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  1. iplaywithfire

    do any chefs have a tip to help my sore feet

    Everything that's been said is good advice IMO. Massaging helps a LOT for soreness as well. If you have the luxury of someone else willing to go near your over-worked tootsies, then, by all means, take advantage of that. If not, rub your own feet well regularly. Keep them clean no matter...
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    young cook could use some quick pointers

    I still have intermittent problems with my back, feet, and shoulders from long hours.  Some of the things I find that help my body recover the most are: 1. Heat.  If you have access to a jaccuzi, use it!  Soak until you feel like you will melt.  Some people swear by epsom salt in addition, but...
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    Does anyone REALLY wash veggies with soap? Or is it just my compulsive husband?

    The soaking in the test is more to get at the question of how much and how quickly mushrooms absorb liquid.  For instance, if one were to have the task of preparing an entire case of mushrooms, and that person opted to rinse the mushrooms in water, not hand drying them one-by-one, then the...
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    Does anyone REALLY wash veggies with soap? Or is it just my compulsive husband?

    OK, you two, and perhaps a glass of wine (or two), got me curious enough to run my own Alton Brown test - I like the guy, I just don't always agree with him. 10 oz dry-brushed button mushrooms rinsed in cold water, then soaked for two minutes (In hind-sight I should have weighed them right...
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    Vegetarian spaghetti carbonara

    Sounds like a good meal.  One of the tricks I learned, and still use - even though I haven't been a strict vegetarian for a long time now - for getting a really nice savory-meaty flavor into a dish without the liberal use of salty stuff like fermented bean sauce or meat substitution products is...
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    Fried Gnocci

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    On this eve, what does your oven hold?

    Roasted ham with apple-brandy-sage reduction.  Roasted garlic mashers.  Orange-cranberry (might toss some juniper in there) candied carrots.  Caramel creme brule with mulled peaches.  And, of course, the families obligatory fruit salad.  Sadly, I did not have the time to make some fresh bread...
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    Sometimes I really dislike FOH staff!

    Way back when... A waiter kept trying to nose onto my station.  My Sous went to the office and came back with a roll of duct tape.  He asked the waiter to step back four feet, then he proceeded to tape a line on the floor in front of, and to the one exposed side of my station.  Then he calmly...
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    Wine bread won't rise

    Another alternative would be to cook off some of the alcohol before you add the booze in question to the mixture.  I make beer bread in that manner.  Wine generally has a much higher alcohol content than beer, so it would need to be cooked longer (or at a higher temperature) to evaporate more of...
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    Wine bread won't rise

    What's your leavening agent?  If it's yeast, the alcohol in the wine will inhibit growth.  You might need a higher concentration of yeast to counteract the inhibitor.  If it's not warm enough, it won't proof properly either. 
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    Question Re Carmel Sauce

    I remember reading it in a small article years ago, and can't, for the life of me, remember where.  Certainly not authoritative, but it made sense at the time, and not so much now, after Mr. McCraken points out the caramelo origin.  Makes much more sense.  Thanks!
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    foie gras help

    Don't sear the pate if you aren't sure of how it's made.  Foie gras is beautifully rich, as I'm sure you're well aware.  The pate is likely much richer, and the consistency may not hold up well enough for a sear.  It might be possible to do, and if so, it could be very tastey, but I'd prefer...
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    What are you listening to these days?

    A few tunes that I've been infatuated with lately are: Quiet Dawn, Nostalgia 77 Optical Illusions, William Orbit (Billy Buttons Mix) Stay the Same, Bonobo (feat. Andreya Triana) I've mostly been listening while doing random chores at home to relax after work, so those three are pretty chill...
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    Food Words and Expressions I Don't Like Because I'm Old and Cranky

    *chuckles*  I posted on the same topic in another thread right before I read this.  Hopefully someone in the world has an answer, and hopefully I will find it someday.
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    Question Re Carmel Sauce

    I am in agreement with you, Chef, but it reminds me of something I've wondered about most times that I've read the word "caramel"... How did the contemporary English spelling come to be?  I am sure I've thought about it way too much, but it's just one of those nagging things for me.  So far...
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    Food Words and Expressions I Don't Like Because I'm Old and Cranky

    I have way too many peeves to list, or maybe I'm just in a bad mood right now, so I'll restrain myself until the wine kicks in. (with one exception, of course)  All of the talk about the use of the word "fresh" reminded me of an industry standard phrase that I see daily and despise all the...
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    Cooking chicken question

    What would concern me more is the temperature to begin with.  At 60c (I think that equates to 140f) maximum temperature, there is still the matter of bacteria.  Brine would help control the bacteria, and it might not be as big of an issue with a high quality chicken after the brine, but I still...
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    Cooking chicken question

    It's true, to a certain extent.  Under specific circumstances, and with proper handling, long cooking periods are best.  In the case of roasting, though, unless the item in question is completely submerged in fat throughout the cooking process (such as confit), or some other moisturizing measure...
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    Cooking chicken question

    The only chicken I can think of that would benefit from 5 hours of cooking would be one that died of old age.  In which case, I would prefer attempting to create a new fashion trend of chicken leather accessories over actually eating it. 
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