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August 2010

Gastro-Economics 101 - The Price is Right

Every once in a while someone will ask, "Why can I buy a steak at the grocery store for $5.00 but I have to pay $40.oo for the same steak in a restaurant?" OK, I sanitized the wording a bit. Use your imagination if you want the full text version. Well, suppose that you were running your own kitchen at... Read more →




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Give It a Rest

Why should you rest meat after cooking it? -- Darren Resting meat serves three purposes. First, it allows the meat to finish cooking through, Straight out of the oven, or off the fire, the outside of a piece of meat is hotter than the middle. The difference in temperature can be quite large. During resting, the heat from the outside... Read more →




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Substitution for Kaffir Lime Leaves

What can I use in place of Kaffir lime leaves in making Tom Yum soup? --Deanna Finding a substitute has been a bit of a problem for me, too. Because Kaffir lime leaves, also known as Makrut lime leaves1, have a distinct floral note just substituting lime zest and/or lime juice has never had the right flavor profile to me.... Read more →




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How Big is a Sprig

Help! My recipe calls for a sprig of fresh parsley, chopped. How big is a sprig? --Danielle Technically, a sprig is a small branch or shoot of a plant. Unfortunately, that's pretty much useless knowledge in the kitchen. The problem though, is that a lot of cooking is about inexact measures such as sprigs, pinches, dashes, handsfull and the all... Read more →




Due to the volume of questions received, not all can be answered, nor can we guarantee we will answer questions immediately
© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward