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  1. SLB

    Adorable Gummies

  2. SLB

    Adorable Gummies

    oh.Em.GEE!! Gummy Legos!!!
  3. I own two copper pots (neither from Navarini), and both are steel-lined. I personally would lose my mind if I had to re-line a working piece after a year.
  4. Those look good enough for me to want the book.
  5. I love this. Specifically, I love the protection of the worker by her management.
  6. Interesting piece: https://www.citylab.com/design/2019/05/modern-kitchen-history-design-ideas-domestic-architecture/586345/
  7. I like those functions to be far apart!
  8. A lot of food-based discomfort turns on dose. The thing about metabolic processes, they can be remarkably complicated! And highly varied!
  9. I didn't know about Eat Your Books, and I can't overstate how excited I am!!! I'm fixin' to give subscriptions for Christmas!
  10. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/03/obituaries/giuliano-bugialli-dead.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Obituaries As Americans say in a different context -- thank you for your service. Thank you very, very much.
  11. I am someone who has a negative reaction to it. It's possible that if I ate seaweed in the volumes that equalled the concentrations of disembodied MSG, I would have the same reaction. I have a negative reaction to a few foods, actually, and some wines, and most indoor pets. I'm not saying that it's the same mechanism in effect -- just noting that bodies do have genuine reality-based reactions to entirely "natural" foods. That said, I wish I'd known that @chromedome tip in my 30s, a time when I invested a whole lot of stress in getting elderly ailing people to eat enough to survive their medicine. My technique was LARGE PINCHES of sugar.
  12. Seriously. Odors that don't age so well, either.
  13. There are far more technical experts on this board than me, but I think that the clay pot thing is about the rate of evaporation that occurs in those vessels, which in turn can affect the flavor of the item cooked (positively). Now. I have also had a clay pot add a wet-clay favor to the food cooked in it. Which was not positive at all, in fact it was downright nasty. Similar with cast iron. When I get an actual flavor added to the foods cooked in my cast iron, it is an awfulsome metal flavor.
  14. I'm amazed too, and also thrilled. I don't ever want a huge amount of avocado at once, so this freezing business is gonna mean good things over here.
  15. Any updates on this topic? I've decided to up my fish game, and while I have a number of good seafood recipes, I realize that I don't own a central reference book on the topic besides Bittman's "Fish", which even he has distanced himself from. On the Peterson book that several folks have noted, the phrase upthread "I keep it in my car", from @memesuze twelve years ago -- well, that might be the most powerful commendation I've ever seen for a cookbook.
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    Aprons: Do you use one?

    @JoNorvelleWalker, coming at it from the back, I put the arms through first (specifically through the bottom opening of the pinafore straps-hole), and then slip the middle hole over my head holding the tops of the the pinafore straps. For what that's worth . . . .
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    Aprons: Do you use one?

    I mean, Eater on it. https://www.eater.com/2019/4/11/18251508/kitchen-apron-brands-best-shopping
  18. SLB

    Aprons: Do you use one?

    I like aprons, and have several (including that Rough Linen pinafore, I like it for summertime and it's super comfortable, but am anxious that it's just not durable and also, sigh, the staining in non-bleachable pale is more than I can take.). I actually recently decided that I just couldn't buy anymore until a couple get so stained they're ready for the rag pile. My main thing is that they be lightweight, I feel like heavier cottons feel like real weight on my neck after awhile. Those cross-back aprons are supposed to mitigate this, but with the exception of the pinafore which just slips on, I can't deal with cross-back straps that have to be tied. I like the saturated colors at Hedley & Bennett, and they make nice gifts; but the price point can start to feel crazy for workhorse aprons. That said, they do list the weights of their aprons, which I find valuable. Someone was looking for a longer apron, I have one by "AOSbySosa" that was on clearance at "Kitchen Art & Letters". It's made of tablecloth material and is very stain resistant, but since it looks kind of fancy I ended up cutting off some of the length to make into more of a dress apron. I totally understand the negative association with our moms and grandmas in the aprons. For whatever reason my mom and grandma wore housecoats instead of aprons, which I guess are conceptually like chef's jackets except longer and more flouncy and just awful, especially the plaid ones, and which I found relentlessly hideous and somehow connected (at least on my mom's part) to this incomprehensible refusal to use the dishwasher, and also the unmistakable mark of general domestic misery. I would never go near a housecoat if my life depended on it. But I put on an apron almost as soon as I walk in the house in the evening, every single day. Funny.
  19. I have the exact same reaction to pasta. In fact, I sometimes eat pasta to facilitate my going to sleep.
  20. Here's a followup from The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/letters/archive/2019/03/readers-share-their-lunch-routines/584815/?utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_term=2019-03-18T18%3A08%3A48&utm_content=edit-promo&fbclid=IwAR13SbgJ39hoqboY4UpeVlSKt-QN725UCIUqBgWLa0SiFaee5BOreckUr3k&fbclid=IwAR2N06bUhjjl8eToHdHL_0A7NrO2_oWDCy7phbUYSh97Ty90tzvupn3IXHI I think what's most striking to me is just how little people seem to be eating for lunch. I am one of these people who needs a big lunch. And a pretty big breakfast, honestly. I do enjoy a comparatively light dinner (at home), but a small lunch would demolish my whole possibility for the afternoon.
  21. SLB

    St.Patrick and his Corned Beef

    I found a 3 lb "boneless shoulder roast" in my freezer, and I think I'm going to corn it. It's late, but I've been out of town and, what the heck, better late than never. I've never corned beef before; always bought it prepared. When I'm brining pork or turkey, I will usually put the meat into the brine frozen, and let it thaw in the brine. But no one would consider my brines technically correct by any measure . . . I'm planning to use a real corn recipe; but is there any reason not to start with frozen meat when corning beef? Assuming it's ok -- maybe add a day or two? On Edit: Nevermind. I'm just going to thaw it.
  22. I knew someone who grew up without running water either, and he couldn't STAND to see people let the tap run. My own father, who grew up, uh, *farm-to-table*, was super-harsh on us if we left even a scrap of meat on the chicken bones. Anyway, back to the new baseline. I forgot about something else I love/need: my automatic icemaker, which I don't think is hard to plumb. I could go back to ice trays. But I don't want to. [Please understand -- I don't use air-conditioning in the summer; which is to say, I drink A LOT of ice-water.]
  23. I second the window. A big window nearby but not exactly in the kitchen is ok. Probably better, because then the breeze from the window does not blow cold air over your stove-top situation, including the flames arising in a chimney effect off of your open burners . . . . My personal need, tho, is for the sink/stove/main-prep-counter/garbage can to be all in the same small radius. By small radius, I mean like three steps. I once lived in an apartment where the prep counter was across an unnecessarily large room from the sink, which was itself located near the only plugs, and I was routinely homicidal. This was when I realized I prefer, strongly, small galley kitchens designed by people who actually cook. I think an actual bona fide pantry is dreamy, and I now think it's essential in my next home. But actually, as I write this, I realize that there is only one truth about me: unless and until I go off-grid, I am never living again without a dishwasher. I put off getting one because I am cheap. And as turned out, I now feel that it has improved my life beyond my wildest dreams. I still can't quite believe I have one and I get kookily-happy every time I turn it on.