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  1. I have cooked several things in barbecue sauce in the IP, little ribs, pieces of pork belly, and pulled pork. I have found that the thing that makes the flavor pop is to coat them with a thin layer of barbecue sauce and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes. It should work with a roast.
  2. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    Then you have got to try it grilled on good sourdough bread. One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever.
  3. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    Be very careful how you knock the blue box. That stuff has fan clubs and they will get you!
  4. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    Puddings, porridges, it doesn't matter how the raisins plump in them because they have enough moisture to do the job. But if you put dry raisins in baked goods the moisture that is used to plump the raisins has to come out of the final product and can cause it to be dry. I always have a jar of raisins in the refrigerator covered with rum. Then when I put them in baked goods they are preplumped and delicious.
  5. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    Damn, girl, you have come a long way! That is absolutely gorgeous. Time to change your moniker to: Cancookandproudofit.
  6. I have been told that they make aluminum pans that can be used in microwaves and some microwaves that can tolerate TV dinner style trays, but having once lost a microwave to a twist tie from a bread wrapper I have never been tempted to put aluminum in my microwave since. if you decide to go the fresh then frozen route as we did, we made four entrees a day on a rotating basis so that we always had a variety in the freezer. It depends on how heavy you want to go into it. It's a lot of work but people really love what they considered to be a home cooked meal without all the preservatives.
  7. I used to work for a deli that did a lot of catering. A lot of our entrees we sold as takeout food also. They were always baked just to the point of coloring. We sold them the first day as fresh entrees and anything that was left the first day went into the freezer immediately. I have no idea what it was called but we had containers that could be used in the microwave or the oven. We found that most people when they want take out they want convenience and they don't want to wait for the full bake time of a product. We didn't sell any pot pies but I have made them and put them in my own freezer. I had best results by baking them about 3/4 of the way. If you put them in the freezer unbaked, the bottom crust is always soggy. If you bake them all the way, the crust on top will get too dark. we sold our entrees in two and four serving containers and took special orders for larger sizes. I don't know if this helps but it is what we did when I worked in catering.
  8. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    I keep some snack sized packages of Doritos and chips on hand just to put on the top of some casseroles that I make. It's faster than crumbs and it has crunch and flavor.
  9. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    @TdeV That's it, I had forgotten that I had posted this. It says that it is for bread machine but I have made it both ways with great success. These taste just exactly like the great ones we used to get at a Chinese Bakery in Seattle. It could even be their filling recipe. it says that it will make six but those are awfully big. I usually make 8 to 12. I have even made 24 little ones and the marvelous thing about the filling is that it has always come out even with the dough. I've tried a lot of recipes and this is the only one that I will use from now on.
  10. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    There is a trick to that. when you roll out the bun, leave a hump in the middle and make the edges very thin. In fact, you can make them thinner as you pull the dough out to wrap around the filling. With the thiner edges it is a lot easier to make the neat little pleats, too. The best recipe that I ever found on the internet for making them was by David Soo. I can't find the link right now but he should be easy to find because I think it is the only thing that he ever posted on the internet. if you want to PM me and give me your email address, I would be more than happy to send you a copy.
  11. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    I always put mine on lightly greased cupcake liners. It keeps them from sticking to the pan, catches leaks, and they don't get to brown. These look great for a first attempt.
  12. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    We are so lucky here. Costa Rica has excellent pork and in over 20 years I have never gotten an unsatisfactory piece. Sometimes the cuts are a little strange, but that is a cultural thing. My first thought when I saw the price on your pork was, 'Man, you're paying a lot for that lil' string bag'!
  13. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2020

    Holy cow! And I have been complaining about pork going up to about $3.50 a pound here in Costa Rica. And we have excellent pork with no shortages.
  14. It has everything to do with the method of cooking. I wish I could find the article that I read by an eminent food scientist that explained it so simply. Cooking eggs underwater causes the membrane, especially in fresh eggs, to fuse to the egg. Streaming the eggs causes the membrane to fuse to the shell.
  15. this thing has kept me in stitches all afternoon. Maybe I'm just sadistic.
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