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Slow-cooking roast beef

Can you slow cook a roast beef in the oven, for example, at a low temperature for approximately 8 hours? If so, what temperature? If not, why not?

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Blue crab recipes

I visited an Asian market over the weekend. They have live blue crabs – weekends only – for $3.29 a pound. How do I prepare them? Is there enough meat on the...

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Brining a turkey

I've just heard about "brining" a whole turkey before roasting. I'm fixing a turkey breast for this Thanksgiving and was wondering if the brining process wil...

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Marinating & grilling strip steak

At what temperature and how long would I cook a 1-3/4" strip steak on a gas grill? Would it be best if it were marinated first, and what do you recommend?

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Freezable casseroles

I would like a recipe for a chicken casserole that can be made ahead and frozen – either cooked before or after freezing – preferably to be cooked after taki...

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Cooking over a boiling pot of pasta

I notice in the instructions for a recipe for that it says to place the plate of salmon on top of the boiling pasta to cook. In my experience, the pasta wate...

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What is fish sauce?

A recipe I have for Fish with Lemon Grass asks for 2 teaspoons of fish sauce. What is this ingredient?

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What is a lobster press?

A few months ago, while watching PBS, I saw a chef place a lobster into what appeared to be a very large press of some sort. He then tightened a wheel on the...

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Preparing conch

When buying conch, what should I look for? How do I clean it? When preparing conch, all the recipes say to pound/tenderize – how much is too much?

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Overcooking chicken, meat & fish

I have a problem with cooking chicken, meat & fish. They become very hard and rubbery. No matter what type of cooking I choose – stir frying, roasting in...

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Cooking mussels

I've just bought some fresh mussels from my local supermarket, but it only gave me instructions on how to cook them using a recipe I do not want to use. If I...

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A salty lobster tail

What would make a lobster tail, (broiled on top of the shell) taste salty?

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