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I'm a webmaster for small community college. My interests include thedailywtf.com, networking and making bread.


Mar
16
comment Braised short ribs differ in texture when on stove top vs in oven
I think you mean "close to an hour in the oven" rather than "in the stove" - yes?
Mar
13
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Mar
12
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Mar
12
answered What does “de-bearding” mussels mean?
Mar
9
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Mar
9
revised What's the most effective way to mix a jar of natural peanut butter?
Fixed spelling
Mar
9
answered What's the most effective way to mix a jar of natural peanut butter?
Feb
18
comment Why does my asparagus turn out too chewy?
What exactly do you mean by "chewy/soggy?" To me, "chewy" puts me in mind of them being undercooked (hard, woody, etc) and "soggy" suggests overcooked (mushy, overly soft, etc).
Jan
30
comment Help making Montgomery Pie layer properly
I would spoon the batter over the top the layer (by which I mean in dollops, so you have small bits of batter all over) and lightly "spread" the dollops together.
Jan
14
comment Coffee Biscuit doesn't come out in Knock Box
A couple of other questions - are you grinding your own beans or buying a commercial grind? Also, how much coffee are adding to the basket? You might be over-dosing your filter. You can use the nickel test (place a nickel on top of the tamped coffee, put the portafilter on the machine, then remove and view - if the nickel is pushed way down into the coffee you have too many grounds and not enough headspace) to see.
Jan
12
comment Coffee Biscuit doesn't come out in Knock Box
How long are you waiting between pulling the shot and knocking the portafilter?
Nov
21
comment When does the new home oven/stove smell go away?
Usually the cleaning-cycles run hotter than the normal operation temperatures - like 800F - 1200F depending on the model. And they usually go for a few hours. It could be that at 500F it takes quite a bit longer.
Nov
20
answered When does the new home oven/stove smell go away?
Oct
21
comment Beef and veggies in crock pot turn out hard and tough
I was also thinking of the fact the 160 degrees is the absolute minimum that collagen will begin to turn to gelatin with temps around 180 being much better. I was thinking it could be a mix between a cut of meat that was too lean and the lower temperature.
Oct
21
comment Beef and veggies in crock pot turn out hard and tough
How did you check the temperature to verify that it had reached 160 degrees?
Sep
30
comment How does “BHT added to packaging material” actually work?
@belisarius That sounds like an answer to me!
Sep
24
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Sep
19
comment Is there any advantage to resting (banana) bread batter?
Quick breads usually are any breads that are leavened with something other than yeast. For example - muffins, biscuits, pancakes, cornbread, etc. Usually this takes the form of mixing all dry ingredients, all wet ingredients, and then the wet and dry together. I admit I haven't seen any where you mix the baking soda with water directly. Do you have link to the specific recipe?
Sep
19
answered Is there any advantage to resting (banana) bread batter?
Jul
3
comment Without knife skills, how can I quickly and accurately dice vegetables?
Standard mandolines only slice or julienne. To achieve a dice, you can either perform the largest julienne and use another knife to cut the strips into cubes, or you can find a mandoline (I believe that OXO has a "V-slicer" -as they call it- as well as other manufacturers such as de Buyer) that have a with a cube kit or cubing capabilities.