Long cooked eggs

    i have made hamine eggs in the pressure cooker. They have a unique consistency, kinda like a custard, and a hammy flavor! I don;t think that has anything to do with their name. Everyone should try a hamine egg at least once. They are intriguing. Never made it sous vide, although i suppose you could at 180F for a long time, but whats the point.
  8. How should I cook this expensive steak?

    I've given up on sous vide steak. It has a "lifeless" taste, and granular texture for lack of a better description. My favorite steak currently, is a bone in prime rib eye, that I butcher myself out of a whole rack (Costco sells these at holidays, I highly recommend) My last (and final effort) with sous vide for these 2-3 inch thick cowboy steaks, was to pre-sear (in butter, heavy skillet), sous vide, then season, and re-sear under broiler (They looked fantastic, but did not have the depth of flavor i was used to) Reverted to my standard technique for cooking normal thickness steaks, season, sear (in butter, heavy skillet) then finish in oven (350 degrees 10 minutes) ..OUTSTANDING. Do not be afraid of a 2-3 inch steak. Teach it who's boss.
  9. Its possible to make instant gravy using multi-stock and wondra flour. add salt, pepper, little squeeze of lemon, sliver of garlic, dash of cream, pat of butter. hit the mixture with a blitz stick, microwave until desired thickness. best gravy ever in under 60 seconds.
  10. my sister coined this phrase about triple stock: "too precious to use" that;s the one drawback to making it, you become convinced it must only be used for an extra-special occasion. throughly brown the bones and bits before tossing in the Kuhn Rikon for 30 minutes on high. Repeat 3-4 times...oohhhh myyyy....too precious. made lamb risotto using multi-stock that was insanely good.
  11. What Are You Cooking Sous Vide Today? (Part 2)

    Sous Viding homemade pastrami... dry cured some Painted HIlls brisket and some boneless short rib for 14 days. soaked 3 hours in water (changed three times) coated with pepper and coriander smoked at 150 degrees for 7 hours (applewood) final step sous vide at 150 degrees for 48 hours. i tried 12, 24, and 48 hours. 48 hours was winner. once i have my cure perfected, i will post it. so far, great pastrami...aiming for absolute best!
  12. i bought a commercial grade slicer when i started making bacon. In retrospect, i wish i had never bought it. CONS: clean up is a complete PITA. COMPLETE PITA. you have to disassemble the slicer with hand tools. the blade is like a giant, heavy, circular razor blade. If you drop it, it will likely remove your foot (i ended up buying kevlar gloves) once apart, it has lots of nooks and crannies..plan on spending some quality time cleaning... you have to reassemble the slicer with hand tools. PROS: bragging rights to owning a commercial slicer ability to select the exact thickness of the slice when you use the slicer, expect tiny bits of food to get shot out of the slicer all over the place...it is a spinning disc after all.. now you have to clean the room/walls/floor. given the time it takes to hand clean the slicer (and the room) your only going to end up using it when you slice enormous amounts of food... there's a reason it's called a commercial slicer, its just not practical for home use. i slice my bacon by hand now, and i don;'t dread doing it...
  13. What's going wrong with my bread?

    I'm sorry, but " sprinkle the yeast and salt over top of the resulting dough and squish it all together " sounds like a technique guaranteed to result uneven distribution of yeast and salt throughout the dough. You can even end up with pockets of yeast (or malt in my case). I am a proponent of mixing the yeast, salt and any additives (such as malt) with the water first (i even use a blitz stick to make sure everything is dissolved). Flour is added last, mixing all the while
  14. Laminate flooring in kitchen?

    laminate should work great! As long as you never drop anything on it. Oh ya, don't ever spill a bunch of liquid on it either. Problem with laminates is they will swell and deform if they get soaked (big spill of liquid), and their surface cracks/breaks when struck by a heavy object. Hardwood, you can always refinish it, or live with the "patina" it develops. Laminate just looks broken.
  15. Sous vide for a newbie?

    YOU can sous vide chicken without removing it from the packaging, if you buy chicken from Costco. I buy bone in thighs from Costco that are vacuum sealed in a "six-pack" , each pack contains 3-4 chicken thighs. A friend that manufactures product (bagging materials) for Foodsaver, indicated to me that the bags have to meet a certain safety standard that falls well within sous vide temps. I cook these bagged chicken thighs at 150 degrees overnite when i go to bed. In the morning, i pop them into the fridge. When de-bagged, they are covered in gelatin/juice hence called jus). I reserve this, peel off the skin, and pat the thighs dry. I season like usual (salt, pepper, "secret rub"), set aside. I render the chicken fat from the skin, and make cracklings out of the skin. I then sear/brown the chicken thighs in the chicken fat. Put the chicken jus in deep container, add the crackling, salt, pepper, pat of butter, sliver of garlic, squeeze of lemon, dash of heavy cream, and WONDRA flour. Hit the mixture with a blitz stick to blend, stick in microwave until it thickens....GRAVY in under 60 seconds that is fabulous. advantages Buy bulk chicken, no need to portion and vacuum bag (already done for you!) cook over nite (multi-tasking! sleeping and cooking) every single piece of the chicken (except the bones) gets used up. killer gravy moist, fall off the bone chicken. Alternatives, use jus in cooking rice, cracklings are good straight up. I've also just tossed the season chicken thighs on the barbecue grill for quick perfectly cooked grilled chicken. pick the chicken off the bones (easy after cooking) season and turn into chicken salad