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I have a good handle on cooking most basic breakfast dishes, including both stove-top and oven-baked omelets. For some reason I never tried hash browns before today, in spite of how much I enjoy them. Unfortunately my overconfidence that this would be simple caused me to take a whack at them without checking a recipe first, and they turned out terrible. The problem was not the ingredients, but my failure to appreciate the key element being drying the potatoes as well as possible before frying them, which caused them to be a soggy mess. MrsBlue was nice about them, saying she enjoyed them nonetheless, but is insisting I wait until next weekend before trying again. I'm really eager to try again, have to agree it is probably wise to avoiding overdoing the whole fried potatoes thing.

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20. Re: Misc Mar 31, 2011, 10:13 Beamer
 
Cutter's actually become much worse than Space Captain lately.



I'd also like to remind people he's Canadian.
 
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19. Re: Misc Mar 31, 2011, 02:16 Nucas
 
space captain wrote on Mar 27, 2011, 13:20:
Cutter wrote on Mar 27, 2011, 00:35:
Really? Provide us some examples. And know that regardless of what you provide I can provide them about the US on the scale of about 100 to 1. So yeah, you're right, not only in America...just mostly in America.

what a dumbfuck

there was a time i actually didn't like space captain.. looking back, i really can't think of why.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 27, 2011, 15:17 Tim Collins
 
Cooking good hash browns is an art. Using oil and a cast iron skillet, oil temp is critical to get a nice crisp without burning.  
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17. Re: Misc Mar 27, 2011, 13:20 space captain
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 27, 2011, 00:35:
Really? Provide us some examples. And know that regardless of what you provide I can provide them about the US on the scale of about 100 to 1. So yeah, you're right, not only in America...just mostly in America.

what a dumbfuck
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 27, 2011, 12:14 Enahs
 
I got a free copy with Portal preorder, but I of course already have Portal, so I can gift it.  
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15. Re: Misc Mar 27, 2011, 11:02 PHJF
 
Really? Provide us some examples. And know that regardless of what you provide I can provide them about the US on the scale of about 100 to 1. So yeah, you're right, not only in America...just mostly in America.

I hear that in the Muslim world drawing a picture of some dead guy is good enough to get you killed.
 
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14. Re: Misc Mar 27, 2011, 00:35 Cutter
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 26, 2011, 21:31:
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2011, 16:31:
Two neighbours in the US state of Mississippi drew weapons and fired at each other as an argument over a defecating dog ran out of control.

Only in America.



Um, no, not really. I've got a buddy in the USAF, and he's been to all sorts of nice places where your neighbor will kill you for a lot less.

Really? Provide us some examples. And know that regardless of what you provide I can provide them about the US on the scale of about 100 to 1. So yeah, you're right, not only in America...just mostly in America.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 23:06 Hump
 
The type of potato is important. Some types stay an appetizing snowy-white throughout the cooking process while others turn a disgusting grey. Also, keep 'em thin, don't use butter for cooking. Use veg oil or margarine (not the "spread" thats passed off as margarine nowadays which is mainly composed of water, use corn oil margarine).  
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12. Re: Misc Mar 26, 2011, 21:31 Agent.X7
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2011, 16:31:
Two neighbours in the US state of Mississippi drew weapons and fired at each other as an argument over a defecating dog ran out of control.

Only in America.



Um, no, not really. I've got a buddy in the USAF, and he's been to all sorts of nice places where your neighbor will kill you for a lot less.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 21:26 Kxmode
 
Surely you jest.  
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 19:15 The Half Elf
 
But why would they clone Enahs?  
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 18:55 Kxmode
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 26, 2011, 18:52:
Enahs... how can you possibly be giving away gaming awesomeness? You're the evil bastard child of Bluesnews, and you hate everyone!

It might be a duplicate.
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 18:52 The Half Elf
 
Enahs... how can you possibly be giving away gaming awesomeness? You're the evil bastard child of Bluesnews, and you hate everyone!  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 18:30 Enahs
 
Anybody need or want Portal? I got a free copy to give away. Anyone? Know someone. Email me.  
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 17:55 Hoop
 
So close Blue, lets face it sounds like you made a hash of them.
*Ba dum ching*
Thank you I'll be here all week.
 
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Um .. Behind you...
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 17:28 Kxmode
 
Cooking with Blue! It's an adventure.  
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4. Misc Mar 26, 2011, 16:31 Cutter
 
Two neighbours in the US state of Mississippi drew weapons and fired at each other as an argument over a defecating dog ran out of control.

Only in America.

Piranhaconda? Not bad. Not as good as the Sharktopus, but hey, what is?

Can I haz Steve McQueen's porsche plz?

If there's an NFL lockout it's only because everyone is afraid Green Bay will win again!
 
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3. Re: hash browns Mar 26, 2011, 16:24 Lesaonar
 
One of the best ways to dry the potatoes is just put them in the fridge for an hour or 2 on a cookie sheet, especially if you've steamed them 1st. If you boil them you'll need even more time. Steam>boil.

If we're talking the shredded type of hashbrown. Shred your potatoes onto a clean cloth, pull up the 4 corners and start twisting/squeezing out as much moisture as you can.

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2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 16:21 Cutter
 
Oven roast them, Blue. Most restos always do taters roasted as you never get the same sort of evenness by pan-frying and it tends to "sweat" the spuds which makes them gluey and soggy from the starches. You don't need to dry them either. Just dice, toss in bowl, oil lightly with a neutral oil (e.g. canola, safflower), spread evenly on baking sheet/pan, salt them. Throw oven on full whack - 500 - to preheat, toss pan in heated oven and immediately drop the temp to 400, cook for 20 - 30 mins tossing once or twice.

You can also get creative and season them up with all manner of herbs and spices. I generally go with rosemary meself.
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2011, 15:06 PHJF
 
Qadaffi or Gadhafi?

Who the hell knows anymore.
 
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