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  1. I've been cooking out of this book for a while, and I've almost used up my winter supply of smoked meats. Thankfully it's just about time to get the smoker out again. My question is about the bacon recipe. I've had very good success with it. I've been buying skin on bellies from a local Japanese Market (Uwajimaya). I'd like to upgrade the quality of pork I'm using, however I can not find a local supplier of bellies with the skin on. All the Berkshire and Mangalista sources I've talked to only process skinless pork. My question is, has anyone tried the bacon recipe using skinless pork?
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    Top Chef Season 4

    On the surface the winner of HK gets a better reward, but I don't know that what they get is truly better. They get to be the executive chef of a Vegas restaurant. They never disclose what the salary is. I'm under the impression the HK winner is basically a figurehead who does nothing for a certain contracted period of time. If your goal in life was to have a do nothing job for 3 or 4 years, HK is probably better for you.
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    Antigriddle substitute

    I just got my access to the Alinea Mosaic website, and I'm really interested in one recipe. But the caveat is that it calls for an antigriddle. I of course do not own one, and I don't see myself shelling out the money for one. It did get me to think though about a substitute. What if you sandwiched some dry ice between to aluminum sheet pans? The temperature of dry ice is well below the surface of the anti griddle, so it should work. I'm curious though as to whether or not anyone has tried this.
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    How to cook Steamed coconut rice cake

    Tri2Cook, That sounds about exactly what I was going to attempt. I'll let everyone know how it turns out!
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    How to cook Steamed coconut rice cake

    My guess was going to be mixing coconut milk and rice flour into a dough and then just steaming the thing.
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    How to cook Steamed coconut rice cake

    Here is a picture: http://vegfoodie.typepad.com/.shared/image...coconutcake.jpg It was almost like the texture of a steamed bun. Very smooth, and slightly chewy.
  7. This is a dish I recently had at Tamarind Tree, a local Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle. It's on the menu as Bánh mặn củ cải tôm. It was basically a square of steamed cake with some shrimp on top. I really want to reproduce the cake at home, but I can't find any recipes for it. Can anyone help?
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    Top Chef Season 4

    Seriously? Isn't that the same combo someone did on "Hells Kitchen"?? ← When I heard white chocolate and caviar on hells kitchen I got excited. When I heard raw scallop, raw venison, raw egg, and caper; I got disgusted. Strange flavor pairings are a tricky business. The goal is to find items that have a lot of flavor compounds in common. White chocolate and caviar do. Also, the sweetness of the chocolate is tempered by the saltiness of the eggs. The problem with the chef (and I use that term loosely) on Hell's kitchen is that he tried to do to much. Lobster and white chocolate actually pair fairly well, so the scallop may have worked (though butter poached would be better than raw), but the venison would do nothing but clash. Venison actually pairs fairly well with a dark bitter chocolate, not a white chocolate. The caper and the raw egg seemed only to be there because they are in many tartars, not because they would add anything. For more information on how white chocolate can pair: http://shopping.guardian.co.uk/food/story/0,,708751,00.html http://hungryinhogtown.typepad.com/hungry_..._high_frid.html http://www.playingwithfireandwater.com/foo...-8-white-c.html http://khymos.org/pairings.php
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    Top Chef Season 4

    I wonder if the reason for maunel's departure had more to do with his contributions to the team. The sea bass and the pickle were the two worst elements of the dish, and that's what he did.
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    Top Chef Season 4

    I was actually excited by Richard's dish. White chocolate is an ingredient that works surprisingly well in savory applications, basically any thing that you would add both a fat and sweetener to; which is a lot of dishes. I served a dish I stole from Heston Blumenthal for Valentine's Day (white chocolate with caviar) and my wife was blown away with how good it was. Somehow I'm going to try to figure out how to make that sauce!
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    BBQ Goat

    I recently bought a leg of goat at the farmers market. I've never had goat before, so I don't really know how to cook it. I have a Webber Smokey Mountain that I'd like to use for a slow and low BBQ. I've done pork shoulder, ribs, tri tip, chuck roast and brisket before. I'm not sure how I should do the goat though. The beef I usually marinate and cook until it reaches 190-200F (except the tri tip which I stop at medium rare and then sear). The pork I alway brine, but cook to the exact same temp. I'm wondering if I should treat the goat more like pork or beef. Should I brine it or marinate it? Will it get for tender if cooked slowly (I'm guessing by it's size 10 hours) to 190? Anyone done this before?
  12. Two quick questions. 1) what temperature/method do you use for poached and hard cooked eggs? 2) has anyone ever tried to render lard via sous vide?
  13. What is the lowest temperature that is safe to do a long cook of red meat? I've done 12+ hour cooks of 'roast' beef at 135F, but is doing it at 130F going to be an issue?
  14. What temperature do you like your steak cooked to? For a long cooking steak, I usually go with 135F as that is high enough to not worry about pathogens, but still leave the steak medium rare. If you like a steak more medium adjust the time up. Personally, when doing a thick steak I like to season it first (and I always use some smoked salt), then seal it, and let it sit in the fridge for a bit first while the bath gets up to temp. Then I cook it through (or longer for flat iron, hanger steak, and flap meat) in the bath. When I'm satisfied it's done, I sear the outside with a blow torch or a smoking hot cast iron pan.
  15. e_monster, I actually buy my smoke salt, simply because it's so much cheaper than the amount of work it takes to make it. I get mine at World Spice Merchants here in Seattle. (http://worldspice.com/spices/0697alderwoodsmokedseasalt.shtml) But, I have made liquid smoke, and I imagine that the process would be quite similar. Just put some brine (either salt water or other) in a smoker until it evaporates and you get salt.
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