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  1. It has to be a really common/standardized recipe because with a couple of exceptions, MOST Japanese restaurants that I've been to over the past 10-15 years -- ranging from healthy places like Dojo to hole-in-the-wall all-you-can-eat sushi joints to second tier places like Sushi Seki offer this dressing to a "T".

    I've had the same experience-- this dressing is almost always the same, even in bad restaurants. It's like some secret that's known to all Japanese restaurants, but we can't figure out.
  2. Been experimenting lately with the [bleeping] silicone cannele molds.  The one clear finding is that the crust is terrible (chewy and not crisp) at any temperature with any recipe if you bake on a sheet tray (except the bottoms of the canneles, which get enough heat to make a decent crust).  Trying the cooling rack idea with a couple of different recipes at different temps and will report back.

    Ok, so the cooling rack is clearly what to use when baking with silicone molds of any sort. You get far, far better heat distribution. The canneles (at 400 degrees, about 1 hour) came out with a uniformly crisp crust, especially after sitting for awhile. However, my the issue is now with the thickness of the crust. It definitely needs to be much thinner, but I've about reached my limit of experimentation here. I'd love to be proven wrong, but at this point I don't think it's possible to produce a great cannele with silicone.

  3. Been experimenting lately with the [bleeping] silicone cannele molds. The one clear finding is that the crust is terrible (chewy and not crisp) at any temperature with any recipe if you bake on a sheet tray (except the bottoms of the canneles, which get enough heat to make a decent crust). Trying the cooling rack idea with a couple of different recipes at different temps and will report back.

  4. I sympathize with your problem, as this has vexed me for awhile too. I've tried just about everything you have tried or thought of. The egg wash isn't going to help too much-- the key is getting the shell crisp in the first place (before you apply any 'sealants'). Ultimately, my solution was simple: cover the outside edge of the tart shell with a foil ring and blind bake the hell out of the crust (on the bottom oven rack)-- until the bottom of the shell is very golden brown (I usually start with weights, but remove them and bake alot longer). If it doesn't get totally crisp during this stage, it'll never be crisp I've decided. Allow it to cool completely before filling and continuing to bake.

  5. The proscuitto/melon redux idea was already mentioned. 

    Yikes-- I'm scared of some of the ideas here. However, reworking prosciutto/melon sounds like it has possibilities. What if you infused the proscuitto flavor into a bavarian/mousse (easy on the sugar)? Perhaps this would create a pleasing foie gras like richness. Then layer it with a melon gelée?

  6. It involves 15 apples and a 6 hour cooking time-- looks intriguing. However, I remember reading somewhere here on eGullet that there's something seriously wrong with this recipe. Besides being in the Jean-Georges collaboration with Mark Bittman, the recipe is also now in that new Bittman vs. the Chefs book.

  7. Waloo with Chayote, Jicama, Hearts of Palm Salad


    Waloo, Escolar, Butterfish, whatever you want to call it, it's a mild, indeed buttery fish, that took nicely to the tropical sauce.  Very nicely cooked, and simply served with good compliments, gotta love that.

    I was at Lolita the other week and had this Waloo dish as well. Any idea what was in that sauce? My guess is fish stock and pomegranite molasses, but I'm not sure. Really enjoyed that dish.
  8. I've been thinking about getting one of these (6 quart) since the price is so much lower than LC. Just went over to Amazon and the 'secret price' (where you have to put it in the basket to see the reduced price) for the persimmon one was $62. And free shipping (for today only it says)! No-brainer on that deal for me-- I got it.

  9. That's how my maternal grandma made hers (Lake Milton, Ohio!!).  I'll see if I can get her to spill the beans.

    Great. This must be the regional Ohio version of kolache, as I've never seen it like that anywhere else.

  10. I'm looking for a Kolache recipe for the type my Grandmother used to make (in Youngstown, Ohio). It's definitely not of the square or round filled bun/danish type. This was a large jellyroll type kolache (a couple people have made reference to this type here). The dough was not yeast raised (I think), flaky and egg washed. The rolled filling was usually apricot or prune (though Grandma did do a poppyseed or nut from time to time). Anyone know what I'm talking about here?

  11. Whenever I make steaks at home in the kitchen, I always have issues with smoke filling the kitchen/house & smoke detectors going off.

    To those of you who regularly prepare steak at home, do you have hoods? My kitchen cam with the microwave builtin in above the range. It's vent is not adequate when I make steak.

    Usually, I grill steaks outside. But when I do cook them inside, I sear in a super hot cast iron skillet & then finish in the oven. I have my kitchen windows open and vent on high as I try to blow the smoke into the vents as it billows. I don't try this too often.

    I got sick of the smoke too. Try the Ducasse method that Patrick S mentioned instead.

  12. Chufi,

    in Joyce Goldstein's The Mediterranean Kitchen , she describes her long quest to find the secret for light gnocchi. Her final conclusion was that if you bake the potatoes rather than boiling them, they end up far lighter.

    So maybe you should also try potatoes which are as floury as possible.

    According to her recipe, bake the potatoes whole, cut in half and scoop out the insides while still hot, put the insides through a potato ricer, then add salt and as little flour as you can possibly use to hold it together. Also, she said, try making the gnocchi smaller.

    I have to admit I haven't made this, but if you are experimenting then it's worth a try, right?

    I forget which chef I read does this, but taking the baking idea one step further, put the riced potatoes on a sheet pan and put them back in the oven at a low temp to dry out even more. Another little trick that makes the gnocchi even lighter.

  13. Nice pictures, Faboo. I took my gf there at the end of May (Sietsema blew the surprise-- I can't believe he picked two weeks before that to review the restaurant!), but your meal looks much better than the one we had. After being served a delicious carrot bread, things went downhill. Overcooking was the main problem (Beef tenderloin done well, a very dry omelet). The low point was the orange sorbet, which was clearly made from oj out of the carton. My gf didn't think it was that bad, but I thought it was a huge disappointment. The owners were very nice and the view is impressive, though.

  14. all you sorbet/granita makers: have you tried making them without sugar syrup? Just puree the fruit with some sugar and freeze. i learned this trick from a chef visiting from sicily; the flavors are very clean and direct.

    I've never understood the sugar syrup thing for fruit bases. You're adding water, and thus diluting the flavor of the fruit. How's that a good thing?

    What's the supposed purpose of using syrup (other than those situations such as lemon, where additional liquid is needed)? Making it easier to dissolve the sugar? I never have much of a problem getting sugar to directly dissolve in the fruit puree/juice

  15. Ricotta mousse is nice, especially flavored with orange blossom water. Whip the ricotta with sugar (about 1/4 cup to 1 cup of ricotta), then whip an equal part cream (and sugar) and fold in. Serve over fresh berries. Simple, but very good in the summer.

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