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  1. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Lunch today, fried catfish and succotash. From 30 min meals by America's test kitchen. Nice and colorful
  2. Made Hamburger Buns for the 3rd time. More I make this the better I feel I can troubleshoot the recipe. This time I didn't use the fan in the oven, this was the minimum time in a 375F oven.
  3. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    We're now doing MC meals on weeknights... 72 hour pork shoulder pulled to shreds and mixed with east Texas BBQ. On MB Buns with White Cabbage and Apple slaw. The pork had a sell by date of Friday so the store discounted it 33% So nice cheap meal. We're trying different BBQ sauces each time, right now Memphis is my favorite.
  4. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Tonight we tried something new again: Hot and Numbing Sichuan Chicken Salad (Bang Bang Ji Si) from serious eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/…/sichuan-chicken-salad-chinese-… Chicken cooked sousvide at 150f and shreaded and mixed with a bunch of spices! Pretty interesting - basically an Asian chicken salad.
  5. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    My wife thought since we have had awesome beet salads at fancy restaurants before we should try to make our own. Butter lettuce, roasted beets, toasted walnuts, grated parmigiano-reggiano, balsamic vinaigrette, and fresh ground pepper. Served with toast from the white sandwich bread I made earlier. Verdict: amazing!!
  6. Today I made White Sandwich Bread, not sure why they say to egg wash or put oil on top - got WAY too dark, it's rich enough I am not a fan of eating this "fresh" but it makes awesome toast and since there's 40g of sugar in the 1kg loaf - the toast browns nicely. I made this in the pullman loaf - but left the top off - which is pretty much required if you're trying to use 1kg of batter. Not sure what I'll do next, this one supposedly gets stale after 48 hours - but since it's bound for toast and possibly french toast I'm not as worried.
  7. Bread seems like the place it might not matter - other baked goods if the PH is important to obtain a desired effect - it would be more important to get the right kind of cocoa.
  8. You are talking about smart speakers right? They maybe always on but only listening for key words. https://www.wired.com/2016/12/alexa-and-google-record-your-voice/ Nothing you say gets sent out until you say the magic words. Easy to monitor your wifi data use from the device to prove that to yourself.
  9. Interesting, never heard of it before myself, from google: Black cocoa is cocoa powder that has been heavily Dutched. If you've ever had an Oreo cookie, the outer cookies are a good example of black cocoa. Because it has a strong, very brusque flavor, it's best used in conjunction with another cocoa powder and is mostly used to boost color. Seems king author sells it.
  10. So today I decided to try the second chance sourdough since my starter proved to have little lifting power (I feed once a week in the fridge... after a month of daily feeding) Anyway it's yummy, though not as sourdoughy as the sourdough I made earlier with the same starter.
  11. I decided I wanted to make Ciabatta, and I was impatient so I made the direct ciabatta.... and then I said sure lets make the full 1kg at a time... Proofing took forever, and it overflowed my container - making quite the mess. Anyway it worked and it's tasty, but it made me swore never again to make 1kg "loaf" of ciabatta at once again.
  12. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Bibb Lettuce + Bacon with Balsamic Vinaigrette & Fried fingerling potatoes. Yummy!
  13. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    BBQ Pork (MC Style) 72 hour @ 150F pork shoulder, memphis style BBQ sauce, and fried pickels! Using MB Buns! So Good! Yesterday we also made the slaw, but didn't feel like making that tonight (did this for friends, but didn't take pictures last night) Last time I did this (some place on this site are pictures), I also made the beans... too much work I didn't bother this time.
  14. Made Hamburger Buns (used for pork bbq), Pain De Mie, and Cinnamon raisin bagels!
  15. So yesterday I made the Buns (went with 150f 72 hour pork shoulder + homemade Memphis bbq).. Today I mixed up Pain De Mie (that's proofing right now) And just a bit ago mixed up bagels.... And this happened: The mixer is likely ~16 years old, and it's the original hook. At least a replacement is only $11 on amazon. The dough was pretty close to fully ready for the raisins and cinnamon, did that by hand...