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  1. lisbet

    What are you drinking in the morning?

    I have been searching, searching, searching, AND searching for the good, hearty, fragrent coffee bean that I can so vividly remember from my "growing-up" years. But to no avail ! So, instead of coffee have been drinking Green Tea with honey. (But not satisfying for getting the day started.)...
  2. lisbet

    Frozen Italian Dessert

    Found this on the "net" and thought that perhaps others may be interested. http://italiandesserts.org/spumoni-italian-colors-in-cream.html http://italiandesserts.org/spumoni-part-2-recipe-extraordinaire.html http://italiandesserts.org/spumoni-part-3-an-delicious-easy-recipe.html
  3. lisbet

    Frozen Italian Dessert

    Thank You So Very Much, Skatz!!........Think you have hit upon the basics of the formula dead-on!   Most recipes need a bit of "tweaking" anyway to adjust to individual requirements and tastes, but you have come up with the major ingredients....many, many thanks!
  4. lisbet

    Frozen Italian Dessert

    "benway" and "skatz85" Many thanks for the responses..   I thought that perhaps there are special recipes for making spumoni, rather than just plain icecream formulas.....since I do notice that spumoni has a denser (as skatz says), creamier texture and tastes much richer. Thought that there...
  5. lisbet

    Frozen Italian Dessert

    Can someone tell me, what are the differences in ingredients for just plain icecream, gelato, and spumoni (I know spumoni is made up of 3 flavors - chocolate, cherry & pistachio)? As a teenager I had spumoni in an Italian restaurant and fell in love with it instantly. Have been yearning for it...
  6. lisbet

    Yeast For Bread - Dry Or Fresh?

    Just "Google" Yeast Math and lots will come up. Here is just one example: Compressed Yeast / Active Dry Yeast Conversion!? - Yahoo! Answers Hope this helps you.
  7. lisbet

    Those Throw-Away Aluminum Pie Pans

    Thanks to all! You have told me what I wanted to know......and would never have thought of trippling up on the pie plates. Also, wondered about any heat adjustment, so thank you "pie lady"! Happily, I am the proud owner of a new gas range, equipped with convection oven.....so I should do just...
  8. lisbet

    Those Throw-Away Aluminum Pie Pans

    I would like to make gift pies, but want to make them in throw-away, no return, aluminum foil pie pans. Is there any special adjustment or precaution that needs to be considered.......in opposition to baking in a regular metal, glass or ceramic pie plate? Where can such information be found?
  9. lisbet

    yummy, pretty bread

    When making homemade white bread; for the liquid part of the recipe, I use potato water. That is water that I have boiled potatoes in. Whenever I boil potatoes for a meal, I don't throw away the water. I save the potato water for bread making. At times I have even just boiled a small russet and...
  10. lisbet

    Drying Homemade Pasta

    Oregon Yetti: Many Thanks !! "Make a pretty stiff dough of semolina and water (I don't have proportions; I go by feel)". I'm sure I will be able to get it right (or close to) by trying. I'm not adverse to applying a bit of effort and working things out for myself !
  11. lisbet

    Drying Homemade Pasta

    EVERYONE.........Thank you so very much for all of the very practical advice. "ChefTalk" is really wonderful ! Ask a question and one gets almost instant answers from pros of the trade who really know !! FL Italian - LOL.......I'm of German heritage (what does a German know about Italian...
  12. lisbet

    Drying Homemade Pasta

    I just viewed Jim Berman on making fresh pasta. Is it possible to dry homemade pasta for storage and later use? (Something like the packaged pasta available on the grocery shelves?) I have been freezing, since when I try to dry my pasta it becomes very fragile and breaks into small pieces or...
  13. lisbet

    tough pie crust

    This is the best website I have seen on "How-To" for pie crusts. Hope it is of help to all (like myself and so many others) who are seeking the elusive "perfect pie crust"! Kitchen Parade: How to Make Flaky Tender Pie Crust :)
  14. lisbet

    Freezing raw ground beef for hamburgers!

    Ed: That's it !!!! Sodium Nitrate ! I remember now....have a poor memory for technical terms. (Only wish I were as young as you seem to think I am.) Luc H: I'll have to try your method, following your instructions to the "letter"!
  15. lisbet

    Freezing raw ground beef for hamburgers!

    I know enough to realize that once raw meat has been frozen that it can't...or shouldn't... be frozen again. The problem with the ready-ground meats from the supermarket is that you don't actually know, and they don't tell you!! Have never seen packages marked "prevously frozen"! At least, I...
  16. lisbet

    Freezing raw ground beef for hamburgers!

    Thank you, Doc. Think that grinding your own is the very best. My freezer is not frost-free, and I do notice that at times the FoodSaver seal looses its vacuum. I always double seal to make sure. I had forgotten that ground meats sometimes come to the supermarket already frozen...
  17. lisbet

    Freezing raw ground beef for hamburgers!

    Thank you Ed.......your reasoning and solution sounds very plausible. Think maybe it is my solution! Also, Gunnar......am also going to try your method, too. Thank Goodness for ChefTalk when one needs wiser and experienced advice !!!
  18. lisbet

    Freezing raw ground beef for hamburgers!

    I buy raw ground beef, usually chuck, for making plain hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Usually buy a goodly amount, thinking that I will make patties to put into the freezer. I don't add anything to the raw beef....just plain, unadorned beef patties. Some of the newly purchased ground beef is...
  19. lisbet

    Sourdough Starter Hooch

    I read somewhere that the old-time Alaskan Miners used to drink it as an alcoholic beverage! (ugh, burp :crazy:)
  20. lisbet

    Sourdough Starter Hooch

    Just want to thank everyone for responding to my novice query. I appreciate B.D.L.'s detailed post, thank you !! (Have saved several of your posts on different cooking subjects.) :chef:
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