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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.


Jul
16
comment What are healthy meals to cook once a week as part of a student meal planner?
I'll vote to re-open ... but you can also see other related (most still open!) questions that might help you : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/12218/67 ; cooking.stackexchange.com/q/6084/67 ; cooking.stackexchange.com/q/11075/67 ; cooking.stackexchange.com/a/2710/67 ; there were some others that gone and deleted: cooking.stackexchange.com/q/1580/67 (42 upvotes); cooking.stackexchange.com/q/2799/67 (18 stars) (as notes to myself so should I ever be moderator again, I can undelete 'em)
Jul
15
answered How to save spaghetti squash?
Jul
15
comment How to save spaghetti squash?
what is the second preparation? Knowing that would affect if we'd recommend making in advance or not.
Jul
15
answered Can I use extra virgin olive oil for cooking steak?
Jul
15
comment What oil or fat to use for different purposes?
And due to the question that spurred my clarification for general pan uses ... extra virgin olive oil can be used for a wide variety of tasks, but cooking with it (anything above warming) will destroy the fruitier qualities ... if you're on a budget, you're generally better off with a mid-quality olive oil ... don't use an expensive cold-pressed variety unless that's all you have available (or you like wasting money).
Jul
15
revised What oil or fat to use for different purposes?
added clarification under 'general pan cooking'.
Jul
15
comment Does glutinous rice contain gluten?
Recent studies suggest that the gluten sensitivity issue might be overhyped ... the symptoms are real, but may be either a nocebo effect (opposite of a placebo effect), or caused by other FODMAP ingredients. (and I suspect that not eating an ingredient for a while, then trying go back on it could be problematic, as you'll have lost the gut flora that help digest.
Jul
15
comment Can you make Bearnaise with olive oil?
I've heard for mayo that you can add olive oil towards the end, but you want to start with a light oil when you're first setting up the emulsion ... I don't know if that would reduce the bitterness simple because of scaling, or if there's something about when you're initially beating it harder.
Jul
14
answered Stirring with knives?
Jul
14
comment can a crock pot go bad?
Anything electrical can go bad -- a short for instance, might affect how much heat it's producing. Depending on how the control electronics are made, it might cause it to either take longer to heat up, resulting in less total energy going in, or it might heat up more, resulting in things being overcooked. It's old enough that I doubt it has more complex sensors to try to maintain a specific temp. (which would fix the issue of amount of BTUs going in, but if the sensors fail, it'll lead to similar issues)
Jul
13
comment How can I tell if bell peppers have gone bad?
@SteveDL : was there a hole in the pepper? I typically find things more caterpillar like : gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/… . Most commercially grown produce uses enough pesticides so this isn't an issue. (if you're buying organic produce, they might still use an organic pesticide)
Jul
13
comment RPM for milk frothing?
I have a couple of dremel tools ... and I don't know that I'd use them for food tasks, because they can kick up so much dust that it gets in the little crevices of the tool. Unless you're going to use a flex shaft for food only, or the whole tool itself, you then risk the dust from some project falling into your food. (I use mine for cutting plastic, metal, plaster & drywall; sanding wood, etc.) You can get a stick blender for less than 1/3 of the cost of a Dremel (and still less than the cost of non-Dremel rotary tool even those with variable speed controls)
Jul
13
comment How can I tell if bell peppers have gone bad?
@DavidRicherby : exactly. If it's still a bit green (seems to happen most often on yellow peppers), it'll have a grassier, less sweet quality to it ... so you might want to pass it up for that reason, but it's not a sign that it's to be avoided because it's gone bad.
Jul
13
revised Shaking Method for Garlic
added update w/ actual test results, fixed a typo.
Jul
13
comment How can I tell if bell peppers have gone bad?
You may want to consider shopping elsewhere -- stores that over-buy on produce and let it rot in the display is never good. I find that the stores in more heavily hispanic or asian areas near me tend to have faster turnover of produce. Non-chain stores tend to adjust their prices so they have less problems (or they're just better at pulling out the problem stuff before I notice)
Jul
13
answered How can I tell if bell peppers have gone bad?
Jul
13
answered Milk substitute for ice cream and others
Jul
13
comment Is ground upper turkey thighs the same as regular ground turkey?
'regular' may vary by region or store -- one of the stores near me only recently started carrying ground turkey that wasn't ground turkey breast. (which is much too lean to be useful, in my opinion)
Jul
11
comment Does cutting meat into pieces make it go bad faster?
It's one thing to cut up the meat early -- I'll do it in the morning and give it a marinade in soy sauce (in that case, the salt is a preservative), but don't mix it with the vegetables, as you don't need to cook them the same amount of time. (you'd now have to cook the vegetables fully through, as they're contaminated by meat juices)
Jul
11
answered Shaking Method for Garlic