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  1. kayakado

    Saffron

    I have cultivated some Iranian friends who visit home twice per year.  They seem to have no trouble getting me the good stuff.  Ask around maybe you can find a friend
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    XXX==DANGER=DEADLY POISON

    There was an outbreak of the deadly Hunta VIrus in the SW US a number of years ago.  It kills before they can diagnos and treat you.  It is carried by desert mice and it only occurs when the population of mice explodes.  You can inhale dust while cleaning your garage where these mice left traces...
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    Cupcake Recipe for Diabetics?

    Choose a cake batter that calls for a nut flour, like almond flour and You could use a frosting that is predominantly cream cheese and sweeten it with Splenda or Stevia (Truvia)
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    How to make a green tea extract for cake flavoring?

    I am a long time customer of NutsOnline, they ship the product as described and in a timely manner.  I've always been satisfied so I have no comments for you on returns.
  5. kayakado

    picked up a Griswold pan

    It sounds like the Griswold biscuit/poacher skillet.  Do an internet search and you'll find some other references and pictures to verify this is what you found.
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    Cream of tatar

    Cream of Tartar prevents the egg whites from releasing their liquid.  In cheescakes this soemtimes manifests itself as weeping as it cools after baking.  Purists think adding cream of tartar changes the texture too much.  Its a personal decision, as far as I am concerned.
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    Building a bread oven

    this website has a forum of people who are building their own ovens to bake pizza and hearth breads.  You'll probably have to register to see the forums. http://www.fornobravo.com/index.html#pizza_ovens
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    Kitchen band-aids and finger condoms

    Wasserstrom has some and they have mail order services.  Sorry for the long link.  You can go to the www.wasserstrom.com home page and type in blue bandage and get the same pages...
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    What is this design/pattern called?

    I call it a feathered or flame pattern.  Feathered because in old books and ceramics, it was made by dragging a feather through the various shades to make this design
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    Potato puree and ricers

    Soem of the ricers have holes on the sides, as well as the bottom.  Poor design in my opinion, they can squirt liquid out the sides and burn you.  I have food mills, ricers and mashers, which one I use depends on my mood.  I probably tend to use the food mill more when I am doing a blend of...
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    buying a dutch oven

    For the normal medium/large sizes I reco Tramontina less than $50 and no appreciable difference from Le Creuset. You can order them from Wlamart and have them delivered to the store free.   ATK tested Tramontina and agreed there was no appreciable difference between them and le Creuset. ...
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    Kitchenaid Mixers ...

    All the tilt head models have the plastic gears/gearbox, this is straight from my latest conversation with KA customer service in Dec 2010.
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    Enamel Coated Dutch/French Ovens

    I have two Tramontina dutch ovens 3½ ($30) and 6½ qt ($40) versions, prices reflect sale prices.  I have also bought them for five friends and family members.  I use the smaller one for no-knead bread and the larger for soups and stews.  Aside from having to wrap the knob in tinfoil to protect...
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    Malt Powder or Syrup

    Non-diastatic malt is a sweetner and flavoring agent is available in the supermarkets as barley malt syrup. Diastatic Malt helps break down the starch in flour and is used in home brewing and baking.  It helps break down the starch into sugars the yeast can feed on.  Find a home brew supply...
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    Pullman Pan Recommendations.

    read the fine print before ordering, sometimes that low price is only for the pan and they are selling you the lid separately
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    Buttercream Blunder ala AB's corn syrup recipe

    I've seen some of AB's shows on cakes and decorating - all I can say is run away.  He has no clue what he is doing. You'll need to bring the sugar mixture to 238°F (soft ball stage) and then drizzle it into the eggs while beating them.  Just bringing it to a boil would not be enough.  Beat the...
  17. kayakado

    Who makes high quality cake pans?

    I order my pans from www.lloydpans.com.  Made in the US and commercial quality at a very reasonable price.
  18. kayakado

    The science of baking cakes...

    Rose Levy Bernabaum's Cake Bible was the republished version of her master's thesis.  It has lots of good info in it.  I was also reading Julia Child's chapter on cake baking from her book from Julia Child's Kitchen.  It had some of Julia's interesting experiments using the creaming butter and...
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    Weisenberger Mills Unbleached Bread Flour and Diastatic Malt

    I get my Diastatic malt at the local home brew beer supply store.  It is actually sprouted wheat which is toasted and ground.  It helps convert the starch to sugar so that the yeast can have a larger food supply and therefore multiply faster, easier and in greater abundance, hence lighter...
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    What is the main difference between no-kneed bread and the regular way?

    Main differences: Greater hydration (more liquid, looser dough) Longer rise Less kneading
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