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Hest88

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    Steven Shaw

    Like many here, I have been away from eGullet for many years. The news comes as quite a shock, and I'd like to send my heartfelt condolences to those of you who were lucky enough to have known him in person.
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    DIY Dry-Ingredient Mixes

    My standard is a dry rub mix I use for pork ribs. I've thought about doing it for pancakes, but the recipe I use doesn't have enough ingredients to make it much more of a time saver.
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    Keeping Food Magazines

    I keep the ones that have about 3 or more recipes I want to use. I'll clip and toss the others. However, I did keep the last few issues of Gourmet as well after the big announcement.
  4. I actually do find dull knives less dangerous. I can't count the number of times I've, um, brushed myself with a dull knife that bounced off instead of cutting into my finger the way it would have with a sharp knife. I do handled sharp knives and dull knives differently, naturally. I'm slower with dull knives, since I have to "saw," but I'm probably a bit less careful. With sharp knives I definitely make sure my hands are dry, fingers are out of the way, etc.
  5. Heck, I don't know how I missed this topic! I re-read the entire series at least once a year. Yes, I drool over the smoked venison, the pig tail, the blackbird "chicken" pie, the syrup candy, the green tomato "apple" pie, the pancakes, etc. I also own the Little House cookbook, mainly because I was trying to find a recipe for the vanity cakes from "On the Banks of Plum Creek" years ago. Reading the stories of deprivation always make me appreciate food so much more too. Even the canned peaches in the surveyor's house in "On the Shores of Silver Lake" sound good when I get to that part, and the late Xmas feast at the end of "The Long Winter" just seems heavenly.
  6. I love caviar, but then I love everything ranging from big fish eggs to teeny specks of shrimp roe. With that said, I might suggest you try salmon roe first. It's much cheaper, but if you find you enjoy that briny taste you'll have a better idea of if you'd like the Caspian sea type.
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    Bacon With A Major Attitude

    Seriously, turning that bacon into a cube should already have meant a good talking-to by his manager. Secondly, refusing to slice *bacon*?! And then acting like you were the idiot for asking for it?
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    Cleaning Up

    I've also always had relatively small kitchens, so cleaning as I go has always been a necessity. Plus, I'm rather klutzy and messy, so NOT cleaning as I go will invariably mean scraps and dribbles will get into the clean food, and various bowls and dishes will be in my way while trying to prepare other dishes. Plus, I also reuse certain cookware more than once, so some get cleaned more than once in the course of preparation.
  9. Yes, the only real way is to build up gradually. I've certainly found my tolerance has increased over the years, as I've gotten used to eating increasing levels of spice. Also, kinds of heat differ. Wasabi, for instance, doesn't linger. Same with Sichuan peppercorns. As a result, you don't get that increasingly painful buildup in the same way as when you're eating chilis. I found I was able to build up tolerance much faster with spicy Sichuan food than with Thai for that reason. I also agree that just adding condiments like Sriracha and Tabasco and the like can help. For one, you can control how much you put in, but also they're so darn tasty in and of themselves it won't feel nearly as much of a chore.
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    Best dishwasher

    Funny. So we've had our Miele Diamante for a few years now and what I posted earlier in the thread still holds. Everything gets completely dry except for plastics and dishes that end up "holding" water. The lack of a grinder isn't a problem; we scrape but never rinse and rarely find anything in the filter. There's only one caveat. In a house of two we can go nearly a week without running the dishwasher. Any stainless steel utensils in the utensil rack will not clean thoroughly as a result. (Everything else, including ceramic spoons in the utensil tray, do fine.) So, we've taken to rinsing stainless steel utensils if we know they're going to sit in the tray for days. Reiterating comments earlier in the thread; it is imperative you take a bunch of dishes to the store and see how they fit in the dishwashers. I was going to buy a higher end Miele, and also looked at a Bosch, but actually trying our dishware made us choose the Miele Diamante. We were also thinking of the higher end Kitchenaids, but my DH liked the fact that the Euro DWs had an automatic water shut-off in case of water leakage.
  11. I always add lots more vanilla. And I always use dark brown sugar instead of light.
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    pig's feet- does anyone like them?

    I love pig's feet when they're braised enough so the meat practically falls off the bone and the skin melts in your mouth. My favorite is the Chinese ginger and black vinegar (traditionally made for new mothers), of course, but I also like the kind I see in Taiwanese joints--savory instead of sweet.
  13. I still enjoy his writing and his shows, to a certain extent. But I have to admit it takes more effort now than it used to. The whole foul-mouthed rebel chef thing was great back when he first burst onto the scene, but now that he's older and--dare I say it--a whole lot wealthier, that anti-establishment shtick of his feels rather forced.
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    chow mein? noodles?

    Very strange. Like liuzhou and others have said, "mein" means noodles, so noodles are integral to the dish. It would be like ordering macaroni & cheese and not getting macaroni.
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    The unpredictability of marrow bones

    Me too. I look for ones that are as straight and wide as possible, since the ends are where the cancellous, spongy bone is--which doesn't work. Because of that, I usually go to butcher shops where I can actually choose my bones vs. a place where I have to just grab a bag of bones without being able to inspect them.
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