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    Tomatillos: The Topic

    On a lark, I picked up a few tomatillos at the grocery store yesterday. I've never even tasted one to know it. What can I make to help me understand what tomatillos bring to the plate?
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    Whole beef heart

    I work at a land-grant University. Our Animal Science department offers USDA grading courses to students. So, all of that meat they grade goes somewhere--the Meat Sales store. I was visiting there the other day, and picked up a boned lamb shoulder, some bacon, and a whole beef heart. What the hell do I do with a whole beef heart? I'm tempted to thaw it, cube, sear, and braise in a stew. But, I'm welcoming all ideas.
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    Miami Coffee Roaster

    Was traveling for several days. I'll pm you soon!
  4. I'm moving to Miami for school starting in September, and I will lose the services of my faithful coffee roaster, Gary at The Coffee Roaster in Lincoln, NE. So, who roasts coffee well and is preferably close to U of Miami?
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    Miami Coffee Roaster

    I'll be in town after Labor Day. My preferences lean toward medium roasts with good brightness and medium body. Ethiopian and Tanzanian seem to be two origins that I really like, but I prefer flavor and economy over origin. I'll pm you some other things. Thanks!
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    Shark, shark, shark

    I just got some shark from a dude pushing a wheelbarrow up the road (I'm in the Caribbean). I don't know shark from catfish. So, who has ideas for how to cook shark, keeping in mind I basically have kitchen capabilities worthy of tent camping. Pretty please?
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    Shark, shark, shark

    Mercury makes fish delicious. So, cooking in a pan or on a grill. Do you salt it as much as beef? As much as tuna? How long does a 2-inch thick steak take to cook, and to what degree should it be cooked? If I'm marinating it, how long?
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    DIY Winemaking: Kits, Clubs, Supplies

    Has anyone tried making their own wine from a kit?
  9. Fifi was an example of someone who lived a full life, pursuing what interested her. I'm glad I got to experience some part of her life here. Godspeed, fifi
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    Star fruit

    So, life has taken me to a Caribbean island--lush with many things that are very different than the fruits of Nebraska I grew up with. One of the things that is prevalent is star fruit, the carambola. When I tried it, I was reminded of a mix between rhubarb and smarties. The ones we got were very sour, but pleasant. It got me thinking of a kind of star fruit pie. So, I'm soliciting for rhubarb pie recipes, and star fruit recipes. I'm just looking to get along for the next 18 months here... It could get long. But, I'd prefer to make the best of it.
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    Star fruit

    These here are quite tart. My understanding is that there are tart varieties, and there are sweet ones. The ones I have encountered here are only tart. I may ask around for the sweet ones.
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    Star fruit

    Are yours the sweet kind when they're fully ripe? The ones here are puckeringly tart.
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    Star fruit

    I love all of your ideas, but every single one of my cookbooks is packed away So, in order to do any of these, I need some basic ingredients and ratios. I just browsed through the rG, and found a likely rhubarb recipe from pounce Pounces Rhubarb Custard Pie And also an interesting muskmelon pie from browniebaker that I'm certain would work for either the passionfruit or starfruit if I could get some guidance on sugar content. Browniebaker's Muskmelon Pie edit for typoes.
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    Our strawbery patch at home would produce over a quart a day (personal consumption, not commercial). My mother tilled it up. I think I need to check her medication.
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    Potluck sounding board

    My office is having their Winter Potluck next week, and I'm thinking of nodding my head toward the two vegetarians we have in the group. I'm thinking of making Mizducky's Beet and Beet-green Borscht. But, I'm thinking of roasting all of the mirepoix at the same time as the beets. My question is, if I roast the mirepoix and put some color on it, will that overpower the beets or taint the flavor? Do others think it will fly with run-of-the-mill, unadventurous palates?
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    Freezing Cheesecake

    Actually, one yolk will go a long way. The way lecithin works is not a molecule of fat per molecule of lecithin basis. Decent idea, except I think its sweetness would interfere with the flavor of the bleu cheese in my batter. As things are right now, I said "[expletive deleted] it." It is refrigerating, and I will simpy cook it in the mushrooms on Friday.
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    pickled sausages

    I would expect it to be a riff on sauerbraten. Sounds like it would work on a lot of mild sausages. Awesome idea!
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    Freezing Cheesecake

    You are forgetting that before you do this, you cook the cheesecake which has fat that is emulsified by both milk caseins, and egg proteins (lecithin). A good cheesecake should play off of the strengths of both caseins and lecithin. Also, mealiness depends on the amount of flour and how long the gluten formed by the flour is allowed to form.
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    Freezing Cheesecake

    No, not really. This is a savory bleu cheese cheesecake intended to be piped into mushrooms and served individually post-cooking. And, freezing would not play well with the mushrooms post-cooking.
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    Freezing Cheesecake

    What are people's experiences with this?
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    Blue Cheesecake

    I was thinking of trying the baby beets first, if I can find them
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    Blue Cheesecake

    When I was reading your recipe, kitchenmage, I had this vision of piping this into a hollowed out baby beet or a mushroom cap. Have you ever tried that? I think I might have to do that for a superbowl party....
  23. I don't consume wine at quite the culinary level of Steven, so here is my adjustment of his. Naturally, I will add a few that are important to me, too. 0. Being a hasher, carrying things other than wine is also important. 2. Stumbling distance from my house is handy. 3. Knowing something about food that doesn't come from mass media (Saveur, Cooking Light, Gourmet, Martha Stewart living...)
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    Champagne Bubbles

    I believe the type of plant fiber they are talking about is cotton from the drying/shining towel. Of course, it is much more politically correct to suggest that someone has a bit of drying cloth lint in their glass--a microscopic bit, than to suggest that their Riedel stemware has microscopic hills and valleys that allow bubbles to nucleate. So, I say that there is some truth to it, but there is also some careful verbiage. Also, there is more carbon dioxide in the wine than is stable, that is the real reason it bubbles. If there weren't the carbon dioxide in excess, the champagne would be flat.
  25. Yep. If you ever want to show that to yourself, grab a CRC handbook of organic chemistry and look at the different expansion coefficients of different liquids. On the other side of the coin, most densities only differ in the second decimal point, so you're not going to have a terrific amount of variance, but when you look at the sheer volume of ethanol produced in the world, it makes for a large second decimal!