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March 2009

Cuisinart Convection Breadmaker - Not Ready for Prime Time

For Christmas this year, I asked for and was given a Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker, model CBK-200C. If your idea of a bread maker is, "I'll set this up and have fresh bread when I get home from work," or "when I get up in the morning," then the CBK-200C is probably not the one for you. I have only... Read more →




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Beating Egg Whites - How Cream of Tartar Helps

While you mentioned that cream of tartar, in a properly sealed container, can be kept indefinitely, I used mine last evening and the beaten egg whites did not turn out to be stiff as described in the recipe. I suspect the culprit is my cream of tartar being too old, even though it was kept in a tightly sealed container.... Read more →




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Basa Fish

Do Basa fish fillets have another name and where does this fish come from? -- Ruth Basa is a type of catfish. Other names include Basa Fish, Bocourti, Bocourti Catfish, Bocourti Fish, Sutchi Catfish, and Pangasius. The scientific name for Basa is Pangasius bocourti. A close relative, Pangasius hypophthalmus, or Tra, is also sometimes sold as Basa Basa are native... Read more →




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KitchenSavvy is Tweeting!

Now you can follow KitchenSavvy on Twitter, a social networking and micro-blogging service. Posts on Twitter are called "Tweets" and are limited to just 140 characters. How will I use it? To post random food thoughts To answer questions received from readers and that don't require a lot of detail To let readers know when a new posting is up... Read more →




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Make $100 an Hour in Your Spare Time -- Dicing Onions

Once again, the mind boggles! On a recent trip to the grocery store, I noticed plastic clam shells full of diced onions -- cost $4.99 for 283 grams (just over 1/2 pound). I could get yellow onions, red onions, or a mix of diced onions and celery, each for that price. I checked the cost of whole onions. A three... Read more →




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I love cooking with caramelized onions. They have a rich, complex flavor which is suited to many applications. They are the basis of dishes like classic French Onion Soup and and Pissaladiere. Caramelized onion can also be used stews and braises, in making bread and as a complement to meat. On a recent trip to France, we discovered a natural... Read more →




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© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward