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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
13
answered How do I clean a George Foreman grill?
Aug
13
comment my freezer popped open without my knowlege
What temperature are the things? If they're to fridge temp, you might be better off moving them to the fridge, and using them soon. Freeze/thaw cycles can do bad things to most uncooked things. (and even some cooked ones).
Aug
13
comment Food that is high in protein and is not solid for people with wisdom teeth removed?
Oh right ... I hadn't even thought about lentils. There are a few varieties that can stay a little bit al dente, but most of them cook up nice and soft in well under an hour.
Aug
12
comment Can you provide links to FDA definition of organic that work?
organic == made from carbon.
Aug
12
comment Why does my horchata have too much sediment?
If none of the solutions end up working for you, let me know and I'll dig out my college textbooks on 'environmental engineering'. (ie, water & sewage treatment plants).
Aug
12
revised How to keep cake topper from toppling over
added two more alternatives.
Aug
12
comment Nuts in Italian cooking
@Catija : and let's not forget that tomatoes aren't Italian, either, or peppers. They're New World imports. Also corn, so therefore polenta isn't Italian.
Aug
11
comment Nuts in Italian cooking
pignoli (pine nuts), at the very least.
Aug
11
comment How to keep cake topper from toppling over
@Cakelady : is the issue that she wants the topper undamaged? If so, you might be able to use the idea of the larger base, but afix it with frosting, so it has a chance to harden up in advance, but can be cleaned off afterwards.
Aug
11
answered How to keep cake topper from toppling over
Aug
11
comment How to keep cake topper from toppling over
Do you realize you're recommending someone learn to pull sugar in the next 3 days? (When they also have to bake & decorate a wedding cake.)
Aug
11
revised Other things made from Banana nut bread
fixed typo in title
Aug
11
comment Substituting fresh vegetables/fruits for canned
There might be clues from where the recipes came from. Some cookbooks are specifically for fast/easy cooking -- they're more likely to use canned items simply for convenience ... but there are still some reasons (eg, inactivating enzymes) that they might favor canned over fresh.
Aug
11
comment Substituting fresh vegetables/fruits for canned
It's actually an enzyme in the pineapple, not the acid. See cooking.stackexchange.com/q/47450/67 & cooking.stackexchange.com/q/33957/67
Aug
11
comment Why does my horchata have too much sediment?
You might want to drain it once through the fine mesh strainer once, then again through the strainer w/ muslin. This keeps the larger chunks from blocking the finer muslin. Of course, with additional rounds of straining, it might not necessarily be faster overall.
Aug
11
comment Food that is high in protein and is not solid for people with wisdom teeth removed?
For liver, there's also liverwurst (the Amish Market near me has an excellent one), but it's not necessarily the leanest preparation (although likely better than pâté). There are other preparations of ground meats that might not require much chewing (eg, chilli con carne ... but I'd probably favor a white chicken chilli over beef if softness was the main issue)
Aug
10
revised Food that is high in protein and is not solid for people with wisdom teeth removed?
added tofu to the first list.
Aug
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
10
comment How can I be sure my food is ready for a raw egg to be dropped on top?
From a food safety point of view, no it's not cooked ... but if the food's too cold you'll just have a raw egg sitting on top of the food, which is rarely the goal. You'd need at least 158°F ... but I have no idea what the ideal temp is (or how much it varies by what you're placing it on)
Aug
10
comment Food that is high in protein and is not solid for people with wisdom teeth removed?
@BrownRedHawk : If it's sold as a liquid in cartons, then yes. But not eggs still in their shell -- they'll be away from the standard eggs and charge more for 'em. They also don't inoculate egg-laying chickens against salmonella as is done in other countries.