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  1. A bit of an experiment for me. I made avocado "fries" using the cold oil method, with cornmeal-coated avocado slices barely covered in oil and simmered at a low temperature until done. They turned out well, the coating was crunchy with no hint of greasiness. But in the end, I'm not sure if all the fuss was worth it. I think I prefer avocados raw, e.g. as guacamole, or in smoothies, or with just a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of salt.
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    Bastard condiments?

    The other day I reduced a combination of sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, and chili paste to use as as a glaze for chicken thighs. It came out quite well.
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    Dinner 2019

    Big Salad Leftover chicken, Irish Porter cheddar, roasted cauliflower, carrots, spring onions and mixed greens
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    Dinner 2019

    Sweet chili chicken and blistered shishito peppers over udon noodle soup
  5. Thanks, but at over $17 for a small jar, that's too pricey for me. I used to pick them up at the Upper West Side Fairway for just a few dollars. I've tried a few local Italian / European grocers, but so far no luck.
  6. Since I've moved to Denver I've been having trouble finding a couple of condiments. One of them is a really decent dijon mustard. The only French dijon for sale in these parts seems to be Maille. It's not my favorite, and it's really pricey. I've seen small jars on sale for $6. World Market has slightly better prices (and larger jars), but I've been looking for an alternative. I know ATK rates Grey Poupon highly but it tastes rather insipid to me, as do most of the U.S.A. made "gourmet" dijons I see in supermarkets. Then the other day, I bought the French-made dijon and whole grain mustard at Trader Joe's and they were both excellent and very reasonably priced at well under $2 a bottle. (The other condiment I haven't been able to find are salt-packed capers. Still no luck there.)
  7. One thing I would consider is whether I would want the kitchen to be its own room or if I wanted a sort of "great room" concept with an integrated kitchen. I lived in my last apartment for 14 years and had a galley kitchen that was separate from the living room. When I moved, I hated that almost all the apartments I was looking at featured integrated kitchens. But after having lived with a great room kitchen for several months, I've discovered that I kind of like it. I can keep an eye on what I'm cooking while still sitting on my couch and I'm also not isolated by myself in the kitchen when I have guests over.
  8. Interesting. I've not noticed any off-taste, but I'm still an SV neophyte. I think I've only made steak three or four times. I'll need to do some experimenting.
  9. Is there a reason why you didn't salt the SV steak in the bag? I've always salted everything before adding it to the water bath, mainly because that's what most of the recipes I see do.
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    Dinner 2019

    Cod SV Cold oil fries Celery heart and parsley salad
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    International Potato Chips

    I'm about a month and a half late, but I just saw this post. I actually tried the Quillo White Truffle flavor about six months ago, also bought at World Market. I bought them for some pre-dinner nibbles at a small dinner party I hosted. They were quite good and everyone enjoyed them, but they were too rich to eat a whole bag's worth.
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    Breakfast 2019

    Thank you. I had made some cornbread the other day that was a bit on the dry side, and it definitely wasn't improving with age. There wasn't much left, but I really dislike food waste so I didn't want to just throw it away. I googled a few ideas, e.g. cornbread crumbs or croutons, but the idea of a strata appealed the most. In addition to the cornbread, I used two medium sized eggs and I had the tomatoes, deli ham and swiss on-hand so I added those in. I don't normally keep milk or cream around because I don't use much of it, but I do have buttermilk powder from Bob's Red Mill, so I used that in conjunction in with some almond milk, just enough to soak everything. Salt and pepper of course, as well as nutmeg. After letting it sit overnight, I baked it for about a half hour at 350 F. I was hungry and started to eat it immediately after taking it out of the oven, right after taking this picture. It was a bit soupy (which you can see in the pic if you look closely), so I should have let it rest for about ten minutes. It tasted better as I continued to eat as more of the liquids were absorbed into the bread. I think a strata is an excellent use of old cornbread and I'll definitely make this again if I have leftovers. But, it didn't quite have the same custardy texture compared to a strata made with regular bread.
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    Dinner 2019

    Tomato soup with sausage, mushroom, and radish greens plus garlic bread
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    Breakfast 2019

    Cornbread strata with ham, tomato, and swiss cheese
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    Dinner 2019

    It's definitely an acquired taste. I'd never made it before, but I'd eaten it many times when I lived in New York. The boxed curry was nowhere near as complex as the versions I had at Go Go Curry or Curry-Ya, but it wasn't bad at all for a hearty dinner without much effort. At some point I'll try another brand, after some googling it seems that S&B doesn't rank all that highly in taste tests.