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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.


Aug
11
answered Do you know of any good rectangular spice storage solutions?
Aug
11
comment Do you know of any good rectangular spice storage solutions?
I love that model ... unfortunately, all of the newer ones that I can find are much thicker shelves and more space between levels, so I can't get two sets of standard height spice bottles in my cabinet ... I can only fit those little short (< 2" / 5cm tall) ones on top.
Aug
11
comment What's the technique for frying plantain?
I'd recommend looking up 'tostones' -- I find the twice-fried plantains are much more forgiving.
Aug
9
comment How can I reduce the sliminiess of okra?
Fry it first, then put it in the curry?
Aug
8
comment How do I make buckwheat pancakes without non-stick cookware?
For estimating temperatures, see : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/12263/67
Aug
8
comment How do you convert a cake recipe to brownies?
leaving out the baking powder was the supposed origins ... of course, like the pound cake, it's diverged from there, but it's a good first step.
Aug
5
comment Does pizza need yeast?
There's a biscuit style pizza crust that's popular in some parts of Maryland. No yeast required. also see : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/33032/67
Aug
5
comment Is there a way to cook hot dogs in a microwave without them bursting?
This answers the more general question of how to cook hot dogs, but the question was specifically about how to cook them in the microwave. I'm not one for down-voting new people who might not be familar with the system here, but there are plenty of others on here who might. Please don't take it personally; they're just marking that your response doesn't answer the question.
Aug
2
comment Is it OK to just have two cutting boards: one for stuff to be heated, another for other stuff?
And make sure to stop using plastic cutting boards when they start developing grooves in them. (this is one of the reasons why wood cutting boards may be safer -- they're self healing).
Aug
2
reviewed Reject How do you put out a grease fire?
Aug
2
reviewed Reject How do you put out a grease fire?
Aug
2
comment Does peppermint flavour work with orange flavour?
You could always flavor something else with mint and orange to see how you like it ... but it's really tricky, as it might be that they might both be fine if one's mild, and horrible if they're strong. It even happens with single flavorings (eg, I think oregano tastes metallic in large amounts; basil starts tasting like black liquorice). Now if you had asked about cilantro and orange -- then I could tell you that it'd be foul, as you're using cilantro.
Aug
2
answered What is this technique where they add a thick sauce and spread it out with the back of a spoon
Aug
1
comment Too much sugar in soup — how to make it less cloying?
I'm not sure why there's dislike for this answer -- this isn't a blended soup; removing some of the broth (possibly to be used for a different purpose) will keep you from changing the solids to broth ratio.
Jul
31
answered What is a lean cut of beef (steak) to use in low calorie recipes?
Jul
25
answered How do I make buckwheat pancakes without non-stick cookware?
Jul
23
answered What kind of homemade sandwich bread or wrap lasts longest?
Jul
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
20
comment I boiled dry my 18/10 ss pot, is it damaged and unsafe to cook with now
You only discolored the outside? I wasn't tending some stock once when I was reducing some stock (wow, that stinks when it burns ... imagine burned hair), and managed to blacken the inside ... it never did scrub clean, but I put enough hours into it and a few attempts at boiling to loosen it up that I decided just to go with it ... so it's been stained for years now.
Jul
18
comment Non-uniformly shaped cake methods
Even if you're making a 3D cake, you typically stack a bunch of cakes together, add some structural supports (dowels or similar), and then carve away the parts you don't want ... but a T-Rex is going to be difficult due to the head and arms. (the arms could be dowels covered in rice krispy treats ... might work for the head too, as it's lighter and doesn't sag the same way)