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by PAstrychef
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 144
Views: 38117

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

They change so quickly, don’t they?
by PAstrychef
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Ok, about tempering chocolate. Tempering controls the formation of the crystals in the chocolate, which define the look and texture of the finished product. If you just cool the chocolate, the crystals form unevenly, leading to streaks on the surface and a crumbly texture. The only really tricky par...
by PAstrychef
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

First off I would add an extra egg and remove the baking powder. Brownies tend not to have leaveners. These are touted as being low in fat or I would also add some melted unsweetened chocolate. I like one ounce of chocolate per egg. Melt it and beat it into the bananas.
by PAstrychef
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Give us the recipe, we can probably fix that for you.
Made beef kofta. Discovered at the bottom of the recipe that it wanted two pounds of beef, not one. Quick, grab an extra pound from the freezer, nuke it a bit and work it in.
by PAstrychef
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Re: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?

And there is evidence that what you are hearing can change the way foods taste.
by PAstrychef
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Re: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?

The main reason is aesthetics. People like the way they look.
by PAstrychef
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 272
Views: 42299

Re: Bad Movies You Love

Dark Star is deliberately satire. It’s good all on its own.
by PAstrychef
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7186
Views: 535266

Re: Trump presidency

I’m more scared of getting Pence in office than I am of the Cheeto’s criminal acts. Not to say the Cheeto shouldn’t get the fullest extent of the law. Every one can see the Cheeto is a buffoon, and crazy. Pence is crazy like a a fox, with a real ideology driving him which is batshit Christian idiocy...
by PAstrychef
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

It is made with ground beef and cooked with “warm” spices like cinnamon. It is served with various accompaniments, but not cornbread and sour cream, or rice and tortillas or any of the usual suspects. The Chicago Tribune has a nice article about it this week. I love a nice plate of 5-way, but I do u...
by PAstrychef
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7186
Views: 535266

Re: Trump presidency

Given that rapists these days can get off completely jail free, four to five years for federal corruption is hard time! After all, the biggest crime was getting caught. Some of those old fashioned American punishments seem very appealing right now-with all of the backyard chickens around tarring and...
by PAstrychef
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

I’m one of those people from the northeast, I even like the kind of chili they make in Cincinnati. So it’s cornbread for me. I put the leftovers straight into the freezer so they don’t get too much spicier before we eat them.
by PAstrychef
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

White chicken chili and cornbread. Twenty minutes in the Instant pot. I did use canned beans. It’s been chilly and rainy here so it was just right.
by PAstrychef
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Supervisors
Replies: 13
Views: 1513

Re: Supervisors

Ah, but most supervisors have others that they report to, and who are watching them. So your immediate boss may well be getting the same treatment from her boss. Much of human endeavor is organized hierarchically, with jobs closely spelled out and power (and responsibility) flowing from the top down...
by PAstrychef
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 40
Views: 10777

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

Nope, in Room the characters are captives, who are not part of the bad guys deeds. They are not used to lure in others, or made to choose life or death for others. It was an ok read, but didn’t use this plot device.
by PAstrychef
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Salmon soufflé. Soufflés are great fun, especially once I realized they are basically fancy omelette. We got some beautiful purple cauliflower at the farmers market and roasted it while the soufflé was baking. Tasted like cauliflower, surprise, surprise.
by PAstrychef
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 40
Views: 10777

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

So for the third or fourth time this year the plot involved a woman who was abducted as a teen, held captive for years and found sort of by accident. During her captivity she had (at least) one child. At the end of the book, the big reveal is that she helped her captor lure in other girls, who were ...
by PAstrychef
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

The link to the article is a bit wonky-it went to a page claiming there was no article with that name, but when I typed Malva Pudding in the search bar the first return was a Wikipedia entry.... I made schnitzel and spaetzle for dinner. Both deceptive, in that they are really pretty easy and fast, b...
by PAstrychef
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 181
Views: 23826

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

For five people as part of a buffet, four breasts will be plenty. I like to tea smoke duck, which I do in my wok. Plenty of recipes out there. The worst that can happen is either it all goes in a hurry or you have duck leftovers for a few days.
by PAstrychef
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 181
Views: 23826

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

If possible, go for duck breast, which you can slice and put out on a platter. Duck wings aren’t as much fun as chicken and getting leg/thigh quarters is harder than finding breasts.
How many people are you talking about?
by PAstrychef
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27236

Re: Libertarianism

SecondTalon wrote:At least, not without assuming that Libertarians on the whole are just wanting for it to be socially acceptable for them to fuck over everyone they possibly meet for a small advantage.

Well, you have uncovered the secret formula!
by PAstrychef
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 181
Views: 23826

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I go for chicken soup, which I always have in the freezer. Otherwise ramen noodles, or scrambled eggs with butter. The basic diet for upset tummies in my family is saltine crackers and ginger soda, or lemon-ginger tea. That’s for when nausea is happening and puking is likely. Ginger tea is good at c...
by PAstrychef
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The (Sub)Urban Farmer
Replies: 22
Views: 2010

Re: The (Sub)Urban Farmer

That will be a challenge indeed! Maybe you could look into a hydroponic set up, since day length is almost as important as temperature for most vegetables. Once you need the grow lights, you might as well set up a water tank....
by PAstrychef
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Jams and jellies, or confiture to be all frenchified about it, can be very easy to make. Get the Ball’s Blue Book of recipes and then follow the instructions for times and acid/sugar amounts. There’s a neat book called Small Batch Preserving which is good for people not looking to make 25 quarts of ...
by PAstrychef
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Made this chicken schwarma. Cooked up quick, nice blend of textures and flavors. I upped the amount of spices in the marinade and used lime juice instead of lemon-I was out of lemons- in the dressing. Came out very nicely.
by PAstrychef
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 40
Views: 10777

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

As far as I know, east is the direction the sun rises in. North is 90 degrees from east. Magnetic north is called magnetic north because the earth’s magnetic field is anchored at the pole. I guess it’s the idea that the planets rotation-only observable from outer space- is “the same as earths” what ...
by PAstrychef
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 40
Views: 10777

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

I know I’m supposed to give a book some time before deciding to chuck it, but this sentence in the first paragraph of Outpost by W.M. Gear just about did me in. “Donovan (planet on which book is set) rotated in the same direction as Earth, so sunrise was still in the east.” The amount of wrong in th...
by PAstrychef
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

A perfect summer dinner-bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches and homemade chicken soup.
by PAstrychef
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 181
Views: 23826

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

It ends up sort of chunky, not a neat solid piece. Maybe workable, but awkward.
by PAstrychef
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 181
Views: 23826

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Because of the bone down the center of the thigh it’s hard to get a piece that’s flat and even. Schnitzel works best with a cutlet. I suppose you could get some “meat glue” and create a cutlet from thigh meat.
by PAstrychef
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 181
Views: 23826

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

It also hearkens back to the cultural feeling that “pale =good”, which gave us wonder bread, white zinfandel and Michael Jackson. It was seen as delicate and pure, and so must be more desirable. Foods were highly spiced and seasoned until exotic spices became available to the middle classes. Then ve...
by PAstrychef
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Double thick pork chops stuffed with spinach and cheese. The filling exploded out of them because I didn’t cut the pockets correctly, but it just made for a crispy spinachy crust.
by PAstrychef
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 1405

Re: Carnivorous Plants

My kitchen has big windows and two skylights and glass doors. It gets more light than any other room in the house. Do you have recommendations for where to obtain the plants?
by PAstrychef
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 1405

Re: Carnivorous Plants

Now I think I need some kind of pitcher plant for my kitchen!
by PAstrychef
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Cooked some chicken thighs and legs sous-vide, then finished them on the grill with some nice sticky bbq sauce I made up for ribs last week. Roasted corn on the cob on the grill too.
by PAstrychef
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 15705

Re: Firearms Regulations

Alas, that fails to explain the function or purpose of open carry, it just claims that doing so is accepted in some parts of the US. As far as I can tell, it’s main purpose is to show off that you are carrying a gun around with you everywhere. I suppose it was at one point supposed to intimidate tho...
by PAstrychef
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Took leftover grilled corn and made corn fritters for breakfast. The trick is not using so much cornmeal that they become gritty lumps like bad hush puppies. I was thinking that par-cooking the cornmeal might work ok. Just let it soak in boiling water for a few minutes. Hmmmm.
by PAstrychef
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4464
Views: 799841

Re: Today I Made:

Details on the bean CSA please. Can anybody join?
by PAstrychef
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7920887

Re: Thoughts for ships

So you find the info you need from google, instead of a book. That’s still independent.
by PAstrychef
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Roasts - Wire Rack + Baking Sheet vs Cast Iron Pan
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Re: Roasts - Wire Rack + Baking Sheet vs Cast Iron Pan

Both of those items are useful in many ways, so having them won’t be wasted money or space even if you don’t roast very often. I’ve found that most roasting methods work equally well, depending on what you want to end up with. If I’m making a pan sauce and a separate starch I will use an oven safe h...
by PAstrychef
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 181
Views: 23826

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

The water is a cooking medium for the mac. The salt, well i guess you’re correct.

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