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Aug
25
comment Edible lollipop sticks for a complicated birthday cake
If you can't find pocki, there's rolled cookie that you can get in a can ... I just can't think of the name of it. (it's kinda straw-like, with chocolate on the inside). And there's also peppermint sticks (candy canes without the bend ... although those might be too slick).
Aug
24
comment Getting a cast iron skillet surface smooth
are you using metal utensils on it? (you actually want to, as it'll help take off any high points in the seasoning, and will help it get smoother faster)
Aug
22
answered Slow cook pork shoulder without it falling apart
Aug
22
comment what makes red tomato sauce turn orange in colour?
If it's the seeds, you might be able to test it; take some out, and crush (food mill) vs. blend with seeds vs. blend w/out seed (crush, strain seeds (if not already done) and blend)
Aug
21
revised Avocado substitute in blueberry muffin recipe
converted ingredients to list form, so it's a little more compact
Aug
21
answered Avocado substitute in blueberry muffin recipe
Aug
20
comment Pork sirloin roast
see : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/12250/67
Aug
20
comment Infrared on regular gas grill
I'm guessing that the 'ceramic tiles' are the equivalent of adding lava rocks, like we used to have in gas grills.
Aug
19
answered Horizontal cuts when dicing an onion
Aug
19
comment choosing a red food color for red velvet cake
Some red coloring has an aftertaste to it -- adding a ton of it might make some people sick. (it makes me violently ill; I have to avoid all cakes w/ red icing)
Aug
19
comment Browning Avocados - What Helps?
@Jolenealaska : when I've seen my neighbor do it, it seemed to help the whole thing (as it makes it harder to get an airtight seal around the rest of the flesh w/ it in, but it was still green even where the plastic film wasn't.) There might be something else going on besides just an air seal.
Aug
19
comment Browning Avocados - What Helps?
I'd be interested in the acid + plastic wrap ... as I would suspect that if the top dries out it'd start oxidizing again. Personally, I don't tend to keep 1/2 avacados (I use 'em immediately), but for sliced apples, I use carbonic acid (in the form of lemon-lime soda) as it's not so strong that I can basically soak 'em.
Aug
19
comment How to protect honey jar from ants?
I haven't heard of the 'cream of tartar' barrier ... when I have ants, I leave out a small bowl of sugar, then once the ants have found it, add borax to it. (note that you don't want to kill off all ants ... just the ones in the house ... the ones outside keep termites away)
Aug
19
comment Does the pasta have to stick to the wall?
@Braiam : the problem is that for many types of pasta, if it's sticking to the wall it's actually overcooked. How sticky the pasta is isn't necessarily related to how cooked it is ... although I suspect that it also needs to be soft enough to absorb the impact rather than bouncing off. But it won't work for 'gluten free' pastas or penne and other non-strand pastas, and isn't necessarily a good test for strand pasta.
Aug
19
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Aug
19
comment Cooking over an open flame at home
related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/10588/67
Aug
18
comment Does the pasta have to stick to the wall?
if by "popular" you mean "shown in tv shows and movies by people who don't know how to cook", then I guess it is ... for everything else, see : cooking.stackexchange.com/a/12004/67
Aug
18
comment How much can I change the height of a cake?
@Jefromi : you can do it without them, but you'll have doming issues (cooking.stackexchange.com/q/13167/67). Quality will also be affected by the pan type -- light colored metal pans will reduce how quickly the sides set more than glass pans or dark metal pans. You can do 8"x3" cake pans with 2x the batter and no cooling strips or heating core ... I might use cooling strips, but I rarely bother with the heating core until I'm getting up to 10" pans (and I wouldn't recommend using a 12" pan without one)
Aug
18
answered How much can I change the height of a cake?
Aug
17
comment How can I make fizz free and alcohol free mojito?
it might not be as necessary with homebrew, as there's less time for the reaction to occur ... but I've never tested, so can't say for sure.