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    I hate Vegans (cooking)........!!!!!

    I love my meat but I also love Horizons restaurant in Philadelphia. It's vegan and wonderful. The owners, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, have published two cookbooks. I have one and can recommend it, and will be getting the other.
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    Cooking on budget....

    If you have ethnic markets or street markets where you live, check them out. For instance, in Philadelphia I do a lot of my shopping at the Italian Market where produce, especially, is cheap. It can be less than half as much as it is in the supermarkets. Meat and fish are also less costly. A...
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    Chinese Chestnut Recipe

    When I was in Beijing I bought a bag of chestnuts in the shell from a vendor in one of the night markets. They tasted and looked like they were boiled, not roasted, and were sweet. What made them especially pleasing was that it was very easy to remove the shell AND the inner skin. Does anybody...
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    Review by 'bhirsch' on item 'Generic Cleavers'

    Some years ago I was at a cooking demonstration by the chef from an upscale Chinese restaurant. He talked as he sliced and diced and julienned, moving his fancy 10" chef’s knife without any apparent effort through a heap of vegetables, making little piles of perfectly uniform pieces. He told...
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    Corn Silk and Corn Kernels

    I have tried everything I can think of to remove corn silk from the ears: brushes, sponges, and fingers; dry and running water. Nothing seems to do a very good job. I have also tried different ways of removing the kernels from the cob but they always come out different sizes and more or less in...
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    What woods are good for smoking?

    I just came upon this thread and would like to add a couple of things. I would suggest that tropical hardwoods be avoided because some of them contain compounds that can be very irritating, at least when working with them in a woodshop. I don't know if the same thing can happen with their smoke...
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    How Long Do Black Truffles Keep?

    I have never tasted truffles so my wife splurged and bought a few for me from a local gourmet store. They smelled like earth. However, after I cleaned them with a brush and a little water the aroma went completely away, so I guess I was just smelling some soil that was stuck to them. The problem...
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    Wild or Farmed?

    I think it was the Wall Street Journal that, a couple of years ago, had laboratory genetic tests done on supposedly wild-caught salmon that they bought from a number of reliable purveyors. It turned out that many of the samples were actually farmed. As I recall, the sellers were themselves...
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    Onions turned green while frying

    I had a strange thing happen the other day. I was frying some onions and garlic which had been pureed in a food processor, and they turned bright green! The pan was copper and my first thought was that the tinning was bad, but I checked and the tin was fine. Using a different batch of onions...
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