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What is 'old-school' Italian cooking?

by gutreactions 2 years ago

We hear the term so often. Where did it get started? How do you define it? Is it a knock, or a compliment? Is it a kitchen that uses a lot of red sauce? Is it an Italian-American restaurant in the ...

Nixtamalized stone ground corn meal... does it exist?

by teukros 8 years ago

Can anyone suggest a source for stone ground, course grind cornmeal suitable for polenta or corn bread which is nixtamalized? Thanks!

Shelf Life of Barley?

by masha 2 months ago

I have a partial bag of barley that I would guess that I bought about 4 years ago. It is marked with a "best by" date of December 2020. The bag has been tightly tied with a twisty since it was op...

How to remove crystallized maple syrup from narrow-neck syrup bottle?

by Blaq 1 month ago

After reusing a glass maple syrup bottle for a couple of years, about 1/2 inch of crystallization has accumulated at the bottom. The bottle has a narrow neck. What utensil or tool would you use to ...

Fresh White Alba Truffles from Urbani Truffles

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Last month my wine group had a reunion with a selection of Barbarescos and Baroli, the last bottles in our club cellar. I was asked to organize the wine program for our Piemonte dinner party for 12...

Holiday Fruitcakes & Panettones: what's to like?

by gutreactions 2 years ago

Do you enjoy fruitcake or panettone? Are they comparable? They are certainly popular during the Holiday season. So, tell me of the best, or the worst...

When yogurt separates - mix it in or drain it?

by lisavf 9 years ago

When a tub of yogurt separates, do you mix it back in or drain it? I've been draining it because I like how the remainder becomes thicker every day, but I've begun to wonder, am I losing significa...

Italian "Gaduna" or "Garduna?"

by suburbanite889 8 years ago

So every Spring, my grandfather would take us kids to the local farm park to pick what we called "gaduna." He said it grew well in sandy soil, and it looked similar to rhubarb in its stem, with alm...

Chicken Wing prices rising: another pandemic shortage?

by gutreactions 9 months ago

Craving chicken wings? The price of wings is rising fast, according to industry sources. Almost double what they were just a few months ago. Restaurants and markets have had to adjust their menu pr...

Gift ideas for special condiments, spices, wine, for gift

by laredo 2 months ago

My dear friend and I have been friends so long we’ve given each other just about everything there is to give, Christmas, birthdays, and in between, and I am at a loss this Christmas. She is an e...

Goya Corn Flour, I'm Confused

by zackly 2 months ago

Does anyone know what Goya calls their corn flour? I don't want anything pre-cooked or treated with an alkali, just dried corn kernels ground fine into a flour? Thanks!

Most popular vegetable of the year 2020: Brussels sprouts?

by gutreactions 1 year ago

What's been your favorite vegetable of 2020? My vote goes to Brussels sprouts, both loved and hated by gourmands all over. I have been enjoying them at home or out, whenever I can. I believe more e...

Best non-alcoholic beverages: share your favorites!

by gutreactions 1 year ago

Want to cut back on my alcohol consumption during this pandemic. We enjoy our wine and beer, but we want non-alcoholic alternative drinks, too. Especially when dining out. A friend recently tried H...

Pie for breakfast!

by masha 7 years ago

One of my favorite post-Thanksgiving rituals -- apple pie for breakfast on Friday morning. Who else is indulging?

Any food historians or French cooks here? What was this 1880s dish?

by Kate9299 2 months ago

While randomly browsing the net, I happened across an article that described the Thanksgiving banquet menu that a wealthy Chicago businessman gave for 500 (!!!) of his closest friends and relati...

Where are the Pine Nuts??

by Motosport 2 months ago

I've been buying bags of Pine Nuts @ Costco and BJ's for years . "Ain't No Mo!" BJ's said they are not carrying them any longer. What's up? I can buy small quantities in small jars at the regul...

Chefs vs. Cooks vs. Gods [split from Fava Beans post]

by kySafran 2 months ago

I'm not sure it's our place to criticise these experts and how they choose to teach us mere mortals the ways of the kitchen small. They don't really use the books you're so keen on. If you ever ...

Dark chocolate bars

by sophia519 2 months ago

What is your recommendation for good dark chocolate bars (widely available), more smooth than bitter, with almonds are a plus

Has inflation affected your life?

by eugenep 7 months ago

I stopped buying beef for many dishes and no summer steaks on the grill. I started going back to my weekend restaurant and the front of house staff is super busy and tired and in a terrible moo...

Calamari Challenge!

by ricepad 4 months ago

[Before you read on, it may be helpful to check out the link to Episode 484 of This American Life: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/484/doppelgangers/act-one] There is an allegation/urban legen...