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The reason your split peas are hard is that you added salt or stock to the water before they finished cooking. From your initial post, you say you've added something called "Spike seasoning". I'm guessing that's the culprit. It's probably got salt in it. You have to cook split peas in just water for at least an hour, then stir to break them down and add ...


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Kasha (Roasted buckwheat groats, not a grain at all-a seed that is used as a grain! The roasted form-called "kasha" by Ashkenazi Jews-has a nutty flavor and texture and is delicious. IF you buy them unroasted, they can be roasted easily in a dry skillet on the stove.) I grew up eating kasha served by my bubbe from Russia....


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I drain the pasta, then add one stick of butter to coat. Creates a barrier between the pasta and chicken broth.


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You've answered your own question in your comment, really. One advantage of a stick blender is that you don't have to deal with hot soup in a stand-up blender. The advantage of a high-powered, stand-up blender is that it can puree very well. However, hot liquids are problematic in these blenders. They expand and can create a mess, and potentially burn you ...


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I have always put my aromatics and a organic free range skin-on hen in an oven safe stock pot, covered with cold (!) water, heated it on medium until it is just ready to boil, then popped it in a 300degree oven for 4-5 hours. I then strain all the veg and chicken (with the broth going into a new soup pot). Once the strained chicken is cool, I take off the ...


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Can water be used for a cheap imitation? Yes, though you'll probably want to use more bullion in this case, or else end up with a bland soup. Use 1 buillion cube (or not)? Up to you. More bullion could add more flavor and will definitely add more salt (which is an important element of flavor). I note in the link you provided that they specify no-sodium ...


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If you start with broth, use a good one (homemade or store bought) and you do not need cube bouillon. If you start with water, then you can use cube bouillon (to each is own imo). You do not need to add onion or garlic powder, just use the real thing; I imagine using powder will add a different flavor (I don't have lot experience using them, maybe someone ...


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