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Should You Really Only Cook With Wine You'd Drink? The Truth About Cooking With Wine

When you go to the non tourist small restaurants in a variety of Italian cities, you get the house wine. This wine is usually, in my opinion better than wines that cost 4 times as much. Same in France, where a typical family starts wine drinking at 8am with a white sec that's in the fridge.

Back to Italy. Although I have many expensive ( more than $40.00 per bottle) wines that I keep and should drink, I was always looking for that red to replicate that inexpensive great tasting daily wine I found in Italy. I did find it.

It is Gallo Hearty Burgundy. Big bottle, about $6.00 (six). And, it's great to cook with. The whites, Char and Sav Blanc, are great to cook with as well.

Re-Introducing Soubise: The Classic Three Ingredient Onion Sauce That Deserves a Comeback

I'm always looking for a new sauce. This one is new to me.
Thank you for the recipe.
It will go well over potatoes as well.

Our Vegan Month Progress, Week 4: Temptation, Cheating, and What We've Learned

Tofu is a "processed" food, as a variety of coagulants are used in it's manufacturing, e.g. calcium chloride, calcium sulfate,or magnesium sulfate.
Owcowboy is a bit excitable, but that's ok.
I am 90% vegetarian. I eat animal protein on Easter and Christmas, and I need my grass fed butter, infused with shallots, parsley, and dill on my steamed golden potatoes. Olive oil doesn't make the cut on steamed potatoes.

I also stray a few other times of the year.

Our Vegan Month Progress, Week 4: Temptation, Cheating, and What We've Learned

It is always easy to comment on vegan, vegetarianism, carnivourism, etc. where there is abundance. Alaskan natives of yesteryear could not plant vegs, so they ate seal, and whale. The people of the eastern european steppes had plenty of whole wheat and other fresh vegs, so the one cow they had was kept for milk. In Finland, elk was it, and some moss and grasses. Today, when starvation hits an area, the thought isn't should I eat this, but it's how fast can I eat this.

Now, ships and trucks bring vegs to many of the prior veg. free places. At a higher price of course.

Our Vegan Month Progress, Week 4: Temptation, Cheating, and What We've Learned

I was a vegan for a long while. I could have remained one if I had a full time chef/cook. Cooking vegan is a pain. Even eating out as a vegan is a pain.

How to Make Chinese Steamed Whole Fish for Your Lunar New Year Feast

My original point/question was that in the above article you wrote, you never mention HOW to steam the fish. I, and maybe others like me, have never steamed a whole fish. By looking at your pictures, I was trying to figure it out.

Where to Buy Amazing Tea Online

I want to mention that I also buy and drink Typhoo tea. It is also very popular in the UK.
Their new one, Typhoo Gold, is very good as well. I mention this one particular one and the previously mentioned PG Tips for those of us who are inclined to be finacially challeged at times. Typhoo is better than PG if I had to choose one.

Pump up the Party With Cheesy Poutine Poppers

@LeSavage- You may be right as to the origin, but I've had it in many places in Toronto, and even in Winnipeg. All were good.

Japanese Miso-Glazed Eggplant (Nasu no Dengaku)

@Silicon: Kenji brought it inside to do a broil finish.

Pump up the Party With Cheesy Poutine Poppers

@eRicou: Your right, we all forgot Quebec is not part of Canada.

Chinese Steamed Whole Fish With Fermented Black Beans and Garlic

From your pictures, I finally deduced how to "set up the steamer":
Get a wok, place one inch of water in wok, place small wire grill in wok above the water, place plate with scallions and fish on top of grill, cover wok, turn on the heat, steam, check for water retention if needed.

How to Make Chinese Steamed Whole Fish for Your Lunar New Year Feast

From your pictures, I finally deduced how to "set up the steamer":
Get a wok, place one inch of water in wok, place small wire grill in wok above the water, place plate with scallions and fish on top of grill, cover wok, turn on the heat, steam, check for water retention if needed.

Very Thin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Finally, a recipe I can make.

Why You Shouldn't Dine Out on Valentine's Day

Sorry, I meant @akay1, What does food poisoning have to do with Valentine's Day or a heavy dinner?

The Best Roast Pork Sandwiches in Philadelphia

I'm still stuck on the first sentence. How can you eat 50 burgers and sandwiches in 60 hours? Not possible. That's about one every hour. Unless you just took one bite of each.

How to Make the Ultimate Rich and Creamy Vegan Ramen

Very good article.
I have made a dish like this before, but yours is more complicated and intense.
After I make such a dish, eating it, and doing the cleanup, I realize it is easier to go to a Japanese restaurant. After six months go by, I indulge in the suffering again.

The Science of the Best Fresh Pasta

Hey ButchermMike which semolina flour do you like?

Beyond English Breakfast: An Introduction to the World's Great Teas

Very good article. Here's something on assamic v. sinensis
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?t=19413

Seriously Asian: Konnyaku

Chichi: Do you know if the packets of shirataki (in a bag with liquid) can be frozen? I ask because I would prefer to buy a bunch at a time and freeze some if I could. Same question for konnyaku.

Where to Buy Amazing Tea Online

I should also mention that when I go to Toronto, Canada, I always stop by Say Tea on Bloor Street. Nice place, reasonable tea prices. I buy their various green teas. They do have a web site.

Where to Buy Amazing Tea Online

Most of the tea shops you mentioned average $100-150 per pound , some more. I'll stick to PG Tips, the most popular tea in England. I do however, grow mint, camomile, and hibiscus in our yard to use for tea.
www.mysticmedicines.com has a good sale going on now for tea. I did buy from them before. Their tea was very good.

Quick and Easy Dairy and Fat-Free Colombian Vegetable Soup (Ajiaco Negro)

I make this soup with guascas, instead of cilatro, but use cilantro if I no longer have guascas. I also use the golden or yellow potato, since it more closely true to the traditionally used Andean potato. Guascas can be found at so local stores, or amigofoods.com.

Grilled Lemongrass and Coriander-Marinated Tofu Vietnamese Sandwiches (Vegan Banh Mi)

For those of you who don't know, if you buy a fresh long piece of lemon grass, you can grow it in your yard or a pot with soil just buy sticking it into the soil. Water it of course. Just make sure the lemon grass you buy has a bottom as if was just pulled( or cut) from the ground. I planted some several years ago, and I now have a 6ftx6ft section of the garden devoted to lemongrass. It grows like weeds and you have to cut back the top leafy grass part all the time. I use it in many recipes.

Grilled Lemongrass and Coriander-Marinated Tofu Vietnamese Sandwiches (Vegan Banh Mi)

For those of you who don't know, if you buy a fresh long piece of lemon grass, you can grow it in your yard or a pot with soil just buy sticking it into the soil. Water it of course. Just make sure the lemon grass you buy has a bottom as if was just pulled( or cut) from the ground. I planted some several years ago, and I now have a 6ftx6ft section of the garden devoted to lemongrass. It grows like weeds and you have to cut back the top leafy grass part all the time. I use it in many recipes.

How to Make Perfect Ravioli From Scratch

It's all in the dough. I use to travel 45 miles one way to this Italian restaurant in Huntington Beach, CA just to order their ravioli.They closed after 15 years.

New Best Pizza in Los Angeles

I now have had the best ny style cheese slice in Los Angeles.I been to most places in LA and this is the best. 9th Street Pizza, in downtown LA, near the fabric district. Great crust,and taste.Just like getting off the subway at Penn Station and getting a slice at the various pizzarias.
Also, Pizzarito, in Marina Del Rey, is a close second.

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