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Five Minute Cup-Cake in a Microwave
Mon, 02 Jan 2012 01:31:34 +0000

Keep in mind the "mug" mentioned below is in a huge mug, sized like a large bowl.

Ingredients:

Empty contents into mug. Add the milk, eggs, and vegetable oil to the mug and blend well Place mug into microwave and heat on high for five minutes or until mixtures stop rising and set into mug. Remove from microwave, let cool for 2 minutes and enjoy!


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Melting Butter in the Microwave
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:37:43 +0000

A stick of butter takes 30 seconds to soften in the microwave. Parts of it will be in liquid form by then.


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Seasoning and Greasing a Cast Iron Skillet
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:37:37 +0000

Experienced cooks who love cast iron disagree on the fine points of seasoning and greasing a skillet. However, the same sequence of steps are taken by the experienced user of cast iron. The purpose of seasoning a skillet is to prevent rust and to form a non-stick surface on the iron.

The first step is to remove the protective coating that comes on a new piece of cast iron. This is done by scrubbing. If the skillet is old, rust removal and deep cleaning may be necessary. Once the skillet is cleaned, it should be dried on the stove, then oiled with a generous amount of oil, lard, or hydrogenated shortening. Place the skillet upside down in an oven preheated to 350 degrees. Knowledgeable people advocate oven temperatures raning from 200 to 500 degrees.

Place the skillet upside down on the top rack of the oven. The grease will fill all the pores of the iron. Leave the oven on for an hour or more. Then remove the skillet using oven mitts.

A cast iron skillet repeatedly seasoned will acquire a shiny black non-stick surface. This utensil is ideal for frying and searing, and making stews, cornbread and upside down cake.


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Chinese dinner drinks
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:37:32 +0000

You lucky guy!

Unlike Europeans, drinks and food are not associated to each other at Chinese meals. There isn't a drink that go with a particular food. However, there are typical beverage types.

For informal home meal, anything goes. Most likely water.

For formal meals, hot tea is usually served. There are millions of tea types. Oolong and Jasmine are two very common types. It's all preference.

For special guests and good friends, alcohol is usually involved, but not specific to any type. In fact, I don't know what alcohol Chinese drinks. It seems the more important the occasion/guest, the more expensive the wine. Good friends who just want to get drunk . . . anything goes. Rice wine is very common.

Another rule of thumb . . . Chinese drink hot tea and iced coffee. European drink iced tea and hot coffee. By the way, I don't believe Chinese drink coffee traditionally, but has made its way into our culture nowadays.

Hopefully, this reply makes your next Chinese meal more authentic.


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Dijon-Lemon Chicken with Rosemary
Wed, 25 Aug 2010 15:36:30 +0000

This recipe came out of a Treasure Box newsletter.


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