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Christian, Musician, Geek

Primarily a .NET developer / SQL Server dba / Windows sysadmin in a specialized financial applications group. Prior to this position I was in IT for 8.5 years with the same company.

Major interests in computing include software architecture, enterprise systems architecture, UI design, programming languages, and security.

I love God, love my wife and kids, love computers, love my job, love playing and writing music.

squillman = Shawn Quillman


Dec
30
comment Stirring butter toffee mixture while cooking
I tried it both ways and came to the same conclusion. Thanks!
Jan
23
comment Salted butter in toffee
Great! That bit about the fat to sugar ratio is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!
Sep
16
comment What is the purpose of vermouth in potato leek soup?
heh, I was going to salute you on your memory on that one considering what I found was from 2003 cooksillustrated.com/tastetests/overview.asp?docid=9801 :)
Sep
16
comment What is the purpose of vermouth in potato leek soup?
Interesting. Yes, I've tasted it and could appreciate the medicinal tag placed on it. I have not tasted other dry vermouths, though. I will definitely try tasting after each ingredient is added. That's something I have to work on anyway, is tasting more often. It's quite possible that other spices are overpowering. There are only a few of them but 2 are cayenne and white pepper. Cumin and bay leaves are the others. I'll give those other vermouths you listed a shot as well!
Sep
16
comment Cooking away alcohol
Aaronut's comment above is in response to my question which was closed as a dupe and merged with this: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/3584/…
Aug
13
comment What are other techniques are used to tenderize steaks apart from using a meat mallet?
@justkt heh, yeah. I should have said "quite a job". I used it to get corroded batteries out of my flashlight once. A steak overnight in a marinade of Coke is, um, quite tenderized.
Aug
9
comment Cakes that can be cooked whilst camping?
The lip on the lid is important. Don't just take a kitchen dutch oven that you would put in the oven to the campsite with you.
Aug
9
comment Cakes that can be cooked whilst camping?
I think you mean Dutch oven in #2? That's the way to go. I've been cooking in dutch ovens at camp for years and years.
Aug
9
comment Can evaporated milk be converted to sweetened condensed?
Fabulous, I was hoping it was that easy :) Cheers!
Aug
9
comment What are other techniques are used to tenderize steaks apart from using a meat mallet?
Coke will do a job on meat.
Aug
6
comment How can I wash down spicy food?
Dupe of cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/3903/…
Aug
4
comment Shaking cocktails without bar equipment
+1 This is the technique many (ie- most of the good ones) professional bartenders use
Aug
2
comment Cure for burns from hot peppers / capsicum oil?
@hobo: haha, didn't say that I actually USE it :P
Aug
1
comment Cure for burns from hot peppers / capsicum oil?
+1 Dairy is the only way to go. One reason that buffalo wings come with bleu cheese or ranch dip.
Jul
31
comment Is there a way to make Beef Jerky at home?
I tried Alton's trick with the filters and fans after watching that episode a while back just out of curiosity and it worked great. This is what I was going to suggest also.
Jul
29
comment Homemade taffy turned out too thick and hard
@hobo: yes, I understand that. Was more interested in what I did wrong to make just a general taffy turn into a chewy rock...
Jul
28
comment How to Store Fresh Herbs
This is the best thing I've done. Nothing beats going out for fresh basil. Or mint for your julips and mojitos ;)
Jul
28
comment Frothing Milk By Hand
Excellent! Something else I can do with my press! :)
Jul
28
comment What to do with italian soda type syrups?
@Kyra: they are quite good! Just an ounce or so of syrup to a standard milkshake. I used a shot of Peppermint syrup in a std vanilla milkshake with a couple drops of green food coloring to make Shamrock Shakes for St. Patrick's Day, for example.