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How to remove stain from a pan?

Hi, I just purchases a Calphalon Hard Anodize 12 inch pan and was cooking curry pork chops with it. I am having a problem with curry stain on the pan now. I follow the manufactures instruction on cleaning it (Comet and Scotch pad) and still no luck. I know they are good pans but now I am a little skeptical of their quality. I never had that problems with my other stainless steel pots. Any suggestions would help.

I use denture cleaner (the effervescent kind) to clean stains out of pans. Put a few in with just enough water to cover all stains, then let soak.

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Posted by mark - May 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

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Raised in a musical family out of Cleveland, Ohio, Maria has always been surrounded by diversity in music that reached far beyond what could be found in record stores. From the tender age of six, she has sung in her church choir where eastern melodies and percussion were heard from the Melkite Catholic Mass. In the fourth grade Maria began fifteen years of classical flute study and some piano, gaining a new appreciation for European melody and harmony through much practice and listening.

Her first encounters with live music were with her father Mike Jacobs, a drummer who frequently brought Maria to the bandstand to render her interpretations of favorite standards on which she was raised. All of these rich, early experiences lead to superior ratings in flute competitions throughout high school, a music scholarship at The Ohio State University and singing jazz in area night clubs.

Maria has jammed with many great musicians including Grover Washington Jr. and Nancy Wilson. She has opened for Bob Dorough and recorded with bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Ndugu Chancler, both formerly of Weather Report.

Upon graduating from college with a degree in Journalism, Maria started working with several jazz radio stations as a disc jockey, but it was in Cleveland that she met up with friend and mentor Bobby Jackson, three-time Gavin Radio Person of the Year. The musical director of then 24-hour jazz station WCPN hired her as his research assistant. It was here that she realized she would forever be a student of music, absorbing all she could from her various surroundings.

In 1997, Maria moved to Los Angeles, CA upon the coaxing of Alphonso Johnson, who also encouraged her to fulfill her musical journey. He introduced her to JVC recording artist Kevyn Lettau, with whom she studied privately for three years, and later followed to the Los Angeles Music Academy for more group study in vocal improvisation and technique.

Other musicians Maria has worked with include Bob Conti, Tony Dumas, Ralph Penland, Greg Poree, George Gaffney, Tom Garvin, Earl Palmer, Ernie McDaniel, Richard Sherman, Geoffrey Aymar, Sherry Luchetti, Greg Bandy, Paul Kreibech and Wilford Middlebrooks. She has participated in master classes of some the finest vocalists in the business including: Betty Carter, Diane Reeves, Jay Clayton, Kitty Margolis, Ellen Johnson, Suzanne Pittson and Cathy Segal-Garcia.

Maria is a professional member of the Jazz Vocal Coalition and the International Association of Jazz Educators. She currently teaches private flute and voice at the AMUSE Music Center in Palos Verdes, and attends Chapman University for Music Therapy. She sings professionally throughout Los Angeles, New York and Cleveland, and is featured singing in the film “Made Up,” directed by Tony Shalhoub, and starring Brooke Adams and Gary Sinise.

Hen House Studios is a record label and documentary film company in Venice, California. First made famous by their unique concept to record musicians for free in exchange for the right to film them, Hen House has grown to a premiere, web based multi media company featuring music videos, CDs, DVDs, and podcasts all produced by the studio.
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Posted by mark - May 23, 2015 at 7:44 am

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Pressure cooker recipe for roast beef?


I’m wondering if it’s possible to make roast beef (prime rib, NOT pot roast) in the pressure cooker. If I wanted it medium rare, how long would I have to cook it for (and at high or low pressure)? I have a Fagor Duo 8L pressure cooker.

Any other tips would be helpful. I need instructions about how to do this as I have not used a pressure cooker or cooked roast beef before.
I already checked google before I posted this question and alot of the recipes out there are for pot roast. In my question, I said I want a recipe for prime rib, NOT pot roast.

No, No, No, It must be roasted , if you boil it you’ll ruin it.

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Posted by mark - May 15, 2015 at 3:25 am

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Washing dishes keeping a clean working kitchen. Simple tips

Dishes the alpha and omega of the kitchen. How much thought do we put into washing dishes? Nowhere near enough consideration is given to this so-called menial task. It is probably the most important thing done in the kitchen if you have improperly washed dishes your life and others can be compromised food poisoning is no laughing matter and cleanliness determines who is plagued with this malady and who is not. I know we should put some time into washing dishes I like most people want to put as little time as possible and maintain the highest standard. Safety is your first priority I have had OSHA training we use to make little jokes about OSHA but this group takes the time to consider things that were overlooked making all our lives better. Never put knives in dishwater use a knife sharpen it wash it and place it on the magnet on the wall keep track of them by keeping them in their place where they are less likely to cut you. You have your kitchen set up our way you will always have a good sharp knife clean and ready to do your bidding.

Some let the clean up pile up and never return to cooking in their home short of microwave dinners cereal and popcorn. If you are that person cheer up you didn’t shoot the pope, get pen and paper evaluate your kitchen go get the supplies you need to get your kitchen back to work this can be fun. Many would call these people lazy I beg to differ they have a failed system to start with. Get a pan and a plan start these dishes to soaking so you can get the crusty caked on mess off call a friend to help. I am a true friend If I encounter a friend that has sunk into a depressed state I have helped clean their house you do have friends that would be glad to help you get your life back.

Ask yourself what can I do to accomplish the task and make it more enjoyable. If you have a roach problem because of the mess get some fogger bombs first. Then turn on every light you can in the area if it seems dim get more lights crank up the stereo start a pot of coffee. Take out the trash clear off the counter tops put things in boxes if you have to but get more than enough space to get your job done.

Ever wonder why dish drying racks sold at the store barely do the job? As with everything it is a conspiracy it’s because if you have a dinky useless strainer it will keep you from wanting to wash dishes this keeps you from cooking and the downward spiral has begun. You will buy the prepared foods maximizing the stores profits. Your waistline the larger it gets the more clothes you have to buy. Then there is the weight loss industry now you are going to buy useless exercise equipment useless because most equipment is never used it’s just purchased; don’t believe me go to a yard sale or a thrift store you will find plenty of workout stuff there near free.

In this video, I address some of these problems and my simple solutions that are inexpensive and require a measuring tape and a trip to the wal-mart. Using a dishwasher tray like the one I do is recycling it is the key to maintaining a working kitchen it is the most important thing in my kitchen and it was FREE. This is a sturdy basket that will never flip over, you have more space than you need you can stack over 2 foot high with it using heavy pots plates casserole dishes you name it this thing is designed to last years its industrial grade. It drives my wife nuts I will use a spoon and instinctively toss it in the sink. Why, because it is sanitary you do not want to cross contaminate use it wash it immediately.

If you handle poultry wash up and afterward I even change the water immediately take no chances wipe everything you might have touched use sanitizer (bleach water).
I start a dishwater with a fresh towel first then I start getting out pots, food etc. It will change dishwater some 3x while cooking if it gets cold or dirty what ever I change it. Using the pan inside the sink the way I do means I can change water quickly, just flip and all the contents are free from your pan you can go to the other side the sink and begin a fresh water. It is the fastest most flexible way to get the job done.
Sometimes you will have dishes pile up when you are in and out the house you just place things in the dishwater to soak. We just roll those dishes out into the sink and start fresh hot dishwater in the next sink takes seconds and you don’t have to pull the gross plug.

Sure, we have those tips like placing a sponge in the microwave for 2 min to kill any germs in the sponge ok I do that. We like to use 1 to 2 tablespoons of bleach to sanitize the water that way I know we are going to be safe. When you wash dishes you are not doing this for show you are first and foremost doing it to be healthy and that requires you kill germs I wish you the best enjoy your kitchen. This is a major wealth wound in many families today many are eating out getting poor food choices as a result they are paying a lot of money for their mortality.

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Posted by mark - May 13, 2015 at 2:58 am

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is baron of beef the same as prime rib?

No. A baron of beef is the same thing as a steamship round. The "round’ is the hind leg of a beef carcass. The prime rib is found in the rib section.

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Posted by mark - May 12, 2015 at 2:38 am

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Cattle Decapitation – Bovine, Swine, and Human-Rinds

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Band: Cattle Decapitation

Track: Bovine, Swine, and Human-Rinds (16)

Album: Human Jerky (1999)

Lyrics:Deep in the butchery
Spurs a concoction of human innards
Sauteed and boiled with poultry and swine
The stench is unbearable
Twitching, severed, lifeless
To be ground into filler
Grade D yet edible
Innocent you lie-the stench wont die!
In bloody piles of swine-my god, the stench!
Blistered and cauterized-stench of burnt flesh!
Of bovine and swine-and sapien rinds
Intestines and fatty tissue swept aside, theres more
In line to die

I am not trying to take credit in anyway for this video. All Credit goes to Cattle decapitation.

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Posted by mark - May 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm

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