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How to Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries

How to Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries
It's time for another round of The Food Lab. Got a suggestion for an upcoming topic? Email Kenji here, and he'll do his best to answer your queries in a future post. Golden and delicious. N.B. I'm gonna come right out and say something that I'm sure you won't all openly agree with: McDonald's french fries are great. To be absolutely honest, I've never been able to make fries as good as theirs (shhhhh!). Until now. I've been literally giddy with the quality of the fries that have been coming out of my kitchen for the last two days. Follow @ahamburgertoday on Twitter »Like AHT on Facebook » The Anatomy of a Perfect Fry There are a few factors that go into making a perfect fry: Perfect Fry Factor #1: The exterior must be very crisp, but not tough. In order to achieve this crispness, the surface structure of a fry must be riddled with micro-bubbles. Perfect Fry Factor #2: The interior must be intact, fluffy, and have a strong potato flavor. So how does one going about achieving these goals?

Asking Questions More Effectively The ability to ask questions effectively is one of the most important skills in business as is the ability to actively listen. Yet as important as these two skills are they really don’t seem to ever be taught in school. I wonder if more college students ought to take a journalism course for a semester or do an internship at their school newspaper in investigative reporting. It’s the only place I could imagine these skills being taught today. Over the years I’ve been in many meetings where a group of people that I was with wanted to extract information out of a group of people with whom we were meeting and failed to do so effectively. There are many different meeting types where asking different types of questions may be appropriate. There are many different question types dependent on the scenario you’re in. The “Wide” (and uninterrupted) Question: You ask a very broadly defined question and intentionally don’t try to offer specificity in what you mean by the question. Some quick stories

Pastry Affair - Home - Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread I once made the driest pancake in the world. I can see you sitting at home, staring at your computer screen, and scoffing at my bold statement. Driest pancake in the world? Yeah, right. How would you even know? Let me share my story with you. A few years back, I made chocolate chip pancakes. Quickly flash to the next morning. Still cold. Confusion. Was the microwave broken? I got angry, as one will when they want food and want it now. When I took it out, the pancake was slightly less cool. It took me a few hours to realize what had happened. It only stands to reason that my pancake was so utterly dry that there wasn't enough water in it to be absorbed by the microwaves. Thus, the world's driest pancake was born. And to think I took a bite... Luckily, this Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread is definitely not dry. One Year Ago: Chocolate Orange Miniature Cakes Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread Yields 1 loaf In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast and water. Punch down the dough.

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Tea Eggs I don’t really celebrate Easter. I’m Chinese and not religious, but when you start seeing bunnies and peeps everywhere, you get sick of pink and yellow, and suddenly crave eggs. Right? Well, good thing I now have a batch of tea eggs in the fridge, ready for me to snack on any time. It’s actually so common to find in any Chinese household, but every family has their own way of making tea eggs, probably passed down for generations. I see plain hard boiled eggs at deli’s often sold as quick and healthy snacks, but how about so much more flavor with negligible extra calories? Some use soy sauce but my mom advises against it because it masks the tea flavor somewhat. You’ll notice that I have “sweet root” as an optional ingredient. There’s a few different thoughts on cooking time for tea eggs. Tea Eggs (Chinese Easter Eggs) ~12 eggs 1 dozen large eggs4 Lipton “red” tea bags2 tablespoons fine sea salt6 slices sweet root/licorice (optional)1 tablespoon Chinese 5 spice powder1/2 tablespoon sugar

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san francisco garlic fries | The Red Spoon Well folks, not much going on this week. I’m still 800 million degrees, which I guess is normal if you’re a human incubator. I’ve become a stretchy, elastic waisted pants spokesperson, because ohmygah maternity jeans are the most incredible thing I have ever worn, excepting for the sweat pants I model almost daily. (Seriously, they need to make jeans this comfortable for non-knocked up folks.) Ummm, uhhhhh. Thankfully the flour explosion that played out in my mind was not needed as a few huffs and puffs calmed the fire and eventually put it out. The bad: I am now squeamish around my oven. Glad that is over. One Year Ago: Thyme and Gruyere Crackers San Francisco Garlic Fries Adapted from Bon Appetit, August 2011 Serves 4 So, I really like this version more than the previous baked fry I auditioned. Preheat oven to 450-degrees. Roast the potatoes, turning ever 10 minutes, until browned and tender, about 30 – 40 minutes. Whisk reaming 1/2 tablespoon oil, garlic and parsley in a large bowl.

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The Complete Wine Course HTC Droid Incredible Review The HTC Droid Incredible: with a name like that, expectations are high for HTC’s latest Android release. It’s comparable to the HTC Desire, but it packs some extra features and it’s the only device of its kind, at least for now, that’s geared for the US market. Meaning, this is the first time we’re seeing Android 2.1 with HTC’s stunning Sense UI on such a powerful device in the States, so that alone certainly has Verizon Wireless subscribers in a frenzy. Verizon looks to capitalize on the “Droid” craze with the HTC Droid Incredible, but does it live up to its title? Read on to find out! Although the Incredible comes with a slew of features regarding its hardware and software, the packaging it comes in is rather bare bones in nature. What’s under the hood? Full specs can be viewed at, where you can also compare it to other Verizon-backed Android devices. The Droid Incredible feels quite good in hand. I’ve found that onlookers are more curious about it than they are turned off.

Salt River Bars We are all about no-bake this week. In fact, ovens are for dorks. Not that it's really that hot this week (we obvy had to mention weather since it's kinda our thang) but we've decided only dorks are using their ovens this week. And we are not dorks. (Well, yes. In the meantime, until Friday or so when we decide we want brownies or chocolate chunk cookies (oooo, cookies), this week we are declaring ovens totally out. Rather, we're following in the footsteps of the totally cool and totally in Bakergirl (hi, Bakergirl, we think you're fab) and making these Salt River Bars. What is a Salt River Bar, you ask? Beats the pants off of us. Yes, we just said that. And, she did not lie. What did we tell you? Salt River BarsMakes 16 squaresAdapted from Bakergirl Print Recipe Line 8 x 8" glass or metal baking pan with foil so that it's hanging over the edges of the pan. Place the pan in the fridge to let the chocolate start to set. We stored these bars in the fridge as well.

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Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls This was our breakfast Sunday morning. Aren’t they cute? They were very, very good. These are so easy to make and wouldn’t they be splendid on a brunch buffet table? I think there are a lot of variations you could do nicely with this recipe, such as, swap out the Parmesan cheese with grated Gruyere or crumbled blue cheese to give a different taste. I used sourdough but I think this would also be nice with onion or brioche rolls as long as they are sturdy. Any way you put these together, they will be great. Slice off top of each dinner roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg. Arrange rolls on a baking sheet. Top each egg with some herbs and a bit of cream. Place tops on rolls and serve warm. Eat with a knife and fork. Print Recipe Ingredients Directions Slice off top of each dinner roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg.