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Old 07-20-2004, 09:44 AM   #11
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chantrelle's are a type of mushroom

shallots are preferred more to use in sauces, because they fall between the astringency of onions and garlic, therefore they're more well balanced.
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Shallots are just sweeter tancowgirl. But they still make you cry like a baby when you cut up a lot of them!!! LOL

A chanterelle is a type of mushroom. (oops, sorry, I didn't even see ironchef's post) :oops:
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Old 07-20-2004, 12:36 PM   #13
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For Jermosh:

I'm sure there's no substitute for home made demi glace, but we have a couple of alternatives at our store that are very popular:

www.thewhitewhale.com/redibase.htm
www.thewhitewhale.com/gourmet.htm

Not trying to hawk our merchandise, :D but not everyone knows about these bases and they really take your cooking to the next level (kicked up, as Emeril might say?).

I really like shallots and agree that they are milder and have a more sophisticated taste in cooking. They are also very easy to grow. Just buy one at the store and plant the little bulbs. Coot, you may have just gotten a shallot that was over the hill... :roll:
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Old 08-25-2004, 06:42 PM   #14
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I LOVE shallots, a staple in my kitchen. I think they are milder too. I put them in pan sauces for veggies and I also like them in tuna salad.
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Old 09-17-2004, 06:05 PM   #15
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If you want to test the difference between onions and shallots, try this:
Make up a batch of coleslaw. Divide it in half and put onion in one half and shallot in the other half, equal portions. Allow the slaw to meld overnight in the refridgerator. Now taste both batches. The difference is wonderful. The shallots give it a mild sweet taste. I'm willing to bet that most people who don't like slaw would like it if it was made with shallots.
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:D I use shallots in certain salad dressings and other recipes its alot milder.If you dont have shallots you can substitute white onions just use a 1/4 the amount that is called for shallots.
Be sure you get really firm shallots when you buy them if they are soft they are way too old.
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Old 09-19-2004, 08:32 AM   #17
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If you want to test the difference between onions and shallots, try this:
Make up a batch of coleslaw. Divide it in half and put onion in one half and shallot in the other half, equal portions. Allow the slaw to meld overnight in the refridgerator. Now taste both batches. The difference is wonderful. The shallots give it a mild sweet taste. I'm willing to bet that most people who don't like slaw would like it if it was made with shallots.
Don't believe I've ever had coleslaw with either onions or shallots.
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Old 09-19-2004, 02:41 PM   #18
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kfc makes their coleslaw with onions. if you look closely, you can see them but they're chopped ultra-fine.

the best way to tell would be to taste test the difference in uncooked dishes like the coleslaw. make three of the same dishes, one with generic yellow/white onions, one with shallots, and one with sweet vidalia or maui onions. then you can tell which you like better.
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