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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.


Feb
25
comment Substitute for bell peppers in meat dishes
The great thing about peppers -- there's no need to ever buy seeds ... every time you buy a pepper to eat, you get enough to plant more peppers than you need for a small garden.
Feb
24
comment How to cook fall-off-the-bone beef spare ribs in oven or on stove top?
@Satanicpuppy : I've done both broiler and grill finish ... I personally liked the grill finish, just because I could better control things without being paranoid that turning away for 10 sec could ruin hours of work. And I've packed 'em up after braising in the oven, then reheated 'em on the grill (at someone else's house), with pretty good results.
Feb
24
answered How to cook fall-off-the-bone beef spare ribs in oven or on stove top?
Feb
24
comment How can I add meat into a completed tomato sauce?
@Daniel : I was afraid of that. If you were to add crushed tomatoes or even watered down tomato paste, you're going to have a raw tomato flavor, which wouldn't be ideal ... I might go for wine, broth, or a little milk to wet it down ... water if you really had to.
Feb
24
comment Filtering home-rendered lard
I've never seen cheesecloth at fabric stores (but admit, I haven't been looking) ... but I know you can get muslin, which will work as a decent substitute (but because of the tighter weave, it won't drain through quite as quickly ... but it'll stain out the small bits really well) In a pinch, I've also been known to line a strainer with paper towel, you just have to be patient, and careful to make sure you don't tear it or you have to start over.
Feb
24
answered How can I add meat into a completed tomato sauce?
Feb
24
revised Storing knives in knife sheaths
fixed mistake under counter -> under cabinet
Feb
24
comment Storing knives in knife sheaths
@TMarshall, @Doreene : blah ... I mis-typed ... I meant "under cabinet" not "under counter". oops.
Feb
24
comment What determines if the handle of a pan gets hot while in use?
Besides how hot the handle actually gets -- the texture of the grip can have a significant amount; a smooth handle will transfer more heat to your hand, while some textures can act tiny cooling fins so you've got less contact area for conduction and there's more surface area for cooling. (and all of these comments only matter for stovetop use ... it's always going to get hot in the oven, which is why some wooden handles unscrew)
Feb
24
awarded  baking
Feb
24
awarded  substitutions
Feb
24
comment Can you start a small mushroom farm at home without using commercial start-up kits?
And you also don't need to close up a tool shed to grow ... I've heard that some folks with greenhouses will hang curtains from their tables, so they can grow mushrooms underneath.
Feb
23
comment How do I keep soup from being bland?
What type of soup? A chicken noodle is much different from a cream of mushroom or a gaspacho or pumpkin or a cantelope soup.
Feb
23
comment Making Tomato Sauce from Tomato Paste
@Orbling : whole tomatoes in a 14oz can? They must be tiny for them to get any sort of efficient packing to occur. Or it's just one tomato taking up the whole can.
Feb
22
comment In peanut butter cookies, what is the criss-crossed pattern on the top good for?
You know ... I was debating mentioning that part of it ... I mean, it's not like trying to decode what it's a box of assorted chocolates by the swirl on top, but it can be something you can teach to a kid with peanut allergies as a warning sign.
Feb
22
comment How Can I Tell If Meat Has Been Brined?
Actually, this question is also useful before cooking -- if you had a pre-salted (eg, kosher) bird, it'd be pointless to brine it ... I don't know if you could over-brine it. (I don't think so, unless the solution was too salty, but I coul be wrong)
Feb
22
comment How can I reproduce a “gamey” flavor?
Agreed on finding a hunter -- most of 'em would love to have someone take the meat off their hands, as it means they get to hunt more. (at least, the responsible ones who aren't willing to waste meat, so will only hunt if someone's willing to use the meat from it or there's a major reason to thin the population)
Feb
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
22
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Ingredients of Root Beer
Feb
22
reviewed Approve suggested edit on In peanut butter cookies, what is the criss-crossed pattern on the top good for?