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The Best Way to Cut a Mango

I never have a problem just using a paring knife. Though I have occasionally noticed bitterness when cutting a very ripe atualfo mango so maybe I'll try the glass thing. Either way I don't see why a peeler would be better than a paring knife. Feel like it gives me more precision to cut off the thick skin

Why You'll Never Find Unbleached Cake Flour in My Pantry

So do you have a brand recommendation? The only reason I've bought unbleached cake flour is that King Arthur stopped making bleached and I trust them to make flour that has a more consistent protein content than some store brands.

Preserved Lemons

Is it worth spending the extra money for organic lemons in this case? Just wondering if whatever they spray on conventional lemons will effect the end product.

How to Make Lemon Meltaways That Truly Melt Away

I only looked in one store, but I just wanted to warn people that while I did find an organic powdered sugar with tapioca starch, the first two brands I checked out had organic cornstarch in them. So definitly check out the ingredient lists before you buy. But now that I've got my bag looks like I've got a lot of baking to do

We Made the Portal Cake: No Lie, It's Delicious

Just wow. Can't wait for your book to finally come out :)

How to Make Tart, Extra-Silky Lemon Bars

Looks beautiful. One question about baking pans. I like the USA pans that are aluminized steel. I have no idea what that mean exactly, but they're light colored and never stick. Do you know if that's different from anodized aluminium? Will it work the same?

How to Make the Creamiest Risotto alla Milanese

Looks beautiful, now I just need to think of something spring appropriate to serve with it

@VeganWithaYoYo - I usually make polenta in my rice cooker on the porridge setting. It's not quite as smooth as the stir frequently type, but still great when I'm feeling lazy. Unfortunately I don't know if it would work in the cheaper type of rice cooker, but polenta is cheap, I'm sure it's worth a try.

Can Cinder, the World's Most Precise Griddle, Replace Sous Vide?

Sounds interesting. How does it prevent splattering? Is it just physically contained in the cinder?

Cambodian Grilled Lemongrass Beef Skewers

Another plea for the authentic ingredients, which it seems many of us do have access to. I appreciate figuring out substitutions for those that don't, but I bought a kaffir lime tree on amazon last year that I keep in a pot indoors and I'm always looking for more ways to use up the leaves. Looks really tasty either way

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes as a Food Lover

Thanks for all the great ideas, I've been dealing with gestational diabetes for the past month and it can get so frustrating. I do feel really lucky that I am able to still eat carbs, especially in the evenings, as long as I watch portion sizes. Breakfast is definitely the biggest challenge and I really find myself missing fruit. It's especially hard when you have a toddler running around eating all the things you can't - really going to make me think twice about whether to do this again. I just have to keep reminding myself that it's only temporary, and it always helps to read about how other people are handling the same situation.

How to Make Cemita Rolls, The Ultimate Sandwich Bun

Those look fantastic
@WhirlwindMonk - most bread freezes really well, especially small pieces like rolls or slices. Whenever I make bread I put any that I'm not going to eat in the next two days in the freezer wrapped in foil or plastic. You should be able to let the rolls thaw at room temp in an hour or two, maybe pop them into a 350 F oven for a few min if you want to recript the crust

The Real Rules of Making Polenta (Hint: They're Not What Everyone Says)

I usually use half milk half water like a few others, and it's rare that I don't finish it with some cheese. I'm wondering if you tested cooking the polenta sous vide at all. I tried it once and it came out perfect - no stirring needed other than squishing the bag around half way through cooking, then poured into a bowl so I could whisk in butter and parmesan. Of course the next time I tried it I think I used a different recipe and it came out tasty but lumpy. I would love it if someone would test out the ideal time and temp, because fully hands off polenta with minimal dishes to clean is so nice.

Knife Skills: How to Clean, Trim, and Prepare Artichokes

Could you just add some citric acid to the water instead of using lemons, maybe keeping one lemon aside for rubbing cut surfaces if needed? Unless the lemons are adding flavor, I always feel like I'm wasting a bunch of lemons

How to Make Stir-Fried Beef With Chinese Broccoli

I've found that if I don't have time to go to an Asian market, broccolini is a decent substitute. I believe it's a cross between gai lan and western broccoli

The Best and Most Accurate Way to Measure Wet and Dry Ingredients for Baking

The book CookWise has a really nice chart that I use all the time to convert volumes to weight. Some things like sugar are simple to convert. For flour she has the weights for 3 different measuring methods for AP, cake and bread flour. There must be a similar chart somewhere else, but for now its working really well for me as I can't stand measuring by volume anymore. I know King Arthur's website has weight conversions, but only one for each type of flour so it's less useful

Pump up the Party With Cheesy Poutine Poppers

Sounds amazing and much easier to eat. Where do you get cheese curds though? Not something I ever see at the supermarket in NYC

The Secret to Great Coq au Vin? Lose the Coq

I don't feel like cooking the veg separately is just about better presentation - I personally really don't like the texture or flavor of most vegetables that have been in the braise the whole time. I agree that they need to be there to give the sauce flavor, but I really prefer to strain them out before reducing the braising liquid, then either cook fresh garnish to add to the meat or just serve the dish with something else. It's possible since this braise is cooked for such a relatively short time that wouldn't be necessary, but for anything over an hour I just have to strain everything out.

Where to Buy Amazing Tea Online

I'm a big fan of for japanese teas. The shipping is quick and reasonable despite the distance, and there's a lot of information on the site and forums to help you pick a place to start. Learned most of what I know about green tea there.

Chinese Lion's Head Pork Meatballs With Vermicelli and Cabbage

is that bean thread vermicelli or rice vermicelli in the soup?

This No-Knead Olive-Rosemary Focaccia With Pistachios Takes Just 15 Minutes of Prep

@ MrConfusion
I might be wrong, but I think the biggest problem with using a dutch oven would be the high sides blocking the heat and slowing down browning, especially for a flat bread. I would think a regular 12" skillet or even a cake pan would work better despite not having the mass of cast iron.

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

Also I've never seen a 10 by 6 pan - would the more common 9 by 5 work with a bit of a longer baking time for the added height?

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

I'd also like to request weights please. Seems silly to include the weight for flour but not cocoa powder which shouldn't be measured volumetrically for the same reasons

How to Make Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

Corn syrup is very similar to glucose, which is more common in europe, and serves the same purpose as an invert sugar. I think the main difference is that corn syrup has more water. Since it's not a huge amount and you're not making candy or something else very temperamental it should be ok to swap. I'm curious if anyone tries with golden syrup since I love the flavor

Mexican Tamale Pie (Tamal de Cazuela) With Black Bean Filling

If I halved the recipe, do you think a 10 inch cast iron skillet would be the right size? Also wondering how long this would keep and how it is reheated. One of the nice thing about tamales is that you can freeze them and steam whenever, so hopefully this would be similar and then I could make the whole batch. Looks great

Juicy and Tender Swedish Meatballs With Rich Gravy

I made these tonight over egg noodles and they were fantastic. Perfect amount of salt (I used diamond crystal) and really tender. The store was out of ground pork so I used their meatloaf blend which is 1:1:1 ground beef chuck, ground pork, ground veal. I doubt I'd spend the extra money on the veal if it hadn't been in the package, but in a delicate meatball like these I think it works really well.