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  1. rick alan

    CPM S35VN vs Ginsan (Silver3) Petty/Paring knife?

    Something in blue #1 would be special also, holds an edge very well, and gets sharper. Blue1 is also somewhat stain resistant for carbon. There is are European equivalents of the Kagero, just don't recall the names right now.
  2. rick alan

    CPM S35VN vs Ginsan (Silver3) Petty/Paring knife?

    If you want to spend big money on a petty, want stainless that takes a sharp edge and holds it forever thanks to high-tech alloy, here is your knife. I have one myself. and it doubles as my steak knife. and chicken butcherer as it actually laughs at chicken bone...
  3. rick alan

    Cinnamon in beef stew?

    Please post the recipe as the site you mentioned requires membership
  4. rick alan

    CPM S35VN vs Ginsan (Silver3) Petty/Paring knife?

    Phil Wilson makes a very very high-end filet knife made of s30v, practically identical to s35vn, and the maker really knows Powdered-Metal (PM) alloys very well. As Benuser indicated, if you think the maker is reliable, and you are OK with the geometry, then go for it. These alloys are very...
  5. rick alan

    What did you have for dinner?

    Sometimes you just get a fantastic piece(s) of meat, who knows why, other than the animals themselves just accidentally did everything right. This time it was chicken thighs. God but they were just so tasty. I salt my chicken pieces, wrap and fridge overnight, then I racked them for at least 12...
  6. rick alan

    Lamb chops

    Not to say Mike is wrong, but I prefer peppering after cooking.
  7. rick alan

    Lamb chops

    Wait, wait! Initially you said shank, then chops. Let's make sure your not mixed up here. I like a real intense sear on my chops so I air-dry in the fridge for at least 24hr. in a pinch you can use a fan for an hour or more. Check the positioning to make sure your getting maximum air flow...
  8. rick alan

    Cinnamon in beef stew?

    There is a Portuguese braised/shredded beef dish called Chachula, pronounced casoola, whose unique flavor comes from cinnamon. Goodness but I loved Portuguese festivals just for its sake. Can't believe I never got around to making it. Even though not asked I just have to say as it came to mind...
  9. rick alan

    Coffee disucssion

    @cheflayne Given the creativity of my memory that is likely the site,
  10. rick alan

    Hey Phaedrus, I recall some years ago you mentioned seeing BDL on some blog site called...

    Hey Phaedrus, I recall some years ago you mentioned seeing BDL on some blog site called something like Barista. com , but that doesn't seemed to be the right site. What was the actual name please. Thanks Rick
  11. rick alan

    Coffee disucssion

    Sorry news, he was a joy to read just for his writing style. Was hoping he'd finish his cook book. Thanks cheflayne, I'll pass that one on. I remember now, it was Phedrus mentioned the Barista site.
  12. rick alan

    Cooking Fails

    Yes by all means go non-stick, or maybe very well seasoned carbon. Youtube has vids showing the "alleged" non-stick capabilities of polished stainless. Once my eggs set to a custardy texture and have the skin, I dump in the stuff stuff, tilt the pan just right and start the omelet to rolling...
  13. rick alan

    Coffee disucssion

    Hello to all, I've been away for a while. Oh, and quite a while back now, there was mention that the vanished Boar_D_Laze was spotted on a coffee blog called something like "Barista.com," I did go there once, so it did exist under some similar name. Someone please help me out here, it's for an...
  14. rick alan

    April 2020 Challenge - Inside the Box

    My ex wasn't a great cook in general, but she made a hell of a chicken dish with a box of dirty rice
  15. rick alan

    Stretching a buck in this awkward time.

    This looks like the first recession I've been through where I will be be well positioned. But I will add I got through the others simply by not spending money. Where I had to spend I simply would not pay retail. Plenty of opportunities if you spend your free time looking, as some here apparently...
  16. rick alan

    Chris Kidder Special 12" Chef Knife Ironwood

    Just an idea what your money buys you Jap-side: https://knivesandstones.us/collections/tanaka/products/tanaka-blue-2-nashiji-line-knife-gyuto-270mm-lite The blue#2 alloy steel is reactive, but not like pure carbons, it will probably hold an edge as well and maybe better than the soft sv35n, and...
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    Cooking with truffles... ideas?

    By "synthetic" TF I did mean oil that has the gas bubbled through it that is the major pungency factor in truffles. It gets released from truffles by heat, it does get easily absorbed and retained by oils and salt. I've heard there is a trick for infusing oil with truffle essence, that hearsay...
  18. rick alan

    A can of tuna

    Right, #13, either selective blindness here or cheflayne did not originally mention cream cheese in the ingredients list.
  19. rick alan

    A can of tuna

    That was Butzy, and actually sounds like crab dip and such, but with tuna instead.
  20. rick alan

    Cooking with truffles... ideas?

    Maybe you meant you were thinking of adding truffle to a bird already roasted. As I understand, aside from the gas they release when in contact with some heat, which gives that distinct flavor, truffles taste just like a mushroom. So far as I know they go on when you pull from the dish from...
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