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melissafitz

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  1. Horrific habits from excellent cooks

    I think the most horrific habit of great (and other) chefs is when they don a pious attitude with their chef whites (so to speak). Some certainly have the right to, it's true. But not nearly as many who do. Otherwise, if the food that reaches my plate is sublime (or even just plain tasty), I'm fine with the means by which it got there! (barring egregious behaviors, of course...)
  2. Thanks so much for the link. I'm definitely getting one! And I have no pets, so our four legged friends are also safe...
  3. Sigh. My deep freezer (in the basement) blew a fuse this past week and when I went down to put something in it, I was horrified to realize it was off and at room temp. Bye bye, rabbit (future gumbo). So long, duck (would-be-confit...). My industrious evening spent prepping lasagnas -- all for naught. Steak and standing rib roast.... I'm assuming they're garbage fodder too , though I thought I'd check w you guys to see what you think about salvaging them. I have a friend who leaves his steak out at room temp for a couple of days and I know of the wet-aging process, though don't know specifics. The steaks and roast are in a cryrovac packaging and, while I don't know how long my freezer was out, I am guessing 3 days. The contents were at room temp, but there was no smell. The last time I was in there, however, was a week ago so I can't be sure. Anyway, give it to me straight but be gentle, okay? I'm pretty bummed about this whole thing. Oh, and btw, does anyone know of an alarm or something to alert you when a fuse is blown? Thx M
  4. We Need a Light, Refreshing Dessert

    I'm sorry I didn't see your post earlier! Did you figure it out? I think I googled it the last time I made it w granulated gelatin. I seem to recall it being 1.5 envelopes.
  5. I've also used cannellini beans with very nice results.
  6. We Need a Light, Refreshing Dessert

    Wow! I'm so happy! It's a great dessert -- and I do recommend pouring a touch of cream over the set jello. The last time I made it, I cut the alcohol content by using 1/2 bottle of Chardonnay and 1/2 bottle of a "cooking grape juice" called ver juice or something like that. I cut the sugar to 1/4 cup bc of the sugar content in the juice. Hope it's a hit & that you have a lovely dinner!
  7. We Need a Light, Refreshing Dessert

    Raspberries in Chardonnay jelly. Light, delicious but a bit dangerous. http://livinginthekitchenwithpuppies.blogspot.com/2009/12/slut-red-berries-in-chardonnay-jelly.html
  8. Worst cooking show ever

    I'm also a former devotee of food shows, but must confess the recent batch of overly pushed "stars" - the neelys, big daddy, guy with his glasses on backwards all the time, etc etc etc -- combined with Rachel, Paula, sandra Dee, etc etc etc has left me very cold. But I digress. Worst for me is the neelys. I just can't get past the CONSTANT overt references to sex.
  9. The high-power blender topic

    My blender (waring) just isn't doing the trick anymore. It'll blend if i stop and scrape down constantly, but I never get a nice funnel, particularly when blending thicker items like smoothies or pate. Any recommendations? Im thinking of splurging on a vitamix but dont know if its worth it. I (would) use a blender weekly, for things like soup, mayo, icey drinks and the above mentioned smoothies & pate.
  10. I think carbonara provides a pretty good base for various additions -- I'm about to riff on it tonight w ramps. But otherwise, my version is pretty classic -- even with homemade pancetta.
  11. Olicollett -- v much looking fwd to your run down & will put your stated suggestions at the top of our list. Thanks!
  12. Canned sardines

    My 4 yo daughter loves king oscars, skinless ("no silver, please"), boneless. And she has been known to lick the olive oil from the plate. I prefer mine with saltines. And I plan on seeking out some Japanese sardines!
  13. Brooklyn has union markets popping up like mushrooms, incl my neighborhood and I guess it's where I do my shopping. Not my veg (veg stand across the street). Or my meat (butchers -- Los paisanos or staubitz). Or my pantry items (fairway -- really, I had to walk out of UM when I was asked to pay $15 for a roll of tin foil. $15???!?). How is it that I'm in there daily?! Milk and the only baguette my son (who pretty much only eats baguettes) will eat. There ya go.
  14. Dinner! 2011

    Roast veal breast stuffed with breadcrumbs, mushrooms & herbs and simple salad. I had never made veal breast before -- insanely cheap & quite tasty!
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