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  Topic: The ultimate Bolognese...
srk

Replies: 36
Views: 54294

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:17 am   Subject: The ultimate Bolognese...
I'm addicted to the bolognese recipe in the Best Recipe Cookbook, which is similar to this but has a bit of finely chopped carrot and celery for sweetness, and which also calls for simmering the meat ...
  Topic: Smoked Pork Jowls
srk

Replies: 7
Views: 16730

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:25 pm   Subject: Smoked Pork Jowls
Getting back to the jowls, I wonder if they're similar to guanciale (Italian cured pork cheeks). There was a New York Times article about guanciale a while ago, and I've had phenomenally rich and fla ...
  Topic: FEB '09 DISCUSSION: Do You Mix Your Own Cocktails?
srk

Replies: 30
Views: 55291

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:53 pm   Subject: FEB '09 DISCUSSION: Do You Mix Your Own Cocktails?
Mixing is great fun, and a lot like cooking and baking in terms of combining flavors. I started out by combining things that seemed like they would taste good together (citrus liquors with orange juic ...
  Topic: Scharffenberger chocolate factory
srk

Replies: 6
Views: 12388

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:45 pm   Subject: Scharffenberger chocolate factory
ExpatSteve, the story behind Scharffenberger is that the other partner - Robert Steinberg - was diagnosed with cancer in the mid-90s and told he didn't have long to live. He toured around Europe for a ...
  Topic: Scharffenberger chocolate factory
srk

Replies: 6
Views: 12388

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:30 pm   Subject: Scharffenberger chocolate factory
Many of you are probably familiar with Scharffenberger - it's a high-end chocolatier that started out making only dark chocolate using old-school European methods and equipment. The chocolate is good ...
  Topic: spaghetti like never before :-)
srk

Replies: 5
Views: 11337

PostForum: Other things   Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:22 am   Subject: spaghetti like never before :-)
Huh - funny and weird Smile
  Topic: the USA elections
srk

Replies: 34
Views: 47794

PostForum: Other things   Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:13 pm   Subject: the USA elections
I'm about a week behind here, but I have a question for madameshawshank regarding the first post in this discussion: what do you mean about voting being "compulsory?" Is there some sort of penalty if ...
  Topic: Are supermarkets becoming places for people who don't cook?
srk

Replies: 52
Views: 56963

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:38 am   Subject: Are supermarkets becoming places for people who don't cook?
Wow - I haven't checked this discussion in a while, and I had no idea I'd sparked so much commentary on the Boston market scene! But the history was fascinating, KYHeirloomer, and I appreciate everyo ...
  Topic: Are supermarkets becoming places for people who don't cook?
srk

Replies: 52
Views: 56963

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:07 pm   Subject: Are supermarkets becoming places for people who don't cook?
My biggest issue with regular grocery stores is their produce - both selection and quantity. I used to live in the Bay Area in California, where I had ready access to a seriously gourmet grocery stor ...
  Topic: Chocolate Guru
srk

Replies: 3
Views: 8565

PostForum: Other things   Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:45 pm   Subject: Chocolate Guru
One of the most interesting aspects of his story (as I recall from several visits to the Scharffenberger factory in Berkeley) is that he went into the chocolate business when he was first diagnosed wi ...
  Topic: my newest kitchen friend :-)..microplane
srk

Replies: 22
Views: 25159

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:49 pm   Subject: my newest kitchen friend :-)..microplane
I recently moved, and a few days ago I tried to make a favorite lemon pasta dish without my microplane grater (whereabouts unknown). I ended up having to dredge the totally-ineffective ordinary grate ...
  Topic: Periodic table of condiments
srk

Replies: 8
Views: 14768

PostForum: Other things   Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:48 pm   Subject: Periodic table of condiments
Did anyone notice that bacon bits supposedly never go bad? In theory, they once came from pigs...
  Topic: AUGUST '08 DISCUSSION: Recipe Deal Breakers
srk

Replies: 61
Views: 93487

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:42 pm   Subject: AUGUST '08 DISCUSSION: Recipe Deal Breakers
I have three main put-offs, two practical and one health-ish.

First, anything involving candy thermometers - I don't own one, and these things come out terribly if you guess.

Second, most re ...
  Topic: Grilling Veggies
srk

Replies: 14
Views: 20156

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:57 pm   Subject: Grilling Veggies
Tomatoes grill particularly well - they sort of melt and caramelize and turn into irresistible goo. I slice them thickly, place the slices on an improvised aluminum foil tray, and sprinkle them with ...
  Topic: Best Duck Recipe
srk

Replies: 48
Views: 56610

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:14 pm   Subject: Best Duck Recipe
Duck is one of the few things (along with scallops, Thai food, and many kinds of fish) that I tend to reserve for ordering in restaurants, rather than trying to make myself. But I applaud your effort ...
 
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