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Re: David Venable's first cookbook

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1413818953.64

Rocco DeSpirito's "Now Eat This Italian" (which is actually a pretty good book) is a monster hardcover with something like fewer that 200 recipes, so you can imagine its more like a DeSpirito family photo album. They do have lots of photos of the food too. Speaking of prices on David's first book, which you would expect to be low with the second one now coming out, I picked up a copy of #1 as a $2 add-on through my book club. I'd like to know if they did anything about that almost invisible grey lettering that was in #1. Thanks! Continue Reading


Re: $9.00 for a 3oz. crab cake?

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1413818398.557

WAGirl: You're thinking about the Chesapeake Bay crab cakes. They were really good when they first came out, but when they switched from Maryland Crab to blue swimmer crabs from the wastebeds of Southeast Asia they went downhill faster than an avalanche. Don't think you have to ever worry about them coming back. Ron and Margie, the owners turned vendor reps, were kind of permanently kicked off the island when they were caught faking 5-star reviews. They opened a restaurant, and it too went south rather quickly. If anyone wants to try making their own, which aren't much harder than making ... Continue Reading


Re: NuWave Tabletop Oven: I HOPE they come out with the NEW dome NEXT!

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1413299050.213

I have a knock-off version (The Morningware oven) that I've used steadily for about two years and haven't had any problems with it at all. I have heard of this type of oven with tempered glass lids. That would seem to solve the cracking problem. Continue Reading


Re: Better than fries? I'm going to try these tonight, since I've never met a potato I didn't like.

In Recipe Swap 1410885316.49

Honnybrown: The next time (if there is one) instead of using knives to stabilize the potato when you're cutting it use chopsticks, preferably square ones so they don't roll around. Continue Reading


Re: Reverse Mortgages

In For the Home Talk 1410715277.343

My best friend is a financial advisor, and he doesn't recommend these at all. When I retired my employer held retirement seminars, and two more professional advisors basically said "Don't do it." The actors and politicians pitching these things like to emphasize you don't have to make regular payments. All that means is that more and more interest accrues on the unpaid principal. A lot of uninformed folks assume that you stop paying your taxes too - good way to lose your home. As other posters have already pointed out, if the market depresses and you end up short of cash to repay when you s... Continue Reading


Re: Kansas City Steaks $20 a pound?

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1410622431.12

What really bothers me about these steaks is all the junk added to them. I used to be on auto-delivery a long time ago. The list of additives makes them sound like a biology experiment. Continue Reading


Re: Pasta Sauces

In Recipe Swap 1410622213.977

ID2: I'm with you on the issue of sugar. I also don't care for sauces that go "on the cheap" by adding oils other than extra virgin, or at least some kind of olive oil. I usually make my own sauce. As far as taking the acidic edge off the sauce I grind a peeled "baby" carrot or two into the sauce. It not only adds natural sugar, it gives it a nice color too. Continue Reading


Re: does the ice cream man come around your neighborhood?

In Viewpoints 1410448787.78

Used to have one but haven't seen or heard him in a couple of years. We live on a dead end street in a rural neighborhood, and the few kids who were here when we moved in ten years ago are now in their twenties, not exactly an ice cream truck demographic. It should also be mentioned that the ice cream sold off the truck went $2 a bar or more last time I looked. You can get some high-end brands for less than that from the super 2 miles away. Continue Reading


Re: Do you use cooking oil once or do you strain it and use it another time?

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1410380046.467

For those who do deep fry, some of the new fryers (like Emeril's) allow you to drain the oil after each use. This makes it real easy to remove crumbs and other impurities, which stay behind in the basket. Then you just pour the oil back in the basket. That particular machine also tells you when the oil needs to be replaced. Adding a slice of ginger to any oil you store helps remove off odors. Continue Reading


Re: Pasta Sauces

In Recipe Swap 1410379621.67

For what its worth, real Alfredo sauce contains nothing but butter and cheese(and maybe a tiny pinch of black pepper). The thing about adding cream got started over 100 years ago when Italian immigrants began coming to America. American cheeses and cream just weren't as rich as the European types, and didn't thicken as much, so folks started adding heavy cream to thicken the dish. Now I see restaurants adding heavy cream to red and white clam sauces - yuck. Continue Reading

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