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  1. the FDA/USDA/et.al. have one, and only one, item that requires an expiration date - and that is baby formula. the FDA/USDA does not require best/use by dating on any other product whatsoever. some states have laws which typically concern dairy products, but no state has a law requiring an expiration date on salt, for example.... shell eggs are the next "best" example, - but only if they display the USDA grading shield. not all supermarkets sell eggs that have the UDSA shield for grading . . . . note that for eggs, sell by/best by dates are _not_ required, only pack dates. but if sell by/use by dates are printed on the carton, "sell by" is 30 days from packing date and "use by"/"Best by" dates are 42 days from pack date. all other dates the determination of the maker/packer as to when the product will still be at it's best quality. bit of iffy's there - but dem's the laws. meats wrapped in a tray ? ? ? good luck - you're on your own to trust any date on the label....
  2. pan fired or deep fried chicken with skin on is very apt to produce a limp skin - simply because the frying drives moisture aka steam out of the meat, and the double dredge will trap a lot of that steam - essentially steaming/boiling the skin. for skin on I prefer a single dredge. the purpose of dredging the chicken in plain flour _before_ the egg wash is to ensure the surface is dry. an egg wash will not adhere to wet chicken much at all . . . if the egg wash does not adhere, the dredging/coating held by the egg wash will simply slide off the chicken pieces.
  3. pan fired or deep fried - but the key is the double-dipped-dredge for the generous&crispy crust. do it right regular (pan fried) dredge the chix in flour to dry; rest for 5-10 minutes egg wash & dredge in seasoned flour; rest for 20-30 minutes re-egg wash and dredge in seasoned flour; rest 5-10 minutes into hot oil.
  4. I y'am the landlord . . . (g)
  5. the under-the-cabinet opener is super seriously superior to all the 'hand held' gizmos. a Swedish friend 'gifted' me one in the 1980's and it's a treasured resource. the thing with it is....one can use both hands to grip/turn/twist the jar. no hand(s) / magic levers / etc required (in some fashion...) to hold the lid. this is my fourth kitchen where the very first consideration has been: the best place for this opener . . . .
  6. there are people who cannot draw a straight line using a ruler . . . so the gadgets have appeal to people - who imho could do it but decline the thought "a bit of practice." ....my first hasselbacks . . . well, let's just say.... they didn't work out so well.... the seafood doohickie - it's looks like a pretty thing for a party type serving. (a) who needs that many (whatevers) for a less than yuge family? however, if one is throwing parties 2-3x/month in a coastal town . . .
  7. I always cringe when DW picks up a short paring knife and is 'working' on something like dicing celery . . . . small, narrow, apt to twist, highly fond of slicing fingers..... I have a 10", 8", 6" chef, and a 7" santoku . . . . and a large wood cutting board. the 8" chef and the 7" santoku lead in the 'use hours' category by a factor of 40-50. my 'next used' is a 7" boning knife. I rarely use the smaller "paring knife(s)" - just recent for cutting the pits out of local fresh non-freestone peaches . . . a once a year task.... for veggie prep, the santoku is far and away the best 'go to' knife. it is superb at the flat sliding cut technique, and has a thinner blade. it's wide - it smashes garlic cloves like nobody's business.... some veggie prep - like large diameter eggplant - I slice with the 8" chef. the others are absolutely top shelf useful for specific tasks - the 10" chef does watermelon, cantaloupe, pizza 'crunch slicing' just great - big dissection of large loin cuts is another. the 6" chef is very good for detailed meat trimming - schnipping out tendon/gristle; the boning knife is better at silver skin removal. a large/long knife can be intimidating - especially on a dinky small cutting board. it kinda' depends on how invested one goes into 'tools of the trade' an inability to maintain knives to a purpose required level of sharpness will also spoil the experience....
  8. local peaches are coming in. these are smallish not freestone but WOW they be good.
  9. they seem to sell a lot of it labelled as 'beer' . . .
  10. well, bananas Foster would not be much theater without the flambe, eh? (g) beer is a special case in that it may have enzymes that act as 'meat tenderizer' "may" because it depends on the brew - dark/bock/etc... stuff like Bud Lite is pretty devoid of those enzymes.
  11. alcohol boils off at ~173F but that "when cooked" all the alcohol disappears is not true. putting alcohol/distilled spirits into boiling water - about 85% of the alcohol will remain. a heated flambe' - about 75% of the alcohol remains. so first off there's the non-alcohol 'flavors' of whisky/whiskey/rye/bourbon/cognac/etc - some, but not all, of those 'aromatics' boil off / evaporate at temps below alcohol. they will without question leave a mark on the flavor of the dish. the remaining alcohol is a pretty decent "solvent" - which can / will extract flavors from stuff in the dish - ala' vodka sauce. or the protein, or the onion family, or the spices, or the herbs . . .
  12. (pasta) + salad and grissini works for me! the pasta prep can be quite filling. olive dish, proscu wrapped mellon . . .
  13. AlaMoi

    French Onion Soup

    she did, and she liked it, long time ago . . . so details are very fuzzy.
  14. AlaMoi

    French Onion Soup

    well, I used Julia's recipe. sliced 3/16" (4.7625mm) thick. took my time caramelizing the onion. used (pre-stocked) dark roux to thicken a bit. toasted bread and cheese on the casserole floor; toasted bread & cheese topping. it all went according to plan, and bombed. as some have pointed out, 100% beef stock turns out a very strong / overpowering soup. DW did not care for the wine bit, and was particular put-off by the cognac. if I do it again, I think I'll go with water and perhaps some ? seasonings - but no wine, no cognac.
  15. AlaMoi

    French Onion Soup

    and no one knows how thin is "thin"
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