Kitchen Equipment Basics Part 2 “the cutting board”

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         Knives opened the topic in part 1 of this multi part series on Kitchen Equipment Basics.  Cutting Boards are the topic of this discussion. It furthers that knife discussion and will be continued into other topic areas. The polyethylene cutting board or HDPE type board seems to be the absolute most popular

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Kitchen Equipment Basics “The Knife”

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I am opening this discussion with the note that I am a kitchen equipment testing nut. I buy kitchen tools just to test them. Many, I never use more than once. The reason for gathering the tool is pure evaluation and to observe the tool’s operation. I will disregard any discussion on items that fit into

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The Basics of Great White Bread

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Baking bread is easy and impressive. The house smells so good that you want to eat the air while the bread is baking. I usually make 3-4 loaves at a time or about 12 mini baguettes in my case (I prefer serving mini baguettes in place of toast for breakfast) but the dough can be

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Is Lasagna Ever Perfect?

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Lasagna is an Italian pasta noodle casserole thingie, invented and published in the Middle Ages. It has special noodle (lasagna noodles), cheeses and meat (or no meat) and veggies and sauce (which can be interpreted by you). You have a huge latitude in the design of your lasagna meal. I made a small sample of

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Ukrainian Halushka

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I have read many concepts of this awesome old world Slavic dish called “halushka”. In my planet, as taught by my Grandma Shpak, the dish is a basic bow tie noodle dish with buttery sauteed onion and cottage cheese as the sauce.  It is highly fattening and very delicious. I love to make this in

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Tomato Soup

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  We are having a cold weather spell this weekend. Lunch will be a nice grilled cheese sandwich on some of my fresh baked baguette and a Chef Gosselin Tomato Soup. Nothing like a great cheese sandwich and tomato soup combo so much so that a whole restaurant chain was formed on the concept called

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Re-evaluating my Smoker

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I have a low end smoker that I use occasionally to make some fancy pantsy meals that have smokey tastes. It is too small for the big meat events and lacks macho control needs for a more robust event. I just like it. I was out using the gas grill to make some steaks and

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