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  1. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    Oh boy, does that bring back memories! German sausage is something that I really missed because it is non-existent in Costa Rica. The area where I grew up was predominantly German and we had the best sausage maker in the state. Oscar was kind of a character and a jack of all trades. He was the town plumber and fixed all the windmills in the area. Whenever any of the farms had anything to butcher, they called Oscar. He was often at our farm but we were never allowed to go anywhere near him. He talked to himself constantly and used a few words that our mother did not want us to add to our vocabu
  2. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    If I ate at your house I might happily go vegetarian. Your variety and your flavor combinations are wonderful. I'm glad to see your take on the "meat substitutes". I have never quite understood them because they definitely are not and some of the attempts border on the ridiculous. We even have a brand of frozen prepared dinners down here called Chick'n NO Chicken.
  3. So true! I swear to God that Tupperware and wire hangers have the same sex life as rabbits.
  4. I know that I am coming in late to the game, but I just saw this yesterday and I do have a sweet potato and soy recipe. However it is Japanese. Rather than put it here, I put it in the recipe topic. You might want to take a look at it and see if it is anything that you could use.
  5. Honey Butter Japanese Sweet Potato I always serve this dish with Tonkatsu. It is not too sweet and the flavors blend perfectly with the Tonkatsu sauce that is served with the pork. 1 sweet potato 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds Wrap the sweet potato in cling wrap and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes.* Cut into 1 1/2 inch thick strips. Melt butter in a skillet and cook the sweet potato over medium heat. When the potatoes are soft, add t
  6. Thank you for this, it gave me my morning laugh. I am going to have to admit that when I lived in The States, my favorite appetizer in a Chinese restaurant was the Chinese BBQ pork (Char Siu), that neon red stuff that was always served with the Holy Trinity. It always came with red sauce, hot mustard and sesame seeds. Well, working in the restaurant business myself, if I wanted to know what something was or how it was made I always asked. The least they can do is tell you no. The answer really surprised me. The red stuff came right out of a ketchup bottle (no, I didn't know what ketchup tastes
  7. I want to add my thanks and my appreciation for this topic and for all the great articles that you have brought to eGullet. You have introduced us to a China that most of us will never see and helped us to understand it's culture and its food. For me personally, it has been a real eye-opener. The best luncheon that I ever gave in my life was done with information that I have learned from you and with your guidance. Again, thank you for all your hard work.
  8. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    That looks absolutely wonderful! Would you be willing to share your riff, please?
  9. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    It might give you a clue if you know that their original slogan was Ruffles have Ridges. They are reinforced to stand up to thick dip.
  10. This is from my original post in Instant Pot multi-function cooker (part 5) in 2017. Instant Pot New York Cheesecake Crust 3/4 cup any type of shortbread cookie (crushed) 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 cup butter melted Filling 16 oz cream cheese room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon lemon peel grated 2 eggs room temperature 1/4 cup sour cream 1 pinch salt Sour Cream Layer 1/2 cup sour cream 2 teaspoons sugar Crust Add cookies and sugar to the bowl of food processor and pulse a couple of times, until
  11. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    No, I lived there for a short time in the early 70s. It was the same year that their favorite son, Evel Knievel, fell in the Snake River. Also, it was the same time that the mine started to devour and destroy old time downtown Butte. I would have loved to have seen Butte in the sixties before they destroyed it. With all the different ethnic groups, Butte had a fantastic food history. When @Margaret Pilgrim mentioned Butte diner food, it made me remember the hundred-year-old diner downtown that had the ratty old wolverine in the window. Her hot beef sandwich looked just like theirs.
  12. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    Thank you for this recipe. The pastry really sounds good. Unfortunately, I have never seen a rutabaga in Costa Rica so I have to substitute carrots. Good, but just doesn't have quite the right taste. Also, the beef here just isn't right for pasties. I have to pre cook it or sometimes I have even opted for ground beef. In Butte, Montana, they make pasties like a round ball, almost like a Chinese bao. No need to apologize for your gravy, it sounds like it has a lot of layers of good flavor. Some shortcuts are surprisingly good . Years ago, a chef, that I worked for, taught me his secret for
  13. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    What are the red specks in the top picture? By the way, it looks delicious.
  14. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    It may be a regular burger but it looks spicy and very juicy. Does it have some pork in it?
  15. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    Is that rou jia mo?
  16. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    Except for not being round, your pastie recipe sounds like it's from Butte, Montana, also. They look delicious as does your hot beef sandwich. Are you using The Butte, Montana Centennial cookbook?
  17. This is one of the things I love about it. We can disagree civilly and for all our diversity, we can come together solidly on this one thing .
  18. Wouldn't be much fun if we weren't.
  19. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    Thank you very much, I can't wait to try it.
  20. Wouldn't work ! A lot of people have gotten answers about that strange weird thing that grandma left them or that they bought at a garage sale. So, we may never get an answer on this one, it's still fun to see what people come up with. It's also fun to see that some people on EG have some really strange minds.
  21. Tropicalsenior

    Dinner 2021

    It looks like you got the dough perfect! Is there any way at all that you can share the recipe?
  22. You have to remember, though, that this thing could be a hundred years old and not only that, there's a possibility that it is European. It could be something used in an obscure little Austrian factory to make celluloid collars, or it could be used to hold a cow's tail for slaughter or castration. We could beat this to death just by guessing for the next 10 years like they have done on the internet. We aren't likely to find anyone that has ever used one.
  23. I don't see any cutting blades. And cutting would require a continuous motion where this seems to lock in place at various locations. The locking mechanism also rules out its use as a squeezer or juice press. I'm inclined to think that it has nothing to do with food prep.
  24. My thoughts exactly. The way the parts move do not suggest grating. Also the bottom plate does not look like an old-style grater. More like a Microplane , which is a lot later origin.
  25. I think it's also probably generational. It looks very old. My mother was one that collected every gadget came around and she never had anything like this. I guess we will have to wait until @andiesenji weighs in, she's usually right on the money . As for using it for skinning or scaling fish, scaling maybe but that's where you start the skinning process and I can't see it working for that. I've worked around a lot of fishmongers and chefs while they are skinning fish and I've done a fair amount myself. I can't see using this thing when a good towel will hold it just as well. But then, wh
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