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Wow, the Kitchn is encroaching on religious topics I see :-)

Actually, I never heard of this method but I always had some trouble with tilt-then-pour. I have been using this new (to me) method for the last week and it has been much more fool-proof (and I can be quite the fool).

Thanks for sharing

Video: The Best Way to Pour a Beer for Perfect Foam Video Tips from The Kitchn
5/30/14 01:20 PM


I am a bit late to the party (catching up on posts) but it seems that Kenji over at Serious Eats says quite the opposite about cold water http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/the-secrets-to-peeling-hard-boiled-eggs.html

Thoughts? Comments?

How To Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
5/14/14 10:14 AM

I like to keep my apartment around 58-60. There are two problems though. 1) getting out of the shower can be rather miserable. And 2), the dog goes into hibernation mode and stays under the covers. Actually, that may be a benefit come to think of it.

Trying To Cut Down On Heating Costs?
Go Gradually

11/21/13 02:00 PM

I am a PhD candidate myself (mecanical engineering) and I would find this awesome. Even if you invite all of the faculty and deans. Let them see that I have a loving SO who knows what I would appreciate. I am a silly kind of guy and I don't care who knows.

To each, his (or her) own I guess

Food and Decor Ideas for a Physics-Themed Party? Good Questions
8/13/13 12:41 AM

I like to make a few batches of falafel dough and vacuum seal it. When I decide I want it, I simply defrost in warm water for 20 minutes and bake it (about 30 min/side). It's not fast in the sense that there is about an hour and a half from start to eat, but only about 10-15 minutes of that is active.

What Are the Best Foods to Save with My Vacuum Sealer? Good Questions
8/5/13 05:18 PM

What makes this different form other Sous Vide controllers on the market?

Codlo: Instantly Transform Your Appliances into Sous Vide Machines!
7/13/13 02:11 PM

I'm really surprised not to see a rising agent in this recipe

Recipe: Big Pancake
7/13/13 02:09 PM

In addition to The Kitchn link, check out http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/06/ask-the-food-lab-do-grill-pans-actually-mimic-grilling.html on grill pans. The long and short of it is that a grill pan really doesn't mimic the cooking style of a grill (eg, radiative heating). Basically, your best bet is to use the grill pan for the lines and then the broiler, with the oven door slightly open, for the actual heating.

You still won't get the flavor from small flareups, etc but you'll get the similar heating method.

What's the Best Alternative to Grilling for an Apartment Dweller? Good Questions
6/17/13 04:49 PM

Why do you need to cover it with olive oil? Would just covering it with plastic wrap pushed into the paste not work?

How to Make Harissa Paste at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
6/2/13 12:27 PM

You said it in the post, but I think it bears reiterating: ONIONS ARE HORRIBLE FOR DOGS!!!

Everybody know about chocolate, etc but that is nothing compared to what onions can do. And in any form (cooked, powder, raw, sliced, etc). It does something to their red blood cells and apparently the damage accumulates. I think garlic has a similar property. I just keep my little pooch away.

She does go crazy for string cheese and popcorn. When I make popcorn, she watched every single piece go in my mouth and lunges at anything I drop.

Feeding Table Scraps to Animals: Some Dos and Don'ts
5/24/13 11:15 AM

This is an interesting question and one I grappled with. I have a food blog that is available to the public but not necessarily intended for them. It is my own food notebook of sorts (I am a scientists so logging/documenting is second nature).

Legality aside, I see the moral argument why it is bad to copy/paste but I do it into my posts since recipes and websites disappear. This way I will always have the recipe. And I ALWAYS link to the source.

If I were ever asked to take something down, I would probably just take all of the recipes and put them into their own pages that I can hide from public view. I hopefully won't ever have to do it, but that is my plan

Can I Post Adaptations of Published Recipes on My Food Blog? Good Questions
5/24/13 11:10 AM

I like the oyster idea. Whenever I have oysters at home, I always struggle since I do not have the fine ice of a restaurant and my plates just make it a bit difficult. I like this idea. Oysters are one of those things that you can do at home just as well as a restaurant! And, I find shucking them to be kinda fun.

Oyster Shucking Tip: To clean them well, use a metal scouring pad. It gets off a lot of of the sand and grit than anything else I have tried

10 Ways to Put a Muffin Pan to Good Use (Other Than Making Muffins!)
5/6/13 10:24 AM

This would certainly be amazing if it could be done as promised. Combine a really big super-capacitor with some promising new battery technology and you could change the world.

However, it is not clear whether these will come to fruition. We can only hope!

The Key to Endless Battery Power May Be Hiding in Your Desk
2/25/13 11:13 AM

I used to be the Snooze Master until my room mate told me I needed to stop or he was moving out.

it turns out that the easiest way to break the snoozing habit is to not set the alarm to account for it. Now, I get up to whatever alarm and don't let myself go back to sleep.

What's Your Morning Alarm Style?
12/10/12 10:12 AM

I have had my address at my custom domain for over 10 years. I don't want to ever change it if I can. I really get very little spam. And my filters catch almost all of it (I use Google Apps so it is the gmail filters).

How Frequently Do You Change Your Email Address?
10/25/12 02:59 PM

I have a Boston but I got her used (aka rescued). Does that make her 2.0?

How To Prepare Your Home Tech For a New Puppy or Kitten Home Hacks
10/18/12 05:19 PM

Does anyone know of a Mac app that does the same type of processing? I have one on the iPhone but I have some documents that I do not want to move over to the phone, use its slower CPU, then move back. Thanks!

Want To Go Paperless? Use Your iPhone to Scan Important Documents!
8/31/12 11:42 AM

While it isn't a backup of your backup, rather another line of defense, you can use an online backup provider in addition to your external backup. Plus, if you have data whos primary home is an external drive, many will back that up. I know BackBlaze will as long as you connect it every 30 days or so (I make a calendar reminder to leave my computer on overnight with the drive every once in a while).

Therefore, my primary data that lives on the main drive have three copies while my data on the external, which is likely less important anyway, has two.

Why You Should Store a Backup of Your Backup Drive
8/30/12 09:18 AM

I have a few comments on this.

First of all, you SHOULD bother with wired computers even in this day and age. Wireless computers add another battery (usually an expensive special one) that needs to be checked and changed. They are also cheaper and less expensive. However, if you want cadence information and/or have a front suspension, then yes, wireless is better. If it is looks you are worried about, then the Knog ones suck anyway as they are butt-ugly.

It is also worth mentioning that Strava and using a Garmin are not mutually exclusive. You can import your Garmin data in to Strava. Or into whatever you want. I use an iPhone app to record my longer rides, but I then import the data into whatever service I want.

To answer the question at the end, I prefer the (wired) bike computer to keep distances but I like to run the GPS on the phone when I am on long rides and I need to recheck the map. I ride about 20 miles a day for commuting alone but its always the same route so I don't care about GPS. When I do 100+ mile weekend rides, it is nice to have the phone. Bonus is that my app, MotionXGPS (Not Drive), can precache the maps so if I am out of 3G, I can still see where I am.

How To Get Fit With Every Pedal Push: Tracking and Analyzing Tools
8/20/12 05:14 PM

@J.BO, I have heard about it not being safe for birds but nothing about other pets. May be worth checking out Google. I ran it and my dog seemed fine.

Also, am I correct that if I run the self-clean and it breaks the oven, that should be covered under the warranty? Of course, that assumed the warranty is still in effect. Personally, I use an oven liner and tend not to have things spill anyway. My old oven had one and the only time I ran it was before I was moving out. My new one doesn't but I am not worried.

Why You Should (Almost) Never Use Your Oven's Self-Cleaning Function
8/16/12 03:49 PM