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Jul
28
comment Can red wine vinegar replace white wine vinegar?
Well one problem might be that it might stain your fish red ...
Jul
28
comment Tips/resources for learning how to plate dishes
Culinary Artistry is a good reference, but it's arrangement is kind-of random and lacks much in the way of coherent instructional content. There's a food pairing "index" (really the guts of the book) that's useful however. I suggest looking at it in a bookstore before you buy it.
Jul
28
answered How to tell the proper amount of oil to use when sautéing vegetables and meat?
Jul
27
comment What good substitutes for saffron exist?
Well turmeric definitely does have a flavor, but of course it's nothing like that of saffron. That very debate: whether turmeric could or should be considered a "substitute" for saffron - was the cause of one of the first great Usenet flamewars I can remember from the early 1980s.
Jul
27
comment How long do black olives last once opened?
Fun fact: ordinary supermarket canned "black" olives aren't really black olives. They're green olives that have been subjected to a chemical process that turns them black. Real black olives ripen to that color. (From McGee's On Food And Cooking)
Jul
27
comment Sources for authentic recipes
?? I always make it with coriander and lime too. Actually a good trick is to also splash in just a little bit of grapefruit juice - sounds weird but it goes well with avocado.
Jul
27
comment Cooking pasta in the microwave
Oh also - my favorite commercial pasta is Giuseppe Cocco, but that's hard to find here. Also it is a little expensive.
Jul
27
comment Cooking pasta in the microwave
Ciao @Stefano - I like "plain" blue-box Barilla, but here I refer to the "Barilla Plus", and I don't know if it is sold in Italy. I understand that in Italy you can also buy a "premium" Barilla made with old-style bronze equipment, and I have never seen that in the US.
Jul
27
answered In what kinds of dishes is asafoetida traditionally used?
Jul
26
answered High altitude pizza crust - how to adjust yeast?
Jul
26
answered Cooking pasta in the microwave
Jul
26
comment What do you use to make tzatziki sauce? Garlic or onions?
Also one may want to drain the yogurt first to make the sauce a little thicker (well potentially a lot thicker).
Jul
25
comment Can you make a sauce with beer?
Isn't beer a classic ingredient in sauce served with Toad In The Hole?
Jul
25
comment How does crepe batter differ from pancake batter?
I've learned the similar lesson that the only way to prepare a griddle for pancakes is to cook some pancakes on it. They'll turn out somewhat odd, but those that follow look fine.
Jul
24
answered How to make home-made butter?
Jul
24
revised Will adding lemon juice to non-wheat pastas make them starchier?
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Jul
24
answered Will adding lemon juice to non-wheat pastas make them starchier?
Jul
24
answered Are you supposed to eat the rind of Brie cheese?
Jul
23
comment What kind of coffee grinder is best?
Well, this might be true if you're not too picky about your coffee, but the fact is that a simple "propeller" grinder gives you a pretty broad range of gound bean particles, and you'll either not grind enough and waste coffee, or grind too much and get cups of grit. Chacun à son goût of course :-)
Jul
23
answered Stock vs Broth - What's the difference in usage?