Harvest Moon, Cooking Mama...
I don't use thick sliced bacon as often as packs of thin pancetta (here in the UK it is like wisp-thin streaky bacon). Would freezing work, especially when I need to peel them apart?
I believe it is entirely down to whether you are eating it (I mean SNARFING really) as a meal-for-one or for social eats. Piled nachos are a meal for for one. Variety in each bite and it doesn't have time to congeal. I'd like to point out that piled nachos are also ideal for the use of a fork to shovel it all down.
Texan nachos are like rustic canapes. Your sensory needs conclude after a few (never the entire tray).
One of my favourite is coppiette! Salumeria Paciotti in Rome does a brilliant, spicy, dry-aged-but-still-tender coppiette!
@rbg219 - I think an excellent substitute for savouriness may be a red miso, but it won't truly capture the funk. Perhaps a Chinese fermented yellow bean paste (doubanjiang) would do!
I love aglio e olio. And another (guilty) one - melting pate into spaghetti. Yes, the pork liver butter. Add a little bit of truffle oil if available. Coat every strand. Delicious!
Fried rice? What I have grown up eating is nasi goreng. As a rule - always get a pestle and mortar and pulverise exactly three fat cloves of purple shallots, three chili padi (bird's eye chili) and three cloves of sharp Chinese garlic. Optional - pulverise with ikan bilis (dried anchovies, or add anchovy stock powder later, or belacan if available. Bloom the paste in the oil on a medium heated wok. Add diced yard long beans, diced onions, dried shrimp, then rice. Stir well. Make a well and add egg. Scramble - don't stir too quickly or the egg disappears. Add any frozen diced vegetables. White pepper, oyster sauce or kecap manis and fish sauce to taste.
Sorry, I would like to clarify - pressed garlic AND a roasted pureed garlic!
I was always an onion and cilantro kind of gal, but at a Colombian friend's house I tried his guacamole which had pureed garlic ... I was blown away!
Kenji, always use a fork for the muffins when halving them ... they need to be forked (heh) instead of sliced to maximise the craggy edges! That's where the butter goes! Face down in an oven, that's how it should be.
I don't suppose a Nutribullet (the smoothie-making sort is one of those "high powered" ones to create sufficient cooking heat... ?
Loved the catering supply knife I used at work so much I eventually decided to buy it. Google Nella cuts - a fat bladed chef's knife that combines the best of the Chinese veg chopper's fat blade and the slight rocking motion (but not too similar to a santoku). $20 (note that I'm from the UK) with an edge that doesn't dull too quick... Plastic handled, weighted but neither too heavy or light.
I've grown up in a household of santoku and have a collection with Sabatier, Taylor eye witness, Wusthof, and used many a Global knife (thanks to Aldi and good deals for European imports) but I've never really fallen in love with them.
number 12074 or 21878: http://www.nellacutlery.com/spec/nella_smallwares_knives.pdf
One of the best panzanella I've had involved marinated grilled octopus, fresh from the sea. I had it at a little restaurant near the coast as I followed my Italian friends to the coast from Rome ... there was no standard menu, just the daily specials. That reminds me, I have to reverse engineer it now!
I use it to finish beef strognoff and for creamy tomato sauces... thickens really wonderfully with great flavour added instead of dulled.
@naags - I can't vouch for the safety of this on the steel itself but Coca Cola (regular) is an excellent rust remover. Cotton ball generously soaked on rust spot should do the trick in a minute with some rubbing.
Please don't hurt me - as a Londoner I have never tasted a bagel other than the large supermarket variety of the cinnamon raisin variety. Occasionally I go for the large half-foot diameter sized ones at Sainsbury's, and liven their brick-like consistency by microwaving...
I think the alcohol ban is only for open drinking on the streets or something like that, being served in premises is unaffected. This is a great resource and I can't wait to try the Indian Chinese cuisine!
I love sumac. Like powdered tart cherry skins with a hint of savoury. Tart but not juicy or wet, slightly plummy. Good on poached fish and a fruity olive oil.
Also known as Luo Han Zhai (if you can't google the cantonese results successfully).
In our bar fridge we store mint at an angle in a shallow catering pan (1/4) with a inch or two of water and clingfilm. Can confirm they do last surprisingly long
That bubbled and blistered fried egg I find to be definitive of tropical cuisine. I see it that way in Hawaii, Thailand and Malaysia!!! The non-stick pan style of dead fried eggs make me sad :(
Always thought the soon-to-be-old logo to be a happy open gob. :D Under closer perusal it looks like a poorly stuffed haggis... I find most pot or fork-and spoon imagery somewhat trite and overused. I like the big mouth, not everybody on the site is a cook. Some of us just like to eat.
@Sweatin - the boiling water trick is how I make my chinese pancakes to go with duck. The dough is a little oily from a lard and scallion oil and sesame mix. I put two balls together, squish them down and roll as thin as I can manage. Fried on both sides gently in a pan on low heat. Peel into two to serve ;)
Would have really liked images of the cooked product too to judge for shrinkage, textural concerns etc... I'm based in the UK so while I know my back bacon, this is "tail end" bacon to me and applications have traditionally been lardons, cooking bacon (essentially pancetta). I consider this an education in bacon!