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  1. Why do we need to buy one of these? Why don't we just go out and buy the ugliest contact paper we can find and just buy a can of neon spray paint.
  2. @FernwoodI read somewhere, and then promptly forgot all the technical jargon, that's when you steam eggs, the membrane adheres to the shell and makes them easy to peel. When you boil them, the membrane pulls away from the shell and sticks to the egg. I would imagine that when you poke the hole that this interferes with that action of the membrane. As @chromedomesaid, the pressure pushes the moisture inside. After I read this little tidbit, I always steamed eggs instead of boiling them and I have never had a problem with the shell sticking. The instant pot is a natural for hard boiled eggs and I love it. I have occasionally had an egg crack when I cooked them right out of the refrigerator. To overcome this, I put them in my perforated stainless steel bowl on a trivet and heat the water on saute, (shut off the instant pot) close the lid and let them sit for about 10 minutes before I steam them. If I want to make potato salad, I cut medium sized potatoes in half and lay them on top of the eggs. I just use the 5 x 5 x 5 method. It's about 5 minutes to come to pressure, 5 minutes cooking time and 5 minutes NPR. Then I take them them out and put them in ice water. After about 4 minutes, I crack the shells all over and let them set few minutes more. Then the shells will slip right off.
  3. Great recipe! Thank you for doing all the research for us. You certainly have covered all the bases. I just want to point out that you do not mention at what point you add the mayonnaise. Just a quick story about this cake from my childhood. My father had lots of imaginary allergies. He just knew that if mayonnaise ever passed his lips he would surely die. After my oldest sister was married, she found the recipe for this cake. Since chocolate cake was his favorite, She brought it to all the family gatherings. He always had seconds and sometimes thirds and never had a second of pain. She got the most unholy glee out of that. She always was kind of a nasty person. Thank you for this great recipe.
  4. I liked that sentence but this one is my favorite "Well, pack the ass cream baked".
  5. I know that I've posted from this site before but I couldn't resist this one. Despite the name, I'm going to give this recipe a try. It really is a shame that the translations are so bad because she has some pretty good recipes on her site.
  6. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2018

    I've used this method for years and it always seems to turn out well for me. The only thing that I do differently is to put the chicken on a rack and put about 2 in. of water in the pan. If the bird is exceptionally large I usually have to add a little water.
  7. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2018

    If it were just me, I could have eaten all four of them by myself. I love sandwiches and these are outstanding. But I have to take the preference of my housemate into account, too. He doesn't like large portions of meat and it is for a very good reason. He was raised in the countryside of Nicaragua during the Sandinista/Contra war. Periodically, the armies of both sides would come through the communities and kill their livestock. Then they would give the ‘bounty’ back to the people saying “ Look how much we care for you. Look at the meat we’ve provided for you.” Because they were poor people, they didn't have the means to preserve the meat and everything had to be eaten rapidly to keep from losing it. To this day, large portions of meat just bring back bad memories. That's why, in my postings, dinner portions are usually small and the dessert portions that you don't see are usually pretty large.
  8. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2018

    I think I kind of got carried away on the size. Mine were as big as a good-sized hamburger. Next time I'll try making them a little smaller.
  9. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2018

    When I saw @liuzhou's Rou Jia Mo they looked so good I just had to make them again. They aren't as pretty as his, but they sure did taste good. I served them with some fried rice (with no soy sauce). For dessert, the housemates got brownies with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. I was too full for brownies. He's right, one Rou Jia Mo is never enough.
  10. I've had craft syndrome for years. my latest episode was a frantic 2 days search for my car keys. I finally decided I needed some ice cream to soothe my nerves and there they were, right on top of the ice cream in the freezer. I'm not worried about it being old age dementia though, because I've had it too long for that.
  11. How much are you willing to bet that you 'will never again'? I speak from experience.
  12. I'm all over the place on this one. Some days, I love trying new things but some days I just want to grab a package of spaghetti sauce from the freezer (the same spaghetti sauce that I've been making for 25 years) and have a quick dinner. When my husband was alive, he liked his tried-and-true favorites and wasn't really interested in trying new things. My housemate and his girlfriend, who is living with us temporarily, are game for just about anything. I do have limitations on what I can make because dinner hours are erratic due to their work schedules, they prefer to have light dinners, and I can't cook with any onions, garlic or green peppers. If I use a new recipe, I can only use it as a guideline and substitute as I go along. I don't think I've ever made a dinner in my life that I could repeat exactly. if I could just put my two cents worth in about the title of this topic, I do agree that it should probably be ‘one off’ but, it hasn't seemed to hurt it a bit that it isn't that way given the response that it has gotten. Our brains are hardwired to fill in the missing parts. As for all of our posts, it would be an absolute crime if we were policed to the point where we all had to sound alike. The idiosyncrasies of the different people give me a glimpse into the personalities of people that I will never meet face to face but I am still proud to call my friends. If we were to demand perfect English think of all the people that don't have English as their first language that we would lose. The diversity of our members is what makes this place so interesting. And, all the typos, bad grammar, abbreviations, arrogance, humility, and such define us as a community of free-thinkers instead of a pack of robots. I love it all, just the way it is.
  13. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2018

    If dear Google brought up the same recipes for you that it showed me, revolting is an understatement. @liuzhou do you have any ideas as to the origin of the name?
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