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  1. Cuisinart is replacing my rusted oven rack.
  2. Aldi

    Tried the frozen mussels recently (plain variety). They were quite good.
  3. Re. tops of loaves getting too brown; once the tops are as dark as I want them I have been switching from the bread setting to the warm setting at the max temp of 300F. Only the bottom element heats on the warm setting. I pull the loaves when the desired internal temp is reached. I have only done this with bread in loaf pans as I use my full size oven for other breads. I have also found that periodic rotating and switching helpful for even browning.
  4. Looking forward to the 2/26 pop-up and REALLY looking forward to the open kitchen a la Catbird Seat restaurant.
  5. What's New in Kitchen Gadgets?

    also good for squeezing salted eggplant slices
  6. Tomato soup - How to perfect it?

    I like a little blue cheese (50 grams in about a liter of soup) and touch of sriracha in my tomato soup.
  7. Thanks for the reply. I'll probably be going that way again so the info is still useful.
  8. I have done the same, more than once.
  9. I'll check today and PM you. You must promise, however, not to blame me if they become invasive!
  10. If these are the same as garlic chives, and you would like, I will see if I have any seed heads left outside.
  11. Aldi

    I have purchased individual boneless rib steaks at Aldi and been pleased with their quality for the price (generally $8.99 per lb). I recently bought a standing rib roast for $5.99 per lb and it wasn't very good. It was adequately marbled but not tender.
  12. The Soup Topic (2013–)

    Yes, let's reconvene then!
  13. The Soup Topic (2013–)

    I was experimenting with cooking then freezing beets and processing them from the frozen state into soup. I never quite got it the way I wanted it but will probably go back to the drawing board once summer returns.
  14. Microwave Tips

    I specifically said those numbers were for my 900 watt microwave and experimentation would be necessary to find the correct settings/times for a different machine. Sheesh.
  15. Microwave Tips

    Perfect if you only need 1 or 2 servings. The cooking instructions are for my 900 watt microwave. Experiment to find what's best for you. Microwave Sweet Potato Chips Adapted from Cooking Light Peel sweet potato and slice on mandolin. Cut a circle of parchment paper to fit a microwave-safe plate; coat parchment lightly with cooking spray. Arrange potato slices in a single layer on parchment, leaving center of plate uncovered. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with salt, and a dash of pepper. Microwave at power level 7 for 4 minutes. Check for crispness. Continue to cook at 30-second intervals until done. Repeat procedure with remaining potato slices.