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  1. 3 hours ago, gfweb said:


    Great crust... but 1 minute a side seems long (to one who has never done it).  How much more did they cook past medium?

    The internal temp was 130F after searing. 

    Might have been 45 seconds per side—I didn’t use a timer. Worth noting that the steaks didn’t go straight from 120F sous vide to the grill—I dried them and waited about 30 minutes before finishing them. 

    I didn’t take a cross section shot, but you can kinda see the interior doneness near the edge here:


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  2. Made a knockoff version of spicy rigatoni from Carbone. 

    It’s a version of penne alla vodka served at Carbone in SoHo NY (and Hong Kong and Vegas). Basically a vodka sauce with San Marzano tomatoes and Calabrian pepper paste, combined with an onion soubise. 







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  3. Made the rest of the spinach pasta with Mario Batali’s bolognese. Garlic bread and salad (not pictured). 









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  4. Broke out the pasta machine for some spinach pasta. Made some of it with butter, garlic, red pepper flakes and Parmesan Reggiano CABD74C5-82F7-4AF9-BE8A-9A3B9E15D2D6.thumb.jpeg.ffbf8a15c4083b3217c7656e6f5ba85d.jpeg





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  5. Bacon wrapped filet, roasted broccoli, and a baked potato with home grown chives, sour cream, butter and cheese. Served with Smith & Hook Cabernet 

    Not bad for a random Thursday night dinner. 



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  6. 4 minutes ago, rotuts said:



    you fit 8 lbs in your Crock ?

    yes, it fits—it’s just a normal size crockpot. I think this shoulder was 8.6lbs. If I get a bigger shoulder I’ll either cut in half and freeze the other half, or just save to grill/smoke on a weekend. 

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  7. 19 minutes ago, rotuts said:



    how did you cook ' your butt ' ?

    Crockpot all day, then shredded, added additional seasoning (garlic, chili, black pepper, paprika, cumin) and crisped in oven.  Easy weeknight cook. 

    Sometimes I’ll smoke it when I have a whole day, but crockpot + oven is the simple way. 

  8. 1 minute ago, heidih said:

    @alwaysdrawing Nice price on the pork.  Bone in?  I am not a hair splitter but that looks like tasty pulled pork versus having crispy edges which I at least associate with carnitas. Either way I'd welcome your leftovers ;)

    I crisp the edges in the oven at 400 after pulling, but clearly not enough!


    and yes, bone in....$7.50 for an 8lb shoulder

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  9. Found a pork shoulder on special for less than $1/pound (what inflation?!) and made some carnitas. 



    have tons of leftovers, and made a not especially authentic huevos rancheros for breakfast (no ranchero sauce—just Pico de Gallo, onions, cheese, avocado and some hot sauce)



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  10. 10 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:


    I was referring to the final pasta thickness, but that is a minor, minor point.  Joining with what @Shelby asked, how were you not satisfied?  From the pictures everything looks beautiful and plenty good to me.  Perchance did you spill a box of salt into the sauce?  If so, we have a thread for that.


    Always room to improve. I’d like to feel more confident about the process, and the noodles themselves could be made more uniform. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the result, but I’m always looking to get “the taste”.  Being able to dial in the flavor, noodle thickness, texture to 100% my preference will just be a work in progress. 

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  11. 1 hour ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:


    Looks pretty good to me, though I might have rolled the pasta thinner.  I wish I had that plate in front of me right now.


    the picture of the rolled pasta was intermediate after #1—it was rolled out to #4, which I think it about right. 

    overall, I’m hopeful I can continue to improve. 

    the end result was very tasty

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  12. Made homemade pasta for the first time today. Pleased but not satisfied with the result. 

    Used the egg yolk pasta recipe from the Vetri cookbook, with 3/4 tipo 00 flour, 1/4 semolina flour, 9 egg yolks, water and olive oil. 


    Served with homemade marinara and Italian sausage. 


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  13. Made some hummus and shishlik with recipes and inspired by the Zahav cookbook



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    shishlik with a marinade made of onion, parsley, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and oil


    filet with the same marinade

    veggies after cooking—cooked in the oven because I didn’t want to get out the grill. Would have been better over charcoal




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  14. 4 minutes ago, heidih said:

    @alwaysdrawing Congrats on hosting. The relish looks interesting. Rough outline?


    Very easy:


    12oz bag of cranberries, chopped in Cuisinart

    2 Granny Smith apples - cored (but not peeled), chopped in Cuisinart

    2 Naval Oranges (with peel), chopped in Cuisinart

    Combine chopped fruit with 1.5 cups sugar


    Best when prepared a day early so the fruit has time to absorb the sugar.


    Compared to traditional cranberry sauce, it's much more refreshing and less cloyingly sweet.

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  15. My first year hosting Thanksgiving...very traditional, and a small group (6 adults and 3 kids, only folks who live in town). Happy with the way it turned out, and learned some things for the future. 2AFF89D1-3F47-41C1-8E86-CFA0C97B842B.thumb.jpeg.9d2cc0d164ae167ba7dfef528f2dacf4.jpeg


    sweet potatoes with brown sugar and butter


    mashed potatoes with loads more butter


    my mother’s chestnut stuffing recipe


    Brussels Sprouts, with the bacon leftover from the morning’s bacon and eggs


    giblet gravy


    my grandmother’s cranberry/orange/apple “relish”


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