Marti
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Dissolving cocoa powder in milk
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Aw, you youngsters, spoiled with your Nestle Quick... :) To mix cocoa powder with a liquid (or really, to mix any powder with a liquid - salt and granulated sugar aren't powders), you need to make a ...

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Should you strip meat off bones before putting them in a stock?
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Meat can add a lot of good flavor to a stock, but it can cause a lot of "scum" to form, so you have to be more diligent in your skimming, otherwise you get cloudiness. The bigger problem with winglets ...

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Why do some foods taste better the next day?
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In the Good Eats episode "Stew Romance", Alton Brown says See, as gelatin cools, it moves from a suspended colloidal state to a gel state, which if concentrated, can be quite strong. [...] ...

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How can I remove burnt smell from white sauce?
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There is nothing you can add or do to your sauce to remove or mask the burnt taste. Really. Don't even try. Throw it out and start over, being careful not to burn it this time. For some foods, ...

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why do my pancakes (crêpes) take such a long time to cook?
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If it doesn't contain eggs, or at least something that serves as a substitute for eggs, it's not a crepe. Crepes cook quickly because eggs need very little time/heat to set up. Like justkt said, what ...

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How can I make my icecream soft as it is too hard to carve straight from the fridge?
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Uh, I'm confused: what's wrong with just letting the ice cream thaw a few minutes at room temperature before serving? Isn't that what you do with any ice cream?

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What's the difference between Greek and Bulgarian Feta Cheese
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In my experience, the only difference is country of origin. There can be bigger differences between different brands of Greek feta cheese than between any given Greek feta and Bulgarian feta.

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Doesn't wagyu beef need to rest?
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"Let it rest" is advice for cooking large cuts of meat in one piece, especially if it's desirable for the end result to be on the rare side. So steaks, roasts, pork tenderloin, that sort of thing, you ...

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How do I drain sauerkraut?
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If you have one, a potato ricer is very effective at removing moisture from things that don't drain effectively with gravity alone, e.g. sauerkraut, cooked spinach, salted cabbage, salted squash/...

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What kind of pan is this? (photo) How would you use it?
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It looks possible that the two pieces don't actually go together. The patent referred to is number 625702, for an enameled chafing dish with a domed lid. (It's kind of hard to tell, but I think the ...

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Recovering from Over Salted Sauerkraut
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Rinsing the sauerkraut absolutely does work - we do it all the time, both with store-bought and homemade sauerkraut. Every batch of sauerkraut is different, so rinsing & tasting is the only way to ...

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Why are Italian eggs so yellow?
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Don't know about Italian chickens in particular, but I know that when my mom's neighbors in Hungary feed their chickens the leftovers from making paprika, the resulting eggs have very dark yolks ...

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how to grind pistachio nuts so that they stay dry
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I would suggest investing in a proper nut grinder. Despite the name, these actually grate, rather than grind, the nuts, and thus give you the flour-like texture you want in a pretty foolproof way. In ...

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Overly salted sauerkraut
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I'd actually add more cabbage rather than an entirely different vegetable. Despite what grandma believed, potatoes are not this magic salt-absorbing sponge: the advice to add potatoes to oversalted ...

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Can this tool be used to open cans?
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Those two versions of a can opener operate on exactly the same principle. The difference is that the simpler one has a cutting "blade" that's basically just a part of the main body that's been bent at ...

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How can I use a large quantity of raw almonds all at once?
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Some things that are made almost entirely of almonds (plus elbow grease), and thus will use up a large quantity of almonds: Almond butter (need to add: nothing. Well, salt, if you like.) Almond milk (...

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How to Bake Cookies Without a Convection Oven?
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Lots of people bake very good cookies without convection ovens, so it's certainly possible. :) If the bottoms of your cookies are burning/overbaking, the first thing to try is a lighter-colored ...

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What is the easiest way to grind poppy seeds?
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You need to acquire a poppy seed grinder (picture #1). It's still not easy to grind a lot of poppy seed — you will need to break out your supply of elbow grease — but it's much more efficient than a ...

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What seasonal vegetable side dishes are appropriate for Hungarian Goulash?
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[Possibly irrelevant-to-you aside: a true Hungarian goulash (as opposed to a North American or German or what-have-you goulash) is a soup. It includes a few root vegetables and possibly some "pinched ...

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How can I create a sweet pizza that looks like pizza?
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I'd try something like brioche- or challah-type dough + raspberry jam + white chocolate shavings + raspberry fruit leather cut into rounds with a cookie cutter. It could also work with a shortbread ...

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Can Fresh unboiled egg pasta be used for lasagna?
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Like Bob said, surely boiling some noodles is way less of a bother than breaking out the pasta machine? If you really want to make fresh pasta, I don't see any reason you couldn't use it for lasagna ...

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Is cheesecake a cake or a pie?
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Cake Straight sides No fruit (except as an optional topping) Holds its shape when sliced Pie Separate crust Not frosted Doesn't rise (except temporarily while baking) No crumbs Conclusion Who ...

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How to make cappuccino coffee at home without a machine
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Well, if you want to make the Viennese original, all you do is combine coffee and sweetened cream, the latter possibly whipped. The coffee can be brewed however you wish, although instant is probably ...

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How can 100% peanut butter have more protein than 100% peanuts
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Presuming that the nutrient labels are accurate (for some value of "accurate"), I can think of two reasons for the difference. Nutrient labels are rounded very aggressively (as in, to the nearest ...

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Cookie Dough Made From Pie Crust
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If you're located in a place where premade pie crusts are available, then you're located in a place where premade cookie dough should also be available. Pie crusts contain no sugar, no eggs, no ...

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Caulk gun-like dispenser for whipped cream
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While a cookie press would at least have the nominal excuse of being multi-purpose1, it's... awkward to use for icing/whipped cream. What you might have been thinking of is an icing syringe (aka ...

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What's the best way to stick sprinkles to cookies without icing?
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If corn syrup works, it seems to me that simple syrup (i.e. a saturated solution of sugar and water) ought to work, too.

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Royal icing - how important is accurate measuring?
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The consistency of royal icing depends on many things, including the size of your eggs, but also the humidity/weather. So if you know what stiffness you want, it's perfectly valid to add sugar until ...

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What's the difference between a burrito and a tortilla?
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A burrito is usually wrapped in a (flour) tortilla. Tortilla is just the bread; burrito, taco, fajita, etc. is how you use it/what you put in it.

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Can you freeze waffle batter?
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I would suggest freezing the waffles instead. Baking soda/powder–based batters don't thaw too well, and there's the issue of the egg whites collapsing. Whisking the batter after thawing it would ...

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