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Mar
14
comment Need suggestions for ABSOLUTE beginner's cookbook
@mgb: Some of that is cultural--those who grow up in the US will know "cups" and "broilers" in general, even if they don't know the best-ractice sort of thing like getting 1/2 cup of butter (which may_ be discussed in one of the "About ingredients" sections.
Jan
14
comment Breakfast vegetable
Or halved and broiled
Jan
14
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Jan
14
comment Is all sausage considered a “Processed Meat”?
While this "n-word" is nearly as bad as the other one (at least on the net, where it tends ot lead to flame wars), I personally wouldn't have taken offense at this because "Soup-Nazi" is a reference to a specific television character, not to the political system to which that character's appellation in turn refers.
Jan
7
answered Questions about cookware set
Jan
6
comment Cooking chicken in a risotto without it drying out
I find that I prefer thigh meat for this sort of application. It doesn't dry out as much, and it has a slightly more robust flavor.
Dec
20
comment Why whole peppercorns?
This is one of the reasons I use whole peppercorns in my beef stew--yum!
Dec
20
comment Fire side cooking
Gotta try that....
Dec
17
comment Why is it necessary to preheat an oven?
To me, it's more important to understand than to follow directions (which is why I don't bake much...). But good point about bounce-back.
Dec
16
comment How to prepare courgettes/zucchini?
I'll often do this with the really huge ones. My usual filling is, essentially, meatloaf (though I use part of the carved-out zucchini center in the meatloaf recipe). No need to pre-bake with a meatloaf filling.
Dec
16
comment What kind of knife should I use to slice tomatoes?
Tip for getting the core: use a grapefruit spoon (thanks, Alton).
Dec
9
comment What can I do with chicken rib meat?
A couple of allspice berries go well in a stock pot, as well.
Dec
9
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Dec
9
revised Need suggestions for ABSOLUTE beginner's cookbook
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Dec
9
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Dec
9
answered Need suggestions for ABSOLUTE beginner's cookbook
Dec
9
comment Utensil materials - plastic, metal or wooden?
@Agos -- I'm very aware of the meltability of plastic spoons (I have several that are bent, and learned the hard way not to use them for scraping out the last of a fresh-cooked roux). Used carefully, I still like them.
Dec
4
comment Utensil materials - plastic, metal or wooden?
I actually rather like "wooden" spoons (you know, that shape) made from plastic. Much less flavor absorption, easier to clean, nearly as cheap--what's not to like?
Dec
2
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