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Potatoes that won't cook - continued - needs investigation?

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by Savorytart 5 days ago

There is an original thread from 2008, [mod note: The poster is referring to http://www.wadataku.com/post/potatoes-cook-499947 ] in which people spoke about potatoes that won't cook, and in whic...

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"After our oysters, we'd like to order waffles!"

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by gutreactions 3 days ago

Ok, so maybe I should mind my own business, but we were sitting down for brunch at a popular spot in Annapolis during our recent trip and noticed the table next to us. They started with a round of ...

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Tortillas

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by fionasit 6 days ago

What about package tortillas does anyone know anything about the preservatives they use: how long they last? what about refrigerated tortillas as opposed to the ones on dry shelf?do they last ha...

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If you wanted really good apples for a pie where would you buy them?

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by Aston01 6 days ago

A lot the apples I buy at the various grocery stores look really good but don't necessarily have a great deal of flavor when you actually attempt to make them the centerpiece of a dessert. They tas...

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Frozen Tropical Fruit

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by Timothy468 6 days ago

I have looked online and found nothing (other than ads) when searching for the "best frozen tropical fruits". I recently returned briefly to Hawaii and wondered why we ever left - the fresh fruit i...

Graduation Dinner - Providence, Rhode Island

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by northxnortheast 22 hours ago

Help ! (Please). Need to find a nice venue that can accommodate 20 people or so for a nice graduation dinner. Needs to be wheelchair-friendly. We have tried a few places and they either have a lot ...

HELP... fingers are burning from cutting jalapenos. Remedies?

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by gtrekker2003 13 years ago

Hi! I just chopped some jalapenos today and now my fingertips are burning quite badly. Anybody know of any remedies? Looked online but found nothing. Maybe I'm not putting in the right searc...

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Topo Chico water

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by iamam 4 days ago

Does anyone know where to find it in Toronto - hopefully in the west end (Etobicoke or Mississauga)? I see you can purchase online: https://h2ostore.ca/ But they want $45 for delivery. I ca...

What is 'old-school' Italian cooking?

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by gutreactions 29 days 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 ...

Gourmet Food for Train Trip

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by Budstone 1 month ago

looking at the Empire Builder train ride from Chicago to Seattle and would like ideas for really good gourmet food for the trip. Will be taking a collapsable cooler and dry ice. Can you sneak (like...

Hot or Cold tap water for boiling Pasta??

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by paulispumonti 11 years ago

Is it an Old Wives Tale that you should boil cold water for making pasta??? I always heard that using hot water from the tap may contain chemicals/minerals that can contaminate the food...but obvio...

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What is added to grocery store ground beef?

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by Aston01 7 days ago

I'd like to think that ground beef is just ground up beef but better sense is telling me that it is being modified somehow. Recently started eating more straight ground beef w/ minimal seasoning...

Do you prefer beef or lamb?

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by Smokeydoke30 15 days ago

I'm reading through this old Chowhound post and people are saying that lamb tastes like farts and tastes disgusting. Does anyone else experience this? I'm always surprised when people describe what...

Need help with cookie identification from the past

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by dustinc_70655 16 days ago

Hello all, I'm trying to find the name of a cookie that I enjoyed as a kid in the 80's/90's. It's a small brown cookie about the size of a quarter, crunchy in texture. There was a circular swirl pa...

Potatoes that won't cook

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by Richelle 12 years ago

Hello everyone! The phenomena of potatoes that won't cook has happened to me a few times now over the years, yesterday, it happened in a beef stew I was making for 50, I had started cooking it t...

Definition of Shepherd's Pie

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by Billy33 9 years ago

A few days ago I was reading a book, by an American author, that had a recipe for 'Shepherd's Pie' and was amused to see it used minced beef. Then I happened to catch an episode of Rachel Ray where...

Azafran in Mexico

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by kare_raisu 11 years ago

The best thing I had the opportunity to eat during 10 days in Guadalajara and surrounding Jalisco was Menudo Amarillo this past Sunday. I cannot determine what I would do if I had to choose bet...

Ok, what the heck are THESE things and how do I use them?

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by GeneClark 7 years ago

My GF got these in Mexico recently. I was able to determine that "azafran" is "saffron". It just doesn't look like any saffron I know. A Google search for brown saffron pods gave **nothing**. Even ...

Why is tarama (carp roe) no longer available?

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by billrosenblatt 2 years ago

I regularly use tarama (carp roe) in cooking. I'm talking about straight tarama, not taramosalata which is tarama mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. However, it's no longer available on store ...

Shiitake mushrooms look and smell fine, taste SOUR??

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by tinyfish 5 years ago

I use Shiitakes a lot and have never come across this before yesterday. I had bought two packets of particularly large Shiitakes (in fact, I'd never seen them this big before either). After the fir...

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