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Old 05-14-2008, 04:05 PM   #11
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I made a recipe of shu mai (siu mai) and needed extra steamer space so I put some water in my wok, set two chopsticks into the wok horizontally so they were supported above the water level by the cruved sides of the wok. I set a plate of uncooked shu mai on the chopsticks, covered the wok and steamed them to perfection.
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:18 PM   #12
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Hmmmm. Just thinking. Could you have built the charcoal fire in the gas grill?
Something must have had me thinking not to. Whether I didn't want to deal with the ashes afterward or the burner arrangement.... I don't remember. That was back in the mid-eighties. I think I still have that same bag of charcoal, too
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:25 PM   #13
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Maybe it's time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that fateful day.

Why not spend the weekend trying to get that charcoal to ingnite?
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Cooking at camp last year for 600 people brought a lot of challenges; however I think the one that most fits this thread is when our cooler motor was freezing up because of the heat outside and all the walking in and out of it to prep the meals. DH and I lived right underneath the kitchen (with its own set of challenges) and one of the other cooks asked if I had a hair dryer in my room. I ran and got it and he used it to melt the ice out of the motor so we wouldn't have to shut it down and risk losing both time and food!
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Maybe it's time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that fateful day.

Why not spend the weekend trying to get that charcoal to ingnite?
With or without matches?
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:31 PM   #16
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Are you saying charcoal goes bad, Andy? I don't think it's ever gotten wet....
I remember now I was cooking chicken wings. It's alllll coming back to me (lol)
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Do you know that even the "real" MacGuyver used food? There is a site on Wickipedia that actually lists all the things the character did? Here is an excerpt from the pilot episode.

MacGyver plugs a sulfuric acid leak with chocolate. He states that chocolate contains lactose and sucrose (chemically C12H22O11), which are disaccharides. The acid reacts with the sugars to form elemental carbon and a thick gummy residue.

Hmmm, I may never look at a Hershey bar quite the same again.
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:21 PM   #18
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Are you saying charcoal goes bad, Andy? I don't think it's ever gotten wet....
I remember now I was cooking chicken wings. It's alllll coming back to me (lol)

Charcoal is hygroscopic, it attracts moisture. So just sitting in the bag for 25 years it will probably have a high moisture content and be hard to light.
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Bummer.
Maybe it will still be OK for cave drawings......
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:51 PM   #20
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Does this count????

I was making oatmeal cookins one time and miss read the recipe. I didn't have enough oatmeal and or any raisins so I substitued instant brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal but the dough was too thick, so I added in bananas to loosen it and then I added butterscotch chips to replace the raisins.

I manage to save the cookies and created a new recipe.
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