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magicdomino:

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--- Quote from: ladyknight1 on February 23, 2013, 09:28:24 PM ---I cook with Marsala all the time.

No, not all the alcohol cooks out of the wine.
The flavor is heavily dependent on the wine.
I usually get three to four recipes out of one bottle.
Marsala is fortified, and lasts just fine as long as the lid or cork is secured between uses.

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really? Now I'm very sad. No more chicken marsala for Twiggyy :'( :'(  :'(

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As far as I know, the stuff you buy pre-made (I find mine in the frozen food section) has all of the alcohol cooked out of it.

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I suspect the commercial version of chicken Marsala (which would also include chain restaurants) uses a low (or no) alcohol concentrate rather than real wine.  But yes, if someone has either an alcohol allergy or alcoholism, it's better to skip the booze.  The longer the dish cooks, the less alcohol will remain -- spaghetti sauce cooked for hours may be alcohol-free versus cherries Jubilee which almost qualifies for a cocktail -- but you can't be sure without testing.

kherbert05:
I'm watching Sea Patrol on Hulu Plus.


Does the Australian Navy really have a gap year program where kids between HS and University work on their boats for 1 year?

Iris:

--- Quote from: kherbert05 on February 25, 2013, 09:17:43 PM ---I'm watching Sea Patrol on Hulu Plus.


Does the Australian Navy really have a gap year program where kids between HS and University work on their boats for 1 year?

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According to the ADF site there was a gap year program (who knew?) but it was closed after the last Federal Budget.

Whether the gap year participants actually got to work on boats I don't know. If they did, I'm sure it was largely grunt work.

Carotte:
Can anyone find me a reason why a grown men, in the middle of the afternoon, would decide to go to the swimming pool, change into his suit, go sit on the edge of the pool for 15 before putting on his swimming cap, and then still stay sitted for at least another 30min? I think when I left he got out too since I didn't see him in the water (changing rooms open on a balcony that overlook the pool.)

He just, looked... didn't seem like he was talking himself into jumping in the water, that he was waiting for someone.. If he was waiting for people to leave the lane then he could have waited a long time, we were always at least 5 people in the lane.

Anyone think it's a bit creepy? I didn't want to give a bias (I mean, there must be a logical reason), but if I tell you that while he was there two groups of kids where there...
I didn't see him ogling them more than a normal person would, and between the pool's staff and the kids teachers others must have noticed him and not thought it was anything weird but still.
And the kids where making so much noise that I would never have stayed more than I needed myself..

WillyNilly:

--- Quote from: Carotte on February 26, 2013, 12:17:45 PM ---He just, looked... didn't seem like he was talking himself into jumping in the water, that he was waiting for someone.. If he was waiting for people to leave the lane then he could have waited a long time, we were always at least 5 people in the lane.


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I'd wonder if it was a case of him not knowing to share lanes?
I never knew about that.  A few years ago I bought a membership to a local fitness facility in part because of its awesome pool.  But I'd never belonged to a pool or swimming facility before.  And I ended up only going twice because I was just so put off by the expectation of knowing all sorts of weird not explained not explained 'rules' of pool culture. I'm not a strong enough swimmer to feel confident sharing a lane, and it had never in a billion years occurred to me that was a norm - it wasn't explained when I signed up, there were no signs, etc.  In fact it took a bunch of circular questioning between me and a staff member before that even became clear to me, because I didn't even fathom to ask if that could be a possibility (and apparently the staff member never fathomed it wasn't obvious - they looked shocked when I finally said "oh!  people share the lanes?  At the same time in the same lane?  Why wasn't I told that?  Why are there no signs explaining that?").  I thought lanes would be more like treadmills - if there is someone waiting you must vacate after 30 minutes/if its being used you wait 30 minutes for your turn. When I was a kid and took swim lessons we never shared lanes - we swam along side of each other in our own lanes or we waited until the person in front of us reached the other end of the pool for us to start.

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