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    Easy Appetizers Wanted

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    Easy Appetizers Wanted

    My GF is going off for a long weekend with some friends in a couple of weeks.  They are renting a house and will be doing some cooking with everyone having a specific responsibility.  GF is in charge of appetizers.  I've given her a few recipes and ideas such as marinated cheese, a marinated...
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    Knives: Moving up from Forschner

    We don't have a dishwasher ... but Toots does feel compelled to put the knives in the sink and allow them to bang against other items, like forks, etc.  I am trying to get her to change her ways.  We both need new steels.  Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into stones ...  
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    Knives: Moving up from Forschner

    I thought about giving her one of my knives, but they are all bigger than she'd be comfortable using, and the Forschner knives are, for her, a little easier to use because they are lighter.  So, getting her a new knife is the way to go, although I do have a 10" Forschner that might move over to...
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    Knives: Moving up from Forschner

    I am looking for an eight (probably) or ten inch chef's knife to use in my GF's apartment.  Her knives are terrible, but she doesn't cook much any more, and doesn't need (or know how to use or properly care for) a good quality blade.  I was thining of getting a Forschner because of price and...
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    Water inside boiled eggs

    This evening we made a batch of deviled eggs.  When we removed the cooked yolk we noticed a small amount of water in the emptied whites.  It seems to have been trapped between the yolks and the whites.  How can this be?  What causes this?  How can it be prevented?  We had to dry the whites by...
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    Boiled Eggs: Best way to store and for how long

    I'd like make a batch of boiled eggs.  Some questions: How long can boiled eggs keep in the fridge after cooking?  Will hard boiled eggs last longer than medium boiled eggs?  Can they be kept for any length of time when the shells have been removed?  How long can they last in the shell but...
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    What are you drinking in the morning?

    Sometimes coffee, sometimes tea, sometimes only water with a little fresh squeezed lemon juice. Coffee generally comes from local roasters, such as Peets, but sometimes I'll drink one of TJ's dark blends. Tea varies by mood.
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    Wanted: Vegetarian Recipes from Mid-East, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.

    Since I am not very familiar with the cuisines in question, I don't know what vegetables, by anyone's definition, are found in the area.  Since we eat and are intyerested in most any vegetable, all suggestions of the group would probably be relevent.  Spices and techniques, maybe even cookware...
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    Wanted: Vegetarian Recipes from Mid-East, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.

    Tks for the book reference.  Sounds like it's worth looking into. Yes, I'm in the Bay Area, and ingredients are, for the most part, a non issue.  
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    Wanted: Vegetarian Recipes from Mid-East, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.

    I don't consider lentils and chick peas vegetables although we eat them as part of the vegetarian aspect of our diet.  I am looking for recipes and ideas that would be "different," or even unusual for the US. I'll look into the book - always a good resource.  Gracia,  
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    Wanted: Vegetarian Recipes from Mid-East, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.

    Any kind of vegetable is fine ... we have a wide range of interests and taste.  Unusual or hard-to-find items are generally not an issue. Tks!  
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    Wanted: Vegetarian Recipes from Mid-East, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.

    Hi gang, I'm looking for some vegetarian recipes from the Mid-East, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.  It would be a bonus if you have any background on the recipe, such as where it's from, info on any hard-to-find ingredients, etc. Thanks for any help,
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    Problem with 40 Garlic Chicken

    I am using a Romertopf. The problem with opening the dish as you suggest is that the intensely aromatic presentation at the table is eliminated.  However, it will add color and possibly some crispness to the skin.  Still, the ckn will have been cooking in fatty liquid for quite some time...
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    Problem with 40 Garlic Chicken

    I'm making dinner for friends later this week and want to make Olney's Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.  This weekend I made a test batch using some cheap, supermarket chicken. The test batch was disappointing because there was an inordinate amount of fat and liquid discharged from the chicken...
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    Veal Knuckle

    I am going to make a meat stock later this week, and my recipe calls for a "meaty veal knuckle" or two.  What is a knuckle and what could make a good substitute? Thanks!
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    Substitute for Lovage

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    Substitute for Lovage

    I'd heard that celery might do, but hadn't thought of celeriac.  Tks! In Olney's recipe for Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, a small branch of lovage is used in a bouquet garni.  I can get dried lovage leaves - how well might they work as a substitute for fresh leaves in a bouquet garni?  
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    Substitute for Lovage

    What may make a good substitute for the herb, lovage?  I want to use lovage, or the substitute, in Olney's recipe for Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. Thanks!
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    40 Garlic Chicken, Olney's Recipe

    Yes, I know, and I have many other recipes myself.  However, I want to check a few details in Olney's recipe.  
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