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    Can chimney starter damage Weber?

    I live in a town home area so I can't light my chimney starter on the patio (I hear you can explode the concrete anyway if you do that, but also we aren't allowed to put marks on the patio). So I light my chimney starter on the second (deeper) grate on my charcoal Weber grill but I've heard...
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    My oven crapped out, looking for a new one

    My mom had our old oven do the same thing where it never got to temp/heated wrongly. As she hates spending money, she googled it and after about a day found out that there's a heat sensor in all ovens and hers was broken. She bought a new heat sensor for like 5 bucks and we got another 5 years...
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    How cheap can you feed someone?

    Can I just add that I think it's the stupidest thing ever that Dog Food is (most of the time recently) more expensive than chicken you could feed your dog with? Like what the heck.
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    What type of seaweed is this?

    It kind of has a springy, Styrofoam texture and it pulls off in strands when I try to pull it apart.
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    What type of seaweed is this?

    I got this from a friend and she said it was "seaweed" but I'm fairly sure in Japanese there are many different kinds of seaweed. It's in a ziptop bag and no labeling, she threw away the container it came in a few months back. Could this be a type of dried algae? Mozuku? (It's a large dried...
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    Petty Vents II

    This makes it sound like freezers weren't much of a thing back, say (I don't know how old you are so I'm gonna assume) 20 or 30 years ago. I thought electric freezers came about in the 70s? I know 50s and 60s shows had ice boxes but I'm not sure how long electric freezers have been invented.
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    What are some of the dumbest, most impractical "facts" or advice you've heard on a cooking show?

    On this note, I found it absolutely hilarious in the film Ratatouille (which I figure is supposed to be cooking accurate) that Remi the mouse "fixed" a soup that had at least 8 oz of salt in it by simply adding a negligible amount of chicken broth, a splash of cream, and a few mouse-sized...
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    What are some of the dumbest, most impractical "facts" or advice you've heard on a cooking show?

    On the "sealing" meat myth, wouldn't searing it technically do the opposite (kind of), as searing damages the meat fibers? On frying with EVOO, do you mean shallow frying/sauteing, or deep frying? Can you deep fry with olive oil?
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    How cheap can you feed someone?

    I had a friend yesterday brag to me (for a good 30 minutes) about how frugal he was in being able to feed "himself plus 4 others a hearty meal for less than 5 bucks in total." This was during a chat on Financial Peace University (basically how to save money and get out of debt) and we were...
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    Petty Vents II

    Speaking of bread, if there's a way to speed up bread, is there a way to speed up the production and creation of natural sourdough starter? I don't like waiting a week of TLC for my starter to be good and ready. The average time it usually takes me from day 1 of sourdough to baking bread with...
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    Petty Vents II

    On the turbo tax bit, I've never used it but me and my husband use H & R block and we've had no issues with that. However my husband is also a programmer and a whizz with computers so I'm sure that helps. 😂
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    Petty Vents II

    I find this hilarious, especially when people say they can have a bread from start to finish (including rising time) in 1 hour. Heck it'd take that long to activate the yeast. I know from a good amount of bread making that I can fairly easily double the time it takes for me to make a good loaf...
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    Chili crunch vs. crisp vs. crisp with peanuts?

    Is Laoganma a good maker or is there a better one that I should purchase?
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    Can I use a smoker box on charcoal?

    The box is a polished/brushes stainless steel.
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    Conflicting info for mortar and pestle care?

    Does grinding the garlic with salt do something harmful to the pestle? Or is it just extra work?
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    Can I use a smoker box on charcoal?

    Not sure if I made a mistake but I was excited and bought a smoker box to use when grilling. Then I realized I don't have a propane grill, only charcoal. All the information I can find tells me that you can only use wood chip smoker boxes on gas (you soak the wood, put it in the box, then slap...
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    Panama fermented fruit over ice cream?

    My friend went to Panama 2 weeks ago and showed us tons of pictures, but I was most interested in the types of food she ate while there. One thing she said she had was a type of fruit (apparently called a Tree Tomato or Tamarillo) that was sort of in a watery/juice/thin jam consistency "broth"...
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    What caused my chiffon cake to collapse/fall after taken out of oven?

    On a different but similar note about greased sides preventing things from climbing, is this why (for souffles) you always grease and sugar the sides of the ramekin, so it has a gritty structure to cling to as it rises?
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    Eggs Benedict

    I love eggs Benedict, and I didn't know about the cold butter in Florintine. As I still use a double boiler to make my hollandaise, I learned a great tip from a French chef friend, and that's to prevent it from curdling/splitting. He told me temperature is very important in hollandaise...
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    Chili crunch vs. crisp vs. crisp with peanuts?

    Chili crunch is more recent I think, and only a few brands make it. Momofuku (commonly found at Target) is one I know of.
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    Chili crunch vs. crisp vs. crisp with peanuts?

    What's the difference between these 3? Is Chili crisp with peanuts the same as Chili crunch? I'm figuring which product to try first (unfortunately Laoganma is the only chili crisp I found at my local Asian market) and Laoganma doesn't sell chili crunch that I saw, and I'm wondering if chili...
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    Conflicting info for mortar and pestle care?

    I am going to buy a granite mortar and pestle soon, but I find people have opposing views on how to care for it: 1. Many people say to use just water to clean the granite mortar after use (as soap can leave a soapy taste), while others swear by soapy water and an extra rinse. 2. People say to...
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    How to make Lemongrass stronger?

    Recently went to a Vietnamese restaurant and was surprised by the strong (and I mean STRONG) floral lemongrass taste/aroma in their lemongrass chicken. When I took it home and started to dissect the flavors, I only saw a small amount of minced lemongrass in the dish itself. So I fried up my...
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    Using cardboard to start charcoal?

    Could you use grocery store bags? Like the paper ones from cub or Aldi?
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    Using cardboard to start charcoal?

    My dad always used newspaper in his chimney starter, but I have no newspaper but a TON of Amazon/shipping boxes. If I cut up the boxes finely (not using maybe any tape or stickering on the box I figure), could I use that to light my coals?
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