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    Alton Brown is my favorite Food Network person!  IMHO, the best instructor and one of the very best technicians.

    I can cook, okay?  I mean, I know the "how" --- But Alton Brown teaches the "Why?" and that is absolutely invaluable.

    Don't practice. Train.--Brian Harvey

    by luvsathoroughbred on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 04:35:06 PM PDT

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    •  I use his biscuit recipe, but… (1+ / 0-)
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      …I was a bit underwhelmed my first go. I got the recipe off the Food Network site, and something didn't feel right about "2 C flour", as AB is always preaching about volume vs weight when it comes to flour. Sure enough, I watched the video and he used 10½ oz. It made a difference, particularly in yield.

      I also used buttermilk the second time and I thought it made a difference, too, although it didn't seem to in my pancakes. In fairness, I use Irma's (Joy of Cooking) recipe for pancakes instead of AB's, and she's less pragmatic about buttermilk.

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      by exatc on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 07:31:24 PM PDT

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      •  Baking by weight is the ONLY way to go! (1+ / 0-)
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        Having a good, accurate set of scales is really essential.  Baking by volume is fiddly and just plain stupid, I've come to realize.  I bought a Beurer kitchen scales, which also includes a clock, thermometer, and hygrometer (!), and I'll never use anything else.  You can weigh in  pounds, ounces, fluid ounces, kilograms, grams, and milliliters. When you start off, you put your bowl on the scales, press "tare", the scales automatically zeroes itself and you just add what you need and get a read out as you go along.  When you finish one ingredient, zero the scale and add the next.  Works like a charm, and you scarcely need to bother with a measuring cup! And since it's accurate down to 1 gram, you can even weigh spices.    

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        by GulfExpat on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 06:41:51 AM PDT

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    •  AB (0+ / 0-)

      Goes through it all in the episode. The episode with the sawmill gravy is the gravy episode. It might be streamable from the food network website.

      Born in Oklahoma Raised in Ohio Escaped to Meechigan!!!

      by MI Sooner on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 03:59:50 AM PDT

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