ChefTalk A Food Lover's Link to Professional Chefs Sat, 04 Jan 2020 10:23:10 +0000 Sat, 04 Jan 2020 10:23:10 +0000 ChefTalk Will an Electric Stirrer Work for Roux? Chronic Pain Sucks!!!! Sat, 04 Jan 2020 02:49:52 +0000 (tom wilson) tom wilson I'm in the mood for making some gumbo but due to my disability I'm hand is killing me. So I'm wondering if one of the electric stirrer gizmos would stir enough for me to make a good roux because I know I cant stir by hand for 10+ minutes today. What do you all think or does anyone have experience?]]> 5 Air fryer Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:31:37 +0000 (sidediva) sidediva What are your thoughts on Air Fryers?]]> 5 Contract Faux pas Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:24:22 +0000 (Sabrina Wilson) Sabrina Wilson In my contract for a very lucrative job that I did on Christmas Day I put in a clause to protect me, the Chef/Owner in the event of a cancellation,which did not happen. However, the Client did cancel the Waiter 2 weeks before the Event. I do not know if the waiter found other work. Most other colleagues I see have a clause that would hve THE CLIENT PAY A FEE of up to 5 hours to the Waiter up to 2 weeks b4 event. The question is since I did not have the clause in contract at the time...

Contract Faux pas]]>
Tips on surving long period double shift Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:20:44 +0000 (Jeri991) Jeri991 Hi Chefs,
I have been in the industry for a few years. I have always done heaps of double shift with no problems. However, last year i manage to get a balance lifestyle with breakfast shift.

I would be starting travelling the country next month to do stages and put myself in uncomfortable environment. This come with the awareness that i might not be paid in some restaurant where ill be seeking to learn from. Thus, ill be force to pick up a second job.

My question is what are you tips on...

Tips on surving long period double shift]]>
Food Processor Not My First Choice But... Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:38:03 +0000 (tom wilson) tom wilson I have hand-selected Japanese knives and absolutely love them and my knife skills are not shabby either. However, I have permanent nerve damage in my dominant hand and arm resulting in chronic and sometimes severe pain. I love to prep and cook but sometimes prep is extremely difficult for me so much so that I often resort to organic frozen meals. So I'm considering the purchase of a food processor - yes I know sacrilege! I don't want one too small I'm thinking around 9-12 cup size. I cook a...

Food Processor Not My First Choice But...]]>
Challenge yourself.... Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:39:25 +0000 (butzy) butzy We have been running monthly cooking challenges for a couple of years now on Cheftalk.
I would encourage everyone to participate: novice cooks, professionals, and everyone in between.
All you need to do is make a dish according to the theme, and it needs to be made in that particular month. It's just a fun challenge, and for me, it helps decide what I eat that month ;)
So, have a look at this month's challenge and join us, challenge us and have fun!]]>
Digital Thermometer - Any recommendations? Fri, 03 Jan 2020 05:11:02 +0000 (loomchick) loomchick I have an uncanny ability to blow through digital thermometers (I go through about one a year).

Last night I nearly ruined dinner (thick boneless pork chops) after a let's-find-out-the-hard-way-the-thermometer-isn't-working experience when relying on my latest one. It came on fine and it read the temperature (or at least what I thought was an accurate temperature) . . . but, when it wouldn't go above 80 degrees, I started to get suspicious.

Now I have a few questions . . .
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Digital Thermometer - Any recommendations?]]>
Melt-in-your-mouth braised / slow-cooked meat dishes? Fri, 03 Jan 2020 03:44:40 +0000 (french fries) french fries With the winter setting in around here, I'm craving all kinds of meat dishes where the meat is braised or slow cooked, preferably where the meat is fork tender, sweetly caramelized or doused in a deeply aromatic luxurious velvety sauce... only I tend to always go back to the classics I know. Who wants to help make a list of alternative world recipes to braise beef, pork, lamb or even chicken? As a basis for ideas... classics or original ideas all welcome.

Ok I'll go first. Off the top of my...

Melt-in-your-mouth braised / slow-cooked meat dishes?]]>
January 2020 Cooking Challenge - cheese and veggies Fri, 03 Jan 2020 03:28:39 +0000 (teamfat) teamfat So December has passed, and the various holidays celebrated in various ways usually involve food. For instance, the Christmas dinner I had with my wife's family showcased a stunning crown roast of pork, getting the finishing touches applied:


Complex preparations are very nice, tasty, and usually worth the effort. But sometimes just as worthwhile are simple and satisfying dishes like a grilled cheese sandwich. Especially a favorite variation of mine...

January 2020 Cooking Challenge - cheese and veggies]]>
SAID ON A TV SHOW ... Thu, 02 Jan 2020 21:42:30 +0000 (Iceman) Iceman Last nite ... Thursday, November 21 ... On "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" ... Stephen Colbert used the phrase ... "... it isn't ROCKET SURGERY.".

Yeah ... So I'm feeling pretty cool.
Happy 2020! Thu, 02 Jan 2020 19:39:57 +0000 (peachcreek) peachcreek Okay, so we don't have flying cars they promised us. And we aren't eating pills instead of meals (thank god!).
But here we are in 2020. Happy New Year, all!]]>
Pancakes Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:55:46 +0000 (sidediva) sidediva Can you make pancake batter the evening before you are going to use? It does have baking powder in it.]]> 4 Dish towel Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:17:55 +0000 (chrislehrer) chrislehrer A present from my lovely family:
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December Cooking Challenge 2019 -- Cured Meats Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:00:44 +0000 (chrislehrer) chrislehrer As the winter set in and the days got shorter, many of our ancestors were finishing up (or had finished) laying in stocks for the long, cold months. And around the world, people found clever ways to preserve their harvests, including some truly amazing ways to preserve meats.

December 2019’s Challenge Is… Cured Meat!

Sausage, ham, rillettes, paté, terrine, gravlax—call it what you will. Any kind of meat (including fish) is acceptable. You may cure your own, or you may showcase...

December Cooking Challenge 2019 -- Cured Meats]]>
What did you have for dinner? Thu, 02 Jan 2020 02:57:23 +0000 (mrmexico25) mrmexico25 Unfortunately, I was lazy and made my fiance make dinner, so hamburger helper it was!?

Actually, it wasn't that bad.? It filled me up either way :\]]>
Cheese tasting like a bad smell, what do you really do with it? Wed, 01 Jan 2020 21:40:44 +0000 (rick alan) rick alan Langres from Germain of France has provided me with a new cheese experience. Brie-like cheese smelling mildly of horse manure, and giving the sensation that it's tasting even more so than it smells. Is there a special application for this stuff, or do some just think this raw experience way cool?]]> 11 Best way to move out older table sitters? Wed, 01 Jan 2020 11:25:14 +0000 (happyhobby) happyhobby I am a hobby home cook and come here for the threads on cooking. However, I have a professional question on 'customers'.

Long ago, when I was a kid, old people would go to a place and park at a table and smoke cigs one after the other. Order, smoke a cig, food, smoke, first coffee, smoke... It was awful. They banned smoking about 20 years ago and that parking at a table seemed to go away.

Now it is back. I first noticed it a few years ago at breakfast places. Old people would get a coffee...

Best way to move out older table sitters?]]>
Hydro dipping kitchen equipment! Tue, 31 Dec 2019 22:06:49 +0000 (ShelteredBugg1) ShelteredBugg1 Would you guys think it would be safe to hydro dip equipment to change the design ?? Ex. Mandoline, peeker things like that]]> 3 Caramel Sauce Problem Mon, 30 Dec 2019 23:57:08 +0000 (jimmer) jimmer For fifteen years I've been making a simple caramel sauce. 1 quart of sugar in a wide pot, stirred as it heats. When it caramelizes and reaches the right medium brown, I slowly add a quart of heavy cream, stirring constantly. When that's blended, I slowly add another quart of sugar.

We refrigerate, then reheat later, first on the griddle until it melts, then in a bain marie for service over pancakes. When served, it's a thick liquid; at room temperature, it is thicker and stickier and...

Caramel Sauce Problem]]>
Best fat for southern biscuits ? Mon, 30 Dec 2019 15:27:56 +0000 (ricwhiting) ricwhiting I have always used Crisco shortening when making my Southern biscuits but for health reasons I am going to stop using Crisco (hydrogenated =very bad for arteries). So, I switched to using butter, however I do not get the same high-rise. I am hoping that I can get a discussion going to look at other ways of making biscuits that DOES NOT involve hydrogenated fat. If memory serves I started using Crisco many years ago because Shirley O. Corriher recommended it in her book "Bakewise". So, what...

Best fat for southern biscuits ?]]>
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