Archive for January, 2010

Hash Browns: Ever Closer

I think I’ve solved my texture issue with hash browns. While watching an America’s Test Kitchen episode on mashed potatoes, the cooking technique called for rinsing the sliced potato pieces in water before boiling. Washing the slices removed  the surface starch which would cause gumminess in the mashed potatoes. WHAM! Gumminess is exactly what I […]


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The (Wood Stove) Sting

Remember the movie “The Sting“? Paul Newman and Robert Redford play con men and conspire to swindle money from a mob boss played by Robert Shaw. Great movie! The movie was arranged as a series of “acts” – The Players, The Setup, etc. with each “act” designed to build up Robert Shaw’s confidence before Newman […]


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Sweet and Sour Chicken & Vegetables

I like Asian cooking, well the taste at any rate, and when a recepie came along for a sweet and sour dish with vegetables I wanted to give it a try. The issue for me is the original recipe was a strictly vegetarian preparation using tofu and salad bar vegetables. Sorry, I’m just not that into tofu and having […]


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Scrambled Eggs

I’ve made scrambled eggs most of my life. When my kids were much younger, one egg in a microwave-safe glass bowl for 1 minute was an instant breakfast. Recently I’ve experimented with cooking them on the stove-top attempting to get a really light, fluffy texture. Over the past couple of months I’ve added 1/8 tsp of cream […]


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