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How to Clean and Maintain Cast Iron

I think it'd be extremely useful to know the temperature (or temperature range) at which polymerization of the oil occurs. That way, with a cheap IR thermometer, you could easily tell when your pan's hot enough to polymerize -- and you don't have to worry about underheating it, overheating it, or wasting energy by heating it longer than there's any reason to.

How to Season a Cast Iron Pan (It's Easier Than You Think!)

@dwestenk, it will take a lonnnng time to make the pan smooth. Many, many layers of the seasoning will have to build up before you reach that point.

How to Season a Cast Iron Pan (It's Easier Than You Think!)

@dwestenk, it will take a lonnnng time to make the pan smooth. Many, many layers of the seasoning will have to build up before you reach that point.

How to Season a Cast Iron Pan (It's Easier Than You Think!)

I have a question, Daniel. (BTW, loved your stern appearance on Masterchef! So intimidating!)

Once in awhile, I add a layer of seasoning by heating my cast-iron pan 'til it's smoking, and then rubbing and buffing it with a thin layer of oil.

Occasionally, once the pan has cooled, I'm left with areas that feel a little gummy or sticky. I'm wondering if this is because I overheated -- or underheated -- the pan before pouring in the oil and wiping it out.

Have you ever experienced this?

Dinner in 20: For the Best Fried Chicken Cutlets, Use Clarified Butter

@Beenz: ya gotta read the comments. Quote Daniel Gritzer from the comment section of the article you're referencing: "Ghee IS clarified butter."

Yes, the milk solids are browned when making ghee. But what you're making is still clarified butter. Just because its flavor is subtly different from clarified butter made by stopping the process before the solids are browned doesn't mean that it's not butter that's been clarified.

DIY Pudding Pops

These look wonderful, and I'll be making them tonight or tomorrow.

By the way, have you tried Green & Black's milk chocolate? It's definitely on the more-chocolatey end of the spectrum for an American milk chocolate.

Mortar and Pestle + Food Processor = Great Curry Paste, Fast

@Kenji: I, too, would love a video of correct mortar and pestle use, although your description of the action *probably* tells us all we really need to know.

Classic Blueberry Muffins: Fast, Simple, and None Too Sweet

Made two different blueberry muffin recipes this past week: yours and the Jordan Marsh recipe from the NY Times. Yours were the hands-down favorite, and everyone agreed that they were, indeed, amazingly tender without being too crumbly.

My observations, were I to pass your recipe along to friends: 1. Don't be put off by the amount of batter you put into each tin. This truly does make 12 perfectly-sized muffins. 2. Mine were baked through *before* becoming brown on top. Next time, I'm going to bake them closer to the top of the oven so that I get more browning before they're done. 3. Not using liners, I found that they were so tender that a couple of them, run through with cooked blueberries, were difficult to remove from the tin in one piece. Foil liners would help that, but I'd rather not lose the browned sides and bottom.

The Food Lab: A Mind-Blowing Technique for Cleaning Deep-Fry Oil Using Gelatin

Count me as another voice in favor of learning more about chicken-fried shrimp!

Crispy Home Fries With Red Onions and Roasted Poblano Pepper

@Kenji: Okay, you will never catch me using the s******* word around here again!

I'm making these as we speak. Is the timing in Step 3 correct? It's taking me a lot longer than 6 minutes to brown these puppies on (more or less) all sides.

Crispy Home Fries With Red Onions and Roasted Poblano Pepper

Mmm! Looks wonderful and can't wait to try it!

Kenji, is that sriracha on your fried eggs? Or something else?

Salmon Poke With Macadamia Nuts and Fried Shallots

Made this last night, as planned. (I used Lee Kum Kee chili garlic sauce.) It completely blew my wife away, she ADORED it. Thank you!

Salmon Poke With Macadamia Nuts and Fried Shallots

This looks wonderful, I'm planning on making it tonight for my salmon tataki-loving wife. Question: do you have any recommendations for the chili garlic sauce?

How to Cook the Moistest* and Tenderest* Chicken Breasts

This would be perfect for my famous Chicken Fried Steak Fried Chicken!

Easy Vegan Mayonnaise (With Aquafaba)

Can't wait to try this. I had the same thought about lecithin, too -- I'm wondering if the recipe as-is is so good, you didn't even bother to try it.

BraveTart: What's Different About Organic Powdered Sugar, and Why It Matters

I'm curious about this stuff: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/snow-white-non-melting-topping-sugar-16-oz

It's powdered sugar that doesn't disappear. The ingredients list doesn't contain cornstarch, but it does contain wheat starch.

West African Peanut Soup Meets Khao Soi. Extra Nuttiness Ensues.

Made this tonight, minus the cilantro but otherwise by the book. Wife thought it was perhaps the best soup she'd ever eaten, and she ate so much she got a stomachache.

West African Peanut Soup Meets Khao Soi. Extra Nuttiness Ensues.

@the last word: Generally, they don't. What they do sell is something called "Cream of Coconut," which is extremely sweet and is used primarily for mixing drinks.

West African Peanut Soup Meets Khao Soi. Extra Nuttiness Ensues.

I'd love to make this for my wife, who adores peanut soups, but she's one of those who doesn't have the gene for appreciating cilantro. Any thoughts as to what might work well here instead?

Aglio e Olio: The One Pasta Sauce You Absolutely Must Know

BobChris, sometimes I think the CI folks and the SE folks are sniffing around each other on a frequent basis. There's a growing list of dishes and techniques that pop up first in one, then in the other, in the span of a few weeks or a couple of months. Aglio e Olio is just the latest; easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs was on SE and then popped up shortly thereafter in CI; incorporating gelatin into pan sauce to make it restaurant-quality showed up in both places pretty much back-to-back, etc.

Step-by-Step: How to Make German Lebkuchen for Christmas

"Hershey's Extra Dark" cocoa? I see no such thing listed on the Hershey's website. Do you, by any chance, mean "Hershey's Special Dark" cocoa?

How Horror Star Vincent Price Eerily Predicted America's Culinary Future

I have my parents' old copy of the first printing of "TREASURY OF GREAT RECIPES," and I adore it. As a child, I loved to make the easier recipes like the Harvey Girl French Toast Santa Fe (which inspired me to read and love the book "Dining By Rail"). I still make, with regularity, the Cold Cucumber Soup (from Scandia), the Boccone Dolce (from Sardi's), and (when I really want to impress) the Baked Alaska. The barbecue sauce recipe that accompanies the Chez Ravine "Western Franks" is still one of my favorites to throw together. And I love to page through it with my daughter, look at the color plates and point out the amazing menus with the prices that would allow her to buy the most sumptuous lobster dinner with one week's allowance.

The one thing that always irritated me about it was that the measurements were not included in the ingredient lists; you had to find them in the body of the recipe instructions. That was especially troublesome when the ingredient would show up in more than one place in the recipe and you had to total all the quantities together and figure out by yourself what you'd need.

Baked Ziti With Two Mozzarellas and Parmesan Cream Sauce

Oh, and to answer my own question: NO, you cannot reheat the parmesan cream without it breaking. It's a little like hollandaise.

Baked Ziti With Two Mozzarellas and Parmesan Cream Sauce

Well, made this last night for some very demanding eaters, and it was an ENORMOUS hit. (In fact, one of the participants said of the parmesan cream, "Why isn't this served with every meal?" and the others agreed.) As I had a few leftovers, I'll be seeing how well the parmesan cream stands up to a night's refrigeration. THANK YOU, Daniel, for a spectacular recipe that will go right into our "rotation."