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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.


May
10
comment How to make my chicken noodle soup thicker?
related : cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/9555/… ; cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/8879/… ; cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2995/… ; cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/3226/…
May
10
comment How can I cut lots of cherry tomatoes in half quickly and evenly?
@LarsH : hopefully it's more clear now.
May
10
revised How can I cut lots of cherry tomatoes in half quickly and evenly?
tried to clarify where you're slicing.
May
9
answered No broiler - is there a way to fake it?
May
9
comment How can I chop onions without crying?
Most 'sweet onions' are lower sulfur, so won't cause you to tear up the same way, but they also won't have the same sharp flavor that the other onions will have.
May
9
answered How can I cut lots of cherry tomatoes in half quickly and evenly?
May
8
comment Are there substantial benefits to grinding your own flour?
Because of #3, you often see people recommending grinding your own if you're planning on keeping food stores in case of the zombie appocalype (or whatever other disaster). You can find places that'll see whole wheat berries vaccuum packed in a bag inside of a 5 gallon pail. Some people claim 30 years storage life for hard red wheat, but if you're going to get into that, you're better off rotating through your stores than just putting up a pail for 25 years, and then pitching it.
May
8
answered Do specialty cheese-cutting tools have specific advantages over an ordinary knife?
May
8
comment What is the conversion rate between plum tomatoes and “regular” tomatoes?
Agreed on the canned tomatoes for sauces (although, I've never gotten obsessive about variety); unless you're growing your own, or buying from a local farm, it's often the better choice, as they can them when ripe, rather than having to pick them early so they'll survive shipping.
May
8
answered What factors should I consider when buying kitchen tongs?
May
4
comment Why is there cow cheese but no pig cheese?
It'll likely be a few years before we can take advantage of the benefit of dog's milk : youtube.com/watch?v=dhjGXCk-RVU
May
3
comment What cookbooks do you always come back to?
I have a 1945 copy; it has sections on baby food & food for invalids. And it's not out of print -- it's actually out of copyright, so it's back in print again
May
2
comment Re-use rice for multiple batches of horchata?
other uses : compost?
May
2
comment Which baking dish is best to bake a banana bread?
Agreed on the muffin pans -- it's so much easier for portioning; I also like mini-loaf pans.
Apr
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to make apple pie stay intact
Apr
29
comment How can I keep meringue pie-topping from falling?
And because fats are such a problem, you'll likely have problems with plastic bowls (which are made from oil, and are very difficult to remove oil from). You should stick to metal or glass when whipping egg whites.
Apr
28
comment Fish and cheese: An unbreakable rule?
It might not even be a 'tastes good' thing ... it might be frugal thing (don't waste good cheese on something that tastes good without it (or is already potentially salty); or don't mask the flavor of a great fish)
Apr
28
answered Fish and cheese: An unbreakable rule?
Apr
26
answered Is it safe/sensible to store utensils above the hob?
Apr
25
comment How do you ensure a tortilla keeps all its contents when making a burrito?
Are you using pre-made tortillas? If so, make sure to warm them before. It'll make it more pliable, and less likely to tear.