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    Tomato sauce help

    Onions are inherently acidic. Unfortunately, cooking does little to lower its acidity. Cooking/caramelization is what gives cooked onions their sweetness and in turn, masks the onion's acidity. hile adding an onion to a pot of tomato sauce definitely adds some great flavor, it will actually...
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    Any remedies for flies when outside?

    https://www.abellpestcontrol.com/en-us/about-us/articles/how-to-use-lemon-to-repel-pests#:~:text=Using%20lemons%20and%20cloves%20to,a%20plate%20near%20your%20meal. Interesting. Did the fly stick around? Was it the only fly? How long were the lemon halves left out? You're serving food...
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    Hello from Australia

    Welcome back! :)
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    Any remedies for flies when outside?

    Cut lemons in half and stick cloves in them. Place them in bowls in and around your service area and on your tables. You can also put herbs in vases such as rosemary, cinnamon, basil, lavender etc and place them around your service area as well. Try to avoid fly traps and strips, especially...
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    Deciding Between 4 Schools in Paris for Cuisine

    The only advice I can offer is this: if you're intent on going to culinary school in France, learn the language and know how to read and write it, if you don't already. While the schools you've named teach their classes in both French and English, you will need to know the language for your...
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    Problem solved

    Like totally OMG!....that's what he asked for. His chocolate is seizing when he adds butter and sugar. That point was made abundantly clear in his opening comment. :rolleyes:
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    Need help! I'm catering my father's funeral reception

    Welcome to CT. Please accept my condolences for your loss. You will be just fine either way. However, for the best results, assemble and freeze prior to cooking. In either case, let the lasagna thaw in the fridge beginning at least 2 days prior. Place in a 350'f oven and bake until...
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    Catering maybe?

    Thanks. We appreciate that. She supported me for over 4 decades. When I sold the business and retired, it was finally time for her to do what she wanted to do. We had the capital to invest and the the time to make it happen. Our kids are grown and have kids of their own so, there were no...
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    Problem solved

    No insult taken. That's a great question. :) Yes, I've made brownies but, unless I misread the OP's original post and subsequent explanations, he's having problems with the part of the recipe that calls for melting the chocolate with butter and adding sugar, no? From the way the OP...
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    Catering maybe?

    About 5 years ago, my wife began a home based chocolate business that has since grown into 2 brick and mortar stores. I thought just as you did....."its candy....its low risk, so it shouldn't be a problem". We were quite amazed at how strict the cottage food laws were in our state when it...
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    Crab Boil for 50 ppl

    That depends on where you live. If you live in New England states or Maryland then, yes, that would be a safe assumption. However, if I were to put on a crab boil here in the Midwest, I can assure you there will be very few guests who would know how or would want to clean their own crab. As...
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    Problem solved

    If I had to take a guess, I would say the butter is the culprit in this mystery. Its not uncommon for the water content in butter to change, especially if its made locally. Commercially made butter can contain as much as 15% water thus necessitating that the water content be reduced as much as...
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    Crab Boil for 50 ppl

    Indeed. I'm from that part of the country as well and have enjoyed many a crab and seafood boils in New England. But, alas! I've also attended quite a few of these events outside of New England where the guests winced and recoiled at the sight of cleaning a whole crab, especially among the...
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    Crab Boil for 50 ppl

    Pot size: As big as you can get. Having a pot that's too big is always better than a pot that's too little. I would recommend 44qt size or bigger and have two or three handy. You'll need them. As for cooking, doing it in batches is a bit tedious. If it were me, I would do the sausage...
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    Crab Boil for 50 ppl

    Yes. Clean = removing the gills, guts and other slimy, gross things that lurk beneath a crab's shell. Asking your guests to clean their own whole crab, if that's your intention, will likely prove to be a huge turn off for them, not to mention the fact that few of your guests will actually know...
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    Crab Boil for 50 ppl

    Just an FYI, if you're planning to serve whole crab for 50 people, cleaning them is a bit of a process. How its done is pretty much the same regardless of crab species. Some people choose to clean the crab while they're still alive and then cook. But, the more humane approach is to cook them...
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    Crab Boil for 50 ppl

    Generally speaking, you want to plan on 1.5lbs of crab per person. As for the potatoes, that depends on the type of potato. If you're going with small whit or red, plan on about a half pound (2-3 small potatoes) per person. If you're breaking the corn cobs in half or quartering them, go...
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    Opinions Please....

    Typically, when you encounter a particular aspect of your business where the employees chronically get it wrong, it usually means there is something inherently wrong with the process that either encourages the employees to not want to do it correctly or confuses them thus making it difficult to...
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    Molcajete - real or not?

    Never heard it described quite like that. :lol: But, I think what you're smelling are the natural mineral compounds of the rock released from the grinding. From the picture you provided above, the molcajete appears to be made of volcanic rock. So, I think you're safe. Compare your...
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    Molcajete - real or not?

    As long as it doesn't smell like wet mortar or cement, you're pretty much safe. If its not volcanic rock, that doesn't mean its dangerous. Mortar and pestles cab be made from a variety of thing that range from olive wood to granite. While I don't recommend eating the grit that comes off...
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