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  2. singer4660

    Useless kitchen tools!

    Hate to say it, but Brizzal is right. I bought the Pampered Chef version of the Slap Chop and never use it. Not only is a regular knife faster, it's a heck of a lot easier to clean!
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    What dish have you used from a Food Network Show?

    I love to watch Alton Brown, but find his recipe methods too complicated. I was watching his most recent show this morning.....15 steps to make a smoothie. While I can appreciate the outcome, I just don't have the time.
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    Roasted Garbanzo Beans

    I have actually been looking for a chick pea soup. Please share! :)
  5. singer4660

    ***** Top Chef: Las Vegas *****

    I agree. Kevin is not as charismatic as the Voltaggio brothers, but he's more consistent. He's won more challenges than anyone and just about everything he puts out is executed perfectly. In this day of food fads, gimmicks, and tricks, it's a brave man that consistently wins on seemingly simple...
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    ***** Top Chef: Las Vegas *****

    It was ridiculously difficult but also exceptionally rewarding. $30,000 and a chance to represent the US in the next competition? That's incredible.
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    ***** Top Chef: Las Vegas *****

    I agree. I think Eli is a bit of a jerk, but he's clearly been the better chef throughout as has Jennifer. It's pretty obvious that the last three will be Bryan, Michael, and Kevin. I still say Kevin's going to take it all in the end.
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    Covering bread when rising

    Greasing the bowl (and thus the dough) provides some protection from forming a skin as does using a damp (vs dry) towel. It really depends on the composition of the dough. Sweet doughs, and especially puff pastry really do better with plastic while bread doughs are ok ith just a damp towel...
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    Ask the person below

    Of course! Besides Salmon, what's the best fish for broiling?
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    Ask the person below

    In theory it's 9 - 12 months, but I'd go no more than 6. Why are Granny Smith apples so hard to find at Farmer's markets?
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    Ask the person below

    Prosciutto because it crisps better and I'm Sicilian :) Why is it so hard to find a good red sauce in restaurants?
  12. singer4660

    Why won't my sauce thicken?

    1 tablespoon per cup of liquid seems a bit light so that could be part of the problem. I usually use about twice that in cobblers with good results. Also, are you letting the mixture actually boil, or just simmer? In my experience, if you're not seeing actual bubbles it never really thickens.
  13. singer4660

    ***** Top Chef: Las Vegas *****

    My questions......If it was supposed to be an entree, why did no one do a pasta? Is it possible that there was none in the Craftsteak kitchen? Also, only 2 people actually used beans for the protein. Did I miss something, or does this seem like a substantial gap?
  14. singer4660

    Rolling Pins and Pie Dough

    Good points all. I didn't know that marble was supposed to be chilled so I'll try that. If not successful, I see a lovely wood pin in my future :). Thanks!
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    Rolling Pins and Pie Dough

    My husband handed me a marble rolling pin that he's had for years. Says he's used it many times, but my experience is that everything sticks to it, no matter how much flour I use. Pie dough in particular is a problem. I'm thinking the smooth surface is the culprit. Even the best quality wood...
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    ***** Top Chef: Las Vegas *****

    I agree. At the end of the day they are probably equally talented, but Michael just can't seem to resist that competition/aggression thing so common in brothers. I have 2 boys in their twenties that are about the same number of years apart and I see similar behavior in them. Still, I think...
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    ***** Top Chef: Las Vegas *****

    You have to admit he has a point. Mike behaves badly and gets rewarded with $10,000! Granted, Bryan's food was not as good as usual, but if he (Bryan) has been living with this kind of behavior his whole life, I can certainly understand his frustration. Mike reminds me of Tiffany from season 1...
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    Do you play a musical instrument?

    While I would agree that professionals work really hard to get where they are, a certain amount of inate talent is required to be successful. This is true of any art from cooking to theater to music. Personally, I wasn't using the "right hand left hand" thing as an excuse, simply a realization...
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    Do you play a musical instrument?

    While I played several instruments as a child (piano, flute, saxophone, guitar) I wasn't really good at any of them. Turns out, I've got a "right hand, left hand" problem (i.e., I can't do two different things with each hand). Took up singing at 40 and fell in love with the opera. Nothing like...
  20. singer4660

    ***** Top Chef: Las Vegas *****

    Isn't Bryan actually the younger brother? He's certainly happier and more consistent than Michael. Michael always looks like he just ate rotten meat. Lighten up already! I'm guessing they go out in the following order Robin Laureen Eli Mike I leaving..... Mike V, Brian V, Kevin and Jennifer...
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