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From: SandiS (
Subject: Heat Diffuser
Date: January 8, 2004 at 9:46 am PST

In Reply to: Congrats! posted by Sandy Laurie on January 8, 2004 at 3:24 am:

I was told by someone that the heat diffusers were for gas stoves, but then in Lorna's book it mentions them for electric stoves so I was confused. Thanks for mentioning that. I will look into that and see if they work for the ceran (smooth electric) range.

You mentioned you cover your potatoes with enough water by an inch?? The recipe we used last night called for 1-1/2 pounds of thin-skinned potatoes. I used peeled yukons and I had no idea the weight of these potatoes, but remembered that I used 9 small yukons. I figured they'd be at least 1 pound so I used 1 cup of water. The minimum amount of liquid for the KR is 1/2 cup, but of course, the recipe said to use at least 1 cup of liquid (no more) if using more potatoes. It seems like a lot of water to me if you're covering the potatoes by adding enough water to cover them by an inch?? It's sounds like something I'd do with beans?? Hmmm, I found that interesting. I just may give that a try instead of keeping the liquid to 1 cup.

I was definitely eyeing the celery, corn, and potato chowder recipe so thanks for recommending that. The pasta e fagioli sounds wonderful as well. It must be really good to have it two nights in a row! The new mexican pinto bean soup sounded good too. Have you tried that one?

There's no way I'll ever return to making mashed potatoes by boiling in water on the stovetop for 20 or so minutes. I would never have dreamed the PC would make that big of a difference.

Ok, next on my list is the celery, corn, and potato chowder and pasta e fagioli for sure. I'll keep you posted as to my results. I can hardly wait to try!

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