Ken G

Retired and living the good live - traveling, theatre, gourmet cooking.

  • Location: Sacramento
  • Favorite foods: Diabetic, Low Carb (because I want to stay healthy)

The Food Lab: How to Make Potato Leek Soup the Easy and Easier way

My technique is to dice potatoes, simmer about 20 minutes until the potatoes and leeks are quite soft, then whisk in some butter. By the time the butter has melted, the soup is done - a little chunky and just barely gluey.

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Eggs, scrambled, omelet, frittata, etc.

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Cranberry apple crisp

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Spice Rubs, different for each meat

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Mint?

Mint Chutney


Tzatziki, Keftedes

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Cold fried chicken for summer picnics

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Cranberry-Apple Crisp

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What's the Difference Between Jam, Jelly, Compote, and Conserve?

Do you have any information about low carbohydrate, no sugar added, or sugar-free jams and jellies?

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Shirazi - Persian salad of cucumber, tomato, red onion, mint, olive oil and lemon juice

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Rye Berry Salad

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Mayan Brownies that include cinnamon, powdered chiles, and cayenne

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Rum Cake with Meyers Rum

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Prime Rib - red

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Apple Crisp served warm with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Lamb Shish Kabob Question

I have a recipe that says to brush the lamb skewers with heavy cream just before grilling. Has anyone heard of this before? What is the purpose/benefit of brushing the meat with cream before grilling? Otherwise, the marinade and seasoning for this recipe are standard.

Half the Salt - Double the Pepper

Many recipes include 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Try switching the proportions and using 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. You may not easily notice the difference because pepper, like salt, is a flavor enhancer. If you do notice, you may like the taste. After a few weeks, my taste buds have become accustomed to less salt, and now a recipe made with the full measure of salt tastes too salty.
Why Change?
Medical research indicates that reducing salt intake could be beneficial. The Food and Drug Administration, California, New York City, and the American Heart Association are all taking steps to encourage reducing the amount of salt in food.
I think I have seen a drop of a couple of pounds on the scale and five or ten points in blood pressure tests due to a reduction in sodium. That may not sound like much, but it might be enough to avoid a heart attack or stroke.
Other Flavor Enhancers
To compensate for reducing salt, try increasing other flavor enhancers such as herbs, spices, hot pepper sauce, vinegar, and lemon or lime juice. If you are not sensitive to it, try a small dash of MSG which can enhance the flavor of food more than a much larger amount of salt.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress Recipes

I just finished reading "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" (hilarious) and got interested in the recipes. "Hollapse" (stuffed cabbage rolls) are mentioned but the recipe is not given. This is a recipe the Mennonites picked up in the Ukraine where it is called Holubtsi (little pigeons) and is also called Holishke (Yiddish) and Galumpki (Polish). Here is a link I found to a traditional Mennonite version:
Mennonite Cabbage Rolls (Hollapse)