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  1. AlaMoi

    Carrots

    how do I cook thee? let me carrot the ways . . . there's the concept of glazed carrots - this implies a bit of sweetness.... julienne the carrots - parboil about 8-10 minutes drain, leave 1 tbsp water add real maple syrup (fake stuff does not work....) continue to cook as the bubbles get smaller the maple syrup has thickened and coated the carrots. the trick to this method is not to overcook them in the parboil stage. the temp of a sugar syrup goes up dramatically as it thickens - one does not want to turn the carrot strips to mush.....
  2. my kids don't get all too excited when I break out the Edge-Pro....seems doing it right is a problem for them. so I made the a simple concave sharpening "block" - based on Chad Ward instructions: some maple, a cut up mouse pad - all stainless hardware. provided basic instructions, a variety of wet/dry grits cut to size. as a added feature a side bar to assist in 'getting the right angle' the gadgets are getting rave reviews from all two kids and one son-in-law....
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    Dinner 2020

    did you flour/coat the okra? I've found at seriously hot/fast saute produces the best non-gooey result using frozen pcs. definitely one of the most under appreciated veggies - albeit definitely requires proper prep/cooking!
  4. for USA, don't forget the Federal Government decided it knew better what good food was. my wife witnessed 80-90% of the new and healthy food going into the garbage can.
  5. I served in half-a-dozen US Navy ships. the quality of the food varied rather a lot - and the ingredients all came from the same supplier(s), and they all had the same budget $ per person. some chefs are more talented than others.... places that have long service hours - schools, etc - have a challenge keeping food 'instantly' available for hours. I've noticed that places which do a 'better job' tend to make stuff in multiple, smaller batches - a small batch is served, and a fresh batch arrives.
  6. my experience has been much more simple. when the dough doesn't clear the bowl with the dough hook, it's too wet. gets back to the elasticity / pane test / etc. pretty good indicator, actually. one adds flour just a heaping tablespoon at a time - WAIT for the incorporation. it takes 4-5 minutes to incorporate and hydrate the added flour. meaning . . . adding too much in haste is not a good thing.
  7. thanks - is it the general opinion the reference to "orange" is an orange liqueur? (vs. 'orange juice'? - that's not on the shelf, 'nuther trip to the state store....) appreciate the link - proportions in less than "cups of" work better for me. the lemon/lime juice/twist I see as variations on a theme -
  8. DW had this at a resto - and liked it. only the first mixed drink she's ever liked . . . . the title is how it appears on their drinks card. I looked up solstice - had no idea the solar solstice was such and knee walking event!! all kinds of things concocted. the closest I found to this combo uses orange liqueur (such as Cointreau) - silly me, I assumed it would be orange juice... any opinions on the orange and (?) lemon juice ideas on proportions also welcome! ps: I'm a mixed drink dummy - ice is about the only I use.....
  9. I think for his day, he was potentially more than less correct. what he did not foresee is technology advances that now enable fishing fleets to virtually scoop all the fish out of the ocean in one pass . . .
  10. anyone else old enough to remember Jacques Cousteau telling us the infinite bounty of the sea can feed the world . . .
  11. around here, a quick trip to a lousy restaurant usually cures any loss in kitchen interest.
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    heritage pork

    we've had heritage pork a number of times in restaurants and it's always been super good. but finding it even at a butcher shop can be very difficult. last week dining in a local/farm-to-table/grassfed/etc etc resto I asked why no heritage breeds (they own half a farm....) and they said it does not sell well. go figger. with their sub-specialty of local/responsible foods, one would think their clientele would go wild over it. btw, a bit of trepidation on the visit - all their beef is explicitly listed as grassfed. but I had a dry aged grassfed ribeye done med-ra
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    heritage pork

    I have finally found a local source for retail Berkshire pork - Rooster Street/Lititz, PA. many mail order sources - but with two people, I really don't need half-a-hog..... so - what is the most succulent cut on a Berkshire?
  14. I suspect the weight loss was poetic exaggeration. altho..... my father came up with a old floor mounted water bath grinding wheel, originally peddle powered, which he adapted an electric motor. used for axes, etc. - but in short order every pocket knife and kitchen knife resembled a steel toothpick....
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