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American foodie (non-professional) of mixed italian / sicilian / basque / argentinean / british heritage; family from US northeast, but has lived in US mid-atlantic, US south, and western europe.


Aug
26
comment When making Eetch, is it necessary to sauté the onions and simmer the tomato products? Are there differences if using quinoa rather than bulghur?
I'm not familiar with the dish, but if you don't cook onions before you add acidic ingredients (like the tomatos), they won't soften ... or will take considerably longer to soften. So the simmering might not be needed, but the sauté will affect the final exture.
Aug
26
comment Should I store jars processed with a pressure canner without their rings?
Not a duplicate, as the other question focuses more on safety issues of storing w/out a ring, vs. other issues on why you might store it without a ring (eg, can't tell if something spoils and pops their seal if the ring's holding it down) : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/7236/67
Aug
26
answered How can I bake normally fried foods?
Aug
26
comment How to seal a jar with a jam so that it can be opened without breaking the lid?
@Jefromi : I only saw the glass portion in the link ... no metal lid. Was it in a subsequent link? (I can't read hebrew, so couldn't dig into it). ... and trying to fold back a commercial lid without breaking the jar in the process would be much more effort than just trying to break the seal by twisting)
Aug
26
answered What is the difference in blanching and parboiling?
Aug
26
revised language wiki description
added second paragraph
Aug
26
revised What is the difference in blanching and parboiling?
added 'language' tag
Aug
26
answered How to seal a jar with a jam so that it can be opened without breaking the lid?
Aug
26
comment How to seal a jar with a jam so that it can be opened without breaking the lid?
So it's just the lid from the two-piece ring-and-lid? (it'd be difficult to use pliers to 'fold the lid open' if it was a commercial jar lid.
Aug
25
comment Edible lollipop sticks for a complicated birthday cake
@AirThomas : this could also be useful to entriants in gingerbread house contests (where all items used must be edible). eg. cooking.stackexchange.com/q/7928/67
Aug
25
comment Edible lollipop sticks for a complicated birthday cake
@LittleWhiteLithe : thanks, that was the cookie I was thinking of.
Aug
25
comment What is the difference between noodles and pasta?
To add : pasta can refer to a completed dish; so stuffed dough may be pasta (torellini, raviolli, etc.) but wouldn't be considered a noodle, although the outside would be. Although gnocchi are pasta and not a noodle, I'm not sure that all noodles are pasta (eg, german spätzle, when it's made as more a thick batter than an extruded/rolled item)
Aug
25
comment What is the difference between noodles and pasta?
noodle comes from the German 'nudel', whereas pasta comes from italian / latin (from greek before that).
Aug
25
revised What is the difference between noodles and pasta?
added 'language' tag
Aug
25
comment Edible lollipop sticks for a complicated birthday cake
If you can't find pocki, there's rolled cookie that you can get in a can ... I just can't think of the name of it. (it's kinda straw-like, with chocolate on the inside). And there's also peppermint sticks (candy canes without the bend ... although those might be too slick).
Aug
24
comment Getting a cast iron skillet surface smooth
are you using metal utensils on it? (you actually want to, as it'll help take off any high points in the seasoning, and will help it get smoother faster)
Aug
22
answered Slow cook pork shoulder without it falling apart
Aug
22
comment what makes red tomato sauce turn orange in colour?
If it's the seeds, you might be able to test it; take some out, and crush (food mill) vs. blend with seeds vs. blend w/out seed (crush, strain seeds (if not already done) and blend)
Aug
21
revised Avocado substitute in blueberry muffin recipe
converted ingredients to list form, so it's a little more compact
Aug
21
answered Avocado substitute in blueberry muffin recipe