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  1. They all have their pros and cons. It depends what you're looking for at any given time. IMHO, if you're not shopping at multiple places, you're not being smart shopper. Some that you've characterized as 'meh' are definite 'go to' places for me. ETA: there are already dedicated topics for ALDI and Trader Joes where I think you'll find many useful opinions.
  2. Been making a lot of bagels lately - and buying cream cheese often. My wife swears by the Philadelphia brand and will not be fooled. I've tried all the store brands for half the price and am not convinced that there's much difference. But I do like the Philadelphia brand as well and think there might be an edge in flavor. What do you think? Are there other respected brands? Do homemade versions stack up?
  3. Searching for Sous Vide on the internet brought me to the epic topic here.
  4. A couple I enjoy... French Baker Julien Picamil from Saveurs in Dartmouth, UK. Italia Squisita - All in Italian but you can turn on English captions
  5. You don't say why. I think that a toaster works best when the heating elements are as close as practical to the surface of the bread. That way it can toast the surface quickly without drying out the middle. A toaster oven's elements are relatively far from the surface of the bread, requiring more time in a dry oven atmosphere.
  6. I've found that Glad Press'n Seal is great to wrap up (demi) baguettes before going into the freezer. It sticks to itself but not the bread and seems to be an airtight seal.
  7. Crispy skin can separate from the meat too. That's in the eatin'
  8. After years of being beaten by fried chicken, I saw a video of Anthony Bourdain going to Willie Mae's Scotch House in NOLA. Seeing that they battered fried their chicken I searched for 'Batter Fried Chicken; and found this recipe. It appears to originally come from Cooks Illustrated. IMHO, THIS is the way to do it. I keep a container of the premixed dry ingredients on hand so I just need to add water. After a simple brine, the batter is made and the brined chicken is dipped into it and fried. You just need one bowl - none of this messy assembly line of flour -- egg -- flour/b
  9. I've been told (by some credible sources) that commercial yeast does not reproduce. So you may need to start with the indigenous yeasts of your own home.
  10. https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/03/24/562277.htm Apparently, there is no exclusion for pandemics in the policy, so the question is whether the presence of the virus constitutes physical damage to the property.
  11. I think they're okay if you approach them with the same sort of dismissive attitude they were posted with. In the seriouseats eggplant link above, clearly this is some sort of compilation post recycling past content. But if I liked eggplant, and I had some eggplant, and was looking to do something new with it, I might be happy to scroll through it.
  12. IndyRob

    Car engine cookery

    This idea has intrigued me for a while now. But after viewing various manifold cooking videos on Youtube and the like, I don't think I've seen anything that I'd call successful. A (surprisingly cheap) butane burner seems like a better path to mobile cuisine. [edit] Make some Spaghetti Aglio olio e Pepperoncino. There's nothing there that even requires refrigeration.
  13. IndyRob

    Beef Fillet - brine?

    Brined Round Steak? That would be evil. But profitable.
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