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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
9
awarded  Yearling
Jul
9
answered How effective is the George Foreman grill in draining fat from cooking meat?
Jul
9
comment How effective is the George Foreman grill in draining fat from cooking meat?
I will recommend a George Forman ... I would not recommend a normal grill for an apartment, because in many areas they're just flat illegal to have a on balcony and have restrictions on how close they're allowed to be to 'multi-family dwellings' (anywhere from 15 to 40 feet).
Jul
8
comment How many different varieties of 'pancake' are there?
And the results of my question : vso1.nascom.nasa.gov/pancakes
Jul
6
comment What is the difference between crepes and Swedish pancakes?
related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/13102/67
Jul
6
awarded  Tag Editor
Jul
6
revised puff-pastry wiki description
explained the process to differentiate between other pastry; mentioned that it's sold frozen.
Jul
6
reviewed Approve puff-pastry tag wiki
Jul
6
comment How many people does one rabbit feed?
@Chad : thanks; I didn't realize they were so close in size when they were at that age ... I did find some information saying that the 'meat breeds' are selected for their finer bones (so better meat to bone ratio), but couldn't find specific info on what the ratio actually is.
Jul
1
reviewed Approve How to season / care for a Bundt pan?
Jul
1
comment Difference between scones and biscuit?
@PeterTaylor : it's quite common in the US ... so it's probably a sign that the 'scone' is an American scone, and not a British scone : slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/11/07/…
Jul
1
comment How do I clean my hob?
It looks to me like polymerized oil ... soap, hot water, and one of those green scrubbing pads generally works for me. The only problem is that if you scrub too much you might leave little scratches making this even harder to clean the next time around. (you've basically done the same reaction as seasoning a cast iron pan ... so scratches will help it cling better).
Jul
1
comment How to add missing garlic flavor to cooked soup
@rumtscho : is it (zapryzhka) a roux ? If so we use a French loanword in English.
Jul
1
comment What makes the 'Cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) flavour worth drinking?
@hunter2 : I'm going to assume that altitute would be a factor in terroir ... as would temperature, what side of the mountain it's on (morning sun vs. evening sun), how much rain it gets and when (early in the season vs. closer to harvest), etc.
Jun
30
answered How to add missing garlic flavor to cooked soup
Jun
28
comment What makes the 'Cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) flavour worth drinking?
a recent article on the topic : narrative.ly/caffeinated-city/from-the-bowels-of-a-beast
Jun
28
comment What makes the 'Cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) flavour worth drinking?
@hunter2 : a recent article on civet coffee mentions that they roasting at higher altitudes might be a difference ... so it might not just be a matter of freshness.
Jun
25
comment Is it possible to get vegetarian grana padano cheese?
Unless I'm mistaken in my translation (and google translate is backing me up on this one), 'Tipo' means 'Type' ... so I assume it's trying to say it's similar to grana padano, and may not necessarily means it's vegan unless it's got some other qualifiers (to differentiate between other variants). I've found mention of 'Grana Padano Tipo Trentino', which uses calf rennet.
Jun
25
comment What temperature and time do I need to bake a 35cm Madeira cake?
cake strips slow down the cooking out the outside edge, so that they don't set before they've had a chance to rise ... it makes for a less domed top (which is why I'm surprised at the pictures on the page you linked to) ... but it doesn't help the center set.
Jun
25
comment how to disarm a potentially pressurized whipping siphon?
@amp : well, there's always the 'open it and find out' method ... but it's not necessarily pretty (unless it's under pressurized). Because there was leakage out the side before the whole thing blew, that might give you a clue as to the situation, once you get it far enough open so that there's no longer a good seal ... but I can't be 100% sure that all whippers are the same in that regard.