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    ISO: A Proper Bread Knife

    Admin: Many threads merged in as they come up. I'm doing some factfinding before purchasing a proper bread knife, and I'd like to get some firsthand opinions from you all. I've done some searches, but haven't found a thread specifically about serrated bread knives. I'm expecting this to be a single purpose knife, mostly for heavy, crusty breads and crisp baguettes. Currently, I'm using a 8" serrated knife, which has been okay, but I want a knife that's longer and has curve to it. So far, the leading candidates are these two: the Wusthof 10 inch Crust Buster Serrated Knife, which is from their stamped series. I haven't handled this one, but I generally like Wusthof, and it has the shape that I think I want. This is about $50. The other is the pick from a Cook's Illustrated comparison, the Forschner 10.25 inch Fibrox Bread Knife. I've handled this knife, and while I'm sure it would be serviceable (especially at the price), it didn't impress me enough to make me want to buy it without looking around further. This is about $28. I'm hoping not to have to shell out $80 for a forged one, like this Wusthof Classic 10 inch Super Slicer, but I suppose I will if it comes down to it. What do you say? Have another favorite? Thanks for your input!
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    Yes Chef? No Chef!

    I agree it sounds unnecessarily formal to say Chef Smith in a non-work setting. However, it reflects the increasing social status of our industry. Like all lingo, part of it's function is to separate the insiders from the outsiders. Now that "reality" shows and other forms of media have opened the kitchen door a bit, it's cool to be a chef, and so people want to use what they think is industry lingo to feel like they're insiders, too. Personally, I don't like being called chef because I know what usually I mean when I say it. Of course, sometimes it's out of respect. But sometimes it's the only thing you can say in a bad situation, through gritted teeth. Ha ha. ~Tad
  3. I won't have much time, so based on quality of flavors, quality of the ice cream itself and overall quality of the experience, which should I try within SF proper? Polly Ann Ice Cream or Mitchell's Ice Cream? Or somewhere else? Thanks!
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    Stonehill Tavern

    Apparently at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. Anyone been yet?
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    Some recent meals in LA for y'all

    DJO- Thanks for the reviews! ~Tad
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    Feedback on dessert creation

    Sounds great to me - maybe add a little black pepper? ~Tad
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    stockton to las vegas

    What route are you taking? ~Tad
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    Hatfield's Restaurant

    I went to Hatfield's last week, and I enjoyed it very much. My full blog entry on Hatfield's is here, and here are a few pictures. ~Tad
  9. I think you're right, Doc. After I had a few slices, I started thinking that it was a little flabby,and that being able to render out some of that fat might actually be preferable. I have to use tri-tip this time, but in the future I'll try some other cuts.
  10. Sorry, I should have taken a breather. In the time it took to take this picture, some color returned, and I started to recall a warning about the hemoglobins and oxygen. Anyway, it's somewhat pinker now. Thanks, Nathan.
  11. I just did a test run on a tri-tip, for 24 hours at 55C. I used the Jaccard and seasoned with L&P, smoked salt, pepper, and some butter. The interior texture is perfect, and I barely marked it in a very hot grill pan. I think I could even go a little more to get more crustiness. However, the interior color is not as I expected - there's no trace of red or pink. Since other people do shortribs for as long or longer, I was expecting more of a rosy color. Any thoughts?
  12. Thanks, gents- I hadn't thought about the reheating aspect. I'll rearrange my schedule to cook and serve. ~Tad
  13. Hello, all. Many thanks for the great info in this thread. I recently got myself a immersion circulator and I'm interested in doing beef tri-tip. I was hoping to get some feedback to make sure I have the concepts down. My plan is to trim it into a brick shape for more uniform cooking and easy carving. I have a Jacquard, so I'll give it the twice or thrice over with that. I've read through the 130F chart. Sorry if I missed it, but what kind of time would you suggest for tenderness? For bricks of about 3" x 3" x ? at 131F, I'm guessing somewhere around 10 hours? Due to some transport issues, I was going to cook and chill for 2 days before finishing the meat on a grill. Sound reasonable? Comments welcomed and appreciated! ~Tad edit: added the bit about the Jacquard
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    Tamago (Eggs)

    Thanks for the tips, _john and Vadouvan. BTW, at one hour of cooking, what consistency does the waterbath egg have?
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    Time to let the cat out of the bag

    Wat Thai - check! And "more than just donuts" is pretty close to the FTV slogan, more than cooking.
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    Time to let the cat out of the bag

    Huge props, Chris! If there's anything I can do to help, I'm all in... ~Tad
  17. Thanks, Nathan. From there I found that I had been spelling it wrong. Citranox is the correct spelling, and there are a number of sources, ranging from about $30 a gallon and up. ~Tad
  18. YES! Ask your cleaning supplier if they can get you some phosphoric acid disinfectant Citrinox is one brand that comes directly to mind. You want to clean this as well as you can. Then do it again. Good luck! ← I've been trying to find the cleaner mentioned, Citrinox, and have not have any luck. Any suggestions on where a consumer might be able to find it? Thanks. ~Tad
  19. I'm not an expert on Thai Town, but I have tried many of the places in the area. Thai Town is roughly bordered by Hollywood Blvd and Sunset, and 101 and Normandie. LA Thai Restaurant Tasting Tour is a thread with a bunch of good info. There's quite a variety of Thai restaurants in the area, but mostly the central and Northern styles. Not much Isaan (NE) - maybe a dish or two here and there. Some of my favorites are (all IMHO): Ruen Pair - very casual, funky decor. Inexpensive, but cash only. Robust and not so Americanized flavors. Good somtom salad. Jitlada - nicer dining room, solid food. Get the prawns flambe Sanamluang Cafe - open late, really casual. Duck salad is exceptional. Pork leg over rice with a fried egg is excellent drunk food. Sunshine Thai - the clientele is significantly Latino, but if you show interest in more representatively Thai food, they do a very nice job Yai - sorta hidden by the 7-11, but quite decent Palms Thai - the safe bet, but still pretty good There are others that are good for certain dishes, such as Ban Phai, Nadpob, Hollywood Thai, and Siam Star. If I was recommending one place for an out of towner, for a variety of dishes, I would generally say Ruen Pair, unless you were looking for something in particular. If you do go to Ruen Pair, stop in at Bankhanom Thai across the parking lot for some sweets. Good luck! ~Tad
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    Top Chef

    When she was talking about her origami cranes, she said something like, I'll be up all night folding these. This leads me to believe that they knew the timeframe was short, although maybe not as short as it ended up being.
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    Salt meat before or after you cook?

    I'll have to look this up, but doesn't adding salt before cooking make more complex compounds in the crust itself?
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    Salt meat before or after you cook?

    If we're talking about steak, usually, I prefer to salt just before. Would you elaborate on how the demo was set up? Why are roasts an exception? What about marinades with salt in them?
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    Pizza stone for barbecue

    Uhhh, doesn't the stone do this?
  24. I like what newguy has to say here. If it's not practical to wash your hands in an actual sink, maybe you can at least get a bucket of sanitizer solution and keep it on your station. It's less than ideal, but better than nothing. Maybe you're in the wrong kitchen for you. Or maybe it's more than that. Do you know the old saw about law and sausage...?
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    Top Chef

    As far as the Scotts, I think Mayhaw Man is right, and I'm having trouble working up any sympathy for them. They may have had their own reasons for making such a trade off, like political-social ones. ~Tad