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How can I intensify the orange flavour in orange cake?

The ingredients I followed are: 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup white sugar 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup oil 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon ...
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Can you interchange oil and butter in emulsified sauces?

You have sauces like hollandaise and béarnaise, which are made with egg yolks and clarified butter. You also have mayonaise, that is made with an egg yolk and oil. What would happen if you would make ...
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Factors affecting meringue crispness

I've read the other questions on meringue but didn't find the answer I'm looking for. When making meringue, there are basically three types that form: Crisp shells will a uniform texture throughout. ...
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How do I “evaporate” milk?

I have a recipe that calls for evaporated milk. How can I make "Evaporated Milk" (from raw milk), or a reasonable substitute for the canned evaporated milk found at the supermarket?
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How to Replace Icing Sugar in a No-Bake Cheesecake

Are there any good substitutes for sugar in Cheesecakes? I am not interested in synthetic sugar like Aspartame. I want to use natural sugar substitute like honey. But if mix honey into the cheese ...
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Hints on storage of vegetables and fruit

Different fruits and vegetables require different treatment in order to preserve their integrity, micronutrient contents and especially taste over the longest period possible. Time and again I am ...
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Thicker tomato sauce on the pizza makes the cheese more slippery

After reading the advice about tomato sauce in this answer, I decided to try straining the sauce to remove water and see what it did to the crust. I let the water drain out of a jar of tomato sauce ...
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Non-plastics storage suggestions

I'm looking to get into making my own chilis, stews and spagehtti sauces, but I wonder if there is a better way to store my cooking. I currently use plastic containers that are probably the depth of a ...
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Is acid-marinated raw chicken still safe after several days?

I marinated chicken five days ago in lemon juice, seasoned salt, and garlic powder, is it still safe to cook in the oven?
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small, medium or large eggs

When I buy eggs, I have trouble deciding which size is the best value. Does any one have any tips?
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What are the options for thawing a frozen turkey?

I'm aware of a few methods (many days in the refrigerator, hours under cold water, etc.) for thawing a whole turkey before cooking it. However, I don't know how these methods balance against each ...
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Using spaghetti squash for 'pasta'

I've recently gotten into making primal/paleo cooking, i.e. (no grains,legumes,processed foods) and have been meaning to try spaghetti w/meat sauce with spaghetti squash noodles instead of regular ...
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What is the preferred method for sanitizing the kitchen?

I'm aware of a number of ways for sanitizing. Soap. Ammoniac. Bleach. Sodium bicarbonate. Which of these is the preferred method of sanitation? Which concentrations are recommended? How can you ...
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What's the best way to clean and dry blueberries?

I buy organic blueberries which come in a little plastic container. I like to wash them and put them in a tupperware container. After I wash them I place them between some paper towels to let them ...
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What is the best/easiest way to juice a watermelon?

Last year, I had a lot of leftover watermelon from a full-size melon and I pressed it in a strainer to get out the seeds and pulp, but it took forever. (I then froze the juice in ice trays and stored ...
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Alternative to arrowroot

I have a lovely recipe (for stir-fried tofu) that uses arrowroot as its thickener. This is easy to use, and adds a nice subtle flavour of its own to the dish. However, I am now living somewhere where ...
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How to make more than one good cup of coffee with a moka pot?

I have a moka pot I'm really happy with the coffee from this. However, after I've poured the first cup out, if I leave the heat on (however low), the coffee gets a metallic taste to it. If I turn ...
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Effect of undutched cocoa on baking

I'm trying to add unsweetened non-dutched cocoa powder to a biscotti recipe (this one). I've read that this type of cocoa is strongly acidic. Will I need to make any changes to the quantities of ...
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How can you judge when a non-stick pan is the correct temperature for pan frying?

With stainless steel pans you can perform a water test to see if the pan is the correct temperature for frying but how do you tell with a non-stick pan?
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What edible solution can I cover bread in to make it waterproof?

My partner and I are working an entrepreneurial project for school, and we decided to make a sort of edible water bottle. We decided we would make it out of bread, which we would cover in some ...
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How do I render large quantities of fat?

Suppose I have many pounds of fat to render. (Sometimes people have 100 pounds!) How can I do this efficiently? Should I use a pot on the stove, a slow cooker, or the oven? How many pounds should I ...
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How to thoroughly bread meat with eggs and flour for frying without the mess

When making dishes like Chicken Parmesan, fried zucchini, general tso's, etc, and prepare the breaded item, I first scramble a few eggs then dip the the item from there into either flour or ...
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Toasting spices with and without oil

After heading to my trusty Indian market yesterday I was speaking with the owner about how awful fenugreek seeds are uncooked. He suggested (with black mustard seeds and cumin seeds) to throw them in ...
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What is the name of this dish involving fruit & sugar - blended and baked thin and flat?

I don't know what it is I'm doing (IE, the name of the technique or dish) I can't research it. I cook either rhubarb or passion fruit with a few tablespoons of sugar, blend until very smooth, ...
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Is it possible to subsititute nutella for peanut butter?

Beyond the obvious differences in flavor, do these two tend to be interchangable? The consistencies and composition seem close enough to me to make an acceptable substitute, but is it likely to give ...
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Baking time difference in pyrex versus metal

What baking time is optimal for recipes that are done in pyrex for banana bread versus metal baking dish?
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Topping bread with poppy seeds or sesame seeds

Should the seeds be sprinkled over the dough before baking, or will they burn? Should they be soaked first to prevent burning? Should a wash (cornstarch?) be used to stick them to the dough? ...
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Preserving dehydrated fruits and vegs

We bought a food dehydrator to make dog treats with. Primarily we're dehydrating yams, apples and bananas. I'm not dehydrating these to crisps because I didn't think I needed to. The dehydrated ...
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Couldn't make pesto in a blender

I was making pesto one day and couldn't find the lid to my food processor. So first I tried mixing it all in a blender. Didn't work, the leaves wouldn't go down to meet the blade. I had this pastey ...
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What are some different ways of preparing flax seeds?

I recently got to know the nutritious value of flax seeds.What characteristics of these seeds should I know about and how can I incorporate them into my cooking?
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Potato in the microwave

My brother in law was telling me the other day that he just sticks whole potatos into the microwave wrapped in wax paper for a quick snack. Is this ok/safe? If you do this, do you have other ...
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How can I tell when chicken thighs are sufficiently cooked to eat?

Last night I was grilling chicken thighs on a barbecue and I was told that if there was any pink inside them, they are not safe to eat. My question is twofold: (a) Is this true? (b) Is there a way ...
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Will adding lemon juice to non-wheat pastas make them starchier?

I read in this question: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2574/why-add-salt-to-the-water-when-cooking-pasta that adding an acid like lemon juice to water you're cooking pasta in will help ...
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Different ways for aging steaks

I'd like to know what techniques people have used for aging their steaks. Dry or wet aging.
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Which is a typically American way of seasoning spaghetti and other pasta?

When I visit the States I see a lot of pasta and spaghetti in the supermarkets. I wonder which is the typical seasoning (sauce or similar) used by Americans when they cook spaghetti. Of course, when ...
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Can I make any modern improvements to this Russian cake recipe from 1971?

I found a recipe in a 1971 Russian booklet on holiday recipes, (see it below). I translated it to English. My questions about the recipe will be these: are there any advancements known to culinary ...
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How can I prevent my honey cake from splitting open? [duplicate]

I've made honey cake pretty often, and it almost always splits open in the middle. Why does that happen and how can I prevent it? Edit: attaching a picture of the cakes I just made Basic recipe ...
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How can I infuse olive oil safely?

I am infusing olive oil with truffles. How can I do it safely? Heating the oil destroys the truffle smell and pickling it is a sure way to do the same. Are there any other methods? Perhaps some type ...
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Bagels - Baking Soda or Sugar in the Water?

I'm looking at highly rated bagel recipes. I'm surprised that many (if not most) of the recipes call for sugar in the water the bagels are boiled in instead of baking soda. That has me a bit puzzled. ...
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Using fresh pumpkin as a substitute for canned

Several times I've seen recipes from the United States that call for canned pumpkin which isn't widely available in Australia. From research I see fresh butternut pumpkin / squash which is available ...
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Looking for an accurate nutrition database

I hope that this is the right place to ask this question. My problem is that I wish to plan a diet for myself but - nearly - every database has different values for the same food. How do I know which ...
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Flour in the roux

There are a great many questions here about roux. This is about the best ratio of flour to butter (fat), and also whether the type of flour (protein content) affects this ratio. Let me explain. Roux ...
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How to prevent curdling in a local vegan coffee creamer- aka- Post Apocalypse hippy coffee creamer?

Sorry, I got a few questions here. 1) I was at a vegan, locavore restaurant and their soymilk curdled in the coffee. Why did it curdle? 2) I thought, gee, they should use something like coconut ...
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Having trouble getting gluten free bread to rise

I am new to gluten free baking and I am having much trouble getting my breads to rise. I have tried several recipes, with no luck. Can anybody give me some fool proof suggestions? I am desperate. ...
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Fresh half and half curdles in hot coffee

I have a specific travel mug that I use on occasion that will curdle the creamer. The creamer I used is only a few days old and it only happens in this mug. It's a stainless steel double walled with ...
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Best way to rehydrate dry black beans so the skins are not hard but beans are soft?

I have a recipe for rehydrating red beans that says you should boil them briefly (2 min) then soak them overnight (6-8 hrs) to rehydrate them so that the skins aren't hard. Is this advisable? Is ...
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Cooked or caramalized onions in the refrigerator

How long can I store caramalized onions in the refrigerator?
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Can soured raw milk be used to make yogurt?

I have a large quantity of raw milk at my disposal, and am trying to find creative ways to use it. Various web sites (here, here, and many others) have suggested that raw milk, even (perhaps even ...
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What can I do with Bhut Jolokia's?

I'm growing some Bhut Jolokia's (world hottest pepper aka ghost pepper) amongst other hot peppers. Anyone have any recommendations what I can do with them? I picked one off the plant last night. I'm ...
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Frothing Milk: Variations by Milk Type?

I froth my milk using the steam wand on my espresso machine. With a national-brand organic whole milk, I am able to get a perfect micro foam nearly 100% of the time. However, when I instead use a ...

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