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March 2007

Soaking Beans

I have heard that there is a faster method to soak dried beans rather than leaving them overnight. What is it? Also, is it true that if you discard the soaking water you will reduce reduce flatulence? --Diana The traditional method for soaking dried beans is to pick through them to remove any foreign matter and shriveled or damaged beans,... Read more →




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Selling the Sizzle -- A Mini-rant

Some things I just don't get. A local restaurant serves their steaks on sizzle platters, those shallow cast iron frying pans set on a serving base. The platter is heated before service so that the steak arrives at your table crackling and hissing, in billow of smoke and steam. So, what's wrong with that? Well, I like my steak cooked... Read more →




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Five-Spice Powder

What goes into Chinese Five-Spice Powder that gives it its distinctive flavor. Can I make it at home? -- Bette Five spice powder may be made from a variety of spices, and sometimes more than five of them. The basic, common ingredients that give five-spice powder its distinctive flavor are star anise, and either fennel or anise seeds. All three... Read more →




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Jerusalem Artichoke

I have a salad recipe that says to use Jerusalem Artichokes. I can't find them anywhere. What are they and is there anything I can use instead? --Sheri Jerusalem artichokes aren't really artichokes at all. They are the root tuber of a variety of sunflower plant. According to the second edition of The Food Lover's Companion , the name actually... Read more →




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