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  1. We have a neighbor that has a pear tree in the backyard, lots of fruit every year.

    Wife and I finally agreed to come and pick them, take whatever we wanted. Still lots left on the tree.

    What to do with them? They're still a bit tart, a bit hard. They'll come to a better texture in a week or two on the counter.

    I've got some sitting in a sugar/lemon juice mixture, they'll be made into pear preserves tomorrow.

    My wife has been baking up some pear crisp, some apple and pear crisp. 

    Thinking about canning up some halves in syrup. 


    Any other ideas out there?





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  2. 7 minutes ago, liuzhou said:


    What price? Those cost me the equivalent of $1.50 USD per can. They are often sold as loss leaders in the UK and you can pick them up for next to nothing.


    Stopped into an Indian market yesterday, these were $1.99US. All of their pricing on other items is good, I'm expecting this is one of the better pricing around.

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  3. On 9/7/2021 at 1:08 AM, palo said:

    A question - how is a all glazed clay pot different from something like a corning ware (pyrex) casserole dish?


    Cllay pots, especially "low fired" i.e. red ware type are extremely porous. Even glazed they can accept and lose moisture. Once you get into the upper ranges of kiln temperatures (cone 8, cone 9 and higher) the clay becomes vitreous, like glass, less able to absorb moisture. And like any clay vessel that is of a lower temp firing, bring the temp up slowly, no sudden shock to the body of the vessel.


    Found this on spanishtable.com:


    Cazuelas are kiln fired at 200°C and are brittle when new. They should be soaked in water for six hours prior to use for the first time. If you live in a very dry climate you may want to resoak occasionally. Once their moisture content is restored, they can be used over direct flame (gas or electric range) on low to medium (high heat not recommended), in the oven, or in the microwave. They may be washed in the dishwasher if they are placed so the rims do not bang against another dish as this may cause chipping. The cazuelas are durable if given minimum care & not subjected to abrupt temperature changes.




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  4. 30 minutes ago, Margaret Pilgrim said:

    Your wok looks like it may have come from SF iconic Wok Shop .     Well done.   If you feel like researching it, the engaged proprietors might be willing to discuss it with you.   

    Well you made me get up off my butt and go down to the basement (where most pots and pans reside) to get more info 

    Looks like the mark shows "ATLAS METAL SPINNING CO SOSF CALIF" with a large stylized A in the center. No other logos I can see.

    Very pleased with this find. After the water boil I brought it down to the basement sink and attacked it with Barkeeper's. Pulled off the residue, got it to a nice surface. Then hit it with peanut oil on the flame to protect the steel. Hope to use it this week, get some more seasoning into it.IMG_20210904_213959738.thumb.jpg.47449bd94d0846bff4e62ec2bfb31e7a.jpg16308065230953714174228114411615.thumb.jpg.7208b234444d420524163a772267a05a.jpg16308065477002934929230122484924.thumb.jpg.db81f395874d57a45050a4b9e3fbafc8.jpg

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  5. Paella pan arrived yesterday. Better packaging than the last purchase made from Darto, box was intact and in very good condition. 

    Immediately scrubbed it down with soap and water, and still seeing residue of the linseed oil protectant I broke out the Barkeeper's Friend.

    First seasoning done with peanut oil and sliced potatoes, then another quick scrub and another layer of peanut, placed on the Weber gas grill while cooking dinner outside. Already has that look of a well used pan.

    Tomorrow the cuttlefish ink ordered from Amazon should be arriving. Arroz Negra is in the near future IMG_20210903_151240544_HDR.thumb.jpg.22730cc0a8fde50c1d3bba7309784e5a.jpgIMG_20210903_152528998_MP.thumb.jpg.52d68fc13dad7f95deeb71699b6e26ae.jpgIMG_20210903_153129388.thumb.jpg.72511e0c2baa1b8667d6e785ea1ab75e.jpg

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  6. I got the email for the shipping deal from Darto about 20 minutes before @FlashJackposted


    Kept asking myself, do I really need another pan in my life. Actually asked myself once. Just once.


    Paella n.27 will in DHL's hands soon. And then mine.


    Ordering some cuttlefish ink from Amazon too, planning on an arroz negro soon.

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  7. Many years ago I worked functions at a country club style facility. Spent a lot of time grinding out weddings, sometimes 4 or 5 a weekend. Think of a place like a puppy mill, but for weddings.

    I tended bar, could make enough $$$ Friday - Sunday to be able to do most anything I wanted to during the week.Had a new house, a young one at home, worked out pretty well.

    The lull at the bar came when people were being called to their seats for dinner service. For me that was time to restock beer, ice, etc. Catch up on drink garnishes, empty liquors.

    The kitchen took the quick way out on plating prime rib dinners. Out came the behemoth slicer, ribs loaded on one by one, blade adjustment made, let the slicing begin.

    I'd get there just before it started, and would place bread in the catch tray of the slicer. As they sliced they'd catch it by hand, so only drippings and meat remnants would get collected by the bread.

    Beer cooler was just past the slicing station. I'd swing by, grab the bread collecting all the goodness, add more bread to the tray, back to the bar. After 3 or 4 trips I was well fed.

    Good times.

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  8. A couple of years ago my wife told me about a good looking toaster at the local Goodwill. Stopping be there a couple of days later I found it, a four slice Dualit. $15.


    Couple of dents in the top, otherwise a very nice toaster.


    Month ago the timer (analog, think tic tic tic tic tic mechanical) would hang at the 30 second to go mark. Burnt a few slices that day, filled the kitchen with smoke.


    New timer found on Amazon, $50. 10 minute install/replacement. Came with a new front dial knob. Gotta love those Brits....



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  9. On 8/5/2021 at 10:52 AM, dscheidt said:

    Not cutting my fingers off!


    Well, with all respect to @chromedome don't be poking it with anything. 


    I wish I had a good enough reason to buy a slicer that would get past my wife. Thinking, thinking, thinking...

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  10. Penzey's in Arlington MA for most of goods. We get in that area every few months, it's a quick stop. Amazon for Tellicherry (how the hell do we go through so much of the stuff?), I've found a brand that I like. Emergency buys we have a boutique middle eastern food shop in town, they do spices by the ounce.


    On another note, we were in Boston area a few days ago, coming home early we decided to stop at Russo's in Watertown. Best produce, deli, bakery, floral, etc in Massachusetts. Found out a day later they're closing up in September / October? What? Why?






    Can't imagine what this is doing to the employees. Never had a bad experience there. Always there for the customer.


    So sad.  



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  11. On 7/30/2021 at 11:08 PM, orbisvicis said:


    I've cooked on them so long any other way seems outdated. I like seeing through the glass. How else would I make sure my food is still there? 




    Ahhh. I see. The mysterious disappearing food conundrum. We've all been there I guess.

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  12. On 7/29/2021 at 4:20 PM, weinoo said:

    I don't think I've ever done this much research buying anything.


    Just buy something on Amazon; if it sucks, send it back. It's fucking soup, not a cure for Covid.


    I'm kinda of the same thinking, though I don't think I'd send it back if I didn't like it. Too many people I could gift it to that really don't know I'm not fond of them.


    Me, I pick up the bigger RevereWare pots when I see them in the Goodwills, Salvation Army, Savers, etc. I grew up in a kitchen filled with RevereWare, I know how to use them and I know their limitations. When I moved out of the parents house (at 17) my mom set me up with a full set of new RevereWare. And 4 Sabatier carbon steel knives.


    Why the need for the glass top? I'm not a fan of them.

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  13. 1 hour ago, Ann_T said:


    Roast beef with Yorkshire Puddings for breakfast this morning.


    And instead of full size Yorkshires I made small ones.


    Okay. That one did it.


    Can I be Moe's best friend? Can I be invited for an overnight?


    I'll clean your bathrooms....whatever you need.

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