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  1. You'll need to make redirect pages for alternate forms of a word. So for your example, let's say there's an article on homogenization under 'homogenization'. In another article, you use the word 'homogenized'. Link to it as normal (i.e., [[homogenized]]). Then click the red link for 'homogenized' and create a page that contains:

    #REDIRECT [[homogenization]]

  2. I think a freezer cleanout would end up being a catch-22 for me: I have a bunch of duck carcasses in my chest freezer that I need to make into stock... which would end up back in the freezer. Still, it might be worth a shot.

    This is certainly true, to an extent. Some of the sausage I make with that veal will end up back in the freezer (but not all of it). Importantly, it will be in a more ready-to-eat form so I'm likely to move through it more quickly. Also, a lot of things are more space efficient after you transform them into something else. To wit, stock frozen in rectangular pint or quart containers, then popped out and vac-sealed, is a heck of a lot more efficient use of space than half a dozen bird carcasses.

  3. I have a chest freezer that is in serious need of defrosting. Rather than find a (temporary) new home for all its contents, I think I'll try to dispatch as much as possible. I'm with you.

    So to start, this weekend will see veal shoulder become weisswurst and pork liver turned into pâté.

  4. Last night, I made a very coarse adaptation of a vegetable paella from Casas' The Food and Wines of Spain:

    Sweat finely chopped onion in olive oil. Add short or medium grain rice and stir to coat (I let it saute for a few minutes). Add a mixture of finely chopped garlic, herbs, and nuts. Add twice as much stock as rice (by volume) along with a pinch of saffron. Simmer on medium for 7 min, then place, uncovered, in an oven at 325 F for 15-20 min. Remove and cover for 10 min.

    When tomatoes are in season, I make a similar recipe that Bittman did in his Minimalist column a few years back (click).

  5. Well, this situation wasn't tenable:


    After having several avalanches of those stupid, non-stacking Glad containers, I've decided on these rather space-age stackable containers. Will report back.

    They might work better for you but for me they have a very small opening making it difficult to spoon out the contents!

    For just that reason, I went with the wide mouth version of the Specialty Bottle jars Chris Hennes linked to up above. They're great.

  6. Regarding the ticket sales to Next. I found one of their reasons for doing it a bit odd. The article said that if they lost one reservation at Alinea, it would really cut into margin for that night. Two reservations? They lose money.

    But doesn't Alinea have a long wait list? Surely on any given night, they could find someone on that list to fill the open table.

    With enough notice, sure. But cancellations just before the reservation time or no-shows...

  7. What problem are you having with the online system? When I needed to change a reservation, I didn't have a problem getting in touch with the hostess on the phone. I don't remember exactly when I called, but it was probably a bit before they open up.

  8. I think that both good cooks and good bakers.....:

    1) know their ingredients well, how they behave, and how the ratios interact with each other.

    2) know that the key to consistancy and repeatability is to use scales to weigh out ingredients.

    If we were to draft an eG Constitution, I don't think there could be a better start, and I say that as someone who is very much still working towards the first part of the above quote.

  9. For breakfast, you could do any number of things with baked egg custard variations. Delicious, hearty, and can be prepared in advance:

    0.5 tbsp butter

    8 slices bread, 1⁄2”

    1.5 cup milk

    1.5 cup cream

    12 large eggs, lightly scrambled

    4 oz gruyere, coarse-grated

    4 oz cheddar, coarse-grated

    1 tsp cayenne

    1 tsp smoked paprika

    Night before:

    1. Line the bottom and sides of a buttered casserole with bread slices.

    2. Mix eggs, cream, milk, cheeses, and spices. Season well with salt and pepper.

    3. Pour egg mixture into casserole. Cover and refrigerate.

    Morning of:

    4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake custard in the center of the oven, uncovered, for about 40

    min, until center is just jiggling.

  10. I just preheated my oven until the bottom element turned red hot and then put a 1/4" steel plate with a cup covering the top on the top shelf. I left it there, with the bottom element on full blast for 2 minutes. After that time I measured the change in temp of the top of the plate. 5 degrees. In pizza terms, that's meaningless. Having an oven with the ability to have both top and bottom elements on at the same time has no bearing on whether or not 1/4" steel plate can produce a Neapolitan pizza.

    I don't think I understand what this experiment was meant to test. Can you clarify the rationale?

  11. (Not having tried it) it seems to me that anything that rapidly moves air through the wine will achieve a similar result. Give the stick blender a go and report back!

  12. You can definitely make a successful dried sausage without milk powder. I'm not sure if there are any appropriate substitutions, but I don't think you'll be courting disaster by omitting it entirely.

    Glad you found Len Poli's site. It's a great resource and I encourage you to delve deep there.

  13. Ruhlman and Polcyn's recipe is all beef, with no added fat at all, so is extremely lean. It works fine if you are making a thin-crust pizza that is cooked quickly, but longer cooking tends to end up with something more like beef jerky on the top. This could be solved, I suppose, by drying it less in the first place, but I have not tried that myself.

    I've made the R&P peperone with a rather fatty piece of chuck, untrimmed. The fat content was roughly equivalent to that of a more traditional soppressata. I think holds up pretty good as a pizza topping, but then again, I cook my pizzas in a 700F oven for only a few minutes. A 20 minute trip in a 500F oven, and we might be talking jerky.

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