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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.


Jun
8
comment Essenial cookware/utensils to buy from scratch for sustanence in the US?
You might have trouble with some seasonings -- if they're seeds, they might be confiscated as 'agriculture'. It's possible that other 'agricultural products' might be as well if there are concerns that they might be a plant disease vector.
Jun
8
comment Will a pineapple marinade reduce a beef roast to paste?
You might be able to do it if it's canned pineapple. (as the heat from canning denatures many enzymes, such as the ones that mess up gelatin setting)
Jun
8
revised What is the difference between marinara and spaghetti sauce?
added 'language' tag
Jun
8
revised What does al dente really mean?
added 'language' tag
Jun
8
comment What can I do with a failed bread?
Or make croutons -- cube it, heat up a pan of oil with some herbs and garlic, then saute the bread cubes, then spread in a sheet pan to bake in a low oven to dry out. (this works any time you have a lot of extra bread, as drying it out lets you hold it for weeks)
Jun
8
comment Problem making cakes and pancakes
@GdD : it makes really, really fluffy pancakes. It's standard in matafan, but those are much eggier than this recipe.
Jun
8
comment Toasting bagel in my oven
Are these frozen bagels, or (reasonably) fresh? If fresh and/or day old, you can heat up a cast iron pan, and then set the cut side down on it, and wait a minute or so. It also has the advantage that it doesn't heat the outside so much that you can't hold it.
Jun
5
comment Gas grill flames very high cooking chicked wings and vegetables
@GdD : I've had success with a spray bottle with charcoal ... but I find it just spreads it around on gas grills (which was mentioned in the initial question). As you mention 'knocking up loads of ash', I suspect you're using charcoal. I guess it's possible that some spray bottles might work better than others, but you're still dealing with a grease fire.
Jun
5
answered Gas grill flames very high cooking chicked wings and vegetables
Jun
5
comment What hot cereals can I cook by just adding hot water?
I find that a couple heavy pinches of salt really helps with non-flavored oatmeals. (and maybe a bit of honey ... but I actually make it more salty than sweet)
Jun
4
comment How can I cheaply cook a bratwurst that is similar to a grilled brat with only access to an oven or stovetop?
You don't even need charcoal -- if you're just cooking up a couple, you can improvise an assador de barro with a few metal skewers and an appropriately sized heat-proof dish, and some alcohol. You could then even do this inside (although keep something available to smother it the first time, when you don't know how much alcohol to use, or how much fat the sausages are going to drip)
Jun
4
reviewed Approve Custard - How much milk can one egg set?
Jun
4
answered Custard - How much milk can one egg set?
Jun
4
answered How can I cheaply cook a bratwurst that is similar to a grilled brat with only access to an oven or stovetop?
Jun
3
comment Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?
or monsoons, blizzards, tornados, tsunamis, questionable electrical infrastructure, etc ... are there any countries that actually have reliable power infrastructure these days? And the US is big enough that not all of it has a hurricane season ... the southwest has monsoons and/or tornados. The north has blizzards. The mountain areas have avalanches. (I'm in a blizzard + hurricane + derachio area ... and earthquakes now, too)
Jun
3
comment Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?
It also helps when the power goes out ... a full freezer will defrost less quickly than a half-full freezer. (and it's getting to be hurricane season)
Jun
3
comment Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?
You assumed dry air. Saturated air (aka 100% humidity) is 76.9 (kJ/kg) at 25°C, which makes your break-even ratios at about 45 and 116. If you have small children, this might be worthwhile after a couple of days in high-humidity areas. And you keep the water in the back of the fridge, so that you can see the stuff you actually want to get to -- if it's slowing you down finding stuff in the fridge, you're doing something wrong.
Jun
2
comment Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?
skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/10527
Jun
2
comment How does a typical electric rice cooker work?
If the sensor is purely based on temperature, do they still work reliably in Denver or other high-altitude places?
Jun
2
answered Should a teabag or looseleaf tea brew at room to cold temperature water?