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  1. I've ordered from Zingerman's! When I confessed to my boss about the pickled ramps I'd scored for sauce Momofuku, I expected a lecture about my well known obsessiveness. She confided she's been to Zingerman's.
  2. Sea scallops or bay scallops?
  3. I was thinking 180F would be good. I can't see vacuum sealing a pound of beans* myself. And most of us would not prepare beef tenderloin in their Crock-Pot anyhow. *except possibly for dry storage.
  4. In the midst of plague preparations I observed an amusing interaction at the fish counter. A woman was enumerating the seafoods on offer to her fascinated toddler. Pointing out branzini and red snapper, then moving onto shellfish and varieties of clams. Quite touching actually.
  5. Wow that was fast. Shorter than ramp season.
  6. @gfweb (or anyone) what would be an optimum temperature for a Crock-Pot?
  7. Transglutaminase is perfectly natural...you would not be here without it.
  8. JoNorvelleWalker

    Dinner 2020

    Thank you! I put in a request from the library. Though I can't imagine this story has the same beneficent effect on little ones as Hansel and Gretel or The Pied Piper. (However I have been through Hameln and can report I saw neither rats nor children.) Dinner here was pizza:
  9. Thank you, but no. I have a KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl, a Paragon (OK three Paragons), as well as other means of temperature control. Not to mention my beloved anova. Back in the '70's I wrote code for industrial process control systems. As exciting as PID algorithms were back then I just want a slow cooker. I measured the Crock-Pot: at my wall voltage of 125V, low setting is 184 watts and high setting is 257 watts. This agrees with the boilerplate on the bottom of the pot. I thought of a Variac but a Variac is a bit unwieldy in the kitchen. Possibly the best solution is a Japanese appliance voltage stepdown transformer. Remembering power is proportional to the square of the voltage, that should give me 128 watts on low and 178 watts on high. And good braising temperatures.
  10. I played with transglutaminase back in the 1960's. In those days folks typically purified transglutaminase from their blood so you might say it was a little gross. On the other hand who needs amazon?
  11. JoNorvelleWalker

    Dinner 2020

    Indeed. He sure looks about to be eaten. Is bedtime entertainment The Brothers Grimm?
  12. I did a test. With three liters of water in the pot, after eleven hours on low, the temperature was 94C/201F. Thoughts?
  13. I cleaned up my pot. Here is what it looks like... Note plastic lid. Thankfully I found that my larger Fissler glass lid and my larger WS Scanpan glass lid fit the Crock-Pot well enough. My Dutch ovens are a battery of Le Creuset. If I had more than one Crock-Pot would they be a team of Rivals?
  14. Because the lid is plastic. I just guessed about the lead. https://forums.egullet.org/topic/141739-my-crock-pot-is-full-of-lead-can-you-recommend-one-that-isnt/?tab=comments#comment-1860205
  15. I anticipated @chefmd might be visiting this weekend so I thought I would tidy up a bit. Short story: I knocked over a pile of stuff and decided more serious straightening was in order. I attacked one corner of my bedroom. What should I find at the bottom of the heap than a made in the USA Rival 3355. I'm guessing early 1980's. A Crock Pot I thought I'd ditched decades ago. I have nothing against Crock Pots except everything cooked in them tastes like cheap plastic and is probably laced with lead. Is the 3355 something I should leave for my grandchildren to cherish? Or is it waiting for the dumpster?
  16. I am reasonably sure the "caviar" is modernist caviar, in other words spheres.
  17. Yes, but the link says pine nuts are not available.
  18. If Italy, Spain, or Portugal is OK these are the pine nuts that I use... https://nuts.com/nuts/pinenuts/mediterranean.html Recently I made a batch of pesto and I couldn't help nibbling and remarking to myself how sweet these pine nuts are. You will pay through the nose for them however.
  19. JoNorvelleWalker

    Dinner 2020

    I thought they were blueberries.
  20. Snacking while cutting and cleaning carrots I shall never again bite down on a mouthful of grit. Even if it is organic grit.
  21. Thanks. How could I not go for it. However I thought Jeffrey Hamelman was the KAF head baker?
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